Waste conscious app which helps reduce every day unnecessary landfill

I've found that when working from home (and before lockdown 3), I need background noise during the day as a bit of company.  

What feels like years ago, when the children were at school, one of the guests on This Morning suggested an app called Olio for people who were struggling with feeding their children either from losing their jobs, having their hours cut or just struggling.

Loving the new social site find for craft makers

I have been a member of Minerva Club since summer 2020 and have had the privilege of watching the new social site Minerva grow.

The site has had a full makeover and is now a place for all crafters, of all genre to come together and share their makes, ask questions and get tips from other makers.



It's a great community to be a part of and is free to join.  Last month I completed my very first review and make of the Rose and Hubble cotton jungle fabric.

It was quite nerve-wracking to be honest.  I am still at a stage that I don't feel my makes are quite perfect yet and very much learning how to make alternations to dresses.  In fact, I am keen to go on a course for this, but obviously quite difficult during the lockdown.

I chose the jungle cotton fabric in winter as I knew I wanted to wear the dress with leggings, a thin long sleeved jumper and boots.  The bonus being in the summer I can just wear the dress.


I aim to continue to upload my sewing projects on the Minerva site with the hope that this will build my confidence in what I'm making.  I recently made some snoods with an inside filter pocket for the homeless, and have just uploaded the phone holders that I made from fat quarters last week.

Have you heard of the Minerva website before?  Not only is it somewhere to show off your makes, and chat with other crafters, but it is also a website to purchase all your fabric and haberdashery needs.

If you do have a profile, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be sure to follow you.

Take Care


RachaelJess.com
 

How I'm coping with Lockdown 3 and Home Schooling

I really don't know how I'm coping this time round! I know I'm on the edge each day and can't focus past that day.

When Bojo announced the South East was going into lockdown from Boxing Day, I felt dishearted but knew it had to happen.  It wasn't anything new, it meant we couldn't go to wonderful events like Wakehurst again any time soon but it also meant we were being safe.
9-year-old studying English on the Chromebook

I didn't want the schools to close though.  I know that is selfish of me and I'm not thinking of the teachers and support staff and everyone else, but I have one child who is extremely sociable and loves time with his friends.  I wanted him to interact with his peers, to see other people and be a 9-year-old running around in the fresh air.  Not spending day after day with his old fart of a mother.