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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Day 18 - Use What You've Got

Today I'm going to be making use of the medicine and vitamins we have in our house - together with some fresh fruit, plenty of water and enjoying the comfy sofa to rest on.
I'm a bit sick just now with flu-type symptoms. Yesterday was a day when I had to be out and about all day and it really wiped me out. Today I'm resting!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Day 17 - Use What You've Got, my stash dilemma

Everyone keeps random objects for future crafting don't they?
A few years ago, we transferred all our music from CDs onto the computer and mp3 players. Of course, I didn't throw out the CDs seeing far too much potential in them as a craft supply!
Over the years, I've added to my craft CD collection with DVDS and CDs as my girls have grown out of various song and movie choices.

Now look at what I have...
At a rough count, about 250 CDs!

I like that they're shiny and was thinking of some kind of outdoor shiny mosaic project. A couple of years ago on a family holiday to Bali - I saw large statues covered like glitter balls - and in my mind, I kind of imagined I could perhaps create something similar to stand proud and glittery in our backyard..

Tacky? maybe - but I'm a sucker for anything shiny and glittery!!

However - here's the dilemma.

My daughter's school is putting on a production of 'At the Bandstand' and the art teacher who is working on the production set, has asked for donations of old CDs - and lots of them!

I'm in the midst of a challenge which involves using up my stash. I want to clear our house out and really should just donate these CDs to the school.

But there's a part of me doesn't want to part with all that shiny potential!  

If I keep them, I need to USE them - either way this stash is going to get used up!

What would you do??

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Upcycled school dress to teddy uniform! - Day 16 Use What You've Got

I've been saving my daughter's old school dresses. Ones that have become too worn to mend or patch. We've had a good few years use out of them - for both girls. 
I thought it would be fun to use the fabric to make things for them with.
I've made a few hair scrunchies in the past with them, but this time I thought I might make a keepsake for them.

I kept a couple of teddies the girls discarded at their last clean-out, with this project in mind!

Yesterday I took one teddy and one dress..

..and pieced together a mini school dress for teddy!

What do you think?
I think she may also need a school hat! I know there's an old spare one somewhere I could use...

Have you ever made anything from your kids old uniforms?

I also made a selection of bags from our swim club's old uniform shirts a little while ago! 

You can see what I made from those here.

Happy Upcycling!

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Round Tuit 216- Day 15 Use What You've Got

So I've now finished 2 weeks of my #100happydays challenge, and also of my Use What You've Got Challenge.
To stick to doing something every day does really push you  - and I'm finding myself becoming more focussed and learning every day about myself and what I want to do vs what I actually do.  It's really helping me to lift my game and get things done!

Here's my wrap up of week 2 of #100happydays:
You can follow my daily photos on Instagram or Facebook!

Now let's party!!
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 totally GORGEOUS bag from jeans (my favourite kind of upcycle!) by Ana Love Craft:

For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button from my buttons page.
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, 
and post a Saturday Spotlight round up of several links each week.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Use What You've Got Day 14 - a little sorting

This weekend I've not been feeling very well. Blocked up and a chesty cough so I've been taking things as easy as I can.

I took the opportunity to slowly sort out some of my 'stash' while watching some Commonwealth Games action.  

These fabric 'pockets' used to belong to my daughters, but when they got their own rooms this year, they cleared out some of their things, and I got this! I thought it would be good for keeping my current sewing projects organised, but until now, it's just had things randomly stuffed in!

No more!  I'm making use of them to organise my 'miscellaneous stupplies' in - everything from old clothes waiting to be upcycled, to beads and chess pieces! Plus some 'trinkety' things!!  I really do have some odd things saved - but there are ideas for everything!

So hopefully now things are sorted and clearly labelled, I'll get around to doing something with them!

It feels good to have a tidy craft room again!
Now I just need to rest for the remained of the weekend - and maybe just plan the week ahead of some crafts, sewing and upcycles to ..

Use What I've Got!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Day 12 - Use What You've Got - the quirky koala's capes!

Do you remember my quirky koala? I made him back in May for my daughter's teacher who is coaching an important hockey team later this year and needed a new mascot.

The team now has a name, and I've been asked to make a cape for the koala. 
 Here's what I came up with.

Since it's a Queensland team, the cape had to be maroon (QLD sporting colour). And I found a perfectly coloured shiny old pillowcase that was just perfect to upcycle for the job!
I don't own an embroidery machine (wouldn't it be nice?), so I appliqued the team name on one, and printed the others onto fabric which I then appliqued to the cape.
So I really did manage to use what I've got for this project! (The koala itself is made from a pair of jeans and some scrap fabric I had in my stash!)

So here's the first one, with the team name.

Or an alternative smaller version
 (just in case they play on a hot day!)..

Then some words of advice from the coach.

The Quirky Koala seems happy enough with them.

Let's hope the coach likes them too!

Have you ever made a team mascot?

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