Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Hello Bloglanders

I'm just checking in to say that I'm off to my son's graduation in Bloemfontein. Wynand and I will be driving the 1000 kilometres - OH, it's a long, long way from Stellenbosch BUT I'm SO proud of my boys. It will be worth the effort.

I'll be back next week with more of crafting fun. In the meantime, have a great week and see you again on Monday.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sunday Summary Week 24 and 25 / 2015

Hi there Bloglanders

I can't decide if I'm behind schedule or before. OK, I know I'm behind but would love to be "before". Right now my house is taking up ALL my free time and the teeny bit of crafting that gets done, don't get photographed. That said, let's see what's happening at Hamman HG.

I did bake a batch of cookies and gifted my neighbor's children with a mini cookie box each.  I made rabbits, trees, cats, a little houses, hearts, Dutch hounds, teddy bears, gingerbread men - all the shapes I could lay my hands on. The children loved recognizing the shapes!!

The mini cake boxes were cut with my Silhouette. I'll show them later in a separate post. Watch this space and all will be revealed.

And look what came from my garden!!!

I see a lemon meringue coming up!

And even my orchids lived up to expectations this year.

I tried out a few new recipes as well. This week it was Tomato soup with croutons. The low carb version!! For the croutons, I used this recipe for Parmesan scones and made mini, mini ones which I dried out in the oven. Perfect for salads and soups!! I'm going to make a BIG batch and keep them on hand. It would be perfect for a snack as well ..................... some avo guacamole ................. YUM.

I think I'm finally getting the hang of low carb. Not easy but still, I have less headaches and a LOT more energy.

Wynand and his camping buddies went on a "Father's Day" weekend.  It's and annual treat they do to get some time to catch up with each other without being interrupted by wives, children, house, garden, pets and daily chores. In the meantime, Wernich and I sorted through his "stuff" and purged a LOT.

And the lockers I ordered finally arrived!!!

72 cubbies to fill with fabric!! To tell you the truth, I would like them to be bright red and the cubbies to be a bit bigger BUT I think it's still the best solution for the space I have. Craft Storage Ideas asked me to blog about the process as I did a Locker Love post for them last month and this would be an extension of that. Once everything is done, I'll tell you all about it!!

And I packed a "travel case" for my planner / mini book goodies. I never go on holiday without a notebook, pens, glue, etc. - and of course - my planner!! I'll share the inside info in a separate post as I'm running out of time - AGAIN ..............................

Here is a sneak peak.  If you want to see the rest of the pictures, it's on my Instagram. To the right of my blog or here.

That's it. Another week @ Hamman HQ. Today, I'm going to get my Project Life pages sorted!  Thanks for looking at my blog and please come back to play.  I have loads more to share right here on Play as U GO.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sunday Summery Week 22 and 23 / 2015

Hello Bloglanders

I'm back!!! LOVED our holiday but glad to be back home with my goodies, sleeping in my own bed and having all my clothes washed, ironed and packed in my closet.

Did you see the lion we've seen while on holiday???? I posted a pic on Instagram because I didn't want you to miss out, It was awesome ................................. two young ones in one go.

I'll add more pics later but I don't think I'll get to off loading and sorting before the weekend. Let's make a date to view the rest next week.

With Father's day coming up, I mailed off my dad's card ..................... or rather mini book. I've made a few variants some time ago and when an occasion comes up, I just "grab and mail". The colour scheme for this one was inspired by the SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge - "Make it Masculine"

You can read how I made these mini books here.

I've got 10 mini pages inside and on each I wrote a reason why I love my dad.  Maybe I should do 2 more books  for the boys to fill out for Wynand. Think he would LOVE it.

And I made these Parmesan Scones:

I'm still trying to cut back on Carb's and this is SO yummy. I'm sure all recipes comes from somewhere but I really, really invented this one all on my own - and it's LOW CARB!!! Let me share it with you:

Parmesan Scones:

Blend together in a food processor:
1 cup Almond Flour
1/4 cup of Coconut Flour
1/2 teaspoon of Baking Powder
Pinch of salt
Pinch of red Pepper
45 grams butter

1 Egg
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup milk

Blend again.
Scoop into muffin molds. (I used 4 medium ones)
Bake at 180 degrees Celsius in pre heated oven for 20 minutes.

It's rather flaky but that makes it even more scrumptious. Normally, I don't like the "graininess" of almond and coconut flour but it really works here. 

And my mum turned 77. We all gathered for Sunday lunch on the farm to celebrate.  As I opted for a gift card, I made this little bag to add a bit of sunshine to the "wintery" day.

I feel that my post is getting a bit too long so I'll add the info on how I've adapted a lip balm holder to make this gift "card holder handbag" tomorrow. Check back and all will be revealed.

In the meantime, have FUN and remember to try something new - TODAY!!

Monday, June 1, 2015

I'm on VACATION!!!

Hi there Bloglanders

Happy June to you all.  I'm on vacation until Monday, 7 June 2015.

You know that my husband is a HUGE camper and this year we decided that we will try to camp in every
national park of South Africa. SO, this week we will be in the Karoo National park near Beaufort West.  If you want to see where it is, just click here.

I promise - I will take LOTS of pictures and post on Instagram as I go and on my blog when I'm back and doing my PL.

