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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)


day 3 (paris)

Waking up in Paris is truly a luxury!

That's not even considering our 4-star hotel, Best Western Premier Louvre St Honore. Did I mention it is one block from the Louvre?

The French certainly know what to do with the little space they have available - the hotel being 4 meters wide and 2 rooms per floor. This is the view from our only window. Beauty is not wasted ...

There was no way I could have anticipated the beauty of this city.

Or how emotional I would be seeing these landmarks for the first time in real life. Never mind that I was on the open roof of a "hop on hop off"-bus in minus 3 degrees!

Who knew that a metal structure could be this majestic ...

Yes, I saw Mona Lisa, but this was my favourite piece as I took shelter from the cold in the Louvre.

What a better way than to experience the history of Paris as the main course and the heartbeat of this city for desert:

Kong is a Bar/Restaurant that overlooks the Seine and is designed by Phillipe Starck. Try to go home before 2 in the morning - simply impossible!


day 2 (london)

A friend (on facebook) suggested I walk Regent and Oxford Streets and mentioned (a couple of) shops she thought I might like. I did exactyly that! The whole of day 2 in London would be spent walking the streets of London.

Waiting for the shopt to open at 10 am I stumbled into Leon. Naturally fast food never looked better!

How different my life would be if I'd studied fashion here (and not at the University of Pretoria).

Thought-provoking window displays at Selfridges, featuring illustrator Sophie Stephens and The John Hour (just to name two of the Bright Young Things).

I loved everything on Liberty's third floor!

This shop alone could be one of the reasons I'd go back to London.


Aaaaaah... Anthropologie...

Not to mention their Living wall!

So, on Day two, I was spoilt by London's shops and some amazing window displays. I hardly had enough energy left for (when in London go to) Harrod's and the Eurostar, that took us to Paris at 5 am.


day 1 (london)

I got excited about my trip right about here. We were on a connecting flight between Frankfurt and Heathrow airports.

After booking into the delighfully contemporary my hotel chelsea, I took to the streets. This pic was taken one block from the hotel, on the way to the South Kensington tube station.

First stop Picadilly Circus. I couldn't understand why there were no birds (maybe the freezing cold?), only to realize that this was not Trafalgar square! Anyway.

After spending 2 hours at Covent Garden (Cath Kidston, Wittard's Tea Shop, David & Goliath, The Tintin Shop, the Apple i-Store!), I focused on what I really wanted to do:

 Find Loop! Which I did at No 15 Camden Passage, Islington (near the Angel tube station).

I could easily have spent the next 2 days here. So much to see and feel...

The super-friendly staff didn't mind that I took photographs of everything.

They even stock "Be Sweet" yarns (fancy and mohair) from South Africa.  And what is a yarn shop without a "Wave" blanket. 

   Then I found this treasure in knitted lace patchwork.

I had just enough time to rush back to Chelsea and The Conran Shop.

And to snap the finish on this sofa in B&B Italia's shop, which was closed by then.

There was barely enough time left to have a lovely dinner at Gaucho's, Sloane Street, with my husband and a colleague, who'd spent the whole day working in Manchester. So glad it wasn't me!


more memories

I took these photos on the 30th of December 2010 at the Huisklip nature reserve, west of Oyster Bay at the mouth of the Tsitsikamma River, Eastern Cape. Huisklip can only be reached with 4x4's, IF you have a permit from the Kareedouw municipality. We spent the whole day exploring, walking, fishing and relaxing in what felt like an untouched part of the beautiful South African coastline.

(see more photos of the area here)


cape st francis, eastern cape


found and bought ...

... at The Shell Shop, St. Francis Bay, Eastern Cape. Makes me remember holidays visiting my grandparents on their farm, drinking fresh milk, being little.


ik lief li-bel*

I had lunch at Li-bel this week - a delicious crunchy salad with a dollop of whipped(!) feta. My food co-ordinated beautifully with the rest of the shop. I wonder if that was your plan, Lientjie?

(* Dutch for "I love Li-bel")



What a brilliant weekend! We spent it with friends at their amazing 'spot' next to the Vaal river. Many thanks to Frikkie, Alna and the girls for the experience. Alna's Torte di Caprese gets a special mention (gluten free with Lindt chocolate) as my kind of cake. We'd love to do it again! C x


spent another long weekend ...

... relaxing at the beautiful home of (and with) friends at Walkersons Country Estate, Mpumalanga (Thanks Mook and Elie!) - previous posts here and there

It was the perfect opportunity to start my own heirloom hexagon blanket.

A friend helped by putting the first quarter of the blanket together (Thanks Joanette!)


cape town (chapter 3)

Arrived late in Cape Town last Friday night. Just Neill and I. Feeling totally spoilt to spend another weekend alone with him.

After a light breakfast at our hotel, the 5 star Camps Bay Retreat (a treat indeed), we were off to our favourite spot on a Saturday morning whenever we're in CT - the Neighbourgood's Market at The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. 

I couldn't say no to our favourite "Simply Italian" foccacia with everything on. 

Tried to take everything in and realised that everyone there had one goal: to enjoy themselves. We certainly did.

Being rainy and a little chilly, my dear husband wore a scarf I crocheted a while ago. He looked so cozy in it, I didn't complain.

What a magnificent sunny Sunday morning! Melissa's in Kloof street for our 'second' breakfast and then to Camp's Bay beach for a stroll.

Weekends like these make me fall in love with him all over again.