freyakitten: Rodent Of Unusual Size eating a cookie (ROUS)
( Oct. 7th, 2010 12:04 pm)
While I remember, thankyou to whoever anonymously boughted me a present :D
freyakitten: a stylised hamster, looking into the abyss, which says "we have cookies" (abyss)
( Feb. 4th, 2009 06:03 pm)
It's that Gifty meme. Mostly copy/pasted from [ profile] jeneration :D

The first 7 people to respond will get something created by me. That is: MADE. Handcrafted. Stuck together. Conceived. Etecetera.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

- I make no guarantees that you will like what I create, but I will do my best.
- What I create will be just for you.
- It'll be done this year (2009).
- What you will get will depend on where you are (there are things that can't be posted internationally) and how I am feeling. My talents, abilities, and general motivatableness tends to run in the direction of handsewn things, embroidered things, baked goods, or preserved foods.
- If there's something you know I do well, you can even request something - but I don't guarantee to fulfil the request.
- You have to be willing to send me your address so that I can get it (whatever it is) to you :P

The catch is that you should post this in YOUR journal. There is no obligation to repond to me, but you do need to make the offer to others. It's like pass-the-parcel - or paying it forward! :-)

freyakitten: Pic of me doing a backbend supported by a gentleman who is less visible due to contrast (Default)
( Aug. 18th, 2008 05:15 pm)
Finished off [ profile] mabraham's birthday present last night. There will be pics of teh craftyness when he's got it. I don't actually expect him to read this before he gets it, but just in case, I shan't say any more except to say that it looks a lot better than I expected, it is larger than I anticipated when planning it (but should have figured that, given that it's really hard to do the embroidery I planned in the layout I planned on the fabric I planned with the thickness of embroidery thread I used (three strands, could have done fewer, but I like the thick lines) any smaller), and the seam at the top is uneven, but it's fur so you can't tell unless you're looking.

Dancing continues apace. We're working heavily on the over-rotation issue I have coming out of all the spins in the routine. Also, I have too much momentum getting up into the Supergirl aerial, and I need to fix that because it feels like I'll overbalance down Baby Giant's back. Getting the kicks at the right angle, though, and fixed most of the hand placement issues that didn't involve over-rotation. Which is good. We're at performance standard, although not perfect.
freyakitten: Pic of me doing a backbend supported by a gentleman who is less visible due to contrast (Default)
( Jun. 10th, 2008 04:58 pm)
Some photos from this weekend's dance championships (to which I didn't go) highlighting two of my teachers:

In position to start a Backhander of some kind
Posing for the judges before the final of the Advanced Freestyle
She's about to get bounced in a drop position - I know this move, they've practised it a lot to get it smooth and safe; at full extension, she'll be parallel to the ground, but they'll bounce off of the extension point and go straight into something else

And these guys are coming to Adelaide to teach a set of workshops in five and a half weeks and I'm so very very excited. Allan won both first and second in the routines, I'm told, although I couldn't tell you whether his routine with Holly (pic from DWAS, I believe, she's dancing with a teacher from somewhere else which datapoint I can't remember right now), or this routine did better. The official results aren't up yet, AFAIK.

Over the weekend I sorted my wishlist into several wishlists which will be easier for my family to print out and take into shops. It had reached 33 pages, and that's just the public one that my family have access to. Now there is a fiction, non-fiction, music, DVD & video, household stuff and toys (which includes various figurines, a couple of boardgames, brewing gear, an Eee, and kitchengear), and an unsorted list. I'm considering a separate category for comics, graphic novels, and artbooks. Which they are extremely unlikely to choose to purchase on my behalf, but of which there are enough that they can have a category.

Oh, and I helped teach Intermediate at dance class last night (in subsidiary role) - I've had feedback from several people saying I did well, especially having had neither preparation nor warning.
freyakitten: Pic of me doing a backbend supported by a gentleman who is less visible due to contrast (Default)
( Nov. 25th, 2004 09:51 am)
It hit me, last night, as I was buying wrapping paper and cards (how hard is it to find Christmas cards and wrapping paper that don't feature snow, or fir trees, or big fat men that look vaguely like my dad, or stylised gift-wrapped boxes, or other religious icons?), the traditions of Christmas wrapping paper. My family traditionally doesn't buy wrapping paper. It gets reused year after year, and only gets thrown out when it's too small to wrap something in, torn to shreds, or taped so securely that it's impossible to undo and fold flat. No-one can ever find sticky tape because Dad has hidden it so that he can find it when he needs it - and then forgotten where he put it. I tended to use electrical tape of various colours, or slivers of duct tape to secure my wrapping paper, because I could always find those in the first-aid kit.

Some wrapping paper that still gets used, I remember from primary school - it's like an old friend that comes out at Christmas. It's always fun seeing who used what to wrap which present, and who actually bought new wrapping paper (usually my sister and me, especially now that neither of us lives with my parents and has access to their stash).

For non-family, I'll usually use new paper because I know some people get offended at the very idea of recycling paper instead of buying new every time. Those people I know are OK with it get recycled paper, but the default outside the family is new paper.

My question is, how do you feel about receiving things that have been wrapped in recycled wrapping paper? Does this opinion change if you recognise the paper from giving it to them the previous year?
freyakitten: Pic of me doing a backbend supported by a gentleman who is less visible due to contrast (Default)
( May. 26th, 2004 10:13 pm)
*giggle* Feeling a little grumpy today. So I asked my SO to pass me my teddy bear. He informed me that he was my teddy bear, and sat on my lap and gave me a hug. Unfortunately I can't see past him to the computer screen, so I had to make him get off.
freyakitten: Pic of me doing a backbend supported by a gentleman who is less visible due to contrast (Default)
( May. 18th, 2004 11:46 pm)
We (having been in our house almost a year now) held a housewarming yesterday (local public holiday). It was wonderful to see so many of my SO's friends, particularly the ones with children or who live inconveniently far away.

Two of those who live inconveniently far away are an ex of my SO's and her fiancee who are wonderful people we'd see more often if they didn't live up in the Adelaide Hills. Unfortunately they do, and so to visit them we need to go up a series of really windy roads so by the time we get there I'm always badly carsick. But they came to see us, bringing a very lovely tall wrought iron candlestick (complete with finger guards for when you're hitting someone with it) and scented candle that I'M NOT ALLERGIC TO!!!

This last point is the point of this post, as I am jubilant to find a lightly scented candle (it smells vaguely cinnamony) and I love scents reminiscent of spices. Usually perfume is too strong for me - on the skin most perfumed things make my skin flake (this list includes make-up, toilet paper, hair stuff, detergent, laundered fabric - I get unscented liquid soap from a local store and get perfumed and essential oils added to my taste) and in the air they either give me a headache, hayfever, or they turn my stomach. Rather like extended exposure to cigarette smoke and other air-borne pollutants.

But the couple in question picked a lightly scented candle, having noticed I like candles (even though all the scented ones are packed in an airtight container most of the time) and also noticed my difficulties with smoke and strong scents at the last bonfire of their's that we attended. And the scent goes very well with the scents I had added to my shower gel the last time we saw them. I'd like to know the exact scents used, but I'm unlikely to find out without more research than I feel like doing in the next month or three.

I'm incredibly flattered that they put that much effort into remembering my preferences - it has made me feel very special.


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