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Monday, April 13, 2015

A Round Tuit 253

Good morning from Cairns!
We're half-way through our school holidays here and I'm having a lovely time with my girls.
Less blogging is happening, but once they're back at school I'll have plenty to get stuck into and share!

For now - let's 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, some very cute 
DIY simple and sweet owl pillows from Creatively Homespun:


Finally, a brilliant upcycle from Bikelovin -
 a pinboard made from an old t-shirt and bike inner tubes. Genius!


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.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Book Covers - A Birthday Present

Today is my elder daughter's birthday!
This year she asked for something I could make for a present, so of course I was very happy!

She started high school this year and has lots of exercise books for all her different subjects. She asked for fabric covers for them so she can easily identify each subject's book! I'd made a couple for my girls before for different sized books. 


I had fun choosing my prettiest and most fun fabrics for her.

This one is a final remnant I had from when we decorated her room - it's on her roman blind, a bolster cushion and her pinboard...and now a book cover!


I'm sure she'll love them.
It's always nice to make things for my girls!

She'll definitely have the brightest books at school - and they're not likely to get mixed up with anyone else's.

Do your kids ever ask you to make things for them for their birthdays and Christmas presents?  

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday Spotlight - Kids Crafts and 'Fruit' Desserts

It's the weekend and time once again to feature some of the fabulous links from this week's Round Tuit linky party.

(Apologies, last week this post was forgotten in the excitement and flurry of the Easter weekend!)

So - this week I'd like to highlight...

Some cool kids crafts or crafts for kids!:



And, some sweet 'fruit' desserts!


Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 6, 2015

A Round Tuit 252

I hope everyone is having a lovely Easter weekend!
I'm having a nice break at home with my family, but still had to squeeze in the Round Tuit party today!

So let's see what everyone's 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, this gorgeous 
Crocheted Cat Cave from Annemarie's Haakblog:


Finally, if, like me, you don't have an pet to make a bed or cave for - you can make yourself a cute softie, like 
these two cuties from Passion et Couture:


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

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Progress on my Clothes Upcycling Challenge 2015


This year I've set myself a clothes upcycling challenge to upcycle this pile of clothes...
...into things to sell at my girls school carnival this year - to try and show there is a way to fund raise using resources we already have (these clothes were left over from last year's carnival clothes stall) and skills parents are happy to share.  This is after years of frustration with simply being asked to donate money or buy things to donate. To read more about this - and a great discussion in the comments afterwards, you can read my post, 


But getting back to the clothes upcycling. 
I sorted all the clothes into this chest of drawers:

My plan is to work my way through one drawer every two months so that I finish it all by the end of October when the carnival takes place.

My first drawer is now basically complete after the first two months - February and March! Just scraps left - which I will use in future projects.

So now it's onto the next drawer which I need to complete through April and May.

As I did with the last drawer - I have sorted through the clothes and worked out a rough plan of what to make each week. This may change as I get more ideas, but I need to have a plan to get started.

I'm really pleased with my progress on this project - on target for what I want to achieve, and lots of great things made for the stall already! 
If you want to see any details of what I've made already - there are links and tutorials here.

My other challenge this year - to use up my own fabric stash, isn't progressing quite so well.  I've wondered why I'm doing so well with one challenge but not the other, and have decided that a lot of it has to do with a specific goal - and other people are involved.  I'm upcycling the clothes for a clear purpose - there is a definite 'why' and other people that will benefit from this challenge - my girls and their school!

Using up my own fabric stash only has the why of - I've got too much stuff and I need to clear more space. It's not a clear or specific enough goal. I think I shall have to rethink this one and find a clearer purpose so that I can clear this fabric stash.

Did you have plans, challenges and goals for this year?  How are you going with them so far?


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Upcycled Jeans Bags


This week's clothes upcycle is a couple of super easy jeans bags.
I've seen these bags all over the place but never made one myself - so thought it was about time to try one out!

I used this lovely tutorial from Sugar Bee Crafts.
The only thing I changed on my second bag - the pink one - was to box out the bottom corners of the bag so it didn't sag open quite so much.

All you need is a pair of jeans shorts (or cut off jeans) and some 
co-ordinating fabric. Making the bag only takes about half an hour!

I made the blue jeans bag first.



Then the pink one.




Pretty cute bags don't you think?

To see what else I've been making with clothes for my challenge this year - go here.

And for over 600 clothes upcycling ideas in my ongoing linky 
go here - and please do add your own ideas too!



I shall be linking this post to many of the fabulous linky parties whose pretty buttons can be found on the bottom of this page, and direct links on my linky party page.
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