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Make, Do, Mend: Sweet little presents for the wee ones…

We have some pretty special little people in our lives. And there is nothing more fun than finding little presents to give them. Once again Pinterest is our best friend (surprise)!

Here’s few fun little pressie ideas that I crafted to our sweet little friends. Also because they are not wallet busting it doesn’t matter if these little people decide to enjoy them for 5 minutes before they move on to the next thing! :)

Mouse in a tin (I’ve lost the link to the original if someone knows it please let me know and I’ll link up!)

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Lolly Dollies (+in the name of fairness I had to add a few boy dollies too)

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These are both such easy ideas and require very little materials. Top tip for finding nice coloured masking tapes is Ikea – their papery goods department is off the charts :)

Hope you’ve had a good long weekend! (The biggest mistake I made was to start watching the Keeping up with the Kardashians marathon – so hooked now!!)

- Hanna xx

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Make, Do, Mend: DIY Moving Cards

MovingHouseCard

We moved house nearly a month ago now and because of my mammoth summer holiday I actually had time to rustle up a card to let our friends know our new address.

All it took was a little staging of old suitcases, camera on timer and us (or our legs) in the frame and there we have it. I added “we’ve moved” text on the front and arranged the back in a postcard style in Photoshop. If Photoshop isn’t your cup of tea then it could easily be done in Word or have you checked out A Beautiful Mess app where you can add text over photos? Easy peasy.

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It feels almost old school to send a change of address cards rather than an email but it’s always fun to receive things in the post, right?! Bring back good old snail mail.

Hope your week’s off to a good start!

- Hanna x

 

 

 

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Make, Do, Mend: Loose Tea Jars

loose tea

We love a good cuppa over here. Boxes of loose tea are filling our cupboard shelves and trailing tea leaves are all over the place. In my post-move huff I decided to put a stop to it.

spray painted lids

We had some jam jars left from all sorts of preserving so I washed and scrubbed off any sticky labels, dried and spray painted the lids black (I had chalkboard spray handy so that did the trick).

dymo

Now I had an excuse to get my beloved Dymo out and start making labels.

tea jars

tea jar

It’s so much easier to get the tea out of the jam jars rather than messing around with the boxes and bags. And maybe it’ll make me reach out for the green tea more often! ;)

-Hanna 

Ps. This project was inspired by a brief stop in a shop called Granit in Stockholm where glass jars were labelled with dymo tags. Check them out!

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Make,Do, Mend: Frothy coffee at home

coffee makingYou might have caught on that I like a good cheat recipe or a tip! It makes me feel like I’m beating the system :) Maximum results with minimum effort.

Warning: If you’re a coffee enthusiast you might want to stop reading now.

We don’t own a fancy espresso machine with milk frothers and all.. and to be honest it would probably get used twice a year so there’s no need for us to own one anyway. But every now and then I get a hankering for a good milky frothy coffee, and usually at a point when it would take serious effort to go out and get one from a coffee shop.

So I discovered a way of making super silky smooth foamy drinks at home – with the help of a cafetiere/french press.

All I do is make my coffee a bit stronger than usual – either just in our Chemex or, if we have espresso, in our stove top pan.

cafetiere milk

Then I heat up milk in the microwave (remember it doubles in size when frothing so you only need about 1/3 mug) until nice and hot (not burned though!)

After this I pour the milk in the Cafetiere and pump it few times (try not to do it too briskly otherwise the milk will squirt out of the pouring bit) until I have the right amount of foam. Dead easy.

froffy coffee

Good way to have a nice frothy coffee at home without any expensive machinery!

Enjoy!

-Hanna

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Make, Do, Mend: Healthy (fake) ice cream

This is another one in the cuckoo health kick series that I’m still plodding along with (with varying success).

blended banana

After the success of the two ingredient pancakes I decided to give this one ingredient “ice cream” a go. It’s not officially ice cream, it’s frozen-banana-blended-like-crazy-until-it-looks-like-Mr-Whippy. If the real stuff isn’t available or too calorific this is a good alternative!

All you have to do is slice a banana or two and put in the freezer (we had three bananas between two people and the portions were pretty huge – I reckon one banana per person is best). Once frozen, pop the slices in a blender (and add a touch of milk or water just to help the blender along a bit). Now the world is your oyster – you can add coco powder (I added 1 tbsp), peanut butter (I did this but reckon it’s better without), chocolate spread or just have it as it is.

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(Excuse my half melted final product, I took my sweet time taking a photo of it).

It’s yummy and dairy free (that is if you don’t add the splash of milk).

- Hanna 

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Make,Do,Mend: From Tea Towels To Cushions – Guest post!

We have a very crafty friend called Sarah E. She makes all sorts of lovely things and has agreed to grace our humble blog with this amazing tutorial on how to make cushions from tea towels! Here it goes…

Tea towel Cushion Tutorial

A quick and easy tutorial for making two square, envelope style cushions from a supermarket pack of three teatowels!

1 Teatowel pack

Step 1. Find three coordinating tea towels (the pack I used was £5 from Sainsburys)

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Step 2. Pick a tea towel for your first cushion and lay it out on a flat surface, pattern side facing down. Fold it back on itself to make a square (measure your square to check!)

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Step 3. Take a second tea towel and lay it on top of your square with the pattern facing up. Overlap the two tea towels by about 3 or 4 inches and chop off the end of your tea towel that hangs off the edge of your square. This is what your cushion will look like when you’re finished.

