List of ‘how to’ guides

1 Nov

Since starting this blog, I have written a number of posts about how to do various things, from creating a silhouette to making a cardboard box. I thought it would be convenient to have a link to all my ‘how to’ guides in one place. From now on, whenever I post about how to do something new, I will add a link to this list. To view one of the guides, just click on the link.

How to fold a plastic bag

30 Oct

beforeIf you are anything like me, you will probably have loads of plastic bags lying around the house. These invariably make their way into a larger ‘mother’ bag with the aim of keeping the house tidy. However, they still seem to take up more space than they should and finding the right bag requires emptying the entire contents of said mother bag onto the floor, defeating its primary purpose. Anyway, if this is you, keep reading for today is your lucky day!

My flatmate Rie has been practice the art of plastic bag folding for a while now. Previously I have just accepted this without much thought and continued with my shameful mother bag ways. Today though, I finally learnt the secrets of plastic bag folding for myself and now I will share them with you in just six easy to follow steps.

You may notice that in the following photos, there is just one hand shown carrying out seemingly complicated and dexterous tasks. This was due to the necessity of holding my camera. If you are not taking photos of your own plastic bag folding attempts (perhaps for a similar step-by-step guide), I suggest you employ all available hands.

Step 1

Flatten the plastic bag (ideally on a flat and sturdy surface) by tucking in both sides.

Step 2

Fold the bag in half lengthways and then fold it in half again. Squeeze any air out of the bag as you do this.

Step 3

Fold the bottom end of the plastic bag at a 45 degree angle so that it make a triangle shape as shown below.

Step 4

Fold once again from the bottom of the bag, this time along the folded edge that you just created in Step 3.

Step 5

Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you reach the handles of the plastic bag. The number of times you will need to fold the plastic bag will depend on both its height and width.

Step 6

Finally, tuck the handles into the slit that has now formed at one edge of your folded triangle

afterYou should now be left with a neat triangle shaped package, saving you space, reducing the time spent searching for suitable plastic bags to line the bin with and impressing guests (depending, of course, how easily impressed your guests are).

Happy plastic bag folding !


18 Oct

I have searched using Google thousands of times now. Yesterday however, I achieved something I had never achieved before… a Google search yielding just 1 result (see the image below)! This is often termed a Googlewhack. Although a ‘proper’ Google whack consists of two real words (as opposed to my poorly spelt made up ones) and those two words feature in the text of the result in their entirety (as mine didn’t), I still think it was quite an achievement. Feel free to post any Googlewhacks you find in the comments.



15 Oct

I just wanted to let people know about my new blog ScienceDipity. I created this blog to combat what I think is the common misrepresentation of science, both in the media and by people who think that science is something only done by people with degrees and a lab coat.

So, if you are interested, head over to

It’s been awhile

14 Oct

It’s been nearly two years since I last posted on this blog. Since then a lot has happened. I’m not going to go into all of that now however. Today I just wanted to say I’m back.

Thanks to all those that have read this blog and left comments during that time. I do check my blog stats every now and then and I do see every comment I get.

So hello again to everyone that is reading this. Stay tuned for some further updates soon!