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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Hey Jude!!!

This is a bit of a departure from my normal blog.  I am going to give you a URL from a new         You Tube entry.

If you haven't seen it, I recommend that you  run straight to You Tube and watch it! 

Walter and I have been Beatles Fans from the beginning.  We are both passing along the URL to everyone we know.

Here you go.  If you haven't seen it, please do.  They visit Paul's childhood home and surprise a pub full of people towards the end. It is 22 minutes of GREAT entertainment.

See you tomorrow!

Friday, June 22, 2018

To Be or Not To Be....

I am still trying to come up with some  minis for the back yard...

I found these two mini green houses this morning... They have been sitting outside for a number of years...

I thought that I would bring them in and clean them up with Windex...
Guess what!? That didn't do a whole lot of good!

They are still dirty and now they have a coat of yucky stuff from being outside for so long...

I may try to get the glass out of them and wash it separately... But... I am not sure that is going to help at all! 

It may just be that they have been sitting outside too long and this is just the way that they are going to be.

I am wondering if the glass is just too old and has been outside too long.

Do any of you have any suggestions about bringing glass back to life?

If I can't use the glass, I may just take it out and build something over the structure with wood.

I am not going to scream and tear my hair out, but it would be nice to be able to at least use the framework. Any suggestions?

See you tomorrow.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Tassles, Made Easy!

As long as I have been doing this blog, I don't think that I have ever done a tutorial on making tassels. It is about the easiest thing that can be done.

The only thing you have to know is how to tie a slip knot.  That's the same knot that you do when you start crocheting. It's just a loop pulled through another loop in the thread.

Anyway, all you need is two of these and a wad of thread that you want to make the tassel from.
The first thing you do is tie two slip knots on separate pieces of thread.

Then you slip one of the loops over the bundle of threads that you wish to make the tassel out of.

Then you tighten it down in the center of the bundle. Then you pull down the ends of the bundle, so that all of the raw edges are at the bottom and it is doubled at the top.

Next you slip the other knotted loop over the top and make the neck of the tassel by pulling that one tight around the neck of the main part of the tassel. This can be covered with decorative thread or ribbon.
You can make these out of any kind of thread.  Even sewing thread if you have nothing else.

The purple and the first pink one are made out of the stuff that I bought at Pick'n'Save years ago. 

The first one in this photo is made out of some fancy decorative thread that I just happened to have on hand.  The red one on the right is plain old embroidery cotton. It needs to have it's ends combed out, but I wanted to show you the way it looks right out of the package. 

Anyway, now you can go experiment with whatever thread you happen to have. Good Luck!

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wednesday and Witches....

About twenty five or thirty years ago, I bought these eight rolls of fiber at Pic'n'Save.

They were 79 cents a roll and I bought them over a period of time(every time I went there). In those days, 79 cents was pretty expensive for mini supplies... I ran across them when I was cleaning the other day... They are great for making mini tassels.

I took them to the witchy meeting today and gave everyone some of each color. I told them if they used it up they could have more... I made holders for them to wrap the stuff on and then told them that they had to wrap it on the  holder themselves.  I started wrapping it at home and decided that it was going to take  me too long to do it. Thus the self wrapping.
As it was, it still took almost the whole meeting for me just to cut the pieces... I started a pair of socks after the cutting.  I didn't even get a whole row finished...
When I got home, I went to put the drawer of stuff back where it belonged and found another cabinet that needs cleaning out... This one is in the living room.

Here we go again.  At least Kota seems interested in helping... Actually, I think he is just hoping that I will clean it out so that he can have another place to take naps...

So much for having the workroom finished! There are other places that keep popping up to be cleaned.

Back to work.  See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Unwanted and Wanted...

I have been trying to find a place for this table to live for quite some time.  It was priced at $2.oo at a garage sale years ago.

It gets moved from place to place in the house and is never quiet right, wherever I put it.

I decided that it was time for drastic measures...
Is this drastic enough?  I decided that the two circular pieces could be used for bases for mini scenes.  The legs could be put to good use out in the back yard as posts for bird feeders or to hold water dishes.

Meanwhile, I won't be taking up useable space in the house.

Now all I have to do is think of something that they can be used for, that I can't live without.

The Kumquat Tree is doing amazing things. 

See the little white spots? Those are the start of flowers! Everywhere there is one of those, we may be getting a kumquat!!!

It has grown a few new leaves, but I am even more excited about all of the flowers that it is starting!

We may have kumquats this year! Fingers crossed.
The last thing is this... It is the start of a
Palo Verde Tree. I cut it down two years in a row.

It keeps fighting back.  I think that I am going to let it keep growing this year and see what happens. 

I seem to have pretty good luck with trees that just show up and start growing.

I probably would have had a better tree if I would have let it grow from the start, but I foolishly kept cutting it down. 

I give up.  It is going to win, if it keeps growing.
If it doesn't, no great loss. 

Back to the workroom sorting now.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, June 18, 2018

As Little as Possible...

We went to see "Tag" this morning.  It is about a group of men that have been playing tag for the month of May for the past 20 years.  Interesting. It is based on a true story. They showed the real people at the end. I think that they are still playing...

This photo is hard to see, but I put a bird feeder on the center log in the photo.
Tessie and Zar wanted nothing to do with helping, so I left them to their own devices.

Snakes, dogs and rubber chickens...

They ignored me totally.
I went into the workroom.  Covered the chair with a piece of zebra skin material.  Then I took the rest of the day off and watched several episodes of Supernatural. 

Bored much? Yup.  When I am I revert to watching Sam and Dean do their thing.

Then April and Amare called.  I am jealous of Amare.  They went to the zoo with his summer camp group and he got to PET a Rhino! I want to pet a Rhino!!!

Anyway, that's about all that happened here today... Not much in the way of minis.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Tree Is No More...

This is how the back wall is going to look until we get another tree... Maybe.  We haven't decided yet.  It's still under discussion.

I put the three lanterns in to fill the gaps for now. They will go if I decide to do either fairy stuff or birdhouses.
After I got the mess cleaned up, I came back inside and finished the drawers in the closet.  You will have to take my word.  They are as clean as they are going to be.

I can also find paint by color now. That's a great help.
 I moved the dressing room into the workroom.  I am still thinking that it needs the dressing table.  I don't think that Tessie would object to another dressing table.  The chair just somehow doesn't go. 

I am still looking for all of the missing mirrors.  They haven't turned up yet.
Meanwhile, I have these bookcases cleaned out.  No mirrors here.

I think that I will give up for the day and start again tomorrow. I have had enough fun for one day.  I want to do something more serious...

TV and a Doctor Pepper come to mind.

Back to it.  See you tomorrow.