Friday, April 28, 2017

Snowstorms and vendors and errands and labor and enormous outlays. And gratitude.

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That shot is from yesterday; I had to lighten up the exposure a lot, hence the glare, but it's a slightly closer approximation of the actual color. The only thing I got accomplished today was the next layers on the samples; we had to be out much of the day dealing with errands and vendors and materials and supplies, and when we got home (in the middle of a snowstorm, which subsided but whose second wave will be upon us soon), we had to deal with a major plumbing repair and some other stuff. My schedule has been shot all day.

On the plus side, Clarences Jr. and Sr. will be here at 9:00 tomorrow morning to finish the scratch and start the color coat on the interior plaster. With luck, I'll have some photos. Also with luck, I'll also have photos of the room above with both ceiling and edgework done in brown, and subsequently with the second color coat on at least the walls. Final coat will likely have to wait for Sunday (and it will look very, very different from the way it looks now). Even so, the brown is beautiful. When I went upstairs this afternoon, I was taken aback by how much darker the room suddenly seemed now that it was no longer all white . . . and how much warmer it seemed, which, on a day like today, is a very good thing.

It's entirely due to some of y'all that we were able to get anything done today, and as it happens, we got it all done. Well, the weekend's labor is obviously not paid, since it hasn't been performed yet, but we'll be able to pay them at the end of the day on Sunday. It was an enormous outlay, but thanks to our friends, it's done. But there's so much left to do (and therefore to fund, which is the bane of my existence anymore but there's no choice). So please share the links below:
  • Wings's PayPal account, for donations to the house fund. [Thanks to some incredible folks yesterday, I think we are at around $9,600 thus far on this $30K stage. $7K+ of that is going to have to be reserved for the septic, and labor's eating us alive on the daily, so that's going to mean a lot of juggling.] If that link doesn't work, it's tied to his e-mail address: wingsoftaos [at] newmex [dot] com. Also, that link? It's a direct one now, rather than via the "Donate" button, so it should work better.
  • His Web site, for sales (always preferable, and the base upon which the whole project hinges anyway, along with paying our day-to-day living expenses) — and just by the way, he's got some really incredible new works up now.
  • Our Amazon wishlist, which contains Lowe's cards that will allow us to purchase some materials more cheaply than here in town, and also allow us to divert the extra funds to labor costs.
I truly do not have words to express our gratitude to everyone who gave us a hand yesterday. All I can do is say thank you, and send our love, to all of you. And as I've been saying to folks all week, if you can, please support LauraLee's fundraiser, because she and her girls and their dog are seeing their house on the auction block, and the people foreclosing treated her the same way those repossessing ours treated us. 



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Friday Feature: Buffalo Spirits

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It's our Friday Feature at The NDN Silver Blog, with a small and seemingly unassuming work in an old traditional style. But it's that tradition that gives the piece its power, one that in dark days reminds us to be strong of heart — to become Buffalo Spirits.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. Inquiries via the site's Contact form. And, as always, sales are much needed (especially now), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thank you all.

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Two sales, one installment on a commission, and three donations later, and we are good for tomorrow and the weekend. Wings has already notified Sherm that, weather permitting, he and his helper can finish the scratch and start the color coat first thing Saturday morning. 

I say weather permitting, because we now have a winer storm watch for all of Saturday and the early hours of Sunday, and we supposedly have smaller amounts of rain and snow on the way tonight and tomorrow, too. The wind is howling, and the violet-blue clouds are massing in the west, so it looks as though they may be right. If so, it may not be warm enough this weekend for them to do the work, even with heaters on in there; the guys tell me that the Structo's consistency is different from what it used to be (along with color, dry time, and some other things), and it's hard enough to work with on a warm day.

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I couldn't get away today to run any errands, but while I was stuck here this afternoon I was at least able to start the base color coat in the small bedroom, which is what you see at top. I managed to get all four walls done, except for edging; that and the ceiling will have to be done tomorrow, but it looks like we'll need another gallon of paint. The texture on the drywall is such that it used up just enough more than I could predict, and I think we will be just slightly short. 

The image just above is my scrap drywall that I'm using to determine the order of the layers, so the brown and red are on it (along with the sunlight from the west window, which turns the paint to that golden glow). The brown is a rich warm brown with some cool cadet blue undertones; the red is brilliant crimson. Tomorrow, my scrap will be dry, and I'll be able to figure out whether the bronze will be the second coat and the red the final one, or vice versa. We'll also be swinging by the post office to ship some orders, and by the clay colorist's to pick up the pigment for the plaster. The mica showed up today via UPS, so I think we're set for the weekend, if the weather cooperates.

Thanks to y'all. If it hadn't been for you, I'd be trying to explain to a bunch of different people why they should be willing to wait until next week for payment, and they would be very unhappy (because I'd be unhappy, too — hell, I was already unhappy, because we hate being late or making people wait for what they're owed). But thanks to you, and you know who you are, right now my biggest obstacle going into this weekend is battling my remnant pneumonia, and I'm starting to get used to that, I think. Much gratitude, and much love, from both of us.



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Update X2: We're good. Emergency $2K mini-goal by end of day. Shares badly needed.

