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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Posted....And Chained

OK.  Now nobody should fall off the landing platform... Notice I said "should" not "will".

I cut the straws all to the same length this morning.  I may still go back in and us a matte finish on them.  They are  just a bit too shinny for my taste.

This is the pile of materials that I used.  Straws, cut to size.  Short lengths of 18 gauge gunmetal wire for the loops at the top and a bead cap and a bead for the top of each post.
 Here is the assembly.  I made a loop in the middle of each wire, around my needle nosed pliers.  The I put that through the bead and then the end cap, jewelry finding.

I used E-6000 to keep them together...  I needed nine of the posts.

I glued the posts into the eyelets that are around the platform.

Then I threaded the copper wire through the loops at the top of each post.  I put a bit of E-6000 on each connection to hold the chain in place. If I didn't do this, the chain would wind up in a pile at one end or the other... It doesn't stay where you put it.

Anyway,  now Zar can enjoy the view without falling overboard...

I still need to finish putting on the underpinnings of the platform.  I had to go buy more eyelets before I could finish that... I did... Now I can...

See you tomorrow.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Maybe By Halloween...

With a little bit of help from my friends...

Zar was a big help this morning.  I masked off the edge of the platform and he painted it.

Masking makes it fast work.  It would have been even faster if I hadn't glued down the landing platform to the roof... Oops!

When he finished, I put in supports for the railing around the edge.  I used the same grommets that I used for the supports under the roof.

Tessie insisted on putting up a Do not enter! sign.  She happened to get a glimpse  of the Doctor running for cover yesterday and doesn't want the competition for the theft of the machine...

Meanwhile, it is such a nice day that I almost stayed outside after I sprayed the posts for the platform...

My back porch is starting to look like a jungle..  The mother of millions still has a lot of babies on it's leaves.  I am going to have to harvest some more.

I volunteered to hostess the Halloween bash for the Wednesday Witches next Wednesday. 

I noticed that George arrived early.  He hangs around my workroom all year and this is the only time that he gets out...I don't blame him for being eager... I would be too, if someone put me in there on a shelf and closed the door for a year...

Anyway, I am off to see if the posts are dry yet... Here's hoping that I can drag myself back inside to install them...

See you tomorrow...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"The Homeowners Association Is Going To Get You!!!"

I think Tessie had in mind an English country garden for the front of Daisy's Cottage...

The title above,  was the first sentence out of  her mouth this morning...

I went out in the back yard and grabbed a cup full of dirt and rocks..

And after a long search in the workroom, I found the railroad greenery I wanted..

Granted, it's definitely not a lawn that our homeowners association would approve of.  They like rocks, but just not this kind of rocks and dirt. And especially the unkempt greenery.

So... I just won't invite them in to inspect!

As soon as I am done writing this, I will keep plugging along until the yard is done...

At one point, I happened to look up at the time machine...

I saw the Doctor, trying his best to convince Gordon Dragon to fly away.  Thank goodness, it didn't work... And the Doctor almost got his eyebrows singed when Gordon turned on him... Needless to say, the Doctor quickly ran for cover...

Now that I know that he is still around, I am going to have to write to Daisy and tell her that she has two enemy camps trying to kidnap the time machine.  I am sure that she is aware of the popularity... And I am also sure that she has the Ouija Planchette well hidden in some remote part of the universe.  But I am still going to keep a close eye out for intruders.

I may have to threaten to make a list and give it to Santa if they all don't behave.  That's one good thing about this time of year... I can threaten to call the goblins out at Halloween and keep Santa from coming at Christmas... As a result, I have a couple of months where everyone is on better behavior.  Notice, I didn't say their best behavior... It's all relative...

Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A new Spectator Sport...

First of all, I cleaned out the drawer in my bedside table this morning... I couldn't believe how much I had crammed in there...

One of the things I found was this piece of embroidery.  It was originally going to be a cushion for a Tudor bench... Then I used half of it for the seat of one of my hand carved dressing tables.  I have no idea why I stuffed it in that drawer, but I am happy to find it again.  I will put it to good use now.

Now about the spectator sport... I started putting more of the stonework around the edge of the foundation on Daisy's cottage.

 After just a few minutes of work, Widget started doing his thing.  He paced back and forth and loudly meowed until I moved HIS bench.  This normally sits at the foot of the bed for his convenience... It serves as a step up to the bed...

Whenever I work sitting down by the house, he gets irritated that there is no place for him to sit...

Thus, the rearrangement of furniture...

As soon as I moved it, he hopped up and settled down to watch. 

It is a bit difficult to work with him sitting there.  He meows and pokes at me, to have his head scratched every few minutes...

After a while, he got bored.  Not enough head scratching and too much work...  He went and hid in the deepest darkest corner of our closet and is still pouting...

When he left The Terrible Two plus One took over watching. They must really be bored...

Meanwhile, I have finished the next edge of stones on the foundation.  One more side to go...

