Best Arts and Crafts Blog in South Africa – 2016, 2017, 2018

A Crafty Mix is all about getting those creative juices flowing and making something new and unusual with things you have at home. You’ll find everything from handmade crafts to quirky upcycles and recycles on the blog, including plastic cup fairy bridges, lunchbox caravans, broomstick trees and Unicorn Spit in the loo. If it’s handmade and different we’re all over it like chocolate on a donut 😀 And as Albert Einstein said: “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” So every week we share a little bit of our passion for unique crafts and DIY, made with love in sunny South Africa by two IT geeks.

Meet the family behind A Crafty Mix

The two geeks


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That gorgeous guy on the right-hand side is Geek # 1. Shaun or Sonnitjie, the “go-to” guy who’s been tidying up after my ass for as long as I can remember. (Thank you, my love). He’s the voice of reason and the muscles behind everything we do here at A Crafty Mix. The woman with the wild hair is me; Geek #2. When I’m not analyzing data for some of the largest banks in Africa, I’m dreaming about fairies and scheming about what we can build, change, paint or plant.

We live in a gorgeous fixer-upper, which we’ve spent 10 years remodeling with very little money and lots of beer. We’re pretty down to earth and more often than not, don’t have a clue what we’re doing. But as they say in the classics, “Google is your friend”. Pinterest too. So with a little help from our virtual friends and a lot from our real ones, we slowly figured it out.  We share our beautiful home with two incredible kids, four purr babies, and four fur babies 😛

Our Crafty Mix purr babies

Top left to right we have Cleo, the only snob in the family 😉 Merlin, the cuddler. Joe, who seriously thinks he’s a dog, and Jazz, the beauty queen, who also happens to be Joe’s Grandmamma.


The purr babies of a Crafty Mix #acraftymix #purrbabies

And the Crafty Mix fur babies

At the top left, there’s the baby of the family, EeeeeDeeeee Riley Pipsquick III. 😀 Yup, our daughter named her and she must be the smallest dog with the longest name ever. Then there’s Kayla, the old gentle soul. At the bottom, we have Zia, the naughty one, who’s stolen everyone’s hearts. And last, but never least our Lulu Bell, who will sneak onto your lap and never, ever move.


The fur babies of a Crafty Mix #acraftymix #furbabies

Our Round House aka Rondavel

In 2012 we bought a little rondavel or round house at the South Coast that needed some serious TLC.  We’ve tried to tackle one room at a time, as budget and time allowed. We wanted to create a holiday home where our family and friends are always welcome. It’s really, really small, only 64 m2  😎 but it has a view to die for and living in sunny South Africa we get to spend a lot of time outdoors, braaing, watching the birds and staring down the monkeys.

We love sharing our crazy DIY escapades and craft ideas with anyone who has a tight budget and doesn’t mind getting a little dirty. Our favorite projects always involve recycling or upcycling something. We strive to share tips, tricks, and tutorials that are easy to understand and, hopefully, give you the confidence to tackle your own DIY endeavors.


About A Crafty Mix

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Sending much love as always.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix