Friday, 24 December 2010

Handmade Presents Part 3, The Night Before Chrimbo

You know what I've gone and done.

I wrapped those bloody pressies before I remembered to photograph them.  Blast.  I shall just have to snap them when they've been unwrapped :)

Work on the teddy bears has halted for tomorrow, with one bear almost done, and six? seven? left to start.  Let alone finish.

And I must be packed and ready before New Year's Day. 

My brain is already fried.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Blip Trio

I can't think of anything to say, except HELL YEAH, LAST DAY TOMORROW!  Actually looking forward to doing some cleaning for the first time in my life :)

Must rid Holly of her doodies....

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Blip Duo

I hate money.

That is all.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010


I have so much accumulated rubbish!

That is all.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Long Live The Talent Grinder

Do you know, fair and gentle reader, who the very first winner of X-Factor was?

According to Wikipedia, it was a man called Steve Brookstein, mentored by that vat of stinking slurry Simon Cowell.  Who dropped him because he didn't want to sing cover versions, but record his own material.

Hence the term 'vat of stinking slurry'.

Now I have heard of Shayne Ward, winner of the second series.  But has he achieved world chart domination?  Hardly.  According to Wikipedia, he has also been dropped by Simon Cowell's record company.

This is how it goes.  X-Factor exploits those with talent, it builds them up and we get to watch and call it entertainment.  And when it finishes, the winner is whisked off to a rollercoaster life that ends all too soon.

And yet they are envied.

So what will happen to Matt Cardle, who will have an album out by Christmas most likely?  What will happen when sales of his cds fall below Cowell's line of value?  He'll be dumped, in favour of the next X-Factor winner.

And every year, people will watch this conveyor belt shuffle more warbling meat popsicles across our television screens, to be consumed for our delectation and delight.

It'd be kinder to give them swords and have them fight it out gladiator style.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Harry And Holly

This is Harry C. Hamster, my sister's new pet, and as you can see he is a big boy.  He pouches all his food at once and sneaks it back into his little house.  He is a cutie though.  Very timid, keeps jumping away like he thinks I want to kebab him.
And here's another picture of Holly cradled protectively in my hands.  She's like a little ball of cotton wool :)

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Decisions Decisions

I have three major magazine collections left.  Skin DeepSFX.  And Bizarre

I can't keep all three.  Its just too much paper sitting in boxes doing nothing, too much effort to move to a new abode if I'm never gonna read them again.

But which collection do I dump?  Which stack do I recycle?  At the moment I really can't decide.  All I know is I have to get rid of one, at least.

Skin Deep would make sense to keep as I want tattoos, and having a set of magazines on hand to inform me seems advisable.

SFX is my biggest collection I believe, and the one that would yield more space.  But I'd be sorry to see them go.

Bizarre is the one I think I'm most keen to hang on to, as its articles are very inspiring, and I can see myself going back to them again and again.

There are other magazine titles here and there, titles I probably won't have any hesitation in recycling.  But their total sum won't mount up to anything like my top three.

Damn, looks like my SFX collection is the one I can let go off.  Might have to discuss this with the boyfiend.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010


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The Stuff Of Life

Fair and gentle reader, tonight has seen me shredding, recycling and packing for the approaching move to the Dark Ford of the Chandlers.  Yes, that's right, I'm upping sticks and throwing in my lot with my man and his two pronged beard.

It has been arduous, and tasking.  

Now, I am a magpie in nature.  Well more accurately a recycler.  I have lots of bits and pieces of wrapping paper, knick knacks, fabric, jewellery, all collected and kept because I knew, I just knew that I could find a use for them.  Of course most pieces just end up thrown out of sight in boxes and stuffed into bags that were themselves acquirements and which once I had a tenuous reason to hold on to.

So today, I have been ruthless.  I have said 'Begone!' to the pretty wrapping paper from ten years ago.  'Adios!' to the gift bags of yesteryear.  The fabric, meh, a lot harder to let go of, but lets face it, you can do a lot more with fabric than with paper.  The knick knacks and assorted "found" objects, I am reluctant to throw in the bin, firstly because I worry that they will take an age to decompose, secondly, because I know most of them have a use, and thirdly, because once I do throw them away, I'll need them for something.  The Law of Sod really.

So my plan is this.  Put all the knick knacks and "found" objects in the one box, and aim to cut the contents down by at least half.  At least a third.  Perhaps.

And then find a use for each and every remaining wotsit or doohicky.

That'll be the day.

Insomniacs Rise!

4:32 am.  Not even remotely tired.  Decided to watch Gormenghast and do some work on presents. 

