Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hancocks Fabric Going out of Business

I was supposed to go yesterday, but got backlogged by phone calls, and then did not want to be drowned in the rain.   Today I got out and got packing tape (whoo hoo!) and priced handtrucks (we need a serious one) and then went looking for the chiffon for Cadmuss' Fairy.  Hob/Lob had dark purple, but she had requested the soft purple, so I went across the street happily to Hancocks, certain THEY would have what I needed, and even with out a coupon, I could deal.  

It has not been the best 8 days so far. DOOM.  Hancocks had the right color, and it was on sale, but they had a 2 yard limit, so yeah...lots of purple chiffon, but they are going going  gone.  That means the only other fabric store for miles is Joann's  and they are not the happiest place on earth for me.  I have too many times been told that fabric listed as on sale was NOT on sale, and darned tired of their bait and switch tactics. 

I have learned to hate shopping online, and will pay the extra for samples, but even so, by the time one gets the sample, the bolt is gone or the sale is over.  Denver Fabrics is my go to, but they charge a shipping fee that is rather high and do not like paypal.  So yeah, sort of further bummed out.

 I am behind on things  that would normally befinished in one day last week, but have to keep stopping to answer phone and Hubby calling me to look at his online search or the embroidery work and the dishes are looking at me funny (the dirty things!) and the cat is having nightmares in his sleep which is not something one would think would happen.  Serious nightmares, where if you wake him up he wakes up fighting for his life, hissing and snarling and claws out.  So yes, things are sixes and sevens and twas brillig and this momrath is outgrabed.

So the calls to low income housing have been sorted, we found out IEHP covers Riverside as well, and we have a back up plan of sorts, and progress will be made, so hopefully we will fit into a sane routine after this week settles down.

 Failing that, I will butter the clocks and fall back on speaking French. 

I am seriously thinking 1900s gown with all that left over chiffon.  There is a seafoam green gown in the Frank Langella Dracula that I fell in love with and I think I might make it up for EID or SID and put it up on Etsy.  If you have not seen that version of Dracula, do.  He isn't as bishounen as he was in The Twelve Chairs, but day-yam, (fans self). 

Blogger hates my RCA Voyager tablet, it keeps skipping all over the screen and I have to keep poking my curser into place.  

Friday, March 25, 2016

Commission: Cadmuss' MSD Ren-Fairy

Just a quick listing for now, but the order is in!  Will go shopping for fabrics monday.

With embroidery on the corset, arm bands and collar/shoulder bit inspired by this example:

And the finished outfit on her doll!  Isn't she a pretty one?  First photo I have uploaded from this tablet, too!

Keeping Positive

Thanks to Skello, Leah, Cadmuss, Najy, and Fishcake, and the local storage place (10 by 30 O_O) we are staying very positive.  We have three plans now, two look very feasible compared to sitting on a kerb, but the housing in this area is like omg!  No vacancies.  Still, it is only spring, there is the summer exodus.

I had a minor heart failure the other day.  The brand new machine made a funky noise, then started looping everything on the bobbin.  I cut it all loose, tried again.  Same thing.  Did same.  Same result.  Finally turned it OFF, and then on again.  It makes a funky noise every time you turn it on.  BEE-boop-FWARK!  Apparently this is the machine getting a grip on itself.  The looping issue, completely gone.  Thank goodness!  It then stitched along beautifully again, along with the embroidery we are doing.

Hubby wants practice so we are, until we have to pack up, offering a small amount of FREE digitized embroidery on every order.

We will know well in advance when to shut down, and will finish up orders before moving. In the mean time we are sorting, making up our own clothing projects (forced to make up my mind on the pattern! do you have ANY idea how hard that is to a fabric hoarder!?  Take my toes, maybe a finger, but damn! *sobs* not my hoard!) ahem.  back to the post.

