Friday, July 1, 2016

Pretty poncho

It's the middle of winter here in Cape Town, where that rainy chill gets deep into your bones and makes everything cold..especially after sunset and when the wind is blowing..stew and soup weather and crochet time!

Having made Sophie last year, I needed something else to get the brain going (and I just can't get into making the Last Dance on  the Beach CAL) I found Charlotte. I have enough wool that I  bought for the CAL to make 4 Charlottes and then I can stitch them together to make a blanket! Yippee! Loving her so far!
Part 1 of Charlotte.

Part 2 half way done

We're on winter school holidays at the moment,so I'm also playing in the kitchen...not something I have the chance or the time to do during the term. Behold the ultimate burger. ... and Asian stir fry!

Garlic butter grilled roll homemade mushroom sauce and patty, with crispy onion rings on the side...mmmm

 And of course some more crochet! I found a stunning poncho while cruising that terrible terrible place called Pinterest.....LOL.... there was no pattern, so I engineered my own. Have a look at her ponchos though, they are stunning!
Very chuffed with how mine worked out...and am now busy with another one for the youngest gannet.
My 4 square poncho....designed by me!!

Happy days

Saturday, March 26, 2016

New beginnings

2015 was indeed an "annus horribulus" of whopping proportions....and it is now thankfully behind us. This year has brought some changes with it that will only make us stronger!

So after 4 years of being out of the classroom, I started this year with a little trepidation and lots of enthusiasm as I walked into my grade 7 class as a full time teacher again! It's been a whirlwind term - does teaching ever happen slowly - but it's felt so good to be back in the classroom! 
My next step is to get back into my art this was another thing that was put on the back burner last year. It seemed that every time I sat down to draw/paint/tangle the inspiration disappeared. So I visited my old friend The Diva and got myself tangling again! I couldn't have started at a better time with one of my favourite tangles -Shattuck. 

The funniest thing is, that I used it on the walls to liven up the grade 7 passage (with a few other doodly-tangles of course! 

The quote above my door.

The wall of my classroom with the top row still in process...

The walls between the windows

My tile for Challenge #260

The other thing we are crazily busy with at school is 67 Blankets for Mandela. A group of us are "Crafty Chicks" and are always inspiring each other to make new things. Last year we entered the school competition  - which was a minimum of 21 blankets and won or school R21 000!! This year, the target is 22 blankets and we had 18 on break up day! All our staff and quite a few parents are busily working  up squares so we can reach our target again.

One of the collabrative blankets I was joining together...number 17!
I even dug out a WIP from a year ago which I hadn't started putting together and have just finished the edging!

All in all, it's been a good start to the year and I'm enjoying myself so far!

Keep crafting