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Monday, September 22nd, 2008
2:17 pm - random book meme
Cos it is wierd enough to be fun.

"Grab the nearest book. Find the 5th sentence on page 23. Append it to the paragraph below. Append your name to the list below of people who have contributed to the paragraph. Post the result to your LJ."

see the result here and join inCollapse )

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
9:36 am - Bpal - Maelstrom imp club
Forgive me for doing bpal stuff outside the filer but this is specificaly so it can be public and people can be pointed here who arn't on my LJ.
As I keep enabling people and to be fair so does Tom specifically at Maelstrom It has been suggested we set up a Maelstrom imp club. Now I am not pregant and Ed is a little bigger I'm back to my addictions :)

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Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
9:57 am - Ordering sewing and embroidery threads
(Health warning - for Haberbashery addicts.. do not click these links if you are feeling weak!)

I am planning to do orders to a couple of thread suppliers in the next week and wondered if anyone else wanted anything while I am at it. If you live close, I can pass it on via mutual friends or you are going to be at the summer court player event then it should save on postage and so forth.



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Tuesday, October 16th, 2007
2:55 pm - cornbread
I know some people on here know more about cornbread than I do..  as in you have eaten it before ! 

I made some last night cos. well it seemed like a good idea and I wanted to try other options that might work better gluten free. I used this recipe and you can see a pic of it on my cooking blog.

It rose well, seemed very cakey, but most gluten free stuff does, and was extremely sweet. I quite liked it but I didn't expect it to be so sweet. Is that normal?

There seem to be two types, well probably more than two but anyway one you cook in the oven, which is what I did and one you cook in a griddle. The second type tends to have buttermilk in them which I didn't had but would probably cut the sugar some.

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Monday, October 1st, 2007
2:07 pm - Plastic Bottles
OK strange request  but I want to collect a bunch of plastic drinks bottles. ie  coke, lemonade etc.   When I say a bunch I do want a good few. enough to build a greenhouse in fact. Yes I know I'm mad but if anyone is willing to keep any bottles they use and chuck them in my direction when they see me that would be great. Probably more sensible for those around Coventry than others but you never know.

If you use any of the bigger water bottles, the square ones, I'll take those too. They make good cloches (mini individual greenhouses.)

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Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
1:39 pm - First day finished
Picked small person up from school. Says he had a good day but he will be too tired to go tommorrow ! Guess they wore him out.

He got a sticker for being good and another for eating all his dinner which he claims was mashed potato, sweetcorn and a biscuit for pudding.

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10:13 am - First day at school
I'm making this public so Tom can link to it for those on his LJ and not mine if they care to read it.

As he already said there was some tears at 8am due to not being allowed to go to school then. Mostly cos he wanted to get to school NOW but a little bit I think was wanting Tom to take him. After than I got told repeatably to look at the time and check we weren't late.!

He walked there holding both mine hand and Jon's so i think he was nervous and as we got there he kept asking if his friend was there. Once he realised he was all was good and off they shot together. His friend's mum was leaving and when we asked we were told we were to go to!!

Today is only a half day so we are picking him up after lunch. He is used to eating lunch at nursery but has never been in a school dinner hall before which may be a bit of a system shock so we will see how it goes. I was told this morning he wanted to have tea there as well !! He is used to being at nursery till about 5.30 so school is actually going to be quite a short day for him though i still expect it to be tiring to start with just because it is all new.

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Thursday, August 30th, 2007
5:54 pm - Giving gifts

Pay It Forward: I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment here on my LJ.

I don’t yet know what that gift will be, but you will receive it within 365 days. The only thing you have to do in return is "pay it forward" by making a similar agreement on your blog."

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Thursday, June 21st, 2007
11:57 pm - Yet more Bpal





All from the Mad Tea Party.

On a related note I got some empty vials so can do decants from the bottles. Plus I found a box I've had for ages which is specifically desigend to take bottles the size of the 5mls. I used to use it for a previous LARP characters alchemy kit. So the bottles are safely in there. It holds 12 so I'm not sure how long it wil last me but enough for now. I have made a box for the imps from card which will again do for now.

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
10:03 pm - More Bpal reviews


The next few were bought for a friend who said i could test them before passing them on to her.







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Friday, June 15th, 2007
7:18 pm - Bpal reviews

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
2:18 pm - Bpal order is here
Our long awaited order is here.. lots and lots of imps, most for us but some for a friend.

I have the problem everything is smelling and indeed tasting as if it has a nasty purfume behind it when i put it on which i think is me and hopefully with go a way in a few days. So no real reviews for a few days

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
5:50 pm - Bpal and smells at roleplay events
Tom  mentioned on his LJ that we had got a bunch of Bpal recently. For those who don't know these are purfume oils that have a certain cult like following. They comes from America and the order turn around was about a month though currently they seem to have caught up a lot.

