happy happy birthday, brother in law!


happy birthday, Greg!
have a FANTASTIC day! 
hope you get spoiled on this BIG birthday (can't believe you are 40 years old, old man!)
{photo of Greg as a little boy - wayne's favourite photo}

our foggy relaxing weekend

we spent our weekend relaxing, getting healthy & spending some quality time together.  the photo above was taken on sunday when the whole day was foggy and just plain miserable winter weather.

i hope you all have a fantastic week!

latest photos on my phone

over the weekend we walked around in Chelsea (a RICH area in london).  we ate lunch at this cute pub.  LOVE the photo of wayne!! saw christmas decorations & christmas trees up everywhere (can’t believe it’s almost Christmas AND the end of 2011).

i saw a lovely sunsrise on my way in to work.  my hubby opening up our front door for me – after a VERY long day at work.

katinka & fred (the dog) & katinka on her way to her swimming class.  i LOVE getting these photos from my family back home. 

i hope everyone had a fantastic week so far. i am looking forward to this weekend! this week was way too long and exhausting for me!

lately on my phone…


row 1:  old buildings in london & british flag
row 2:  autumn leaves in our back garden & an old  funny shaped tree in the park
row 3:  halloween decorations at the spur restaurant & wayne with his popcorn goodie bag at the movies
row 4:  the only cars we can afford
row 5:  jacaranda tree in south africa (from my sister, heleen) & autumn tree near our house
row 6:  my sister heleen and christiaan (my cousins little boy) & katinka
row 7:  my sister karlien sent me these awesome photos of katinka & her feet slippers
{source:  click on image}
we went to see the adventures of tintin over the weekend & the CGI is just AMAZING but i didn’t like it, it was a bit boring for me & also felt like it took FOREVER to finish.  wayne actually enjoyed it more than me, but i think it’s got to do with the fact that he actually read the comic books when he was younger and i didn’t.

i made this: turtle doorstop

the last gift in my friend’s gift box (see the other here & here) is this super cute turtle doorstop.

isn’t she adorable!!
i started this little doorstop thinking it’s going to be easy, but OH MY! it took such a long time to make this because in the end i had to hand stitch most of the detail on this little girl.  i think the finished product is so so cute.  i will definitely make more of these & i think she will even make a very cute stuffed animal for your bed.
have a creative wednesday!

happy 21st my little sis!



i just want to say a VERY HAPPY birthday to my little sister, Janine on her 21st birthday!

oh my, i can't believe that you turned 21 today! it feels like just the other day that you embarrassed heleen by making cartwheels in the shopping centre!  i've always had so much fun with you and feel quite sad that i can't spend you special birthday with you today.

have a fantastic day my sis! i wish you all the happiness & good fortune for your future!

wayne & myself wish we could spend today with you but we will make up for it when we see you in 4 months time!

LOVE you always!! xx

our halloween







this was our first halloween that we decided to decorate & give candy to the little kids in our area.  we use to live in flats before & no trick or treaters will show up there.  since we are from south africa - it's also a new thing for us to celebrate halloween.  it was our first time carving pumpkins & i think for our first time - they came out pretty cute! (not that scary though).

i think wayne had more fun than the children in our neighbourhood.  loads of kids where walking around in the streets trick & treating, and we ran out of candy in the first hour or so.  wayne rushed out to go and buy some more since he didn't want any children showing up at our front door and be disappointed because they couldn't get any candy.

on one of the occasions when we opened the door (wayne with his scary mask on) gave a little boy such a fright that he was too scared to come and get his candy.

we had so much fun & can't wait for halloween next year!

A little bit sick

Please excuse my lack of posts recently. I'm trying to fight off a bad cold right now and am currently losing. I am taking medicine but it only seems to make me sleep and then sleep some more without the result of getting better. Hopefully I'll be back to normal soon!

i made this: homemade lavender bath salt

remember the cute package i made for a friends birthday? (click here to see it again). today i will show you the little birthday card i made with it & also the lavender bath salt.  she got inside the wrapped box:  homemade lavender bath salt; bunting birthday card; turtle doorstop (will show you this next week).

i used a glass cool drink bottle for the homemade lavender bath salt.  made a label on my computer; added some buttons for decoration to the top & made a little label on a nylon string.  the lavender bath salt was so very easy to make:  epsom salt & about 6 drops (depending on how big your bottle is) of your favourite essential oil. and as easy as that you have your own homemade bath salt.

have a happy crafty day!!

movie tuesday: real steel

Storyline:

A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.

My Review:

we LOVED this movie!  in all honesty the main reason i wanted to go and see this was because of Hugh Jackman.  and i wasn’t disappointed, it was better than i thought it was going to be.

the movie is set in the near future, 2020, when human boxing is obsolete.  the premise isn't really that intriguing. it's boxing replaced by robots. movies with giant CGI robots aren’t anything new since transformers came out. but the heart and soul of this movie lies to the relationship of Charlie and Max and their robot, Atom. it's fun to watch them and even the fighting scenes are pretty exciting.

this movie had a great cast, great story & great action.  it almost made me feel that i am watching a disney film.  you will cheer, cry and laugh through this entertaining film. such a great movie!!  go and watch it!

just a quick hello

i had such a crazy busy week at work last week and i think the late nights & cold weather just got to me this weekend.   i spend most of my saturday & sunday in bed.  i also had to entertain wayne, who's new phrase is: "i'm bored".

photos of our week


*top photo from our game night last week
*rain clouds on my way home & sunrise (while waiting for the train)
*roof of  kings cross station & it was national bake day - london skyline made all made of cake
*buildings & london clouds

hope you all have a fantastic week!

i made this: wrapped a birthday present

for our friend’s 30th birthday i wrapped her present, and this is what it looked like in the end:

this lovely present:

the felt banners is the same as on her birthday card (will show you this next week).  i will also show you next week what her handmade presents looked like.

here is a couple of diy’s i found on pinterest that i can’t WAIT to try:

{via here}

{via here}

have a happy crafty day!

birthday party & pub lunch for us this weekend

this weekend we went to a friend’s 30th birthday & had a WONDERFUL boerewors braai (south african sausage bbq). we had a fantastic lunch at this old pub (still the best burger – see here). walked around in westfield shopping centre.  had a very good & strong cup of coffee & went home as the sun went down.  (i only noticed now how frizzy my hair is on the 2nd picture of us – it’s because of the braid in the 1st picture).

hope you all had a GREAT weekend!

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