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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...

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.
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.

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!

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