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

Potato pancakes

We had mashed potato with our tea the other night, and I deliberately made too much, thinking that I could whip up a batch of gnocchi for tea the next day. But thenI stumbled across a recipe for potato pancakes, in a free mini mag that came with our Good Food magazine, and decided we had … Continue reading

De-odorising whiffy clothes…!

OK, so not the most glamorous title for a post ever. Or the most glamorous subject. BUT here goes… I try and get out for a run 3 or 4 times a week. More for my mental health, than for the physical aspect. I am however, not a ladylike runner. You know that old saying … Continue reading

Make Do and Mend-able countdown!

Make Do and Mend-able countdown!

  I’ve been promising you the new Make Do and Mend-able website for what feels like a looooong time, (I originally blogged about it here, waaaay back in May last year!)  but I’m jumping up and down with excitement to say that it should be ready to launch this coming Thursday! I’m trying hard to … Continue reading

An i-phone fix!

My second-hand i-phone 4 started to not work last week. No one could hear me when I was talking (just on the phone, not in actual real life, that would be freaky). BUT if I put the phone on speaker, I could be heard! So this solved the problem short term, but was v.annoying. I fell … Continue reading

Nutella Swirls

Nutella Swirls

I made these by accident the other day, and what a happy accident they were..! I was making some biscuits for another birthday party. This time I was brave (see my “Enough?” post if you’re not sure what on earth I’m on about), and just gave the biscuits-still not sure how well received they were… … Continue reading

A needle felting fix!

A needle felting fix!

I’m very excited by this ‘mend’. Possible a little too excited, but hey, I take my kicks where I can these days..! I have this plain grey, slightly boring, but very functional cardi, that has been part of my wardrobe staples for the last few years. And I managed to get some acrylic paint on … Continue reading

The Great Home Hack!

The Great Home Hack!

Have you heard about The Great Home Hack-the UK’s first ‘home hacking event’?! Running over three days from the 13th-15th March, at Fulham Palace in London, The Great Home Hack will showcase the very best of British upcycling. And I’m going to be there, running a Masterclass-eeeek! The event is curated by Upcycler extraordinaire, Max … Continue reading

How To… make the best flapjack ever!

How To… make the best flapjack ever!

I promised you the flapjack recipe a couple of days ago, so here it is! I’ve always been a bit hit and miss with flapjack, and it’s either overdone and a bit on the crunchy side, or underdone and falls apart. But now I think I have nailed it. And not only that, it tastes … Continue reading

How To…crochet a baby blanket!

How To…crochet a baby blanket!

As promised, here is the lowdown on how I made the blanket for my wonderful new nephew :) I intended to have a go at a ripple blanket, following the pattern from Cute and Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes by Nikki Trench, that I got out from the library (and had to renew twice as I … Continue reading