I have been a miniaturist since the early 80s. I was an art major in college. After that I taught myself all kinds of needlework and subsequently taught classes in shops. I have been designing in different fields for a long time and designing my own miniatures just came naturally. Now I am trying to pass along what I can to others that want to make their own miniatures. The blog is a way of doing
To quote an old song title... I had Wednesday Witches here this week. Then I started cleaning up the back yard.
It was a mess from all of the snow... It stayed on the ground for three days after. I have a mess in the back yard.
The orchids are the ones that I got last year at this time. Yes. They are re-blooming!
This is where I spent most of the morning. I got one and a half bushes trimmed of all of the dead leaves and sticks. This is going to be a two day or maybe three day job.
I have a lot of trimming of dead wood to do.
I covered a lot of the plants and most are doing well.
The Kumquat did well under a box and a cloth cover. I think that I am going to trim that one branch that sticks out to the right off. It looks strange to me.
Anyway, until I get the back yard back in order, I a going to keep plugging away at the yard. It should only take a few more days.
Tessie keeps following me around the garden and pointing out the things that I am doing wrong. Did you know that that branch is supposed to stick out like that. She won't let me cut it off. I think that the next step is getting Tessie to agree that I am in charge of the back yard...
Then I will be going back in here and starting over again... It seems to get worse all by itself if I let it go for a couple of days.
I wonder if there are any professional work room cleaners? If there are, I am about to give up and hire them. It seems to be getting worse.... Instead of better, like it should. Hang in there. I will be back to it soon. See you in a few days.
This morning, we went to the movies with April, Seth and Amare... We went to see the new Legos Movie... I started out thinking that it was going to be boring. Left the theater humming along with the tunes in the movie. It was for kids, but with a lot of stuff for adults too.
I am not getting anything done in the workroom... Jus a lot of taking out and putting things back.
I have way too much knitting to do! I have one of Eben's socks finished... the other one has about an inch finished... This could take another month, at the rate I am going.
Kota thinks that I am making him a new bed...
I think that would take even longer than the socks!
Not going to happen...
And Tessie? At least she is amused. She is making plans for all of the new beads that I bought.
Did I mention that she's making a LONG list?
She is... And she's setting on it. I can't start until she finishes the list.
This may take a while.
So far, there are 51 items and counting... She keeps changing her mind. I am going to go back to knitting now. See you soon.
I have been out covering plants. I was wrong. It was not yesterday that the 20s started. It is tonight.
I have been making ghosts all over the yard. It took me about an hour to cover everything that I didn't want to get frostbitten.
And what did Tessie do whilst I was freezing? Yup. She just sat in her bedroom playing with her goodies.
I did get her out of there.... All I had to say was "Doctor Who is stealing the time machine.
He was trying, but she got there just in time.
She grabbed one of his pant legs and pulled.
He is now on the floor of the living room and I think that Tessie is half way down to Tombstone.
Did I mention that Daisy took her down there and introduced her to Doc Holiday and Wyatt Earp? Yup. They are all talking about double dating.... I am not looking forward to having Daisy and Tessie bringing them home to meet MOM.....They are both calling me mom now... Not a good start to new things. See you tomorrow!
Or Maybe that should be another COLD day in Tucson. Right now it is 60 degrees outside.
It is suppose to get down to the 20s tonight. I am going to be spending the afternoon covering plants.
I figured that I had better write this now. Tessie is not happy that I have not started her MANY necklaces yet. Take note of where all of the smaller beads are being stored. At Tessie's request... Or should I say demand?
I am thinking that I had better get the plants covered quickly or she is going to be having a hissy fit.
The baby tree is doing nicely so far. No blooms, but the leaves are still doing nicely.
You may be wondering why I am showing you a hole in the dirt in the next photo...
Walter pulled the fig tree out roots and all this weekend.
He said it came out easy. For him easy. For me, difficult. I went and looked for a new one at Walmart this morning. They have them, but they are basically a two foot long stick with no leaves. I am going to wait a few weeks. I am not buying a stick with no leaves for thirty five Dollars.
Let them grow the first few leaves so that I will know it is really a fig tree and not just a stick.
I am going back to work now. Tessie is not getting a necklace right now. I have other things to do. Plant covering comes next. See you tomorrow.
I am amazed at people that will throw a watch away because the battery went dead! All eight of these were in a jar that I bought, not to long ago, at Goodwill. All I did was replace the batteries with ones that I bought at Dollar tree. Four for a dollar! Every one of them works just fine. Now all I have to do is make them some beaded bands.
Saturday, we met April, Seth and Amare for a tour around the tents at the ballpark and then to lunch at Michas. It has reopened and we really enjoyed it.
For those of you that don't know, that's our Mexican restaurant of choice here in Tucson. It has been closed for a while. They had a fire start in the kitchen. It wiped out the whole restaurant and they had to rebuild the inside. The food is still as good as ever.
Walter and I went to the ballpark again today. I grabbed a lot of beads to work with. I got home and sorted the piles out to see what I had...
Then I left the room for a few minutes. When I got back Tessie was in the middle of the tray.
As I watched, she kept saying.... "This is mine... and this is mine... This is mine... This is mine. I think that she said that about 40 times. Then I stopped her... I grabbed the tray... Put her back on the bed and told her emphatically "This I ALL MINE!"
I will probably have to make her a crystal necklace or two. But at least I will get most of it.
I am thinking of doing the blog Monday through Friday for a while and see how it works out. Today is Monday... Only four more days to go and then I get two days off. Maybe. We shall see. See you tomorrow!
This is the Birthday card that Walter made for me. We make each other cards every year.
The inside looked like this. It had a photo of my biggest present inside! New Car!!! His name is Charles Exavier III. Walter got his older brother on the first of the month. His is a CX-5. They are both Mazdas
We are both very happy with our gifts! Back to knitting. See you tomorrow.
Actually, I did get a lot of the sock done. I am down to the last half inch before the toe decrease of the first one... Then I have to do it all over again!
The way I am going, I may have to look into the two socks at a time method of doing things! That involves a LONG circular needle... Not sure that I want to do it. I can't quite see how that saves time... You are just doing both socks at the same time and it still takes you the same amount of time, as far as I can see.
I have been moving things around the past couple of days. Zar's Den in a box came to rest in the bedroom by the phone.... He is already complaining. He wants to switch places with the phone. He can't see the TV unless I switch the positions.
He is worse than Tessie when it come to wanting to watch whatever is on. If the TV is on, he is in front of it.
Tessie actually cooked his breakfast this morning... Now he is hounding her for lunch... Dinner or whatever else she is willing to make.
I do wish that she would cook for me once in a while... No... Wait.... I don't want the whole kitchen in a mess. I will do the cooking. At least I am only cleaning up after myself if I do it. Back to work. See you tomorrow.