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Friday, December 2, 2016

Thanks to a Great Follower...

 Jo is a great detective.  From the information on the bottom of this little pitcher that I showed on the blog a couple of days ago, she found out what it was and where it came from.

It seems that it is from a company in Boise France and was signed by Emile Balon or maybe he just designed it... Not sure which.

Whatever the story, the ermine painted on the front with the crown indicates that it was connected to Anne of Brittany, who once lived in Chateau de Bloise.

If you are interested in the history, go to the site that she recommends in her comment.  Balon eventually became the head of the factory. I am not sure just what the signature means, but I am very happy to know more about this little piece.

I found it in a thrift store, years ago and it is one of my favorite pieces of pottery.  Even more so, now that I know a bit more about it.  I am going to have to do more digging and see what else I can find out.
Now about that stupid row of wrought iron... I am turning it to stone with air dry clay.  I am going to beat this thing one way or the other.

Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Just for Fun...

This morning, I decided to mock up the crenelated top for the conservatory... I hate it even more than the wrought iron on the top.

Now I have to come up with another idea.  Bah Humbug! See me stomping my feet?
I did put another layer of bricks along the top of the end wall.  I like it better with more thickness. I still want to put another layer on.  I want the top to be more  heavy.

I am going to just keep adding until it looks right.  This could take a while.
Tessie wandered in and added her two cents.  She hates the top also. Maybe between the two of us, we will be able to come up with something else.

The way that things are going, I am not sure if this thing will be finished by Christmas or not.

Any suggestions for something to do with the peak of the roof? It's too bad that I can't just remove the ironwork.  It's welded on tightly.

Back to adding layers to the ends.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cleaning Up After the Cold...

 Someone said something about my storage of things the other day... I thought that some of you would be interested in some of the things I use.

I keep a lot of my every day tools on a tray on the bedside table... I try to keep them neat, but I have to stay ahead of them.

This is how it looks on a good day.

I use things that I enjoy seeing, but wouldn't otherwise use on a daily basis.

There is a cut glass creamer and sugar bowl... I keep most of my small tools in those.  Surprisingly, they don't get chipped or even scratched!

My larger scissors and rulers are in a favorite glass.  Someone said it looked like a vase... I stopped using it for drinks.

The little pitcher that carries the small toothpicks is from Italy.  I picked it up in a thrift shop and I have always wondered what it was originally. 

This is the bottom.  If anybody can  solve the mystery, I would be thrilled... It is hand painted and beautifully done.

Then I put the things that I know that I will loose in odd places. That way I will know where to find them.

See the little pink beaded container?  That holds all of my beading needles.  I have kept them there for years. That is the only way I know where they are when I need one.

Hey! It works for me.
The arrangement of the two tables by the conservatory holds all of the things that I need to work on it.

Granted, the work basket with tools isn't too straight, but it can easily be thrown in the workroom if company is coming.

The little drawer in the right hand table holds a box to picture hanging nails. Another thing that I used to loose.  Now I don't.  I go straight to the drawer if I need to hang a picture.

Here's a little closer view of the tray arrangement. 

When it's clean, there is even room for Tessie!  The two smaller glass pieces in the center, hold my beading thread and my long toothpicks.

The glass frog in the front holds some of my embroidery scissors.

I am pretty much ready for everything that comes along with what is here.

Now you know what to do with grandma's cream and sugar set.  I get to see it every day.  I wouldn't use it otherwise.  Same with the other pieces.  They would all be up in a cupboard somewhere. 

The tray that they are sitting in is a Japanese tray that I bought at Goodwill for a couple of bucks.  It really does keep things in order when I store them this way.  And it looks a lot less messy than it used to when everything was just scattered here and there...

Go ahead. Ask me where the wire cutters are.  I can get them for you in two seconds flat!

I am going to do more straightening and then go to Wednesday Witches.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Below 32 Degrees Tonight!

Several times a year I have to do this... It is only about 1:00PM and it's already way colder than I like it outside. I kind of like the look of the red mountain range along the back wall..
I have spent over an hour covering plants and I'm still not finished.

