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Monday, June 26, 2017

Making Choices.....

I have the outside of Tessie's She Shed finished.  Now I have to finish the floor and the rest of the interior...

Tessie staggered in carrying all of the furniture that she needed for three rooms at once...

Her first choice was the wicker nest chair that I did for the roof of the townhouse. 

Since I have the townhouse cleared out, She is looking for new homes for all of her stuff... Guess who is going to be twice as busy finding and making new homes for everything... Yup.  Me...

Since this is Walter's favorite chair, she is hesitant to use it... She is afraid that he will make it a He Shed.  She is not having that!

I am trying to get her to choose the second one.  I told her that it would be a good place to brew potions.

A separate building that she could lock up when she wasn't there. 

She liked that part.  The part that she didn't like is the part that I liked a lot.  Her old potions cabinet covers the back wall and there is no need for me to make lots of fancy curtains.  I do like that part!

Of course she is whining about not having pretty curtains...

"But Tessie, think of all o the fancy brewing that you could do in that one."  I don't think that I convinced her with that little speech.  She wants fancy curtains...

The last choice is her first choice.  Her one woman chair just fits in there... Sorry Tessie.  I just find that one boring.  All you can do is just sit in there and watch the big TV all day... and I am not going to watch old episodes of Bewitched and Walking Dead all day long, every day!

Sorry, you are going to have to watch K Dramas all day, every day.  My TV.  My rules! Didn't I just say that about something else yesterday?

I think that she is coming around to the potion brewing room... She thinks that she can put something in my coffee and get her way...

Not going to happen Tessie! I can tell if my coffee tastes like witch's brew!

Back to work.  See you tomorrow.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Two Halves Make a Whole!

Did you ever run into the problem of not having a big enough table for a mini building display?

No problem! At least if you have two half round tables that are about the same size.

I decided that I wanted my craft cottage in the bedroom, for the time being.  I need to find a new work table for that spot.  Until I find one, this is going to have to do. Hey! Whatever works!
I took Two tables that were only an inch difference in height and put them together.  The top of one slides nicely under the top of the other one.  I did that with the taller one in front.

Then I took a book that was the same size as the difference. It's one that I want to keep, but I don't look at it all the time.  At least I will know where it is if I need it!

Then I simply put the craft cottage on top.  It covers most of the book and unless you .look closely It isn't even noticeable that there is a difference in height.
In case you can't tell, I am trying to put things back in order after the move.

I kept moving one thing and that led to the next. 

I put the Elizabethan Lady's room box on the telephone table. 

That's because I moved the basket shop back to the top of the jewelry chest that isn't a jewelry chest...

I took the "Rusty Needle" and put it back on the bedside table.

I still like it there best, because you can look down through the glass top at the inside.

Now that I have done all of this moving, I am pretty well satisfied with the arrangement.

And Tessie? She left as soon as I started moving things. I thing that she was afraid that I was going to make her zap whole rooms from one place to the other...

She will probably turn up in a little while and start complaining about where I put things.

Oh well.  She could have helped with the move and had some input as to where things went. 

The one that moves everything gets to choose the spots where things go. My house. My rules!

Back to work.  See you tomorrow.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cars, Mexican Food and Furniture Moving...

We went to see Cars, with April, Seth and Amare this morning.  Then we stopped at Micha;s for Mexican Food for lunch...

The last part of the day was spent at our house and I talked the troops into moving the Castle into the living room.

Soon, the night stands will be back where they belong.  I will be a happy camper when that is done.  I miss having a good sized bed side table that I can pile things on...

Moving the castle into the living room involved other mini pieces. 

I have just about talked Tessie into giving up the townhouse.  She keeps  harping about the kits under the bed that would be more suitable to her taste and style. She keeps mentioning the Harrison... I keep hoping for something smaller. We shall see...

Anyway, the townhouse has been demoted to a corner of the living room. It has been divested of all of it's furniture and accessories, including about a month's worth of Tessie's aprons. Yes.  She has one for every day of the month. She just doesn't enjoy changing them every day. She says that, if she gets them dirty, she will have to wash them... Not something that she likes to do. 

I am very happy with the new moves. The castle is back where it started in this house.  It still needs some work, but nothing that I can't do with it sitting in the living room.

Walter is going on a golf trip this week so I expect to finish cleaning the castle to make it look at least livable while he's away.

On Wednesday, the witches start building their She Sheds here.  I have to get to work and cut the bases for all of them.  They get to do all of the walls, doors and windows.  I have a feeling that this is going to be a LOT of fun for all. 

I think that I have had enough fun for today.  I am in the mood for a long nap now.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Not Much in Minis

OK. I cheated today and worked with some new beads that I purchased on Tuesday.

Walter lost his favorite bracelet. I tried making a new one from different beads. It just didn't look right.

This time I think I got it right. It looks just like the old one.

