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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 bottles, lined it with blue glitter, then added polar flower soft and clear distress glitter, before pushing an eye pin through the cork, and attaching a santa inside. On the outside I cut out a Christmas stamp and glued it on there, and added a pink bow. I also found a couple of jingle bells, and a snowflake charm. Finally, I got an empty pendant base, glued a Christmas paper to it, added a 25 with foam pads to give it some dimension, then coated the whole thing in Glossy Accents.
 




 
The pictures don't do it justice.
 
Finally I found a jewellery holder in Poundland and decided to alter it (I actually bought two but so far have only done the one for my mum). It was hot pink when I started with it! I painted it black, then added some distress silver and sprayed it with a silver plastikote spray for the bits that were difficult to paint. After leaving it to dry I sealed it with a clear acrylic sealer. I replaced the ribbon (which is actually the bow above) with some beads on a wire. I also used the beaded wire below for a bit of decoration, with some tear drop purple beads added. At the top of the jewellery holder I glued the word Maggi, added some flowers, and finally added some gems to the butterflies.
 



I ended up taking the photos in the kitchen. The light is better there. Damn energy saving bulbs!
 
So at least I have proof that I've not been idle over the last couple of weeks. I've also been sticking to my daily writing. Admittedly there have been days I've thought it was crap, but that's not the point of the exercise. There's always editing.
 
Ems
 
 

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