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….

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 wet week in July

  It started raining and didn’t really stop. A weekend barbeque… The host valiantly struggling on, under an umbrella. Until, finally, he gave up; we ate inside. Then, just when we had finished, we were treated to fifteen minutes of sunshine. Those fifteen minutes between showers are very welcome.. but, where is the rest of…

They call me mellow yellow

We’ve been continuing to practise using Brian. The latest excursion was to a campsite in Suffolk, where every other caravan was polished and new and almost everyone wandered over to take a look at our little curiosity . We had some lovely comments and everyone liked him. Many of the visitors peppered their sentences with ‘boho’…

The Art of upcycling

I was browsing the charity shops last week and I came across a window display advertising the CirculART trail, which shows the work of artists and craftspeople who make things from re-purposed materials. The displays in Charity shops in Cambridge this month are being used to highlight the work that charity shops do to cut…

A mixed bag

  My computer is playing up and until now I haven’t been able to write. It’s not behaving now and this is taking me ages and I’m losing the will to write but I’m determined to do so, between gritted teeth! It’s the middle of A level exam time and my students had mixed feelings about the…