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Saturday, December 05, 2009

A bit of news!


There's a new blog header - nice and festive. But not too much. ;-)

But that's not the real news! This is: I finally bagged a job! Huzzah! I start on Monday. Not sure about my hours yet and all that, but hopefully it will be 'a lot' leading up to Christmas.

So posts may become a bit less frequent around here now that I am no longer a lady of leisure as it were. ;-)

Now to fully enjoy this last proper weekend in 'freedom' (I suspect I'll be working some weekend hours as this is a retail job).

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Nuff said


I've walked past this sign loads of times. The funny part? I'ver never seen even a single man at work...

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Friday, November 06, 2009

Beauty + preparations

I have a book with leaves and...other stuff and in that book there is a picture of 'beauty berries''. They are the same colour as these, so I am wondering if they, in fact, are beauty berries. It is a terribly pretty and exotic name, don't you think? Of course, I am too lazy to dig out the actual book, so maybe we'll never know if these are beauty berries. Love the colour!

Lots of preparations going on for the fair (in Loughton) on Nov. 15th. At the moment I am wondering what would be a good (and cheap!) way to display brooches. Any ideas?

Also, Id' like some kind of height on the table, but I haven't really got anything I can use fot that; although maybe using my small drawers from IKEA might be an idea. If I turn it around so it shows the back and then I can use the drawers to hold ..stuff. Especially if I paint it with blackboard paint, then I can write on it as well!

And, I can't decide what would be a good colour for the table cloth. But it has to be a solid colour because most of my items are pretty colourful. So maybe black or white, so it's completely neutral. Any thoughts? What do you do?

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Friday, October 09, 2009

Wasting telemarketers' time

I've had a few calls from my mobile provider this week and they have all been stupid and a complete waste of time. Like, in one they asked if I had a laptop (no) and if I was planning on getting one (again, no). After I told them no, they had no further need to talk to me on that occasion. Waste. Of. My. Time.

So, I have made a decision. If they can waste my time, by golly, I am going to waste theirs too.

Last night there was yet another call, this is approximately how it went down:

Telemarketer (TM): Good evening, is this Mrs so-and-so?

Me: Speaking

TM: hello, I am calling from 'mobile company'. Are you having a nice evening?

Me: Yes, thank you. How is your evening going?

TM: Fine, thank you.

Me: So have you got any nice plans for the weekend?

TM: Uhm, sorry?

Me: Do you have any nice plans for the weekend?

TM: uh..umm..errr..ah.. well, not working (confused laugh)

Me: Oh that sounds nice

TM: 'mobile company' would like to give you an expensive dongle-

Me: No, thank you.

TM: Oh.. can I ask why not?

Me: I don't need one.

TM: But-

Me: Thank you. Bye.

I am a bit disappointed that I couldn't keep the pointless chit-chat going for longer. But the call took me by surprise (they always do, don't they?) Maybe I should have a script prepared; just like they have. I wonder how long I could keep it going, there must be a breaking point somewhere, because I am sure they have a certain amount of calls they need to make.

Ah well. Any suggestions for stupid things to talk to them about? Also, I'd love to hear your stories if you try a similar tactic. :-)

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Some stitched stuff

Work in progress. Which has been delayed way longer than I intended. Hopefully it will be finished this week. Or early next week at the latest.

And completely unrelated, I feel so very, very clever because I may have (atleast somewhat) solved our unbearably-hot flat problem. Last week I bought a couple of thermal blankets and this afternoon I hung them between the curtains and the window in the living room. Not 100% sure that it is due to my genious, yet simple, solution, but the living room and kitchen definitely feel cooler tonight. We haven't even got the big fan on, which we normally do! :-)

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Oh, Expedit

I wouldn't mind getting rid of my huge desk and replacing it with this IKEA Expedit bookcase + desk combo. Only, I'd have the half size bookcase and the whole thing in birch, not walnut as in this picture. Think of all the storage I could have in all those little compartments. Whether they would be tidy little compartments, now that's a different matter! ;-)

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Min Margretheskål smelter!

