New projects on their way

Today I’m sharing a couple of projects that are a work in progress.

I found these lovely cactus cut-outs made from MDF. I hear cactus is the new pineapple these days (actually I’ve heard it for a while now) so I better jump on the bandwagon before it’s gone.

I’ve primed them and lightly sanded these so they’re already for painting.

My second project is a cross stitch.

I have promised myself I will not buy any more embroidery threads until I make some use of the ones I already have (Yeah right, I’ve heard that before).

I picked out a selection of threads out of my thread box and I’m ready to start stitching and have sworn off entering another craft shop until this project is finished.

I’ll keep you posted…

Happy crafting,



Cutlery Tray Makeover

As time passes some things fall apart, and other things look tired and worn as though they are from another era. Sometimes we can transform the broken down and the old into something new and exciting.

My cutlery tray is something I’ve had lying around for over twenty years. In its prime it appeared a couple of times a year for large family gatherings, ecstatically filled with napkins and polished cutlery; taking the lead position at the beginning of the buffet.

Then…I found something else to replace it with…so it made its way to the bottom of my painting stash and there it sat for many years.

So this year I decided to awaken the still dust of the past and make my humble tray useful again and bring on its lustre…

First I filled any imperfections and nail holes with a little wood filler, then I gave it a light sand using fine grade sandpaper followed by a wipe down with a clean cloth.

Next I applied a couple of coats of Americana Décor Chalk Finish- Whisper with the basecoating brush and I let it dry.

Then I brushed on a generous amount of DecoArt Vintage Effects Colour Wash -White over this. I added DecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallic Paint- Pewter and blended it with the Vintage Effects Colour Wash. Next I added a bit more Pewter here and there for an extra streaky effect.

For the pattern I used a couple of stencils; Andy Skinner- Baroque and DecoArt Americana- Café Paris. I only used small sections of the stencils. I turned them upside down and back to front so I can achieve a uniform design around the narrow outer side of the tray. I used Deep Midnight Blue with the stencil brush to apply the design.

 The edges and the mid section of the tray (where the handle is) are painted with a mix of DecoArt Americana Deep Midnight Blue with a little Slate Grey.

Then finally, I applied a couple of coats of DecoArt Americana Soft-Touch.


Happy painting


Ahhh, love is in the air….

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love. It‘s a day where loved ones, family and friends can show how much they care for one another.

I love making this day special for my family so today I am sharing a really super simple project with you to help create lifelong memoirs and embrace bonds with the ones you love.

My Love monologue is a really easy painting project; it’s basically just” basecoating” and can be completed in just an hour or two.


 What you need:

MDF Love monologue

Basecoating brush or flat brush

Liner brush

DecoArt Americana Multi-Purpose Sealer

Fine grit sandpaper

DecoArt Americana Acrylic paints: Green Tree, Laguna, Brilliant Purple

Americana DuraClear Varnish – Soft Touch

Let’s paint:

With the basecoating brush, apply a coat of Multi-Purpose Sealer, allow it to dry then give the monologue a light sand.

Basecoat the letters L and E with Green Tree, then, use Laguna for the remaining letters. Next, with Brilliant Purple basecoat all around the flat edge and separate the letters where they meet with the same colour using the liner brush. The inside edge of the O and V are painted with Green Tree.

Two or three coats should be sufficient for a good coverage and don’t forget you may use a hairdryer to speed up the drying time.

To finish apply a couple of coats of varnish.

Ta –daa!

I love how these three colours come together…

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved ones,



Finally finished…

Do you remember a quick background I shared with you last year? I know…there were a couple of them….

So here’s a peak of the one I’m referring to

I chose DecoArt Media Misters for the background.

 You can create some really interesting effects with very little effort. Just gently shake and mist over the surface …. There’s no mixing and no brushes to contend with and … No basecoat required.

A few months later I finally finished the project.

 Now it wasn’t a difficult or fiddly piece at all. It became one of those things that you work on in between other commitments.

With so much going on with the colours in the background of the design I decided to keep the main element in the foreground simple by choosing a limited palette. I used DecoArt Americana acrylic paints for this.

The most effective paintings are sometimes the ones that say a lot with only just a few colours.


Happy painting,



A sad start to the holiday season…

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and I truly wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.

The holiday season started out on a sad note for my family.

We went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives – the euthanasia of our dear dog, AJ, just days before Christmas. Our beloved dog was part of our lives for almost sixteen years and lately had become so frail and unwell. After a long illness and triumphing through several strokes, she had lost ten kilos of weight throughout this time. During the last few weeks of her life, AJ was barely able to walk, while her usual ravenous appetite had almost disappeared.

Right to the end she tried with all her might in being my creative companion, my guardian in the garden and my excited escort to the clothes line. Even though her efforts resulted in an unsteady shuffle accompanied with moans and groans. Picking up the wash basket in the morning has not been the same for me since she passed.

It’s been quite devastating and I sincerely don’t think I can ever go through this again.

We miss you AJ.

R.I.P our dearest pet



Merry Christmas

Hello friends. Well, it’s that time of year again, Christmas is almost here and a new year is just around the corner.

Thank you for sharing your stories, special moments and your creativeness. In so many cases your ingenuity has left me in overwhelming admiration. I am so lucky to have found you all.

Your friendship and support is truly heartfelt.


I hope you all enjoy Christmas with family and loved ones,

I would like to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year. I hope 2018 is an incredible year for you all.

Thank you so, so much for being here,



A Christmas Workshop

Last weekend I held a workshop.

It was for the SFDAV end of year Christmas Luncheon which was held in our lovely community hall.

We spent the day laughing, sharing, creating, eating and meeting new likeminded people. And what a great turn up we had. We had two workshops running in the morning. Heleen held one and I held the other.

I taught my Nativity candle Jar.

What a great job my students did. They made me so proud…

You can just add a couple of battery operated tea lights inside the jar and watch it glow.

 Then we sat down for lunch in the afternoon. Lunch was delicious with all the festive trimmings. There were handmade cards and gifts for everyone. Then came the raffles; there were so many winners. The prizes included woodwork, painting supplies, cakes, gingerbread houses and lots of crafty goodies. They were all mostly handmade by our talented committee members.

After lunch there was time to sit and chat. Catching up with old friends …and making new ones.

A truly beautiful day!

Happy painting and a Merry Christmas to you all,