Sunday, August 12, 2007

Making an Awning?

Oh dear, I thought I posted this one, and when I went to make a new blog.... oops, I hadn't finished this one... so I will finish it, post it, and start my next blog.

well, this weekend has been relaxing, creative and full of laughs. First off, Joan spent the weekend and we always have fun looking for new projects and we seem to end up on adventures. This weekend, we discovered the amazing food at Vicki's in Wilmot. The fries are better than a chipwagon (my favorite way to get fries) and the poutine was so amazing, even I liked it...
Michelle showed her grandmother just how good she is at dying hair and doing highlights.... sorry Joan, but I had to put the picture up.

Kim and her girls arrived on Saturday for Graces Kentville Soccer Tournament. Caliegh spent the day with her Grandmother and I, as we struggled through trying to make an awning cover for Terry's creation. Caliegh got the fire pit ready for an evening fire by cleaning the chairs, sweeping all the acorns off the bricks, she hauled firewood, watered my garden and picked the snowpeas and cukes. She also kept Mollie busy, with lots of attention. We had a yummy supper... slow roast Pork on the BBQ and taco salad, deviled eggs and fresh beans and new potatoes. Scott and Michelle made their yummy Ice Cream Cake for dessert.

The awning.....


Well, we found fabric for the awning that I mentioned way back in mid July that Terry was dreaming up. It is to cover the entire back deck and to replace the store bought one, that we purchased 3 years ago, to give the deck some break from the hot sun, in the afternoon. The deck is quite large, but the 12x12 gazebo crowded the chairs and made the deck feel quite small.
You will see the fabric we purchased from Fabricville... at a great bargain. The fabric was $15 a meter and we needed 15 meters. Imagine my utter joy when we went to pick out what we needed and the sign said "Buy 1 and get 2 free". Our 15 meters ended up to cost just over $90 including the thread!!!

So, our weekend project was to make this long stripe of fabric into a solid tight awning for the steel frame Terry made conduit being thrown out at the school. What a strange sewing project when you need to use a right angle ruler and a level as sewing tools!!! With many hands (Scott, Joan, Terry and Caliegh) we managed to get the awning sewn together to cover, and then made all the necessary attachments needed to tighten it up.... until it came to the velcro. The stores were closed by the time we got to that part... and up until then, we had no idea how we were attaching the upper part of the awning to tighten it up... Velcro is the logical answer, but when you are inventing the wheel, sometimes there are too many things to think about and you just solve one problem at a time. So, Sunday we stopped for supper, and then the rains hit. Today it is my job to sewing on all the velcro and then tomorrow, maybe, we will actually mount to to the deck and start tightening up the cover. Yipeee


Oh yes, and Mollie. Just couldn't help posting a pic from the weekend... cause she is just so darn cute.

4 comments:

ancient one said...

Looks as if you had a busy weekend.. and that Awning looks great so far. I really like the stripes!!

Jacklyn said...

Wow. You guys are really creative. I'd be lost trying to do something like that.

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