Sorry, this post is in Danish. I am hoping any Danish readers might be able to help... ;-)

Jeg har aldrig før oplevet at gummiringen på en Margretheskål er begyndt at smelte uden grund. Min mor har haft Margretheskåle i evigheder og hun har heller aldrig hørt om det før. Jeg har adskillige skåle og denne er den eneste hvor dette er sket.

Den har aldrig været i mikroovnen, eller ovnen for den sags skyld! ;-) Den eneste forskel på denne skål og de tre andre jeg har er at de andre har en grålig gummiring. Men det burde da vel ikke betyde noget?! Og den er ikke bare smeltet og så var det det, næh den bliver ved med at være klæbrig og når man rører ved ringen så sætter det sig fast på fingeren.

Jeg har søgt lidt på nettet, men kan ikke finde andre der nævner dette problem. Og jeg troede Margretheskålen var produceret af et dansk firma, men Rosti-Mepal er åbenbart fra Holland.

Hvis du har oplevet noget lignende med din Margretheskål, eller kender nogen der har, så vil jeg meget gerne høre fra dig. :-)

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Flowers on glass

This was made on my hen afternoon. My friends abducted me, with the co-operation of my parents (!) and after a picnic overlooking a field we went to the studio of this glass artist where we spent a couple of hours making this large bowl/plate. It was a lot of fun, but not in the ha-ha kind of way. More in the 'wow this is cool, better get the most out of it' way so I was pretty quiet and very concentrated about getting the most out of it.

The others let me sketch out a design and then we just went to town with powdered glass and 'ink'. The funny thing is, the colours of the powder were a lot different than the finished result so I had no idea how it had turned out until my friends gave it to use on our wedding day. I reckon it's a real beauty! We did a good job that afternoon. And it's an afternoon I won't forget.

Then later we had a BBQ at one friend's house - my parents had entertained Tony and they brought him round for the BBQ too. Nice food, nice conversation, even a bit of crochet.

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I apologise to those who have emailed me recently (thank you!), I will reply very soon, but this week I am intent on getting our wedding and honeymoon albums done (finally!), so I may be a bit slow to reply. I think a focused effort is what is needed to get those albums done, even if it does mean putting other things aside. Even making more embroidery patterns!

Right, back I go to fine-tuning photos... :-)

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Until my head clears

Nuclear power? No Thanks

This photo doesn't really have anything to do with anything, but it is one of my favourite walls in Århus (DK). I would have liked to take some nice pictures in Århus, but both times we went there last we were in Denmark, it was kinda dark and rainy... so I guess I'll have to wait until next time before I can show off how pretty my home town is.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that activity here may be somewhat limited for the next few days. Tony very kindly passed on the cold he had over the weekend so now I've got it. And it's horrid. (whine!!) If I manage to get the dishes done today, it will be a small miracle! ;-)

Right, the sofa is calling; time to watch some daytime telly (ok, maybe not!) and take a wee nap.

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Mosaic Monday, June 8

1. Odette still life 2, 2. DSC04677, 3. Craving | Illustration friday, 4. cut cut cut ✄, 5. There's Plenty More Where That Came From, 6. markkite, 7. Prague, 8. icecreamstar, 9. Wooden Letters, 10. zèbres, 11. Vazac's, 12. edm #190 draw my palette ( 08), 13. colour palette, 14. simple truth, 15. Toad, 16. Cheery cherry

Oh my, we've had a bit of a crappy weekend here - Tony's not been well and I've had too much stuff on my mind. But we're both feeling better now. Thank ye very much! ;-)

We walked down the High street in town this afternoon and we passed a woman with her two little kids. Just as we were passing them, one of them said "muuuuummy..? I love you". How freakin' cute is that??

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Seize the (overcast) day!

This is my photo shoot set up. Veeeery lo-tec. And quite messy with all the 'props' and stuff. Spent most of the afternoon taking pictures. Not terribly interesting, really. ;-)

And not very crafty. But I have done some little embroideries lately and if all goes well, I'll show you that later. But first, dinner to make!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Pins'n'Roses

I was playing around with my camera this afternoon. Took looots of pictures for no reason. I'm startin' to think that's the best reason. Practicing composition. Good stuff. More on Flickr.

