Free Printables: colouring in greeting cards

September 23, 2016 / GIFT IDEAS / PAPER CRAFTS / PRINTABLES

free printable colouring card

Printables and colouring in for adults are amongst my favourite things at the moment as you might know from my posts How to reduce stress – with simple colouring and Colouring in birthday card. This time I have four designs for you to print …

Free printable: laptop incase hard shell artwork + wallpaper

September 16, 2016 / ACCESSORIES / PRINTABLES / UNDER 30 MINUTES

diy laptop incase hard shell printable

A year ago I posted a tutorial how to make an envelope laptop case shortly after I got my new laptop. Back then the idea was born to make my own artwork for a clear laptop incase hard shell. I experimented a bit with …

How to make – tie-dye bed sheet

September 9, 2016 / DIY / HOME DECOR / UPCYCLING

diy tie-dye bed sheet

I am not unfamiliar with dyeing fabric and I did tie-dye before, but I was a bit reluctant towards tie-dye as I associate it with crafting in elementary school and very wild colour combinations. But to be honest, I realised, there is nothing …

How to make – simple embossed envelope

September 2, 2016 / DIY / GIFT IDEAS / PAPER CRAFTS / UNDER 30 MINUTES

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You might have noticed already that I am a big believer in snail mail and personal notes. For this reason, I am always looking for ways to make pretty writing paper, cards or envelopes, because pretty is half the deal, isn’t it? One example …

How to make – dream catcher with branch and origami cranes

August 26, 2016 / DIY / HOME DECOR

diy dream catcher with branch

After one year of blogging I feel confident enough to repost one of my favourite projects, a dream catcher with branch, dip dyed fringes and origami cranes. I don’t know how many of you guys have already read this dream catcher tutorial, which …

Free Printables: agate slice mini envelopes

August 19, 2016 / GIFT IDEAS / PAPER CRAFTS / PRINTABLES / UNDER 30 MINUTES

agate slice mini envelope printables

It’s always someone’s birthday. You need a gift. And with the gift comes a card. And someone has to write nice stuff on the card. This is hard sometimes. Really hard to come up with a a lot of meaningful words …

How to make – simple teardrop earrings

August 12, 2016 / DIY / DIY JEWELS / UNDER 30 MINUTES

diy teardrop earrings

If you’re looking for simple, everyday jewellery that you can make yourself, these teardrop earrings are for you. They are easy to make and look like designer pieces on your ears. For this tutorial I was looking for something simple and quick. …

A beginner’s guide to art journaling + printables

August 5, 2016 / DIY / PAPER CRAFTS / PRINTABLES

diy art journaling

I discovered art journaling by accident in an online issue of the docrafts Creativity Magazine. Not that I’ve never seen it before, but I didn’t think of it as a concept. What I like most about it, is the experimental side …

How to make – art & craft supply pouch

July 29, 2016 / ACCESSORIES / DIY

diy craft and art supply pouch

When you’re a true crafter or artist, you don’t want to create only when you’re at home or in your studio. You want to be able to create, sketch, craft where ever creativity hits you or whenever you have time for …

How to make – Flip Flop keyring

July 22, 2016 / ACCESSORIES / DIY / GIFT IDEAS

diy flip flop keyring

Flip flop, flip flop… this sound reminds me of summer. I desperately wish it was summer. But until then I make my own summer, with summer tunes, white wine and a cute flip flop keyring… when I can’t wear it, …

Free Printables: decorate your snail mail

July 15, 2016 / PAPER CRAFTS / PRINTABLES

watermelon hibiscus printables snail mail

When last have you received a personal letter or postcard by snail mail? If you don’t do post crossing or have a ton of pen pals, it was probably quite a long time ago. Imagine the excitement when you open your …

How to make – faux floral headpiece

July 8, 2016 / ACCESSORIES / DIY / DIY FASHION

diy faux floral headpiece

Recently I saw quite a lot of pictures around the internet of women with a floral headpiece or flower crown. Also on snapchat it’s popular now to give yourself a flower crown. I wanted one, too. And for it to …

