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Hand painted recreation of the famous butterfly dress

Leonard Cohen had his famous blue raincoat, Acacia had her famous purple butterfly dress which was also torn at the shoulder and generally tatty after being worn day in and day out for over a year.  She even slept with it next to her like some kids have a favourite soft toy.  Unlike the tale of angst of the famous ... Read More »

How to make Pillow Slips with a contrast band

This week presented a problem, old age got the better of our duvet cover and it suddenly perished to such an extent that the next trip through the washing machine would have killed it.  The problem was that we have been on holiday this month and eaten out a whole lot, the budget is about as shot as the old ... Read More »

Sewing Fabric lined quilted Easter baskets / bags

I am a last minute kind of person, yesterday (Good Friday) I suddenly decided that it would be great to have a look at how to make Easter easter baskets. I woke in the wee hours thinking of how to do this. I decided that I would like to sew quilted bags for the children to use. I looked at ... Read More »

Painting candy coated Easter eggs, a fun kids activity.

Last year the children painted Easter eggs with food colouring using a paintbrush, it was fun but made the candy coating very sticky and wet.  Today we did the project again, this time the children drew patterns on the eggs with toothpicks which was much neater and less messy.  I then made a tiny mix of water icing using 2 ... Read More »

Our 1st visit to Irene Market in Pretoria

It has taken 9 years of living in Gauteng to get around to visiting Irene Market, we are already planning our 2nd visit 2 weeks after the first. The market is amazing. So many stalls, so much on offer and not a piece of plastic junk to be seen. Each stall offers nothing but quality, well that was my impression ... Read More »

Mc Calls pattern 6121 – top

  I have been looking for a pattern for a top which can be worn over leggings and cover the rear.  I made the Mc Calls pattern 6121 top this weekend and was very happy with the result.  The pattern was quick and easy to sew.  I did not make any changes or adjustments.  I plan to make at least ... Read More »

Sula’s Kitchen – Home made Cakes, cookies and treats in Boksburg

Since I was old enough to operate a kitchen scale and oven I have loved the art of baking.    I now bake to order.  I bake cakes, cheesecakes, scones, cupcakes and cookies all from first principles.  I use only the best quality ingredients and don’t skimp on quality.  For butter icing I use real butter not margarine, the only exception ... Read More »

New Look Pattern 6879

  I first made New Look Pattern 6879 when Acacia was 2.  I used a lovely white fabric and French Dormeil lace which came from my Granny’s clothing factory in Harare to make view B.  A year later I tried to make view A in green fabric using View A but without a transparent overlay, I don’t know what went ... Read More »

Simple steps to make a Duvet Cover

This is a real ‘Duvet Covers for Dummies’ set of instructions. When it comes to most instructions, the line from ‘Bugs Life’, “He talked fancy to me, I got confused” applies to me.  I need very clear, simple instructions.  I Have wanted to make a duvet cover for Acacia’s bed for months, I looked at a book, googled, looked at ... Read More »