HOW TO KEEP WARM & SAVE ENERGY THIS WINTER

How to keep warm and save energy this Winter. A simple DIY for a homemade draught excluder.

It’s been one of the coldest Winters in a long time here. For months I have been wearing two cardigans and drinking lots of hot tea. Our old victorian house is pretty draughty, and it’s really noticeable at this time of year. I have been thinking about all the things we can do to make sure we save energy, and I decided to make myself a draught excluder for the front door in order to keep us all a little warmer.

I recently heard about smart meters, which show you exactly how much gas and electricity you are consuming. They’re a great way to help you be more mindful about your heating and the appliances you use. Plus they also tell you exactly how much energy you use in pounds and pence. That means no more estimated bills, you pay for what you use. It will be so useful to be able to identify times when we are using lots of energy, so we can cut back – a visual reminder that is bound to motivate you to turn that landing light off!

The draught excluder was super simple to make, and no doubt I will be making a few more for the back of the house. I also decided to add some dried lavender to the filling so it will smell lovely too.

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The Mollie Makes Handmade Awards – the results

The Mollie Makes Handmade Awards - Margot

It’s been almost a week and half since the Margot ladies had a day trip to London for the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards. If you missed the exciting news, Margot was a finalist in the collaboration category alongside two other collaborative projects.

We knew a good day would be had by all, whether we were to win or not. Team Mollie Makes had organised a jam-packed day of mentoring and activities for us to do. Plus it would give us an opportunity to chat everything making and creative with some fellow crafty folk.

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Margot & the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards

Margot - a Mollie Makes Handmade Awards finalist on the Geoffrey & Grace blog

Last week Geoffrey & Grace and the other makers at Margot got some very exciting news…

Margot has been shortlisted for a Mollie Makes Handmade Award!

When I received the email to tell me, I was cooking Bailey’s dinner and I jumped around the kitchen giggling in disbelief. I had to read the email another three times for the news to properly sink in.

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March in the Making

Making March v3

March is going to be all about Making, yes and that is making with a capital M here at Geoffrey & Grace HQ. I have finally decided on some of the things I am going to focus on creating, for what will hopefully be a busy summer down at Margot.

I need to get organised and efficient with my making process, without taking the fun and creativity out of it.

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threads of Geoffrey & Grace part 4

threads 4 Geoffrey & Grace - Margot

Gosh it’s a been a long time since I wrote a ‘threads’ post. It was back at the end of March last year when I wrote ‘To listen to your head or follow your heart?’, and what a lot has happened since then! I mention an exciting opportunity in that post, and you don’t have to be Colombo to work out that I was talking about the East Beach Studios and Margot.

The idea behind the threads series was / is to document what it is like for someone, like me, who likes to make and craft, and is thinking about transitioning into making to sell. Well, I have been in Margot about 6 months now and I can officially say that I ‘make to sell’. I am well and truly transitioned. Although I still have tons and tons to learn.

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