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Ultimate travel bags

I’ve been wanting to make myself a weekend bag which doubles as a bag to hold all the stuff I take on planes, including my knitting, and have looked at patterns, thought about designing my own, then put it all on the back burner as being too hard, as I wanted something quite specific. I […]

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Liquid soap and a soap update

After my last post I had several people ask about liquid soap so thought I’d do a very quick post on the easiest way to make it. I also had some comments which I will expand on at the end of this post. When making liquid soap I will give the usual exhortations to use […]

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Soap making: what I’ve learned

I have long foregone commercially made soap, opting instead for the handmade option – although not always handmade by me, as I’ve only been making it for a while. I have made quite a bit though and wasn’t going to do a blog post as lots of people have done them, but when I was […]

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Two hats are better than one!

Every summer I seem to want a new hat and I had already made one for this summer, but decided that I wanted another one, or even two! I once again used the Vintage Pattern Lending Library pattern that I won in last year’s Designin December (details of this year’s challenge here). I found the […]

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So Sew Easy Hoodie, take two

I made a second So Sew Easy Hoodie as part of the hoodie sewalong on Facebook . I’m a bit hopeless at sewalongs as I don’t wait for each stage but forge ahead, so I’ve managed to finish a couple of weeks early – oops! I bought the fabric at a lovely local shop called Materialise.  I […]

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Thoughts on ageing: the good and the not so good

There is a fairly new hashtag on Instagram which is #sewover50. This is aimed at people over 50 (unsurprisingly), and there have been some fabulous discussions going on. I thought I might add my two bob’s worth as I am now closer to 70 than 60, and am way past 50! I found this quote […]

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