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I've seen one of these in action - I don't think it is anywhere near mass marketing. It will have some uses but I don't think it will catch on in a big way. Not yet anyhow. Might be good as a small repair business add on.

 

viv in nz

2 years, 3 months ago on 3-D Printing: Inspiring Creativity or Just Proliferating More Plastic Crap?

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A bit of an interesting mix round here as the living room is also my art room and craft room and dining room.  There's a bookcase and bench on one wall with art supplies and books.  Above that is a shelf with ginger beer maturing, a vase from great grandma's place full of feathers from grandma who was a milliner (hat maker), a t-rex skeleton in wood, a stack of jigsaw puzzles and a piece of sort of successful art.  There are two baskets of wool hanging off that along with a washing line rope and coat hangers (with washing that didn't quite dry enough yesterday). One end of the bench has my computer, the other end has my stereo (the speakers are also on the upper shelf) and the centre has the cutting mat, the iron and a stack of to do stuff. Under the bench is a double layer of plastic bins with wool and fabric etc.

 

There's a spice rack full of beads on one wall along with a fish eye mirror from grandma, a frog money box from a neighbour, a piece of stained glass I made some years back and a bunch of interesting rocks.  Most of the rest is my own stuff except for one pen and ink tree that a friend did at art school. The other point of interest is my coffee table which was made for me and incorporates one of those typeset boxes. The compartments are full to overflowing and I refuse to put a glass over it because how could you then play with the things inside.

 

There is also a round table with three chairs (I use the computer chair for the fourth) and two small couches and a dresser full of preserves, the toaster, the kettle, the teapot I made myself and various spreads and tea stuff.

 

There is a capsicum plant in the window and three ferns dotted around. And all this (and the small upright desk belonging to my Dad, two election boxes full of wool, a small chest with my knitting needles and embroidery stuff, the small chest that holds my thread and sundry work tools, the footstool and a small table that holds the kettle, a book press, wool winder and two rubbish bins - one pottery that I made and one wicker which my grandfather made) in a room only 4 metres square.

 

I do need a little more space in this house but until the kids leave home, this is it. Our eventual plan is to make the other reasonably sized bedroom into a living/dining room and to turn what we had intended for a bathroom into a kitchen to open into the same room.  At which stage I get my workroom to myself :)

 

Sorry for the length - I got interested in the list :)

 

viv in nz

 

2 years, 3 months ago on Wall of Kiwiana

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There's a rug being made out of crochet granny squares over on wise craft. I've been doing it to brush up on my skills as I mostly knit :)  I have also made bowls from scrap fabric but using an elastic threader and a buttonhole stitch.  The result looks much the same :)

 

viv

2 years, 3 months ago on Crocheted Pants Bowl & Other Beginner Projects

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I think the real annoyance is that I wanted the cranberries for medicinal use so I didn't have to buy so much (subject to uti here).  Of course these simply won't work as required and it took me a year to figure that I had the wrong thing. (I haven't met a cranberry in the wild - yet!). So now I have to start over again.  I might add that the guavas are fine and might well have been added just for themselves anyhow.  I have a good damp position for them all picked out so all I need are the plants now and I will be checking!

 

viv

2 years, 4 months ago on Winter Harvest: Guavas

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They were sold to me as two cranberry bushes!!  I was a little annoyed but they are still good to nibble on.  I still want to get some real cranberry bushes :)

 

viv in dunedin

2 years, 4 months ago on Winter Harvest: Guavas

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Count me in and either colour would do :) I'm thinking that this would be useful for mounting in a wall and we happen to have one available. viv

2 years, 5 months ago on Sureflap Microchip Cat Door Review and Giveaway

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Sounds like Sprocket and my wool basket.  It now sports a large chunk of felt from a horse blanket.  He gets the basket and my wool is safe if a little squashed :) Or holes in the boys socks. I make them from carpet wool now and they will last a lot longer.  They don't seem to mind the rougher texture either and I don't have to try making them wear slippers!  Redirecting the river is a good way to put this  and I seem to do a lot of it :) The plus here is the savings in plastic everything slippers that don't last.  The wool really is just that, wool!

