Monday, 23 February 2015

Telephone Library

A few weeks ago I came across this amazing telephone library in the East Sussex village of Piddinghoe.  I was really taken with it.  I intended to go home and google it but it turns out I didn't have to, by coincidence I read this article on the My make do and mend year blog and in this months The Simple Things magazine and it turns out it's a thing.  Communities up and down the country have been turning their iconic red phone boxes into little libraries after being given the opportunity to buy them for £1.  It's re purposing at it's very finest and it's wonderfully thrifty.  

I have read a few articles about the death of the high street (you know the ones the ones that blame charity shops) and I often wonder about alternatives to shops and community spaces.  I have read articles which paint a bleak world without the rampant consumerism we are used too a world in which we would all become isolated, stuck behind 4 walls with only our computers for company.   We often read about the heart being ripped out of villages when they loose their shop or pub but we are a resilient species and we find wonderfully diverse ways in which to connect with each other and I think that the telephone library really demonstrates this.  Do any of you live near a telephone library?


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Love Your Clothes and Everything in Colour event

I was contacted by the good people at Rarely Ears Lipstick about this fabulous event at the FARA workshop tomorrow evening.  Love your Clothes have teamed up with Everything in Colour to bring you a creative evening of upcycled embellishment wonder.  Unfortunately I am unable to attend (small people rarely allow for evenings out in London on a school night). 

The purpose of this event is to encourage people to upcycle their own clothes to extending the shelf life or to think about buying clothes that have been re purposed.  Making an item of clothing from your wardrobe after just 9 months longer can reduce the carbon, after and waste impact of our wardrobes by 20%  But I must highlight here that not only will you be doing your bit to help the planet you will also end up with unique one off pieces of clothing.....It's a win win.   

Check out these amazing examples of their upcycled clothing.  I'm feeling so very inspired tonight.

If you are in London tomorrow evening you could be in for a creative treat.... do join the friendly folk over at Love your Clothes and Everything in Colour.  I look forward to hearing about it.

Information and images courtesy of Love Your Clothes and Everything in Colour/FARA Workshop 


Monday, 16 February 2015

And that was Valentines Day

I apologise for the glut of Valentines posts on the blog.  I just wanted to share some things we made to celebrate Valentines Day.  I know some people can't stand the day and I have had an uneasy relationship with it in the past.  Seeds and Stitches has some great posts on other types of love including self love.  These posts are wonderfully uplifting and provide a perfect antidote to the smug Valentines posts, for which I include this post. So here we have it my thrifty Valentines.....

Heart Garland

Frieda did some painting on some old cardboard boxes and I cut out heart shapes and strung them on some twine.  A cheap as chips garland.  

Birds of a Feather

I got hold of some Pheasant feathers and put them into an old coffee jar.  I cut out a little bird motif and did some printing and hey presto a 'birds of a feather jar' For the card I used a feather and ink to make a print.

Love Card

My partner beat me at my own D.I.Y game and made this 3.D card, which had confetti hearts (not pictured) that showered out.  

So there we have it......I won't mention it again I promise.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

D.I.Y Valentines Day

In my old life I avoided Valentines day at all costs, well I tried too anyway, In my waitressing days it was actually impossible to avoid.  But if truth be told i'm actually quite fond of the day especially now as it's mine and my partner's anniversary.  At first I didn't like the fact that our special day had to be shared with millions of other couples but i've been won over by valentines day particularly in our quest to avoid other couples.  We always stay in because we never want to pay Valentines prices and we never want to see any other couples.  We always have a thrifty D.I.Y Valentines involving food and booze and candles and home made gifts.  My partner usually writes me a song.  Smug and cheesy? well yes maybe we are! We are probably the sort of couple we would want to avoid at all costs in a restaurant. 

Last year I made my partner a Jar of Love which contained 52 little heart shaped love notes. A sort of Valentines year long advent jar.  

I'm yet to decide what i'm going to make for my partner but I have a few ideas up my sleeve. I have been pinning a few ideas over on pinterest.

Follow Hannah Taylor's board DIY Valentines on Pinterest.

Follow Hannah Taylor's board Edible Valentines day on Pinterest.

How about you do you celebrate Valentines Day?

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

And that was January

It took me a little while to get my winter mojo this year but me and winter are now completely in the throws of a lovely relationship.  January has been a good month. The key to it's success has been sleep, I have succumbed to sleep this month.  I'm a slow person, I like to be busy and I like to seek out new things but I have always liked to do things at my own pace, taking time to breath and adjust.  Since having Frieda life has felt a little bit like the accelerator peddle has been on for the whole journey but this month I slowed things right down.  

At the start of the month I had plans; craft projects to start, house decorating, new skills to learn but I paused and then succumbed to sleep, call it slow January if you will.  I have spent time in the present, which is something I have struggled with a little since having Frieda (who am I kidding it's something I have always struggled with).  It have been lovely spending quality time with Frieda rather than half focusing on her and half thinking/trying to do a million other things.  

I have little to share with you this month...... to busy getting early nights and living in the present really.  January has been about, blankets, cartoons, nourishing food, a stretch of the legs here and a meet up with friends there and it has been kind.  Has January treated you kindly? 


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