Layla Bag Pattern review

I love this bag – its different from any bag I have made or owned. Designed by Sarah Gido of Cosy Nest Designs, the Layla Bag can be worn over the shoulder or carried by its handles. As usual with pattern testing for Sarah I learnt some new skills – on this occasion it was the … Read more

Empty nest syndrome…

Have you noticed a fortnights silence? probably the longest since I started blogging. The tot (start again) our son started school. In many ways this has been a smooth transition, we have had no tears at drop off. The school, our second choice, is friendly and supportive. He’s learning to read with text books, much to his and our … Read more

#zerowasteweek Round Up

Have you been following this week? Are you signed up to zero waste newsletter? Rachelle writes inspirational newsletters not to be missed. Additionally there’s been posts from fellow zero waste blog ambassadors “We in the West live in a time of apparent abundance. ‘Stuff’ is everywhere. And it’s cheaper than it’s ever been before. It is … Read more

Cardboard Train #festivalofthrift

Have you heard about Fesitval of Thrift? It sounds amazing – “The Festival shows you how reusing, recycling and up cycling can be fun, save you money and benefit the environment”. With a packed program of events including demonstrations and workshops for all ages to get involved with, the Festival of Thrift aims to show … Read more

10+ Free Patterns for Recycled Bags

The theme for this years Zero Waste week is reuse, why not refashion clothes into bags – I love the challenge and creativity involved in this. It costs little, have a go:) Here are my top 10 plus tutorials for upcycling clothes into bags. Loving this sweater bag from Renegade Seamstress – Taking less than … Read more

#zerowasteweek Reuseing our Christmas Tree

If you are a fan of Pinterest you may recognize the concept of our branch Christmas tree. We had great fun decorating our tree. The kids chose bright baubles from the charity shop and I coped with a bit of bling. After the Christmas was over we decided to keep the tree, decorating monthly per the seasons. Its fun … Read more

Make your own phone case with upcycled ties

I recently received a request for an upcycled tie phone case, with a sketched design. The idea to make the most of the tie shape and highlight the shape in the finished phone case. This seems an ideal tutorial to share as part of zero waste week – perfect for the reuse theme this year. … Read more

Reuse #zerowasteweek 2015

Today is the start of Zero Waste Week.  I am super excited to be a blogging ambassador. Last year it was a real highlight of my blogging year. The focus of the week changed some habits for the better in our household, I “met” some great bloggers and had great fun fusing plastic bags to create … Read more