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Teacher’s Presents – Book Covers

Right that’s just about it another school year over and done with, and it’s been a busy one especially as it was Sweetie’s first year. This had one final unexpected treat in store for me: twice as many teacher presents at the end of the year. Nine of them to be precise!

Fabric Book Covers

After rummaging through my idea books I decided to make some book covers for some A5 notebooks. The project asked for two fat quarters per cover, but with nine books to make I shuddered at the thought of buying 18 fat quarters. If you’ve ever bought them you’ll know they aren’t half as cheap as they should be. I decided that 9 cotton fat quarters and a length of poly cotton for the lining, to keep the cost down a little but still provide a nice finish.

After making them up I found that for the books I bought I needed just a little over half a fat quarter for each piece (outer and inner). I’m glad I bought just a length of fabric for the inner covers as I needed much less than 9 fat quarters  (2.5m).

I tried to pick fabrics to for each teacher, as much as I could – this probably took longer than most of the sewing!

So here we have 4 Book Covers for Sweetie’s teachers:

4 Book Covers

and 5 for Pretzel Boy’s Teachers:

5 Book Covers

I also decided to add some letter to the inside of each cover, a ‘Thank You’ with our child’s name and the year in the back cover:

Open Book Cover - Back

and the Teacher’s name in the front cover:

Open Book Cover - Front

The letter is quite simple but I hope it adds a little something – plus they won’t get mixed up so easily.

I have also persuaded Pretzel Boy to add a few words for each teacher that I’ve printed and stuck inside too.

Book Cover Poem

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Posted in Random Rambling

The Boy Cooks Nando’s Dinner

The Boy has gotten really interested in cooking in the last few weeks, so today we decided to let him loose on (helping to) cook Nando’s style chicken chips and rice. We are all Nando’s fans and it was a lovely dinner and didn’t look bad either.

Pitta & Hummus Starter
Pitta& Hummus Starter for our Home Made Nando’s Style Dinner
Home Made Nando's
Main Course of Nando’s Style Dinner

Of course after dinner I’ve still got the cleaning up to do, but I’m really glad he’s started taking an interest in cooking again. It’s so Important.

Posted in Random Rambling

Forgetful Parenting

There are some things that I just seem to forget between children, obviously when The Boy was younger we went through the toilet training thing, but I don’t really remember it. Little trouble is about two and a half now and she’s more than ready… she goes sometimes. But I find myself wondering why I don’t know how to do this like a pro, we’ve done it before but I just don’t know what I’m doing.

This is backed up by the fact that Little Trouble used the toilet stayed dry at Little School all day yesterday, yet when I ask her she screams at me!

I’ve not given up all hope apparently it’s OK to forget toilet training skills (so long as you don’t forget your own toilet training) some things just have to be learnt every time. Despite feeling at a disadvantage (for some reason) it is going well… I think

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Rebirth of the blog

So I set up my blog over a year ago and basically found time to make one blog post. Even if it was on a very important subject (Cheesecake) that wasn’t really enough to count as having started blogging. That said I’m not going to delete it as I think I’ll regret it sometime in the future, so there it is down there.

Of course a lot happens in over a year in anyone’s life but I think I’ve gone through quite a bit in the last year, I started this blog in part to keep track of my progress through my teacher training. And maybe if I’d done it I might have coped better, but I doubt it. Turns out as much as I loved teaching my life didn’t have room for it, in summary I gave in and put the teaching dream back in the box only half way through my teacher training year.

So here I am back doing what I know best (professionally) Software Development. In fact I’ve been back at it again for over half a year now. Currently experimenting with mix of Full time and Freelance work to keep me busy. Not that I need work to keep me busy…

I think two children and a wife is enough to keep anyone busy, even without work… So it’s no wonder that at times I struggle to find time for the important things…

No doubt you know I am a Druid (I mean it’s the first word in the title!!). I’m not a druid because I looked up druid and made myself one, I’m a Druid because the things I believe and the way I live my life fit best with that word. Sometimes you hear an adjective and you have a feeling of “Yes, that’s me”… more about that one day… I Promise

Well there that’s a bit about me and a hint of what I will try and put here, it’s probably going to be a bit random, geeky programming posts one day, hippy spiritual posts the next.

But hey nobody is simple.. I’ve only just scratched surface of me!