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81  Seasoning the house in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: October 05, 2011 09:16:14 AM
 I love to decorate the house appropriately for the seasons, but I'm moving in a weeks time, so I've had to make do with this autumnal wall decor.


Sticks from the ground, bound together with hemp twine, fallen leaves and conkers hot glued on. It may last till December, but then that's all I'd want it to. Smiley
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82  plarn, plarn, plarn, plarn.......... and a headband in Knitting: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: October 05, 2011 08:40:30 AM
My sister-in-law saw my plarn shopping bag and liked it. So she asked if I could knit her one, but a bit more colourful. I have to say it has taken me forever, (Okay, only about a month of which 9 days I was away) but it was long enough for me to despair of finishing it 'cos plarn is hard on the fingers. It will be a Christmas gift, but this website is unlikely to feature on her radar, so I'm safe to post it.

and one of the other side


As soon as I'd finished it, I moved on to the next project, which my husband insisted had to be one for me, so I chose a small one: 2 days, inspired by this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=391809.0. It's knitted with yarn reclaimed from an old sweater and then donated to me, but I suspect it's actually wool.


and another piccy

The drab colours are suitable for autumn I think.
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83  Re: Inchies, Rinchies and Twinchies! Oh My! Swap - Send Out Aug. 15th GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: August 23, 2011 04:06:11 AM
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 Roll Eyes, here they are:
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84  Re: Inchies, Rinchies and Twinchies! Oh My! Swap - Send Out Aug. 15th GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: August 20, 2011 12:27:19 PM
I've received from Sarcastra. Hooray! And I'm beginning to appreciate just how lucky I was to have been partnered with her.

First of all some inchies:

Which really made me smile, I love the bearded dragon stealing my carrots: I've finally found out what happened to them this year!

Then the Twinchie:

My computer, complete with it's own bug. I really appreciate the research that went into this as well as all the handiwork.

Then, the star of the show the rinchies, in the most astonishing diorama, such beautiful artwork is so amazing and as Sarcastra said, her husband didn't want her to let go of it: I can quite see why.

but it's mine (all mine, ha ha ha ha).

On top of this loveliness I had some extra bits and pieces to start work on more papercrafts


Wow, I have really been especially lucky on this swap, and I feel the need to step up a level for any future work.
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85  Variations on an obsession in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: August 13, 2011 04:39:01 PM
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. Roll Eyes 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).

This is the video that won the prize http://www.kitebox.net/vf-video/VF19%20Videos/Gabriel-vf19.mp4

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. Sad 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. Wink

Oh, and the obsession? All 3 stained glass pieces so far are sports kites!
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86  Re: Inchies, Rinchies and Twinchies! Oh My! Swap - Send Out Aug. 15th GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: August 12, 2011 06:34:17 AM
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.
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87  Re: 10 Minute Swap round 3 in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: July 06, 2011 06:30:33 AM
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 Wink. 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.


Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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88  I've got the blues. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Antidigger on: July 04, 2011 06:23:22 AM
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 Wink. 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. Embarrassed
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89  Kite Handles in Completed Projects by Antidigger on: June 20, 2011 01:58:17 PM
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.
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90  The ingenuity of some people in Completed Projects by Antidigger on: June 20, 2011 07:44:11 AM
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?
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