My new ride, Fraelsi

My new ride, Fraelsi
Fraelsi means Freedom in Farose

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

High price of doll patterns

I can make my own but don't have a lot of play time and do want to sew for a couple dolls I have 1 or no patterns for and balk at paying $12.99 for a pattern that is not even a good fit and has design flaws or issues I need to tweak to get the garment to look good.
So, I will whine a bit and try a lower priced pattern designed by someone not as well known and see how it works up, I am just wanting pants and a shirt for a male doll, not some elaborate costume and I would like a few basic pattern pieces for another doll I bought nude at a very low price.
My coming 4 day weekend will be spent with old house work, I hope to start putting the drywall up in my attic space, bought the drywall lift almost 2 weeks ago, it is still in my truck, think budget will allow 8-10 sheets of drywall and that will get a lot of the ceiling areas and start on those slants that my steep roof creates.
I hope to slowly get the area drywalled and then will be even slower with the taping and muddying, and no longer have tools for that so get to add to the cost.
But I do have a sewing area and I did have some fun sewing for 1 of my dolls this past snow bound Sunday and things will improve.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Not enough shelf space, plenty of books

The past 2 weekend have put book shelves here in my attic space, both in the north sewing/ studio space and in the small space/ nook created behind the future bathroom, which divides the 24x29 foot area into the north studio area and the south 'nest' area which is my current sleeping place while the youngest son lives here and gets started on his college.
I put books on shelves, unboxed more books, put books on shelves, sorted out a few for the library, gave a duplicate to that son here, gave 1 to the maint guy at work who shows me photos of his scroll saw work, knew my scroll saw book had a good home with Stevie.   And I still have books in boxes, and I still have way more stuff than I can find room for here in my attic space.
There are 3 boxes of cotton crochet thread that will go to 1 of our local thrift shops, the hammock that will go to someone I know, and I tucked a few things out of the way and my sewing space is still a mess.
It will get better, I will do some sorting, think some, thin out a bit more and think where else I can put shelves, and what books am I really willing to part with.
I am having a problem today seeing any progress I have made in dealing with my attic disaster area, know all that work, money and time had to make a dent but right now I just cannot see where I have made any progress.
But it is time for work, to earn the money that pays for everything, including all the drywall I want to start putting up before my ceiling insulation falls down.  And maybe when I come home I can look around and see the progress today's work made.

Friday, March 01, 2013

March, so, now we might get Spring?

We keep getting snow, maybe only a few flakes, maybe a bit more, but it seems like, every day, it is gray skies and that cold white stuff falling.  Been like that for about a week now, had fun, used the snow shovel I bought before last winter started, had my fun, now, can I please have my bare ground back?
Did locate some major drafts up here in my attic space and stuffed quilt batting in them for now,  can or 2 of that foam stuff will make a better seal, on the list and will deal with them this weekend.  By the time I have drywall up I will have few drafts for it to seal off.
Jake's socks are done and a pair now cast on for Ben but need to work on sweaters.  And need my attic in working order.  But the anti fatigue matting is a huge improvement for my feet and easier to sweep clean.
This coming weekend I will be starting to mount shelving on the walls up here, on the north end and also plan for book shelves against the back outside wall of what someday will be my upstairs bathroom.  Will make use of a space that is out of the way, needs to be open between the 2 areas for air flow and allow me to have a wonderful library nook to enjoy and hopefully help me create a more tidy and organized attic nest and studio.
Find work issues to add to this week's stress load, think some need to use their brains better, think some one needs to understand the concept of being a leader, if you have the position of lead in my dept, gee, I expect to see some leadership in your.
Tired before the work week is done, body is glad we are not doing 6 day work weeks, but the budget misses the extra money that overtime brought.  Will try and keep a snug budget and work on gaining some order in the attic and keep working on paying down that debt load I have plenty of.