Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I made some more Christmas cards last night and wrote them out. I send to my family in London that I don't see very often, I like to get them done early and my Mum and Dad pass them out when they do the 'family pre-Christmas' visits. I don't have to spend out on the expensive and very unreliable post then.
I also made some jewellery and some crochet markers for IntrepidYarn for the Stash swap, and I've been making some jewellery from cutlery, but I need to find a better way of polishing deep scratches out because the pliers made a few tooth marks in the metal, despite me wrapping them in masking tape *sigh* Steel is sooo hard! I'll get some photos soon.
Oh, I just got my partner for the Stocking Swap too; the Felt Fairy! Hee hee, I'm so chuffed, she makes some awesome stuff! I'm so looking forward to this swap! 90 people, can you believe it? It's going to be an amazing gallery!
Friday, October 26, 2007
From Farscape; Scorpius! (He was also in Star Wars) He looks so pleasant in real life and he has a wonderful voice.
From Star Trek, Chekov and Sulu (who is awake btw!)
From Star Trek Voyager, the Doctor:
And Deanna Troy chatting up one of the blokes from Heroes:
George A. Romero (mad Zombie director)!! We saw him down one of the halls and M shook his hand which he was so happy about! George seemed a great bloke!
Darth Vader (yeah, we know he wasn't the real one, we saw him last year!) and various Storm Troopers!
He is so adorable in real life! M was not impressed about my sotto chant of 'Krum, Krum, show us your bum'!
Krum walked past me close enough to touch him!
We also saw Capt Dillon Hunt from Andromeda, the hunchback guy from 300, one of the actresses from Creepshow (memory fails on the name), an old dude from Escape from New York, and the old village chief from the original Stargate film, who is also in the Mummy. Yes, we are slight Sci-fi geeks. Apologies to anyone who isn't *lol* We had a great fun day :-) It only cost us a bit of petrol money and what we spent on some fresh cookies and pop, and we spent the whole day laughing and smiling. Priceless!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Since the Christmas Stocking Swap sign-ups are nearly closed and there are well over 70 participants so far, I've kind of been beginning to feel the Christmas cheer a little. Seems I'm not the only one, I swiped this from Laurals Blog
Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends. Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE!!! Just copy this entire blog post and paste it into a new blog post. Change all the answers so that they apply to you.
"Tis the Season to be NICE!" Notice... 25 questions. Definitely keeping with the season.
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Mostly paper
2. Real tree or artificial? I prefer real, but M begged me to let him get a fake a couple of years ago, because real ones irritate his skin. *Sigh* I love the smell of pine needles.
3. When do you put up the tree? Two weeks or so before Christmas. M's Birthday is the week before Christmas so we always used to put it up then, but I've got a little earlier in the last couple of years. I normally buy a fresh wreath for the front door and put the tree up then.
4. When do you take the tree down? Sometime after New Year, usually the day before we go back to work!
5. Do you like eggnog? *Sicky noises* Yeuch!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? My bike!
7. Do you have a nativity scene? No
8. Hardest person to buy for? My Dad.
9. Easiest person to buy for? My Sister and Mum
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A cloissone brass bell. WTF? That person didn't know me very well.
11. Mail or email Christmas cards? I only give Christmas cards to family that I don't see often.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Last years made-for-(UK)TV 'The Hogfather.'
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I make all my presents. And I don't stock the house with food. I just tend to buy a couple of luxuries and the regular stuff - if there's too much food in the house, you spend all your time stuffing your face. The shops are open again the day after Boxing day anyway!
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No. Not really. I have perhaps given stuff to a charity shop a few months after Christmas *lol* I very rarely get stuff that I don't like in some way.
15. Favorite thing to eat and drink at Christmas? Mums cooking and Baileys Irish Cream! Or Crabbes Ginger Wine.
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Crystal tree baubles and colored lights! Beautiful!
17. Favorite Christmas song? I like most of them, except the Band-Aid one and Wham. I'm sick of hearing them! I like the Rat Pat and punk-ier Christmas tunes.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? I like to go to my parents for Christmas Day itself, then spend the rest of the holiday with M and friends!
