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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Keeping busy...

Hello there...

Keeping busy with.... 

Making kitchen curtains for a customer!!!!
with eyelet tape and rings....
 Really love this material....
 I think Emily is really cute....
 But I think this would be ......
Beautiful in a study....
But I am sure it is still going to look great!!!

Trying out a new recipe....

Savoury muffins....

Topped with cheese....
Sooooo yummy.....
With butter and a little apricot jam....
And of course.... A lovely cappuccino!!!!
They were crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside and the sweetness of the jam with the savoury, cheesy muffin was just soooooo yummy!!!!
Would you like to try them? Its so easy....
2 cups cake flour, 15ml baking powder, 5 ml salt, 1 cup buttermilk, 100ml oil, 1xl egg, 2 cups of cheddar cheese - mix all together and spoon into muffin pans - top with cheese and bake at 200degrC for 15-20min. That's it!!! 
Next time I think I might add some chives and bacon pieces!!!...maybe...it was quite perfect just like this!!!!

Right now this is the view from my kitchen...
Giraffes
Well dear friends, I better get back to the curtains, they are due tomorrow and as you can see from the photo above, the shadows are getting longer and the time is getting shorter for delivery on these curtains!!!!

A big thank you for stopping by and hope to see you soon again!!!

"Till next time!!!!

Love Always
AMarie
xxx





Friday, 27 June 2014

Blue - such a cool color!!!

Hello dear friends

This week has been a little easier than the last one!!! Why? Because I have allowed myself time to do what I like!!! I loved it and I am going to try and do it more often!!!

It started with a beautiful pack of 'Blue Paper' I bought a while ago!!! One of those buys not immediately needed but you know you have to have it!!! Just because it's sooo pretty and a 'real good price'!!!! (wink-wink!!! You know what I mean, hey!!!)
Isn't it just beautiful?
Now what to make?.... Ooooo!!! I know!!! My shopping list needs a revamp!!! 
So, a little bit of paper,  a lot of podge and some decoupage techniques and .....
Tah-dah......
A new shopping list... looks so much better!!! Why did I not do that a long time ago?
And instead of hanging from a hook, I hot glued a piece of magnet sheeting at the back and now it can go on the fridge!!! Because that is just were shopping lists are suppose to go!!! Right? Right!!!)
And it looks just so much better on the fridge, don't you think??
And then I tried my hand at rippling.... Lovely Blue ripples!!!!!

Initially I struggled a bit with the decreases, you know the treble 2 together or just tr2tog,(hehehe!!! perfect English when you get it!!!) and once I got it, I simply rippled away!!! I love how quickly it goes!!!
My first try and I totally understand why it becomes so addictive!!! Just love it!!! Oh dear, I think there's another blanket coming soon!!!
I love the colors!!! It reminds me of beautiful blue skies, the beach and the rolling blue ocean!!!
Then I bought Miss Molly this blue canvas bag - again - Blue!!!
And this is how she owl-y-fied it!!! From drab to fab!!! Isn't it beautiful!!! Well done Miss Molly!!! It's just perfect!!!
I started noting the color blue a lot lately! And you know what? I think I like it!!! So many of my things are blue!!! Blue jerseys, jackets, blankets, washcloths, ironing board cover, table cloths etc etc.... 
Here are a few cute Blue things from my craft room...
Yip!!! I think the color Blue is totally cool!!! 

Have a wonderful happy fun filled weekend, 'till later my lovelies!!!!

Love Always
AMarie
xxx




















Thursday, 19 June 2014

Winter Blues

Hi every one....

