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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Upcycling clothes - a big project


Last weekend was our school's annual carnival. This is a great day each year - the kids have so much fun, but it's also the school's biggest fundraiser.

I've had an idea swirling around in my head for the past year or two that I finally decided to put into practice.

I went to the clothes stall towards the end of the evening and asked if I could take some of the left over clothes at the end of the day to use for next year's carnival.  They were more than happy to let me rummage through and take away a few bags.

They're now all washed and sorted - and I'm excited with the selection I have to work with!

Lots of lovely jeans...


Even some pretty coloured ones!


Shorts and pants - good strong fabric!


My plan is to make bags, notebook folders, pouches and who knows what else.
Then at next year's carnival have an upcycled, sustainable stall to raise funds for the school - and also raise awareness - getting people into the idea of,

"Use What You've Got"

Now I've committed to this project - it's going to take some planning and lots of hard work, but I think it could be the start of something worthwhile, educational, ongoing and profitable!

Any suggestions of things to make with these clothes would be very welcome!

Has anyone else ever taken on a similar task? I'd love to hear any thoughts or ideas.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Covering a basket - Use What You've Got!

This week I'm preparing for a Halloween party at our swimming club. I'm organising the raffle and was looking for a way to present the prizes.

We have an old gift basket that is rather faded and old:



And looking through my fabric stash I found some scary fabric that I really don't know what else I would use it for!!

So...in a very unscientific way I laid the basket on the fabric...

to check the size!


Then roughly cut out shapes to cover the sides, base and inner.


And stitched it all into place!

It looks so much better now! Although I think I need to cover the handles too.


And here it is with some of the raffle prizes. 




Yes - already too much for the basket and more prize donations coming in too - so I may need to see what else I have on hand to hold prizes in!

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Round Tuit 229

Good morning!
After a busy weekend with our girls' school carnival and a Japanese student arriving to stay with us for a couple of weeks, I'm looking forward to some catching up this week - together with preparations for a big Halloween Party at the swimming club on Friday!

So let's get straight to it and see what everyone else has been up to!


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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, a fabulous clothes upcycle from Life is Beautiful - changing a men's XL shirt into a little girl's dress:


Next, this tasty looking recipe for Apple Cinnamon Chips from Robyn's View:



Finally, I just had to get one last Halloween feature in,
some gruesome 
Blood Oozing Chocolate Apples from With A Blast:


For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button here.
Creating my way to Success
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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.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday Spotlight

There's a lot of excitement in our house today as it's the day of the school carnival! Rides, shows, stalls and lots of fun! All finishing off with a big fireworks display!

So while we're out there - here's some great features to check out from this week's Round Tuit party.

Since it's less than a week to Halloween now - of course I had to feature some of the many Halloween crafts and foods that were linked up!

First of all some Halloween food:




And some Halloween crafts:



Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Surinam Cherry Jam




We have 2 Surinam (Brazillian) Cherry trees in our garden.

 Every year they produce lots of the cute lantern shaped fruit.

The fruit has quite a tart, sour taste and I'm the only one in our family who really likes them, and there are only so many tart cherries I can eat.

So every year, lots of these cherries just fall from the tree and go to waste.
This year I'm determined to


and make something with these cherries so that they get eaten rather than wasted.

Yesterday morning I went out and picked all the ripe red cherries I could find.

I washed them, removed the stalks and small green leaves on their bases, then squeezed them over a jug to remove the stones.
The pulp I got looked a lot like tinned tomatoes!

I ended up with 2 cups of the pulp, to which I added 2 cups of sugar and then simmered this in a pan for around an hour until it thickened to jam consistency.


Then poured it into an empty jar.
And voilĂ  - a jar of Surinam Cherry Jam!


Hopefully this means that more than just me will eat these tasty cherries!

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?

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