Keeping Techies Warm on Safari

Here at Blankets and Weaves, one of our favourite things to do is to team up with companies to create luxury, branded blankets for corporate event gifts. One of our recent projects was with Sophos and their local destination management team, Mercury 80. Sophos, a global IT security solutions company was organizing one of their corporate getaways and, working with the fabulous Rele at Mercury 80, they decided to give each of their delegates a special blanket to commemorate the occasion.  We worked closely with Rele in the design of the blanket, selection of colours and size. It was a...

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Art by Paint Samples!

Paint samples can be found at almost any hardware store and can make for the most beautiful projects around the home. Have a read of this beautiful project from the Water Earth Wind Fire Blog They use a butterfly paper punch to get this done really easily. You can find these punches at most PNA stores, kids shops or packing/craft shops.  (Merry Pack in Pinelands Cape Town is great for this stuff). And if the punch is a bit pricey and you have the time....just cut them all out! So here it is:   We used the paint samples you...

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Much Ado About Wine Corks

We love a good craft project! Here are some fantastic ideas of how to recycle all your wine corks..... Turn wine corks into keychains.   Wine cork keychains from Cleverly Inspired   Create a bulletin board with wine corks.   Framed wine cork bulletin board from Simply Em    Make hot plate holders from wine corks.   Wine cork trivet from Crafty Nest Use wine corks as herb garden markers.   Wine cork herb garden markers from Shine your Light

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Pretty DIY Mugs

This is a super fun and fast DIY craft project to try and results in beautiful, cheap gifts! The "Sharpie" brand isn't really found in South Africa but the Artline Permanent Marker brand will work just as well! Read the full tutorial from Bred Did ( below Have you seen all the gorgeous DIY craft projects using Sharpie products that are floating around Pinterest? There are mugs and plates with beautiful designs and inspiring quote. I love how the custom mugs look and have been itching to try a Sharpie DIY craft project! Unfortunately, I am crafty but not artistic! Drawing...

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Egg Muffins are a winner!

This fabulous egg muffin recipe has been floating around facebook for a while. It is an absolute winner for just about everything from kids breakfast to fancy picnic, lunch on the go and even post exercise snack. Super fun and easy to make and they an even be frozen!  You decide what meat, cheese and vegetables you want to put it in making the combination possibilities endless. And since you make a bunch in advance you have ready to go breakfast options all week. Get the kids involved as well by letting them choose their own ingredients. Ingredients Spring onion...

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The Story of Lobola

  The practice of paying "Lobola" (or Lobolo) as part of the marriage process is a tradition in many South African cultures including Xhosa, Zula, Swazi and Ndebele. Lobola is essentially the "bride price" that the prospective groom must pay to the bride's family in order to enter into marriage. For centuries cattle has formed the primary currency of Lobola but more recently, cash plays a significant role. However, often, even the cash amount is tendered by way of establishing the price of a cow and how many cows would have been given.  Other gifts are also formally requested and agreed...

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