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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Feeling Icky...

Sometimes gets in the way.  

I have not been up to snuff lately.  Therefore, I am taking it easy for a few days. 

There will be pretty photos and a few words.  But until I feel great again, these posts are going to be a bit shorter.

Today I went into the workroom to finish cleaning and kind of ran out of wind even before I started.

Therefore, first I worked on socks for a while.
 Since this is a blog mainly about minis, Tessie took those away from me and found a chair that I started for her a while ago. 

She even offered to wax the thread!

I don't very often get an offer like that from her.
I think that it is only fair, since the chair is for her.

She specified a pocket in the left side for reading materials.  That's easy enough to add.

So here I sit... doing as little as possible.  I can't do nothing.  That just doesn't work. 

Weaving a chair takes less energy that a lot of other things. In and out, in and out.

Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

No Fun At All!

This is going yto be short.  I managed to get the rest of the outside painted this morning...

I am working with an ear ache in my right ear. No fun!
I even painted the two trees on the back.  I am officially finished with the wall painting...
Hopefully the ear ache will be gone by tomorrow and I will feel more like working and playing.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Things That Need Doing.... and One Very Brave Cat!

Tessie and Zar are hanging out in the Forest Fantasy Cottage. Tessie still is not sure about the new clothes..

Actually, I am not crazy about them either, but they will have to wait...

 I took one look at the workroom and just about fainted! Someone has been messing with things again...

Kota is even hesitant to enter... And I don't blame him!

Somebody hand me a scoop shovel... Or maybe a fork lift.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

I Feel Pretty?

 Well... She likes the nose, but not the clothes.  Or the hair...

She says that the hair looks "Old Lady-ish" and the clothes are too stiff to run around in...

I don't think that these are going to last very long.

She is complaining that there is no way that she can ride a broom or a dragon in this "get-up".

Don't tell her that I found the apron in the back of the closet.  That would just upset her more. 

The kids were here earlier and I got a late start...

I don't want to start over this late to do a whole new outfit. 

She is just going to have to suffer for a couple of days.

Happy Sunday to all!

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Never Give Me a Box of Toys....

And then walk away without telling me not to play with them.  It doesn't work that way.

First I cleaned and tidied all of the compartments.

Then I took a break to dye some baskets. The one that I made yesterday, I stained too dark.  Darn it! the other four were sitting in the printer's tray un-dyed.
I made the mistake of leaving the box open,.  You would think that I would have learned by now...
I left the bedroom for a minute or two...

When I came back, Tessie was in the middle of the things that I had made.

She was grabbing everything in site.

 For a while, I thought she was losing interest.  She moved to the edge of the box... She only took two purses with her.

Then she explained that there was a better view from up there...

She then looked me straight in the eye and exclaimed, " ALL MINE!!!".

The rest of the conversation was...

Tessie: The lace can  go on the edges of the new clothes that I will require, to go with my new nose.".

Me: "Who said anything about a new nose?".

Tessie: "I did.  I fell off of the table yesterday while you weren't around.  You need to fix it.. I also pulled my left arm out of the socket at the elbow..." \

Me:  "Anything else?"

Tessie: "New Clothes all around would be nice."

I knew I should have kept my mouth shut... I am off to do a "Full Tessie Repair".  See you tomorrow.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Running Away From Floors...

I need a break from floors! 

The basket cases were sitting on a chair, within easy reach...

Weaving Baskets is always a nice calming occupation... So I opted to do a basket as a break from floor duty.

This is one of the simple ones. 

I glued the uprights to the edge of an oval woodsie.  Then I banded them with a plain piece...

For those of you that haven't seen this done before, I glued an even number of uprights on the edge. That way I can do one round at a time and cut the weaver off between each row.

To add a little variation, I did some string weaving with waxed linen between the poster board weavers.  Three rows.  That part can be continuous.

I start by looping the middle of a yard long string over one of the uprights.  From there, I take the string furthest to the left and wrap it behind the next upright on the right.

See the two strings hanging down?  The one to the left will go over the other one and wrap to the back of the next upright.
By the way, I wrapped the bottom edge with a double braid of the waxed linen.  You can do that at any time.  It makes the bottom more secure.

I did one plain.  Three linen.  One plain. Three linen and then banded the top edge.  First outside.  Then inside, using Aleene's fast drying glue.

The last step was to glue two strips of the poster board together and curve it as I did it, so that it would dry in that shape.  I used my fingernails to pull it into an arc.

Then I glued it to either side of the basket.

So much for the new basket... As soon as it was finished, Tessie grabbed it and did her one word sentence... "MINE!"

It's just a good thing that I need to leave it for 24 hours for the glue to dry, before I stain it or paint it...

By tomorrow, she will be tired of it and I will be able to finish.  Then I will stand back and let her grab it again... That's the way the game is played...

See you tomorrow for staining.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

I Didn't Get the Lead Out!

So far, the lead is still missing... That saves me having to do the windows right away.

Back to the floors.

Here is the upper area.  Not touched yet.

Things stick up here and there, where they shouldn't.
 Here's part of the lower floor.  I ran the wet crochet hook between the stones.  I pressed down firmly.
Sometimes when I can't get the stones to do what I want, I resort to a damp Kleenex.

I usually reserve that for extreme cases.  That is, where I want extra cracks and a lot of texture added.

You can make cracks in the stones and sometimes, on walls, more texture.

I am going back to look for the lead tape now.  Daisy is following me around and nagging a lot.

See you tomorrow.