Saturday, 12 April 2014

Easter Bonnet Parade

Every year at school there is an Easter bonnet parade. Last year my daughter's bonnet was covered in tissue flowers with a small pompom chick in a nest (you can see it here). This year we supersized the chick....

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

My not-so-smart phone

It feels a bit odd to be complaining about my phone's intelligence, after all only a few short years ago I was playing snake on my Nokia 3210 and a few years before that I didn't even own a mobile. But my current phone is not smart. If it was at smart phone school it would certainly be taken out of class for some extra lessons.

At the moment it is very close to being thrown through a window, which would leave me with the problem of how to phone the window repair man.

The problem is that, although I have tonnes of storage space available, every time I try to put on a new app or update an old one I get the same error message:


I've spent hours online searching for a cure, it seems a common problem, but although people have suggested all sorts of things not one has worked. Its been in for fixing twice, both times it has been returned with an older OS leaving me not only with a phone I can't update, but the most ridiculous predictive text system. It shows the word I have typed, but decides it knows better and gives me a different one. You know all those funny autocorrect screen grabs, that is my texting life. It usually takes 3 texts to get my message across to someone

Text 1 - complete nonsense

Text 2 - clarify the nonsense

Text 3 - clarify a spelling mistake that totally changes the meaning of the previous two texts.

So I'm writing this post in the hope of winning a new Samsung Galaxy S5, if only to stop a passer by from receiving serious injuries from a flying phone.

Disclaimer: I wrote this post for the competition, but my phone is genuinely rubbish!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Soot Sprite Cushion

When sitting down with the kids to watch our favourite film "My Neighbour Totoro" I suddenly realised that the black fake fur sitting in the corner of the room waiting to be tidied up from a costume making session would make brilliant soot sprites (if you haven't seen the film this won't make much sense, so go and watch it now, I'll wait...are you back? Excellent, lets continue). I thought I hadn't tidied up the fur because I was being lazy - turns out I was just waiting for inspiration (at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it).

So whilst the kids were happily entertained with the film I whipped out the sewing machine, ready to present them each with a soot sprite cushion as the credits rolled. They really are that quick to make - from inspiration to completion (x2) in under 86 minutes (I checked the DVD box).

To make your own you will need:

2 circles of black fur (I drew round a dinner plate)
2 circles of white felt (I drew round a glass)
2 circles of black felt (I drew round the lid of a chunky felt tip)
Toy stuffing

I used satin stitch on my sewing machine to join the black dots onto the white circles and then the white circles onto the fur, but as the eyes are made of felt they won't fray, so if your machine doesn't do satin stitch a zig zag would do. In fact it could even be done by hand with a simple back stitch. I made sure that the eyes were placed with the grain of the fur running downwards.

Once the eyes are in place, put the fur circles right sides together (making sure the grain runs in the same direction) and sew most of the way round, leaving a hole to turn it the right way round. Finally stuff and slip stitch the hole closed.
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