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Building new memories!
After a hearty meal of Smoked Snoek with some traditional side dishes, we were still blessed with some chunks of leftover white meat. Dad quietly disappeared and came back with this recipe. Try it - enjoy it. Its delicious!
The Doily Debate!

So here is what I figured out. I'm a Classic Crochet Doily girl... While I adore the beautiful colours one can experiment with on the modern designs, there is nothing more beautiful than a lovely Vintage Doily in the true classic style. It is a dying art, with patterns being addapted to suit more modern lifestyles.  

Yet, I cannot walk past a classic pattern or yarn, let alone Doily found in a thrift shop! I literally have hundreds and cannot get myself to part with them. I understand there is place for both... but humor me today when I showcase some wonderful examples of what can be done with an old Vintage Doily. For those close enough to where I am located, you will always find a couple of beautiful doilies you can take home, for sale in my shop. I sell the pristene, unmarked lovelies but I also upcycle the stained or marked oldies in bunting as below. Have fun with them. Oh... and to truly appreciate these pieces, attempt to make one with the real thin yarn - then you will understand the time and dedication that was required for Grandma to make these. 

 

So the question I guess is: Modern versus Classic? What kind of a girl are you?   

Paper Dolls... Rock-A-Baby Gift Ideas


Paper dolls are figures cut out of paper or thin card, with separate clothes, also made of paper, that are usually held onto the dolls by paper folding tabs. They may be a figure of a person, animal or inanimate object. 
Paper dolls have been inexpensive children's toys for almost two hundred years. Today, many artists are turning paper dolls into an art form.

Paper dolls have been used for advertising, appeared in magazines and newspapers, and covered a variety of subjects and time periods. 

Order these special little packs and help your child develop a creative, imaginative mind with something different. They have become highly sought-after collectibles, especially as vintage paper dolls become rarer due to the limited lifespan of paper objects. Paper dolls are still being created today.

Let us 'Braai'

So Summer is here! That means more & more 'Braai-Fires' will be lit. A proud South African tradition... or is it? “Braai” is a word we have all come to love but what are its origins? And why is it uniquely South African? Lets see what under the coals and explore the culture behind braai." Other ambassadors for this traditional day is undoubtedly 'JanBraai' the television personality who single-handedly started a revolution! 

Check out 'JanBraai' here on FaceBook:
https://www.facebook.com/janbraai/  

Some great Recipe Links for your next Braai - try to experiment a bit!

http://braai.com
http://www.picknpay.co.za/braairecipes-beef

 

Crochet Revolution: Waste Not!

Waste Not - All those little pesky bits left over after projects are finished drove me up the wall. I meticulously rolled them up and landed up with hundreds of little balls just short of full rows in most larger projects. 

Your options are plentyfull such as Crochet Flowers or Mini Projects. I hopped online and after a walk-through to get inspiration opted for some baby bits and funky decor. This was the end-result... and I still have about another 120 little balls left! Going to turn them into Baby HeadBands and Flowers.

Crochet Revolution: Rags to Rugs
The perfect crochet rug is here to stay...
Hospitality Standards

Even though you might be offering
rustic sleep-over facilities, you might want to consider some key standards to get the balance right.

* Crisp White Hotel Standard Linen
* Appropriate Lighting
* Enough Storage
* Comfort 
* Privacy for your guests
* Small personal touches

Space Saving Coffee station 
This lovely unit makes for a perfect foundation piece to set out your coffee station for guests in their rooms.

It takes up little space, provides the basics in plain view in an interesting, practical way.

Private Character & Charm
Without clutter you can create a practical space for guests to enjoy. 

Surplus supplies cleverly stored in plain view with easy access to all the essentials.

Remember to leave a note about any Laundry facilities they might need.

Scatter me Pretty & Soft

Scatter me pretty and soft... Make the room warm and calm by using these beautiful Neutral tones in scatters and throws. Dreamy! Hashtag: #BeInspired #Decor #KarooInspired

Colour me Karoo

Let's colour me Karoo...

Touches that form the foundation of the Karoo style space. If you cannot find affordable fabric try to make your own template & paint or roll in the stripes! 

Rustic Charm Karoo Style

Creating a rustic Karoo space must be one of the most fun and liberating experiences. There are few rules - you need not break the budget. In fact you will save tons instead.

Here is a great example of the secret foundation of any Karoo style space: Neutral, earthy colours! 

Play with light by bouncing collections of various vintage Mirrors off white, raw brick walls. Slip covers are perfect to cover that comfy couch (the internet shows you how).

Find some cloth of flour sacks to make clever, farm style pillow covers

Find auctions in your area, or wander through the many second-hand or antique stores to get the key pieces like this stunning Iron Bed.

Keep yourself busy by taking on a project to knit or crochet a blanket in earthy tones.

Ad some soft drapes and dreamy white linen... and there you have that romantic, rustic charm Karoo style!

Ad some interest by collecting various inexpensive old enamel jugs to store those oversized baking utensils that are taking up drawer space.

It ads instant charm and is functional, easy to access.