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sweet Audra

Audra sent me a present this week.  I love presents :)

She saw the half scale table and chairs at the Three Blind Mice show in Ann Arbor...said she couldn't just leave them there ;)  I'm glad she didn't, I love them.  I was thinking I'd use them in either the Fairfield or Bungalow, put the colors are perfect for the Chantilly, so I'm hoping the set will fit on the Chantilly's narrow porch.

The little lighthouse is amazing, and the door hanger is cute.  I'm sending the leaves back though (along with some other goodies I've set aside)...I truly appreciate the thought but they're too large to use for what we were talking about.

Audra, you're so sweet, thank you!

new half scale source

I took my husband shopping at my two favorite garden stores yesterday morning to buy some herbs.  He loves to cook with fresh herbs, so I left the small plot behind the garage, next to the back patio, for him (well, most if it anyway, there are a few perennials in there I couldn't move).

Anyway...the garden stores both had displays for fairy garden miniatures, apparently it's all the rage this year.  I didn't get any furniture because I wasn't sure of the scale, but I may go back for some after taking pictures of what I did buy in front of my half scale Chantilly.  If I go back I'll take my camera to the store with me.

I bought a bicycle, a shepard's hook, and a set of three thingys to hang from it, all wonderfully weathered and rusty...and two trios of clay pots.  The bicycle is too rough to pass as a miniature bicycle, I'll use it as garden art.


Oh my, the grass is kind of's a close up...


As long as I was outside with the camera I took a picture of the herb garden.  It's not much to see yet because the plants are small.  I had to cut back the left side of the clematis quite a bit to get the tomato cage will fill back out.


Matt put in some roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and a regular tomato..a bell pepper and some salad lettuce...summer savory, oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage, two types of parsley, and four types of man loves basil. 

I put in a catnip plant in the corner next to the patio.  I don't cook, I just cater to the cat ;)

I got in some work on the Spring Fling contest kit yesterday too...

I discovered first thing in the morning that my really cool origami-made pendant light, which is the main light in the structure, quit working.  I had to cut apart the origami shade to get to the lightbulb.  The connection looks good at the bulb and under the house, so I don't know what's wrong with it.  I tested the wiring before I buried it and it was worked last weekend after I finished the electrification!  Grrr...

I'm going to have my husband take a look at it, if he can't find something wrong that can be fixed I'm going to have to have a nonworking fixture, since the flange and post it hangs from are already attached to the ceiling.  I'll have to make a new shade, of course.  Then I'll have to come up with a different way to put a light in that side of the house...maybe an under-the-counter kitchen light or something.  At least I haven't finished the interior walls yet.

Then...I took a painted finial outside to put a second layer of high-gloss spray finish on it...and dropped it on the ground on my way back inside.    Since the gloss was still wet I tried to wash it off in the sink, but all I did was smear the sticky crud around.  I had to sand it back down to bare wood as best I could to start over.

I do believe I actually made negative progress yesterday, even considering all the other things I got done that went right.



found easel

I've been quiet lately, but not because I've been idle.  A lot of work has been done on the Spring Fling kit, but because it's for a contest I can't share my progress with you.  I'm very pleased with how the kit is coming along.

I've something else to share today, instead...

Twice a year the charity my daughter volunteers for has a garage sale.  Items are donated by the community and the money raised is used by the charity to help the needy.  It's a big event attended by hundreds of people...over $25,000 was raised last weekend.  My husband and I arrived Saturday morning ten minutes before it opened and waited in the two block long line to get in.  Matthew picked up a few odds and ends, while the only thing I got is a fabric remnant I'll use to upholster miniature furniture.

This is Matthew's big score...I wish I'd seen it first!  He found a fully functional, in good condition, well used, Mabef artist's sketch box easel.  He paid $10 for it...the lucky duck.