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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mashed Witch....

This is about how I feel this morning...

No.  I didn't crash into a wall.  Barb, a fellow Wednesday Witch, presented each of us with these smashed witches that she made.

Little did I know that this was what I was going to look like after a day of merriment....

Anyway, I have not gotten a lot done this morning.  I still have to finish cleaning up the party mess... thus the mashed witch...
 I did manage to finish the other two thirds of the rope ladder.  Probably not a good idea.  It just makes it easier for the Doctor to run away if he succeeds in his quest to pilfer parts...

It will actually hang down the back of the house when finished and the tower itself will face the back as well.
I had to go into town this morning for groceries and such.  I found this thread at Walmart.  It is nylon and multicolored.  I thought that it would be something fun for the net over the hot air balloon that I plan to make for the Steampunk Mercantile.

Tessie immediately confiscated it and wanted a new hammock... I don't think that I am ready to macramé her a hammock... She already has a wicker swing chair.  Shouldn't that be enough?

She tried to talk the grim reaper into doing it when I said that I wouldn't...

I think that "Push button for service was the wrong phrase to use.  I should have  been more specific.

I am thinking that cross stitching rugs would be a better use of my time than tying knots for a hammock.

Back to work. 

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Still Halloween-ing

When I got up this morning, I heard arguing coming from the Tudor Trailer...

The Terrible Two were in disagreement as to where their annual Halloween party should be held..

Tessie wanted to invade Daisy's new house.  She said that I would automatically clean up the mess... Wrong!

Zar wanted it in the trailer.  That way they didn't have to worry about the mess... It is always a mess anyway... Zar is a terrible housekeeper...

They continued the argument as I worked. It was finally decided that they would forget about it for today...And attend my Halloween party...That way they get to party twice.  And I get to clean up after them both times. 

I keep telling them to stay out of that tree...

It worries me that George has a gleeful grin on his face and looks like he is ready to pounce on the table... What do skeletons eat, anyway?
Just to be on the safe side I added two gremlins to the table to protect it...

The coffins that I found at Dollar Tree last week are going to come in handy.  They are holding the napkins and silverware for each person.

Then they can take them home and make mini Vampire beds later.
I decided to light up a lot of the mini houses...

For the first time, I turned on the electricity in the Time Machine...

Thank goodness, Gordon Dragon and Spike were guarding it.  It is not operational yet, but as soon as I walked away, the Doctor appeared. 

About all he can do is try to dislodge parts and run away with them.  No planchette yet.  And I put the Ouija Board away, just to be on the safe side.  I'm not a complete idiot.  Yet...

Anyway, there you have it... Happy Halloween, two days early!

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Getting Ready....

 Door bell works. Check!  I am trying to get everything ready for tomorrow's Wednesday Witches' mini meeting. 

This door bell was a cheap-y plastic thing from Walmart about ten years ago...  It had a solid blue background, solid white face and hand and solid gray cloak... The lantern was plain old brown.  

I went to work with acrylic paints and "fixed" it.  The eyes and light flash.  When you push the button under the lantern, you hear a really loud banging on the door and a deep voice says..."Come in... If you dare!"  Then you hear a really loud creaking door and footsteps...

This thing is really scary... No not the flashing lights and the sound effects.... The scary part is... It has never had a battery change!  Ten years and still going strong on the original battery!  It is enchanted...
I think I bought this witch the same year.  The fiber optics in the hair broom and pumpkin change colors as long as it is plugged in...

In her case, I painted her face and re dressed her.  The apron is antique lace and she has ostrich plumes and other feathers on her hat...

I tell you, they just don't make Halloween decorations like they used to!
Now about the real Halloween.  Matilda has been hanging on the landing platform of the Witches' Warehouse for as long as there has been a Witches' Warehouse.  Maybe one day she will learn not to drink bug beer and fly...
The poster for Frog in your Throat cough medicine was a real one from the turn of the last century.  I wonder why it didn't last... I would buy it if it were still around...

The cobwebs that you see inside the Warehouse are real... I have pet spiders that live there.  They seem to like it.
The Warehouse is ready and waiting for the party..

I actually did a bit of cleaning....  Not too much.  The spiders would get in a tizzy and move out if I disturbed them too much. 

We wouldn't want that to happen...
As for the Terrible Two?  I warned them not to go into the woods...

Would they listen...?

Nope...

As far as I am concerned, they are on their own....I warned them.  I do hope that they make it out alive... It would be boring around here without them. I have work to do. 

See you tomorrow.

Monday, October 27, 2014

We Have an Intruder!

April and Amare showed up to help me decorate for the Wednesday Witches' Halloween bash this morning... A good time was had by all, but not a lot of minis were done...

