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Archive for July, 2010

Tales From The Crafty Crypt

Go towards the light!!!!  Go towards the light!!!!  Do you think I could get a job as a Ghost Whisperer??? lol

These are some of the MANY plastic crates which have had my craft supplies squished into them for the last X number of years.  It is all changing.  The Den of  Inequity is no more.  It is well on the way to morphing into The Crafty Crypt.

There has been trip after trip to Ikea….the car goes there automatically now.  Many pieces of furniture and crates have gone to new homes via the path out the front of the house with a hand written note which says “Free to a good home. :)”……We must have GOOD junk….it goes within an hour.  Other bits and pieces are heading to be re-loved via the Good Samaritans.

The piccie shows one of the sets of drawers which The Missus bashed into submission.  She is a whizz with a hammer.  I was her able assistant, singing Klingon Opera to make her laugh when things wouldn’t behave and rubbing in bruise ointment the occasional time when it was  necessary.

Now instead of emptying crates and pawing through piles of crafty mess, then repacking it all….and it never seems to go back in quite the same way……. I can slide out a tray, lift the lid……..

and pick out what I want…….without having to unpack, then repack everything, whether I’m quilting,  sewing, knitting, playing with paper or making a mixed media project.

This little beauty holds my favourite paper craft bits and pieces.  You can tell by the rosy tint in piccie that I’ve been speaking of it in glowing terms.  One of the things I like about it  is that I can’t pull the drawers out onto my foot!  It is also very nice having easy access to my light box and it is just the right height for me to stand and trace.

Access to my stamps and bits and pieces is so easy now.  I can’t wait to get into my stamping again.

The storage crates are gone and all my crafty bits are nesting in their new homes.  Some general tidying over the next week or so and The Crafty Crypt will be open for business.

The Missus took her life in her hands last week when she braved The Den of Inequity to pick out some fabric which I used to make some bags for her DS accessories.

She survived unscathed and emerged triumphant with a couple of Japanese style fabrics for the car battery chargers.

The stylus pouch was a dry run for a knitting needle pouch.  Starting small is good when frogging!

I’m down to scraps with both these fabrics.  I bought a metre of each a few years ago from a quilt shop that was closing and they’ve been a favourite ever since.  The Missus preferred velcro to button holes for ease of closing on all the pouches.

This fabric reminded The Missus of the movie The Matrix….I used it to make a pouch for the power cord.  It looks a bit tight, but The Missus is happy with it, which is what matters.

I almost forgot to say how I came about the name “The Crafty Crypt”.  The Missus was in there and mentioned how cold it was.   I said it gets as cold as a crypt….and it was just a hop, skip and jump away from The Crafty Crypt.  It also helps to have a life time interest in the Macabre.

Old  Goths never die…..we just need less make-up.

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Gateway To The Holidays

Most Friday nights I’m looking forward to the weekend….Tonight it is the holidays I’m looking forward to…..and the Tour de France.  YAY!!!!

I made a lavender bag using this stitchery from Jenny of ELEFANTZ .  I love the smell of lavender and we have a few bushes which means it is just a matter of stepping out the back to cut some (tomorrow…..it is freezing cold and pitch black right now….kind of like the background on the piccie! lol)

has  offered another freebie as a challenge to stitch this design and make it into something.  I started stitching it tonight and am adding it to a teatowel which I’ll make up as a bag for the bits and pieces that go along with my mobile phone.  Zoom over to Jenny’s blog and let her know if you are joining in.  I’m sure it will be fun!

They’re Coming To Take Me Away Ho! Ho! Hee! Hee! Ha! Ha!

If I can’t take my pointy sticks I’m not going!!!  Can’t you tell it is one day away from school holidays? lol  I’m playing catch-ups for what I’ve been making over the last couple of weeks in this post.

This is the solder bag I made recently.  In typical Gemini fashion I’ve decided to make the Gardener’s Journal quilt.  Instead of using pastels, I’m stitching it in DMC 720.  I have one block to finish stitching in pastels, which I will make into (surprise!!!) a bag, then I’ll be onto the new colour.  One colour back stitch is sheer heaven on a Friday night after a week at work and I have as much intelligence and sense as a senile amoeba!

This is my June FOSAL.  It is Starry Night by Shepherd’s Bush from the 2008 JCS.  I used colours which gave expressed what I think a starlit snowy night may look like.

It took me a week of snipping to figure out that there must be something better than scissors for cutting the seams on a rag quilt….I now have a pair of Fiskars snips which means it is zooming along at turtle’s pace, as opposed to snail‘s pace. As you can see, Lestat was being his usual helpful self, giving much needed advice. When I was at the joining blocks stage I considered making a quilt like this for the bed. There is more chance of the Big Bad Wolf becoming a vegetarian than a bed sized rag quilt now! LOL

I’ve also made a couple of squishies for The Missus, but they are for Christmas, so photos will have to wait….another six months.

Have a good rest of the week and remember….If you can’t be a good example, be a terrible warning…..I prefer the latter….It’s MUCH more fun!!!!