Thursday, September 27, 2012

So, I tried my hand at knitting...

Okay, so I didn't only start knitting now... my first try was when I was 7. We had to knit squares and sew them into a stuffed animal. I made it halfway through the first square(which was riddled with big gaps) and then I handed it over to my mom who basically did the whole project by herself. I tried and failed a few years later and then just left it.

Around 15 years old, I fell in love with crochet with the combined help of my mom, dad and my granny. When I started my Textile Design course at the T.U.T. in Pretoria, one of my projects involved me having to knit. So for the first time in years I had to pick up those dreaded knitting needles. I didn't really know how to cast on stitches and my mom wasn't home at the time so I took a chance and asked my dad. His mom used to give him and his brothers crochet work to do when they were home sick as children. So, I though he might know something about knitting too. Do you know, I was right, he showed me how to cast on and off I went from there. 

Knowing almost nothing about knitting, I thought the way that I knit was the only way. Later I found that I was knitting something called the garter stitch. Daves mom showed me some fancy stitches earlier this year, but only the pearl stitch stuck. Then while visiting my gran the other day I took out my pearl knit test piece and we got to talking about all things knitting and she took out this awesome vintage knitting book. She said that I could borrow it to try out some of the stitches and patterns. Woah! Luckily this book is so amazing that it explains everything! So now here is my first ever try at knitting from a pattern:)

 -man! i was so impressed with myself! love it-

 -how do you like my sample scarf so far? it's coming on pretty good, if i don't say so my self-


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Outfit Love: Nude and Neon

Gotta love the new colour and fashion trends! It's not every day I walk into a shop and want to buy one of everything. I'm more into interesting clothes, items that are different and fun and colourful. You know, the type of clothes that turns your mood into rays of sunshine when you just think of wearing it:) 
Any-hooo... this outfit makes me feel calm and comfortable. With my JFK wrap top from a charity shop. It makes me feel good having helped a charity and playing my part in reducing consumerism. My nude Chinos and my toe-capped pumps both from Mr.Price are perfect for a day in town, casual and pretty at the same time:)  

-we've been having some cold fronts, which makes it so hard when you want to start wearing those summer frocks and it's still raining outside-


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Outfit Love: Floral Printed Jeggings

Although the weather has started turning, it still gets pretty chilly when the wind picks up. And now I see there's a cold front on it's way:(  I was so hoping to pack my winter stuff away.  Anyway, I walked past our local Pick'n'Pay Clothing store and there they were, calling to me! These Floral Printed Jeggings are both beautiful and comfortable. It's amazing how a "print" can bring life to an otherwise boring outfit! I had to stop myself from wearing them everyday, hehehe:)
-found this red wrap cardi at a thrift store in town, it Angora Rabbit hair! Oh-so soft and very warm, what a lucky find-


Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy Monday Makings, YAY!

It wasn't such a Happy Monday, as I had a terrible headache for most of it. What made  my day was the makings of this Monday:) I've been seeing a lot of statement necklaces around and have a little baggy of turquoise acrylic drop beads that I've had since forever and never quite knew what to make with them. They are such a pretty colour and I could not get it over my heart to get rid of them. So inspired by the latest jewellery trends, here is my Happy Monday Makings!


-this lovely piece didn't even take an hour to make, I can't wait to wear it-


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Something yummy for my tummy

The thing I love most about Pinterest is that I can build up an archive of yummy recipies. Then anytime I feel like making something delish, I just go to my YUM-YUMS board, click on the link and get the recipe. It's so much better then trying to find a recipe that I saw in one of my magazines but can't remember which one, what page, and all the frustration that goes with that. So I felt like making Cinnamon Rolls and this is how they turned out, yay!

So good! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Another prezzy for Leia...

Dear little Leia,

This lovely cushion was handmade just for you for your 2nd birthday. I used all the colours of the owl and bunting flags I made you, they should all look quite pretty together now. These handmade gifts are all little additions to your room, so that even though we can't see you that often you can know that we love you and think of you always.

Your aunt Chane' and uncle David<3 p="p">

-crochet pattern from Ravelry, by Penny at Create, found via Pinterest-


Monday, September 3, 2012

Lovely Spring Weekend

...Love my Spring day hair. Although it was a cold and rainy Spring day, I enjoyed just chilling at home. I started a new knitting project and I spent some time musing on Pinterest and in the evening we had a "braai" with my parents and I made "smashed potatoes" found the recipe via my Pinterest. It was delish! 

-love my hanky curtains too-

On Sunday, Dave decided that he wanted to go for a drive. So we packed lunch and drink and off we went to the Southern most point of Africa. It was the most beautiful day and the sea reminded me of our time in Mauritius. Isn't the L'Agulhas lighthouse just too cute?
 -it was damn cold! the wind blew right through all three layers of clothing I had on--

 -by the sea...ooh-ho, by the wonderful sea--

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