Upcycled and Thrifted Winter Wardrobe

  Last year I decided to try to buy no clothes over winter and to upcycle and use my fabric stash to make as many things as possible. I wanted to see if I would feel I was missing out and to see if I could make being sustainable fun. I found that I really…

Stuck like glue

This is a short-ish post about glue. It does what it says on the tube! I’ve had many a problem finding the right glue for a job and there are so many out there. I have shelves in the garage, hanging with cobwebs, on which sit half empty, dried out and now useless glues. I’ve bought glues…

Lets do the Time Warp again

I checked my email inbox this morning and saw an advert for zombie skin. I was momentarily perplexed, not a great advert for moisturiser I thought, until I remembered it’s Halloween tomorrow. Time to do the Time Warp again.. it’s just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right…   I haven’t got my…

Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive

You’ve got to accentuate the positive Eliminate the negative Latch on to the affirmative Don’t mess with Mister In-Between Sod Mister In-Between, that’s what I say. Well, when life ain’t a bowl of cherries and I need to perk up. I think of this song. I first heard it years ago on The Singing Detective,…

Seeing Red

Apparently green makes you think more creatively. Red though is my favourite, it yells confidence (orange speaks it but red yells) So even though I could definitely do with a bit of eye makeup and a smudge of lipstick…and maybe a little blusher, the red was what I needed today. It works too, I’ve always loved…

Rip it up and start again

  I could do a blog post of out takes this week. I’ve started several things destined for the bin. Not everything I make is successful. Take this skirt: The only time I wore it was the day these photos were taken. I hated it, it was too big and I felt rubbish in it….

Around (a lot of) the UK in a seven days

We drove anticlockwise around England and Wales last week, a sort of mini road trip. Starting in Cambridge we headed north up the eastern side of the country. Once at the top, having called in on relatives to say hello, we headed west, across to Carlisle. We spent the night in an airbnb, an old…

All about ‘Clothes, Music, Boys’

It could be you’ve already read this book – it was published in 2014, so I’ve taken time discovering it. It was lent to me by my daughter after she in turn was lent it by her friend. It sat on the table while I finished another book but I was itching to start it….

Lazy Layered Sunday

A late Saturday night meant I needed a laid back Sunday. I wanted to feel cosy and do relaxing things that felt effortless. Layers are the thing when I feel like that, loose, cool, comfortable. Perfect for a bit of snipping and pruning. I bought the dress, which had long sleeves, from eBay. After cutting…

Purposefully Re-purposing

What to do with a dress that’s too tight, pallets that are blocking the driveway and a broken necklace chain? If you live in my house you find a new use for them. The dress with a too tight top became a waistcoat… How did that ever fit right round the front? It must have shrunk…

Of Buttons, Bags and Beads

I haven’t been to a good vintage fair for ages, so  when a friend suggested one at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, I agreed immediately. It’s a lovely setting, in the courtyard surrounded by Jacobean buildings. Also lovely to get together friends we hadn’t seen for a while. The skirt I’m wearing came from ebay, I took…

One fine day

In celebration of the sunshine, I took some photos of the garden flowers. It felt so good to be outside!   The fruit and veggies are doing well too, they’ve been well watered! It’s amazing what can be grown in the smallest vegetable garden; just a raised bed and a few boxes! The fruit is…