Posted in March 2013

Partytime! (Again…)

Partytime! (Again…)

BigSmall’s social life continues at a far more exciting pace than my own, and he has not one but TWO parties coming up. And I am starting to feel the present pressure a little now… It would be quite easy to just make everyone a set of beanbags, but I think that would be cheating you … Continue reading

Budget Day

Budget Day

So today was Budget Day (in case you hadn’t noticed). I am no economist, (in case you hadn’t noticed…) but even I know that the country’s finances are in a pretty poor way. And this obviously affects all of our own personal budgets too. Lots of people have been asking me lately if My Make … Continue reading

Look what the postie bought..!

Look what the postie bought..!

I have had yet more unsolicited lovely post! I wrote recently about the Kindness of Strangers, and it is continuing. Everyone loves getting post (don’t they?) and especially parcels. And especially parcels with hand-written labels. And even more especially parcels with hand-written labels that you don’t know what’s in them! I have had not one, … Continue reading

Jam Jar Pincushion

Jam Jar Pincushion

When I was rushing around getting things ready for the Craft-Tea Party and the Upcycling workshop I did recently, I encountered a problem. I needed to take some needles with me, and some thread, and a pin cushion to hold them in. Not wanting to have a pin cushion full of pins floating around one … Continue reading

Cheesy feet…

Cheesy feet…

This is my all time favourite snack recipe for the Smalls (although it makes for a pretty yummy Big snack too). It has the bonus of being packaging free-very important when you are Watching your Waste… AND I know exactly what is in it-no danger of any stray horses sneaking in here… It is from … Continue reading

We are Trashing our planet….

We are Trashing our planet….

I went to see a screening of the Jeremy Irons movie Trashed on Thursday, as the ‘finale’ event of the Waste Watcher’s challenge. It makes for sombre viewing, and really should be compulsory viewing for each and everyone of us. I don’t expect many people really stop and think much about rubbish, but when you do, you … Continue reading

Good Things come to those who Wait….

Good Things come to those who Wait….

Unfortunately I am not known for my patience (to say the least..) BUT one of the unexpected upsides I am learning during My Make Do and Mend Year, is to wait. I have had to let go of that ‘instant fix’ mentality that I used to have, of just diving into the nearest shop whenever … Continue reading

I Quit….

I Quit….

…don’t panic, not the blog, or My Make Do and Mend Year…. …But I am joining in with Eco-Thrifty Living’s I Quit Blog Fiesta! I am going to paraphrase from Zoe’s site to tell you all about it… Zoe is going to start a regular roundup of  ‘I quit’ stories.  She wants to hear about … Continue reading

My very first ever crochet pattern…

My very first ever crochet pattern…

If you have managed to survive the excitement and suspense that was the cliffhanger I left you with yesterday, then well done! So here it is folks… …my very first attempt at writing my very own crochet pattern (I am aware that there are readers out there who are unmoved by crocheting, and I apologise … Continue reading

Craft Tea Party

Craft Tea Party

This weekend, saw the second of My Make Do and Mend Year’s Upcycling workshops! This time at the Craft Tea Party in Bath. The Craft Tea Party was the brainchild of the lovely Janine, and was run in aid of Oxfam to celebrate International Women’s Day. Oxfam is working towards a world where everyone has enough … Continue reading