Last night I dreamt that I bit my tongue somethin' awful. However, the pain in my tongue would suggest that it wasn't a dream after all. Hate it when that happens.

Lighthouses, oldfashioned birdcages and sailing ships are on my mind lately... Embroidery pattern?

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Takin' a break

I need to take a wee break for a few days. Some stuff needs to be sorted out and stuff. I'll let y'all know who will be getting the embroidery pattern when I come back.

I may be back sooner rather than later, but right now, break is needed. Here's a little chap to keep you company in the meantime. He's part of a new painting I'm working on. :-)

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Cake and stuff

Finally got this picture off my phone. It is the cake we made for Mother's Day last weekend. We. Made. That! Well, Tony made the cake, we iced it together and I made the flowers and leaves. It was very well received! I wouldn't mind making cakes all the time with my sweetie.

But how many cakes can two people eat on a regular basis? ;-) I think we are going to have to make a fancy cake when we go to Denmark. It is rare to have the opportunity to make this sort of thing for my parents - better make the most of it...

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Do you have easy access to Speedball Speedy-Carve (or Speedy-Stamp)? It is a pink block (6"x12") of eraser like material that you use to make stamps with... I can't find it anywhere here that it is not really expensive. The one place I've bought it from before, it is out of stock. Boo. If you are able to get your hands on some, maybe we can do a swap for something handmade, some fat quarters of vintage Danish fabric or a Happyscape or something? Happy to re-imburse you instead, as well.

Don't forget that there is 15% off everything in the shop all this weekend!

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sewing for hooks

Look, Nicky! I finally made something with the things you sent! What do you think? It is a new case/bag for my crochet hooks. Better than that plastic, made in China, crap one I had until today.

I think you will recognise the things you sent me? But just in case: the zip, some of the fabric in the 'patchwork' and the lining.

It was also an opportunity to try out a new zipper technique for small bags / pouches like this. But more about that when I've 'perfected' it. ;-)

I just want to say sorry if you are waiting for an email or something from me. Since Sunday and Monday (especially) were computer free days, I have a wee bit of a bottle neck going on. The bottle neck being me and my procrastinating ways. But I am slowly getting it all done. Slowly being the operative word. We're going to Denmark at the end of next month (for my birthday, yay!) and I've got a few projects that have to be done by then. Secret projects that I can't possibly talk about. Har, har.

Anyway, I am also working on that eraser stamp carving tutorial + a translation of the crochet bicycle seat cover pattern that I posted about a little while ago. So, yes. Emails etc will come, they will just be a bit slow.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Serenity

Time management is not one of my strongest suits, so I am always rushing around gettings in order for when my dear husband comes home from work. There's really no need for him to see exactly how messy and all over the place I can be (hello, living room floor full of fabric!)

But today, everything is done, the housework, going to the shops - all before lunch! Heck, I even prepared everything for dinner! I feel so serene, I can't believe it! So now all I have to do is sit here and look pretty. Even today's crafting session wasn't a messy one.

Anyway, I really just wanted to point you in the direction of Linda's blog The Best Free Craft Articles. As the name says; lots of free how-to's and stuff. There's a cool list of crafty podcasts that I must check out at some point. She is even featuring a few of my tutorials at the moment!For example, how to decorate a cup or mug, my yellow mobile and more. Pretty awesome! Thanks, Linda!


Also, just to let Jesse and my sister know: yesterday I finally sent your small but pretty prizes from the 1000 posts giveaway. Hope you like 'em! Sorry about the delay, but what can you do? Time management = not my strongest suit. ;-)


The picture is from my parents' garden when we were there last September. The tree is my dad's apple tree. My dad's. And don't you forget it. ;-)

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Now there's something you don't see every day

Me posting a screen shot of the Royal Mail website. But those matryoshkas were just too cute not to, er, pass on. ;-)

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Miniature green

Mean, I know. But I need to do some housework and stuff so I haven't got time to write this right now. ;-)

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Whine!

I am working on a couple of tutorials, one of them using one of the pillow cases I got in IKEA the other day. Not sure if I will get either of them finished today. After all, I have other things to think about; today is Whiny Wednesday. Boo.

