A wonky start

Although I did own a mini sewing machine many years ago I am now the proud owner of my first ‘proper’ sewing machine. I couldn’t wait to use it and as I’m a more get stuck in and see what happens kind of girl I jumped straight into my first project, a simple, or so I thought, Ipad case.

My inspiration for this project came from the craft magazine Mollie Makes.  As an avid reader I buy the magazine every month and a few issues ago there was a feature about creating your own iPad case/bag. Not only was the case gorgeous it was also highly practical – I needed one! Unfortunately although I wanted to at the time I neither owned an iPad or a sewing machine. Seen as this months wages also covered by birthday (Aug 12th) I decided to rectify this and have bought both this week.

Mollie Makes issue 15 iPad case

Even in my over enthusiastic mind I knew the Mollie Makes case was far too complicated for a beginner therefore Google Images became my starting point as I searched for images of ‘fabric iPad cases’ for inspiration. I then decided to jump straight in and make a simple rectangular bag with a zipper fastening – well the zipper was an after thought when I went to get the padding from the habidasherys.

Fabric iPad Case Cover, Handmade in Teal Brown Fabric Pattern

Fabric iPad Case Cover, Handmade in Teal Brown Fabric Pattern

Unfortunately when I was sewing the pieces together I got slightly confused about which pieces to sew first so I ended up putting the case together in a way which meant I had to leave the padding out. This left the piece feeling far too flimsy to be used as an iPad case. Also to my disappointment once I’d finished the bag the wonky bottom edge revealed that I am not a natural at sewing straight lines therefore a lot more practice is needed before I unleash my machine on any more of my best fabric.

1st attempt at iPad case

I need to work on inserting zips



Yesterday was a beautiful day here in Wakefield. I started the day off by seeing Matt off at the train station as he had a job interview in London, then I swung by the library for a new book before spending the day lounging on my sofa with the balcony doors wide open and the summer breeze drifting over me. As I work so hard during term time I’m determined to spend the summer winding down and relaxing. This is something I’m normally rubbish at and it has taken me two weeks to stop constantly checking my work emails, replying to students and working on next years masters modules. However I have now got used to waking up at 8, watching a bit of morning TV, undertaking a spot of shopping and generally living the life of a lady of leisure. I love it! In case you were wondering I chose to mooch around in it was a white skater dress from .

Moroccan Pottery

At the start of the month myself and Matt (the other half) went on a four night  break to Marrakesh. As the holiday coincided with the first week of my college’s summer holidays I was absolutely exhausted so we spent most of our time mooching around the pool, however we did manage to fit in a trip to a local pottery shop where I bought a beautifully decorated tagine pot and two candle holders.

Whilst we were there we had a tour of the workshop where we saw the pots being shaped, the drying area and the kiln where they’re fired. It reminded me of my own college days and the compulsory ceramics module I had to take.

I really like the way that the people in Marrakesh don’t waste anything. Even the broken pots outside of the kiln are going to be reshaped and turned into mosaic pieces.

Of course no trip to Marrakech would be complete without a visit to the souks so I also came home with two individual cooking tagines. Luckily they all survived the flight home with only one minor chip in one of the cooking pots.

June Photo Scavenger Hunt


Apologies but due to illness and a holiday to Marrakesh I’m late posting this month. However better late then never so below are my jubilee inspired scavenger hunt pics. I managed to take all of my jubilee pics in our local shopping centre during the Diamond Jubilee weekend. A lot of the streets and shops were decked out for the celebrations.


This is the Peter Jones Diamond Jubilee photo display.


I found this crown on a t-shirt in Debenhams.


Due to the wind  it was really hard to take a picture of any of the bunting hung outside. Instead I took of snap of the bunting hanging inside my local Topshop.


In Sainsbury’s there were some Queen and DoE masks. Here’s a pic of me pretending to be the her Majesty the Queen of England.