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

I won an award!

What a crap braggy blog title that is-sorry. But I did. Much to my complete surprise, I won the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Volunteer of the Year award! I did a lot of work last year with Emma Croft, who is the Trust’s Waste Minimisation Officer. With her help, I ran some Swishes, and Repair Cafes, … Continue reading

A Dilemma

I have a dilemma. And I’m interested to hear your opinions please! I’ve been offered the opportunity to write a blog post for an online fashion and shoe website. They are creating content for some New Year’s Resolution posts and I have been approached to write a piece about my Make Do and Mend ethos … Continue reading

Waste Less Live More-Discover It

Waste Less Live More-Discover It

Waste Less Live More Week has flown by. Today is the last day, and it’s time to #Discover It. Discover new ways of doing old things-different ways of getting to the same place; different places to shop; different things to do with the kids… I thought that as this blog came about from a year … Continue reading

Waste Less Live More-Fix It

Waste Less Live More-Fix It

Happy weekend everyone! It’s Saturday, and for those following the Waste Less Live More Week Be Resourceful Challenge, it’s time to #FixIt :) Needless to say, I am a bit of a fan of fixing and mending. I think maybe I like it so much, as it’s a bit of a Dr Pepper thing-What’s the … Continue reading

Waste Less Live More-Share It

Waste Less Live More-Share It

Crikey, it’s Friday already! Waste Less Live More Week is flying by…! Today is all about sharing: Some children at BigSmall’s school have clearly been working hard on this, and have very kindly shared their chicken pox…! Fortunately, (or unfortunately, as everyone keeps telling me he’ll get it again) BigSmall has it very mildly, but … Continue reading

Festival of Thrift Interviews-Stella Hall

Festival of Thrift Interviews-Stella Hall

The third in my series of interviews with the people behind the Festival of Thrift, is with Stella Hall. Stella is the Festival Director, and according to my interview with Festival co-founder Wayne Hemingway, she is the best in the business! 1) Can you tell us a little bit about you, and your involvement with … Continue reading

Waste Less Live More-Grow It

Waste Less Live More-Grow It

Thursday already, and today’s Be Resourceful Challenge for Waste Less Live More week is #GrowIt. I am the world’s worst gardener. I kind of want to garden, and to be part of the whole Grow Your Own movement. But I soon get frustrated when I realise that: I have no idea what I am doing/the … Continue reading

Festival of Thrift Interviews-Wayne Hemingway

Festival of Thrift Interviews-Wayne Hemingway

Here is the second is my series of interviews with the people behind the fabulous Festival of Thrift. Today, I talk to Wayne Hemingway of Hemingway Designs, co-founder of the Festival. 1) Can you tell us a little bit about you, and your involvement with the Festival of Thrift? Gerardine and I went to visit … Continue reading

Waste Less Live More-Value It

Waste Less Live More-Value It

Wednesday, hump day, brings us #ValueIt for Waste Less Live More week. This is all about valuing what we have. Taking the time to think about what our ‘stuff’ is made from, and how we choose to treat it. It’s all about re-using and really treasuring our things. I guess it’s the opposite of the … Continue reading

Festival of Thrift Interviews-John Orchard

Festival of Thrift Interviews-John Orchard

Well, I promised you interviews with the people behind the Festival of Thrift, so here goes…. Today, my Jeremy Paxman style questions are being directed to John Orchard-owner of the Festival venue Lingfield Point, and co-curator of the Festival: 1) Can you tell us a little bit about you, and your involvement with the Festival of Thrift? … Continue reading