One of the Heavenly Bodies…

4 Jun 2020 at 18:54 (Random Randomness) (, )

My tailor’s awesome, all the piggies looking…

Yeeeeeeeees! It matches!

…rolling like I’m platinum!

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Create Your Own Trading Card Game

27 May 2020 at 22:19 (Random Randomness) ()

The kids have been getting super frustrated during lockdown, and tantrums and general bad behaviour are on the increase. So here’s an idea I thought of to encourage good behaviour, and give me something to occupy my time too.

It all started with The Missing Luke Skywalker Trading Card. I had one of these when I was about 14 or 15. I may have kept it in my Sonic the Hedgehog ringbinder, and it may not be there anymore, and I may be really sad about that.

So to cut a long story short, I decided that since I’ll probably never find The Missing Luke Skywalker Trading Card, why not just make my own? In fact, why not just make my own series and hope Disney doesn’t sue me for everything I have?

Just bear in mind, unless you’re using either your own photos/images or images you have permission to freely distribute, these need to be for personal use only. No sharing among school-friends or the kids on the street. Hence I will not be uploading the files, but I will tell you an easy and cheap way to make your own!
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Donkeys and Billionaires

17 May 2020 at 19:02 (Random Randomness) (, , )

Man buys field, using money he worked hard to earn for himself, for his mother so she can home rescue donkeys.

Meanwhile, rich man gets angry about it.

How many words can you think of for “backfire” and “hypocrisy”?

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All UK employees: know your rights regards Coronavirus and work

10 May 2020 at 15:43 (Random Randomness) ()

Please read through this site. It’s obvious the government is putting protecting its rich mates above protecting the population. Know your rights!

Section 44. provides employees with the means to contest the adequacy and/or suitability of safety arrangements without fear of recriminations (e.g. getting sacked or transferred) or suffering detriment (e.g. loss of wages).

Section 44. provides employees with the ‘right’ to withdraw from and to refuse to return to a workplace that is unsafe. Employees are entitled to remain away from the workplace (e.g. stay at home) if – in their opinion – the prevailing circumstances represent a real risk of serious and imminent danger which they could not be expected to avert.

Section 44. entitles employees to claim for ‘Constructive Dismissal’ and (unlimited) compensation in the event that an employer fails to maintain safe working conditions.

https://section44.co.uk/

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori

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Happy Star Wars Day!

4 May 2020 at 18:05 (Random Randomness) ()

May the Fourth be with you!

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Trying Out Acrylic Pouring

28 Apr 2020 at 13:38 (Artwork, Random Randomness) ()

I think I first saw this on a Nerdecrafter video. Since I’d run out of craft projects and had 3 canvasses gathering dust, I decided now was the time to try this out!


You will need:

  • Acrylic paint, in 3-4 colours of your choice. Try to choose colours that will look good together. Sometimes you think colours go well together and then when you try it out, they don’t. I learnt this from experience.
  • Water. Distilled is best, but I used tap water and it was fine
  • Small cups or bowls
  • A blank pre-primed canvas. It might be a good idea to start with a small canvas the first time
  • Glitter or gold leaf. Optional, but adds a nice touch.
  • Stirring sticks
  • Old newspaper, plastic sheeting or anything else to catch the mess. There probably will be a lot of mess
  • Cocktail stick or toothpick, to help create feathering patterns. Optional
  • Rubber gloves. Optional, but recommended
  • Something sturdy to hold up your canvas while drying. I used my paint bottles
  • A desk fan. Optional, but greatly speeds up drying time

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Star Wars IV-VI Review, plus Retconning the Retcon!

21 Apr 2020 at 19:09 (Random Randomness) (, , )

So I gave in to the temptation, and finally watched the original Star Wars trilogy! I got the first DVD release edition. It still has some of the extra stupid CGI additions, but not as much as later releases. Only problem was, it did not want to work on Windoze 7! Darned copy-protection! After 2 hours of tinkering, I worked out that you need VLC Player, plus Make MKV and then go to Make MKV’s options and select the VLC option like this:

… and it should work like a dream!

