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Contest Winner

So to get the winner I gave a number to every name that was given and used a random number generator to get the winner (thought it would be better than pulling a name out of a hat). Sadly my cacti did not grow *sob* but I started 6 more plants in the hope that at least one of them will grow *crosses fingers* So the name of my cacti (if one ever does decide to grow) is: *drum roll* pokey So can Leslie email me when you want to with an address and I will get the prize out to you I want to try to have a contest every few months. I think it would be a nice thing to do and really not many people pass up the chance to win free stuff

New Zealand Part 2

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So I left the last post with me getting to Whitianga in the afternoon. Um can't really say much about the hostel other than it was clean (didn't really like the way the people that ran it treated the people staying there, so I wont mention the name). Of course it was raining so we couldn't really do much, and Mr.Fuzzy had just got out of bed anyway (1 in the afternoon. lazy :P). And because he had just gotten out of bed he of course needed to have breakfast and that included toast with Vegemite spread on it. Offered me a piece and I should have just nodded "thanks no", but I was possibly still a zombie from the jet leg and said "yeah ok". Ok the smell alone should have warned me but I have never tasted anything so vile before and I don't think I will ever again (I know there are lots of people that love it, but I will never be one. John says that eating it he doesn't get bitten by bugs, which might be true). But there is a plus to the Vegemit

Last Day of Contest

So today is the last day I will take names for my little contest over on the right :) send me either an email or leave a comment to have your name put in the draw :D

New Zealand Part 1

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Ok I apologise to people that are still on dial-up as there are a lot of photos in this post :) Since almost all of my art supplies are packed away I thought I would do a post of our travels in New Zealand. So the above picture of the Sky Tower in Auckland is the only picture I took in Auckland that turned out. After 22+ hours getting to NZ I was pretty out of it. So I flew from Toronto to L.A. and spent 7 hours before my flight to NZ trying not to fall asleep or get mugged (no wasn't scared of that actually, was more afraid of falling asleep and missing my flight). By the time I got to Auckland I was so sleep deprived I had no idea where I was going. No really, I had no idea where I was staying. I chose Base as a place to stay as it was the last place I read about before I left and it was the first place that came to my mind when the scary immigration officer asked where I was going to be. He didn't look very happy when I said I had no idea where I was staying and as I real

Busy Busy Busy

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So the original plan for the flat bathroom was just to paint it white, but we were just looking around tile shops (cause really what does one do on a Sunday with nothing to do and no money to buy anything?), and a lot of the walls were painted dark solid colours. So after seeing how well that looked we decided that white would be too light and we needed some colour in the bathroom. Now pink and purple were out, everyone did not just spend the last 2 weeks getting rid of the ugly lavender colour so that we could put more up. Yellow and orange were too bright (even though I still say that the colours would have looked good in the bathroom, it might have been a little sore on the eyes to go from the blue living room to a room of solid yellow though). So how about Aqua? YES! :P So once the undercoat dries on the walls, they are going to be painted a nice aqua colour. Which should be fine; tan/brown for the hall, blue for the living room, white for the kitchen and maybe white for the bedro

Virtual Sketch Finished

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My rose has started to bloom. It is a lot redder than it looks in the pictures. I am just shocked that it hasn't died lol hmmm maybe the curse of the black thumb of death is broken? (nah probably not considering John has been taking care of this most of the time ;) ) And I did get time today to draw a sketch for the virtual sketch . I wish I had have had more time to work on this, but been so busy cleaning up the flat. Just a quick simple sketch on plain sketchbook paper. I would have loved to use my Inktense pencil as the colours are so bright. I have dozens of pictures of these lilies so I can always use the pencils in the future. Go look at the other sketches that people have done :D The hedge that was in the backyard of the flat has been cut so that its less than a foot tall. We now have a lot of light getting into the kitchen. Just need to put up a simple fence now. The neighbours seems like nice people. So things are going well with that and the decorating is really starting

From Killer Tomatoes to Killer Bees!!

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Another picture of the Clematis. :D *sob* I really want to draw some of the pictures I took of this now. But I think maybe I should start on the Virtual Sketch before I do. I have been so busy with the flat and trying to get things done and not be in the way that I really haven't had time to work on it. So it more than likely will be a very simple sketch. And 5 minutes later I was stung. No not really, I have only been stung twice. Once on the shoulder and the other...on my breast. That hurt. A lot. (yeah TMI :P) Was playing baseball in the dreaded gym class and felt what I thought was a mosquito and swatted at it only to be stung. ouch. (I was horrible at baseball. Could never hit the ball. Could throw a nice fast ball, just couldn't hit the damn thing :P I loved playing rugby because I could tackle people I didn't like ;) ) We have no idea if this is a plant a weed or a bulb. There were 3 Dahlia bulbs in this pot but we don't think this is one of them. So now we have

SPT 19./06/2008

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SPT 19./06/2008 Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons Attack of the Killer Tomatoes !! They are everywhere in the greenhouse. hmm they are mutating :p

Gorgeous Flowers

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Sale on Prints at My Etsy Store Free Shipping on all Prints The yard at the flat was cut by the Council with a trimmer, so all it needs now is for the grass to be raked up and some holes filled in. So at least now Mr.Fuzzy will not stop breathing trying to cut the lawn again (ok it wasn't that bad, but not exactly a pretty sight either [the joys of hayfever]) Been busy with packing and filling out immigration forms so have not had time to do anything else. But now the immigration form are all filled out and sent away (*crosses fingers everything goes well*), I just have packing to do and might have some spare time to actually draw something soon. But until than have some flowers :) All of these are in Mr.Fuzzy's parent's back yard. Clematis that are growing in the back corner. I love this plant this time of year. There are so many purple/blue (burple ?) flowers on it that its gorgeous and its taller than me :) This is the Tiger Lily flowers that is huge. Almost as tall as

In the Jungle, the Mighty Jungle....

