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Sunday, February 19, 2017

I Want To Be Alone!

I need to find a stack of books to put in between the Terrible Two.

They have been arguing all day as to which side of the bookends is best...

Don't tell Tessie.  I am siding with Zar...
Tessie has a single, very large piece of cake and food for Spike. The only other things in hers, so far is her favorite pottery and books... Not much to attract visitors...

I have a feeling that this thing is going to get zapped to wherever I am working and Tessie is going to be directing the work I do.  It makes no difference what that work is...
Zar, on the other hand has his set up for company.  TV set for watching movies and sports. 

He kept the flowers... I don't think that Tessie can get the plant stand in hers since she has the big chair and "larger" bookcase...

He also has a pitcher of bug beer on the top shelf.  A nice platter of cold cuts and crackers for guests. 

And on the bottom shelf, cookies and cigars!

He has some Native American crafts on top of the shelving unit and somewhere he found a kitten and a puppy. 

His is just nice and friendly all around.  The only setback I can see is you have to bring your own chair and sit on the surrounding area...

I'll suffer with him.  Somebody pass the cookies!

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tessie Wins Again!

Or does she?

She nagged until I put together a bookcase for the other corner box... Then when I got it together, she nagged even more!

It seems that she noticed that it was going to be the same size as the other one...NOT GOOD!

She nagged until I told her that I would put higher legs on it and she could store stuff underneath it.  That still wasn't quite enough to suit her...

She opted for little finials at the top to make it even taller.

She then drug out a bottle of pewter gray. Yup.  That was her color of choice... She kept saying after I finished putting a couple of coats of paint on it, that she had other ideas to fancy it up... Her words.  Not mine!

Then she proceeded to grab all of "her" stuff from the other bookcase.  That left nothing but a couple of old books that she didn't want in Zar's new bookcase.

She has all of her pottery back.  Most of her books are in place. 

She keeps saying that she has other stuff to add...

Please note, she even grabbed the piece of chocolate cake that Zar barrowed from her...

I am just waiting to see what else she drags in, now that she has her very own "larger" bookcase... I know that there will be stuff on top and stuff crammed under the bottom.  I just don't know what she has up her sleeve yet.
She has not yet noticed that Zar has lots of packing boxes on his shelves... I can't wait to see what he chose to bring over from the clockwork cottage.

One of these days I am going to have to get to work and finish that one too.

Not today.

I have to go help Zar unpack and then probably help Tessie get one or two items up on his stash.

Back to the bickering.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Hidding Out, Inside...

I went out for a while this morning.  I didn't enjoy it much, because my left heel hurts.  I stepped back into the tree trunk that the Witches Warehouse sits on Wednesday, when the gang was leaving.  Now it hurts.  Most irritating...

I did stop at the Goodwill.  I found a purse that I couldn't resist.  All leather and in good shape. The reason that I wanted it was, it is one of those old ones that have the wallet behind the zipper part that you see on the front.

The only thing wrong with it was a green pen mark between the two zipper fobs that you see on the front.  All gone now.

I used some leather cleaner that I found in the shoe department at Walmart. That worked pretty good, but I did have to do a bit of camouflage on the pen mark.  It just wouldn't come out all the way. Now it can't be seen.  Good old Ceramacoat paint to the rescue!

 Anyway, I planted three different kinds of tomatoes in the trough. I know it's a bit early to put the cages around them, but I have high hopes...

The winds are blowing today.  Sometimes as fast as 25 MPH.  Ick!

When I came back in, the Terrible Two plus One, were as you see them now...

No, I still don't have the bookcase built for Tessie's.  She gave up on getting the other one back when I told her that she could put whatever she wanted in the new one...

She immediately zapped it to sit beside Zar's and started grinning and proceeded to tell him that her chair was taller than his chair...

She even needs another layer on her footstool.

She is using her director's chair... That usually means more work for me.  I told her that she couldn't tell me what to do until tomorrow. Then the fun begins again...

For today, I am going to put my feet up, rest my heel, knit and watch Korean Dramas until Walter gets home from golf.

