I am not making very fast progress this morning. I made German Pancakes this morning...That took over a half hour.
Walter left and I started making more roses and sticking down the ribbons, so that they flow naturally.
Then it hit me. I knew where the George Becker harpsichord was. In a shadow box above the Clockwork Trailer. But....I couldn't remember where I stored the pieces from the TMS show.
I wandered from room to room looking for the Cortland Doan case and the little lantern, that I had them in when I took photos right after the show.
I remembered that I didn't take the furniture out. I just put the two boxes away somewhere....The somewhere for the Cortland Doan box was behind the table with the little jigsaw on it....Bottom shelf, right hand side. Totally out of site. In fact, I even had to move the table to get to it. What was I thinking?
I still haven't found the lantern with the other chair. It will turn up. Soon I hope.
Anyway, the pieces that I was looking for were in the larger case.
First I just placed them in the case with no walls. Tessie is not impressed with having a music room, unless it includes a boom box and/or stereo surround sound.
That's when she started asking where Mozart was. I am not sure if she wants him to play the harpsichord or date him...
I kind of doubt that either option would make her happy. She would probably just put money in his wine glass and request "Bohemian Rhapsody"(Queen's version)
Anyway, my first option was the black, oriental, George the Third, chair and music case.
The second was this chair and table that are in the Chinese Chippendale style.
By this time, I was trying things out with the curtains propped against the wall to see how they look.
I am leaning towards the black furniture. They somehow tie in with the harpsichord and stand out on the floor.
The others seem to just melt into the floor.
I did notice that I still need to do something with the hinges on the door. Too plain to go with the lock. I have no idea why I am having trouble getting the last paragraph to go in the right place and why the background is yellow.
I think that the powers that be are telling me to go back to work.
I added 14 roses to each window....Tessie did NOT make the roses. Just because she is holding the rose making tool, it doesn't mean a thing.
She just kept threatening me with it. Telling me, "This would make an excellent club....To rap you on the knuckles with and that's exactly what I am going to do if you don't add some color...!!!"
OK. She didn't say how much color. I added about 40 green rose leaves to each curtain. But who's counting...
Actually those aren't hard to make. Just triangles of ribbon....But getting them into the position is the hard part. I put a dab of glue where I want the leaf. Then I position the leaf with a couple of straight pins. One to carry it to the place and the other to get it off of the first pin and shape it.
I put the panel in to see how it is going to look and I have to agree. They need just a pinch more color.
I am going to get out the bunka and put a few tiny flowers here and there around the roses. I think that will do it.
For those of you that haven't noticed, There is no longer a place for the original window seat in the plan.
This room is telling me what to do as I go...It will no longer have shelves on the sides. There will be furniture instead. Any guesses?
I have to go back to work now. I will let you ponder until tomorrow.
I am again waiting for the hairspray to dry on the curtains. Second coat.
I decided to finish the inside walls to fill in the time...I still have a way to go on this one. So every minute counts.
I cut the panels from illustration board that I bought at Hobby Lobby....I am not impressed. I like Michael's and Joanne's better. The finish on those are far superior to this stuff.
At least it isn't warping. I painted both sides to prevent that. Since one side has very little finish on the surface, I was afraid that it would. The other thing I don't like about this board is, it has a bunch of numbers about half inch high printed on the back side. Most irritating to try to cover, since they are printed in black.
In this case, I didn't need both sides to show, so it was OK.
Now, about finishing the interior windows without a lot of fuss and bother...
The edges of these windows, with the exception of the sills will not easily be seen...but being a neat freak when it comes to finishing things(in mini, not real life) I wanted them finished along the edges.
The braid that I used is called soutashe and comes in a number of colors. You can usually get it at fabric stores in the notions dept.. I usually try for white or cream....It will be painted anyway.
The stuff that I am using is from a thrift store bag of goodies that I bought years ago. It was full of stuff that, at the time, nobody wanted. Now, I know a few people that collect sewing notions that would kill for the unopened card and the label. I am one of those, so I probably will never use the unopened one.
Tessie and Zar wandered in and volunteered to hold the braid, whilst I painted....That's not the best way to do it. I didn't tell them that. I am on their good side right now. I filled the chocolate covered graham cracker jar up again this morning.
Normally, I put a puddle of paint on a paper plate. I grab one end and proceed to pull it through the paint, while holding it down with a paintbrush or a finger....That is much faster than trying to get paint on it with a brush when it is swinging in midair.
I let it dry a bit and then ran a line of glue along the edge of the window with a glue syringe. Then simply laid down the braid. I did lay it flat on the table at one point and pressed down on the braid, so that the edge of it would be even with the surface of the board.
The next step will be to install the walls and, later today, the curtains. There's still a ways to go. One step at a time.
At the rate things are going, this may not be Tessie's new digs.
I finished pinning the draperies this morning...Her only comment was, "They are all wrinkly. This will never do!"
This was from the lady that loves the color puce and jumping on beds....
I tried to explain that they would look a lot different when they are finished...She wasn't buying any of that.
