Craft: Felting

I would really like to be artistically inclined and have lots of half started projects to prove it

A combination of lack of time and lack of confidence tends to scupper me, however I would like to go into 2018 with a view to completing at least some of these endeavours!

The other month I did buy a felting kit (sometimes called needle felting) to make some animals, the logic was that the kit contained everything that would be useful when starting a new hobby; it turned out that the kit contained everything except any instructions

dinosaur felting

So I had wool, a bit of foam to stab, some needles and not a clue where to start! A very brief look at videos online summed felting up as “stab the wool lots until it sticks together”

However there were a few minor details that I wish I’d known before I started:

  1. If you are making multiple legs (as you will need to for most mammals)  make them all at the same time using the same amount of wool – otherwise your felt animal will be mutant and lopsided
  2. It’s really easy to break the needles if you aren’t careful, try to pull the needle out at the same angel as you stabbed it in to reduce the risk of breaking. Cutting open the animal to retrieve the broken end feels a bit wrong
  3. Making your own eyes is hard if you want them to actually match. Seriously consider using buttons or glass eyes, otherwise you may have a scary looking beastie staring unevenly at you
  4. Be careful when adding wool to cover the joins where limbs and other body part attach, otherwise it can lead to strange lumps if you add too much – my poor first dinosaur really had thunder thighs!

Now that I know all that maybe I should try making another one…

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Pretty: Waitrose Pure Eye Cream

I needed a new eye cream in a hurry and ended up buying a Waitrose Pure Eye Cream

It claimed to be generally skin friendly and suitable for sensitive skin,  which meant it was a bit of a surprise when I had an allergic reaction to it; eye cream shouldn’t result in bloodshot eyes

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Nails: Christmas piñata

It feels less close to Christmas than it actually is – and it’s not just me, for example my team Christmas lunch at work was held in a deserted pub with one miserable looking deflated piñata style decoration of a Christmas pudding

So compared to that piñata nails might be a thing

(Picture from Pinterest)

Well maybe…

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Film – Robin Hood: Men In Tights

I suspect that my dad used to like Me Brooks films as Robin Hood Men In Tights was one of the few films that I can recall him watching with my sibling and I on the seemingly endless P&O Ferry trips to France each summer

I had absolutely no memory of the film, however remembered the excitement of my dad actually joining us to watch it

Robin Hood Men in Tights

So seeing the film on one of the far-too-many subscription services that we currently seem to have meant I had to watch it.

Alas like most Mel Brook films I find that it hasn’t really aged well, it’s a bit funny at the same time as being a bit rubbish, it was fun enough to watch on a boring cold day with no additional monetary outlay though…

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Book: Shayne Silvers’ ‘Obsidian Son’ – “Then I was off again, feeling marginally better”

It’s very hard to have anything truly original given how many things have gone before, however it’s a little tricky to think of anything except “Batman with magic” at most of the backstory for the main character of ‘Obsidian Son’

Nate Temple has dead parents, who had a company they owned and was named after them, they left him lots and lots of money, he’s an arrogant prick, he fights crime (sort of), has friends with ‘powers’ and lots of inexplicably hot ladies seek him out

obsidian son

So yes Batman with magic that he very rarely uses and a city with a dragon problem… it’s a pretty decent sounding plot however the writing is basic and rather juvanile, plus it did feel like the book went on for an awfully long time in particular as Nate really is a clueless prick for the vast majority of it…

Due to Kindle Unlimited I didn’t pay money for it so yeah it was ok I suppose, really cant be bothered to faff with putting a link in for it though.

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When celebrity dating ruins films

My darling spouse wishes to see ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and I am very aware that it will stop showing in cinemas soon

However I am struggling to motivate myself into planning this cinema trip because my brain is still having problems dropping the notion that Loki  dated Taylor Swift

Yes technically it was Tom Hiddleston who dated her, however Tom makes a rather good Loki so my brain has decided that there is no Tom, only Loki – which made the recent Kong film a bit weirder

It doesn’t help that I’ve been reading the (free) e-book I Bring the Fire Part I : Wolves (A Loki Series) which is rather fun, however is essentially better-than-average written fan fiction

I could explain this to my spouse and probably get a very odd look, or I could stop overthinking and go see the film

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Cat Toy: Gold Fox

There don’t tend to be that many cat toys on sale compared to the variety of dog toys

This is pretty evident at any time of year, however all the more so at Christmas, where some cheap nasty and unsafe  looking foil ‘balls’ tend to be the main cat offering

As such I was pretty excited when I saw a golden fox on sale in a local pet shop – the below photo is the official Pets At Home website photo so it’s a bit surprising how rubbish a photo it is!

pets at home catnip fox

It was reduced for some reason – possibly because the photo is putting everyone off buying it? And yes the cats are ignoring it even more than most new toys

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