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?

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.

Can you craft your way to mindfulness?

Can you craft your way to mindfulness?

In my last newsletter, I wrote about how I have added yoga as part of my mix of "things to do for me".  I know I shouldn't tell you this, but it has made a difference in my sleep, which was erratic at best and at the worst of times, elusive. I can even feel myself...

How to get your crafting project published

How to get your crafting project published

Getting your crafting project published in a magazine (either in print or on-line) isn’t as difficult as it may seem. These magazines rely on people contributing to their content – the key it is to find the right magazine for your craft project, find the person to...

What to do if you lose steam with your social media updates?

What to do if you lose steam with your social media updates?

I had this post on the Studio Facebook page earlier this month and I thought I would share it with you but also include my remedy to the Weymss School of Needlecraft's malady! I know how hard it is to find time to post your social media updates - especially if you are...

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