She even had the nerve to pull Zar into the debate and threatened him with a large, yellow headed pin if he didn't agree with her.
Next I cut out the panels for the inside walls. I leaned them against the Plexiglas on the inside to see if they fit. They did....
However, Tessie was close on my heels. She started whinging and whining about them being all floppy and white. To quote her,"It looks like a hospital!"
She was just in a mood. I explained that they had to be glued in and painted. It did no good. I showed her a selection of paints. It did no good...
Finally, I just showed her and Zar the door and shooed them out.
The last I heard from her was an aside to Zar. "You know, I found some chocolate covered graham crackers in the kitchen. Want to help me borrow some?" Her polite way of saying, I am going to steal all of the chocolate covered graham crackers you have.
I looked. There are two left. She was being nice, in her own way. One for Walter and one for me. She knows that Christmas is coming....She's on what she considers her best behavior.
I did accomplish one other thing last night. April and Amare's Christmas socks are finished....Two pair down and several more to go.
I am going to have my Chocolate covered graham cracker now....I will leave one for Walter....See? I am also on my best behavior!
Since I need to run to town for illustration board before I can do the inside walls, I decided to do the boring, but necessary pleating of curtains.
I dug through the stash and found this creamy yellow stripe. Perfect to go with what I have planned for the inside.
It's a little tame for Tessie, so I left her out of the loop. If she likes it, she can move right in. If not, she will have to find some other place to play.
I also needed to re do the pin board. For those of you that haven't seen my other posts about this, it is simply a large piece of acoustical tile. I use the wrong side. It is first covered with graph paper. Then a layer of wax paper, so that the ink from the graph paper won't bleed onto the fabric.
I fastened all of it down with painter's tape.
For these curtains, I traced the outline of the window frame onto the wax paper. And the top curve of the window two extra times, so that I could do the swags at the top.
The first step is the long curtains, themselves.
I start by cutting, for each side, a piece of fabric the width of the window, plus about a half inch extra all around for hems.
I am just doing the curtain part this morning. Tomorrow I will show you the swags.
To start, I make a quarter inch hem around the bottom and the two long side with white glue.
I cut a piece of 1/8 X1/16" wood a bit shorter than the outside pleat. It can be trimmed later. This one will probably have to be trimmed because of the curve of the upper window.
I would rather have too much at the top. It can always be trimmed, but never added to.
Starting at the bottom outer edge, next to the pleat with the board, I do pleats every half inch and draw them in to about 1/8" each.
At the same time, I determine where I want the tie backs to be and put a corresponding pin at that height. I slant those down a bit towards the center, because when you tie curtains back they tend to pull down a the center edge a bit.
Next I do the draping of the top section. I start with the center edge and the first pleat is the lowest drape. As I work towards the outer edge, I pin each pleat a bit higher to again, make it look like the curtain has weight.
In other words, always remember to make the curtains look like they are heavy enough to pull themselves towards gravity.
When I have all of the panels done, I will spray them with unscented extra hold hairspray. At present, I am using Suave brand.
That's as far as I have gotten this morning. I have a lot more to do today, so I will go back to work now.
The last time that Walter used the Hoover rug shampoo machine, it didn't suck up the water right...He took it to the repair shop twice. The second time, they assured him it was fixed....Unfortunately he waited a few months to try it out.
He started doing it this morning...I locked myself in the workroom. He came in and showed me the container for the sucked up water....Less than a cup.
He is now out looking for a new rug machine.
I am hiding in my workroom until he gets back and finishes the job. The bedroom rug, where he started is still sopping wet.
I decided that the safest place was to stay in the workroom.
Photo #1 is the before photo. I am making progress. Photo #2 is its state at present.
I can actually walk across the room now.
Some of the stuff will be moved to other rooms when he is finished doing the rug.
A couple of days ago, Water got a replacement gopher(Caddyshack) for the one that he has had for a lot of years. It sings Kenny Loggins' That's All Right and dances, kind of. I should say that the new one does. The old one just stands there and looks at you. Poor baby gave up. I decided that I would adopt him, since Walter no longer wants him.
I will have to knit him a new hat. The new gopher has his old one.
Tessie took an immediate liking to him and has been sitting on his shoulder, supervising my work ethic.
Unfortunately, during the process of digging out, I found another bag of flat feet yarn. Now I do believe that I will have enough for a few Christmas presents....More than a few. But I also am in need of new socks. Some of my old ones have holes...and April tells me that some of her older ones are wearing out too.
Tessie put a sample sock on Geoffrey's head. He never had a name before, so that's one benefit of not saying a lot. He is no longer nameless. Tessie has to name every animal in sight.
As I was cleaning, I pulled out the Christmas Cottage. I had better get started on some of the decorating.
Tessie fist bumped with Santa like old friends. Trying to get on his good side already? Sure!
She doesn't waste any time.
Walter just got back from braving Walmart for a new Bissell. We shall see how this one works.
I hear the new machine running like a champ...Which means I will be running for cover.
Back to the workroom. I have things to put away and socks to knit...And I think that I should rescue Santa, before Tessie wears him out. He may not want to stay around for Christmas....
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