Saturday, December 24, 2011

happy christmas and a very blessed 2012

Wishing all my followers and visitors a very happy Christmas and may 2012 be a very blessed year for all of you! Thanks for all your support... the feedback, the photo's of your crafts and bakes and the inspiration that you found on my blog, I really love it... and thats why I blog! Keep me posted!


There are loads of exciting things lined up for 2012 so keep visiting :-) 


I'll be back in January!


I love this...


what i've been up to...

My sister got married, and I was the décor lady :-)

Anél, a very talented photographer from Geminate Photography took the photo's for the wedding. Here are a few of the photo's but have a look on their website for the rest!

http://germinate.co.za/weddings/john-and-carlyn
John and Carlyn 2

John and Carlyn 1

Thursday, December 8, 2011

festive wreath




Wreaths are one of the most popular decorations used over the Christmas period.  You’ll see them used in many different ways.  They are commonly used on the stairway, hanging on the walls and doors, or they can even be used as a centrepiece on a table.  These wreaths just cheer things up and get you into the festive spirit.  


They are easy to make and you can keep them to make something different every other year :-) 

FYI: The history behind wreaths dates back thousands of years and much of the symbolism lies with Greek mythology, Roman tradition with the present day usages being foacused on Advent and for festive decor.  
In the Greco-Roman world, wreaths were used as an adornment that could represent a person's occupation, rank, their achievements and status.  The wreath that was commonly used was the laurel wreath.  The use of this wreath arose from the Greek myth involving Apollo, Zeus' son and the god of life and light, who fell in love with the nymph Daphne.  When he pursued her she feld and asked the river god Peneus to help her, in which Peneus turned her into a laurel tree.  From that day forth, Apollo wore a wreath of laurel on his head.  This is because associated with what Apollo embodied; victory, achievement and status and would later become one of the most commonly used symbols to address achievements throughout Greece and Rome. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wreath)

What you need:
a wreath (You can use the wreath we made on 22 September 2011 (http://ilovethisandthat.blogspot.com/2011/09/in-vineyard.html) or you can buy one from your local florist.)

pieces of off cut material to suit the occasion (about 2cm x 20cm) 





Take the pieces of material and just simply tie it around the wreath... untill you have the desired look.


And then hang it on the door with one of the ends of material, using a small nail or thumbnail.




Thursday, December 1, 2011

paper boats

I like making these paper boats for parties. They not only look pretty, but they serve as a small little plate.



What you need:
stapler
ruler
pencil
scrapbook paper
a pair of scissors



They are great for...
kiddies parties to serve sweeties and biscuits
cocktail parties for serving cheese, biscuits, grapes, nuts, olives, french fries and bruchetta
picnics to serve fruit, nuts and nibbly bits... and you can use your imagination for other uses.



Scrapbook paper is lovely to use, they are just the right size to make 6 paper boats per sheet and they are so very pretty. You can choose your paper according to your party.

First cut the sheet in half. Then you have two pieces of about 15.5cm by 31cm.  Then cut each piece into 3 blocks of 15.5cm x 10.3 cm





Now cut two slits, 5cm in length, 3 cm's from each side.



Then you fold the two outside flaps in behind the middle flap so that their corners just touch at the back of the middle flap. Then staple it together.




Cut the top corners to that the ends of the boat is straight.



Now load with your favorite goodies and enjoy!