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My mother the artist Annice Whitehead

I can never begin to say how proud I am of my mother.  Not only has she been the best mother but she is a marvelous creative spirit.  Sadly her artistic genes did not make it into my DNA but she taught me to look at the world differently.  When we are in a vast expanse of space she will ... Read More »

My week in pictures 5/11 – 12/11 2016

Ahh after the lightning strike my week in pics took a down turn but here’s the latest. Not only will the chickens have a lovely new home soon but it was very special to watch Cliff and Fjord working together on this.  So much gained.  Watch this space for the finished product. The source of marital unimpressedness.  I was so ... Read More »

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 »