Anyway, and completely unrelated: are there any knitters out there reading this? Can you recommend a good book for an impatient beginner? I can do knit an purl stitches, that is all. But I have a project in mind which requires cables and working in the round... and now I may sound like I'm totally down with what those are, but really I am not. I just know how to write the words.

Help! Anyone?!

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Hey, it's Stumpy!

I know it is a wee bit difficult to see (again with the mobile phone camera!), but that pidgeon only has one foot!! If foot is the right term, I am no bird expert! One foot and a stump (on the left).

It was quite fascinating to watch it. At first, before I realised it had only one foot, I thought 'oh, that is strange, that pidgeon's foot points inward.' But then I noticed the stump and of course it makes perfect sense that it would point the remaining foot towards the middle of its body to stabilise itself.

Well, I just thought I'd share this little story of nature's hardiness. Also, I know my sister will appreciate it. A three-legged dog it is not, I realise that, but it should result in atleast one 'Awwwwwwwww'!

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Corners

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Friday, January 02, 2009

Well, that's it then

I did get a wee bit emotional today, saying goodbye to people, especially my team leader and the other lady who worked on the home department. But on the whole I did manage to get through the day without blubbering.

I've not always been happy about working there, and it's certainly not my dream job by any definition, but the people I worked with are really great. I don't think I've ever worked in a place where people were so welcoming and friendly.

The last month everyone's really come together and stuck together. And that has been really nice to see - and to be a part of. Well, apart from a few people. But that comes as no surprise. ;-)

What is next, who knows. The next couple of weeks I'm going to wind down a bit, relax, spend time doing creative stuff. And visit Denmark for a few days. Looking forward to that. I need some parental hugs!

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Oh where indeed

It is sooooo cold today! I think I'm going to curl up on the sofa with a blanket and a book. Doesn't that sound like an excellent plan?

Still playing with my Christmas present from Tony. I do believe it will be somewhat life changing. It's a Wacom Bamboo One pen + tablet for the computer. So much easier to draw with than a mouse!

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Do me a favour, please

If you live in the UK, please sign the petition to save Woolies. And please also spread the word on your blogs. If the goverment can save the banks, surely they can save an institution like Woolies?

Right?

Please sign it. I'd like to see Woolies celebrate its 100th year. Also, I'd like to keep my job. :-)

Thank you.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Sylko sewing thread for cheaps?

Hey, do you need some sewing thread? Or cotton as some people call it.. strange when it is not even made from cotton. But nevermind, I digress...

I'm fairly certain there's a box of Sylko thread somewhere in the warehouse, which I could probably lay my hands on fairly cheaply. I reckon there's about 150-200, mixed colours. Not sure how much they would go for, but I think £5 for 10-20 probably isn't unrealistic.

If a few of you are interested, I'll see if I can get my hands on them. I doubt that there's anyone else at work who'd want them. Please let me know as soon as possible (by email, please!), so I can talk to them on Thursday when I'm at work next.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Seriously

Crafting, and stuff, is still happening here. But, this being the "Golden Quarter", it is very busy at work so I am working more at the moment. Which means I barely see the light of day. And never at a time when it is possible for me to take some photos of said crafting. Which is annoying, I like to document what I make so I can tell myself: look! just look at those pictures of that stuff; you made that, whaddaya mean you never get anything done?! just shut up already. jeeez!

But enough about my conversations with myself.

I've installed the newest version of Gimp and it looks like saving in CMYK and Lab is actually possible now. Although I have yet to try it... I'm too busy working through the pictures from our wedding. Yes, that album is still not anywhere near done. I really should be working on the pictures this very minute, but obviously I'm not. I blame it on my dear husband, he said "can you please move the stuff from the old computer that you put on the external drive onto your new computer." Why, certainly!

So I'm doing exactly that, while reading feeds in Google Reader - I have finally taken the jump from Bloglines. For the last month (probably more) it was acting weird and I eventually got tired of it. So.

Anyway, this can't possibly be of any interest to you... or can it? Heh.

