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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Rainy Day Blues....

Contrary to popular belief, it really does rain in Arizona...Honest! This is what it looks like, looking out of my workroom window this morning. It's supposed to rain all day today. That's not the bad part. The bad part is the wind blowing sideways. Love the rain part...Hate the wind.

So...I won't be outside today, if I can help it. It's a good day to clean up the mess from all of the dollhouse moving that I did yesterday.

I turned on the TV in the workroom about an hour ago. Now I am hiding and cleaning......Wetness is not my thing.
While cleaning out, I found the very first piece of furniture that I made from real sized furniture plans. It was in a book on Early American furniture and had all of the measurements of the pieces. I couldn't pick a five board bench....No....I had to pick a bed with ropes.

The only problem is, nobody could "sleep tight" on this one. The ropes needed to be tightened,not to mention that the headboard was unglued from the side bars.

When I made this, all I had in the way of tools was a #11 Exacto knife, a pin vice drill and some sandpaper. The headboard is not exactly cut as a mirror image. I did get all four posts right and the stringing part is OK. Not bad considering.

So this morning I re glued it and stretched the rope tighter.

When I was done, Tessie had to try it out. Her reaction? "Boy! Those people were short! She's right. Either the original was made of a small person or a young one. If she lays down, her head touches the headboard and her toes hang over the end. I suspect that it was an older child's bed.

It has been through several changes over the past 25 years. I don't even know what happened to the original coverlet. The one that you see next to it in the first photo is the first attempt that I made at computer printing a quilt. It has held up pretty well. It has to be between 10 and 15 years old. Closer to the 15 side.

The coverlet that is on it is a pattern that was in one of the early Piecework magazines, years ago. I kept wandering away from it, but after a couple of years of off and on work, I finished it. I tend to lose interest in other people's needlework patterns. It takes me longer to do them. Especially when they are all one color and repetitive.

Anyway, this seems to be one of those "stream of consciousness" cleaning days....Clean until I find something more interesting to do....Do that....Back to cleaning....Look out the window at the rain....Clean a bit....Watch TV. Fix a bed. Put more stuff away. Try to find something else of interest....I am going around in circles, but getting it done. Little by little...Back to work.

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See you tomorrow.


rosanna said...

Going in circles here as well.
Tidying up, having a cuppa, switching on the pc, sitting for a while without being able to read... feeling reckless and it doesn't even rain !
Have fun, Rosanna

MiniKat said...

Very cool. Do you recall which issue of Piecework you found the coverlet in?

Kathi said...

55% of the vote is yours! :D

I'm doing the same here. Sleeping, cleaning the kitchen, sleeping, reading blogs, making iced tea,sleeping... and it's a bright bright sunshiny day here! I should be outside!!

Love your little bed. I remember sleeping on one of those! Bouncy! LOL

Giac said...

Hello Casey,
I think the fact that the headboard is not mirror image only works with the style of the bed. It really looks like a hand made one vs. a manufactured one. It looks beautiful.
Have a great day,