Look what I got!


Easter M&Ms
Originally uploaded by wardi.
My sister brought me these M&Ms - why is it that you can't get the special M&Ms anywhere else but the US?? That's so unfair!

Of course, half of the bag was gone by the time I went home. Not because I had been eating them, but because my sister had. Can you believe it!! :-o

Friday, March 31, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 7:01 PM




Memories...


Coloured photo
Originally uploaded by wardi.
While my sister and I were both in Denmark (I think I did mention that I went to Denmark because my sister was 'home' from the US..?), we went to visit my mum's dad.

He is fast approaching 100 (he's 91 this year) and his house doesn't seem to have changed much since I was a child and went there on holiday with him and my grandma.

This picture hangs in his living room, in the same place where it's always been. It's funny with these things that you are so used to, you don't really notice them.

Well, since I've started taking all these photos, I find myself noticing a lot more things. Like that photo.

I'm not sure who that little girl is. I think she may be someone from my mum's family. Possibly even my grandma. For some reason I've never thought to ask my mum - or anyone else.

I guess that's something else we sometimes forget to take notice of; to ask about the past, the past of the family we belong to. I think there are so many stories, so many lessons that we don't get to know.

Like this weekend, in conversation with our grandad, we found out that he would have gone to America when he was young, but because of WWII he didn't. He had an uncle living somewhere in California, so somewhere overthere are probably some people that we are related to and neither of us know it!

Funny how small this world is, eh?

Some more pictures of my grandad's house are here. Including a err...interesting one of my sister and my grandad.

Thursday, March 30, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 10:42 PM




So, does it work?

I was just wondering; did any of you try the comb-your-hair-before-showering tip?

And did it work??

posted by Wardi @ 7:44 PM




Knitted Yoda

How cute is that??

Go take a look! Scroll down almost to the bottom to see it.

posted by Wardi @ 2:41 PM




In precisely one month...

...I will be 30.

Weird.

I wonder if the 30's will be better than the 20's...

Sunday, March 26, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 6:15 PM




Happy Mother's Day


Card for Mother's Day
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Today is Mother's Day in England, and here's a card I made for T to give to his mum.

Homemade rocks! No stuffing the pockets of Hallmark and the like from us! ;-)

It's real easy to make this card. All you need is an empty card, some watercolour paper, some paint and some of those double-sided sticky foam thingies that you use for making cards.

Draw/paint something on your watercolour paper, cut each thing out and stick it onto the card.

You don't have to use watercolour paper, you can use any stiff paper. Neither do you need to use watercolour, you can use whatever you have lying around; crayons, markers or nailpolish!

And maybe add some glitter... Glitter is always good!

posted by Wardi @ 11:17 AM




Just because...

..sometimes you need to say these things.

My life is good and happy because of you.

It's the simple things that matter the most. I miss feeling your arms around me.

And I'm missing you.

xxx

Friday, March 24, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 7:14 PM




From spring to winter..

Tomorrow morning it's off to Denmark, and in span of a couple of hours I'll be going from what looks like the first signs of spring to winter, with possibility of snow.

I just got used to the sun, eh...

Well, I best go pack the last few things - we have to get going at 4:30am, so it's a very early night for me! Like, in an hour!

Adieu!

Thursday, March 23, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 8:07 PM




Overdose

Sometimes it does my head in that everything around me is in English.

Thank goodness I'm popping to Denmark for a few days on Friday...

posted by Wardi @ 12:11 AM




Big Adventure

Just a quick post with a recommendation.

I urge you to go read/look at the pictures by Ruth McNally Barshaw, an American writer, illustrator and cartoonist, in her sketched trip to New York: Big Adventure in the Big Apple.

Of course, it's especially interesting if you are interested in drawing and illustration, it has a lot of advice and thoughts about the illustration bizz-nizz.

But other than that, it's simply a work of art! So pretty, so sensitive to all the little things going on around her.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 9:27 PM




First day of spring


Felt bunny
Originally uploaded by wardi.
...and heeeeere's bunny!

Hehe.

My mum made something like this many, many years ago. And what with all my recent sewing and such, I felt compelled to do some of them, cause they're just so damn cute!

