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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Albert's Waiting...

I got Sidetracked.  I had good intentions of doing Albert this afternoon. 

It didn't happen.  I got a call from April.  She and Amare wanted to come over and help me decorate for Wednesday's Halloween Party. 

I told her to come on over.

We had a great time.

I worked on the back door.  I have never done that before.  It turned out pretty well.  Webs and Spiders all over the place...
April volunteered to do the bookcase.  I usually do that... I gave her the ladder and some spider webs and told her to have at it.

She did great.  The top also have some weird lights.  I forgot to turn them on before taking the photos.
Amare did most of the rocking chair... I am going to have to add spiders to that one.

Looking pretty good so far.


Kota thinks we are all mad.  I am going to have fun keeping him out of the webs.

He is fascinated with the sudden appearance of all of those spiders and webs... Not a good thing. 

I may have to remove the bottom half of that one until the day of the party! 

He seems to think that I put them there for his amusement. 

I am going now to see what I can do to prevent him from swallowing spiders and webs whole. 

Back to the family room.  See you tomorrow.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Skinning Albert...

That is, I am trying to get Albert's skin color right...

I think that I am just about there.

He was darker than I would have thought.  Some of the colored photos that I found of him were much darker than I would have thought in the black and white ones.

Anyway, I have been jumping on and off of the pasta machine for the past hour.
 The color that I started with was the flesh color that you by in a large package. 

It was just about the color of the block on top... Just a hint of flesh color.

I added about one of those little blobs to a large piece of the flesh color... I may have to add just a touch more.

It is easy enough to do, but you don't want to add a big bunch all at once or you may get a terra cotta skin tone.  It doesn't take much to darken the flesh color.
This photo is more accurate than the photo above.  it is the same piece of clay with the same amount of color in it.

I am just about satisfied with it. 
I stopped at a garage sale on the way home from Walmart... What a deal!

I got the two large pots that I planted the geraniums in, in this photo.
And all of these and just a few more... $5.00.

I have been alternating planting and cranking the pasta machine.  Both are good exercise, but each has it's own set of muscles... I am going to be sore tomorrow.  Oh well, I can sit and sculpt Albert. 

It's a good excuse to do that and nothing else tomorrow.

See you then!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Not Recognizable...

I sat down and did a few sketches of Albert this morning...

They aren't really recognizable as him.  They are to help me get the wrinkles and features right.

This first one just looks like a generic old man.
This one was him on a boat.  It gave me more information on the hair and where the shadows would fall.
I had one perfect photo of his profile... That was most important.  I want him to look like HIM.  Not some generic little old man that kind of looks like him.   

Tessie wandered in as I was doing this last one. 

She had the nerve to tell me that she wanted him when he was younger... Her explanation? 

"He got old.  I didn't. When he was in college, he was cute. Then he got old and I lost interest...All he wanted to do was study and NOT comb his hair anymore... He also took to wearing sandals all of the time. He hated shoes. He got to be a real hippy type." That was her explanation for wanting the younger version...

Sorry Tessie! You're getting the version that everyone recognizes!

Back to work.  See you tomorrow.

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.