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Didi

Didi
Date Joined: May 11, 2009
Last Online: December 14, 2017
Birthday: April 20
Country: New Zealand
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About Me

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

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.

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you for the sweet ATC & card!
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Comment: Thanks for the cute cats! The hand-sewn one is interesting with it's bead tail. I would have given a heart but for the tardiness of the swap.
Response: that is fine. i am pleased they arrived safely. they really are cats with nine lives as the number of times i lost the poor sewn cat would be equivalent to about 8 lives.
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Comment: Theses are really cute, thank you
JenniferB rated for AS: Decorated Envies! on Nov 28, 2017
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Comment: Hi Diane...your envie of envies arrived today, thank you. Love the Chrissie card and bookmarks. I understand life happens, a little lateness is just fine. Please don’t stress. You have yourself a wonderful Christmas πŸŽ„ and New Year, take care. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ
sakura15 rated for AS: Bookish swap on Nov 25, 2017
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Comment: I picked it up from the post office yesterday. What a lovely surprise. The beaded bookmark was lovely and the other gifts were so thoughtful. I found the minions box very cute. Thank you Diane.
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely pc! :D
roostercraz rated for My State ,puzzle piece on Oct 8, 2017
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Comment: Nice
Marleen1979 rated for About a book PC~ INT on Oct 4, 2017
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Comment: Thank you Didi for your card with your book recommandation.
Keruka rated for AS: Hungry Letterbox! <3 on Sep 30, 2017
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Comment: Thank you! :)
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Comment: Thanks for your delicious teas - I loved all of them!
ttbishop rated for WIYM: Show off your Tape! Int'l #2 on Sep 22, 2017
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watercolorgirl rated for WIYM: ATC with Washi Tape on Sep 11, 2017
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Comment: Thank you fro your wonderful ATC. Love the Zentangle you did on it. Great job.
SilverD rated for IS: Put a letter on it ATC (x) on Sep 10, 2017
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Comment: Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous! Thank you, this is my first sewn ATC and I love it! I had thought that you wrote on the card but I can use it! Thank you! It's so pretty!!! It has an indention from the ATC- an O and an X from the star and x. Love it! OX
Response: really pleased that you like it. I was so tickled when i found the x already on there and i just had to add the other letters.
apryl rated for IS Sewing Themed ATC intl on Sep 3, 2017
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Comment: I love the tiny quilt!!!! thanks so much!
Response: Thank you so much. I did not take a photo of it so if you could email me one i would love it.
RockyBeach rated for IS ~ Zentangled Mail Art! on Sep 2, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for your tangeld envelope! I also started zentangling by a book. Also thanks for the handmade note card!
Response: I used the book one zentangle a day. it was great but i stopped when it got to the colouring. I am not confident about that.
LizzyJo rated for WIYM: Zentangle me something! on Jul 27, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the swap tile and the 2 minis. (This is the first time a swap coming to me started traveling before it even entered the postal service! :-)
zilliah rated for Make a Moomin on Jul 26, 2017
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Comment: Omg I LOVE the moomin card you made! I love how you incorporated machine and hand embroidery, it turned out really well!
Response: i am pleased. I never think that they are artistic enough as i stitch rather than draw.
AnitaHames rated for WIYM ~ 2 bookmarks on Jul 23, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the multiple bookmarks! My favorite is the magnetic one with the picture of Pare Watene on one side and the map of New Zealand on the back! I'm rating a little late because I've been out of town for two weeks and just returned late last night. Sorry you had to wait!
Artfreak16 rated for IS: Decorated envelope #10 INT on Jun 13, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the envelope! Love the stamps!
riverwatcher rated for WIYM: tea envelope GREEN ~ INTL on May 30, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the tea and the postcard. What a beautiful place to live! :)

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Comments

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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