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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 places (36)


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.



i'm blessed

I'm blessed with these 4 friends

who are sharing a long weekend

with me in St Francis Bay, Eastern Cape.

From left to right:

Mel, (me), Liela, Elsie "dear" and Annie.

I love you!

C x


42 snap shots from paris






'n Leeftyd is nie genoeg om Parys te ervaar nie.

Want dis wat jy doen as jy daar is.

Kan nie anders nie.

Ek was nog net 2 keer oorsee -

altwee kere Parys toe,

en elke keer wat ek teruggekom het

wonder ek:

hoe gaan my lewe ooit weer dieselfde wees?

Want Parys verander mens se lewe.

C x 


found: 1 x crocheted dress @ durban july



Die Durban July is aan more (en ons is in Durban...) Danksy Juta het ek ook 'n hoed. Bietjie kleiner as die ene wat MM dra in die foto hierbo. Ek sal uitkyk vir gehekelde/gebreide pakkies. C x


aaah ... albizia

Nogsteeds my favourite restaurant. Behalwe dat ons Lientjie se ongelooflike kos eet, neem ek (gewoonlik) fotos - kan jy sien hoekom?

Ek het PicMonkey gebruik om my fotos te edit. Of moes ek hulle eerder gelos het soos hulle is ...


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! 


neighbourgoods market cape town

Dit bly my gunsteling plek in Kaapstad op 'n Saterdagoggend. Die Neigbourgoods Market by die Old Biscuit Mill in Albert Straat Woodstock in Kaapstad.

'n Fees van kos en drank.

Daar's 'n "vibe" en 'n "buzz" soos nêrens anders (in die oggend) nie.

Jy beter honger hier aankom. En dan tyd hê om te peusel en te proe.

Simply Italian is al 5 jaar by die mark. En sy foccacias so eenvoudig - net die beste bestanddele.

 Definitief 'n instelling wanneer ons ookal in die moederstad is.


janharmsgat bed & breakfast

Photos from a weekend (not too long ago) spent at JanHarmsgat in Cullinan. Highly recommended and 5 stars for creative decorating and hospitality!


long weekend away

My family and I spent the last 4 days in the picturesque town of Dullstroom, in the beautifully decorated holiday home of a very special and generous friend. She managed to find a lovely spot where she created a space for escape and rest. That's exactly what I needed. C x