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Darkness falls across the land....

Title is a happy accident, given the clocks have gone back this morning which is the final death knell for the summer of 2017. Winter is upon us, especially if next week is going to be as cold as they say.

I'm still in the middle of making things, so this will be picture light again. There are a few makes though.

This was a simple statement necklace, using frosted shrink plastic. I traced some glasses frames, coloured them with black sharpies, cut them out (carefully) then hole punched and shrunk them.

Hobbycraft have some awesome paper mache figures at the moment. I fell in love with the stag heads, but could only order two as they had run out, so I ordered some of these as well. I dug out some decopatch paper I have had for ages for the body, and painted the antlers gold.

Progress on the stitch. Realistically I have enough craft stuff to last me forever, yet I keep buying more. I must stop this, which will be my aim next year.

I try to learn the
perfect dance for Halloween
this is thriller night

This week was about trying to learn the iconic dance for thriller. I had originally planned to do this with my brother as he is a much more gifted dancer than I but he flaked out on me, so I tried to learn it myself. I would like to say that I mastered it...but I would be lying my ass off! I cannot dance at all anymore! When I was a young girl I used to do routines with some friends; Steps, Billie Piper, Backstreet Boys. I kind of wish I had kept that up, even if it was by myself, because I might have had more of a chance this week. I seem to have lost my confidence in a lot of my abilities, small as they were, and have lost them completely. Whether I have lost them due to lack of talent, or lack of self-belief I do not know, but there is a lesson to be learned here. With the things that I still do; the crafting, the writing etc, I need to continue them, even on the days I have no confidence in what I am doing, because otherwise I will lose them, and I will have nothing left that defines me as a person.



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