31 Aug 2012

On winning

I'd like to thank the four entries that I had on my giveaway
Marwaan and Inge for their sweet comments on the blog post and Inge and Tarien for tweeting about it.

As there were only four entries, I wrote the names on pieces of paper and had my six-year old choose a slip of paper, and she chose Tarien's name!


I can't wait to give Tarien her new bag!


Congratulations and thanks for your support you guys!!




Five things Friday number 29





I will share every Friday five things.  I will place them in no order of importance, just five things.   I will try not to over-explain.  In fact, I will attempt to explain nothing at all…..

Five things that make life easier for me

1.      Reading when life gets too much for me I can crawl into a book and forget about the hard things for a bit



2.      Meal planning




3.      Doing laundry only once a week

4.      Making lists – I never really keep to them, but it gives me guidelines


5.      My Blackberry




What are the little things that make life just that much easier for you?


17 Aug 2012

On Lifeline's fundraising event


Lifeline itself was started in 1963 in Australia by a Rev. Walker.

Lifeline Pretoria have been helping people for 33 years.  They have trained councillors who support those in crisis either telephonically or face-to-face.

With the high rate of domestic violence in South Africa and at the same time the lack of support from government itself in this aspect, organisations such as Lifeline is often times a true life-line to many women (and men) and children in crisis.
Lifeline also has programmes for training of individuals and communities and outreach programmes for other welfare organisations.
Lifeline receives some support from the National Lottery (Lotto), but needs to raise funds themselves too.  (If you know anything about welfare funding, you’ll know that these organisations are expected to raise most of their operational funds themselves before receiving any help from Lotto)

Lifeline Pretoria has a yearly event that in the past proved to be quite successful.  The Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Faire.  I speak under correction, but I am given to believe that exhibitors are by invitation only, therefore I felt greatly honoured to be invited to participate in this year’s event.

I'll be displaying bags, aprons, notebooks and pins (brooches) for sale.
As an exhibitor I was requested to supply a hamper for the raffles that will happen during the day.  I thought it would be quite boring to give only a bag or something, so I came up with a make-up bag that will include some lovely bath-products.  I have gone so far as to make two make-up bags.  Perhaps I’ll put them in one hamper or keep them in two separate ones, I’ll discuss this with the organiser on the day.





If you are anywhere nearby, please do come and support this worthy cause.  Even if you don’t come near my table, I really want to encourage everybody to support Lifeline – an unseen First Aid station for those in emotional crisis.


Five things Friday number 28





I will share every Friday five things.  I will place them in no order of importance, just five things.   I will try not to over-explain.  In fact, I will attempt to explain nothing at all…..

Five things that changed my life:

1.      Being kept out of the High School I wanted to go to.

Bemidji, MN : Old High School

2.      Ballet
3.      Stopping ballet

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4.      Meeting my husband


5.      Being born again in Jesus

Edit note: I've had to remove this picture, as the website it refers to has been reported for malware, thus placing my computer and yours at risk.  Better safe than sorry.

What are some of the things you believe changed the course of your life?


10 Aug 2012

Five things Friday number 27





Well, the scheduled posts for the last two weeks didn't post. So let's try again...


I will share every Friday five things.  I will place them in no order of importance, just five things.   I will try not to over-explain.  In fact, I will attempt to explain nothing at all…..

Five things about me:

1.      I used to be a metalhead – in some ways I still am


2.      I’m extremely good at paint effects



3.      I wanted to be a journalist


4.      I have nice hands



5.      I sing very, very badly!


What are the five things about you that aren’t all that obvious and that I don’t know about?

8 Aug 2012

On Good News and a giveaway


It gives me great pleasure to announce that there are now bags for sale on Made in ZA.

To celebrate this fact, I am giving away this sweet little bag.  She is called Shua.  An ocean-themed patchwork bag, perfect for the coming summer.  Yes, folks, this giveaway is unfortunately for South Africans only.

I apologize for the quality of the photo, with the weather we've been having, it was really hard to find good light.

Shua does not have an internal pockets – I actually forgot to put some in.  She is lined with a blue and light brown stripey fabric and has a magnetic closure. She is 28 cm wide on the widest part and 23 cm from the top to the bottom seam.  Her strap is 28 cm hign from the top of the bag to the shoulder.  She’s be perfect for a quick trip to the grocery store.  She also happens to be one of my favourite bags.



What to do if you want Shua?
Check out the Made in ZA shop, leave a comment here about what you think of it.  Are the pictures OK?  Which is your favourite bag?  Stuff like that.  A tweet mentioning @HeavnlyHandmade (note the spelling) will give you another entry.  I will randomly draw the winner out of the valid comments and tweets on 31August at 18:00 and publish the result here and on twitter.

Also I might mention at this point that my new logo and all that was designed by the lovely and talented Lavanya Naidoo.  Yes, I’ve mentioned her before.  Like it? Take a look at her portfolio.

Now leave a comment 

Thanks for the support!