Easy galaxy swirl cold process soap recipe

It's coming up to a year since I moved from the UK to live in France. A year since all our worldly belongings, bar a few suitcases, were boxed up and stowed away in a storage facility. Is there anything I miss? Not much*. I can see why the minimalism trend has taken hold. For…

The luxury stool: A deceptively simple upholstery project

I've always wanted a chaise longue. And yet, they are so desperately unpractical for today's minimalist living trends and tiny London apartments where space is at a premium. Any purchasing impulse would be quickly laid to rest by doing the 'where do I put it' / usefulness per square metre math....and our abodes would remain…

Kwik Sew 3875 bikini sew-a-long & tips for sewing lycra / Spandex #MMMay18

Ah, the difference a week makes. It was sunny, I didn't have an eczema flare-up and the pool was warming up nicely. So, it seemed the perfect timing to tackle the bikini sewing project that I've guilty had sitting in my to-do-pile for.....about 4 years. Yup, 4 years. Back then, it was harder to get lycra…

Me Made May: Ralph Pink O-Hara Harem pants sew-a-long

Once I had a pair of All Saints' harem jeans. I thought they were desperately cool and, bonus, they were so. so. so. very. comfortable. So much so, I wore them on a first date with Mr Reid. So, when I spotted the Ralph Pink O-Hara Harem pants pattern I had to make some as…

Tessuti Esther shorts review & top tips for sewing jacquard #MMMay18

You know how it is, I went into the fabric shop (an actual treasure trove of a find called Toto, in Nice) looking for practical plains and came out with a magpie-worthy stash. When I saw the multi-coloured jacquard (I think it's actually upholstery fabric), it was love at first sight...the texture...the colour.... and I…

My bake-off winning carrot & parsnip cake recipe

A few years ago when I dared to enter the Brighton Bake-off, I asked my husband what kind of cake he thought I should make. The answer was very fast: Carrot cake. His favourite. Rather than go down the well trodden path of the traditional carrot cake, I decided to put my own spin on…