Posts Tagged ‘grand-daughter’

Sometimes, you have to brag!

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Following up on yesterday’s triumphs, I was determined to complete at least one more task-in-waiting today. I had decided that task  would be applying the wood stain to the exterior of my Cypress & Fog room box (created in a workshop taught by the Guys From Texas), so that I could actually begin to furnish it with the goodies I’ve been collecting.  Before I could haul myself upstairs to accomplish that, DD and DG-daughter arrived. I enjoy their company, and watching Sara’s ever maturing ” take” on the world around her, but I Really wanted to get that room box off my list!   No problem – the rest of the family kept Miss Sara happy and entertained while I did my thing up in my Tower. Tomorrow, it will be ready to move downstairs (with help – this beast weighs a ton, probably because of all the field-stone castings that I [and the other members of the class] painstakingly detailed with multiple color washes to achieve a realistic effect)!  The Guys had mentioned that Minwax Provincial Pecan would be a good color choice for the box exterior;  as usual, they were right on target! It calls forth the Craftsman style of the room beautifully.  But that’s not what I’m bragging about – that’s just my “report card” :)

Nope, bragging rights go entirely to 3.5 year old Sara Elise (aka DGD)!  She has been looking at Grandma’s miniatures since she learned to crawl; Doc Dickory’s Hickory Clock Shop (housed in the base of our grandfather clock, safely below the sweep of the pendulum), the lower shelf of my antique mercantile showcase (housing as-yet-unhomed miniature treasures) and Noel 365  (my year-round Christmas shop, which occupies the lower level of the barrister’s bookshelves in the entryway) were her first introduction to grandma’s obsession. . . . . er, hobby.  When she mastered walking, many more scenes came into view and she realized there were even more which were either hanging on walls or sitting high above her head on shelves,, and she began to request “Up” so that she could inspect them.  Santa’s Teddy Bear Workshop – North Pole hangs on my kitchen wall and hasn’t been fitted with a protective Plexiglas cover yet. She’s always been very attentive to “just look, don’t touch” and very gentle when allowed to hold and examine any of my miniatures.

Today, when I needed to go back up to my Tower briefly, Sara asked permission to go with me.  Since I had already cleaned off the seat of the recliner, I said “sure” and off we went.  (The recliner seat issue is important; I have a bad habit of stacking tool-containers, magazines, file folders I’ve pulled out and  printies I haven’t filed yet on the chair. Naturally, Sara doesn’t see them as “research” or “future minis” – she sees them as an impediment to sitting down comfortably. Her youthful and direct approach is to get her little hands under as much as possible and sweep it to the floor. . .repeat as necessary. My fault for leaving it there – LOL!)  Once seated in the recliner, my multi-drawer organizer full of props for my “Door for All Season” shadow box is a slight glance to her right and within reaching distance.  She wanted to see what was in each drawer, and was extremely gentle in the handling of the contents of each  as she explored. When she removed the October/Halloween drawer, I realized it was time to dress the Door shadow box for Halloween! With some trepidation (hey, she’s only 3 1/2!), I brought the shadow box upstairs and opened it to remove the prior decorations.  She clambered up on my work stool, ready to go to work!   Yes, I was nervous, but the opportunity was just too perfect!  Propping the shadow box where she could reach it, I encouraged her choose a wreath and hang it on the door, pick from the items in the drawer and place them where she wished on the front stoop and the “ground” outside the door; the only help I offered was applying temporary adhesive here and there  and nudging the yard flag a bit as she tried to slip it onto to the hanger.  Throughout, she kept repeating “I’m being careful, Grandma” and she truly was.  At 3.5 years of age, Sara has decorated her first miniature scene – to me, that’s VERY impressive! I am so proud of her carefulness, reasoned choices and patience!  Bravo, Sara – you did a great job, and Grandma is hoping to play with miniatures with you a lot more as you grow up!

Re-Earning My T-Shirt!

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

I took one of my favorite T-shirts out of the closet a few days ago, looked at it, and then put it back on its hanger. The shirt is black, with white lettering proclaiming “I’m Blogging This”. I haven’t written a blog entry since late-March, and need to re-earn that T-shirt! (So much for “Blog 365”!)

A passing glance at what has been happening in my world since the last post:

– I have *started the ball rolling* on the hideously expensive dental surgery which will (I hope!) end my on-going war with my upper dentures! Oh, it fits fine – it’s just that the palate plate and my over-developed gag reflex (coupled with the ever-present Texas allergens) are making making me miserable:( This will be a long-term project, since it involves consultations, scans, impressions, more scans, evaluations and more consultations before the actual surgery.

