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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Oh Look! A Squirrel!

I am easily distracted from things that I don't want to do...

I was going to polish the floors of Zar's den a little bit ago... It needs shining up badly!
 I was taking photos facing this direction... Now I ask you.  Who could resist stopping and watching this little guy looking for the food that I have not yet put in the yard... I had to stop and feed him.

And then the plants needed watering... Etc. Etc...
I did make a lot of progress on the beads yesterday.  It is not completely finished, but I am getting there.

Slow but sure, wins the race...

Back to work now.  See you tomorrow.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Two Down.....

Oh! Look!  Empty Shelves!!!  OK.  To be honest, everything that was on those two and a half shelves are in the bedroom. 
I am tired of trying to find things that I have carelessly tossed in the wrong box. 

I need ORDER!!!
This is where you have to find Tessie and Kota.  I'll give you a clue.  They are the only things in the photo that don't pertain to beading or my runny nose...

I have been teaching Tessie to run the label maker...
So far, I have two plastic boxes cleaned out.  Tessie has two labels made for said plastic boxes. 

It took her a while to learn to put spiders on either side of the words on the label.

Unfortunately, she can't make more until I get more boxes cleaned out. 

I decided that this weekend I am going to get the beads in order.  One way or the other.  I will either get them sorted or have a fit and start flinging the boxes around the room... I had better get to work... It is easier to sort beads that are still in the wrong boxes.  That's much better than digging them all out of the carpet...

I'm going back to work now.  Tessie needs more boxes to label.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Cleaning Should Be Banned!

Every time I go into the workroom to find something, I feel guilty and start cleaning... I should never be allowed to start cleaning!

When I do, I always find something that causes me to get distracted...

This morning It was beads... Or I should say cabochons.

I decided that it would be a good idea to clean out a couple of the jewelry boxes while I was in there.

I was looking at jewelry on Pinterest while eating breakfast and drinking my coffee... That's another thing that I should not do... No Pinterest with breakfast!  

Walter leaves for golf and I sit down and start Pinterest-ing... Bad!!!

I get in the most trouble when I start looking at bead work and jewelry...

One of the things in there reminded me of a couple of things that I had that were almost finished...

That suggests to me that I should look for the pieces and try to finish them... 

For example, this piece needs to be cut off of the backing and beaded around the edge and it will be a nice pendant or a pin.

We won't talk about the above tray full of stones that need to be finished... Nope.  Not talking about those at all!

I also found a BIG piece of pleated Shibori silk that I bought at a mini show a few years ago.  I thought that it would make interesting mini clothing...

Unfortunately, this is the first time that Tessie has been in the room when I have had it out...

I have been seeing beadwork on Pinterest with Shibori silk mixed in.  Very pretty.  And I even have stones that will go with it...

I also have Tessie egging me on...  Not a good combination. 

Somebody please stop me!  I need to work on minis.  No more beading... Well maybe I will just finish the one that is almost done... Then back to Pinterest.

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

I Need A Nap!

This won't do at all!!!

I can't test a bed with no mattress!

That was Tessie this morning when I finished roping the colonial bed.

As you know, she a "tests" beds by jumping on them... She was frustrated with falling between the ropes. 

She demanded a mattress and covers.
I got the mattress and coverlet on it and she stole a pillow from the other colonial bedroom.  Then she demanded that I turn off the iPad so that she could sleep in peace.

I refused and she bolted!

It took a while to figure out where she went...
I should have looked here first, since it was where she grabbed the pillow.

She is now snoring at the top of her lungs.  It sounds like a hungry mountain lion...

I am not going to disturb her.  With the exception of the snoring, it is very quiet and peaceful.

I am going to enjoy the relative quiet.

Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

KIdnapped By Witches!!!

OK... Not really.  I just went to a meeting. 

I didn't accomplish anything in mini.  I took along a basket of beads.

We solved most of the problems of the modern world... Now if we could only get anybody to listen to our ideas...
I am almost finished with the peyote stitch bracelet.  I only have the point on the left end and the clasp to do. 

Fingers crossed, I will have it done tomorrow.

I took these two along, but didn't really do much to them.  I can probably finish them next week.  That's if I can wait until next Wednesday... Maybe before, if I decide to work on them before then.

I have a doctor's appointment in the morning tomorrow.  But I WILL do better than I did today.  Sorry that I am so late.

Back to the beads... See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Good Things...

 I stopped at Goodwill this morning, on the way home from Walmart.

It's a good thing that I did...  I got a new glass dome for $2.40.  It needs to be cleaned up but is a really nice size. 

I am not sure what it will hold, but I know a good thing when I see it. 

More minis!

I also paid 2.40 for this wooden mat. That will make a lot of floors! Cutting apart will be easy.  It is glued on a fabric back  and will be great when cut apart, sanded and stained.
 April, Seth and Amare just came back from a four day trip to the Grand Canyon.  They stayed in a log cabin that was built in the 1800s! 

I have them trained to look for rocks.  Amare had two for me this time.

This is going to be kind of short.  I have company waiting for me.

Back to the fun!

See you tomorrow.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Several Things At a Time...

I see a spot that I messed up.  I will fix it.  White from the ceiling brushed over the edge of the top oval... Rats!

I still need to put a finish on top of the stain, so there is no problem.

I just wanted to show you how much furniture you can get in a display like this.

I used real wallpaper from a sample book that I have from many years ago. 




I covered the back side with plain old brick paper.  I doubt if it will ever be seen after I get it on a shelf.

Tessie and Zar are plotting about how they are going to get the nursery furniture out of there.

They don't have to worry.  I wasn't going to leave it in there anyway.
 The trim on the interior wall is some of this gold sticky stuff. That and the turquoise stuff are both peel and stick.  Very handy if you need trim on a curved surface. I got these at mini shows, but nowadays they sell them at all of the craft stores in the scrap book section.
Last but not least.  I got another inch of the chevron bracelet worked.  I also fixed a hole in my favorite watchband.  I am coming right along with the beadwork as well as the minis. 

When I get tired of one thing, I go to work on another.  That way I don't get bored...

I am still thinking about what I am going to do next... No decisions yet... Tessie and Zar are no help at all.  They both want me to be pulled in their individual direction..

I am going back and think about it some more.  Meanwhile, there is always beading to do.

See you tomorrow...