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Tuesday, March 24, 2020


Andy and I are collaborating on a series of stories about Whisper Mouse. 
This is the first post in the series.  I hope you and your children enjoy reading Whisper's stories.

By Andy Bozeman and Debbie Harris
© 3-20-2020

First

Sleepy eyes opened slowly to see lace curtains glowing in golden first light: sunbeams
shining through the bedroom window. As the beams pushed across the room, everything
was awash with amber radiance. “Oh my, how beautiful,” Whisper Mouse said as
she began her first stretch, under the covers. “First light, first stretch...”
She stretched and combined it with a slow yawn. “The first morning in my new
house.” Stretch… yawn... big smile.

Her bed was a lace-edged handkerchief folded in half, then half again to make a little mattress
the perfect size for a little mouse. Another handkerchief lay on top for cover.
Tossed, flat, over the bed it could be just right as a thin sheet when only a
little cover was needed. Folding it in half made it a blanket for cooler nights.
Folded in half, yet again, it became a toasty-warm quilt for nights when the
Sun’s heat left the sky. Twice folded and tucked in at the edges made it a snuggly-warm
comforter, perfect to sleep well on freezing nights when howling winds blew icy
rain, or when snow blanketed the meadow.

Whisper’s first night at home was also the first night of Autumn, so it was a little chilly.
A long stretch with arms extended to full reach made her little hands reach out
from under the cover’s warmth. Cold air gripped tiny fingers. “Oh my,” she
gasped sleepily, quickly pulling her hands back under the cover. “I’m not sure
I want to get out of my warm bed.” But she didn’t mean it.

Peeking out from underneath her ‘quilt’ and gazing around, her excitement began to build. “This
is my bed,” she smiled a little. “This is my room,” she grinned. “This is my
house,” she giggled. Suddenly, she threw off the quilt and stood up, right in
the middle of the bed, waved her arms and danced on the mattress, and laughed
as she shouted, “I’m HOME!!!”

From the Authors:
Don’t miss an episode of Whisper’s stories. Follow along on any of these blogs and search
for WHISPER:

http://autumnaire.blogspot.com/
https://dreamhomedesignsonline.com/
https://homebuildingtimeline.com/blog/

More from Andy Bozeman:
Amazon.com/author/andybozeman

Thursday, June 16, 2016

MY FISHING POLE LIGHT FIXTURE IS A GREAT IDEA FOR A DECORATION OR GIFT!



Whether it's for your Fisherman's man cave, to hang by his favorite chair or to light up his desk, this is a fun and useful re-purpose that will definitely make a statement! This project is super simple and took less that 2 hours of time! The Only part of this project that is not re-purposed is the 11' wiring kit I used for the light itself.

List of items to collect:  1 bait can
                                         1 fishing pole (I used a deep sea pole, with a high weight limit)
                                         1 metal clip stringer
                                         1 fishing rod mount
                                         several spinners or lures to hang from stringer
                                         1 - 11' or 15' electrical light kit
                                         16" piece of bailing wire (sturdy wire)

Tools you will use:         Tin snips
                                         Manual can opener
                                         needle-nose pliers
                                         
               I Gathered what I needed

A bait can is normally a galvanized can with another galvanized can inside of it, both with handles. The can that fits inside the other is the liner and usually has a lot of holes or dashes. (Something perfect for emitting light from.) It also has a hinged lid that also has holes in it.
 My particular can also had a Styrofoam section that I removed.

 I used the can opener to cut the bottom out of the liner can.

 I used the needle-nose pliers to crimp around the edge of the can to get rid of any jagged edges. This worked perfectly and now the edge is smooth and I don't have to worry about cutting myself when I change a light bulb.

This is what it looked like after cutting and crimping.

I don't have a picture of this next step sorry, but I traced around the light socket on the lid of the liner with a sharpie, and used the tin snips to cut that small hole.

