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81  Re: A story in pictures and polymer clay. in Winter Holidays by Antidigger on: December 14, 2011 12:52:10 PM
A little while later and....

Joseph and Mary are a little closer to Bethlehem and the star is greeting them.

Meanwhile the magi have noticed the star and one of them has dropped his star map in astonishment.

The shepherds aren't pictured, cos really, all they are concerned with is the sheep, they have barely noticed the star.
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82  Poor Godchildren, victims of my experiment in Knitting: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: December 09, 2011 02:58:21 AM
They have been knitted for. I used to dread being knitted for as a child, but I hope these will go down OK, I've worked hard on getting them right for their personalities. If they don't like them, I just won't do it again.

This is for my godson aged 5. I'm hoping it's both boyish enough and bright enough that he'll like it. I know he'll love the pattern, that way it wiggles too and fro. It's also long enough that he won't grow out of it for a while. And acrylic so it's easily washable, just chuck it in the washing machine with all the other stuff.

These are for my godaughter aged 6. She's a girly girl so I know the sequins will be a hit. At least to start with. If she finds them scratchy later, they can be taken off. Again it's acrylic so it's washable, but this one is amazingly soft and fluffy. It was made from a kit, that supposedly taught you how to knit. Angry Possibly the instructions were written in cantonese, translated via babelfish into congolese (is that a language?) and then again into english, or a very rough approximation thereof. Fortunately I could already knit basic stuff and I am adept at making things up if the pattern is gobbledygook. Or stops abruptly before the end.
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83  Wonderful chenille yarn, dreadful knitting. in Knitting: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: December 08, 2011 02:28:14 AM
This stuff is beautiful and feels gorgeous. It's awfully stiff to knit.

First I used it to learn how to cable with these:

They'll be given away a a Christmas gift.

Then I deliberately made this as a gift, the colours really go well with the recipient and she's always cold, so I lined it with fleece to make it completely toasty.
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84  Paper coasters? That couldn't possibly last. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Antidigger on: December 07, 2011 06:49:22 AM
I made my friends some coasters out of our favourite magazine: New scientist!

inspired by this thread https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=232043.0  I made each circle using PVA, hot glued them to make the coaster (I placed random sized circles in a 10x10 cm square til I liked it and my mug didn't fall over) then finally coated them all with a PVA/water mix for fluid resistance.
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85  Food coasters in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Antidigger on: December 07, 2011 06:42:05 AM
I didn't do a great deal to these, I just found the tiles going cheaply in a DIY warehouse and glued some thick fleece to the back to protect the tables. I thought they'd be great for a good sized mug, or they can be put together for larger dishes.

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86  Tardishcloth in Knitting: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: December 07, 2011 06:39:25 AM
I knitted my friend a tardishcloth, but it looked a little bland all in white, so I used fabric dye pastels to add a bit of colour. It brightens it up a little and it's good enough for a cleaning cloth at least. Then I found a tiny knitted K9 at a craft fair: doesn't it go perfectly?
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87  A story in pictures and polymer clay. in Winter Holidays by Antidigger on: December 07, 2011 06:32:23 AM
I thought I'd show the way my nativity evolves this year, especially as I'm in a new house and have 2 windowsills to play with. Please forgive the appalling pictures, but I haven't learned how to photograph through double glazing without getting that dreadful double effect.

Firstly: Mary and Joseph have a long way to go...

Whilst the shepherds don't even know to look on yet. (the other half of the first window)

Meanwhile in some other exotic part of the world wise men look at the stars (or at least they do when it's night time) and discuss their meanings

The polymer clay set have been made by one of my friends and my husband every now and again I get a little extra to add in: the latest addition were the sheep. The little Bethlehem was given to me as a gift one Christmas, made by a local craftsman. I'm hoping for a donkey or an angel this year.
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88  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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89  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 https://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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90  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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