Spiders

The Huntsman Spider on this Brooch and Earrings is based on one of the spider specimens you can see in the Queensland Museum.  The spider is looking a bit worse off after being in a cabinet for years but provided a suitable starting point for this little guy.

If you are a Queenslander you are probably pretty used to seeing Huntsman Spiders around your house, your yard, the garden shed, etc. They are a pretty common feature in most environments.

I used to be afraid of the hairy little guys until I had a chat with one.  I was desperate for a good nights sleep but when I went in to the bedroom there was a large spider on the wall.  I’d usually get upset and sleep elsewhere but that night no spider was going to ruin my plans for a good sleep.  I told the spider to stay away from me, explained my situation and requested the spider keep to himself, the spider obliged.  Since then I’ve not had any issue with them.  I changed the way I dealt with the spider and how I reacted to it and it ended up in my favour.

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Skeleton Update-Ribs

The ribs are done!  Well, they’re maybe done.  I’m not totally sure about them but I think it is hard to make my mind up on them or alter them again until I get more of the parts done.

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Below is the current progress of all of the parts I’ve done so far. I’m currently sewing up the shoulder bones, scapula and clavicle. I’m not sure on the scapula but once again I’ll see how it looks in context.

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Cannibal Barbie

I put together this Cannibal Barbie and oven combination 5 or 6 years ago when I found this awesome little Barbie stove in a second hand shop. Barbie has a pan full of brains, a heart in her pot and a brain roasting in the oven.

She lives in a bag in a cupboard. Maybe I should bring her out and display her.
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Who else used to eat crumbed lambs brains?  Now that brings back bad memories.

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Friday is Cleaning, Catch up and Planning Day

I once read an article about things you should do on Friday that will increase your productivity.  I’ve been feeling pretty unproductive since about late January so I’ve turned Friday into my cleaning, catch up and planning day.  It’s cleaning day as I usually work on weekends (which is always a good time to clean) but I still need a day designated to doing some cleaning.  The house is pretty tidy anyway so this is usually a few bits and pieces. My catch up is generally just trying to get some jobs finished that I’ve been working on during the week.  Having a designated catch up day is the part of this day I really like.  Start nothing new on Friday and just catch up on everything that needs catching up on.  Finish those teeth and uterus (they’ve been in my sewing box for weeks!).

The planning…groan…this is where I fall down.  I just struggle getting things together at the moment.  I sit down with my planner and cannot think.  I can easily jot down the things I do every week but struggle trying to come up with something that will keep me moving forward.

I love my journal, below. I do Bullet Journalling and find this is a system that works very well for me.  I can combine all of my work and personal life into one notebook (I use different colours for different work) and  jot down notes etc.  A bullet journal allows you to allocate the space you want to the content you need.

Well, it is friday so I better get back to it.  I need to tidy up the couch, and shrink some stuff.

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I love this journal.  It’s A Novel Journal.

365 Days, 206 Bones, 1 Skeleton

Over the last week and a bit I’ve tackled the arms of the skeleton. The arms were easier to design and cut than the hands as they’re nice and big.  They took a bit of time to sew (2 hours plus) and add stuffing to. I’m happy with how these have turned out.

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I won’t be joining these together with stitches just yet as the bones will be too hard to store when they are all together.

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You can read the post about the hands and more about the project on this post.