Don't forget to poke the photos to enlarge!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Not Much in Minis

OK. I cheated today and worked with some new beads that I purchased on Tuesday.

Walter lost his favorite bracelet. I tried making a new one from different beads. It just didn't look right.

This time I think I got it right. It looks just like the old one.

While I was at it... I had new beads!  So I did this one for myself. The photo doesn't do it justice. The beads are various shades of silver with just a hint of different rainbow colors on the beads here and there.

All I have left to do is put the clasp on this one.

All of the time that I was beading, Tessie was perched on the peak of the roof of the She Shed...

She claimed that she was cheering me on... But it sounded more like hissing and booing, because I wasn't working on the She Shed OR her Bonsai project. 

I am doing quite well at ignoring her.  I put earplugs in and have a Korean drama running on TV.  That works quite well.(English Subtitles)

I just work on the beading and read whilst she sits on the roof and hisses at me... I can't hear a thing... Too bad.  I don't think I want to hear some of the expletives that she is hissing at me.

I am going to clean up the bead mess and do something else now... Probably not anything that Tessie wants me to do.  I am having way too much fun irritating her. She is not a happy camper!

Back to the K Drama.  See you tomorrow if Tessie lets me live that long!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I Made Some Trees!

The are fake mini trees, so I guess I qualify as a fake mini God... Maybe not.

Anyway, I thought that you might like to make some trees yourself... so here goes!

I cut #26 paddle wire that you get in the floral department of the craft stores.  On this particular tree, I cut 11 pieces about four inches long.  I vary the number from seven on up.

The main thing to remember when you are doing this is to twist ALL of the wires in the same direction.  If you don't, you will be untwisting some wires that you have already twisted and have a big mess.

I hold the wires in a bunch with my left hand and my right hand holds the pliers.  That is the hand that I twist with. 
First I twist all of the wires together about an inch from the bottom end.  I keep going until I have a trunk that I like.

Then I turn it upside down and twist the bottom 
of the trunk wires to form the roots that go into the dirt. In this case, I had 11 wires in the bunch.  I twisted three at a time on three bunches. On the forth root, I had only two left and those two got twisted in the same direction as the rest.

I set the base of the tree in air hardening clay.  I get it at Walmart and it comes in handy for holding things together as well as making bricks and other finishes. The clay can be easily broken away from the trunk when you want to put it in a pot.

Back to the twisting. I always twist away from myself with the pliers.  That way, no matter which part I am working on, I am going in the right direction.  No unwinding if you do that.

Anyway, after you get a shape that you like, paint the trunk and branches brown... In this case I had a bottle of Bark Brown by Folk Art Americana. I am not even sure how long ago I bought.  I though that it was an appropriate color, with that name. It seems to work.

After that, I let everything dry and then glued greenery to the branches... Voila! A tree!

I am going back now to attempt pots for the bonsai. I have never tried that before. Wish me luck!

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Late Wednesday

It's 7:30 PM and I was sitting in the bedroom working on minis.  It dawned on me that I had not done a blog entry yet today... I grabbed the camera, took some photos of what I have been doing all day and ran for the computer...

Tessie just stood there staring at me. Sometimes she is no help at all.  No reminder from her...

I am sure that it would have been, "Hey dummy! You forgot to do the blog."  And she would have said it about 5:30 AM tomorrow morning...
I didn't do a whole lot on the She Shed today.  I drew up six sets of plans so that the rest of the gang could do the project. 

I took those to the meeting and explained what they had to bring to do the She Shed.  Then for the rest of the afternoon I worked on a couple of Bonsai Trees. 

I think that they turned out pretty well for a first try.

The first one is kind of a Japanese Pine.  I did that one with the fuzzy green stuff that I use for 1" scale trees.

The second one is done with the railroad stuff that people use for ground cover. 

Now all I have to do is put them in pots.

They are sitting in pieces of air drying clay right now. 

Tomorrow I will attempt some poly clay pots for them. 

Of course Tessie is pleased... Everything I did today was for her.  I think that she may have the mesmerizer hidden behind her back in that first photo. 

Back to work. See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Back to White!

I kept looking at the brown and really disliking it. Yesterday I went back to white.  It was just a better choice all the way around.

After a couple of hours of repainting, once again, I am happy with the white now. 

The rest of the day was spent putting on shingles, one by one.
I went and got the L angle to put on top of the roof and a couple of pieces of trim to go under that.

