Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tilda Doll Obsessed

I've recently become obsessed with Tilda dolls.  Home made cute and classy dolls.  I've been researching the tools I'd need to create one and the skill level isn't that bad either depending on which pattern I choose to do first.  The only thing standing in my way is that sewing machine!  Oh sure it works just fine, I just constantly experience user problems with it so I've decided it would make sense if I just read the user manual from cover to cover like I do with everything else on this planet and then maybe I might get somewhere.

I was chatting with an online pal about the Tilda dolls.  She's in the UK so getting supplies are easy since all the online stores that sell the stuff are located .... guess where..... IN THE UK!  Etsy has some supplies online and I'm totally boycotting Ebay unless it's from China because the American shipping has gotten totally out of control.  I still can't get over folks in New York mailing something to Kansas so it will come to Canada then charging an arm and a leg.  Ha!  Craziness.  Until sellers rethink that international shipping thing that is optional on Ebay, I forsee a drop in some sales.

Anywho, I've also discovered an online site with tons of patterns for the Tilda dolls, ya sure Pinterest has tons too by the way.  I'd seriously suggest purchasing a book though so you can feel it up and look at the colour pictures and feel special like you know what you're doing and all.  Ha!  

I did print a pattern from a Pinterest link (not the pattern shown here though).  The pattern will make the doll pretty large.  When I seen these dolls I recall my Grandmother made me a fabric doll when I was about 4 years old.  It had yellow yarn for the hair.  She wasn't a Tilda doll, or a Waldorf doll either for that matter, just a plain white cotton fabric doll that I found to be pretty cute.  I have no clue what happened to that doll over time though.  Had I known better I'd have preserved it.

Anywho, as I was saying before my trip down memory lane, the pattern for the Tilda doll I printed will make her be about two feet high.  I can do it but I want to gather all the tools first.  I just think these dolls have such character.  

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In Production

The past couple of weeks have been spent brainstorming over the Etsy shop I'll be opening soon.  I don't have an exact grand opening date and going on the professional advise I've been given, I'm not going to put a date out there yet.  The shop name and email address have already been set up and soon enough the items for sale will be added.

I still have to sort out all the items I'll be selling first, then take photos of them so I'll need to set up a mini-photo-studio in our spare room for this with extra lighting and whatnot.  Then comes the detailed descriptions!  It's really a lot of work and right now it seems overwhelming because I'm down to the wire on the annual home made Christmas ornaments that need to be completed for mailing on December 1st.  I figure once I get through with the ornaments I'll be able to put more effort into the shop.

And speaking of the shop, I've ordered a few buttons from an Etsy store, that will have my logo on it!  Pretty cool.... got that idea from my Gran's pin. You can see the photo of the pin in link to that blog post. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Moving Forward

I've been walking more lately and doing about 30 minutes of exercise at home.  I can't do too much as I've got some abdominal issues but I do what I can without over doing it.  I weighed myself two weeks ago and actually logged that weight up on the LoseIt app.  I've also joined a challenge over there, just an easy one to get me back into the swing of logging everything I eat on a daily basis.  So far it's been helping to get me back on track.  

I gave up on the hypnosis.  I got really creeped out when my crazy friend said that the hypnosis could be turning me into Shallow Hal .... where she's full figured and he only sees a skinny chick.  Well, my crazy friend suggested that I'm seeing a skinny chick in the mirror but my butt is fat. 

Yes, she said my butt is fat.  I'm not sure how I feel about knowing my friend looked at my butt though. However, I must admit it did get me wondering what the hypnosis thing is saying to me while I'm fast asleep.  Kind of got me all creeped out so I ditched it. 

Water and MetaMucil are my best friends!  Not only am I getting added fiber from the MetaMucil but I'm also helping to lower my cholesterol. I'm also drinking more green tea and am trying to reduce my coffee intake but that's just too difficult so I'm still on decaf coffee because I just love the taste of coffee!!!!!

I'll weigh in on Saturday to see how I'm doing with this adjustment but so far it feels good.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Biggest Loser Workout

I haven't been sleeping well lately and the lack of sleep is playing havoc on my system.  I've got mad munchies.  I've been logging my food on loseit daily but that doesn't seem to deter me from eating crispy crunch chocolate bars.  My candy of choice.  My body apparently wants sugar.  I gave up adding sugar to my coffee, I use honey instead, no more sweeteners either.  I only use sugar if its an ingredient in a recipe.  When shopping, I read labels for low sugar, low sodium, low fat but not always low fat, seriously that just means taste free!  

I'm exercising...

I've added more walking to my health routine.  I take public transit to and from work so I get off the bus two stops early and walk the rest of the way.  I take the stairs when using the subway rather than ride the escalator.  I'm still doing the daily exercise routine of jumping jacks, push-ups and whatnot but this week, today actually, since its officially Monday, (it's just past midnight) I'm going to add the one hour Biggest Loser exercise video I found on YouTube.  What I like about that video as compared to the other Jillian Michaels workouts is the folks doing the exercises don't have flat washboard bellies, they're out of shape jellies like me and that's what makes me encouraged to proceed. 
I'm on a plateau with weightloss but that's no surprise since I'm sleeping less and eating chocolate bars like they're about to go extinct!  First thing I'm going to work on is putting the ipad DOWN and going to sleep.  I will work on getting 7-9 hours of sleep daily.  I'm also going to get started on this one hour of biggest loser.  Got to get off this plateau!  

