Monday, September 24, 2012

A Round Tuit 120

This week I'm off for a few days break camping. The Round Tuit party is still running - so please do link up and visit some of the other links too!
I won't be able to visit all the links myself this week - but will try to check some out when I get back, and of course feature some on next week's post when I get back!

Hope you all have a great week!

Let's party!

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 cool Lovely Bones Necklace from Art Club Blog:
I love this - and it's just perfect for a nice gruesome Halloween craft!
Lots more fabulous ideas on this blog - so do go and take a look at:


Next, this beautiful Dragonfly Quilt from The Busy Bee's:
For more lovely ideas and crafts - head on over to:

Finally, this neat idea to 
make your own twisted towel hair wrap from Heatherly Loves:
Great idea - I'm going to make a couple of these for my girls!
More lovely ideas from Heather at:
http://www.heatherlyloves.com/


For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button from my buttons page.
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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.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Just do it - DONE!



Sorry - not the most exciting photo to show how I've finished decluttering and organising my house, but things are very busy just now with the end of school term here today - and my youngest daughter's athletics carnival!
The picture is of one side of a set of hanging pockets I made to sit under our printer.  This side is now a convenient place to tuck the printer and hard drive cables when not in use with the computer! Simple but much tidier!

Anyway - my 10 week plan to declutter and tidy my house is more or less finished now after just 5 weeks!
I'm proud of myself of getting around to so many little jobs and tasks - some of which have been waiting for literally years!

I'm now enjoying walking around our lovely tidy house and peeking in cupboards and drawers to see how tidy and organised things are! Everything now has a place - instead of things being piled high on top of everything - everywhere!
(Gosh I make my house sound terrible don't I?)  But the difference is amazing!

The past 5 weeks have helped not only clear my house - but also my head. My blog has been neglected somewhat, but I've had a chance by stepping back to come up with some fresh ideas and am ready to come back to it with renewed vigor!!

First up will be organising my sewing desk - my last decluttering task. I've lots of sewing and making to do for this and will get my girls to help me in the second week of their school holidays!  A few storage ideas and tutorials to come!! 

However - I have one last week before that!
We're off camping for a few days which will be lovely - we're  going to visit some 'Lava Tube Caves' nearby and a few other places too!
I'll share some photos when I get back!

Thanks for sticking with me through my de-clutter weeks!
I'll be back soon with more Creating to Success!!

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My own version of a pillow pet! - another mid-week upcycle.


Do your kids have Pillow Pets?
My girls got some for their birthdays this year from friends. My eldest got two, but my youngest only got one.
My youngest had asked me to make her one, and this week I finally got a round tuit! It didn't cost me anything - as it was another upcycle using what I already had!


We had this lion 'rug' that was bought years ago when my husband and I went to a fancy dress party. This was part of my husbands costume (he went as a caveman!). Since then, the lion has been a rug when our girls were babies, and then has just been tucked in with the pile of teddies and cuddly toys ever since!

So - this lion rug - together with an old pillow is what I used to make my daughter her new pillow pet!
I used her current unicorn pillow pet as a guide as to how to make it!

I cut...

And pinned..

Thet put the old pillow inside and stitched it all together to make...



He's definitely the old man of the pack now..

A little older and less 'puffy' !

But I'm sure he'll be a wonderful pillow..

And very well loved!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Case for hard drive




We have a small hard drive which we keep next to our computer to back up important things.
Until now it has just sat on the edge of the desk - and does tend to get quite dusty.
So I decided to make a little case for it!

I followed my own tutorial for making a case for a tablet - which I did earlier this year:

So now our hard drive is protected from dust!

A nice simple and quick project that used up some of my scraps too!

There are heaps more tutorials for making useful little things on 
 so do go and take a look!

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

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Round Tuit 119

Barron Falls - Cairns, QLD Australia

Hello and welcome to another Round Tuit!
I did get around to several things this past week - but most of the week was about my girls and helping out at school as it's coming towards the end of term.
On Thursday I got to accompany my elder daughter's class on their trip up to Kuranda on the Skyrail to study the rainforest. It was an excellent day - great fun, beautiful views (like the one above - of the Barron Falls - shown here in the dry season - very impressive in the Wet, when they are in full flood!) and nice to spend time with my daughter and her friends!

But let's get to this week's party!


