Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Rhythm of the Needles

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Our regular crocheting and knitting group gathered at Urban Angel in Boskruin recently for a beautiful afternoon of crocheting and knitting and good food and lots of laughs.  We meet every 2 months for a few hours of crocheting and knitting, but also sharing ideas and inspiration.
 

Frances and her granddaughter Gabi



Lynn is knitting a beautiful baby blanket 

Anne and Anne 


Anne is super-talented at knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking....



Nicky and her daughter Gabi

My poncho is almost done, just another 15 squares to finish 

Pat has made a beautiful poncho that we all want to have  

My sister Caron popped in for a visit 

 
The ladies donated 10 crocheted blankets for the township animals who are supported through Animal Allies - thank you!!  In total, we donated 15 blankets and several bags of pet food to them on Monday. 
 
It was a totally gorgeous afternoon with special ladies, this day made me very very happy.  Can't wait for the next one in August.
 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Kitchen renovation

I have hated my kitchen ever since I bought my home several years ago.  The previous owners 'renovated' the kitchen (seriously - what were they thinking?!) and the result was brown walls, brown cupboards and a brown floor. 
 


 
I didn't want to do a total renovation of the kitchen as this would be over-capitalizing on the property, but I've decided to stay in my home for a few more years, so I needed to at least 'disguise' the horrible brownness (yes - that's the technical term for butt-ugly coloured kitchens!). 
 
Renato from Ned and Nancy's repainted the existing cabinets and wall tiles 'Paris Grey' using Annie Sloan chalk paint, and I'm loving the result. 
 


 
Renato has a great team that finished the job in 2 half days and 1 full day.  It's taking a while longer to unpack each cupboard, wash out the shelves and contents, and I'm uncluttering as I go.  I'm a happy bunny in the kitchen now.
 
 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Crochet blanket

Tadaaaa!  I have finally finished my little ripple blanket.  I started it late last year when Leonie and I visited the BeInspired studio in Durban, and it's taken a while to finish.  It's meant to be a little knee blanket, and it's totally gorgeous! 
 



 
Thank you to Chantal Whiteford from BeInspired for teaching Leonie and I to ripple, and for the recommendations on the Scheepjes wool colours!
 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Crochet project

Hello June.  Hello winter.
 
I support Animal Allies, which is a non-profit organisation that does sterilisations and provides medical care for township animals.  Malaika was a township kitty before coming to live with Ruby and I.
 
Every month, Malaika and I make a donation to Animal Allies.  I've also been collecting bags of kitty food to donate to them.  I recently used up some scrap wool to crochet a little blanket to donate to one of the township kitties.
 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Autumn kitties

We've had a few gorgeous Autumn days in Johannesburg recently so when I've been home, I've spent a lot of time outdoors in the sunshine...reading, crocheting and enjoying my silly kitties.
 
My beloved Ruby stays close to me and only occasionally chases a lizard or two
 



 
Hooligan Malaika is now allowed to roam free on her own in the garden (with mom watching her like a hawk!) without her harness on.  She investigates everything and chases leaves and eats stuff (I don't know what); she loves being outdoors and has been good (so far!) about not going over the garden wall.  From being an underweight rescue kitty with a fresh amputation, she has filled out nicely and is really healthy and well.  Love you baby!
 




"What you doing mom?"
 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Turning 5

Little miss Katy turned 5 in April.  She is soooo cute and totally in to 'my little pony' and the colours pink and purple at the moment.  Lunch at Spur was her choice and easy for the adults. 
 
 
 
 


 

Katy has mastered the art of the fake smile

 

Urban Angel made delicious vanilla cupcakes for Katy and I added the unicorns and sprinkles.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY Princess!!

the elderflower cocktails were for the adults - not the kids 


Kids loooove sprinkles!