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pinterest Find

My addiction to Pinterest always lands me on something great and useful.  This home made potpourri is quite lovely.  I don't boil it on the stove though because I've got an electric potpourri crock pot.  Just add ingredients to the crock, and plug it in.  Leaves our home smelling so lovely! Water, citrus slices, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, cranberries.  Boiled up it smells mmmmm....

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I'm A Crafty Girl

I've been awake sine 05:30 this morning and decided to get out of bed and do something productive.  I got up, made a cup of coffee and called Mom for a little whisper chit chat while husband still sleeps.  I may need a nap later!  Always love my morning chats with Mom.  

Right now I'm chilling in the spare bedroom, watching I don't know that's on TV right now and I'm installing updates to my laptop and running the virus scan, gotta keep that dude up to speed you know!  And I'm also getting some stitching done on the enormous amount of Christmas decorations I need to complete.  Taking a skim through my social media sites and jotting down ideas for the craft shop.  I'm feeling mighty crafty today.  

I suspect the restlessness is due in part from knowing that today I pick up my new Canon camera!  Woot! Woot!  A new toy for me to play with and just in time to photograph items for my craft shop!  

Friday, October 17, 2014


I'm really excited about starting up a craft shop on Etsy.  It's a much different feeling than what I had earlier this year when I had initially planned to set one up.  I gave up on my earlier plan because my heart and soul weren't into it.  I seemed to find every little reason NOT to proceed.  Recently it's all I can think about.  I want my own craft shop, so I prayed.  And I prayed and prayed some more and kept asking what should I do.  Each time I got the same answer...go for it.  It's my dream and I have a chance to live it, successful or not I can at least try.

So I once again, printed the entire Etsy sellers handbook and created a new store name that fits me and I've got a notebook of ideas and suggestions, basically my brainstorming.  So, no grand opening date has been set because I'm taking it one step at a time with God's guidance.  I do already have a long line of buyers who constantly ask if I sell anything that I make.  

My cup runneth over! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


I was asked "what is the one thing you'd like to do in your lifetime".  Hmm the bucket list is a couple pages long but aside from that, I'd really like to open a craft shop one day.  Yes, I was supposed to open an etsy shop earlier this year selling some of my overstock supplies but I don't really want to sell my stash!  What I really want to do is sell things I've made.  

I find myself thinking of ways to get my foot in the door.  Etsy sure sounds like the right direction to go but I really don't have time to hand sew as many things my mind pictures me selling.

That's where my sewing machine comes in....well actually it's not MY machine but my sister's.  She was kind enough to loan it to me months ago and she's in no hurry to get it back, apparently it frees up some shelf space for her.   Anyway, I've got a few cute Christmas felt ornament patterns that would likely sell should I put my mind to it.  I just need to set one weekend aside to learn how to use it... By watching plenty of YouTube tutorial videos!  So yes, one day I will have my own craft shop but when that day will be, I really don't want to place a date yet, lets just play it by ear.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Minute In Susan's Mind

Have you ever seen someone who reminds you of someone famous?  Well, when I ride the bus home from work, there's this dude who, from an angle, looks just like Dan Ackroyd. 
 I'm tempted to snap a photo of the dude one day but my stealthy paparazzi skills are lacking in the stealth department.  Well, the other day I saw Kanye West on the bus!  Ok so it was a dude that looked like him again, from an angle.  So that's my thing when I'm out and about; I look for folks who remind me of other people simply because its entertaining.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Ebay Shipping No Joke

So the newest problem with eBay is that new "international priority shipping" policy.  I've been ripped off by this once already and with the help from a very friendly American eBay seller, we discovered how eBay is robbing both the seller AND the buyer!

I wouldnt be surprised if most, if not all, eBay sellers are unaware of this.  You see earlier this year I purchased a bunch of plastic cross stitch frames much like the ones in the photo below.

 Usually shipping from USA to Canada for something this small and light weight is no more than $9 ABSOLUTE MAXIMUM.  I've purchased many on eBay and have paid shipping ranging from $3USD to $9USD depending on how many are being shipped.  The ones I purchased a while ago had a ridiculous shipping price so I contacted the seller for a real shipping quote to my postal code.  She was kind to pass it for free shipping because she simply wanted to get rid of them and she changed the listing to adjust the shipping to free.  Problem is that new international shipping feature eBay has was in place and charged $13USD for shipping.  The seller emailed me because she had my actual address from when I asked for a quote but she inquired why had she received an email from eBay telling her to ship the item to KENTUCKY USA instead of MONTREAL CANADA.  Together we figured out that the seller only gets the actual $3 or $4 shipping cost and the balance goes to PITNEY BOWES who claims to clear the item so there are no further duties to be paid by the buyer.  For all the years I've been on eBay, only once did I have to pay duties on delivery because the seller made an error on their export document by falsely identifying the item.  Other than that, no probs.  I suspect some American eBay sellers must be wondering why sales are down from foreign buyers.  This is why!

$15 to ship three small packs of plastic 2" frames?  Ha ha ha oh that is so funny!  Craziness! 

Most of the craft supplies I use are purchased on eBay and if shipping is insane I skip it.  Some sellers are aware of ths and have opted out to keep their sales up.  Good move!  

Now I pick and choose my purchases more carefully.