And something completely unrelated: how do you write an 'about me' page? I feel like I should have one, yet I haven't got a clue what to write on it. I don't want to seem too... self-loving.. I can't think of the English word... I'd be grateful for any advice.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New, new, new!

Oh. My. God.

I've got a new computer! A NEW computer! Not just an upgrade to the old one, but a brand new, take it out of the box, plug it in, here we go computer! I have never had that before. My previous ones have been either my dad's old one or one I built with my dad. Which was cool too, it is nice to know exactly what is inside the thing, you know. But this is NEW! And shiny! With a very pretty monitor. Exactly the monitor that I wanted. Flat screen! There's so much room on my desk now, I barely know what to do with it*!

But now I really must stop playing with it - so many things to install and customise! -and go to bed. I'll show you before and after pictures soon. Weeeeeeee! Sorry. I'm just so excited. Giddy!



*don't worry, I'll fill it with stacks of paper and other crap in no time! ;-)

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Trees and secrets

This is a terrible picture... and the light wasn't even that bad when I took the picture. Or, I guess, maybe it was. Never mind. I'm just so excited about these Christmas trees that I had to share. I'm sorry that you can't properly see how happy and pretty the colours are together. I'll take some better pictures tomorrow!

Ooh, and I've got a tutorial to share with you! But I can't do that until after Christmas because it is part of a present for my sister and she reads the blog. And I don't want her to get even a sniff of what'll be under that tree! ;-) I like surprises, yes I do.

And speaking of Christmas, here's some Danish Christmas paper from... last year, I think. For some reason, when I'm not feeling well, I get this urge to tidy and purge, and I found this in one of cupboards in the sideboard. I do really like it (it is green!), but seeing as I've not used it for anything since I got it, it's gotta go. But in stead of just putting it in the bin, I thought maybe one of you could use it. It is used, it was wrapped around a present, and I have cut a bit from it to paste into my sketchbook. But there should be enough to use for... something (but probably best not to use it for anything intended to sell). The design, by the way, is either taken directly from, or inspired by papercuts by Hans Christian Andersen.

So, if you want it, it's yours (first come, first serve). Send me an email with your address.

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Madness between napping

Urgh. I'm staying home from work today. Got a migraine, which is no fun at all. Although, the headache-y part seems to be going away a bit. Thank goodness. But, still, it is a kind of madness to be interacting with this here computer screen. However, when I'm not feeling well, that is when my brain just won't shut up. Maybe it's because the usual filters are not working, so all the crazy ideas in my head are allowed to run wild.

So I need to subject my mind to some kind of input from somewhere else, to keep it busy. That makes sense, doesn't it? But perhaps I should take advantage of a non-filter day and write down the crazy ideas. There could be a couple of gems in there as well.

First I need a bit of breakfast. And another nap.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Red shoes. For you?

Hey, these are the red shoes I was going to wear for the wedding, but then didn't. Because of the whole, oh let's change the colour of the dress at the last minute thing. ;-)

I really love these, so pretty, but, well, I don't really wear heels (heals? huh?), so I am going to put them up on eBay. But I thought I'd give you the opportunity first. They are from Clarks, red (obviously) and a UK size 3. Yes, I have very small feet! They are yours for £15 (+ postage) which is less than half the original price.

Any takers? ;-)

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Monkey love

This guy, er gal, is sitting on the finished project that I mentioned last week. I am veeeeery happy about it! So proud that I. Made. That.

The monkey is a wedding present. It is a very famous monkey in Denmark, designed by Kay Bojesen in 1951. I love it! It's a great example of Danish design. And just so cute.

I'm off to the post office, but when I come back, I'll show you the rest of that project. :-)

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Just one day left at work

This is a picture from our visit to Oxford last year. It is quite pretty there. Would have been nice to have explored it more. Maybe one day.

I forgot to mention; heh, you didn't seem as repulsed by the peeing squirrel things as I thought you might be. And so I've put together a little squirrel inspired post for when we're away. Which I hope you'll like. :-)

Also, thank you for your mascara suggestions! I decided to go with one that isn't waterproof. As Gen mentioned, if I really do start howling my eyes out, it is much easier to clean up the normal kind. ;-)

Finally, do you have any suggestions for fabric or yarn related shops to visit in Rome? Some pretty fabric from one of my favourite places would be a very nice souvenir indeed.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Ahoy, maties!

