Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hagrid's Hut

Jennifer’s mom has several beautiful villages that she puts out at Christmas. She created a Hogwarts scene but had trouble finding a Hagrid’s Hut. With my permission Jen volunteered me for the job of making one.

In the various Harry Potter movies there are different Hagrid Huts. I used this one as my muse.

Cardboard framing.

Here are the first attempts at the roofing and the walls. The fitting, trimming, and gluing of shingles took a full season of Pushing Daisies before it was completed.

I thought the roof worked well; the huge rocks on the wall did not. I was particularly pleased with the little windows up top. Per Jen’s suggestion I soaked the wood and then molded it with a paperclip to dry curved.

The second attempt at the wall went much better. Jen painted the rocks and well . . . they rocked.

The door was a lot of fun to make and I feel, really added something.

This handle took the time of one general conference talk to carve and paint.

The finished door.

Imperfect as it may be: Hagrid’s finished hut.

After flying it from Utah to Georgia, through the Muggle airports, it arrived safely to its new home at Hogwarts

Broomstick view of Hogwarts. Mission accomplished!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

XX Chromosomes!!!

Hello everybody!!! After much shopping and splurging, I am now home and able to tell all of you that Wes and I are having a girl! We are super excited! Everything in the ultrasound looked like a healthy baby girl.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Big News in Two Days!!!

Alright, everyone...we find out on Tuesday whether we're having a boy or a girl. Check back and I'll make a post to let everyone know which it is Tuesday night!!! Yea! Now I just have to try to stay focused through two full days of school.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sleeping Hazard

When Jen was feeling extra sick during the first trimester, I slept on the air mattress for a few nights. Something changed from night two to night three; for some reason my air mattress felt distinctly different.

I think something is wrong.