More Lemonade

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...Or the best laid plans of mice and a woman...?
 It's been nine days since I wrecked my knee, to be exact--tore my medial collateral ligament on my 'good' knee. We are hopeful it will heal, in a month or so. The other knee has already had two knee replacements.

Hence, I have all the gear for being laid up.  See the huge lump on the knee, there, --yep that's still swelling after 8 days. 

Some things have changed since my 2010 knee replacements---like available drugs. And, let me mention that TYLENOL does squat, for an inflamed knee, swelling, and sharp(shudder) pain. Since I'm a senior citizen...other medications are no longer acceptable. I have to love my Doc, though, and he has prescribed a muscle relaxer which helps with all the cramping and I have had two decent nights of sleep, finally.

This is my window view---out there is all the Spring yard work, and planting that needs to be done. Poor hubby will really have a work out. I had managed to clean out the front flower bed, plant some perrenials that needed to be split. But, golly---4-6 weeks is a long time in the Spring of the year, to be laid up.

This what my bedroom view looks like---I can't really even get over there...the walker won't fit. Who knew how precious where your underwear drawer should be? The computer is set for an automatic duty---so I just cross my fingers it's working. 
The pic on the tv...cracks me up--looks like a mashed up knee. 

I've been putting my blogging laptop here, so I can get to it, and then slide it back down safely without having to strain.

Sigh---oh, yea---my blogging. For those viewing my doll blog---barbieoldnewgreenredo, it will be down for at least a few weeks, unless I recycle photos, etc. All my doll and craft supplies/equipment are down in the basement craft room.

My blog-oldnewgreenredo---I might be able to recycle a few photos and post, but, I won't be taking any new photos. (Hubby will do some--he just finished the greenhouse), but none of my Spring projects will be completed. After our awful long winter, we finally have a chance for some nice weather and hopefully I will make it to the porch when it's nice.

I've put my Etsy shop, BarberryLane on Vacation---until I'm able to go to the basement and do the shipping again. 

Well, making tons of lemonade here---and I'll post when I have something useful to share! I am enjoying viewing all the wonderful posts of my fellow bloggers.

Trish's Security Fence and Tutorial.

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Last episode: At "The Blue Sprinkling Can"---Trish waited for the fence guys to show up, so she could go home.


Meanwhile her brother arrived with more supplies: dirt, pea gravel, lawn food, organic plant food, and worm compost. 


She is still waiting on all the bottled and tin goods in the small sizes. Here you get to see the fence set up.


Foldable, the fence really tucks away during the time the garden center is open.


Trish: This fence is much easier to close than I thought it would be. Just a quick lock-up and we are all secure.


Tomorrow is opening day--and we are almost ready. Is anyone ever ready for anything?


This looks great, the only thing outside the fence is that huge cacti planter which weighs a ton.


Time to go home! 

Thanks for looking at our New Fence which is a DIY.

Quick Fence Tutorial
What you need:
3/8" craft wood  (remember you need posts on each end and double by your door.
green paint. I used 10" long so I needed 3-36" posts to make my fence posts.

paint---acrylic-- for painting posts whatever color you want.

Plastic coated Hardware cloth, cut into the size sections you need to achieve the total length of your space. This comes in Black coated, silver (uncoated) and Green coated.

Plastic coated wire, 18guage which is pretty stiff. (mine is True Value and is faint blue color, but looks gray in photos-I also make clothes hangers from this.)

Tools needed:

Needlenose pliers

Drill manual or I used my dremel 

Drill bit a little larger than your wire

Pencil and measuring tape/ruler
paint brush 


I needed 28" of completed fence with a door in the middle, so I cut 8 posts and 7 pieces of wire panel. 

My panels are 9 spaces by 20 spaces. Roughly 5" x 10". (the wire connecting loops will also provide length. If you make a taller fence you made to have 4 sets of connectors on each post.


Tools are pretty basic. Yes, you do have to cut each wire separately. 


I drilled the holes in the center of the post and all the way through.


I marked and drilled 3 holes: the middle and on each end for connecting the posts to the panels.


