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Flaparaps vs Petit Lulu Minimal – Nappies for EC

Flaparaps vs Petit Lulu Minimal Nappies

Drop-flap nappies didn’t really become a reality for us until four months in, when energy levels rose and C started to become more mobile. At nine months, we’re in them all day, if not all night. There’s not a huge amount of choice out there when it comes to nappies for EC (elimination communication, nappy-free, Windelfrei, call it what you will), and I think any …

An eco-printed souvenir from New York

Eco-printing silk

Funny how souvenirs start looking a bit different when you’re a crafter. No I ♥ NY T-shirts here … Instead, a cute rusted mini-manhole cover that I found in the gutter (no, I didn’t walk around the streets of Brooklyn with a crowbar pinching civic fixtures and fittings…). I paired it with a cream silk scarf from my favourite 90 cent bin at Das Kaufhaus and …

Taking patterns from clothing without cutting anything up

Taking patterns without cutting

A week ago I did my annual online bulk-ordering of sportswear in the hope of finding at least a few pieces to spruce up the workout wardrobe. As usual, this process was a total disaster and almost everything went back. While I thought I’d learnt by now that ready-to-wear clothing doesn’t usually fit me, I’d hoped that sportswear – the world of spandex-supported easy-fit clothing – would still have something …

Holiday revelations

Christmas Markets Stuttgart

The festive season is finally done and dusted and it’s time to get back into the swing of things. Right now, this is involving aching all over from the revived exercise regime and reviewing all my recent extravagant eBay purchases and Christmas DIYs, oh, and working out exactly what to do with my growing stash in 2015. As with any New Year, there’s a hint of sadness, based largely around …

Flying with a sewing machine (Fliegen mit Nähmaschinen)

Pfaff Expression 4.0 flying

Besides the shaky arms (a painful reminder of why I just bought gym membership), this process was entirely, almost disappointingly, uneventful. Given the amount of personal interaction I ended up having (which began with ‘I’m sorry, I’m travelling with a sewing machine’ and ended with a variety of comments ranging from a clueless ‘Oh. Have you removed the needle?’ (Yes, but what kind of havoc …