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I'm settling into the new job. A few niggles, the worst being I don't seem to have the creative energy I need at the moment, but I am getting there. I have managed to make a few things this week.

This is a gothic style birthday card. I sprayed some card with Lindy's sprays, then added black soot distress ink using a stencil. I glued on some fabric at the bottom with soft gel, then stamped a raven skull, colouring it with distress crayons and cutting it out. Finally I added a sentiment from Tim Holtz chit chat range.

Card number two. This is Lego inspired (obviously). I used a hole punch to make the bricks. I was going to cover the whole card till I realised how long a few took! Instead I cut out Happy Birthday in the same colours.

I decided to make a little poster for work, as it is a little dreary. I started by stamping, distressing and mounting some sentiments. I then got an A4 piece of paper, stamped and embossed the Visible Image stamp, then sprayed the background with a few Lindy's sprays before using distress ink with a few stencils.

all now must gather,
epic quest to undertake,
trek through endless fire

As I had four days off in a row this week, I decided to watch all six extended versions of Peter Jackson's Middle Earth films. Initially I was going to watch them all in one go, that is, until I saw the running time. So I portioned them out to two films a day. In order of course. Now, I know that lots of people hate the Hobbit trilogy and I will admit, they are flawed, but the issue is the inevitable comparison with the far superior LOTR trilogy. They were always going to fall short but I found them enjoyable, and they fleshed out the dwarves far more than Tolkien himself did. At least they all had individual characteristics, even if some scenes were a bit ridiculous. (Bomber and the barrel - I'm looking at you). The main flaws I found were the love triangle (completely superfluous, and in my opinion just playing on Aiden Turner's similarity to Viggo Mortenson.) The overuse of Legolas (especially the scene where he is jumping up the crumbling bridge - Mario anyone?) and I think that they should have swapped Alfred and Fili around. Not the actors but the runtime. Fili is the Crown Prince, yet he is hardly mentioned. Of the dwarves the favourite outside of the Durin line is Bofur (I think!) And I will say that Billy Boyd's song at the end of BOFA sums up the entire six films and is a fitting tribute to both the fans and the people who put so much work in.

I will never get tired of watching LOTR. The casting is perfect. Why Andy Serkis has not won awards for his portrayal of Gollum and Caesar is beyond me, and is an injustice I hope is rectified one day. The main difference between LOTR and the Hobbit is the special effects. Far more models were used in LOTR, and too much CGI was used in the Hobbit. Still, in my opinion they are the best series of films. Sacrilege I hear you cry, but it is my opinion, and I will always prefer Middle Earth to Star Wars and Hogwarts.



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