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

Make Do and Mend Christmas Linky

Make Do and Mend Christmas Linky

We’ve had a great thread going over in the Make Do and Mend-able community FB group, about Christmas, and ideas for homemade, handmade, buy nothing new, make do and mend type presents and cards etc. I thought that it might a nice idea to do a linky, for people to link up their blog posts … Continue reading

#makedoandmendhour 16th October

#makedoandmendhour 16th October

Another super busy #makedoandmendhour this week, and with a record number of pictures too! Pics we shared:   1.Recycled cashmere makes from @LoveTurtleDoves 2.@Maker_of_Things “Making Do” with two pairs of glasses at the same time as his vari-focals are broken! 3.@MarkWoodJoinery-bespoke wooden furniture from local and reclaimed wood 4.@PracticalLou is busy decorating..! 5.@raebyrae has set … Continue reading

Back to Basics Book update

Back to Basics Book update

The book! I bet you all thought I had forgotten about the book! If you are thinking, “what book?”, I am referring to my Make Do and Mend-able Back to Basics e-book! It’s a collaboration with other fabulous Make Do and Mend-ers, and aims to cover the basics of (at least some aspects of) Make … Continue reading

The DoNation

The DoNation

Today, we have an interview with Harriet Rockliff, part of  the fab team behind the DoNation. What is the DoNation I hear you cry? Find out below! 1. Tell us all about the DoNation! What is it? How does it work? And what does it aim to do? The DoNation is a platform where people … Continue reading

#makedoandmendhour 9th October

#makedoandmendhour 9th October

Very belatedly, and only just before this week’s #makedoandmendhour, here is the round up from last week! Pics we shared: 1. @Maker_of_Things shared this picture of a variation on the Bell in a Vacuum experiment. I had to get him to explain.. The air is sucked out of the jar, and the noise from the … Continue reading

Pompom-tastic

Pompom-tastic

It’s official. I am mildly obsessed with all things pompoms. Last month, I went to the Handmade Fair, and took part in a pompom making workshop, as part of the world record attempt for the longest line of pompoms ever, in the world ever. Or World Pomination. My childhood memories of pompom making are of … Continue reading

The Minimalists

On Saturday evening, I was lucky enough to be able to squeeze in (quite literally , it was standing room only!) to see The Minimalists on this book tour, in Romsey near Southampton. The Minimalists are two American guys (I think if you’re an American male,  you have to be a ‘guy’, or maybe even … Continue reading

Now we are six

Now we are six

BigSmall is six! I have absolutely NO idea how that happened, or where the last six years have gone. As we all know, being six is a Big Deal. And merits much celebration. But is it possible to have a Buy Nothing, Zero Waste 6th Birthday (without the 6 year old even being aware of … Continue reading

#makedoandmendhour 2nd October

#makedoandmendhour 2nd October

How did it get to be October already? Here’s the round-up of this week’s fabulous #makedoandmendhour Pics we shared: 1. Blackberries just waiting to be made into liquer by @PracticalLou 2. DIY mum! @lovesusiestars 3. Fabric dressing @ThomasRenwart 4. @RachaelHodgetts asked for help with making a new H and C for her taps! 5. Upcycled … Continue reading