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, 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

About us profile pic #acraftymix

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

Thank you for joining us on our journey here at A Crafty Mix. Be sure to follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, 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: January 11, 2020 14:42

    Terry Lee Wright

    Wow! I found your blog/tutorials through Pinterest And you have some ideas I also thought of when I didn't see any pins quite like them. However, your photos, presentation and many little fresh details are lovely. I copied one pic for each tutorial I really liked to my board "Fey garden". Your blog info came right along with the pin. I checked to be sure. I'd love to know how did that. Anyway, I feel like I have made a new friend. Great job, Michelle! I signed up for e-mails, newsletter & voted. (I don't think we have any competition like that in the USA). It is a good idea. I'm setting up a website. I don't blog. I am so glad to "meet" you. All the best. Whatever I can do to get your blog around, I'll do!
    • Posted: January 12, 2020 09:09


      💞 💞 💞 You have just totally made my day Terry. How do I even begin to say thank you for your lovely comment 💞 💞 💞 We use a plugin on our blog that automatically copies the "alt text" for all pins. It makes life so much easier. All of the very best for your website and shout anytime if you need help or advice. I remember when we started the bog how terribly confusing everything was. We're still not experts by any means, but maybe I can help a little.
  • Posted: November 21, 2019 02:26

    maria brittis

    You and I both have similar pets, I have a little doggie likes yours and many of my cats we share the same breed.
    • Posted: November 22, 2019 06:09


      Awwww, what would our lives be like if we didn't have our fur babies? Nothing beats coming home from work to be greeted by tail wags and wet sloppy kisses 😉
  • 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
  • Posted: March 21, 2019 20:23

    Melissa Sao

    Hey there, My name is Melissa Sao from Sincerelysaturday.com. I am also the admin on the tailwind tribe DIY's and Crafting. I have decided to select some rock star pinners from my tribe for this challenge. This is a no time limit challenge as well as create a ladybug in ANY medium you prefer. I am trying to choose bloggers that work in all different mediums. I hope you will join the challenge and can't wait to see what you come up with. Again NO pressure to participate. If you decide to join the rules and information are on my blog. https://wp.me/p7nB4c-Nc Thanks for being a great tribe member as well! Cheers, Melissa Sao SIncerelysaturday.com
    • Posted: November 22, 2019 13:35


      That sounds like such an awesome challenge Melissa. Thank you for thinking of us. I'll definitely put my thinking cap on and see what we can come up with.

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