Monday, March 2, 2015

DIY Laptop Sleeve

Yesterday, I had to bring my laptop on an outing and I could not find any sort of sleeve or case to put it in. A laptop sleeve had been on my list of things to buy for the longest time but I never really got around to it. (I always get distracted by other things when I shop.)

Since I'm currently on a mission to buy less stuff, I thought I should use up some materials at home and make one instead. I wanted to make it in black and white, and this was the closest fabric I could find in my stash. I would have preferred a pattern that was less loud, but I kept to my 'buy less' rule and settled with it.

I used this tutorial from Design Sponge which was very clear and detailed. I'm not entirely new to sewing pouches and cases but I wasn't going to take any chances with anything involving a zipper! 

The only changes I made was adding a layer of polyester padding and adding much more seam allowance because of it. I'm very lucky because even after adding those extras, my laptop fits just perfectly. A couple more millimetres here and there and I wouldn't be able to zip it up. Phew!

I definitely still have lots to improve on, like evening up the curves better and sewing less wonky lines on the zipper, but it's functional and I'm very happy with it. I'm banking on the cushy padding to protect my laptop when I am less than gentle with it!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Step Back

I'm really thankful for a day off this coming Monday, making it a long weekend for me. Most times I find that regular weekends are too short, and I feel like I have to be productive before it all ends, and work starts all over again. We made today a laid-back day, doing nothing much except shopping for groceries, watching television and cleaning the house. It was uneventful, but I couldn't have enjoyed it more. 

While tidying, we found this leaf string lights that we bought from Royal Melbourne Show several years ago. When we bought it, it was all sorts of colours - green, red, yellow, purple, but because we didn't store it properly it has turned to different shades of yellow, orange and brown. This is a great example of a mistake gone good, because now it's perfect for upcoming autumn.

Now I'm just curled up in my lazy, comfy corner with three pillows and a light throw, feeling very grateful, for everything.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Phillip Island Round Up

Phillip Island is a beautiful place. We loved how it has a great balance of nature, activity and food, and all this for less than 2 hours' drive from Melbourne. Here's a breakdown of our trip (click on the links to read more):

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

Friday, February 20, 2015

Ramada Resort Phillip Island

Our accommodation for our Phillip Island trip was Ramada Resort Phillip Island in Cowes. We stayed in a little villa, which had the bed, dining table and kitchen all in the same space.

The room was very small, but it had all the basics. A few things that we found inconvenient was the absence of a caddy in the shower (which meant that there was nowhere else to put the shampoo and soap apart from the floor) and the poor television system (it had a grainy feed and no USB ports). Apart from that, we found it very peaceful and cosy, and the spa bath was a bonus. We were also very impressed with the fully-equipped kitchen, we had a functioning stove, oven, microwave oven, freezer / fridge and dishwasher.

The resort turned out to be so much more than we expected it to be. There was a restaurant, bar and pizzeria, as well as two health centres, each equipped with a pool, spa, two tennis courts and a gym. I tried my hand at tennis for the first time in my life, but it was more like hubby going "No, don't angle your racquet like that!" and "No, you're supposed to hit it OVER the net!" (I know that, hubby) and running around picking up stray balls. Nevertheless, we had a lot of fun!

We took advantage of the walking trails around the resort as well. We got to see quite a few animals, including horses and lots of rabbits (they were so cute!).

We really enjoyed our stay and hope to return in the future. Hopefully we will be able to stay for longer, say, a week, when we do. I'm looking forward to the days where we can really take our sweet time and soak in the atmosphere instead of trying to squeeze all the activities into a day or two. We will be back!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Walk: Churchill Island

After breakfast at the café we took a walk around Churchill Island. It was a slightly chilly, overcast day which was completely different from the day before. Once again, I was thankful for being able to experience different landscapes under different weather conditions on the same trip.

The island had a great contrast of brown and green. 

I read that this walk was particularly good for birdwatching, but unfortunately we are quite unacquainted with birds. I will make it a point to read up on flora and fauna before going on future walks.

Click here to access an informative brochure about what's on at Churchill Island, including the walk. We did the Island Loop (approximately 5km) which took us about 1.5 hours at a leisurely pace. We didn't actually enter the Heritage Farm where plenty of activities such as cow milking and sheep shearing are available. There are also gardens and buildings rich with history. We promised ourselves that we would bring our future kids here.

Oh, and keep an eye out for the Highland cows, both the real-life ones on the farm and the most adorable plushie ones in the visitor centre. (We bought ourselves a puppy-sized one!)