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101  One day, when I was pruning...... in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Antidigger on: April 07, 2011 02:22:15 PM
One day, when I was pruning......
.....I accidentally dragged the prunings across the ground and thought "oh, that seems like a good idea" and my hand broom was born

The broom bits are the dead pieces out of my upright thyme bush, so they not only sweep well, but they smell nice as they do so. The handle is a dead branch from the leylandii outside the front door that I whittled smooth, then sanded to be rid of the last few splinters. N.B. Just underneath the bark of the leylandii is very sticky, perhaps resin? but just a couple of millimetres beneath that it's fine. It's bound together with cotton yarn.

In a perfect world I'd have chosen my twigs so they had a nice straight piece of stem for the binding, and they would have all been the same length too, but seeing as I used all of the prunings I had to go with what I've got. So if a twig falls out, I just push it back in.
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102  Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) in Craftalongs by Antidigger on: April 07, 2011 02:03:44 PM
Ooo! ooo! I've received. What an amazing package, I've been really spoiled by my partner, she just knew exactly what I wanted, and so much stuff too.....

A lovely shopping bag, and she put so much thought into it: it seems quite small, but it stretches really well. The handle can go over my shoulder, but it's also short enough that if I hold it in my hand it doesn't drag on the ground, even when full.

A hand broom, it's really effective on my steps and when I'm potting in the garden. She said she only knocked it up at the last minute, but I think it's just the thing. Oh, yes, it smells nice too-its made of herb twigs.

I guess my partner noticed I'd got a couple of these already: a fruit bowl size paper bowl is just what I needed and it matches the others.

A scrubby, triangular shaped, how unusual. It should be good for getting into corners.
And some plant markers, one for each of the plants I let her know about, and a few spare for me to cut myself when I get some new plants. As you can see, the first letter is cut out, but the next are engraved into the plastic.

I'm so happy I cut her some slack when she ran out of materials, because now everything is recycled materials. Well, with the exception of the hand broom, but she assures me the materials were initially intended for the compost heap!
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103  Re: Random Act Of Kindness Swap Sign Up CLOSED Final Send Out By 04/23/11 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Antidigger on: April 05, 2011 04:28:06 AM
If I'm allowed out during the day I can send today. (I'm waiting in for the phone company, who, although they have promised to collect stuff today, I'm not expecting to arrive  Sad)

Also, my item has definitely turned into a medium by time. I didn't expect it to take this long when I started it Sad
Never mind, I think it's pretty Smiley.

But I'd better post a teaser, so:

Have fun with it.
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104  Re: Random Act Of Kindness Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: April 01, 2011 11:44:55 AM
Hooray, my photos finally loaded:

My package was brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much, Jaywesome.
Here is the package as it arrived:

And here the lovely, lovely things inside it:

and because my bookmark is double sided, the back too:

So, all in all, I have: A lovely decorated envelope, a handwritten note, on some screen printed, looks like handmade paper from India with a picture of elephants on it (did I say I really like elephants? I don't think so, but I do, you've really found my wavelength Jaywesome!).
A bookmark: one can never have too many bookmarks and this one has a paisley pattern in my favourite colours with a Princess Bride silhouette on it (I am absolutely certain I didn't say how much I admired silhouettes, but I do) for one side and a tardis with one of the best quotations ever on it for the other.
A necklace which has reminded me with great pleasure of one of my favourite books that has somehow been neglected for the last couple of years: it is really overdue for me to reread (again) Good Omens. And now I have a beautiful necklace in natural materials to wear whilst I do, and also whilst I don't, and lots of other times in between I predict.
I have a packet of assorted mints too (just how did you know I eat a lot of mints? There's always at least one packet in the car, unless I've been on a long journey that is, then there's an empty packet in the car and a craving for more in me).
And lastly a book, ooh! I'd better sign off now, I have some reading to do.