They are meant to be little 'egg warmers' for Easter. You put them over your (soft) boiled egg so they don't get cold before you eat it.

Imagine these happy fellas in different colours on the table: yellow, orange, purple and green.

T and I don't eat a lot of eggs, so we probably wont be using them like that. Instead I think I'll make a bunch of them and place in different places.

I was also thinking that if they were made large enough, you could use them to 'hide' chocolate Easter eggs... ^_^

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 9:45 PM




Ironic cake


Red icing is yummy
Originally uploaded by wardi.
So I was talking about procrastinating earlier and it is ironic, then, that I did that on a day where I actually managed to get an incredible (for me) amount of things done - how I love crossing things off my list!

And one of the things I got done, was baking this chocolate cake. It is quite yummy. Almost fat free, although it has a fair amount of sugar...

Anyway, this is the recipe:

2 eggs
½ cup of sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
3/4 cup of flour
3 teaspoons bakingpowder
1 teasponn vanilla sugar
1/4 cup of milk
½ tablespoon olive oil

Mix cocoa, flour and baking powder.
Whisk eggs, sugar and vanilla sugar until it is fluffy - I can't explain it better than that... Carefully mix the two mixes together with milk and the olive oil.

Bake for about 25 mins. at 175°C (approx. 325°F).

I used orange juice instead of milk because I didn't have any vanilla sugar. You might want to use a wee bit more liquid than the recipe says, as it is a little bit dry...

And you could add some chopped walnuts or other nuts or some spices, or whatever! ;-)

Enjoy!

Monday, March 20, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 9:55 PM




Illustration Friday Feet


Illustration Friday Feet
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Oooh, it's only Monday and I've already done the illustration. Go me! ;-)

I had a few ideas for what I might do for this one - I couldn't decide which one to choose, so I put them all together!

So, here we have a collage of: scans of my feet, scans of tracings around my feet, scans of my footprints (you can see one of them here). All mixed with some other bits and pieces in Photoshop.

One thing I've learnt from this is that painting your feet with bright red acrylic paint and NOT thinking about how you'll clean your feet is a very, very bad idea. As a result, our bathtub ended up looking like this. It took me a good half hour to scrub it all off.

posted by Wardi @ 9:37 PM




Do you?

Do you ever wonder if other bloggers post while nekkid??

...yeah, I don't know where that came from either...

posted by Wardi @ 12:48 PM




I feel less guilty..

...about being a procrastinator. I feel that I'm somewhat justified, and definitely that I have a good excuse for my absentmindedness: there's a reason why I forget to vacuum or send that email I was supposed to. My mind was simply working on "big stuff". ;-)

The rest of the article is here, but below you can read a bit of the beginning.
There are three variants of procrastination, depending on what you do instead of working on something: you could work on (a) nothing, (b) something less important, or (c) something more important. That last type, I'd argue, is good procrastination.

That's the "absent-minded professor," who forgets to shave, or eat, or even perhaps look where he's going while he's thinking about some interesting question. His mind is absent from the everyday world because it's hard at work in another.

That's the sense in which the most impressive people I know are all procrastinators. They're type-C procrastinators: they put off working on small stuff to work on big stuff.

What's "small stuff?" Roughly, [...] anything that might be called an errand.

posted by Wardi @ 11:14 AM




Project Catwalk

The past couple of weeks I've been watching Project Catwalk, and it's actually been really interesting to follow this show.

Mainly because of my newfound interest in all things fabric-y!

Although, as I'm not a fan of so-called "reality shows", I am a bit suprised that I've been this 'into' it. But I think that's because the stuff they have to do is real. They have to actually make something. Not just some stupid tasks like in Big Brother or the Apprentice.

It all comes from their creativity and imagination, and from a lot of hard work. And I can so respect that!

Tonight I watched the finale and I was really pleased with the winner, Kirsty Doyle. Here's an interview with her, should you care to read it. ;-)

Sunday, March 19, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 9:36 PM




Aww...Kitty!


Pointy Kitty
Originally uploaded by wardi.
I finally got round to making the Pointy Kitty from Wee Wonderfuls. A bit tricky, but noone was harmed in the making of this kitty. ;-)

Go here if you want to see more Kitties.

