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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Killing Time... With No AC...

 I took a quilt to keep me busy yesterday... I got very little done.  Someday my quilt will be done... But not anytime soon, I fear.  This thing is done by hand with a needle and thread.  Did I mention that it will be king sized when it's finished...?
Last night Walter found that the water line for the air conditioning was leaking, by the back door.  Inside.  Not a good situation this time of year.  It is supposed to be over 100 today.  We have a call in to the repair place. 

I decided that I didn't want to start working with my head stuck in a dollhouse.  If the repair people come, I will have to stop, so I am finding other things to do.  Nothing new to show, as a result.

Tessie, Spike and I went out to the back yard to keep you entertained. 

That is my first Japanese Eggplant that Tessie is eyeing...  As soon as she saw it, she said, "That doesn't even look like an egg.  It's cute, but I don't know about eating an egg that is long and purple.  It smells funny too...". 

So much for Tessie trying out a new food.  If it were a cookie tree, maybe it would be a different story.

She is a fan of the tiny tomatoes.

I have a goodly bunch of yellow grape tomatoes coming along...  I accidentally mentioned the name.  That just brought on another controversy.  She started with, "These don't taste anything like grapes and they are the wrong color.  That's a silly name for them. Why didn't they just call them "Tessie's Tiny Yellow Tomatoes?  That makes a lot more sense."

She doesn't know that, there are some that are almost ready for picking, down by Spike's nose.  I am not telling her either.  I am saving them for next Wednesday, when I have the witchy meeting.  I may only have one or two per person, but I can at least say that I grew something good to eat...

Now if I can just keep my hands of off them until next week.... Oh well... There is always the produce department at the grocery store, down the street....  Just in case...

I think that I am going to go back to the quilt or the lace.  With those, I just have to put down the needle and walk away.  No bumping my head on the ceiling of the kitchen whilst backing out of the house with those.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My Tools, My Rules...

I decided to change the shape of the cook top this morning.... About 3:00AM.   Why do I always wake up about that time, thinking of something to change?  Then after an hour or so, I drift off again...

Anyway, the black paint on the bottom of the slide is going to work well.

I also got the wood shelf bottoms cut and sanded.

Then Widget took over... At least that's my excuse.

He came in and sat on my ruler, scissors and various other items. There he sits...Looking a bit mad and threatening to fall asleep on the spot.

See the plastic bag by his front feet?  He at least found my lead tape for me.  I am grateful for that.

I guess I could move him, but I am not too worried.  I have to get ready to go to the Witchy meeting anyway.  I have to find something to take along. 

Maybe lace or maybe something completely different....  It's one of those days.  I want to do something other than what I have been doing....Maybe I will just sit and pout.  Widgy stole my tools!
I am starting to work on a  new under counter, with an oven in the center section.  Maybe a curve away from the stove front... Just playing so far.

I propped it up on the yellow tape just so you could see the tape.

It is masking tape that I found at Walmart in the school supply section.  I know it is going to come in handy for something.  Yes.... It really is the right size.  The one inch sections are 1"!  I have a feeling that it is going to come in handy some day soon.  Anyway, I thought it was cool.  Measure and paint at the same time.

I am off now to get ready to go.  I have to leave soon.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Holes.....

Slowly, but surely, I am getting the niches finished.

I cut three of the same thing from foam core.  Then I used the trusty cat food dividers to line each hole.  I still have to go back and add a bottom to each one with wood.

I don't know how much I will finish today.  I have a dentist appointment this morning.  Ick.
The next step was to gesso the whole thing.  I have to do that before I do the wood bottoms.

I did all of this whilst watching a couple of those rehab house shows... "Love it or List it"... I am starting to notice a pattern in those.  Every one of them follows a formula.  Fix a row house with not enough money.  Find the same extra things wrong with said house.  Try to sell the owners another house exactly like their house, except it has already been rehabbed.  Then stand back and watch while the owners go crazy, trying to decide what to do...

I'm going back to Korean Dramas.  At least they tell a story that is interesting and different each time... And they don't try to fix the same house over and over...
Here's what the niches look like, so far... I am still debating on the color inside the niches.  The rest of the room is now going to be white.  I will either leave the holes green or paint them midnight blue, like the living room walls.

Thank goodness the glass cook top isn't working yet...We would be having barbecued Spike for dinner, if it were.

This is going to be a short one.  I have to get ready to leave.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sometimes It Works...

A couple of days ago,  Elizabeth S. commented on Tessie's "new" apron... Tessie saw the comment and immediately started complaining..."This is NOT a new apron.  Speaking of new aprons, you haven't made me any for a long time.  I need new aprons!"

I took her by the scruff of the neck and shoved her in her portable closet.  I counted the other day when the comment was made. 

Tessie has 20 or more aprons!  I missed one when I counted and said 19.  I found another one this morning... I am sure that I have missed one here and there...

I put her to work.  I told her that every apron had to be ironed and hung up right, before she would get any more new ones... That should keep me safe for the time being.

I have other things to do.  I have to cut two more layers of the niches this morning...That will take care of the depth.   Then they will have to be spackled.

I have to cut wood  counter tops and niche bottoms.

I also need to redraw the openings for under the counters.  Total of five or six cut outs there...

That should keep me busy for a while.

I did a tiny experiment this morning too. 

I needed some screen insets for the doors on the bottom  cupboards. 

I ran across this old piece of plastic canvas.  I am not sure if they even make it anymore.

It looks like basket weave.  I was curious to see if it would take stain.  I have used it a few times, painted.  That works.

