Dec 252018
 

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Nadolig Llawen – Happy Christmas
To All My Online Friends

Well, Christmas day has come round again.  A time to cellebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ.  A gift from God to the world.

To all you Christians out there – I wish you “Nadolig Llawen”, a Happy Christmas.  May you keep the reason for the season to the forefront of your mind as you enjoy the day and the festivities.

I know that not all of those I come into contact with online are Christians, so not everybody will be celebrating Christmas, though some will be celebrating their own religious festivals around this time of year.  Whatever your faith, I wish you a peaceful and joyous time.

While I send Christmas cards to family and close friends, there is no way I can send cards to all of you I come into contact with online, so I’ve made a Nativity scene card to share with you all today.  It is for all of you who’ve commented on my blog this year.  All of you who have commented on my Facebook profile.  All of you who have interacted with me in any group or page online.  Thank you for being there.

I have used some more items from a Hunkydory Christmas kit from this year to make this card. Together with a sheet of gold foiled background card and a piece of wrapping paper for the greeting panel.

As the base card was a sheet of background cardstock from the same kit, that I scored and folded in half, the background image from the front caries on to the back of the card.

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A Big Christmas Card

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Dec 242018
 

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A Big Christmas Card

Hi and welcome to my blog.  Whether you are a returning visitor or somebody who is here for the first time, I’m glad you’ve popped over for a look.

Because of health/disability issues both my mother and I have help from carers.  Mam has help a couple of times every day, whereas I get less help, but the help I get does make a difference to my life.

So, of course, both of us wanted to give thanks to the carers and give them a little something at this time of year.

With different carers from the same company coming here on a rota we decided to send something to the office that they could all enjoy when in doing their paperwork, or collecting shift details, or whatever they do when they go in, rather than try and remember all the carers who have been here during the past year individually.

So the first thing, of course, was to make a big Christmas card addressed to all of them.  I decided to go for an A4 size card.

So the first thing I did was score and fold in half a sheet of A3, hammered, white cardstock.  I then found two sheets of foiled red cardstock (not exactly the same foiling pattern but same colour – I think they are Adorable Scoreable foiled cardstock but not sure as the box they are kept in isn’t labeled with manufacturer with me).  These were trimmed so that they were a little less than A4 and stuck, one on the outside of the base card and one on the inside of the base card, using fingerlift tape.

I then took two sheets of different backgrounds from the same Hunkydory Christmas kit and trimmed these a little more, so that when I stuck them onto the card front and inside there would once again be a border of the cardstock underneath showing.  Then it was a case of choosing a couple of toppers from the same kit as the backgrounds. Using foam tape and fingerlift tape I stuck these onto the front of the card.  I took a sheet of gold cardstock with some pattern foiled in gold onto it, cut a strip to go on the front to stick the greeting on, and cut a panel to go on the inside with the greeting on.  The greeting on the front comes from a sheet of wrapping paper that has “Nadolig Llawen” written all over it in different sizes of gold font.  The inside greeting was typed up on my laptop and printed out, before both the greetings were stuck to their gold backgrounds with fingerelift tape.

Here’s the front of the finished card.

And here’s the inside.

While I do have C4 envelopes, the addition of so many layers inside and out, including some added with foam for dimension, meant that the card had too much depth to fit into those envelopes. I therefore put some of the same wrapping paper as I’d cut the greeting from around the card before giving it to a carer to take into the office.

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Nativity – Part 2

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Dec 232018
 

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Nativity Christmas Project

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In my Nativity – Part 1 blog post I told you that I had a discussion with the nephews about what we wanted to do in Sunday School ready for the Christmas service at our chapel. And I told you that we had decided on a hand puppet show, but we had realised that those at the back wouldn’t be able to see what was going on if we actually did the show as part of the service, so we had decided to pre record snippets.

Who knows what this is?

It’s one of a set of display stands I made so that the glove puppets could be displayed as part of a Nativity scene on the front table during the service.

This is the Joseph puppet I showed you in the scene in my previous Nativity post put onto his stand.

I got a stock image of a donkey to print, cut out and stand up in the stable.

I used some wood effect digital downloads from the pack – 12 Wood Papers Cu4cu – to print out and make the “wood” planks for Joseph’s workshop, as well as the manger and animal pen in the stable.

