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Monday, January 23, 2017

Busy Day!

When I got up this morning, the Terrible Two were still struggling with the room box kits...

However, they piled furniture on top before they started to move the boxes... I don't think that they got very far.
After that, they needed a rest and in Zar's case, a bath.  Kota is good at that.

While they were relaxing, we went for a third try at getting my glasses right... Come to find out, my prescription didn't change... Somewhere along the line, a .25 was changed to a .50.  It is now supposedly right and I will get my glasses in about a week.
After that, Walter and I decided to see the new Triple X movie.  Good if you like action movies. We both liked it.

The Terrible Two stayed home and watched KDramas.  They were still at it when we  got back.

The wind is blowing like mad and it is supposed to storm again tonight.  I want summer back!
I just went out to check on something in the kitchen and found that Tessie, Zar and Spike are taking another break.  I think that this is about the tenth one that they have taken today and NOTHING is getting done.  I can't complain.  I haven't accomplished much either.

Spike is sitting on one of my HBS purchases.  I don't know when they changed, but the wax that you hold mini stuff down with is now "Bard's Tacky Wax.  No more red can that is easy to find.  Black.  I am going to have to make a special place to keep it, so that I can find it when I have to.  You probably already knew of the change, but I had a terrible time finding it and thought that I would simplify the search for others.  They will probably change it again before I go to buy another can!  It takes me a long time to empty the can.

Back to arguing with the Terrible Two.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Round and Round We Go...

Would someone please explain to me why this room looks way worse than when I started straightening it?

Part of it could be that I have not been working on anything but the beads for the past few days, but that can't be the whole story.
 I sneaked in yesterday afternoon, after I gave up. This is one thing that is making it worse. 

I found Tessie and Zar stuffing the nesting hanging boxes on a top shelf of the closet area...They didn't even stop long enough to let me snap the photo.  So you get a blur of the stuffing.

They obviously have other ideas as to what I should be working on.

I just shook my head and left the room.
Later, I looked in and the Terrible Two were trying to get the new HBS boxes off of the top of the pile and out into the other room, so that I would have room to work on them.

Obviously, I can't possibly work on them in there.  The Terrible Two told me so, in no uncertain terms.
Hey! Give me a little bit of credit. Tessie's beads are straight and she didn't even help with them!

She stood back and cheered me on.

It is cold and the weather is icky or I would be out in the yard ignoring both Tessie and Zar.

As it is, I may as well go back to working on the beads and findings. I know that those two are not going to help me with the rest of the room. 

Back to the grindstone....

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Tesie, Up and About...

I found Tessie in the colonial bedroom about 1:00PM.  She was snoring up a storm! While she was sleeping, I finished up straightening up all of the seed bead boxes.

Well... Almost all... As soon as she got up and saw what I was doing, she demanded, "What about MY seed beads?  You know that I can't even get to the box, let alone get it open.

As soon as I finish here, I shall be messing with her seed beads... That's the number 15 and smaller.

But of course I am going to have as much trouble getting to it as she would.  The only difference is, I can open the box and lift the bottles.

Before I could get to it, she discovered the two new room box kits that I ordered from HBS.

Those, she did manage to get open... You should see her with an Exacto knife... No.  On second thought you shouldn't.  Not if you want to keep your fingers in tact.  I almost lost two, struggling to take the knife away from her.

She let go and immediately ran to the directions for the shell. Her first and only question was..."This is mine, right?"

Oh there was one other question.  "What's it going to be?" 

I answered with, "Do you want a new room or do you want your beads straightened, so that you can find the ones you want to use?"

She immediately answered, "I want the beads straightened and then I want you to make me a bead shop!"

How do I get myself into these things?

Back to sorting.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, January 20, 2017

With Some Help From Tessie...

This morning, I started cleaning out my jewelry supplies.  I still have a ways to go.  I can't find anything and it has to be done.

I only finished three boxes that I am satisfied with.  The rest are still a mess.  I keep putting things back where they don't belong... Not good...

Tessie came in and insisted that I do something mini... So much for the jewelry.

I guess it counts just as well when I clean the basket making supplies.