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Um, probably not.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning definately! And then we have tree presents to open on Boxing day. (Little trinkets like stocking fillers)
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? The commercialism.
23. Favorite thing about the Christmas Holidays? Spending time with my family and friends.
24. Most Memorable gift? M always gets me great gifts, I've had TV's, DVD players, Nintendos. I had a sewing machine from my parents one year.
25. What's the one thing you seem to never get done at Christmas time? Housework!
Monday, October 22, 2007
I do love hats! It's the only good thing about the cold weather, I get to start wearing all my funky hats again :-)
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I also finished my wizard/witches hat, I just have to make a tassel for the end. I will probably wear it like this! It's so snuggly and warm that I was wearing round the house this morning whilst I was pottering round in my pj's waiting for the kettle to boil *lol*
I frogged a hat which I made last year that I was never happy with and I started on that this morning. Well, Sunday mornings aren't the same if you're not lounging on the bed surrounded by cats, knitting, with Hollyoaks on the telly and a nice rose tea cuppa . It was such a beautiful morning too, the sun was streaming in through the window and it made it nice and warm in there, despite the big hole (which will hopefully be replaced tomorrow - yay!)
Oh yeah, I forgot to say, one of the books I set free on Bookcrossing has been to Marrakesh and back! Blimey!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I finally got around to making Chianna my size and it was kind of soul destroying. I've got so used to this totally petite dress form, and now I've opened her up, she looks huge, and I keep thinking, 'yep, I really am that big!' *curses* It does nothing for my self esteem, I can tell you that! It's all that banana bread I've been eating; check out my 101 blog if you want the diet breaking recipe!
Anyway, in a drunken haze last night I signed up for the Weekend Swap 4. Basically, you sign up Friday, get your partner Saturday morning, craft your arse off all weekend and post Monday. Cool eh? So my partner is Taoj and she wanted some jewellery, and this is what I've come up with today. She really goes for the neopolitan colour scheme, pink and brown, with some aqua thrown in for a bit of a change. Neither brown or pink is something I have an enormous amount of, but I did have this lovely big focal bead, which is gold and pink foiled glass, swirled together, I added some vintage wooden beads and some pink and brown seed beads strung on some gold beadalon.
I also made a swirly wire bail for the pendant bead.
I had some lovely rose quartz beads too, which I threaded onto a memory wire bracelet with some aqua and pink beads. I made a small bead charm for one end of the bracelet to add a bit of a feature. I hope she likes it all, I'll probably make something else tomorrow, but I'm not sure what yet.
And here's another little project I embarked upon, I've been facinated with the idea of a coin ring, and found this half dollar in one of my little trinket pots. I would have prefered a pre-60's silver dollar (they're bigger and have less nickle in them, but this will do to practice on. I have small fingers anyway. As you can see, it's taking a long time, but I'm only using a small jewellers hammer. I may get a bigger hammer to whack it with *lol* There seems to be quite a large copper content in this coin. Can you see the layer?
No economies were harmed in the making of this ring (and I have no idea why I have a half dollar, I've never even been to the US) but several fingers were severly bruised. The moral of this story? Use the molegrips (or a ring clamp) to hold the coin whilst bashing it! *Adds ring clamp to wish list*
And the best news of all? The window bloke finally rang and will be coming to do the window on Monday morning! Hurray!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Has she gone???...
So I chopped the legs off where I wanted the skirt to sort of end. They were originally cargo trousers so I wanted to keep the pockets.
Then I turned it inside out and pinned along the crotch seams.
Trimmed and overlocked it, cutting away the excess.
Overlocked on one side of each strip.
Then sewed each strip end to end so I had a long narrow circle, and overlocked each seam.
Then the side that wasn't overlocked, I pleated and pinned it into place, spacing it out evenly!
I then sewed it into place and overlocked it. then I hemmed the bottom.
It still looks a little plain though....it needs something else.
I foind this lovely flower trim in my stash, so I sewed that along the edge above the bottom frill!
I still need to wash and press it, I'm saving that till just before I have to send out though, because IntrepidYarn is allergic to cats and I have two! I think it's really cute and I love it! I just hope that she does!