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Saying goodbye to the old and ringing in the new

Well, it's almost New Year again (they move faster every year).

First things first, here is what I got for Christmas this year.

A Jack Skellington funko pop
A Nightmare Before Christmas necklace
As you can see, Funkos were the flavour of the month. Here are four more, all Sherlock themed.


Three Sherlocks (I already have two, but only one John!)

Supernatural the anime series. I'm interested to see how this is different from the series, though I wish both of the main actors had been able to record their voices for every episode. There are also a couple of books - physics and quantum biology. A bit of light reading!
A lovely notebook, just what I need for next years budget.
A Pandora bracelet. Total surprise. I've already ordered a couple more charms to add to it.

This was the first official Beadhaul kit, a bi-monthly subscription kit from Crafty Creatives. The theme was fairytale.
I love this little pendant charm.


What I really like about this is they have not gone for the …

Focussing on one thing for the rest of the year...

This is just a short post to say I'm putting everything crafty related on hold for the rest of the year until I finish the first page of the cross stitch. There will be one post at Christmas, reviewing the first Beadhaul box (can't review it till then as it's a present) and one reviewing my spending over the year (I still have one target to hit, which I should do this Friday) The good thing is it will give me some time to properly plan a new craft piece. It'll be card making again soon (birthdays etc) although not presents as I've made those already (shows being super organised is not always a good thing)

So, here is where I am in the cross stitch now.

For those of you who haven't seen one of these before, it's a cross stitch chart. Each symbol represents a different colour. I highlight it when I've done the colour, so I don't screw up (too often anyway)
That patch in the middle that hasn't been highlighted I had left as it was involving sparkly…

Key holder

Well I managed to pull my finger out and finish the key holder. It started off as a white holder, same as the one I altered before. I started by gluing some gems onto the butterflies, then painted it all black, then gold. After that I distress embossed some of the butterflies.

The wings and circle from a couple of posts ago were painted black then bronze, and distress embossed in the same way. Before I distress embossed the circle, I added a time piece so that it looks like a clock. I glued them together and attached to the holder. Finally, I cut some flowers out of Steampunk Spells paper, glued a filmstrip onto the holder, and glued the flowers, plus some paper flowers from my stash onto the strip, and attached a blue ribbon to hold it up.




As you can see, one of the hooks is bent. I could not bend it back! (certified weakling)

I like this cos it's got that steampunk vibe but the flowers give it a vital spark of colour. Next week off so I'm heading to Newcastle to see my best…

So...how did NaNoWriMo go?

As some of you may know, I tried a mini nanowrimo lately. For those who don't know, this is where writers use the month of November to write as much as they can. The target for most is 50,000 but, as I've had months of writers block I just wanted to set myself the target of writing every day. I'm happy to say that I managed to do this, writing over 20,000 words.

Now this does NOT mean I am anywhere near finishing either of my books, especially since annoyingly a third story has now popped into my head. I'm going to try my very best to get all three books finished in the next two years.

I had been planning on working on my jewellery holder (which is now going to be a key holder) last week, but on my first day off work last week I had a phone call from work which kind of upset my week. I won't go into it as thankfully it's sorted now but it stressed me out no end. I've been having some weird dreams lately (think giant eating parts of celebrities and Hitler r…

Revisiting my magazine freebies

As I've said before, it's always interesting to revisit your stash. you find stuff you forgot you even had, or inspiration will strike with something you were previously at a loss to use.

I've had plenty of magazines in the past, including two subscriptions. The one thing that you will get with craft mags, is a free gift on the front. With cross stitching mags it is usually a chart or mini kit, like the bird kit that started my cross stitch obsession. Papercraft mags have a wider range, from stamps to bowmakers, papers to charms (though not many of those anymore for some reason), embossing folders, dies, scoring boards, the list is almost endless. So, if like me you buy a lot of the magazines, you amass a lot of these freebies. I tend to be slightly more selective now, though if a free gift catches my eye it still ends up in my stash.

Today's post illustrates some of the freebies I've had. These have been in my stash for over a year now (shame). The first selectio…

I'm back! Sort of...

Well unfortunately my camera has given up the ghost so I've been looking for alternative ways, and the best way I've found so far (which admittedly isn't great) is my ipod touch. The pics aren't very good admittedly, but for now they will do. The winter days don't help, I swear we haven't had any light today.

So I will update what I've done, and I guess I'm going to have to think of buying a new camera or something. Balls!

Here is where I currently am on the Beauty and the Beast stitch. I have a feeling it will last me till at least the end of 2016 the way it's going.


Honestly I work on it for hours yet it feels like I'm making no progress at all. I decided to make a Christmas piece of jewellery the other day. Originally it was going to be some earrings, just something simple, but upon searching through my stash I realised that I didn't have any matching Christmas charms, so I decided to make a necklace instead. I got one of my little bottl…