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Another *$%^*ing post!

I've made a few things this week, the first is a card I made for a friend. I've said before how hard it is to make cards for males, and this was no exception.

I decided to go for a clean card, with a nautical motif as we live in Cornwall. I used some free stamps and my new stamp platform (this is a fantastic piece of kit, well worth the money.) I started by stamping some compasses on a piece of card and distress inking it, then cutting a smaller piece of card and stamping a lighthouse, sentiment and cloud. I mounted the smaller piece onto a black card then onto the compass paper, and finally cut some seaweed out, spraying it with lindy's sprays and adding clear embossing powder.

I've also made a few vases out of wine bottles. I painted them black, before adding molds, thinlit die cut card, texture paste and art stones (as well as shells on one) and some other bits and pieces, before painting it with black gesso again. Once dry I used a paint brush and either metallique paint or wax to paint a base, before using my finger and the silver or gold waxes to highlight the accents. Finally I added some spring greenery cut from black card, and some flowers that have been coloured with lindy's sprays to match the bottle.

Not a bad use for wine bottles is it?

f**k, s**t and b****r,
substitute with asterisks,
stop the potty mouth

I swear. A lot. I'll be the first to admit this. I've always thought that the reason behind this was because it was a place saver, while I was trying to figure out what I wanted to say. Turns out that it was the opposite. This week I have tried to curb my swearing as much as possible (a few minor ones slipped out but none of the big ones so that's progress) I've also dropped swearing out of my texts completely, even when I have been arguing with someone. It's made me aware of how much other people swear as well; if you are avoiding it yourself you are subconsciously on the lookout for swear words, and it is amazing how much it is peppered into everyday conversation.

I was toying between reward/punishment method for this, but decided on a different route. Being a fledgling writer, learning new words, or using alternatives is a must, so I found this.

I love this! My favourite on it is great googley moogely! I think it is important in life that we always try to better ourselves by doing little things like this. I am certainly not condemning swear words, in fact I am an advocate of it, but when it creeps into the workplace it needs to be curbed, especially as I am going into a new job, and need to make a good impression.

Anyway, ta ta for now.


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