The whole yard looks like it has been taken over by ghosts. I still have a few more plants to cover.

I went out this morning and bought a new bedspread. The old one was about five years or so old and starting to look like it could stand by itself, what with all of the glue, paint and other goodies embedded in the fabric.  Kota has already approved of the new spread.

Anyway, now I have to go get a new bed skirt to match and then I have to cover the two stools that go with the bed.  It looks like I may not be doing minis at least for today.

Back to the bedroom. 
That is, if the Terrible Two will let me in. They have taken over the TV and are watching shows about the Middle Ages... They seem to think that it will give them ideas for the conservatory, to go with the stone work and the Iron. 

If they keep it up, I am just going to go find something else to play with and  let them finish the conservatory all by themselves.
Hmmm... I like that idea.  Hey! A girl can dream.

See you tomorrow. I'm hoping that it will be warmer in Tucson!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Iron Work, Paper Work...

OK. so they are one in the same...  I decided that I needed to do the hinges and door handle for the conservatory. 

I started with sketches done on my usual 1/4" square paper.

Granted, the sketches are very rough... Basically, I needed shape and size.

I went with the shape of the hinge.  The plate and handle got reshaped as I went. 
I cut the pieces from black cardstock weight paper and went from there.

I added some extra details with a mechanical pencil and will probably do some more sculpting with my stylus as I start working on the stones.

The plate for the latch is completely different from the drawing.  I went with a longer narrower shape and put a keyhole at the top.

It's hard to see in the photo, but it's there.
When I put the wall back on the side of the building, I decided that Tessie would need somewhere to stand whilst unlocking the door.  I will add the step in front of the door.  It will attach to the frame below.

More stonework to do.  I want to get it done, so that I can start the inside.  I am determined to have this done before Christmas.

Everybody stand back.  I may be throwing things right and left before I am done. 

 Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

JUst Give Me a Pencil and Some Paper...

And I am a happy camper... I can keep myself amused for hours.

I draw ideas for other kinds of art.

The ones that I just did were for jewelry. I am trying out ideas for Christmas presents.
These would mostly be poly clay pendants.  The top one with some beaded dangles.

The second ones all poly, with maybe a bit of wire. I think that they would go well on leather cording.
Here are three pieces that I made the other day.  They are wire wrapped coral, with turquoise and other natural stones added.

When I get in this mood, I usually have company.
Kota likes it, because I usually get bored with jewelry designing and sketch him instead...

Not yet though.  I am not quite bored enough with the jewelry so far. 

At least he is patient and just takes a nap until it is his turn...

We both benefit.  He gets to lay around and pose.  I get to do some sketching.

Oops!  About the tine  that I got in the mood to use the pencil on him, he left!

I have to go chase down the cat.  See you tomorrow.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Sticky Stones...

I can now wash my hands and expect them to stay clean for a while...

For the past two days, I have been up to my elbows in white glue.

I did the rest of the second end today.

It is slow work. Every stone has to be cut, one at a time.  Glued and pinned, one at a time and then walked away from a day or so.  That is to let them dry thoroughly.
 The second side is going to fit well... As soon as I get the thing glued together.

Right now, it doesn't look too good.  I do still have to put the trim on between the wall and the roof.

I am just sick of having my fingers stuck together.

So... I am going to take a break and do something else for the rest of the day.
Tessie agreed to that plan... Kind of... Sort of.

Put it this way.  She didn't say that I positively had to keep going. 

I have been cutting and gluing since I got up this morning.  I need to find something else to do. 

Maybe if I do something else for a bit, it will keep me sane... Maybe.  Not sure.

It has finally turned cold here, or I would go outside and do yard work for a while... As it is, I may just crawl under the covers and keep warm. 

I will start on this again tomorrow.  I want to get it done now.  I have other things to do before Christmas.

If anyone needs me, I will be taking a nap beside Kota. We both dislike the cold weather.

See you tomorrow.