100 Happy Days

I don’t know if any of you have seen this doing the rounds on Facebook?


The premise is simple, to post a picture on social media, using the hashtag #100happydays, once  a day for 100 days, of something that makes you happy.
And in the spirit of the New Year, and the compulsion we all seem to feel to strive for a shiny New Me, I thought that this sounded like a pretty fine challenge!

And you would think it would be easy, right?

Apparently not.
On the site they give the stat, that 71 % of the people who previously attempted this challenge failed.
Well, that is like a red rag to a bull for me! Surely I am not one of those 71%?!
I love a challenge, and if 71% of people fail, then that seems a pretty good challenge to me!

And for all those of you wondering why on earth anyone would want to do this…
It’s all about Mindfulness.
Mindfulness seems to be the buzz word of 2014 so far, and as well as a challenge, I love a bandwagon, so I’m jumping on.
Seriously though, being more mindful of what makes us happy, taking the time to register and acknowledge, and be grateful for, all the little things that happen every day that make us smile, is proven to make us happier. And who doesn’t want to be happier?
At times, I think we are all guilty of focussing on what we don’t have, rather than what we have.
Part of My Make Do and Mend Year, has been about realising that actually, I, we, have enough. We have enough (more than enough) material things. We don’t need any more.
And sometimes we (I) just need reminding to be grateful for what we have. For enough. To stop chasing after what we could have, and focus on what we have.
So that’s why I’m doing it.
Anyone else in?!

PS. I am already two weeks in, you can see my weeks 1 and 2 round ups here and here.

(Nearly) No Sew Nativity Costume

Hello again Pinaddicts!
Apologies for the radio silence and the distinct lack of posting-things have been a bit tough in the Make Do and Mend household for a bit, but I am back on it now 🙂

In case you hadn’t noticed, it is that time of year-Christmas.
And the need for Nativity Costumes to be merrily whipped up at the drop of a hat.
Being a devout Make Do and Mender, when BigSmall was appointed the role of The InnKeeper in last year’s Pre-School Nativity, I managed to whip up this costume,


at no cost and with very little effort, and in case you need to do the same, here’s how:

  • Take an old sheet, and fold it in half. Cut it to a reasonable size/length for your Small person, and then cut a semicircle in the middle of the folded edge to make a head hole. You can then try it on and adjust the length if necessary (obviously you can’t make it longer if it’s too short, so err on the side of caution when first cutting it..). Use a bit of string/cord to make a belt around the middle, et voila!
  • The cape/cloak is from an old curtain out of my fabric stash. Again, I cut a rectangle, and then folded over about 2-3cm along the top edge, and stitched this down to make a casing for some ribbon. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could easily do this by hand, or I guess you could also use iron on hemming tape, just as long as you can leave a channel for the ribbon to go. Then put a safety pin into one end of a length of ribbon, and gently feed this through the channel that you have made. Ta da! A cloak!
  • The beard was made from some fluffy material we got from the Scrapstore, held on by a piece of elastic, but good old cotton wool would also have sufficed, if you had glued it to a card backing
  • And then, all topped off with the obligatory tea towel headdress!

Easy peasy! It took less than half an hour. And it was free. Yay!

This year, in his first year at Big School, he is……..
A Bluebird!????!!!
Let’s see how we get on with that one-will keep you posted 🙂


Circles in the Sand

I was doing a bit of research online looking for some inspiration for activities linked to contemporary artists. I found some great Andy Goldsworthy activities on Pinterest, using lots of autumn leaves and pebbles.

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 20.48.10Also, a lovely play dough homage to The Field by Antony Gormley – one I’m definitely going to re-create with my children as my mum, dad and sister were part of the original sculptors in 1993 for The Field for the British Isles.

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 21.01.02The third discovery was Tony Plant and his sand drawings.

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 21.05.54I’ve never heard of Tony before and got rather distracted looking at the images and videos of him using the whole beach in coastal coves to produce the most beautiful images. It’s like crop circles that are washed away when the tide comes in. How do you create something so big that you can’t really gauge whilst doing it? The true impact revealed when you get up high and look down on it. The beach is rather redundant during the next few months for us with regards to sunbathing and paddling but we are definitely going to get out our sticks and rakes to have a go at this next time we get to one.

Have you made anything that has been inspired by a contemporary artist, or have you got a great idea pinned on your ‘must do’ list? Please share.

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The Lego Party

We did it.
We had a party, at home, for BigSmall, with other Smalls.
And we survived!
And I have to say, it was pretty awesome (even if I do say so myself…)

We had:

Lego cake

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Lego chocolates

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Lego party bags

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Lego stickers

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Lego colouring pads

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Lego biscuits

Lego party10And Lego party games


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You can read all about here over at My Make Do and Mend Year 🙂

Autumn Leaf Crafts

We had a lovely afternoon on Sunday in the sunshine collecting leaves, berries, grasses and bark. We’d been inspired by Pinterest to create some leaf collages and leaf characters.

Autumn Craft Collage

There are so many ideas on Pinterest to make creative wonders from leaves. Here are a few of my favourites.

This site shows a scene for all four seasons using autumn leaves.

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Are you going to an autumn wedding? How about some autumn leaf confetti – or use the shapes to make cards, collages or buntings.

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Have you ever noticed how a maple leaf looks like a fox? No? Me neither until I saw this:


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Have you got any favourites or any leaf crafts you’ve blogged – do leave (pun intended) a link in the comments for us to ooh and ah over.

Also don’t forget the giveaway of two fabulous books I mentioned last week. You have until Friday 11th October to enter to win a Liberty Sewing or Woodland Knits book – here

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Lego Party-the invite

As I mentioned last time, we are deep in prep for a LEgo Party extravaganza.

And the first thing a party needs is friends to come to it.

So, we need an invite.

This is what hubby came up with when left home alone for an evening, with the camera, the computer and his Lego mini-figures collection.


And here are a few others I found on Pinterest:

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Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 07.33.38Click on the images to go to the websites to find out more, and read all about some of the awesome Lego parties that these chaps have had!

Lego Party

First of all, apologies for my slightly patchy posting. I finished My Make Do and Mend Year at the end of August, and was enjoying a bit of a break from blogging so much, I forgot about my posts here-sorry!

Anyway, back to it.

BigSmall is going to be FIVE, in a matter of weeks.
So we need a party.
A lego party to be precise.

Inevitably, I turned to Pinterest, and set up a Lego Party board

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We are planning homemade lego invites, a cake, lots of lego games, and the beauty of it is, a jar of lego will make for a very good party bag!