Monday, January 16, 2017

A Round Tuit 345

Happy Monday from Cairns!
Well, my first week back at teaching went well. I'm enjoying the work and my students are great!
Now heading into week two, it's also the final week of my daughters' long summer school holidays, so it's all about getting ready to go back to school! and for my youngest - getting ready to start high school! All very exciting and a busy week of preparations ahead!
I'm going to try to find time to squeeze in a little bit of sewing as my youngest has asked if I can make her some notebook covers for her high school books!


So, without further ado, let's get this party started!

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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, this awesome Pom Pom Scarf from Vegan Dollhouse.



Finally, even MORE pom poms with this cute
No Sew Pom Pom Throw from Thistlewood Farms.


For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button here.
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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.

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


Friday, January 13, 2017

No more plastic bags for 2017!


How many plastic bags do you use each week when you go shopping?

Would you like your own set of pretty, sturdy and reusable bags and little cost to you?
How about making 2017 the year you stop using single use plastic bags?

Why not make your own reusable shopping bags? I've been using these bags for several years now. They are made from old sheets and are large, durable and super easy to wash if they do get anything spilled on them from split packets - so there's no need to wrap anything in more plastic before putting them in these bags!

After forgetting to take my nice, pretty, reusable bags into the shop a few times, I decided this was the next problem I needed to solve, and so made myself a pretty handbag with a nifty hidden pocket in the bottom to store these bags in, so that I will always have them with me and will never leave them in the car again!

I've made several of these bags for myself and family and friends.
And I've had a great response from others who have purchased my e-book and made the bags: (thanks Wesens-Art)


You can make your very own Eco-friendly Shopping Handbag, complete with a full set of shopping bags - a handibag and some fruit and veg grocery bags. All you need is a basic sewing know-how, some time and some old bedding, a pair of old jeans and some co-ordinating fabric, which could also be old clothes, curtains or bedding!

My e-book with all of these patterns and tutorials is now available for just the cost of a cup of coffee ($3.99)!

PLUS, $1 from each book sold will be donated to the WWF to further help protect our amazing environment and planet.

For a little more information and to purchase this e-book - go here.

I appreciate your support!


Monday, January 9, 2017

A Round Tuit 344

Happy Monday from Cairns!

Today I go back to work teaching English! It's going to be a big change but I'm looking forward to this new challenge!

We've been making the most of family time over the holidays, getting out and about and doing some fun things like ten pin bowling, trips out for morning tea and BBQs at the beach!



How about you? I hope your year has started well. Have you been crafting, cooking or DIYing yet?
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, since I'm continuing to learn and practice my crochet this year, this cute crochet coaster pattern caught my eye from Annemarie's Haakblog.




Finally, since I'm going back to teaching next week, I've been thinking about my packed lunches - and these Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps from Delightful E Made caught my eye!




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 next week.

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


Friday, January 6, 2017

150+ Free Sewing Tutorials



Over the years I have been blogging, I have gradually built up a huge resource of my own sewing tutorials.
My Mum and Granny were both dressmakers and taught me to sew as a child, but I didn't really develop much of an interest in sewing until I had my own kids and began making things for them.

Being a teacher, I have carefully recorded how I've made things, and created over 150 sewing tutorials with detailed photos and descriptions, so that I can share the 'how tos' and others can have a go at making things for themselves and others too.  

Creativity and making things are such important skills to learn and have. Sewing just happens to be my medium.  My Mum and Granny used to sew mainly clothes for us out of necessity - it was cheaper to make than buy.  That is no longer the case for clothes now, but it still holds true that to make your own clothes and other things gives not only a great deal of personal satisfaction, but also results in unique and one-of-a-kind things to keep for yourself or give as gifts.  Designer products if you like - not just the mass produced store-bought things that everyone has!

Sewing has allowed me to make so many things for my kids and others over the years, as I've received many requests for things that you may not be able to just go out and buy, like, 
a carrot pencil case for a friend's birthday..


or penguin suits for a whole class of kids when they won

A bag for a friend whose old one had broken, but she loved the style and wanted another just the same.


Or even just a bag for myself, exactly the size, style, shape and colour I want!


I have made so many different things from bags to clothes, pencil cases to oven mitts and novelty gifts for Christmas.