How to make – shell & driftwood wall hanging

July 1, 2016 / DIY / HOME DECOR / UNDER 30 MINUTES

diy shell driftwood wall hanging

Life’s a beach…someone said. And a beach is a treasure box, I say. There are so many beautiful things you can find: driftwoods – bleached from their journey at sea, amazing shells – which look like artwork, incredible stones – rounded and smoothed by …

How to make – upcycled business card holder

June 24, 2016 / DIY / PAPER CRAFTS / UNDER 30 MINUTES / UPCYCLING

diy upcycled business card holder

Before I tell you why I made an upcycled business card holder and how to make it, I’d like to mention that I wrote my very first guest post. I must say I am quite thrilled and honoured that Sarah from …

Free printables: Father’s Day Hero

June 17, 2016 / PRINTABLES

Father's Day printable Hero

Father’s Day is approaching. I must admit, it’s much more difficult to find a little something for my Dad than for my Mum. Perhaps that’s because it feels that presents are not that important to men. Or maybe it feels just harder …

How to make – upcycled essential oil burner

June 10, 2016 / DIY / HOME DECOR / UPCYCLING

diy essential oil burner

I was looking for an essential oil burner for quite a while. Or maybe “looking for” is not the right term as I wanted one, but didn’t really wanted to spend money on one. I am trying to save money …

How to make – upcycled vase centrepiece

June 3, 2016 / DIY / HOME DECOR / UPCYCLING

diy upcycled vase

“The earth laughs in flowers.” Ralph Waldo Emerson And a good laugh is contagious, I always feel the need to smile when I see a beautiful bunch of flowers. I was quite amazed how many different flowers are still blooming, …

How to make – printed (no sew) seat cushions

May 27, 2016 / ACCESSORIES / DIY / HOME DECOR

diy printed felt seat cushions

I love my (replicated) designer chairs. No doubt. But in winter the comfortable plastic gets so cold that I don’t enjoy sitting on them. I am all about keeping warm in winter! For ages I meant to make some seat …

How to make – upcycled card holder

May 20, 2016 / DIY / HOME DECOR / UNDER 30 MINUTES / UPCYCLING

diy upcycled fork card display

A few weeks ago I found an old barbecue fork at a flea market. And no, I didn’t plan on using it in the kitchen. I saw the chipped off paint on the handle and my first thought was: make something …

How to make – stitched geometric fox

May 13, 2016 / DIY / GIFT IDEAS / HOME DECOR

diy stitched geometric fox

Quite a while ago I started to be fascinated by illustrated animals composed of geometric shapes. You’ve probably seen them, they are still all over Pinterest. You can also see my first attempt of a geometric animal, named “Carli – the fox”, here. …

How to make – upcycled beanie pompom

May 6, 2016 / DIY / DIY FASHION / UNDER 30 MINUTES / UPCYCLING

diy upcycled beanie pompom

Winter is coming. At least on this side of the world. And I have the right little project for that, and even if it’s spring where you are, you can’t be sure that there won’t be another cold day. Or …

Free printables: Mother’s Day greeting cards

April 29, 2016 / PRINTABLES

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For all you guys who already have a gift for Mother’s Day or go with flowers, I created these cute free printables to add a personal note. If you still looking for a cheeky, handmade gift, check out my no …

How to make – No sew Mother’s Day gift wall hanging

/ DIY / GIFT IDEAS / HOME DECOR

mothers day gift feature

It is this time again…everyone is looking for a Mother’s Day gift once again. Flowers? Chocolate? Really? Why not a handmade Mother’s Day gift, a sign for everyone to see, to honour the greatness of the woman who gave you …

How to make – beads & paper ornament

April 22, 2016 / DIY / GIFT IDEAS / HOME DECOR / PAPER CRAFTS

paper ornament feature

Have you always admired fancy looking decors and wondered how difficult it is to make them yourself? When I saw this paper ornament for the first time I immediately started to contemplate about how I am going to get that made. And I …