I don’t get why they felt the need to cheesecake the characters?! [Edit: I see it’s from the original movie poster. Still pointless cheesecake though.]
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DIY Dollshouse Kit No.4: Elegant Times 2020

17 Apr 2020 at 15:28 (Random Randomness) (, )

I think that’s what it’s called. So here we go, and I finally got to do my red and black theme!

Happy Time Dollshouse Kit

The decor on this was absolutely hideous. I can’t even describe how awful the master bedroom wallpaper was. It was just so ugly. It had to go.

One thing to bear in mind about this one is that it is wider than the other three, so I had to get the one with the dust cover, as it had to go on the top of the display shelves. Otherwise Biscuit would have quickly done some “redecoration” of his own.

This one seemed to be from the same manufacturer as my first dollshouse (Elegant Times 2018?), but there has been an improvement. You actually get a sheet with all the pieces mapped out so you can easily see which piece is which.


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Painting on Fabric with LIT Paint!

7 Apr 2020 at 15:28 (Random Randomness) (, )

As I said in a previous post, you CAN use LIT on fabric. Previously, I used LIT mixed in with Tulip Fashion Glitter Bond, which I piled over dried fabric paint. While it worked, it didn’t look very attractive, appearing very lumpy and just amateurish in general. This time, I tried LIT mixed in with the Tulip Glow fabric paints, and the result looks super good! It has a very painterly look, quite like watercolour at times.

I used LIT in the four available colours: original green, blue, pink and yellow; plus Tulip Glow fabric paint in pink, blue and yellow. Plus various Tulip Slick paints in neon.

So for my first experiment, I mixed up some Pink LIT with pink glow paint, and this time I used a regular paintbrush. So far, so good! The fabric did absorb quite a lot of paint (do make sure to place at least 1 layer of card inside the t-shirt. It’s touch-dry within about 10 minutes, I think. I didn’t time it, but it really wasn’t long.

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Mini Bookshop

7 Apr 2020 at 14:41 (Random Randomness) ()

After the success of the faerie bedroom, I wanted to extend that and make a full building. This is going to go to Bebs as soon as I can trust him not to destroy it (it may be a matter of years). I’m not sure what scale this is, but it’s definitely smaller than 1:24. The only thing is, I have no idea why I went with a bookshop, given how darn tedious making miniature books is. No really, it’s tedious.

For the structure and furniture, I used that card thingie that I still don’t know the actual name of. I used acrylic paint to paint it, scrapbook design paper for the walls and floors, cardstock for the window and door frames, and clear cellophane for the glass. For the decorations, I used beads, tissue paper, scrap fabric and leftover bits from my dollshouse kits.

So here are some pics:
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Little Faerie House

7 Apr 2020 at 13:58 (Random Randomness) ()

This is Tiny’s house!

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Miniature Fimo Garden, and How to Recondition Fimo

26 Mar 2020 at 15:09 (Artwork, Random Randomness) (, , )

I bought this Fimo like 9 years ago, and never really got very far with it. I’ve been watching a lot of NerdECrafter lately (and picking up way too many of her mannerisms, especially the “stop messin’ ma stuff!”), and Tiny really wanted me to make a faerie garden, so inspired by this video, I thought I’d have another go with the Fimo, and see if I could make something passable.

I had two major problems:

  1. The Fimo was 9 years old, and had long since hardened and become impossible to use
  2. I have a gas oven, not an electrical one, and getting the oven to stay at 110° is not so easy (last time I made anything with Fimo, it had scorch marks around the edges)

How to Recondition a Hardened Block of Fimo

You may have seen several tutorials telling you to add vegetable or baby oil to Fimo to soften it.

NO NO NO NO!
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DIY Mini Lightsabers

26 Mar 2020 at 14:45 (Artwork, Random Randomness) (, , )

As I mentioned, the kids are really into Star Wars. I originally planned on making full-sized lightsabers, but then I realised, dang, that would be expensive. Plus the potential for actual casualties would be high, so I scaled things right down to dolly-sized.