If you decide to have a go at making the kitty yourself, do leave a comment so I can check it out! :-)

posted by Wardi @ 7:52 PM




Green softy


Green softy
Originally uploaded by wardi.
I completely forgot to show off this little fella. It has no name it.

I didn't intend for it to be able to hang off things, but now I think that is its best..err..feature.

A multi-function softy, what more could you possibly wish for??

Saturday, March 18, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 7:44 PM




Eclectica vinculorum

Chavopoly.

Dog pillows or pillow dogs. Whatever to call them, I want the Chi Chi one!!

Wooster Collective: Graffiti Archives. Mmm...street art!

Real Life Simpsons Intro. Really quite good.

Under Odysseus. For all you Greek freaks. ;-)

Groupr. For a quick overview of your Flickr groups. Really great if you're a member of a lot of groups! Just put your Flickr name in the box and off you go.

Mus2 computer mouse. It looks like a cursor arrow. Neat-o.

Mount Tee Rises Again! So you think you have a lot of t-shirts?? Take a look at this guy's!

Kruktart. Why eat sweets when you can wear them??

Writely. The Web Word Processor. I so want to give this a try!

Google Mars. Like Google Maps, but with an 'r' instead of a 'p'.

Learn to Disco Dance. With some absolutely fab looking Finnish people. Hehe.

posted by Wardi @ 3:09 PM




Skulptur på hjul*

*Sculpture on Wheels.

I just stumbled upon a news snippet about an exhibition that should be on at Aros, the art museum in my hometown.

There's another bit about it here (scroll down to where it says 13. oktober - 30. december).
Intentionen er at føje nye dimensioner til kunstopfattelsen, når ARoS med udstillingen "Skulptur på hjul" opfylder et længe næret ønske om at en kunstnerisk præsentation af Formel 1 og Le Mans-racerbiler. Udstillingen bliver en spektakulær iscenesættelse, hvor billeder og lyd bidrager til totaloplevelsen for publikum i museets store særudstillingsgalleri såvel som i særudstillingsfoyeren.
I haven't been able to find anything about it on their own website, so I'm not completely sure about it...

Anyway, what they will be exhibiting are Formel 1 and Le Mans racers. How cool is that??

And I think for once it should be possible to drag both T and my dad to an art exhibition! ;-)

Friday, March 17, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 11:20 AM




Tip of the day

This may be a no-brainer to others, but to me it was quite the HEUREKA moment...

Do you have long hair?? Then you probably have the same problem as me: strands of hair get stuck in the drain whenever you take a shower. And it's a pain to remove that, right!

Well, a very simple thing can make that problem almost go away. Comb or brush your hair before showering, that way you get most of the lose hair out before you hit the shower.

Also, I think that combing it before makes it easier to comb after the shower...

posted by Wardi @ 10:40 AM




Gratuitous animal links

50 animals in casts. Awwww!

CAT scans. Li-te-ral-ly.

Dress Willy. Very strange, I tell ya.

Thursday, March 16, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 7:59 PM




True Brit

No, not me.

T told me about this comic/graphic novel a while ago, and I got it from the library yesterday.

True Brit is a spoof on Superman; In this hilarious twist on a familiar tale, the infant Superman's rocket ship crash lands in an English town even smaller than Smallville. Adopted by the kindly Clarks, young Colin is taught to hide his powers, as nobody likes to stand out in a crowd. But when a grown-up Colin - now a mild-mannered reporter for The Daily Smeor - uses his powers publicly, the question on everyone's lips is: what will the neighbours think?

And I thought it sounded interesting and I was especially intrigued by the fact that John Cleese had something to with it.

Well. It's not particularly funny, apart from a few giggles. So I can't recommend it. Not even for its taking the piss out of all things Englishness.

Atleast it was a quick read. That's about the best I can say about it...

posted by Wardi @ 6:47 PM




Sounds in the night

The other evening we had just gone to bed when I heard some very loud yelling outside.

Shortly after it sounded like someone was pounding on the door at the main entrance, it kept on for a quite a while. Then it stopped. And then there was running and shouting in the stairwell. As well as banging on a door somewhere.