Thank you so much once again, this is a brilliant package, which came at the perfect time.
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105  Re: Random Act Of Kindness Swap Sign Up CLOSED Final Send Out By 04/23/11 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Antidigger on: March 21, 2011 02:20:07 PM
<Big sigh> All finished, well for the first round at least! I just need to get to the post office tomorrow. Smiley Peace reigns in my living room now. Why does it take me as long to write the accompanying letter as it does to finish the item?

Well, as it seems de rigeur, I'd better post my teaser photo, dutifully washed out an horrendously out of focus:

If it looks like something you'd like, you'd better wish hard.....
If it looks like something you'd hate, you'd better wish harder!
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106  Physics is fun in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Antidigger on: February 24, 2011 06:25:16 AM
Well, I thought I'd try my hand at some ATC's. But what could I do? Well, I've been seeing all these altered book pages and liking the look of them, but I just can't bring myself to destroy a book, not even a dreadful one. So a rummage in the recycling bin later: Physics World. It has some amazing articles in it about fascinating things (yes I am a geek) which, after I'd reread a few, emerged as a cool theme in my opinion.

So, here are my first set of cards

and a close up of one of them

titled Moving in High Society

I've learned lots of things in the process of making these:
I don't like using a water based glue on paper is one of them!
But among the better things:
Tea staining (and beetroot staining)
Different edging styles for paper
Different methods of creating texture
The difference a border can make!

In future I would try to curve the corners, perhaps add some different materials, dry the cards under pressure to keep them flat (later pressure doesn't work so well), improve my drawing skills! and use a different glue.

Constructive criticism very welcome
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107  Learning to knit... in Knitting: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: February 21, 2011 11:46:42 AM
My friend came to visit this weekend so we bought a ball of wool (cotton actually) and a pair of needles and she taught me the basics of how to knit, she thought I could manage a simple pattern by the time she left on Sunday, so I tried.

My first baby hat:

and with a baby head substitute:

It might look a funny shape, that's because it is. I didn't purchase a sewing up needle, none of my half a dozen needles fit wool, so I had to pin it together. Then I tried to put it on a balloon left over from our evening out over the weekend so there's a cardboard box in the back covering where the pins are so the balloon didn't burst before I took the picture.

the pattern is here: http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/babyhattwoneedle.htm
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108  Little bits of paper and some packaging in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Antidigger on: February 17, 2011 06:21:00 AM
Little bits of paper and some packaging do some pretty jewellery make...

I got a ribbon on my valentines gift: now I have jewellery too Smiley
(I will have to wait a while for findings for my earrings)
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109  Paintbrushes from paper in Completed Projects by Antidigger on: February 16, 2011 04:44:51 AM
Not high tech, not fine detail, but if you just want something to splosh about with and don't want to have to clean your brush later, or you don't have access to your brushes.

A piece of scrap paper. I find I can make 3 brushes from 1 page of A4 (roughly letter size).
A tiny snippet of paper 5cm by 3cm ish, very ish.
Optional, something to roll around.

1. Take your piece of paper and cut it to the length you think you want your brush to be, the wider the piece of paper, the fatter the brush.

2. Along the long edge, start cutting little strips, so you end up with a fringe. The longer your strips are, the more re-uses your brush will have.

3. Roll up your fringed piece of paper and secure with tape.

4. Take your snippet of paper and roll around the brush and secure (to itself only) with tape, so it slides up and down the brush.

5. Remove the thing (if any) that you rolled around.

6. Slide the snippet towards the brush end until you have just enough fringed bits to use as a brush.

7. Use.

8. Cut off the bit that you used and slide the snippet back down the brush til your fringed bits are long enough to use again.

Necessity is the mother of invention!
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110  More paper beads in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Antidigger on: February 16, 2011 04:08:45 AM
Inspired by AmeliaLune here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=371737.0
I found advertising makes lovely rolled paper beads Smiley

I haven't varnished them yet because I've heard mixed reviews of PVA glue as a glaze, but I'm sure I'll get impatient soon and try it.

Ocean colours

I love the beads this valentine themed advert made

I'm not so fond of the colours in this page

I can manage about one page in an evening.
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