This month we bring you some ideas for making your own calendars and diaries, information about a very special bear party, another chance to win a super crafty prize, and of course all the usual market and event info.
Craft focus: Calendars and OrganisersI love January. I love the promise of a whole new year lying ahead, to use as I please. I love the weather and the watermelons, and the sound of schoolchildren practicing war-cries in preparation for sports day. But most of all, I love new diaries. So in celebration of the start of a brand new year, I thought it would be fun to investigate some crafty diary, calendar and organiser ideas.
Print out one of these free calendars, or create your own using a programme like Publisher. Then have the calendar photocopied onto a large sheet of cardboard, so that there is a substantial border around the edge. Decorate this border with a selection of special photos (and scrapbooking embellishments if you like). You could do a theme (photos of flowers, for example, or sunsets), or you could use pictures of your children or pets, or even pics that remind you of special events and outings you enjoyed during 2005. If you like, you could have the completed calendar laminated - which would allow you to make erasable notes on it as well, of course.
Diaries and organisers
If you have a teenage daughter or niece, make her a Denim-covered Diary to use for jotting down all her secret thoughts and dreams. All you need is an old pair of jeans, a blank journal, fabric paint and glue. And here's a simple idea for making your own journal, using minimal materials and no complicated techniques. If you like the idea of using a kit, then head over to Craft & Hobbies Boutique and order the Organiser Kit, complete with cardboard, craft paper, decorations, stickers, ribbon, notepad and calendar inserts. The kit, pictured below, is currently selling for R89.95.
Cross-stitch your way through the year
You can buy a Cross-stitch Pattern-a-day Boxed Calendar from calendars.com, and you'll have a new pattern to work on for every single day of 2006! There are a number of other boxed calendars in their range, featuring crafts such as knitting, crochet, scrapbooking and quilting.
Download this sweet Hedgehog Calendar, and let your children have fun colouring in the designs. I have my set of 36 Colleen pencil-crayons now (Waltons stocks them, if you're looking), so I may just do this one myself.
Win another super book
Tips for crafters
That's all for this edition. May most of your dreams come true in 2006 - after all, you need something to look forward to in 2007 too! And now, won't you help us build this community by forwarding the Gazette to a few of your colleagues?
Till next time, take care.
What's on in January and February
Arts & Crafts at the Bokkie Park
4 February 9am-3pm, Bokkie Park, Southvale Rd, Parkdene, Boksburg
Bunny Park Craft Market
28 January, 9am-3pm, Bunny Park, Pretoria Rd, Rynfield, Benoni
Irene Arts & Village Market
11 February 9am-2pm, Smuts House Museum, Jan Smuts Avenue, Irene
Field & Study Centre Craft Market
5 February 9am-3pm, Louise Ave, Parkmore, just off William Nicol
Princess Crossing Craft Mall
Daily, 9am-5pm(till 4pm on Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays), Princess Crossing Shopping Centre, 55 Ontdekkers Road, Roodepoort
B&B Rooftop Market
Every Sunday & public holiday, 9am-5pm, Upper Level, Mall of Rosebank
Every Saturday, Sunday & public holiday, 9am-5pm, 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
Daily, 9am-4.30pm, 9 Old Main Road, Hillcrest
Wilderness Craft Market
29 January, 9.30am-2.30pm, opposite the Protea Hotel
Every Saturday, 8am-12.30pm, On the N2, next to Engen, Sedgefield
Durbanville Craft Market
4 February 8.30am-2pm, Rust en Vrede, Wellington Rd, Durbanville
Kenridge Craft Market
28 January, 9am-2pm, Door de Kraal Avenue, Kenridge
Cape Gate Craft Market
29 January, 9am-2pm, Trade Centre parking area, Cape Gate, Brackenfell
Kuils River Craft Market
28 January, 9am-1.30pm, Municipal Gardens, Van Riebeeck Road,
Kirstenbosch Craft Market
29 January, 9am-3.30pm, opposite main Kirstenbosch entrance
Rondebosch Craft in the Park
4, 11 February, 9am-4pm (till 1pm on the 24th), cnr Campground & Sandown Rd
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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