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91  Cutlery keeps falling at my feet. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Antidigger on: May 26, 2011 11:52:30 AM
It's windy here, very windy. The sticks are falling from the trees. I look at them and see shapes inside, begging to come out Cheesy

So far, apart from the crochet hook I made first, I've got a little pickle fork (although I can't stand pickles, I love olives and stem ginger in syrup, just not together!) and a spreader for my butter, jam, honey or marmite.


Now, I wonder what else is waiting to emerge?
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92  A load of old rubbish! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Antidigger on: May 24, 2011 08:22:01 AM
First of all I have to say thank you to the lovely tutorial on this page http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=232043.0 from lovething who inspired me.

It's been a work of love and has taken far, far longer than I ever imagined it could. On the way it inspired some trivets and maybe, if I feel up to it, a necklace, but that comes later, much later!



So that you know scale, it's 30cm high, about the same as an ordinary room waste bin. It has a lovely urn shape that just evolved as I glued it.
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93  It's a long way to the shop. in Crochet: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: May 24, 2011 08:12:49 AM
It IS a long way to the shop, compared with the 50 meters away where I used to live! It takes a planned half day and with the price of fuel the way it is, if I can make do closer to home, I just have to.

I was given 4 very old T shirts and it's a fair way to the fabric recycling bin too, so I made yarn from them, and then I had no tools to work with it Angry

But it's windy round here, sticks are falling from the trees all around, so now I've got waste sticks too..............
AHA! Smiley

One pen knife and an emery board later:


and later there may well be pictures of a rug too Cheesy
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94  Re: Random Act Of Kindness Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: May 20, 2011 03:52:16 AM
Well, I too have to assume my parcel arrived, as I have positive feedback, but nothing has been posted.
So, I will have to show you what I made:


An iphone cosy in some colourful wool with a sequinned felt heart as a button.
A package of rolled paper beads
A bookmark with some Dexter elements

I had wanted to send some Blood orange boiled sweets to go with the bookmark, but my local sweetie shop had just run out (boo!) and I didn't think my partner would have wanted to wait another 3 weeks!
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95  Snakeskin effect in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Antidigger on: May 07, 2011 03:42:01 PM
I do like ATC's, they enable me to experiment.

The title for this one is Beastly's better.


Ok, so I cheated, the easiest way to get a snakeskin effect is to use snakeskin! And as my beast has just shed his skin I thought I'd try it. I loved the way it was translucent, so underneath is an ink and pencil sketch of the beast in his favourite pose. The drawing hasn't come through in all it's details, but it's a learning process.
I've also used the edge blackening process I learned from the share a technique thread. I'm quite pleased with that.
I wanted to try the embossing technique for aluminium cans, but really, it's very scarce that we drink any, so I had to make do with heavy duty tin foil from a pie case, so it's not as sturdy, but was much easier to emboss.

Do you like it or is it a bit creepy or icky?
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96  Re: Random Act Of Kindness Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: April 27, 2011 02:51:23 PM
Woo Hoo! I received my package for round 3 Grin
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jacquelined. It is all marvellous!

I got: A lovely little note with some very stylish Dachshunds on it
and 3 bookmarks!

A beautiful one from Jacquelined's stash with very cheerful tea on it. Oh, how I love a nice cup of tea with a sit down and a good book!
Then one with a quotation from Terry Pratchett that always makes me laugh and is typical of many, many conversations I have with my husband.
And then, best of the lot! A corner bookmark with the most beautiful design on it. It's based on a sports kite (my true obsession Wink) and has clearly been designed just for me. It is the most gorgeous thing and it makes me think of my kites flying over the sea at the beach (which they will be doing this weekend). It will be going in my packing and being taken with me for use in my routine book. Although I'll not take it to the beach itself for fear of loosing it.

P.S. Thank you again.
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97  But I moved house... in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Antidigger on: April 18, 2011 08:03:43 AM
I had a Tshirt, I wore it a lot, but then I moved out and no longer live in Wales


so I had to do something


Not very complex or difficult, but it's changed from a tshirt I can't wear, to one I can Smiley That's reconstruction enough for me.
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98  Re: Random Act Of Kindness Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: April 18, 2011 06:59:28 AM
Thank you KaoticKrafter, thank you very much. Your round 2 goodies have just arrived with me.

It all started off with a parcel, that was fairly plain on the front, but:

I had a lovely picture on the back!

It got even better inside:

I have a total of 5 (I count them again, because I am flabberghasted, 5) bookmarks, all tailored to my love of books, they are sooooo lovely. They have fascinating map backgrounds and appropriate little mottos to go with the pictures. I now have to start 5 more books, so I can use them immediately, and then.... I already have a brand new one! It looks very interesting and even better, it's a craft that's completely new to me. I'm itching to try it. There was also a lovely little note too, on the same? map paper as the bookmarks.

Thank you once again KaoticKrafter, it has turned a miserable Monday into a marvellous Monday.
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99  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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100  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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