Sorry, had a moment there...A-NEEE-WAAAY, yes, we will know when to cut off any order taking and finish things up in advance, since the coffee maker and sewing machine will go into storage last.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Here we go again. BAD NEWS

This might seem garbled because I am tired beyond crawling mentally and emotionally.  We got the annual rent hike notice today.  I was expecting 20 to 25 at the least, which we could probably squeek by most of the time.  They socked us with 100, well over my husband's SSI amount and he is getting the maximum.  I usually bring in an average of 60 to 70 a month.  If we keep our electric bill down and with our low cost cable for the internet, that is all we can do for extra groceries, with EBT.

When my husband had his stroke, we had to move fast, and could not wait for the housing people to take three months to get back to us.  I had to sell everything including our wedding bands, and then the car had to be fixed and now it's broke again and a major repair we can not do ourselves.  I have it registered as non running and in the garage until I might have had the money to fix it.  We have 2 more months at the current rate, and I can probably get together the June rent, but after that, we are done for.  We would need 160 a month more to make it.  I could look for a job, but after 2010, there were no jobs in the area, (I am over educated according to everywhere I have applied since 2010) and I need to be home every four hours to take care of my husband, plus time off for his appointments.  I could probably arrange to leave him longer, but he is not happy with the idea of IHSS after the trouble they gave us.  They basically told me don't worry if we loose our apartment, they could put him in a nursing home and I could live on the street.  California.    I think things have changed since then, from what I hear, but we are still very not happy with them.

The worst thing is, even if I do manage to come up with an extra 100 a month, I was told when I called to try and negotiate, the owners want to raise the rent again as soon as they can, until it is up to local pricing.  A 1940s appartment complex with major issues all around, going for luxury brand new pricing.  We wanted to move to low income housing when he had the stroke, but that did not happen, but now our car is dead in the garage, and we have no savings to fix it, let along put a down payment hold on a new apartment.  Plus there is the cat.  So we are pretty stunned and flailing. 

So, we have two, maybe three months to find a new low income place, which would frankly wondeful, because we would then be able to live on our income, but we need to deal with all the agencies, trauma and coming up with all the extra money to get the car running and pay for Uhaul people to help us move IF we find a place.  And the waiting lists are harsh.  Two married people are not "a familly". 

I was kind of thinking this would happen a few years from now when we had recovered a bit more.  The rent has always gone up about 20 to 25 before, not much of a problem. But there are going to be a LOT of people in the same boat around here.  Six months and then another hike, then another.  The owners are dead set on this.  I was told to just give my 30 day notice now, actually.  They said if we didn't find a new place, we could go month to month, but you know what, you give notice, they have always refused to let people stay before, so I don't trust them.  And I know our deposit, pet money and all will never come back our way again.

So, we will see.  I have a back up last ditch plan from Dec 2013, but that actually involved getting evicted and hanging onto the rent money to buy storage, when the car was running, and we had a bit of savings that went down the drain fast.  We would like to NOT deal with an eviction even if it means being homeless for a little while, but I do worry about the cat and how the hell we are going to survive that, so yeah, Here we are.

I am going to contact every and any agency in the mean time and do everything we can do, and maybe we will get lucky.  As before, I will keep working on customer projects right up until the last possible moment.  We plan on donating a lot of items to the animal shelter thrift store and they pick up.  And I am planning on putting all my doll's clothing up for sale on Etsy.  If we can pack itin storage, it will go to storage, because everything is temporary and even if we have to wait, we still have our SSI and EBT and will get by somehow. 

Sad story, but there it is.  I hate to say it but we have a bit better chance because my husband IS disabled.  Gotta look on the bright side of something.  We got through what we did before.  It really broadsided me mentally, and I was just getting everything back together again, the new medication is really helping my energy levels and thinking, but here we are.

As I said, we are still taking orders right up until we need to start packing.  But if we make it through this time, in eight months, the rent will be hiked again. 


Thursday, March 17, 2016


With all the agony and angst I have had in the past with the Singer 'Simple', I stopped procrastinating today and threw some thick and thin pleather on the Brother.

I must cap lock here.


Not a dropped or skipped stitch, on bias or plain, straight or stretch!  O_o

If it sews this stuff as easily as it did, I think I am going to get to be a lot more creative in the coming months!  I have some boys who need shiney extravagant pants!
And all the agony over the Khan coat collar, I can probably do that type of thing without a blink on this machine!