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12 May 2017

Things that bring you joy? I went to stained glass last night, and my piece is finally coming together. It's so amazing to take all these different components and be able to create something from them!

What is bringing you joy, lately?
Here are the pics of the stained glass and progress so far -

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These are the pieces after cutting but before grinding.
posted by needlegrrl 12 May | 07:40
And here are the pieces after foiling -
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After the beginning of the soldering -
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posted by needlegrrl 12 May | 07:42
That's awesome! I have been doing stained glass for about 10 years and I just love it so much. Unfortunately, it's not a kid-friendly hobby, so since having kids I haven't had much opportunity to do it... But I fully intend to get back to it when I can.
posted by amro 12 May | 07:48

Baby Boy's smiles are bringing me joy along with an improvement in Big Girl's behavior.
posted by bluesapphires 12 May | 08:19
Amro, this is my first piece, and my first introduction to soldering. I am so excited, though, and just want to make more and more.
posted by needlegrrl 12 May | 09:21
That is beautiful, needlegrrl. I love stained glass.

My garden is bringing me joy at the moment. At this time of year everything is growing and looking beautiful. I have a lovely obelisk to add height/interest to the raised bed, and today I added a little glass bird to it as a suncatcher.

My vegetable and fruit plants are thriving. In the vegetable bed I dug in a sackful of rotted-down manure. Things started to grow from the ground before I'd planted anything. I dug them up - they were potatoes! The horses must have eaten potatoes and the plants have grown from that. I replanted them, and hopefully later in the summer I'll have some lovely potatoes, along with tomatoes, lettuce, kale, sweetcorn, raspberries, strawberries, tayberries, loganberries, courgettes and, in the autumn, apples.

Many of the plants I've grown from tiny, cheap pots. My local supermarket Morrisons, has amazingly cheap shrubs and plants. I bought an azalea recently for 2, and was able to divide it into three other plants, all of which are looking healthy and in full bloom. The rhododendron I bought last year has burst into gorgeous purple flower. It took a year for it to get to that stage, and with all these plants that I bought when they were just a couple of leaves, I always think they're never going to grow. But time has brought its rewards.

Work is so shitty at the moment that this is a lovely respite for me. I enjoy the work of gardening, and relaxing on my patio with a cold drink at the end of the day.
posted by Senyar 12 May | 15:38
Got A 3-cylinder birdfeeder for Christmas and sprung for the really good birdseed, and we've been rewarded with a really active feeder with lots of colorful birds all spring.
posted by Miko 12 May | 23:19
Senyar - your garden looks the way I would love for mine to look! I have a lot of pepper plants, so far, and some blueberry and blackberry baby bushes. (they are really more like sprigs. but one day they will grow up and be bushes!) I love your bird.

Miko - we're thrilled to have a brick wall in our back yard, and it's the perfect height to leave birdseed. We get a lot of chipmunks and some assorted birds, and also have a bird feeder on the other side of the house.

I just put out a hummingbird feeder last week, but haven't seen anyone yet.
posted by needlegrrl 13 May | 12:52
I've been prepping my old bike for some summer riding. I've not ridden with any regularity for a few years, due to fears of hurting my back, but I simply need the exercise, and I always loved riding that old thing. Had to order new pedals, though. The old ones seriously fell apart last year.

Anyway, it's always fun to get my bike stand out and wrench on my bike.
posted by Thorzdad 23 May | 16:56
Update on the campaign || Yorkshire man Deep Digger Dan is planing to metal detect