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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.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

New Additions...

Daisy was here overnight... I didn't see her, but she left one of her infamous notes...

"Dear Casey,  This is all I need to run the time machine.  My Ouija board and a rotary phone... Love, Daisy..." Then I noticed a PS on the end... "P. S. Don't worry.  The Terrible Two can't operate my machine without my special planchette."

Thank goodness for that!

Tessie and Zar have been helping again... While I was asleep.  They brought in materials to build a double seated bench...  I assume that they expect me to build it and pad the seat...

I am not too worried.  I don't think that the two of them can get along on a place where they have to sit so close.  The fighting for the bigger share will start as soon as they are seated.  One will end up in a heap on the floor... That's just the way things go...
Meanwhile... Zar did help out last night... I was trying to think of a way to get down from the platform, without the neighbors noticing...

He solved it with two words and a web video.  Rope ladder.  And an e how video on how to tie the knots.
Go here to learn.  It is really easy, if you ever have need for one. http://www.ehow.com/video_4807652_make-knots-rope-ladder.html

I now know how to make one in mini and in real life.  I am not sure what I would use it for, but it's a handy bit of knowledge.  They didn't teach that particular craft in Campfire Girls... Or Girl Scouts either.  I had a go at both when I was a kid.

We decided that it should go on the back side of the house.  Less noticeable there.

Anyway,  I looked a bit later and Tessie was "helping out".  I am not sure if she was holding the pin in place or about to pull it out... I am going to have to use a Really Big Nail to hold that in place!

After all, the time machine will go farther and faster, without all of that extra weight...

I have to go settle yet another argument... And tie more knots, so that Zar can safely climb all the way to the ground.  Maybe I should put an air mattress beneath where he is climbing. Tessie can be hazardous to your health if she wants something all to herself...

See you tomorrow.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Everything in the Right Order...


I have decided to wait a bit to do the electrical and hook ups. If I do it now,  by the time I am done, the time machine will be somewhere else in the universe...

I started the landing platform this morning. 

I centered the tower in the middle and did a pencil mark around it.  Then drew lines from that to all four corners.

I put screen door molding around all four sides to strengthen it. 

Then I went and found a bamboo place mat that had a label on it from Michael's.  I don't remember buying it there, but I am glad that I did.

I wanted the platform to look like fancy decking... It worked quite well.  One side of the bamboo is slightly rounded and the other side is flat.  I used it rounded side up.

I only used a couple of rows of the round white rods in the place mats towards the center to add interest.  The ones right next to the building are just temporarily in place. I am not sure if I am going to use them or not.

Anyway.  after getting three sides done, I decided to take a break and type for a while.

I went back out to get a cup of coffee and I noticed that the lights were on and somebody was making themselves at home...
I was right not to hook anything up.  Tessie zapped the two kitchen stools from Daisy's house... Zar was doing a nice seating arrangement... Then he looked around and announced... "Not today.  There still isn't a way to turn this thing on.  Casey hid the apparatus that runs this machine...."

Tessie heaved a heavy sigh, shrugged her shoulders and replied.... "So I'll zap the stools back to the kitchen... Care for a cup of coffee or a bug beer?"

Unfortunately, Tessie is very good at biding her time... I am going to have to be very careful.  I should start making calls to Daisy and see when she can get here.  Then I have to time it so that I can send it off to her while the Terrible Two aren't looking... Wish me luck!  I'm going to need it.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Getting Wired Now...

I heard shouting from the vicinity of Daisy's Time Machine this morning... It was Tessie.

"Zar!.. Get in here!  NOW!!!   It's about finished!"


I went to the hall and watched... Zar dragged the console to the back of the room and sat it up on its feet.

He then reverently backed away and if I am not mistaken, he bowed formally to the machine...
No.  It doesn't work yet.  That's why I was not afraid to leave it lying there.

However, I don't think that the shock and awe are going to last...

It is mostly put together, but I don't have the electrical stuff connected as yet.  There are a couple of bells and whistles still to add. 

And it is in need of a control panel on the desktop...

For now, I am just going to let the Terrible Two gaze in wonder...

I also still need to make a chair or bench for the operator to sit on.

In theory, it doesn't have to be comfy seating.  Time travel doesn't take that long, from what I hear.

I heard Zar whisper to Tessie as I left the room..."We need two seats in there. 

Yup, they are planning a heist!

See you tomorrow...