Monday, September 28, 2015

Den of Angels is Moving Their Forum to a New Thingie!

For those of us who sort of blip over the forum most of the time lately due to that thing called "Reality" which I try to avoid but keeps biting me for attention (hey I play with dolls for a living, get over it!) let us remember that not all site migrations, web site moves, server changes or whatever go smoothly.  Frankly I doubt there has EVER been a smooth move in HTML, and I dare you to prove it!  I've been keeping an eye on this for months now and it looks like time's up!

SAVE YOUR DEN OF ANGELS PAGES!  Download copies of all your important Den of Angels stuff, and PHOTOS, because as the post on Migrating shows, they are dropping things right and left due to formatting differences in the forums, AND as we all know, when you move, a box of stuff is always sacrificed to the gods of moving!  Also if you're like me and locked out of half the old photo sites you used to post photos from, Den of Angels might be the only way to get those back.

Just go read the post!

Oct 18 Edit: I like the looks of it so far, too!  But I saw it when it was just beginning to get itself together.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Well, Our Super Moon was a Dud.

So pretty much everyone on our block was going to go out and look, because we usually have the moon so bright it keeps people up nights even without the super part.  The minute the sun was going down and the eclipse was going to be in full swing, huge black clouds rolled in.  Despite the fact that it was 95 today and is going to be 95 tomorrow with no chance of rain.  I'm going to check after posting and see if San Bernardino or Riverside is on fire or something, because wow, we couldn't see a thing, when last night the moon was this huge silver glow thing lighting up the yards around here.

Dinner is late, hubby is irked and yeah, we're going to look it up on YouTube tomorrow.   But I did find out some interesting things about my little cheap Sony camera that will come in handy later.  It has all these settings I had no idea were there (no instruction book ANYWHERE for this camera).  The weird thing is, when I aimed it at my dolls with the automatic AI setting or whatever, it only picked out Jiji's face as being that of a human.  I tried aiming it at the other dolls, including my visiting Soom big guy (he's sort of rooming here, but he's not a dead beat, he's paid his rent more than once!) and the camera didn't focus on a face, but Jiji is a 'human face' every time.  How weird.  She's sitting with the Soom idealian guy, and the lovely Karen SID (forgot her sculpt name) Fishcake sent me, and my little MSD Kiki, and it only thinks Jiji is the human, even when I move her around.  I'd take a photo but it doesn't capture the little square in the picture, and I can't take a picture of the back of the camera. O_o  And my camera can do Bokuh, I had NO idea.  It has frames in it, too, apparently.  This after 4 years.  

Blame it on the Moon.  

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Is Ohio the New Bermuda Triangle?

September 9th, I ordered .000 knitting needles.  They were shipped the next day.  Whoo-hoo! right?

Apparently NOT.  I contacted the sender to let them know that poo was happening and was told wait one more day and they would make a call.  Two days later, the package moved again.  To another place in Ohio.   We shall see! (ominous music).
I had to make this smaller and take off HTML to make it fit the screen.  Starts at the bottom.

Service Type: USPS Tracking™

Departed USPS Facility

AKRON, OH 44309

September 18, 2015 10:05 am

Arrived at USPS Facility

AKRON, OH 44309

September 17, 2015 9:10 pm

Arrived at USPS Origin Facility


September 14, 2015 7:14 pm

Departed Post Office


September 10, 2015 3:10 pm

Picked Up


September 10, 2015 3:01 pm

Shipping Label Created

XENIA, OH 45385

September 9, 2015 5:57 pm

In the mean time, I was trying to close the new garage door, one of those roll top desk types with panels, and having pulled on the rope a few times, decided to say screw it and reach up to grab the top of a panel and give it a good pull, which usually works because I yank and pull the cord at the same time.  This total CREEP, looked like homeless, drugged, or drunk (at 9 am mind you) comes around the corner just in time to nearly smack into me, startles the hell out of me and I smash my fingertips.  Creep looks at me like I'M the crazy one for swearing, and staggers off.  Four hours later, my fingers are fine on top, but then I turn my hand over and my ring finger looks like a black grape and it's all numb and I didn't even notice because I was busy. Lost four hours in the ER, it's not broken or crushed, just soft tissue damage and I'm supposed to watch it for tissue death.  Two days later, it's still swollen and purple, but I'm pretty sure it's just bruised as I can still feel the tip of my finger and type. Not even going to lose my nails, from the looks of it, but it did put a dent in my dignity and in my plans to do a lot of the sewing I had cut out while my hand was in Ice water.  Much better today, back to work!