Here I used a generous measure of wire about 2 1/2" and inserted in the holes and then wrapped in the first square and turned tight.


Here you can see the second loop is cut shorter and then turned in.


Hook your panels together in the three places. Finish off your ends with the extra posts. To use open and close, just fold them accordion style. I'm loosely attaching them to the walls of the building and the greenhouse. I may make a few more panels for other projects. They are sort of screaming for vines, lol.


Now Trish can go home and all her creations are safe and sound!

Trish's "Blue Sprinkling Can" Garden Center.


Something New in the HFIM Neighborhood---the

Blue Sprinkling Can Garden Center


Trish has been hard at work setting up the "Blue Sprinkling Can" garden center,  just next to
 Vickie's Vintage in the HFIM neighborhood.


Trish: I'm almost ready for the opening on Monday. Just a few more pots to fill, and signage, and labels, and price tags! Yikes, there is still so much to do and it's getting to be dusk, and where are the fence guys?


Trish: I hope everyone likes my garden designs. We sure have lots made up.


The greenhouse yard is filled with fresh flowers, plant sets, potted plants, and planters. Lots of shells, cactus planters, and garden ornamentation too. 


Trish: Welcome to "The Blue Sprinkling Can"! We aren't quite open yet. I'm Trish, can I help you with anything. We still have some plants, lots of tags, and signage not out yet. ?


Mulan: Oh, wonderful to meet with you---so numerous lovely plants. I must look for my office.


Trish: Well, we will be doing custom designs for your specific needs. I'm a third generation greenhouse kid and a Master Gardener. We have lots of vintage and new pots and planters to choose from.


Mulan: You have those little garden gnomes---how small and color filled.


Mulan:  I see in the green house, may I enter?

Trish: Sure, look around, while I water the plant flats.


Mulan: Lara come all the beautiful small gardens in this glass house. My father grows bonsai at home.


Trish: Ms. Roberts how nice to see you, again. We will be ready to open on Monday!


Lara Roberts: I'm so glad you leased this space. You have a wonderful selection and you placed so much in so little space, I'm impressed.

Trish: Well, I can bring fresh product in from our place in Lake Zurich each day. Hopefully the fence installers will be here soon. They promised to put up the fencing today.

Lara: We still have some daylight. This will be a fine addition to the neighborhood. So many people live here and take public transportation or walk and don't have access to outdoor plants.


Mulan: Lara, look at this for Dr. Myrr's birthday. It's very fine planter.

Trish: Let me help you, which on are you interested in?


Mulan: This one in a book stack!

Trish: Oh, yes, we hollow out old books and place a planter inside. Our special design. We can even do them with your specific types of books.

Mulan: Dr. Myrr is  Department Head of 19th Century Art History at the Art Institute. Those books will compliment in his office.

Mulan: Dr.Myrr will love this. I will need for the end next week. 
Trish: Great, I can save it for you and still show it at our opening. 


Trish: Thank you both for stopping by Ms. Roberts and Ms. Kyori. I will save the planter for you--and see you next week!


Trish: I'll put the rocks here, now where are those fencing guys? I'm bushed...(chuckle). 

As always---to be continued....
I used Old, New, Green, and Redo in this post.
A list of materials and tutorial will be in the next DIY Doll Greenhouse and Garden post in the future.

DIY Diorama: Vickie and Joe's a work in progress!

Vickie and Joe the first day in their condo, which is currently on two shelves in the craft room.

Like many millennials, Vickie and Joe have moved in together. They are officially engaged---and aren't in any hurry to get married. The 'townhouse' they are in resides on two shelves in the craft room. 

Upstairs is a bedroom, still basically under construction. And, well a little bit of hers and a lot of his. Joe is older and has traveled extensively. His furnishings reflect this, it's nice he likes vintage---since that's what Vickie's business is about.

They keep rearranging the bathroom dressing room and still haven't decided if these are the fixtures to use. Joe loves the old handmade so speaks, "I'm manly furniture!" Not real sure on the pink shower...or the pink closet, or the pink sink. 
 I say, "How can I be a Barbie collector and hate pink, but I do."

