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A crafty update: July 2017

I finished my latest sampler! It’s the dinosaurs and superheroes one for Logan, and I’m just in time – he’ll be two in August. It was great fun to do!




And I have sort-of finished Totoro. I wanted to do a full background: I don’t like the purple now and I’ve gained some bits of green that I’d much rather use, but I don’t really want to unpick and as he’s now off to a new (temporary) home along with a laptop, I’m just glad to have finished his belly.

Also, have some bonus (badly taken) cat pictures. I recently moved bedrooms, and he seems to be insistent on making the room his…


Crafty Update: May 2017

Now everything’s got there ok, I can reveal what I was crafting for the Big Geeky Craft Swap!

My prompt was “Wonder Woman”, and while I did consider a few useful things (mostly bookmarks) I didn’t have the right fabric to make one that would actually be useful in a book, and not break the spine (Librarian Tut!) So I ended up going with just a cross-stitched piece, and used an image from the DC Superhero Girls as a template. I ran out of flesh thread, which annoyed me (and I couldn’t get any more of the right colour!) and also managed to run out of black, although that was more easily fixed :-/ but it was a fun piece to do! I didn’t have time to fill in the background, but I think it does work.

I’m also getting there with my Superhero and Dinosaur alphabet – I’m just finishing off Robin, and I’ve got the rest all planned out! This one has been super fun, too – can you get all of them so far?

And finally, a picture of my helper…for once, not asleep on my lap!


All of the presents

sammy myths bookI came home yesterday to all of the packages! Well, two, but they were both exciting. The other thing was a letter from the bank. Not so exciting.

The first parcel was a wonderful book from the lovely Sammy – myths & legends! She knows I’m currently knee-deep in random mythology for No Man’s Sky, so it’s going to be so useful – plus for any future projects, of course…and generally…I love myths anyway and to be able to look everything up is just grand. It’s a nice hefty collection and my fingers were itching to dive right in!

And the second parcel was from my partner in the Big Geeky Craft Swap, Meghan, who lives in Canada – her Tumblr is KnitsAndNonsense and she’s also on Instagram! The theme was Superheroes, and I LOVE the choices she’s gone with.

Here’s everything…

I love the llama. He’s glittery. Everyone needs a glittery llama.

And then a close-up of the backs of the fabulous gloves! She knitted them during her lunch breaks, and they are SO AMAZING. The photo doesn’t really do the colour justice, either – they’re a beautiful collection of blues.

My package has only just gone off (I ran out of one colour thread…) and while I do have photos of my crafty thing, I’m going to wait for Meghan to get it before I show you all!

This was part of the Big Geeky Craft Swap, and it’s been a lot of fun choosing – and making – and receiving – things! Keep an eye out for the next one if you think it’d be fun to join in.

Random updates: September 2016

There’s been a few things going on…

apoth-red-six The housemate and I have finally played Apotheca! It was quite fun; we played three games in about an hour, fifteen minutes of which was trying to set up and understand it. It’s a very simple game straight off, and only gets slightly more complex as you understand it – it sort of depends on how you’re playing. We’re debating some modifications to make it longer; mostly assigning colours to the apothecaries which would mean you’re trying to get certain combinations, rather than any three in a row; and playing with more players, which is not suggested but we think could be quite fun. So I suspect we’re going to end up with some house rules!

apoth-yellow-sixThe game itself is beautiful; the individual potions cards all have their own little things in the bottles, and the artwork is just stunning. It’s one of those games (along with Forbidden Desert and a recent find, Above & Below) that is as beautiful to play with as it is fun.

I did finish my crafty-project-that-I-couldn’t-talk-about a few months back; it was a compilation of all of our Dresden Files write-ups and games, and I really enjoyed doing it. I did geeky things like grab the font used in the DFRPG book, find pictures of our characters, add a frontsheet for each file to say the dates and who was involved…it felt like a nice way to wrap everything up.

The rest of my crafty stuff has been sporadic; I’m still working on my latest alphabet sampler (dinosaurs, superheroes and comics!) and the dress-making has been ongoing whenever I get a chance. The house is slowly progressing – fence-painting, not the most thrilling job in the world. On the music front, I recently got my grubby little mitts on a duet-and-piano version of A Whole New World, which I’m learning with the housemate, and also a piano-and-vocal book of Disney songs. Guess what our house is going to be humming for the next few weeks?

Lizard_watchingAnd finally, some bad news; Pep, our bearded dragon, died a few weeks ago. She was pretty old for a lizard – we reckon about eight to ten, as we got her as a youngling and don’t really know how old she was then beyond “about three”. She had a cuddle from me, went to sleep in her tank and didn’t wake up again, so we’re grateful there wasn’t anything wrong with her (lizard diseases are famously annoying and hard to diagnose or treat!). We’re all definitely missing the beady eye watching out of the tank, just keepin’ an eye on what the humans are doing…

That said, Frankie is most definitely enjoying the undivided attention. His current sleeping spot is on top of the kindling basket…I have no idea why!