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

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

Fill Your House for Free-Episode 2

Fill Your House for Free-Episode 2

I’m loving Tuesday nights at the moment-Fill Your House for Free on the TV, and Twitter going mad with people’s brilliant upcycles! Here’s my round-up of tutorials, if you want to re-create some of the makes from the show yourself. Painting Furniture There are lots of tutorials out there for painting furniture, and lots of … Continue reading

Another E-book update!

Another E-book update!

I blogged a few weeks ago about all the contributors on board so far for my Back to Basics Make Do and Mend e-book. I had 15 wonderful, amazing people on board last time, and I can now reveal the next ‘wave’ of contributors! Sewing on Buttons Zoe Robinson from The Good Wardrobe I am … Continue reading

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

The Gods must have been smiling on me the other day, as after school, the Smalls played together so nicely-no squabbling, poking or teasing-very lovely indeed. To celebrate the occasion (and in a vain attempt to reinforce the idea that this is the kind of behaviour that we want…) I decided to make pudding. At … Continue reading

#makedoandmendhour 10th July

#makedoandmendhour 10th July

Here’s the round-up for this week’s #makedoandmendhour! Pictures we shared: 1. The lovely Daisy from @MakeThriftLDN joined us for the first time this week, and shared this great picture frame deco patched with pages from a 1960′s magazine. The gorgeous print is by Hazell Nicholls. And check out the fabulous collection of knitting needles peeking out … Continue reading

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

I made this at the weekend for a super quick and easy, very yummy tea, and felt the need to share with you! I used to make pesto following a recipe very carefully, and if we didn’t have pine nuts, we couldn’t have pesto (btw how expensive are pine nuts..?!) But lately I’ve been experimenting … Continue reading

Love at First Stitch-Make #1

Love at First Stitch-Make #1

I made a scarf! From my new book. You know, the one that’s going to turn me into a dressmaking whiz, and enable me to make all my own clothes :) I don’t really wear scarves, but I wanted to work my way through the book properly, and not skip bits. I am really, really trying, … Continue reading