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Friday, July 31, 2015

Fluffy Stuff...

The bed/couch is under way...

I first cut pieces from ceiling tile and then cut the same shapes from illustration board... Then I cut them again, from fluffy stuff... Otherwise known as quilt batting...

Then I cut fabric to cover that was larger.
 I ran a single layer of batting around the edges of the ceiling tile and covered that with strips of fabric glued to the bottom and top.  Not to the batting itself.

Then I covered the illustration board with batting and that with a wrap of the fabric.

Tessie decided that she wanted to keep with the forest colors... Brown... Maybe I can talk her into lightening it with colorful pillows.
I put a wedge of wood at the back edge of the long side and covered the triangle in front the same way... I don't think that I like it.  It may get a cushion like the rest of the couch.

Anyway, that's about it for this morning.  It's time to get the chicken out of the oven, so no more minis for a while... I'm hungry.

See you tomorrow, with more pillows to make this a couch.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

All Quiet on All Fronts....

OK. I decided to see if I could find the wandering party goers... I kept hearing noises all through the night... They seemed to far away to be in Eskiaga's Southwestern Room Box...

Just to be sure, I checked different places all along the way..

Nobody home at Nellie's Embroiderer's cottage...In fact, I don't think that the bed was even slept in.

I Then went to Eskiaga's place... He and Cordelia were quietly munching tacos and talking... The claimed that they had not been to a party or had a party in his place... I had to believe him.  The floor was still looking freshly mopped...
I then stopped at several other places in the bookcase. 

The Archeologist's office was really quiet... Strange... Then I remembered.  There was never an archaeologist in the office... One of these days I might just have to do something about that..

Next stop?  Zar's Tudor Trailer... That's where things were happening...

Strangely enough, the premises looked pristine.  Yes, there was food and drink... But very tidy food and drink... They claimed that the party moved straight there from the one that they had in the craft cottage...

Then I made a big mistake...

I decided to go get some things out of my workroom...

This is what I found.  Lots of mini food and drink missing and the biggest mess that the workroom has been in for a while...

As I walked back to the trailer to complain, I noticed that Tessie's Townhouse, The basket shop, Daisy's cottage and Cordelia's house were all in a shambles!  This must be the longest continuing party that the gang has ever had... And guess who gets to clean up after them? 

This could take a while.  The first thing I am going to do is lay down a new set of rules... Rule Number ONE!  IF you party, YOU clean!!!

Back to work. Where should I start?

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Little Old, A Little New....

This kitchen is going to need some built ins.  I didn't like the modern stuff in there and the Chrysnbon stuff doesn't fit.  I am going to use the stove.  Not sure about the icebox... And I am definitely going to have to bite the bullet and build some cabinets.

Bah Humbug!
 I sat down and drew up a plan of how I wanted the living room and dining room to look... Kind of.

It's not to scale and things are just randomly sized.  But this is vaguely how I will look...
This table is one that I have had for about 25 years.  I don't even remember where I got it, but it works for deciding on size.  It's about right.

I found two Chrysnbon ladder back chairs.  Those are also a question mark... Again, if I build them and then don't use them, they will work for finding the size I want.

Here I go again...Wandering around in circles...

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Back to the Cottage...

 I had Walter move the Forest Fantasy Cottage back into the bedroom.  The lighting is better in the Family room, but Not as much work gets done...  No TV. OK I admit it, I am hooked on having a TV to watch' or at least listen to whilst working...

This morning, I discovered that the left corner of the kitchen had come up from it's fastenings.  Not enough glue.

I proceeded to remedy the situation with lots of glue and a knitting needle for a brace until it dries.

The appliances that you see are simply illustration board mock ups of the right size to see if they fit.  They come in handy when I want to measure a room for stoves and such.

While waiting for the glue to dry I cut out the pieces for the couch/bed that will slide under the upper landing.

The piece on the right will be stationary.  The left has a mattress that slides in and out.  It will have a 1/2" foam mattress on top that will be covered with the same upholstery material as the rest of the couch.
Tessie and Zar left the traveling party just so Tessie could  try it on for size.  It fits.

As for the party, I have to go look to see where the troops are stationed now.  They weren't in Eskiaga's place when I went by this morning... All of that floor mopping for naught!

I suspect that which ever place they decided to go next will need a good cleaning after they move on, so I will just listen and not look... If I do, I might lock the whole gang in a cage and leave them in the back yard with the squirrels...

Speaking of squirrels, I need to go feed them.  Very soon they may become unruly and start eating plants that they shouldn't.

