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Friday, March 27, 2015

Bookcases Finished!

I put satin varnish on the bookcases this morning.  They are officially finished!

And what is more, they actually fit now!
There is really not going to be a lot of wiggle room in this place, but it will be a nice cozy place to look at the stars at night and read a book when the sun is out...
After I glue a few more things onto the telescope, I will be able to call it Steampunk and be done with it.

I am still trying to decide what direction I want the telescope to point.  I guess I should look at a star chart...
I think that it is going to be difficult to see what is inside without opening the door.  The curved window does not make for easy viewing!
I am all set up and ready to go on the Forest Fantasy Cottage... So is Kota.  He fussed around the table and made pitiful meows until I finally made him a door to the cave that is under the table... As soon as that happened, he was satisfied... And he left the room.

If I put the table skirt down, he will come back and start the mournful wailing once again.. So for the time being, I am going to leave the door ajar, so to speak..

Now I have to fill the bookcases. And I have to build a window seat... And I have to make curtains... and I have to glue on the dome... and...  The list is getting longer, instead of shorter.  Back to work.

See you tomorrow.





Thursday, March 26, 2015

Back To Work...

 I must be doing something right(and just don't know it).  I had three more roses in full bloom this morning... Plus a bunch of buds.

The plant to the left is a baby from one of the orchids that I purchased a couple of years ago.  And I have two that are re-blooming besides this one.  You have to cut them off at just the right spot in order for them to give you more flowers.  I think that I found the spot!
I found these two books at Goodwill this morning.. Both will help with the new build.

I want to do a flagstone floor in the HBS house.  Great photos in both books.
I am not going to do a lot of yard on this one, but I am contemplating making enough room for some extra plants... I want this pathway in real life.  Sure... In AZ... In the middle of the desert.  It is supposed to reach 90 degrees within the next week...
OK... We went to see the latest "Divergent" movie yesterday... And yes, I brought home more trays...

The lady in line ahead of us had a stack of FIVE.  I was tempted to ask what she was going to do with them... I resisted.  I didn't want to call attention to the fact that I had three...

I figure one of me.  One for Walter.  And one for Kota to sleep in.

I have the pieces cut and stained to do the other bookcase in the library.

I have to go now and do something.... I can't decide in which direction to go now... Oh! Look!  The squirrels are out... Maybe I will just sit and watch them for a while... Nope.  Back to work.

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Multi-Tasking Can Be Fun....

OK... Yesterday, I decided that I want to work in the bedroom once more.  It is just more fun when there are Korean Dramas to watch...

So... First of all, I cleaned out my tool bag.  I discovered that half of my most used tools are on a walkabout.  I am going to have to go round them up and put them back in their proper places.

This morning, I cleaned out the two paint drawers in the work table.  I found all kinds of interesting things.  I figured out that a couple of colors that I don't really like are over 20 years old.  I moved them from our other house!  Ceramcoat is good stuff.  Most was still usable!

As soon as I find the tools, I will be ready to roll.

I did mark off the boards for the other bookcase in the library.  I still need to figure out the plan for the window seat...

Here's the work area now.  I use the term loosely. 

Somehow, as soon as I put sliders on the bottom of the table legs and slid it back into place... I sat the frame of the HBS Forest Fantasy on top and the Terrible Two moved in...

Mind you, there is no floor and only one full wall, but it is convenient for watching TV. 

It's just a good thing that we are going to a movie this morning.  I need more stone!  And it will give them a chance to decide that that isn't such a good place to be.  The walls could fall in on them at any minute!

Back to work after the movie.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Don't Ask. Don't Tell...

I worked most of the day, yesterday, on the workroom wipe out...

It looks worse than when I started.  I don't want to talk about it.

I decided that I needed to have some fun...

I had some!
I put the foundation of the HBS Forest Fantasy Cottage together.  Then I laid the floor on it and dry fit the walls...