So how do I find these sewing tutorials?

All my sewing tutorials are grouped together to make them easier to browse through or look for specific things.
You can start on the main page here and choose from there what type of sewing tutorial you are looking for.

I have tried to make each tutorial as clear and simple as possible to anyone can have a go at them. I even sometimes go back and use my own tutorials to make things again!
I have also turned each of the tutorials into PDF versions which can be downloaded for free if you prefer that! All links can be found on my tutorial pages or on each individual post.

I hope I can encourage and inspire others to sew and create in their own way - perhaps saving money, developing their skills of dexterity and creativity or simply just having fun!

Please do go take a look at My Free Sewing Tutorials

and I would love to see pictures of anything you make with them too!


Don't miss out!
To keep up with what's going on here at Creating my way to Success, any new tutorials or creative ideas, why not subscribe to my monthly newsletters.
All subscribers get a free copy of my E-book.

How to turn what you've got into what you need.
Which includes 3 bonus sewing tutorials!
To subscribe - click here!



Happy creating and sewing!

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, January 2, 2017

A Round Tuit 343

Happy Monday from Cairns!
And welcome to the first Round Tuit party of 2017!!

I can hardly believe this linky party has been running for over 6 and a half years! I still enjoy checking out everyone's entries each week and it's always tough to pick just 3 favourites!

I hope everyone will still continue to stop by and link up this year and I'd love if you shared this party and more people came and linked up too!

2017 is a year of change for me with going back to teaching, but also continuing with the blog - you can read more about that here.

But for now - let's get to this party and see what everyone has been up to and has planned for this year!

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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, this 
cute crochet hot water bottle cosy pattern from Happy in Red.



Next, a great example of use what you've got with a 
DIY herb drying rack from Grandma's House DIY.



Finally, a recipe that caught my eye, looks delicious and I'm definitely going to try this year:  
Coconut Curry Quinoa Risotto from Healthy Helper.



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 next week.

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


Thursday, December 29, 2016

A new year, a fresh start 2017




At the end of 2016, it's time to reflect upon the past year and look ahead to 2017.


2016

2016 has been a good and busy year. We had a great family holiday to Japan, and plenty more family fun and experiences.  
Our girls had awesome years at school, achieving lots both academically and in all other areas too!



My blog this year

For me - it was a year when I put everything I could think of into my blog.  After 6 years, I feel like I've built it up into a great resource of sewing tutorials and upcycling inspiration. Slowly, over the years I've become more and more focussed with what my blog is about - and what I love to do. Sewing is not the main focus of my blog - although having created over 150 free sewing tutorials, you'd be forgiven for thinking that it was!



I'm definitely an advocate of doing things in an environment friendly manner - reduce, reuse and recycle. But again this isn't the sole focus of my blog, just an aspect of it.

What me and my blog are all about is, 

Use what you've got

This is something I do and have always tried to do in all areas of my life. So here on the blog I sew and create things, 'using what I've got' on hand - materials and supplies I've recycled, been given, found in a charity shop etc.   In our home I try to use what we've got in the pantry, fridge and kitchen to make dinners, cakes, and snacks When we want things, our first stop is always to see if something we already have can be repurposed or reused before we consider buying.

I love to find and share stories - largely on Facebook, of companies and people I find who 'use what they've got'  - like the feature post I wrote about The Woolly Pedlar earlier this year - a lovely lady whose whole business is built on the concept of 
'using what you've got'!!



13 years of..

For the past 13 years I've been a stay-at-home mum. This was a conscious decision my husband and I made for our lifestyle. My 'job' if you like has been to be there for our kids - educating and supporting them in their learning and endeavours. I've helped them with projects, homework and extra curricular activities. I've helped out and volunteered a plenty at their kindergarten and school - everything from president of their kindy to manager of their sports teams.

In my time for myself over the years, I've renovated a couple of houses with my husband, and on my own I've built up a couple of blogs. This one - and also an education blog chronicling and sharing things I've done over the years with our girls to help their education and learning experiences. If you're interested to see that blog - go here to Be Our Best.