Jesus was made by 3D printing a dolls head out at a much smaller size, rolling up a bundle of cotton wool, and then wrapping around the bundle and head with strips of a sheet that I’ve cut up for crafting (the inner “glove” for each puppet was cut from the same material) glueing it in place so that it didn’t come apart.

And this is the whole display as it was set up during out Christmas Service.

We even had a little lamb 3D printed for the shepherds to give to Jesus – although, as our minister pointed out in the service, the Bible doesn’t actually mention the shepherds bringing a gift for Jesus.

I think this different method of going through the Nativity story went down quite well in the service last Sunday.

I think I may even put together a video of some of the out-takes for a post before long.  One that includes Mary head-butting the baby Jesus into the manger because he wouldn’t go in, and the Wise men head-butting Mary instead of giving her a hug.  Oh, and one of the shepherds managed to toss the lamb half way across the stable.  Keep an eye out for that in the next couple of weeks.

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This is a list of the 3D files attributions.  We shrunk most in the Ultimaker Cura slicing software to make them a suitable size for this project.

The dolls head was a file called Doll Head by CreativeCoPilot.

The lamb was a file called Lamb by teentechsquad.

The face used for Joseff and one shepherd was a file called Face by Mucugaro from Thingiverse.

The face of the angel and Mary was 3D printed from a file called Female Face Mask – Rough Cut Stone by The_BeardBot.

Wise man’s face was Face Mask by TheFoundryTeam.

Another wise man and another shepherd was printed from Mark’s Face by brainwagon.

If I’ve missed any attribution for any 3D file we used please leave the details and Thingivers link below in the comments.

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I hope you have enjoyed looking at our puppet creations and the few clips I put together of the puppets in action.

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3D Printing 2

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Dec 212018
 

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3D Printing

Another Text Heavy Post Everybody! But some photos and a video clip towards the end.

In my 1st 3D printing post – here – I told you about my nephew WMG getting his 1st 3D printer, the nice 3D items he printed with it, and the fact that it had to be sent back because of problems.

I’m starting this time with the arrival of the 2nd printer. Again a Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer v2.

This time setup instructions came with it, along with a paper with instructions regarding what E-mail address to contact should a problem occur. So I sat with my nephew and we went through the setup step by step. But there wasn’t anything different in the instructions than the way he’d set up the first time following what he’d learnt on YouTube.

Again, there were no initial problems, a bit of tweeking of the level of print bed and off he went printing.

But a problem occured very quickly with this one, a problem that couldn’t be worked around.  The printer stopped reading the included microSD card.  Kept on saying that there were no files on the card when it had come with content and my nephew had added a few files that he had already printed and a new one he hoped to print, and looking at the card in a PC showed that the files were all there.  We even formated and put some files on a card that my nephew had for his camera, with the same result.

A look online showed us that we were not the first ones to have this problem but there was no solution given, only saying that Monoprice was sending them out a replacement microSD card, but no indication of whether this had been a success or not.

So I E-mailed the address given inside the top of the box when we received it.  No response other than the automatic one.  I sent a second message.  Again, no response.  It was only at the third time of asking that I got a response, and that response wasn’t much help.  The person who responded wanted to know what size and type of microSD cards we had been using.  Now seeing as I had made it clear in my message that it was the microSD card supplied with the machine that had been the first one the machine didn’t recognise had any files on it, he shouldn’t have had to ask me what size and type of card I was using – surely the tech of the manufacturer shouldn’t need to ask particulars of the card.  I was then asked to try it with a microSD card that was known to be nonHD and smaller than 4Gb.  I did, but same result.

So once again Monoprice told me to contact Amazon UK for it to be returned to them.

And once again Amazon were wonderful.  I discussed it via online chat, a pre-paid label was E-mailed to me, and as soon as the package was there the money was sent back to me.

Which left my nephew without a 3D printer, and, as much as he liked the price and the print quality, when it was working, of the Monoprice mini, he didn’t feel like putting in an order for another of the same.  But he only had the same budget to work with.  So, we set about some more research – new machines, different prices on older models, etc., all to be taken into consideration when thinking about what I should order for him this time.

It took a bit of sorting through possibilities, but we came to a descision in the end and put in an order for a …..  Creality Ender 3 Pro.