Tessie found a LOT of baskets in various states of unfinished...
Even in the coiled baskets, there were quite a few.  At least now I will be able to work on things without searching for supplies.
Yesterday, I did an experiment.  I covered the lid of one of those disposable carry along plastic boxes that people use for lunches. 

It worked pretty good.  I simply smeared glue on the center of the top and cut a piece of fabric larger than the area that I wanted to cover. Then I worked out at one side at a time all around. It came out pretty good.

I lined the lid with compressed quilt batting and will use it for a bead tray and the box will hold my supplies when I take beading to Wednesday Witches. 

Just another experiment that turned out pretty good.

If you try it, don't try to do the whole thing at once.  Do it a little bit at a time, working out from the center. 

After I got the fabric glued in place, I trimmed all around with a sharp pair of fabric scissors. I don't think that anybody will mistake this for their box.... After all, it has a witch and my name on it!

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Viking Knits...

This was one of those Wednesdays when no minis were done... I took some wire along to the Witchy meeting and worked on Viking knit whilst the rest of the group made purses that I already knew how to make.

For those of you that aren't familiar with  this, Viking knit is really just a LOT of loops done over a long dowel or other round stick like object. 

My weapon of choice is a fat crochet hook.

I didn't have  a camera at the meeting, so no photos of the process.

The whole process is just one loop after another. If you put "Viking Knit" in the search on "You Tube" you will get some videos on how to do it.

When you have the knitting done it will be a long hollow tube.

You stretch it and make it thinner by drawing it through a board with a series of holes.  The one that I did today started out a little larger than the largest hole on the board.
I managed to draw it through seven of the holes and then quit. The one in the photo at the top is the one that I made today.

The two to the left are some that I have made before.  I combined them with stones from the gem show from a couple of years ago.

This one may just be a plain chain bracelet.  I need to put end caps and fasteners on it, but other than that, I am going to leave it plain. That way, I can wear it with other bracelets.

Anyway, that's all I got done this afternoon.  Back to minis tomorrow.

See you then.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Working On It...

I am trying to get used to new glasses.  Right now I am typing and looking through the top(Long Distance) part of the lenses. I am not sure if that is right, but it is comfortable. So that's how  I am doing it.

I dug out some of the little shelves that I got at Dollar Tree a few years ago.

I am thinking of putting one in the back of Zar's box.

It think that it will have to have the same color stain as the outer box to look right.  Need new stain that color.

Meanwhile, I stained one of the other ones with Jacobean.  Not bad, but not for this box.  I think that is would look good against a white wall.  I put the "Harry Potter" bowls in it and held it up.

I do like the light colored bowls against the dark stain... I still have to put some varnish on it though.

While I wait for the varnish to dry, I think that I will continue messing with the pencil collars that I started this morning.

Just put 20 size 11 seed beads around a bic mechanical pencil and start doing peyote stitch round and round.  When you get to where you like it, fasten it off.  I have some that are about an inch in length and a couple that are completely covered.  Fun to do and it keeps me out of trouble... Sometimes...

Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, January 16, 2017

For a Friend...

One of the witches was giving away old jewelry and findings last Wednesday. 

I found a piece that I liked and asked about it.

It was a piece that was her grandmother's.

She doesn't read the blog, so I am safe in showing you what I did with it. I thought that she would enjoy displaying it, much more than giving it away.

I took a piece of card stock and covered it with brown velvet.  It seemed to go best with the pendant.

I pinned the necklace to the covered board and then very carefully hand stitched it in place. I used brown thread and it is very hard to tell where it is tacked.

After it was stitched down I laid it on the original backing board from the frame and put it in place.

I could tell that it had some sentimental value from the way that she talked about it.

It is going back where it belongs this Wednesday. I am going to take it back to her. She can either hang it or use the stand on the back and put it out where she can see it every day.

Now she can enjoy it, instead of having it lying in a drawer somewhere.

This is very easy to do. If you have a piece of jewelry that you don't often wear, this is a way to enjoy it without wearing it. 

I hope that you will give it a try.  It's easy and fun to do.

See you tomorrow.