Category: Random

Self-Portrait-a-Day

I got this idea from A Beautiful Mess book, to take a self-portrait (classy way of saying selfie) everyday for a month.  In the book they take beautiful photos of people in meadows holding novelty lamps or something.  I had less to work with. It was a rainy, grey September, and the selfie camera has clearly broken.  You can see easily which pictures I took with the front camera and which ones were with the back one. Continue reading “Self-Portrait-a-Day”

Craft Books

My craft ‘room’ is actually about 1/4 of a room as it also functions as our guest room so most of the space is taken up by a bed.  We also don’t really have enough storage space so my craft stuff ends up getting quite messy quite quickly.  So I was spending my second weekend tidying it up when I came to my stack of crafty books.  There’s a mixture of sewing, paper craft, knitting, and photography books. Continue reading “Craft Books”

Book Review- The Stolen White Elephant by Mark Twain

This is one of those £1 Penguin classics, that offer a cheap chance to read classic authors without having to commit to read an entire book.  I’m not sure it entirely works however.  This was my first Mark Twain, and I didn’t find it particularly mind blowing, but maybe you need to sit down with a novel of his to ‘get’ him?

The Stolen White Elephant is the main and best story in this little collection, with a couple of others just there to fill up the extra space I think.  The Stolen White Elephant is the story told by a man who was to deliver a gift of the eponymous white elephant from the King of Siam to the Queen of England- because that’s how things worked back then I guess….

Twain is renowned as a ‘humorist’ which is an interesting tag, not funny but humorous…There was only one exchange really that seemed amusing to me:

‘He would not care if they were fresh of not; at a single meal he would eat five ordinary men.’

‘Very good; five men; we will put that down.   What nationalities would he prefer?’

‘He is indifferent about nationalities.  He prefers acquaintances, but is not prejudiced against strangers.’

So if that broke you out in raucous laughter than maybe this is for you.  But it’s hard to recommend as it’s just a short story.

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Homemade Net Curtain

I have made a net curtain for the downstairs toilet.  I am slowly trying to improve my new house (which for a long time was just boyfriend’s, then I moved in).   It’s quite nice that we have a downstairs toilet, although not really that essential.  The decor is quite dated, so I’m trying to spruce up the least exciting room of the house.  There’s no point in investing large amounts of money or time into it, so I’m just trying to add some little touches.

I’m making us a home.

The blind in there below was brown and let in no outside light.  It was also pretty dusty, and at one point I think it rolled up and down but no longer. The net curtain I made also does not roll because I couldn’t quite figure that out.

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It’s just a simple rectangular piece of fabric and I cut to fir the window.  I allowed an extra few cm on each of the long sides for the hem. I also added an extra 15cm to the length.  Hemming the long sides was both simple and fiddly, as the fabric was a bit curled under already.  I folded it over twice, pinned, then sewed.  The same with the bottom hem.  I was going to make the bottom hem bigger and include curtain weights but they just looked weird when I tried it.  The weights ensure the curtain hangs straight down, but they’re not crucial.

At the top I created a loose loop through which I could feed the curtain rod.  I used a tension rod so I didn’t have to have a proper curtain rail or drill into the wall.  For this one you just unscrew it to make it longer and then it wedges in place, but without damaging the wall.curtanin1

The net curtain is still fairly see-through, so I may embark on a proper curtain if I can figure out how to get it to work.

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