Oh and I cut out the side with Mr. Dremel.  Very easy to do. 
 I am planning to put the sliding door upside down, so that there will be steps leading up to the door.  Then inside, the kitchen and the entryway will be that much higher than the main part of the cottage. 

The kitchen will be behind where Zar is standing.  The bed will slide under the floor where Tessie is. 

The rest of the house will be on a level with the foundation.  The bathroom will be behind the kitchen. 

Now I am going to stop that for the day.  I am going to go work on the workroom and/or the Steampunk observatory and library. Who said I couldn't work on two (or three) things at once.  Waiting for glue to dry on the foundation for 24 hours.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Back to the Future... All over again...

OK.  I am going to try again... and again... and yet again.  Until I get it right. 

It only took me a couple of weeks for the mess to happen this time.

Obviously, something is wrong with the system...

I purchased eight brown file type boxes at Walmart for a VERY good price the other morning.  I need more space.  The baskets that I had some of the things stuffed in weren't working.

The plastic Plano and Rubbermaid boxes are not where they belong. 

There are a lot of things that I keep hanging on to that really need to go away...

I brought my old sewing chair in to have a place for visitors to sit... It works well to pile stuff on... Still no place to sit...
My wood is in two different places.  Here on the wall and  in the top drawer of the beading bookcase... Opposite sides of the room...

We won't discuss what is hiding in the large basket on the shelf... Actually, I have no idea what is in there...

I swear that gremlins live in this room and have parties every night!
Again, I would rather not talk about the bottom shelf of the bead storage area... It scares me to even think what the gremlins did there...

I think that the problem is, I never quite get the room all the way clean, before starting to mess it up again. 

I need to purge!  I shall do that starting now!

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dibs on the Fireplace!!!

I didn't think that the fireplace would  be in such demand. 

Spike called dibs for a doggy bed. I did find out that a dibs were playing pieces, long ago, in a children's game related to jacks... other than that, it is just a verb indicating that you are claiming ownership of something... How boring is that?

Tessie wants it for her books and a selfie portrait in the center section...Yup.  That's exactly the word she used...  Too much internet...

Zar wants it to remain a part of the observatory and all stodgy...

Wait a second.  I have to go consult with Daisy and find out what should really go in there... I am sure it is NOT a portrait of Tessie!

I haven't installed it yet.  I have to fix the wall behind the left hand side.  There is a slight crack there at present... That will have to be filled in, before the unit is glued in place.
I also still have to do a bit of touch up on the stain and a final finish must be done.

I don't think that I am going to get anything done on the HBS Forest Cottage today. 

I need to settle in and finish the observatory, so that I can really start working on the Forest Cottage...

Stand back!  Here I go!

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Fire Department...

See?  I am still working on the library!  I have the first set of shelves, around the fireplace, built. 

Not quite installed yet...
I probably shouldn't tell you this, but they were just a hair too long.  When I went to put them in place, they didn't quit fit...

What to do?  Start over?  No way.  Instead I took out the wall between the observatory and the library on that side.  Don't tell!

It sticks just a hair over the line into the observatory and from that side it looks fine...
Actually, it looks fine from this side too.  I am just a little picky.  So... I will probably take off the sides and shave the shelves just a tiny bit.

So far, I am liking it..  Now for the second set of shelves on the window side...
Another blogger has joined in the fun.  Gina, over at More Minis
  is doing one of these kits too. That's three of us, so far... Gina does a lot of kits and takes you through the process step by step. Good information.

OK.  I confess.  I did some drawing again yesterday... I transferred the sketch to the side of the building. 

This is the wall that I am going to cut out, so it makes no difference if I scribble all over it...

I should not have let Tessie in the room... She saw the sketches and immediately yelled, at the top of her lungs, "MINE!!!  I call dibs!!".  By the way, does anybody know what a dib is and why do we call it when we want something?  Just curious...

I told her no!  This one is mine.  One of these days, I am going to have to make a mini me.  Then I can live wherever I want to, just like she does.

Oh well... I can dream, can't I?  Back to trimming the  shelves...

See you tomorrow.