While looking at the movie tray stonework I am doing, versus the stonework with air drying clay on the cottage, I have come to a decision... I really don't like the stonework on the cottage as well as the movie tray version on the foundation and the sidewalk.  It looks more real when finished.

With that, I just saved myself a lot of money on clay.  It can be spent on movies!  That's  a great trade off.  More movies to get the trays.  Yup!  I like that idea...

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Back to Business...

We now have a front door... No handle or lock, but a front door none the less.  Now, where did I put the handle and lock?  I thought that my problems were solved when I found the door...  Oh well.  Back to searching.

In case you were wondering why Zar and Spike are gazing at the ceiling, the dragon is still guarding the landing platform... They are just biding their time... Sooner or later, he will have to leave to refuel his fire breathing...

They still can't take off in the machine.  No planchette...
I did start installing the supports for the landing pad.

Are you using Krylon Fusion yet?  Great stuff.  You can spray anything with it, but it is especially good for plastic... As in bendable drinking straws... They used to be white with pastel stripes...
They are now wrought iron supports for the landing platform.

The little collars that you see around the ends are simply the smaller part of metal eyelet covers from the sewing dept. of Walmart.  Nice antique bronze... No painting for them and they just happen to be the same diameter as the straws.

I glued the straws in and wrapped some copper tape around the ends.  Then I drew on screw heads with a black pen.

I ran out of the eyelets.  I have to go back to Walmart tomorrow for more.  I hope that they still are in stock.  These have been laying around in the Steampunk supplies for years.

I thought about putting a post on the corner by the tree, but that would interfere with that porch.  So thus the struts instead.

Back to work now.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, October 20, 2014

I Had Permission to Do It...

 OK... So I gave myself permission to do it...

A couple of weeks ago, I was looking at beadwork on the net and ran across a carrier for taking along your beadwork... I do that quite a bit at the Wednesday Witches meetings.

I liked the little zippered carrier.  Everything but the price.  It was $100.00!!! and it wasn't even real leather...They called it Faux... In other words some synthetic that looks like leather...

I kept thinking that I could find some kind of zippered case.  Maybe a day planner or a notebook... I looked at those, every place I went... They still were more than I wanted to pay and There would have been a lot of adjustments to make, besides.

Yesterday morning I was in town, wandering around Walmart.  I went through the needlework department(aisle) and looked down... Lo and behold!  DMC made a travel tote for embroidery... The outside was made of some kind of synthetic material with silly sewing sayings all over it and a big DMC label printed right in the middle...  Don't tell them, but the cover of it was just not pretty.

The inside was almost perfect for the way I wanted to use it.  All I had to do was add a liner made from one of those velvet-y blankets that were popular a few years ago.  People are also selling little squares of those for big bucks on the net. 

I already had a twin sized one, that I bought several years ago, for the price of one of those little squares... I have made a LOT of bead mats from that one blanket..

Anyway, I proceeded to cut a couple of layers of the blanket to fit the one side of the carrier.  That one, only had a flat pocket so I just covered it up by gluing the blanket piece inside.

I sewed a couple of pieces of crocheted fancy thread to hold the back up, when it is open.  That was all I did to the inside...

I did crazy quilting on the outside with fabric and glue. Maybe I should glue a few gears on it and call it Steampunk...

This morning I started using a fabric pen on the edges of the "seams", to make that stitches. I still have to do the second side...

And the best part was the price. It is basically the same as the $100.00 one... Except I didn't get a Faux leather outside.  The cost? $10.00.  And actually, this one holds more bead tubes.  I could make a LOT of jewelry, before running out of supplies!

Tessie supported me in this effort.  She thinks she is going to get some fancy jewelry out of this.  We shall see...

Back to the time machine now.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sometimes, Cleaning Up Pays Off...

It has been a while since I had this side of Daisy's cottage facing outwards... I decided that I had to see it from all sides to make sure that the tower was going to look OK.

While I was struggling to get the house turned around, the Terrible Two were just going along for the ride...

They decided that discretion was the better part of valor...

Daisy has sent a message that Gordon Dragon must keep guard on the landing platform for the duration of the build. 

Nobody messes with Gordon...

Zar and Tessie have taken it upon themselves to go down a floor...
I can still hear then quietly making plans for the snatch.  I think that they are both afraid of having their hair singed, what with Gordon poking his nose over the edge of the platform. 

Neither of them has said a word about the tower all morning.. They are planning a housewarming... Without Daisy's permission.This should be interesting. They don't even know when she's coming...
Meanwhile, I am managing to get a few real people things done.  It is a pleasure having the green dragon around to keep an eye on things...

One benefit of cleaning up the table?  I still have a lot of dusting to do, but under a pile of dust bunnies on the front porch, I found the missing door.  Now I can finish that area.

One more thing to cross off of the list.

Tomorrow there will be a door in place.  Please knock.  Tessie will let you in if you have cookies in hand.

See you then.