spindle_ella: (carmen sandiego)
Hi there! I set this journal up to blog about crafting, so expect lots of crafts. I'm playing [community profile] allbingo, so it's mostly geared towards that. If you check out the cards, prompts are html'd in as I start posting for them, then struck through once the item is complete (this allows for progress pics).
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so anyway i suck at this blogging thing

apologies for unanswered comments
spindle_ella: (carmen sandiego)
I love how the news is all about outdated computer systems and bad firewalls, when it's a PICNIC issue.

Chris's department sent emails out days ago, with pictures, explicitly stating that if you get this email you must not click on it.

Even yesterday, after all the news coverage...

Caller: Hi, yeah, you sent us a warning about some email, telling us not to click on a link...?
Chris: Have you clicked on the link?
Caller: Yes.

No update or firewall can offer protection when dozens upon dozens of government employees genuinely cannot keep themselves from being an IT Crowd punchline.
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More of an upcycle than a craft project. I bought some candles really cheap, and they don't burn very well once you get past the halfway point. But I like the frosted jars, so I decided to remove the wax and keep the jar. Melted out the wax, gave it a thorough scrub, and was about to store it away when I realised it was a good size for my aloe, which has been in a too-small pot for too long.

Bit of gravel, bit of compost, aloe now has a new home. I hope she's happy in there.

pics )
spindle_ella: (carmen sandiego)
My brain's been kinda fluffy recently, so progress and things that have happened in random bullet format (which also makes it easier to skip uninteresting bits b'cos of reasons):

long )

* in that vein, Friday's leather order is still not here, so instead of doing very busy work today I dragged out my inkle loom and made a thing to practice my selvedges. They're still terrible. But I'll share pictures anyway.

pictures )
Spoilers for Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and Legion )

Flowers.

Apr. 23rd, 2017 06:05 pm
spindle_ella: (glue gun)
Made paper roses for my step-mother-in-law's birthday (she nabbed my husband's boutonniere at the end of our wedding, so we figured she might like a bouquet).



progress pictures )

I think I'm going to use it for 'natural colours' bingo prompt, but I'll think on. Spent some time in the garden today; got the tomatoes and strawberries planted out in hanging baskets, and then got my lounger out and read for a bit. Today's tea is Kusmi Sweet Love.
spindle_ella: (carmen sandiego)
Ridiculously tired. About ready to murder my postman. And I have bingo updates but html NO BAD.

The Plan

Apr. 14th, 2017 05:33 pm
spindle_ella: (Helper Dog)
The plan for today was to rest up for a day of totodile hunting tomorrow, maybe look into websites and e-commerce sites for my move off etsy, do some of my current coursera course, read some. You know.

Then musicmagpie sent me a 10% extra thing, so I decided I'd get off my arse and finally get around to giving it a go; then I got distracted because bar code reader (bippity-bippity-boo) and the 80s station living up to its potential for once (I'll just listen to this one, then I'll knock off... oh wait, after this one...). I clocked up about thirty quid's worth of stuff, but since it's my first time I reduced it down to the minimum.

Then once I'd got my box together and organised a pick up I realised I hadn't used the damn coupon. While I was clicking around trying to figure out if I could cancel/redo in time, I noticed webuybooks... Sure enough, they were paying substantially more for some of the books that were in my musicmagpie box - like, more than double. So I just bit the bullet and sent a note to musicmagpie saying to cancel that one, and made up a webuybooks box worth more than the musicmagpie one with just three books.

Then I made up a new musicmagpie box.

I did not rest up. I am not in good shape. I am not good at plan.

I did remember to use the coupon this time though. Score.
spindle_ella: (carmen sandiego)
I've had about three hours sleep thanks to etsy fuckery, so if I leave some really weird comments later on then please forgive me. I get less shy when I'm tired. (I mean, I've straight up referred to etsy's customer service as 'a toxic-waste dumpster fire' and told the survey I trust a barrel of monkeys with my money more than I do them, but hopefully it will give some poor collator a smile).

Still, at least I didn't have to get a passport just to keep my shop open. That being said, my shop is still open purely so that I have some income while I set up elsewhere. I don't need sleepless nights because I've received a message that says "use our payment system or we'll close your shop on May 18th uwu", especially given that I can already predict the nasty cash-grabs to come.

Dickheads.
spindle_ella: (carmen sandiego)
Fingers crossed for a good cherry crop this year.



I think the snowstorm last week did for the plum again.
spindle_ella: (carmen sandiego)
I was stupid and did way too much over the weekend, so I am taking a Day OffTM (for a given value of the term: I've still been talking to customers, and I laid a bit more slate in the garden during my least lucid patch of medication. That's less heavy duty than it sounds though - I've got a little colander I fill, so I can rinse the stuff first, so I'm lugging about all of 200g at a time).

My plan for today was to post the bingo fills that I've finished and start doing link-ups, but I'm a bit too bombed to deal with photo-hosting and multiple html. Hopefully I'll get them rounded up this week though. The shop's been super-quiet, worryingly quiet, but things have picked up a bit today at least.

I've been told to watch the new Dirk Gently series, so I reread the books first and now I'm about to embark upon a marathon. I'll admit, I'm wondering whether I should wait until I'm a bit more here, but wahey!

