Creative Upcycling Competition

Have I ever told you I’m a last minute person? Today is the closing date for an upcycling competition being held by Korbond, with a prize of a sewing machine its got to be worth an entry! This week I read a great article “It can take an incredible 2700 liters of water to produce … Read more

DIY Valentines heart and key picture

UPcycle Keys into Heart Picture

Remember the large box of keys my husband brought home for me to upcycle?? It prompted some thoughts about keys, the symbolism of our homes. If we are fortunate our home can mean so much; warmth, stability, security. I thought it would be fun to create a picture of former childhood homes brought together to … Read more

Product Photography At Home, Craftsy Class – Review

This post contains affiliate links I am always striving to improve my photography skills. Good images are essential to running a blog and Etsy shop. But it is always an area I feel I can improve on. I am fortunate to have a DSLR and am comfortable using the aperture settings, but that’s about it… … Read more

Shibori Trend – DIY Denim Heart Pencil Case

Who doesn’t love a new pencil case? As a child I used to love the ritual of shopping for stationary as part of the back to school routine. Today I am going to share this gorgeous heart pencil case tutorial – combining shibori, upcycling denim and my love of stationary! I confess to spending far … Read more

DIY house doorstop tutorial

How to sew a doorstep, use your own home as inspiration

I love sewing for friends and family when it involves creativity (shortening trousers is not quite so interesting!). A recent whats app conversation with my sister – in -law led to the plan to sew her a doorstop. The family live in Amsterdam, in a property they purchased in 2016. I am yet to visit … Read more

Ideas for upcycling old keys

Upcycling Old Keys, have fun making creations/animals with keys

My husband surprised me with a gift of a rather large collection of old keys. My kind of present… It has led to contemplation about DIY projects involving keys.   On a rather wet and miserable day, my husband and the children had great fun creating animals for the keys. I love the sculptural animals. … Read more

Sewing your way to organization with fabulous DIY storage solutions

The holiday season is over, the weekend was lovely. We stretched the season out with a trip to the pantomime plus my daughters birthday celebrations. But its time to get the house straight. I don’t know about you but I have an urge to clean and tidy the house – to get organized. Is it … Read more

DIY Sweater Hot Water Bottle Cover

How to make a Sweater-Hot-Water-Bottle-cover-with-perosnalized-name-label-Free-tutorial-on-the-blo (1)

Today I finished all Christmas makes.. a bit overdue. A friend asked me to make her a sweater hot water bottle cover for her friend Rick. She created me a template out of paper with the promise of a cover to come. I have used a cotton rib jumper, having failed to find a wool … Read more

Review of 2016, I need your help for 2017

2016 has been a varied and exciting year for me. There are┬ámany more tutorials added to the blog, which are always popular. A personal highlight was taking part in the 12 days of Christmas DIY Challenge‘s organised by Jill at Creating my Way to Success. During the 12 days I published ten tutorials. I love … Read more