Presenting.... {drumrolllllll}... 

We are so pleased to announce the launch of our new range of DIY products, starting with these skeins of t-shirt yarn, the same material that we use to weave our Mielie hooked rug products. And what's more, we worked out a beautiful pattern for a rainbow ripple bathmat or runner for you... absolutely free and pasela! Click here to download.

We'll be growing our range of Mielie DIY products over the next couple of months, so pop in to the shop or send us an email if you have crafty fingers.
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Let's skip work tomorrow and make paper flowers all day! 
The weather gods have smiled on Cape Town for the world cup (this mister Blatter certainly has friends in high places!) But now that the world cup is over, it's weather business as usual. Which means it's freezing with intermittent rain. Just the kind of weather to stay at home with paper, scissors and glue, and tackle a little craft project don't you think?

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Best dressed car 

Oh boy, have we had fun dressing our car in South African stars for the world cup! Here's how we did it.

I bought a 2m piece of magnetic decal specially meant for cars from Maizey Plastics in Paardeneiland. (Regular fridge decal doesn't stick as well, so all your stars might fly off on the highway!) Because it only comes in white, I also bought some vinyl in the flag colours from Maizey. They also sold me a very handy little spatula that helps to spread the vinyl evenly.

To make things easier I cut the decal into smaller pieces and cut the vinyl into matching pieces. You'll need someone to help you to stick the vinyl down. It helps to spray a thin mist of water onto the decal before you carefully stick down the vinyl. Working from the centre to the outside edge, use the spatula to ensure that you have no air or water bubbles. (If all else fails, prick them with a pin).

Cut some star-shaped stencils in various sizes out of cardboard.
Draw the stars on the vinyl with a white board marker and cut out with a pair of craft scissors that you don't mind getting blunt. Et voila!

The whole excercise cost me about R250 ($30, 25 Euro) and I have a whole lot of decals left that I intend to transform into fridge magnets.
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Free iPod/camera pouch tutorial 

Click here for a free tutorial just for you.
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