Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dresses are cheaper to make in multiples !

Gonna hafta put an ant trap in the window. With all this rain, every bug in The Great Outdoors is trying to come in for shelter. I’ve had three waves of ants in two days – and that’s after I’ve erased the first wave’s scent trail with rubbing alcohol. Did it on the second wave, too. Hmpft. The june-bugs and crane flies must have drowned, but there’s dozens of flies. They’re easy to swat because the air is so water-heavy, but there’s so many . . .(sigh)

Decided that I’d try some embroidery today since I’m a bit tired of hanging towels already – and the material for six more (two for us, rest are gifts) is ready to go. It never fails, about the time I wanna buy some designs off my wish-list, from sites that never have sales, a site I’m only partially interested in has a mega-sale ! Happened yesterday and again today. I now have six more Frozen designs, but at least I only paid $6. for them, instead of $24. Only problem is, I’ve spent money, but think I haven’t bought anything for me, ‘cause the wish-list is unchanged !

Anyway, all that was just a preface to say that a design I bought on mega-sale was the one I tried out today. I was curious – several different designers each have their own versions of the felt non-paper doll. Since they’re kind of limited by the 4x4 field, would clothes from Designer X fit Designer Q’s doll ? Really only one way to find out. I bought a Beach Set from Momma MC because I liked the ‘cover up’ as a dress to fit my E and Me Designs Charlotte. Printed up some worksheets… nope. The Momma MC dress was too wide, it covered most of their arms. So I opened up Bernina’s ArtLink 7 and figured out how to keep the length, but narrow the width. And that’s what I stitched out today.

Thanks to earlier efforts, I soon saw that I could get more than one dress on a hooping. And all four came out fine, even though my tear-away stabilizer this time was strips torn from other projects patched together. You may remember that the debate over whether or not to reuse stabilizer is one of the negative events that put me off embroidery for two years, and perhaps the anti-reuse faction was right. But it worked out fine this time, even after using it four times in one hoop, so I’m pretty happy. Not much left to reuse now ! All from scraps, all reversible, even if the reverse isn't as pretty.The belt, bow, and knot can even be done with separate colors, but I'm too lazy to change bobbin thread, you know I was gonna do all one color up top, too !

Show you what they look like on Charlotte and Joy tomorrow. I got a slightly buggy kitchen to clean before bedtime, and I’m tired. . .

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sales inspire me !

Showed the table and cubby to Beloved Hubby – he’s promised to make me a cubby to my specifications this weekend. We have enough wood for it already, and I gave him a sketch with the measurements. He gets so busy, though. . . Here’s hoping !  That’ll save us a quick $30. ! 

Bought this design set of numbers – and also my first initial – today, as it just went on sale. 25% off ! It’s like I got a dollar off and my initial free ! Played with some pictures from the seller (Etsy’s Embroidery Land) and got today’s image. I intend to make a birthday hat with it, in felt, probably with a bit of chiffon dangling from the top of it. Even if we don’t go out – who knows where we’ll be financially in July ? Certainly not me ! – I’ll wear it anyway. And I can make another next year, and one with my initial. 

Mocked up the whole thing with a printout and some packing paper scavenged from Beloved’s latest tool delivery. So now I have the pattern and the design for my birthday hat ready to go, all I need is the felt and fabric for the applique, neither of which I’ve decided on yet. I like it when designers have a whole set available – and they also sell the individual designs separately. I like having the options, especially with my budget !

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sunflowers may be out of season, but I'm not one who cares.

I had to laugh at today’s free embroidery design, from Daily Embroidery. It’s almost identical to the flower vase I set up on the ironing supply cabinet – mine just looks more like an hourglass, as the ‘vase’ is a clean Pace picante jar filled with Dollar Tree glass stones to hide the bare stem, and ribbon wrapped around the middle. Otherwise, it looks almost just like that.

