78 posts categorized "Susan's gratuitous cat picture"

painting

I finished the niche shelves and added some trim to the big bookcase.  Now I need to prime and paint.

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I didn't think to take a before picture of my bedroom until I was in middle of emptying it out.

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After...

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Honestly, the blue looks better in photographs, but in person the blue was almost blinding and the cookie color is warm and relaxing.

I do have to move the Audubon print back out to the hallway though, I don't like it against the new walls.  I'm not sure about the curtains, either.  Maybe I'll turn the flat sheet that won't stay on my bed into curtains.  Also, the brackets for the houses need to be painted the same color as the walls so they're not so obvious.

Benedict Cumberbeetle looks right smart, though.

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all the things I screwed up today

I screwed up the coffee bar.  First, I glued the paper backsplash to the wall crooked; thankfully that's easily fixable, I can glue another piece over it.  Then I cut the hole for the sink without dry fitting the countertop on the cupboards, so cut it too far forward.  I decided this wasn't too big a deal, since the coffee bar won't be seen head on, so put a black piece of paper on the bottom on the counter instead of a bowl for a proper sink.  I glued the countertop in place, but was so distracted by the sink hole that I didn't notice, until after the glue dried, that I don't like the sink where it is, that it would look better over the other cupboard door.  That's fixable too, maybe, if I haven't screwed up the chance (read on).

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You noticed the crooked wall.  As I said, read on.

I papered the ceiling of the main room.  That was difficult, because the roll of wallpaper didn't want to lie flat.  I managed it okay, it's not perfect, but it's only imperfect in a couple of spots that will be noticeable only to myself.

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Then I attempted to slide the flat roof piece into place, which I've done successfully since I glued the top wall piece into place, but not in the last few weeks.  I've kept trying it, daily, thinking it may be humidity, but finally accepted it wasn't going to work.  I spent over an hour sanding it thinner, trying to fit it, sanding, fitting, sanding, fitting, sanding, fitting, sanding fitting...

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When it was almost there I got frustrated and whacked it into place with a mallet.

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This impatience cost me, of course. I screwed up the wallpaper and knocked a wall askew.

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Now I have to decide if I want to whack the flat roof back out again, so I can fit my drill in to boar a new sink hole, or if I should leave well enough alone, live with the sink as it is, and not risk damaging things further.

I should have listened to Ester this morning when she asked me not to leave the recliner.

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Nancy's journals done

I took the last journal in a different direction than the others.  It's the one with the coffee dribbled pages...also I miscounted the bifolia and had to create more.

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The little black book stuffed with receipts is where I document all the minis I buy, so I can keep track of which artist made what, and so that when I die my daughter has some idea of how much the stuff is worth.  The receipts are from the 2016 Chicago shows, I'm a bit behind.

I like how the mini version turned out.  I used 1/8" elastic, which is the smallest I could easily find locally.  I added in a few more scraps of paper once I assembled it.

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Here are the dozen, all done.  Well, maybe all done, I want to see how small the cricut can cut the word ATLAS from white vinyl.

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Gratuitous kitten nom, nom, nom...

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I'm home

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I'm back from St. Louis.  I came home from the company meeting to a sick husband and an empty refrigerator.  I also came home as head of a month long research group.   I'll talk to you all again in a month.

View from the top of the Gateway Arch...

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...and inside the caves at the City Museum (which is not a museum)...

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I did go visit my mother today, before I start my research.  She has a fluffy, snuggly kitten named Jack.

 

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random cell phone pictures

I've been very busy the past couple of weeks, so have not had time for minis.  We're having some repairs and remodeling done on our life size house this year.  In the last couple of weeks I've met with a banker, a window guy, a roofer, and a contractor.  We have the windows, doors, and shingles picked out; thankfully, Husband and I immediately liked the same styles and colors.  The financing and the quote from the contractor have not come in yet.  I need to remember to take 'before pictures' of the house.

My inexpensive jewelry armoire arrived.  I had to screw the legs and top on...

