Oh Wow. Now I know I was totally outclassed by all my partners in this swap.
I've received from Kaeleira this morning. Such amazing artwork puts me in a bit of a dilemma: The Twinchie, it's a beautiful drawing of a beautiful architectural detail, I shall have to settle for admiring both her skills and her taste, but decide not to choose which one is better! I have a kite too, beautifully researched and drawn, with ghostly silver tail which is just perfect for me: I fly kites with tails for demonstrations and without for competitions: a foot in both camps. The silver birches are beautiful and again an inspired choice: there is a painting of silver birches in my favourite gallery which I have been coveting for such a long time, but could never either justify spending so much money on or even display at my house because it's so big. Now I have some tiny silver birches which I can even have in our interim tiny flat. The Perseid meteors are embroidered on black velvet which makes me stroke it as well as look at it, wonderfully tactile, mmmmm. The turtle is lovely, swimming through his tempting sea, creating his own eddies as he goes. I like so much that he is local to Kaeleira too. They were all sent in a lovely card too, although I failed photograph that, Oops.
Oh! all those words and no photos yet , here they are:
Well, here is my third piece of stained glass work. It's the one I am least happy with, but it is the best I can do under these circumstances.
The story goes: I offered to make a stained glass representation of a flyer's kite as a prize for the Virtual freestyle competition, round 18. This offer was very kindly turned down, but the organiser asked for an option for a future round, "of course, not a problem" say I.
Then I move house from a 3 bedroom house to a 3 room house so oodles of my stuff goes into storage: all my stash, all my tools, etc.
Then I get a call from the organiser asking for the prize for round 19, so I think, hmm, I'm moving house again in the near future, these things usually take 4-5 months to sort out the competition so I should be ok, I'll have all my kit out of storage by the time it's needed.
Ha! I should know better. Unsurprisingly this is the round where everyone gets their act together really quickly and it's organised, announced, over and finished in less than a month and a half! Arrgh! I have no glass and no tools and they're under half a ton of furniture right at the back which I cannot move out and put back (very careful packing job).
My wonderful other half comes to my rescue, climbs over some very precarious furniture and wriggles under some other stuff and comes out clutching all my stash of glass, my board and a bag with *some* of my tools in. (Did I say he's on the claustrophobic side? He really is wonderful. I'm too big to get over and under there, at least without wrecking some of our cherished furniture).
So, I've got enough to start, and I do. I order some extra glass (the sky and the grey swirl) and get on with it. Unfortunately, I haven't got my nibblers, or any way to grind my pieces and I have to borrow a soldering iron (of completely the wrong sort). I know the soldering is awful, my cutting looks very haphazard and I feel very dissatisfied with it. But it is the best I can do right now and I have to pack again to move house again so I cannot restart or even delay sending, so, it is what it is. If, after I've moved and had the building work finished and can start doing stuff properly again, and I have the motivation, I'll send him a better constructed prize.
Oh, and the obsession? All 3 stained glass pieces so far are sports kites!
I received today from Smmarrt. Oh, how wonderful they are. I've been spoilt, there are extra Twinchies and rinchies and even some cardstock for future projects. And a beautiful card on handmade paper. I adore it all.
Well, enough with the praise, here are the pictures so you can see just how amazing they are:
You don't even have to guess the themes! I love the glittery elements on the lizards.
I received, oh wow! Thank you so much Jmiller614, it's amazing. I'm sure you spent far longer than an hour on those, I feel utterly spoilt.
Here is my bundle of goodies that I've just taken out of the package.
It consists of (all in my kite flying colours I might add): A hairband which fits perfectly and will be just right for the flying field.
2 covered notebooks, and even better than that, they are removable covers, so once I've used up the note books I can replace the covers on another note book- absolutely brilliant. I'll use the small one for work lists, it's just the right size to fit in my pocket. The other will be more general.
A kite bookmark! I love bookmarks, you never have enough, even if I had one per book, I'd still need more, 'cos sometimes you have to mark several places at once . And better than that, the tail is full of recycled doodads including a paper bead, a nut and washer.
And the most amazing ATC, drawn from looking at my likes! Kites and elephants! and it is wonderful watercolour drawing, I am quite sure it must have taken more than an hour to draw this on it's own. It is beautiful and you are so skilled. I am overwhelmed.
