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Saturday, November 18, 2017

I Got the Best of the Trade!

Tessie didn't use her head... So what else is new?

I started building furniture for the room box that I am working on today... I decided to start with the small bench that sits under the window in the room box.

I cheated and used pre carved corner posts.
They were perfect for the height, carving and look that I wanted.

I first put together the ends and let them  dry in the magnetic jig.  It took a couple of hours.
Then Zar turned the bench upside down and assembled the rest of it. We will let it dry overnight in this position.

We want it nice and strong.

In the morning, I will put a finish on it and then make a seat and cushion for it.

April and I both have real sized ones of this kind of bench.  Very handy to have on hand and they move around easily.

Zar seems to be working out well as a partner in crime.  He is pretty good at standing for hours and watching the glue dry.

I have never been very good at that. I always want to rush things.

Let's see if Tessie and Albert can do as well... They were still sitting on Albert's front porch the last time I looked...

One point for Zar and I.

Zero for Tessie and Albert! So there!

See you tomorrow.


Friday, November 17, 2017

I Give Up! Cleaning, It Is...

I walked into the workroom this morning to get a roll of blue masking tape... I needed it badly for putting a bed together...

This is what I encountered... Not one role of blue masking tape in site.  And not in the usual places that it is kept... I found several rolls of the beige kind. I never have any luck with that.
While sifting through the things on the worktable, I managed to dump a beading box on the floor... Icky-ness happened...

I will be picking seed beads out of the rug for a week... Oh well. At least the rug is black.  I can see them pretty easily.

Anyway, I decided to do some straightening so that I could find the things that I need...
I am starting at the top and working down today.

That way I will be able to work on the bed tomorrow.

Somehow, I am not in the mood to try to build a bed unless I can find everything that I need to do it.

So... I am cleaning.  Starting now.
At least I have friends in high places. George and Kota are sitting by, quietly cheering  me on.

George needs to be put back on his shelf.  Halloween is over for another year.

Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

May the Force Be With Me!

Nobody else is!  I just found out that Zar is a Starwars fan and wants the box for himself...

I gathered together all of the stuff that I need this afternoon. 
Next, I found out that Spike was interested in the box too... He likes bunk beds... To be specific, he likes the top bunk... A better view of the world from there...

That's two... I already know that Tessie wants the bed... Maybe I can keep them all busy by letting them fight over the box.....
The real trouble started when I lost some of the pieces and had to go look for them...

When I came back, I found the real Star Wars fan using my material for a bed... I think that's a hint.

I may have to expel everyone from the room if I want to get anything accomplished.

Who knew that small dogs and big cats were Star War fans!?!

Anyway, now I can get to work... I flipped up one side of the new table.  I doubt that I will need to turn it and flip both sides for this, but it's nice to know that the space is there, if I need it.

Back to trying to move Kota from my fabric.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It Should Have Been Purple....

Today I had three friends come over to learn some purse making...

We started out with the simple ones... These are made of foam core cut to the right shape and covered with thin batting and then fabric and leather...

They can then be trimmed however you want to do it.
The second group were made with old fashioned cardboard Tam-Pax tubes. 

Those aren't made anymore. 

The one that I made today is the red one.
This is one of the more complicated ones.  the base for it is poster board.  Then it is covered with fabric and I left this one open to display leather gloves and a scarf..
Of course, Tessie showed up and claimed the new purse.  Then she had the nerve to complain that it should have been purple.

The red didn't match either her or Albert's clothes...

Now she thinks that I should make her a new apron and Albert a  new sweatshirt...

Not going to happen... She has plenty of red aprons and Albert doesn't carry a purse.

I am going back to doing other things and I am taking the purse with me.  I'll show her!

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mission Accomplished

I Found another ball of the rainbow colored yarn. Now I can finish the shawl.
It seems that Zar is actually working on the rug... I think that he has done about nine stitches in the new row.

It is a bit difficult working upside down...

He has to have something to keep him busy.  Tessie fired him from the Terrible Two team...

She replaced him with Albert... HELP!!! 
One of the rooms that I am working on is for someone that likes Star Wars now...

We won't mention any names...
And the new Terrible Two? The Terrible Two is now Tessie and Albert...

I am not crazy about going up against Einstein and Tessie on the same team... but, I have a secret weapon... Now that Tessie has fired Zar, I am talking him into working with me.

Added bonus? I get Spike's services in the deal...I think that the three of us will be a match for anything that Tessie and Albert can think up.

Spike is a VERY smart dog!!!

See you tomorrow...

Monday, November 13, 2017

Need More Yarn!

I got this far with one ball of thread... I need another ball or two to make this as big as I would like it... Rats!!!

I will go hunting tomorrow. It was from Walmart... I have three on this side of town to see if I can find it.  Wish me luck!
I have two balls of this colorway. Maybe I can do it with two balls.  I hope! But this one is for me, so I should stop working on it and get to the Christmas gifts!

My luck is running true to form for making Christmas gifts. 

We went to a doctor's appointment this morning and at noon, we went to see "Murder on the Orient Express". Good movie.

However, it was not conducive to finishing Christmas gifts...

I went into the horrendous work room when we got home and I did manage to find the wood for the high up bed that is like Amare's.  Tessie expects it for Christmas...

Now all I have to do is get myself in gear to make it!  I am so behind!

I am afraid that I am going to be working until midnight on Christmas Eve to get everything finished... Yup.  I am right on my regular schedule!  Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Rugwork... Guess Who's Doing It???

It certainly isn't Zar.  He would have you believe he is working on his... He's not.  I am.

I heard him and Tessie rummaging around in the workroom this morning.

As soon as I discovered them, they both took off.  Zar grabbed his and headed for the bedroom, where he made like he was really into working on his... Please note... The rug is upside down.  The person working on it would have to be where you are.  That is, facing the rug...
I found Tessie in her cottage.  She was sitting in the bedroom wiggling her bare toes in the little red rya I made a while ago. 

She made it look like she was straightening the thread...

Truth be told, she was just making a bigger mess for me to untangle...

But her toes were warm.
Meanwhile, I took the rug that Zar was "working" on and started trying to finish that.

There are probably about 25 rows, if the thread holds out that long...We shall see...

Walter has gone to a U of A game with a friend.  I get to stay home and try to get a few more rows of this done tonight...

Here I go again.  Someone else starts the project and I get to finish it.  One row at a time...

See you tomorrow.