The Red Balloon Homecraft Gazette
Volume 21—December 2005
If you're particularly alert, you would have noticed that no Gazette landed in your inbox during October or November! Due to a whole host of circumstances beyond my control, I wasn't able to get a Gazette out to you. My deepest apologies, especially to those of you who rely on it for craft market info. To make up for that, we'll be sending out a bumper Christmas edition in a couple of weeks' time, loaded with gift and decorating ideas for the festive season.
You will notice that the craft market diary has moved to the bottom of the Gazette, as it's now getting a little lo-o-o-ong; this is due to all the hard work put in by Jacky, the new addition to our office. Jacky's going to be helping to ease my workload over the next few months, and also helping to get tons more useful and interesting crafting info into your inbox. So read on and enjoy!
Craft focus: My newly-acquired skills
So I went along to Keen on Crafts on Sunday 9 October and got me a few new skills. A big thank-you to all the teachers who gave so generously of their time, materials and knowledge - you are all stars! Let's take a look at what I learnt then, shall we?

08h30: Candle-making
What a nice way to start the day. This was like being back in kindergarten - fun, fun, fun! First we made white star-shaped floating candles (with a bit of help from our teachers Angelique and Solly of Candle Maker's Deli). While we waited for our floating candles to set, we got busy decorating dinner candles using Candle Pens. What fun! Candle Pens are so simple to use, and so versatile. They retail for R55 each, but apparently last for ages, so you can build up a collection over time. Check out one of my candles below.

10h30: Mosaics
This was something that I'd expected to be more difficult than it actually was. I'm one of those people who can't bear to pop a balloon, so I'd expected that using the hand-held tile cutter would be quite a challenge, but actually it was so simple - just a little pop and voila, your tile is cut! Putting the mosaic together was like assembling a jigsaw puzzle, and I love those, so this was really fun for me. This is definitely a craft I'd like to take up in the new year. Have a look at my mosaic house numbers below.

13h00: Paper lampshades
I felt like a celebrity for the rest of the afternoon after I'd completed my lampshade - everyone kept stopping me and talking to me. At first I thought it may be my autograph they were after, but no, apparently they all wanted to find out about the lampshade I was lugging around. It IS quite pretty, even if I say so myself. But never fear, because you too can make one! Contact Sharon or Greg of The Craft Warehouse for classes and all materials - (021) 552 0882.

15h00: Spiral beading
A lovely relaxing and therapeutic way to end the day - soaking up the warm afternoon sun, quietly stringing beads, one on top of another. What a gentle craft! I've always been fascinated by "advanced" beading and couldn't quite figure out how it was done. Watch out in next month's Gazette for news of a brand-new beading book that's hit the shelves - I'm quite taken with it, and can't wait to get a few spare moments to raid the neighbourhood bead shops.

Candle-making Mosaic House Numbers Paper Lampshade Spiral Beading
Special Feature: Clear the clutter
“Clutter gets in the way of doing what is really important,” says professional organiser
Tracey Foulkes of Get Organised.

Tracey works with her clients to implement organisation in their homes and offices. By first determining what organising solutions the client will be able to maintain and while keeping the focus on simplifying things so that there is time to do everything that is important without the anxiety, together they tackle the organising project one step at a time. The organiser helps you take control of your surroundings, time, paper and systems for life by teaching the skills you need to solve a lifetime of organising challenges.

With 2005 galloping to a close and with old resolutions still pending here are Tracey’s top organising tips to tackle before the new year:

1. Spend a moment to review the year that has just passed and evaluate if you have achieved all you have set out to do. Decide if there are projects you still need to finish, delegate or abandon so that you can move on guilt free.

2. Choose two things that you would like to change in the new year. Write these down as goals, laminate them and place them where the whole family can see them (this helps with accountability). By creating a visual image/representation of these goals you will be more inclined to achieve them.

3. Choose one room of your home (or one area within a room if the clutter is overwhelming) and get it sorted. You will be taking a huge step towards a clutter-free future.

4. Make a decision to make decisions! When we condition ourselves to make immediate decisions we prevent things from building up and becoming overwhelming.
5. Call a family meeting where everyone gets an opportunity to talk (uninterrupted) about what their greatest achievement for 2005 was and what they feel the new year should hold. By taking a moment for gratitude we can move into 2006 with the right attitude.

