Making a fabric dori without a sewing machine

I have a beautiful blue leather Midori that I bought earlier this year and I love the idea of the Midori system.

In my Bruges haul posts I mentioned that I’d bought lots of pretty fabric without a project in mind and realised they’d be ideal for making doris out of. I found a tutorial I liked here and headed down to Hobbycraft to buy the extra bits I needed for a first attempt.

The only other item I used other than the fabric was this hole punch.


As this was a pure practice run I picked out my least favourite from the fabric stash.


I pretty much followed the tutorial aside from the sewing part (I don’t own a sewing machine currently and didn’t fancy doing it by hand) and the elastic holes – I just followed where the holes were in my actual Midori instead.


Sadly I followed the tutorial when it came to sizing and ended up with a cover that was way too big for my inserts and sadly just too small for a Moleskin.

As first attempts go I’m pretty happy with this. I do need to find some stiffer interfacing or thick felt to go in between though as this cover is just too floppy to be practical. I’ve had a little bit of fraying but I think the interfacing has taken care of most of it so I don’t feel the need to rush out and buy a sewing machine just to make myself a notebook – even though I really would quite like one.

Em x


fitness stickers

Going on a diet is easier with pretty stickers, right?

Okay so not really a diet, more of a health/fitness kick I guess. 

I refuse to buy into the whole dieting thing as it just conjures up images of people making silly food decisions to get to a certain goal weight and then eating exactly how they did before once they hit it. I prefer going down the ‘changing eating habits’ approach and have already done this once through My Fitness Pal. It’s an app that basically tells you how many calories you should eat each day (and also how to split that in terms of how much carbs, fat etc). You tell it your height, weight, goal weight, how quickly you want to lose it and your day to day activity level and it tells you the calorie goal to aim for each day. You then log everything that you consume every day. You can either search for an item or scan the barcode on the product and it’ll fill in the details for you. I used this earlier this year to get into better shape for my holiday in June and got out of the habit of using it once my holiday came and went.

It definitely changed my eating habits though and I was a lot more conscious of what I was eating most of the time. Since changing jobs in July I now sit down for pretty much all my day though now which isn’t great but I have much better working hours now so going to the gym after working shouldn’t be such an issue. With this in mind I decided October 1st was going to the be the start of a little health kick for me – get back to the gym, lose a bit of weight and generally feel a bit better about myself.

Now I obviously needed some way to track this in my planner because although MFP is great at tracking it, I’d rather see it every time I open my planner to spur me on and this was a great excuse to create some pretty new stickers!

fitness stickers

You can’t really tell all that much but the hexagon stickers are a slightly darker shade to the flag stickers as I thought stickers all the same colour would look a little dull. I’m not sure about the cheat day stickers – I think they might look better as a horizontal flag instead?

I listed these in the shop and kept some earlier versions with darker hexagons for myself so hopefully you should see these popping up in my weekly posts going forward. The aim is to go to the gym three times a week and weigh myself weekly so I should have ten weeks worth of stickers here (here’s hoping I’m just left with lots of cheat day stickers!) bringing me to just before Christmas and all the eating that entails. At the end of that I’ll reassess them and see if they worked for me and either continue use or design some new ones.

If you like these stickers but would want them customised for your own fitness goals get in touch on Etsy – I’m more than happy to do custom orders!

Good luck with anyone else on a health kick in the coming weeks!

Em x

my week 41

My Week #41

I’m still in my Fuchsia and still loving it!

I had a week off work and spent a few days in London with Ed to see the two Steven Wilson Royal Albert Hall shows (absolutely amazing) so at one point my pages were filled to the brim of post its of where to go and how to get there etc. I removed a few so you can actually see this week’s decoration (which I’m loving).

my week 41

I’ve really enjoyed my week off and got to catch up on a lot of things shop-related I’ve been meaning to do like making more dividers and starting my Christmas cards (there’s some new goodies in the shop now) but that has kind of meant I’ve ignored some of the more boring things on my task list. These will get moved to next week but instead of writing them out again in the weekly pages I might just move them onto a post it note (you know, just in case I don’t do them all again next week) as they’re not really time sensitive tasks. I guess there is an argument that putting all general todo’s on a post it note and then just moving it along each week will leave my planner looking a bit neater and will stop me moving into another week with unticked things on my pages. However I’m not sure it would really work in practice on personal pages. Maybe I’ll give it a try.

While in London I only did a little bit of shopping – after seeking out Retro Game Base (best gaming shop we’ve ever been to) we found a great little gift shop in Streatham called The Indigo Tree where I picked up some awesome glitter self adhesive letters… no idea what I’ll use them for but they’re pretty! Ed also found London Graphic Centre which was just heaven – it’s definitely worth a look if you’re in the Covent Garden area. I picked up some lovely Moleskins (my favourite kind of notebook) and these cute MT tapes..


They’re weren’t too expensive either considering some of the prices I see online – £2.50/£2.75.

As weeks go this was one of my favourites and a great start to October. There’s not much going on for me for the rest of the month – aside from a couple of work trips – but I should be thankful… it gives me a month to save for Christmas!

Em x