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Thursday, April 27, 2017

She's Growing Her Own Pintos!

That's Beans. Not ponies. I consider it a success that the beans even sprouted. Tessie just threw them in the pot and left.  I had to dig them down in and cover them up a few days ago.

If this is a success we will be eating a lot of Mexican Refried beans.  Good stuff!

I am beginning to wonder when this plant is going to stop blooming... It has been putting out these little red flowers for about nine months and shows no sign of stopping.

I threw away the tag and I am not even sure what it is now.  Some kind of thorny succulent. That's all I know.

I have two of them and they don't know when to quit.

Remember the Mother of Millions(Mexican Hat version) that I showed you last week... It had tiny bumps on the edge of the leaves.  We now have a LOT of tiny plants on the edges.

Tessie likes this one, because she thinks that I will get back to the conservatory by planting some of the off spring. She may be right.

I went and looked and there isn't a lot left to do on that one. I need to finish it, so that she will stop nagging me.
Here's Tessie's favorite indoor hide out lately.  It's in the kitchen... Between the micro wave and the sink...

Food and pretty colors.  This orchid has been going strong for at least five or six months now.  The blooms show no signs of fading. 

That's why I like orchids. Water once a week.  Then stand back and look at pretty flowers for a long, long time.

The wind is still blowing.  It has been a very windy spring and shows no signs of stopping.  Otherwise, I would be spending a lot more time outdoors right now. I am going to give up and stay inside for the rest of the afternoon. It's no fun when the wind is trying to blow me away. 

I think that I will go make baskets now.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

STill Trying...

I took this one through the kitchen window.  Woody was trying for another one of the Hummingbird feeders. 

Not a great shot, but I am getting closer to the one where he is hanging over and under the feeder. 

This one, he was hanging from the branch of the Pokeberry Tree and reaching out with his beak for the syrup.  Sooner or later I am going to get him in his unusual feeding position...

Meanwhile, Tessie found the kumquats that Jeannie gave me this afternoon.  She has a beautiful little tree in her front yard. I am going to try them and then I am going to get a few seeds from them to see if I can grow a tree too.

Tessie has high hopes... She said, "These are the biggest miniature oranges that I have ever seen!"

I am not even going to try to explain kumquats to her. 
I got this much of a new bracelet done at the meeting this afternoon... I like it so far.
OK. It looks like I am going to have to explain kumquats to Tessie.  She went and got Kota.  He is backing up her right to hear the kumquat story.

I am not sure what she used to bribe him, but he is standing(or sitting) behind her all the way.

Let's see.... "Once upon a time, there was an orange. It had a baby orange and she named it Kumquat.  Yup... That's a good start.

Back to work on the bracelet.  See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Wind is BLOWING!!!

I feel like crawling back into bed and pulling the covers over my head. 

The wind has been blowing sideways ever since I got up this morning.  Can you tell that I don't like wind?  Nope.  No way, no how!

Tessie and Zar are comfy cozy in the basket maker's workshop.  I would like to crawl in there and watch TV, but there is no room.  They have all of the good seats and Spike has the floor. 
 I got to looking around in there.  It needs a thorough cleaning... Maybe I will do that when I finish here. 

Every time I clean in there, I get sidetracked and start making baskets again... I guess it could be worse... I could just decide to take a nap.  At least I would be doing minis if I make baskets...

My other problem is... Yup... The workroom is a mess again.  I need to go in there and clean up too. 

I don't want to clean!  I want to make baskets! 

I would like to make more like the swirled one in the second photo... In order to do that, I have to climb over things in the workroom to get to the supplies...

Maybe I should just give up and actually do more cleaning... Hmmmm.   Where have I heard that before? 

Did I mention that I don't like the wind? Maybe I will just go in the bedroom and watch K Dramas with the Terrible Two plus One and start over with the other stuff tomorrow, bright and early. Yes. That sounds like the right thing to do.

See you tomorrow!  Bright and Early. I'll be up by 5:00 AM.  How about you?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Uncaged!

I found one of the old birdcages in the garage this morning.  I started painting it to use with the new wicker...

I didn't get very far. Tessie saw what I was doing and grabbed the paintbrush out of my hand and threatened..."Do you want me to paint you to death?"

I am not exactly sure how one gets painted to death, but I also don't want to find out how!

It came to the point where neither one of us would back down... Then Tessie said, "If we can't agree on what to do, maybe it isn't worth doing..."  She had a point.  Neither one of us was going to be happy for the rest of the day if I kept painting... And besides, I didn't want to get painted to death.  It doesn't sound like fun!

