Top to skirt alteration

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I bought this top a few years ago – I immediately fell in love with the gorgeous floral pattern! I know it looks like a dress, but it really is far too short for that…! Anyway, more recently it hasn’t fit on the top half, but I was convinced that if I had the courage to do it, the bottom half would fit if I turned it into a skirt. After such a long time of wondering about it (and some inspiration from Dawn O’Porter’s tv programme, ‘This Old Thing’) I decided to give it a go. Continue reading…

Spiced lamb burgers with herbed yoghurt

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Summer is well and truly here – it has even been glorious in Newcastle! We tried out this recipe at the weekend and it was so good. It’s really great to find a burger recipe with a difference, and the chilli, herbs and spices work so well with the lamb. So fire up your barbecue and get cooking!

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Summer sewing

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Ok, I admit it: I have seriously caught the bug for sewing clothes! I’ve made quite a few things already over the past few weeks, and have got a few other projects planned too! I’m finally getting around to sewing things that I’ve wanted to make for ages, and it’s fab :-) Continue reading…

Simple midweek tapas

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I love tapas, and whilst this isn’t the most authentic version, it can be made on a weeknight in 45 minutes to an hour – hooray! We used a couple of different recipes here and I made the other one up based on a dish we had on a night out. So this little selection is made up of garlic mushrooms, patatas bravas and a chorizo and egg dish (that’s the one I made up and can’t remember what it’s called!). Continue reading…

Little house trinket shelves

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I’ve had my eye on these little house shelves for some time now, and have been planning to customise them with pretty fabrics. You can pick them up on Ebay quite easily and I’ve been excited to get around to doing them! :-) I painted the houses white a couple of weeks ago, and yesterday I began working on the really fun bit – selecting and sticking in the fabric. These little houses are perfect for storing little trinkets, and I picked fabrics with small prints so that you can see enough pattern in the back. Continue reading…