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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2022 16:00 
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The variety of dinosaurs and how well adapted they typically were to their evolutionary niche is an excellent opportunity for a wonderful learning experience. You want your ball out of the stream? Grow flippers, kid.

I reckon the sauropods would have used their long necks to take it out the water with their mouths. I should have dunked him. :D

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2022 16:01 
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You honestly can’t tell who is going to be a handful. There is one little kid who always looks so incredibly sweet, but my goodness he wanted to smash those dinosaurs with a club at every opportunity he got, and was just purposefully knocking his ball in the stream so I’d have to fish it out at every turn.


..and his name?

...Russell

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Russell was at the back of the group with all the really easy-going kids.

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2022 16:20 
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This is just a little thing, but I got our Christmas cards that I designed for this year back from the printers yesterday.


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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2022 14:10 
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That's awesome, and how did I miss the dinosaur T Shirts? Best party bag ever!


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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2022 15:25 
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Aw, thank you. The T-shirts were really well received, and the party was ace. I wish I’d taken pictures of the lunch and personalised gift bags, but I was working on all the little touches right up to the wire so didn’t get chance, but it was a fun day.

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2022 23:07 
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Those party packs are amazing, such an effort. Love the tshirts too.

For contrast, for our youngest (he's the third) we did a pure minimum effort - we bought some pizzas and took them to the football fields so him and his mates could eat them after summer football.

We didn't even have a lighter for the candles, so a tradie mate got a blowtorch from his ute to light them.

A really nice memory is that one of the little mates still calls me his 'pizza buddy' after this.

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2022 9:49 
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a tradie mate got a blowtorch from his ute to light them.


This may be the single most Australian sentence I have ever read.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2022 23:38 
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Note how the cake was also a basic circle, decorated with some circles cut from pre-made icing that I rolled out flat, and then a toy chucked on top :metul:

I think we also made a 'paw patrol' badge out of the icing by cutting round a paper template I printed out.

We've decided over the years to scale back a bit, in the past Lady T did some amazing cakes but the effort required (and some tears involved) were broadly speaking unsustainable for us.


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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2022 23:39 
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"Don't melt the toys"

oh and also,

"Don't burn the kids"

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2022 8:42 
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That’s still effort, though. Lots of people buy a cake in, so it’s still superb.

I did a simple cake this year too. Let me see if I can find cake pics.

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1 year: Octonauts
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2 years: Hey Duggee
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3 Years: Grandmaster Glitch from Go Jetters
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4 Years: Rainbow, from Sarah & Duck
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5 Years: Totoro
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6 Years: Animal Crossing (specifically Bob)
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This year: astronauts
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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2022 10:11 
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Those cakes are amazing

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2022 11:10 
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Mimi, if those are your idea of simple cakes I'd hate to see what you consider a complex one! They're all absolutely incredible. I love the way you've created the rocky effect on the moons in that last one.


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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2022 11:41 
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Those cakes are amazing


This!

Superb work Mimi. They even look tasty on the screen.


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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2022 7:47 
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Mimi, if those are your idea of simple cakes I'd hate to see what you consider a complex one! They're all absolutely incredible. I love the way you've created the rocky effect on the moons in that last one.

Oh, some of them took a lot of time and effort, but this years was very simple and easy. I took longer researching and making different frostings this year than I did icing the cakes. It was just ermine frosting swirled with the back or handle of a teaspoon. The astronauts were the first pre-made toppers I’ve ever used but as he’s really into space at the moment and has an increasingly space-themed room, I figured they could be used as decorations in his room afterwards.

I really enjoyed making the Grand Master Glitch one and shaping the cake under the icing to create the recess. Id sort of imagined it and was very happy when it worked as I’d hoped.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2022 2:09 
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First time making 3 loaves at once which involved oven juggling and they came out underbaked as a result, a bit of a cakey feel.

Still, especially as I also did 50/40/10 wheat/spelt/rye instead of 50/50 wheat/spelt, not bad, will try harder (dusted with Emmer which is a terrible bread flour but great for that, super tasty)


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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2022 10:18 
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They look incredible, though. I bet they taste beautiful.

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2022 18:48 
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I usually get a burst of creative energy on the lead up to Christmas as I just like handmade things. I haven’t started proper yet, but I made some Christmas pyjamas for D.

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I used the scraps to make a couple of pairs of briefs so there was no wastage. The fabric glows in the dark, and who doesn’t want glue in the dark fire engine pyjamas?
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I also made a sweatshirt with a glow in the dark space theme, because I got some free glow in the dark vinyl and wanted to try it out.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 14:25 
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Just catching up on some of your makes, Mimi and they all look amazing! Particularly the dinosaur t-shirts and glow-in-the-dark jumper.

I still have the fabric that changes colour in sunlight to use, I hope it's still okay - it's been packed up for so long.

I have promised Christmas Pyjamas too, but have nowhere to set up a machine at the moment. Eek.

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 18:45 
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Just catching up on some of your makes, Mimi and they all look amazing! Particularly the dinosaur t-shirts and glow-in-the-dark jumper.

I still have the fabric that changes colour in sunlight to use, I hope it's still okay - it's been packed up for so long.

I have promised Christmas Pyjamas too, but have nowhere to set up a machine at the moment. Eek.


My sunlight changing fabric was in a box for *years* and was absolutely perfect. I think it’s pretty stable. Are you making kid’s pyjamas? If they’re jersey pyjamas do you have a pattern? If not can I give a shout to the Lightning Leggings pattern from W&W (free download) using the relaxed view with encased elastic waistband and cuffed bottoms, paired with something like the Emi tee (again, from W&W) in the cuffed long sleeve view? That’s what I used for the above set and the guy is perfect for pyjamas. I lengthened the Emi so they’d fit for longer.

