Tuesday, March 14, 2017

donate to me

hey i have a paypal.me link

its https://paypal.me/aromatherapytoronto

also the reason im trying to do sewing and not leaving the house is cos i got zero money. as in zero. it sucks. i got three vintage 20 dollar bills and thats all i have but i dont want to use them.
heres what i look like these days. no make up and curly hair after my shower, cut my hair recently and its all asymmetrical short and long sides cos like, it sucks now and my cowlick at the middle bottom of my head is so whack these days i think my hairs falling out like i was a bald man. oh well. im all old now at 37 turning 38 in a couple and stuff so what ever. i still feel like not an adult though, im not sure if thats ok but i dont really know what to do about it.

hey i didnt post a single thing in 2015. what a heavy year for me. oh well. hey this blog is pretty old. if i still had my old blogs from when i was a teenager like from diaryland or live journal or whatever that pre-diaryland was... omg. so much nicole. too much nicole.

Faux Fur Hooded Coat - reconstruction from long vintage coat


i have a new project
its ugh
cos faux fur bits everywhere.... omg

im reconstructing this long coat into a shorter one with a large hood.

so far ive figured out the scraps to make the hood. now i just have to find a suitable lining that i have enough of, theres a very soft cottony furry white fabric i got for doll making but white and cream...? i dont know.
and then i have to finish the bottom, the sleeves i want to but a jersey wrist band inside, and close the buttonholes and figure out a closure for it, maybe just hook and eye or magnetic snaps but i dont think those made it through all the tragic 2016 plundering

anyway heres the coat i cut the bottom off
started taking out the collar
then i measured the edge of the neckline and pieced the scraps together to form a hood shape
sorry its upside down. this was the first configuration but it was too narrow
 so this ones better
 this is what the first configuration looked like
so hopefully the hood will turn out once i find a suitable lining

its pretty cold these days, winters delay wasnt for nothing


mini key chain purse

i made this
the other one fell off. the fake leather finish was the first to go then eventually the plastic coating or whatever wore down at the edges, then the top stitching started coming apart and then it just fell off. took a good few years though yay. so i made this, its even better. i have one more key chain snap closure i will make a nice for the etsy shop.
ive been not wanting to go outside from lack of proper gear. its been up to -13 and i dont really have good warm shoes or a hooded coat. im trying to figure out how to remake the longish white faux fur button up coat i got for 25 bucks one year into a shorter zipper opening hooded coat but i havent done anything cept cut the bottom off to the right length.
meanwhile isnt this pouch nice its such a better proprtion from the last one.
i used the last scrap of the japanse tsumugi woven fabric i got off kumi to make the pocket.





Wednesday, March 08, 2017

i need to be rewriting case studies prontissimo but i want to do sewing. i kinda wanna make a pair of gloves. i havent made a pair that i will wear, the one black jersey glove i made has no partner amd the long black gloves made from those fake leather leggings were stolen lol i also have to repair my convertible mittens. the top parts falling off. amd my little key chain purse has finally fallen off so i want to make a new one. i only have 60 bucks left but i bought all the supplies i need for a bit. and gotta list stuff on etsy. and im supposed to be looking for a job again, which i never get.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

taxes in canada

doing taxes is like
woah wtf
i got an accountant again last year when i was dead broke and on assistance
to prove to the lady that was hating on me that i wasnt frauding the government.
holy hell honestly
i wonder what that acronym can stand for h.h.h. it sounds like a ...
someone choking on soup.

turns out despite my chronic broke status, completely addicted to cigarettes, always trying a wine to see if ill like it, always hauling ass on transit, dead broke the whole damn time, i am still owing income tax. really justin? still owing income tax? oh yeah and if i buy weed at the dispensary its also taxed and those ones arent very good. yeah i understand that the roads need to be fixed and stuff like that but honestly putting this burden on individuals is stupid and overbearing. its less worse than the credit card and banks though, for sure. omg those are worse because of their collection tactics. they have horrible collection tactics and that is because they are not transparent. you pay taxes and you can find out where they are going. every cent. and the policies made to pay them are laid out by the politics. its not easy but its available and how the system works. meanwhile the banks and credit card companies are absolute terrorists taking your money and not telling you how its used at all. you wont know how your interest was made and you dont know their collection and information gathering tactics. its unnerving and it shouldnt be normal standard operating procedure.

yup thats my rant for the day while im hold in the hole with the tax people on the phone.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

hey actually i do have a resizing coat fail to re: deux !!

it was this So Nice vintage thick wool made in Canada mens (?) coat, bought years ago, two tone grey, shoulder pads and kind of wide sleeves.

So I took the pads off and took the shoulders in and did it as best as I could to my understanding.... anyway it looks neat but its so fail
the arm is tooo large and still short looking maybe it was the original style too but, ugh.
 What I really want to do is take it up from the top and re do the collar to make it shorter, maybe change the buttons but there are so many.

