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1  Re: Share your Mess...Then let's clean it up! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by bilblio on: September 20, 2006 02:21:51 PM
I've been reading this thread, and loving all the storage solutions people are coming up with, but I've haven't joined in.
I've been ill for the past month though, nothing too serious, but it sapped any motivation for cleaning (not that I ever have much) and also crafting.
The crafting motivation returned before the cleaning one has.
So a month of illness, plus 2 weeks annual leave, plus a lot of crafting, has left me with a mess.

This is our dining room, honest, there is a table under there.


The worst bit is that we have a kitchen/dining room, so I can't even shut the door on this mess. I do keep hoovering an sweeping around it though.

Even the floor is a mess, the plastic bag is for rubbish, but I obviously keep missing bits.


A close up of my desk area.

Eventually I want to put a floor to ceiling cupboard in the corner for storing things like the ironingboard, mops etc. Then I want a proper counter top across the rest of the back wall (I sit next to a fridge and tumble dryer) Finish painting the drawers and putting the Smarties plastic on them, fasten them to the wall and have proper space to work. Also paint, I Hate that pink, it was there when we moved in and other areas have had priority.
Unfortunatly all these plans need DIY skills which I lack, thankfully my Dad is ace, so when we've finished other bits of the house this will get done.

For now I just want things put away. I'd like to see my dining table again.

This has absolutly nothing to do with the fact my parents are coming to do some more work on Friday  Undecided Honest!
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2  Re: Foreign Exchange Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by bilblio on: August 26, 2006 12:59:19 PM
Hurrah! at last I have enough time to do a post, and Craftster is working for me.

A bit delayed, but here are the piccies of the fab things Banga sent me.

First the fantastic stuff she made.



This is great! So many recipes I want to try. She explained that Rhode Island is the ocean state so there are a lot of fish/shellfish recipes which my blokey is dying to try out. I'm a veggie so I'm looking forward to trying the Spinach Pie, and the Wandis.

Look at the effort that went into all the pages, here's the table of contents:


I've photographed all the other pages too which can be seen over on my flickr account
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bilblio/

She also made me a great lobster keyring (who now lives happily on my bag) and these bracelets. The other items are some magnets of local shops and takeout places, and some Coffee Syrup which is another Rhode Island speciality.



Lastly some newspapers and magazines about Rhode Island. I haven't got around to reading them all yet, but The Pheonix is great, some fun articles. I love the house papers too, I'm fascinated by houses and house prices. From what I can see the houses are FAR bigger than over here, and about half the price, which just confirms that we have a huge housing problem over here.



Thankyou Banga for the great stuff, and thankyou for organising this swap. I've really enjoyed creating my own guide about the UK. I've learnt some new stuff about the UK, as well as learning all about Rhode Island.
Good luck with your move to Germany.

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3  Re: colors of europe gallery in The Swap Gallery by bilblio on: June 13, 2006 11:16:32 AM
Sorry for the delay in posting pictures (and my parcel). I think I've finally caught up with my life today, so here's a piccy of all the lovely things Spicey sent me. I've been really good and not allowed myself to eat any of the goodies until I'd got everything finished and taken pictures... it's been torture!



I received
A big tote bag with a purse attached and a cool keyring. This will be coming with me when I go to Cornwall in a fortnight taking a client on holiday.
3 different types of yarn which are all lovely and soft.
Seeds for carrots and some pretty looking blue flowers (i'm saving them for next year.)
Sweeties! Bakery type goods which I can't wait to tuck into now.
Assorted Beads
A lovely little purse
Sparkly Gel Pens
3 Handbag shaped Card toppers
2 necklaces, which are just my style
Some handmade lip balm and some Caramel Apple scented body spray which I'm actually using as a room spray... it's soooo nice!

Thankyou so much Spicey, everything is fantastic!
Sorry about taking so long to post pictures.
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4  Re: UK<-->US hands across the water Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bilblio on: May 04, 2006 04:21:50 PM
Raindrops received her parcel a few days ago, but she's in the middle of exams so I said I'd post a piccy of what I sent.



