Monday, 5 May 2014
Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Red wool jumper:
I picked this up from a charity shop in Portswood, I actually really like the colour of it, it brightens up an outfit.
The boots were also from charity only £10, I absolutely love them I've worn them so much recently.
White wool Jumper (Totnes):
This jumper I actually found in a charity shop in totnes, it feels soooo comfortable, although I'm not too keen on the white colour, I find it doesn't actually go with many of my other clothes, so I might dye it if I get round to dyeing some other items.
Picnic Hamper (new forest)
We absolutely love wicker basket and picnic baskets so we have been keeping an eye out for one for a while. We came across this basket in a charity shop in the new forest (it was empty when we got it for £10) but we have tried to get some crockery etc to fill it, although it isn't finished yet.
But then we came across this one in another charity shop in portswood, so we decided to get it as well... I sense lots of picnics coming up. Also this goes really well with a blanket I had picked up previously (with a picnic basket in mind)
Dressform from totnes
My new addition to my sewing room! =) A new adjustable dress form. This will be so much more useful than my old one. Now hopefully I will have enough time to use it. I have a few projects lined up which this will be extremely useful for! In fact you will be seeing it in a project very soon!
|Dressform - found in totnes|
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Well it is coming up to Me May May challenge time and I have yet to officially sign up, so here goes.
I Pippa, pledge to wear at least one me made item each day in may. And try to keep the rest of my rtw to items bought from charity shops of handed up/down to me. I will attempt to photograph each outfit to document my progress in this challenge.
(Ok so that might not be the exact Me Made May pledge but I have writen it out from memory as I am currently on a train - where I seem to get a lot of my blog post writing done lately - to weymouth to join the pelican again as a last minute fill in for one of their watch leaders.
This means that the start of my MMM-14 could be interesting, and the reason I have only listed one item each day, although I will try for more if possible.
Friday, 25 April 2014
Recently I have got to grips with all of my unread backlog of posts (OK thats a lie, but all the recent unread ones...) using Feedly. I do have a BlogLovin account but never really clicked with it.
I mostly use the android feedly app but sometimes use it in the web browser which is easier when I want to edit the blogs I follow. The app is brilliant for catching up on blogs in those inbetween times when I have my tablet with me.
I like the way I can categorise my blogs into my own headings on Feedly. I can then review the unread posts by category or my whole feed, I can save/mark the posts to view later which I have been doing with any I want to participate with or which are good tutorials. You can also see the post on its own website with the click of one button within the app.
The only real downside to it I found when getting started was that I imported all my blogs I followed in one go and the Android app doesn't give you an option to move a blog you already follow to a category, only new follows. But after much annoyance at this I logged into the webpage and could do it all there very easily.
I have been busy modifying my Renfrew Pattern to try and get rid of the annoying creases that sit under my arms a bit like darts... I have finally got a fit I am almost 100% happy with. It still has some fit issues but I have noticed that some of my RTW tops have the same issues so I can live with it for the moment. But most importantly of all they have much deeper arm scyes which gives me more movement and leaves me feeling a lot less sweaty during the day.
I'm Currently planning a few hacks for this pattern to create some nice additions to my wardrobe of items I will actually wear. Bring on the Cake.
Also earlier in the month I drafted myself a peasant style blouse which has been made up in a few different incarnations.
Once I get reunited with Nicola and my Camera and we have some nice weather I will hopefully have some nice pictures of these to show off.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
|Our filofaxes left: Pippa's, right: Nikki's|
We measured our binders (they are helpfully both pocket filofaxes) so are the same size. The pages are 8cm wide and 12cm tall. This gives us the base size for making the dividers. We chose to make them in publisher because it actually allows for quite easy manipulation of text and boxes etc without too much faff (plus it has neat bits to add a calendar in).
The dividers that we decided we wanted were:
- Calendar pages (1 month on a page) to use as a planner to indicate days where specific things were happening
- Blog planners (calendar pages, 1 week per row, to allow scheduling of blog posts)
- Section dividers (To-Do, Blog, Money, Lists)
But obviously you can make whichever dividers you want/need.
The design we went for was simple. 4 dividers in a section so the tab would be a 1/4 of the height of the page (3cm in this case). We used a rectangle of 8cm by 12cm for the outside and attached the tab to the righthand edge, we made the tab 1cm wide to make it stand out enough from the page and give space for the text to fit. This was then moved for each of the remaining tabs.
Here you can see the designs for our dividers and calendar pages:
These will both be laminated to make them more rigid and sturdy. The blog planner pages we decided not to laminate, but if you wanted them to be reusable you could omit the date and laminate them.
The holes were measured as 5mm wide and 14mm between the edges of the holes. I made the holes and then copied them onto all the sheets. We put 1cm between the edge of the page and the start of the content, but actually this could be reduced because the lamination gives an extra border around the page. If there is too large a border inside the binder it will make it difficult to move the pages.
Here are the pages printed out. You need to be careful to make sure the pages don't scale when you print them out. We printed them onto paper but if you wanted them slightly more robust you could print them onto card. We just didn't have any available at the time.
Once printed, they need to be carefully cut out, ideally I should have done the majority of that at Uni where they have a guillotine, but I didn't so we tried using a metal ruler and a rotary cutter, and the rest with a pair of scissors.
You need to place the paper dividers into the laminating pouch. Because you have cut them out you don't need to be too careful about how you place them in the pouch, but make sure you have enough gap between them so that you can cut around each divider and have a plastic border (a few millimeters for the border should be enough to keep the seal)
|be sure to leave enough gap around the dividers|
|put the pouch in straight|
Now they are starting to look really nice, and the tabs are perfectly aligned to fit next to each other.
Next is the moment of truth to check whether the holes are the correct alignment to fit in the binder...