This picture is blurry but it shows the light socket from inside the liner can and how it was centered on the lid. The light bulb will hang down from this point.


So all of my cutting is done and now I take apart the light wiring to string it through the fishing poles eyes. Just like a fishing line. Adjusting the wire and leaving enough hanging down so that the can has the clearance it needs to hang straight. I have had packages of wiring that have the instructions to remove the socket on it, but this one didn't have them. Luckily you can just look at it and see how it comes apart. The key is remembering how to put it back together. Make yourself a step by step list if necessary. Don't be scared! It really is simple.

My light wiring package.



You want the part of your wiring that plugs in to be down at the fishing pole handle end, and the light fixture part coming out of the top, and usually the smallest of holes at the opposite end of the pole.


Shows how I fed the wiring through each eye on the pole just like fishing line.


This one shows my socket as I put the pieces back on the wire.


This one shows how I left some wire hanging between each eye. I think it exaggerates the fact that it's thread on like the line would have been.

This one again to show how the socket went through the lid and is screwed securely to support the can. Just to be safe, you need to know that there is a 4 lb. weight limit put on the connection of the socket to the wiring on most of this type of kit. That is why I used an additional security measure by adding a piece of scrap bailing wire to run from the last eye to the handle of the liner can. This supports all of the weight. 


This shows what it looks like with the electrical wiring done.
By this point in time, I have spent about an hour and a half. 
Including adjusting my wire up and down to get my desired effect.


Next I clipped the metal stringer on with the clips and then hung some old lures, a bobber and a couple of spinners. Just a suggestion here you might want to remove the hooks from these or you might risk snagging something else.


Put them on which ever way looks good to you. You could even punch a small hole in some fun family fishing photo's and hang them from the clips to remind them of a great time!


This is what it looks like hanging from your pole. 


 And with the light plugged in.


 This is the fishing rod holder that is usually mounted on a boat. If you are going to mount it to a wooded section of wall, you can do so directly to the wood. If your wall is only drywall, mount it to a piece of wood and then to your wall. Make sure to set it screwed to a stud in your wall to support the weight of the entire fixture.


 To a wood wall... with the wiring going down through the pole mount.


 To a drywall wall... You can also see my wiring has a toggle on-off switch.


 Just imagine what you can do. Here is a thought about using the outer can to decorate with. Use it to hold snacks, his favorite magazines, or a litter pail for peanut shells or Post-it-notes! It's also magnetic!! So many possibilities!!!  


 Well... What do you think?





Saturday, March 26, 2016

Our Old Box-Fan Gets Autumnized! (my new word)


I had a small 14" old metal box fan that looked like it was ready for the trash bin. It was yellowed and so rusty, and no amount of cleaning changed that. But the thing still worked! As a "fan" of all things autumn, I love rusty colors and textures so I decided to just enhance it a little, by painting a few fall leaves and acorns on it.

Take a look.


This little guy is very powerful too!


Now, I can't get rid of this... summer is coming, and who doesn't need a little fan?


Well, what do you think?

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Living and Celebrating Autumn All Year!
Debbie







Friday, March 18, 2016

Antique Tape-Measure Cross Plaque

It's the perfect gift for anyone, and for any occasion!

Do you ever just need a little something to give as a gift? Make my Antique Tape-Measure Cross Plaque. It is super simple, and if you have what you need around the house it may not even cost you anything but a little time!


I hand cut 9 crosses out of 1 antique folding tape-measure.  
I had scraps of dowel and barn wood. 
I drilled a hole about 3/4 the way through the board at the bottom, the size of my dowel. 
I used E6000, and glued the cross on the front of the board. Let dry. That's it! 


Pair this with a personal note or card and give it away, for ANY reason!


Make a batch of these and keep them on hand for your gift giving moments.

Enjoy!



