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As life goes idly by....

I've been a bit lazy this week. It's the irony of life sometimes isn't it? When you have time off, time that you can devote to the things you really enjoy doing, inspiration dries up and you are left twiddling your thumbs. Then, as soon as you are back doing the things you have to do to get by, inspiration suddenly hits.

First the decluttering. I'm still finding things to get rid of, but it's getting more difficult. Here are this weeks.

Biotechnology book. It's been so long since I did my degree the technology in here is probably obsolete. I have no use for it so it's going to charity.

Metallic fabric paint. One of the few things craft wise that I am not interested in. I got it in a Crafty Creatives box. Charity.

Cake pop moulds. Bought in the pound shop to use with UTEE but they haven't panned out the way I hoped. Bin. 

How We Met. It was a good read, but one I won't read again. Charity.

The Miniaturist. I had high hopea for this book and found the ending a little disappointing. Don't let that put you off, I think it was purely as I had something in mind when reading the blurb, and the author didn't. Charity.

My old writer's notes. Just some exercises in the hopes of becoming a better writer. I've typed them up so the original has been thrown away. 

Another university book. At least this one won't have too many obsolete pages in them. Charity.

I've been working on a few things this week, in case you think I've literally been doing sod all. First is a new stitch. I was given this by a complete stranger on Facebook.

This is my progress so far. It's a sweet little piece called cats and flowerpots, so you can guess what it is going to be like when it's finished. I've decided to finish this one before continuing on with the middle earth map. The funny thing is I've finally figured out how to make the stitching on the back neater, as well as saving a little thread. Hopefully this will help me when I tackle the Dimensions Golds ones, as they tend to be more than a little stingy with their threads.

I've also been making some jewellry. I've had a mask connector charm in my stash for a long time, so finally dug it out to make a necklace.

I glued some gold gems where the holes are on the mask and crown, and used two headpins with some beads and snowflake charms for the lower two connector parts.

This is the other necklace I made (I've run out of chains!) It's a watch cameo. I glued a background to the watch, then added some rub ons (a plant) before adding the owl. I've glued a couple of silver gems on for the eyes; they really stand out I think. Finally I added some silver leaf charms and an O for owl.

So that's a week's work. Doesn't seem like much to me.

Off topic, did you get any bargains for Black Friday? I picked up a new laptop (the acer inspire I got last year is not great for writing. The keyboard tends to work sporadically, and the memory is shocking) I also went to Exeter Christmas market on Thursday and bought a few things at the Works. Even without the 20% discount it's always worth perusing for bargains. Finally I got a small bonus from work, so I bought a die, some jewellry findings and a couple of dresses.



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Even my cute little Sauron!

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I love Lindy's sprays - they call them magical for a reason!

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