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

Fudge Fiasco

Fudge Fiasco

In a slightly ill-judged effort, I tried to make fudge last week, whilst also trying to make scones and gift bags for the teachers at BigSmall’s school. It’s a recipe I have used before, but for some reason (too much rushing and a too small pan I think!) it failed to set. Even after 24hrs … Continue reading

Trench Cake

Trench Cake

Not the most appealing of names for a cake I will admit! I saw this recipe in this week’s Waitrose Weekend, and thought it looked worth a try, especially as I had all the ingredients. It is part of an initiative spear-headed by Francis Quinn, of Great British Bake Off fame, encouraging bakers to recreate … Continue reading

#makedoandmendhour 24th July

#makedoandmendhour 24th July

Here we go with the weekly roundup of our #makedoandmendhour Twitter chat (every Thursday 8-9pm!!) Pics we shared: 1. Before and after of some re-painted cupboards from @NearlyHere 2. Shopping bags made from brolly ‘skins’ @SueArcher6 3. The shopping bags cunningly rolled up and secured using the original tags from the brollies! More genius from … Continue reading

Quick and Easy Gift Bags

Quick and Easy Gift Bags

It’s that time of year again-end of the academic year, and frantic rushing around trying to think of gift ideas for teachers to show your appreciation for all their hard work with your little darlings. I find this really hard-I want it to be something that they like, that won’t end up in next year’s … Continue reading

Fill Your House for Free-Episode 3

Fill Your House for Free-Episode 3

I really hope that you have all been enjoying Kirstie Allsopp and team, as they introduce a whole new audience to the wonders of Upcycling and Buying Nothing New in Fill Your House for Free! Episode 3 was jam-packed, as usual, with some great ideas-some easily replicated by you and I, and others perhaps needing … Continue reading

Jumper to cardi

Jumper to cardi

I’ve finally done it! It’s been on my list for ages, and I even had a jumper ear-marked for it, and now I have finally done a jumper to cardi transformation :) And here’s a how-to if you want to have a go too! What you need: Old woolly jumper-ideally a large jumper at least … Continue reading

Just ask!

Just ask!

You may have noticed my delight at the return of Fill Your House for Free to our screens. Whilst watching this week, Kirstie was wafting around a lovely house filled with all kinds of impressive upcycling and free finds. Including a spiral staircase, and a cast iron bath. Both of which the builder hubby managed to … Continue reading

Homemade Cheese Straws

Homemade Cheese Straws

Whilst on our way back from town the other day, SmallSmall spied the jaunty red awning of a certain High St baker, and asked for a cheese straw. For some unknown reason, instead of saying “Yes” and handing over 60p an having a contented child (for five minutes), I responded with “Noooo, you don’t want … Continue reading

#makedoandmendhour 17th July

#makedoandmendhour 17th July

Here we go then, this week’s #makedoandmendhour! Pics we shared: 1. Brilliant bug house! Made from an old CD cabinet, broken fence panel and discarded bricks! From @kykaree 2. Alarm cable inner strands awaiting upcycling by @SueArcher6 3. Bottle top bead curtain! Linked together with fishing line, by @smalldustytown 4. 36ft of free shelving from … Continue reading

Slow Cooker Fail!

Slow Cooker Fail!

In last week’s #makedoandmendhour, there was a thread all about alternative jam making methods, including using a slow cooker. I was intrigued by this, and ran off to Google it. And found some recipes for slow cooker strawberry jam. Now, I wanted to make gooseberry jam, as the gooseberry bush from mum and dad’s old … Continue reading