A Crafty Mix


About A Crafty Mix

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, 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

Geek number 1, Shaun or Sonnitjie (little sunshine in Afrikaans) to his friends. The “go-to” guy who’s handy with a saw, drill, hammer and other boy toys. DBA by day and DIYér by night, he’s the voice of reason and the muscles in everything we do.

Shaun - A Crafty Mix

Geek number 2.  That’s me, Michelle, but you can call me Mix. When I’m not analyzing data for some of the largest banks in Africa, I’m scheming and dreaming about what we can build, change, paint or plant.

Mix - A Crafty Mix

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, BTW. So with a little help from our virtual friends and a lot of help 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 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 fur babies

At the top left, there’s the baby of the family, EeeeeDeeeee Riley Pipsquick The Third 😀 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 then 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, 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.

Thank you for joining us on our journey here at A Crafty Mix. Be sure to follow us on PinterestFacebook, Twitter, and Instagram! And don’t forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter so you’ll never miss a post!

Sending much love as always

Made with love by a Crafty Mix


  • Posted: September 3, 2019 14:02


    One of my favorite blogs to be awed, inspired, and enjoy some chuckles. You guys are uber creative and talented. Love the video!
    • Posted: September 3, 2019 14:16


      💞 You just made my day Marie. Thank you so very, very much.
  • Posted: June 23, 2019 13:51


    Where do you but the no sew glue
    • Posted: June 24, 2019 10:31


      Hi Sharleen, most craft shops should have no sew glue, but I believe I bought it at a fabric store
  • Posted: June 23, 2019 13:49


    Where to sign up for your newsletter . Looked at the bottom of the page as you suggested , but there's nothing
    • Posted: September 11, 2019 05:28


      So sorry you're having problems signing up Sharleen. There's a little box under the video at the top there. Just add your name and email address and you're all set to get our monthly newsletter 💞
  • Posted: May 26, 2019 16:34


    I cannot get the website to accept my password. I know it is correct just tells me it's not recognized. Also I cannot access the tutorial in the wire dress. I am supposing you have to sign in to do so. But can't get it to accept a password. Password is. Love rafts. If you cam fix it. Thanks. If not. Oh well
    • Posted: May 27, 2019 04:03


      HI Phillis, I'm sorry you're having problems downloading the wire dress. No password is needed, just click on the link and hit the right mouse button and select save as. Let me know if you don't come right and I'll email them to you
  • Posted: May 8, 2019 21:28

    claudia jarratt

    I'd really love to be added to your Facebook ist so that I might follow you there. Could you help me with that please?
    • Posted: May 9, 2019 13:38


      Hi there Claudia, thanks so much for reaching out. Please click on this link - https://www.facebook.com/acraftymix/ - and like our Facebook page to see all the latest DIY and crafty news 😉
  • Posted: March 31, 2019 10:49


    Can you please sign me up for your Newsletters
    • Posted: April 7, 2019 05:38


      Hi Jethro, my apologies, we can't add someone to our newsletters. It goes against the GDPR. You can subscribe by putting your name and email in that box that's just under the video and we'll send you our monthly newsletter with love

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