THE BLOG

I have been writing about interesting things since I was about 11 years old when I was given an empty journal by my friend’s mother, Mrs. Peabody. I had always loved writing, and I guess Mrs Peabody (who was a teacher) saw this spark and by giving me a journal was also giving me permission to turn that spark into a flame. I still to this day have a journal that I write in sporadically and it helps me connect with the bigger picture of life.

When I started Make and Do in 2009, I realised that blogging had the potential to connect with people the same way that that old journal of mine did all those years ago. And our posts reflect that – one week it might be about a crafting tool we love, the next about tip or trick we have found that saves time, a great recipe, an App that we think is great or a reminder to take time out for some self-love. A little bit random but isn’t life a bit like that too?

My attempt to make a pencil skirt from knit fabric in 20 minutes

My attempt to make a pencil skirt from knit fabric in 20 minutes

My brain has been so busy with preparing and giving talks that after my last one, which I gave earlier this week for the CHA-UK, I realised I hadn't sewn or made anything in ages. As I am a maker first and foremost, that ain't good. I have to be honest and say...

How to find your voice on social media

How to find your voice on social media

If you have been busy following our Facebook and Twitter feeds, you will have seen that last week was the grand finale of my three talks for Coats on using social media in a small business setting - which took place at the stunning Edinburgh Castle. I spoke about how...

My Father’s Day story that may make you cry

As some of you who follow my blog might know, I tend to go back to Vermont most summers. To wind down, reboot and recharge. But it also a chance for me to spend much needed time with my family. Last time I was there, my Dad and I were talking about regrets and my Dad...

So what is it really like to own a fabric and wool shop?

So what is it really like to own a fabric and wool shop?

Hello readers! I have just returned from my second speaking gig on behalf of Coats Crafts UK at the stunning Newbury Race Course (on a completely different aside - I drove there from Wantage in Oxfordshire and took the B4494 road to Newbury - absolutely...

My day with the lovely people at Coats Crafts UK

If you have been following the Studio's Facebook page, you will know that recently, I have been doing a fair amount of speaking. My husband would say that me speaking a lot isn't a bit deal (ahem..) but this is different. This is speaking to those in the crafting...

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