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UPDATE X2:  We're good. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.

We're in a bind. Costs this week far outstripped what we expected. More, I thought I had funding lined up already for what would be needed for all eventualities this week, but . . . not yet, apparently. Unfortunately, vendors have to be paid, and I can't ask them to wait. The weather also means that Sherm (that's Clarence, Jr.) can't work at his other job right now, and he's ready to start the plasterwork here — but he can't do that until the materials are ready. That's slated for later today, but obviously, that happens only if we can pay the vendors. Right now? We can't.

I need to raise $2K TODAY. I have to be able to get it transferred by end of day, so that we can turn around and pay vendors tomorrow. Otherwise, I have upset people, and no work happening this weekend, and neither pf those things helps us get this work done. [UPDATE: We just made a great sale (thank you, thank you!), and our mini-goal is now down to $650.] So please, PLEASE share the links below:
  • Wings's PayPal account, for donations to the house fund. [We've raised another $115, putting us at $7,860 thus far on this $30K stage. $7K+ of that is going to have to be reserved for the septic, and labor's eating us alive on the daily, so that's going to mean a lot of juggling.] If that link doesn't work, it's tied to his e-mail address: wingsoftaos [at] newmex [dot] com. Also, that link? It's a direct one now, rather than via the "Donate" button, so it should work better.
  • His Web site, for sales (always preferable, and the base upon which the whole project hinges anyway, along with paying our day-to-day living expenses) — and just by the way, he's got some really incredible new works up now.
  • Our Amazon wishlist, which contains Lowe's cards that will allow us to purchase some materials more cheaply than here in town, and also allow us to divert the extra funds to labor costs.
$2K in a day is a lot. I'm going to be running all day long trying to raise it any way I can. Please give us a hand with shares, because I've got to make this work, for us, for our crew, for our vendors. And as I said last night, much love and gratitude to everyone — and if you can, please support LauraLee's fundraiser, because she and her girls and their dog are going to see their house on the auction block today, and the people foreclosing treated her the same way those repossessing ours treated us. 



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#TBT: Visions In the Storm

Photo copyright Wings, 2017; all rights reserved.

It's #ThrowbackThursday at The NDN Silver Blog, with a work from about nine years ago that hints at dark nights and stormy skies. Even so, it summons the light, literal and metaphorical, and reminds us that there are visions in the storm, if only we look for them.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. This piece sold many years ago, but if the style speaks to your spirit, simply inquire via the site's Contact form; Wings can create a version uniquely your own. And, as always, sales are much needed (especially now), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Escher. Snow. New crew member; new cash expenses, too. Shares needed.

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Escher house, Pueblo version.

This was supposed to be an easier week. Unfortunately, it's not. The materials expenses far outstripped what we had expected, and there's more to come between now and week's end (and not things that we can order from Lowe's; this is all cash on the barrelhead). The power company wanted all of the past due in the space of about a week, which wiped out the sales we made last week (in the cold months, electric alone runs us about $400/mo. in this tin can; partly because of the extraordinary measures required to keep the plumbing from freezing). Oh, and did I mention the 3-4 inches of snow on the ground when I got up this morning? It all melted with astonishing rapidity, but the winds today have been absolutely brutal, at least out where we are.

And then there's labor.

Our new crew member showed up an hour early this morning, when I wasn't even dressed properly yet. He's Clarence, Sr. (yes, Clarence the mason's father), and he's got decades' worth of expertise. Our crew shake-up issues lasted less than one day. Between him and Tony, they got all the remaining lath work done for Junior to finish the scratch this weekend (some minor but really tightly-placed stuff around the vigas, etc.) before he starts the second coat. But there's payroll, and the plaster pigments, and this weekend's work. So we need shares:
  • Wings's PayPal account, for donations to the house fund. [We've raised another $115, putting us at $7,860 thus far on this $30K stage. $7K+ of that is going to have to be reserved for the septic, and labor's eating us alive on the daily, so that's going to mean a lot of juggling.] If that link doesn't work, it's tied to his e-mail address: wingsoftaos [at] newmex [dot] com. Also, that link? It's a direct one now, rather than via the "Donate" button, so it should work better.
  • His Web site, for sales (always preferable, and the base upon which the whole project hinges anyway, along with paying our day-to-day living expenses) — and just by the way, he's got some really incredible new works up now.
  • Our Amazon wishlist, which contains Lowe's cards that will allow us to purchase some materials more cheaply than here in town, and also allow us to divert the extra funds to labor costs.
I had reason to think we'd be in better shape by today, but circumstances have left me scrambling, and we need to push sales, so please share the links. And as I said last night, much love and gratitude to everyone — and if you can, please support LauraLee's fundraiser, because she and her girls and their dog have just over a day to get housing lined up, and the people foreclosing treated her the same way those repossessing ours treated us.



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The Light That Illuminates the Dreams of Night

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Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a work that embodies the power of visions and dreams, and their shape and shade as well. It's a pair of earrings that call forth the spirit of the light that illuminates the dreams of night.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. Inquiries via the site's Contact form. And, as always, sales are much needed (especially now), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2017; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.