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So our front yard needs a lot of work. You can almost get lost in the grass :p Sorry for the large image, blogger is not letting me upload any pictures Mr.Fuzzy did manage to cut about 3/4 of the front lawn and use weed killer to try to get rid of the weeds that are almost as tall as I am in some places (well maybe not that tall, but they are still a good size), before his allergies got the better of him and he had to stop. The drying green in the back is going to need a lot of work too. There is no huge rush to get the yard cut, but it would definitely make the place look better and get rid of the kids (hopefully). It does actually seem like one thing after another keeps going wrong with this flat. The new discovery is that the bathroom light is not wired properly. So back to the council tomorrow as no one thinks it is safe to use the bathroom light. And I decided that I need to design an image to use on a packaging header to staple to my bags that hold prints and stuffed dr

More Food to Rot My Teeth

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So I loved these kind of cookies/biscuits that I could eat in Canada. The jam ones are the best :) Some food I can get here, and other stuff can't find at all and refuse to pay £7 to get a small box of cereal shipped here. But Mr Fuzzy bought these; Picture found somewhere online (I like this towel though :) ) Tea cakes, these are Tunnocks Tea cakes but you can get different brands. They taste almost the same. The marshmallow is a little sweeter and I can only eat one. But it is another food that is close enough to something I am use to eating in Canada. And I had thought I knew the difference between a biscuit and a cookie but now I am more confused then ever :p Wagon Wheels taste different here (or maybe they always tasted like that and I have just forgotten), and you can't get Jos. Louis here which is a shame, but chocolate on the whole does taste better. And why after 2 years of being in Scotland I had never had a tea cake before I have no idea lol The cleaning of the fl

Rose Hedge

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The rose hedge at the flat that is in need of some serious trimming. Going to wait to trim it when it goes dormant. This is only a small section of it. Close up of a rose. They are starting to die now, but next year they should be a little healthier. (If we can keep the kids out of the yard....are bear traps too much? [jk]) Another Virtual Sketch Date . A really interesting thing to participate in. Its neat to see how different people draw the same picture. And it never hurts to sketch things you normally don't :) My little Scottish dictionary has been packed away in a box, so next week it will hopefully be back ):

Another Step to Being Finished

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So here we have a "bad" corner. Its not a weak corner, I just sewed over the piping by accident. When I make bags for other people and this happens, (doesn't happen that often. Piping is easy to sew. Just a pain on the fingers :p) I undue the stitches and do it again. An example of a neat proper looking corner. Now I am thinking that I should have maybe used purple or even a light yellow piping so it stands out more. Next time I will remember to take a fabric sample with me when I go get piping. Here we have the inner pockets sewn to the lining. If people want me to make a pocket tut, just let me know. Its not hard :) I used a straight stitch to keep it in place and than I used a stronger stitch as this pocket will probably be used to keep change or my cell phone in and I don't want it ripping away from the lining. This is putting the finished lining onto the outer layer of the bag. The lining is just fabric cut to the same sizes of the pattern of the outer layer. I f

SPT June 12, 2008

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SPT June 12, 2008 Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons I did a SPT last week, but didn't think that people wanted to see a picture of my bruises (which are finally gone), so made it friends only on flickr. Little Horton stuffie that came with a tea package. I don't think I have actually ever read Horton Hears a Who. Read everything else Dr.Seuss wrote though. The messy shelf in the background is now taken down and the things on it put in boxes that I remembered to label this time. So its not going to be a huge mystery what is in them, even though that is half the fun of moving :p Made a Twitter account that you can see to the left, where I can put more random pointless things that I do here :p. hmmm maybe the blog is getting to crowded?

Unicorns Live!

This is so cool! Maybe another reason people thought that unicorns lived besides Narwhal tusks :)

My Sore Bleeding Fingers

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Worked on my new bag today. Added the pocket to the inside panel (it really is not as crooked in person :p) Than I pinned piping all around the edge of the fabric. Make sure that when using piping that you place it properly, good side usually away from the edge of the fabric. Try to get the piping as even as possible around corners, or you could just not have round corners which makes things easier lol I had already sewed the sides of the bag together yesterday, so I pinned this good sides facing in so it lined up with the piping. At this point the ends of my fingers were getting pretty sore from getting pricked by pins, I was feeling weak from blood loss :p Now I remember why I only used piping if I really have to :p It does give a really neat edge to bags and pillows though. I just used your basic straight stitch to join the pieces together, going slowly so that I had the needle as flush with the piping as I could get it. Still quicker than doing it by hand. You don't have to sew