Addo Elephant National Park

Come share in the sunshine and wildlife experience in the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. This park is situated about 30 km outside Port Elizabeth, our hometown in South Africa.

Now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora.

The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area. Today this finely-tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 600 elephant, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. The park can exclusively claim to be the only national park in the world to conserve the “Big 7” – the Big 5 as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast.

  • Addo Elephant. Gentle giants crossing the road.
    Addo Elephant. Gentle giants.

Blog – Tea Tray Decor by


By using 4 CORNERS and 1 BORDER between each, the FINAL DESIGN will measure 11.5″ (292mm) The STITCH COUNT for this border and corner is only 8563 and 9592





Add a few inches all around and finish with a ribbon or trim.


USES for this PATTERN: Napkins fit for a Queen, Tea Tray Decor, Table Runner, Pillow Case Embellishment, Elegant Duvet Design and much much more…

The AGE OF GRACE border and corner were used to create this INTRICATE frame.

Between the 4 CORNERS I used only one BORDER design. To enlarge this pattern simply add 2 or more BORDER designs.

How would you use the EXQUISITE DETAILED patterns? Please share your comment by clicking on COMMENT below. We would love to hear your CREATIVE ideas.

Have a super weekend!

Happy stitches,



BLOG – Unique Cupcake Gift Card Holder

I am sure you have also experienced the frustration of not getting it right the first time! I get so excited that I simply jump in and start stitching before I have all my goodies ready and the steps clearly in mind.

So for you not to make the same mistakes I have, I thought of sharing my embarrassing 1st try of this project with you.



The Back of the design looks…UGLY! Why, because I did not get my matching Bobbin thread ready from the start.


Avoid this by winding a Bobbin with matching thread at the start of the project.


Oh, I`ll just use bits and pieces of stabilizer…after all it is just applique! Not using the correct stabilizer or simply using Off-cuts can result in misalignment of the Design. Initially all might seem fine but as the Designs nears its end the results can be devastating. Loss of Time and Money!


I sort my off-cuts stabilizer according to hoop size. Therefore, when I do a Design in the 4*4 Hoop I take stabilizer from the 4*4 pile. The same for the 5*7 hoop etc. This way you only need 3 to 4 baskets marked accordingly.


A floppy Applique Project, looking more like a dust cloth than a Pretty Project. This was my biggest problem with this CUPCAKE GIFT CARD HOLDER. I was too embarrassed to even take a photo…but I am sure you will be able to empathize with me.


I decided to add 1 layer “cut-away stabilizer” before adding the fabric. The fabric I chose (mini-matt) was very soft, wonderful for applique, but a disaster in using as is on this project. The result was great and I was very happy with the end result. Now I can actually give this to someone I like:-)

In my next BLOG I will share more embarrassing moments with you, to learn from my silly mistakes. Please leave a comment below. I would love to hear your personal experiences and thoughts on mistakes and solutions.


Have a  Creative week and an Enjoyable Weekend!



MISTAKE No3 – Applique Fabric used – too Floppy


MISTAKE No3 – a Very flimsy and unprofessional stitch out. This photo I share in embarrassment.


SOLUTION No1: Matching Top and Bobbin Thread. This looks like a Gift I can actually give with a Good Heart!


SOLUTION No 3: a Sturdy Project that holds a Gift Card or Tea Bag with Pride!