A long ramble and 3D printing. YAY

Hi All of you Creatives.

For the last while, over a year, I have been getting to know my first love, Art, all over again and I’ve discovered a love for watercolors I never thought I’d have. I used to look down my nose at watercolors thinking that they were more meant for kids than real artists.

Hurmph…. I’ve come to discover how wrong I was. I adore watercolors I have a huge palette I’ve put together for my paintings. But I’ll tell you all about that another day. For now I want to talk about tiny.


One of my favorite artist is Stephanie Law. She works in watercolors and she has a tiny little pallet that I adore. She has a YouTube channel so if you are curious go have a look, you can see her palette in just about every one of her videos.

When I saw it I wanted one of those pallets and I wanted one bad. But I came to discover that they are porcelain and 3D printed then fired, with the result it would cost me the equivilent of R1000 to buy one and have it shipped here to South Africa.

I’m the first one to “waste” money on art supplies, but that amount of money on a 3 inch circular pallet — No, even I couldn’t justify that.

So I started looking for alternatives.

I tried making one in clay and it was a bit of a disaster. My poor Hubby felt so sorry for me that he told me that one of his friends had a new toy.

The friend in question had gotten a 3D printer. And hes said I gave him an idea of what I wanted he’d print it up for me and charge me.

Woot! I gave him drawings and basic sizes and he kept his word and created my little pallet.

ONE Added the book so you have an idea of the size.

This little guy is 10cm across.

Now, this one is made of plastic and the Hubs’ friend is going to make me a lid to keep the dust off the paint too.

I bought an inexpensive set of watercolor tubes (all my watercolors so far are pans) and I filled it in the way I wanted to


As you can see there is still lots of space for more colors. And whats more I can order more palettes and it costs me WAY less than what the porcelain ones would.

If you are interested in getting a pallet leave me a comment and I’ll get hold of and we can see if I could order more and send it off.

for now I’m happy.

I plan on replacing the cheep paints with my beloved Schminke and Daniel Smith as I save money and buy the tubes. But this little pallet will come in so handy when I’m working at my desk.

Well that’s it for today. What a mission to focus on writing when the boys are in the middle of a war on the PlayStation and apparently, at this moment, defusing game bombs.

Gabriel to Andre “Come on a and defuse it. If it blows up while I’m holding it I’m going to be upset.” ROFL!!!!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.

Hugs and Love




Heat Set Paints

Happy Sunday, Crafties


Today I’m going to share a trick I learned from another (fantastic) clay artist.

You can find her video here.

But I’ve changed how I’ve done it.


With this technique you can make your own set of heat-set paints, in any colour you can imagine.


What you need:


  • Clay – Any brand it doesn’t matter. I used a Filini because its too soft to sculpt with and I have the full color range.
  • Clay softener – Here you can easily substitute the softener wit baby oil and that is what I did.
  • A food (onion) chopper: It makes life a lot easier. (Don’t use your kitchen one)
  • A grater: Small one that you do not use in the kitchen.
  • Pill dispenser box





  1. Grate the colour of clay you want to use into a small bowl.
  2. Put the grated clay into the chopper’s bowl
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  4. Add baby oil until its nice and shiny. You can always add more so start with a little and add more as you need to.
  5. Start chopping at the clay and that will mix it.
  6. You can smooth it out even more by mixing with a spoon once the chopper doesn’t help any more.
  7. Work it until it is as smooth as you can get it.
  8. Put your heat set paint into a pill dispenser box or little bottle


Now its ready to be used whenever you want to paint your clay creations

Its wonderfully translucent so it works beautifully for blush and skin coloring.


Happy Crafting!


Beaded Cup Cover

Good Sunday morning, Crafties.


When I was little, I remember my granny having (and making) these beautiful crochet cup covers replete with dangling beads, to keep things out of her tea cups and to cover  food with when it sat on the table Christmas day (south African summer Christmas called for it)

I’ve been toying with the idea of making my own for a while—my gran’s one’s long since gone (goodness knows where)

Luckily for me (and much like my gran) I’m a hoarder (when it comes to craft supplies at least) when I find something at a good price I buy it and put it away, I always find a use for my stash.

In my stash I have heaps of seed beads. I’ve had them for years and ever so often I find a project that calls for them. Recently I bought some pretty pink faux-crystal beads and some plastic round beads. These made me get serious about my beaded cup cover.

This post is not a pattern. It’s a basic break down on how I did it. So if you want to give it a go, you will have to create your own pattern as you go. I will give you the basics and that is more than enough to work from.


What you will need:

A basic idea of crocheting.

Seed Beads (Colors of your choice)


Little crystal like beads

Round plastic beads

A small tapestry needle

A needle threader (This is optional but really helps with threading the crochet cotton through the tapestry needle)


Tulle fabric  (color of your choice)

Long pins

Crochet cotton

Crochet hook 1.9mm (size 5 in US sizing)

Superglue (optional)


How To:

Prepping the Tulle:

  • Start by folding your tulle in half so you are working on two layers of tulle
  • Take the size of cup you want to work with and put it upside down on the tulle.
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  • Draw around the cup with a pencil (the softer the better) then go 1cm further and draw another circle.
  • Use three long pins to pin the two pieces of tulle together before you start cutting
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  • Carefully cut around the circle
  • Keep the pins in place for the mean time.

