Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tuesday tidbits


in which our plucky heroine was brave, and clever...

Clever to put the eleven unwanted piers left from deconstructing the shed on Craigslist:free. Brave to arrange for stranger-men to come here to Acorn Cottage to take them away. My imaginary husband was much in evidence the last two days. The really good thing is that it would have been quite expensive to discard the piers, they were HEAVY!
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After finding the small period style scissors, and digging through my leather scraps of a suitable weight for making sheaths for them, it was apparent that most of what was left was rather unsuitably colored. As the only leather dye on hand is a dark chocolate brown, I decided to experiment by mixing in a dab of the dyestuff into a few tablespoons of denatured alcohol, which greatly diluted the intensity. Was then able to "overdye" some of the scraps into more subtle colors.

Today began preparing to make a colorful assortment of leather scissors case sets, to have for sale at events later this summer. These are a useful and safe way to keep these little period style scissors handy... I wear mine hanging from my Norse apron dress brooches, along with other tools and trinkets, but the scissors cases also are a good idea when storing the little snips in a sewing basket, to keep the cutting edges and points away from contents and fingers!

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Planted the root ends of the last two batches of green onion, in this self-watering planter pot. Had been meaning to do this for a while. They will grow back into a whole green onion plant, and if you simply snip off a bit as needed, instead of pulling the whole plant out, you can keep them going for months and months
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Started in on charter #8 yesterday, and spent a chunk of the afternoon adding details, shading, and linework... After a total of about four or five hours between yesterday and today, there are a number of areas still in need of more decoration, as well as some "background" spaces in the design that still need filled in, but it is starting to look suitable. I really want to get a good brush for doing even more TINY details.
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May SMART goals
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 printed trim samples caged feral roses cardboard recycling
2 banner design block printed
undergown hem
1300 lb shed debris
3 small coin pouch shed gone 11 concrete piers
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1 comment:

  1. What a richly varied creative life you lead! Always some irons in the fire. The 2 x 4s you salvaged look so much better than what is available now. I have lots of wood stored in my garage. Will probably never use it but it's too good to throw away. Someday, someone will make good use of it, I hope.

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