There’s a programme on the BBC called Money for Nothing. It’s about saving items that are about to be thrown away and enlisting some of the UK’s finest craftspeople to turn the said items into something beautiful, functional and profitable. I’d like to think that I’m pretty good at recycling, but since I started watching the programme I’ve really thought differently about what items I throw away and what items I might be able to repurpose. Perhaps it just satisfies my inherited desire to hoard things because ‘they may come in handy one day’.
We’ve had some beautiful weather in the UK this summer and during one such spell, I set to work clearing an area at the bottom of the garden, which had become a bit of a dumping ground for anything and everything. How I wish I’d taken some ‘before’ photographs so you could see what it was like. There were lots of terracotta and plastic plant pots, a dismantled concrete coal bunker, two old plastic dustbins, lots and lots of different types of stones, plants that had long since died and an old wooden, ahem, ‘chair’ that was covered in bin bags. Continue reading
My first attempt at making soap was not good. After attending a taster session held at a local college, I ended up spending a Saturday evening in A&E, followed by a trip to a specialist burns hospital and a visit to a plastic surgeon! Undeterred by this, I was still keen to make my own soap the ‘safe’ way, without using any of the nasty chemicals that can burn your skin.
It’s difficult to find the words to describe the awfulness of what happened at Manchester Arena last month. You feel so helpless in such a dreadful situation. So when I saw a request asking crafters to help fill Manchester with hearts, I knew that I wanted to get involved.
Last December I attended a Dementia Friends session. These free dementia awareness sessions, organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, teach you a little bit about what it’s like to live with the disease and what steps you can take to make your community more dementia friendly.
It’s Dementia Awareness Week and the Alzheimer’s Society is asking everyone across the UK to unite against this cruel disease. Earlier this week I wrote about the lack of awareness about this disease. Today, I’m sharing my experience as a carer.
Carers in Macclesfield launched a project to knit a mile-long scarf to raise awareness of dementia
May 14-20 is dementia awareness week, something very close to my heart. I’ll be publishing two more blog posts during the week. If you read this post first, you’ll understand why raising awareness is so important to me.
The forget-me-not – symbol of the dementia community
May 14-20 is dementia awareness week, something very close to my heart. I’ll be publishing three more blog posts during the week, they’re posts that I’d already written, and things that I’d made, several weeks ago.
Three days ago I lost my lovely dad because of this spiteful disease. I’d been caring for him for the last few years, eventually giving up my job in November so that I could look after him full time.