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First things first, here is this weeks decluttering items.

A pair of green tights. Great looking on someone like Bernadette from Big Bang, but with someone with bigger legs like mine, they make me look like Kermit the frog. Bin. 

A pair of orange tights. Same thing as above (except the frog part). To be honest I think I'm a little old for coloured tights. Bin. 

A striped scarf. Never worn it, no idea where I got it. It's gone to a charity shop.

Winter hat. I got this a couple of years ago as a christmas present but I've got a Kermit the Frog hat and gloves (sometimes I do like to look like Kermit!) so this one has gone to a charity shop. 

A trilby. Another present, but unfortunately it does not suit me, so I've taken it to a charity shop. 

A wooden toy. Got one as a present, it didn't work so we took it back and I added the extra money to get this one. It's nice, but I don't need it. I don't have room to put everything up so charity shop it goes. 

Big item this! A FOTR cardboard cut out. Mum used to work in Woolies at the height of Tolkien fever, so she got me a lot of the ad stuff after it was finished with. For years now it's been on top of my wardrobe gathering dust. So it's going in the bin. Well, gone in the bin.

Finally here is my make of the week. I decided to try my hand at an altered notebook. I started off by cutting some music paper from Tim Holtz French Industrial stash to size, then stamping a trio of butterflies on it. I then stamped the butterflies on a piece of paper, cut them out and used them to mask the ones of the notebook paper to create a mask, before spraying with a few distress sprays. After this I attached it to the notebook, cutting it at the spine so it sat better. 

For the front I painted some grungepaper letters to make a title, then used texture paste with a blossom stencil, painted that with brass perfect pearls, and added some flowers from my stash.

For the back I spattered some distress paint. I did stamp on the back but it didn't work out, so I used some crackle texture paste with a stencil which also didn't work. Don't use a heat gun on clear crackle paste, as it doesn't go clear. I added some distress paint here, and also a grungeboard lamp. Finally I used the mixed media thinlits die, coated it in embossing powder, and glued it to the side.

I'm this close to finishing page four of the Disney stitch now, so I'll be working on that till I finish so I have as much time as possible on the LOTR stitch. I've also treated myself a little, from a bonus I got this week. I know it's counterproductive when I'm decluttering, but a bonus is supposed to be a guilt free treat! I'll share what I bought, and the Beadhaul box, when I get them.

Until then, happy crafting!


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