Love the life you live

Sometimes I get an ear worm, a song that, once heard, keeps going around in my head. This also happens with quotes I’ve heard,  half of one that’s been with me for a long time is in the title above. The whole quote goes; ‘Its not about living the life you love but loving the…

In the pink, floral inspiration

I saw these flowers… I know they look a bit raggedy but the colours, wow, I love that combination. It reminded me of a scrap of fabric I had that I’ve featured before, that became a skirt… that lasted until I decided to unpick it: I was fully intending to turn it into a cushion…

Brightening up the grey days of January – part 2

  It’s the fourth week of January and until now we’ve had no more than around six hours of sunshine (although today is making a liar out of me, it started damp and grey but the sun has come out, it’s so good I feel like running down the street with my face to the…

Brightening up the grey days of January

The decorations are gone and the sun has yet to show it’s face this week. The skies are iron grey. It’s days like these where music, light and having lots to do keep me feeling good. We decided on Saturday that, despite the biting cold we would venture to Ely for lunch and a look…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Vintage Rules

It does AND there are none! Or at least only the rules you make for yourself, which you can change and break at will. I’ve loved vintage forever, it wasn’t called vintage back then though, it was second hand, or, even less charmingly called, junk. Call it vintaging, upcycling, re purposing, chazza shopping ( I love that…

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,…

Ignoring 9 to 5 and enjoying the rest

I’ve been working for most of the week, the less said about that the better, but that’s not to say there haven’t been a few high spots. I managed a trip to the cinema to see Elle yesterday evening. Isabelle Huppert is amazing and at 64 she looks stunning, wow. Not that age matters but it’s…