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Didi

Didi
Date Joined: May 11, 2009
Last Online: November 19, 2020
Birthday: April 20
Country: New Zealand
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About Me

2019 christmas note: i will be travelling for the next month so will not be accessing any swaps at this time. have a merry christmas everyone.

I have been beading since 1991 when i did a beaded embroidery and tassel class with the Victorian Embroiderer's Guild. I enjoy making christmas decorations and also am trying to be more creative with the beaded embroidery but it is slow.

My colours

My favourite colours are blue and yellow but I have been diversifying and wearing lots of grape/aubergine and lime (dull) greens. I do not wear black - reminds me of a depressing time in my life but I do use it in my beadwork. Every time I do a piece of embroidery where I can choose the colour palette I come back to mauve/grey/light pink or else blue-greens. I have done a couple of smaller pieces in purple and dark green and they look good too.

Favorite Books

April 2018: still going to books after five and enjoy8ng our group. We have a new librarian and timing but it’s all good. Think we will keep going. Enjoying diverse range of books and seem to have been reading lots of books about cafes, cupcakes and tea shops. Really fun to read a little bit lighter fiction. March 2013: The after 5 book group is fun and I have discovered crime writers - JD Robb, Lee Childs and Anne Perry. Nearly at the end of hte Robb series and dipping into Lee Childs but prefer the abridged books on CD. finding the actual books a bit hard to read. Also read The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown which was good. Great movie I would think. March 2012: I joined the local library after 5 book group and we have interesting discussions. Theme this week is biographies which we have read and New Zealand authors. I have just read Johnny Depp and Helen Mirren both which were fascinating but still think that Andre Agassi's bio is amazing - so talented, just amazing what a great love will do and how he has turned his life around.

apr6, 11- I read the first three chapters of the latest Jean Auel. I love her books and have read the first four about 20 times. I am looking forward to the whole book from the library and may have to download it onto my ereader. also I have been reading Sherrilyn kenyon - dark hunter series and Christine Feehan, drake sisters, Carpathian and Game series.

2009: Some of my favourite books are: all Anne McCaffrey, I have a large collection. I am enjoying MaryJanice Davidson at the moment.

Pride and Prejudice and also some of the spinoffs written by other authors about the family. I loved Georgette Heyer, Ellis Peters, Brother Cadfael novels and Baroness Orzcy when I was younger. Enjoyed Harry Potter and some other novels for teens, being in a school I have access to them.

My beading

Mar 2012 - BJP 2012 is all about a beaded item every month. Jan and Feb were beaded balls, hopefully March will be my bracelet for the holiday. My beading is a great pasttime. I joined the beaded journal project in August 2008 and completed 11 of the 12 months. This year I have been slow off the mark and am behind before I start. See my blog[http:\didi-beadwork.blogspot.com]

I make decorated christmas balls which I am going to put some for sale this year. Some are patterns that we have and others (at least one new one a year) are our own designs.

My beading always starts with blue iris and gold beads or else christmas colours but i try to use different ones so the members of my class can see options. I love using opaque beads and use more of them now than in the past. They make the silver lined / shiny beads pop.

Favourite tea

November 2014: I love being in tea swaps but finding it difficult to get individually wrapped bags unless they are twinings. I visited Wellington with a couple of friends recently and went to a new tea shop T2 to taste and got some lovely relaxing tea. Also at T-Leaf i got liquorice tea which i love for the sweet boost without adding sugar. I still love kawakawa tea and have found some tea bags that you can make up with your own leaves. March 2013 - been trying tea swaps and love the pomegranate tea. Also have some NZ teas from a supplier in Northland which I will start trying - using NZ herbal ingredients. I really like trying new herbal teas and regularly have green tea (gunpowder) or nilgiri (black) as my everyday tea. I fell in love with tea when I was not travelling in India but actually working along the road from the Twinings tea shop on the Strand in London and we used to go and try their teas. My first favourite was Lapsang Souchan but now I prefer more green / herbal teas. My sister in law gave me some great pear tea for xmas in 2008.

Woman's Institute

March 2013 - getting items ready for the next arts festival so busy with knitting and sewing. May 2010 I joined the NZ Woman's Institute with my mother. She has belonged for over 60 years. I find it intersting and getting to know new people. I recently won a certificate for the most points in the annual arts festival national section.

Inspiration

Things that inspire me are: authors that give back. Art especially Monet, and other impressionists. Architecture that has stood the test of time especially ancient times eg; Petra, the coliseum, Westminster abbey. Quotes: anything can be inspiring depending on the timing and state of mind.

