about me


Hello! I’m Cornel and I blog about things that inspire me, things I’ve made and Craft Share, the craft group I started in 2009.

You'll find lots of crochet on my blog, as well as my crochet and sewing projects for Ideas Magazine, since September 2011.

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I dished out so much advice this week. Like a real know-it-all. And guess where I find myself at the end of this blinking(*) week? At the other end! Not getting advice from a concerned friend or a loving mother, but from myself. It goes like this: Sometimes things don't turn out the way you want. So, instead of feeling bad (or worse), because you can't change the circumstances (wait for it...), do something to distract yourself from the uncomfortable thought/s (!) Listen to music you love, take a bath, read a book or (...this is the best one...) go to sleep! And when you've done that, you'll be in a much better position to look at what's upsetting you, from a new perspective. More often than not, you'll find that it's not such a big deal, or, you know what, there is something you can do to make it just a little better.

My problem this morning is feeling extremely guilty about:

  • quotes (for clients) not done
  • slip-covers not finished
  • concert costumes not started
  • storyboards not made
  • ideas not conceptualised

My solution for today, Friday:

  • blogging

My solution for tomorrow, Saturday:

  • crocheting some week-old inspiration

(* blinking is not swearing, it simply means that you blink and the week is over)


No, this is not a flower carpet!

But I don't know any more if I could wear it either!

Have you also had a brilliant idea or a clear vision, and a day (or two) later the idea doesn't shine so bright any more, or the vision becomes... blurred? Is this where my stubbornness should kick in, so that my vision can be realised?

This crisis might be at the root of creativity, otherwise more of us would be seen in the strangest of creations...

I think I'll go and buy more wool.




The perfect Sunday breakfast

It's wheat free, but has substance.

It's diary free, but definitely milky.

It's sugar free, but tastes sweet.

It's perfect!


 So, courtesy of The Australian Woman's Weekly Detox, here's how you make Apple and Blueberry Muesli:

2 tablespoons rolled oats (I buy organic rolled oats from Woolworths Food Store)

third cup (80ml) fresh apple juice (pressed apple juice, Woollies)

half medium apple (75g), grated coarsely

third cup (50g) blueberries

third cup (95g) sheep milk yoghurt (can be substituted with berry flavoured soya yoghurt)

1 tablespoon fresh apple juice, extra

1 tablespoon blueberries, extra

1. Combine oats and juice in small bowl, cover; refrigerate about 1 hour or until oats soften. Stir in apple, blueberries and yoghurt.

2. Serve muesli drizzled with extra juice and topped with extra blueberries.

Have 3 or 4 mouthfulls, then add cinnamon (delicious from a grinder) and finely grated fresh ginger (because that's just what I add to everything, lately!)



To knit...or crochet...


That is the question... for today (or the moment anyway!)

It's a glorious Saturday morning. Warmer than it's been all week. And I have a moment to sit in a spot of sun and take a deep breath.

I feel appreciation for 

  • peace and quiet (Neill took the kids out)
  • a warm bath waiting
  • a beautiful piece of music playing in the background
  • ideas for a new project filling my mind
  • and Cat (who decided I need company)

Read/buy/look through me

LOVE the photographs! This cool new book makes you want to DO stuff!



A Happy Reunion

I wasn't the only one delighted to see Little Bear coming out of the dark box in the garage -

 And after a hot bath, that made him feel like a new bear, Little Bear was ready to "Smile!"




it all started with this bear

Hi, I'm Cornel and I love to knit, crochet, sew, design interiors, paint, garden, cook - basically anything creative.

This is my first attempt at blogging. I have been thinking about doing it for quite some time. Or not doing it. What if my ideas dry up, what if I forget to blog (I have 3 kids aged 13, 6 and 4 and an interior design business), can't find the time or simply lose interest (that happens often!) There are numerous projects in closets that were never finished.

Or, I could share my love of being creative with you.

So, here we go...

I spent quite a bit of time in my mom's sewing room as a little girl. She had more than 2 dozen plastic shopping bags filled with fabrics, wool for knitting, embroidery cottons, felt, lace and lots more. Playing indoors meant going through her "stuff". Dolls were dressed in scraps of fabric pinned (first) and sewed (later).

Mom also taught me how to knit (she says I was 5).

We had a little rhyme: "In, around, through and off" (in, om, deur en af = Afrikaans). It really is the simplest way to describe the knit or purl action.

So, when I was about 10, I made Little Bear. And because he is the earliest evidence I could find of my absolute love and fascination with craft, one could say that it all started with a bear.


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