While I was at it... I had new beads!  So I did this one for myself. The photo doesn't do it justice. The beads are various shades of silver with just a hint of different rainbow colors on the beads here and there.

All I have left to do is put the clasp on this one.

All of the time that I was beading, Tessie was perched on the peak of the roof of the She Shed...

She claimed that she was cheering me on... But it sounded more like hissing and booing, because I wasn't working on the She Shed OR her Bonsai project. 

I am doing quite well at ignoring her.  I put earplugs in and have a Korean drama running on TV.  That works quite well.(English Subtitles)

I just work on the beading and read whilst she sits on the roof and hisses at me... I can't hear a thing... Too bad.  I don't think I want to hear some of the expletives that she is hissing at me.

I am going to clean up the bead mess and do something else now... Probably not anything that Tessie wants me to do.  I am having way too much fun irritating her. She is not a happy camper!

Back to the K Drama.  See you tomorrow if Tessie lets me live that long!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I Made Some Trees!

The are fake mini trees, so I guess I qualify as a fake mini God... Maybe not.

Anyway, I thought that you might like to make some trees yourself... so here goes!

I cut #26 paddle wire that you get in the floral department of the craft stores.  On this particular tree, I cut 11 pieces about four inches long.  I vary the number from seven on up.

The main thing to remember when you are doing this is to twist ALL of the wires in the same direction.  If you don't, you will be untwisting some wires that you have already twisted and have a big mess.

I hold the wires in a bunch with my left hand and my right hand holds the pliers.  That is the hand that I twist with. 
First I twist all of the wires together about an inch from the bottom end.  I keep going until I have a trunk that I like.

Then I turn it upside down and twist the bottom 
of the trunk wires to form the roots that go into the dirt. In this case, I had 11 wires in the bunch.  I twisted three at a time on three bunches. On the forth root, I had only two left and those two got twisted in the same direction as the rest.

I set the base of the tree in air hardening clay.  I get it at Walmart and it comes in handy for holding things together as well as making bricks and other finishes. The clay can be easily broken away from the trunk when you want to put it in a pot.

Back to the twisting. I always twist away from myself with the pliers.  That way, no matter which part I am working on, I am going in the right direction.  No unwinding if you do that.

Anyway, after you get a shape that you like, paint the trunk and branches brown... In this case I had a bottle of Bark Brown by Folk Art Americana. I am not even sure how long ago I bought.  I though that it was an appropriate color, with that name. It seems to work.

After that, I let everything dry and then glued greenery to the branches... Voila! A tree!

I am going back now to attempt pots for the bonsai. I have never tried that before. Wish me luck!

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Late Wednesday

It's 7:30 PM and I was sitting in the bedroom working on minis.  It dawned on me that I had not done a blog entry yet today... I grabbed the camera, took some photos of what I have been doing all day and ran for the computer...

Tessie just stood there staring at me. Sometimes she is no help at all.  No reminder from her...

I am sure that it would have been, "Hey dummy! You forgot to do the blog."  And she would have said it about 5:30 AM tomorrow morning...
I didn't do a whole lot on the She Shed today.  I drew up six sets of plans so that the rest of the gang could do the project. 

I took those to the meeting and explained what they had to bring to do the She Shed.  Then for the rest of the afternoon I worked on a couple of Bonsai Trees. 

I think that they turned out pretty well for a first try.

The first one is kind of a Japanese Pine.  I did that one with the fuzzy green stuff that I use for 1" scale trees.

The second one is done with the railroad stuff that people use for ground cover. 

Now all I have to do is put them in pots.

They are sitting in pieces of air drying clay right now. 

Tomorrow I will attempt some poly clay pots for them. 

Of course Tessie is pleased... Everything I did today was for her.  I think that she may have the mesmerizer hidden behind her back in that first photo. 

Back to work. See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Back to White!

I kept looking at the brown and really disliking it. Yesterday I went back to white.  It was just a better choice all the way around.

After a couple of hours of repainting, once again, I am happy with the white now. 

The rest of the day was spent putting on shingles, one by one.
I went and got the L angle to put on top of the roof and a couple of pieces of trim to go under that.

I finally decided on this one.  It will be painted a different color than the rest of the roof. I noticed that the three shingles at the end of the last row are shorter than the rest. That's what happens when you have been working too long without a break. I will have to rip those off and replace them. 

It seems like this little She Shed is more trouble than a full sized house.  One step forward and two steps back. 

I did decide on the front roof trim and I am NOT changing that. 

I also found a couple of pair of French doors that will suffice.  I am going to glue them in place and forget about them. 

Don't tell Tessie.  She will want working doors that she can mess with.  There's not much she can do if I glue them in place and then tell her that's how it is going to be.

I am going back now and fix three shingles and do something with the color of the roof and floor. 

See you tomorrow.