This is a very simple way to recycle your bottle tops – so simple that I won’t go into too much detail with the instructions. I used plastic white bottle tops from milk cartons – any will do, as long as they are neutral colour to avoid confusion if your little one is learning their colours. So here’s what you do: Continue reading
What you will need:
A kanga – Kangas are a piece of African cloth, 150cm wide by 100cm, but any woven cotton fabric will work just the same. Continue reading
This bubble mix recipe was given to me when my baby was small, so I don’t know where it originated from. Continue reading
Last month I was lucky enough to host two more sewing workshops for the mamas from the Kesho Leo childrens village run by Food Water Shelter (FWS) in Arusha, Tanzania. The day before the first class, I went fabric shopping to choose the fabrics we would work with. I selected three vitenge, and ended up donating an extra one as well – the chicken one. Continue reading
After I returned from Tanzania from my last trip in 2011, a lovely Renmark woman donated some craft supplies for my next craft workshops on my next trip. Inside the big bag of crafty goodies was some crochet cotton, with which I thought I would easily learn to crochet and then pass the skills on.. but it didn’t work out that way. Continue reading
I have been back in Australia for almost a week now after being away for the month of April, and have lots of things I want to write about. Things like travelling alone with a toddler, the beautiful African fabrics I found, and the sewing workshops I held in Tanzania. I’m not sure where to start! I think I might go through my photos, and start from the start.. expect lots of very random posts over the next couple of weeks!
I will be happy with my banner eventually! I have just redone it again, same background but larger and with my facebook and blog details, and have uploaded it to my madeit store. Next on the to do list, writing my store policies. Not the most exciting task in the world, but it has to be done.
So with the new year comes a slight change in direction for Kanga Creative. I would love to concentrate more on creating eco-friendly things from my African fabrics, where the ‘Kanga’ part of my business name comes from, so it makes sense really. I do have a lot of leftover fabric from last year though, so I will be making toys and things out of lovely pinwale cord also until it runs out.
So, I don’t have a Christmas tree. I am ok with that, my one year old would love one though just so he can pull it to pieces! Anyway, I was given some maps yesterday so I wanted to make something out of them, which led me to this tutorial by Everyday Mom Ideas for a paper tree centrepiece. I made one this afternoon after collecting some sticks on our walk, but I used black and white magazine pages instead of scrapbook paper, and I also made some feature leaves out of scrap fabric (which I have way too much of). I think it turned out ok, and will do for an alternative Christmas tree – no plastic, completely recycled materials, and free!
I am finding out the hard way how to be organised. I had planned to list a new range of softies on my madeit.com.au store, so after lots of thinking and comparing supplies, I ordered all the bits I needed online, drew up some patterns, and spent hours sewing. This was all a few weeks ago, I had planned to have the toys all finished off ready for the Christmas shopping weeks. What I hadn’t taken into account was the possibility that the suppliers had a pre-Christmas rush (probably due to people being more organised than I), and my bits not arriving on time. As it is, my bits are still not here, with only 21 days left until the big day. That’s only a week or two shopping time, taking into account the extra time people allow for postage when shopping online. Oh dear. Hoping a nice big package of crafty stuff arrives for me tomorrow, I have lots of things to finish off, photograph, list online, then hopefully, to tag, wrap and bundle up, and off to the post office..