Thursday, 19 December 2013

LETTING GO

“That is why it is so important to let certain things go. To release them. To cut loose. People need to understand that no one is playing with marked cards; sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Don't expect to get anything back, don't expect recognition for your efforts, don't expect your genius to be discovered or your love to be understood. Complete the circle. Not out of pride, inability or arrogance, but simply because whatever it is no longer fits in your life. Close the door, change the record, clean the house, get rid of the dust. Stop being who you were and become who you are.”





The first time I read The Zahir by Paulo Coelho  I was going through a terrible breakup, as I read this quote my heart became a little bit lighter. My favourite Author Paulo Coelho knows just how to shape and mould words to speak to my heart. You still think you are reading a story book while you are actually making your way through a few life lessons that is relevant to most people.

This quote was immediately copied and pasted on my bedside table, when the nights became long and lonely I would read the quote and start dreaming about the future. These words helped me to stop looking in the past and start looking into the future and all the incredible possibilities it holds. Now 7 years later while working though another break up an incredible friend of mine created this beautiful print for me to put up on my wall to remind me daily that it’s best to just let go.

My hope is that it can help someone as much as it has helped me to let go and stop looking back with a heavy heart. The future is full of amazing opportunities and as I've realize there are so many adventures life holds and incredible people to meet along the way. Life takes you where you need to be. Enjoy every moment as much as possible! You are where you are supposed to be right now!


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

DOUWE EGBERTS JARS UPCYCLE

Once upon a time I fell in love with these jars. I like the coffee, but I love the jars sooo much more. My only problem was that I didn't like the logo inside the lid.



As luck would have it I put my newly empty jar inside the dishwasher and once it finished it’s cleaning cycle I opened the dish washer door and (insert the sound of singing angles) the lid was in 2 pieces. And this is how I learnt that it was possible to take the lid apart. The Dishwasher died recently, but I will never forget all that it has done for me!

I then measured the inside of the lid and cut out a piece of scrap booking paper to the correct measurements. Place the paper inside the lid and closed it back up.



Here is the end result:


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

CARDBOARD TABLE IN 5 MINUTES

In our offices we are fortunate enough to have a plotter to print our larger scale plans. The paper for this plotter comes in large rolls. For the last few month my colleagues and I have been saving these cardboard rolls to make something, anything... it seemed they could be useful somehow.

Today I looked at the pile and decided there are enough to make myself a side table. I dragged them home and tied a few of my old belts around it and a table was born. It took me less than 5 minutes and cost me nothing.






I will be thinking up more things to do with these rolls, so stay tuned. If you have any good ideas feel free to post them and I will see if I can make it.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

LEGO HEAD HALLOWEEN COSTUME

Ever since I have been a little girl dress up parties always gets me very excited. There is just something sooo exciting and happy about a dress up party. And I get to let out some creativity in the process. I need at least a week to plan and get my outfit ready. One of my all-time favorite outfits was when I made these 2 Lego heads a few years ago for a Halloween party.



I started by molding the top and bottom of the heads over plastic containers by using paper mache. Once  I finished this process (that took a week of layering every morning and evening) I added the stud on top of 1 of the halves of a head and covered it in a layer of paper mache.



I also cut a hole in the bottom half of the head big enough to fit my head through. The two halves where then attached to each other with a piece of cardboard and also covered it in a layer of paper mache so that the surface would smooth and that you would not be able to see joint between the top half, the cardboard and the bottom half . We googled all the dimensions of a Lego head in order to get the ratios to be precise for the heads to look as authentic as possible.  Find this image here: http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/Minifigure


We then spray painted it yellow, which didn't work as the yellow spray paint wouldn't cover the script on the newspaper. We then sprayed them white and retried the yellow… and tada!!




 We drew the detailing with permanent marker and stuck a piece of fabric on the inside for the mouth and eyes that we could still see through it.


What a night it was!! Although we were surprised by the amount of people who didn't realize we were Lego… Packman? Spondge bob? Really? Really? 

Definitely worth all the effort! Happy Halloween everyone!!


Sunday, 20 October 2013

JALAPENO POPPERS ON THE BRAAI

I have a great love for camping. It all started in my first year of varsity when a group of my friends always went camping in Tietiesbaai on the Westcoast. In the beginning we were poor students that really roughed it. I remember hiding half underneath the car just to get some shade.. sigh… the glory days.

8 years later it’s a different story. Before we use to cram as many people into 1 vehicle as possible, now everyone takes their own car and camping has taken on a life of it’s own. So many gadgets and tools…

In the beginning food was also more of a luxury than a necessity. Lately we are trying new recipes  and really having fun with new and old dishes. Braaing, Bacon and Chili Poppers... these are a few of my favorite things, so why not combine the 3? This is how:

What you will need:

Jalapeno Chilies
Streaky Bacon
Cheddar Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese
Cream Cheese
(The amount varies depending on how any Poppers you would like to make.)

Firstly you cut the Chilies and clean out all of the pips and rinse them under some water. Then you grate the Mozzarella and the Cheddar and mix it in the Cream cheese. Stuff the chili with as much cheese as possible.

Wrap the chili in Bacon, making sure that the bacon covers anywhere cheese could escape from when it's on the grill.

Place it on the grill and braai the poppers until the bacon is crispy and the cheese is melted. 

Besides the fact that we didn't have nearly enough milk to stop the burning, They turned out perfect!! I will definitely be making these again!