Now I know that it will also take stain, quite well.  I have no excuse not to get to work on the rest of the counters in the kitchen.

Back to work.  See you tomorrow.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Plants and Pots....

I went into town this morning, so not much in the way of minis.

I have been waiting for a while for the flowers on this plant to dry out, so that I could try using them as mini flowers.

Unfortunately, I don't know the name of the plant. It looks a bit like a rubber tree plant, but not quite. I bought it at Walmart when I saw that it had a bunch of tiny flower buds.  Then I kept it watered and my fingers crossed. 

It paid off!
These are the dried flowers next to my fingers, so that you can see the size.

I get the best results with letting the flowers dry on the plant.
Here's a close up. 

I will spray them with Patricia Nimmock's  fixative.  Then they will be ready to paint...

I almost like them the way that they are.  They would be pretty arranged in vases.

We shall see....
Here's another example of a small leafed plant to grow.  This is Stonecrop.   I already had a tricolor plant.  That one is green and white, with tinges of pink here and there on the leaves.

I lucked out on this one.  It has a plain green and also green and white in the same pot.

The leaves never get any bigger than this. You can pinch off a group of leaves from the end of one of the branches and it will root. It's another example of mini real life plants.
I thought that you might like to see a few of the mother of millions in George's desert scene.  They are very happy, living there.  I don't water them as often as the ones in the tub, so they aren't growing quite as fast as the other ones.

The other plants that are in this scene have been in here for over a year.  The one to the left of him is a Rat Tail Cactus.  Again, I took it as a branch from a pot, and in this case, I put some rooting hormone on it before I put it in.  It did just fine.  The one that looks like a big cactus, behind him is really a euphorbia of some kind.  The ones to the far right are just small succulents of some kind.  I have had them so long that I don't remember the name.  They were about that size when I bought them and I have had them longer than the bowl.  They grow, but very, very slowly.

Last, but not least, look at the little pots that I found at Dollar Tree!  They are new to me.  Our store hasn't had them before, as far as I know.

I threw the pencil in the photo, so that you could compare the size. 

They are hard plastic, with a flexible lid.  They will be handy for lots of small parts and beads.  Who doesn't need more small containers?

I am off to see what I can find to put in them now.  I am sure that won't take long.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

There's an Elephant in My Bathtub!

First of all, Tessie, it's not your bathtub.

Second of all... It seems to me that Edgar deserves a turn.  After all, he did all of the work, so that you could have a 24 hour bath!

The poor baby should get to relax for a while!

Tessie finally gave up and went away.  It's pretty hard to lift an elephant out of the tub.... Even if he is a baby.
 I think that the 24 hour bath was a mistake.  I should have gotten her out earlier. 

Yes.  It was peaceful and quiet whilst she was in there, but now that she's out, she is energized!  Like the bunny...

She has been running around like a madwoman checking on my progress.

She found this tile sheet and is trying to talk me into incorporating it into the kitchen. 

I, on the other hand, think it is going just one step too far.

Now she is bugging me to get the stove area finished so that she can try out the glass top...

I did get the layout for the niches finished.  It took three tries to find one that I liked.

I realized that the wall needed a larger area over the cooktop.

Tessie insisted on going into appliance model mode.  I think that I am going to be installing a lot of glass cook tops.  She hates cleaning burners.

I am going to have to do some painting on the rest of the kitchen, build real cabinets and generally do everything  but the floor over... Here we go again...

OK.  I just shoved Tessie into the other room.  I made her go see to her lavender apron.

When she got out of the tub, she announced that the apron would have to be starched and ironed before she could possibly wear it again.  The shoulder ruffles were drooping.

Don't look at me!  I am not ironing a teeny tiny apron just so you can take another bathe in it.

I made her go put on another apron as soon as she got out of the tub and was somewhat dry...

Now you can see what all of the holes are going to look like.  It might just work.

I think that I have figured out how to make the cook top look like my real one... If not, Daisy and/or Tessie is going to have to cook on regular burners...

Back to putting my foot down with Tessie.  She wandered away mumbling something about the lack of a refrigerator in the kitchen... Daisy is going to have to do with an under counter model.  After all, she probably will not be here all of the time.  That's what I forgot...I wonder if she needs a place to land a time machine?

See you tomorrow.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Note From Daisy...

I got ready to work on the kitchen this morning.

When I reached in to measure for the back wall, this is what I found!

Daisy strikes again!

Just in case you can't read her writing, it says.

"Casey!
   I left you a piece of glass on the counter.  It's for a cooking top for the stove.
         Make it happen!
                    Daisy.
P. S. I refuse, absolutely, to cook with wood, gas  or coils!"
Strangely, the writing looks a lot like Tessie's....

Anyway, I cut a piece to fit above the stove and did some sketches of what I want the top to look like.

It's a bit hard to see in the sketch, but there will be niches for coffee pot, spices, dishes, and a round one for bottles of wine. There is a hanging basket for fruit to the left.

The strange thing at the top is a range hood.... For safety's sake...
After I got the drawing done, I went to see what was going on in the house...

Tessie is still up to her nose in suds. She refuses to budge.  She told me, "My clothes aren't clean yet!"

Drastic measures will occur now. A 24 hour bath is long enough to test for leaks!

I just sent Edgar, the baby elephant, back in to pull the plug... That's assuming that he can find it. 

I think that Tessie has used two and a half bottles of bubble bath so far...not her size... Mine!

Anyway, as soon as I can pry her out of the tub, I will get back to work.

Wish me luck!

See you tomorrow.