How to make – upcycled storage cans

April 15, 2016 / DIY / HOME DECOR / UPCYCLING

upcycle food cans

Are you like me and keeping all these pretty, empty food cans and containers rather than tossing them away? The hot chocolate is finished again and all that’s left is an empty tin can with a lid…but no, I don’t throw it …

How to make – signpost to fantasy worlds

April 8, 2016 / DIY / HOME DECOR / UPCYCLING

signpost fantasy worlds feature

Imagine: a signpost to all the fantasy worlds in your favourite and most cherished childhood stories.  Directions to all the adventurous memories, the  gripping moments, the lessons taught and the friendships  – even if they only existed in your imagination. …

How to make – upcycled milk jug storage

April 1, 2016 / ACCESSORIES / DIY / UPCYCLING

upcycled milk jug storage

Plastic is everywhere. It not only is in every part of our lives, but also polluting our surroundings. I am in KwaZulu-Natal, a province of South Africa, right now and was shocked once again of all the plastic bottles and …

How to make – coloured pin board

March 25, 2016 / DIY / HOME DECOR / UPCYCLING

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Happy easter everyone! I don’t have any eggshaped items for you today, but round ones. To organise my craft room better, I was thinking about a pin board…since forever. Pin all the things I need in sight to be reminded …

How to make – easter egg bunny ears

March 18, 2016 / ACCESSORIES / DIY / UNDER 30 MINUTES

easter egg bunny ears

Since I am not a kid anymore, easter has lost a bit of it’s charm for me. I enjoyed the family brunch still a lot, but since I’m not living close to my family anymore that also is not happening …

How to make – picture frame that used to be a clothes hanger

March 11, 2016 / DIY / HOME DECOR / UNDER 30 MINUTES / UPCYCLING

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All these beautiful pictures around us. Photographs, paintings, drawings, illustrations…all these wonderful boosters for your memory, your imagination or your creativity. Best to put them all up where you can see them and enjoy their full potential. But how? But…HOW? Why don’t …

How to make – fringed handbag charm

March 4, 2016 / ACCESSORIES / DIY / GIFT IDEAS / UNDER 30 MINUTES

diy handbag charm

Do you love your handbag? And I am sure you own more than one handbag…am I right? How about a little handmade something that gives all your handbags just the perfect personal touch? Make your own fringed handbag charm.     The good thing …

Magical nature in the Cederberg Mountains

February 26, 2016 / Uncategorized

Cederberg Mountains South Africa

Is there something better than once in a while getting out of the busy city and spending some time in nature? Not really. The Cederberg region is only two hours from Cape Town and yet the landscape is completely different: wilder, warmer …

Free printable: colouring in birthday card

February 19, 2016 / DIY / GIFT IDEAS / PRINTABLES / UNDER 30 MINUTES

colouring in birthday card

Do you enjoy colouring in? Or looking for a personal birthday card that doesn’t need a lot of time or skill, but is handmade? Then keep on reading…   It was my birthday this week. And I can tell you, …

How to make – Valentine message in a bottle

February 12, 2016 / DIY / GIFT IDEAS / PRINTABLES / UNDER 30 MINUTES / UPCYCLING

valentine cards in bottle

Is there something nicer than getting an affectionate note from a loved one? Usually gestures count more than words, I think, but once in a while it’s nice to see the affection in words put down on paper. In black on white. Everlasting. And …

How to make – heart print on a t-shirt

February 5, 2016 / DIY / DIY FASHION

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Valentine’s Day is coming up. I want to take the opportunity to celebrate LOVE. With that cute heart print on a t-shirt. In my opinion we shouldn’t have only one specific day to celebrate love. We should celebrate the love in …

How to make – upcycled milk jug birds mobile

January 29, 2016 / DIY / HOME DECOR / UPCYCLING

upcycled milk jug birds feature

Upcycling part two. How about a little birds mobile? Feel good about using empty plastic bottles to create something beautiful instead of throwing them away. Like I promised, here is an idea what to make with the rest of that …

