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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday and Witches!

Tessie had a lot of fun today.  Not a lot of clothes got finished, but she got to go to the Wednesday Witches meeting today.  Special Treat for her

We got very little done on her dress, but she had a lot of fun showing off the new hairdo for one and all.

She still refuses to wear shoes, even though I am making her some new ones for her dressing room.
I found a couple of purses, a hat stand and several other things that she can use in the new room. I fear that the hat stand will have to be re decorated.  Red and pink will not go well together.

She already informed me of that mistake. I will probably fix it.
She found a lot of kits for purses that were left over from a class. 

To quote her... "Mine! All Mine!!!!"
We still haven't finished the dress, but more about that tomorrow. It will be easy to finish.

She wants it done, so that she can start yelling at me again. 

The first words out of her mouth tomorrow, after I finish will again be "Where's my dressing room???

I can hardly wait!!!

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Where's My Dress???

I hate to tell Tessie, but her new dress is at a standstill for a couple of hours.

I picked out a few pieces for her to choose from, but they all could use a good washing.

They have been sitting on a shelf for a number of years.  Sooo.....
 She is going to have to wait for the wash and dry cycles to run.

We both liked these two, so they will probably be what we will use. 
While I am at it, I thought that I would show you a close up of another secret.  The piece of fabric in this photo is a good one to use for petticoats and other places where you can use a plain white fabric or one with very little design in them.

I get it in the men's department at Walmart. 

They are men's handkerchiefs and there are a number of them in every package and they are very reasonable in price.

Anyway, we are going to be sitting here waiting for the washer and dryer to do their jobs.

So I will just say "So long." for today.  See you tomorrow.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Gimme a Head of Hair! Long beautiful Hair!!!!

That was Tessie this morning... She watched "Hair" the movie, not too long ago.  So when I went to do her hair she started singing and she sang all through the makeover.

I started with the main hair.  I twisted it to make a  part in the front.  In the back, I put the bun that I made yesterday and one of the pieces of braiding went around the bun.

Then I tried one of the curls in the back.
I ended up with three.  Kota barely tolerated her posing next to him.  I thought a couple of times that he was just going to bite her head off and be done with it...

He behaved himself, so I didn't have to scold him.
Then I went through my findings and cut one apart to make the top of a comb to stick into the top of the curls. 

I then added a bow and that was it.

She is very happy with the do.

Now all I have to do is get her to stand still long enough to dress her.  I don't think that will be hard.  She wants to start shouting orders in the worst way. 

But.... She won't until she is dressed.  She knows when to hold still and when to holler!

I see a couple of spots of glue in the hair.  I had better go see about removing that before she spots it.

Off to more dressing and work.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Waiting For Tessie's Hair to Dry...

We go through this every time that Tessie needs new hair...

She always starts with the blond... Nope. Not her color...
I won't make you go through all of the trying on.

I have just about every color that there is and she always wants to start with the blond...
She always ends up being a red head, over and over again...

We are now sitting here waiting for her hair to dry... again.
While we were waiting, she found this chase lounge. It's not the same material as the rest of the stuff I am going to use in her dressing room, but it might work.  We shall see.  I am not sure if there is enough room...

Anyway, we are taking it one step at a time and this will be one of the last things to go in, if it fits.

I am hoping that it doesn't.  She will want it recovered.  If that happens, I may as well build a new one.  It would be easier than taking this one apart.

Anyway, I am about to stop work for the day and go watch TV with Walter.  We are watching all of the Supernatural episodes from start to finish.  It's kind of like reading a book.  Just a couple of chapters a day.  See you tomorrow.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

A Day in the Garden...

Don't tell Tessie!

I spent the day planting and trimming.  The back yard is looking better and better...

Her hair and clothes, not so much.
I love how the bougainvillea  is coming right along.  The day lilies are planted just to the left of the bougainvillea.
My French Lavender is coming back nicely. I makes the garden smell really good.

Sorry about the hose. It lives just to the right of the lavender.
And Tessie? She is still in a snit because her hair and clothes are still not done. 

The afternoon newscast reported a disaster for us.  Our favorite Mexican restaurant burned pretty badly last night. 

Gayle!  We will have to eat somewhere else when you come out this year...

There are a few others that are ok, but just not the same as Micha's.  I do hope that they can manage to rebuild and get it back to working order soon! We will be waiting!

I am going to work on Tessie tomorrow.  If I don't promise to do it, I might not wake up tomorrow.  She would probably smother me in my sleep! I had better go gather up my tools material and glue now.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Good Morning!

OK.  Giac asked for the bolster pillow, so I will do that one first. Giac, I don't know if you have Dollar Tree stores in Canada, but if you don't maybe you could just check discount stores or maybe hunt around on line.  Good Luck!!!

The important part is that the tubes are cardboard and not plastic.

These are the three pieces that you are going to get in every little package.  Remember the ones that I got were 8 for a dollar.

From left to right.  The pusher for the tampon.  The center one  is the largest and it is the one that I used. Don't throw the tampon away! Those make great applicators for stains and other finishes. So everything in the box is useable.


If you want a longer bolster, you can use two of the larger size and one of the smaller size glued in the middle. I use these on beds.  The one in the fourth photo is the end of one of those.


It extends the full width of the bed for the other pillows to rest on.

For this try I am using a short one.  You cut the fabric long enough to fit around it with enough fabric on one edge to turn under and glue. You also need about a half inch at each end.

Then you use some light weight batting to make it a bit puffy.  Not much.

You  turn under the one edge and glue the fabric around the pillow with about a half inch on both ends. You run a line of stitching around the ends and turn them into the center hole.  Then you pull up and make them tight in the center of the end.

You will need to cover the center with some kind of trim. On beds I usually use roses or bows.

On the one that I just made, I did the simplest one that I usually use on couch cushions and daybeds.

I simply used a circle of cardstock covered in the fabric and turned under all around. Cut little Vs in the material. Then I glued it to the end and unraveled bunka to glue around the edge. I simply put a dot of glue in the center of the circle and used the same bunka to cover the glue. you could also gather up some ribbon by pulling thread and glue it in place.

If you have any questions, just yell.  I'll be here...

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

It's Freezing in Here!!!

Tessie has been sitting atop the house shaped book shelf watching "Charmed" all day. 

No.  I haven't gotten around to her new dress yet. The longer I put it off, the more I get done.

As soon as she is dressed, she will start running around complaining again. 

This way, all she complains about is being cold. I can cope with that.

My friend Jeannie found the needed ingredient for making the barrel purses again! All of the American brands of Tampax have been changed over to plastic applicators.  We have been looking for a substitute for years.

She found the cardboard ones at Dollar Tree!

The purse on the left is made with one of the old ones that Tampex used to put out.

These are Femtex and I suspect that they are getting rid of old ones with the cardboard applicators. Wherever they are made, the ladies are probably going to get new plastic ones.

Anyway, If you have a Dollar Tree store near you, these come in two sizes and are eight for a dollar.  They are also great for making bolster pillows.  I will try to run a couple of  tutorials for purses and bolster pillows soon, if anyone is interested
As for what I have been doing whilst Tessie watches "Charmed" today. I got her box painted white, inside and out.

I just need to fill in the window and door and paint that area.  Then I will be on my merry way to doing her dressing room.

Oh! And another tip.  The jar at the bottom is a sample from Lowes. It is just a few dollars and has 8oz. of paint in it.  Some of the Walmart stores here have sample jars too.  Good paint for a great price and you don't have to buy a gallon or even a quart.

I am going back to find out what other trouble I can get into today. Back to work.

See you tomorrow.