Ultimately he would like to upgrade to a printer with a much larger print bed, and even build his own 3D printer in a few years time. But at this point the much larger sizes are much more expensive and therefore out of his budget, and he doesn’t have the knowledge and experience to build from scratch yet.  But this new model from Creality caught our eye.  No reviews yet as it had only just come into the country, so we looked at the reviews of the previous models in this same range, as well as looking carefully at what customers had to say about the company.

What we found out was that the printer we liked the look of was not hugely more expensive than the money that was refunded for the returned printer.  And this was because it was part built and therefore need a couple of hours labour to finish the building and connecting all the wireing.  This would be good experience for my nephew, under supervision as he is only 12.  The build plate was larger than on the previous machine as well, and came with a magnetic mat that went over the heated plate so that the mat could be removed from the base after printing, and the printed item peeled off this magnetic mat, rather than having to try and pull off a printed item off the heated base using a pallet knife as on the Monoprice.  And also not needing any sort of adhesion material put on as many a 3D printer require.

The reviews for previous models were favourable, and people were very complimentary about the company and the support they offered. As I said in one of my previous posts on this subject, I would expect there to be teething troubles or bigger problems with a small number from a big batch of any type of machine, but I would expect the company to sort them out, and the company involved with this new machine appeared to have dealt well with any and all problems experienced by a small number of customers of other models of printers they had sold.

When it arrived everything was well packaged, there was a quick guide sheet in the box as well as two versions of the setup booklet on the microSD card.  I printed out both – the one that was all pictoral for WMG and the one with pictures and text description for me.

All tools needed, spare nozzles, even a nozzle cleaning wire and pliers, came with the printer.

We took half an hour or so on several different days to build the printer completely.

We took lots of photos during the construction and short video clips while testing and put them into a slideshow video with WMG narating.

You can see it – Here.

And this is the little puppy dog that we printed first with supports all cleaned up. This was the test piece whos file was on the supplied microSD card. No painting on of details or anything has been done to it yet.

He’s printed out a lot of things since the new printer has been set up, in addition to the things that have been printed for my crafting – here and here, and Sunday School Nativity puppet show.  He’s been busy the last couple of weeks printing out items to give as Christmas gifts to family members.

Firstly, this …

  

This was printed using white, black and orange filament from the file “snowman_V3 3 color multipart” by pgraaff.  He’s tried to colour in the “coal” for eyes, mouth and buttons, but the ink ran a bit on the surface of the print.  He’ll need to try and use thicker paint next time I think.

He’s also makeing up lots of Labyrinth Gift Boxes designed by sneakypoo, to give to different family members.

The one on the right is as they will be presented, with both halves put together, the one on the right is the outer part and the middle one is the inner one with the labyrinth/maze.

This is a closer look at the inner part.

And this is the inside of the outer part – you can just make out the blob inside the top edge that is worked along the channels of the inner part to close and open the box.

I’m very impressed with how accurate the printer is, because if it wasn’t acurate then the two parts of a printout such as these labyrinth boxes wouldn’t go together so perfectly.

And then there’s this tray of pieces which he tells me will make a Servo Arm.  The file he used was EEZYbotARM MK2 by daGHIZmo.

Hopefully I’ll get back with everything constructed.  He needs to collect all the non-3D printed parts (screws, servos, etc.) before he can do the construction, and he recons it might be well into the new year before he’s able to do that.

I expect that a lot more 3D printed items will find their way into my crafting before I get to come back with photos of the Servo Arm completed.

Keep an eye out for more posts from me over the holiday period.  I do have more photos of my own crafting to crop and upload, so you can expect something posted in the next few days.

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Some Screen Printed Objects

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Dec 182018
 

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Some Screen Printed Clothing

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When I showed you a week ago how I’d turned a pyjama set I’d got on a sale into a pair of shorts and a decorated top, I said that I’d printed a few other items while I had my Screen Sensation screen printing equipment and consumables out.

The items I’ve got to show you today are around half the items I printed on that morning.

The first item I printed onto was a simple dress.  I used the Stand Tall screen and copper ink.

I did mask off the wording as I just wanted the image.  Here’s a closeup of it.

I then used exactly the same screen and ink on two bags.

One a natural cotton colour.

And one which was black.

All photos were taken in the same location but somehow the colour appears different on each item.

