Saturday, October 30, 2010

More complaining, yeah I'm a crotchety old fart!

I'm trying to sort of the doll/craft room yet again. I love paper crafts but storing all the bit's & pieces that goes with it is an ongoing battle. Today I have bought another plastic trolley to store 12x12" papers in. It fit's neatly under the desk which is a great space saver. I never seem to have enough desk space when I'm working. I like to spread out, with stamps, ink and paper everywhere lol.

I was looking on the Kaisercraft website (my fave cardmaking site at the mo) and they have a huge section on digital scrapbooking. OMG this is the perfect solution!! It combines my love of playing on the computer and scrapbooking!! What more could I ask for lol and no more paper everywhere, perfect! I would still print out the pages and out them in albums, but wow, what a time saver and mess saver :D

I'm still loving ATC's but all I ever seem to do is give them away! I know that is the whole idea but when I think of some that I have received in trade for mine, well, I hate to say it, I'm kinda disappointed. This is Swap-bot I'm talking about btw. Some people seem to thinking slapping a premade sticker on a card is art, err, sorry but not me. I put my heart and soul into my little 3 1/2" creations. So my Swap-bot days are over I'm afraid. I'll just trade within the ATC Flickr group and make more for myself and friends.

I feel bad about bitching in my previous post, I even thought about deleting it but then I thought hell this is my own journal I'm gonna say what I feel.
Thanks for those of you that dared to comment lol. Btw where is everyone lately? Have I become that boring and whiney that no one visits anymore?

I leave you with a pic of Boo kitty getting into the Halloween spirit...

Friday, October 29, 2010

Blah blah blah

Quick recap of the week that was.

It's been quite a busy week. Running around after kids, catching up with friends etc. Today is the first day I'm at home all day, I do not plan on going out anywhere! I'm behind in housework and I need to catch up, boring I know but it keeps me sane.

On doll sale news.I have now sold Volks Sara, Volks Yukino and CP Miyu. All on layaway but at least they have sold to people that want them. Just have to find homes for Volks MSD F-16, SD F-08 & CP Soo head and we are done and dusted. Anyone interested in Volks Kaelin let me know I might let him go too.

Bought a Pipos Bingo (limited) from DoA last week, hoping he has been shipped and I will see her next week. Some peoples communication skill leave a lot to be desired that is for sure.

This was a pm I received from a DoA member this week asking about my Volks Yukino:

"I was planning on ordering a new Yukino from Volks and I saw your ad.
I would consider buying from you if you could reduce the price and include shipping.
Please let me know what your best price would be."

Ok so that is not too bad, but I had her at $400 with two sets of extra hands, eyes and a wig which I though was a reasonable price. So I explain that I can meet them half way and include shipping in the price of $400 but I could not reduce the price further as shipping would cost me $50 to ship from Australia to the US so I was already losing money. This was the reply:

'Your price is not enough of an incentive for me to buy a used doll. I can buy a brand new one at Volks USA for 418 at the volks usa and since they are within the us the shipping will be low.

Do you include the default wig, box certificate etc?

Is there any staining at all or any other damage?

I will wait to hear from you before I order with Volks USA.

Thanks "

So buy from fucking Volks you asshole!! That is what I felt like saying.

This is what I sent back:


I'm sorry she has now been sold. I'm sure it will work out much cheaper for you to buy her directly from Volks.
Finally, I think you might want to think about how you approach people, I find your manner very rude. It's fine you may not think the price someone sells a doll for is low enough for you to warrant buying it, how you say that to a person is another matter.

I was absolutely fuming when I wrote that, I had to really restrain myself for not going right off at her but I didn't want to stoop to her level. Luckily someone else had pm'd me about a layaway, they were happy with the price, they were polite. So on layaway she is. I'm sorry I've had it with DoA, I really have. No that's not fair, it's not DoA it's some of the members on there, they are so rude!! I can't stand it when people send a pm without a hello, just straight into whatever they want to ask and they don't even say thank you. And don't even get me started if they attempt to communicate with me with text/sms style writing!!!! I feel myself going more and more off dolls at the moment, this kinda thing just leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


I am now pleasently numb thanks to 3/4 of a glass of wine. Ah thank you Brown Brothers..


For the last week or so we have had a beautiful green parrot (28 for Aussies, you'll know what I mean) come to our bird feeder hanging in the front garden. The kids named him Minty. I gave him Cheerios in the bird feeder as a treat, he loved them.