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 cool idea for some 
Halloween art from The Moody Fashionista:
Brandy has lots more cool things to see on her blog, so do go and say hi at:


Next, this great idea for organising sunnies from Felt By Rae:
I love this - especially since I'm reorganising and sorting my house just now and looking for some smart new ideas!
Lots more fabulous ideas at:

Finally, another great clothes upcycle - this time
 shirt to leggings from Vixen made:
Such a brilliant idea!
And there are heaps more brilliant ideas over at Vixen's blog at:


For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button from my buttons page.
----------------------------------------------------------
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 facebook during the week, and also on this post next week.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Just do it week 4

This week I had intended to sort out my sewing desk, but instead decided to sort the rest of the house and leave that till last!
So this week I sorted out my messy laundry!
Now our laundry is a very small space beside the kitchen - and one day we intend to get a concertina door to block it off so you can't see it! But until then, I can at least try to make it a bit more presentable - and user friendly!



I made some simple covers for the shelves, which are getting a bit old and the plastic is flaking off!

I think they look much neater now!



I also made a small hanging basket for all the swimming googles, caps, bags and paddles that get hung all over the place!

Now everything has a place so we should all be able to keep this part of the house tidy now too!

Not much left to go now - just a couple of drawers - the spare room bed - (where I've dumped all the excess stuff from every other room in the house), and then my sewing desk - which I'm most looking forward to - but also provides my biggest challenge!  How to organise all of this ??

Now I challenged myself to get my house tidy, sorted and in order in 10 weeks - but I think I'm going to finish it in half the time!   Once I got started and could see the changes and the differences, it has just kept me motivated to keep it up!

Once it's all finished - I just know I'm going to get so much more done and achieved without constantly seeing mess that needs sorting and clearing!

A tidy house means a tidy mind...and more time for sewing and blogging!! Yippee!!

Nearly there!! Thanks for bearing with me through this! And well done to all those who've commented that they're tackling their organisation too! Keep it up - it's worth the effort in the end!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Peg Bag Tutorial


I've had a peg bag like this for several years now. It belonged to my granny and my mum brought it out from England years ago.  
Now those years of hanging on the line in the tropics have taken their toll on this peg bag..


Faded and torn, sadly I think it's better replaced than repaired.
But sentimental as I am, I wanted the same kind of peg bag to continue to remind me of my granny!

So - I made a new version!


Here's how...

I took out the coat hanger from the old peg bag.  It's just a wooden hanger wrapped in a little padding and fabric and stitched:
And I used some thin denim for the main bag, some scraps from old clothes for the applique on the front and a piece of cord for the washing line:


I measured the width of the hanger to determine how wide to make the bag - the previous one was larger than the hanger, but I wanted this one to fit more snugly.
So my hanger was 29 cm wide (11.5")

So I cut my fabric like this:
For the back: 30cm wide by 40cm long (11.75 x 15.75") 
For the front top: 30 x 13cm (11.75 x 5")
For the front bottom: 30 x 29cm (11.75 x 11.5")
For the clothes on the washing line - scraps cut into shapes of trousers, shirts etc:

First I stitched the washing line into place on the main front piece:
Then using the applique setting on my machine (or you could just use a tight zig zag) - I stitched the posts for the line:

So now the line was ready to 'peg' the clothes on!

For this I simply placed the small cut clothes items just under the line, and again used the applique setting to stitch around them.

Then changing back to a straight stitch, I stitched the pegs in:

Now all that remained was to put the bag together.
For the two parts where the opening was to be in the front of the bag I overlocked the edges and stitched a small hem in place.
(If you don't have an overlocker or serger, you could just do a double hem to hide the raw edge)
So this means the top of the front part you just put the applique on, and the bottom part of the other front piece.


Now with right sides together, I laid the front pieces on top of the back and pinned all the way around. I laid the coat hanger at the top and using a white pencil drew the curve around the top. I stitched along this curve, so the bag would sit nicely on the hanger when finished!


I also left a small gap at the top for the coat hanger to fit through - just 1cm (0.5")


Where the seams of the front two pieces met, I stitched over this part backwards and forwards several times for extra strength!

Then I stitched all the way around the edges, and overlocked (serged) the raw edges - or you could just add a tight zig zag!

Then it was ready to add the coathanger!
I pushed the coathanger through the hole at the top..

 then turned the bag right sides out over it..


So there you have my own version of Granny's peg bag:

Already filled up with pegs and being used!

For the downloadable PDF version of this tutorial, click here.

If you liked this tutorial - there are many more on my tutorials page.
Why not take a look?

I'll be linking this post to many of the fabulous linky parties whose pretty buttons are on the bottom of this page and direct links are also on my linky party page.