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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

At a Standstill.... Or a Stalemate....

 Either of the above could be right... I am not accomplishing anything today.  At least not much... I keep plugging along at the knit and crochet projects.  Finished by Christmas?  I doubt it.  Maybe...
 I am not at liberty to start a new project on the table, now that it's clean. 

Kota has decided that it is his table... I laid his favorite blanket on one side... Thinking that he would lay on it and the table would still be clean... Not happening.  He likes the antique, handmade Italian tablecloth... At least he has good taste in linens.
Nope.  No workroom activity either.  I could go in here and attempt more cleaning...

See me stomping my feet and shaking my fists, a la Tessie?

I am still trying to decide... Maybe I will just not worry about it... Maybe I will just go make fudge instead... Yup!  That sounds better than cleaning.  Want to join me? I am going to do it with a bag of dark chocolate chips and half a bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Chips. You can use any combination of chips.

Easy Fudge.

1 1/2 bags(24 oz) of chocolate chips
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla
a pinch of salt.

In a saucepan, melt chocolate chips and milk over medium heat. Stir while melting.
When melted, remove from heat.  Stir in vanilla and salt.  Add 3/4 c. chopped nuts, if desired.

Spread in an 8" square pan. Refrigerate.  When almost hard, cut into squares.

That will be much more fun than the other stuff.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, November 23, 2015

First I Wash the Sheet.....

The poor worktable looks so empty.... and dirty.

I need to clean up the area and make it ready for something new...
This morning we moved the cottage out to the kitchen.  It fits perfectly under the cabinet where the quilt shop was. 

The nice thing about this location is, if someone wants to see all four sides, the whole thing slides out onto the middle of the counter for viewing.

The Terrible Two are eating breakfast as I type.  Chocolate chip cookies and orange juice.  Healthy menu.

The Rusty Needle moved into the bedroom on one of the nightstands.  It looks pretty good there.  Just enough room. 

For the rest of the day, I am going to wander around in circles and try to think of what I want to do next, that does not involve cleaning my workroom. I don't want to do that!

Back to circling and thinking....

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Party's Over...

I made Tessie kick everyone out at midnight.

I couldn't take the noise anymore. They went through "Ninety Nine Bottles of Beer on the Wall" at least six times... They were about to start the seventh ninety nine... NO MORE! 

I started looking for something to work on as soon as I got up this morning... This poor 1/4" house has been hanging beside the bed for years... I just can't get excited about it any more..

Nope.  That's not the one.
Meanwhile, I had to go separate the Terrible Two.

Zar took the matches away from Tessie.  She grabbed one of his Steampunk rifles and threatened him with bodily harm...

I settled it by taking both the gun and the matches and hiding them.

It was nice and quiet and I spent the rest of the day just relaxing...

A little while ago, I was sitting on the bed watching Christmas movies... when I heard a racket coming from the other side of the bed, on the floor..

They were at it again.  This time, they were arguing about which kit I was going to do next... As if they have a say in the order...

I don't think that it will be the Vineyard Cottage... They both want that one...

They did manage to get the box open, but I put a stop to that immediately. 

I sent them to their respective homes and shoved the box back under the bed.  I am not even going to think about minis for the rest of the day... Maybe tomorrow...

See you then...


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Let's Get This Party Started!!!

I am finished!!! This was a fun project. Thanks HBS for furnishing me with the kit! 

I felt like I could do anything with it.  I didn't have to win a contest.  I like that kind of project.  Just having fun.

Now I want to move into this place.

I like Tiny Houses... I look at all of the HGTV programs on building and buying those.  This is the one that I would like to live in.

About the roof.  This is what I did. 

I put a skylight in and painted the roof green.  Then I cut up, at random, some foam blocks that I got at Dollar Tree. 

I got the foliage at a train store.  Glued that over the blocks and made sure that they covered the edges of the roof as well as going down on some of the trees, part way.

This morning, when the party got underway, the witches took over the roof.  They are more at home up there.

Tessie is the only witch that feels comfy in small spaces.

The dogs took over the bathroom.  Private doggy party there.