Also I wanted to make the sleeves leather but getting a leather coat for fabric hmmm... will that even look good, you know?
Ive already seen it so many times would it be lame if I did it. I have to figure the resizing the sleeve part anyway.

to be continued...

Monday, November 28, 2016

Resizing a coat project fail

Woah woah woah its effin wintertime
Great
Fabulous

So the other day, before eating, guy and I decided to go Shopping. Bad idea! It turned into this days long epic battle between our desires and wits. He wanted to get me one of those proper winter coats that were on sale for Black Friday. Now if you don't know what Black Friday is, it is a consumerist capitalist holiday, created for North Americans, celebrating American Thanksgiving and for some reason up here in Canada we have got Black Friday sales too. Its a shopping holiday for the Friday after thanksgiving (or during, don't feel the need to clarify), items go 50% off, all the select goose down a reluctantly hard working sugar sprinkling boyfriend could potentially find online and go on a trek downtown to get. I thought Black Friday was part of the Catholic Easter tradition of Maudy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday and so forth, but it turns outs its not. Its just biting it down hard. Lettuce celebrate the decimation of the native cultures and whole races of originator peoples by having a big brand name sale of over priced winter coats made in sweltering third world countries by enslaved factory workers barely making the minimum $178 USD Per Month, hardly the price of a goose down coat that is Marked Down by Fifty Percent!
Anyway I went with guy and did the dutiful girlfriend shopping thing and reassured him the smelly dead goose feather coat he wanted was the Best One For Him as it suited his palette, but refused to get myself a coat too, which I now lament, but lets not dwell on silly revolutionary regret. He did dutifully coax me into getting myself something in return, because I accompanied him so sweetly. Since mentioning I had never been to Urban Outfitters as we passed it, he said well lets go in there and check it out, and we did, and the clothes are initially cute looking, but upon inspection and trials, seemed to be quickly and cheaply made, generally ill fitting, and a bit off. I got two pairs of very long cotton (blend) socks. We left and looking over to guy, he kept looking down at the sleeves of his new down coat smiling to himself but kept looking over to me all worried. His mission, to get me a proper winter coat too, failed.
Two days later we are starving and on an mission to go outside and get some food. We go to two places and refuse both and settle on a bagel and coffee at Timmies, then he offers to go to the Sally Ann, not my favorite location, but whatever. We are in there and I literally try on easily 20 coats and settle on 8 or so pieces of clothing amounting to still less than the price of marked down coat. He is reluctant. There was a perfectly fitting leather jacket shell, a couple thick warm coats, a batwing cotton twill top, a weird old lady italian styled interesting could be high fashion looking top, one of the pieces was this wonderfully soft grey coloured baby lambs wool pea coat that was a size ten with shoulder pads. I am a size 4-6 these days and it was too big for me and the sleeves were slightly too short on him. It cost 14.99, an Australian baby lambs wool coat for 15 dollars. He looked at all my selections and added the tags up and said, I am not buying you a hundred dollars worth of stuff from the Salvation Army and none of them are proper winter coats! At this point, exasperated, I stormed right out the door, kitten heels quickly clacking, and stood outside with my arms crossed. He eventually made it out too and I continued clacking along till he caught up to me, and then I just kept walking away, straight back. He got back an hour or so later, with some groceries and a big white paper bag. He bought me something from a vintage shop. I snatched the bag away from him and tore through the tissue paper and what was it? A Max Studio poly wool blend black pea styled coat with shoulder pads that made the shoulders protrude a bit. An easy fix, I suppose. Also included in his guilt ridden purchase, a scratchy acrylic purple-y blend new agey looking hand knit cowl scarf thing. I dutifully tried both articles on and came out and showed him the outfit he got me. I thought I looked like a standard library going bookish pleb. I asked him how much everything was and he said Fifty Dollars. I told him I hated it, as I already had a real wool pea coat that fit me fine, and that I wanted that other stuff at the Sally Ann. Oh well. We made up and he said he could return the purchase and admitted to me, after he bought the coat and scarf, he went back to the Sally Ann and saw the leather coat still there. Argh.
So now I am itching to return the overpriced vintage shop purchase, gather some donations and get myself a $10 off Salvation Army coupon for purchases of $25 or more, and get that grey baby lambs wool coat to resize and the perfectly fitting brown leather jacket, to total $35, and figure out how to resize a size ten coat to a size 6.
This is the tutorial I found and I am still looking.
http://sensibility.com/blog/tips/how-to-resize-a-pattern/

to be continued...

ok so i went back to the sally ann and donated a couple things for a coupon and got the twill batwing top that fits me perfectly but there was some blonde woman trying the brown leather shell i wanted and she put it in her cart so that was the end of that, of course, how else could i be provoked into writing something.

 Bottom line is that this project failed, miserably.



Thursday, November 10, 2016

Menstral Synching with Lunar Phase

Does it depend on the iron levels in your blood?
You know how the moons a small iron core
do you think its magnetized by the earths iron core

This is my idea