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Well, I’m such a klutz, a butterfingers, a boob, etc.  I’m just darn clumsy & today I proved it.  Today, when I got home from running errands, I put my wallet & cellphone on the hood of my car as I ran to grab the mail from the mailbox.  I’m sure  you can guess what happened next…my phone slid off the car & dropped smack dab on the concrete driveway.

I was soooooo incredibly relieved that there was no physical hardware or aesthetic damage to the cellphone itself.  There were only 2 small scratched patches & a hairline crack on the corner of my phone case.  I am so happy & glad & relieved (& all that stuff) that I purchased an extremely reliable & durable phone case.  I’ve made mistakes in the past where I’ve purchased phone cases that were purely for looks & not for function.  Now that I have a cellphone that I know I’m going to treasure & use for many years to come, I ended up getting a phone case that’s not only pretty, but very practical as well.

I’m just a little disappointed that I dropped my cellphone…ANNNNND…I dropped my cellphone so soon after I had purchased it.  I’m also disappointed that I put my phone case to the test today.  Oh, & I was trying so hard to be good & not make any accidents with my new cellphone.  I try very hard to keep all of my electronic items in the best condition possible, & it always pisses me off when I do stupid things like this.

Well, on a positive note…I was able to save & re-use my phone case.  There were 2 scratches on my phone case & one small hairline crack.  Here’s how I fixed the little imperfections on my phone case:

  1. I used a manicure nail file to smooth down the rough patches.  I used the strong side of the nail file to smooth down the scratchy parts & the buffer side to smooth out the scratch lines.
  2. Next, I used a clear Top Coat nail polish (with a nylon ingredient built in) to paint a light layer of coating on the slim crack.  The nail polish I used is the Top Coat kind, because that’s the most durable part of a nail manicure.  I made sure to paint 2-3 coats on both sides of the case to make sure the coating lasts.
P.S. This is what my cellphone & case looks like:

Stuff Frequent Travelers Wish We Knew via: bethtourek.com.

I am in love with this blog post. Everything that @WhiteElephantInTheRoom wrote is 100% what I’m thinking, but just written out loud.  This blog post just aptly sums up all the basic rules of proper airport / airline etiquette.  Please check it out.

 

I really have no clue how to sew anything.  I can’t even operate that As Seen On TV Stitch Quick hand-held sewing thingy let alone a full-fledged sewing machine.  The least I know is how to use a simple needle & thread.  The best I can do is mend a hole in a pair of socks, or fix up a tear in a shirt.  I can just barely stitch in a semi straight line.

This is my first REAL attempt at making my own personalized iPad case, complete with padding & an inner-lining.

My very first attempt at making my own DIY style iPad case ended up in a tragic disaster.  I didn’t follow any type of tutorial, guideline, or sheet pattern.  I just used the fabric I had purchased & was supposed to make something for my niece, & I just made up my own steps as I went along.  Instead of going the easy & much more professional-looking route by sewing the fabric, I had decided to get creative by using no-sew iron-on fabric tape.  I thought this would help me cut a corner in having to do any sewing.  Well, let’s just say that after all the cutting & fabric tape ironing etc. etc. etc., I ended up needing to do some sewing after all.  I had to sew the seams together because even though the package claimed the tape to be long-lasting, I didn’t want to run the risk of the stuff coming unglued.  The biggest mistake I made was not properly measuring & cutting the fabric before doing all the nipping & tucking, so my iPad case ended up being a little too baggy & bulky.  The end result?  Let’s just say a 4th grade elementary student could do better than this:

my first attempt at a sewing project. don't judge me. -__-

On my next attempt, which I’d like to call it my first “real” attempt at making a good quality DIY style iPad case, I actually followed an online sewing tutorial.  Rather than follow the tutorial line-by-line, I improvised on a few of the steps.  The end result, I think, looks pretty darn good.  It’s still not quite Cut & Sewn quality, but it’s still very durable & clean looking for a casual iPad case.  Even though sewing is not my best skill by a long shot, I’m still very impressed that I managed to pull a rabbit out of this dusty ol’ hat.

This is the online tutorial I used: http://www.creativekristi.com/freebie-friday-sew-you-own-ipad-case-pattern.html
This is the shop where I buy all of my fabrics: http://www.peapodfabrics.com

 

 

 

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