That eventually stopped and there was some more running about. Then there was a sort of sobbing sound and I think I heard the person moaning "but I love you..!". And then some more running and finally I either fell asleep or the noise stopped, I don't know...

Of course T didn't hear any of all this, him being able to fall asleep the moment his head hits the pillow!

The next morning when he was leaving he called me from downstairs: one of the glass panes in the door downthere had been smashed and there was glass all over the floor. And that's some pretty heavy-duty glass so whoever that was must have been real determined to get in!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 9:54 PM




Carry On

For as long as I've known T, he's been 'threatening' to make me watch some of the Carry On films. I think he figured that since I love Monty Python so much, I'd love Carry On too.

Oddly enough he doesn't like Monty Python, so I'm not sure I see the logic in that. It certainly isn't a reciprocal logic.

So the other day there was actually one of those films on telly and we watched it. Or rather, he did. I found it excruciatingly boring. Nothing like Monty Python whatsoever. It's more like Benny Hill than anything else.

So, T, I guess your family is right. ;-)

PS. Wondering what the Carry On films are?? Taken from the article linked above:
The Carry On films were a long-running series of British popular low-budget comedy films. An energetic mix of parody, farce and double entendres, they are seen as classic examples of British humour.

posted by Wardi @ 5:07 PM




Today is the Ides of March

So here are some links about that and about Caesar.

Ides of March - why it is called that.

A historical article about the Ides.

Wikipedia entry.

Who was Caesar??

Caesar, by Plutarch. The biography that is the foundation of those to follow.

Julius Caesar - play by William Shakespeare.

The Gallic Wars in English translation.

And in its original Latin.

Gallic War in Wikipedia.

posted by Wardi @ 8:50 AM




That's not an eggplant!

I was searching for images of eggplants yesterday and one of the results was this (possibly NSFW).

Somewhat frightening... Especially why on earth anyone would want to have a picture of himself, looking like that, floating around on the internet.

And what, in the name of toast, does it have to do with an eggplant??

I also found this image, and that will hopefully help erase the memory of the other one. ;-)

posted by Wardi @ 8:37 AM




Illustration Friday Tattoo


Illustration Friday Tattoo
Originally uploaded by wardi.
I actually wasn't going to do this topic, because I couldn't think of anything (interesting) for it.

But then T suggested tattoo as in a military tattoo. Hello! That's something different!

So here's my Tattoo illustration, complete with Edinburgh Castle and a chap with a bagpipe. And I suspect he's wearing a kilt too.

It's based on a photo, with the drawing done in Illustrator, and a wee bit of effect is added in Photoshop.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 8:57 PM




Another softy


Flopple
Originally uploaded by wardi.
It's all yellow-like! It's called Flopple; T suggested the name for it.

It will stand on its own, but just to make sure it doesn't topple over, it has popping corn at the base.

I made one more softy, you can see it here. It's called Mufflebum, another name suggested by T. Who'd've thunk?? ;-)

posted by Wardi @ 6:31 PM




Reflecting the outside


Reflection
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Here's a picture I took this morning of the windows reflected in my glasses.

If you click to see the large version, you can actually see the buildings opposite where we live.

I think that's kinda kewl.

Monday, March 13, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 10:37 PM




Whatever will they come up with next??

Pepsi Max with cappuccino taste?? Apparently so.

Isn't it just a wee bit weird? I mean, honestly. Like Pepsi isn't bad enough in itself, now they make it with a coffee flavour...

Anyway, watch the commercial here.

posted by Wardi @ 9:41 PM




Veggie

I did some drawings of vegetables earlier, for a project I'm working on at the moment.

And it inspired me to let you inspire me. Suggest vegetables that I should draw!

This may lead to things with some cuteness or interesting-ness factor, so hopefully you'll play along!

Say yes! And, yes, it has to be vegetables - no fruits this time 'round. ;-)

posted by Wardi @ 9:28 PM




Strawberry jelly


Strawberry jelly
Originally uploaded by wardi.
T made jelly last night. The portion in this picture is about half; he ate that in a very short span of time.

I am not entirely sure I'm going to taste it...