– Successfully completed my first *start to finish* wiring project in miniature! Sure, I have older scenes done with the tape-wire & brad system; I’ve created the minuscule plugs with the impossibly fine wires and hammered the wall outlets and junction splices into place…..but this one involved an LED, resistor, battery pack, switch and soldering iron! (Prior to a recent “LED Wiring 101” tutorial at The Guys from Texas studio, I hadn’t touched a soldering iron in about 45 years!!)

– Instead of celebrating Mother’s *Day*, my family stretched it over a week- – -COOL! It started May 7th, when DH gave me a Waterfield case for my Kindle – a well padded burgundy carry-case with a shoulder strap and space for my Kindle and power cable. Over the next few days, I was gifted with a matching Waterfield slipcase, an Amazon GC, a new T-shirt (WOOT!) and a carte blanche wander through Rainbow gardens Nursery! Purr!!!

– DS is finally through with the Sand City/San Antonio carousel! He now gets to spend his off-work hours surrounded by the comfort of his own possessions (and water his own plants, hehe!) and my alarm clock is no longer sounding off at hideously early hours; life is good;)

– Thunder storm & tornado season has arrived. Ugh!

– “Wakefield Arms Pub” is established in it’s new location; four marble-topped tables have arrived, and nine Chrysnbon chairs have been constructed, stained and upholstered. (The search for appropriate flooring continues.)

– New space awaits “The Petal Pusher Florist Shop”, too. The wiring, wallpaper and *tile* flooring are all in place, and a new light fixture has been installed. (Now it is just a matter of putting counters, shelving, display tables and many, many plants, flowers, vases, pots, bowls, etc. into place. Yikes!)

– DH completed construction of my brand new (life-sized) greenhouse today! Yes, I know; this is SC Texas, and anything I put into the greenhouse before November or December will fry, but it’s ready when the time comes. The kit came with a built-in, collapsible table and prepping shelf and the three shelving units from my old greenhouse fit perfectly!

– Best of all, watching our Grand-Daughter explore, learn and grow has been amazing:) She’s walking, running, climbing and learning new words everyday! Grandmeow (that’s me) taught her “gigabyte” yesterday evening, as she admired her Uncle’s new Macbook Pro – hehe! Yep, that’s our little “Geek in Training”:)

75/365 Miss Sara's first birthday!

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

The birthday girl with “Grandmeow”

Sara’s first birthday was celebrated at a park near her home, with both sets of grandparents, lots of aunts & uncles and a host of cousins. We all had a great time (especially Sara, when she was allowed to grab a handful of her birthday cake! LOL!)

The weather was clear and sunny, with enough of a breeze to keep us cool. That breeze is the reason Sara & I are both sporting the “wind-swept look” in hairdos;)

28/365 Hmmm, this is new!

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Miss Sara likes the steamer trunk/coffe table! She did many laps around it today, checking out the pound-sound, peek-ability factor, texture, etc. She seemed to notice the greater freedom of movement she has, too – that makes this grandmom feel good! We still keep an eye on her, of course, but now she’s not endangered every time she decides to sit down next to the coffee table or crawl near it! Did I say crawl? She’s rocket-powered, now!!

27/365 An Ah-Hah Moment

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Now that Grand-Daughter Sara is becoming very mobile, our family room coffee table is becoming very dangerous! It has too many wrought-iron curlicues to crawl into, sit up under or bang little knees on. I know DD doesn’t want us going out and buying a new table, but I really hate having to restrict the little one’s play-and-explore area. She ought to be able to crawl over and see what the adults are doing without one of them whisking her back to her play-mat!

Last night, I had an Ah-Hah moment! We’ve had a huge 49″ high, 30 ” wide, 30″ deep, old-fashioned steamer trunk (the virtually indestructible kind with several drawers on one side and a generously sized hanging rod on the other) for many years. (Think “Joe & The Volcano”, without the pricy leather.) It has held miniature-making supplies, sewing patterns and fabric . . .just about everything. For the past several years, it has been a part of the odd “decor” in our living room, sitting half-open between our dentist & barber chairs. What if I close it up, turn it on its side and move it into place where the wrought-iron menace is now?

DH & I settled it onto the area rug – it sits kind of high (30″), but we can still put our feet up and see the TV over it:) Best yet, Sara will now be able to crawl all the way around it, come see what the grown-ups are eating (she loves “real food”) and enjoy some freedom of movement!