Saturday, 28 March 2015

Life update

A lot has happened over the last few weeks, yet I've felt apathetic and uninspired to post anything

New Job

To begin with, I don't like to mention any employers or colleagues' names.

The reason for this:

1. Believe it's unprofessional, violation of company policy
2. It may lead termination of my position
3. May incur potential litigation for slander.

I sound as though I've been quoting company policies and procedure.

One of the significant changes is I've resigned from my previous job, and I've started a new one last Monday. I chose to leave my last job because I wasn't happy working there and found that my rota was severely impacting on my personal life, which led to me not performing to my best.

My rota was permanent, so I could at least schedule my life; however, I was working on 12-hour shifts. One week - I would work 40 hours in three days and have two days off, during my days off I felt like a zombie and slept most of it. Second week - I worked two days and had three days off. I found some days I left my house at seven in the morning and returned home at 10 pm. I developed sleeping problems and tiredness at work because I was getting back so late; I was unable to relax, which meant I was going to sleep later reducing the amount of sleep I got. 

My rota worked on a six-week basis; I worked one Saturday, and two full weekends, which wasn't too bad. I accept that we live in 24 hours society, and this is part of life. I found Sundays I paid for a taxi, again a part of life if you don't drive. My partner works Monday - Friday and has every weekend off, it's nice to share weekends off with him, and I didn't mind not having every weekend off. Eventually, it started getting to me when he wanted to go out to see bands or clubbing, and I couldn't due to work. Also on Friday nights, I meet up with my boyfriend and his friends, again they were off on a weekend while everybody was drinking, enjoying themselves for their days off. I was sitting drinking lemonade, and contemplating about working all weekends, making me feel depressed.

I now, work for an outsourcing company; who've acquired a major Government contract. The role entails informing and educating customers of how to fill forms and  criteria they need to meet. I prefer and feel where my strength lies. The hours are more sociable as I'm working between 9-5. At the same time, I've made sacrifices; I will be working five days a week from Monday to Friday but have every weekend off. I have to stop volunteering at the library that I loved doing and worked with amazing people. My salary has drastically reduced, but still sufficient enough to cover my expenditure.

The new company doesn't provide free vending machine drinks as the previous company did. However, they offer free hot water, so I've become organised and take in my own drinks along, with tea bags, latte and even pack lunches to save money. In my previous company, they had a casual dress code where I would dress like a student. I usually wore jeans, combats, cotton t-shirts, converse sneakers and no makeup. However, the new companies have a strict business' dress code that has meant I wear more grown up clothes, yet there is casual Fridays. I've been reconsidering me to develop a more professional wardrobe for work and to incorporate a more Gothic corp look. It's been an excellent excuse to purchase new things for work, and presenting an opportunity potential to produce more outfit posts.


In U.K, we have televisions with inbuilt Freeview, which free version of cable or satellite. Last year, I deleted the inbuilt software from my television and opted not to fix the television. After a year, I'm missing the option to watch a TV on a night time and considering  to purchase a Freeview box.

I have also been binge watching various series through streaming over the internet

1. Vikings made by the history channel and follows the story of Ragnar Lothbrok, a farmer during the period when the Vikings had limited farming lands. It follows Ragnar's rise to power from Earl then to King of Denmark. It starts by Ragnar persuading Earl Harldson to raid West rather than East to the Baltic and Russia. Ragnar commissions Floki to build a faster and sleeker boat and with a band of volunteers they sail West. Discovering England and raiding the monastery on Lindisfarne. With their we follow Ragnor's  journey with the support of his wives, the shieldmaiden Lagertha and the princess Aslaug and son Bjorn. To his rise to power an

2. True Blood based on the books by Charlaine Harris, who wrote The Southern Vampire Mysteries series. The novels are based around the protagonist Sookie Stackhouse, whose a telepathic waitress and is descended from the faerie, It explores about the co-existing of vampires and humans in the town of Bon Temps. As the series progresses, it reveals more about an alternative world of other supernatural creature, witches, werewolves, and shape-shifters

Thursday, 19 March 2015

My New skirt

Recently, I've been watching Britain's great sewing bee and felt inspired to sew. Yesterday afternoon, the urge got too much and overtook me, compelling me to create something, so I ended up making a retros eighty' short skirt for clubbing.

A few weeks ago, I made a trip to South Shields Market, which is a traditional market selling an array of goods, and offers a fantastic selection of fabrics for bargain prices

Random History of the South Shields Markets

The market's held on a Saturday and takes place around the 18th-century town hall. The market dates from 1768, where two acres of land were procured from the local Reverend in exchange for an income of £30 per a year. On the 24th of June 1771, a charter was created allowing for a weekly market and twice yearly fair to take place. Up until the mid-1800's the market sold farmers produce and declined making a minimal profit. In 1854, the Market was purchased by the Corporation for £500 and soon the market thrived once again. (1)

  • I purchased a metre of black stretch snake skin fabric for £1.50 and black stretch cotton fabric for £2.00 

  • For the skirt pattern, I traced the pattern from a current skirt I own, as I love the shape, and its great length on me. 

  • I folded the skirt in half, and I used the newspaper to create the pattern, as it was decent quality and freely available at home. 

  • After copying the pattern of the skirt, I used a seam gauge to add an inch of seam allowance on  the pattern 

I laid the pattern out on the fabric, cut the pattern out and pinned the seams and sewed them together. I hemmed the skirt, and for the waistband I used double bias's binding to create a channel and placed elastic into the channel to create a stretchy waistband.

The fabric was easier to work with than I first thought and only needed to pin it to an inch of its life when I was cutting out the pattern pieces from the fabric. Sewing the seams together was incredibly easy.

The main trouble was creating the hem, I over-locked the hem, and this created problems as the stitching was gathering in the end I stretched out the overlocking, and I even adapted the overlocker settings to accommodate the fabric, but it made no difference.

I created a single hem, which didn't catch all the fabric, so I redid the first part of the hem, as it became too bulky and didn't hang right. So, I cut the extra bulk and pressed the seams using a towel that improved how the skirt rested

I'm happy with a the skirt as it will look stunning once. I go clubbing on with my mesh top and for the price of £1.50, I can't complain

Maureen . (2012). Local Landmark: The Old Town Hall and Market Place. Available: Last accessed 18/03/2015.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Yay, my finished proggy mat

About a two months ago, in a couple of blog posts, my days off and the Professors homework assignment I discussed about making a proggy mat. After using three fleece blankets from Primark and two jumpers, and hours of latching strips of fabric through hessian, I've finally completed my mat.

This is the finished product

Life Update.

Hi, it's been a very long hiatus, not to say the least. Since my last post, a lot happened in October. I had a death in the family ...