 

viv in nz

2 years, 5 months ago on What Can Environmentalists Learn from Bad Kitties?

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There's a new crab apple and a peasgood nonsuch apple (the third I've planted but hopefully this time we will be here to harvest it too).  Too cold for feijoas or figs but there are nz cranberries (a type of guava) plus red currants and gooseberries. We hope to transfer the raspberries this year and there is a fruit tree in one of my barrels but I'm not sure what it is.  It LOOKS like an apricot but could just as well be a plum.

 

viv in dunedin

2 years, 5 months ago on The Apple of Our Eye

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This one I have to try!

 

viv

2 years, 6 months ago on Chilly Bin Steak: Sous Vide on the Cheap

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Calendulas spread everywhere if you let them. I had whole flower beds of them when I was too ill to garden properly.  At least they covered the weeds :)

 

viv

2 years, 7 months ago on Herb Spiral Update

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 @FrugalKiwi Taught for years when younger. I was a trained potter but I damaged my wrists/elbow/shoulder/neck so badly I had to give it up.  There were some truly aw(ful/some) items that went through although the maker of said item above was , ummmm, unique! All her stuff was like that and she just loved doing it.

 

viv

2 years, 7 months ago on Hideous Awesome: 3-Legged Ceramic Chicken Bowl

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That is truly awful/some.  As a teacher of pottery, I can relate to fugly - there are a few creations hanging round here too.  There was one notable object that went on a stall table.  It was misshapen in pretty much every direction and its creator had used a violent pink glaze which broke to blue if thinly applied.  Not my favourite but somewhat acceptable sometimes. It was absolutely hideous and was the first thing we sold!

 

People are weird!

 

viv

2 years, 7 months ago on Hideous Awesome: 3-Legged Ceramic Chicken Bowl

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Can't get this thing to work - hope this gets there ok.  Love your fence - that is exactly what we need on the back part of the section, and the side and the other side etc ......... Our chickens come out to play when Matt weeds the garden. Otherwise they have a nice roomy run.

 

viv

2 years, 8 months ago on On the O-Fence-ive

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We've found that a cheese slice does a good job with hard butter :) The crock looks even better though - might have to invest in one of those :)

viv

2 years, 8 months ago on Butter Bell: Safe, Spreadable, Unrefrigerated

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I'll have to think of a substitute for that one. I'm not allowed grapefruit. I might try apricot - hmmm....... My sis does a great one with peppermint oddfellows in.

BTW there is a recipe in grandmas book called Aunty Phils balls :) There's a title for you! And I did a needle felt thing for the first time. I've done wet felt lots but not needle felt. It wasn't as hard as I thought :)

viv

2 years, 9 months ago on Dark Chocolate Grapefruit Truffles

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Yellow is one of my favourite colours. It is not usual for me to have a greenish house but we seem to have morphed into there from the lovely yellows of the last house. I think the kitchen may well turn a lovely golden yellow though :)

viv

2 years, 9 months ago on Radioactive Pooh Bear Yellow Room Renovation

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I'm more a pay it forward sort of person along with general information bureau and I'll teach any one who wants whatever craft they wish. I like to be useful :) The best returns are simply knowing that, in an emergency, there will likely be a casserole on the doorstep :)

viv

2 years, 9 months ago on Skill Swapping

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I'd just like a shower that wasn't a century old (literally) and full of rust and other stains etc. A working oven would also be an improvement along with half a floor, a paint job, etc etc. And yes, I think I might qualify as a removal expert too :)

viv

2 years, 10 months ago on Sitting in the Dark

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Red bands all the way - I too suffer from small feet and large calves :)

viv

2 years, 11 months ago on Gumboots, Old and New

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