What I make of my world


Hi, my name is Charlene. I live on a farm in South Africa.
I love to craft and have never met a craft or crafter I didn’t like! I have tried almost every craft known to humankind and have “stash” to rival some shops! I enjoy Crochet, Sewing, Scrapbooking, Photography, Drawing, Mosaic, Decoupage, Fabric Painting, Natural Beauty Products, Beading, Knitting, Frames, Decor, making Furniture and Furnishings.
I have taught adults and children various crafts throughout my adult life. I usually give crafted gifts for special occasions to friends and family. That has led to orders from other people and I have sold a number of items.
I discovered a passion for drawing and writing at about 11 years old. It was a school project: Write and Illustrate a storybook. Since then I have regularly practiced both with enthusiasm.
I discovered Scrapbooking late!  Only 4 years ago when my first Grandie was born. Another boy to love along with my own 3 boys! Two years later, another little boy! Bliss! Scrapbooking allows me to dabble in all my crafts at the same time! Fantastic! Plus it gives me reason to take more photos!
I have a lot of time on my hands, and enjoy nothing more than being creative. I have decided to share my passions and crafts with you. I will be adding tutorials to the crafts pages over time. I hope you enjoy the crafts on offer.

Discussing grazing in the garden!

64 responses

  1. That top photograph could just as well be Texas.

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    August 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm

  2. Hi Charlene, Good to connect with you again … you have some wonderful stories to share! Christine x

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    January 6, 2013 at 10:36 am

    • Hi Christine, thank you very much! I’m glad we have reconnected to x

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      January 6, 2013 at 11:35 pm

  3. What an active Blog…… WHAT a place to live…. am V. Impressed!!! {:o)
    Kevin.x {:o)

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    November 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    • Hello my dear! Such a pleasant surprise! Thank you so much, I hope you enjoy your little foray into my world! x

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      November 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm

  4. nice to be in your blogroll!

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    November 4, 2012 at 10:05 am

  5. I meant my blog to be a writing blog but hey – cows happen!!! I’m a crafter too, I’ll be back!

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    October 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    • Thanks for coming by, I look forward to my visit too!

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      October 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm

  6. Great photo, Charlene. I look forward to seeing some of your crafts. :)

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    October 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm

  7. I’ve never been good at crafting. Maybe I’ll learn something from you. :-)

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    October 22, 2012 at 9:30 am

    • Hello Grace, welcome. I would love you to be inspired by one of my craft blogs! I really need 48hr days to get things done! I need to post many more crafty blogs

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      October 22, 2012 at 10:01 am

  8. I looked at the cattle in the garden, and immediately thought “Oh no! Someone has left the gate open…… ” :-)

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    August 17, 2012 at 9:13 am

  9. A pristine environment, you are indeed blessed!


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    August 9, 2012 at 8:26 am

  10. I finally got around to responding to your One Lovely Blog award. Thank you very much. Someday I hope to visit South Africa but please take notice of my random fact number 2.

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    July 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm

  11. I have been sewing since I was a child. You can never be bored if you can make things.

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    July 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    • I am never bored! In fact I am short of about 3 days every week!!! Thanks for popping in to visit and comment, I hope you return :)

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      July 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

  12. If you love to Craft as I know you do you should follow http://trashieart.com/
    You’ll love what Donna is doing with upcycle, repurposed material and TRASH!

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    June 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    • dEar SueAnn Thank you very much for the link to Donna’s blog. I really appreciate it very much.

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      June 24, 2012 at 7:38 pm

  13. Glad to connect with you and I love those cows. ;-)

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    June 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

  14. Ah, lovely Charlene! I just passed on the One Lovely Blog award to you in my last post. You have one lovely blog and you are one lovely soul too! Thank you for your kindness to me. George

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    June 14, 2012 at 8:40 am

    • Oh George, thank you so much. I think you are one lovely soul too. Bless you x

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      June 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

  15. You live in a beautiful home with so much adventure, fun and excitement. You share your passion so wonderfully. Thank you.

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    June 13, 2012 at 11:35 am

  16. Superb blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?

    I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m totally overwhelmed .. Any tips? Appreciate it!

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    June 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

    • Dear Greece, what a compliment! Thank you so much. I’ve been blogging for less than 2 months, so I can’t say very much. I love wordpress.com, have found it very simple to follow and am thrilled with the look of my blog.
      I find it very frustrating going into a blog that has no identity. Tell readers what you are hoping to do with your blog, and then have Pages per subject. It is so frustrating going through reams of posts about everything, when you’re looking for something in particular. A Search bar is great. Respond politely to other bloggers, and hopefully they will return the compliment. Please tag me when you get started? Good luck!

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      June 10, 2012 at 12:29 am

  17. Love your blog so I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!

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    May 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    • Dear Danielle, I am so thrilled, thank you very much, I really appreciate this. :) I hope it continues to be fun. love Charlene x

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      May 29, 2012 at 4:57 pm

  18. Hi there, nice to hear from you. I hope you will try something! Enjoy

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    May 28, 2012 at 8:52 pm

  19. Jen

    Hi Charl, I am looking for a very very easy crochet pattern for a basic poncho. I want to teach the village Mommies to make them for their primary school children! Can you help?

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    May 22, 2012 at 11:30 am

    • Hi Jen! Welcome to the blog. I will send you one xxx Charl

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      May 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm

  20. I have nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award. Please pick it up here. http://wp.me/p23TG1-JZ


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    May 22, 2012 at 12:45 am

  21. THANK YOU CHARLENE!! I followed the instructions and I think it worked! I would never have been able to figure that out on my own. I’m going away for the weekend but when I come back I’ll check in!
    Thanks again!