In the meantime, happy Monday and see U soon!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sunday Summery Week 21

Hello Bloglanders

Today I'm here to share the recap of my Week 21.  I baked and I cooked!!! One of the things I'm trying to do this year is to try out more new recipes.  At LEAST once a week I page through magazines and cookbooks to find something new to try.

As I have a LOT of birthdays coming up, I decided to use my baking skills to create edible gifts. My sister's twin boys are turning 14 and as they both love coconut, I made tubs of Hertzoggies for each of them. Of course the third boy is getting one as well!!!!!!!

I even made customized tags with a rugby theme. I think this would be as much "gilyness" a 14-year-old would tolerate from his aunt.

I've put their names on the front of the "rugby shirts" and on the back it says "happy birthday".  I does look like real rugby jersey's doesn't it?

Here you can see it on the cookie tub:

My  mum is turning 77 on Sunday and even though she is getting a non edible gift, I did some cookies and rusks for her as well. Have a look at my cookie stash:

And I owed a friend of Wernich's a "thank-you-gift" and when I heard she wanted a water bottle for the office, I got hold of one immediately.

We have a glass factory in Stellenbosch and as I had to get some more solar lamps, I got the water bottle as well. It's beautiful, isn't it??

And the factory shop wrapped everything in white tissue paper, making it easier for me just to add a belly band, some twine and a handmade card. I used the inspiration from SimonSaysStamp's Wednesday Blog for this pressie.



For the belly band, I used scrap copy paper from the office, black spray paint from Wynand's workshop
and a houndstooth stencil from my stash. I love how it turned out and it didn't cost me a thing!! Better even - I plan to use the same stencil on a layout SOON ................................ watch back and all will be revealed.

And the layout it's going on???? It's a free download from Amy Tangerine as part of her Design on Time series. Hop over and get one for yourself. Maybe we can compare notes .......... or rather - layouts!!

I'm off to get some work done. Next week I'm going on holiday and there is a LOT to be done before that. Thankfully, all my baking is done! Thanks for looking at my blog and please come back to play.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

100 days of a Better Life

Happy Sunday Bloglanders

I hope you had a WONDERFUL week. I was busy but enjoyed every second!! And this is what my new mini book is about. Living life to the fullest.

Last week when I wrote my Sunday Summary, I realized that it's week 21 and the year is nearly halfway.  I had such high expectations of 2015 and nothing has been achieved. OK, not "nothing|" but not "enough" either. I told you before - I have high expectations of myself and of my life.

So, I decided to track the days I live up to half my expectations (even that is quite high) and jot down the dates in this pretty little mini book. I even made a little tracker sheet that matches the book and will fit into my Planner. More about that later .............................

I used pieces of scrap paper from my scrap pile to die cut the pages. Here is a better picture:

And as I used binder rings to keep the pages together, I can open up and add when I need more.  Even my letters are from leftover sticker sheets:

The circle tag is from Monika Wright's  iLoveitAll Etsy shop.I've been waiting for the right project to use this for some time.

As you can see, I'm still very much into my "fruity" colours but it's fall down under in Sunny SA, and having all these pretty, cheerfulness around makes life a bit more "springy".

And the inspiration for my mini book???? PaperCraftersCorner's Magazine Monday Week 100 challenge. I used the "100" and the colour scheme from this inspiration:

That's it .................................. I'm off to have a walk around my neighbourhood. It's totally awesome outside this time of the year!! Thanks for looking at my blog and have a wonderful, creative week.

Please check back - I'll be sharing a lot more of my crafting projects right here on Play as U GO.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Planner Page with Design on Time

Hello Bloglanders

Happy Wednesday to you all!! Today I'm sharing the latest Design on Time project - washi, post it note and magazine.  While I was watching the video, I had my planner open to jot down the "ingredients" and it just evolved into a Planner Page.

As you can see, I'm still into fruity colours.  I love the pineapple post it note (behind the photo) and took it as the inspiration for my page.  As it was one of my New Year's resolutions not to buy magazines, I opted for "this is the year" from Pinterest.

"This is the year" is a divider page and I move it around as needed. A good idea is to use two strips of washi back to back. That way you get the washi effect but it doesn't stick to your page.

The divider page even has a pocket - perfect for hidden journaling (and a movie stub). Beneath it all is a lot of "to do's", appointments and journaling.

Here you can see what's beneath the post it note.

And the page to the left of the divider:

I love it when my planner looks like me - dreamy, wild and a once-off!!

That's it. This project only took 10 minutes as the only things I added were the divider page, post it note and photo. I can't wait for the next Design on Time challenge.

Something else:  For those of you who love to sort your stash, I'm over at the Craft storage Ideas blog with a post called "Locker Love".  I did have a hidden agenda when I wrote the post - D R U M R O L L !!!!!!!! I'll be moving my whole fabric stash into lockers. YES, we have some empty storage space and it would look SO pretty and neat if I can fill it up with lockers. You will be the first to see ........................ of course!! And here is an appetizer of my CSi post and also my FAVE idea.

Thanks for looking at my blog today. I'll be back with a mini book for Magazine Monday later this week. Check back and all will be revealed.

PS. The post it note, mini alpha stamp set,fruit stickers and pineapple embellishment is from Typo.