It’s oh so quiet….

I’m still here!
Apologies for the lack of posts.
I have been working away like made on the book AND the new website, and am pleased to report that significant progress is being made on both…!

Here’s an update:

The Book-Make Do and Mend-able Back to Basics
I originally, naively, embarked on this project as part of a 30 day challenge. In June. It is now waaaaaaay more than 30 days (!) and has been a huge learning curve. It’s also been hampered by some new EU VAT laws that affect the selling of digital content, but I think I’m nearly there now!
All the content is finally done after quite a bit of to-ing and fro-ing and for a variety of reasons needing to bring some new contributors on board.
So, here’s the final list:

Chapter 1 – Source it! Finding secondhand supplies and equipment for Make Do and Mend – Me!
Chapter 2 – Learn to Love your Sewing Machine – Lauren Guthrie, from series 1 of the Great British Sewing Bee, and owner of guthrie & ghani
Chapter 3 – Sew it! Basics of hand sewing – Tamara Melvin, from series 2 of the Great British Sewing Bee, who blogs at The Green Thimble as well as teaching sewing and upcycling classes, and yoga too!
Chapter 4 – Button it! How to sew on a button – Zoe Robinson of The Good Wardrobe-the style sharing community hub that is the antithesis of fast fashion
Chapter 5 – Hem it! How to sew/alter a hem – Ginny Farquhar of Alice and Ginny, co-author of three sewing books, and blogger at Sweetmyrtle
Chapter 6 – Patch it! How to repair your clothes with a patch – Jo Poole aka The Dress Doctor
Chapter 7 – Remake it! How to produce a pattern from an existing garment, so you can make it again and again! – Franki Campbell-creative pattern cutter and zero waste deisgner
Chapter 8 – Unpick and Knit Again – Joanne Scrace – knitwear and crochet designer at Not so Granny
Chapter 9 – Knit it! How to knit – Alison Nurton and Caroline Bradshaw at Butterfly Bright-a treasure trove of fabrics, haberdashery and yarn in Dorset
Chapter 10 – Crochet it! How to crochet – Kat Goldin of Slugs on the Refrigerator and author of Crochet at Play, and Hook, Stitch & Give
Chapter 11 – Tom says Darn it! – How to darn with darning king Tom of Holland!
Chapter 12 – Love Your Clothes for Longer – Caroline Hannam, wardrobe mistress in the West End, currently working on The History Boys UK tour, and Dance til Dawn
Chapter 13 – Clean it! – Natural methods for keeping your house clean – Emma Northcott of Mommy Emu, a blog all about living more simply
Chapter 14 – Upcycle it! – An introduction to upcycling with Lynn Haughton of the Upcycle Movement
hapter 15 – Re-paint it! – Breathe new life into old furniture with a lick of paint – Trixie Bradley of Lovingly Made Ltd
Chapter 16 – Re-cover it! – Simple upholstery by Becky Striepe of Crafting a Green World – the home for eco-friendly crafts
Chapter 17 – Plug it! – How to re-wire a plug – Bright Sparks, Islington’s re-use and repair project
Chapter 18 – Seal it! – How to fix a puncture – Angela Walker from CycleBoost
hapter 19 – sugru it! – An introduction to sugru-the new wonder fixing material – Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh, inventor and CEO of sugru

And here’s a sneak peek of the front cover….

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The new Make Do and Mend-able website
The designers have worked their magic and handed over the reins for me to have a play and start populating it.
Once all the bugs are ironed out, and I]m happy that there is enough content on there to start with, I’ll be putting it LIVE!! Hopefully in the next couple of weeks 🙂
Here’s a couple of screen shots to tease you with…

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I’m very excited and not a little bit scared, but I really hope that both projects will be useful resources and well received!

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  • Reply #mmaw2015-My First Make! | My Make Do and Mend Year February 14, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    […] reason found it really hard to get started. I think with young kids around, and a blog to blog, a new website to populate, and a book to finish, I always had some other pull on my time, and then I was struck down a horrid […]

  • Reply Polythene Pam January 26, 2015 at 11:24 am

    dowser the web page looks great – so does the book! Exciting times.

    • Reply Jen January 27, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks so much!!

  • Reply Lindsay (treadingmyownpath) January 25, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Looks great Jen, so exciting! I was wondering what was happening with it all… : )

    • Reply Jen January 27, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      It feels like they have both taken FOREVER!! Hopefully be ready very soon….!

  • Reply lovinglymadeltd January 24, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    It sounds and looks brilliant.
    We’ll done.
    Such an achievement
    You should be so proud of yourself.
    Can’t wait to read it all.
    Lovingly Made love
    Trixie x

    • Reply Jen January 24, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks so much Trixie! And thanks for all your hard work 🙂

  • Reply downmyfront January 23, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Can’t wait…looks amazing! !

    • Reply Jen January 24, 2015 at 4:45 pm


  • Reply Zoe @ecothrifty January 23, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    That all sounds very exciting! I’m looking forward to having a read!

    • Reply Jen January 24, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks Zoe!

  • Reply Thrifty Lesley January 23, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Wow, what a fabulous resource it will all be. The blog, the Facebook pages, the book and now the website as well. Blimmin well done missus

    • Reply Jen January 24, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks so much Lesley 🙂

  • Reply Krafty Karen January 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Exciting times – looking forward to the book

    • Reply Jen January 24, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks Karen!

  • Reply Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork January 23, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Jen the book looks amazing, I am so excited about it!

    • Reply Jen January 24, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      Awwww, thankyou Eline!

  • Reply amandarevellwalton January 23, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Hi Jen, Drop me a line if you want me to pitch a feature on you and your book to the national press – I’m thinking they’d be interested… All the best, Amanda x

    Amanda Revell Walton

    National Journalist (Freelance)


    Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:51:40 +0000 To:

    • Reply Jen January 24, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      I will do Amanda, thankyou!

  • Reply Jen January 23, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Good idea re Mothers Day! Will make every effort to have it out before then. Thanks so much for your lovely words 🙂

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