Shrooms #1: Discouraging Day

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Blog entry by Lisa Chan posted 10-15-2009 12:06 AM 1665 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The weather has turned in my area of the US and my landlord has not prepped the property for the deluge we usually get. I spent an hour this afternoon figuring out an alternative water flow for runoff that was coming into our garage and threatening to flood us out.

But that wasn’t the first of it. When I initially went into the garage it turned out that the power is busted too. I ended up running an extension from my apartment in order to power the garage door and all my tools. This is fine by me, considering I should be paying for the power usage anyway. Wrangling extension cords is not my idea of a fun time.

All kinds of little things transpired to make this a pretty miserable and grumpy experience in general… so, I’m giving up for the day.

And here are my sad sad little offerings for all that effort.

Two shrooms and a wraps per inch gauge.

The shroom wood is reclaimed from a dead flowering tree in my backyard (don’t know what it is). The bobbin looking thing is a Wraps Per Inch gauge. WPI gauges are used to size yarn thickness by people who hand spin their own yarns.

All unfinished because I am irritable and give up for the day.

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#1 posted 10-15-2009 12:10 AM

We all have these kinds of days. Tomorrow will be better and the shrooms will be popping up all over the place!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-15-2009 12:23 AM

Look forward to a better day,that’s what I tell myself.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 10-15-2009 12:45 AM

if the super doesn’t do something ,
keep your skirts and cords out of the water .

but don’t stop doing your shop work ,
for anything !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 10-15-2009 12:47 AM

I’m glad you made lemonade out of the lemons you were given.

The output … in fact … was really cool!

Pray for sun!!

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 10-15-2009 12:54 AM

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 10-15-2009 03:39 AM

Love your shrooms. Don’t know if you are the spinner, but my wife is into quilting (including long arm), knitting, spinning, and weaving. Teaches knitting, but quilting is her thing right now. But then, she taught an employee of mine to spin and weave this year.

Did I say I love those shrooms. Being in Alaska, I have dealt with all kinds of travails, not as bad here in Anchorage, but lived in Fairbanks for 8 years. And I second patron, don’t give up the ship, errrr… shop!!

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 10-15-2009 07:56 AM

Great little shrooms! The live edge allways gets attention.

You might try watching a video here that will show several different designs I thought were cool.

WoodWorking Chanel Video Library

They have lots of helpfull videos. Great job and keep your feet dry, but don’t stop haveing fun!


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 10-15-2009 01:08 PM

I like these mushrooms much more than the last ones you did. The natural edge is always nice to see. Hang in there, your work is getting better and better…...... and we all have days that just don’t go our way…..

Keep them chips flying.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#9 posted 10-15-2009 02:47 PM

Nice shrooooms! Eventually they will mature into full grown ones.
Be careful with the extension cord…...wire size versus length of run versus tool amerage. Could cause problems!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#10 posted 10-21-2009 06:18 PM

a wise person recognizes that “this is not a good day” and backs away from the equipment before things go awry.

“Here’s to Rudolph” :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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