Archive for January, 2011

Ornamentation 2

Hello everyone,

Okay it’s the guys turn today.

These are for my sisters sons and their sons. As I mentioned yesterday, they were ordered like this and it is our interpretation of that style. It also took longer to do than the ladies ornaments. Again they were painted by my wife. I could never do as good a job. Give me a tool that can cut, rip, break, or grip! But a small paint brush? Nope! A big one for painting walls, Okay. Not those small artsy ones!

So here they are. I hope you like these too.

These definitely had a lot of detail and patience to do the camo!

That’s it for tonight. Weekend ahead!

Later, Harold



Hello everyone!

Well I finally heard that my big package was received. So that means I can show you what was in it.

These are more name ornaments that my sister ordered for hers sons and their wives (one each!) and their kids. Since I try my best to be a gentleman I will start off with the ladies. The two wives first then the daughters. These are all hand painted by my wife with the colors my sister wanted or as close as we could get by seeing a color named and we then picked it out.

So that’s why I went with ornamentation! Here they are!

I think they all turned out great! But of course I may be a bit biased. As far as I am concerned it is deservedly so!

Next blog, unless something comes up, I will show you the guys. They may not be as “pretty” but I would say they are manly. But done just as good and they took longer as well. Until then….

Later, Harold

Patriotic style

Hello everyone!

So where do I go with a title like that? It comes from a friend who comments here regularly. I sent him two ornaments yesterday and he got them today. Three cheers for suburban mail delivery!

If you read here regularly and check the comments you know who I am talking about. So enough beating around the bush. Here is what I sent Gabe.


I cut it of course and had the Army logo idea and started painting it, but had to have my wife finish it. She is just better than me by far! Then I put a clear lacquer coat on it.

This one too

You saw this one back on Veterans day.

You may have guessed he is/was in the Army (once=always?) retired now.

So my gift to you Gabe. In honor of your service and our friendship. Hillside was a while ago, but some good times and memories. Now wipe those tears out of your eyes soldier, buck it up! 🙂 (me too)

I delivered a couple more jerseys today so that is winding down as I complete and finish what I was so badly failing at.

Well that is it for today.

Later, Harold

A Family Ornament

Hello Everyone!

This will probably be a short post. I don’t have much to share or more pics yet either. I am waiting on confirmation of a big delivery before I post pics of what I sent. I do not want to ruin any surprises. So I wait.

I do have a pic of my youngest daughter’s ornament. She has been painting it by herself and I think it is done unless she wants a clear coat put on it. She is 8 and is doing a good job of painting by hand.

So I will end this short post with a pic of it.

Later, Harold


Pine Wood Derby #2

Hello Everyone!

AWANA grand prix results are in!

The title kinda says it all!

Kyle’s car took second place for speed!! He got a trophy too, our first ever! 🙂 Here he is with the car and trophy.

Kyle, car and 2nd place trophy!

Here is the car before we left for the race. Hand painted by mom and son and two lacquer coats sprayed on by dad.

Our fastest car yet

Here are two pics of some other cars. There were 26 in all. Ours was #26. They weren’t all there yet in these pics.

There were lots of good looking cars and a lot of the races were close.

After all was said and done they let the kids race on their own if they wanted. A car we lost to in the first heat of the first round but later beat wanted to race us one on one. So we kindly accepted. Kyle’s car won each time. We switched lanes to be fair and the results were the same. At one point the third place car and the first place car joined in and the results all came out the way they originally placed. It was good to have no complaints and everything come out the same.

So it was a good morning. Dad is proud of all the work and surprised at the results. I really did not expect to do so well. Mom and son are happy too and that’s good.

All is well!

Just need a job!

Fun is over, back to reality.

Later, Harold


Pine Wood Derby

Hello Everyone,

Well we have been working on my sons pine wood derby car lately. It is for the AWANA grand prix. Of course I get to do the cutting and help with the sanding. Kyle drew what he wanted and I cut it out of the block of wood.

It has been a couple years since I last did one. I can’t remember what I used to cut them out with. The scroll saw sure came in handy this time.

Kyle and my wife help with the sanding and both are doing the painting and detailing. We will finish with getting weight on it at the race. I am not sure if I will get to put glaze on it (LOL).

So when is the race? Tomorrow of course. Nothing like last minute work!

Here are some pics.

3 of my oldests cars

His first one is missing. It was the rocket from Toy Story. He got honorable mention for design for the blue car. That is what the ribbon is for. The sword car won quite a few races that year.

My second sons cars are in a box somewhere. We won some races with his cars too.

Joshua's 3 cars

We did okay with these cars. We were going to a different church for AWANA and the competition was a lot steeper.

A work in progress

Kyle’s first car. Detail painting still ongoing. We will see how it does tomorrow. Back to our church for AWANA. So we will see how the competition is.

I haven’t really figured it all out yet on what to try for to get speed. We buff and lube the axles, design, weight and get it to roll straight. Then we hope for the best. It is always fun seeing all the cars and the different designs. Some go for speed and some for looks.

I will get final pics and details for you tomorrow.

Later, Harold

My Bad?!…Alright YES!

Hello Everyone!

You got it! It is/was my bad. 😦

So how did I figure it out and what is/was it?

I was thinking about just not answering this and stopping right there. Or come up with something witty like;

not gonna tell ya, or that’s for me to know and you to find out, or wouldn’t you like to know.

But hey, I try to be a stand up kinda guy. I stick to my words until proven wrong and do what is right to the best of my ability.  I have already shown you my failures and asked for your ideas, so I should tell you what I found out. Plus I want you to continue coming back. So here it is.

First, I put on my 1.0 magnifying glasses, so I could then read the fine print that is on the spray paint cans. I then read that there fine print directions. I had glanced at them before just to make sure they said what I knew to do. 😉 You know the typical; preparation, ventilation, application, dryation, I mean drying time. That kind of stuff. Well the application part is where I was messing up. (DUH) But how?!

I was getting too close to what I was putting the glaze on. I was supposed to be 10-12 inches away and I was getting within probably 6-8 inches. Now should that really make a difference? I guess a couple inches distance in this case does. I think because of the location I am in I started getting closer to be more careful about over-spray.  (my wife is concerned about it too) So after reading I applied said directions and moved up and away a bit and… voila! It worked! Take a look at this! It almost looks wet. It is completely dry! Very nice gloss!

To me this looks great!

This is not something I would do for a test piece! I did do a couple test pieces that I mentioned in a previous blog and they turned out great also. So I really thought I had it down to do this one. I would not want to sand this one again! My wife didn’t think I should do it and I had agreed also. But since I had figured it out I went for it. I call this one completed on both sides!

So what about the jerseys? Good question!

I messed up by not moving them around after I had sprayed them and one side stuck to the cardboard underneath. I some how got distracted and didn’t go back to check on them until too late. They were looking great too! I don’t know why I left them. I had been babysitting them and making sure all was going well. Kinda like pancakes. One side done now do the next. They just sat too long in one spot and there was enough moisture and they stuck. I had a system going but like I said got distracted and or left and didn’t get back to them in time.  I will probably have to sand them again. My bad!

I do have one good one. Here it is.

# 14 back side, front is good too!

Well now I and you know. It wasn’t the wood and it wasn’t the two different brands of spray paint. It was the nut behind the spray can! I guess I had originally been doing it at the right distance and then slowly moved closer until I wasn’t paying attention to how close I was. 😦

I guess it is good to refresh on the directions and always good to pay attention to how you are doing what you are doing in all aspects.

Live, Learn, re-learn! 🙂

Later, Harold

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