Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sending a Package to Cuba, Ay!

WTF! To send a a package to Cuba for the first time was so freakin' difficult. I have my aunt and cousins still living in Cuba and they are always in need of stuff, and I felt it's time to start helping my parents with the costs and I would like to know my relatives and help them of course. So first thing was finding the regulations on line on what and how to send a package to Cuba via the U.S. Postal Service, not an easy thing to do, but I found the info after many searches. The regulations are, a package cannot weigh more than 4lbs and not measure more than 36" in any direction. You also may only send one package to one resident a month. No one is keeping track over the one package a month bullshit, believe me, and the reason I know is, that the three phone calls I made to post offices and postal service information number, not a soul knew about shipping packages to Cuba, someone had no idea where Cuba was, yes, unbelievable (people it's the little island 90 miles south of Florida). So after painfully packing my tiny package with a few tees, toothpaste, bar a soap, few bags of tea, and a travel size shampoo and conditioner, I marched my butt over to the Old Chelsea Station Post Office today. Before getting on the long ass line I went to the Inquiry window, there was an old spanish dude working the window who didn't know that the U.S. was allowing packages to Cuba, so he tells me no I can't send anything to Cuba, and I tell him if you go online you can see the regulations I just want to make sure THIS post office takes packages to Cuba (according to my dad not all do). Then he tells me it must be for military packages, and I was like WHAT! no my parents send packages to Cuba all the time, dude! The manager finally comes, nice lady, turns to the computer next to the old guy looks up a 3lb package to Cuba and she says yeah you can send it it's going to be around $23 and fill out the customs form. I Got on line with my package and all went smoothly, $24 dollars later, the package is on route to my aunt's house in Cuba. Now let's see if the package actually gets there, since the Cuban post office is allowed to open packages and confiscate anything they want.
Cross your fingers.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Next! Norwegian felted slippers!

(not my pic) by Liecel Tverli Scully

I found this really easy Norwegian felted slipper pattern by Liecel Tverli Scully on Craftzine.com and I'm super psyched to try it out. Since my trip to the Scandie Lands (was suppose to go to Sweden and Norway) was dashed by many a sad or worry some events in my life, I'm obsessed with all things Scandinavian. Anyway, so first I am going through my trunk full of yarns before I purchase anything, but I have a feeling I don't have a whole lot in 100% wool choices, since I usually go for less itchy fibers like baby alpaca. Wish me luck! I'm gonna check out this Scandie lady's blog should be cool ;)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Recycled Cashmere! Updated Lambie Pics!

Lambchop in her Boyfriend Sweater!

Today I finished Lambchop's sweater. I was worried that the little Chop would go without a warm jumper this season so I gathered some sweaters that I was going to donate and I picked the softest which was an old cashmere sweater. Then I needed some ribbing for the cuffs, neck and belly band so I cut the neck ribbing off the cashmere sweater's neck and the turtleneck and ribbing from another acrylic sweater. Then, I cut the main body pieces out of the green cashmere sweater, sewed all the pieces together and voila! a doggy cashmere jumper! Pics of the Chop in her new duds coming soon!

Baby Budda in a deep Slumber

Monday, September 14, 2009

New Vintage boots!

I won the auction for these Charles David granny 80's booties, I'm so excited to get them! I've been searching high and low for them, and here's they be!

OMG! my scarf is finally finished!

I'm been working on this baby alpaca crochet scarf since last winter, I just kept putting down and working on something else. Now it's finally finished and it's so soft and warm just in time for Fall. I think it came out pretty good, considering I made up the pattern. Good job!*pats herself on the back*

Saturday, September 12, 2009

I got my new girl! This is Paloma!

This is my new and first J-Doll by Jun Planning, same designer of Pullips and Dals. This lovely girl is Picasso St. East, she's suppose to be form Seoul. I named her Paloma after Paloma Picasso, not sure why they think she comes from Seoul, but Paloma says she's from Osaka, Japan, she's half Japanese, half Danish and she's 19.
These pics totally suck since I did them at night under a bare bulb. More pics to come but to satisfy those that can't wait here are more pics on my flickr

Thursday, September 10, 2009

more japanese pattern books

I got these four pattern books yesterday, really lovely.
This is a bag pattern book.

great dresses
awesome skirts
lots of tunics and yoke dresses

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Mighty Mask


Well it was bound to happen, that I would get a request from one of my friends to make some masks a la cute japanese style! I made a simple pattern, cut some kawaii fabric, added some elastic and VOILA! a mask every neurotic new yorker should own. So I am selling the pattern on etsy for those who would like to make their own, and I will also provide already made ones for the sewing-disabled. I cannot make promises of miraculous prophylactic properties against swine flu or any disease, who can? really. But you can at least avoid getting coughed in the face by the turkey-jerky sitting next to you on the subway who refuses to cover his or her face. So check out my shop, the pattern and kawaii cough masks will be available starting this week, just in time for back-to -school! At my etsy store Dollparts and Candy.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

I got! AND I want!

More pics on my flickr

Ok today I was feeling sorry for myself so I went shopping I bought a pair of very expensive custom clog boots (pics to come when they arrive)AND I also bought two very derishes petite Dal and Pullips. I never had seen the petite Dals in person, they are the cutest babies ever! I never loved the mini pullips before but I couldn't say no to this darling Cheshire Cat mini Pullip! AND mini Dal Alice! My favorite story of all time Alice in wonderland realized in mini Jun Planning Doll's now that's what I call SWEET!

And these pretties, I want, I want, I want! I have one Dal but I been waiting for another brunette to come out and Puki is prefect! Then there's this amazing J-doll, first time I hear about them was today and I luuuvvvvvvv this one Picasso Street East, I love her purple hair, soooo lovely!

Picasso Street East