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Didi

Didi
Date Joined: May 11, 2009
Last Online: December 7, 2022
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

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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Paris card!
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Comment: Hello Diane, Thanks for the lovely handmade halloween cards! Im not supposed to be buying any more paper or card either, but i cant help myself when CTMH puts out their cool autumn and halloween stuff! Thanks for all the extras - ill have fun using them! ❤️❤️❤️
cassie3001 rated for WIYM : World Postcard Day 10/1/22 on Oct 21, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard! I love the little goat in one of the photos, haha. I hope to travel to New Zealand eventually, it looks so beautiful!
Onyx rated for Ugly PC Swap #57 on Sep 17, 2022
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Comment: Well that was a unique postcard! It was interesting but I agree with you that it was also ugly. Hope you are having a good September!
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Comment: Hello Didi, Thanks for the great PC of Anchorage. I also LOVE the tiki stamp!❤️❤️❤️ Can you still get those? If so, id love to do a swap for some.
iolair rated for AS: New Year's Wishes! on Feb 13, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the swap, happy it finally arrived safely.
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Comment: Thank you so much for the Abel Tasman card! I would love to do some walks up in that area :) We're doing plenty of walks around here at the moment, but i could definitely be fitter LOL
Trekky1 rated for Ho Ho Ho year three on Jan 16, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely card
sherylk3 rated for WIYM: ANY POSTCARD WILL DO #1 on Dec 31, 2021
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Comment: Wow, 3 months to get to Canada, must have taken the scenic route, thank you for the lovely postcard.
Response: my good ness - at least it got there. hope you are doing well.
raichi rated for Ho Ho Ho year three on Dec 27, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for nice card and teas 🫖 ✨☺️
sakura15 rated for AS: Happy mail pick 3 swap on Dec 15, 2021
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Comment: Hi Diane. I assume this is the swap I received the cards and atc for. Thanks for those. I will give the bookmark a go too!
PrincessLeia rated for AS: Handmade Christmas Ornament on Dec 11, 2021
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Comment: Thankyou for the beautiful ornaments Diane! Have put them straight onto my tree!
Response: Glad you liked them.
sakura15 rated for AS: Share My Playlist on Nov 3, 2021
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Comment: I used to sing Aunty Alice back in primary school assembly! Thanks for sharing the songs on a playlist it was very easy for me to open and play them. Thanks.
tendersores rated for AS: Share My Playlist on Nov 2, 2021
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karenh77 rated for AS: Share My Playlist on Nov 1, 2021
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Comment: thanks for sharing, an interesting list
bestdayever rated for WIYM: ANY POSTCARD WILL DO #1 on Oct 8, 2021
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CheyanneB rated for AAA: Flower Power on Sep 3, 2021
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Comment: So sorry I missed rating for this! I loved the ATC!! Thank you so much!!
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Naeco rated for Tea For You # 94 on May 8, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for all the tea and the card! May your May be calmer than your April 😁💜
chimerix rated for AAA: Clear the Stash #2 on Apr 4, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATCs and the backgrounds. I especially love the stitched backgrounds you created. Aloha

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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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