Monthly Archives: December 2011

Making an Elf Hat

When your boyfriend has to dress up as an elf for charity and asks you to make him an elf hat to complete his costume- this is how you do it!

You Will Need:

Green felt

Red felt

Red ribbon

Pins. Many many pins.

A sewing machine threaded up in the colour of your choice (unless your way more devoted than me and can do everything by hand!)

1. Measure his head. (His was 58cm BTW)

2. Divide this by two (29cm) and add a little bit for seam allowances (30cm).

(The photo isn’t great but I have drawn a triangle in pencil on the felt as a cutting guide)

3. Mark this out on your felt with a pencil. I used the bottom edge of my felt so I had one straight edge already. Then depending on how long your boyfriend wants his hat mark out the third point of the triangle (mine was 80cm long).

4. I then joined these three points up free handing a curved shape to make the hat sufficiently elfish.

5.Cut this out.

6. Carefully pin your hat shape to another piece of felt making sure there are no creases in the felt.

7.Cut round this so now you have both halves of your hat.

8. Lay them out so that they are a mirror image of each other.

9.Add green felt in which ever combination of stripes takes your fancy. I also added red ribbon. Make sure that that your green stripes are pinned at the same point on each side of your hat otherwise it will look lopsided when you sew the two halves together.

10.Sew the felt and ribbon on to the main felt piece. When sewing the second side make sure that the main pieces match otherwise your stripes will be wonky.

11. Match the two sides up and machine around the edge leaving about a 1/2 a cm seam allowance.

12. Turn your hat the right way around and sew a bell on the end (for a truly festive feel!)

13. Model your new hat proudly!

Happy Christmas!

Lindy xxxx

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Christmas!

Okay so the end of term was hellishly busy and I kind of left the internet for a little while! But now, term has ended and the internet and I are making up again! Above is the extent of my christmas decorations thus far… does anyone have any good suggestions for christmas crafts I might like?

I hope everyone is enjoying the lead up to christmas.

Lindy xxxx

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Book Review: A Handmaid’s Tale

Well, I haven’t written one of these for a while! But its Sunday evening and I am nicely full from a delicious dinner which James just cooked so I am using this as a distraction from having to go and clean my kitchen!

If I didn’t have quite so many dishes to avoid doing this could be a very short review- its amazing go and read this book!

But since I do have lots of cleaning to avoid I will expand upon this. This book is brilliant. Seriously. I read it in a day. I just couldn’t put in down.

It is set in a dystopian future where birth rates have declined and fertile women are now a prized merchandise and locked in to a form of servitude valued only for their ability to reproduce- the handmaid’s of the title.

The book is written as the recollections of one woman Offred, literally Of Fred (clever huh?!) and the narrative jumps around a bit in that skilful way so by the time you reach the end of the book you have a consistent (if not complete) picture of this woman’s story. Note I don’t say complete here, ¬†Atwood leaves many gaps which the reader can only fill in themselves and I guarantee you will be fervently wishing for a sequel!

I can’t remember now where I found out about this book- all I know is that it was sitting on my Amazon wish list for months before I finally brought it, and oh how I regret stalling. This book has given me so much food for thought when it comes to the position of women within society and the consequences of how we treat those around us. It is easy in our bright western world to forget that there are still some countries where women are treated as property, valued for their ability to reproduce only and denied basic rights… like say voting, an education or perhaps driving. Whilst in 1985 (when this book was first published) the feminist agenda was still one to be fought on home territory now the platform and location for the fight has changed. Now that it is no longer on our door step it is easy to forget the immediacy of the themes which this book raises; because I live in a country which grants me equal rights and status it doesn’t mean that my sister on the other side of the world goes to bed tonight with the same security. This book has reminded me of the path which some societies take to the detriment of half their members and has taught me that complacency because my own situation is fair is not an option.

This was for me an incredibly thought provoking novel which has been on my mind ever since, I will certainly be seeking out more of Margaret Atwood’s work. I highly recommend that you pick up this book and think on what Atwood has to say.

Lindy xxx

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