Wednesday, February 18, 2009


I have recently accumulated some interesting bits of 'treasure' (please note that my idea of treasure differs greatly from most people's).

First up - things I have been given. Daz, my main contributor of unusual junk has excelled himself recently. My favourite objects are the transparent electronic switch thingies (at least I think that's what they are - they came from an old 'plant room control board' apparently...) at the top left - perfect for monster technology! He has also brought home some little lightbulbs, the insides of an Xbox 360 (not pictured) and some kind of dial and switch arrangement (from the same plant room I think). I can't imagine many women get so excited by being given salvaged building site junk!
I also just rediscovered a jug full of crystal dangly things (removed from a hideous lamp) which my Mum kindly brought me from my late grandparents' house a few months ago, along with some vintage buttons.
I have also had a number of great pound shop finds recently. I'd been looking for something that I could turn into speakers for the alarm system in my technological set for ages, when I came across some fridge magnets with a black wire mesh front. I think the square ones or the round ones will work great with the stylized retro-industrial feel of the set.
I also managed to pick up a huge haul of iridescent semi-transparent glass beads from the pound shop, which I'm sure will come in useful for something. The necklaces are about 4ft long, so that's a heck of a lot of beads! There are so many that I can't get the lid onto the big plastic tub I put them in.

I also made another trip to Fairfield Yarns and got some wool/angora blend 2ply yarn for miniature crocheting in lilac, a burgundy purple colour and dark turquoise. I also got some lovely speckled pure wool DK yarn in blue and dark navy.

Getting the new yarns allowed me to finish off my mini-blanket too. I think I will give it to the samurai puppet that John Hankins made me when I finally get round to doing the animation with it that I've been planning for ages.

Coming soon: The long delayed photos of my completed alien technology set and lots and lots of house-plant props...


amoebaboy said...

ooh lovley tat, i must go out on another forage mission soon.
i am quite lucky in that respect there are at least seven or eight pound shops near where i live, all within easy reach.
i can easilly spend FIVE WHOLE POUNDS !....... IN A DAY.

Woolly Monster said...

Woo, big spenders we are!
Bolton is great for pound shops too (there are seven or so and a couple of them are HUGE!), plus there's B&M Bargains and Bolton Market.... I have to limit myself to £10 of tat a week otherwise I wouldn't be able to get into my workspace!

people in gorillasuits said...

Feverish awaiting the long time awaited alien tech set... Making the most of what most wouldn't consider worth making something out of it (erm... grammar ?). Will it be the alien set from last winter (spring knocked today, so I'm somehow somewhere else...) ? Your work is very inspiring for me.
And am I right that your blog will celebrate it's first birthday in a two weeks ? Impressive !

Anonymous said...

I am sure your samurai lady will love the blanket...