However the garage door is now a suspicious object.  Inanimate objects are out to get me, this I've always known.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Organizing: I Has It

So despite the heat, and it's POURING today, I've been trying to keep up with my "let's finally move in" plan.  We've reached the storage room that is our Bedroom.  Every Sunday, we pick a task and Marie Kondo'd the dresser drawers this Sunday.  This left space in the closet that pretty much sent us into shock. Wow, we can SEE the back of the closet.  That can't be right.  I put a rod on camping rope and made a quickly removable double hanging area in the middle for the folded pants and things, and was organizing that when Mr. Curiosity woke up from his post breakfast food/play like mad coma and saw "Le GASP!  OMG OPEN CLOSET!" and jumped the 10 feet from the bed top to the top shelf in the closet, scrambled and achieved self insertion into yet another place he should not be and could then not get out of of.

Now you too can understand what your cat has been typing:

Note my saved stacks of boxes in the top right corner that are going for drawer organizers and fabric covered shelf drawers.  We let the little devil sniff around for a while then ignored his plaintive mews for a while longer just to teach him a lesson.  Finally I got the step ladder and extricated him, only to get my palm clawed because naturally, having nursed him from two weeks old and covered in more fleas than fur, to a strapping healthy 7 year old, 15 pound cat with never a day of no food in the dish or the box not cleaned, and letting him know every time I leave the house that I will obey all his mewed complaining (he has a fit, I get a lecture every time!)  the total spoiled little prince, I would like--drop him on his head or something?  I don't know, but let's just say, he has trust issues.

Did he learn anything?

No.  This morning I opened the closet to get my clothes out for the day and BAM!  Launch!  I left him in there for half an hour with the cheap plastic sliding doors closed this time.  Tough love.  Was he repentant? Not a bit.

And then there's making sure he's not buried in the basket of 'too far gone for even thrifty make and mend clothing' pile before I throw it out.  (We have enough cleaning rags now, I have to just let it go! but--but--it's a SOCK!  Men's white cotton socks are awesome for cleaning cloths! and Gardening mitts!  And car dusting, house dusting, window cleaning, mirror polishing, silver polishing (who has silver any more? *sulks*) but yeah, I have a sock problem, okay I get it!)

So, it's freaking pouring today and I have to go shopping.  Have to.  On a bike.  Hello flash flood warnings.  Sure beats blacking out from 100 plus heat, though.  The good thing is, as one friend pointed out: No gators.  But I must have thread and out into the storm I must go.  Good thing I can swim!  O_o  We live 6 blocks from the hospital and the sirens have been going all morning.  Small whispered voice: "Californians can't drive in rain."  Lucky for me, I'll be on the sidewalks! 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Is It Fall Yet?

We're suffering through another high heat warning yet again.  I've spent the past week patterning for all my current customers, and am just about ready to put paper to fabric and get the cutting started.  Then I have to sort out what thread colors to buy and how much of what I have in stock to get started.  It's just damned difficult to even think of going outside shopping in this heat.  It's 80 Fahr by 8 am.  And being a BJD owner, I keep obsessively checking for any signs of heat discoloration on my gang.  Kyou being the one I worry about most, because he's the shiny white (now ivory) one with the weird sparkly resin. It's like highly compressed styrofoam or something, and feels nice.  I don't know what kind of resin it is, but Dream Realm has probably changed since using it.  Funny how his changeable sets of ears are still super shiny white but the rest of him has yellowed.

I had to order some .000 knitting needles (sock set of four double pointed) to make the Aran knit sweater for the Obitsu girl.  'Dolls House' just came out with an issue for October and they had a pattern for a 1/12 aran knit sweater and my mind just went "Oh Hail no!"  However, the needle size made me look again.  Because the last time I went small knitting needle hunting, I got a set of Size 1 USA sock needles last year from Hob/Lobs (2.75 mm) and was told they didn't go any smaller.  Which is obviously Hob/Lob's manufacturing problem, they didn't have them any smaller, not the rest of the world.  So yeah, funny how things happen like that just in time to answer a pressing question.  They go down to .0000 !  So yeah, you don't have to knit with sewing pins for something this small.  Thankfully the sweater I'm making is twice as big.

Sweet Crafty Tools has the very fine sock needle sets of four in varying sizes for a very low price compared to some places, unless you want to throw money at Amazon. Which I don't.