The rest is in the fridge being all red and wobbly-like.

posted by Wardi @ 8:33 PM




Footprints


Footprints
Originally uploaded by KudosGlory.
Howdy peeps

You know, No matter how old you are there is something just so great about being the first person to make footprints in the snow... :)

Wardi presents guestblogger/chief tickler

posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 5:26 PM




You are the Universe

That's one of my favourite songs. I love the message of the song, now if I could just make myself really believe it. It's by the Brand New Heavies.

You're the future, and you've come for what is yours
The hidden treasure, locked behind the hidden doors
And the promise of a day that's shiny new
Only a dreamer, could afford this point of view
But you're a driver, not a passenger in life
And if you're ready, you won't have to try 'cause

You are the Universe
And there ain't nothin' you can't do
If you conceive it, you can achieve it
That's why, I believe in you, yes I do

You're a winner, so do what you came here for
The secret weapon, isn't secret anymore
You're a driver, never passenger in life
And when you're ready, you won't have to try 'cause

You are the Universe
And there ain't nothin' you can't do
If you conceive it, you can achieve it
That's why, I believe in you, yes I do

You are the Universe
And there ain't nothin' you can't be
If you conceive it, you can achieve it
That's why, I believe in you, and I believe in me

(Yes I do
Believe in you
I do)

You're a driver, not a passenger in life
And when you're ready, you won't have to try 'cause

You are the Universe...

posted by Wardi @ 9:42 AM




Precious friend


Without icing
Originally uploaded by wardi.
My Saturday was great! Sara and I had so much fun! Watched a Danish show on DVD, had Danish food for lunch, ate some Danish candy and, of course, spoke Danish!

We covered just about everything, from our friends, our experience with England to make-up!

I realise how much I've missed her. We have so many interests in common, both of us being kinda artistic and stuff. Same sense of humour and I think we see the world in much the same way, compared to our other friends...

It looks like she is going to stay here in the Land of Eng, and I really hope she does, so I can have atleast one of my old friends in close proximity.

The picture shows 'fastelavnsboller' what Danes traditionally eat just before Lent (just like the English eat pancakes..). My mum made these for me when we were last in Denmark and they've been inn the freezer for a special occasion. Mmmm....

Sunday, March 12, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 7:59 PM




When the Sun had a cold



Originally uploaded by wardi.
I scanned one of my childhood books, all the pictures are in this Flickr set.

I love, love, love this book. It's so pretty and very inspiring.

It's originally from 1960, and I think you can tell it's from that period!

Tomorrow my friend Sara is coming to visit. She's been living in London for almost as long as I've been in England, but somehow we've not been able to arrange a get-together till now.

I can barely wait.

Saturday, March 11, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 12:20 AM




Radio Wardi

I've mentioned before that I listen to Danish radio over the internet, and today was no different. Except...

I was ON the radio!

They had some competition with some REALLY easy questions, and all you had to do was email an answer, so I did - and mentioned that I was listening from England. And 'lo, they called me! Because I had the answer right, but also because I'm in England. ;-)

So I was LIVE on the radio in Denmark! And I won a PRIZE!

...and now I'm wondering if anyone I know heard it...

Friday, March 10, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 4:10 PM




I ♥ Pocoyo

I don't particularly watch kids' programmes, but lately I've become quite smitten with this little guy.

He is called Pocoyo and he's just adorable! Just look at him go, how cute is that?? It's on CiTV here every afternoon.

I think it's just the whole style of the thing, so simple and with happy colours. The main characters are:

Pocoyo: Pocoyo is the main character of the series and the programs centre around his adventures. He is a young boy who is full of curiosity and who loves to play games. In spanish, Pocoyo means "little me"

Pato: Pato is a yellow duck who wears a small green hat. He is also a good friend of Pocoyo. Pato means duck in Spanish

Elly: A pink elephant who wears a blue back-pack; she is Pocoyo's best friend. She usually rides around on her scooter.

Loula: Pocoyo's pet puppy & companion. She adores Pocoyo.


Sleepy Bird: A green bird who sleeps a lot. She only wakes up to turn off her alarm clock.

From Wikipedia.

Thursday, March 09, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 6:27 PM




Timing

Greetings Bloggerama

They say love makes the world go round, when they aren't saying money makes the world go round that is... ;)

Love is good, being in love is better, (you know the difference) but it's all for nothing if the timing is crap! Timing is everything.

