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I needed a place to hang my hats, so I decided to make something. I build a solid wood frame and attached a backing to it. Next I painted the frame to my colour preference and painted the inner with black board paint. I wanted an oval mirrors 100x150mm, but instead I opted for a 150mm radius mirror which cost me a R100 less than the oval one.
I was not happy with the workmanship on the mirror, next time I will think twice before using the same guys to cut and polish my glass and mirrors, but I am pleased with the outcome of this project.

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Your memory will forever live on in the hearts of Africans and all people across the world. Your sacrifice and courage will never be forgotten, you leave behind a legacy larger than life. I am proud to be a fellow South African and it has been an honour and privilege to have you as a Tata, thank you for everything that you have done for us. We should continue to strive toward equality for all, fight against oppression and remember the lessons of forgiveness; compassion; reconciliation and peace you have taught our nation and the world. In solidarity Tata Madiba we salute You, May your soul Rest in Peace.

On Saturday I hosted my sister's baby shower

On Saturday I hosted my sister’s baby shower

It was wonderful to spend time with the family

The expecting mommy

The expecting mommy

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Ally checking on her aunt's Baby

Ally checking on her aunt’s Baby

The cake

The cake

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I enjoyed making all the decorations

I enjoyed making all the decorations

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yep if you haven’t guessed it by now, my sister is expecting a girl hahaha ;)

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Children are a blessing from God.There is nothing like children running around and laughing to make one feel fortunate. I continue to count my riches by the family and good friends that I have in my life. :)

 

Update from Gail

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Unfortunately I haven’t been able to update my blog and facebook page as all of my attention is focused on expanding Marra Interiors and other ventures associated with the Gails Diy Creations. The foundation stages are always the hardest, so much planning… For now I’m putting in the work, as I know it will all be worth it soon enough. I am very excited and can not wait to share it all with you.
•I wish you all a blessed and safe weekend
•Ek wens julle almal ‘n geseënde en veilige naweek
•Auguro a tutti voi un fine settimana benedetto e sicuro
•Desejo a todos um abençoado fim de semana e segura
•Les deseo a todos un fin de semana bendito y seguro
•Ik wens u allen een gezegende en veilige weekend,
xoxoxo :)
One of the dad's in costume and character

One of the dad’s in costume and character

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one of the mom's I worked with, we had fun :)

one of the mom’s I worked with, we had fun :)

The class teacher

The class teacher

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couple of kids playing with the moustaches and lady lips

couple of kids playing with the mustaches and lady lips

 

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A Piñata at a kiddies birthday party can be a funky decoration and a cool activity at the end of the party. The Piñata can be filled with all sorts of candy, have a party bag ready for each child, and when the  piñata breaks the children can fill their bag with sweets to take home as a treat YUM!!!

The Donkey piñata was made from a cereal box; some box tape, other clear sticky tape; different colours of crepe paper; an empty toiler roll halved for the donkeys ears; red felt fabric used as the tongue with straw as an optional and a few stickers here and there. Filled with your choice of sweets; chocolates or lollipops.

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Sorry that I didn’t include more info on how I made this, I was a little pressed for time. The next time I make a Piñata I will include step by step pictures with instructions on how to make it.

Bunch of flowers / bos blomme for Ally's class

Bunch of flowers / bos blomme for Ally’s class

The Decorations for the kids school’s Round the World food festival on the 1st of November is coming along nicely

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If you want to know how to make these flowers please feel free to contact me

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I will post the pictures of the decorated food stalls after the event

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Tips For Hosting A Budget Friendly Halloween!

It’s never too soon to start planing out your Halloween.  These budget friendly tips and links are perfect for getting you into the Halloween spirit without breaking the bank!

Happy Wednesday!

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October is breast cancer awareness month in South Africa and early detection can save your life. Women and men 40 and older should have a mammogram every 1-2 years, younger women should speak to their doctor about when to have an ultrasound examination.

Woman are encouraged to perform a self breast examination once a month. Due to hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle, women should perform the breast-self-exam a week after her menstruation has ended. below are some helpful breast-self-exam links.

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-exam http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/self_exam/bse_steps

Symptoms of Breast Cancer

The most common sign of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A lump that is painless, hard and has uneven edges is more likely to be cancer. But some cancers are tender, soft and rounded. It’s important to have anything unusual checked by a doctor.

Other signs of breast cancer include the following:

  • Swelling of all or part of the breast.
  • Skin irritation or dimpling.
  • Breast pain.
  • Nipple pain or the nipple turning inward.
  • Redness, scaliness or thickening of the nipple or breast skin.
  • A nipple discharge other than breast milk.
  • A lump in the underarm area. Click here for more information

The Pink Drive are doing amazing work!!!

{South Africa’s best-loved Breast Cancer Community Carer, PinkDrive is the indispensable, tangible breast cancer Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) powering South Africa’s first mobile PinkDrive Mammography Unit and PinkDrive Educational Unit through our country, driving home the fact that ‘Early Detection Saves Lives’.} Click here If you want more information about the Pink Drive

http://www.travelstart.co.za/blog/breast-cancer-awareness-month/

Here are some information about mammograms for women in the US

http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/mammograms.html

Other links:

http://www.cansa.org.za/

http://www.carisa.org.za/

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I used a level and marked with a pencil, to ensure straight lines.

Easy Instructions from channel4.com, on how to paint stripes.

The low tack masking tape did not work well for me on this project

The low tack masking tape did not work well for me on this project

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Click here to find out how I prepared this wall prior to painting it.

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