The gang filled up the rest of the house. Not a lot of room left.

If you were wondering where Tessie went, she is in the kitchen. 

She is still adding things to the Bat Wing Stew.

More people keep arriving.  More bat wings have to be added.  There are mice running all around the house. 

I think that I told you once before.  Tessie puts a spell on the bats to turn them into mice and the wings fall off.  Painlessly.  No left over parts that way. Just a lot of confused mice trying to fly...

Anyway, dinner will be ready in just a little while... It will be served on trays.  The table just isn't big enough for this crowd!

I have to go now and dream up something new to work on.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Move-In Ready.... Or Not...

Tessie decided it was time.  This morning I heard a disturbance coming from the Forest Fantasy Cottage...

Never mind that it doesn't yet have a roof.  Never mind that the kitchen isn't fully stocked.  Never mind that the fireplace doesn't have any equipment...

She moved in. Lock, stock and barrel...

She simply plonked down her suitcases in the bathroom and went to the kitchen.

She didn't stay there long.  I only had two cans of food on the shelves.  That didn't matter.  She whipped up a new batch of Bat Wing Stew and went merrily on her way to the living room...

I can't stay here much longer.  I left her there with a box of matches.  The fireplace is not ready to light. There are no fire dogs or other implements yet.

She only has three chocolate cupcakes to eat.  Then she is going to want to light the logs.

 I did leave Zar there with instructions to keep her from setting the cottage on fire... The only problem with that plan is, he has more treats to eat than she does...

He seems to be keeping his eye on her... The question is, will he stop eating when she opens the match box?

All of my work may go up in smoke.  I had better go  back in there and take the matches away from her myself.

Tomorrow, I will either have a finished cottage or a big pile of ashes... Wish me luck!

See you tomorrow with one or the other!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Happy Birthday Amare!!!

Today Amare is 4 years Old!  It seems like just yesterday he came into our lives.  He is a VIP around here!

I won't be seeing him today other than on the I Pad.  April has a cold and I am not supposed be around that kind of thing right now.

We are going to celebrate some more on Thanksgiving, so I won't miss out.

Now.  About the Forest Fantasy Cottage.  I have decided that the deadline for finishing this is Monday.  I have fooled around long enough. 

I have to get ready for Christmas and start something new in mini!

The top photo is floating shelves that will be installed in the kitchen later today.

The second photo is of the counter tops.  Closer to being finished.  The Bat Wing stew was back on the stove when I took photos of the counter... Tessie zapped it back... I am about to zap it out to the garbage pail.  Again.

I thought I would show you the start of a pin cushion that I am doing for a Christmas gift.  This is some of the thread that I bought at the thrift shop.  I just sat down with a #5 hook and thread last night and this is what came out. There was no pattern involved.  I just kept messing around until I liked what I had. 

Now all I have to do is make a pincushion to go beneath it.

Back to the shelves.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Do You Smell Batwings???

OK.  I finished the counter top.  I installed the cupboards, appliances and the counter top...

These were my weapons of choice.  Minus the sponge... Forgot to include that.

The base paint is hiding under the brushes.  It is  Bamboo Ceramacoat.

Besides that, I used pewter gray, gold, yellow ochre and Van Dyke Brown. 
 Here you see the bamboo coated piece in the front.  In the back I am starting to add the other colors.  Slowly...

Then I went and got the sponge and went to work for serious...

Then I added a coat of gloss varnish.
Unfortunately, I then started merrily installing the pieces in the kitchen.  I forgot to take more photos...Oops.

You will have to wait until tomorrow to see them finished...
I got the cook top installed... No electricity yet. No handles or knobs yet...

But we do have Tessie's pot of bat wing stew right in the middle of the non working stove.  It is beginning to stink! 

She says that it's my imagination... I say it stinks!

She says that it will be fine... I say I don't think so... Zar agrees with me for once!

That's how things stand at present.  I am going back in there now and grab the stew and take it straight out to the garbage can!  She will just have to make a new batch when the stove works! 

Back to work.

See you tomorrow.