One of my cats just killed him.... I buried him in the garden. I'm heartbroken. I'm drinking wine (something I rarely do). I've locked the cat in the laundry and might not ever let him out.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Foto Fixer

Has anyone had any success using Foto Fixer? I've tried repeatedly using it today and I keep getting an error message.

Been playing around with the Shabby Blog website, trying to put together a new look for this blog. Everything I try looks like crap. I'm having such a shit day today. One of those days when you wish you could just run away from it all. Anyone out there reading this thinking of having kids, take it from me it's over rated :o( All they do is drive you insane and suck the life out of you! *sigh*

I might just go to bed so I don't have to be conscious *cries*

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Gotta Look on the Bright Side

Well looks like I have lost my hard drive from my netbook. Photos, files, the lot. By the looks of it I hadn't backed up since the end of last year. That means a good 9 to 10 months of files gone. Lucky I save a lot of my good photos to my flickr, but random family shots I don't :-( I used a program to scan my SD card from my camera just incase it could find something and it has, not everything but a few things that weren't saved to the external hard drive from last year.

So the next few days I will be doing a lot of sorting out, reorganising folders, doing another major back up. This has been a good, all be it very hard lesson to learn. I need to back up at least every month and print out all my family photos and save them to disc.

I'll have to go back to etsy and buy some more digital downloads as I lost all those too. Sophie's 3rd birthday pics, Scruffy's pics from when he first arrived, Chloe's first day of kindy pics all gone. They are the ones I'm really sad about and it really is all my fault for not backing up. But I am trying to be positive, I could have lost absolutely everything if I hadn't back up late last year. Oh well, one way to have a digital clear out I guess, lol.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Posting from iPhone again. Netbook crapped itself again after running a program called Recuva trying to find all my missing files :)
I woke up this morning to the sound of my neck cracking and now I have a pinched nerve and can only turn my head to the right. I feel like Herman munster!
Gee can life get any better?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Computer Update

PC is fried :o( Will need a rebuild. But we think the data is ok *woot*

Little netbook had to be rebooted with the recovery disc. It is working again BUT I have lost everything, the recovery disc wiped my computer clean, all gone! *cries*

I did a back up to an external hard drive about four months ago, so I'll have some stuff. Hoping to be able to find a recovery program on the net to find my files (if they are there to be found, just hiding), fingers crossed on this one!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Oh crap!

I have managed to blow up my pc and my netbook in one go thanks to a power surge or some freak of nature unexplainable thing! Crap crap crap!!!!! Thank god for iPhone! But I am so pissed I cannot access all my pictures and files. Darling hubby is going to have a look at the netbook tonight and hopefully he will be able to recover the data. PC smelled like it was on fire and was throwing out blue sparks :( hubby thinks it's the power supply, I hope my motherboard is ok :( *cries*



Halloween Lati Yellows!!!!!!!!!! *dies*

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pipos Pipos PIPOS!

Damn I didn't win the Cheese Mouse off Y!J. It went for a lot higher than I thought it would *sigh*. Oh well.

I wonder what Pipos will bring out as their next limiteds? I guess it will be Christmas event time soon with a lot of companies too.

My Minty cheshire has shipped! Eeep! Looking forward to having a cheshire in the house. I think I am going to call her Grizabella, my glamour cat <3

Oh well this aint getting the cleaning done.....

Toodle pip(os) ;D

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Not much to say but I couldn't miss posting on the 10/10/10 :o)

I feel a bit icky and a bit hermity today. I hope it passes quickly I don't like feeling like this. Thinking maybe some medicinal chocolate might be in order.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Cross Posting

Incase you might have noticed I'm cross posting from LJ :o)

I am using which I had never heard of before until I started looking around on how to post in more than one blog at the same time. So far it's excellent, and saves time and I get to keep in touch with all my online friends with one easy click of a button :o)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Huge Doll Sale!!

I really need to rehome these beauties. If you see anything you like shoot me a pm. I am happy to do layaway, just ask :o)

From top left too bottom right - Luts Soo Head $120USD
Luts Miyu $400USD
Volks DD Yukino $400USD
Volks SD10 Sara $750
Volks MSD F-16 $400USD
Volks SD10 F-08 $900USD

Click on the links to DoA thread for details :o)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Anthro Love

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Pipos dolls, lol.

I am so in love with them!

They are so charming, a little bit different, a bit quirky.

I'm thinking of a setting up a make believe rescue home for Pipos critters lol. "Quirky Critters Rescue Home" maybe? Or "Scary Claws Pet Rescue" ?