Lest ye forget, today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Yarr!!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Maybelline eyes?

Hey guys (er, gals), I need a new mascara. A fabulous one! Can you recommend one? It should preferably have all these characteristics: make my lashes look long and full (also with a bit of curl action), be clump-free and quick to apply (i.e. just one or two 'coatings'). Black or dark brown. Waterproof-ness is optional. Reasonably priced and widely available in England.

I recently bought a Maybelline one, the Define-A-Lash Volume Mascara (black waterproof). But I don't know, maybe there's soemthing weird about my lashes, because it doesn't live up to the "no clumps, separation, voluptuous volume" it claims to give. Instead it makes my lashes look like I've been crying and the mascara is making the lash hairs stick together in a very unattractive way.

I used to buy another one from Maybelline, but I haven't seen it in stores in a while. Of course, it doesn't help that I can't remember exactly what it was called...

Anyway, any good mascaras out there that will make my eyes look fab for the wedding?

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Got any ideas?

Hey, have you got any great ideas, tips or must-see places for Rome? Yes, we do know where we're going! But it's been a fair few years since I was there last and my Tony has never been. So some nice inspiration would be great. I'm looking for something a bit unusual... not necessarily something to be found in a guide book. Maybe even something crafty!?


Random things I'm loving right now: that you can customise the colours of the labels in Gmail. That Firefox is just soooo clever! For example, I just typed in 'ferrovie' (Italian for railways) and it took me straight to the site I wanted. Try doing that in IE! ;-)

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Manga me

All the kids are doing it, so I thought I would too. I even did it twice. And I think the second one is probably more accurate. Well, as accurate as these things can be. You know? Here, have a go at manga-fying your face too.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Yellow is pretty

Can you? Phew. Our flat is so hot, it's almost too much to stand. But there is one good thing to the heat; they let us go home early from work. So the heat is good for something.

I'm playing with Inkscape, trying to get to know it better. I'm still dreaming of having Illustrator, but for now that is just a dream, so I have to work with what I've got. Right?
But something weird happens when I save an Inkscape .SVG as a plain .SVG file. See? The bits around the speech bubble completely disappear and what on earth is going on with the text? I had to cheat by taking a screen shot of the picture and then pasting that into the Gimp.

Any Inkscape/Gimp geniuses out there who can shed some light on why this happens?

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Happy + busy

Colourful hair elastics. Aren't they just super happy?

I've been pretty busy today! Went to the library, did some sewing (two finished projects in one day!!), some reading, took some pictures, drew some flowers. I've got a post to do for Feeling Stitchy and a couple for you, but right now I'm off to tidy the mess left by my sewing, start on dinner and maybe clean the bathroom. All before Tony comes home, because we're going to see Kong Fu Panda tonight. Busy, busy, busy!

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

This is all I've got

I'm still playing catch-up from our three day trip to Denmark. It really is a puzzle to me how far behind you can get on email and stuff just because you take out three days.

Or. Maybe I'm just really slow. Of course, it doesn't help that I'm rather slow to begin with! So if you're waiting for an email or some other form of response, it's coming! It will just take a couple of days. Oh 'eck, let's just say Tuesday, when I've got the day off. That way I've not over-promised and you might be surprised by a sooner-than-that reply.

Also, the next interview will be next weekend. :-)

The flowers are from my parents' garden. They have so many pretty flowers, I'm quite jealous!

Ok, I'm off to work on a shawl test...

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Here, there and everywhere

So, I didn't go to London. But it's ok, I got some long overdue tidying done and that is GOOD. Not as interesting as looking at art in the big city, but there we are, enjoying the very simple things. Like looking at the lavenders which seemingly overnight have become all spiky with shoots just waiting to burst into flower. And the peonies slowly opening to reveal their true beauty.

I also put my name on the list to be a beta tester of Spoonflower (that fabric on demand site that all the kids are talking about). I mean, I had to, right?