Here's another the little chair.(one of those jewelry boxes)..we will see how this space comes together. The toilet won't be here until later in the month. (toilets are so hard to come by)

So far we are all liking this arrangement the best? Vickie needs a shoe rack know a girl and her shoes!

Downstairs---the kitchen has come together---Vickie isn't a big cook, but likes the lines on this counter set. and the slimmer refrigerator and microwave. Open shelving works great and of course there is under counter shelving.  The table works for now---they would like something a bit larger to have friends over.
The bamboo shelf with the vintage Japanese tea set is their favorite! Joe picked up all these items while stationed in Japan.

Joe's career in the service took him all around the world. 
Some of the items are from Germany, 
the Mid East, Japan and Asia. A large wall mural is on order---they are secretive about that.

The furniture is non-Mattel, but from the 1960's (Ebay). 
I used some batik fabric for the cushions. Vickie and Joe, say they are very comfortable.

Vickie and Joe say, "Thanks for visiting! Come again for dinner sometime!"


Wall shelving units are drawer dividers and mini shelving---vintage from thrift stores. I never pass  these up, even if I don't have an immediate use for them. The living room unit was a glass covered shadow box, I removed the hinges and the cover and just cleaned it up.

Living Room:
Tea chest/desk in living room. This was an extravagant purchase of $6.99 at a Savers. It has incredible hardware, lots of drawers and a drop leaf door that makes it work as a desk for 1:6 scale.

Couches chairs/vintage 1960's on eBay. I have since seen this in a lighter wood color also--great mid-century design. Plastic is quite brittle at this point--not recommended for children or klutzy collectors. I have super-glued them together at this point.

Flooring is IKEA placemats.

Kitchen: Counter is from 2008 Mattel Barbie TV Chef-(minus the lighting)-I replaced the graphics with dull silver cardboard and put shelves underneath. I also weighted the base down with some heavy metal hardware taped into the corners, otherwise it tipped over too easily. I added chain-hooks to the light bar for tools and copper pans. It was in bare bones shape when I found it.

Light above--one of those glue on battery lights.

Refrigerator is Mattel from 2008, (TV Chef) I think this was released in many sets. It has the flip microwave, for making raw plate into a cooked dish. Inside all the shelving was missing, and I made replacements from plastic odds and ends, even a meat drawer.

Kitchen shelves are slowly being stocked---I'll do a post when all done.

Table and chairs-a Mattel current set still available, I silver taped on top of the beige table top and covered the hot pink chair seats. (I have maybe 5 sets of these now)---when they are $8.88 I grab one.

Bamboo shelf--A thrift store find.  I swear it was made for this 7-piece Japanese tea set I found in an antique mall for $7.00. Small Geisha doll under glass, bought at GoodWill for 50 cents.

Bedroom: --I spray painted the bed white, bedding is the reverse side of the vacation hut bedding. 
The white Bamboo chair is from a non-Mattel set--70's updated with new cushion. Joe's robe is very old Vintage Ken. 

Bedroom light fixture: is two clear creamer bottoms fitted together with a set of seed lights inside. Everything is stuck together with double faced foam-tape and clear double-stick tape. The seed lights are the kind with the tiny flat disk and a flat LED battery---so no weight. Not really Kid safe---but seems to be working fine for an adult---I like the soft light it gives off!

Carpet: Thrift store placemats, I bought an entire roll (6) of these with original labels still on in 6 different colors. I think I have used them all somewhere or another.

Dressing Room and Bathroom:

Wood dresser-handmade vintage as found 
Closet---Barbie closet---there was a glut of these on the thrift market two years ago,---now I haven't seen any for months. 

Shower: Mattel Glam shower 2008, I think.

Sink: 2009 Mattel---Glam Dream sink--love the round mirror on this, but I think they are a double sink couple?

Toilet: on the way! And we need storage and towels, and....

All the tiny goodies---I've picked up in thrift stores, here and there---I'm a magpie when it comes to collecting 
anything small a dollar or under.