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Thursday, October 19, 2017

More Fun.. With Pizza!

I had three friends over today. Two Witches and a Witch's Sister...

I helped one with her hatmaking and the other two were here for other reasons. 

We  had fun and frozen pizza. 
 They didn't get into the workroom.  It is getting worse. I will have to do some cleaning before Walter finishes playing golf...

Oh well.  He never goes in there anyway... Maybe I will just keep messing it up until I get finished with Albert...
I think that I have enough photos of Albert saved.  I plan on starting the sculpting tomorrow.

I decided not to make the three year old.  Nobody would know who he was at that age.

I am going with the wild white hair version.

That's how most people recognize him. 

I have to go now and see if I have any white(or gray) hair. If I don't, that means a trip to search for hair tomorrow.

See you then.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Witches' Envy...

I took the box with all of the trims to Wednesday Witches today.  I figured that they would either throw me out, or start following me around to get to the treasures before I do...  
I made one hat before I left for witches and when I got there, I was not in the mood to do more. We had a good time and I got nothing done.

Tessie liked the hat, but wanted more...

Not going to happen Tessie.

Tomorrow I want to start on Albert. 

Walter is going golfing for four days and will not require feeding or a clean house...
Actually, that's a good thing. The workroom is starting to fill up again... That's NOT a good thing.

Before I start Albert, I had better do a bit of straightening in the workroom.  If I don't, I won't be able to find any of the tools or supplies that I am going to need to start on Albert...

Wish me luck.  I am going to need it to get this mess cleaned up. Then Albert, here we come!

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

No Albert Until Thursday...

Tessie and I are both in so much trouble! 

I went to my favorite Goodwill store this morning.

This is what I found.  No. Not Tessie.

All of the stuff around her.
It was a large bag of ribbon and trims for 6.99. With the "Little Old Lady Discount", It came out to around 5.50.  There was another smaller bag, but I didn't take it...

It looked to me like a lot of mini ribbons and trims. For that price, I was willing to take a chance...

I am SO glad that I did!!!

A lot of the little plastic bags, I recognized from mini shows back in the eighties. I was right!
As I unpacked everything, I wrote down the prices on the bags. To my surprise, by the time I finished, There was over 150.00 worth of trims and ribbons!!!

I took Each item out of it's bag and wound the ribbons and trims on separate cards.

As I was doing it, I kept thinking of the other bag that I saw. When I finished everything but Tessie's pile. I decided that I wanted that other bag. 

I went back to Goodwill and got it.  It was 2.30 more.  It had some more trims and some very nice antique lace.

I think by the time I finish Tessie's pile, I can safely estimate the total very close to $200.00 worth of trims, lace and braids.  

I have to go back now and finish untangling Tessie's mess. She can't seem to get out of there.  I just hope I don't have to cut her loose.  That would be a shame...

She is just going to have to tolerate the mess that she got herself into until I untangle her. 

Wish me luck! See you tomorrow.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tessie and Albert....

We went to see the new Tom Cruse movie this morning.  When I left Tessie was trying out a new pie recipe... I am not sure about the ingredients...
Apples are ok, but I am not sure what is in the jar labeled "Magic".  She made the statement that she was making the pie especially for me... Not a good sign...

Then she proceeded to tell me about this guy she knew before I was born... Also not a good sign...
It seems that she is claiming that she was on speaking terms with Albert... A long time ago.

Now she wants me to recreate him in miniature, so that she can have her friend back.

This whole conversation is making me very nervous...

She's standing there with a jar labeled "Magic" and I am supposed to do Albert in mini, so that she will have someone smarter than the people around here to talk to....
The trouble is, I have been wanting to do this project for a while now.. I have been collecting photos of Albert on Pinterest for a while now.

She claims to have been on a first name basis with him. 

I can't imagine Albert putting up with the likes of Tessie...

I fear that, if I do this, I am going to be outsmarted from more than just Tessie...

