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Friday, March 18, 2011

Another Step Closer.....

We finally decided to have someone else finish the front yard. It was just too much. So, all morning long, I kept peeking out the front windows to see how it was going...Walter couldn't stand it either. He came home for lunch. It's a good thing that he did. I talked him into going out to see if they were going to take away the rocks that we asked them to take....Long story short, if he hadn't come home, they would probably have left them and I would have had to be the bad guy.
Anyway, while they were doing that, I decided to stick close and clean the utility closet by the garage door.

There was a large toolbox at the back of the closet where I had stored extra tools that I don't often use....In fact, it was mostly just taking up space and getting in the way. I pulled it out and emptied it.

Tessie was rolling on the floor laughing at me. She found a bunch of the above calendar cards in the tray portion of the toolbox. If you look closely at the left side, you will see that the thing is for 1999! I guess that it was earlier than that when I last cleaned it. Hey! I never said that I was neat....or tidy.

At the very bottom of the chest was something that I thought I had lost forever. Zar, usually a gentleman and very polite, got really excited and grabbed it.

This is a screwdriver that was my great grandfather's. At least that's what my dad told me. It is obviously Victorian and it is a real gem.

I am sure that there are others out there in the world, but this is the only one that I have ever seen. It is a screwdriver with various bits that can be changed. They are stored inside the handle. You twist off the end, and as you do, it loosens the chuck that holds the bit. Thus, you can remove the bit and replace it with a different one. There is a total of seven and a half bits....One was broken when I got it. Half is missing. Unfortunately, it was the business end, so I will never know what that one was.

There are several screw driver bits, a couple of drill bits and even a couple of carvers.

If you enlarge the photo, you can see more clearly that the handle has scroll work in the casting and the end cap is very fancy.

Can you tell that I am very pleased with myself for finding it? Please. No lectures about how I would have found it sooner if I had cleaned the toolbox sooner.....I know...

The only thing that I have to report on the wicker is that it is finished and now I can start on the cushions and draperies.

Claudia and Sabiha have made their choices of materials.

Sabiha chose a white on white print for the bassinet. It is very hard to photograph. You will have to take my word for the fact that it is very delicate and pretty.

Claudia picked out a very nice off white and green stripe with pink rosebuds.

Tessie says that Claudia has very good taste....One of the dresses that hangs in her townhouse closet is made of the same material. If you want to see how it was made, go here.

Ladies, I am going to give myself the weekend to get the two pieces finished. I will probably aim for sending them out on Tuesday.

The guys left with their truck loaded. They will be back tomorrow. No more peeking out the window. I can go do something else now. Like, maybe some wicker.

See you tomorrow.


Lucille said...

Good luck, Casey, with all the work you have to do. I can hardly wait to see the result. That is quite a beautiful souvenir that you have from your great grandfather.

MiniKat said...

Casey that is the most awesome screwdriver I've ever seen! Glad you found it again. :-)

Merri said...

What an awesome discovery from the past! My grandfather had tools like that, and my father did too, although the handle was a wee bit different! No wonder Zar was so excited.

Yay the yard's done! I wish I could say that for mine. Love those fabrics, and that Tessiedress on a hanger too!

Kathi said...

Hey, I have one of those old screwdrivers! I think mine is newer though. It has a yellow handle, with the drill bits inside like yours. The end cap is the same. I actually have used mine once in a while. Handy dandy! :D
LOVE that dress! I sure hope I can make something that fits one of my dolls soon!
Hope you have a great weekend!

Lucille said...

Casey, I forgot to tell you how much I love that beautiful dress you made. It's awesome!

Minnie Kitchen said...

that dress is gorgeous!

Claudia said...

Well, if Tessie says I have good taste, I am indeed honored. I know that Tessie does not give compliments very often!