Back to the needles and Roku.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Calling All Art Experts...

I spent more of Walter's Goodwill gift card this morning.  And I still have $6.00 left!

I bought a hand colored etching...

I believe it is an artist's proof.  There is no run number on it. Sorry about the three fingers in the middle of the pond.  Yup.  They're mine.

If it were one of a series of prints, it would have a 1/30 kind of number.  The first number is the number of the print and the second one is how many were printed. 

How do I know this?  I took several etching classes in college. We had to pull proofs of our prints. They were never numbered. Only prints that we did a series of printings were numbered like this.

We did however have to sign them.  Usually in pencil.

I am having trouble even deciphering this one.  I have the L. B.....Then it goes down hill from there.

I don't really care if it is a masterpiece or not.  I like it and it is already hanging on the bedroom wall.

While I was taking the frame apart and cleaning the glass and the mat, I noticed that Zar was being spied upon...

A couple of seconds after I took this photo, the bottle on top of the bookcase fell on Zar's head and at the same time, Tessie mysteriously disappeared.

I left.  I am not going to get into the middle of this.  The two of them can fight it out until I get another one made and then they are going to be sitting on either side of a row of books.  I will not have to worry then. To each his own....

Back to work. See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Witches Were Here...

We Started on the Kits that I put together. 

Between teaching and working, I got this far on a new one.

Witches Judy and Susan had a great idea for theirs.  They are sisters and live together... They are going to make bookends out of theirs.

I like the idea of using them for something more than just a miniature display.
I ran across this tile. I used a print of a tile inset to make the center fancier... Maybe I should have used that one instead of the plain one.

Oh well... I will make another one.  They are fun and quick to finish.

I had to force Tessie to vacate the one that I was using as an example... She went off in a huff!

Big mistake!!!

Look who has control now!

Enough said...
While I am at it, I have to show you this.  I think that this is one of the orchids that we got at Costco last year.  I am going to have to go back and see if I can find the entry for those.

If it is, it is blooming again.  I have three other ones that aren't doing a bloomin' thing! I am going to have to have a talk with them! They aren't doing their job.

I am going back to work on the new corner box now.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lazy Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

I was lazy all day.  Tomorrow I will have to do double time, because the witches are coming here.

Today, I just watched Korean Dramas and beaded.

Seth wanted one of the rings that I have been making in blue.  I hope this will make him happy!

Amare then said he wanted one with red or blue.  I gave him a whole rainbow.  His finger is a little less than two inches around.  This was an easy one... Notice the gold at the end of the rainbow!
I played around with some mother of pearl chips down the center of this one... Mine!  No.  Tessie can't have it for a hat!
I forgot to tell you.  I finally found something at Goodwill to spend some of my gift certificate on.

Yup.  Another dragon.  What can I say?  I like dragons! 

He will probably end up in the back yard somewhere.  I love the color.  He still had the original price tag on the bottom... I got him for a quarter of the original price!

And I still have a lot of my gift certificate left!

I am going back to Korean Dramas now.  And back to beading. 

See you tomorrow.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Tiny Good Housekeeping...

I think that you have seen these bags before, but I have a suggestion for you that works for any kind of mini cleaning...

Take a photo before you start cleaning!

This can save you a lot of time... I used to spend more time trying to remember where everything was supposed to be than I did in the actual cleaning process... This saves time for sure!

This one isn't too difficult to figure out.  Simple arrangement and everything goes back fairly easy...
This is a sewing room bag that I did a long time ago. Again, there is not as much to move and dust under as in some of the other boxes, but it still saves time to have the photo, in case something jumps out and rolls across the floor and you can't find it...
This is the bag the made me start doing this.  It is from a London oriental shop and has lots of bits and bobs in it.

I can take everything out and dust and still put things back fairly fast.  I have added a few things over the years and it doesn't always look the same every time I go to clean.

Anyway... Guess what I am doing this morning?  Yup.  Cleaning house... Still.

Back to work.

See you tomorrow with clean bags!