Month: October 2012

Captain America

DIY Super hero Halloween costumes

Its Halloween, and Vida has been asking me  for a while now to write a piece for maak’it. So here goes… I know you will think I have an unfair advantage to this costume thing when you find out I am a primary school Arts and Crafts teacher. But I can assure you that most of my creativity is spontaneous and… Read more →


The Cake Pops Trial Run Adventure

I was hoping to call this post something totally different, something along the lines of ‘The cheat’s easy peasy cake pops‘ – but it turns out all new things require some trial and error. The only way this weekend’s DIY doings can be classified as a success in any way, is as a tale of experimentation and lessons learnt.  Read more →

TGIF – links to get you through the day

Some of the more interesting stuff we stumbled on this week: Loving the salvaged furniture over at Pohl & Durr.  Just look at this gorgeous table! The Martha Stewart site.  I am SO trying to make my own bath fizzies! These Pretoria boys are bringing sartorial brilliance to SA, yay!  No more rugby shorts and tekkies for the men of Snor… Read more →

Plaasfees – Willem Prinsloo Museum

It would actually be easier to write about our trip to the Agricultural Festival at the Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum in Afrikaans because few words are as satisfying as the word “plaasfees”. The Museum is about 40 kilometers out of Pretoria on the Cullinan road and showcases the history of the development of agriculture in South Africa from the Stone… Read more →

How to organise your necklaces without spending a penny

Yay, we can finally start our readers’ contribution corner.  First up is this simple, why-haven’t-I-thought-of-that solution to that tangled mess that is your necklace collection from my wonderful pretend sister-in-law.  She writes, I’m not tooting my own horn or anything… But i was totally stumped because all my necklaces were a mess and I always forgot which ones I had,… Read more →

Summer Fruit Crostata - Baked

Summer Fruit Crostata

This is the last recipe in our spring theme of light, airy and fruity.  With this in mind I decided to try something I have never made and something that I had never heard of.  So I let my fingers do the walking and searching on the net, yes I did a Google search for “summer fruit recipes” and what… Read more →


French Drains – Part 2

The French drain installation is finally complete. After a boatload of gravel and even more elbow grease I can finally declare that the plan worked.  The amount of water running down into the garage has been reduced tremendously and after a night time shower there was hardly any mud on the paving.  Yay!  It is a win for 3623! Read more →

Coolest alternative to Spotify!

I believe there are people who do not know the joys of Spotify. I learned this news a few months ago, and was saddened by it. Spotify is the next step in the evolution of music playback. It goes: Gramaphone records > Vinyl records > CD’s and tape cassettes (long live the mix tape!) > mp3’s > Spotify. Obviously the… Read more →

I am a Liz Lemonite!

I adore Tina Fey.  I came pretty late to the 30 Rock party, but am I now a devoted fan of the The Girlie Show with Tracy Morgan.  After reading Bossypants over Christmas last year Tina Fey can do no wrong in my eyes, and here is why: A Prayer for her Daughter (from Bossypants) “First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither… Read more →

Strawberry & Melon Smoothies - Ready to Drink

Summer Smoothies

Armed with a glass of Pina Colada in my hand I am ready to tell you all about these light, airy & fruity smoothies I found in a magazine that I have tried and tested on my family. I come from a very LARGE family so when we get together for Birthdays, Easter, Christmas, Sunday lunches or just for the… Read more →