For whatever reason, today I decided that I missed playing with my dolls. And, after a few minutes of visualizing and imagining, I grabbed the tape measure. If I moved the doll bookcase closer to the window, and cleaned some of the clutter that’d gathered under the window, I could have a table over there – or maybe a cubby ! - that could support one of the playsets, become a photo studio, just about anything. A few minutes of online research located a nice folding table just the right size at Mal-Wart for under $30. Or a slightly smaller cherry-wood cubby at Big Lots. Hmmm…

It would help if I got rid of the clutter – I had boxes of both Beloved Hubby and Dearest Son’s stuff, time to get all of it where it belongs. Dearest’s was easier, as half the room is his, I just slid it back over. It took some sorting and organizing, and ended up dumping two ‘cheap move’ liquor-store boxes, combining all the Wii stuff into the smallest one, and fitting all of Beloved’s stuff into a plastic bin, now in the garage with the rest of his Study stuff. He keeps saying he wants to sort it himself, so I’m letting him. Just today, I made sure he had the rest of it. 

It’s also a minor past-time of all of us to hang out the window for a bit. Nice breeze, fun to watch the neighborhood, etc. Now, it’s easier to get to ! Two of us can hang at once, all three of us if it’s snug. And the view from my Arena is much better.  

Swept the floor – six june-bugs, three crane-flies, a wasp, and an oil bug. I may start closing the window, or finding a screen for it. Two toad-choking rainstorms today, the back yard is a complete swamp, and hours later, most of the road out front is still under water. But we got our Tuesday Special chicken for supper and lunch tomorrow, so I’m happy !

Monday, May 18, 2015

It's not the best crown - it bothers her ears - but Luna's a patient princess . . .

Today, Dearest Son decided he hates his CoolPix camera, you remember, the one he got at the pawn shop for $30. ? I took a few photos with it, and it’s fine, actually quite nice, better than any camera I’ve ever had. I figured he was trying to get too close to his subjects, so the shots were coming out blurry, but there are times that he just doesn’t want to hear logic and explanation, he wants to be upset. I offered to let him borrow my old camera, the Fuji FinePix, for his project, in hopes of calming him down a bit. He loved it. Since that’s the family camera, I ran it by Beloved Hubby first, then offered him a straight trade – FinePix for CoolPix. He was delighted. We both hunted up cords and manuals, and it was done. And that photo of Luna was taken with my new CoolPix. 

Don’t worry. He knows we can trade back if / when he calms down, but he’s already talking about saving for a High Definition camera. The one he has his eye on is an $80. Sony. I have no doubts he can save for the two months it’ll take. When he has his eye locked in on something, he’s almost as single-minded as his momma ! 

Then his new monitor came in today, and he was so happy. Luckily we could swipe the monitor cord from the PS3, I don’t think we’re going out again in all this rain !

Sunday, May 17, 2015

What a sweet day !

Although, truthfully, I am not fond of this box. At all. 
Just kind of goofed around today. Forgot how hard it is to get in-box photos of MH dolls. I’ve loved the packaging since June ’09, and there’s been a lot of changes to the line since then, but the in-box dolls are still wicked hard to get a decent photo of ! I haven’t deboxed either Ghoulia or Garrott yet – Rochelle’s more or less on her own – because I’m waiting on a blah day. While I just kind of puttered around, it wasn’t blah !

Got the new fabrics cheap-serged for the wash, and put almost all the new goodies away. I have no idea where I’m gonna put that felt grab-bag. It was a good deal, there were 25 sheets of random colors in there, and thanks to a 50% off coupon, it was only $2.50. It’s just too big to fit in the felt drawer. My new pinking shears work great on felt, and the four-pack of scissors are sharp and hidden. Downloaded several new freebie embroidery designs, and sorted some old ones. Need to back up the files again soon. 

Oh, and I forgot to tell you. I got my A1C results – 6.2 ! Since anything under 7 is considered controlled, I wonder if they’re gonna scale back my medicine. I may call next week, see if there’s any change. My thyroid hasn’t changed, which is good. I’m the healthiest lazy I’ve ever been !