When I was beading yesterday, Tessie found this glass vial that I beaded a couple of years ago...Now I am debating whether to use it for a needle case or should I find some way to wire it and use in on the tower platform?  I am thinking needle case.  The top comes off and it is already done.  I haven't gotten a lot further along on the one that I was working on yesterday.

 Hey!  Finished is always good, as an excuse to stop working on yet another project...
Meanwhile, I went into the bedroom and found the Terrible Two plus Gordon, in an uproar.  It seems that they found things out of place in the time machine.

Gordon alerted them to the evidence of trespassing.  The rope ladder was not in it's usual place on the back of the house.  And the culprit was still on the premises..
Zar found the ladder at the opposite end of the house.  Rather than climb down, he decided that there might be trace evidence on the ladder and opted for climbing down the tree instead.

Good opt...

Once again, the Doctor is in... When he found that the time machine was still inoperable, he dug up a good book and decided to relax on the rooftop patio until the machine was running....

Speaking of running... I do believe that the Doctor will soon be running for cover.  The Terrible Two are not going to let him get away with it.  They saw the time machine first! They seem to think that they have right of first refusal on the theft...

I need to get in touch with Daisy right away..

Gotta run.  See you tomorrow!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Needle in a Haystack....

Or a bunch of needles on a magnet...

I finished the carrying case for the beads a few days ago. I even found a single earring from the eighties that matches... Then I decided that I needed to stock it with needed supplies...

I had everything in it but the needles and I realized that, I didn't know where they were...

I have  been looking for them for a month or so now.

I tore the beadwork shelves in the workroom apart.  Still no needles...

I then decided that I needed a ruler in the case.  I started looking through my stash of rulers.  I found this magnetic one and thought that it might come in handy...

Then I turned it over...and started laughing... Mystery solved!  I have no idea how they managed to get there, but about every beading needle that I own was stuck to the back of that ruler...

That's when I decided that I needed a new needle case for the beading needles.

So... I started this yesterday...  I am using as many of my hex beads as I can.  The silly things got away from me and wound up in a bead soup pile.

This is a  way to sort and use at the same time.  I am not a fan of hex beads.  They are sharp and easily cut thread if they aren't handled with care...

So... I am going to use as many as I can and then the rest will go into a plastic bag and be put in the official, larger bead soup jar...

And the magnetic ruler? It is going somewhere safe.  A place where my needles can't find it.

Back to work.

See you tomorrow with more Time Machine news.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Posted....And Chained

OK.  Now nobody should fall off the landing platform... Notice I said "should" not "will".

I cut the straws all to the same length this morning.  I may still go back in and us a matte finish on them.  They are  just a bit too shinny for my taste.

This is the pile of materials that I used.  Straws, cut to size.  Short lengths of 18 gauge gunmetal wire for the loops at the top and a bead cap and a bead for the top of each post.
 Here is the assembly.  I made a loop in the middle of each wire, around my needle nosed pliers.  The I put that through the bead and then the end cap, jewelry finding.

I used E-6000 to keep them together...  I needed nine of the posts.

I glued the posts into the eyelets that are around the platform.

Then I threaded the copper wire through the loops at the top of each post.  I put a bit of E-6000 on each connection to hold the chain in place. If I didn't do this, the chain would wind up in a pile at one end or the other... It doesn't stay where you put it.

Anyway,  now Zar can enjoy the view without falling overboard...

I still need to finish putting on the underpinnings of the platform.  I had to go buy more eyelets before I could finish that... I did... Now I can...

See you tomorrow.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Maybe By Halloween...

With a little bit of help from my friends...

Zar was a big help this morning.  I masked off the edge of the platform and he painted it.

Masking makes it fast work.  It would have been even faster if I hadn't glued down the landing platform to the roof... Oops!

When he finished, I put in supports for the railing around the edge.  I used the same grommets that I used for the supports under the roof.

Tessie insisted on putting up a Do not enter! sign.  She happened to get a glimpse  of the Doctor running for cover yesterday and doesn't want the competition for the theft of the machine...

Meanwhile, it is such a nice day that I almost stayed outside after I sprayed the posts for the platform...

My back porch is starting to look like a jungle..  The mother of millions still has a lot of babies on it's leaves.  I am going to have to harvest some more.

I volunteered to hostess the Halloween bash for the Wednesday Witches next Wednesday. 

I noticed that George arrived early.  He hangs around my workroom all year and this is the only time that he gets out...I don't blame him for being eager... I would be too, if someone put me in there on a shelf and closed the door for a year...

Anyway, I am off to see if the posts are dry yet... Here's hoping that I can drag myself back inside to install them...

See you tomorrow...