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    May 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    • Hi love, I checked, it works!!! And I followed. Now I’ll settle in and check ‘em all out. Weeee!

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      May 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm

  22. You sent a message to my blog that I tried to answer. But I put in the wrong place, and when I erased my comment I somehow erased your response as well. Will you please send it again???

    I just found out that I will be baby sitting my 5 year old granddaughter and 7 year old grandson next week. Can you recommend a craft project I can do with them?


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    May 19, 2012 at 3:12 am

    • Oops, never mind, it happens! I’ll go and have a look and put it back ;)
      Having taught little ones, I realised they really just love being messy. If you want to do something lasting, do hand and foot prints with paint. You apply the paint and careflly direct operations. Alternatively, use plaster of Paris/clay for the same.
      Big G and I made a painted pond, and then fish on paperclips , and stick fishing rods with a magnet. I let him paint freely with blue and green, using large brushes on thick paper. Use yellow, orange, red paint on another piece for fish. When dry, you cut fish shapes out. Assemble the bits and have loads of fun. Skittles made from empty plastic drinks bottles is great, those can also be painted. A ball can be squished paper.
      Don’t be too ambitious, they’re young, with short attention spans and need lots of help.
      Baking goes down fabulously, especially biscuits and cupcakes to decorate themselves.Post photos of the messy mayhem!

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      May 19, 2012 at 8:29 am

      • Thank you for your suggestions. They all sound wonderful; the kiddies don’t know what treats they’re in for!

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        May 21, 2012 at 10:54 pm

  23. Is that bull and cow in your lawn?


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    May 18, 2012 at 3:05 am

    • Hello Anne, they are indeed, on our lawn, right outside the office door. They pushed their gate open and wondered all over the garden. Great photo op :)

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      May 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

  24. TBM

    I just discovered your blog and I look forward to following your craft adventures.

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    May 15, 2012 at 9:54 am

    • Hello TBM, welcome, as you can see, it’s a mishmash of all kinds of things, not just crafts. I hope you enjoy it.

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      May 15, 2012 at 10:43 am

  25. Hi – thanks for following my blog! In what part of South Africa do you live? I visited there once and thought it a lovely country. As you can probably tell, I’m not so much into crafts, more into critters. I’ll be leaving for Botswana in several weeks to visit my three favorite elephants and hope to post a bit while there. Cheers!

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    May 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    • Hi Cheryl, I’m reading and enjoying your blog today. Thanks for coming on over to visit me. I live in the Northwest Province on a farm. Quite close to the Gaborone Border post actually., well about 2 hours from there!
      Your trip sounds magical! I look forward to following up on your blog!

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      May 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm

  26. George Weaver

    What a delight you are, Charlene! I just checked you out because you are so kind to follow and comment at my place. I don’t do crafts. I hate crafts. I used to do needlepoint and a bit of Jacobean crewel. My mother did beautiful pieces of crewel. I have to wander around more here. Thanks, George

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    April 29, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    • Hello George, my original reply has disappeared! How rude! Thank you so much for your sweet words. I hope you enjoy the other bits, and it is a pleasure to see your comments too. Bless you

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      May 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

  27. Laura I agree with your sentiments about looking like a Granny, she is young enough to be my daughter. I love the photo of the cattle on the lawn, the sun shine is just right and it makes the subjects look so good, Love it.

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    April 26, 2012 at 9:29 am

    • Thank you. My hubby took this early one morning from the office door

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      April 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm

  28. Thank you dear Charlene for visiting my blog and also for your nice comment. I am so glad to meet you and your blog… You seems so amazing and I am crazy with craft world and also art world. You can find my other blog (a cup of tea with crazy nia) on the right side…. It is for my craft and crazy ideas :) You made me excited now, it would be so nice to be your new follower… Thank you once again, have a nice and enjoyable day, with my love, nia

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    April 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    • Dear Nia I am very happy to meet you. Thank you for visiting, and following my blog, as well as your lovely comments.
      I have a lot of work to do for my blog, especially for tutorials patterns, etc. I need more time! I hope you continue to enjoy it,

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      April 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm

  29. your farm gate windmill maybe would be a good topic for a painting too – at least a good page for scrapbooking

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    April 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    • Hi Frizztext, it’s a great photo isn’t it! Hubby took it. I’ve often thought the same on both counts. I must actually ‘do’ it now ;)

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      April 23, 2012 at 8:57 am

  30. Harper Faulkner

    Dear Craftcrazygran, everytime my wife uses the glue gun, she burns herself. She did it again last night! What can I do to keep her from burning herself and still enjoy all the wonderful crafts she produces. Puzzled in HF land. HF

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    April 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    • My dear HF, I’m afraid there’s little more you can do than be on standby with First Aid and TLC. Glue Guns are the bane of a crafters life! They are completely indiscriminate, spiteful and uncaring. They’re also pretty indispensable, and they damned well know it.
      Sympathetically, Craftcrazygran

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      April 22, 2012 at 7:41 am

  31. valborchardt

    well done charl. Hope your crafts continue to grow xxx

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    April 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

  32. What a gorgeous photo and a very fine looking bull!

    By the way, you don’t look old enough to be anybody’s granny :-)

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    April 11, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    • Dear Laura, the bull thanks you! Thanks from me too, isn’t it amazing what a little zhooshing with hair, Make up and a new outfit for a nieces wedding will do!

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      April 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

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