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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Gardening and Tameing Tessie...

For the past two years, I have been slacking off in the gardening department.  I am having to start over on a lot of things. The Pomegranate tree and the fig are going great guns right now. I am not worried about them, but some of the other plants are shot.
I had a rose bush growing under the bedroom window... What is left of it is holding up the "Peace Rose" that I am going to plant in it's place. I remember my dad having one of those in the back yard when I was a kid in Phoenix.  If he could get them to grow there, I am sure that they will grow here.

All I have to do is plant it and water it more than I did the one that was there.

When I was recovering, I didn't have a lot of interest in digging and watering.  Now I want to get back at it.

I have some geraniums to plant against the back wall.

The purple bougainvillea is going where the stick like red one was that is back against the wall. I am actually excited about getting things going again.

Tessie went out there with me.  She investigated the Forest Fantasy Cottage and then turned up her nose and went back inside.  She wants nothing to do with it, now that it has become a place for the birds.

When I came in, she was sitting on Victor's tape bar telling him how mean I was for giving it to the birds.

I don't think that he really cares.  He just sits there looking down the end of his nose at her.  Every once in a while a little smoke escapes his right nostril. He coughs a bit and then grins at her... It is wicked grin and I do hope that she is not making the wrong impression on him. He has been known to bite heads off when he doesn't like something that is being said. I guess that I should go check on how things are going in there... So far, I haven't heard any howling from him or screaming from Tessie. I guess they are OK. 

Back to the farm. See you tomorrow.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Traveling Boxes Again ...

While I was on a roll, I kept going with the "to go" boxes.

The first one is a Rya Rug and coiled basket box.  It has all the thread, rolls of wire, forms and gourds for basket bottoms, needles, scissors and canvas for fake woven baskets.

Everything is ready to go.
The second one is for watchband making.  I have eight watch faces to make bands for, lots of needles, scissors(still to be put in) thread in lots of colors and a salt scoop that works well for picking up leftover beads.

All I have to do is add the tubes of beads that I want to use.

This one is easy.  It is a couple of big assortments of beads from Walmart, memory wire for bracelets wires to make dangles, and pliers to cut the wire.

The bracelets in the lid were made with this method.  They take very little time to make and are a lot of fun, when I'm not in the mood for concentrating on beadwork.

I redid the box that I usually take to Wednesday Witches.  This one can be filled with everything to make anything I want.

I am all set now to go anywhere and bead my little head off!

I wonder what other containers I can find to put to good use.

Back to the hunt. See you tomorrow.

Friday, March 16, 2018

I'm Not Going Anywhere!

Honest I'm Not! As soon as Tessie sees the travel workbox, she gets all excited.  She automatically starts packing her bags.

We were talking about being prepared for anything mini and I mentioned my travel workbox. 

I got it out this morning and straightened and added a few things that were missing.
I have done this before, but for those of you that don't go back and read the old entries I thought that it might be a good idea to do it again.

Years ago I filled a fishing tackle box from Walmart with supplies and tools that stay in that box at all times.  If I need something to do on vacation or even if I need something to take to Wednesday Witches, it is always ready to grab and take along.

I am having Witches here this week and I thought that it would  be good to have it in order. That way I can show them what I am talking about and I can show you at the same time. This idea could be used for any transportable hobby. I have one that has a lot of stuff for beadwork too.

The second, third, forth, and fifth photos have a quarter of the box.  I will go through what is in the sections one at a time. 

The second photo has stuff for making baskets in the first and second sections.  The third one has an assortment of ribbons and a small matchbox full of thread, with pins and needles on the top padded cover.
The third one has glue, toothpicks and a small set of pliers. Two of them are regular tiny pliers and the third one is a tiny pair of wire cutters. I got them at Walmart in the jewelry department. There is a small pair of scissors also.

The second section has tampex forms for purses and pillows.

The third section is for finished items.

The forth photo has glue syringe and other tools.
The back row has ribbons and trims and a section with all kinds of cardstock and paper.

The forth one has a lot of fabric in the front section and lots of leather in the back section, along with some patterns for hats, shoes and purses.

With the assortment of tools and supplies, I can make a lot of different minis.

I purchased the box at Walmart for under five dollars in the fishing department.  I much prefer these boxes for storage over the ones that they sell in the craft section.  Besides, they are much cheaper than the ones in the craft section and some of the dividers are movable so that you can make some sections larger and some smaller. 