I then took my Cheeky Monkey screen, and once again masked off the wording. I selected the Blue Black coloured ink this time.

The first garment I printed onto was a baggy top for me.

Here’s a closeup of it.

I then took a T-shirt that’s the right size for my youngest nephews.

Different textured material this time.

And the third print before I put the spare ink back into the pot and the screen to wash was onto another bag.

After everything had dried I ironed them to heat set the ink.

(I should have photographed everything straight after ironing, rather than putting everything I worked on that morning jnto a clothes basket and coming back later to pop them on a hanger and photograph, as it got wrinkled before I photographed.)

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I still have a few more bits I’ve Screen Sensation printed on, so please do pop back to have a look at them in about a week once I get the post sorted..

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Nativity – Part 1

 Posted by at 05:00 pm
Dec 172018
 

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Nativity Christmas Project

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A couple of months ago I had a discussion with the nephews about what we wanted to do in Sunday School ready for the Christmas service at our chapel.

They believe that they are too old now to dress up as any character from the nativity story. And they were seriously unimpressed with the video produced by the Bible Society that could be used in Christmas services. So we had quite a discussion about possibilities before a decision was made.

And that descision was Glove Puppets!

We discussed the scenes we’d want to create, which characters in the nativity story we’d need to create puppets for, and whether each character would be talking or whether a storyteller would narate the story while the puppets acted out the scenes.

The descision was to have a storyteller rather than have individual characters speaking.

We searched online for ideas and images we could use, including looking on Thingyverse for faces to 3D print out for our creations.

Once everything was gathered together I started the construction work – the nephews were busy with school exams etc., so it wouldn’t have been fair for them to have homework from Sunday School at the same time.

The “puppet theatre” itself needed to double as Joseph’s workshop/home in the first scene as well as the stable after that. The nephews thought that Joseph’s workshop would have hanging racks for wood. Therefore it needed a way to quickly change the scenery inside.

The decision was to use magnets. Two stuck inside the roof.

And two attached to the top bar of the suspended wood rack, that can be seen here with the other props for Joseph’s workshop and sleeping area – lots of wood and a bedding roll.

And here’s Joseph in his place. The decision was made to use a box and cut it to shape for our puppet theatr.  Going for a really rough, old building look.

The face used for Joseff was a file called Face by Mucugaro from Thingiverse.  The licence details that came up were as follows.

We realised that, if we did the hand puppet Nativity show as part of our Christmas story, anybody sitting in the back wouldn’t be able to see the small characters, so we decided to record the puppet’s activities ahead of time, and then edit, put together, and play around with the clips, adding photos and maps, until we had individual, short, video scenes, showing what we wanted.  The scenes, 5 short ones in all, were then shown on a screen at different points in the service, in between the hymns, prayers, and address from the minister.

Here is a link to the 1st scene – Golygfa 1 (It is in Welsh as we are Welsh and attend a Welsh medium chapel).

The face of the angel was 3D printed from a file called Female Face Mask – Rough Cut Stone by The_BeardBot.  The licence details that came up were as follows.

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I’ll hopefully be back again during the coming week to show you more of our puppet characters, and perhaps another scene from the production.

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One More Tree

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Dec 152018
 

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Boxed Tree

I’ve shown you a few diffrent wire work trees I’ve made during the last few months, such as in the blog post – here.

This time I decided to gift it in a wooden box which I bought from The Works.

Not flat, but upright like this.

I won’t go through all the stages of creation this time, as I’ve gone through the adding stone chips and gwisting in previous posts. I’ll just say that I used – thin copper wire, Amazonite stone chip beads, battery opperated lights, stone, black and green cardstock, glue pen, silver foiling.

No decoration on the outside of the box because it won’t be seen when the box is opened to display the tree.  The inside was covered with black cardstock, putting some dots of glue around the inside right which were then covered with foiling to represent stars.  I also glued and foiled a quarter circle of cardstock which was stuck top right of the box as a moon just in view.  I printed out a verse from the creation story in the Bible and stuck it the other side from the tree.

So when opened to be displayed it looks like this.

You may be wondering why the green cardstock at the bottom right is curled outwards.

It’s because the bottom compartment needs to be opened so that the switch for the lights can be switched on.

Because this time I haven’t put the lights in the top to shine down on the tree, but rather I’ve wound it up the tree trunk and woven and twisted it around and between the branches of the tree.

