Thursday, February 27, 2014

Freelance Writing - my latest article published!

Almost a year ago, for my 40th birthday, I did a bungy jump.
GREAT fun, but very different to the jumps I did 20 years earlier!

Go here to read my article and find out why!

I'd love if you left a comment to tell me what you think!!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Upcycled uniforms to bags

What do you do when your sporting club changes their uniform and you're left with piles of the old style uniform in all the unwanted sizes?

Make bags of course!

That's what I'm working on in my spare moments.

I've gone through my usual guilty feelings for cutting up clothes that are still perfectly good for wearing. 
But once I see the resulting bags, and know that the club can sell them and use the money to fund new uniforms, the guilt disappears!

I've started by making some simple tote bags.
I'm just using fabric from my stash for the rest of the bags, so there is going to be a variety to choose from.

I used waterproof fabric for the lining - since they are for a swimming club and very likely to have wet things put in them!

which is perfect for the bag linings, since they are likely to be used for carrying wet towels and swimmers!

The waterproof fabric is quite sturdy too, so it helps the bags keep their shape a little better.

I'm really enjoying this project. I've a few more tote bags to make, then I'm making smaller pouches with the short sleeves and some duffel bags with more of the main fabric.

Once I've got them all finished we'll hold a sale at the pool and hopefully we can contribute a significant amount towards funding the new uniforms from that.

This is a great way to 

'Use What You've Got'

which is my motto this year!

Have you ever found a use for old sporting uniforms?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I've been featured!!

I'm so excited to be featured over on Green Issues by Agy this week.

Green Issues by Agy

Agy's blog is full of upcycling, refashioning and recycling projects plus posts about environmental issues. A brilliant blog and I'm proud to be featured on it.

Thanks so much for having me Agy! 

Upcycling jeans again - another Birthday gift

The first birthday party of the year is in a few days, so I had to think of something new to make for my daughters' friends again this year.

This time I made a small bag and matching notebook cover. I used my bag tutorial here and my notebook cover tutorial here.
This year I'm focusing using what I've got - so making the most of the 100+ tutorials I've already made!

Of course you know I love upcycling, so thought I'd use an old pair of jeans for some of the fabric - and matched it up with other fabric from my stash.

The bag turned out really cute..

I used a notebook from a stash of them I bought in the January sales, and included a pen in the jeans pocket on the front.

The notebook just slips into the cover, so once it's used up it can be replaced with a fresh one.

Hope the girl likes her birthday set!. I think I'm going to make up a few to have prepared for upcoming birthdays - and will add them to my Madeit shop in the meantime.

What are you making for birthday gifts this year? 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Freelance Writing - my February focus!

Please vote for me here

but first, let me explain more......

This year as I've mentioned previously, I'm focussing on

 'using what I've got'

In January, I made a start on the long term project of using up my fabric stash.

For February, I've decided to use my writing skills as much as I can to work towards my goals.

Last year I started following a blog called 'Leaving Work Behind' which is written by an English guy who has managed to leave his job and set himself up with a great income through Freelance Writing.  This struck a chord with me, since with my 3 blogs, I've spent a lot of time over the past 3 years, writing!  Not only have I written for my own blogs, I've guest posted on others, had a couple of articles published on Technorati, I won a prize for a short romance story I wrote, and I've also written 3 short romance novels.

So, I thought, I've got a lot of practice and experience writing and I enjoy it, so why not look at making more of it, and perhaps looking to make an income from it!

So, this is the beginning of my Freelance Writing quest.  I've signed up with a website called 'People Per Hour', which is like an ebay for freelance jobs where you can put in your proposals or 'bids' for the available jobs that come up.

Then yesterday I wrote and article for a new environmental website called 'Wind'. On this site you can sign up and submit your original articles to be published. Then, people vote for their favourite articles. If your piece gets enough votes to put you on the front page, then you get paid!

So here's the link to my first article on there:

I would really appreciate if you had the time to pop over and read the article and vote for me if you like it!

I'll continue to post through this month how I'm going with my search for Freelance Writing work - and of course keep on posting about things I'm making with my fabric stash too, as I continue to 

Use What I've Got

And if anyone else has any experience, tips, hints or ideas for looking for freelance writing work, I'd love to hear them!!!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Use what you've got - gift wrapping

Last weekend we were invited to a Christening and a Wedding.
It was a stunning sunny day, and the beach wedding was just beautiful - under the palm trees at the water's edge..

We bought the gifts to take - a cute cuddly dragon for the baby, and some Champagne and glasses for the happy couple.
But how to wrap them?
I didn't want to buy any wrapping paper that would then be thrown away. I like to wrap gifts in a more eco-friendly way and use something that can be part of the gift itself.

So, I had a look through my fabric stash - wanting to

'Use what I've got'

For the cuddly dragon, I found a piece of cute baby fabric.

I cut a large rectangle and finished the edges off by double turning and stitching all the way around.

The fabric is cotton sheeting, and the size I cut is around cot size, so the Mum can use it as an extra sheet for the baby or just a cloth.
To wrap the dragon I just tied the 4 corners of the fabric around the  dragon and added a ribbon and card.

Next was the wine and glasses - already in nice presentation boxes.
I found some perfect fabric in my stash - dark blue with glasses of bubbly printed on it in gold. And some matching shiny gold fabric too.

This time I decided to make a drawstring bag to put the gifts in.

Again I tied a card and ribbon to the bag.

Definitely a better way to wrap gifts than throw away paper!

How do you wrap your gifts?