If you want t make a smaller workbox, the one on top of my larger one is a little smaller all around.  This one is $2.88 plus Tax. I bought that one this morning and am going to make a smaller kit in this one.  Maybe just for baskets and rya rugs. Anyway, if you build one, just put in things that you know that you will use.

I am going back now and make another smaller workbox. 

See you tomorrow. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Locking Tessie in the Workroom!

My favorite bead shop is closing... I went to the clearance sale this morning.

The stuff that you see around Tessie is what I managed to buy.  Tessie seems to think that it is all hers.

No way.  No how!! Mine.  All mine!!!

There are 20 new big eyed needles in the needle case. Those are the main things that I went to purchase. I can't find any of my old ones.  I am sure that they are around somewhere, but it's hard to bead with a needle that you can't find.

Thus, new needles!

When I first started using Delica beads, I could fit all of the Delicas in the box that Tessie is sitting in... Somewhere on the list is rearrange Delica beads...

Tessie isn't going to like it, but it is at the top of the list. I put it there when I got home.  I am probably going to have to use the original box after what I bought today.  Oh well.  At least I will have enough beads to finish all of the watches and maybe even a few left over for other things. 

I am going back to the bedroom and rearrange beads now. 

Back to the beads.  See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Not Today....

This is it... This is all that I got done today.

Not a very good total. 45 beads strung and a bad mess up at the end.

I am going to have to start over. 
I grabbed a bead box to take to the Witch meeting this afternoon and thought I had several projects in it... OOPS.

I had watch faces and lots of small beads.  I saw that I had a bracelet that I started in there too.  If I didn't want to do watches, I could do the bracelet...
I got the piece finished that is in the first photo...
When I got to that point for the third time, It was a mess.  I decided that I didn't want to work on a watch. I pulled out the bracelet and then discovered that I had none of the beads for that bracelet in the box...

I refused to answer Tessie when she asked what I made her at Witches.

She was NOT happy. We both spent the rest of the afternoon pouting.

I am going to get up in the morning and start working early. This can't go on!!!

Tessie at least had a comfortable place to pout.

I don't have a giant cat that can keep me company.

No more messing around. I am going to get Tessie's list and start at the top. One hundred and three items to go... Back to work in the morning. 

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Running Away From Home!!!!

Need I say More? She was every where I went today. The first thing I saw this morning was Tessie getting out of bed...

I went to Walmart.  When I returned, I did a couple of hours of yard work...

Then I started cleaning out the bead box and she pointed out that that was #89 on the list... Way down in the order of things!
She then pointed out that the potting shed was #8.  Way above the bead box!
She tried to enlist Kota's help. He ignored her completely and just kept eating.
Albert and Daisy couldn't care less. They both have nice homes to live in.  They promptly left in the time machine. They yelled that they were on the way to Tombstone. And then disappeared.
She then tried Eskaiga and his friend.  No help there.  They both have nice places to stay too...
I am sitting here typing and she is reading the list to me.  #one on the list was... Make Tessie happy!!!

Tessie is not happy.  Oh well.  What can I say?

I will read the rest of the list tomorrow. 

See you then!

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Tiny Tyrant Strikes Again!!!

I had a Doctor's appointment today. Everything is fine! I got a clean bill of health. When we got home, I found Tessie gathering the troops.

First I found her recruiting Spike.  He was resisting with all his might.  He is pretty much on my side, since I am the one that feeds him...
 Then I saw that she had moved on to Zar's trailer. By that time she was handing out wicked looking weapons... That thing has a very  sharp edge and a hook on the end for grabbing things.

I am staying out of her way.
The next one that she approached was Kota.  He came close to biting her head off.  Luckily, she is faster than he is...
For a while, she decided to sit on the back of the chair and tell me where to put things... I came close to biting her head off too.... but again she was too fast.

I gave up and came in here to write the blog.....

She followed me in and started scribbling on a sticky note...

You don't want to see the other side of said note...

In the tiniest print that she is capable of, she has a list of 103 things that she wants done.

It not only has things to be done in the workroom.  She also included cleaning the refrigerator and both of the hall closets.  And then she went on and added the shelves in the garage, the back porch and the unfinished minis that she wants finished...

I do believe that it will take me about five years to get it all done... I guess I had better get started tomorrow.

See you then!!!