THE BLOG

I have been writing about interesting things since I was about 11 years old when I was given an empty journal by my friend’s mother, Mrs. Peabody. I had always loved writing, and I guess Mrs Peabody (who was a teacher) saw this spark and by giving me a journal was also giving me permission to turn that spark into a flame. I still to this day have a journal that I write in sporadically and it helps me connect with the bigger picture of life.

When I started Make and Do in 2009, I realised that blogging had the potential to connect with people the same way that that old journal of mine did all those years ago. And our posts reflect that – one week it might be about a crafting tool we love, the next about tip or trick we have found that saves time, a great recipe, an App that we think is great or a reminder to take time out for some self-love. A little bit random but isn’t life a bit like that too?

Hands up if you get excited at the thought of a new notebook?

Hands up if you get excited at the thought of a new notebook?

When I travel to foreign countries on my holidays, my lack of the local language is no barrier to finding where the best place to browse the notebook/paper/pen section is. Instead of looking at photos or postcards to remind me of my journeys in the past, notebooks are my visual cue.

How to pick the right fabric for your project

How to pick the right fabric for your project

Finding the right fabric can be a bit tricky but one of the most common sense hints is using what the back of the pattern suggests (it is a suggestion, not a rule!), I would also Google the pattern that you like and see what other fabric people have made it with (makers love to post!) and add that to your list of potential fabrics to consider.

How to start a craft group in your local area

How to start a craft group in your local area

…it certainly adds a new perspective to being crafty when your three year old wants to help you knit, and proceeds to run around the dining table holding the end of your wool!

Would you use Social Media to chase non-payers?

Would you use Social Media to chase non-payers?

The day came and went without much fuss – we came close to finishing the skirt, but I wasn’t concerned that she wouldn’t finish at home (which she had said she was happy to do). She had an architects degree and taught at a local college – she was an intelligent woman who understood the basic structure what we were trying to do. A few weeks after our session, I sent an email via Facebook asking for payment, which came to just under £70. Her reply was that she was putting a cheque in the post and thanked me for reminding her.

How a few small tweaks in Pinterest can make a big difference in who sees your boards

I joined Pinterest back when it first started, and no-one really knew what it’s potential was. Originally, my account was my name and I pinned things that I liked – from ways to decorate a small bathroom to soup recipes. And somewhere in the mix were all the boards on sewing, crocheting, etc. But that all changed about 18 months ago.

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