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Quick Gift Box

Hello, long time no see. So much has happened over the last year. Much of which I don’t feel comfortable sharing just yet.

But to kickstart my blog again I thought I’d make a quick tutorial on a gift box I made.

What you need:

  • Thick Scrapbook Paper
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Protractor Triangle
  • Scotch Tape or Glue

scrapbook paper

I used this paper. It’s 21X15 CM.

How to fold

Measure out how big you want your box to be. This depends on the paper. My measurements were 8X2X8X2X1 CM.

Cut the paper lightly with the knife, just to make folding easier. After you did this, turn the paper and measure 2 CM for the overlap on the top and bottom. If you made the sides of your box bigger, make sure you’ll measure out the top and bottom accordingly.
Cut the sides on the top and bottom like the picture above shows.

Glue the 1CM overlap and the bottom or, if the glue won’t hold (like on my boxes) use scotch tape to put them together.

Gift Box

And that’s it, really. Quick and easy.

What’s in a name

Yesterday there was a guy called Moose on Pointless. Which is a strange name for a person, especially since he said his brother is called Ben.
It got even worse when his wife told Alexander and Richard that their son has Danger as his middle name…

But I can understand Moose’s dicision to name his son Danger. After all, if your father called you Moose, good have to get revenge somewhere…

Sims 4 is almost here

I must admit, I haven’t been paying much attention to the new Sims game up until a few days ago. So I didn’t really know about what would be left out from previous sims games and what the new features will be.
But these two threads on different forums has made me want to share my two cents.

Thread 1.

Thread 2.

So first off; babies are objects, not sims. Thank God for that! From the time my first ever sim, in Sims2, almost died of exhaustion due to feeding her baby so much, I’ve always cheated their needs up. Just as in real life I find sim babies annoying and exhausting, so I can’t say I’m unhappy with this change.

No toddlers. Again, yay! Just as babies, toddlers annoy me to no end. I only want them when I can cheat them through their toddler days. I loved Sims3 for the life span changes one can make. Toddlers and babies had only a day in my game.

Teenagers and Elders are the same size as Adults. So? Despite everyone else seeming to think this is a problem, I don’t see it as one. Most real life teens are just as tall, or even taller, than their parents. Makes the game a little more realistic in this aspect, me thinks.

No pools, no hot tubs. The only time my sims used a pool was when I wanted to get rid of them in Sims2. Remove the ladder and watch them drown! When, in Sims3, they could climb out of the pool without a ladder, I didn’t build pools anymore. I’ll miss the hot tub, though. I like those, especially the Sims2 reward one.

hottub

No dishwashers, trash compactors, recycling bins or security alarms. Dishwashers and trash compactors always broke down in my games, so I won’t miss them. Security alarms were only handy when you were being robbed, but looked very ugly in your sims house, so I’m  curious to see how this works in Sims4.

No aliens. Well, that’s a bloody shame, isn’t it?! I’m sure it’ll be included in an expansion pack later, as everyone loves a good abduction every now and then…

Max lot size shrunk to 50×50. Knowing that both Sims2 and Sims3 ran crappy on even the best PC’s money could buy, this isn’t a huge problem in my opinion. I don’t think there would be many people out there that could run 64×64 lots without lag. Just view this review to see how crappy big lots run on a good pc in Sims3…

No basements. Basements were great for all the unwanted clutter you needed, but didn’t want to see in your houses. I’ll really miss this one.

No ability to choose which structures on a lot have a foundation and which don’t. That sucks too. I loved building garages with houses on a foundation. But seeing as there are no cars in Sims4, I don’t really need a garage, do I!?

Most normal careers removed. Military, Law Enforcement, Medicine, Athletic, Politics, Science, and Education careers are missing. That’s too bad. I liked my sims to be in these careers. But I’m sure that, just as in Sims2 and Sims3, modders will make their own careers, so I’m sure they be coming back.

No terrain sculpting. Yes, yes, yes! Finally! I absolutely despised the fact that there were so many different levels in the old neighbourhoods. I’ve always wanted completely flat neighbourhoods. This will make building (and downloading) so much better!

No “moveobjects” cheat code. Aww, shucks! I used that cheat quite a lot, so I am going to miss it.

No “constrainfloorelevation” cheat code. As there’s no terrain tools, this cheat is redundant. Which is a bloody shame, as many people used this cheat to create the most gorgeous houses.

Story Progression. Sims will age, but won’t get jobs, get married or have children on their own. On one hand that’s a shame,  but on the other, as there is age progression I’m hoping modders will come up with a better working story progression. Just as in Sims3, where the story progression that came with the game was seriously bugged. Pescado and Twallan came up with way better working mods. So here’s hoping that’ll happen in Sims4 too.

