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
My Big Weekend at the Great Home Hack!
This weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to be a part of London’s first Upcycling event, at the Great Home Hack! I was asked to present a Masterclass, and came up with the idea of showing people how and where to find things to ‘hack’ (alter/upcycle) their homes for free, or at least … Continue reading
A Max McMurdo Interview + FREE Great Home Hack Tickets + a GIVEAWAY!!
Hey chaps! Hope over to the new Make Do and Mend-able site to hear from TV’s favourite upcycler, Max McMurdo, telling us more about The Great Home Hack. AND grab a code to bag yourself free entry to the event. AND enter the giveaway to win free tickets to my masterclass! It’s all going on…! … Continue reading
The new site is LIVE!!
Hurray and hurrah! It’s been a looooong time coming, but at last, my new website is LIVE! It’s not quite the finished article yet, but there is enough there for you to have a nose around, and get the idea! This blog will carry on, on it’s own page on the new site, but the … Continue reading
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
Ideas for Easy Homemade World Book Day Costumes!
It’s World Book Day this Thursday (5th March), and to celebrate, many schools and pre-schools are asking the children to dress up as a character from their favourite book. Eeeeeeeeekkk! I’ve known for a couple of weeks that SmallSmall needs to dress up on Friday, but inevitably, I have done nothing about it. And now I … Continue reading
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
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!
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