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#makedoandmendhour 11th September

September 12, 2014

Hurray-I’m back! I think.
I’ve still got lots to do with the book and the new website, but SmallSmall has just started pre-school (eeek!) so I now have some regular child-free time. For the first time in SIX years!
There will be no stopping me….

So back on the horse, and off we go with a round up of this week’s marvellous #makedoandmendhour!

Pics we shared:

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1. @CountrySkills had an original 1970’s pattern she was starting to use, but not wanting to spoil it, she was tracing the pattern first-that’s dedication for you!
2. @GDUKStyle had a whole heap of button-y inspiration for us-with this button initial, a button bag (3) and a button lamp (4)
5. Fabulous looking batch of damson jam from @jmdland
6. and 7. Beautiful upcycled glassware from @DecadiaDesigns
8. @mommyemu has been busy again, and made this fabulous skirt from old t-shirts!
9. @MintyMoose has used old maps to decorate these cute Scotty Dog magnets
10. In previous #makedoandmendhours, we have seen how @BBWS_CIC’s community veg plot has been progressing. Now they have a raised bed made from offcuts of wood that a neighbour was throwing out
11. and 12. Patched jeans! From @PracticalLou and @Maker_of_Things
13. Some very large courgettes, and some less large squashes from the garden of @sweetmyrtle-she’s planning to make some ‘garden soup’
14. Patched pants! These are pant-tastic! Am in awe of @DalkeyDan 🙂
15. @PracticalLou wins the prize for the biggest Make Do and Mend project of the night-a whole house!
16. and 17. @Maker_of_Things has been busy again, re-building Vitorian doors, and welding some parts on his truck
18. Loving this bag made from juice cartons by @ShabbySheUK
19. Following last week’s #makedoandmendhour, @mehubbyandkids contacted her local wood recycling centre, and managed to source some pallets to make a decking area in her garden-result!
20. A spot of visible mending from @RachaelHodgetts
21. The super talented @sweetmyrtle made this gorgeous shirt for her hubby for his birthday-what a a lucky man!

There was a plea for help from @RachaelHodgetts-her son’s school shirt (which has an embroidered badge on it) has an ink stain on it:
Ink stain help needed @RachaelHodgetts

Suggestions included:
-covering it with a badge or patch
– trying to bleach the area-using diluted bleach and applying with a paintbrush
-sprinkle with salt, then rub with a lemon and rinse
– ammonia-this was from @DalkeyDan’s stain book-I LOVE that she has a stain book!
Any other suggestions from you guys? If you leave them in the comments, I can pass them on to Rachael via Twitter 🙂

We had another thread going in response to the question posed by @ahousewifeswork “How do you all prepare for the cold months in your homes?”
Answers included: wearing more layers; adding lining to curtains; making draught excluders; knitting big things (they keep you warm while you are knitting!); hanging curtains over the front door; doing keep fit DVDs in the lounge!; chopping wood ready for the fire; how water bottles; warming bricks in the oven, to put in the bed!; which led on to making heat packs from dried chickpeas in a fabric bag-leave them in a low oven or Aga and then use them to warm the bed; and finally, casseroles instead of salads!

And @DecadiaDesigns asked for help with drilling through glass. She wants to make this gorgeous cup and saucer set into a light:
Glass cups and saucers for upcycling @DecadiaDesignsShe was advised to use a special diamond tipped drill bit, or a special glass drill bit. And then @Maker_of_Things advised to use a little putty around the hole location, and to add a little pool of light oil into the putty ring wall. Then drill slowly through the glass into some wood behind-top tips!

Links we shared: 

All in all, another fabulous #makedoandmendhour. I say it every week, but I really do learn something new each time!
Thankyou so much to everyone who joined in, and shared pictures and top tips 🙂

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  • Reply Louisa September 12, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Some great projects. Sorry I missed it. I’d love to see how the 1970s dress pattern turns out. (do you have an instagram hashtag?)

    • Reply Jen September 12, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      I’m on instagram (@makedoandmend-able) but keep forgetting about it and not updating it!

  • Reply Trixie - lovingly made September 12, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Loved reading your article this morning! Certainly will be looking for some inspiration with home made glue!
    As, always it is fabulous to see so many of us getting busy and creative!
    Bring it on!

    • Reply Jen September 12, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      It’s fab isn’t it Trixie?! Let us know if you try the homemade glue..!

  • Reply Maryom September 12, 2014 at 10:33 am

    What a busy week everyone had! Mine was mainly spent in the kitchen freezing allotment produce – necessary but not particularly interesting.

    If all Rachael’s efforts to remove that stain fail,would it be possible to cut out the badge and appliqué or bondaweb it to a cheap alternative?

    • Reply Jen September 12, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Good going with the freezing!
      Might be a good solution for Rachael-or her school might have pre-loved shirts?

    • Reply Rae Hodgetts September 12, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      That sounds feasible. Thanks for the suggestion!

      • Reply Maryom September 13, 2014 at 8:52 am

        Hope it’s salvageable in some way – school uniforms are SO expensive! (Glad we’re free of that now)

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