If you feel like it, feel free to add me to your friends on Facebook (just search for my name). I am still trying to figure out what the heck you use it for. Other than waste time on silly games and stuff. I really don't get it.

Oh, I gotta just vent a little bit. It really annoys me when people on Flickr bulk invite ALL OF THEIR BLOODY CONTACTS to whatever group they are a part of. To me that's as bad as spam! And it also really annoys me when groups only have group descriptions in, say, Portuguese. Why can't you have just one sentence briefly describing what the group is about? That really turns me off joining a group. Especially if it's a group that has rules - how can you follow rules when you don't know what they are? Ridiculous.

Anyway. In an effort to try and reduce the ever growing piles of things I've made, I'm thinking of selling off these guys. The embroidery (mounted on canvas) for £45 incl. postage and the Happyscape for £25 incl. postage. Email me if you're interested. Tony would thank you, he wouldn't be sorry to see some of my creations go out into the world. ;-)

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

No pictures. Boo!

Oh jeez. Blogger refuses to upload my pictures, so you'll have to do without the picture of my dinner (yummy home made pizza). Nor can I show you what I've made while playing with Gocco prints this afternoon (but you can pop over to Flickr to have a look at those). And I most definitely can't post the tutorial for foundation-less crochet I've got in the works. Hopefully, picture posting will be back soon. I'm too lazy to keep doing it manually. ;-)

Ta ta for now.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

I am a flower

I saw this over on Solveig's blog. I thought I'd give it a go too.


I am an
Iris


What Flower
Are You?


"You are a very sensual person. You like to experience all the sights, smells, tastes and textures the world has to offer. Ordinary be damned, because you want to do it all." Take the quiz here.

Also, thank you for all the comments about clotheslines. I'm still trying to get my head around the reasoning behind not having them. Heh.

Oh, if you feel like a bit of silly fun, how about taking my little survey about this blog? You may have done it before, if you have, you don't have to do it again. Unless you really, really want to and/or have changed circumstances. Say, if you have moved to the North Pole. These things, after all, do happen. ;-)

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Friday, May 16, 2008

It's my birthday!

Well, no. It's not my birthday today, but I still got a birthday present! From my sister and her hubby. I'll show you what was in it later. I'm just about to run off to work.

What is it about parcel deliveries that they must be carried out before you are properly clothed and fit to open the door to anyone, let alone complete strangers? It happens every bloody time and I have to scramble to put something on and straighten my hair. Some kind of sod's law? Or does it just mean that I need to start getting properly dressed as soon as I get out of bed?

Anyway, off I go. I hope I can stay awake; I couldn't fall asleep last night.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

I've lost it now

I need to send some of you emails, but I just can't be arsed. My feet are freezing, so can you blame me? Not that the two are in any way related (well, my feet are, since they are both attached to me. But I digress. And make very little sense.) So I made that wee picture up there as a distraction: look at the pretty colours: Oooooooo! Of course, it would have taken less time to actually write a couple of emails than play with the fonts in the Gimp. But my brain doesn't want to play today (hence the no sense making), so telly it is. Bye, bye! ;-)

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Air!

Fan, man! We started out with a tower fan but it was absolutely and utter rubbish. So we got this bad boy in stead. It's frickin' awesome!

Randomly piled together pretty fabrics. And Joppe behind them. We rescued Joppe from the parking lot outside a couple of years ago, he'd been left out there all day, so when we came home late at night and he was still there, we took him! Any Swedes or Danes (and other Nordic peeps too, perhaps?) should know why Joppe is a fitting name for him. ;-)

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Past things + still alive

These are a couple of illustrations I made while doing a course in "graphic production". That's where I learnt to use Illustrator. I wish I had Illustrator on my computer, but these days I have to make do with Inkscape which just isn't the same thing (or maybe I'm just stupid and don't know how to use it properly). Darn it.

I used this girl on my website for a little time. I made lots of different versions of her holding things: flowers, mistletoe, banana and paint brush.

