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Monday, April 24, 2017


I found one of the old birdcages in the garage this morning.  I started painting it to use with the new wicker...

I didn't get very far. Tessie saw what I was doing and grabbed the paintbrush out of my hand and threatened..."Do you want me to paint you to death?"

I am not exactly sure how one gets painted to death, but I also don't want to find out how!

It came to the point where neither one of us would back down... Then Tessie said, "If we can't agree on what to do, maybe it isn't worth doing..."  She had a point.  Neither one of us was going to be happy for the rest of the day if I kept painting... And besides, I didn't want to get painted to death.  It doesn't sound like fun!

So I took one side of the cage in question and she took the other.  We carried it out to the garbage bin and tossed it in.  Tessie almost went in with it, but I caught her just in time.

The banana bread came out of the oven about that time.  I had a slice.

Tessie grabbed a knife and started chopping herself a piece.

When she chops, she doesn't mess around.

She took a whole corner out of it. She could barely carry it...

I cleaned up the kitchen and Tessie disappeared, bread and all!

I finished in the kitchen and went to look for her.  I figured that, where her new settee was, she would be.

I was right. She is currently ensconced in the chair.  She zapped it to the basket shop.  That is the closest room to the big TV in the bedroom.

She is now mesmerized by  one of my Korean Dramas on VIKI.  She is munching on banana bread and trying really hard to ignore Spike. He does like his banana bread.  I may have to make a tray for little people with lots of tiny slices.  They all seem to like it.  The only trouble is... When I provide enough food, the party starts.

I have a feeling I am going to be pulling  little people out of the punch bowl for the rest of the afternoon.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tessie was Right!

Tessie won this one.

I made the bolster pillows for her "chair" this morning... If it were the right size, I would be fighting her for it.  It really does look comfortable.

I did the bolster pillows from a couple of the no longer available cardboard tubes from the old Tampax. They are now plastic and I am not sure that they would work.

I cut them to the right length to fit on either side of the settee.  Then I covered them with very thin batting.  I am not even sure what it is or where it came from.  Just part of the stash.

Then I covered each tube with the fabric and tucked the ends inside the tubes.  If you want them to be extra nice, you can gather the ends with thread.  Don't tell Tessie. I didn't bother in this case.
I figure that it will take until tomorrow or the day after and then she will be ready for something new.

I am going to enjoy the quiet while it lasts.

She will probably give the settee to Zar in a day or two. 

Then she will start pestering me for another piece of furniture of her choice.

I caught her nosing around under the bed... Looking at the kit that she wants turned into her mansion... Boy! Is she going to be surprised when she finds out that the one that she picked, not too long ago, is a four room house.  Not much of a mansion.

Read the fine print Tessie!

Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A One Woman Settee

OK. Back to minis.  I got the upholstery done on the settee and footstool done.  Well, I still need to put some braiding around the edges of the cushions, but other than that and a few throw pillows, they are done.

I won't go into fine detail because there are other entries on the blog that do that.

The top item in the photo is a piece of foam core cut to the seat pattern. I glued fabric to the edge of that and wrapped it around to both sides.

Then I took a piece of cardstock and drew a grid on it that I could follow to tuft the top.  I used a double strand of thread to do the tufting, working from the center out.

I did that separately and trimmed off the extra batting even with the cardstock. Then I glued it onto the foam core piece.
It was basically the same process for the footstool.  The only difference was I left the foam core piece off and just attached the padded piece to the center of the stool.

Yes.  I needed all that glue.  This piece is a bit harder to keep down.

Anyway, all I have to do is add #5 black perle cotton to all of the edges of the tufted areas. 

And yes... This is a totally different fabric.  She found it at the bottom of a drawer when I threatened to use fabric that I liked... What she doesn't know is... This is the fabric that I was thinking of using.  I stuck it at the bottom of the drawer where I knew that she would find it... Yes.  I'm evil... Shhhh!
I just barely got the photo taken of the finished piece.  Then Tessie jumped in and made herself comfortable.  Strangely, when it was unfinished it was big enough for two people... Now it is a one person chair, instead of a settee.

She wants a bolster pillow for each end.  Then, to quote her, "It will be a perfect one person chair.

I guess I shouldn't fight it.  I am off to add trim and make bolster pillows now.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, April 21, 2017

One Potato. Two Potato...

You may be wondering why I am working on Russian baskets today...

Well. I started out with asking Tessie which fabric she had chosen for the settee and footstool... Her reply? "I have it down to five choices!"

Does that explain the basket work?  Actually, it does.

I finished a tray basket..
Then I started rolling more sticks for another one. 

Every once in a while, I would stop and ask again about her choices... It was still five every time.  They were just in a different order each time. 

