Flowbee time

Flowbee has arrived. I can’t wait to try it!

American Heritage Girls MO118 cake decorating

I am a leader for the pioneer level of American Heritage Girls troop MO118. They were working on their cake decorating badges. Here is part of their work. I was impressed.>

First pancake style holster, finished

Here is the first finished product.  Well, it’s finished enough to use.  I’m going to sand and bevel the edges a bit but it is basically finished.  There were lots of lessons that John and I learned along the way but I’m pretty happy with the finished product.  We have a few ideas for improving the designs and techniques.  I will most likely make this one again one more time at some point and incorporate our ideas and suggestions we have gotten.

I am extremely happy with coloring of the dye.  John commented that it looks kind of western.  I think that is fitting since it is designed for a revolver.  What can I say?  I’m an old fashioned kind of guy.

First leather pancake style holster for Taurus 605 .357 revolver

First leather pancake style holster for Taurus 605 .357 revolver

 

First leather pancake style holster for Taurus 605 .357 revolver with brown finish

First leather pancake style holster for Taurus 605 .357 revolver with brown finish

First leather pancake style holster for Taurus 605 .357 revolver with brown finish

First leather pancake style holster for Taurus 605 .357 revolver with brown finish

First pancake style holster, round two

I had a chance to do a little more work on my leather pancake holster. Basically the stitching on the front part of the holster is now done. I decided to leave the bottom open to make sure that the trigger guard fits into the holster deep enough. The result is that the end of the barrel is visible at the bottom of the holster. I’m pretty happy with that look. As you can see, I stamped my initials into the mouth stiffener.

The next steps are to cut the slots for the belt, to sand the edges so that they are flush, and to stain it. I’m going to use a dark brown stain.  I’ll be doing these next steps tonight.

 

By the way, the revolver pictured here is a Taurus .357 snub nose revolver.

Leather pancake holster sewn together

Leather pancake holster sewn together

Leather pancake holster sewn together, bottom view

Leather pancake holster sewn together, bottom view

Leather pancake holster sewn together, top view

Leather pancake holster sewn together, top view

Leather pancake holster sewn together with monogram

Leather pancake holster sewn together with monogram

What should I do with these grapevines?

This is the first spring in our new house. The house has a pretty nice garden area. For some reason that I can’t figure out, there has been a tree growing in one corner of the garden. It could be that it’s there to get some partial shade but there are other areas in the yard that can provide shade. I want to remove this tree and have even started to do so but I ran into a situation that I’m not quite sure how to handle. Looking for a little advice.

Growing along the fence that runs around the perimeter of the garden are some pretty well-established grapevines. From what the previous owner said, they are called skunk grapes. I did a little bit of research and it sounds like they are sweet grapes that are good for making jellies and wine. When the vines make it to the corner of the garden where the tree is, they actually run up the tree.

 

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I’m not sure if I should cut the vines before they meet the tree or if I should somehow try to untangle them from the tree before I cut it down. If I cut them, I don’t know if it will damage the vines. If I don’t cut them when I’m fearful of is that I will have to try to carefully cut the tree and bring it down in sections from the bottom so that I can reach the sections of grape vine. However if I do this, there is a risk that the tree could topple over and yank the existing vines out of place.

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I don’t think I have something tall enough to be able to get the vines out of the tree without doing some cutting.

I really don’t know anything about maintaining grapevines. The question is: can I cut the grape vines before they start running up the tree without doing damage to them?

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