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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)


i love weekends in cape town (chapter 2*)

Everything about weekends in Cape Town with Neill is amazing!

So to start: had an amazing dinner at Reuben's in Franschoek Friday night,

Went to the amazing Neighbourgood's market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Albert Street, Woodstock on Saturday morning,

This has to be our favourite spot for an amazing late lunch on Saturday afternoon (had mouthwatering, thick Bouillebaise as a main and then shared a towering Pavlova with berries!)

Had cuppacino's at the amazing Hout Bay Manor Hotel (decorated by genius Boyd Ferguson) on Sunday morning. We had to sit outside. The weather was a....!

Spent some time window shopping in Kalk Bay and had a lazy Sunday lunch with my amazing husband at Morgenhof Wine Estate just outside Stellenbosch!

(*this is our second weekend in Cape Town this year - just the two of us; you'll find pics of chapter 1 over here and here)


world cup soccer (japan vs denmark)

I couldn't get over how pristine the grass looked at the Royal Bafokeng Soccer Stadium just outside Rustenburg last Thurday night. Japan vs Denmark. We weren't soccer fans at all. Untill the World Cup started. But by that time the tickets to the more impressive games were either sold out or very expensive.

Loved it!

The atmosphere,

the dedication of the Japanese fans (the banner was sewed entirely by hand using Sashiko stitching),

blowing a Vuvuzela,

knitting my Japanese victory scarf (they beat Denmark 3-1),

drinking Budweiser (the only alcoholic beverage sold at the stadium)

and knowing that my efforts to keep my family warm paid off.

Truly Ayoba*!

(*"Ayoba" is a slang term used by South Africans to express amazement.
It is derived from other slang terms, like "Ayeye" or "Ayoyoyo." It was originally meant as an approval/appreciation of good dancing, although the exact origins of the phrase are unknown. It is thought to have roots in Johannesburg township culture. It is however, uniquely South African and expresses delight, excitement, agreement and approval. It is also used as a greeting.

According to WikiAnswers)


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)


walkersons, mpumalanga, south africa


It's good to be here. C

PS In love with the man in yellow ...


ronel's pic of the week

Dreaming of visiting France ... (sigh)

I'm 40 years old and have never left the African continent. Maybe Brussels later this year with my husband when he visits a fabric trade fair. I'm wondering how much persuasion it'll take to go to Provence for a few days ...

Ronel took this pic while visiting Saint-Remy-de-Provence last summer (lucky girl!) C x


belin's pic of the week

Belin, you've done it again! An ordinary day in the Southern hemisphere with Belin taking this extraordinarily beautiful photograph of a sunset. I agree, it looks like the sky is burning. For all my new blog visitors, read this if you want to know a little bit more about the photographer.


what we did last sunday


This has become our little tradition: coffee at Melissa's in Kloof Street, Cape Town on a Sunday morning. It doesn't happen often though - the last time Neill and I were in Cape Town on a Sunday was about 3 and a half years ago. I had just stopped breast-feeding Benjamin. He'll be 5 next week!

The rest of the (windy) morning was spent next to The Bay Hotel's rim flow pool, sipping champagne, getting sun-burnt. Then we got hungry, so back to The Grand Cafe we went. Again using our complimentary Johnny Loco (super cool) bicycles as transportation.

Their crayfish pasta is to die for ...

To catch our plane at 6 pm we had to drive past this beauty in Mouille Point.

At least by then the photographer was well-rested.  


what we did last saturday

Went to the much talked about food market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Albert Street, Woodstock.

Had 'deli'-cious foccacia bases with everything on it (home made tomato paste, fresh rocket leaves, marinated rosa tomatoes, parma ham, grated-in-front-of-our-eyes-parmigiano reggiano, minced artichoke hearts, olive oil and balsamic glaze)!

Cycled down to The Grand Cafe restaurant in Camps Bay and watched the sun set! Just the 2 of us ...


not my house


WHAT: This is the DREAM job I mentioned in my blog post last week Wednesday. I finished this project on 7 December 2008, exhausted! It took 18 months to gut, renovate and furnish this 4-bedroomed penthouse apartment in Kleinmond, Western Cape, Southern Africa.

WHERE: Rooms from top to bottom would be an "aerial" view of the open-plan living/dining room, and 3 pics of the main bedroom. The last photo shows the photo I took from my hotel room while working on this project, printed on canvas and framed in aluminium.

WHY: It was a dream project because my client said right in the beginning: "Don't ask me anything, just give me the keys when you're done!" Can any designer ask for more?


cornel's pic of the week

This photo was voted (by me) as the best I've ever taken. I stayed in the Marine Hotel Hermanus about 2 years ago, while working on a dream project (maybe some pics later) in Kleinmond. What you see here is literally what I saw from the hotel bedroom window when I got up early one morning and drew the curtains. I didn't even open the window to take the pic!