Getting organized…

I am known by friends and family as a bit ‘OCD’ when it comes to organizing things. It’s no surprise, combined with my love for anything creative (including stationery, stickers and doodles) that seeing all my fellow bloggers posts on ‘bullet journals’ recently I was intrigued.

After seeing all the Pinterest, Instagram, Blog & Facebook posts on the subject I went about researching this concept to see if this would be something for me. There are many many posts on the World Wide Web once you get started and all of them hugely informative. The most important message from the collection of information is ‘make it yours – there is no right or wrong’.

Besides that it appealed to me from a creative point of view, I also learnt that running a bullet journal would help me stay organized with minimal fuss and ALL IN ONE PLACE. No more sticky notes here, cluttered shelf with notebooks for ‘this and that’ there.

An added bonus I suppose is that one keeps track of goals and things you do  everyday and often don’t even think about (habits/hobbies, good/bad) painting a picture of your year/month/week making use of various ‘collections’ and  ‘trackers’ (see, I’m already learning the lingo😋) which SooOOooo appeals to this so called ‘OCD’ side. Finally I can have an accurate view of how much coffee I drink in a week and exactly how many projects are on my to do list.

I was hooked by the time I saw the third post with all the little doodles and tracker plans and tips (DROOL)…and then there’s the stickers and decoration (DOUBLE DROOL)

And so, here it is… I have started and have set out and prepared the first month for my very own Bullet Journal… investing in a little time to organize my world in one place. I can’t wait to get started 😁

Happy Days 🙂

Another Watermelon *Coin Purse

I decided to have another go at making a Watermelon *Coin Purse. You may recall the previous Watermelon *Coin Purse 🍉  which I gave away to my friend Mandy whilst on holiday in SA.

The watermelon reminds me so of hot summer days, relaxing in the shade by the pool with friends and family. Just under 2 weeks back, with an arm full of projects and WIP’s I couldn’t help myself returning to the summery glow of this sweet purse.

I’ve used the same colours on this one, except for adding a row of a darker green. Sparkly clear seed beads along the white fleshy strip providing a hint of water droplets.

Missing the sun ☀️ But so glad to have a bit of sunny inspiration still shining through.

Sally’s Birthday *Coin Purse

I made this purse for my friend Sally using yarn I bought in South Africa.  Her birthday party was fabulous. We were invited to dress up as a person we’d love to be. She dressed as Audrey Hepburn (and looked stunning – why didn’t I think of that). Her husband was Tin Tin – he even had little Snowy by his side. I dressed as Lara Croft and J as Magum P.I. It was great fun and I loved that everyone jumped into the spirit of it and that there were so many characters at the party. The karaoke turned out to be a very good idea, with everyone having had a song to sing and of course the singing just got better and better as the home made strawberry daiquiris were emptied. 

The purse turned out a hit at the party and I have had several requests for purses. I cannot tell you how great it feels to hear such positive feedback. A massive confidence booster for sure! I think I may need to consider investing in some ‘business cards’ for occasions such as these though 😋.

Blue Cherry Blossom *Coin Purse

Inspired by beautiful oriental fabrics seen on my visit to NewYork (of all places) at the annual Japanese ‘Sakura Matsuri 2016’ in Brooklyn botanical gardens last year, I decided to make the Cherry Blossom purses. Firstly in pink as you will have seen in previous posts Pink Cherry Blossom *Coin Purse and also *Coin Purses galore….

I’ve had a few people ask “So what purse have you made for yourself then?” to which I can honestly say “Every single one”… every time I make a new purse I promise myself  “this one is for you Nina” but then I discover the next project is quite gorgeous and I’d probably keep that one instead. This instance is no different.

I started the blue purse whilst on holiday and finished it during this last week. I’m in love with it… even more so than the pink one I made before… but, I also have two other purse WIP’s that are coming along just beautifully too…

And so my dilemma continues…




Back from holiday catch up

Well folks, I’m back to the cold and have had a wonderful visit with my family! Leaving Cape Town at a glorious 34deg, arriving in London at a dismal 4deg, sure added unpleasant thoughts to my miserable state… but I’m here and keen to crack on 🙂

The 3 weeks went by fairly quickly in hind sight, yet despite this we fitted so much in!  A safari in the Pilanesburg National Park being the highlight of the trip, my husband and I also toured around the northern provinces of SA and of course spent  a lot of time in the beautiful Cape.

South Africa is a beautiful country and if you do go for a visit I’d be more than happy to offer you some recommendations of must see’s, who’s who and where’s where.

Whilst on holiday I started on a few purses with my mom. Mom too had purchased purse kits (makeup purse size as pictured in the one image) for us to make together. I’m quite keen to finish them off 😊

I gave away some purses to my friends and family so if you were thinking of purchasing any of these shown below, I’m afraid you’all have to wait a little while for me to make another 😊

  • Leandra’s purse:-
  • Angelique’s purse:– Thank you for all your support 😘
  • Sandy’s purse:-
  • Mandy’s purse:-
  • Majha’s purse:-

On my return from holiday the post man left behind a parcel collection slip. Whoo-hoo! my next blanket project. The beautiful pattern and yarn came as a gift set and all packaged in a beautiful bag to store the yarn in as I work. I’m so excited to get started on this too  😆.

Mystical lanterns - WIP

So many projects on the go.. I’ll be busy for quite a while yet :)🙂

Now to catch up on what I missed while I was out and oh yes – Happy Valentines Day! ❤️

Rika’s Rose *Bunny

I’m always amazed that despite using the pattern I wrote down for myself to reproduce another, every bunny I’ve made is completely different when compared to the one before. Then again, why shouldn’t they be different? They’ve all had different start dates; have been made with a different purpose; invariably all have different colouring and even different fabric patterns. Then there’s the personalities. I’m not sure everyone sees the human qualities I see in the soft toys, but perhaps it’s something to do with where I’ve placed the eyes, the ears or the nose… no matter how I try, I just cannot get an exact match to a previous toy. They all have a different ‘look’ about them, some more cheeky than others. I shouldn’t really fret about it though,  that’s what makes handmade things ‘unique’, ‘individual, ‘special’.

My aunt Rika loved the bunnies I’ve been making and wanted a bunny the same as the first bunny I’d made (see the bunny pictured on top of the Soft Toys page).  As luck would have it I’d run out of the pink yarn I used before and that specific pink had been discontinued so I’ve had to try a same brand, different pink for the nose and toe pads. The pink is a deep Rose colour, and would not have worked with the the soft pink and blue fabric of the first. I chose the pink fabric with deeper pink tones to it which I felt worked well with the deeper pink nose. I will no doubt experiment with pink yarns but, with my departure date to visit family I had to go with what I had.

Since the first *Bunny, I have too, gained a proper ‘pompom maker’ – a free gift with a crafty magazine I was given over the time I was off with my foot op.  Four plastic half circle shapes that fit together. The yarn is wound around the shapes, snips made along the center, yarn tied around the middle and voila, a super fluffy ball is born which for some reason, beats my hand made card board pompom maker hands down on fluffy appeal! ☺️

How do you like her? Can you spot the differences?