The weather has become decidedly chilly, and in response I'm entering a real cocooning phase. I don't know about you, but as far as I'm concerned winter is just the best time to tackle all those forgotten crafting projects, and start a few new ones.
What's on in early July
Field & Study Centre Craft Market
3 July, 9am-3pm, Louise Ave, Parkmore, just off William Nicol
B&B Rooftop Market
Every Sunday & public holiday, 9am-5pm, Upper Level, Mall of Rosebank
Every Saturday, Sunday & public holiday, Hillfox Value Centre, Hendrik Potgieter Dr, Weltevreden Park
Countryside Craft Market
Every Saturday, Sunday & public holiday, 9am-5pm, Gardenworld, Beyers Naude Dr, Muldersdrift
Essenwood Craft Market
Every Saturday, 9am-4pm, Essenwood Park, Cnr Essenwood and St Thomas Rd, Berea, Durban
Country Craft Market
Closed for winter
Franschhoek Craft Market
9 July, 8.30am-2pm, Main Rd, between NG Kerk & Town Hall
Durbanville Craft Market
2 July, 8.30am-2pm, Rust en Vrede, Wellington Rd, Durbanville
Kirstenbosch Craft Market
Closed for winter
Rondebosch Craft Market
9 July, 9am-3pm, cnr Campground & Sandown Rd
Camphill Village Market
3 July, 11am-4pm, Klein Dassenberg Rd, near Atlantis
Hout Bay Craft Market
Every Sunday, 10am-5pm, Hout Bay Village Green, Main Rd
Waterfront Craft Market
Daily, 9.30am-6pm, The Blue Shed, V&A Waterfront
Craft focus: A few things that caught my eye at Hobby-X
I, along with a great contingent of other craft enthusiasts, braved the cold and mean Cape winter - bucketing rain and all, to head off to the Cape Town International Convention Centre for this year's edition of Hobby-X. Of course it was entirely worth the effort, and, thanks to all the fabulous specials, I blew my budget (huh? budget? what's that?). Here, in no particular order, are a couple of things that grabbed my attention:
The Zip'eMate: This is a dinky little machine that makes die-cutting and embossing so ridiculously easy that your 3-year-old could do it. Quite a hefty investment at around R1700, but if you're a serious scrapbooker or cardmaker then you already know that things like these aren't cheap. I was just blown away by the simplicity and speed of it all. You can take a look at the Zip'eMate here, and it's available for purchase from Accucut SA.
Dare to Decor's extensive range of decor stamps: These proved irresistible and I came home with a flower and a dragonfly. I haven't used them yet - first have to rescue my crafting roller from the garage... I bought two of the smaller stamps, so I plan to use them on cards. The kits with roller and tray would make great gifts, especially for young girls who're getting to that difficult age. Visit their web site for more info.
SewSimple: Ever since I first saw this product from the Bostik stable, I've been meaning to get some. This time around I was in a mood for buying. This product looks absolutely awesome in the demo, and I love the idea of sewing without having to get my sewing machine out (yip, you guessed it - also in the garage). I did try using the SewSimple to fix a pair of jeans, which didn't work, but to be fair, I was expecting it to do the impossible there I think (let's just say I've outgrown the jeans...). It seems to have amazing sticking power and I'm looking forward to putting it to the test in a fairer situation. Find out more on the Bostik web site.
Scrapping & kie: This lovely new scrapbooking magazine hails from Pretoria, and seems to contain a lot of input from the scrapbooking community itself. Each issue contains free scrapping paper, and the magazine has a really pleasant look and feel. Look out for it in your favourite scrapbooking store.
PMC / Silver Clay: Silver Clay is taking South Africa by storm. It's an amazing substance that looks like a dull brownish-grey clay until it's been fired - and then, hey presto, it not only looks like, but in fact IS, silver! While it's in its clayish state, it can be crafted into beautiful jewellery and ornamental shapes. Elize Gerber of Elize Crafts will commence classes in PMC/Silver Clay on 9 July. Get more information here.
Variety: The range of crafts represented at this year's Hobby-X far surpassed that at previous shows I've attended. To me, this means that crafting is becoming more accessible to more people, as choices expand, and creativity is on the increase. I look forward to seeing what next year's show brings us.
I promised last month to tell you about a concept which will allow us all to give something back to the community around us, but, what with a car accident, spider bite, and new kitten in the house, this month has been a whole lot busier than expected, so you'll have to forgive me - we're not quite ready yet. Watch out for it in next month's Gazette.
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