Remember me???  It's been a really l-o-n-g time since my last post, I know!!!  You see, I have been without my laptop for all of this time, with just a few stolen moments on the net every now and again.  Not even enough time to catch up on news from any of my bloggy friends!!! But it's OK, Little Miss J needed it more!!! 
It's so good to have my laptop back again!!!!!!
And you know what?  I have missed you!!!!  I missed not knowing what you have been up to!!!  More often than not, your stories have been wonderful 'pick-me-uppers'!!! There are such incredibly kind and inspiring people out there and it's really good to be talking to you again!!! 
Summer!!! Wonderfully green and wet!!!  Just so beautiful!!!!
Incredibly, I have written this part over and over again, trying to go back and update you on the last 6 months, but it's just not working!!! It's old news!!! So I have decided to just start with what's happening right now!!!
Winter!!!  Dry, dusty and windy!!!!
It's mid June and winter has finally arrived here in my little corner of the world!!! Overnight!!! 
Just yesterday I was still in sandals and a light cardigan!!! 
Oh I hate winter!!!
No!! No!! I actually love winter!!! But only if it's really cold!!! Like the really frosty morning we woke up to the yesterday!!! -8 deg C!!! 
A layer of frost on our thatch roof
And this is what I love about winter....
... cuddly scarves and hats that hug you with their warm fuzziness...
... warm and hearty stews and big pots of soup that fill your tummy with their goodness...
... folding your hands around a steaming cup of hot chocolate and feeling the warmth of it seep down to your little toe...
... sitting in front of a roaring fire, sipping old brown sherry and listening to the wind and rain lashing down outside...
... feeling the warmth and weight of a beloved granny square blanket while you lie snug and warm in his arms...
... going shopping in a gorgeous trench coat and beautiful leggings...
... long hot soaking ('till there's no more hot water) bubble baths with my favourite book and a bottle of champers...
... game nights with family and friends and a 'hot' pot of chicken curry...
... crocheting a beautiful warm blanket in front of the telly... 
These are all the things I l- o- v- e about winter!!!
This is the road to my house!!!
But that is not what my winters are like!! 
Hope this little tree will survive the frost!!!
Instead it is....
... scarves, hats and gloves are only for very early frosty mornings and there are very few of them, soups and stews - well I am the only one who loves them so I hardly ever make them, no fires (especially with a thatch roof) and no rain during our winters, I still enjoy a hot chocolate late at night and sherry, well truthfully I don't need winter to enjoy that!!! 
Cool and frosty!!!
I love my blanket and I do use it a lot, but mostly, it's not really cold enough and his arms, well they are now mostly filled by his beloved pussycat (who really loves the colder weather) and should I get too close to his liking, a 'friendly' growl tells me to back off!!! 
Jack Frost really had a ball here on the kennel!!!
Shopping has become nothing but a dream, so has a bath and champers (we only have showers), crochet (this is really not a seasonal thing but a wonderfully addictive disease!!!) 
and so crochet and curry is about the only thing that is still on, only now it has become 'mild' instead of 'hot' (it's just a taste bud thing that came with age - use to love the hot stuff but not so much anymore) curry!!! 

So, as you can see, winter is not my favourite season!!! We are so not geared for cold weather! We build our houses to be comfortable in long hot summers, so right now it is actually warmer outside than inside!!! 
Although temperatures do plummet at night, and sometimes to well below zero but as soon as the sun comes out, it warms up to the mid 20 deg C!!!  So you start your day all dressed up and by 9am you already start removing the layers of clothing!! Hubby almost never wears long pants!! The only difference between summer and winter for him is a T-Shirt under his shirt!!! 
Every blade of grass is covered in a layer of frost!!!
Everything dries out and dies (no rain) and you live in this brown place with not a hint of green anywhere!!! No flowers or green grass or green trees!!! Nothing!!! 
Frosty flakes on the kennel!!!
Just Depressing!!! 
And then if that's not enough the whole world around you becomes a fire hazard as well!!! Daytime hours are so short, you go to work in the dark and then you come home in the dark!!! Last night, mid June, we still slept with our fan on!!! Under the covers but with the fan on!!! Who can enjoy a winter like that??!! No!!! It's almost like an 'almost winter'!!! Do you know what I mean?? It must either be really cold or not!!! Not start cold, then warm up and even get to mildly hot and then cool again at night!!! No thank you!!!
Just look at my poor lawn!!!
I think you can imagine how much I love the rarely cold days we get, like the one on these photos and it stayed like that all day!!! Loved it!!! But it will probably not happen again so I am wishing winter would just come and go now!!! Luckily it is short, 2 months!!! And I am sooooo looking forward to Summer when my world will once again look like this!!!
Summer!!!! Wet and green!!!!!!
Well it's been wonderful to talk to you again and I promise, see you soon!!!!!!!!

