The past two days have been really good, I have been working in a secondary school that I have been getting more and more bookings for from my agency. It is a strong Welsh school and is Welsh first language, so I thought that the first day I was booked for this school, would be my last as I am not fluent in speaking Welsh (but I understand it and can read and write it ok). So when my agency kept booking me into the school and I found out the school were requesting me personally, I was quite flattered and very happy.
Not to say that it has been easy, the kids do try to outsmart me by speaking Welsh and asking random questions across classrooms in Welsh to test my understanding, one of my favourites to date has been “Do you think she likes eating marshmallows?” this made me giggle quite a lot! Yesterday, wasn’t that bad, a couple of reasonably good lessons and a couple of rather tricky year 7 and year 8 classes, it was the latter that posed the most challenging and after a whole day of thinking on my feet and actually creating work for each class on my own for subjects that aren’t my specialism, with very little help from any other teachers, I was running on empty by the last lesson. Continue reading
This has to be the easiest sewing trick that I have learnt so I thought I’d share it. As I am a very short person, I am forever shortening trousers to fit properly and I have several pairs of jeans that I have done this simple trick too.
Keeping the original hem on your jeans makes them look so much better than just turning them up, so this is how to do it.
Taylors chalk/fabric pen
Matching or coordinating thread
Firstly mark, using taylors chalk/fabric pen to the required length.
Next, fold them back so that the original hem line meets with your mark, right side to right side, pin to secure.
Sew as close as possible to the original hem line
I have sewn so close to the original hem that you can’t even see the thread! God I’m good ha!
Next you can do one of two things, you can chop off the excess or not and this is all really dependant on the amount of length you have taken up by. I choose to cut off the excess as I have already stated, I am short and so I have to take my jeans up quite a lot! But what I would advise you do before you chop the excess off is to do a zigzag stitch as close as you can to the sewing you have just done, this is to prevent the fabric from fraying and dangling down your ankle!
Finally, turn the right way round (if not already) and press
Et voilà an almost invisible hem on your jeans keeping the original
Thankyou and I hope you enjoyed this quick trick
I think I’m slightly obsessed with Pinterest, and I have also introduced pinning to my husband too, which I think he may be cursing me for but hey ho anything is better than him playing that god damn annoying candy crush game!
I have two profiles, a personal and a business one. I have my fingers in many pies, not only am I a teacher, bookkeeper and crocheter but I am also a seamstress and I started up my own company called Aberteifi and Stitch where I do one offs, alterations, upholstery and anything else sewing related. I have everything ready to get it going properly apart from the money! (minor technicality!) so unfortunately this has meant it is not established any more than word of mouth which has kept me busy but not really enough to sustain the cost of living.
So Pinterest is great as it allows me to save loads of inspirational concepts/ideas that i can adapt for my business and I mean loads. I love Pinterest so much I even did a webinar on how to use, edit, sell, benefit from Pinterest…it was very illuminating and extremely helpful, I would advise anyone do this if they are planning on selling on Pinterest (not that I have got to that stage yet!).
Some people like reading, listening to music, writing, watching tv, painting, I on the other like doing craft.
I have always been good with my hands (que giggling!), from a very early age my mum used to get me to draw little pictures in cards and you would often find me sat drawing or painting pictures. I used to love creating things from different papers (at the time I didn’t know about origami, i was only young!). I liked using my knitting dolly and helping my mum sew stuff. So i have always made things, and this has continued into my adult life. I have advanced just a smidge from then obviously, and I love nothing better than learning a new craft to add to my imaginary crafters bow, and recently I have been doing that. Continue reading