This blog - Creating my way to Success, started out as a hobby - somewhere to share my sewing creations, and has developed into a reflection of who I am and what I enjoy doing.  
I would love for this blog to be an income producing job for me - as I'm sure plenty people would love their hobby and personal interests to be. I've tried everything I can think of (and am willing to do) to make this the case, but sadly so far have been unsuccessful in making a lot of money from my blog. I do make some from advertising, and sales of my e-books; but most of this just goes straight back into the blog to pay for things like my inlinkz subscription that allows me to run my weekly Round Tuit linky party; ejunkie, that allows me to sell my e-books online, and then I also sponsor a WWF turtle monthly - using a little from the sales of my ebooks, and the rest from my Google advertising income.

I could go down the path of sponsored posts to earn money, but that's not something I'm comfortable with given my ethos of 'Use what you've got'. I don't want to promote all kinds of products that I myself don't use or wouldn't buy. Since a lot of my shopping is done at charity shops and I make things out of what I have and things like old clothes friends give me, there's not really much that fits my blog that I could comfortably promote and sell to try to make some money!

This year as I mentioned earlier, I've tried lots of new tactics to promote my blog. I've explored and pushed Pinterest, 

I ran a month long project with some blogging friends to use our social media followings to help promote each other's blogs - 


and also hosted a major Christmas project with other fellow bloggers too - The 12 Days of Christmas DIY Challenges.

I've revamped and reorganised my blog - shared, promoted, linked and done all I can think of. I've had some successes here and there, but not enough to justify spending so much time on my blog any more. I need to try a new tactic.
"Success comes from doing things differently"




2017

So, in 2017 there will be a big change for me.


Teaching!

Instead of doing casual work here and there and lots of 'volunteer work', I'm going back to a regular paid job teaching English as a foreign language.
After 13 years of teaching my girls, I'm looking forward to a new teaching challenge. The hours are within my girls' school days so I'm lucky with that and can still drive them around to all their various after school sports here and there and help out with those where needed.

So, this all means I won't have as much time to put into my blog and sewing.  I won't stop, but just do less.  However, having put SO much time into the blog this year and not seen enough of a return to justify the hours, I think that less time spent on the blog will be a good thing all round.  


Going back to regular paid teaching won't mean I'll be doing any 'more' than I've been doing, just different things. My hours will have to be a little more focused and a little less flexible, but again I think this may be a good thing and help me focus and maybe even get more quality stuff done!




My blog in 2017

So there you have my plan and big change for the New Year 2017.
I do hope you'll still come and visit my blog to see what I'm up to. I've got a list of several things I want and need to sew for myself and my girls this year; I'm going to continue my learning to crochet as I am enjoying it so far, and feel it's important to always continue to learn!  I also have plenty of tutorials and posts already here on the blog to share and browse through.


The Round Tuit party will still run each week 

and I'll still be on my Facebook page most days, sharing fun things, sewing, crochet and upcycle links and most of all ideas and inspiration to 'use what you've got'.

My final wrap up of 2016, was to revamp what my newsletter subscribers get when they sign up.  
There are 3 sewing tutorials, exclusively for subscribers.. The Kathryn Bag (a pretty handbag), a soft backpack and a pretty clutch.


I've now packaged these 3 free tutorials together in free e-book, which also contains plenty of ideas on how to 'use what you've got'; and a section on how to deconstruct a pair of jeans - one of my favourite things to upcycle as you can use every single part of them from the waistband to the hems and seams!

So if you would like a free copy of this book - then why not subscribe to my monthly newsletter and keep up with all the goings on here at Creating my way to Success in 2017?

So subscribe and get your free copy of my e-book:

How to turn what you've got into what you need




So how about you?

Have you had a good year in 2016? And do you have any exciting plans for 2017?  I'd love to hear what others are up to!







Monday, December 26, 2016

A Round Tuit 342

Happy Monday from Cairns!
I hope those who celebrate are having a great Christmas!
I'm having a lovely time with my family, but just wanted to open up the usual weekly Round Tuit party for those who still want to join in and share their creations! So let's get to it!


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, this Cute crocheted pen holder from Kat Kat Katoen
A great way to use what you've got - just an empty jar and left over yarn!! I love it!!



For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button here.
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 I'll also pin each feature to the Round Tuit Pinterest Board.