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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 outside our house (28)


oh foxglove!



or uncut?



It has to be my favourite flower of all time. This one grows just outside my back door. And yes, I have some just left of my yellow front door as well. They are a pleasure to photograph, as you can see. I've never, however, seen them with white spiders before.

Seriously, there lives one white crab spider (of the family Thomisidae) in every single Zantedeschia aethiopica flower in my garden.


(two of the) 9 things i appreciate on friday 14 may

I appreciate this little spider's resourcefulness.

I apreciate the way nature accentuates beauty.




"Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day." (Elizabeth Bowen)


he's still here!

My mom spotted him yesterday after lunch. Couldn’t believe it! He’s still here. I’d said a little silent prayer 6 weeks ago when my garden engineer, Adam, decided it was time for the carrot plants to go to the compost heap, not knowing if our little chameleon went there too! Our carrots (see here, here, here and here) had become inedible after being left in the soil for too long, although their flowers gave us enormous pleasure. I phoned him the next day (Adam, not the little reptile) to ask if he’d seen any strange looking green “animal”. I didn’t know what the Ndebele(*) word for chameleon was. He assured me he saw nothing and didn’t by accident kill anything either. I’m totally relieved now that he’s still at home in our garden (our chameleon, not Adam).

You’re doing such a good job at disguising yourself Inwabu, its good (not) to see you!

*One of the indigenous languages spoken in the area where we live


playing with colour pays off

Started crocheting the circles last Friday morning. Made 25 of them over the weekend. Turned them into squares in-between work and kids. Crocheted them together in the easiest of ways and there it is. Think I'll make myself a pot of tea and watch the sun set.


outside our house

 I love Liivia's photographs on her blog. When I came home this afternoon and saw the sun setting, lending the sky these beautiful hues, I thought of her.


the 9 flower collage

I love the flowers that grow wild in the "veld" (meadow) outside our house. Here are just 9 of them. Don't know their names, but I appreciate their abundance and tenacity anyway! C


sigh (of relief)

Finished work (officially) yesterday. What a luxury a 3-week long holiday is! Now I can sew/crochet/knit/embroider/sew/cook/paint/sew or do nothing ...

One thing's for sure: this is where we'll be from late afternoon ('till LATE) every evening for the next 4 days -

(View of the house at twilight, when sitting on a camp chair at our 'boma') 

I love living in Africa!