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I don't know what's happening to me at the moment but my crafting bug has well and truly gone into hibernation. I just can't seem to do anything right, and it's annoying as hell. The only thing that is working right is my cross stitch, and that's cos I have a pattern to follow (I have added a new stitch to my list, something for somebody else). So here is where I'm at with the sewing room stitch






Maybe I've got to the point now where I have too much craft stuff to know what to do with it. Hopefully it's just another lull. I have been working on something today, but I can't do anything more with it until the glue is dried, so for now, here it is



I'm not sure exactly where I'm going with these pieces, but suffice it to say I've got a long way to go till I'm finished. 

Spending wise it's gone a bit pear shaped as well. My brother has so far paid me back £175, which I used last week. I got a Dominos for £19.99, a meal at Walkabout for five of us for £50, some food from the Co-op for £9.46, some weedkiller, food and a mag from Asda for £16.36, sausage and chips for £5.40, a rucksack (£23) and two pairs of skull candy headphones (£19.99 each) some snacks £3.70) fish and chips again (£5.90) and a pack of filters for mum (60p)

It's amazing how quickly money goes when you aren't paying attention to it. I think part of it is due to the fact that my tasks are a little vague at the moment, and I have lost my creative spark in both my crafting and my writing. To that end, I have started doing one writing exercise a day for the next thirty days, as well as starting to prepare LAAC for self publishing. So far I have done four exercises, including the story of homework girl, and a short story involving an elderly fly telling a younger one the secret to a long life! 

One conundrum I have solved is the one about tags. I loved doing tags, but I ran out of them and to be honest with you I didn't want to buy anymore. When I used the pediments die last week I realised that the die would be a perfect solution to tags, using a regular piece of card in the middle of it. I think the best thing to do at the moment though is to concentrate on one project at a time, and intersperse that with the stitching. After all, cross stitch is still craft. 
Ems


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