I thought I'd have a go at inchies so I looked around for some inspiration and found a lot of blue things in view so I went with blue.
Cue brainstorm for what things are stereotypically blue, a massive search through the recycling bins to see if I can find anything blue and a frantic internet search for stuff to use as inspiration, I love Wikipedia's disambiguation pages . As ususal, all made with recycled materials, except I had to go out and buy a fine blue pen.
These four I sent out in a swap.
Ok, you can't really see the title of the first one: powder blue. I was feeling a little bit silly when I took that last photo.
Well, today really has been a kite day. I've just finished sewing myself up another set of handles.
The length with the stick in sits behind my fingers and the bit with the yellow string sticks out between my 2nd and ring fingers. It's comfortable enough to support all my weight (although I do need brass sticks for the handles for that). Ingredients: polyester sewing thread, red nylon webbing, 2 short pieces of dowel, velcro and kevlar line (the yellow string).
Method, oh, I'm tired today, available on request- I can't imagine there are that many kiters on here who don't like the commercially available handles. It's straightforward, but fiddly.
This isn't mine, but is so amazing I have to post it.
I'm a kite flyer: every time I take my kite out, I put out my kite string(s) attached to a peg in the ground, then set up my kite, attach it to the string, walk back to my peg and launch the kite. If I didn't the kite would tumble away or never fly.
My peg looks like this:
Carl had a new ground stake and, Oh boy, was I jealous?
My mother in law believes in waste. As soon as it's at all damaged, it goes straight in the skip. The concept of charity shops or freecycle or just giving stuff away does not compute for her, so when the last skip came, I rescued quite a lot from it. This is my first finished project from the rescued items.
Background on me: My husband and I have an obsession: Kites, sports kites in particular, but any sort will do for me! STACK (our sporting association) is in need of a new gazebo/marquee after our last one failed to stand up to the winds (a failing, I know, in a sport that is wind dependant). The commercial ones that are available start at 10 times our budget and go up from there! So, a gazebo with a wasp damage for free sounded great.
That was until I started looking at the damage: who knew wasps would eat 100% polyester with waterproof coating impregnated in it. So, I cut up one of the side walls that we are unlikely to use and set to.
This is a typical set of holes, as you can see the side walls (patch) are a different grade of polyester than the roof, but I discovered it before I cut, but decided to go with it anyway as there was no chance of getting patches in the same stuff. All of this material frays like mad, but I'm a kiter: I know how to stop fraying in polyester, just singe the edges- much quicker and more reliable than hemming. So I used my trusty 2mph wind detector (a cheapo lighter- blows out in anything above 2mph, which conveniently is also the minimum wind for competition)
Because we've had trouble with wind damage before, I made a vent at the top.
So if the wind pressure inside increases, it'll just blow out the venting panels and not shake the gazebo to bits. Conceptually it's simple: holes in the top and then a loose cover over the top so the wind can get out, but the rain can't get in. This was a bit of a nightmare: the top panels are very slightly tapered, but if you put a 90 degree angle to the tent, it is visually correct. I thought a bit harder however and then realised that I needed a little give in it so that the vent can work efficiently. In order to stop it blowing off completely it is stitched down at 8 equidistant points around the circumference and at the summit.
And this is the finished item (I really couldn't be bothered to put it up to full height for photographing, I could just reach to stitch the top at half height).
I'm not really convinced that this should go here, but I can't really find another board where it fits either, so, with apologies if I've got it wrong, here goes:
I made myself a whopping great crochet hook last post, and since then I've been inspired to dig out my other crochet hooks, to see if I can actually follow a pattern yet, BUT, I'm sure I had more than these 2, they seem to have been disappearing, so I'd better get my act together before the remaining 3 run away. I tied them down!
but to make their little prison a bit nicer it is silk lined!
I raided the recycling again and found a pair of formal trousers and a pair of silk boxers of my husband's. I wanted some nice tight weaves as I knew that my smallest hook I found was a 2.5mm and I didn't think it was the smallest I had (but heaven knows where my tiny one is), likewise there are many more spaces than the hooks I can currently find. The applique is because it was looking a bit boring, and because I could!