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Debbie



Saturday, March 12, 2016

MASON JAR LID PINCUSHION PROJECT

MASON JAR LID PINCUSHION PROJECT

I have been asked several times to re-post my Mason-Jar-Lid Pincushion Project.  They are a great gift for the person that has everything, and are a quick and easy to make!  Get as creative as you like and design your own custom pincushion.


Mason Jar Lid Pincushion Tutorial

Please read through all of the instructions first before gathering supplies.
There are some tips that may help you decide what you need.
Step 1
Because this goes pretty quickly you need to gather all of your supplies.

For each pincushion you will need: 
                1 Mason or canning jar lid with the screw on ring (pint or quart size)
                1/2 of a Styrofoam ball (pint size = 2 1/2 inch ball or quart size = 3" ball)
                Small scrap of fabric enough to cover your Styrofoam and tuck underneath
                Package of about 50 - 1 inch straight pins 
                4 - 1 1/2 inch straight pins or decorator pins with pearls on head of pin
                Approximately 50 pearl beads or just pins with pearl heads optional
                Matching gimp or trim to cover ring
                Hot glue
                1 jar to rest ball on while gluing
                Something to cut your Styrofoam ball with
                Ice pick or nail and hammer to punch small holes into the lid
                Optional additional embellishments
Step 2
Depending on the size of your jar lid, cut the appropriate size Styrofoam ball in half. I use a fine blade hack saw because the blade and teeth of the saw are small and they cause the least amount of damage to the ball. This allows you to use the second half, for another pincushion.

Step 3
Cover your Styrofoam with your fabric scrap and glue in place. (Glue on the round side of the ball around the very edge of your cut, not on the flat side. This makes a kind of ledge that keeps your ball from falling through the lid.) Make sure to pull fabric tight to eliminate any puckering of the fabric above where the ring will cover the ball. I glue and pin to help keep the fabric from pulling  away from where I've already glued. Then take the pins out after the glue cools. 
  
Step 4
Place the ring on the ball and position it so that the rounded part of the ball is protruding through the top of the ring and before you glue it in place, make sure that you have room to glue your fabric down later and still end up with room for more glue and the lid. You want your lid to end up even with the bottom of the ring. If it doesn't go up into the ring far enough it won't look right and if it goes up too far your legs will not show.  Once you've made the room you need glue it in place. but don't glue the underside of your ball yet.
Step 5
Take the lid and mark the largest triangle on the under side of the lid that you have space for. The three points on the triangle are where your wholes need to be punched for the feet of the pincushion. I use an ice pick and hammer. Just a tap or two and you'll have a small hole that your pin can push up into to support your legs. If you don't have an ice pick, use a small nail. Just watch out for your fingers.
Step 6 
On the underside of your ball, trim the fabric to about 1/2 inch all the way around, and glue and pin it down. Allow it to cool and remove the pins.
Step 7
Next take the lid with the three holes punched and glue it in place to cover the fabric edges. Making sure that the writing on the lid is where it will show on the bottom of the pincushion. I use a jar to rest the ring upside down on so that gluing is easier and the glue doesn't pool to one side, making a level place for the flat lid to rest. This is where I use the most glue. You want your lid to end up even with the bottom of the ring. If it doesn't go up into the ring far enough it will stick out and won't look just right, and if it goes up too far your decorative legs will not show. Allow it to cool.

Step 8
Decorate your pincushion. Use the straight pins to pin pearls or beads around the base of the ball. Make the legs by using the longer straight pins with multiple beads of varying sizes allowing for some pin length to glue up into the Styrofoam ball. Glue gimp or trims of your choice around the ring, and add any embellishments you want to make you treasure perfect.  

This photo shows the triangle for the leg placement. 


This photo shows that the lid ends up flush with the bottom of the ring with the writing side down. 


This photo shows the leg height and gimp on ring. 


This photo shows the pins and pearls around the ball.



  These next two photos show different embellishments.


                 
I hope you enjoy making your pincushions as much as I did.

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Debbie