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Friday, November 30, 2012

An upcycled handmade gift - The Lesa Bag


This week I've been trying to get Christmas presents organised and made.  Here's another I finished - a new Lesa bag for my younger daughter's swim coach.

I made this one out of a pair of jeans and the lining from a dressing gown!

I made myself one of these bags out of an old pair of jeans - and I use it all the time, it's my current favourite bag.
The selection of pockets inside and out are just perfect, and the denim makes it nice and sturdy!

A pair of adult jeans is the perfect size to cut this bag out from.  The  back section had to be cut across the seam of a leg piece, but I think it looks ok, don't you?



The pattern for the Lesa Bag can be found here.
It's chock full of photos and easy instructions for each step.




So, that's another Christmas gift made and checked off my list.

And I still have some of the denim left over from these jeans - which I'm going to use for 2 or 3 more small gifts!!

Are you upcycling for any gifts this Christmas - or decorations perhaps?

Do come back tomorrow and each day throughout December for my upcycled advent calendar. Each day you can click on the 'door' and see some upcycled Christmas inspiration!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tartan gift bags


A simple handmade gift bag can make all the difference.

Our daughter's swim coach is heading back to her native Scotland for a long Christmas break, so a few of the parents have pooled together to get her a present.


Which all wrapped up in some nice Scottish tartan should be well received!

The wine bottle bag is just a simple piece of fabric folded in half, stitched down the side and bottom and the top hemmed - with a ribbon to tie around the bottle neck.
The drawstring bag for the chocolates I made using 


Monday, November 26, 2012

A Round Tuit 129

And so..9 weeks of school holidays begin!!

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 Christmas Reindeer from Howling at the Moon:
Liz has a lovely blog and some great tutorials, so do go and say hello at:
http://howling-liz.blogspot.nl/

Next, this gorgeous claspy clutch from Happy in Red:
Esther has a beautiful blog always with great photos, posts and amazing bags! So do go over and visit:


Finally, these great potato sack stockings from Crystelle Boutique:
I love how they're so personal, different and special!
Lots more lovely ideas from Crystelle on her blog, so hop on over there:
http://www.crystelleboutique.com/index.html

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 facebook during the week, and also on this post next week.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Madwestdesigns



Christmas is just around the corner - and if you're looking for some great gifts, then why not check out Madwestdesigns

There are gorgeous hats..


Beautiful scarves..

Great novelty items..

And so much more!

Come and take a look at the fabulous Madwestdesigns!
Marie has some gorgeous hand-knitted and crocheted items - and if you can't see what you're looking for - then do contact her as she welcomes custom orders!

Marie can also be found on her lovely blog, and also on facebook.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fat Quarter Shop

I was just browsing at the wonderful online 

when I saw this gorgeous collection called 

Just take a look..




Aren't they gorgeous??

I also had to look at their Christmas selection too - since it is well and truly the season for Christmas crafting now!

I found this adorable Oh What Fun! Quilt Kit:

And this great 

And this beautiful 

In fact, Fat Quarter Shop has an entire Christmas Cloth store, which has so many great fabrics, you just have to go and take a look for yourself!

Have you stocked up yet for your Christmas sewing and crafting?

Go on, head on over to the Fat Quarter Shop and you'll be sure to find something you like!

Happy Fabric Shopping!

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Round Tuit 128

First of all I want to apologise for not managing to visit and comment on all of last weeks entries. I do love seeing what everyone has been up to, but sadly just ran out of time last week!

The reason for me being so busy is that this is the start of my girls last week at school for the year!  I can't believe how fast the year has gone, and how much they have grown  up over the last 4 terms.
The last few weeks have been hectic with various carnivals, presentations and school activities; and this week is no exception!
I'm looking forward to 2 months of lovely holidays with my girls - time to spend with them in our gorgeous summer here in Cairns, and I'm sure many days inside with the aircon on crafting and sewing too!


So for now - let's party!  Link up and inspire me with all your fabulous ideas, crafts, tutorials and recipes!!!

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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 hilarious Denture Cake from I gotta try that:
For heaps more fun ideas - head on over to
http://www.igottatrythat.com/

Next, this great idea for kids party favours from Moore babies:
Love it!
Stevie always has lots of interesting stuff on her blog, so do go and take a look at:
http://themoorebabies.blogspot.com.au/

Finally, a great post about 
Guy Fawkes Night from Learning Lessons in Mummyography:
I have fond memories of Guy Fawkes night from growing up in England, but we don't celebrate it here in Australia, so it was nice to be taken on a trip down memory lane! Thanks Charlie!
For more fabulousness - head over to:
http://learninglessonsinmummyography.blogspot.co.uk/

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.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fashionable Fabrics

In starting with my Christmas crafting, I've been looking at this year's choice of Christmas fabrics, and what better place to look than the fabulous 


Just take a look at these gorgeous festive fabrics:






There are so many more great Christmas fabrics - and endless other gorgeous fabrics at this online store.
There really is no better place to look for novelty fabrics!

But don't take my word for it - do go and take a look for yourself!


Happy Fabric Shopping!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Getting ready for Christmas

My girls have just one week of their school year left then they're finished for the long summer/ Christmas holidays here in Cairns, Australia.
So - it's definitely time to get stuck into my Christmas crafting.
I thought I'd take a look at the Christmas Linky Party which already has over 300 ideas linked up.  
Here's a few inspiring ideas I found:

For the littlies - how about this cute 


Or how about this great 


Here's a lovely simple one: a 


For more ideas and inspiration - or to link up your own projects

And let's get Christmas crafting!!

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