We got them mostly cos we wanted to something for Maelstrom for the Millen corination and Lovers day event.  The original order didn't come in time (it should be here end of this week or beginning of next i hope) but we, well i ordered a few more bits from ebay which did arrive in time. We recieved 5 bottles but it seems it is normal practice to include some free imps (sample vials) so we got 8 more to try out.

Marina had already decided she was using rose sented incence for lovers day and we ended up with several rose based ones and these were handed about as well as a few of the others. i made up a spray by the simple method of water and oil in a atomiser, shake and spray which works fine when used fresh. Most people who came to the ball accepted the offer and many thought it smelled wonderful. I hope it added a little extra something, i think it did.

Now for the list of what we have for the Bpal addicts out there. I will make this post public so Tom can direct people here.  Some comments and the Lab's discriptions where I have them. I am very inexperinced at discribing smells however.



For this I have learnt things smell very different on different people sometimes. Tom and I have very different skin chemistry and mine seems the one which warps things to something different to what it smells in the bottle more. Men in general seem to have a less well developed sense of smell or at least mine do. Though i suspect my brother would be the exception to that.

 





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1:12 pm - Maelstrom update
Well I think it all went well. Certainly seemed to and I am happy all the work actually seems worth it though i don't plan to be involved in hosting for a while now..!!. I don't think anyone could have missed who was hosting as we took up a good chunk of the main field and there was much green and gold in evidence.

The corination happened all be it late. The Regent or in fact anyone else of consiquece didn't die. Well Flembics and malthians did but not related to the corination. Plot threw a wonderful bunch of characters at us to make our lives more complicated. Religous stuff got 'interesting' our Bishop is going back to the old world becouse he has been accused of various things by people outside of Millen.

The ball and commoners party went well in different dways i think and many people unrelated to it seemed to run with the Lovers night idea which was very cool.

OOC so many people pulled together and contriduted in different ways that i am really proud of the whole of Millen and indeed several who are only associated with us.  Thanks Guys.

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Friday, April 27th, 2007
5:02 pm - friends test cos.. why not?
Leaderboard
Create your own Friend Test here

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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
11:03 am - Costume making
Over the next couple of weeks leading up to the Maelstrom player event I will be sewing.. a lot!

I thought I would do a blog following how I do, partly for me, partly for a sewing groupI run but I thought there might be one or two people here who would be interested too.

If you are coming to Tom's IC wedding event and you are NOT part of the wedding party please don't look otherwise you are welcome.

I am using the craft blog I mentioned before.
http://esther-reeves.blogspot.com/

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Monday, January 15th, 2007
7:56 pm - LED light bulbs
Saw these in Homebase where they are trialing them in the displays but not selling them yet.

http://www.bltdirect.com/products.php?cat=237&nm=LED+GU10+Lamps

So my question is has anyone tried them?
Plus has anyone seen 12v versions for lights with transformer?

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Thursday, January 11th, 2007
6:35 pm - cat armour
http://www.jeffdeboer.com/Galleries/CatsMice/tabid/63/Default.aspx

I love the cat armour!!

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Tuesday, December 26th, 2006
8:44 am - kitchen and christmas
Kitchen is mostly in. Looks great. We have a working oven but not sink and hob, partly as we need to seal the wooden work surface both sides before it is fixed in place.

Ovens are great, though i forgot that real ovens throw hot air out when you open them and nearly burnt my face! Need to do some baking etc to try out various functions. We opted for a middle range one as I couldn't see us using special steaming options and just bottom heat etc at least not enough to pay the extra, we do have a bread cooking setting plus a dough proving one though. Did buy the telescoping rails as an extra so when I am using a heavy dish the whole shelf can be pulled out to check, stir etc.

Did you know a warming drawer is almost as much as an oven! Didn't get one of those either, if i'd got a rayburn they come as standard. We still don't have lights or sockets working though, letters will have to be written I think expressing our discontent. However the place is starting to look like a home not a building site which is amazing.

Spreading christmas over a couple of days, partly to spread out presents for small one so he doesn't get over loaded and partly becouse we have been madly putting things away and making spece for the tree, table etc now we have kitchen cabinets. Small one was very sweet christmas morning. First time he really understood the idea of santa and he was fairly convinced there would be snow which he was disapointed about BUT when he found his stocking he was delighted and thought everything was totally wonderful even things like satsumas, he still thought it was wonderful when he was getting it all out a second time to show me!

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Sunday, December 17th, 2006
10:20 pm - Kitchen and stuff
The piping all worked (I might even do the connecting myself next time) and we now have a floor and paint on the walls, at least where it will show as we were a bit short on paint so some bits where there will be cabinets haven't been done. Haven't sealed the floor as we bought the wrong stuff but it's oak so not too much of a problem and I'll get something tomorrow and at least do the bit that will be walked on etc.

We even had one of the builders lads turn up with window glass and he claims he is back in the morning to fit it plus the back door and the skip should be going. We will see, be nice if his boss bothered to ring us and tell us what is going on.

I have a cold, sore throught and am aching but otherwise tis good. Now we just need the kitchen fitter to turn up and preferably an electrican too!.

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