6. Getting organised is like losing weight. It takes time to put on the kilos and then dedication and a plan of action to lose them. Accept that getting organised is a process. Decide what will work for you and then, one step at a time, work at achieving it. The battle of conquering the clutter brings with it great rewards: reduced stress, increased productivity and more time to do the things that really matter.

Visit for more tips and ideas to get organised in 2005 and stay organised in 2006 and beyond. Get Organised run national workshops on the basics of organising your home, office and time. They also run a course for people with a passion for organising that are looking for a new career. To find out about the March 2006 workshops and courses call Tracey on 082 739 3385 - Fantastic specials and gift vouchers available for booking before 31 December 2005 (conditions apply).
Quilting for Dummies
Always admired the eye-catching, breathtaking quilts made by others? But think you've got two left thumbs? Then this month's prize is just for you! We're giving away a copy of Quilting for Dummies by Cheryl Fall, and if you've read anything in the "For Dummies" series, then you'll know that this is going to be a painless and highly entertaining way to learn a new skill.

To enter, send an email to with the word 'November' in the subject line, and tell us who wrote Quilting for Dummies. The winner will be contacted by the 9th of December.

Congratulations to Mandy Hopkins, Judy Graham and Sylvia Bache, the winners of our September competition. Enjoy using your Candle Pens!
Competition Picture
Tips for crafters
    One of our readers, Shirna, is no longer making soap, and now has 3.5kg of soap looking for a good home! Mixed colours. R150.
    Call Shirna on (021) 555 0360 or 083 587 5236.
  • Shamwari Crafts raised a fantastic R600 for the Teddy Bear Clinic during Handmade Hope week (18 to 24 September). Thanks to Angie and her team for the superb effort!
  • Herzlia High School will be holding a craft market/fun day on Sunday 12 March 2006 to raise money for charity. The market will take place at the school from 10am. Stalls are now available for rental at R150 each.
    Contact Marion Stein on (021) 712 2677 or 083 708 9333 for more info or to book.
  • Sally Ferguson of Betty's Bay has contacted me and asked me to make the following information available. She is involved with a number of accommodation establishments in the area and they are going to be arranging craft and art weekends in Betty's Bay during the off-season, from next year. At this stage Sally is looking for any teachers who would be interested in offering classes during a weekend like this - please contact her on 072 184 1564 or to express your interest and find out more. For those of you who agree with me that this sounds like a wonderfully therapeutic weekend getaway, we will be bringing you more information as arrangements are finalised, so watch this space!
  • Shamwari Crafts will be holding Xmas Beading and Craft Workshops at the Plettenberg Bay Community Centre, Piesangvalley Road, Plettenberg Bay, from 5 to 8 December. There will also be a mini-exhibition of Shamwari Crafts Products, from 9am to 5pm daily, so if you're in the area, stop in and do some shopping.
    Classes on offer include Beaded 3-D Xmas Tree, Bauble Xmas Mobile, Xmas Sandart Decoration, Advanced Fashion Jewellery, and many, many more. Bookings are essential. Call Angie on 082 441 4779 for more details, or email me for booking forms and class schedule.
  • Jo-Ann Bannister is holding the following soapcrafting workshops at the V&A Waterfront in the next few weeks:
    10am - Beginners / 2pm - Beginners
    10am - Health Soaps / 2pm - Kiddies' Soapcrafting for Gifts
    10am - Out of Africa / 2pm - Out of Africa
    10am - Xmas Soapcrafted Ornaments / 2pm - Charity Workshop for Children
    Booking is essential. Contact Jo-Ann at

That's all for this edition. Watch your inbox for the special Festive Season edition of the Gazette, and take care on the roads! And now, why don't you forward the Gazette to your sisters and sisters-in-law?

Till next time, take care.


