And carry a little stick.....Well, to Tessie it's the proverbial "big stick".
I looked all over for the wicker this morning. Before I was awake, Tessie hid it. While I was cooking breakfast, she showed up carrying her big stick and informed me that I was not getting enough done on HER cottage.
Not wanting to get thumped on the knuckles with a coffee stirrer, I decided to humor her for a couple of hours. She had enforcers with her. Beau, Spike and the goofy pig.
I am more afraid of the pig than the other three put together....He is rather mad looking. Mad in the crazy sense...
Anyway, I went to work on the trim on the side of the cottage again. I made the corner panels for the bottom like the ones for the top, with the sandalwood fan. These were from a different part of the fan, so a different design.
I needed some horizontal trim and finally decided that part could be done wit the old" paint the lace" method.
I dug through my lace boxes and came up with three heavy laces that would work.
Here you see one of the smaller ones being prepped. I painted it thickly on both sides and stretched it out on a piece of cardboard to dry flat. That's the key to using the lace. Make sure it is as straight as you want it whilst it dries.
I then mounted the top edge of the lace on a piece of 1/16" square stock with glue and let that dry. then I simply glued it where I wanted it on the house by the board.
The larger lace behind Tessie has a couple of pieces of double bead molding at the top to make it appear that the whole strip is wood.
I may still put another strip of this on the top of the wall of the lower roof. Upon studying the photos, I noticed that one layer was not usually enough and I do want to get that effect in a couple of places, even though this is a very small cottage. Don't forget to poke the pictures.
When I got this far, Tessie announced, "OK. Now you can go get the wicker. I put it in the overnight bag at the back of your closet." Then, "If you work on the cottage for a couple of hours every day, you may then then go work on the give away....If you can find it!"
I am determined to outsmart her. When I finish working on the wicker today, I am going to hide it! This could get interesting.....
See you tomorrow.