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Thursday, March 8, 2012

First of All.....

We have the ultimate tangles here in Tucson. My friend Ginnie brought me this photo yesterday. It was taken at the Pima Air Museum about 10 miles from our house. I am going to have to make a trip there. As I understand it, this is not the only one being displayed there now. Pretty Amazing. And you thought that I was bad for doing shoes!

Basically, I have nothing to report in the way of minis. This morning I started cleaning the workroom....Again.....

The lighting in that room is not good. The goose neck lamp beside the desk is a very handy light, but up until today I was having trouble with glare from the bottom arm. It is at eye level when I am working and the shades were frosted clear/white. It was almost like not having a shade at all.

I had a piece of fabric wrapped around it to cut the glare. It didn't really do a lot of good. So...Since the whole light was only $12.99 to begin with, I didn't have a whole lot to lose with experimenting....

I took out a bottle of Burnt Sienna Ceramcoat and a one inch brush and just started slapping the paint on....I knew that it wouldn't go on smooth with a brush, so I deliberately did cross hatching with the brush.

I had the light on whilst doing it, so that I could see how much coverage I was getting. It took two coats to get the effect I wanted.

When it is on, it looks like a smouldering fire. When it is off, it looks like a solid color. It is similar to the color on the furniture.

I am pleased. I can now see what I am working on without eye strain.

I am back where I started now. I am not tripping over things when I walk through the room...

I found these little guys while cleaning. I found them at the Mini Time Museum. They were in a basket on the front desk, marked 59 cents each. They are soft rubber and under an inch long. They have possibilities in 1" as statues and in quarter inch as baby animals....They are a little small for adults. Now all I have to do is decide what to do with them.

I succeeded in cleaning off the work surface. I also found the kits for 10 Chrisnbon chairs of two different types. I ordered them from HBS a couple of weeks ago. I am short on straight chairs in a lot of the mini scenes and I keep moving chairs from one place to another.

I am going to be putting chairs together for the rest of the day. I didn't think that you would be thrilled to watch that.

Anyway, this is what I will be looking at while I work. I like to keep things on my desk that make me happy. Yes. Elmer's glue all is one of those things. And bottled water is another. I just don't like the labels, so I made myself a cover that slides over the label so that it doesn't show. The same goes for TV controls. Needlepoint comes in handy for things like this.

The little dog, sitting next to Tessie in the circle of flowers is the lid to a Victorian vanity jar. I never had the jar, but found the little dog in a thrift shop years ago. Who knows? Maybe someday I will find a bottom that fits it.

There is a button that Walter gave me a long time ago. You can't read it in the photo, but it says, "I'm not Messy. I'm Creative." and there is a little creature holding a paintbrush, with paint all over the place. That's me....Messy(denying it) and Creative(A good excuse for the mess).

There is a miniature wooden sign from Katie at Katie's Clay Corner It has one word on it...."Journey" and it looks a hundred years old. I love her work.

So there you have it. How I wasted my morning....And the work that I am going to do this afternoon. Ten chairs...

Thanks again for all of the votes and keep it up! You are great! Tessie is thrilled.

See you tomorrow.


Lucille said...

Beautiful beadwork! I see Tessie is all settled in either to hand out unsolicited advice or to zoom the chairs as you make them!

Sab said...

Sometimes, I wish I had as much time as you spending on crafting and miniatures:) I also can't keep my promise to do some more blogging...I hope to get some work done this weekend and show it on my blog:D

Thank you for your blog:)