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

Gingerbread Baubles

Gingerbread Baubles

I haven’t yet plucked up the courage to attempt a Gingerbread House, but was looking for an after school activity for the Smalls and a couple of friends last week, and thought that these would do the job very nicely. The recipe I used for the gingerbread was from The Hummingbird Bakery book and is … Continue reading

Last Minute Gifts-Chocolate Bites!

Last Minute Gifts-Chocolate Bites!

This is another quick and easy last minute gift idea-I always forget about the neighbours, so often end up making something last minute-this is this year’s…! I got the idea for these while browsing Cathy’s fabulous blog Nurture Store, for ideas for Advent Activities. Cathy makes them with just melted chocolate, but I thought I … Continue reading

How to Make a Pom-Pom Christmas Tree

How to Make a Pom-Pom Christmas Tree

We are ludicrously pleased with our pom-pom tree: and in anticipation of the Pom-Pom Christmas tree trend that is going to sweep the globe next year ( ;) ), here is a little how-to… First and foremost, START MAKING POM-POMS EARLY!!! We were pretty organised (for us) and started making ours at the beginning of … Continue reading

Our Pom-pom Christmas Tree!

Our Pom-pom Christmas Tree!

Hurray-it’s FINALLY up, and ready for the ‘big reveal’….! Following on from the tradition we seem to have started for ourselves a couple of years ago, of making homemade trees (the egg box tree in 2012, and last year’s lampshade tree), I am very proud to present: Here it is, in all it’s glory…. I’m … Continue reading

Homemade Pants

Homemade Pants

Yes, I finally did it! I made my own underwear :) When I started My Make Do and Mend Year, I drew the line at secondhand underwear, and always thought that it was maybe a step too far to make my own pants, but no more! Hubby had a flash of inspiration, and entirely umprompted, … Continue reading

My Homemade Christmas Jumper

My Homemade Christmas Jumper

I blogged earlier on in the week about Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, and it’s TODAY! I blogged lots of ideas for you to make your very own bit of festive cheese, and have as usual left it until the last minute to do my own. But now, here it is…. It’s pom-poms! I … Continue reading

#makedoandmendhour 4th December

#makedoandmendhour 4th December

Just in time for this week’s #makedoandmendhour (8-9pm every Thursday on Twitter!) here’s the round up from last week! I asked everyone for their top Make Do and Mend tips for a the festive period-scroll down to see them :) Pics we shared: 1. @VintageHomeShop is well and truly in the Christmas spirit and has … Continue reading

Homemade Christmas Jumpers

Homemade Christmas Jumpers

Have you heard all about it? Save the Children have a campaign that is now in it’s 3rd year, to raise much needed funds by encouraging the wearing of Christmas jumpers (some people very wrongly term these ‘Ugly Sweaters’…!) in the run up to Christmas. The campaign has raised over£1.6 MILLION to date, and this … Continue reading

Festive Rocky Road v2

Festive Rocky Road v2

Last year we made Festive Rocky Road, and it was very delicious. I decided to make some more this weekend, but we were missing a few ingredients, so ended up with a whole new Festive Rocky Road taste sensation…! This is originally adapted from Nigella’s Rocky Road Crunch Bars in Nigella Express. This is what … Continue reading