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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Another Steampunk Source...

Last week, I stopped at a garage sale and one of the things in a grab bag that I bought was the workings of a music box... No box.

When I got it home, I went to take it apart and I couldn't find my Phillips screwdriver.  I found it this morning... In Daisy's cottage... I have a feeling that she has been dropping in at night to see how things are coming along... and they are not to her liking...

I couldn't find the chest and shelf from the kitchen.  I went into the workroom to take apart the music box and found the furniture. 

I ignored it and took apart the music box.  Two screws were holding it together.  The rest was held together by riveting the soft metal of the case.  I had to pry it apart.  As you can see, it had a lot of interesting parts.  More Steampunkery stuff!

I am going to have to keep an eye out for music boxes.

As for the chest and shelf...I discovered that the edges of panels and drawers had been painted black. 

It was dry, so Daisy must have worked into the night and then left quietly... I took the hint...
I started fooling around with a gold pen.  This is on the side that faces away from the opening of the kitchen.  I can fool around all I want.  It will never be seen, after I install it.

This is just a start.  It needs more color to look Moroccan, but I think it is going to work.

I did notice that I missed the top edge of the chest.  There should be another line of black on the top under edge.

Anyway Daisy, if you are reading this, I am back to work on the cottage and will keep going as fast as I can... I want to get to the Steampunkery again. 

I might even drag down the Clockwork Cottage and finish it.  Poor Zar has been living in the immobile mobile home for much to long...

See you tomorrow.

Monday, July 21, 2014

My Favorite Miniature...

 OK.  He's not quite as little as some of my others... and he is growing by leaps and bounds...

April and Amare came over this morning.

He moves faster than the speed of light most of the time, but once in a while I can get him to stop and look at minis.

Typical boy.  I show him a crypt.... He plays with the motorcycle outside.
I show him the craft cottage and he goes for the bicycle... As I said, typical...
He did like the hedgehog that he found in the kitchen of the house I am working on... See?  He does like animals, as well as vehicles...
He spent a lot of time chatting with Widget... Wise cat.  He heads for under the bed whenever he hears little boys in the house. 

Amare tried to talk him out, but he wouldn't budge.

He did come out a few minutes after they left... As I said... Smart cat!
April got to see my clean workroom for the first time... She approved and she helped me out by taking some of my discarded books home.  It was either that or donate them... Having a librarian for a daughter comes in handy... She can't stand to see a good book go homeless...

Anyway, I did get the Steampunk debris sorted.

I am now back on course.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Steampunk, We Have a Problem....

I am mostly done with the moving of books... Notice I said mostly.

I have a few strays that I have to find homes for, but I do have spaces in each category, so it won't be long until it is all finished.
 I kept this side pretty much the same, except for moving books in and out.
This side was the one that I changed.  Especially on the right side.

You see, there is a problem with the glass shelves in this bookcase.  They are supported by some little plastic gadgets on each side.  The back of the shelves are supposed to be held up by a wood piece with a groove in it... The trouble is....That is not held up by anything.  I don't know who designed this, but they did a terrible job. 

Those same wood pieces have lights installed behind to light the shelves... Wood piece with lights attached and not supported by anything what so ever... Disaster.  Waiting to  happen.

The glass slips out of the back groove regularly and I have had two of them come crashing down and break.  One in half and the other one in half with a triangular piece out of the front.  I have learned to make sure that there are some tall books under the center of all of the glass shelves.  Or in the case of the one on the bottom right, a large room box with some books on top to equal the height of the shelf.

The unit is quite old, so there is nothing to be done.  I fixed it as best I could and Walter helped me get things back in line yesterday... Thank You Walter!!!

I got all of the stuff in the workroom bookcases where they were to go... Then the Steampunk fairy flitted by and  pushed my elbow into the corner of two of the boxes of Steampunk findings sitting on one of the higher shelves...

I guess the Steampunk fairy didn't like the way I had things nicely sorted in the boxes....

Anybody want to hazard a guess as to what I will be doing the rest of the day?

First I have to get all of the little, tiny pieces out of the rug... Then a sorting I will go...

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

No Time for Minis...

First of all, the babies have been in the tub for over a month now.  As you can see, they are definitely growing.  Second leaves are coming in.  I am going to have to transplant soon. 

I have hundreds of these babies in a couple of planters on the back porch.  If they all live, I am going to be overrun with mother of millions...
Now.  The reason for no mini time is....Books.

