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Salsa On

Published July 31, 2014 by itsachunglife

I would like to start this post by thanking a certain friend who I appreciate so much for just getting me out of the house for a catch up and a drink.  This is exactly what I needed to remind myself there are positive vibes out there no matter the situation.   Parts of my life which are not ideal right now shouldn’t be casting darkness over invaluable things such as nurturing  the friendships that count, and the progress made on that  self-improvement/self-awareness bandwagon.

So she took me to Cloudland, it’s not Cloud 9 but it comes pretty close on Salsa night Thursdays.  The décor looks luxuriously sophisticated.  There are private booths surrounded by overhanging plants; there’s a waterfall,  and if you look closely butterflies are encased in some of the furnishings.  The crowd polishes up well too, and an extra bonus are the $10 mojito’s and margaritas!

Now back to the crowd, the suited up crowd to be exact and even on the weekends it’d be rare to find the jeans/tshirt attire in there which is what I love about it.  So much that it is starting to be my regular Thursday spot.  I like to use this time as a mid-week catch up with the girlfriends over a few drinks, then we mingle into the d- floor while the white trouser and matching hat man demonstrates the basic salsa moves on stage for about half an hour before moving onto more tricky moves.  For the most part it’s pretty fun I get lost in the moment and feel like I’m in a dance group or something HEEEY!   Hands down one of the best ways to unwind midweek….until someone stands on your foot with their stiletto heel!  OMG so painful I’m still feeling it 2 or 3 weeks later!  But who am I to complain when I too am guilty of doing this.

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Sew Easy – DIY Cushion Covers

Published July 2, 2014 by itsachunglife

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Oh hey, so I’ve been on the lookout for fresh, fun and vibrant cushion covers for a while and pretty much there are none out there!  I mean none that cost less than $10, and the $10 ones are uggs as!  Then I was thinking if only I neeeeddd a SEWING MACHINE!!!!

I mean how complicated can sewing  be right, it’s just sewing in a straight line.   As for previous experience well I’ve sewn for a term at school when I was 11, and my mum well she’s a Machinist so should count for something haha.

So I ended up getting a  good deal on a  Singer off a mate who was moving to the U.S,  and from there on to justify the purchase I attempted to make these covers.  Home sewn things aren’t necessarily cheaper than store brought but it’s that feeling you get after you’ve created something one of a kind, and half decent looking which sparked my excitement.

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I brought material from one of my new fave shops of 2014 – Spotlight.  My lover chose the colour and I chose the patterns, and yes we did buy Minky Polar and it is so toasty and warm against my face  😀

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AND the sewing session began…..

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I”m not going to give full blown  instructions on how I did it all because if like me , you Google it you’ll  find plenty.

But the sites I found most useful were:

http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2013/02/zippered-pillow-cover.html

http://liagriffith.com/easy-diy-zipper-pillow-covers/

 

My one tip would be to hand-stitch the baste seam for the zipper, because in my experience it’s a bitch to unpick seams sewn by the machine.

VOILÀ

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 And this is my cushion family: 3 by me, and 2 by BigW

 

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Next up Knitting! xo

 

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