Skip to main content

oompa loompa doopity do......

I've been making jewellery this week, using things from the new Beadhaul box, as well as some shrink plastic and things from my rather extensive stash. I'll go through them one at a time.




Hook earrings made using items from the latest box, plus gold beads and hook earrings from my stash.

A bird necklace. I managed to bag the first beadhaul box on ebay, which I was happy about as I missed it initially. This necklace uses a few beads from the latest box too, plus some chain fragments.



A shrink plastic bracelet. I stamped the jars, then chose some stamps to go in the jars (my favourite is the kite) then I painted them with watercolours before punching a hole and shrinking them. I attached them to some fragments, and added some head pins with beads from my stash, and a lobster clasp.


I decided to try something a little new here after seeing something similar on a television programme. I die cut two feathers out of shrink plastic, stamped them with script stamp, punched a hole in them and coloured them with sharpies. Once shrunk, I painted the back with white gesso to protect them from the glue I used to attach brooch backs. I added a green heart to each feather, and a chain to string between the two badges. Finally I added a tree pendant to the centre of the chain.


Here is the second one I did. I die cut some hearts, gears and wings and shrunk them. I painted the hearts silver and edged the sides with black sharpie, the gears gold, and left the wings, before assembling the pieces. I glued the brooch pieces on the back, and added some chain fragments and beaded head pins to finish.

a ban on sweet things,
no beans from a foreign land,
not dark, white, nor dairy

So, this week's thing was giving up chocolate. I thought it appropriate given Wednesday was lent, and the British Heart Foundation are asking people to give up chocolate for March (can't do that long-sorry). However, as I am not religious, a week should suffice! I will admit I am a bit of a chocaholic, especially at work when boredom and irritation collide and only sugar will suffice to dampen my negative mood. I have also in the past downed a tub of chocolate ice cream in one go I am ashamed to say, so I was hoping that, in the same way that my fizzy drink addiction has all but disappeared (still not had any) it might at least curtain the sheer quantity of chocolate I devour on a regular basis.

This week was easier than I expected overall, but I will take one day at a time.

Monday - Went to the Co-op. It was harder than I thought to find a snack that wasn't chocolate related; even the cakes are either dried fruit, lemon, or chocolate. I had a tiny pack of Skittles.
Tuesday - headache today. Unsure whether it was due to the lack of chocolate or the fact that a customer was talking incessantly for about three hours. I had a leftover After Eight yoghurt in the fridge that was due to run out today. Knowing I could not eat it myself, I gave it to my co-worker.
Wednesday - Headache all day. I've not been craving chocolate though, at least not much. Bought some fruit and some fruit yoghurt. Also ate some shortbread.
Thursday - My favourite yoghurts - Cadbury's layers of joy - were reduced to 55p in Sainsbury's, due to being at the end of their use by date. Instead of buying them, I gave my 55p to charity so that I would not be tempted later.
Friday - Interestingly, the morning shift brings more boredom, and more importantly, more cravings, than the evening shift. I thought it would be the other way around. I tend to feel a mid-morning slump, about 11am, which is when I reach for a snack. Perhaps I need to rethink what I have for breakfast, or at least have some fruit on hand for when these cravings occur.
Saturday - Day off. Plenty of chocolate in the kitchen (have I stockpiled ready for Monday?) Not tempted by any of it...yet anyway. I've definitely eaten less sugar than I would normally have done, but I cannot sense it has done my body any good.
Sunday - one day to go! Well, at this point, about four hours. Did the food shopping for work next week and bought ginger nut biscuits for my snack, not chocolate. Surprised myself there!

Knowing that I can go for a stretch without chocolate has inspired me to curb the mindless snacking. It won't stop completely but perhaps it will a little.

Emma

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

A few completed projects...

So I finished the Tiger in the Heavens stitch finally. I have decided not to put the sequins on it, as to be honest on reflection it makes it look a little garish, and not right for the intended recipient.





So, one is finished and the next one has started. I have to say I am loving my cross stitch floor stand. It makes it so much easier, even if it is a bit cumbersome getting it up and down the stairs sometimes! Below is the next project.

I have had at least two people remark that it looks like a pair of boobs in a bikini top in the middle, but you can see from the rest of it that it isn't that - that is, unless Wallace and Gromit has suddenly become X-rated!
I've also made a card this week. I haven't been able to do much, as on Saturday I got a delivery of some new furniture, so my room is a little bit of a mess to say the least. Still, I got my G45 papers out and had a bash at a card.

As well as the G45 papers, I used a couple of SnipArt wings and some Lindy's embo…

Writer's block

Writer's block so bad that I can't even think of a decent title apparently! I seem to have lost all confidence in my writing at the moment. It doesn't help that I have asked a couple of people to read The Ghost Lights, and not one of them has got back to me yet. Or maybe I am using that as an excuse.

Anyway, the writing may be on a low point at the moment (though I am working on some writing exercises to help me) but the crafting is going quite well. Here is what I have done this week.




This was an old bathroom cabinet we have had for donkey's years. It was white, so I started off by painting it with black gesso, then adding paper clay on the front. I coloured some of Tim Holts resist card and put them along the sides and the top, then added some paper clay borders. There were some gaps, because I am not neat when it comes to paper clay, so I mixed some art stones with texture paste and filled in the gaps. I painted the paper clay black as well, then painted it all wi…

Money...does grow on trees?

Ok no it doesn't (more's the pity). I decided that to help me keep going on with my savings I needed a visual aid. I didn't want to go for the usual thermometer, so I did something a little different. I started by grabbing the box that the Tim holtz stamp platform (always keep the packaging!) and painting it with sparks paint. I put a patterned paper inside, and then die cut some branches and flowers. I also die cut three butterflies, coating them with gold, silver and copper wax respectively, to represent the coins we in Britain have.



As you can see, it is completely bare on the right hand side. This is because I have set myself a target. Each branch is worth a tenth of that target, and each flower is worth a fifth of a branch. So, I am just shy of halfway on my target.
I also finished my other stag. I kept it simple this time, just coated it with foam cogs, painted it with black gesso and then used silver wax. Simple, but striking.


Finally, here is the progress on the …