Wardi presents guestblogger/chief tickler

posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 4:29 PM




Craftilicious

Since I've thrown myself full-force into the madness of craftiness, I've been reading a fair number of crafty weblogs for inspiration and ideas. These are some of them.

My Paper Crane - plush things that are so cute you almost want to eat them!
plushyou - more cute softies.
Wee Wonderfuls - wee and wonderful, what more can you ask for?? And I have to try making her Pointy Kitty.
Thriftcraft - great ideas for thrifting (is that even a word??) from the person behind Wee Wonderfuls.
Whipup - so many great things, so little time!
Wise Craft - a bit of everything, and all so very pretty!
Crafting Japanese - oh don't you know it: all so cute!
Creative Collage - I don't really do collages, but I get really inspired by them nonetheless!

posted by Wardi @ 9:56 AM




A snowy view


A snowy view
Originally uploaded by KudosGlory.
Look at the lovely snowy view outside my house the other day. Pretty, pretty snow!! Click on the pic and go look at the other snowy pics i took.
If the Welsh man is reading this, there's one of my snowy sister in there fella ;)

Wardi presents guestblogger/chief tickler

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 9:26 PM




I am an introvert

Some excerpts from a very interesting article by Jonathan Rauch, a self-admitted introvert. And here's an interview with him too.

Every word of that article is spot on for me. I cannot do small talk, I don't mind being with other people, but I'd really rather not have to participate too much.

And the Sartre quote... T and my family know they should leave me alone in the morning if they don't want to be subjected to inarticulate growling from me. Although they often forget and that really is very annoying.

Introverts are also not misanthropic, though some of us do go along with Sartre as far as to say "Hell is other people at breakfast." Rather, introverts are people who find other people tiring.

...after an hour or two of being socially "on," we introverts need to turn off and recharge.

For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating. Our motto: "I'm okay, you're okay—in small doses."

Extroverts have little or no grasp of introversion.[...] They cannot imagine why someone would need to be alone; indeed, they often take umbrage at the suggestion.

"People person" is a compliment. Introverts are described with words like "guarded," "loner," "reserved," "taciturn," "self-contained," "private"—narrow, ungenerous words, words that suggest emotional parsimony and smallness of personality.

I suppose this common misconception [that introverts are arrogant] has to do with our being more intelligent, more reflective, more independent, more level-headed, more refined, and more sensitive than extroverts. Also, it is probably due to our lack of small talk, a lack that extroverts often mistake for disdain.

posted by Wardi @ 6:57 PM




Ladies, you rock!



Originally uploaded by wardi.
Today is International Women's Day.

I was going to post a bunch of links to 'rocking' ladies. But that's kinda silly, because, really, all women rock, right?!

So whoever you are, whatever you do, nomatter what you look like, or wherever you live:

You rock! You're beautiful and funny and smart and one kick-ass lady.

Guys: tell your sisters, girlfriends, mothers, girl friends, cousins, co-workers, nannies, aunts, neighbours etc. that they rock!

posted by Wardi @ 3:31 PM




IKEA does Star Wars

No, really.

They have an item called "Jabba".

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 11:44 PM




Pinned


Pincushion
Originally uploaded by wardi.
I kept sticking pins in our sofa cushions or in the sofa itself. Probably not a particularly good idea.

I'm sure one day I'd sit on a forgotten pin; I do not fancy my behind as a pin cushion!

So I made a wee flower pin cushion. This is it! Now if only I had some fancy pins to stick in it, it'd be really perfect. ;-)

posted by Wardi @ 10:35 PM




Get one!

Yesterday I bought a magazine in WH Smith, and the lady at the till gave me a £5 voucher to spend on any book over £9. T bought some books in another WHS and he also got a voucher.

So if you live in England you might want to go to your nearest WHS so you too can get a voucher.

That is all.

posted by Wardi @ 8:05 PM




Drawn to California...

Why does LA have to be so far away??

I want to go draw a Jedi too!! :-o

Monday, March 06, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 9:49 PM




When I'm bored

I braid my hair.