I decided I was tired of hunting for a half hour at a time and not finding the book I needed.

One bookcase down and a lot more to go...

I put all of my various needlework books in the bookcase in the bedroom.  There is still a bit of room left, but not too much.  Believe it or not, I am getting rid of quite a few books that I no longer use... I can't seem to find any holes from where they were located...Strange...
I pulled a few books out at a time and relocated them as I did it, but I still have a lot to go. 

I think its time to get the luggage carrier or the handcart out.  I am getting a LOT of exercise from lugging books from one room to another.

All of my real furniture and architectural books are going in the family room.

For some strange reason, as soon as I turn my back, the space that I took the last armload of books from magically fills up before I can get more books to put in their place... 
I am actually going to put the miniature, history of fashion books  and other craft books in the workroom.

It was sooo clean a week ago.  It's not bad, but it is going to look messy until I finish this job.

Therefore, I must get back to it and be done with it!

I am trying to make room on each shelf for a room box or vignette of some kind, as I go.  I had some that were stuck in side wise and couldn't be seen. 

I am getting  there, but no minis today, unless you count the baby plants, at least until I finish. 

Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Beginning the End...

 I did the window this morning.  I used the copper to match the window in the bedroom.  I still wish I could find my lead tape.

I installed the tub and the window.  I had to do the tub first, because it holds the bottom of the window frame in place.

After I got it installed, I did a coat of gesso over the edges.  I will have to do another one after this one is thoroughly dry to make sure that the frame blends with the wall.
As soon as Tessie found the installed tub, she climbed in to see if it "worked".  It did.  No water, but she liked the fit.

I cut down the high plant stand and made it into a tub height table... Tessie immediately installed the phone there. She explained, "Someone might need to get a hold of Daisy whilst she is in the tub.". 

I think it was more with the idea of someone trying to get a hold of Tessie when she was in the tub.

I went out of the room when Walter came home. 

When I returned, this is what I saw...

Tessie had borrowed some of Zar's throw pillows and some of my cookies. 

I think that she is in the tub for the rest of the day. 

Another case of "the best laid plans"...

Maybe I will work downstairs in the kitchen or living room for the rest of the day...

Or maybe I will finish rearranging all of my books.  I started yesterday.  I am trying to get all books of one kind in one place, so that I will have some idea of where everything is. 

It has been several years since I last did that and everything is. once again, scattered to the winds....

Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Something Small...

To take to Wednesday Witches' mini meeting...

It wasn't the toilet.  That only took a little while. 

It is now officially finished and all I have to do before gluing everything in is the window surround.
I did do a bit of housecleaning... I couldn't take that with me either.

I took everything out... Big mistake.  Now I can see all that still has to be done... Lots....
 I needed something easy to carry and workable...

OK.  So it's not mini. Not even necessarily small.  It's about 18" across.

It is a piece of needle made lace that I started about 10 years ago.  I think that it is about time to finish it.

I won't go into detail on how to do it, but it is all done with a needle and fine crochet thread.
The outlines that you see are done with a couple of strands of heavy thread couched onto the layers of brown paper and padding. 

This is a closer view of some of the finished area.

When it is done, All areas will be filled with various lace stitches. 

This is how all lace was made before they invented machines to do the job. 

 Most normal people would do all of the cording before they started the filling stitches... The six year old couldn't wait.  

I think that this is going to be my Wednesday project for a while.  Maybe this time I will finish it.  By the way, it's a collar.  Or it will be when I get done.  Yes.  I said when!  I am not going to take another ten year break. Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

In the Cards....

Someone asked me a couple of days ago, what the cardboard looked like...

Here's a whole drawer full.  The grain on some of it runs lengthwise and other pieces run across.
So I use whichever suits the need.  It is more or less like the cardboard from cereal boxes, but it doesn't have a shiny finish on one side.  That's why I spray it before painting.

I finished the sink this morning, with fixtures that match the ones on the tub. 

I am almost to the point where I can start gluing things down in the bath...

Tessie is yelling for the water to be turned on NOW!



Zar has a bit of a complaint... The toilet sits on a straight wall, but he, being taller, has to lean to one side... If you know what I mean. 

Hey Zar!  It's not your bathroom.  Go use your own!

As you can see, I still need to do some fancy work and paint it with Bamboo Ceramcoat.

We are so close to the finish.  I still have to install the inside window trim before I do the final putting together.  Wish me luck.  I'm going to need it....

I hear Steampunk calling!!!

See you tomorrow.