DIY lightsaber!
These lightsabers actually light up!*

*Mostly only in dim light though.

If you read this post, you’d know I now have the full complement of LIT paints. Now, LIT is expensive, so you can substitute this with any glow-in-the-dark paints you have, it just won’t be as cool.

What you will need

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DIY Dollshouse Kit: Tranquil Life

20 Mar 2020 at 13:39 (Artwork, Random Randomness) (, )

Yeah, I did it again. Here is the one I chose this time:

That’s the default style. Originally I was planning on doing a complete repaint, as I did with Blue Times, but I do have a weakness for pink, but at the same time, I wanted to introduce a little more variation, and make it more “mine”. So the red-and-black theme will have to be saved for the next one (and yes, there will be a next one).
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Full complement of LIT Paint! Plus, the answer to: can you use it on fabric?

20 Mar 2020 at 12:31 (Artwork, Random Randomness) (, )

Aw yeah!

Everytime I get a bonus, they add a new colour! Well, I guess this will be my last bonus for a while, if ever. May as well make it count (gosh, I’m assuming they’re still going to honour the bonus, but who knows now? We were all sent home indefinitely at 4pm yesterday, and since the Chief Buffoon won’t order a shutdown of non-essential businesses, our shop may not make it). Anyway, I digress. I was actually going to ask if there were plans for a yellow LIT, and maybe even a lilac LIT (although that might be really hard to charge being at the end of the spectrum), and lo and behold, there was a yellow LIT. Heck yes, I bought it.
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Space and Trains Box

20 Mar 2020 at 11:51 (Artwork, Random Randomness) ()

The Chipmunk and I got a plain wooden box from The Works. The Chipmunk couldn’t think of how to decorate it, so of course Crafty Auntie (who is apparently just a bigger Mummy?) stepped in. He wanted to just paint the whole thing blue, with his very own blue glitter paint, but I told him, that’s boring, if we’re gonna do it, let’s do it properly! (We did paint the inside of the lid blue, though.)

So this is what we came up with.
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Coronavirus does a face reveal…

17 Mar 2020 at 21:26 (Random Randomness) ()

The moment you’ve all been waiting for… The coronavirus finally reveals his true identity…

His Royal Virus
His Royal Virus, Prince Philip of Corona-tion Street.

“I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus.”
― Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, from a foreword to If I Were an Animal (1987) by Fleur Cowles

In other news, those of you panic-buying: you’re selfish turds, I hope all that pasta makes you constipated. People like you are scum. Also you do realise diarrhoea is not a symptom, right? But then of course, I’m probably overestimating your intelligence.

If I didn’t live in the UK, I’d be kind of amused to see the British Bulldog spirit in action when the Chief Buffoon’s no-deal plans come to fruition. I mean, if people are crapping their pants so much that the shops are sold out of loo roll, when actual shortages happen, they may well crap themselves to death.

Meanwhile, Johnson has 25,000 civil servants working 24 hours a day on his Brexit project. They have endless funds as Johnson insists that Brexit must happen on his terms by the end of June. The 200 EU and UK negotiators have suspended their planned meetings because of the coronavirus outbreak. But Johnson insists in every interview that the UK will have broken all trade and other relations with Europe based on existing rules by the middle of the year.
https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/opinion/boris-johnson-is-more-focused-on-brexit-than-coronavirus/

Yes, I am angry. I can’t remember a time I was this angry. I wasn’t even this angry when a so-called friend called me a Tory and racist scum.

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Corbyn trolls Johnson!

12 Feb 2020 at 21:35 (Random Randomness) ()

It was brilliant!

I wonder how kindly de Pfeffel would take to chants of “send him back”? Different on the other side, huh? Ugh I don’t know whose smug face I hate more, Johnson’s or Patel’s.

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I finally bought Lit Paint!

5 Jan 2020 at 23:29 (Artwork, Random Randomness) (, )

So I saw the Tom Scott video about the Pinkest Pink, which led me to Culture Hustle, which led me to Lit Paint. Oh boy, am I easily excited by shinies — or indeed, glowies. I had my eyes on it for ages, but £10 for a small pot of glow powder just seemed way too extravagant.