Especially in bed at night when I can't sleep, it's the only thing I can do!

posted by Wardi @ 9:40 PM




Wanting...


Necklace from Snapcrafty.com
Originally uploaded by wardi.
This necklace is so pretty I could cry.

Expecially because it's not mine!!

Snapcrafty.com have some really nice things, made from reconstructed vintage jewelry.

Oh the prettiness of it all!

Sunday, March 05, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 9:16 PM




Crap Craft Fair

On the way to the gym this morning we kept seeing signs pointing to a craft fair, and it turned out that it was at the gym! So of course I had to go check it out after our workout, thinking I might get inspired to do some interesting stuff.

But I wasn't. The stuff that was there, was realy, really boring and half of it wasn't really crafts. And half of the rest was unimaginitive and looked like it was made from kits bought at HobbyCraft or wherever.

There were only a few stalls that had anything that could be called original, the rest was crap: Cushions with Disney characters (is it even legal to make that sort of thing?), cards that were simply assembled from readymade stuff, ditto jewelry, and there was a stall with Virgin cosmetics and a stall with Stringfellow stuff! What the hell??

When we left I was thinking: I could make things that are a lot better than that! But I wonder if there would be a 'market' for it here... If that craft fair is anything to go by... ;-)

posted by Wardi @ 7:25 PM




Must. Not. Buy.

T has been called for jury service next week and today we went to the town where he'll be going to see where the courts are and stuff.

He used to work in this town, so he knows it pretty well. Bless him, he took me to a shop called Cartoon Shop (or something like that), and it was full to the brim with cool Star Wars and other stuff that was just begging to be bought!!

But I didn't buy anything. Nope.

Which is only because I told T we had to get outta there so I wouldn't fork over any cash for those tempting items.

Saturday, March 04, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 10:23 PM




Up all night with Oscar??

It's the Oscars tomorrow (night), I'm not entirely sure I'll be watching it. But I probably will, if nothing else for the tradition it has become. And there's still no job standing in my way, so...

The question is: do I have a 'date' for tomorrow night?? You know who you are. ;-)

Now if I could only find somewhere to buy corns for popping...

posted by Wardi @ 10:02 PM




Eclectica vinculorum

Trends in Japan: Sweets in disguise. It appears that men do not like to be seen eating elaborate cakes in public, so a confectioner set up what looks like a typical fast food outlet to sell what look like hamburgers and fries...

The Tattooed Banana. Nuff said.

Sand Art. The guy in this video has a talent for making art with sand. Watching this video full screen is a must, it almost puts you into a trance.

Amazing Sand Castles. Really!

How to fold a firred sheet
. Knowledge we all need.

Almost Naked Animals. Too cool!

The Single Ring. So singles can boldly show that they are available. Will this lead to massive close-down of bars??

Star Wars Web Junk. Really. It's bad. Very, very bad. Don't say I didn't warn ya.

MC Hammer has a blog. And it's a blogspot one. Can't he afford his own domain?? Or maybe it's not really him?

Hotel Fox. A very cool-looking hotel, and it's in Denmark!

Sketch Swap. Do a drawing and get another.

Beer logos. Even from the beer from my hometown. Woo.

How to: Star Wars miniatures wall decoration. For those of you who need to display Star Wars miniatures. Yes Odear, that's you.

Burdens of the Modern Beast. Guilty as charged.

Cute Overload. Kittens, puppies, and other crap like that. ;-) Look at the baby panda! All together now: awwwww!

posted by Wardi @ 8:10 PM




Heulwen


Heulwen
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Here's another softie! I guess getting that sewing machine was a good idea.

I finished her this afternoon. It feels really good to make stuff like this. Cause I need to do some of it by hand, so that I can do while watching telly - I don't like having idle hands...

Her name means 'sunshine', and it's in Welsh again. I don't know why I like Welsh names so much...

The shirt was a real bitch to sew, but considering the problems I had with it, it looks ok.

Friday, March 03, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 5:11 PM




Written down

I'm one of those people who has to write things down. Especially ideas for things to make.

One reason is probably that I'm somewhat scatterbrained, so if stuff isn't written down right away, it's lost almost instantly. I can't just 'distill' my ideas and then remember it later. Atleast this happens very rarely.