On the whole I’m quite excited to see how Sims4 will differ from Sims2 and Sims3. But I won’t hold my hopes up for a working, or indeed, complete game. Most likely there will be huge issues from day one, as EA likes to use paying customers as beta testers…

 

Christmas Wreath

Ever since I got my own place I’ve had a Christmas wreath on the front door. It’s been the same one for well over ten years and it’s become very tatty in those years. Ornaments kept falling off and the whole whing changed colour. So last year I decided it was time for a new one.
But apparently it’s hard to find a nice Christmas wreath which can go outside. I haven’t been able to find a nice one at a reasonable price.

A few days ago I was scouring the internet again and found a nice one made from ornaments, mainly balls. I thought I could make something like that myself.
Today, I had a go at it. And I think it looks really good.

Lights on

What you need:

  • Straw wreath (mine was 30 cm diameter)
  • Ribbon
  • lots of ornaments, both mini and midi (I used about 140)
  • String of beads (about 6 meters)
  • Battery powered LED lights (20 a string)
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks

Begin with placing the ribbon around the wreath and glue it in place.  Place some ornaments on the outside, spaced at regular intervals. Then, begin filling it up. Place the lights in where you want as you are placing the ornaments. I kept turning the lights on to see if I liked the placing of them. Try to fill most of the holes with balls or other ornaments you like. Don’t worry about the smaller holes. The can be filled with beads.
Glue the beads to the ornaments to prevent them from dropping off when you hang your wreath. The last thing you do is glue the batteries to the back of the wreath.

It’s really that simple. I love how my wreath has turned out and I’m amazed that I can make such a lovely thing as I’ve never been this creative before…

lights off

You can also use this as a table decoration. You can make it as big as you want, simply by using a bigger wreath. But make sure you’ve bought enough ornaments. I’ve ended up driving back to the shop a second time, as I didn’t even buy enough for half of the wreath…

Another Messenger Bag

Blue messenger bag

I wanted to do another messenger bag by the same tutorial as the one I did a few days ago. I loved making it and there are a few things that I wanted to try with a new bag.

Now I’ve been looking for a bigger bag for my work clothes and stuff for ages, but couldn’t find anything suitable. Making this second bag solved that problem.

Messenger bag front pockets

The first bag has a front pocket without any lining. I did cut it out, but forgot to add it. Also I stitched it right through the middle, creating two pockets. For this bag I really wanted three pockets. I also added a small pocket to the back lining.

Messenger bag back pocket

The back pocket closes with a bit of velcro. Jay chose the fabric. I wanted something similar to my sporting bag, but he wanted me to have something totally different. And I have to say, I may like this dark blue fabric even better than the pink fabric.

Messenger Bag

Last week I bought some lovely fabric scraps. All of them quite sizeable. But I didn’t have any idea what to do with them. Yet.

Over the weekend the idea formed of making a messenger bag. I need a new bag for my sport clothes as the one I’ve been using is about 20 years old and beginning to fall apart.
I’ve read so many tutorials, seen so many YouTube tutorials. But I couldn’t make head nor tails of it. Nothing made sense to me. Until I found this tutorial on YouTube:

I could follow it step by step, without any problems. I think I’ve watched this tut over a dozen times before even trying to cut the fabric. I couldn’t believe how easy it is. And it sure made me wonder why I couldn’t understand the other tutorials.

I did make a few adjustments. For instance I didn’t make a zipper pouch and I added two side pockets. I was planning on making those on the outside, but forgot to add them to the fabric, so I added them to the inside later. This works even better. And I made it bigger as my shoes need to fit inside.

Messenger bag

What did I use?

  • 3 pieces of fabric (40 by 50 cm), pink with hearts (for the outside)
  • 3 pieces of fabric (40 by 50 cm), pink (for the inside)
  • 3 pieces of fusible batting (40 by 50 cm) (for the filling)
  • 2 pieces of fabric (40 by 20 cm), pink with hearts (for the sides)
  • 2 pieces of fabric (40 by 20 cm), pink (for the sides)
  • 2 pieces of fusible batting (40 by 20 cm) (for the side filling)
  • 1 piece of fabric (50 by 20 cm), pink with hearts (for the bottom)
  • 1 piece of fabric (50 by 20 cm), pink (for the bottom)
  • 1 piece of fusible batting (50 by 20 cm)(for the bottom filling)
  • 2 pieces of fabric (20 by 50 cm), pink with hearts (for the front packets)
  • 4 pieces of fabric (15 by 20 cm), pink (for the side pockets)
  • 1 piece of fabric (13 by 110 cm), pink (for the strap)
  • 1 piece of fusible batting (11 by 108 cm) (for the strap filling)
  • 2 buttons
  • thread (lots of it)

As I said, it’s a big bag. But I love it! And I went back to the shop to buy even more fabric as I want a bag for my work clothes too. Admittedly, it will be a bit smaller and I’ll make a few adjustments along the way, but I can’t wait to begin sewing again.

messenger bag, inside

Thank you Whitney, for the great and easy tutorial!