Roughly clockwise from the left there's:
- Newspapers and brochures about the Manchester area,
- fabric and ribbons,
- kinder eggs,
- postcards,
- an England T-shirt, flag, banner and football, (hurrah for the world cup, England things are so cheap. She is under strict instructions to support England once the US are kicked out of the competition)
- Thorntons Chocolate,
- jam, (It's french but it's my favourite... and it's Jam, not Jelly)
- Yorkshire tea,
- DoCrafts Magazine,
- Vintage scrapbooking things,
- Iron on embroidery transfers,
- handmade notepaper and envelopes,
- a couple of CD's 1 of my blokey, Lynskey, 1 of British bands singing about British things (mostly)
- more vintage scrapbooking papers and transfers,
- and some decoupage ladies.
I also put in a bracelet I made but forgot to photograph that.

Also an epic letter... I tend to ramble when I get started.
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5  Re: UK<-->US hands across the water Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bilblio on: April 24, 2006 10:44:50 AM
Hurrah a gallery.
My parcel arrived last Thursday and I've been itching to show everything off.



Roughly clokwise from the left we have:
- Local college newpapers
- Darth Vader Chupa Chup thing that raises his sword in vengence
- Beeeeads
- A box with a metal butterfly in the top (I have an obsession with boxes)
- Stripey fabric with flowers
- Stripey fabric that everything is stood on
- A ball of orange yarn
- Peeps (which I daren't eat)
- Mod Podge (It is just watered down PVA)
- A grow your own farm sponge kit
- Hershey Kisses
- 12 packets of Kool-Aid (I'm going to have a dyeing frenzy and make the house smell sickly sweet)
- Knitting Notelets
- A Light up American Flag
- Sharpies (been used a lot already)
- A Crafty Girl tin of mints (which I'm showing off to everyone)

Raindrops was a great swapper, I was squealing with delight when I opened the parcel. I can't wait for her to receive mine partly because I hope she likes what I bought, but also so I can get feedback and start doing other swaps Smiley
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6  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by bilblio on: April 08, 2006 01:56:09 PM
I have 2 machines. Originally I started off with Mum's 30+ year old Jones machine, it had 2 speeds, "stop" or, "lose your fingers". I'd tried using it loads under her supervision when I was younger, I never got on with it, but when Dad bought Mum an all singing all dancing Janome machine I got the Jones anyway.
The problem was, the Jones was heavy duty metal, and the all singing all dancing Janome was plastic, Mum was scared she was going to break it on the heavier materials. So she asked to swap.
So I got this lovely all singing all dancing Janome MyExcel 4023machine, which goes as various speeds and still leaves my fingers attached to my hands.



Dad then went and bought Mum another all singing all dancing machine... and an overlocker (serger) just for good measure.

My second machine I bought myself second hand out of the paper. I saw it by chance when I was at a friends, it was 2 in the morning, I was drunk, and the advert jumped out at me. It was fate, I'd wanted a treadle machine for years so couldn't resist. I admit I don't use it for sewing much, but I love it more than any machine I could ever get and I use it on a daily basis.... as a gorgeous piece of furniture by the front door.





It even has all the stuff and gubbins with it...



 and there's a marking on the floor of it which says 1881. I'd love to know if that's a date.
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7  Re: Marbles and beads? in Beads: Discussion and Questions by bilblio on: April 08, 2006 09:06:36 AM
I've been making these for years. It's just a very simple wire cage I made myself, with a pretty marble stuck inside and it's threaded onto leather thonging.
I made the first ones when I was about 14 (14 years ago) for Christmas presents, I still wear the one I made then regularly and it's held up perfectly. It's not the one in the picture, the one I made then has a blue marble, and copper wire which was actually plastic coated electrical stuff I found in the garage.
Out of all the elaborate jewellery I can make this simple style has got the most compliments.



I made some earrings too but they're a bit too heavy for my tastes, and I've got a few made with the big marbles that look ace.
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