Another reason is that I think if I don't write things down, then the current idea kinda blocks for new ones. But write it down and the system becomes unplugged. Does that make sense??

Funny that I had the thought, that inspired this post, this morning, but I didn't write it down, yet I still remember it now in the afternoon...

posted by Wardi @ 4:59 PM




Colour wheel


Colour wheel
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Recently, I've been reacquainting myself with (The New) Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain*, by Betty Edwards, and in the chapter about colour there is something about the colour wheel:

"Those of you familiar with the color wheels will notice that I have used the usual order for colors on the wheel, yellow at the top, violet at the bottom; the cool colors of green, blue-green, blue, and blue-violet on the right-side; the warm hues of yellow, yellow-orange, orange, red-orange, and red on the left. I believe that this is the correct placement in terms of the complicated crossover system of the brain, the visual, and the language of art.
[...]
The left hemisphere, right eye, and the left side of the color wheel are linked to the sun, daylight, and warmth - and also to dominance, aggression, and forward movement. Conversely, the right hemisphere, left eye, and right side of the wheel are linked to the moon, nighttime, and coolness - and thus also to passivity, defensiveness, and distance. Most color wheels are oriented in this fashion, apparently purely on intuition."
(p. 236)

See the bits of text I've marked in bold?? Now look at my colour wheel from a couple of weeks ago; apparently I wasn't told that there is a usual way of making colour wheels.

In fact, mine is exactly opposite! And I did mine purely on intuition. I wonder what that means?? Perhaps my brain is 'wired' in a different way??

*An excellent book for people who think they can't draw, but would like to learn how to. I absolutely recommend it. And not only if you want to learn to draw.

Thursday, March 02, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 10:19 PM




I made something!


Elisud
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Another doodle creature in the 'flesh'.

He is called Elisud, a Welsh name which derives from the word elus which means kind.

He doesn't look a lot like the original drawing, but I've decided that that doesn't matter. These softies will look how they want to.

I just make them, but let go of control of how they turn out, and that way they surprise me.

PS. Should you happen to have a stash of buttons you don't know what to do with, can I have them??

posted by Wardi @ 8:47 PM




How to Deal With Nosy Questions

From Simple Life.

Nosy Question: How Old Are You?

How to Respond
: "I'm old enough to know better." You can also claim a ridiculous age, or say, "I'm aging rapidly just thinking about it," says Amy Dickinson, author of the Chicago Tribune advice column Ask Amy. "Or try Dustin Hoffman's response in Tootsie," says Dickinson. "'Age means nothing to me — I'm a character actress!'"

posted by Wardi @ 2:53 PM




Cold, cold, cold

It's even snowing!

Our flat is usually quite warm, but today it feels like being in a freezer! I'm wearing a t-shirt, a cardigan, a shawl around my shoulders and a woolly blanket over my legs, still I'm almost shivering and my fingers feel like icicles.

Brrr!

posted by Wardi @ 2:41 PM




Maybe you can help

I'm trying to figure what crafty magazine to subscribe to.

Do you know any good crafty magazines?? Or maybe you know someone who might have recommendations... Preferably in English, though not necessarily from England.

And Swedish works too. ;-)

posted by Wardi @ 12:09 AM




Stitchy


Close up
Originally uploaded by wardi.
I don't think I've actually mentioned that on Sunday I got an early birthday present.

Something I would have sworn, not too long ago, that I would never own: a sewing machine.

Me. Who, despite being shown several times, never seemed to grasp how such a thing works. Apart from the actual sewing.

But I managed to thread the thing all by myself, and wind the bobbins (or whatever those things are called!!).

So now my creativity can take on a completely different direction. It is kinda scary and quite exhilarating at the same time!

And I think my mum is even more excited about the beast than I am!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 3:09 PM




Place to draw

I saw a drawing somewhere today and it reminded me of one I did at the V&A in January. Now I really, really want to go back there and do some more drawings!

~~

And completely unrelated: whenever I hear Ian McDiarmid's voice I imagine him as Palpatine. Evil incarnate, nomatter how nice the character is that he is actually playing.

posted by Wardi @ 12:07 AM