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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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nothing like a long weekend

Met die mense waarvoor ek die liefste is.

Umhlanga ... Amper 5 grade warmer as in Zwavelpoort.

Hulle LOVE die warm see ...

terwyl Pappa

en Mamma

die Oyster Box se swembad LOVE! 


craft share on friday 5 august

A special Craft Share celebrating my cousin, Hannalie Faveere's visit to South Africa. She now lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and youngest son. We fondly remembered our late grandmother, Ouma Hanna, who always knitted and crocheted with us whenever we visited her.

Have a look at our album on facebook. C x


can't wait ...

... to spend the next year with him.

And our beautiful brood.


here are just

a few of the things I loved about our stay at Walkersons:

- spending time with loved ones

- watching the boys fish for the first time (will do this more often; the watching part of course)

- the feeling when Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the opening goal of the FIFA World Cup 2010 in SA's game againt Mexico (it ended in a 1-1 draw)

- learning about depth of field (Thanks Wilna!)

- indulging my love affair with crocheted hats and amateur photography (hope it never ends)


let's just say

It's been a really productive long weekend ...


weekend crochet 

I often get as much pleasure from giving a loved one something handmade, as receiving something precious myself.

(for a similar pattern follow this link)


darth vader's fifth birthday party

Darth Vader (aka Benjamin on Sunday) invited 15 Jedi knights (friends) and Master Joda (Sebastian) to join him in celebrating his 5th birthday. The afternoon was action packed!

Darth Vader's mother was so glad she found his mask and cape at one of the local toy stores on Saturday, because she would not have been able to "conjure" one out of black cardboard and a dash of silver paint. Being as resourceful as she is, she seriously considered doing just that after unsuccessully visiting the 3rd costume/toy/balloon shop.

As usual C-3PO got himself into trouble, trying to save the birtday cake from melting in the late summer afternoon heat. He couldn't stop yelling : "We're doomed!" and "This is all your fault!"


cornel's pic of a pic

We celebrated our wedding anniversary yesterday. Couldn't have been more perfect. Made him his favourite Koftas Hara Masala (meatballs in a green sauce), Chilgoza Rice (rice with caramelized onions and pine nuts) with a simple paw-paw and ground cinnamon salad. Christi set a small round table for us at our new 'boma' at the bottom of our property, next to the pond, with flowers and candles (sweet girl!)! I'm SOOO lucky to have this wonderful man as a husband! And to share our precious lives with him and our children!


happy birthday, sebastian!

I wonder who had more fun yesterday at Sebastian's birthday party, the parents, soldiers or doctors?




With 360 degrees of sweets, who wouldn't?

Here's my recipe for a wonderful party:

  • Choose a theme that can easily be role-played
  • "Craft" your invitations (I combine scrapbooking and sewing techniques with great success)
  • Serve simple, good quality food
  • A party MUST HAVE a canopy or tent
  • Give the kids props that support the theme
  • Include friends that share a history of happy birthdays with your family
  • Let the parents dress up
  • Remember the bubbly
  • and don't forget the flowers from your garden