Memories of Kindness
Make

Memories of Kindness

Looking through old boxes can bring memories to the fore. I recently spent an afternoon helping my mum sort through some long-forgotten trunks, and was rewarded with a glimpse back in time. Finding the above nature-inspired cushion cover rushed me back to my childhood classroom, and a lesson spent learning cross stitch when I was … Continue reading

Comfort Food
Eat / Make

Comfort Food

On a grey day, it can be hard to fight off the chill after a nature walk. Luckily, food can provide comfort. Here are some of my favourite ways to warm up with food. Bread If you’re feeling stressed, or want to get your blood pumping, bread is ideal. I experiment with different recipes (though … Continue reading

Leftover Luxury
Eat / Make

Leftover Luxury

I try to reduce waste as much as possible. It saves money while helping the planet so seems to be a no-brainer. My Christmas satsumas had been lingering too long: unsurprising as I bought a bulk special offer. However, though lacking in flavour uncooked, sugar can make a world of difference. And so I decided … Continue reading

Don’t Waste: Make
Gift / Make

Don’t Waste: Make

I hate waste. I also grew up in a family of ‘makers’. From dressmaking to decoupage, stripping furniture to upholstery, and jewellery-making to embroidery, between them my various family members are pretty skilled at turning trash into treasure. I’ve yet to hone my furniture-making skills (though a sawdust-scented shed with nails and assorted ‘useful things’ … Continue reading

Sweet as Candy
Eat / Gift / Make

Sweet as Candy

Want a sweet treat and a delicious smelling house? Make candied peel. I’m not really a fan of shop-bought candied peel because it’s too bitter and dry. However, home-made candied peel is the perfect balance of sweet, chewy and crunchy. It’s lovely nibbled on its own, reaches a whole new level dipped into dark chocolate … Continue reading