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Step 4. Fold the whole thing over turning it inside out as you go. I found the simplest way to do this is to hold on to the middle point where the two fabrics overlap, and then flip it over. The front and back patterns should now be facing each other and the reverse of the tea towels are facing out. Double check that it’s still square!

5 pin and sew

Step 5. Pin your square and sew round the edge (you don’t need to sew along the side that’s folded). Leave a wide enough hem to make sure you sew through all the layers of tea towels (my tea towels weren’t all quite the same size).

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Step 6. Chop off the corners. This will mean you have nice pointy corners to your cushion. (make sure you don’t cut in to your line of stitching!)

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Step 7. Turn your cover the right way out and stuff it with a cushion (a 45cm x 45cm insert worked perfectly for me).

If your cover seems really baggy then turn it inside out again and sew another row of stitches inside the ones you’ve already done. This will make the cover tighter.

Repeat with your remaining tea towel and voila! Two smart new, coordinating cushions.

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Step 8. Smug.

-Sarah E.

Thank you so much Sarah!

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Make, Do, Mend: Healthy two ingredient pancakes

TwoIngredientPancakes

Now that Spring is around the corner and layers of clothing are starting to come off I realised there needs to be a few pound shred before I’m ready to show these pegs to the world. This happens yearly, I just can’t help gaining a few pounds in the winter… If you can keep your “fitivation” up during the winter months you’re a better person than I’ll ever be!

Anyway, the health kick has started, with the help of an iPhone app I’m counting calories (zzz) and trying to get some exercise in too. Nothing drastic just a pound a week loss should get me back on track and, most importantly, still allow me some chocolate!

Because of this kick I’ve been on the look out for low calorie treats and when I came across these two ingredient pancakes I knew I had to give them a go. All you need is 2 eggs and a banana. They’re not as filling as normal pancakes but taste yummy which is the main thing!

EggsBanana

Here’s the recipe:

1 large ripe banana

2 medium eggs

1. Use a fork to mash the banana into a mash

2. Combine banana and eggs and whisk for few minutes (I used a Kitchen Aid to get maximum air in – it makes the batter more substantial. If doing by hand,consider it a workout!)

3. Melt a little butter in a pan and cook as you would normal pancakes (keep the heat a little bit lower as normal as these burn easier. Also don’t get despaired if the first few go to the pancake gods – I’ve come to accept this as the norm.)

4. These babies are quite sweet so natural yogurt and fruit are a great companion for them!

Hoping to walk a little lighter into the Spring…

-Hanna

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Make Do Mend: Raised Bed.

So the warm and fuzzy thoughts of living in community and growing all your own veg has led me to actually trying to make a communal veggie patch happen.

The key, so far, to a communal veggie patch is people. First I spoke about it enough to other people that they made sure I could make it happen and I got a River Cottage book for Christmas from the veggie gurus Hanna and Jon. Then got my lovely friend, and guest blogger,  Jonny to help make it happen. It was never going to happen if it were down to me. So grateful for community making it possible.

We went scouring for pallets.

pallets

We smashed them up.

apart

Stopped for a little coffee break. Coffee and Ikea cinnamon buns (no horse.)

coffee break

Put them back together.

back together

And after a whole day of scouring, smashing, nail removing, sawing and drilling this is what we created. Proud.

raised bed

The best part about this is that so far it has been entirely free!!

Now all there is to do is make the rest of it happen and pray for the snow to stop!

- Celeste 

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Make, Do, Mend: Alternative pesto pasta


Nettle pesto

I’ve got spring on the brain. I’m so ready for the sun to start warming these cold bones, however, the weather hasn’t quite co-operated with me yet – C O M E  O N  S P R I N G!

So while we’re waiting I thought I’d share an alternative for the easy weeknight favourite that is pesto pasta. It’s not possible to make this yet in the northern hemisphere, but it’s worth a wait. You see, this pesto is not made with basil, but with nettles. Yes, those stingy little devils that everyone hates.

Nettle pesto 2

But try them in a pesto and you might just change your mind about them! Added bonus is that nettles are packed with all sorts of goodness and taste brilliant in a pesto.

I got the recipe from this website.

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So when the sun starts to warm us up and you see those little buggers raising their stingy heads – pick them up (the younger the better apparently), boil and smash into a tasty dinner! (oh, maybe just avoid the ones near sidewalks… other wise you might have dog wee as an added flavour…)

Just remember your gloves, oh and don’t go picking wearing flip flops (proving once again that  i’m never practical with footwear).

- Hanna 

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Make, Do, Mend: Will you be my pair?

WillYouBeMyPair

Though me and my husband are not huge fans of Valentines day we still tend to give each other a little card or a present, but don’t really make a fuss out of it. I don’t know about you, but the idea of sitting in a restaurant full of couples makes me want to run for the hills!

So in the name of keeping things simple I made a little card for him.

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I turned to our fruit bowl for help and took a picture of a pair of pears. I found some good free fonts through this brilliant blog and put them to use.  The line I ended up with was “Will you be my pair?” (it reminded me of primary school when we had to choose a pair to walk to the swimming baths with). The result is a super simple but sweet card with not much hassle at all.

We’ve said it before (Remember our Blue Valentine?) but I’ll say it again – in Finland Valentine’s day is called a ‘friends day’ so let’s share the love with all those special peeps in our lives!

-Hanna

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