Have you ever seen those adorable vintage pic's of puppies with crowns on them? They are artistic beauties that feature in decor magazines and the fronts of cushions. I love them all and they always make me go "aweeee . . .". I just had to have something similar of my Bela for our home (Im very sentimental and I love my little pooch to bits). So this is the outcome . . . and I know the perfect place to put it.
Movember is an annual month long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer associated charities. The event is a global one that has spread from Australia to South Africa, Europe and North America. As of 2011 Canadians were the largest contributors to the Movember charities of any nation.The Movember foundation runs the Movember charity event. You can make your donation at za.movember.com or movember.com and “get your MO On” to create awareness around prostate cancer.
In support of the movember and raising awareness about prostate and testicular cancer, I got my Mo on and came up with a few Mo inspired crafts. Click on the creativity tab to get the how. p.s. Artisctically, I think the "Mo" is rather quaint. I love the artistic work by Andrew Bannecker and his use of moustaches in his work.
Oh my gosh – how about some creative inspiration for a high tea. How gorgeous are these finds?
Seeing as it is a beautiful spring in Johannesburg South Africa, I am going to put together a spring tea party – (NB –to do). Here is a bit of creative inspiration I picked up along the way.
The cake looks fabulous, but simple enough. Oh, and the bunting, bunting, bunting - def something I have been meaning to do for such a long time. And how are those bright and colourful tassels via Elle Decoration SA. I am so going to try my hand at all of these . . . oh what fun :). There were no tutorials, but you know me <Big grin>, happy to show you how when I get down to it.
Last week Thursday, my mum and I went along for the Idea’s reader event, “Celebrating creativity High-Tea”. It was my pleasure to meet Terena, the editor, and her ever friendly team Dala, Carin and Roxanne. Perhaps, I did come across as over-ingratiating (my bad), but with sincere admiration, I was all smiles – I loved what they did and so I let them know.
The high tea itself was held at Stephanies in Lynnwood (Pretoria) and was quaint and charming - a full house of ladies, the treats laid out was an absolute delight – yummy – I can still taste that gorgeous red velvet cake.
Lindie's baby cakes entered into celebrating creativity
Meeting wonderful ladies did not stop at the Ideas team – I went on to meet other wonderful and creative women – Two women who really made an impression on me was Gina and Lindie. Gina has a gift wrapping company in Alberton (click here to see her website) and Lindie bakes charming cakes (from her home industry in Centurion).
Alongside is her rendition of baby cakes – the characters are inspired by the children’s book My Bed is my Bed by Mij Kelley. The baby cakes are a little bigger than cupcakes and the process for making them is more or less the same as for cake pops, but instead of dipping them in chocolate, you cover them in fondant icing (click here to see how to make them).
Lindie has also created a notice board platform for South African women to come together and pretty much find whatever they need in one spot. Her site is called “Vir Elke Vrou” - literally translated means for every women – check it out here – you could find something useful.
There is so much creativity out there. It really got me thinking, aside from home and crafting industries, there is no huge platform to showcase and share what South African women have to offer. Hmmm, pondering on that thought...
Quilling was a craft that I enjoyed when I was 12 years old. I would cut my own pieces of paper, colour them with crayons and diligently roll the little threads of paper into many forms – more often than not, they were flowers, butterflies and snowflakes. After visiting Hobby X on the past weekend, and decidedly on my way to reviving what once was, I came across the amazing work of a Russian artist called Yulia.
Her work is truly amazing and she has done work for a number of well known brands (Cadbury and Nokia are the more familiar ones to us in SA). I love the way she brings a modern take on quilling as opposed to the traditional granny style (no disrespect intended, traditional methods are the basis of the modern version) ... She inspires me.
Images are sourced are from Yulia's website: www.artyulia.com
After the change in weather and snow in most of South Africa, I was unfortunately down with the flu. Looking at the crumpled pile of white tissues strewn in my vicinity and the wads of un-used tissue in my handbag, I decided to make something that will be of tremendous use to me. A dainty tissue holder. It’s petite size together with the pretty beading makes it a practical and pretty keep for any handbag or even pocket.
You don’t have to use it for your tissues only, you can also use it to keep business cards safe from make-up. See how I made it here.
Off-course, given how much I enjoy crafts, it should come as no surprise that I am an avid reader of ideas magazine, so I was thrilled to be able to feature in this month’s (September 2012) issue of the Ideas magazine.
My feature is a springbok wall mount, and the Ideas team did such a great job in capturing it. A big thank you to Terena and the Ideas team for the opportunity.
My inspiration for the creation was a Plascon paint advert as well as the symbolism of the springbok to all South Africans. It’s simple enough to make and was created using humble craft foam sheets and pretty gift wrapping paper. You can find out how I made the sprinkgbok wall mount, here, at the Ideas magazine website.
An off-course, as always, I’m grateful to God for all opportunities and blessings, Soli deo Gloria.
These are some of the features that I like and will try my hand at.
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Hi there, I am Charlene and welcome to my space. Always purposed to stay zealous about life, I'm married to the love of my life and am a proud mummy to our 2 beautiful babies and 2 fur children. An obsessive creative, strong in faith, I take my title of mom pretty seriously (maybe too seriously) and I love pretty things, furry friends, travelling the world, creating happy memories, chocolate and almost anything that sparkles. My space is proudly South African and proudly me. I hope you enjoy your visit - and while you are here, please feel free to drop me a note, say hi, share your thought or even set up a coffee date. I love meeting new people.