These days we are often told that we can't fix things ourselves, that we will break things or void our warranty etc if we open them up. I guess I am a manufacturers worst nightmare, for I am a serial tinkerer. I have taken apart pistols, Xbox 360's, rifles and last year you may remember that I dismantled our Dyson. I can't help myself, I subscribe to the idea that if something is broken already then there can't be any harm in trying to fix it, after all you can't break it if it's already broken!
|USB memory stick|
One of the USB sticks that we use for embroidery designs stopped working, and I reckoned it would take me at least an hour to trawl through the laptop and load all of the designs I needed back on to one of the other sticks, so I thought it might be quicker to see if I could fix it myself.
|Dismantled USB Stick|
Now I have never taken apart a USB stick before so I had no idea what might be wrong with "the insides" but thought it couldn't do any harm to take a peak. Once it was opened I could see that the connection between the circuit board and the end of the stick had broken. I used our pyrography pen as a soldering iron to hit the solder with a bit of heat and it melted the four contacts back to how they should be. As soon as I got it back together and plugged it in to the laptop it worked like a charm again. Just goes to show you that if you have no idea what you're doing and just wing it anyway you can still get positive results!
|Repairing the USB stick with a makeshift soldering iron|
Whilst we're on the subject of making and mending, we're experimenting with this 8L bottle as a mini greenhouse for our sunflower seeds to see how it goes, its great to teach the kids about growing and recycling where they can.
|Mini greenhouse for the kids sunflower seeds|
Our #homegrown #garlic seems to be doing well in the #recycled pots, Thomas the tank looks happy with them! . . . #createnowaste #permacultureinpots #wyrdwood #wyrdwoodacres #permaculture #growingstrong #outdoors #nature #growyourown #sowyourown #freefood #foodisfree #green #gardening #upcycled #recycling #frugal #thrifty #thomas #thomasthetankengine
...and of course we made our chicken feeder from drinks bottles too :)
|DIY Chicken Feeder made from Drinks Bottles|
One last thing I'd like to share with you is a little something I made for Carly.
For her Birthday she wanted a new tattoo so whilst she was back in the UK the other week we paid for her to have a sternum tattoo. I didn't want her to have nothing on the day, but the tattoo cost quite a lot of money so it didn't leave much scope for additional presents.
Lack of funding always seems to bring out my creative side, so I made this windchime from bamboo that grows locally in our mountains and put it together with some thin brass wire and a handful of blue crystals that I had been hoarding for a while. Considering I've never made anything like this before I think the result didn't come out too bad!
|Bamboo, Brass and Crystal Handmade Windchime|
We do have a Make do and mend patch in our Etsy store so if you have a jacket or bag etc that has a hole or rip in then one of these patches could be the ideal thing to give it a new lease of life. We can do them in different colour schemes too if you would prefer something different