Bloody Leak

After a lovely, but cold, day, I got home to my husband saying that the washing machine had leaked and flooded our hallway. Our carpeted hallway.

Typical really, on New Years Day. Management Agents office is shut. I’ve emailed and left voicemails. Chances are at the earliest they’ll call back tomorrow. Or Monday.

So of course, we are trying to do the best we can to dry out the carpets. The fan has been going for a good 3 hours now. I’ve used towels to soak up the excess, and some microfibres cloths too. Which are a lot quicker to dry than towels.

When, BAM, an idea. A real eureka moment. Until the husband came into the hallway, with an amused “WTF” expression on his face.

There I was, laying a floor of Always Ultra Night time pads. On the carpet. To help soak up the water.

What?!

It’s not like I can use them, they’ve been sat unused in the bathroom for over 18 months (thanks allergens!) and the packs were opened, so not like I could donate them. Made sense.

They work like a charm! 

 

Makes me wonder what else I can use them for……

No Sew Tutu Dress

I saw the cutest little dress on Pinterest and after seeing that it costed around £25, I thought, hmmmm…wonder if I could do that.

So (as always happens) I delved further and further into the Pinterest rabbit hole and found a few tutorials for no sew tutu dresses and they looked easy enough and sure enough they were!

They were however time consuming, but I suspect once you got into the groove you could complete a basic one in under an hour. The most time consuming part (in my opinion) was cutting the tulle.

What you need is

~ Tulle
~ an elasticated crotchet tube top
~ decent pair of sharp scissors
~ measuring tape
~ ribbon (optional)
~ gems/flowers/headband (optional)
~ patience

First what you want to do is decide how long you want the skirt of your dress to be. If you want it to be 12 inches long, then cut your tulle strips at 24 inches long.

The tulle I purchased was in 6 inch wide reams. I cut the required length and then cut the strips in two lengthways.

Secondly what you want to do is to stretch your crotchet top over something, like the back of a chair. I was using a 7×9 inch top and so it was a little too small for the back of our chairs, so I improvised and used the lid from my husbands lego container.

Once you’ve got your strips of tulle and your crotchet top secure in place then you can start attaching the tulle to the top. (See steps 1-5 in photos)

Step 1 – Fold your tulle length in half (lengthways)

Step 2 – place the top of the folded tulle into one of the holes at the bottom of your crotchet top. You’ll need to go it from the underneath, so that the tulle comes on on the top of the crotchet top.

Step 3 and 4 – you’ll now have a loop at the top, and 2 attaching pieces of tulle at the bottom. Pull the 2 pieces of tulle up and through the loop at the top.

Step 5 – pull to tighten the loop.

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Then repeat steps 1 to 5 until you’ve filled the entire bottom row of the crotchet top.

Move on to the next row above and continue until you’re happy with the final product.

Once you’ve done, you can use a ribbon to attach straps to the top of the tutu dress. You can also use gems and flowers to embellish your tutu top.

The finished product!

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I purchased my tulle and crotchet tops from Raindrops Boutique

A little less conversation….

Occasionally at work we have discussions. Not particularly work related discussions, because when you’re at work it’s not always about doing work, not all of the time anyway. In fact you really shouldn’t work all of the time whilst you are at work cause it’s not good for your health. You need to have conversation. Conversations with colleagues about non-work stuff is called team bonding. Team bonding is good apparently. It aids productivity (or it may do, I haven’t actually researched this stuff, cause that’d be like work)

Anyway. Non-work related conversations/discussions are good.

Today we had a pretty philosophical and theological conversation about Sharia Law in Saudi Arabia (and other countries) vs. Human Rights, and whether the two could go hand in hand. I pretty much stayed out of this conversation, because I’d have likely offended someone or put my foot in my mouth or both. The conversation tailed off and we all got back to work.

A colleague came back from a late lunch, and I happened to ask what he had, his reply, “a couple of glasses of Shiraz and a good steak!” which is not possible and totally made as a joke, because everyone who works in my industry knows that we have a very strict no alcohol policy.

At this comment, another colleague asks “so would you get stoned if you drank” to which the colleague opposite me says “yeah, probably” and the colleague back from lunch pipes up “but getting stoned is fun!” Wrong kind of getting stoned….

At which point he then asks, “Why do they use smaller stones? Why not just throw one big stone?”

In my head I know have an image of someone standing in front of a building that is set for demolition, whilst they are hit with a wrecking ball. And I know it’s wrong, but I can’t help but laugh.

Perhaps conversation/discussion about non-work related stuff doesn’t make teams more productive. As Elvis’s teacher used to say “A little less conversation, a little more work”, ok so that’s a lie, but you get my drift!