A Little Bit About Me

Thanks for dropping by.

Since taking a sabbatical from my work as a writer and commentator on climate change and community engagement I have rekindled my love for all things hand made and home baked. This site is a place for me to share the good things in my life and community. My philosophy in life is simple: the best things in life aren’t “things”. What really makes us happy is the time we spend with friends and family, being loved and respected and finding ways to make the life we live  and the work we do matter. It’s not a perfect life, but it’s mine and I love it!

For over 20 years I  worked with a variety of voluntary and community groups on issues ranging from parental rights, environmental justice and race equality. In 2006 my Parish Council paid me to organise the first ever conference for low carbon communities. This led to the formation of the Low Carbon Communities Network and a life spent wearing a groove from my village to London.  I have contributed to several publications and worked as a consultant to organisations such as Defra, Green Alliance and the 10:10 Campaign. These days I prefer to live and work local and you are most likely to find me knitting with British wool or growing veg on my allotment.  I  worked part time at Fibre + Clay a craft gallery and knit studio in Knutsford, Cheshire and now I design and teach full time. In 2010 I was invited to become a Fellow  of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of my work with communities and also contributed to Handmade, which you can read online here.

* Credit: The fab photos of me on this site were taken by Andrea Ellison


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  1. traceytodhunter

     /  May 24, 2010

    Hi there, this is my new online space, dedicated to baking and making, please say hello.


  2. I couldn’t agree more with all you say and I always look forward to reading what you get up to. Really glad that fate has made us meet x


  3. Tracey Todhunter

     /  July 18, 2011

    Thankyou, the feeling is mutual!


  4. Hi Tracey,
    Promise kept: I’ve voted for you :-)
    It was lovely meeting you on Saturday! Thank you very much for all those lovely cups of tea, encouraging smiles and crochet-related inspiration. It was also great meeting someone else with a sweet tooth that could potentially match mine ;-)
    Hope you have fun at Tatton Park tomorrow and good luck with the “Little Blog Awards”,
    Katherine x


  5. Lesley

     /  July 22, 2011

    I’ve voted for you, too. Lovely to see you today at the Wooly Wormhead Trunk Show. I had a great time and can’t wait to get started on those lovely hats! Hope you have a lovely time in London and I will see you in September.

    Good luck with the Blog Award!


  6. I’ve voted for you too. Good to see you last night for the gorgeous cupcakes – no calories I am sure!!! Thanks for motivating me to continue with my Ischbel, I won’t be defeated especially after Jenny spent 30 mins putting me on the right path again!!! She is going to need B&B in Dorset at this rate to sort out my knitting when I move!!

    Good luck with the Blog Award! xx


  7. Tracey Todhunter

     /  July 22, 2011

    Thanks Mandy, glad you are carrying on with the Ishbel, the colour you’ve chosen is gorgeous.


  8. Lesley S

     /  July 26, 2011

    Hi Tracey
    I enjoy your blog and I’ve voted now too. Good luck! It was great to catch up with you last Friday.
    Lesley x


  9. Jack

     /  July 26, 2011

    Voted – and got all my office to vote too. Good Luck


  10. Tracey Todhunter

     /  July 26, 2011

    Thank you everyone, lovely to see so many of you at the Woolly Wormhead trunk show, hope to see all your knitted hats in September.
    Tracey x


  11. Lucy

     /  July 29, 2011

    Voted :) Good luck, when are you coming back to “London work”, we miss you and your baking treats in the office.


  12. Greetings,

    I just happened to have stumbled on your blog and I really love it! I am also trying to incorporate handmade and repurposed items into my everyday life, especially items that I’ve made myself. Not very good at it yet! Your blog will be an inspiration to me. Thanks!


  13. Tracey Todhunter

     /  September 12, 2011

    Thank you Shirley, I hope you drop by again.


  14. HI Tracey – I’ve just had a little look around your lovely blog. I feel like I’ve known you for years! I also loved the book you took part in Handbook. It’s a stunning piece of work. You’ve inspired me to keep at this blogging to have my own book one day. Thank you x


  15. Tracey Todhunter

     /  September 22, 2011

    Please keep blogging Urvashi, your recipes are wonderful and I am learning so much about the flowers and plants I use in my kitchen. Thanks for saying such lovely things. Big hugs. Tracey x


  16. Hi there,

    I absolutely love your work! The soft colour palette is so cute!

    I’m currently studying at University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury, Kent, UK in a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

    I’m also passionate about textiles and home-ware

    Yours Faithfully
    Sophia Going


  17. Your blog is just lovely! I’d like to nominate you for the Sunshine Blogger Award if you would like to join in: http://craftmanicmommy.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/oh-sweet-sunshine-a-blog-award/


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