Monday, November 30, 2015

Memories Captured - CREATE magazine

Hi there.  The November issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine is available for download now. Sadly this will be the final issue.  It has been an amazing privilege to be part of this team.  You can download the magazine HERE...and the free sketches HERE.  Today I am sharing my take on the journaling challenge with you.  The challenge was to use a letter, note, e-mail or card that you wrote or received as part of your journaling.  My son Wynand and his wife Nadia always write the sweetest notes that I keep and cherish.  

Supply list:  Patterned paper: Teresa Collins, Art from the heart; Stickers: Teresa Collins, 7Gypsies; Wood veneer: Teresa Collins; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios, Teresa Collins; bling: Teresa Collins; Sequins: Teresa Collins; Photo turns: Making Memories; Brads: Making Memories; Twine: DMC; Clip: Office stationary;  Punch: Fiskars.

The card was for Mothers Day in 2014.  I made the envelope with patterned paper.

 I love the old Teresa Collins lines with it's coordinated matching embellishments.  The cute photo was nicked off Facebook.

 The clip with the tags is something that I saw on one of Candice Greenway's pages.

Lots of old and new embellishments used...even photo turns.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Harkerville Saturday Market - Photo post

When we are on vacation we love to go to places where we can relax, have something good to eat, a aromatic cup of coffee, sit long and people gaze.  During our last holiday in Plettenberg Bay we visited the Harkerville Saturday Market.  It is situated on the road between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay and comes alive every Saturday morning.

 A place where locals and visitors meet...

...and sit a while.

 Flowers can be bought.

 Believe it or not...these are all made from felt and other fabric...lovely pin cushions?

 Fresh farm produce

 Sand art for the children.

 Interesting stalls with lots of handmade products.

 Tea time treats.
 Beautiful handmade glass jewellery.

 Home made cheeses.

 Fruit and other snacks to "dry" for.

African Art...
...all too pretty.
Our favourite foodstall...the Bundu Breakfast...

...where you have a choice between the "full monty"...

...or the "half monty".  
 ...yup....the sitting the very best part.

 ...followed closely by people watching... you can see a very "relaxed" environment to spend your morning.

Thank you for visiting my little place in cyberspace...and for sitting for a while ♥

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Funny Face - CREATE magazine

Hi there.  The November issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine is available for download now. Sadly this will be the final issue.  It has been an amazing privilege to be part of this team.  You can download the magazine HERE...and the free sketches HERE.   Today I want to share my take on this month's sketch challenge.  I used photos of my grandson Lukas and used the Silhouette Cameo to cut a sun burst.

Supply list:  Patterned papers: Studio Calico; Cardstock: American Craft;  Letter Stickers: American Craft; Stickers: My Minds Eye; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Enamel heart and arrow: My Minds Eye; Die Cuts: My Minds Eye; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink: Ranger Distress Ink; Stencils: Crafters Workshop. Other: Silhouette Cameo.

Some close up views:
I love stitching on my pages...and I love the DMC embroidery cotton that gradually changes from light to dark 

 I used the blue of Lukas shirt to contrast with the neutral colours of the patterned papers.

 The embellishments that formed part of the My Minds Eye (Lost and Found Record It) line were a perfect match with the Studio Calico papers.

The many faces of this cute child that I am proud to call my grandson.  

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Be sure to check out the magazine online.  It is filled to the brim with amazing layouts by the Design Team and will remain available for your inspiration.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Finnabair event in Jeffreys Bay

We were so blessed to have the fabulous Finnabair (also known as Anna Dąbrowska).  I was blown away  by Anna's lovely nature and humility.  A really, really nice person.  Our first day was our class with Finnabair.  She taught us to make an artsy canvas using lots of mechanicals and other embellishments.

A photo with the talented Finn.

A very good teacher indeed.

 The class that she taught was called "over emotional".  This is the canvas after the elements were stuck down in place.

The next step was apply gesso to all of it...and I managed to get gesso on my photo to...yay me! This creates a canvas for the sprays and other mediums that was added later.

A photo taken by Priscilla.  My happy place...deep in thought will my hands are busy.

Anna leaving her mark before she left.

 Before class on the second day Kobus and I went for an early morning stroll on the beach.  

 OH, how I love the beach...I am truly a saltwater girl.

 My darling man had two days of playing golf while I was playing with paints, paper and other mediums.

I cannot imagine ever living away from the coast.

The second days classes were with these two talented ladies.  Jowilna Nolte and Cariena Basson.

 Another lovely bonus is meeting bloggy friends... (Here I am with Lisa Marie)

...and making new friends.  I love the bubbly Christelle to bits.

This is the layout...with awesome techniques that Jowilna taught...the perfect backdrop for the photos taken during the event.  Moments captured to be remembered.

So close ups: 
 We masked and misted.  Inked, stamped and stitched to our hearts content.

 Moments captured.

 We were taught how to transfer images on serviettes and use them as embellishments...

 ...and how to tone down bright papers or washi tape with gesso.

Wonderful moments to remember.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and spending some time with me.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

As we speak...

Something light for today...

Learning to live in the moment...whatever the moment might bring...
Loving the warm weather and feeling the sun on my skin
Enjoying crafting...when my hands are the times when I commune with God best.
Watching Homeland...the only program I try to never miss
Reading After Me by Jojo Moyes
Craving Malva pudding with custard
Accomplishing a lot of admin that has been left on the back burner...sigh.
Thanking the Lord daily for His supernatural provision to all the people at the Mission.
Hoping for somebody to take over some of the admin I do at the Mission...the pressure is getting to me.
Wishing that I was sitting on the beach at Plettenberg Bay right now
Dreaming of a cruise in the Mediterranean.
Drinking lots of water and diluted apple juice with ice

What are you doing as we speak? 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Renovation Dreams (Part 2)

So much happening in my little world at the moment and so many photos and memories to blog and record....but so very, very little time.  So today I will just share a little before and after of some of the renovated parts of my home.

My home is still very much a work in process. Today I will show you how bringing light into a room transforms the whole mood and style of a room.

This is a close up of what the entrance hall looks like at the moment.

Before we painted the face brick wall.

After we painted the face brick wall.

The view of the entrance hall from outside our front door.  The walls have been plastered and painted in a soft grey.  The wooden entrance doors have had the same treatment.  Shock and horror for those who hate the idea of painting wood.

The entrance hall cupboard was bought from a Bali import shop in Plettenberg Bay. I love the intricate details.

This was our formal lounge.  We never, ever used it.  The old ball and claw furniture was inherited from Kobus' parents and the room was just too crowded for my taste.
 You can see the nguni skin hidden underneath the coffee table.

 It had a very heavy and dated look.

 We passed the ball and claw furniture to my brother-in-law...that way it stays in the family.  

 I found two very pretty wing back chairs at Mr Price Home.  They compliment the leather couches perfectly.  The orange curtains were replaced with neutral colours and the blinds replaced with creme blinds.

 The dark coffee table was given a lick of paint and a darker leather carpet was placed underneath it.

 Two pretty leather framed mirrors from Coricraft.

 The wall behind the wall unit was painted duck egg blue.  Now Kobus and I have our own private lounge where we get to choose what we want to more Paw Patrol, Ninja Turtles or Bubble Guppies for us ;-P