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I'm taking my time loading it up, hoping if I store sensibly it will be easier to locate items later.  (The heart is so the reflection of the flash in the mirror doesn't blind you.  You're welcome.)

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Spring is here.  It's still not very warm though.  The yard is blooming with violets and dandelions...

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the cherry tree is in full bloom....you are looking at future deliciousness right here...these will be cherries by the time Susan comes to visit....

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The birds are back.  I filled the bird baths and feeders, and put a pile of seed on the ground for the mourning doves....

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I've been playing a bit with my cricut.  I made a few cards, for practice, then cut out a bunch of spiders, because, well, SPIDERS!

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I put this guy in a window...I call him Harry.

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My assistant has been out all week because her son, Mr. Smoochy Face, is sick, so I've been very busy at the office and will likely work this weekend too.  Next week I'll be in St. Louis for a company meeting, so you won't see another post for a bit.

 

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it's wallpapering day

A couple of months ago I gave up on finding paper for the walls, so bought fabric.  I was in JoAnn's last weekend to buy a glue stick, and unexpectedly found the perfect paper in a clearance bin.  Yes!  It's the exact color I wanted, it's textured, and it's in large sheets, so I don't have to piece the tall section of wall with a vertical seam.  Best of all, I don't have to monkey with fabric.  Happy day!

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We have a dresser just inside the front door of our house; it's full of hats, gloves and scarves, mostly.  Every time we open a drawer Ester jumps in, she is fascinated by the empty space behind them.  Last night Husband gave her a treat.

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Hmmm, the art is interesting from this perspective.

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I know I'm not supposed to be up here, but clearly you offered an invitation.  I'm going to sit right here.  What are you going to do about it?

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open window day

Installing the wallpaper with double stick tape was remarkably easy.  I'm suspect.  I'm going to leave it alone for a few days to make sure it's going to stay stuck before I continue on with the room, or go crazy and use it on the big, main, room.

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I'm playing around with ideas for the closet door.  Do I want it shut, or open a bit, with some cleaning supplies visible?

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The bathroom will be a closed off room, only visible through the bathroom window, and a wee bit through a side window in the main room.  But, if one is going to peek through the bathroom window, shouldn't one have something to peek at?

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It was finally warm enough outside to open my window, so I painted the toilet and sink with stinky enamel paint.  Ester LOVES open windows....all the convenience of being next to Mom while she works, but still able to smell, hear, and see outside.  I gave up on shooing her and cleared her a path instead.

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Here's the toilet after the first coat of paint.  The second is still drying.  I wanted to paint them white, but am either out, or didn't put it away in the proper place.  I used ivory paint instead.

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I did have to spend some time sanding smooth the back, cut, edge before I started painting, but considerably less time than I've spent sanding 3D plastic printed toilets.  Certainly, the price is right for a toilet that will only be seen in glimpses.


interior walls, antiques, and the beach

The carpet and interior walls are glued in place.

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While the glue was drying Husband and I went out and about to enjoy the warm spring weather.

Our art museum is in the midst of an expansion and is closing for a few months during construction.  After all the exhibits were packed away the museum lent its space to the local artists for an "Artists' Studio Spring Clean-Up Sale".  I came home with a Glenn Wolff print.

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Husband came home empty handed, as the painting he liked was too large to hang in our house.

After the art sale we took a beautiful drive to Elk Rapids, to browse one of our favorite antique malls, which has just reopened after being closed for two or three years.

Normally I come home empty-handed from these trips, but yesterday I picked up a few things.

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I wasn't going to buy the metal folk art plane, but then Husband pointed to the "everything in this booth 50% off" sign.

I also picked up three more glass bottles for my slowly growing collection in the living room bow window.

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Two more I LIKE IKE campaign buttons came home with me.  I made it almost all the way through the last election cycle before I ran my last one through the laundry and ruined it.

I also picked up a unique glass bottle I've never seen the like of before.  I need to do some internet searching to see if I can determine what is was for.  It sits on my desk, because it's a scoosh too wide for the window frame.

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(Just ignore the dust, please.)

