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The best way to tie dye more 2 or more colours

I have done tie dye projects a few times.  Usually dunking the items in buckets of dye which is only really suitable for doing one colour.  Recently we used a tie dye kit which had 2 colours with spray bottles.  this was successful but a little awkward as the items had to be held and sprayed.  It is hard to ... Read More »

My week in Pictures 1 – 7 October 2016

One of our favourite annual activities is visiting Ludwigs Rose Farm outside Pretoria.  The best time to go is for the first flush in early October.  It turned out that we were a week early as some rose varieties were still in bud form.  This weekend 8-9 Oct will be the best time to see all the roses in bloom.  ... Read More »

The joy of returning to Pottery classes at Mary Brooks studio

I last went to pottery classes in Pinetown about 30 years ago.  I loved the craft and have missed playing with mud ever since.  When I moved to Jo’burg in 2000 I tried a few times to find a studio on the East Rand but was unsuccessful.  A few months ago I read the Katie Fford book Living Dangerously and ... Read More »

Inspiration and spoiling at the Kids Emporium bloggers breakfast

  The bloggers breakfast at Emoyeni Estate, hosted by Kids Emporium was a lovely extension of my birthday the day before.  The thoughtful, meticulous attention to every detail by Lauren and her team reflected an organization based on the right foundation. The 3 speakers inspired respect and admiration.  Lauren spoke of her vision and fulfilment in founding and leading Kids Emporium.  ... Read More »

Simplicity 1570 Kids Nightdress, pyjamas and gown

Fjord outgrew the dressing gown which I made for him a few years ago.  It was so hard to find a pattern for a boy over the age of 8.  This one was the only one which I could find.  I’m not mad about the top and nightdress with the pattern as they seem to have a funny pleat down ... Read More »

Some fun and a little life lesson from Snowflake and Barbie

I don’t do instant!  Instant coffee blasphemes the bean.  Instant meals and cakes are unconscionable.  My grandfather and great grandfather were master bakers and owned Pockets Tea Room (Bakery) in Salisbury (now Harare).  Baking is a tactile passion for me.  I shudder at the thought of instant cake mix. At the SA Mom Blogs #JoziMeetUp my exciting goodie bag contained ... Read More »

Oh So Charming, Oh so Unique, Oh so Talented

When every shopping mall offers the same shops, selling the same products, there is a hunger to find something different and special.  Discovering the South African online store ‘Oh So Charming’ has opened up the greatest avenue for shopping, and you escape entering Groundhog malls which pulverize the soul. I met Tracey from Oh So Charming at a SA Mom Bloggers event ... Read More »

Quick Halloween craft, bat candle jars

On Saturday we had a play date.  I don’t have a lot of outdoor activites to entertain the children and decided to get them to do a craft activity.  Halloween is this week and seemed a good theme idea.  These painted candle jars decorated with bats worked very well. WHAT YOU NEED 1 glass jar 1 tea light candle (or ... Read More »

BIC Kids Super Soft pencils, the best for colouring in

Scattered around our house there are umpteen broken wax crayons and unused pencil crayons.  My children love colouring in but until now lacked the ideal tools to do so.  Until this weekend I discovered BIC kids Super Soft Crayons, they were R24.99 at our local Checkers Hyper. Normal thin wax crayons break when children look at them, the jumbo ones ... Read More »