Back to the basket.
Just a little while ago, I went to ask again.  I am not sure whether Zar is trying to help or about to strangle Tessie and put her out of her misery.

This was the order a few minutes ago.  I left it at, "Tessie, call me when you decide."

I am going to ignore the two of them and maybe Zar can talk her into choosing one of the five. 

Until then, I am going back to basket making and watching TV while I weave.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Grave Gardening...

Well... She didn't manage to completely get buried, but she came close.

I was planting Marigolds this morning.  Tessie was helping... Then I heard, "HELP ME!!!"

Yup.  Just as I was about to throw a trowel full of dirt into the hole, Tessie slipped and fell in.

Thank goodness, the soil didn't cover her mouth.  I hadn't packed the dirt down so it was pretty easy to get her out...

I doubt that she will get that close to the edge of a planting hole again. 

As soon as she dusted herself off, she volunteered to have her picture taken with the Marigolds. All of them are bigger than she is, so it is understandable that she got covered with one scoop of dirt.
After the planting, we went and inspected the new tomato plants.  I have three kinds this year and the little yellow cherry tomatoes are coming on quickly.  I had one right off of the plant yesterday morning.  Tessie has the second one that is ripe in her hot little hands right now and I don't think that I am going to even get a nibble off of this one.
No sign of figs yet.

Our last stop was the pomegranate tree.  It is going full force, but I am having to keep Tessie away from them.  Every year I have to explain to her that they have to get bigger than my fist before she can start munching on the seeds.  We should have a pretty good crop this year if I can keep her from breaking them off and throwing them at the squirrels and Zar... Especially at Zar.

She thinks it's great fun to drop them on his head if he gets anywhere near where she is in the tree.

Needless to say, with all of the planting that we did this morning, the minis will have to be later today.

Back to the garden.  See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

She Never Listens!

Last night I started my Christmas socks for this year.  I already had the sparkly one on the right started, but I have to see what some of the other yarns look like, knitted. 

So far, I like the blue and green stuff.  My kind of colors.

This morning, we went to see the new "Fate of the Furious" movie.  Both of us really enjoyed it.  If you have seen any of the Fast and Furious movies, you will like this one.  Lots of mayhem.

Someone made a statement in the comments yesterday that I should get a photo of Tessie if she decided to wear all of the gold paper at once.

This is what she looked like when we got back from the theater... I told her to stay away from the gold whilst we were gone... She didn't... That's basically how it goes with Tessie.  You tell her not to do something. She does it!

Zar was trying to unwrap her when we got home.

He wasn't having a lot of success.  I will probably have to take a pair of scissors to the mess to get her out...
I asked her why she insisted on using the outer borders of the sheets... Her explanation? "Bigger pieces and more gold!"

I did manage to rescue most of the pieces that would make good jewelry and furniture trim. 

To quote her..."Who wants that little piddly stuff?"

I put Zar in charge of unwrapping the golden mummy and left the room, after taking as many embarrassing shots of her as I could.

Now I am going back and drink ice tea and laugh while Zar unwraps the present... Yes I know that the settee and footstool still need padding.  Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Rich and Happy!

I am not rich, but I am happy.  I finished my watchband and it came out just right.

I just started doing peyote stitch around the bars on the end and kept going until both sides were long enough to fit my wrist.
I did put a diagonal row of gold every three rows.  I deliberately didn't make all of the lines complete and varied the colors of the beads at random.  It worked.
I was in Ace Hardware this morning and found these little wooden thingies.  The middle one is a cup hook for shelves etc.  I am not sure what the other two are supposed to be, but they look like something to make hat stand from.  Some of the Wednesday Witches are doing hat shops and these could be useful, maybe.  I will take them to the meeting tomorrow and see if anybody is interested in making their own hat stand.

Now about the rich part of our program... Tessie found some sheets of gold sticky paper that I bought a long time ago at a scrapbook store... I was thinking at the time that they would make nice trim for furniture pieces... bought several different types.

Tessie took one look and thought Jewelry!!! I think that the paper is loosing it's sticky, but a little white glue might do the trick. 

She is babbling to herself about being very rich.  I am not going to burst her bubble.  She has a piece stuck around her neck and two pieces on her wrist for bracelets.  I do think that this stuff has possibilities. 

The next time you see Tessie, she may be covered from head to toe in gold paper... At least it keeps her amused and out of trouble. 

I just heard her yell loudly, "TIARA"... Yup.  She needs one of those.

I did hear her trying to talk Zar into a watch chain.  He just keeps looking at her sideways and shaking his head...

I am staying out of it. 

Let her use all the sticky gold stuff that she wants.  Sooner or later she will wrap herself in it and not be able to get out... Yeah!  I like that idea.

I am going  back to work now.

See you tomorrow.