How to make – Upcycled leaf earrings

January 22, 2016 / DIY / DIY JEWELS / GIFT IDEAS / UNDER 30 MINUTES / UPCYCLING

upcycled milkjug earrings feature

Just magically turn an empty milk jar into a pair of beautiful upcycled leaf earrings. I will show you how to make beautiful earrings and, at the same time, do something good for the environment.   Upcycling means giving old waste …

How to make – interchangeable tassel bookmark

January 15, 2016 / ACCESSORIES / DIY / GIFT IDEAS / UNDER 30 MINUTES

tassel bookmark feature

You love reading? Or you looking for an easy-to-make gift for someone who loves reading? Then this is for you. The interchangeable tassel bookmark. It’s so easy to make and really something special.     Make a few tassels in …

How to make – stencil print on a t-shirt

January 8, 2016 / DIY / DIY FASHION

stencil print diy shirt

Celebrate life. With colour. And this handmade stencil print on your favourite t-shirt. I am not sure what I think of statements on t-shirts. You know, these shirts with ridiculous words on the chest…and sometimes also on the back. Nope, …

How to make – wooden beads tassel necklace

January 1, 2016 / DIY / DIY JEWELS

wooden beads tassel necklace

  Who doesn’t know that: You have these awesome New Year’s resolutions, but after a few weeks you’ve already forgotten that they exist? This wooden beads tassel necklace a.k.a. “New Year’s resolution reminder” makes sure that this won’t happen again. I …

How to make – upcycled decorative bottle lantern

December 25, 2015 / DIY / HOME DECOR / UPCYCLING

bottle lantern upcycled

Are you looking for the “special atmosphere” for your next romantic evening or dinner party? I show you how to magically turn an old glass bottle into a beautiful, decorative bottle lantern.     I was looking for a tutorial that …

Free printables: Christmas gift tags

December 18, 2015 / PRINTABLES

gift tags free printables

To give your (maybe not yet) wrapped Christmas presents the finishing touch, I created these free, printable Christmas gift tags for you. Just hit the print button, cut them out and complete your gift wrapping with a personal note.   Oh du …

How to make – super easy Christmas baubles

December 11, 2015 / DIY / HOME DECOR

christmas baubles easy diy

Jingle bells, jingle bells jingle all the way…still looking for Christmas decoration? Want to give your tree that nice golden shimmer without looking too traditional? Try these gold and white Christmas baubles. They are super easy to make and look …

How to make – 3 Christmas cards with baubles + free printables

December 4, 2015 / DIY / GIFT IDEAS / PAPER CRAFTS / PRINTABLES / UNDER 30 MINUTES

christmas cards baubles diy

Send your loved ones self-made – or at least self-printed – Christmas cards to let them know you are thinking of them. This is part two of the Christmas cards tutorial. And I like it even better, these Christmas baubles …

How to make – Christmas cards with watercolour trees + free templates

November 27, 2015 / DIY / GIFT IDEAS / PAPER CRAFTS / PRINTABLES / UNDER 30 MINUTES

christmas cards tree diy

Let your loved ones know that you are thinking of them by sending beautiful handmade Christmas cards! It is personal, beautiful and so easy! Christmas is coming closer and probably not all of your friends and family live close by …

How to make – easy paper advent wreath

November 20, 2015 / DIY / HOME DECOR / PAPER CRAFTS / UNDER 30 MINUTES

advent wreath paper diy

  Christmas is a time with a lot of childhood memories. A certain smell, grandma’s special Christmas food or a family tradition reminds us of the Christmas we spent with our families when we grew up. One tradition in Germany, …

How to make – super easy jewellery display mirror

November 13, 2015 / DIY / DIY JEWELS / HOME DECOR / UNDER 30 MINUTES

jewellery display mirror

This Friday I got a super easy and quick tutorial for you guys. Do you love jewellery? Do you have already lots of earrings and can’t resist buying another pair? Do you not know where to keep your necklaces? Have …

How to make – quick & easy paper bunting garland

November 6, 2015 / DIY / HOME DECOR / PAPER CRAFTS / UNDER 30 MINUTES

paper bunting garland diy

There is always a reason for celebration! And always a reason for inviting friends over. And with a little bit of handmade decoration, it immediately looks merry. But what, if you don’t have time to make a lot of decorations? …

