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

The Handmade Fair

The Handmade Fair

You may or may not have noticed, but I am a bit of a fan of Kirstie Allsopp, and especially her latest TV offering, Fill your House for Free… Well, you can imagine my excitement when I had an e-mail inviting me to the 1st day of Kirstie’s Handmade Fair in September! The Handmade Fair … Continue reading

Sloooooow it Down….

Sloooooow it Down….

I’m going to be slowing down the blog posts for a bit. It’s the summer holidays, the Smalls are home and I want to be spending time with them. And I’m trying to pull together the Make Do and Mend-able Back to Basics book. And I’m sorting out the new website. So something needs to … Continue reading

Trouser Bag

Trouser Bag

I made a bag. From trousers. I was planning on making this post into a tutorial, a ‘How-to’, as you would all be so dazzled by my fabulous upcycling, that you would be desperate to have a go yourselves… Well, ermm, my planned trouser to bag upcycle did not go exactly to plan. It looks … Continue reading

Zero Waste Week 2014

Zero Waste Week 2014

Ever since going on a Rubbish Diet, to Slim our Bins, in the January of Make Do and Mend Year, I have been so much more aware of everything that we put in the bin. I am now positively twitchy whenever we put anything in our black bin, and feel a big pang of guilt … Continue reading

#makedoandmendhour 7th August

#makedoandmendhour 7th August

Here we go with the round-up of this week’s #makedoandmendhour Twitter chat :) Pics we shared: 1. Bargain 10p vintage pillowcases from a car boot! @Shelleykitten is going to use these for a patchwork quilt 2. @lovesusiestars found this canvas in the recycling bin, and hot-footed home with it, to turn it into… 3. This! A … Continue reading

Fill Your House for Free-Episode 5

Fill Your House for Free-Episode 5

Apologies for the lateness of this round-up of this week’s Fill Your House for Free-the summer holidays are making it harder than ever to get things done..! BUT the good news is, that this week’s Fill Your House is not the last one, as I thought, but there is another episode next week-HURRAY! As usual, … Continue reading

Creativity Blog Hop!

Creativity Blog Hop!

I’ve been invited to take part in a Creativity Blog Hop! You may well be wondering what a Blog Hop is. It kind of does what it says on the tin, and ‘hops’ from one blog to the next, with the aim of introducing people to other blogs, and sharing the love. This Blog Hop … Continue reading

#makedoandmendhour 31st July

#makedoandmendhour 31st July

Here’s this weeks round-up of our #makedoandmendhour Twitter chat-every Thursday 8-9pm! Pics we shared: 1. Beautifully painted and re-vamped furniture from @petitmiracles 2. Another great example of what lick of paint can do to an item-I LOVE the painted shelves! From @raebyrae 3. and 4. raebyrae works at REWORK London, and tweeted these before and after … Continue reading