 

What to do with the remaining owls…

Every year, on the 11th of November, as soon it gets dark, children up to the age of 11/12 go door to door with hand-crafted lanterns made of paper, singing songs, hoping to receive some candy or fruit.

Last year I gift wrapped the candy and the children loved it. So this year I thought I’d do something better.

I found this tutorial through Pinterest and thought it would be awesome if I could make something like that. So I bought some paper and some craft eyes.
As I don’t have a cuttlebug I used paper towel rolls instead.

owls in their box

I made 40 of those, the biggest part when I had night shifts. My colleagues loved them. They were cooing over them,even without the eyes, which I attached later.

I thought 40 would be sufficient, as last year I had 23 children come to the door. unfortunately, this year, the weather was foul and only 10 kids turned up…

So I was stuck with 30 little owls. I gave 2 to a client at work, whose great-granddaughter is going through chemo and a bone merrow transplant for leukemia. I thought it’d be nice for her and her little sister to get one each.

28 remaining. Now what? Luckily I came across an interesting project where toys are being collected for children of families who have to live on charity hand-outs. I contacted them and the said they’d love to have them.

more owls

So on saturday I brought the remaining owls to the charity. The women flocked together, all cooing over the owls. And I got asked if I wanted to make more next year! Of course I said yes!

So I’m already collecting paper towel rolls and paper in all kinds of colour, just to make a whole bunch of owls and other cute things you can make with paper towel rolls.

for more owl love, please visit kerryspapercrafts.com

So Many Books

Many of you will know books are a great love of mine. I can’t get enough of them. I love books, the more the better.

One of my hobbies is reading, another is BookCrossing. BookCrossing is a site where I have registered more than 700 books to this date. The idea is to read (if I like them) and release those books. So people can find them and read them. And later hopefully release them again for the next reader.

I’ve been a BC member for 4 and a half years and I love it. I had heard of it before, but never gotten around to try to find the site.
But one day, when I was at work I found a book. I remember clearly I saw it, but couldn’t stop at that particular time. I hoped it’d still be on that bench by the time I got back. And it was.
From that day I was hooked. The idea of releasing books and reading people’s notes is so rewarding. People are mostly very happy when they find a book.

Ballycumber

If you like a book, let it go!

The first few books I released were from my own bookshelves. Books I had read, books I didn’t particularly like and books I bought from a charity shop. The first box was from CreativeChaos. After that I’ve been getting boxes from anywhere and everywhere. I’ve got friends, family, colleagues, even complete strangers giving me (boxes of) books. Just because they like the idea of BookCrossing.

In the 4 and a half years on the site I’ve been fairly active. I released hundreds of books, I’ve registered hundreds more. I’ve read more books than I ever could’ve dreamed. And I’ve met some wonderful and generous people. Many of them I call my friends. I hope to be part of this community for a long time!

This post has been made for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Sunday Walk

island

mushroom

Veggie Garden 30th September

After my last update on my veggie garden I’ve been doing a lot of clearing out. Most of the lettuce is gone. What’s left is not eatable anymore. I’ve made the last salad of our homegrown lettuce this weekend. It was delicious.

Almost all tomatoes have been cleared out. There are only 4 plants left that had healthy tomatoes. And they’ve given loads. I’ve made a huge batch of tomato soup using all kinds of recipes put together.
The endive are no more. I’ve taken them. Only used two plants. Next year I’ll try to make a sowing plan, so we don’t get everything in the same few weeks. We’ve eaten lots and lots of beans. unfortunately I’ve managed to cock-up when clearing out the freezer, so I’ve accidentally threw away the last of the chinese beans…

Still left in the garden are a few tomatoes, the strawberries and the berry bushes. The raspberry is flowering again and there’s a lot of raspberries growing on it. I’m delighted with that.

Another thing that happened… My elderly neighbour yanked out one of the flowering hygrangeas as she thought it was a weed. How she ever managed to see that one hydrangea as a weed is beyond me. I’ve been very mad about it. Since then I’ve replaced it with a new one. Sadly it’s not the same colour, but there was a big gap between the three remaining hydrangeas that I did want to fill. And it was 50% off, so not a lot of money.
Since then we agreed that she would keep out of our garden and we would keep the tiny bit of space she can’t quite reach (which is why she went into our garden in the first place) a bit clear of weeds. Let’s hope she’ll remember this next year and not yank out any other plants…

One last question. Can anyone identify the mushroom that I photographed? It’s in our lawn and I have no idea which one it is. Is it eatable?