My little trip to Oregon

My niece got married on July 15 and I was fortunate to be able to make the trip back home to see the wedding. I ended up having 15 hours in New York on my way back, which gave me time to take the subway downtown from JFK to see the sites for the day. The outdoor wedding was beautiful, using the barn for their reception and my time at home was a lot of fun, although my immediate family stayed behind in Mozambique and I missed them terribly. I only had a point and shoot for these photos, but I used some fun settings on the camera for different effects.

the view of Manhattan from the subway

the beautiful couple

the cute little red barn

the Willamette river from downtown Portland

My Next Project

I absolutely love this pillow. I saw this in White River in South Africa and wanted to buy it but kept looking at it and thinking that it couldn’t be that difficult to make. So this is what I am working on. Hopefully it wont take me long to finish it.

Excuse the photo, it was taken with my Ipod.

Inhambane, Mozambique

We went on holiday to Inhambane, a 5 1/2 hour drive from the big city of Maputo where we live. Inahmbane is on the coast and is filled with fishing boats and sail boats. Its an amazingly beautiful place.




Picture Frame Turned Jewelry Organizer

Remember this frame?

When my friend was getting her stuff packed to move to the states she had a lot of things she was getting rid of, lucky for me this gold frame was one of them.

I need a jewelry organizer and when I saw a similar one on a website I decided to give it a try. Its not so easy to find the things you want here, one day you will find what you want and when you go back a couple weeks later for the same thing, they don’t have them anymore. The African way of life is sometimes overwhelming when it comes to finding what you need, so crafting here is usually done with what you have. Thankfully my friend was getting rid of the hooks that I added to the frame to hang the jewelry on.

I would like to paint this white but do not have white paint at the moment, the gold will do for now.

Possible Back Pain Help – Kineflex Disc Prothesis

When we were in Mozambique in 2006, I helped my husband take some boxes and large items off the top of our vehicle and hurt my back. At that time I had no idea what I had done, but hoped it would go away. In time(2 yrs) I realized it wouldn’t be going away and had x-rays done and then had an MRI, which told me I had a ruptured disc in my L5 S1 and degenerative arthritis that was causing my constant pain. Being back in Africa the pain has become worse due to the very large pot holes and uneven ground we drive and walk on daily. The jarring motion of the cars makes my back very sore and the fact that I can’t bend over properly makes it hard to do many things.

I was given some info on a Doctor in South Africa and am excited to see what he says. He helped develop the Kineflex disc prosthesis. Im still doing my research but I am excited about the possibility of feeling pain free again.

Have you heard of the Kineflex disc prosthesis? If so I would love to hear from you, anything you might know.

Knotted Capalana Necklace Tutorial

Finally I have the tutorial for the knotted capalana necklace. Sorry it took so long, its been busy here with trying to get my house in order and helping my friend tear apart hers and get her packed to leave for the states. Capalana’s come in a wide range of designs and colors, but you dont have to use a capalana, you can use any material you would like.

What you need:

1 yd of Capalana(or fabric of choice)

Sewing machine

Marbles, seeds or beads



1. Cut the yard of fabric in a strip 2 inches wide.

2. Sew the right sides together into a tube.

3. Turn the fabric right side out.

4. Make a knot in the middle of the tube.

5. Take a marble and put inside the tube and push it tightly against the knot and knot on the other side of the marble. Continue knotting and adding marbles until you get the desired length of necklace.

6. Finish off the edges by folding them inside and sewing over the ends. If you want to add a little more flare, try hand sewing on a flower.


DIY Mod Podge with Lace

I saw this on another site where they used lace and decoupaged it to a number of different glass bowls and plates. I loved the way it looked so I tried it on a plain clear large mug. It was super easy. Check on Urban Comfort for all the details on how its done.

All you need is some Mod Podge, Lace and a glass bowl that you would like to spruce up.

And Mod Podge the lace to the bowl.

I used mine as a candle.

Above are examples from Urban Comforts.

DIY Mustache Photo Booth

We had a going away party for some friends that have now left Mozambique and I wanted to add some fun to lighten the sad mood of having to say goodbye to good friends, so I made these mustaches and put together a little photo booth station. Everyone loved it. It made for some great memories.

This could be adapted to a kids birthday party, an adult birthday party, a cinco de Mustache party(as told to me by someone I met recently), and really any party that you want to add some laughter to.

I found these cute templates online here and added a few of my own, took the painting out of an old frame and hung a map for the background and a little bench to sit on. I used skewers for the sticks to hold the paper mustaches. Super easy!

And than we let the fun begin…..


DIY Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

Super simple graduation cap using bottle caps for the actual cap.

I used black paper, cut in squares, punched holes out of blue paper and used cross stitch thread and tied a little knot with a loop for the tassel.
Just assemble the hat part with craft glue, let dry and then attach the hat and tassel to the bottle cap with a hot glue gun.



Africa Love

Colseon, one of our friends sons, graduated from High School last night here in Mozambique. We are so proud of him! Well his mother and I were talking and I was telling her about this bag I had seen that said “I love Africa” on it and she said it would be great if I could make him something like that for him to take to college. Coleson has grown up for most of his life (since before school started) in Africa and so the idea of taking something that said I love Africa to school as a reminder seemed like the perfect idea.

And of course the pillowcase is recycled from an old curtain.