Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Melktert" fit for a Queen

I spent a wonderful morning with a friend on Tuesday and she took me to her favourite coffee shop at the Weltevreden Farm in Johannesburg.

This is how they serve their "Melktert" (Milktart)! It differs slightly from the traditional way, in that they use phyllo pastry for the crust.

A huge storm broke out and we were forced to find shelter in a local scrapbooking shop. Thanx Lisa Myburgh from the Memory Shed for making us feel at home!

Till next time


Monday, March 29, 2010

La Femme Book IV ready to go "home"

I played hostess for a collaborative book and spent most of the weekend binding the final product!! These works of art will now go back to the 23 contributing artists and I've decided to take some close-up photos of the pages to give you a glimpse of their work!

This is actually the fourth (and FINAL) book in the series called "La Femme Mystique":
Book 1 - Underwear
Book 2 - Shoes & Bags
Book 3 - Hats & Hatboxes
Book 4 - Dressmakers' Dummies

Four of the artists also have their own blogs and I suggest you pop into their blogs to learn more about them:) They are Amanda Harrod, Debbie Harris, Jowilna Nolte & Melani de Groot.

I would once again like to express my sincere appreciation to all the artists for everything they've put into these "Gifts from the HeArt"!!

Till later...


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Necklace in my favourite colour

I rediscovered my love for beading recently and made this necklace using beads (with very large holes) and fibres. It is actually a bracelet that I've attached to 3 strings of fibres that are tied together. Now I have a choice of wearing it on my wrist or around my neck...

This is a closer look at a dangle that was attached to a ribbon clasp - an alternative way of using the clasp!?

Here I tied a bow on the end of the fibre strings (where it connects with bracelet) just to add more interest.

This necklace will be available as a class soon...

Have a gr8 week!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Love Garland

Creating this garland, I really enjoyed myself. I used some of my favourite products: 7 Gypsies, Tim Holtz & Crafty Individuals.

This is the first of the four pieces that makes up the garland. I have covered a grunge board heart and put a little paper frill around the outside of the heart.

Behind this heart you can see the grunge board wings covered with dictionary paper. I like the three dimensional effect you get by bending the grunge board, and then it stays that way.

I will teach this class during May, at Carrots Crafters in Queenswood. Either 8 May or 22 May, but will let you know exactly when, closer to the time.

La Femme Book 4

I am hosting a "chunky" (aka collaborative) book with "Dressmakers' Dummies" as the theme. 23 South African ladies are participating and here is a close-up look at one of my pages...

The colour brief for the book states that we should use black, white and one pastel colour.

I will post more of these gorgeous works of art in the near future!

Till later


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Cupcakes (almost) too good to eat

Elna and I joined a bunch of "old" and new friends yesterday to celebrate the birthday of one of our BFFs, Claudene. The pink cupcakes had a Rosewater icing and tasted just like Turkish Delight!!

The setting was in a gorgeous store in Northcliff, Johannesburg, called "enStyle". We felt like real Victorian Ladies, having High Tea in the late 1800's...

Thanx Claudene for a very special day and putting a smile on Elna's (and my) face!?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Let me try.

"Remember" portfolio with photos of your Loved ones.

We did it!!

After much deliberation Elna and I decided to take the plunge and start a blog...

We found an amazing book by Tara Frey called "Blogging for Bliss" which gave us the confidence to start creating our own piece of history on the internet!?

We plan to share craft-related tips, tricks & ideas and whatever else make us smile.

Please pop in and let us know what you think of our "baby".

Looking forward to future chats!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The header.

It looks great. I like what Benice has done with her photo. Now we can start blogging and editing the whole thing. I must admit it is a whole new thing and a big learning curve that I must go through.