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All Our “Problems” are small in Comparison…


Kye busy doing his maths school work this morning by the fire. The sweet pencil wrap is from Ziezo Designs, he loves it.


Jen has been practising different braids on our hair, this one on my hair we found here off of Pinterest.

Erin Plait

She plaited a sideways braid on Erin’s hair, her friend showed her how to do this one.

Sharpie Pens on Ceramics

Sharpie Mug

We also found this clever idea on Pinterest, how to draw on ceramic mugs with Sharpie pens, the mug is baking in the oven now, I’ll let you know how it comes out… I think this is such a lovely idea, the possibilities are endless…

Chicken Soup

I made some of our favourite chicken and ginger soup from Nourishing Traditions for lunch today. Caiden and Kye kept asking for more, I’m so happy the boys are starting to enjoy soups this winter…


Potatoes are sprouting in the kitchen window-box.

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I’ve just blocked my mom’s Sunny Days Shawlette, such a pretty pattern, looks really lovely:)

Going back to the title of this post, a friend has just discovered that her 21 year old son has cancer, he had it when he was 16 and it has returned, situated in his chest this time, a huge tumour… I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to have to endure this, watching your loved-one suffer… When I think about this young man and what he, as well as his family is going through, whatever I thought was urgent or seemed to be a ‘problem’ in our life, REALLY isn’t at all, we are so fortunate to have our health… I am praying for him and his family, please could you also…


A Little Drum Carding

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Caiden has been learning about fibre in school and just out of the blue yesterday he asked me if he could try my drum carder. He wanted to see what it was like, I forgot all about our conversation yesterday but this morning, he took it down from the high shelf and started cleaning it up. He wanted some fibre and after a little explaining from me, he began carding some different coloured fleeces into a very pretty roving. He was thrilled with the outcome and then proceeded to ask me if I could teach him how to spin! Of course I said YES! My 11 year son wants to learn to spin, how wonderful! I did explain that it takes patience and persevation whilst learning spinning and he said he was still very keen.

Jen has been feeling so much better this week, so we’re holding thumbs that the headaches don’t return. She is working very hard at the moment, Maths paper 1 is on Friday and then she writes everyday next week. Richard was able to recover some of his Sani video files, I am so happy for him that he was able to do this.

Other than that, I have the flu, I haven’t been sick for ages and now I quite flat, I’ve been drinking copious amounts of honey, lemon, honey and Rooibos tea, it really does have such a comforting effect… I am revisiting the Cotswold Cowl knitting pattern again and would like to hold a test knit for that soon, thanks for reminding me about this pattern Joanne:) I will keep everyone updated here.

Hope your week is wonderful so far.



Creative Friday

Easter Eggs, knitted 

Easter Egg Pattern

Hello everyone,

We have been having major issues with our internet service provider today, most of South Africa is off-line, luckily my hubby has given me his laptop to use, yay! I have never really worked on a laptop before and I quite like it! So without further ado, here is Creative Friday:)

Creative Friday,

Please feel free to post your links to anything you have created and would like to share, it can be a recipe, sewing tutorial, knitting tutorial, felting, crochet, crafts, art, spinning, weaving, working with fibre, photography, poetry…etc…

I have added a Creative Friday button on the sidebar of my blog, please feel free to add it to your blog for Creative Friday and link it to http://www.naturalsuburbia.com/ so others can find this space and share their creativity too:)

1. I have started a Creative Friday Flickr Group where you can post your beautiful photos that you link to each Creative Friday. To join the group, please go here.

2. If you would be so kind as to link back to Natural Suburbia in your blog post that would be lovely:)



Autumn Nature Table Crafts

Autumn Cone People

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Autumn Leaf




Kye and I have been busy with a few nature crafts for Autumn. We found the inspiration for these crafts in a lovely book called Earthwise by Carol Petrash. This is a wonderful book divided up into the different seasons with lovely projects for each season. We used some pine cones, acorns and felt for the cone people and for the Autumn leaf picture, we used some paint, pretty handmade paper and a toothbrush with an oak leaf as our template. He is thoroughly enjoying our Autumn crafting and is so exited to discover what he will be busy with each day.

These are the sweet slippers that I mentioned in yesterday’s post. My mom has been knitting slippers for everyone in our family, they are truly divine! I have never worn such cozy slippers in my life and even our older teenage daughters adore wearing them too! We have adapted a slipper pattern found in the book called The Children’s Year. Each pair my mom makes for us is such a special gift.

What seasonal crafting have you been busy with?

PS I have added a free tutorial over on Ravelry, it’s a tutorial on how to stuff and finish off your knitted animal patterns, if you would like to download it go here.

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