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11  Re: Discworld Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: December 08, 2013 09:14:06 AM
Ooh, ooh, Sir, Siir, SIR, I got a parcel! Can I show them please. <jumps up and down with excitement>

I pulled out 2 beautifully wrapped gifts and a card from my parcel (which I was too excited to wait til I got home to open, so went to a coffee shop straight away to unwrap). The card I looked at straight away and laughed out loud to the annoyance of the other drinkers. Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

And then I unwrapped my goodies.

First of all I got a Stamp album! Not just any stamp album, but Stanley's own stamp album Smiley, and I can spot that it comes from just the point where he has stopped collecting pins and just started on the stamps.

Such a handy thing, especially as it has just become the season for trying to assemble supplies for this project

And then I got the beautiful Klatchian coffee corset (which I've been wearing round my wrist all day, hoping for the opportunity for a drink on the run Roll Eyes), this photo should show its reverse.

And I have to say: I'm off on my travels this long weekend (pre-Christmas mad rush), but I'm making time tomorrow morning to go to my Fat Sally's for breakfast. Grin Grin

Thank you again Noodle-Bug Kiss, you got me perfectly. A wonderful, wonderful swap package.
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12  Literary tin in Completed Projects by Antidigger on: December 06, 2013 04:05:37 PM

My mum is bookish. No, actually she's very bookish. No, I think the adjective I'm looking for is extremely, yes that's right, extremely bookish.

So in addition to all the non-bookish things she will get for Christmas, like wooly coats and socks and shopping delivery vouchers (she's been known to without meals so that she can finish the next chapter  Roll Eyes and to forget to buy a winter coat because the coat shop is next door to the book shop and she spent all her money on books before thinking about coats Roll Eyes), she'll get a wee fix for her addiction.

The tin is covered in air-dry clay, which was then painted in acrylics, the inside is lined with (shock, horror Shocked)old library book pages. and there's a selection of bookmarks inside.

There is a title to the book tin now, but I photographed it before I sorted that out. I may have to take another couple of pictures, because I now realise I haven't shown the shape, or the pages very well.

Additional photos I promised.
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13  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Antidigger on: December 05, 2013 02:16:27 AM
I've finally got my ducks in a row, and so there are now lots pictures of lovely stuff that I've made from stash, and extra specially, the last one should help me get rid of more stash too Cheesy




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14  Christmas Cards 2013 in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Antidigger on: December 05, 2013 01:54:46 AM
Each year I make my own Christmas cards, usually more than 50 of them, often to a very similar design: take last years cards, cut out the interesting bits, layer them on several backgrounds to make an interesting frame, stick on a plain card.

This year I was the lucky recipient of a box of goodies from Bekibutton-thank you soooo much. It contained all sorts of bits and pieces that she wanted to destash. It proved quite an inspiration and so I offer to you a new bunch of Christmas cards. In case it's a little hard to see, the tiny cards inside the envelopes are actually Christmas stamps that I've collected from the post I was sent this time last year. It appealed to my sense of humour to put the stamps inside the envelopes.
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15  Craft room incentives in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Antidigger on: December 05, 2013 01:41:58 AM
I do all sorts of work in my craft room/workshop/spare bedroom. I can often be found paper-crafting or knitting or painting there, but I am rarely found sewing. That's even though there are plenty of projects just waiting for me to pick up a needle or launch the sewing machine. Undecided

In an attempt to liven up my sewing box, I made myself a needle book. It looked very pretty, even though I mostly made it by glueing instead of stitching. Soon I found myself delving into that sewing box a bit more often, so I stitched up a wee hedgehog pin-cushion, adding to the original pattern a base (made out of a bit of milk carton), so that would stop me from stabbing my fingers each time I picked it up - unlike my previous pin cushion!

Do you know, I started doing even more sewing Smiley Bucked up by this, I decided to try and tackle my reluctance to get out my sewing machine. I have a foam mat that my sewing machine must rest on when on the table, so I covered it, now it's much cheerier and I am far more likely to actually set up the machine.
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16  Knitted Lavender and Rosemary sachets. in Knitting: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: December 04, 2013 12:49:31 PM
You know how, when you're a beginning knitter, people seem to delight in giving you their odd balls of wool, half a skein here, a ball & a half left over from a jumper there and pretty soon you end up with a drawer full of ball ends that there is very little you can do with.

Well, I started knitting a few of the smallest of them into random rectangles, to see if I could get enough out of them to make a purse (UK Purse= something you can carry a couple of credit cards and some loose change in). Well, some of my ball ends weren't big enough even to do that with! But they came closeish. They languished in my cupboard for a few months until I pulled them out the other day whilst tidying up.

