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With the help of my friends, I co-ordinate "The Craft Group" which is a place for women to gather and do craft! We share a whole range of things, from craft to the small things that matter to us right up to understanding the whole meaning of life! I learn so much from everyone, I thought a blog would be the perfect way to record the memories! The "Plus..." is all about extra bits 'n pieces that I have found and would love to show you. Welcome to our Craft Group. Please feel free to say hi, leave a comment or become a follower! Enjoy!

Monday, 30 January 2012

My bokje and elephant

Well, I am back to my blog. School starts back today and I do NOT feel organised and ready for a new year! A few unexpected things happened and I am still only up to day 7 of the 15 day clutter free challenge! My son had a day off work last friday and so we pulled up the 30 year old carpet in the loungeroom, so you can imagine the disruption that causes. 

This HAS to be my decluttering year!
But... I don't like a stark empty house either  :)
And I hate waste and throwing things out.
I'd rather find another home for something or recycle it in some way.
We all buy too much and throw away too much.
I love it when I have something but I am sick of it so I put it away in the back of a cupboard for a while. Suddenly, one day I see the beauty in it again and out it comes to go on display. 
At that point I am so happy that I didn't throw it away.
Ahh and it didn't cost me a cent!

This beautiful elephant is enjoying the glorious sunlight again after being stored in a cupboard. 
I used to help a 98 year old dutch lady. She passed away on my birthday years ago. Her daughter said they wanted me to have something from her mum. She did have some lovely little dutch trinkets, so I thought it would be sweet to have a little dutch thing to remember her by. Then one day the daughter came to the door to give me... an elephant! He makes me grin.

This little beauty is a little kid or 'bokje'.
My mother remembers her father giving her some money in Holland, when she was a little girl, to go and buy her mother a birthday present.
She walked down the street and into a gift shop and bought this sweet little baby goat which has been in Mum and Dad's loungeroom ever since I was born I guess. Then one day I saw it through different eyes and LOVED it. So now he is on holidays at my house.
He is so sweet and calm.

(Unlike me at the moment!)

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Dog House Renovation

I am enjoying the decluttering tips from Glynnis Whitwer.
I made a BIG list of all my "Things to do" and it felt good to get it all on one big piece of cardboard with columns for every topic. I will tell you more about my decluttering pursuits later. I am actually going to have a little blogging break while I get stuck into some things.

 For now I thought you might like to see my biggest house renovation ever! 
A whole house renovated and refurbished in less than a day. (Well, 2 half days actually).

This house belongs to our "Max". 
(Remember when Max chose my free give-away winner?)
This is the "Before" shot.
Ugly inside and out.
Definitely would not turn any heads in the Real Estate market.

Out you go Max. We'll pay for you to go off on a luxury day away, all expenses paid, while we do a complete makeover of your home!

I used the same outdoor paint we have on the outside of our house. The Blue and Cream are both "Sunguard" so even though Max's house will not be in the sun, it is outside on the veranda and will be able to take all weather conditions.
Here is my renovation team member, Heidi applying the first coat of paint.

Who said you can't paint old perishing plastic? 
I gave it a good scrub and let it dry well before giving it 2 coats of paint.

I then made new interior furnishings. Max sleeps on old ripped sheets and towels from our house. I made a pillow case shaped cover to fit the house floor. I put a piece of cardboard in first (to stop Max crumpling it up into a ball) and then laid a few layers of old linen in it and flipped the end over to close it.

Come on home Max! What do you think of the 'open plan' feel? Good for summer days and warm nights!

I know... that is a look of unbelief! Yes! We did it for you and you don't have to pay a thing! 
(I didn't pay a thing either, it was all done using things around the house!)

Come inside! Try it out with the newly painted roof on. Great hey!?

What's that? You are feeling overwhelmed and can't believe how great it looks? 
Is that a tear in your eye?

Give us a kiss!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Prayer... an afterthought?

So I was wanting to get into the de-cluttering challenge from Glynnis Whitwer and as I read the first day she stopped me in my tracks. I feel like a marathon runner who wants to get started with the running and someone has told me to stop and take a drink of water and look at the map so I actually know where I am running to. OK. That really does make sense. She is talking to her audience as Christians, saying STOP! How about we look at the problem of "Too much stuff in too small a space" a little later and first pray about what we are wanting to do with our "stuff".

It made me realise how often I dive into the deep end of things and then pray afterwards. Prayer isn't just a magical chant. It is really talking to the maker of the Universe! The God who knows all things and can do all things is wanting to listen to little old me. He wants me to bring everything to Him and He answers me, not always giving me what I think is a good idea, but what He knows I need.  We can pray about everything. Big things, small things, important things and mundane things. God hears our prayers but I also find I learn a lot when I pray because as I talk to God, I see things from His point of view and things often take on new meaning.

So, today I will stop and pray.

... But I am itching to do some sort of sorting today, just while I have a few days off. I am also thinking about painting the dog house.... Random I know. I'll see what the day brings.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Decluttering 3,2...1

I was keen to receive my first decluttering email and eagerly checked my inbox. Oh, that's right, it is coming from the northern hemisphere, so they are still finishing off Sunday while here I am keen to start my Monday decluttering! OK, I will let them sleep. I will start the challenge tomorrow.

If you are interested, click here and put your email address in the white space on the right. You will then receive in your emails a daily decluttering blurb to inspire you.

I hope she doesn't expect me to tackle the garage. That is just asking too much!
Maybe I will make some headway with the family paper work!


Saturday, 7 January 2012


OK, it's January and things are about to speed up again as the wheels of 2012 start spinning!
I hope you had a nice few weeks after the busy Christmas time.
I don't know where to start in my house at the moment so...
I am going to do a 15 day declutter challenge which I found on a blog by Glynnis Whitwer.

She says about her challenge:

"You probably know I’ve written a book called “I Used to Be So Organized.”  The basis of any type of organizing is purging unnecessary items.  After all, why spend any time organizing stuff that shouldn’t be there in the first place?  So I decided perhaps it would be best to focus on eliminating clutter.  So beginning January 9th, I’ll be hosting a 15-day Clutter-Free Challenge on my blog.  Each Monday through Friday for three weeks, I’ll offer tips on how to clear out the extra stuff in our lives.
If you’d like to lighten the clutter in your thoughts, schedule and home, please sign up today to receive my posts.  You aren’t obligated to get my posts forever, and can unsubscribe after the 15 days are over. I promise my feelings won’t be hurt.  :-)  "

So, on Monday, you can click here and we will see if we can make some headway here together! Let me know how you go!

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New year 2012!

I know I said I was not coming back in front of my 'screen' until 7th January, but I just wanted to wish you a very Happy New Year!

May God Bless you richly  in 2012.

Thanks for those who have followed along with my blog journey this year. If people are still interested, I will endeavour to keep going. There are many nice things from "The Craft Group" to share.


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