Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New wheels

True story - I went to the Honda dealership last week to have the windscreen wiper blades on my car replaced, and walked out an hour later having bought a new car!
My Honda CRV was getting a bit long in the tooth and needed to be replaced by the end of the year.  I traded it in for his younger prettier brother on 20 August.  I felt very sad to leave my faithful old Honda at the dealership and drive off in the new model. The Credit lady said that she often has women crying in her office about 'abandoning' their old cars.  Probably not something that men can understand. 

the sales lady, Shurzell Louw

Old and new
Anyhow, after a few days and 2 long road trips, I'm loving the new wheels

Monday, August 25, 2014

Turning 5

Elizabeth had a birthday party at the Spur on Saturday, and the rest of the day was filled with prezzies and lots of cake - the perfect recipe for turning 5.

My friend Tanya (from Blooming Beautiful Bakes)
made this gorgeous Barbie cake for Elizabeth

Happy 5th birthday Elizabeth!!
Love you to the moon and back.  Always and forever 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Scrapbook layouts

Here are 2 layouts that I finished on Sunday....

This page was designed by Retha van der Walt from Artzy Girl (visit her on facebook)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Weekend in Review

I had plans on Saturday to visit several nurseries and garden centers to gear up for spring.  But the weather was persistently cold, wet and gloomy with some very early spring rain, so other than doing a few errands in the morning, I spent the weekend scrapbooking at home. 

I collected this 'box of happiness' from Lara at Scrapbook 'n Things
(visit her on facebook) - it is filled with 12 scrapbooking layouts

a few new supplies - Tim Holtz mini distress inks and a border punch

and then I started designing a scrap kit for our Scrap Addicts weekend in September.  I'll show you the completed layout after our weekend
(we like to keep our designs a surprise)

Lynn popped in a for a few hours on Sunday and while we scrapped,
Princess Ruby curled up in a ball and snoozed

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Crochet scarf

After my first crochet blanket, I dawdled over a simpler project - a soft blue scarf.  I've eventually finished it, now I just need some cooler weather so that I can actually wear it before summer arrives!

I'm still learning about crocheting but totally in love with "hooky".  When I get to heaven, my granny Mary and I are going to sit under the trees, sip sweet tea (poured from a tea pot which is covered with a Scottish tea-cosy, and always milk first into the cup Alison), nibble on delicate pieces of all-butter short bread, and crochet together.  Miss you Granny!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Market Day

I visited the Irene Country Market in Pretoria a few weeks ago.  I love getting there early before the crowds arrive, sipping hot coffee and strolling among the stalls.
These beautiful old trees line the road leading to the country market

This lady from one-of-a-kind yarns hand dyes her own wool / cotton, and I loved this gorgeous basket that she was crocheting.  Of course I bought some yarn and I'm attempting to crochet a little basket of my own

South African proteas are truly little pieces of exquisite art

a few of my finds from the market... washi tape, baby meringues,
crocheted pot holders and a little hand made bag

and I bought some cute summer T-shirts for my girls -
the sillybilly cycling club and windmills
as well as 2 princess finger puppets