So this is what it looks like when displayed with the lights on.

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A Bit Of Clothes Upcycling

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Dec 122018
 

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Makeing Changes To Some Clothing

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One thing I’ve noticed when buying clothes, of the comfy, loose kind I like to ware, is that quite often there is not a lot of difference between cut and material of dresses, nightdresses, and long t-shirts or tops, or of shorts and shortie pyjamas.

So sometimes I buy a shortie nightdress and ware it as a baggy top.  Or buy shortie pyjamas and ware the bottoms as shorts – I’ve bought ones before where the pyjama bottoms were exactly the same materials as lightweight shorts I’d bought the previous year.  The only difference tends to be pockets on shorts but not on pyjama shorts.

So these days I look at items on sale not just to see if they would fit and be of a style I would ware, but also thinking about whether they would be suitable to embelish with screen printing, or cut and sew into something that would suit me better.  Such as when I put in a bright stripe of material into the sleeve of a shirt where the sleeve wasn’t quite as loose as I’d like for gardening, and then adding some screen printing to the pocket.

Adjusting and playing with something on sale can work out much cheaper, and quicker, than buying matetial, thread, etc., and makeing the same garments from scratch.

What I’ve got to show you today is a pair of pyjamas from Simply Be that I changed.

Bought on sale for £12.  A lighter weight than some I’ve bought, but nice for wareing around the house and puttering at my daily chores.

I tend to ware shorts around the house and garden, (other than when I ware gardening skirt and shirt when doing actual gardening) because I my damaged leg is permanently miss-shaped and swollen, and therefore isn’t comfortable being covered with tighter trowser leg.

So, the first thing I needed to do was change the pyjama bottoms into a pair of shorts. Which is a quick job of deciding on what length I wanted – this time I decided on just over the knee – cutting off the bottom, opening the side seam a bit to give a slit of around 2″.  The pieces that was cut from the bottom were trimmed down to make pockets.

Just turning up the hems and sewing on my machine didn’t take long.  I then pinned on the pockets and sewed them in place.

And that was the job done – One pair of knee length shorts to ware around the house.

Then I turned to the pyjama top, and out came my Screen Sensation screen printing items.

I decided to use the Plumage and Foliage screen. I used several different colours of the Screen Sensation inks.

The material of the top is a bit stretchy and did manage to move a bit while I was working on it, therefore there is a bit of a shaddow image in some places. But, having shown it to my Mother and both of us deciding that actually the effect was quite nice, I decided to heat set it with my small travel iron as it was (rather than washing off the garment and starting again).

This is what the screen printed image looked like.

And this is what the whole top looked like.

(I should habe photographed it straight after ironing, rather than putting everything I worked on that morning jnto a clothes basket and coming back later to pop them on a hanger and photograph, as it got wrinkled before I photographed.)

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While I had my Screen Sensation equipment and consumables out I decided to do some more printing onto clothes and bags.  I need to crop off the photos I’ve taken of those other items and write a blog post about them, so please do pop back to have a look at them in about a week.

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Dec 102018
 

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More About My Big Work In Progress

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I know that some of you who are reading this will have seen my progress reports throughout the year. But some of you won’t have been following the saga, so I’ll start with a bit of a recap this time.

It started with my youngest sister giving me an I Owe You, as a Christmas gift last year, for one day of work to start on the job of clearing and redecorating the small guest room.  But I had an emergency eye operation in the Bristol Eye Hospital the first weekend of the year that meant I was not allowed to do lifting or anything strenuous for ages, which meant the redecorating was put on hold.

I spent some time discussing some ideas with my mother and decided that getting bunk beds for the room would be best and that I’d like to make 2 quilts and two blankets to go on them.

I did get one of our carers to put a die cutting machine on the kitchen table later in January so that I could start cutting the pieces for the quilt out.

It was February half term at my sister spending the day with me – when we took out the wardrobe, etc., leaving the spare room empty, and then set to stripping the wallpaper and washing down the walls.  Well I sat down to do what I could, holding the steamer and topping it with water, pulling a bit of paper off at eye level, etc.

