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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DAY 100, Use What You've Got



100 days ago I decided to challenge myself to 100 days of action.  I wanted to 'use what I've got' - making use of the things I already have in the house - fabric, recipes games etc. I also worked on my blog to make use of all the resources I have developed here over the years and make them more accessible. I decided to post here on my blog every day for 100 days - and I did just that!

Here's some of what I've done and posted about over these past 100 days.


I did lots of Upcycling


School uniforms that have been waiting in my stash for a while, into teddy uniforms, fabric baskets and notebook covers.

Jeans and scrap fabric into 3 sizes of triangle pouches.






Shared some Recipes








Including posts about Google Adsense:







I shared more new sewing tutorials.










And also made use of the beautiful corner of the world we live in...
Cairns:







I've also completed the #100happydays challenge - taking a photo a day for the past 100 days to show something that made me happy each day. I posted these pictures on Instagram - then through that shared them on both Facebook and Twitter.


So was it a successful challenge?

Definitely a success for me!
I really found that having a challenge and a focus with a specific time helped me stay focussed and get things done.
 Looking back here I can see that I achieved a lot. 

There have been busy and quiet times over the past 100 days. Some times I've felt like I'm achieving lots but others have felt flat.  I  think it's important to remember there are both ups and downs and not to get too bogged down or disheartened by the 'bad days' ! Looking back over a longer time period helps you put things in perspective!


What's next?

My focus for the immediate future is my new e-book of patterns which is almost ready for release. This is something I've been working on for the past few months and I'm very proud of.  I'm now just adding the final touches and working out my launch plan. So watch this space for that!



I won't now be posting every day, although sometimes I might.  I've got so many projects and ideas to work through  - upcycles, tutorials, stash busters and lost more learning about blogging. 

The challenge to 

Use What You've Got 

is ongoing. I think most of us don't make the most of things we already have and instead look too much to getting something new all the time.  So this is going to be a constant theme for me in what I do and blog about.

I do so love a good challenge - and am already thinking on the next one to bring things into focus and keep me accountable!

What challenges have you set yourself?

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Round Tuit 228, Day 99, Use What You've Got

Good Morning!
Another week has begun here in sunny Cairns - and it's a pupil free day at my girls school so they are home for the day.  My parents are visiting just now so I'm leaving them all home together to have some quality grandparent-grandchildren time - and I'm off out to get some work done!

So here's my week of #100happydays in review. Only 2 more days to go and I'll have made the whole 100!!Yippee!


Now let's see what you've been up to!


Welcome to this week's linky party. A place where you can link up your posts and creations, and be inspired by others.

Tuits are very hard to come by, especially the round ones. For years people have been saying, "I'll do it as soon as I get a round tuit". Well now you can have one of your very own, and all those jobs that have needed doing will finally get done!
 
 
 
Here's my favourites from last week's party:
 
First of all, this awesome 
Enormous Craft Bag from My Busy Craft Life:
Go take a look at the zipper pull on the bag! Too cute.


Finally, a gorgeous little 
Crochet Monster Hat from Domestic Evolution:



For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button here.
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Now it's your turn:
Link up your own projects - old or new - no rules - just share your creativity and inspiration!
I'd love if you grabbed the button - then you can have your very own Round Tuit!
And of course we all love visitors and comments so do visit some of the other links!
By linking up here you're giving me permission to use photos from your post in features here on my blog.
I will feature my favourites on this post next week.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Day 98, Use What You've Got



Making the most of opportunities while my parents are here. I got up bright and early this morning with my husband and we went out for a nice long 2 hour trail run up in the hills. 
Having my parents here to take care of our kids is rare treat for us to have a chance to do some trail running together. I also got to try out my new trail runners - which did look a lot brighter before 2 hours on dusty trails!



Hope you're all making the most of your weekend!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday Spotlight, Day 97, Use What You've Got.


This week's Round Tuit part was HUGE with heaps of fabulous crafts, recipes and other posts linked up.

Since Halloween is creeping up on us, and we are planning a party at our swim club for it - I'm looking closely at all the Halloween ideas just now, so here are some Sweet Halloween treats..





And Halloween crafts.


Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Presents! Day 96, Use What You've Got


Yesterday my parents arrived from England for a visit.  They brought presents with them! Lucky us!!

My favourite was the one shown in the picture above. Can you guess what it is?


A pair of 'floor cleaning slippers'!

So I can 'skate' around on the tiles and clean as I go! So much fun! My girls love them too.


They also brought out a chocolate cookbook I remember from my childhood:

This book is now my daughter's as she loves to bake chocolate things. I remember making these chocolate domino biscuits when I was a kid!
Yummy! Can't wait till my daughter starts baking things from this book!


Mum and Dad also brought a box of the cereal my husband misses from the UK.

While presents are lovely, the real gift is having my parents here for a few short weeks. So nice to catch up with them and for the kids to get time to spend time with their grandparents!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monster Pencil Case. Day 95, Use What You've Got



We have an upcoming fun night at our swim club for Halloween. I thought I'd make something to donate for the raffle - and what better than a monster pencil case!

I've made a couple before - one large one with teeth here and another like the one I made here (here's the tutorial)

I found some fur and black fabric from my stash and whipped this up in no time!

I also found a monster stationery set in my stash - so that will complement the pencil case well I think!


Do you make things to donate for raffles and fundraisers? I have so much fabric in my stash that it's the perfect way for me to 'do my bit' - and I enjoy it too!
AND it helps me in my challenge to "Use What I've Got!"


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Day 94, Use What You've Got - a new tutorial brewing

Over the past few months I've been working on a new BIG sewing tutorial, that is going to be part of an e-book I'm hoping to release by the end of this month.
It's an idea that's been in my head for a long time, and it's my major project for my 'use what you've got challenge'.
It's very exciting to see it all come together!


My pattern was sent to some fabulous pattern testers who did their job amazingly well and I had copious notes to read through and consider.



Yesterday I completed the final pattern, making one last bag to check everything. 


So now comes the ebook - putting it all together and adding more written parts.

Then more learning on how to launch and sell an ebook!


I'm enjoying the whole process, learning heaps and I'm excited about it being so close to finishing.
I've put so much time and effort into this, I want it to be the best it can be!

Watch this space - it's coming soon!!!

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