Time to start crocheting:

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  • chart from here 
  • I learned to crochet using the UK names for stitches so I’ve added this here for those of you who call the stitches something else.
  • I used dc all around the first row (sc US) working neatly and evenly so that none of the edge of the tulle showed
  • 005
  • ss into the first stitch of the row at the end
  • The second row was 1ch 1dc (1ch 1sc) all the way around
  • Now you have a nice boarder to start working in your beads.
  • Cut the thread leaving a nice long piece so it wont unravel and put the tulle one side.
  • Alternatively you can thread your beads first and keep sliding them back as you work. Doing this has the advantage of less knots in your work but the crochet cotton tends to fray with the continued sliding of beads over it.

Threading the Beads:

  • 008
  • You are going to start only using your seed beads. I chose two colors for my base
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  • I threaded my crochet cotton through my tapestry needle and alternatively added 10 beads of each color
  • I didn’t count how many, but it was a lot.
  • This is a fantastic project to sit and do when you are watching TV.
  • First beading step done

Crochet continued:

  • Reattach the cotton using a tight little knot right near your hook.
    • Now 1ch, slide 1 bead against your hook, yoh (yarn over hook) and through the loop.
    • (your bead will now be crocheted into the stitch.
    • 1 ch and into the next stitch do a dc (sc)
  • Do this through the whole row. SS into the start of the row.
  • Sorry for the lack of photos in this part. Bright spark here was working and watching TV and forgot to take pics.
  • 1 ch, now it gets fun. Slide the bead against the hook and do the stitch. We’ll call this chaining the bead.
  • Chain five beads; double crochet into stitch.
  • I didn’t do it in ever stitch there would have been way too much, so I skipped three stitches between the chains
  •  The next row I chained 8 beads and did a dc (sc) into the center of the precious rows chained hoop.
  • At the end ss into the beginning of the row and cut your cotton.

Beading Last Step:

  • This is the sequence I threaded the beads in.
  • 5 pink seed beads
  • 1 plastic circle bead
  • 1 faux-crystal bead
  • 1 pink seed bead
  • Then I brought the tapestry needle around over the last seed bead and thread it back through the crystal and plastic bead (this creates the danglely bit)
  • last step 10 seed beads.

Crochet Last Row:

  • Chain 5 seed beads
  • Chain the dangly bit (one plastic, one crystal, one seed)
  • Chain 5 seed Beads
  • dc (sc) into middle of last rows hoops.

Continue until the row is done. Ss into beginning of row.

Finishing off:

This is optional but it does help protect your work.

Put a dab of super-glue onto all your knots and cut off the excess cotton.



I hope that was understandable to everyone.

Have a great day!


DIY Travelers Journal


Hello Crafties,

Today I want to share my latest project with you.

I am the queen of To-Do lists. I don’t go a day without plotting and planning everything on lists. It keeps me focused. (Well most of the time it does) I think its the writer in me.

I’m always looking for the perfect way to keep all my lists organized and I recently – during my youtube travels—saw what they refer to as a travel journal.

All it really is: is a beautiful note book cover that you can store several note books in while you are “travelling” then when they are full you can archive them and put in a new note book.

This idea really appealed to me.  So I’m going to tell you how I did it. DIY

I used:

  1. I bought 5 A5 (half the size of a printer page) note books, with little squares instead of lines. One for my lists, one for my important things to keep track of, one for my book plot lines and the rest… I know they will have a use soon.


  1. A piece of purple faux leather (vinyl) . I’ve had it in my stash forever.20150626_184003
  2. A piece of pink felt. I was considering pink crushed velvet, but I liked the sturdiness of the felt better
  3. 2 plastic file dividers with the tabs cut off.
  4. Pink bias binding for a neat edge
  5. A length of corded elastic, they type you can buy just about anywhere.20150625_183017

And this is how I did it,

Note Books:

I used 12×12 patterned scrap-booking paper cut down to size and pasted to the front covers of the books, with washi tape on the two vertical edges for an extra bit of color.

I used my cuttlebug and a label die to create the tags on the front o f the books from the scraps of paper I hadn’t used for the covers.

The tabs you see on the one book are from those I made in a previous tutorial I posted on the blog.

The Journal Cover:

First I measured out how long and wide my books were. I drew out the lines using a T-ruler and a marker (just a white board marker, it won’t show though the thick fabric and the lines will be hidden after everything is put together. Then cut the vinyl and felt to size.


I stuck the file dividers together with glue then used some heavy duty masking tape to make sure it didn’t come apart.


I used my scoring board to score on the file dividers where I wanted the spine to fold and the flap to be.


I made and icky mess with glue (what fun) and stuck the dividers down onto the vinyl.

Once that was dry I stuck the felt down to the other side of the dividers

I took the bias binding and sewed it to the felt inside first (using stab stitch and small stitches so it would be sturdy)  then folded over the raw edge and sewed it to the other side (the vinyl) making a neat edge. For this I used blind hem stitch.



I took the elastic, which was white and used one of my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color it pink.


Then I punched holes for the elastic with an awl. I followed Sea Lemons’s tutorial on adding the elestics.  You can find her travellers journal tutorial here.

I added my books and Wham. I have a cool journal that is going to be used till it no longer holds its shape.



There you go, easy as that. I hope this little share has inspired someone to try their hand at making a travel journal.

Have a great day, Crafties,