Creativity Blog Hop!

I’ve been invited to take part in a Creativity Blog Hop!
You may well be wondering what a Blog Hop is. It kind of does what it says on the tin, and ‘hops’ from one blog to the next, with the aim of introducing people to other blogs, and sharing the love. This Blog Hop involves three questions, around the topic of ‘Creativity’. I answer them, and then nominate two more people for the blog to ‘hop’ on to next.

I was nominated by the marvellous Elizabeth at Margot & Barbara-thankyou! I love Elizabeth’s blog, and not just because it’s named after one of my favourite shows, The Good Life!

Anyway, on with the Hop.

1. What have been the doings, making, scribblings at your desk over the past week or so

We have been away for a few days this week, so not a huge amount of Making, or Doing, or even Scribbling has been going on!
I seem to have started stuff, and got stuck, and now need to work up the enthusiasm to finish them.
I am trying to make a bag out of a pair of trousers.

Trouser bag1
It was all going well, until I tried to line it with an old shirt, and then I didn’t quite get the measuring accurate at all enough (story of my sewing life..!), and it didn’t fit in properly, and I had to unpick it all. Very dis-heartening.
I am also trying to convert some wide leg 3/4 length jeans into slim leg ones. Without the aid of any instructions. I thought I would just ‘give it a go’. I’ve done one side, and it looks kind of ok. Now I am just struggling to work out how to make the other side the same…!

2. Where are you currently finding your inspiration

I am totally LOVING Thursday nights and #makedoandmendhour. 
Every week, I learn something new, and pick up some fabulous Make Do and Mend tips. It is also hugely inspiring to see so many people join in each week, and that it’s not just me who is so passionate about Making Do and Mending. And that other people are doing it too!

Kirstie’s Fill Your House for Free has one more episode left in the series (at the time of writing!) and I know I have enthused endlessly about it on the blog, but please forgive me, because I love it!
I love the way that it is bringing Upcycling, and Making Do and Mending to the masses. It is starting a conversation about re-use with a whole big section of the general public, who may never have given it a second thought. I get that some of the projects are a bit crazy, and that lots of the things aren’t 100% free, but it’s hugely inspiring, and makes a Make Do and Mend lifestyle something to aspire to, not something to look down on, or do because you have no other choice.

I am also being a little bit too inspired by This Old Thing with the marvellous Dawn O’Porter.


I am not really a clothes horse, and part of me thinks that I really should just Make Do with my wardrobe full of perfectly functional clothes. But then I see some of the gorgeous vintage stuff that Dawn wears, (and she wears it so well) and it’s all so lovely, and it’s not new, and I WANT IT!!!

Both Fill Your House and This Old Thing have made me look around my house, and my wardrobe, and I’m hoping will give me a kick up the butt to get on and make some changes!

3) How important is being creative to you, & how do you blend this with your work/life/family balance

I never really thought I was ‘creative’. Certainly at school, I was never ‘arty’. I am a scientist by training and by profession, but the creative side to me, that I kept well buried for a long time, was revealed when I decided to learn to sew a few months after BigSmall was born.
And the rest, as they say, is history!

As for balance, I don’t think I do balance very well.
As hubby will tell you (with a slightly weary look on his face), I am kind of an ‘all-or-nothing’ type.
I am lucky in that the work I do can be done at weekends, when the Smalls can be entertained by hubby.
But I am not good at the blog/life/family balance. I love the blog, but it is really hard to fit in all the things that I want to do.
I’m busy compiling the new Make Do and Mend-able Back to Basics e-book; trying to sort out all the nitty gritty boring tech stuff for the new Make Do and Mend-able website;
keeping this blog going; making stuff and mending stuff, and then blogging about it; and occupying two awesome, noisy, demanding, wonderful, exuberant Small boys during the summer holidays. Let’s just say that my evenings are pretty jam-packed…

And now for my nominations!

1) Emma from Mommy Emu
Emma’s blog is fabulous. And Emma is one of the most organised people I have ever met. I am totally in awe of her! Being so organised gives her much more time to be creative, and she is hugely productive, and actually gets on and makes loads of stuff, rather than doing what I do, which is spend my time on Pinterest, looking at all the stuff I want to make, and then wondering why I have no time to make it!

2) Jenni from A Cheerful Living Adventure
Jenni’s blog never fails to make me smile. I love getting her blog posts in my in-box! She has a great knack of focussing on the little things, that are really the big things-the things that make you smile. And she also does crazy things like knit dishcloths. How can you not like someone who knits dishcloths?!





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