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February 15th, 2013 - Random babblings of a fiber-obsessed nutcase

About February 15th, 2013

Blather..... 07:50 am
1. Anna, you raise some good points; I had considered them, but didn't state them here. So:

a. Yup, the dogs ate the old sofa, and the free one from Cyn's mom. (By dogs, I mean KENZIE.) Since *I* am the one paying for this set, I did a LOT of thinking. Leather won, because it's more durable than fabric, and....I like leather. :grin:

b. I put my foot down - for REAL this time. NO dogs on the furniture. EVER. If the couch is empty, a folding chair gets plopped on it, to keep the dogs off. EVERY time. Even if we're just going out to milk, the couches get protected.

b1. The dogs are actually scared of the leather. They've tried to jump up a few times (even with us yelling at them), and the sound of their paws on the leather seems to bother them. This wasn't anticipated, but I'm running with it.

c. The dogs still have their own couch - my original one. It's in OK shape - it's been slipcovered since it was 6 months old; it's just saggy now. They don't care.......and it works great for them.

d. I've "tested" the dogs - we've been doing leather-work here the past month or so, and I've left scraps down, to see what they'd do. After a few sniffs, they seem to ignore it. They've ignored my leather house-boots, too - although the shearling lining seems to be intriguing.

Yes, it sounds odd on the surface, but I really did do a lot of praying and thinking over this - it wasn't as sudden as my blogging made it appear. We've been talking about new furniture since before Hanukkah - it's just we didn't have the funds to get started on it until last week. Granted, the "new" was unexpected....

2. My oven was delivered yesterday. It's.....a lot different from the original one. We'll get used to it....and at least I have 2 working ovens again!

3. Blather: Herself has become obsessed with the idea of making herself a new cloak - in time for Irish Fest (first weekend in March.) O......K. Only, I don't have any fabric suitable, so she's been driving me insane, asking WHEN can we go to the fabric store, and oh, I HOPE I have enough to buy the fabric, and ... something else... because I NEED a cloak for Irish Fest, and and and and and.... Typical behavior for an Aspie, but we've been on an even keel for so long that this is hard to deal with. I'm hoping today we can take care of this for her.....:sigh:

a. Studio - it's tidy! And nice! And seems to be mouse-free!!!! I'm hoping to spend some time this weekend warping my loom - I NEED to weave. It's been far too long...and I need some new dishtowels. :lol:

It's almost time to start school - Shabbat Shalom!

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Um. Guys???!!! 02:29 pm
The Lord is SO GOOD! :happy dance: :deep breath:

OK, so Herself HAD to go to the fabric store TODAY to get some fabric for a cloak. No biggie - we finished school, then headed into town (the closest fabric (not quilting) store is 32 miles away). There's a Half Price books right across the street - hang on, let me back up a bit.

Last week, we hit the big Half Price, and SG picked up a DVD on the Crusades (sucks. Really - it wasn't worth the $8 he paid for it. :sigh:). Anyway, Tuesday, he decided to watch it - only they had forgotten to put the DVD in the case for us. So, back he went on Wednesday (it's near his office, so no big deal).....they gave him the DVD AND a 15% off coupon for his trouble.

Anyway. We hit the smaller Half Price.......I checked out the DVD section, then headed over to Crafts to see if they had anything. Um....yeah. They did.

Weldon's Practical Needlework, vol. 6 - 12. For......$9.99 EACH. That link shows you the current sales price at Interweave - $15 EACH. Plus shipping. I had a 15% off coupon......I got each book - some STILL IN THE PLASTIC WRAPPING!!!!! - for $8.49 EACH. For the hardback (Normally $30/each). :shock: and :happy dance:

I spent about 2 minutes asking myself if a) I needed them (No.) and b) would I regret NOT buying them (YES.) I had gotten Interweave's notice yesterday of the sale, and spent a good 30 minutes trying to talk myself into spending the $15/each....glad I talked myself out of it!

These are fantastic if you're a re-enactor, especially of the Civil War variety - these are facsimilies of the stuff originally printed in the 1800's/early 1900's. Not just knitting, but crochet, tatting, quilting, embroidery - everything. It's a fascinating look at 19th century/early 20th century life, from a woman's point of view. :bounce:

Yes, the Lord was looking out for us today! Not only did I score there, but Herself found her fabric for $3.99/yard (not-quite-Trigger, but almost. It'll do for a simple, non-functional cloak, which is what she wants.)

I've gotta go find a spot for my new books to go.....and clear a spot to mark up Herself's fabric. And mine....I bought enough to make myself a new skirt and overskirt set. Irish Fest is coming up...and SG funded me a new corset. :bounce: (We don't "do" Valentine's day, but sometimes he surprises me. Like the corset. I hope it arrives in time - if not, there's always the Arlington games.)

Anyway - back to your regularly scheduled day. And Shabbat Shalom, again!!!

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