A genius and a witch to contend with? Scary!

One way out.  She didn't say how old Albert had to be... I have a photo of him when he was three years old... That could be interesting.  A three year old smarter than Tessie?  I am going to have to think about this for a couple of days.  Maybe there is a way to beat her at her own game.  I also have a photo of him at age 12...

I am going back and do a few sketches of Albert and see what I can come up with...

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Walmart Had What I Needed...

I thought that some of you would be interested in what I found at Walmart this morning.

They have started carrying assortments of wood that can be useful in minis.  The two sacks in the center are an assortment of square dowels.  Handy for bed and table legs...

The gigantic tongue depressors are 10 1/2" long and 1 1/4 inches wide.  Good size for a lot of things in mini.

I got the cards to wind the rest of the trims on.  That is the way I usually store them.  That way I can see everything at one glance.

I tired Tessie out yesterday.  She has spent the whole day laying on the bed, eating cupcakes and watching TV.

I, on the other hand, have finished straightening the box with all of the trims.  I still have a few trims to put on cards, but that won't take long.
I also straightened the box with the silk ribbon and bunka. 
I think that one is pretty much done.

I am going back and wind the rest of the  trims on cards.  Then I will have another section of the workroom neat and tidy...

I am getting there... Slowly but surely.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A Good Time Was Had By All!

When I woke up this morning, Tessie was ready to go!

Today is the first day of the local miniature show and sale.  This year it is back at the Woman's club.  It was done there for years.  Last year they tried it at the Mini Time Machine Museum. It was over crowded and being short, I kept getting stepped on all the time that I was there... Tall people don't tend to look down and behind themselves.

Anyway, it was much nicer today and Tessie was ready to go at five thirty... The show doesn't open until ten.
 Anyway, when we got there, there was a line by the door. 

As soon as we got inside, we made a B line for the one table that I always buy from. 

I loaded up on trims from Debbie Laue.  She always had a wonderful selection of small print fabrics and trims. She also carries all kinds of kits and other goodies!

I loaded up.
If by chance you see her at a show, be sure to look.  I know you will find something that you really, really want!

This is her card.  She also has an online shop.  The address is at the bottom of the card.
When we got home, Tessie grabbed the bags and ran for the bed.  She spread out all of the treasures and started sorting through.  We spent around fifty dollars, but it was worth every penny.  We can't buy the tiny trims here in Tucson, so I loaded up.  These will last me at least part of the year. Then I may have to go on line to restock.
Anyway, Tessie is happy.  And if Tessie is happy, everybody's happy.
Maybe I should make her a new hat.
See you tomorrow.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Candidates...

I had a doctor's appointment this morning. Nothing wrong. Just a checkup.

Then we went to see the new "Blade Runner" movie.  It is 2 hours and forty some minutes long... About 40 minutes too long. It was good, but they could have made it shorter and it would have been even better.

Anyway, I did NOT get any mini-ing done.  I started looking at possibilities of minis to put out in the back yard. 

That kept me busy for a while...

I already have decided to use these two.
This one, I am still trying to get all of the clay off of the top.  I just want it to be a starter place for small plants.. I am not going to get fancy.
The potting shed that I just got a month or so ago is another possibility, but I probably will decide to keep it in the house after putting a lot of work into it.

Tessie seems to feel that it should stay inside too... It is going to be a lot of work to get it right and I don't want to ruin it by putting it outside, unless I can find a spot on the back porch where it will be sheltered.
Tessie vetoed this one completely... She refuses to live in a gourd.  She says that they are weird inside, what with all the seeds and dust.

I tend to agree with her on that decision.  I am thinking that it would make one or two nice coil topped baskets. 

The birds outside can find somewhere else to make a nest too.

Anyway, so much for mini hunting today.  I am going back and finish the rainbow shawl. It is close to done.  I want to move on to something else in the Christmas present department too.

Back to doing something worthwhile.

See you tomorrow.