Well, I decided that they were nice enough wool that I could make some scented bags with them for Christmas. Here are the first couple I've made. The delight about these 2 is that they are quite masculine colours, so I can give them to blokes if I want to.
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17  Crocheted flower brooch for Christmas in Crochet: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: December 04, 2013 12:33:50 PM
My mother in law is coming for Christmas, so not only do we need to buy her a Christmas pressie she can use (her request), but also as we have stockings full of little bits & pieces, she must have something too: which is kind of hard when she says I don't want lots of pointless bits and pieces I'll only throw away.

Anyway, amongst other things, more or less practical, I've crocheted her a brooch. It's pretty much the only pattern I can crochet yet. It is supposed to have 3 layers of petals, but I gave up after 2.

I used a highly textured blue wool which I'd previously knitted a square for a blanket from, I'd decided that I was never going to knit with it again, but I thought I might try crochet and see if it was better. No. It wasn't. However I did use that ball up, so now I know, I won't buy it again, nor anything like it either. Also it was the perfect colour for my mother in law.

So. at the point of no more wool, I'd done 1 round of petals and it looked pretty pathetic. So I had a rummage through my stash and found the perfect colour to go with the blue: a very pale cream, but I only had a tiny amount in super chunky or a weird flat woven ribbon, which I liked, but I didn't think my mother in law would. Thinking outside the box, I split the super chunky, so I now had twice as much and of a more suitable weight to continue with. I crocheted one petal of the next layer, decided I really really liked the combination, but sadly I didn't have enough to finish all 6 petals. I relucantly took the flat yarn and started on the next petal, I wasn't very keen on that, but I persevered and made that round of petals out of alternating yarns. I hated it right up until the point where I'd finished all 6 petals. But once I'd looked at it, it began to grow on me considerably. I tried some green to represent leaves, because I was once again out of yarn, but that really looked dreadful and so I unpicked that pretty promptly.

Anyway, here is my mother in law's brooch. I hope you like and I hope she will as well.

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18  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Rd 3--GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: April 10, 2013 11:32:21 AM
Your fretting is perfectly timed, and I guess it's me holding stuff up: I got home yesterday (my few days away turned into a few more) and guess what was in the post waiting for me Smiley

It is most wonderful and very very welcome. I've placed it in my new garden already and it looks perfect.
It has an amazing hand-painted hand-dyed recycled top-sheet with the raindrops on. It has a beautiful scrabble tile word and the stitching is gorgeous. I can feel the calm that comes with the rain already and those big fat summer raindrops that feel so gorgeous.

It may be working already, I distinctly felt a couple of raindrops when I was putting it out....

A close up of the wonderful letters and raindrops

And here it is in it's new home.

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19  Knitted necklace in Knitting: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: March 17, 2013 08:28:55 AM
I had this tiny bit of baby wool left over, I didn't like it, but then I didn't choose it for me. I didn't want to waste it however, and I had a pattern for a beaded necklace I wanted to try that only needed a wee bit of wool. I have more beads than I can shake a medium sized stick at, so that was a no-brainer.

Do you know, I still don't like this necklace and I'm debating frogging it Undecided, but I did learn a lot about beaded knitting.

A It works best with the same sized beads.
B Don't use big heavy beads unless you have big heavy wool.
C Metal beads rough up the wool something chronic.
D Beads that have a right and a wrong way up need some thoughtful handling
E Using a little PVA on the end of the yarn really works well as an impromptu needle for beading.

oh, and F don't try to photograph anything on a glass table. Wink
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20  A vase? or a Votive holder? in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Antidigger on: March 14, 2013 02:49:02 AM
I really can't decide. It will be beautiful as a vase, especially when my garden starts producing flowers for it!
But I tested it as a candle holder and the light is so pretty coming through the sticks.

Anyway, it's made from a jam jar, a bunch of prunings from my garden, and the ribbon off a pair of garden gloves I was given.

I first of all decided on a length of stick, cut the straightest pieces I could find and kept them all the same way up. I then stuck some double sided sticky tape around the top of the flat bit of the jar and placed 2 or 3 sticks to work out the spacing. Then I started with the hot glue around the bottom of the flat bit, half way through I took off the first sticks (that weren't hot glued) and carried on round until the whole way round was done. Then I hot glued the ribbon over the place where the double sided tape was, but that wasn't really necessary.

It was a really off the cuff, unplanned project, but I love it. Smiley
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