Cute Cupcake Applique Tutorial is the ideal Beginners project to start your journey in Applique. at astitchahalf.net

HOW TO: Cute Cupcake Applique Tutorial

by Annemarie le Roux March 18, 2019 2 Comments

Cute Cupcake Applique Tutorial is the ideal Beginners project to start your journey in Applique. So if you have never done it before, this is your chance.

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Ichika Japanese Quilt Blocks and Tote Bag

Ichika Japanese Quilt Blocks Project by Chris Smith

by Annemarie le Roux March 09, 2019 1 Comment

"My quilt using the first Sashiko Block pattern, I love it!"

Chris used 

Ichika Japanese Quilt Blocks and Tote Bag

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Make a Cross Body Bag in 1hour

HOW TO MAKE: a Cross Body Bag

by Annemarie le Roux March 04, 2019 4 Comments

You Need:

  • 1 x stitch out (cut 9" square after embroidery is done)
  • 3 x piece of contrast fabric (all cut 9" square)
  • 1 x piece of batting (8" square)
  • 1 x piece of batting (9" square)
  • Webbing (strap) approx 49"/124cm (we made our own webbing using the same contrast fabric)...

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HOW TO MAKE: a Quilted Book Cover at astitchahalf.net

HOW TO MAKE: a Quilted Book Cover

by Annemarie le Roux March 01, 2019 4 Comments

How to make a Book Cover from Fabric: You can decide to embroider only the front OR front and back of your Book Cover. We chose 2 different Designs from our FEATHER FOUNTAIN QUILT Collection. For an A5 Book you need Fabric measuring approx: 18″ (46cm) width x 9.5″ (24cm) height.

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HOW TO MAKE: a Reading Pillow at astitchahalf.net

HOW TO MAKE: a Reading Pillow

by Annemarie le Roux February 20, 2019 6 Comments

This Reading Pillow has a Pocket in Front to keep a Book in. Also a Handle to carry it around and we used a soft Fleece Fabric for the back which makes this a comfy and fun Pillow.

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Motorist heaps praise on Good Samaritan 'uncles': South Africa

Motorist heaps praise on Good Samaritan 'uncles': South Africa

by Annemarie le Roux December 18, 2018 2 Comments

It is wonderful to share another "feel good" story with you. This time it is from South Africa, a land with a history of racial prejudice.

A young motorist has heaped praise on two Good Samaritans via social media after a punctured tyre left him stranded on his way to Bethlehem in the Free State. The opening line of his post starts with: "You'll never find a beautiful country like South Africa. "On my way to Bethlehem from Potch, I got a puncture and I was driving a friend’s bakkie (pickup), taking some stuff home. 

"I was so excited to go home that I even forgot to check if the car had everything, only to find the car doesn’t have a car jack and a wheel spanner," Neville Manchu said in his Facebook post on Friday. ...

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Giving up your First Class seat for a stranger

Giving up your First Class seat for a stranger

by Annemarie le Roux December 14, 2018 2 Comments

Looking at the many advantages of traveling First Class vs Economy Class, this story warms the heart even more. Imagine the joy of a mother with a very sick baby, supposed to travel economy class, getting the opportunity to travel First Class because a kindhearted stranger thought she deserved that seat more than he does.

Kelsey Rae Zwick was flying from Orlando to Philadelphia with baby Lucy so she could be treated at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In a Facebook post Kelsey said she had boarded the American Airlines flight with Lucy, and they were making themselves comfortable when they were approached by a flight attendant.

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Making Jam

Making Jam

by Annemarie le Roux December 04, 2018

I have wonderful memories of the family making jam when the peach season was at its height. We had many Yellow Cling Peach trees in our garden and they would yield buckets full of delicious  peaches. And this is where my trip down memory lane begins.

On a specific day the family would pick these bucket fulls of peaches and take them to the veranda. There we sorted the peaches for jam or to be laid into Mason jars. The peaches for jam had to be peeled and sliced. Then it was off to the pots to boil for hours.

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My Gratitude Journal

My Gratitude Journal

by Annemarie le Roux November 29, 2018

Have you ever heard or even used some of these sayings? Some of them are actually quite humorous.
  • Life is tough!
  • Getting old is not for sissies!
  • Just wait until you are in my shoes, then we talk again!

We all face hard times at one stage or another in our lives. And it is very difficult to be positive when you are negative. So why not create a "Gratitude Journal" to help you change negativity into a positive attitude when you need it most? A gratitude journal is a diary of things for which one is grateful. Gratitude journals are used by individuals who wish to focus their attention on the positive things in their lives. 

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Benefits of Visiting Senior Loved Ones

Benefits of Visiting Senior Loved Ones

by Annemarie le Roux November 16, 2018 3 Comments

Sybrand and I recently took a road trip to visit our parents. We stay about 12 hours drive from Sybrand's folks and about 12 hours drive from my folks. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing them all again. It is true that family members can stay in contact via email, social media but if possible, having a cup of coffee together, having a meal together and sharing good old memories are simply the best way to stay in contact. Ask us, we experienced it.

We must been having a good time when most of our sentences started with "... and do you also remember ..." Good old memory lane. We experienced first hand the wonderful benefits of visiting our parents. 

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Generosity

Generosity

by Annemarie le Roux October 30, 2018 1 Comment

Generosity -  a word well known to all of us yet it seems that it has lost its meaning in a world chasing the "me first" attitude in most aspects of life.

I came across an article that listed a few generous deeds by ordinary folk, like you and me, to complete strangers. That made me realize that, as the good book says, "there is more happiness in Giving than in Receiving". I would like to share one of these generous acts with you. 

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Your next pet - a Miniature Horse

Your next pet - a Miniature Horse

by Annemarie le Roux October 22, 2018 1 Comment

I just love horses. There is just something so gentle and lovable that draws me to them. There are over 350 breeds of ponies and horses in the world today which fall into four major groups. 

  • Light Horses - Horses with small bones and thin legs which weigh less than 1300 pounds. 
  • Heavy Horses – Draft or large horses weighing up to 2000 pounds. 
  • Ponies – Ponies are not usually larger than 58 inches tall ( 14.2 hands and under) which makes them smaller than a horse.
  • Feral Horses – Horses which are wild or semi-wild.

When reading about the different kinds of horses I came across the Falabella Miniature Horse. (I thought there were only small ponies, not small horses)

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