Home – Building Your Own Conservatory

Living in our cottage has been three and a half years spent coming up with clever storage solutions and making the most of every nook and cranny. We have pondered the addition of a conservatory for extra space over the last year and the soon arrival of a third person to the cottage is a perfect reason to get started.   If there’s one thing Sam … Continue reading Home – Building Your Own Conservatory

Stash Busting – How to Make a Cable Drum Footstool

Hands up fellow sewers, dressmakers and crafters who else is guilty of a HUGE fabric scrap pile?! In a bid to do my bit in not being wasteful, at the end of each project I dutifully collect any ‘useable’ scraps and scurry them away into my scraps bag… Which is almost bursting to the seams! So I’ve set myself a challenge to use them, one … Continue reading Stash Busting – How to Make a Cable Drum Footstool

Christmas Gone Too Fast? Upcycle: Christmas Wreath to Winter Wreath

The twelfth night of Christmas, time for the tree to go (if it hasn’t already) and for the decorations to be put away until later this year. Why does everything have to go away though? I always think the house looks so bare for the first few weeks without the glistening Christmas treasures so I set about to see what I could turn into ‘Winter … Continue reading Christmas Gone Too Fast? Upcycle: Christmas Wreath to Winter Wreath

Me Made May: Week Two 

This week I have definitely realised some wardrobe gaps in my me made wardrobe, which I knew would happen as I don’t have the most extensive collection of handmade clothes. I really want to make some casual, comfy and plain tops to wear around the house so hopefully I will get around to that soon. (Be warned: There’s a couple of rubbish selfies coming up … Continue reading Me Made May: Week Two 

When Colour Runs

I bought this vintage fabric and it’s been sat begging to be turned into some retro flared summer trousers. I thought I would make a pair using my tried and tested Simplicity 7087 pattern, like my Retro Tweed Flares     Off for a pre-wash it went… Sob, I have spent all morning trying to fit my pattern pieces around the leaks of colour but despite … Continue reading When Colour Runs

Percy the Cat’s Favourite Upcycle

I love putting things to good use that may have otherwise been thrown away. After carpeting the landing and the spare bedroom we had some small carpet scraps left which were too small for carpeting but big enough to make us think surely these can be used for something. Well, here is our finished cat scratching post for Percy. We used some wood that Sam … Continue reading Percy the Cat’s Favourite Upcycle