Thursday, December 8, 2016

A flurry of snowmen!


Last month here on the blog we had the 12 Days of Christmas DIY Challenges. Each day the challenge was to make something for Christmas using what you had on hand.  
Challenge 5 was to take something from your shed or outhouse and turn it into a Christmas decoration.  I made a garden snowman from an old broken fence pailing.

It was so easy to make and looked so cute in the garden, that yesterday my girls made me a few more from other fence pailings we had!

They had fun making them - adding their own touches with different shaped eyes, noses and buttons!
So now we have a whole row of snowmen standing by our pool!


And some new solar lights to add to the effect!


Have you ever made any Christmas decorations from something in your shed? Or do you have any ideas or inspiration to make something this year?
I'd love to see other projects like this - so if you do have one, please link it up here and share it with everyone!

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

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Round Tuit 339

Hello again and Happy Monday!
I'm currently enjoying the long summer holidays with my girls here in Cairns, and also the big countdown to Christmas! 
Here's what our Cairns Christmas Tree looks like down on the esplanade water front!  I love how tropical it looks surrounded by all those palm trees!
The whole area looks so pretty at night all lit up!



 In true Christmas excess mode we have not just one but 4 advent calendars on the go in our house!!  
All handmade - one by my daughter with pictures, one made by me years ago which has boxes for a little chocolate each day, another travel advent book that I made a couple of weeks ago which has Christmas jokes in and finally a maths one - which we did last year and they enjoyed so much we've done it again - solving problems each morning to unlock the chocolate in the box!!

I also made a few more upcycled reusable Christmas cards last week and packaged them up with the Christmas presents to be posted off to family members!



So what have you all been up to this week?  Let's get this party started and find out!

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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 neat idea for a Christmas Tree Shaped Bulletin Board for pinning your Christmas cards to from Jennifer Perkins.



Finally, this neat little DIY Art Caddy Tutorial from Gluesticks.


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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 and my Saturday Spotlight feature post next week.

And I'll also pin each feature to the Round Tuit Pinterest Board.



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

More Upcycled Reusable Christmas Cards




Yesterday I made a few more upcycled reusable Christmas cards to post to family members.

I used a pair of old jeans I got from the charity shop for $1 and fabric scraps I already had, plus cereal boxes I've been collecting for a few weeks!

I stuck to very simple designs this year, making use of Christmas fabric I had.


If you haven't seen my reusable Christmas cards before - they have this message sewn on the back so the recipient knows the idea behind the card!


They have a clear plastic pocket inside where you can slip in a piece of paper with a greeting on.

 I sent my first batch of these cards last Christmas, and I'm curious to see if this year anyone reuses them and perhaps returns one to me !?

To see the cards I made last year and a tutorial showing how to make these cards - go here.
And two more I made this year - you can see here.

Do you make your Christmas cards each year? 
What materials do you use to make yours from?

To see lots of other ideas for an eco-friendly and budget Christmas - you can visit my page:




- which all have a linky party attached for you to share your own ideas and projects too!

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


Monday, November 28, 2016

A Round Tuit 338

Hello and welcome once again to another Round Tuit linky party here at Creating my way to Success.
My girls just finished school for the year so we're at the beginning of our long summer holiday! Yippee!!

It's also almost December - and last week I posted a small 
sew-along to make a travel advent calendar book.
You can find the first day post here - which then contains all the links to the following days.

Or alternatively, the PDF version of this tutorial is now available to my newsletter subscribers.  If you're interested in that, and another 3 free PDF sewing tutorials - click here to subscribe.




But now it's time so see what everyone else has been up to. Let's get this party started and find out!

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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, these cute upcycled
Ribbon Spool Christmas Ornaments from Raven Would

Next, this beautiful curly crochet necklace from Pale Blue Corner.
Emese posted a super simple tutorial for this that I might just have to try for myself!



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 and my Saturday Spotlight feature post next week.

And I'll also pin each feature to the Round Tuit Pinterest Board.



Friday, November 25, 2016

Travel Advent Calendar Sew-along Day 5


Day 5
Today we're going to finish our Travel Advent Calendar!

You have all your pages ready.
Place them together as they will be for the finished book.
Make sure the cardboard is pushed firmly to the end of each page.


Make sure all the pages are evenly lined up and then pin down the spine, close to the cardboard pieces.

Now stitch along your pin line.
I recommend changing your sewing machine needle for this for something like a denim needle that can cope with all the thick layers of fabric.



Take the piece of fabric you cut in the beginning for the book  binding (19 x 7 cm (7 x 3 ").

Fold it in half, wrong sides of the fabric together, length-ways and stitch across the top edge with a 3/8" seam.


Now leave this inside out and slip it over the 'spine' of the book, Mark with a pin, where the 'spine' reaches up to.


Take your 'binding' off the spine again and stitch where you have pinned to form a pocket for the spine of the book.

Before adding the binding to the book, trim the top and bottom edges a little.  This will help the book to sit flat when it is opened out for use.



Now turn your binding piece right sides out and slip the spine of the book into it. Fold in the raw edges and pin.  This is quite a fiddly bit and does take a little patience!



Then finally, stitch the binding onto the spine of the book.
You may also want to use your zipper foot to be able to stitch nice and close to the cardboard pieces inside the book. Again patience is required here as your needle has to go through several layers of fabric. I found I turned the wheel on the side of my sewing machine manually at the start to get the needle going!



And that's it!  You've finished!!!



This year I decided to put some Christmas jokes in each pocket for my girls for the 24 Advent days - For a free printable copy of these 24 jokes, click here. You can then simply cut out the jokes and slip them into the pockets.




If you missed the earlier parts of this sew-along

Day 1 can be found here.
Day 2 can be found here.
Day 3 can be found here.
Day 4 can be found here.

I hope you've enjoyed this advent calendar sew-along.

I'd love to see your version of this if you make one!




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