Gaah! So Close!

Giant Nutcracker Project - Body Assembly

I made huge progress today with Hubby’s help, but I’m so done for the day.

Seems like we kept running into design issues with just about every step. Not so much the general plan, but with some of the execution or the materials I’d gotten. I knew pretty much what I needed to do to build these, but when it came down to it there were still the questions of “where exactly do you attach this,” or “well, I should have done this step before that step, so I have to take that apart so that third step can be done the way it needs to.”

Then there were the issues with not having the right materials or enough materials (because I’d decide I really needed to make it sturdier so I used more wood than planned). Hubby made at least 3 different trips to the hardware store just to get the right size bolt to attach the arms. We would spend forever figuring out an issue on one nutcracker then, once we figured out the process we needed to follow to get it right, we’d do it the right way on the second one, usually only taking a few minutes to buzz through it.

I have a few places that are nearly ugly bad from making mistakes. The first couple kind of broke my heart, but I realized after a while that I’ve got a ton of stuff to dress these guys up when they are all put together and that stuff is going to do an amazing job at covering some of those mistakes.

I am bone tired. We worked from very nearly 9:30 this morning until about 9:30 tonight, only breaking for lunch and dinner and a coffee or potty break here and there. I had really believed I’d finish today, but I just did not have the energy to do a single thing more. Poor Hubby has been run ragged on his day off. I still have hours of work left to do and I haven’t even started the finishing touches. Who knows how long that will take my perfectionist butt to do?

I can say, without a doubt, I’m going to freakin’ love these, though. All the hiccups and problems aside, they are going to be stunning. Even in the state that they are at, they look 10 times better than I anticipated.

Author: TJ Fox

Slightly sane artist, book addict, wife and mother of 3 who is forever rethinking her place in this world.

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