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Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light...

I can't think of my own titles, so I thought I would borrow one of the most well-known lines from Harry Potter for this entry. The writing exercises are working slightly, but as this has been hell week at work (purely the longest shift pattern - I actually like my job) I haven't done much. I have made a few craft pieces though.


I decided to go simple for my second growing crystal pendant, and use seed beads in white and blue. I've got loads of seed beads, and I bought a loom last year so that's another thing I need to work on but this wasn't the time for it as I wanted the pendant itself to be the focal point. The beads are strung on beading wire, and crimp beads are used to seal the ends.
Here is the latest update on the tiger in the heavens stitch. Not as far as I would have liked to have got, but it is harder with the light on this one. I've got the threads for the next one ready for when I have finished this one.
I've also used one of my new dies - t…
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Writer's block

Writer's block so bad that I can't even think of a decent title apparently! I seem to have lost all confidence in my writing at the moment. It doesn't help that I have asked a couple of people to read The Ghost Lights, and not one of them has got back to me yet. Or maybe I am using that as an excuse.

Anyway, the writing may be on a low point at the moment (though I am working on some writing exercises to help me) but the crafting is going quite well. Here is what I have done this week.




This was an old bathroom cabinet we have had for donkey's years. It was white, so I started off by painting it with black gesso, then adding paper clay on the front. I coloured some of Tim Holts resist card and put them along the sides and the top, then added some paper clay borders. There were some gaps, because I am not neat when it comes to paper clay, so I mixed some art stones with texture paste and filled in the gaps. I painted the paper clay black as well, then painted it all wi…

A little wake up call

I actually went on one of those body fat scales this week. At work someone had brought one in, so I decided to bite the bullet and use it. Although I am not too bad, I am overweight and my body fat percentage is too high. Not to mention my metabolic age which is atrocious! The positives are that my body muscle is good, as is my visceral fat rating, but it does enforce that I need to improve. Spending wise I have got it back under control. I still don't know whether the job I am in now is going to continue past July, so I have to save just in case.

Anyways, onto the crafting. First of all, here is the update on the cross stitch.


I can see the finishing line of this one in the distance now.
I saw some of these last year in Hobbycraft, and had to pick up a couple.
They are actually really light, and you can do a lot with them. I started by adding some paper clay moulds on the head of the stag, before leaving it to dry. I had a bunch of resin roses of various sizes from the Works,…

Meh

As you can tell by the title, I am not in the mood today. But you know what? I am an adult, and adults still have to do things when they are not in the mood for them. The last couple of days have been an entire reversal of what I have been striving to do all month towards my two resolutions, and I am pissed at myself. I have had not one but two Chinese takeaways, plus an egg and bacon sandwich from the local cafĂ©, and I have spent a grand total of 166.96 on unnecessary spending. Aside from the Chinese and the sandwich, there was a food shop in Asda that I didn't really need to do (which included a couple of CD's), and some craft stuff. It's entirely my fault; I saw something that someone did that I really liked and ordered a mould that I saw them use, adding a couple more moulds to it, including one of some fish. That led to me getting some resin (which I have wanted for a while to use in charm bottles) and with that I got some moulds. So I have identified two things; one …

Trying out some new dies

Well, one new die. I also tried out some black shrink plastic and butterfly dies to make some jewellery. The trick with doing this is to roll the shrink plastic and the die back and forth through your machine more than once. Black shrink plastic tends to be difficult to cut. Anyway, once I had successfully cut out the butterflies I shrunk them. The best thing to do is to shrink them on the lower setting. After they had shrunk, I painted them with the new Sparks paints I got just before Christmas, before assembling them into earrings.


The pictures don't show just how beautiful the butterflies are. It's a perfect way of doing a pair of earrings for someone.
I've also tried my hand at making a slider card. There is a mistake there, as I didn't position the background paper properly so there is a little kraft paper showing through, but overall it went well. With these ones, if you are using the spiral slider piece you need to make sure that you use foam pads in the middl…

I've been framed!

This week has not been great. I had to go home sick from work on Friday, for the first time in a good few years. I'm sure I am not the only one who hates being ill. This meant that the 10,000 steps for that particular day went out the window, but I have been keeping up with it every other day this week. Spending wise I have only had 3 NSD's bringing me halfway to my monthly total. Necessary spends included a driving lesson, food for work next week, and a new halogen oven, as ours is stuck on the same temperature.

There have been a few unnecessary spends. On Tuesday I took mum to Franky and Benny's for lunch, to the tune of £20.90. The thing that annoyed me was it cost over £4 for a pint of lager! Obscene price. Still, the chicken Caesar wrap was lovely. I've also got two subscriptions on the go, with the hope that will curb random spending. One is £12.54 for a SnipArt lucky dip envelope, and the other is £22.45 for the Craft Box, which looks amazing. Speaking of craft…

Second thoughts...

Perhaps I should have made my new years resolution about crafting. All this new stuff, and I cannot seem to find any inspiration. Or at least, any get up and go. I have started making a little house from my new die though. Haven't finished it, which is why the only picture you will see right now is this...


As you can see I have the pieces cut out...just haven't put it together yet. Oh well.
I have been stitching, and have finished page three. Here is the update.

At least this is really coming together. There are 6 pages, but I wouldn't say I am halfway through, as pages four and five are choc-a-block with stitching, far more than the upper pages were. Lets say I am three eighths of the way there. I've done that last page in record time. I might start working on the frame soon, as I have an idea of what I want that to look like.
As for the two resolutions I did make? They have been going ok, but it is still early days. I have kept to my exercising (even if I am annoy…