Internet highlights – w/c 19th April 2015

25 04 2015

Just a dog hanging out on the pool with his teddy bear

Just a dog driving a tractor on the motorway

A church that has gotten rid of its rotas

Many reasons to love England

Being a [virtually] tee-total twentysomething

Life with a weird name

Strictly professional dancers announced for 2015

reasonstovoteukip.com

Clever social issue adverts

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You’re the one that I want – by Giovanna Fletcher

25 04 2015

This is Giovanna Fletcher’s second book after Billy and Me which I read last year. That one I described as enjoyable but a little sickly in places; this one was another easy read, but any sickliness was more bearable this time!

The book opens on Maddy walking down the aisle to marry Robert, but with doubts as their mutual best friend was the best man, Ben, and she still had confusion as to her feelings towards him. Flash back seventeen years and we come across the first time Maddy meets them both, and follow them on their lives up to that point. We have two narrators in this book, just Maddy and Ben, with occasional paragraphs thrown in from the grooms speech at the wedding.

Definitely like a warm hug in a book, easy reading, and you do feel like you get to know these people as you grow up with them. Chick lit, most definitely!

you're the one that I want





Friday five favourite: Elements of a Friday night in

24 04 2015

Curry – takeaway or a tesco ready meal

Chocolate – either in it’s pure form, or in icecream, or cheesecake, or any form of it really

Slippers – even when it’s warm my feet get cold

Blanket – is there ever a time where a blanket doesn’t make things more cosy?

TV – Friday nights are for switching the brain off after using it all week





Sewing: Sleeveless shell top

23 04 2015

So having posted about the trouble I had with the walkaway dress, I’ve had a tonne of help and advice, particularly from the lady who wrote the book herself, and am very grateful! When I next head down to my parents I’ll be giving it another go 🙂

Before I started the dress I made the Sleeveless Shell Top. It seemed a nice, simple way to start having not done any sewing in a few years, and no proper sewing in a very long time. In fact, this was the first time I ever made anything on my own from a pattern, and I’m pretty pleased with it.

The garment was made from six pieces of fabric: one for the front, two for the back, and then three pieces of facing. I’d heard the word “facing” a lot on the Sewing Bee and was a bit apprehensive, but it all came out really well, and the facing made it look lovely and professional. I even got the stitching done properly on the seam so that the facing was hidden – very chuffed.

I really like the fact too that it came with an optional dropped hem at the back, I much prefer a long top and so it was nice that I could choose to do that.

It’s been sat on my wardrobe for a couple of weeks now as I’ve been back at work, but now the sun’s out I think it might be time to give it a whirl. Just need to tidy up a few stray threads so that it can be worn in public and there we go.

If you’re looking to start sewing, this really is a good beginner piece while you get used to the patterns, and all the basic techniques that come with it.

Not bad for just over a day's work with plenty of breaks 🙂 #sewing #easterholidays #greatbritishsewingbee

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Sewing: Walkaway dress problems – help please, Internet :)

19 04 2015

I’m looking for anyone who’s tried to make the Walkaway Dress from this year’s Great British Sewing Bee book!

I’ve cut out my pieces, and sewn in all the darts etc, and sewn the skirt pieces together. That’s where my first issue lay

  1. The line marked Centre Back was on the fold, even though if you sew the two pieces together, the seam, not the fold, would go down the Centre Back. Maybe this has something to do with it?
  2. Anyway, on to the main issue at hand. I need to sew the Back Bodice, to the Skirt, but I’m having problems matching the waist.

  3. The skirt has 4 notches, the back bodice has 2
  4. None of the notches line up with each other
  5. Most critically, the back bodice waist is far shorter than the skirt waist, when they should match exactly…

Has anyone come across similar issues?
Does anyone know what I might have done wrong?
Is it something to do with the way I sewed the skirt pieces together?
Does anyone know what I can do to fix it?

I read on one forum that someone had adjusted their pattern “to make it work” but I’m way too beginner to know where to even start with that.

Any help or advice most gratefully received!

Thanks!

sewing bee





Internet highlights – w/c 12th April 2015

18 04 2015

How to enliven a day at the office

Crazy difficult music reading quiz

Puppies and Plastic bottles

She Sheds instead of Man Caves

Myths about sugar

120 things made better with bacon

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Friday five favourite: ways to research your vote this election

17 04 2015

With all the leaders debates now over, and the news thoroughly drenched in all the manifestos, statements, spats, all sorts that’s going on, I’ve been trying to find good sources of unbiased information to inform and help me to decide who to vote for next month. I wanted to look beyond all the leaflets that just tell me why I shouldn’t vote for the other parties, or tell me that only 2 parties have a chance in my constituency and to avoid the others, and I wanted to start from scratch in looking at what parties actually stand for.

Here are five of the resources that I have found most useful in doing this!

  • Verto[Quiz] – A great little app from The Independent which they’ve apparently designed to work like Tinder. You swipe left or right to indicate whether you like or dislike policies, and then put the categories you care about nearer the top, from that it will show you for yourself, your region and countrywide, on a pie chart style thing, which way you are inclined – I found it really helpful!
  • Vote For Policies[Quiz] – A slightly more long winded version of the above. I loved this website for the European elections a couple of years ago as it was more concise. Now it’s quite long paragraphs, but again for each category you pick the paragraph you most agree with and it spits out a political party at the end for you.
  • BBC[Info] – The BBC have produced a really helpful breakdown of each parties main policies in each area, so whereas above you’re trying to look at policies anonymously, here it lists all parties policies on education, or economy, or you could look like party, and see a list of all their policies. A nice clear, concise summary of those long manifestos.
  • Evangelical Alliance[Info] – Similar to the above, put together by a Christian magazine. The EA asked five parties for their responses to a few key areas, and so again, just have a nice, light summary of all that info that’s out there.
  • Votewise 2015[Book] – This book is written by a Christian, looking at some of the major issues from a biblical perspective, which takes up the majority of the 100 page book, as well as reminding us why it’s important for Christians to be involved in politics. The book ends with members from the five major parties, some of which are also MPs, explaining why, as Christians, they have chosen to be members of the party they have.

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  • I Side With[Quiz] – I found this one last night too, haven’t had a chance to do it yet, but it’s a lot of statements that you can select yes, no, or a variation on them, and say whether or not it’s a statement that matters more or less to you

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  • Christianity Magazine[Interviews] – Premier have published interviews with David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg

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  • How to vote[Quiz] – another policy quiz, quite a simple and short one, just looks at four major policy areas, and asks your opinion on a load of bits, let’s you select which you care more about, and always offers a “no opinion” option, which is quite nice

Of course, it’s also important to look at what your local candidates are saying, while a lot of it may sound like bravado, they are the ones that will be representing you in government.

And don’t forget, there’s local council elections on 7th May too, this is where those who make decisions about the place you live get elected, and so it’s still really important to vote knowledgeably there too!