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…

It Ain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It)

I had a bit of a Bananarama vibe going on over the weekend. It started with a small square of Indian cotton, measuring  about 1 metre (more of this later). I couldn’t think of anything that could be made with it that I needed or wanted, until I came across an old denim mini skirt,…

All work and no play…

Made me a very dull girl. In a moment of madness I agreed to teach an Easter holiday revision course. The college I tutor for asked me last year and it seemed so far off that I said yes. Fast forward to the start of last week and having already spent hours preparing,  I  was…

Planning a revamp for a monochrome upstairs landing

If you’ve ever heard the song ‘Walk out to winter’ by Aztec camera you’ll have some idea of what greets me when I open my bedroom door each morning. Okay this is a black and white photograph but the colour version looks virtually the same! As a lover of colour, with a house that has…

A stitch in time

It may well save nine but has also saved my sanity this week. I’ve kept my head down and sewed and crocheted my way through the pre Christmas madness, until today that is. Today I went in to town, finally to face the hordes spending money like water. In some places it was a case of forming…

Time will pass you by

I’ve been reminiscing over the past couple of days. It all started when I was clearing out a cupboard and I came across an old skirt. Not just any skirt mind you, this skirt has been with me since I was 15, it was made to dance in, specifically to Northern Soul dance in. I…

It ain’t what you do (it’s the way that you do it)

I didn’t really do much last week; when I got to thinking about what to write in this week’s blog I realised that there wasn’t much to say. I didn’t do anything particularly exciting so I decided to go through the week and think about what I’d achieved. Whilst there was nothing big I actually did…