Ideas for Homemade Valentines Presents

Ideas for Homemade Valentines Presents

I will come straight out at the start of the post and ‘confess’ that I am writing this from the perspective, of a 30 something female, wanting to make a little something for her hubster. An awful lot of the Valentine’s gifts I’ve seen whilst ‘researching’ this post have been lovely. But not, I suspect, … Continue reading

Ideas for Homemade Valentine’s Cards

Ideas for Homemade Valentine’s Cards

You may be more organised than me, and already be all over Valentine’s Day. If you’re not, and like me, want to do a little something, without buying into the whole ‘spend lots of money to tell someone you love how much you love them, on this one special day of the year when you … Continue reading

Enough?

Enough?

BigSmall had the 1st of three birthday parties to attend this weekend. And so the issue of a present raised it’s head again. I really struggle with this. When I drop him off at parties, especially ones where the whole class in invited, and I put the present down on the specially designated present table, … Continue reading

I’m a Hidden Hero!

I’m a Hidden Hero!

Last night, I donned my best (£4.99 charity shop, worn lots of times before) frock, and hubby and I hot-footed it up to Woking to the World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet Centre. For an awards ceremony! I had a wonderful surprise last year when I was informed that I had been nominated for the WWF’s … Continue reading

#mmaw 2015-making a start

#mmaw 2015-making a start

OK, so I am in danger of reaching the end of January and failing in my quest to make an item of clothing a month throughout 2015, before I’ve even started! In the resources post I did a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned the post on Sew Mama Sew by Allie Olsen of Indiesew, … Continue reading

It’s oh so quiet….

I’m still here! Apologies for the lack of posts. I have been working away like made on the book AND the new website, and am pleased to report that significant progress is being made on both…! Here’s an update: The Book-Make Do and Mend-able Back to Basics I originally, naively, embarked on this project as … Continue reading

Easy Thrifty Muffins

Easy Thrifty Muffins

You may have noticed my mild excitement at making butter from cream last week… As well as delicious butter (that I am still astounded tastes like actual butter!) that particular experiment yielded about 150ml of buttermilk as well, which has been sat in my fridge patiently waiting for an opportunity to be used. We were … Continue reading

Make Me a Wardrobe 2015-Ethical Supplies

Make Me a Wardrobe 2015-Ethical Supplies

I blogged earlier on in the week about finding secondhand supplies for dressmaking and crafting, as part of my Make Me a Wardrobe 2015 challenge, to make an item of clothing a month for the year. I love mooching around charity shops and vintage fairs to see what fabulous retro fabrics I can find, and … Continue reading

Homemade Butter!

Homemade Butter!

I was doing the weekly food shop the other day, when I spotted some much reduced double cream, that was on it’s sell by date. I remembered reading somewhere about using double cream to make butter, so I snapped up a couple of pots and hot-footed it home to consult the inter-web! I posted in … Continue reading

Make Me a Wardrobe 2015-Secondhand Supplies

Make Me a Wardrobe 2015-Secondhand Supplies

Making your own clothes will ALWAYS be much more ethical than buying something off from the High Street. BUT I think sometimes it is easy to overlook the environmental impact of cotton and other fabrics, and yarn too. Conventionally farmed cotton uses vast amounts of water (about 200 litres to make a t-shirt) and pesticides. And … Continue reading