Husband came home with a Swiss Army type knife that appears as if someone modified to include a fork and spoon.  He spent the afternoon cleaning away the rust, sharpening, lubricating, and polishing.

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After lunch (gas station pizza and fountain pop, eaten in the Jeep, parked at the beach...the pizza wasn't that good, but the conversation was) we walked on the beach.

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Every year the beaches are littered by more zebra mussel shells, they wash up to create piles that look like banks of snow.  Zebra mussels are an invasive species decimating Lake Michigan's native clams.  It is rare now to see a clam shell on the beach; when I was a child they were plentiful.

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It may be difficult to see if you don't know what you're looking at....let me do this....

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They are fun to walk on, though.  Crunch, crunch, crunch.

Alright, back to minis....

Now that the build is no longer a hotel room, I'm going to go a little wild with the small bathroom...like an art student was let loose at the walls.

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This is the inside of the book jacket of a coloring book.  I bought the book when I re-did my dresser, thinking I would decoupage pictures on the drawer fronts, but then I changed my mind.  It took forever to find where I put the book.  Not on the bookcase, that would make too much sense.  I finally found it in my closet, under a box of crayons/pencils/markers.

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I'm going to spend a quiet afternoon coloring :)

Oh, wait, there are a couple more pictures in the queue yet...

Yesterday's winner in the ugly lamp contest...

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A miniature horse saddle I would have loved to purchase as a joke for my assistant, who raises Patterdale Terriers and has a ten month old son....but it wasn't joke priced, so I texted her a picture instead.

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Oh, one more....this post is already lousy with pictures anyway...

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Freddie the bricklayer

I've been busy cutting bricks from egg cartons.  I'm using Brae's measurement of 3/4" x 1/4". I couldn't see researching something she's already figured out, and you can't fault Brae's brickwork.  I did make myself a wooden cutting template though, so I don't have to measure each row with the ruler; it should eliminate error and quicken the process.  (The extra strip of wood is 1/4", I add it to the width of the template piece to cut corner bricks.)

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I got antsy to see it on the build, so bricked the side extension.

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You've noticed Freddie Mercury, my new assistant.  C3PO wasn't working out, I had to let him go.  Although he is fully articulated he has as much range of motion as, well, C3PO.  I'd say he is a regretful purchase, but I had fun assembling him.  (Freddie arrived already assembled, with three interchangeable heads and four sets of hands.)

My other assistant was too busy playing 'get the tail' in the chair next to me to be much help with the bricks.  But then, her official job title is Chief Distraction.

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I've been thinking about exterior lights while I cut egg cartons.  I don't want sconces next to the door, so I'm going to place lights in the roof above the door.  I could buy a couple of can lights, but I already have a couple of ugly ceiling fixtures in my stash...so if I put a couple rows of bricks in front, so you can't see the fixture....but would that make the height above the door too short?  Do I even NEED exterior lights?  Well, I've already got one that's going in around the side, so I should finish the job.

I roughed it out, it should work.  This rough is for two rows of bricks, which should conceal the fixture, but I think I can make it up to four rows high if I need to.  Plus, I can cut into the bottom of the roof a bit to inset the fixture.

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All the places with black foam core will be bricked, all the mdf areas will be clad in wood strips.

I'm not sure I"ll get anything accomplished today, I have to do our taxes this morning, Kate's coming over for lunch, and it's going to hit 60 degrees this afternoon and I'd like to get last year's dead foliage off my flower beds....plus I'm behind on laundry....the never-ending list of adulthood.

Husband has the day off today, perhaps I'll have him cut my window and door openings.  He feels guilty about an argument we had, and it will make him feel better to do something nice for me to make up.  I hate to see him moping about.  Normally I'd ask for lasagna, but he's got a special lunch planned for Kate.  The man makes lasagana from scratch....he starts with fresh tomatoes and basil....he's brilliant.

One more quick share to put off doing taxes a few more minutes....my attempt at staging a cute picture for you of Freddie relaxing with Ester didn't go as planned....

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He's taking a nap with the bricks, instead, while I take the day off from minis.

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