One of our lavender plants which, against all odds, is still alive. Miracles DO happen. ;-)

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Something lives there

Neither of us can remember the conversation that lead to me putting this post-it on the cupboard. We're a perfect match. ;-)

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

"You like that song"



Sez Tony. And yes, I do like it. It's called "That's not my name" by The Ting Tings. The video is a bit odd. But then, aren't most music videos? ;-)

I've got lit candles in the window tonight. Danish peeps should know why. Did you remember, too?

It's a Bank Holiday tomorrow and for once I'm not working! So we both get a lie in. Yay! But unfortunately we are going to spring clean the flat. Like "this flat has never been this clean"! My suggestion. I must be mad. ;-)

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Pink & green + QI

Today we went to another town so I could spend the vouchers Tony's parents gave me for my birthday for Hobbycraft. I got some embroidery floss, a hoop, some little bags to (hopefully!) help keep my floss organised, a pen for drawing on porcelain and a big (30!) tub of small ink pads and one Cotman half pan watercolour. Don't you just LOVE new craft supplies?!

We also went in some charity shops, but no treasure was to be found. For me anyway, Tony got some books. :-)

On Tuesday we are going to be in the audience for QI! It is first come basis, so there's a slight risk we might not be able to get in. but fingers crossed! I lurrve QI, one. because I love random facts and two, because it is REALLY funny! I would like to see any combination of the following on the 'panel': Sean Lock, Bill Bailey, Rich Hall, Jimmy Carr, Vic Reeves, or Dara O'Briain.

I'm meeting Tony after work (the filming is in the evening), but I'm going up to London before then. Not sure what to do, though. Maybe go draw dead animals at the National History Museum? Or see a free exhibition somewhere? Any ideas?

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Night-y night

Lately, I've been working on getting a bit more organised. In most areas of my life, because I am quite messy and not at all organised. I want to change that! If only a tiny little bit. So I've been tuning my filters in Gmail, to make it do the work for me. Although whether that will make me better at actually answering email... well, that's a completely different story.

Another thing I've done is get myself a notebook, not too big, but not too small either, which lives on my desk. In it I write down all the things I would normally just scrawl on the nearest scrap of paper. Some of that stuff was barely readable, but my new system is a lot better. Everything goes in the same notebook, but I have a little column on the left hand side where I draw a little icon that tells me what the note is about. Very clever if I do say so myself.

Right-o. I best go to bed. It is almost 1am. Oh! Which also means there's only one week until my birthday. I like my birthday. Even if it does mean I'm getting older. Do you like your birthday? Here's what I'm hoping will happen on next Saturday:
I'll get some nice mail
Maybe some phone calls
Enjoy a meal with Tony's family
Maybe go to the cinema with Tony (Flashbacks of a Fool looks interesting)
Dare I hope for: cake, sunshine and some flowers?

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Light + blooms

The light was interesting yesterday morning. It made the yellow building look very yellow against the blue sky. I thought it was worth a photo...

Tony and I went for a walk this afternoon. And saw these pretty blooms. Definitely worth a photo! We had to cut the walk short because it started to thunder and rain. We got home just before the rain really started for realz.

It's my birthday soon. I like birthdays, even if they do mean I'm getting older. Oi. This year we're not going to Denmark for my birthday. I'm a bit sad about that, but we have to use most of our holiday for the wedding, so something had to give. It's going to be weird to not be with my family on my birthday, that's only happened a few times before.

Have any of you read the magazine called Artful Blogging? It looks very interesting and inspiring, but of course, there's nowhere in the immediate vicinity I can get my paws on it, so I can't tell for myself. And buying it directly from their website is out of the question. I can't justify the cost of the shipping. Even to me! ;-)

It might just be that I'm getting too little sleep lately (blame it on The Long Way Round being on so late in the evening!), but I'm just feeling really tired and not bothered. So I think I'm going to take a wee break from this internet lark. I'm going to focus on making some things and reading some books and then I'll be back full of spirit and crazy ideas.

Of course, now that I'm saying I'll take a break, I'll probably get my mojo back and start inundating you with posts. Wouldn't that be something! Right, I'm off to admire the third cake Tony has made today; for his colleagues on Monday when it's his last day.

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scribbled by Carina 4/12/2008 07:57:00 PM


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