So I took one side of the cage in question and she took the other.  We carried it out to the garbage bin and tossed it in.  Tessie almost went in with it, but I caught her just in time.

The banana bread came out of the oven about that time.  I had a slice.

Tessie grabbed a knife and started chopping herself a piece.

When she chops, she doesn't mess around.

She took a whole corner out of it. She could barely carry it...

I cleaned up the kitchen and Tessie disappeared, bread and all!

I finished in the kitchen and went to look for her.  I figured that, where her new settee was, she would be.

I was right. She is currently ensconced in the chair.  She zapped it to the basket shop.  That is the closest room to the big TV in the bedroom.

She is now mesmerized by  one of my Korean Dramas on VIKI.  She is munching on banana bread and trying really hard to ignore Spike. He does like his banana bread.  I may have to make a tray for little people with lots of tiny slices.  They all seem to like it.  The only trouble is... When I provide enough food, the party starts.

I have a feeling I am going to be pulling  little people out of the punch bowl for the rest of the afternoon.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tessie was Right!

Tessie won this one.

I made the bolster pillows for her "chair" this morning... If it were the right size, I would be fighting her for it.  It really does look comfortable.

I did the bolster pillows from a couple of the no longer available cardboard tubes from the old Tampax. They are now plastic and I am not sure that they would work.

I cut them to the right length to fit on either side of the settee.  Then I covered them with very thin batting.  I am not even sure what it is or where it came from.  Just part of the stash.

Then I covered each tube with the fabric and tucked the ends inside the tubes.  If you want them to be extra nice, you can gather the ends with thread.  Don't tell Tessie. I didn't bother in this case.
I figure that it will take until tomorrow or the day after and then she will be ready for something new.

I am going to enjoy the quiet while it lasts.

She will probably give the settee to Zar in a day or two. 

Then she will start pestering me for another piece of furniture of her choice.

I caught her nosing around under the bed... Looking at the kit that she wants turned into her mansion... Boy! Is she going to be surprised when she finds out that the one that she picked, not too long ago, is a four room house.  Not much of a mansion.

Read the fine print Tessie!

Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A One Woman Settee

OK. Back to minis.  I got the upholstery done on the settee and footstool done.  Well, I still need to put some braiding around the edges of the cushions, but other than that and a few throw pillows, they are done.

I won't go into fine detail because there are other entries on the blog that do that.

The top item in the photo is a piece of foam core cut to the seat pattern. I glued fabric to the edge of that and wrapped it around to both sides.

Then I took a piece of cardstock and drew a grid on it that I could follow to tuft the top.  I used a double strand of thread to do the tufting, working from the center out.

I did that separately and trimmed off the extra batting even with the cardstock. Then I glued it onto the foam core piece.
It was basically the same process for the footstool.  The only difference was I left the foam core piece off and just attached the padded piece to the center of the stool.

Yes.  I needed all that glue.  This piece is a bit harder to keep down.


Anyway, all I have to do is add #5 black perle cotton to all of the edges of the tufted areas. 

And yes... This is a totally different fabric.  She found it at the bottom of a drawer when I threatened to use fabric that I liked... What she doesn't know is... This is the fabric that I was thinking of using.  I stuck it at the bottom of the drawer where I knew that she would find it... Yes.  I'm evil... Shhhh!
I just barely got the photo taken of the finished piece.  Then Tessie jumped in and made herself comfortable.  Strangely, when it was unfinished it was big enough for two people... Now it is a one person chair, instead of a settee.

She wants a bolster pillow for each end.  Then, to quote her, "It will be a perfect one person chair.

I guess I shouldn't fight it.  I am off to add trim and make bolster pillows now.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, April 21, 2017

One Potato. Two Potato...

You may be wondering why I am working on Russian baskets today...

Well. I started out with asking Tessie which fabric she had chosen for the settee and footstool... Her reply? "I have it down to five choices!"

Does that explain the basket work?  Actually, it does.

I finished a tray basket..
Then I started rolling more sticks for another one. 

Every once in a while, I would stop and ask again about her choices... It was still five every time.  They were just in a different order each time. 

Back to the basket.
Just a little while ago, I went to ask again.  I am not sure whether Zar is trying to help or about to strangle Tessie and put her out of her misery.

This was the order a few minutes ago.  I left it at, "Tessie, call me when you decide."

I am going to ignore the two of them and maybe Zar can talk her into choosing one of the five. 

Until then, I am going back to basket making and watching TV while I weave.

See you tomorrow.