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My name is Benetta Strydom and I am from sunny South Africa. I started writing craft articles in May 2011 and I am glad that I found a platform for some of my crafts here on
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Lace Frill Sock Christmas Angel - finished angel with wings added hanging from a tree branch

Lace Frill Sock Christmas AngelTurn a girl's cotton lace frill sock into a sweet little Christmas angel. A great way to use a mismatched sock for something useful.


Elements of Nature Fall Wreath - wreath hanging on door

Elements of Nature Fall WreathTurn faux nature elements into a beautiful wreath for the fall season.


Color Explosion Summer Wreath - finished paper liner wreath hanging on a door

Color Explosion Summer WreathCelebrate the summer colors seen in nature with this wreath! Made from cupcake liners that were dipped in food coloring, this wreath is not only colorful, but also easy on the budget.


Love Grows Valentine Card - finished card

Love Grows Valentine CardThis Valentine's Day, celebrate your love for your significant other with this easy card. Using a printout of a tree and hearts punched from an old calendar page, this card is also easy on the pocket.


Flames of Love Tie Dye T-Shirt - pretty long sleeve tie dye shirt

Flames of Love Tie Dye T-ShirtOur economy in South Africa has been hit by a rough patch. I love clothes that are unique, but most clothing items have just become too expensive. Here is a great way to add a modern touch to a cheap white T-shirt, without breaking the bank in the process.


Bambi (Border Collie Cross)

Bambi (Border Collie Cross)I got her on 29 November 2016. I accidentally came across her in a pet shop and just couldn't resist those lovely eyes. She was the runt of the litter, and was much smaller than her siblings.


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Antique Rose Upcycled Bottle Vase - finished vase

Antique Rose Upcycled Bottle VaseI am in the process of changing my décor in my house, adding a few new accents here and there. I do not have the finances to spend on overpriced store bought items, so I am recycling trash into treasure.


A polypropylene bag that has been turned into a dog mattress.

Polypropylene Bag as Dog MattressI wanted to buy my dog a mattress for her bed, but the store versions were just too expensive. I turned an empty polypropylene bag and old newspapers into a recycled dog mattress. Very cost-effective and my dog loves it!


Lotus Pod and Crepe Paper Fall Wreath - fall wreath on door

Lotus Pod and Crepe Paper Fall WreathHere is a colorful wreath for the fall season! This is a great way to add some drama to your front porch.


singing angel made from a glass bottle

White and Gold Upcycled Bottle Christmas AngelUpcycle an empty glass bottle into a beautiful angel for Christmas. With a gold and white dress, and white glitter wings, this angel will add a touch of glamour to your Christmas decorations.


How To Use Watercolor Pencils - 4 examples on small floral shapes

How To Use Watercolor PencilsWatercolor pencils can be very versatile, and can be a great way to express your creativity. They can also be a wonderful tool for adult coloring pages.


finished frosted jar decorated with paper trees

Oh Christmas Tree Jar LightTurn an empty clear glass jar into a Christmas jar light. Use the jar light to decorate your table for Christmas Eve, or make a few to decorate your front porch. A thrifty way to decorate for the festive season!


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Raised Salt Fall Kids' Artwork - paint the remaining squares with brown and orange and allow to dry

Raised Salt Fall Kids' ArtworkLately I have started using food colorings with the kids in my art class, as it is more cost effective and adds bolder colors to the end product. Combining food colorings with salt and glue offers a great technique for kids to explore their own creativity.


Fall Wreath Birthday Card - finished card with the added ribbon bow

Fall Wreath Birthday CardUse food colorings to make paper leaves. Then turn the leaves into a striking fall themed birthday card.


Back to School Kids' Coloring Page - school related images

Back to School Kids' Coloring PageHey kids! Celebrate the start of the new school year with this coloring page! This fun page features a reading book, an apple, a pencil, and a few letters and numbers - all the things that you can relate to when you think of school. So, grab your coloring pencils and get ready to have some fun!


Fun Fall Activities For Kids - cute sunflower coloring page

Fun Fall Activities For KidsIf you are looking for ways to keep the kids entertained this fall season, look no further! Here is a fun sunflower coloring page and a crossword puzzle to keep them busy. A great way to celebrate the symbols usually associated with the harvest season!


Baby Dove on Nest - dark feathered baby bird

Baby Dove on NestA pair of doves made a nest under the roof of our veranda. It has been incredible, watching them from day 1 when they started to build the nest, seeing mom sitting on the eggs and eventually, the first time we saw her bringing food to feed the little ones. I took the photo this morning when the mom flew off to find food.


Bunch of Newspaper Roses - vase filled with roses and pom poms

Bunch of Newspaper RosesIf you love flowers, but can't afford the real McCoy, then these DIY flowers are just what you need. Turn newspapers and pompoms into flowers. Displayed in a suitable glass vase, you will have flowers in your house that will last a long time, without breaking the bank in the process. You can make as many roses as you want!


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