Is your overlocker back in action now, @goddess Jasmine? (When you find space to set up, anyway).

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
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Ah, that's really good to know, thank you.

I think I have most of the W&W patterns now. I go for the dolman and For Seasons to give me wiggle room, as I don't get to.keasure the recipients, so there is an element of guesswork involved.

I got a new overlocker in the end, and really can't wait to get it back out again. It might have to have a temporary space on the dining table next weekend. Christmas is coming too quickly!

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2022 12:25 
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I’ve made a few recent Christmassy things.

I didn’t make this wooden tree, I just bought it plain and decorated it with acrylic paints and a bit of gold mica, after crowdsourcing a few ideas for the text from Twitter (thanks to all who suggested ideas). This is going in front of the fireplace where the stockings all hang, so it worked quite well.

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I made some Christmas wreaths. They’re not *overly* Christmassy, so they could be hung at other times of year if we needed a bit of greenery.

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And I’ve made a couple of gifts. One on a slice of tree trunk and the other on a wooden disc that I painted white, decorated with acrylic paints.
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Nana is the family candy cane dealer and always sends a load to hang on our tree, and Grandad *loves* mint humbugs, so I thought they’d be something fun for them to hang up over Christmas.

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
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It’s Christmas Jumper Day at school tomorrow so I e been quickly changing these few bits:
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(an old sweatshirt, an IKEA blanket, some buttons and some iron-on vinyl), into a Christmassy jumper.
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Oh wow. That is ace!

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Thanks! It’s a relatively simple thing. The only tricky bit is designing/drafting tve collar to fit a ready made garment and sit flat against the neckline/body, which is a more complicated process than you’d think

And I’ve moved to a new program (Affinity 2 suite) after 11 years of using a 12 year old Illustrator release as my laptop gave up and no mere mortal can afford Illustrator under the new subscription model, so I am still very much getting used to that for drawing/making things like the belt. There’s a little detail that you can’t see in the pictures, but I ran a double line of stitches down the front, next to the buttons, to look like the edge of the button placket. I think that’s my favourite bit :D

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That looks great, did you use fabric from the jumper to make the hat too?

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I'm very glad that things like Affinity Suite, Black Magic Resolve, Blender and others have entered the market to attempt to break up the Adobe monopoly. Those greedy buggers (and Autodesk) are money grabbing arseholes who think that creatives will keep shipping money to them because they have no choice.


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That looks great, did you use fabric from the jumper to make the hat too?


No, I made the hat last year to replace the hat that I made the year before that seemed to go missing but then magically reappeared this morning. Both are completely made of IKEA blankets and a couple of fake snowballs that we used for indoor snowball fights during lockdown.

This jumper is just another iteration of one I made before in 2020. At the time Bean had just started reception school and had been in and out of lockdown since term began. Because of this it was pure chaos and the school sprung Christmas Jumper Day on us with no warning, and as shopping was very limited, as well as having no time to do it, I cobbled a jumper and hat out of what I had around the house.

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I used a new brand of white heat transfer vinyl, and it was terrible. The 'buttons' just came off in the wash, so last year he wore that original jumper from 2020 with a hat I made to replace the original, but I added new buttons. Big, big buttons. Probably too big:

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So this year I knew that the original jumper wouldn't fit anymore, so I made a new one. I had a bit more time to get the things that I needed, so could add real buttons this year. I used bits of the same white blanket and just had a bit more time to plan, though making it was quicker, if anything, simply as I have space to have the sewing machine set up now.

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I'm very glad that things like Affinity Suite, Black Magic Resolve, Blender and others have entered the market to attempt to break up the Adobe monopoly. Those greedy buggers (and Autodesk) are money grabbing arseholes who think that creatives will keep shipping money to them because they have no choice.


Oh, I am so very grateful for them. I've been hanging on to my dying laptop because I knew that as soon as it 'went' I'd have no way of actually being able to access Illustrator in any form, so it's been a bit of a stress. I know that Inkscape has been around a while, but I just could not get on with that at all. Affinity seem to have made a big difference, and it is just so much more affordable.

Adobe needed some challenging. I know it's the industry standard, and because of that there is much more community support and learning, but it's just an impossible cost for so many people.

I'm also trying to accept my fate using the Mac office suite alternative (Pages, Numbers, etc) after we lost the key to the Microsoft Office suite (because it was emailed to Russell's old workplace, oops) :D

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As far as Office Suites go, I've had great results with the Google web based stuff. It can do pretty much all of the mainstream work in exactly the same was as MS Office, but has the benefit of being free and automatically backed up (and not at all scanned by Google for advertising purposes, oh no siree)

Or there's Libre Office, which is also cool.


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Russell recommended me the Google suite, too. I will give it a go alongside the MAC stuff. I think I had a bit of skepticism because being web-based I worried what would happen if I was somewhere that i couldn't access it, and also because Google already knows far too much about me :ninja:

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If you need just a single-use code, then Wowcher can help - I avoided a subscription to 365 and picked up Office 2021 for Mac there (it's £44 at the mo, I think I got it a little cheaper, but it's also listed multiple times at different prices, so, um). It's a bit fiddly to use, but it did work.


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DavPaz wrote:
Black Magic Resolve


I use this and as a result of the software being ace, I've bought into their line of cameras and editing keyboards so it's a win win! I'm doing exactly what their business model thought I'd do.


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Russell recommended me the Google suite, too. I will give it a go alongside the MAC stuff. I think I had a bit of skepticism because being web-based I worried what would happen if I was somewhere that i couldn't access it, and also because Google already knows far too much about me :ninja:

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