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Homemade Easter cards

Now’s the time to start jotting down the list of people you wish to send Easter cards to. But instead of popping out to the shops to buy designs featuring…

Lincoln

For someone who first visited Lincoln 40 years ago, as I did, the transformation in this extraordinary city has been dramatic. Because in that time it has morphed from somewhere…

How to make a coin purse

You will need: Finished size: 19 x 17cm ✤ 45 x 25cm rectangle of patterned fabric, lightweight wadding and plain fabric ✤ Cup or mug with an 8cm-diameter rim ✤…

Lady talking to doctor

We all get blisters from time to time, usually on our feet or hands; our skin reacts to friction, pressure, burns or scalds by producing a painful swelling filled with…

Round cushion covers

For each cushion you will need: ✤ 80 x 40cm rectangle each of patterned and plain lightweight cotton fabric,  eg, lawn or voile ✤ 33cm round cushion pad ✤ Two…

Watermelon

Eat better Broad beans Broad beans are definitely underrated. ‘As well as providing a source of protein, fibre, vitamins A, B6 and C, potassium, manganese, folate and iron, they also…

Shirt cushion

You will need ✤ 15 x 20cm rectangle of white cotton fabric ✤ 15 x 10cm rectangle of bonding web ✤ Stranded cotton embroidery thread in black and a colour…

Shopping bags

Heading out to the shops this week? It’s worth knowing that new consumer rights, set out in the Consumer Rights Act 2015, now cover everything you buy. For the first…

Woman looked pressed for time

Being more active is one of the most popular New Year resolutions. And it’s a good one. Officials from Public Health England warn that lack of exercise is not only…

Tired woman

‘Why am I tired?’ is a question many of us ask ourselves. Below, we reveal different reasons you might be feeling sluggish. Your Diet Too many processed carbohydrates (such as…

Raking leaves for your lawn care iStock

After a busy summer in the garden, lawns can be left worn out and exhausted – especially if the weather has taken its toll. Where the soil is shallow, a…

French Alps

For pools with a view, it’s hard to top the Biotope de Combloux, an ecological swimming lake near the French Alpine resort of Megève. Nestled in verdant meadows in the…

Caramel latte cake

Serves 12 For the caramel latte cake you will need: * 4tbsp fresh ground coffee granules * 4 large eggs, separated * 150g (5oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature *…

Chicken soup

Eat better Chicken soup A bowl of chicken soup is the ultimate comfort food. Research in the American Journal of Therapeutics found that a compound in chicken soup – carnosine…

Christmas party shoes

Your Eyes Champagne corks are the most likely cause of seasonal eye injuries, so make sure bubbly is properly chilled, as warm bottle corks are more likely to pop unexpectedly.…

Christmas stockings

Making patterns and cutting out Enlarge the stocking template on a photocopier, so that the cuff width measures approximately 20cm, and cut out. Red snowflake stocking You will need: ✤…

Partridge Christmas craft

Whether hung on a tree or adorning a gift, these jewel-bright embroidered decorations are a gorgeous spin on a traditional theme. For one partridge and one pear you will need:…

Help us name the Woman's Weekly lamb

What makes British Wool so special? Britain boasts over 60 different sheep breeds, more than any other country in the world and that’s a lot of British Wool. In the…