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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Roots...Not the Book or Movie... The Blog...

Remember where we last left the corner trees? I cut them straight across the bottom.

The cottage was not glued to the board.  It is now.

So... I had to do something about the one dimensional roots.
Tessie did NOT help.  She plopped herself down in the middle of that side, with her plate of tacos. 

Evidently, Eskiaga has an endless supply of them.  I think he probably bribed her with a carry out plate if she would go home...

He didn't specify which home... So there she sits, right in the middle.
My other problem is Zar.  He has decided to vie for ownership.  He contends that I didn't finish his Clockwork Cottage.  Therefore the Fantasy Forest Cottage should be his...I think that I have him on that one.  He has the Clockwork Trailer.  That is finished!

I am holding my breath.  Legally, Daisy could claim ownership for the same reason... Oops!

I have way to many unfinished projects.  Losing interest is one of my specialties. 

Sooner or later, they all get finished.  Some just sooner than others.

Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

No Sanding Allowed!

OK.  Two of the garden stakes from yesterdays' shopping spree are all gone.

In their place, I have a firm foundation for the Forest Fantasy Cottage.

I didn't bother to sand or miter the corners.  They are going to be covered.  My excuse is... The rough boards will grab the glue better than sanded ones would.
After I got it all glued together, I weighted the whole thing with books.  To the side you can see that I use a full sized miter box to cut the wood. 
And whilst I work my fingers to the bone... Tessie is sitting on the other side of the room in Eskiaga's Southwestern room box. 

They are chatting and eating tacos as I speak.  Once in a while, Tessie looks over to make sure that I am still hard at work.  Then she picks up another taco and starts munching away.  I lost count when she hit taco number 7.  That girl can eat!

Mind you, it's only 7:05AM here.  She is going to be a blimp by noon!

To play it safe, we are leaving in a little while to head over to the kids house for lunch.  I don't want to be here if she explodes!

See you Tomorrow.

Friday, May 1, 2015

In Case of Emergency...

I started rocking the front steps this morning.  They look pretty terrible so far... I wasn't really sure what direction they were going to take.

I thought about flagstone, to match the foundation walls.  Then I decided that they didn't have to match...

But that is why there is a seam at the top of the bottom step.  I was going to lay flagstone on top of the solid stones.  It didn't look right, so I went for plain old rocks on the steps. They will look like solid rocks like the rest of the steps when I finish.  Magic word of the day... Gesso!

I made it this far before wandering away and going to Walmart and points north... Town is that way.

I made a wonderful discovery at Walmart in the gardening dept.. That solved my emergency trip to town to get wood!

I didn't have to go into town to get lumber for the foundation sides!  I found these garden stakes.  They are five feet long and there are four to a pack.  Cheaper than Lowe's and Home Depot for the same amount of wood.  It comes to about 25cents a line foot.  I can get a couple of good sized foundations out of them!

When I got back, I finished laying the stonework.

Tessie is unhappy because I left one very rough piece of ceiling tile uncovered.  I liked the texture and it will be a really rough stone when I finish with it. 

Grumble on, Tessie.  It's staying that way! I like it!

I have to go cut the new wood now.  The faster I get that part of the foundation done, the faster I can start doing more to the bottom of the trees.

Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Having Babies...

No.  Not Tessie.  She is just here to show you a preview of the front steps...

Yes, I know that there is a hole next to the second step... It is there for a purpose...

The steps won't look like this when I finish... Just wait.
My other project for the morning was the babies. 

The cacti and succulents have been fooling around and are full of little, soon to be, baby cacti and succulents. 

Each of the little balls on this prickly pear are potential new plants.  I am going to have to stick at least a few in mini pots and put them in different mini rooms.
This is what happens when you prop a leaf up in the pot with the stem end in the dirt.  I will have to cut the leaf off and plant this one soon.

I don't think that this one will be suitable for mini planting for more than a week or two...

The momma plant is gigantic with two to three inch long leaves.
Color me happy!  My tomatoes are taking off this year.  I already have several yellow tomatoes that will be ripe in a few days... There is nothing better than a fresh tomato picked and eaten right off of the plant.

Meanwhile, I am going to go do some more to the Forest Fantasy Cottage.  I have trees to build!

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Firm Foundation...

This morning, I let Mr. Dremel  chew off the edge of the drawing board that had the clips on it.

I still had plenty left for the surround of the cottage.

It worked out well.  The cut edge is at the back of this photo.  It's the uninteresting side of the building.

The window edge has the most footage for the forest floor.

I wanted the back open edge to have very little ground.

Therefore the edge with the hole for carrying the board is beneath the floor and will never be seen.

Please ignore Tessie.  She has taken to peeking out of the bathroom window to make sure nobody is sneaking up on her...Paranoid? Just a little.
I cut out a couple of pin boards for curtains from the new ceiling tile and while I was at it, I cut the scraps into pieces to try out the steps.

They will be shaped differently than this, but this gives you some idea of what is going to happen in the front area.

OK.  So I didn't do any more trees yesterday.  That's why I need to get back to work. 

I have to go to Wednesday Witches' minis this afternoon.

And away I go!  See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Just Around the Corner...

I am all strung out this morning... Pardon the awful pun.

I have been building trees.

The window side is finished.

When I get the building mounted to the board, I will add more tree trunk parts.  As they are now, they don't look like they are growing out of the ground.
The back is finished.  I keep thinking of the window side as the front of the building, but it's not. 

I am saving that until last.

The back got a smaller tree to cover the wall of the bathroom. 

I will still have to add string here and there, but this is a good start.


I continued on to the third side and then decided that I needed a break.  Of course Tessie disagrees.  She wants it finished NOW.

I guess that Daisy got tired of her nagging and kicked her out of the time machine after one trip. They got as far as Phoenix and not even in a different time period. I totally understand.  Remember?  We have taken her along on several short vacations. She tends to take over all travel plans. It's most irritating.

I probably will try to finish the string part of the trees today.  It is really messy and I want to get it done while I am in the mood.  Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Before and After...

 I had a lot of other things to do this morning, so I didn't get to the third wall...

Yesterday, I did clean out and sort by category, the bedroom bookcase.  Does that count?  I think it should.

This is what a bookcase should look like at all times... It doesn't.

I figured that I should at least get a photo as proof that it has been done...

Back to the workroom. This is the wall of shame... The bookcase in the corner never looks neat and clean.  It has stuff that doesn't really fit into any category.  Just odd stuff.

I decided to show you a before photo or two so that when you see the after ones, you can actually see that I did something.

The strip wood needs to be sorted and like pieces put together... That is a whole day in itself.  Some of that wood came with me from our other house... If I throw any out, I will surely need it for the next project!  That's how things work...

 
OH!  Look! Squirrels!  They are so much more fun than bookcases that need sorting...

Back to the wall of shame... All I can say is "Hand me the sack!  The bookcase is about to throw up!"

Please ignore the sewing chair that is piled with STUFF.  I brought the chair inside to reupholster... That was a month ago... It sure is a nice place to dump stuff.
At least, the bead table is nice and neat. Hardly a bead out of place.

Notice that I skipped past the landscaping cabinet with all of the plastic bins.  Hopefully, a bunch of that stuff will be attached to the HBS Forest Fantasy Cottage.

Now I must insist that you go find somewhere else to play.  I am about to embark on the Herculean task that is the third wall of my workroom.

Have a great day! See you tomorrow.