Sunday, 23 November 2008

Buy nothing day

Friday, 14 November 2008

Bring on the cold!

I'm tough, I can take it!

Especially since I have just finished making some awesome fingerless gloves.

A black wooly jumper of mine decided to fall apart the other day. I guess it was just it's time. It had belonged to my husband before me and had many holes and little rips in before I got my hands on it. So I hacked it to pieces and whipped up these little beauties using the sleeves.

I got the idea from this post over on craftster, but now I'm trying to work out what to do with the rest of the jumper. Maybe a hat to match perhaps?

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Ooooh Fun!

I just found a groovy little open source program that now has me addicted. It's called SweetHome3D and it's basically a little java package that lets you create and decorate rooms or entire homes.

I know there are comercial programs that have better graphics and a broader choice of colours and textures, but this is fine as a starting point. The controls take a little getting used to but once you do you'll find it pretty easy to come up with something quite quickly.

I'm guessing it has many practical uses. Lets say you're bored with your current living room plan and you want to shift things about a bit but dont want to move it all if it's going to look crap. This program lets you put in exact dimensions of things, so you can see how it looks before you start on the back-breaking sofa relocations.

Or if you're like me, you can just use it to create dream rooms. I've been mucking about with some ideas for a craft space. It's not something we could have in this little apartment, but one day soon my husband and I are hoping to get a house in the countryside somewhere. So I can dream :P

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

The calm before the test.

I'm a bit busy at the moment. Busy and a little nervous.

I'm reading madly for my spoken danish test on Friday. If I pass, I will official be about half way through the modules I need to complete in order to apply for my permanent residency here.

The books I am reading are very simply written but have adult themes. For instance the one I have just finished has a stabbing, and this one I'm on now has a guy driving his car straight through a red light and into a truck. I'm guessing they didn't want us getting bored with the content and just giving up. Unfortunately this hasn't helped at all and I have found my mind wandering often. I know I should have read them well before now but they were just to dull and there were more interesting things for me to procrastinate with. So I did.

Anyway, I thought I would chance a quick break and come to the laptop to do something that always makes me feel better and helps me re-focus: Look at something purple.

A quick google image search uncovered a picture that not only has a lovely shade of purple in, but also depicts one of my favourite flowers, the passionflower. I love them cause they look like something from Day of The Triffids.

Monday, 3 November 2008

The Bungy Door Handle Spider Of DOOM!

I got a bit crafty today and decided to make a toy for Kalimah. I threw it together with pieces of an old skirt I dont wear anymore so it was an ultra-cheap alternative to buying something similar at the pet store.

The cord has some plaited rubber bands in it for that bouncy effect and inside there is a little container filled with rice that I made from some old toilet rolls, so it rattles a bit when she plays with it but not so loud as to be annoying.

Action Shots!

"Whats this thing?"

"Maybe if I just grab it here...."

"OH NOES...RECOIL ENGAGED!!!111!!!!1!"

"I shall nom you for your insolence!"

"Blargle...I am dead. Bungy Door Handle Spider Of Doom WINS."