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Christmas Table Runner

Quick and Easy Table Runner

This table runner started life as a Christmas item. For the first time, I was going for a coherent theme for the dinner table and chose to run with a children’s traditional style. After looking into buying a table runner to serve the purpose, I found these things can be extremely expensive and sometimes too […]

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One salvaged chair, cleaned up and with some extra decorative touches

Thrifty Furniture Finds

Old furniture is often an excellent alternative to buying new. Not only are older items more likely to be of better quality, but there is also the thrill of having saved yet more unwanted items from clogging up the local landfill. If the item you have ‘salvaged’ requires a degree of attention before being fit […]

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My knife being sharpened

The lost art of sharpening blades

Recently we heard from a friend that at a local ‘green fair’ an ironmonger had set up a sharpening stall, giving masterclasses in sharpening. What had astonished our friend though was the fact that the course was massively oversubscribed and the sharpening expert was overwhelmed with the sheer amount of people wanting to learn how […]

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My daughter's finished bedroom curtains

Curtains for a little girl’s room

Decorative curtains can prove extremely expensive, particularly if you are looking for something a little different and inspiring for your child’s room. This project uses an inexpensive pair of plain cream pencil pleat curtains available from Argos for around £20, depending on the size. Amazon also have some bargains. They often come fully lined, machine […]

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