Posts Tagged ‘goal achieved’

Funny how I got into this. I honestly wanted to learn to crochet – so that I can make a bag from plarn using my collection of colourful department store bags. My mom even got me a size J crochet hook (it’s a huge size 10)

I went to our local craft supplier shop – Lé Mar Arts & Crafts – my domestic worker was ill, so I took her to the doctor, and since it was right around the corner, I popped in quick-quick.

The owner was busy unpacking some bookmarks she had made. I was charmed – right there I decided that I want to make my own. I went back that afternoon to raid the shelves.

There was a variety of bookmark bases: from long weird looking arms, dolphins, feather type design with paisley – I liked the mermaids: 2 in a packet for R20. This makes the base that you place inside the book; Then you add whatever you want to the ring. I wanted to take a look at her original ones for some inspiration – but they were all sold out by then 😮 So I used one of the key chain/handbag charms as a guide.

Of course I needed some more paraphernalia other than beads, charms and a chain. Got  round nose pliers and side cutter – both about R17 each, some head pins and jump rings.

The owner’s daughter was doing the afternoon shift that day; I asked her how to do a few things, like attaching a bead to the chain {i had no idea ok}, how do attach a ribbon to the chain – without the obvious ‘make a knot’ option.

After Amelia went to bed and the one-pot-meal was simmering {did I mention that I am not fond of cooking}, I started beading {more jewelry making technique though}. I black one is for me {surprise it’s not orange!}. The pink one is for a special lady who’s birthday is coming up soon. I made them chunky, cause that’s what I  like. There is also a lot of little ‘hidden’ charms that you might not see at first glance – that’s the whole idea. I wanted it  to be that everytime you look at it, you see something you missed the last time.

What do you think?


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My mom said the photo’s on Amelia’s blog are old. So I’ve had a marathon session at my PC today updating it. I’m all caught up now! I also edited the previous entries with the correct dates so now the posts are really chronological. Find a list of all the new photo posts here.

Includes our Christmas 2009 Pics!

I’m going to try my best up update her pics at the end of every month. If I stick to it then i won’t get behind!

That’s another goal achieved! {*short high five*}

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Another not really planned goal achieved 8)

Henk mentioned a few Saturdays ago that he wanted to go to the beach and braai. Told him that we should actually get a gazebo and some camp chair {since we chucked out our old stuff cause they were either fubar, or very very old and patched too many times}.

You've seen this pic before 🙂

Off to Kaap Agri – cause we don’t have Cape Union Mart or Game even remotely close to us. Their prices were still laughable though {laughable bad}. We attempted Shoprite. On a Saturday. At 10:30. On a Saturday. On the last day of the month. On a Saturday. Found gazebo for a bargain R150, chairs about R70 each, so we had a little extra for a table for about R120. That’s still less than Agri wanted for their cheapest gazebo.

{* note to self: Ask Henk what this place’s name is}

This is Gert du Toit se baai.

It was hot and sticky at the sea. Our West Coast have FREEZING cold water due to the cold Benguela current flowing North’ish towards Namibia. The Chinese instructions didn’t deter us from matching yellow dots and blue dots and soon we had some shade.


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I love when I do a list item without realizing it. It’s because a lot of the items on my list is what I’ve been meaning to do for a while now, and never seem to either have time or take the opportunity (make the opportunity) to do. The list sort of helps to put it in perspective.

We were in Cape Town for a wedding and of course fitted in some shopping. I was hunting for some DVD’s for Amelia. {found Fraggle Rock –clap clap-} Henk browsed the Afrikaans CD’s and plonked Beeskraal  in my hands… to pay at the till you see.

We probably listened to it on the way back but I was reading so wasn’t paying attention. It’s still in my car – will take a proper listen to see if I like it. I only know 1 song by them anyway: Afrikaans rendition of “Green, green grass of home” called “Plaasdorp”. (The Rittelfees crowd of 2007 also only knew the lyrics to that song 🙂 )

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#49.    Make Christmas Lunch from scratch

And it came out Fabulous!

We planned on a cold lunch. Mom in law made leg of lamb (it’s a given and there’s no getting out of it). Oh, and she made a noodle-curry salad that Dad in law wanted. The rest was all my cooking 😉

Made stuffed chicken breasts that I sliced into ‘wheels’ when it cooled and set a bit. Made little meatballs (Henk’s order); filled eggs and ‘groen balletjies’ – recipes in Kook en Geniet; Maryke’s potato salad; and found a new trifle recipe in Huisgenoot. Couldn’t find any meringue in Spar, so I made my own – nearly burned out my hand mixer in the process. Who knew 4 egg whites can fluff up so much! We’re still munching on leftover meringues. (Will post the trifle recipe soon.)

Splurged a bit with the decorations – theme colours were silver, grey and blue. See my DIY napkin rings here. Hung some silver and blue balls from the ceiling, silver crackers on the table, silver chocolate balls and silver candles formed the a little centrepiece. And I actually had to rent the napkins from the events planner since I couldn’t find any in our shops o_O

You know people are enjoying your food when silence dawns on your table.

Next year it’s a Maré Christmas.

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# 77 Send real snail mail Christmas Cards to family and friends each year (1/3)

Huzzah! Sent Really real Christmas this year. Added a photo card of the family as well. See examples of them here and here.

I remember Christmas times we used to decorate a mantle or a bookcase with cards pegged to a string. Nowadays everyeone just send emails or sms’s. So I decided to send proper cards. Actually found some Afrikaans ones too! I even wrote one to each clinic that my lab services.

Next year I’ll try sending out even more.

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#76 Have annual Christmas photo shoot with Henk and Amelia (1/3) Completed!

I think we all can say that money is tight this year. And with Henk working every single Saturday, and my schedule when on call being quite unpredictable thus un-plan-able, I decided to have us do DIY Christmas pics this year.

I fished out a white sheet that sometimes doubles as a tablecloth – my sheets aren’t white, every colour except white ok. I had Amelia’s little outfit planned, was still head scratching over what I was going to wear and whether to buy a few Santa hats from a street vendor.

But sometimes spontaneous is best. A few Sundays ago, that afternoon we drove to a friends’ two towns away for coffee. Lush grass and large old trees surround their house. The day was warm, but not hot, the cool breeze mild and refreshing. Picture perfect and idyllic. Amelia was hobbling around chasing some chickens while we lounged and caught up with chitchat.

There and then I told our friend to take our Christmas pictures, there under that tree, facing that way.

I am so chuffed with the results. We had a few bloopers as expected: Amelia wondering off after a stray chicken; A dog tried to steal some screen time; no-one looking in the same direction etc. but it wasn’t long before we got the money shot.

Merry Festive Season Everybody!

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