Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Car Dead as Nails

We replaced the starter, and took the core refund to buy a starter relay.  Car cranks but doesn't start.  We have problems.  We need a new battery.  And after that, it might be the fuel injection system.

Basically, I'm going to end up registering the car as non-running this July when the registration runs out.  That means a lot of my energy is going to go into getting to and from.  Work loads will slow down until I get a hold on my schedule   I've been riding my bike for months now and believe me, it doesn't mean I'm getting any healthier or more muscular or faster.  It just means I spend more time sucking up car fumes, using my asthma inhaler and having one hell of a sore bum.  However, I do have orders and if we take it slow and I don't lose my mind and go all global red alert fail misery on it, we have nothing to do BUT work on it ourselves until it's running again.

So yeah.  Whoopie skip.

When did stores develop this annoying habit of instantly ringing up the part they think you need and then standing there expecting you to just fork over the money.  This is so annoying.  First of all, they ring up the highest price part they can, then when you ask them what's the cheapest part, they argue with you, then cave in and while answering you, ring that part up before you can say "I'll be back later".  I guess that's the next best thing to knocking you on the head, taking your money and putting the item in your hand and leaving you on the kerb?

I have a load of snaps to move (bust gap on the big girls and I was like woah, did not see that coming..O_o) and then 7 sleeveless dresses to list on Etsy for the SD size girls.  Snaps, tiny little pop out of your fingers and go flying to never be found again snaps.  I'd rather be working on the car sometimes. LOL *sob*

Friday, April 17, 2015

Piles of Updates Will Happen Later

It's been a perfect storm of things going wrong the past few weeks.  I can't believe how the doctor's offices don't get phone messages and everything gets screwed up.  How do they run a business that way?

So I fell off my bike grocery shopping and wrecked my knee and shoulder. I'm going to try and get my car's starter changed out this weekend and see if that will get it running again. But yeah, with out transport you can rely on, unless you want to throw away 110$ a month for bus passes (no gain in time) or pay hundreds more for Taxis (even Uber) it's a slow grinding down of missing time and exhaustion.

I'll update everything later.  I have three more little sleeveless summer dresses to go before I list them on Etsy, probably this weekend. And at the beginning of this week, I thought I had plenty of time to get the next tutorial ready for BJDCollectasy, but once again, it's going to be a last minute race thing.  

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Etsy Project Plateau

There comes a time when you realize you've bitten off too much.  When we were cutting out all these dresses and tops, I thought, Oh, I can finish these in one day.  Nope.  I just hit the part where the ironing begins and decided enh, there's always tomorrow.

I stood on my very tippy toe and reached way up to get almost all of the loaded board in the camera, and one dress is still in the box because I didn't have any 'rust' color thread.  I've got sleeveless scoop neck dresses, and 50s rock-a-billy dresses, and one more top in the pink floral print.  (And STILL my remnant stash drawer has to be beaten down to be able to close it!)  I have to go shopping for that thread tomorrow.  And my tiny snaps order should be in the mail box today.

Thank goodness for Designs by Jude.  Always prompt, always the right size, and I've never gone to find them out of snaps, though I should have checked the Etsy shop first for the hooks and eyes their dot com was out of.  But I hope they are going to keep up with restocking, because I'm depending on them, and I hope that others do too.  The zippers and buttons are very nice, and the snaps aren't all mashed like the store on a card ones can be sometimes.  I have maybe one of their patterns I've used at a customer's request and it was very nice.

I forgot I got this shot Tuesday when this all started.  I had a few more dresses I wanted to cut bits and pieces for, and everything was on the table.  I went to get a coffee and when I came back, the project box was full again.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Let 'Em Eat CAKE!

April Fool's Day is a day I've always made it a rule not to set foot outside the door.  This comes from cousins who often acted as if their parents were never churched.  I've called in sick from work, ditched school and flat out refused to answer the phone or open email.  The search site Bing was terrifically cute this morning, but we all knew all along that the internet ran on Kittens.

So rather than make a 4 mile bike ride to buy bread if it's even in the store, when I have piles of dresses to make and a coat to finish, I made cake.  It's a rule around here we've been following for over a year now.  Eggs in the back of the fridge, flour, various stuffs, and on no bread days, we have cake for lunch.

This mess (my no stick pan LIES!) is ginger pinapple upside down cake, glazed with marmalade to make up for the lack of brown sugar.

Even before everything went blooey, I was looking up healthy recipes and found a treasure trove of 1940s stuff online that (gasp!) used less butter, less eggs and a LOT less sugar.  

Basic One Egg Yellow Cake

In one bowl put: 

Dry Stuff

1 1/2 Cups flour (regular)
1/3 cup of sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teas salt (which we don't use but it makes no diff at all in the taste!)

Wet Stuff

3/4 cup of milk
1/3 cup butter or margerine (blue bonnet is great stuff!) cut into small pieces
1 egg
2 teaspoons of vanilla if you've got it. 

And I subs soy sauce for salt, and put in a sprinkle of ginger.  Yes Soy Sauce.  It makes a difference, everything tastes better, not like salt, which I can't even taste!  This makes a cake with a nice crust that stands up (unless you have a no-none stick pan, grrr!) to frosting and has a nice crumb. Something like a muffin from heaven.  In fact, make muffins with it, too.  

Mix it all up, bang it in a no stick pan, (or a pan that lies about being no stick) and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.  

Now with that, you can serve fruit, double it and frost it, what ever.  Mix up the spices, change the flavorings, switch out some of the flour for powdered nuts, what ever!  Cheap, easy, home made, stands up to ice cream, canned fruits, stuff fruit in it for a cobbler (half the milk and throw in the fruit juice or what ever the heck you want to do to it, it's bound to come out tasting great!  

So yeah, let 'em eat cake.  Remembering that Marie Antoinette was originally from Austria where they freaking invented pastry (bet those panniers hid some serious hips, no?).  That and a cake takes less flour than making bread.