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October 20, 2021 HOW did two years go by since I posted?!?

Obviously we’ve been busy! Time flies whether you’re restoring an old church or not, so you might as well enjoy each and every moment.

Since we utilize Facebook, I’m basically blogged out when it comes to posting on this diary, but I really do want to get better at it.

This year has been a whirlwind of roofing, gardens, getting The1870 Studio ready to re-open to do workshops in a safe manner and so much more. 

Firewood season is upon us and we’ll spend lots of Morton’s days off splitting and stacking the wood we have cut outside. It’s such a money saver for us and since it’s so labor intensive, it helps up with lots of cardio and strength training. 

This winter we hope to start making some of the stained glass shutters we’re building together for the sanctuary part of the building. Morton is going to be doing the frames out of oak and massive hinges, I’m doing all the stained glass panels and working on the design to actually make these work. I’ve never seen anything like them before and hopefully we’ll be happy with the results. 

Out view out of all the east windows are of the stunning forest and mountains that make it feel like we’re all alone in this paradise. The views are too beautiful to put stained glass in that would block them, so my solution is the shutters. We can open them half way, see the view and still enjoy the colors and majesty that stained glass gives this delightful structure.

Wood working area is being set up in the studio and Morton and I are going to get very creative with lovely pieces of maple, birch, cherry, oak and several other gorgeous kinds of wood we have here.

Please check out our Facebook pages for pictures, come along to our workshops and open houses and stay creative!


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