Love Always
AMarie









Monday, 23 December 2013

BUSY-BUSY, HAPPY-HAPPY!!!!

Hello all....

and welcome to my little corner of the world where we are in the middle of our summer and it's really, really hot!!!
I have been happily preparing for Christmas this week!!!
Decorating....



Baking....
Cinnamon cookies as well as shortbread stars, grandma's crunchies, fudge and buttermilk rusks, date rolls and buttery kisses!!!
Making....


Pretty crochet flowers to decorate garlands with and I always make my own Christmas crackers!!! They are just so much nicer!!!
Wrapping....
 I wonder who these are for?...
This one has my name on it!!!!!
Buying....
 This pretty little phrase just spoke to me and I just had to have it!!!
I loved the colors of these pretty little chillies!!!
Listening to......
What would Christmas be without a bit of Boney M!!!
and treating myself with....
...butterscotch bon-bons stored in this pretty little tin, just perfect for Christmas!!!
It's actually ridiculous how ready and up to date I am with all my Christmas preparations! I keep on going over and over my lists, (can't work without a list, you know!) and walking through the house and expecting to find something that's going to make me rush and panic just to finish at the last minute!!! But really I am so totally organised, it's actually funny!!! All that's left now is the food and that I will do on Tuesday!!!
How are your preparations going???
See you soon!!!

Love
AMarie


Saturday, 14 December 2013

THE BIG, THE BAD, THE CUTE AND THE UGLY!!!

Hi There

Welcome back and thanks for taking the time to visit with me!!!
Gosh, we have had the most wonderful rain this last week!!! And it's much needed I tell you!!! In just as little as 10 days this veld of ours will be wonderfully green and there will once again be plenty of food and water for all of the animals!!!


The Big:
This week also saw the arrival of more giraffes!!! And this one was so curious about his new home, not fazed by anything or anyone!!! Usually they dash away but this one little guy was so amazingly calm and relaxed!!! When the doors opened he calmly walked out and just looked at everything around him!!!


The others were more predictable and ran...They really are enormous!!!

The Bad:
Look at what Miss Molly caught the other day!!! A brown house snake!!! Not venomous but it can still give you a nasty bite!!!
Honestly, I really wish she wouldn't do this!!! It's dangerous and it creeps me out thinking that she's willing to catch a snake!!!
The Cute:
Hubby found this baby meerkat half drowned and brought it home!!! He's name is Sammy and he's really cute and very, very busy!!! 
This is what happened when he found the eggs on the kitchen counter!!!


But unfortunately, Tjango refuses to make friends with Sammy and so he had to go live with another staff member!!!
The Ugly:
And this morning Miss Molly rescued 3 bats from the cats!!! 




Now, I am not scared of bats, really I'm not!!! I love to sit out in the evenings and watch them swoop in and out of their house, BUT, the way they crawled all over her, into her hair and the way they screeched, well it really gave me the heebie jeebies!!!
This is where they live!!! It's actually suppose to become my tool shed!!! But now I don't know so much anymore!!!
Miss Molly certainly takes after her Daddy!!! She's really not scared of anything and always has to rescue every little creature she thinks might need help!!!

And that is my story this week!!! Tomorrow I hope to start decorating my home for Christmas!!! The tree is out already and I can't wait to decorate it!!! It's always my favourite part!!! In just a little more than a week and my sister Zennet and hubby Alwyn will be here with us for Christmas!!! So exciting!!! I can't wait to see them!!! Counting down the days!!!

See you soon!!!

Love
AMarie