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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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Entries in decor (70)


these 9 images are from a friend's restaurant

Who can blame me for having lunch at this lovely spot twice last week!

And the food!

Just imagine having Salad of green beans, crispy fried chorizo, feta and basil-olive pesto on a Tuesday,

Coffee and garlic fillet steak on potato and sweet potato mash, served with chickpea salad on a Wednesday

Cumin and lemon pork fillet on pomegranate cous-cous, topped with whipped feta, pink peppercorns and sweet pickled beetroot on Thursday

Smoked chicken & turkey in rosemary-tomato sauce on rice with a salsa of chilli, mozzarella & tomato on Friday

Baked corn, masala & goat's milk feta served with fried bread & cucumber salad on Saturday and

Crumbed calamari on shu-shu and butternut cous-cous topped with toasted sesame and coconut/curry sauce on a Sunday!

Join the Li-bel Edible Art group on Facebook to see what Lienkie and Robert are up to!

what a shoe string budget and a little bit of imagination can do ...

The new Pretoria showroom was meant to look "fresh" and light. Customers are supposed to look at fabrics in a new way when visiting. Everybody loved it! C


the fabric library's johannesburg showroom (now) looks like this:

How I love a creative life! This was an opportunity of a life time. Re-styling the Johannesburg showroom for The Fabric Library (one of the oldest textile distributors/convertors in South Africa). I concentrated on the entrance and (my) shoppe. My shop, because I'll be the one responsible for keeping it stocked with creative goodies and soft furnishings made from short-ends and discontinued fabrics. Thanks to Lienkie for her creative guidance and everyone else who supported me. And my hubby, Neill, who has such a clear vision of where he wants to take this company. Here's to thousands of meters of fabric sold and rooms everywhere transformed! C

PS Tomorrow (Tuesday) some photo's of the new Pretoria showroom and on Wednesday pics of a weekend spent in Cape Town/Camps Bay! Pure bliss!


this is the reason

why I'm taking a week-long blog break. I've got to finish styling the JHB showroom of The Fabric Library for the launch of Romo's new brands Zinc and Mark Alexander in South Africa. The 'look-and-feel' is a collaboration between myself and the extremely talented Lientjie Denton (stylist, fine artist, deli/restaurant owner, creative genius I admire). I've got tomorrow to add the final details and will DEFINITELY show you pics next week. O, and then on Tuesday I'm busy with the new Pretoria showroom for the Fabric Library. It will be operational from the 1st of March, with a small launch there on Wednesday this week.

THANK YOU so much to everyone who visits my blog. I love this creative window and appreciate your interest in it! Love, C


not my house


WHAT: This is the DREAM job I mentioned in my blog post last week Wednesday. I finished this project on 7 December 2008, exhausted! It took 18 months to gut, renovate and furnish this 4-bedroomed penthouse apartment in Kleinmond, Western Cape, Southern Africa.

WHERE: Rooms from top to bottom would be an "aerial" view of the open-plan living/dining room, and 3 pics of the main bedroom. The last photo shows the photo I took from my hotel room while working on this project, printed on canvas and framed in aluminium.

WHY: It was a dream project because my client said right in the beginning: "Don't ask me anything, just give me the keys when you're done!" Can any designer ask for more?


a job i just finished



I loved working on this project, because my client was not scared to experiment! She wanted something different and exciting for her entrance. The wallpaper is from Romo. I designed and had the sofa and ottoman custom-made. The scatter cushion, bolster cushion, curtains and slip-cover for the ottoman were manufactured in my workshop. Now all she needs is a carpet, a floating shelf with drawer in the same background colour as the wallpaper and a stencil on the wall (opposite to the sofa) that echoes the wallpaper design. Can't wait!


reverse applique

Since the first time I saw Alabama Chanin’s website and products, I’ve wanted to try reverse appliqué. I’m so glad I did. Gone are the days of trying to find a beautifully different fabric to make scatter cushions with. It’s like designing your own! And even the smallest off-cuts can be used. What I love most about the process is the slip-stitch detail (I’ve said before that this is my favorite technique for adding detail to anything from scatters, curtains, blinds and clothes) with which the cut edges of the top fabric is attached to the fabric behind it. And if you’re not 100% happy with the design – cut out another piece of fabric in your work and simply fill the ‘gap’ from behind. Thanks to my client, La Grange Interiors, for giving me free reign with their left-overs!

PS. Here’s the definition for reverse appliqué: The cutting, turning under, and blind stitching of a top layer of fabric to reveal a shape created by exposing the under layer of fabric.


one can never have too many jugs

All the credit for this lovely arrangement goes to a friend of mine. The photograph was taken at her house.


day 4

Every room in Olga's beach house has a heart, but the biggest one so far is Olga's!

Thanks for inviting us to stay with you in your beautiful beach house!


now you see it, now you don't (or how to get rid of an ordinary office chair)

So far, I've blogged about everything except my work. Maybe because work is work, and crafting is ... fun. I definitely don't feel like sharing about work late at night! O yes, there was a post about work I didn't do (here) and now I remember (this). But I've never showed you actual work. As you know, I'm an interiors designer, with my own manufacturing workshop (or small factory). I have 5 employees, of which 4 are seamstresses. They - and sometimes me too if there's too much to do - work with industrial sewing machines called straight stitchers, industrial overlockers and blind stitchers. We make curtains, blinds (roman, londen, swedish and unstructured), scatters, cushions, throws and slip- or loose covers. My work is basically about transformation - transforming clients' living spaces.

Take an ordinary office chair that did not fit the vision my client had for her study:

And Voila!

This is exactly the kind of challenge to keep me from taking photographs of flowers (during 'office' hours).

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