A couple of days later my youngest nephew spent the day helping me paint the room. I can’t climb ladders so he painted everything above my shoulder height when I’m sat down, and did the last wall all by himself. I did the radiator and windowsill once the walls were dry. Doing the limited amount of work that I did still left me in agony that my usual painkillers wouldn’t touch and meant seeing the doctor who prescribed stronger antiinflametories.

Not the best photos I know.  The light wasn’t the best for taking photos.

Our cleaner then helped me get the old underlay out of the room and she brushed up the floor ready for the carpet layer from Teifi Furniture to come and put the new carpet down.  We’d ordered it quite some time before, and the company had been out to lay new carpet in the hall for us previously.  They had been very understanding about coming back to do the small room at a later date.

Once the carpet was down the youngest nephews helped me get the wardrobe back in, and then we started furnishing the room.  Other than the wardrobe and curtains, which I added some patchwork to, nothing else was available to go back into the room.

I’d discussed our bed needs with Teifi Furniture and ordered bunk beds that were full single bed size, could take adult weight, and could come appart into two single beds if needed. Suitable matresses were also ordered.  Not cheap to carpet and furnish the room with beds of course, but then again I had asked for good quality that would last.

The beds were delivered flat packed.  I could have arranged for the company to build them for me, but 12 year old nephew wanted to do the job and earn a bit of pocket money.  So between us we got on with the job. Anything I could do while sitting down I did.  Mostly holding things for him to connect and passing him screws.  A bit of lifting one side when it came time to put the lower and upper bed together, but the slats were not in place then so it wasn’t quite as heavy as it would be when complete.

We didn’t try to do it all in one go, we built it in short sessions over several days, and a couple of slats hadn’t been delivered so Teifi Furniture sent out a couple of men with some more, who put those in place and lifted the second matrass up for us.

As the room isn’t big enough for ordinary sized bedside units or cupboards, I ordered a couple of different, flat pack, slimline units. One to go by the bottom bunk (there’s a shelf by the top bunk that the person sleeping there can put some stuff on), and the other, taller one, to go by the side of the wardrobe. Again I had some help from both the young nephews to put these pieces of furniture together, though with these I managed to do more myself as most could be done sitting down over a few days.

And with the matresses in place we were ready for bedding.

And this is where my crafting “Big! Work In Progress” comes in.

I won’t go through every stage again.  You can follow my work by going through my progress report blog posts.  I’ll give you links now to make it easier for you to find them.

In the first blog of this series I said – “Hopefully, by blogging as I go, it will keep me on track to steadily work at the project and get it finished quickly – well sometime this year!

Now you can all chear – I have indeed finished it this year!

The last quilt has been completed, washed at a 30 degree Centigrade quick wash and dried.

This is it hung over the side of the top bunk to finish airing. Doesn’t look too different to the first one finished that I showed you in my last progress report.  This was made using a second box full of the same material as the first all cut out using the same selection of Go! 8″ cube dies, but both were constructed in a random manor.

I then got the wonderful woman who comes to clean for us to make up the beds.

And here we have the room completed.

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Of course, this is just one project I’ve got on the go.  There will be more blog posts over the coming weeks about other crafting I have done, so please do come back in the future to see what I have been creating.

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December’s Calendar Page

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Dec 082018
 

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December Calendar Page

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If you’ve not a regular visitor to my blog you may not know about the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother as a gift right at the begining of the year – which I’m decorating for her month by month.

Over the year I’ve tried to use a variety of papercrafting styles, with a little but not a lot of dimension (because too much dimension would mean it would push the calendar out when flipped over the next month). Some pages have been decorated with something requested by Mam, some I’ve given her some images to choose from, and some she’s just told me to surprise her with anything.

You can catch up with my previous calendar pages by visiting my posts about them if you want. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, for June  – here, for July – here, for August – here, for September – here, for October – here, and for November – here.

I decided to turn to a Hunkeydory collection for this month’s image.  It is a collection of animals, and I chose an image of a stag which had decolarge layers and matching background.

This time I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to stick every thing in place – from sticking background to calendar to adding the decupage layers.

Here are a few photos of the page. (Sorry the photos are not the best I’ve taken.)

I’ve not photographed the whole calendar page this time, or the file attached to the bottom to hold appointment letters, etc. But this the whole page decoration I added.

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So, that’s the last page for this year done.  I’ve already bought a blank calendar ready to give her for next year, so you can expect to see more posts about that as the year progresses.

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