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What's on in early December
Arts & Crafts at the Bokkie Park
3, 17 December, 9am-3pm, Bokkie Park, Southvale Rd, Parkdene, Boksburg
Bunny Park Craft Market
10 December, 9am-3pm, Bunny Park, Pretoria Rd, Rynfield, Benoni
Irene Arts & Village Market
10, 31 December, 9am-2pm, Smuts House Museum, Jan Smuts Avenue, Irene
Art in the Garden
16 December, 9am-4pm, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Malcolm Rd, Poortview, Roodepoort
Field & Study Centre Craft Market
4, 11 December, 9am-3pm, Louise Ave, Parkmore, just off William Nicol
Princess Crossing Craft Mall
Daily, 9am-5pm(till 4pm on Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays), open till 7pm from 19-24 December, Princess Crossing Shopping Centre, 55 Ontdekkers Road, Roodepoort
B&B Rooftop Market
Every Sunday & public holiday, 9am-5pm, Upper Level, Mall of Rosebank
Hillfox Market
Every Saturday, Sunday & public holiday, 9am-5pm, Hillfox Value Centre, Hendrik Potgieter Dr, Weltevreden Park
Hillfox Night Market
22, 23 December, 2pm-9.30pm, 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-2pm, Essenwood Park, Cnr Essenwood and St Thomas Rd, Berea, Durban
Essenwood Night Market
15, 22 December, 3pm-8.30pm, Essenwood Park, Cnr Essenwood and St Thomas Rd, Berea, Durban
Heritage Market
Daily, 9am-4.30pm, 9 Old Main Road, Hillcrest

Country Craft Market
3, 10, 16, 17 December, 8am-1pm, Southey's Vines, 186 Main Rd, Somerset West
Wilderness Craft Market
11, 18, 26 December, 9.30am-2.30pm, opposite the Protea Hotel
Franschhoek Craft Market
10, 17 December, 8.30am-2pm, Main Rd, between NG Kerk & Town Hall
Durbanville Craft Market
3, 10, 17 December, 8.30am-2pm, Rust en Vrede, Wellington Rd, Durbanville
Crafters Under the Stars Night Market
2, 23 December, 5pm-10pm, Rust en Vrede, Wellington Rd, Durbanville
Kenridge Craft Market
16 December, 9am-2pm, Door de Kraal Avenue, Kenridge
Cape Gate Craft Market
4 December, 9am-2pm, Trade Centre parking area, Cape Gate, Brackenfell
Kuils River Craft Market
3, 31 December,9am-1.30pm, Municipal Gardens, Van Riebeeck Road,
Kirstenbosch Craft Market
3, 10 December,9am-3pm, opposite main Kirstenbosch entrance
Rondebosch Craft in the Park
3, 10, 17, 24 December, 9am-4pm (till 1pm on the 24th), cnr Campground & Sandown Rd
Rondebosch Evening Market
21 December, 3.30pm-9pm, cnr Campground & Sandown Rd
Tableview High School Craft Market
8-18 December,10am-8pm, Cnr Jansens & School Road, Tableview
De Tyger Handwerk Feesmark
18 November - 4 December, 10am-8pm (till 6pm on Saturdays), NG Kerk De Tyger, Hannes Louw Drive, Parow North
Sonnekus Kersmark
30 November - 10 December, 10am-8pm weekdays, 9am-5pm weekends, Sonnekus NG Kerk, Park Avenue, Milnerton
Bellville-Uitsig Kersmark
16 November - 3 December, 10am-8pm, 17 Mountain View Drive, Bellville
Adderley Street Night Market
17-30 December(excl. the 25th), 7pm-12am, Adderley & Darling Streets, Cape Town
Mayor's Festive Market
1-7 December,9am-3pm, Civic Centre Concourse Level, Cape Town
Mayor's Evening Market
14-24 December,12am-9pm, Government Avenue, from Adderley Street, Cape Town
Sea Point City Hall Craft Market
24 November - 3 December, 10am-8.30pm, Cnr Main & Three Anchor Bay Way, Sea Point
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

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Editor's Request

  • Would the reader that I chatted with at Keen on Crafts (Nicolette, I think it was) about the church craft markets please contact me? I'd really like to get hold of the information you mentioned. Thanks!

  • Reader Request

  • Surene is looking for the names of some good easy-to-follow Afrikaans mosaic books - if anyone can recommend any titles, please email me, and I will pass the info on to her.

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