Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Aernath Sent Me The Head of The Doctor!

I'm mostly incoherent right now.  Short of a video of me jumping up and down and pointing going Looky looky looky looky ad infinitum, yeah.  OMG YEAH!

Edit: So, um, this is dean winchester.  Well, not any more.  >.>  Just goes to show you how BJDs can be so versatile!  (resumes squealing now)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Once Again, Life Has Interfered With My Reality

After over a week of ongoing problems we now resume a still slightly shaky attempt to keep up with things.  Hypothyroid and heat waves do not mix.  I get so nauseous it's either like being pregnant or seasick, take your pick, fainty, and so tired I can't keep awake even after 10 hours of sleep at night. Also over sensitive ear drums, inability to focus on thinking (they call it cloudy brain) cracking headaches and itchy dry skin.  It has leveled out now and I'm trying to get back on track.  I'm going to do my best this doctor's appointment to convince them that it would be better to just take out the miserable remaining half full of nodules and crud and just put me on the medication so it will be stable, rather than the up-down-up-down of having my mostly useless thyroid under and over achieving.

We did have rain last week (always when I have to go shopping on my bike with my carry cart!) but it was warm and annoying. I basically didn't even bother with more than a t-shirt and thin summer jeans, but yeah, drowned rat much?  All the flowers are in bloom and it was lovely otherwise.

The hubby has had some good luck finally.  Apparently Social Security has given up trying to locate our secret island in the Bahamas and vast wealth in overseas accounts (dear IRS/FBI/SS--oh my bad, I mean Social Security <---previous statement is sarcasm!  Sarcasm, an attempt at humorous snark.  Oh, just Google it! ) and has decided he actually IS handicapped.  So he got a half price bus pass good for the next 4.5 years from the one company that serves our area, and we're waiting on the one that serves where we actually need to go.  He's also back on track for his remaining eye surgery next month.  That's remaining surgery, not 'eye'.  And yeah, I'm a bit worried sick about them putting him completely under.  People who have had strokes can have some pretty awful things happen under anesthesia, but his was a brain bleed, not a heart, so yeah.  But I'm still worried, so there! 

So, back to sewing.  I'm hoping to get my current projects cleared by month's end, because next month (July) starts the seemingly endless round of hauling 230 pounds of man (175 lb) and wheel chair (55 lb) all over, up and down hill, to catch buses and go to doctor's appointments and a clinic appointment where we have been reminded to bring a lunch and water because "you know now how long is takes!" and me being even more exhausted and slowing things down.  However, my legs are now insanely muscular and I'm getting 'abs' for heaven's sake.

My next tutorial for BJDCollectasy is going to be a rather fun one, too.  

Monday, June 8, 2015

Have You Checked out Aernath's Shirt Shack?

It's positively Tiki-lishious!

Aernath's Shirt Shack

All photos belong to Aernath and are items available in her shop!

I love these because they are so surfer dude!  Having spent the better part of my youth on the beach (and the other part in a pool hall, but hey) these are pretty darned authentic clothes for that retro look!  The proportions are perfect! (check the beachy hair!)  All these guys need is some sand and a board on a cord and they would be right there.  I'd date 'em.  In fact I married one, but hey....

This one reminds me of the sunset and the boards stacked on the beach.  

Very Tahitian bark cloth type print.
Someone's been lifting weights on Venice Beach
I think I used to work with this guy at Tower.
  Sort of scary how he looks so much like Mike. 

SRSLY!  I mean, you got to have this one or it's just not right.
  How awesome is this print in that proportion?  

And she does board shorts!  
So what the hell are you waiting for?  SURFS UP!  
Take the convertible!  

Sunday, June 7, 2015

New Tutorial and Stuff

The monthly tutorial thing is on track again and my latest how to is on BJDCollectasy, how to make a bath/beach robe. 

Look how nice and relaxed and natural the dolls look in the finished photos, thanks to M and her photography skills!  My photos are hours of angst and tears and omg, and basically nailing the dolls to the wall or carpet, and thanks to the manufacturers for how nice their art makes my sewing look. I think my dolls must get very frustrated with ME, judging by how at the end of our photo sessions they are just ready to quit before I am. It's probably just the elastic cords getting too warm from stretching or something, I'm sure there's some perfectly good scientific reason, but there's always a point where I look through the viewer and they are most definitely giving me the stink eye.

I have a series of tutorials planned now, for the first time in a year and a half, I have plans I'm pretty sure I can full-fill.  This is scary.  I've been off balance so long, it's weird to just stand still and not be wary of falling over on just one little thing in life. One little sense of security.

And now for something gruesome.  I've been trying to clean out my old laptop before it dies (I bought a desk top in 2012, no great problem) and found this photo I took a few years ago.  I was on my way out the door to work and this was on the wall beside our front door.

It was about 6 inches across as it stood, going by holding my hand over it, and the colors were mostly browns and greys a bit darker than the photo, but this was in morning sun with a cell phone.  And while this was taken with my cell phone, and it's very flat, in reality, that little alligator head mark at the top was enhanced by a sort of lizard shape in the body of the moth.  The alligator head was very detailed, right down to two little rounds where the 'eyes' were.  I wanted to go back in and get my real camera, but work was work, and I had to snap and go.  I've never been able to find out what the heck this was, and working at a college, I asked around the biology department and no one had seen anything like it before.  I think his final wingspread must have been at least a foot.  Basically, this moth looked like a flying lizard.  

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Etsy Summer Dresses Part 2

I finally got all the snaps on in the right places and this pattern is definitely a 'big' girl pattern.  This is meant to be a hot weather summer dress to start with, baggy and comfortable to let the air move around the upper torso.  I designed it during a heat wave here in California.  It's a simple shift top, with a full skirt, suitable for under corsets, over t-shirts with sleeves and blouses.  It needs either the contrasting belt or something fancier to control the fabric at the waist, but would not be suitable for an SD, SID, or EID girl with out 'substantial lung capacity' as a cousin of mine calls it.

I'm letting Fishcake have first pick of two of the dresses, (OMG I owe her so much in return gifting!)  then listing the remaining on Etsy.  ^_^

Next I'll be putting together the 1950s 'housewife' dresses we got cut out in early spring.  You know, the June Cleaver, Lucile Ball look stuff.  Pearl chokers, high heels and a vacuum cleaner; though Lucy always dressed a little more for 'battle' with head scarves and loose blouses and capries.  June was the over achiever.  Possibly had a bottle in the bottom drawer where the flour bin used to be.  

Monday, June 1, 2015

Lilsgirl's Lovely EID In Her New Set

Lilsgirl's send me a photo of her gorgeous EID girl in her faux fur fashion set.  Love the purse!  Lilsgirl is planning a blog for her dolls but for now she gave me permission to post her photo of her lovely lady!