I think that I hear noise coming from The Crooked House... Maybe I should go check that out.  Come to think of it, there was never a housewarming in the Embroiderer's Cottage. And it is between the Craft Cottage and Eskiaga's place...  Maybe I should wait until tomorrow to look.

See you then.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Party On, Dudes!

I got the Craft Cottage cleaned up and the floors spit and polished yesterday after you all left...

Not to long after that, the in crowd moved in and the party started....

Eskiaga, kindly brought some extra seating...

Not enough... Tessie and her sister the spinner vacated the premises for the attic perch.  They could see everything that was happening, but didn't have to participate if they decided not to.
As usual, Zar is off in his own little world. Looking out the window and dreaming up new Steampunk machines. 

He is under the impression that I will start Zar's Bizarre Bazaar shortly.... Wrong, but don't tell him that.  I still have lots to do on Daisy's cottage and the Forest Fantasy cottage.
Somehow the mini golfer(Walter) got invited. I am not sure who told him about it, but he seems to be having a good time... Only three steps from the door...

As usual, Zofi, the gypsy fortuneteller has set up shop to the right of the door and is telling fortunes as people enter... Whether they want a fortune told or not... At least, they are always happy ones.
Now... About your invitation... To get inside, all you have to do is measure up to the height requirement and get past Buffy and Spike...

I didn't meet the height requirement... And Buffy and Spike both told me to get lost!

So... I am off to clean up Eskiaga's Southwestern  rooms...  I overheard him telling someone that, when I kick them out of my studio, they could continue the party at his place... Nice of him! 

It hasn't had a good sweeping out for months.  I wonder where the party will go after that?

They all seem to think that I have nothing to do but get their houses ready for parties and clean them up after they get bored with one place and look for another one...

Remind me again why I actually thought that it was a good idea to let people live in these houses!!!

Back to mopping floors. 

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Finally Finished!

 Since the rug was all that was keeping my craft cottage from being done, I decided to bite the bullet and finish it this morning.

I had most of that yellow swirl to stitch and a couple of other little areas. It took me a few hours.

As I put the glue around the edge and started to cut off the excess... Tessie showed up and announced, "Well!  It's about time that you finished the rug for MY craft cottage!"

I gently reminded her that the cottage was mine, not hers... She had the nerve to snicker at me. 

"Silly you! You can't fit in there!  It's mine!"

Then she proceeded to grab the rug and place it on the floor in the cottage. 

I do believe that I know how to get her and her gang to leave...

"Tessie, if it is yours, it needs a good cleaning and straightening.  Now!"

You wouldn't believe how fast the Terrible Two plus one ran out on me! I think that they went next door to her townhouse.  I don't care if she cleans that or not.  Not my job!

Now I am going back and straighten things up in there... I don't think that we ever had an official Housewarming for the cottage.  It wasn't officially done until now...

Come on over!  Tomorrow it will be cleaned up(not by Tessie) and ready to entertain. 

See you then!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Chatty Tessie...

No.  That's not anything like a Chatty Cathy...

As I remember, those dolls couldn't make up stories and tell little white lies...

This morning I spent an hour or so in the back yard trimming rosemary and cape honeysuckle that were starting to take over the yard...

After I finished, I came in and sat down to do some peyote stitch beadwork...

It's been a while.  This is as far as I got.  Probably a bracelet when I finish.

Walter brought home lunch so I stopped to eat.  Big mistake.  I found that I really wasn't interested it doing more peyote stitch,

I started searching for something else and found an old notebook in with the poly clay.  I am not sure why it was there.  Nothing in it had to do anything with poly.

It was full of tatting ideas that I got from various places in the net.

I started looking through it and found a couple of interesting patterns....

I usually work from photos anyway.  I am not crazy about printed directions for tatting.  It's easier to just look at the pictures and count the stitches...

As  I was wandering through the photos and wondering why I actually copied some of them, Tessie wandered in...

She perched on the edge of the beading tray and asked, "What'cha doin'?"  I always get a bit suspicious when she asks that question.  Usually, she is trying to get me to talk about anything, other than what she's doing...

She wouldn't look me straight in the eye, so I knew something was going on. 

I asked her, point blank, "Where is everybody?"

She sidestepped... "Everybody who?"

"Zar, the Minions and Spike?"

She countered with, "How should I know?  I'm not their keeper!"

Then she quickly followed with, "What are you going to make for me?"

"Tessie!  What did you do?"

She still wouldn't look at me.  "I think that they all decided to go home.  What planet were the Minions from?  I think that they went back there. Zar and Spike are probably in the Tudor Trailer.  And I chose to stay here and keep you company... Now make me something new!"

I wonder how long it would take me to tat a hangman's noose?  She's asking for it... Again!

See you tomorrow.