A Crafty Mix


About A Crafty Mix

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

WE’RE CRAZZZZZZEEEEE ABOUT CRAFTS and DIY!!! Okay, now I’ve got that off my chest let me tell you a little about us. We’re two IT geeks who love to do it yourself and get our hands dirty.

Meet The Family

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.  That’s me. Michelle aka 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 and four purr babies and four fur babies 😛

Meet the 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

Then we have 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 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 sad little rondavel, or round house at the South Coast that needed some 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. Be sure to follow us on PinterestFacebook, Twitter, and Instagram so you’ll never miss a post! Let’s do it together.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix


  • 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: 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. If you're visiting A Crafty Mix from a mobile the sign up should be towards the bottom. If you're on a laptop or desktop the sign up should be on the right-hand side of the screen.

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