I finally decided on this one.  It will be painted a different color than the rest of the roof. I noticed that the three shingles at the end of the last row are shorter than the rest. That's what happens when you have been working too long without a break. I will have to rip those off and replace them. 

It seems like this little She Shed is more trouble than a full sized house.  One step forward and two steps back. 

I did decide on the front roof trim and I am NOT changing that. 

I also found a couple of pair of French doors that will suffice.  I am going to glue them in place and forget about them. 

Don't tell Tessie.  She will want working doors that she can mess with.  There's not much she can do if I glue them in place and then tell her that's how it is going to be.

I am going back now and fix three shingles and do something with the color of the roof and floor. 

See you tomorrow.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Tessie's Trees. Ltd.

The problem is solved... Kind of...

I added a Ltd. to the name of Tessie's shop.  Then I introduced her to the new shop that will be an addition to the potting shed.

It's that wedding box that I bought a couple of months ago.

I told her that she could have as many trees and ornaments as it took to fill the shelves in the shop.

She liked the idea, adding, "We can always add another  room onto the shop part."

I added a, "No way Tessie!".

"This is it! No additional space for more trees unless YOU build it and make the trees. My fingers are already sore after six trees.

She did admit that this was the only building with a skylight to keep the trees growing.
 Meanwhile Kota came in to add his two cents to the conversation.  He simply thinks it's a good place to rub his chin when it itches...

Unfortunately, then he went around to the back...
He found all of the extra pieces of yummy wood that would make good chew sticks. 

After I took the photos, I grabbed the potting shed and all of the yummy wood and put it back in my workroom and locked the door. 

Thank goodness Kota hasn't learned to open doors like our other cats used to.  The kit is safe until I choose to work on it. I have to work on the She Shed today.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Project is growing...

And so are the number of trees....

I had four of these shaped yesterday.  Today there are six and thanks to Tessie, they are painted...

They will need a couple more coats, but they don't look too bad so far.

I let Tessie loose in the workroom this morning. She found all of the Heavenly Bamboo that I have been saving for years... More trees or a whole forest.

I should have known.  Tessie's plans are growing by the minute.  She is making all kinds of lists and finding all kinds of supplies for the potting shed project.
There were other interesting plants in with the bamboo and rocks and weeds.  The box she is sitting in is all of my small garden supplies.

At the rate she is going, I am going to have to replenish all of the garden boxes and make room for a huge garden project!

The straw that broke the camel's back was this box.

It is filled with all sorts of items for a Chinese garden... And she wants to use them all.

I have the feeling that this could take up the whole back yard, if she has anything to say about it.

It all started with a potting shed that I found in kit form... Half built.  It is growing by leaps and bounds.

I think that I made a big mistake when I purchased that potting shed! I wonder if Goodwill gives refunds?

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

I Agree With Tessie!!!

I went out to water this morning and decided that I am not a bonsai grower... I touched the branches on the bonsai that I planted a few days ago and the green stuff turned to flakes of green and fell of in my hand.

I don't think that I am qualified to do bonsai.  At least not regular sized bonsai. 

So I decided to try my hand at fake mini bonsai.  So far those are turning out pretty good.  If all else fails, try it in mini!

I got the frames for the trees made from brass paddle wire that they  use for flower arranging.  It is 26 gage.  It is easy to bend and shape.

I stuck each one in a piece of air drying clay. I will paint the wire a bark color and then do some leaves of some kind.

About the time I decided to take a photo of them for you. Tessie came bouncing in with the new potting shed.  She insisted I take a photo of the four trees on the porch of the potting shed... I suspected that something was afoot...

She went to the other end of the bed where I was working.  She whipped out a sticky pad and a pencil and went to work.

When she was done, she posted the note on the door. In case you can't see it, it says, "Tessie's Trees". 

I assume that is a hint as to what to do with the new potting shed. 

She started pacing off an area on one side. Poked some pins in the bed in four places and said, "That's how big I want the green house for the trees!".  Someone please remind me to take out the pins before I go to sleep.

Then she picked up her note pad and pen and zapped herself and the potting shed back to the workroom. At least I am assuming that is where she went.  She is probably hunting for that potting bench that I made and didn't  use in the conservatory. 

I guess I should go hunt her down, before she gets into more mischief than she can handle. One thing leads to another... There will be a greenhouse, then probably a roadside stand for selling bonsai.  I can't say that I have seen one of those before, but that doesn't mean that it can't be done.  Tessie does like to lead her own parade, to see if anybody follows. 

Back to the bonsai trees.  See you tomorrow.