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a few things in and a few things out...

Hope you all had a nice Christmas! First of all, here are the decluttered items. I'm stopping doing this at the end of the year, so I can concentrate on next year's resolutions (more on that next time). Here are last weeks items, plus todays.


Lindy Bop skirt. I do love Lindy Bop but sometimes they don't suit me. This skirt is a bit too full, so you need a petticoat underneath it or it ends up getting caught between your legs. I've got a Lindy Bop dress that is a similar pattern, so it's going to the charity shop.


A sweater vest. I went through a period of wearing stuff like this, but if you've got a bit of a belly it doesn't suit, plus I don't wear trousers much anymore. Charity shop.

A black blouse. Not fond of the short sleeves so charity shop.

A Forever 21 top. This makes me look a bit frumpy to be honest. Charity shop.

Lindy Bop dress. The fabric is what put me off this. I love the cotton ones, hate the shiny polyester ones. Didn't realise this was when I ordered it. Charity shop.

Polka dot shirt. Got a couple of white based blouses that are much nicer than this. Charity shop.

A summer dress. It's....nice, but I prefer the cut of Lindy Bop. Charity.
A hair brush. Did you know you are supposed to replace these every couple of years? Never knew myself. I've had this one for....longer than that. Bin.

Now for the ins. Christmas presents!!!!


Distress crayons and a Tim Holtz bag.
 Dies! Lovely selection. A couple of embossing ones too. Can't decide which is my favourite.

Sarah Millican DVD. I watched this tour live. She is an amazing comedian, you should definitely see her if you have a chance.

Pair of Skechers. I go through trainers really quickly so these are much appreciated.

A Pandora charm. I love the little glasses on here.


A Beast showcase figure. This is really unusual.

I had last week off, but being Christmas, I didn't do much in the way of crafting. I did make something though.




Apparently part of my hair wanted in on the pictures! This started off as a wooden sign, which I painted with white gesso, before adding some texture paste with the brick stencil. once dry I sprayed with various lindy's sprays. I die cut some gears, alternately embossing them with lindy's embossing powder, and ranger Verdigris powder, before gluing them on and finally adding some yellow flowers.

Ems

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