Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year

Nothing like starting the Year as you mean to go on.  I'm not saying that any of these are resolutions, more  good intentions.

1) Get more exercise.
I haven't actually been to the gym, (it's closed today) but I've booked two sessions for later in the week.  

2) Eat more healthily 
 I've got homemade vegetable soup for tea, and so far I've not had any cake or sweets.   But then it's not bedtime yet.

3) Update the blog more regularly.
Well, so far so good.

4) Stop buying so much 'stuff' - and use up what 'stuff' you've got.
I haven't spent any money, not even online. Plus, I've actually used some 'stuff' today ...... making a case for my ipad.  I've had a 'practical' case for some time, but I fancied making a pretty one.
I used (or mostly re-used) fabric I'd already got, dismantling a cushion cover, and cutting up an old and tatty embroidered tray cloth that I bought in a charity shop a while ago.  I was a bit stuck as the 'recipe' called for pretty bias binding, and I didn't have any.  I was all set to wait until I could get to the shops to buy some, but then I remembered that many years ago I bought a little gadget for making bias binding.  Surprise surprise, it only took a few minutes to find - it was in the second place I looked!  
The price ticket said it was £3.55 from C&H fabrics in Ilford, (long since closed down) so I know I must have bought it at least twenty years ago - and the packet was still sealed.  Obviously, it's the first time in 20 years that I've had an urgent bias binding emergency.
I followed the instructiuons and cut the bias strips, and joined them together, 
then it was simple to pull the fabric strip through the bias maker and press the edges in place
I don't know why I've waited all this time to use it, it was a brilliant little gadget.

Which meant I was able to completely finish the project..........
Right, if you'll excuse me, I'm just off to practice the guitar and that's Good Intention number 5 covered.  



  1. Well done you for achieving some of your resolutions! The bag is perfect and that bias binding maker thingy will come in very useful....I have one kicking about too....so much STUFF i have decided I'm going to put some on ebay....wonder if I'll get round to that! Happy New Year, Moira

  2. Whilst I can confirm that you have achieved resolutions one and two today by having a walk and foregoing the cake... I'm not sure about the buying new stuff... that was definitely a purchase you made in the charity shop! Your new iPad cover is lovely by the way.

  3. That's pretty good going for day one! Love the iPad cover and it's good to know the little binding gadget works just in case I'm tempted to acquire one.

  4. The I Pad cover is very pretty. As for not buying anymore mmm I'm not convinced you will stick to that one.