How to make – essential oil bamboo diffuser

October 30, 2015 / DIY / GIFT IDEAS / HOME DECOR

essential oil diffuser

Do you know this feeling when a scent hits your nose and immediately a memory or emotion bubbles up from your subconsciousness? It is amazing how strong smells are connected with past experiences or feelings. The part of the brain …

How to make – 3 easy lace earrings in under 30 minutes

October 23, 2015 / DIY / DIY JEWELS / GIFT IDEAS / UNDER 30 MINUTES

lace earrings diy

Lace. I love lace. And that’s quite a confession. I always wanted not to appear too girly or cute. And lace has – besides other qualities – the power to make you appear cute, sexy or girly. I rather wanted to …

How to reduce stress – with simple colouring

October 16, 2015 / PRINTABLES / UNDER 30 MINUTES

Colouring dog feature

I recently discovered illustrations of geometrical animals. It’s fascinating how simple geometrical shapes like triangles form entire animals. I love especially the ones with black lines only. You know what you can also do with these? COLOUR Colour them. Remember, …

How to make – jewellery with dip dyed fringes

October 9, 2015 / DIY / DIY JEWELS / GIFT IDEAS

earrings brass and dipdye feature

Some things take a bit longer, but then they turn out really good. For example with this jewellery combo. I made them one night when I was struggling to fall asleep – I got up again and made some easy jewellery …

How to make – leather bow necklace

October 2, 2015 / DIY / DIY JEWELS / GIFT IDEAS / UNDER 30 MINUTES

bow necklace feature2

Christmas is coming closer and we are probably all still in need of Christmas presents. And to express our love and appreciation, we want to give self-made presents that come from the heart and fit the personality of the receiver. And …

How to make – envelope laptop case with faux leather belt

September 24, 2015 / ACCESSORIES / DIY

envelope laptop case feature

The tutorial for this laptop case comes with two stories that became one. First story: A few weeks ago I got a new laptop. This was actually long overdue. I don’t know how you decide what to buy, when you …

Getaway weekend in tranquil South African nature

September 19, 2015 / Uncategorized

fynbos retreat feature

Some weeks ago I went on a weekend getaway for my friend Olivia’s birthday. We went to the Fynbos Retreat which is part of the Grootbos Nature Reserve in the Western Cape. After a 2.5 hours drive from Cape Town we …

How to make – dream catcher with branch, dip dyed yarn and origami cranes

September 15, 2015 / DIY / HOME DECOR

dream catcher branch diy

Dream catcher. I must admit, until recently, when I thought of dream catchers I thought of a hoop with a woven web, feathers and Native American culture. I like the original meaning and look, but there are so many new …

How to make – water colour design with nail polish

September 6, 2015 / DIY / HOME DECOR / UNDER 30 MINUTES / UPCYCLING

watercolour nailpolish feature

I love, love, love water colouring. And I don’t mean the kind you used in kindergarten to paint a picture for your mum. I am talking about the art of using colours and water to create amazingly beautiful patterns and …

Sunset walk on Noordhoek Beach – Cape Town

September 1, 2015 / Uncategorized

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  The other day I went  to the beach with my man. Noordhoek Beach, one of my absolute favourite, and there are a lot of options around Cape Town. But this very long white sanded beach is special to me. …

How to make – nail-string-art with driftwood and brass wire

August 21, 2015 / DIY / HOME DECOR

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I know, I know, there are already so many tutorials about making beautiful nail-string-art with nails and string on a wooden board. I must admit, I just wanted to try it myself. I had this amazing piece of driftwood lying …

How to make – an inexpensive way to display

August 2, 2015 / DIY / HOME DECOR / UNDER 30 MINUTES

poster_on_canvas2 copy

Hi my friends, what about these white walls in your home? Pretty boring, right? Something’s missing, right?  I’ve got an inexpensive way to display your favourite poster. Your home needs attention. Then in return your home can give you that comfy …

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