Pipos shopping/wish list:

Grey Dali
White Dali
White Star Cheshire
Grey Star Cheshire
White Cheshire
Grey Cheshire
Cheese Mouse

Joky, Moody, Shy Cheshires
Star Cheshires
Clock Rabbit Dali
March Rabbit Dali
Maid Loly Ringo
Jam Mouse
Cheese Mouse

Gosh, I need to win lotto for all that lot!!! I can dream :o)

I seem to be quite taken with critters at the moment. I'm not sure why either. The shift away from dolls (dolls that look like people) has happened a bit. I could never get what all the fuss was about anthros before but now I love them, well Pipos ones anyway.

I've also just found darling little unicorns at Doll Factory. I really like the little white one with pink blushing. The purple one is also adorable.

Sylvanian Families are on my mind a lot too, since dear kittytoes wet my whistle for them with her link to the sylvanian gypsy caravan. I've always loved dollhouses and I'm seriously thinking of buying Sylvanian Families Willow Hall. It sounds a bit lazy but I like the idea of just buying a house that is already done, just buy the furniture sets you want and bung it in there, the lighting is done, just set it up and have fun. I just don't have the time to fiddle and fart around with a dollhouse from scratch, which is what I would be doing with the big one that is yet to be built (the one from my mum). And I know SF are probably not the most detailed of dollhouse stuff but I like it damn it, who cares what others think, lol. Oh and of course I'd need critters to put in there hehe. Badger family for the caravan. Maybe a rabbit and squirrel family for Willow Hall :o) Eeep I get so excited just thinking about it!! I'm such a big kid!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Gypsy Love

Can't get gypsy caravans out of my head. If I can't have a big one maybe I could have a doll sized one lol. I have no idea how to work with wood, what am I thinking?

I remember when I was little living in England I was always really frightened of the gypsies and I think this was fueled by a very superstitious grandmother and mother. When the gypsies knocked on your door selling their wares you had to buy something otherwise they would put a curse on you lol. I remember they were always very dirty looking and they used to sleep under their caravans not in them even in the middle of freezing cold North England winters. They had dogs called Lurchers, I think they are a mix between greyhounds and other types of dogs, my aunty used to have one. Looking back now I can see they weren't scary, they just lived a different lifestyle to us.

Getting back to the caravans I just love the colours and the decoration. They look so happy and whimsical. And don't we all need a bit of whimsy in our lives :o)

I leave you with your daily dose of whimsy <3

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Gosh is it really Sunday already!? I lose track of time when we are on school holidays (which we are on now btw). So far it has been a really nice relaxing break. We've been to the movies, had friends over for a tea party and today we are supposed to be going out to the Kalamunda markets (if we can get our butts into gear that is).

My current obsession is Gypsy caravans. I saw one on ebay and it just melted my heart. Her name is Esmeralda, how gorgeous is that!!! Why is it if you name a car, or any sort of vehicle it takes on a whole personality and life of it's own, I just love that <3 Anyway back to Esmeralda, she is in the UK (of course) so there is no way I will be buying her, but have a look, she is beautiful.

I am trying to talk hubby into building a 1/2 scale one that the kids could play in as a cubby :o) I'd love a full size one in the garden if we had a bigger property. I think it would be nice to hang out in there,drink tea and read tarot cards lol.

Other obsessions...Pipos cheshires! As you know I put a Dark Cheshire on layaway with Piposland. Also on DoA I had an angel of a member pm me to pass on a link for a Minty cheshire on YJ. Low and behold I won her!!! I didn't want to say anything until I knew for certain I had won her and everything was ok. She is full set and in perfect condition. I am absolutely ecstatic!!! Hoping she will be here in a couple of weeks if not sooner. Hopefully some of my bit's on DoA will sell and I can pay off my little Dark cheshire too.

Another obsession at the moment is Etsy. I could spend hours on there (and do) just browsing around. I found two really wonderful artists on there that I love, The Snippets and Chicken Lips. They both make the most charming, whimsical sculptures that I have ever seen!! I'm always blown away by the amount of talented people on Etsy. There are so many crazily artistic people in this world that go unnoticed it just doesn't seem right.

Still obsessed with cuckoo clocks, can't seem to find one at a good price and also one that isn't too pretty to paint over. I did see Kaiser craft are releasing a chipboard cuckoo clock like this:

Maybe using one of those might be the way to go, though I still would like an actual cuckoo to pop out.