My Make Do and Mend Life

Hello, and welcome to what has now, I guess, become My Make Do and Mend Life! In September 2012 we embarked upon a challenge to buy NOTHING NEW for a whole year. We Made, we Made Do and we Mended our way though the whole 12 months, and proved that taking small steps towards a more … Continue reading

Less is More is Back!

Less is More is Back!

I blogged last year about Claire Lewis, an inspiration “eco-blogger” from Ireland, and her Less is More Challenge. Well, it’s back and ready to launch again for this year’s Earth Day (22nd April). Here is what Claire says on her blog about the Challenge and the reasons behind setting it up: “This challenge was born out … Continue reading

Six Items-Challenged

Six Items-Challenged

Hurray and hurrah! My Six Item Challenge is over :) And I can finally stop wearing this Or on the odd occasion this The trickiest point was probably last weekend, when we went away for 2 days. I had to wear a damp top on the way, to ensure that I had a clean top … Continue reading

Hot Cross Bunnies!

Hot Cross Bunnies!

Taking inspiration from an excellent Make Do and Mend Magazine Blog Post Thing I stumbled across on the web somewhere ( ;) )I decided to have a go at the very cute little bread bunnies, BUT with a hot cross bun bread mix. To make….Hot Cross Bunnies. But without the crosses. So maybe, more accurately, … Continue reading

100 Happy Days-Week 13

100 Happy Days-Week 13

Hot on the heels of the update, here is Week 13 (nearly there now, I promise…!) Day 85 Day 86 Day 87 Day 88 Day 89 Day 90 Day 91 Only 9 days left! Thank goodness. I have to confess to being heartily fed up with Happy Days, which I think is probably not the … Continue reading

Dead Bread

Dead Bread

I have posted couple of times about the great Live Better site from the Guardian. Last month was all about food waste, and the challenge was to go a whole week without producing any food waste. Now, I think we are pretty hot on food waste. I take a perverse pride in using up all … Continue reading

Six Item Challenge Update

Six Item Challenge Update

Behind the scenes, my Six Item Challenge has continued. I haven’t blogged about it because a) the Great Energy Race took over; and b) there’s not much to tell! Wearing the same items of clothing for days on end does not make for the most scintillating blog posts but rest assured I have indeed been … Continue reading

100 Happy Days-Catch Up

100 Happy Days-Catch Up

Never fear, my 100 Happy Days project was Keeping Calm and Carrying On during the Great Energy Race. I posted every day on my personal Facebook page, but just didn’t have a chance to do my weekly round ups here. Rather than bore you bombard you with a gazillion pictures in one very long post, I have … Continue reading

They Think It’s All Over…

They Think It’s All Over…

Phew! We’ve done it. The end of the B&Q Great Energy Race for this years Observer Ethical Awards. Thankyou so much for all your brilliant, inspiring and helpful comments-they have helped to make the whole thing truly interactive. Hopefully through the (seemingly endless) blog posts, tweets, Facebook updates, and even the odd Radio appearance, everybody has … Continue reading

Live Better, Save Energy

I blogged a few weeks ago, before the Great Energy Race started (was there a time when I wasn’t so obsessed with all things with energy..?!) about the Guardian’s Live Better site on their online paper. It is fabulous. Each month, they are focussing on a different aspect of sustainable living. Last month was all … Continue reading