But, with the news that I’d actually get a bonus in December, I was all “Yay! Lit Paint! Lit Paint!” And, actually, it’s a good thing I had to wait, because there is now a PINK LIT! So I get to see the Pinkest Pink + the Glowiest Glow! And now I’m writing about it in the Bloggiest Blog?!

So I have to say, the pinkest pink was actually not as exciting as Tom Scott made it out to be. It’s just a fluorescent pink, and in fact, the day after I made some glow shapes, I had a customer at work with a jacket even more shockingly pink than my pinky pink star (well, it was more a coral-pink, but it was still way more shocking). The pinkest pink is still way more shocking than my pink hair, anyway. So there’s that.

*sheds a tear for that paintbrush, which has since gone missing*
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Bargain of the year

22 Dec 2019 at 21:41 (Random Randomness)

was £0.00
Hobbycraft Chingford! They were actually £2.00. Something worthy of WHSmith XD

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A sad day for the country

13 Dec 2019 at 00:22 (Random Randomness)

The exit polls are out and it’s depressing. As much as I hoped we’d get a hung parliament, I suspected the result would be a Tory majority, although even my pessimistic self did not think it would be this bad.

It’s a sad day for the country. And a sad day for anyone who isn’t in the top 1%. The rebranding of the BBC as the Tory ministry of propaganda is complete, the far right is now in charge. I’ve never wanted so much to leave this country, but certain commitments mean I’ll be stuck here at least until the next election — assuming, of course that my life savings will be worth anything by then, as No Deal is still Johnson and Cummings’s preferred option.

Anyone who voted for this racist scum and his henchmen should hang their head in shame. This goes beyond Brexit, Johnson cares for no one but himself, and you’ll see this now the monster has the mandate to show his true colours. Much good may it do you.

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Why did de Pfeffel cross the road?

5 Dec 2019 at 22:25 (Random Randomness) (, )

To avoid being interviewed by Andrew Neil.

See full clip here:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2019-50679252


Bok bok bok

Vote tactically to oust the Tories!

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Pinocchio

1 Dec 2019 at 19:29 (Random Randomness) ()

This “illiterate” member of the British working class could spell Pinocchio since infants. I learnt how to spell “pants on fire” even earlier than that!

https://boris-johnson-lies.com/

They really do believe themselves to be better than the “unwashed masses”, don’t they? Yet the idiots who vote for this scum think they’re men of the people, waging war against the elite! And patronising insults such as this only make their fervour more ardent. This country’s gone to the dogs. I want out 😦

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DIY Dollshouse — Blue Times: Silver Arrows-ified!

19 Nov 2019 at 15:31 (Random Randomness) (, )

I got Blue Times in the end. This one took me aaaaaaaaaages to make, about a month, in fact. Partly because of how much I customised it, and partly because it took me ages to end up going to Hobbycraft, where I finally found some decent glue!*

First observation: this one was really well-packed. The last mini house kit I bought, shipped from China, was in a terrible condition when it arrived, and one bag was open, with many pieces having fallen out.

This one cost about £20 on eBay, shipped from the UK. It arrived in a few days.

The quality of this one, however, I found to be lower than the first house I made. Both main wall panels were warped, one of the kitchen table legs was about 5mm too short and didn’t have the tapered end. I had to make it longer with silicone glue (see if you can spot it). A piece for the support bars for the highchair was missing, and in the end the one I did get was too small when assembled, so I had to make it out of thick card instead. They bizarrely tell us to chisel the corner of the bedroom floor to a right angle, but there was absolutely no need for it. I’ll have to repaint the corner, but even without customisation, that would have required repainting anyway as the original colour was white, but they don’t mention it in the instructions. So do ignore that step if you buy this kit.

I bought a bookshelf for the two, and I still have two empty spaces. I managed to hold back and not buy another one just yet, though! I think I need to recover from this one first!
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Primary colours, plus trying out a Moriah Elizabeth craft

19 Nov 2019 at 14:34 (Random Randomness) (, )

What are the three primary colours for pigment? I was always taught red, blue and yellow at school, how about you? It’s so wrong though. Totally wrong. Well, 2/3 wrong, to be accurate.

