Sunday, November 23, 2014

How to make Christmas decorations from sea-glass

I've collected sea-glass for years and collecting it is one of my favourite things to do on the beach, apart from playing frisbee, eating ice-creams and plodging. Searching for sea-glass resulted in finding a post-Medieval rosary bead. But anyway, I digress. I collected so much of the glass that I kept it in a big bowl in the living room.

And then I thought I'd have a go at making some Christmas decorations with it.  My lovely sister-in-law drove me to a craft shop in her fab car for a day out.


We went to Dainty Supplies.  It's something of a mecca for those who like crafts.

I didn't know where to start or what to look at and took sis-in-law's advice on what might work with glass to make it look festive. 

Here's what I bought for approx. £30 total. A glass bowl, some white LED lights, glass glue, red plastic beads, clear plastic baubles, clear plastic star shapes, clear plastic heart shapes.

I started by sorting my sea glass into different colours - mainly white, blue and green with some brown and a tiny bit of the much-hunted red. Then I sorted colours into shades.  Then I started sticking and glue-ing and that's where the fun began.

I was very happy with what I had accomplished (okay it might not look much to you if you're an experienced crafter, but remember this was my first time doing anything so artistic!).  I moved on from stars to hearts and used some of the red plastic beads I'd bought in with the sea-glass I already had.

Fortunately the glass glue dried clear so there was no embarassing tell-tale glue stains.

And now, with a bit of sparkle behind, here's how they'll look when they hang on the Christmas tree.

And the glass bowl I bought will contain all of the remaining sea glass with the LED lights inside it too, so it'll look something like this, below, but will also include the red plastic beads I bought too.


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Corrie weekly update - in cheap polyester pants

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here

This week on Corrie, Julie wore a lovely frock and Carla put Alya straight in the pants department.
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Corrie weekly update - the one where Cilla returns

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here

This week on Corrie, Cilla returned - in all her glory. 

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Northern Soul - my film review

To the flicks yesterday to see the much-anticipated and long-awaited Northern Soul film.  It's a film that's gone straight to DVD and you can buy it in the shops now. But a few independent cinemas have chosen to show it on the big screen and I do hope it gets an even wider audience than that. It certainly deserves it.

It's a coming-of-age film, set in 1974 when the world both inside and outside home was dark and bleak with little to do.  Yes, there's a great soundtrack and fab dancing. But the film is much more. It's about growing up in the '70s, friendship and falling out, falling in love and finding yourself. 

The film is much edgier and darker than I expected - and is the better for it. The evocation of mid-1970s is spot on.  The attention to detail is incredible - from the fashion and flares to the factories and the fellas' haircuts.

At the end of the film, the audience at the cinema applauded and cheered.  Many clapped along to the final song as the credits rolled. If you like Northern Soul, you'll love this film. But you don't need to be a fan of the music to enjoy the film - it's strong enough to stand on its own as an outstanding piece of film with the music as the soundtrack to the characters' lives. Go and see it.

http://www.northernsoulthefilm.com/


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Corrie weekly update - wearing slippers to the shops

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here

This week on Corrie, Liz wore her slippers to the shops.
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Why I'm scared of Christmas

The older I get, the less I like Christmas.  And this time of year is the time I hate most, as far as Christmas goes. Because this time of the year forces me to start thinking about Christmas. What to buy, what to wear, what to eat, what to say, what to do, what to spend, what, what, what, what, what, what, what..

...what I'd really love to do is keep all the money I'll no doubt spend on presents for people who don't really want - and certainly don't need - the things I might buy them. 

... what I'd really love to do is keep the money and spend it on them all instead in January on a big lovely night out or a weekend away or make a donation to their favourite charity.

Christmas is too commercial, too crass and too crap.

This year just might be the first year I run away from it all. 
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Corrie weekly update - the one with the trifle

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here

This week on Corrie, Deirdre had hundreds and thousands of reasons to be a trifle upset.
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