Oh, and hallo to new peeps!
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celebrity/notable person stranded/survival scenario second person narration caught in a robbery journeys and quests
wine/alcohol genderswap pretending to be married/couple singing bad day
drugs/intoxication criminal intent WILD CARD combat scenarios AU: meeting AU counterparts
trapped romantic relationship (assumed) candles vehicle abuse
resurrection injury Mary Sue (or Marty Stu) picnic education
spindle_ella: (Tea n Books)
My card for [community profile] genprompt_bingo

Secondary Colours (Orange, Purple, Green etc.) Complementary Colours (Opposite on the Colour Wheel) Cool Colours Water Fire and Firelight
Sun and Stars Vivid Neutral Colours Magical Horses (Centaurs, Unicorns, Pegasi) Triads (Maiden / Mother / Crone, The Fates, Macbeth's Witches, etc.)
Primary Colours Dinosaurs and Pre-historic Creatures Wild Card Mobile / Carnivorous Plants Elves, Fairies, Pixies and Brownies
Dragons Sphinxes and Chimerae Flavour Snakes, Serpents and Worms Androids and robots
Natural Colours Colours of the Flag Black and White Honey Smell



I completed stuffed up and asked to be opted out of Energy Beings instead of Mobile Plants, and of course plants came up; debating explaining and asking for a trade-in, but worried I'll get a bad card. My botanical art skills suck rabid mongoose cock though. Unless I can use the wild strawberries; they have devoured a spade and a rat.
spindle_ella: (carmen sandiego)
I think we've established that I'm terrible at this blogging thing.

In other news, a wild bingo card appeared!

Amazon Forest Bedazzled Blue Timberwolf Cosmic Cobalt Blizzard Blue
Chocolate Smokey Topaz Magic Potion Jelly Bean Amethyst
Rose Quartz Moonstone FREE SPACE Deep Space Sparkle Rose
Shadow Blue Black Shadow Mountain Meadow Eggplant Eerie Black
Antique Brass Winter Wizard Quick Silver Sandstorm Aquamarine
spindle_ella: (carmen sandiego)
Trying to stick to the idea of posting once a week, minimum XD I'd set a specific day, but I know how that rolls - I miss the day, every time. A vague 'once a week' goal is a thousand times more doable for me.

I feel like half of growing up is working out what you're capable of.

cut for length )

Imma blog!

Feb. 17th, 2017 12:16 pm
spindle_ella: (Tea n Books)
I've been a bit overwhelmed by, well, everything. But I'm going to get my shit together and blog, or something.

Wedding was slightly chaotic, but we got there in the end. Honeymoon was pretty good - we didn't do any real touristy stuff, just wandered around, and I bought too much tea. Okay, there's no such thing as too much tea, but I spent too much on tea. It'll last me a few months though; that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. The real kicker was a Milk Oolong, which is my favourite anyway but this one is something else (Chris told me to buy it purely because of the look on my face when I tried the sample; never thought I'd see the day when he'd tell me I should drop £22 on 50g of tea, so god only knows what I looked like. He didn't come into Kusmi with me, which is just as well because I might have got Disapproving Eyebrows at that bill; the Patisserie across the road from there had cappuccino eclairs, so he was quite happy in there while I took my time).

Chris's take on the Natural History Museum: Uhh... dinosaurs were so small. I thought they were huge.
Chris's take on Big Ben: We saw Big Ben?
Chris's take on Hyde Park: where the fucking aerodactyls at?

Our hotel room had a hydrotherapy bath in it though, and it helped a lot more than I thought one would, so one is now on our House list. They might be expensive, but when you're talking about 'helps me function' over 'luxury' it's more doable. The more functional I am the more I can earn, which kinda pays for the bath and more besides? Maths.

I haven't done much craft-wise; I've needed to rest up and have been reading a lot. The shop is slow at the moment, but hopefully it'll pick up once holiday season starts (traveller's notebooks seem to spike in summer and Christmas-time). Being closed for so long seems to have affected me this time in a way it hasn't in the past.

I've set up a few goals in my planner - I'm not great at New Year's Resolutions (especially this year as my attention was on the wedding) but seem to settle in around February, so instead of waiting for the following year I've just taken to plotting things out when they come to me. Also, a big part of my 'planning' is to spread stuff out instead of binging an activity and fucking it up because I've taken on too much. See: previous adventures with free online courses. I'm permitting myself one at a time now, and just signed up for "Plagues, Witches and War: The Worlds of Historical Fiction" on Coursera.

Must do some gardening, however today I need to do a post run. New pokemon have nothing to do with it, honest.

That'll do for now; I may blog about books later.
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Just a quickie while I try to unkink my spine (then more flowers; my fingertips hurt).

biiiig pic )

Ack.

Jan. 10th, 2017 12:53 pm
spindle_ella: (glue gun)
I'm sorry, I haven't been around as much as I'd like considering I've just done a friending meme thing. In my defense, I'm getting married in less than four days and am still making all the things; I'll achieve regularly scheduled programming in February. I'm bingo-squaring a couple of the things but will deal with the wibbly decisions and html bits laters, there are some pics under the cut though:

biiiiiiiiig )
spindle_ella: (yarrrrn)
Classic Princess Square for the Archetypal Characters Bingo: 50/50 Tussah Silk/Wensleydale, laceweight 2-ply, 1 oz thereof. I did write down somewhere how long it is but I can't, for the life of me, figure out where the note went. I have more of the fibre to spin though.

image under cut )

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