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I discovered… July 1, 2006

Posted by 30minutemeandering in Altered Art, Aquatics.
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…which fish has been eating the firemouths eggs(they went again), and it appears it is the Severum who has a taste for caviar, he looked so smug while he was doing it as well. There is nothing i can do about it at the minute either, i need to wait until i get another tank.

Also today the ATC swap came to an end you can see mine here, along with everyone elses. For those not in the know, ATC’s are a form of altered art using playing cards.

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ATC’s May 4, 2006

Posted by 30minutemeandering in Altered Art.
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I sent off an ATC to a site called Stray Cards over 6 months ago and forgot about it. The aim of their site is to collect and display atc's in rural areas of Australia. Anyway mine is now on their site at number 65. Their site is worth a look if you want atc inspiration.

More Knitting adventures May 1, 2006

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Got my first pattern today, and go some help with deciphering the knitting code by my auntie. i shall be going out tomorrow to get wool and the needles required.

Knitting April 30, 2006

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Yes you saw right, Knitting, i've been having a go and you know what i can do it. Cast on, Knit one, purl one, cast off i can do them all. Now all i have to do is learn all the fancy stitches and read a pattern then it will be jumpers for everyone at Christmas. This year family will just have to make do with scarves.

Scrapbooking April 23, 2006

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Today i did my first 12×12 layout. It was a challenge from a cybercrop that my wife was involved in she had to get me to do it to get points for her team. if you want to see it click here.

Craft Shops April 19, 2006

Posted by 30minutemeandering in Altered Art.
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What do men want in them, Cafes and seats. As a man i find the only place i can have a rummage is in the to clear section where the obscure last of lines end up. I find the minute you entre a craft shop your entering female space and it should not be like that. My own personal favorite experience was in Arty and Crafty near our house, upon walking in i was asked in quite an obnoxious tone "What do you want" quite taken aback i ignored it but how do you interest men in what is going on in the craft world if they are made to feel unwelcome, suffice to say we do not shop there anymore as im the driver. What are craft shops offering men, where is the dark side of craft, where is the rebellion its not Dawn Bibby thats for sure men want danger, cutting, hot glue, a complicated plan they can disregard most of all they want something they can relate to. What do men want to see being sold-Scrapbook kits, no i dont mean a scrapbook with all the paper and trimmings to do a page i mean i want the kit to build the scrapbook (bindings, covers, thick card and tools). Give men a chance to join in with what their wives/partners are doing and they will get interested. What do i do. Well mainly altered art and atc's. Why because it is random and exciting and mainly because it feels fluid to me and many different media can be used and adapted. What do i use. Anything, bargain bin bits and bobs, scraps and fimble finds. I realise there are lots of man crafts out there like model boats and cars and building dolls houses. i suppose what i am asking craft shops to do is bridge the gap and have some middle ground, or at least have a cafe and some seats.