Monday, 16 September 2013

BAR-ONE CHOCOLATE PUDDING

Everyone need those quick and easy go-to recipes that will ensure that everyone's mouths water, but will take very little time and energy to make. This recipe promises to wow your guests and keep them coming back for more.


What you will need:
4 bar ones
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
4 TBLSP cocoa
5ml vanilla essence
2 eggs
1 cup boiling water
1 tub cream




You start off by melting the cream & 2 chopped up bar-ones together, this will form the sauce that you use at the end.



Add all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl. Next, mix all the wet ingredients together and add it into the dry ingredients. Mix well.



Pour into a greased oven proof dish. Cut up the last 2 bar-ones and randomly scatter into the mixture.  
Microwave the mixture on high for 6 minutes.




I like poking the whole baked brownie full of holes before I pour over the sauce, as if helps the brownies absorb all the chocolaty goodness.
Serve immediately while it’s still hot with some ice cream to break some of the sweetness. 

Sunday, 8 September 2013

NEW BEGINNINGS AND SOME SPRAY PAINT

I recently moved into a new apartment. Slowly but surely it’s starting to become a home. As this is the first time in my life I’m living on my own I didn't have nearly enough furniture for my apartment. So I did what anyone in my position would do… I went scratching around my parents' garage.

Between the dust and cobwebs I found quite a few treasures. This Pin board had me very very excited. I needed something to display all my photos and this was the answer. As I always do I sprayed the frame white to give it a new look and here it is:



While sitting at the dining table I love looking at all the photos. They bring up so many memories and they remind me of how much fun life can be when you have such amazing people around you.

Next I found an old stool that belonged to my Dad when he was younger, so I sneaked it out, sanded it down and sprayed it red. He was not to impressed… whoops, but I love the outcome!



This basket I bought at the Milnerton market a few months ago. It also needed a new look, so… Yes you guessed it… I sprayed it white! What a difference!


 Having my own little place is amazing and I'm looking forward to all the adventures (and blog posts) that the future holds, so keep checking in to see how this empty space is becoming my Home. 

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

IKEA IN SOUTH AFRICA?

About 5 years ago I had a friend that moved to South Africa from Germany, she couldn't stop talking about this home wear store called Ikea. This store was apparently not only low cost, but it has modern home accessories and furniture, like we have never seen before… wow… I needed to see this store!! At the beginning of this year I went to Indonesia and organised a stop over in Singapore for a few days. As strange as this may sound, I did a bit of research before hand and found out exactly where their Ikea is, because I HAD to see this store. And so I did...



And I was not disappointed! While strolling through all the furniture settings I was on the verge of tears. I  could not believe I was looking at all these beautiful things that I will never be able to have (my bag was already full of all the shopping in Indonesia). To all the people in America and Europe that has access to Ikea, count your blessings..  

After I returned I found out about a South African based company that imports Ikea products, Nevada Furniture. I went on their website and followed all the instructions and quickly made a shopping list. They were incredibly fast to send me the quote and I accepted. Ok... it did take time to get to South Africa (about a month and a half) but it was worth the wait.

I have a shelf in my bedroom which is always a mess, so I needed boxes to store all those annoying loose items. I couldn't find the correct sizing or design in South Africa and was just to excited to when it even worked out cheaper to import it.






When the items arrived in Cape Town I could easily go pick it up from their offices where they also have a showroom for those who would like to go have a look. I highly recommend Nevada Furniture, what a pleasure doing business with you!!

Monday, 3 June 2013

SO MANY PILLOWS

Oh how the winter is definitely here! Time for Hot Chocolate, Pancakes and Snuggling in front of the fireplace. 

Something that is especially close to my heart in the winter is my bed... and I think most people would agree. I've made sure my bed is kitted out with an electric blanket, down duvet and my oh so snugly winter sheets. 

I'm a firm believer that the better I sleep at night the happier person I am in the day. But as I've said before.. I get bored easily. So... to make my room slightly change every week I've bought various pillow covers from Mr Price Home. I always have 2 pillows on my bed: the one will always be a classic white and the other will be changed each week to help my room look just that bit different. As a scatter cushion addict this has become another extension of my addiction... I can't wait to go buy some more covers!!

Monday, 13 May 2013

TREASURE HUNTING: STRUISBAAI

Another amazing weekend in the much loved Struisbaai. I've been coming here for Summer holidays since 2006. Over summer holidays this sleepy Town becomes incredibly busy, even buying a loaf of bread becomes a hassle with all the people around. But, the rest of the year it is just perfect for a quiet weekend away to unwind and get your thoughts in order.






So of coarse I had to stop buy some of the stores for some shopping while I was there, how else? One of my favorite shops in the whole world, South Bound, is situated in the ironically tiny “Struisbaai Mall”. The owner of the store definitely has incredible taste and I always find myself wanting to take home half of the store. This time I held back and just bought a Mothersday gift for the most incredible mom in the world! But it was tough.






Next to south Bound is a little craft store which I find very useful each time I’m in town. I always have something I want to make and this place stocks all the crafting necessities. 





In this Mall there is also a nursery and Hardware store, but I didn't need anything from there this time round.

Around the corner the are also a few treasures. Gifts & Gold has beautiful Jewelry,  clothes and a few other random gifts. You can just imagine how crowded this place is in December with some last minute Christmas shopping, oh the joys of summer holidays!

What would a coastaltown be without a Shellshop... sigh... Like the name says it’s a shop full of shells, and icecream.. and.. ok a whole lot of other random thigs!

Oh what a weekend , full of family, the ocean, board games, reading, sleeping  more sleeping. Just what the doctor ordered!!