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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vintage fabric girl’s dress

vintage fabric girls dressThis vintage fabric girl’s dress is one of my latest makes. I have been working on several things for Margot and have been using the Worthing Art Trail as a bit of a deadline to work towards.

Made from a thrifted vintage pillowcase, it is a one off, as I now only have the cutting scraps left. I just love the beautiful open flower print, and the soft pink / brown tones of the fabric.

It’s great to be able to finally finish a few pieces off. I get such enjoyment from having a play like this, and taking some photos of what I have made. For me this is just as much fun as the making itself.

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making momentum – vintage dress

making momentum - vintage dress

Thought I’d stop by with a little making update. Since my pledge back in March for it to be a month of making, I wanted to let you know how I am getting on. Well it’s May if you can believe it, so I have had two months to make my little socks off… how much do you think I’ve done?

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fabric friday inspiration

fabric friday inspiration

Just a quick one from me today folks. Thought I’d swing by and share a little fabric inspiration. I discovered these vintage florals – which have been hiding in my stash – whilst organising my work room. My inspiration has been some what flattened this week by a couple of 5am starts and a three year old who is… let’s say ‘pushing her boundaries’.

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vintage high waisted A-line skirt

Geoffrey & Grace makes - high waisted A-line skirt

My latest make is this A-line high waisted skirt that I have adapted from a vintage pattern. The fabric was thrifted from a charity shop and it’s previous life was a double duvet cover. There is lots of the fabric left, which I have already earmarked for something else.

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