Rough-Edged Applique Phone Case

Heylo and Happy Ma’s Day!

Phone Case

I have a totally happy head on today, I hope you do, too. Just showing you a little make that came to life yesterday in my sewing pit. It’s a slip cover for my phone with an applique design – one I’ve used before just modded a bit (see here). Soft wadding stitched onto two pieces of outer fabric, some rough-edge appliquéd elements stitched down to make the house on the front then put together like a tote bag. Such brilliant fun in a phone case. AND, it’s dead cute. Maybe my humble opinion but there you go. Toot toot. If I don’t do it no one else will.

Should anyone request the steps and instructions I’ll write them up and send for free but despite the huge numbers of comments I get from all over the world, (remember that number that broke the You Tube counter? More!) I doubt I will ever get asked! Just a hunch…


Btw, did you know that the majority of traffic on the infernet is spam and not, shall we be genteel, and say ‘gentleman’s specialist interest viewing’.  Yes, that bloody infernal arse-dribble as opposed to erotic objectifications, fornications and the lewd and loo-worthy shite we know as porn. Surprised me, anyhow.

The Voice

Last night we stayed in and watched the telly. See The Voice? Some good. Some average. Some bloody awful. Like the mordant groanings and deep borborygmus (stomach rumbling noises) that carried no tune but conveyed the misery of a bad curry the night before. Or the feeling that we’d tuned in to the shower scene from Psycho. Certainly something was being murdered.

But, there were some that were brilliant. And happily, they (not all, again, just my humble opinion) were selected to go through to the next rounds.

Drill Tip

I was given a tip just recently. It’s genius. Really. Since buying a freezer, I buy a big bag of spuds (potatoes) , peel them in one go and have a monthly mash up. I mix the mash with grilled bacon pieces and / or cheese, onion, leeks, carrots, swede, etc. The mash ups get packed in little foil containers and popped into the freezer for a healthy, convenient side dish.

However, peeling the spuds is a PITA. The tip? Buy a bristle brush or a loo brush (I emphasize NEW for – surely? – obvious reasons and attach to a standard drill. Have the spuds in a big bowl of water and turn the drill on to abrade and ‘exfoliate’ the peel in minutes – apparently.

Darwin Awards

Firstly, I am NOT a contender for a Darwin award and so will not be using a mains-powered electric drill. Mine is a cordless, mains-rechargeable battery pack type drill. Secondly, I am NOT a contender for a Darwin award and so will not be using a mains-powered electric drill. Yes, I realise that technically it’s the same point as the first but it’s one so important I thought it worth repeating.

Thirdly, do not try this as an aid to natural beauty. Facial exfoliation is usually many degrees gentler than a bog brush undergoing high velocity revolution on the end of a drill. Furthermore, bone, without the enhancement of a decorative epidermal layer, tends to look a little aged and worn. Think of your skin as a big bag to keep your bits in so hold the drill away from the body. You really don’t want the kitchen to look like the lift doors from The Shining.

Anyhoo, I’ll give it a go and report back some time in the next few weeks. Sheer genius (if it works). Bill Bailey once said:

“A lot of people say there’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I don’t think there’s a fine line, I actually think there’s a yawning gulf. You see some poor bugger scuffling up the road with balloons tied to his ears, he’s not going home to invent a rocket, is he?

Well, off to vegetate a bit and eat some Ma’s Day chocolate and just chill. Have a good day.


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  • Barbara
    March 15, 2015 5:33 pm

    I’m going to peel mine the way shown in this video, then either shred them or slice them in my food processor and dehydrate them.

    I’d hate to think what would happen to me if I tried the trick with the drill. I love dehydrating things because they become shelf stable, and no refrigeration needed, and they last for years and years if you need them to.

    Cheers! Long time, been away!

    • webmaster
      March 23, 2015 10:13 am

      Helloo there!

      Your potato peeling tip looks easier and less messy than the one given to me – I’m going to try both and will let you know how they go.

      Take care and speak soon

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