Posted in December 2013

The Year that Was

The Year that Was

So as we prepare to say “So long” to 2013, here is the obligatory Make Do and Mend Review. This may well bore some of you to tears, and I apologise if that is the case. But I know there are some new followers out there, who may not have been reading all year, and … Continue reading

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Following on from yesterday’s post and the cliffhanger I left you all with… here is the Hot Chocolate part of the Hot Chocolate Kit. I originally intended to just decant some posh hot chocolate powder into a little bag, with some marshmallows and maybe a candy cane, but then I came across ths recipe for … Continue reading

It’s a Miracle!

It’s a Miracle!

I have discovered the miracle that is a Sharpie pen, a ceramic mug, and an oven, and I have seen the light! I have seen lots of pins on Pinterest, but always doubted that it would work, but it does-hallelujah! Sooooo, this is what I made for hubby’s niece for Christmas-a hot chocolate kit in … Continue reading

A Cracking Time….

Dodgy post title, sorry. BUT amid huge excitement (mostly mine), this year, on our Christmas table, we had re-usable crackers! I am sure you can all understand my excitement at this massive step forward in our human evolution 🙂 Every year for the last few years, making Christmas crackers has been on my Christmas ‘To-do … Continue reading

Fail!

Post Christmas greetings to you all! Hope you all had a lovely time, ate too much and Santa was kind to you. And that you are making sure you use up all your leftovers 🙂 I thought I would share with you one of my less succesful makes from this Christmas, to give you a … Continue reading

Happy Christmas!

Wishing you all a wonderful, peaceful Christmas. Thankyou so much each and every one of you for all your support and kind messages, inspiration and encouragement over the last year. Here’s hoping that Christmas brings you more than presents-that it brings you love, and friendship and family, good times and happy memories. Happy Christmas everyone!

Last Minute Gifts #2

This one is a bit of a cheat, and is an update on last year’s Ginger Fudge,  which was an adaptation of Nigella’s Dark Chocolate and Pistachio Fudge from Nigella Express. This is Christmas Pudding Fudge, and it is quite delicious! This is what you need: 350g dark chocolate, or a combination of milk and dark-the more … Continue reading

Last Minute Gifts #1

Last Minute Gifts #1

OK, so because I have been less than organised this year, most of the presents we are giving are still being made, which I am aware is less than helpful for anyone else who was hoping to find some ideas here for things to make themselves. So big grovelling apologies. No real excuses. Just a … Continue reading

The 2013 Tree!

The 2013 Tree!

After last year’s Egg Box Tree egg-cellence we knew we had our work cut out to come up with something as special for this years. And I think we may have pulled it out of the bag. Proudly presenting…. the 2013 Make Do and Mend Christmas Tree…. made from…. And here it is at night … Continue reading

Homemade cards

Homemade cards

How shocking is it, that last year we bought no new cards to send at Christmas, yet we still have a stash left that means we have only had to make the odd few. Were we stockpiling for some kind of card related emergency? Or just in the habit of buying more each year ‘just … Continue reading