New laptop :-)

A few weeks ago I was promoted to Advanced Practitioner of Information Learning Technology (ILT). As my laptop was getting a bit old and clunky I decided to treat myself to a new Mac Book Air. It arrived this week, so this weekend I got to work making a laptop sleeve to protect it from scratches.

I’m trying to get a bit more thrifty so instead of buying new material for the case I raided my fabric stash and decided to go for a sewing themed case. The outer case is made from grey cotton and a measuring tape print fabric whilst the inner slip is made from a contrasting hot pink.  All of the material was sourced from Leeds Market so the whole case probably cost less than six pounds to make.

 

Handmade ‘Dandelions in Shroom’ cushions

Since moving into my current home I’ve forever been saying that I’m going to give it a ‘homely’ makeover. It’s a typical rented property filled with beige carpets, cream walls and cheap furniture so it is in dire need of not only some love but also a colour injection. The thing is I have moved house on average twice a year every year for the the last nine years so my motivation to spend time and money on decorating the flat had been seriously lacking as I’m not used to staying in one place for long. However last week after signing an extension on the contract, and living here for 18 months already, I finally had the motivation that I need and have started creating my own home furnishings to give the place a bit of personality.

Last week I ordered the ‘Dandilions in Shroom‘ material from the Village Haberdashery so that I could make a start on livening up some old white cushions. I’m really impressed with the results, especially as it’s my first attempt at making cushions:

Not only did the Village Haberdashery send me the beautiful piece of ‘Dandilionss in Shroom‘ fabric by Rebekah Ginda they also included a free piece of the ‘Butterfly Dot in Sky Blue‘ which I’m going to use to make a crafty Christmas present. I already know what I’m going to make but I’m keeping it top secret in case the person that I’m making it for reads this. I’ll put it up on the blog once I’ve given it to her though.

In case you were wondering about the doll peaking out from behind the sofa it’s a Halloween witch which was handmade by my mum, us Holtam’s are a crafty bunch!

Happy Halloween

So this week it was Halloween, which also coincided with half term, so myself and Matt decided to have a few days away in Warwick. Being big kids we decided to visited the castle on Halloween which was fantastic experience. A layer of fog had descended on Warwickshire added to the spooky soundtrack piped into the castle grounds the atmosphere was amazing.

Warwick Castle at night