4:37 am.  Can't think of anything more to write.  Brain going mad.

4:38 am.  Sleep patterns totally screwed.  Massive sleep session yesterday help in some ways, hinder in others.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Handmade Presents Part 2, And Wot I Been Up To

I have been trying all day to look for knitting looms/nancys/spools/etc, and found some plastic ones that are just too expensive for me at the moment.  So now I am looking for suitable materials to turn into knitting looms, found an interesting web page where the creator took a simple wooden table leg and turned it into a spool by chopping it down, drilling down through it and hammering some nails into the top.

Now my thinking is that I can probably gather similar materials from round the house and use Mother's man's tools to turn said materials into a loom or spool.  Which would probably be better as the plastic looms look a bit tacky and hard to hold as you knit.

Muddling on without one though, I've managed to make a few further items of knitted jewellery, the latest a cuff which I decorated with a few pretty buttons.  I'm not sure if its finished though.  Might need to add some more beads or something.  Very difficult wool to work with as well, I'll be glad when I've got rid of it all.  Pretty though.

Let's see, what else to post.....

Phoned in sick because of vertigo yesterday, slept til 5, so not remotely tired, dammit.

Watched that episode of Babylon 5 with the thinly veiled storyline about Jehovah's Witnesses.  There was a lot of talk about an egg, the Great Egg, yadda yadda.  Want scrambled eggs now.

Seems my NaBloPoMo is going well, only missed one day, yay me.  I think I might do this more often.

Realised I want to open an alternative shop near the commercial centre of Winchester.  Middle-class conservative Winchester.  I'll be chutney bombed by the WI.

Monday, 6 December 2010


Had to come home early from work as Mother thought it'd be best in my gravity-challenged situation.  So I have no photos of pretty handmade things as I went straight to bed and had a nap.

Pretty sick of this now.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Handmade Presents Part 1

Ah, I have finally completed the first of my handmade Christmas presents.

The family decided that, to cut done on the hassle and expenditure of the season, we wouldn't buy presents, but make them instead.  Or give away things if one didn't have crafty fingers.

Now I was going to post some pictures but would not you know it or would not you not, the only camera in the house has a bloody flash of what looks like 5000 watts.  Completely washed all the colour out.  So I will just have to describe it.

What I did was French knit a beaded string of turquoise wool into a bracelet, sewed the two ends together and threaded the ends through a lovely button I had selected, and finished the ends with more beads and tied them off.  The beads were sort of purple and pearlescent.

I've also made a necklace to go with it.  Hopefully I can take some pictures tomorrow :)

Saturday, 4 December 2010

A Grand Design

Finally!  A Grand Designs episode with not a trace of modernism or minimalism in sight.  Instead, this episode's couple are building a gothic wonder.

Their original design features a front facade that will fit in with surrounding houses, but the back, which faces a fantastic view, will be fully gothic.  They have a tower!  And a timber balcony.  Inside there will be an abundance of timber arches, arched doorways, and a giant gothic mantelpiece in the full length flag-stoned hall.

I want this house.  It is exactly to my tastes, whereas modern architecture is not.  Though I would have to add some Gaudiesque changes...

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Doctor Frendo Is In Da House!

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, is the annoying disorder I suffered through yesterday, which is characterised by episodes of 'spinning'.  I fell down on the bed three times as the room spun around me, a flurry of pink and yellow (my sister's bedspread/curtain and the walls). 

Positional vertigo is caused by changing the position of your head, even from side to side (which almost made me throw up last night).  Apparently it is caused by problems in the inner ear (encased in the hardest bone in the body by the way), where your sense of balance is controlled by calcium crystals called otoconia.  When these crystals are dislodged, so is your sense of balance.

Now, what makes it worse is the fact that your eyes go funny as well.  This is known as physiological or rotatory (torsional) nystagmus, when the eyes go through an involuntary twitching or beating motion.  My eyes were rolling in a 'smooth pursuit', followed by 'saccadic movement', trying to follow the movement I thought I was perceiving towards my left ear, and quickly flicking back to the right.  From what I have ascertained, this means that it was my left ear that was mostly affected.

Thankfully I didn't feel pre-syncopic (faint), or succumb to syncopy (fainting).

What caused the BPPV I am unsure of, its possible that some sort of viral infection whacked me for ten.  I have been feeling under the weather lately.

And that is all from Doctor Frendo for today, so stay safe and eat an apple ;)

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

When Rooms Won't Stop Spinning

Well, I said I was going to do a post a day for my own personal NaBloPoMo, so here is the first, for the 1st of December.

I have Vertigo.