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Slow roast tomato salad

I work with a great team of people in my day job, and one of the things we do quite regularly is swap recipe ideas. This one is a recipe from my friend Donna – she brought this in for her lunch one day and we all did that thing where we no longer wanted to eat our sandwiches after seeing what she had! This is really a summery recipe, but given the glorious weather we’ve been having I thought I’d share it so that you can savour the last of the sun before autumn sets in properly. It takes a bit of time to cook but is SO worth the effort. Read More

How to re-line a bag

I’m so excited about the Festival of Thrift, which starts tomorrow! It has been great to be a part of the School of Thrift and I thought I’d share another tutorial with you. This is a project that I have been planning for ages – I bought this satchel last year and always thought that I’d have a go at re-lining it. Although I’ve got nothing against the lining that was there, I just wanted it to be a bit more colourful! Then I realised that a cough sweet had escaped from its packet and had stuck itself to the bottom…nice! So it needed doing out of necessity too!

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More rainbow quilting

Over the past few weeks I’ve been making another rainbow baby quilt, this time for our dear friends Katrina and Adam, who are expecting their first baby next month – it has been a year of first babies for lots of our friends this year! I wanted to make a different quilt to my last one (read about that here) but still using rainbow colours. This is only the second quilt I’ve ever made, but I thought that triangles would look really cool. What I didn’t realise is that triangles are hard to sew – argh!

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Holiday snaps

This year we took holiday in September – this is the first year that I’ve had to wait that long for a break, and was really tough! Despite being in the teaching profession, we don’t get the long summer break because our second intake of students each year finish mid-August. We thought that September would be quieter, and were hoping for an Indian summer… Read More