The three primary colours are in fact: yellow, magenta and cyan. Which I should have known as I’m the one who buys the printer ink. But you know, we have it hammered into our heads at school that it’s red, blue and yellow, and we don’t really question it, do we? But in fact, red and blue cannot be primary colours, for the simple reason that you can make them with magenta, cyan and yellow. Yep, and we proved it!

The kids and I had a lot of fun learning about colours!

Here’s a Moriah Elizabeth quick craft I really wanted to try out.


Here is the video

I used my Wilko acrylic paints for these, pastelised (not a real word) with Royal and Langnickel Titanium White, plus the silver pencil also used R&L. The Royal and Langnickel paint is so gloopy and sticky. Even when dry, the pencils just want to stick to each other. The gold pencil was Wilko own-brand only, and though it needed more layers, it didn’t have that sticky texture. I didn’t bother with the extra decorations — too much trouble. I don’t remember her mentioning this in her video, but it definitely helps to sand the pencils down before painting. I’ve been super obsessed with arts and crafts lately. Sadly, it’s not the same as when I used to get my obsessive special interests 😦 I don’t think there’s any way to get the old me back without the bad stuff coming back too.

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Pob’s Programme

19 Oct 2019 at 21:28 (Random Randomness) (, )

I’ve been wondering for over 25 years what that crazy programme was that I used to watch as a toddler! Thanks to Michael Gove, I now know what it is! Holy cremola, this is some weird crap. No wonder I’m so messed up.

The unravelling jumper and the technicolour backgrounds! I feel 3 years old again!

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The Correct Way to Make a Dollshouse

6 Oct 2019 at 00:54 (Random Randomness) (, )

… is of course, to buy a kit, not make it out of paper maché.

Mini dollshouse lights on

I saw these on scamazon many years ago (actually, during the time I was making the paper maché monstrosity). And I decided that since I’m feeling kinda crap these days, I may as well get one to cheer myself up. Actually it’s been pretty useful distracting me from the bazillion and one things that are causing anxiety these days. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dictator-style propaganda shown in UK schools

26 Sep 2019 at 08:29 (Random Randomness) ()

I know, I know, I really don’t want this to just turn into a politics blog either, but this disgusts me so much.

I mean look at this:

Absolutely disgusting. Apparently it was a private company doing it, but how on earth did this happen in the first place? This is the kind of thing I would expect to be shown in North Korea. These are primary school children, aged 11 and under. This is nothing short of brainwashing and right wing dictatorship propaganda. Disgusting disgusting disgusting.

Story https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/25/brexit-propaganda-broadcast-3000-primary-schools-10809109/

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SkyWatcher EvoStar 90mm AZ Refractor Review

25 Sep 2019 at 14:06 (Random Randomness) ()

So after half a lifetime of talking about it, I actually got round to buying a proper telescope! In truth, it was the Chipmunk’s astronerdiosity (I wonder where he got that from?) that persuaded me to finally go for it. For this reason I decided on a relatively small refractor, rather than the 200mm reflector I’d always planned on buying. I decided on an altazimuth mount, as 1. equatorial mounts are scary, and 2. my area is so built up, I’d be having to move the telescope around the garden (and house) in order to actually get/keep things in my field of view. Also, EQ mounts are scary.

SkyWatcher EvoStar 90mm Refractor

I named her Eva.

I got mine from Harrison Telescopes (not sponsored), they appeared to have the best customer service, and competitive prices. I also purchased a moon filter, which cost £9 for a flimsy bit of plastic, but it does its job. Two eyepieces were included, a 25mm (36x) and a 10mm (91x). Read the rest of this entry »

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My Favourite Scambaiters

24 Sep 2019 at 21:40 (Random Randomness) ()

I’ve become stupidly addicted to Granny Edna. She’s mesmerising.

Did you know that viruses are called Ben and actually talk to you?

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