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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's your weird guilty pleasure? on: January 31, 2009 03:26:32 AM
I don't think it's strange (in fact, I thought it was quite traditional) but  my friends assure me that Christmas cake, with a lump of stilton or cheddar on top is indeed a bit odd.

I also put sushi ginger into most things I can lay my hands on - and combining the two additions, ginger and cheese sandwiches can be quite good too (Dunno that it's that weird, though?)
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: What are you making for Christmas this year (2008)? on: November 20, 2008 01:49:56 PM
Ha! Christmas... oh yes... whoops. hmm.... maybe I should have thought about it a tad before reaching the end of November, but alas - time and tide wait for no craftster... so without further ado, I present my pathetic (and not properly thought out yet) list...

Boyfriend (who I live with) - it's a bit of a nightmare crafting for him, as I tend to work late hours, and he's always home before me, but I'm hoping to create some sort of cosy blanket-type of thing, and some PJs (It's very cold in our house - no heating and ancient rattling sash windows that let in all of the elements. hmph) - would complement the huuuuge bean bag I made for him a couple of years ago. Think maybe I should start making him slightly more 'active' presents sometime...
Mum some sort of handmade garment. Not too sure yet, to be honest! something to keep her warm and cosy too, though I should think. Also must be practical and ward wearing. She's a gardener, and anything she wears gets a proper baptism by compost, soil and manure. Lovely.
Dad I uncovered all his transparencies from when he was a photography student, so I'm scanning them at the moment and am going to design and print an art book (hopefully with boyfriend and his dad's help, who are both pro graphic designers!)
Brother (24) has become obsessed with blues and country music of late (went to see Seasick Steve a couple of months ago, and has become obsessed!) so I'm going to make him a diddley bow! All I need is a plank of wood, a couple of nails and a string! Probably pick him up a couple of old records to go with it too (my family and my boyfriends have habits of giving each other odd instruments - Rob gave me a musical saw a few years ago, I gave him a 'make your own theramin' kit, we've all given each other ukeleles... we'll be able to make up a very odd orchestra sometime!)
Boyfriends sister (30) difficult, because we're quite similar. She's an artist, and is quite interested in alchemy and plants at the moment, though, so I thought maybe something related to plant folklore, but I'm not quite sure what...
Boyfriend's parents again, quite difficult. I'm severely tempted to make his Dad a diddley bow too, though!
Friend mutual best friend of my boyfriend and I - we're putting her together some French-related stuff: making up a CD of recommended French music, buying her a couple of DVDs (Definitely 'Umbrellas of Cherbourg', undecided about any others), putting in some food stuffs... not sure what else yet.
Another friend is on a bit of a downer at the moment, so we're scanning in all our photographs of a holiday we went on with him and some other friends earlier in the year, and we're going to put it together into a swish little photo album, to try and remind him of some good times!

...that's it for now!... gah - should start making things.... erm.... NOW!

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: most successful x-mas gifts!! on: October 01, 2008 01:40:51 PM
Generally I've found that childish things go down very well with grown ups -

I made a personalised fuzzy felt kit (complete with special box) for my boyfriend a couple of years, which still gets talked about now! Smiley Dr. Who scarf went down very well with my dad, and customised sock monkey (a heavy metal one, made out of a black sock!) was a hit with my bro.

The godzilla of all beanbags that took me 2 years to make for my boyfriend was also a hit...

Love the idea of homemade colouring books... might have to do something similar for my friends this year... hmm...
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT 19- One Tiny Thing on: September 02, 2008 06:03:22 AM
Aw, Bruisedpeach - sorry to hear everything's going manically for you - sure it'll be a great day regardless, though... and then you can have a really brilliant day when he ges back!

PeachesEveryday - our new little friend does seem to be enjoying herself - she's happily bossing around my boyfriend's lego robot things (of whom I think you can see a claw in one of the pics... ahem... he's supposed to be 25 years old! Ha! He's as bad as me for toys!! ^_^) - you wrapped her up SO well, I don't think there was any chance of anything happening to her Smiley
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT 19- One Tiny Thing on: September 01, 2008 04:24:17 PM
I'm so so sorry for not putting piccos up before now, but here is my delightful new friend from PeachesEveryday! (weird coincidence that I'm posting this straight after her posting!) One of my themes was giraffes, so a delightful young lady giraffe to keep Sid, one of my plants, company!

anyhoo.... here she is:

aaaand another view....

I'll try to get some better pics in daylight at some point - alas, I had problems getting pics onto my computer from my camera, so I had to get my boyfriend to do it... and he only just got around to it... at 10.30 this evening  Roll Eyes typical!

Anyhoo - thank you so much, I love her!
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Post your photography in here :D on: September 01, 2008 03:32:38 PM
Oh - everybody's been busy recently! Love the clouds shot, Crafty-Cool...

Trashcan - thanks for your comment! I mostly use my Lomo LCA+ these days... I just can't get into digital at all, apart from 'record images' of things I've made, etc... I also have a couple of lovely, lovely 70s Zenit SLRs, but they're awaiting repairs (I'm finding it quite difficult to find someone who'll repair them these days. Hmph).
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Post your photography in here :D on: August 24, 2008 05:39:33 AM
Aw - thanks Spirals420! I just got another couple of films developed, so I might post some more up here soon - a couple in particular came out V. well... it's getting more and more expensive to get film developed, though, is the only downside...

imrahil - Norway looks absolutely stunning! The colours in your photos are so vibrant!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The Spookey 4-foot Papier Mache Halloween Tree on: August 21, 2008 11:38:02 AM
Doh, thanks for the pointers!! Smiley Doubt mine will look anywhere near as great as yours, as I don't think I'll have quite the same care and attention (due to lack of time! It's not easy filling a fort with spooky things... tis fun, though! ^_^)

If it's successful, though I'll post a pic!  Grin
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Post your photography in here :D on: August 21, 2008 01:47:42 AM
That first Alice one is amazing! Did you make the set, or did you come upon a tiny weeny house through chance and circumstance?  Grin
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The Spookey 4-foot Papier Mache Halloween Tree on: August 20, 2008 02:21:02 PM
What a brilliant idea!! I hope you don't mind if I borrow the idea slightly for the halloween ghost trail at a museum where I volunteer? Last year I painted silhouettes on to the walls of 'spooky trees', but it'd be really nice to have some 3d ones...

Did you make a wire frame or something for it?
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