Ratings

MSKcat rated for Tea For Thee # 55 on Aug 12, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the tea and the local bookmarks! I love the little card and postcard too- so pretty!
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Comment: Dear Diane, hi there... Such a cool swap with neat encl. and some extras arrived today - no worries, all 4 incl. tea-bags are just fine with me :) Happy swapping - stay safe and healthy! Cheers from summerlike southern DE
nannycat rated for AS: Bookmark swap on May 1, 2020
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Comment: thank you for the cute book mark and the extra note cards ,much appreciated. ,got plenty to co in the isolation at home ,knitting my husband a jacket ,so that will take a little time,and I have a loom coming next week to make beaded jewelry ,...or I hope i can never done it before warm regards Wendy
sakura15 rated for AS: Tea and Letter on Apr 27, 2020
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Comment: I am guessing Mr Keenan decided it was time to retire? Lockdown will be quite a challenge for the staff I bet! My study is through Open Polytechnic so thankfully I didn't have to worry about any adjusting! Thanks for your letter
Response: I loved your gift. going to use them in a card pack for a friend.
Fuchsi rated for Blind, quick tea swap nr.13 on Mar 28, 2020
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Comment: Thank you very much for this wonderful tea! I love it! :-)
broogann rated for Christmas greeting card on Dec 28, 2019
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Comment: Merry Christmas!! xx
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Comment: Hi! Thank you so much for the lovely card and for what you wrote! I hope you are fairing well and may you have a very lovely Christmas!
milkiss rated for Christmas greeting card on Dec 12, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for a lovely card. Happy holidays!
MuggleMom rated for Christmas greeting card on Dec 11, 2019
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Comment: Hi Didi - thank you for my Christmas card and lovely memories. Thanks for sharing and I'm sorry you were ill. I hope you're doing better. xx
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Comment: I accidentally opened #9 a day early instead of 8 initially haha. oops. Your atcs are all stunning.
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Comment: I really love number 9 with the three ornaments
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Comment: You are so creative.
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Comment: Hi Diane! I have opened 2 and 5 and they are beautiful! I am so impressed you have made all the ones I've seen so far festive themed. I feel guilty now that mine to you were mostly not! I hope it wasn't a trouble for you.
allieo rated for UN-Halloween Black cat challenge INT on Nov 18, 2019
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Comment: I really like the stitched cat. I haven't seen one like that before. Great style!
loveretro rated for Tea For Thee # 21 on Nov 13, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much, Diane, for the teas and the extra caramel hot chocolate ! As the cold season has started here, i very much enjoy a hot cup of cocoa ! Also very happy about the kiwi stamps, they are a nice addition to my collection ! Take care ! Enjoy spring ! Monique x
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Comment: Thank you for the neat pc! Boo on wasp stings, that hurts!!!
nannycat rated for AS: Handmade Bookmark on Oct 13, 2019
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Comment: thank you Diane for the cute bookmark that you made and the Christmas card warm regards Wendy
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Comment: Thank you for the teas and note! I hope spring finds you soon - sounds pretty where you are! We are just turning the corner to fall and cooler weather. Thanks for swapping!
sakura15 rated for AS: Letter paper swap on Aug 26, 2019
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Comment: Thanks Diane for the package and extras!
MeggyMoo rated for AS: Handmade cards on Aug 5, 2019
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Comment: My partner and I loved your cards - they are great inspiration for making our own! Thankyou for sharing them and sending extras - we really did 'ooh' and 'ahh' over them - they are just great.

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Comments

CurlyTea on Apr 22, 2019:


Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Apr 20, 2018:


Happy Birthday!

lou on Apr 26, 2017:

Happy BIrthday Month from WIYM group!

OrigamiGrace on Oct 9, 2016:

Please let me know if you've sent the CPG Quik swap that was due out on Oct 5th? Thanks so much!

RyeRye on Jul 3, 2016:

Welcome to Inspiration Station!

Annet on Apr 20, 2015:

Happy birthday!

anrtist on Oct 13, 2014:

WELCOME to the ZENTANGLE ZEN GROUP! ;-)

U R a new Officer so feel free to host any swaps!
Blessings, cc

racheljohnson on Jan 9, 2014:

Thank you so much for the adorable Christmas card and the black currant tea! It made my day. Happy swapping and happy 2014!!

FrancescaP on Feb 20, 2013:

Hi! I saw you in a couple of tea swaps :-) If you ever want to try some Italian teas, just let me know, maybe we can set up a private swap :-)

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