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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 desktop calendar (10)


hello june

The photo I used for this month's desktop calendar was taken late Saturday afternoon on my parents' farm near Colesberg.

The plant is called Echeveria secunda var. glauca, or as it's also known, Glaucous Echeveria - one of my favourites.

C x

PS Click on the image for the 1200x780 pixel image


hello may


May's new calendar for you!

Babylonstoren is an experience.

I was very fortunate to spend an afternoon eating lunch at Babel Restaurant and walking through a garden that is like no other I have ever visited.

I would not be able to describe with words the concept, the variety, it's size and the surprizes around every corner.

Just have a quick look at the garden plan and planting list to get an idea of the scale.

Here are a few photos I took with my iPhone, while trying to take everything in...



I'm standing on a mosaic that "frames" a fruit tree.

I used part of this image for the May desktop calendar.



A small notice at the entrance to this square invites you to take your shoes off and walk barefoot through the groundcover.



The scent of Rosemary hangs heavy in the air as you walk down this pathway.



At almost 2 meters high, this was the biggest surprize of the afternoon.

Like so many other features and detail at Babylonstoren, the completely unneccessary is turned into something beautiful, serving some kind of practical purpose.



Art by nature ... with a little help from one of the 18 full time gardeners.



Salvaged porcelain found when the garden was established only 5 years ago.

Clouds are reflected in the protective glass.

I'm convinced that Babylonstoren is best experienced in person.

Again and again.

Can't wait to go back.



march desktop calendar

Hello March!

Click on the image above for the 1280x800 pixel desktop calendar.


I've hidden 2 doilies in the image.

Can you see them?

C x


february desktop calendar

Ek kan nie glo Januarie is oor-en-uit nie!

Hello Februarie!

Vir hierdie maand se kalender het ek bladsy 4 van my Parys toerjoernaal gebruik as inspirasie.

Let wel, die elemente hierbo is nie my eie nie, maar 'n kombinasie van internet- en digitale plakboek-elemente,

met die kenmerkende hekel itempie regs onder op die bladsy.

Kliek op die kalender hierbo vir die 1280x800 pieksel agtergrond vir jou laptoppie hierdie maand.

(click on the image above for the 1280x800 pixel desktop calendar for February)

As jy graag wil hê dat al jou toestelle moet pas,

kry dit hier:




Samsung Galaxy

C x


welcome 2014! with desktop calendar

Hierdie tyd van die jaar gee my die geleentheid om met nuwe perspektief te kyk na my lewe, my liefdes, my drome, maar ook my verleenthede en my mislukkings - om 'n opsomming te maak van dit wat gewerk het, dit wat kan verander en die dinge waarmee ek ongelukkig net kan vrede maak.

Douglas Adams het dit so goed gestel toe hy gesê het:

"I may not have gone where I intended to go,


My grootste wens (dis amper meer 'n intense behoefte) is dat ek met groter waardering en dankbaarheid sal leef in 2014.

Ek hoop dat jy in hierdie nuwe lewensjaar sal ervaar hoe goed die lewe is!

Cornel x

PS Kliek op die kalender hierbo vir die 1280 x 800 pixel weergawe daarvan.

PS Please click on the calendar image for the 1280x800 pixel version.


december desktop calendar

Welcome December!

Month of giving...

Month of forgiving ...

... especially ourselves,

for (sometimes) not letting happiness in.

I wish you LOTS of happiness in December.

With love,


NOTE: Please click on the image above for the 1280x799 pixel desktop calendar.


hello november! (with desktop calendar)

Time flies!

(whether you're having fun ... or not)

I LOVE the simple drama of my November desktop calendar.

The jug is from my collection, the roses from Ludwig's Roses just outside Pretoria

and the photo was taken in my diningroom.

As always, I added some crochet detail...

If you would like to set your desktop background to my calendar,

please click on the link below:


Hope your November is long enough!

Cornel x


october desktop calendar

I LOVE the colours in my October desktop calendar!

Yellow has always been a favourite accent colour, especially in my home.

Teaming it up with peachy-pink, mauve and soft charcoals is magical.

The yellow flowers are from my garden - I think it's wild rocket.


Here are the links to...

desktop calendar

iphone wallpaper

ipad wallpaper

samsung galaxy wallpaper

blackberry wallpaper

C x


september 2013 desktop calendar and wallpaper

Hello September!

Or as we call it in the Southern Hemisphere: SPRING!

My new desktop calendar and wallpapers combines a photo I took of a lovely almond blosson from my backyard, some stitching, teeny-tiny doilies and paint splatter.

Here are the links to the following:

2013 September desktop calendar or desktop wallpaper

Co-ordinating wallpaper for your iPad

Co-ordinating wallpaper for your iPhone

Co-ordinating wallpaper for your Samsung Smartphone

Co-ordinating wallpaper for your Blackberry

I love new beginnings:

- seasons

- months

- mornings

- puppies

- projects ...

A Tiwari said:

"Things need to come to an end, to make way for a beautiful beginning."

My wish for you is a beautiful beginning this September.

Lots of love




august desktop calendar

Just a little something for you ...

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Click on the link below:


When the image opens, right-click and

set as desktop background.

The image is 1600x900 and is a free download.

Have a lovely weekend!