24 November 2016



are used to count down to the days leading up to Christmas🎅 They come in many different formats, from paper calendars with window flaps, envelopes, fabric pockets and even painted wooden boxes with cubby holes, each revealing a poem, image or small gift. Advent Calendars are for us folks too, not just for the kids 😉

Awesome Filler Ideas:🎉

Write an inspirational quote, poem, note,💘 compliments,
👻 quirky joke or 💟 love letters.

Bookmarks, notebooks, diaries, puzzle book, mini pack of cards 

Party popper, keyring, badges, mini flashlight, 
tea light candle, friendship bracelets,
 charms, beads, jewellery, hair accessories, cufflinks

Coupons: Picnic, breakfast in bed, massage, facials, mani & pedi, romantic dinner, movie or concert tickets, tickets to a sports event, decorate the tree, games night,🍰 holiday baking, family craft day, Santa's Letter, visit Santa, donations, money, clothing, sunset/sunrise/stargazing, 🎆fireworks show

Album of special occasions, disposable camera, family photoshoot 

🎶Create a playlist

Underwear - spice the romance up

Mini chocolates, minibar alcohol bottles 

Tiny plants, seeds or flowers

💅Nail polish,👄lip balm/gloss, 
small scented soaps, perfume samples

Doll accessories, small plastic toys, craft accessories,🎨 temporary tattoos, trading cards, marbles, 
Lego set spread over the days, glow in the dark/stickers 

Magnets or Christmas ornaments🎄

Handmade Gifts are personal and special

Let's not forget the pets 🐶😻, they'd love to have treats too

Handmade is ALWAYS better than store bought, so pull out the craft supplies and impress your loved one's with a personal reusable   handmade Advent Calendar. Here are 1000's of Ideas that you can use this Advent Calendar with to create your own unique Christmas Advent Calendar. 

advent calendar, snowman, xmas trees, robin, angel, mittens, babbles, holly, ribbons, eggnog, poinsettia, jumper, heart, pudding

This Advent Calendar, created by The Art of Creativity Studio
 is FREE to download and print and is for personal use only.



PS. Let the kids countdown the days until Christmas with the Santa Tracker app.

17 November 2016



Is a National Holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada, which was originally celebrated as a day for giving thanks for the harvest and the up-coming year.  Many other countries also celebrate similar traditions.

Words to Inspire Thanksgiving is Part VI in our Series of Words to Inspire.

What are you grateful for? 
Are you thankful for the food before you?
The Friends and Family beside you?
The Love between us?
 is your Thanksgiving more like this.
 Graphic Stock have compiled fun stock photos,
 which they reckon represent how Thanksgiving probably is. 

Here are some quotes to use for your Thanksgiving Creations:

"We should certainly count our blessings, 
but we should also
make our blessings count."
~Neal A Maxwell

Life is full of give and take.
Give thanks and take
Nothing for granted.

Gratitude turns
what we have
 into enough.

"The thankful heart opens
our eyes to a multitude
of blessings that
continually surround us."
~James E Faust

"As we express our Gratitude
We must never forget that
the highest appreciation
is not to utter words,
but to live by them."
~J F Kennedy

Thanksgiving Poster

Thanksgiving, gratitude, blessings, family, grateful, thankful, turkey, gathering, thanks

This Poster is available in PDF and is FREE to download and print, here.
You are welcome to share it, however you may not sell it.


Part I: Words to Inspire Your Spring Creations
Part II : Words to Inspire Autumn Craft Creations
Part III: Words to Inspire for World Teachers' Day
Part IV: Words to Inspire Food Creations
Part V: Words to Inspire a Spooktacular Halloween

3 November 2016



My DH and I were the fortunate winners of the Annual Reach for a Dream Gala Event raffle prize last year where we won a 3 night stay at the Good Hope Farm and Guest Cottages situated at the base of the Riviersonderend Mountains, close to Robertson.

Scenic Beauty at Good Hope Farm and Guest Cottages

As my DH has only been back to South Africa twice this year, we needed some alone time and what a perfect opportunity this was for us to unplug from all mobile devices and to unwind at this beautiful location.

Packed with our supplies we set off on a scenic 3 hour trip from Cape Town to revel in some quiet time. We were welcomed by Taryn and her dog, Seun, who soon took up residence on our patio. We unpacked and went for a stroll around the working wine and olive farm where Seun joined us on all of our walks. He would soon blast off into the distance to only come back and egg us on to keep up with him.

Dogs, Lambs and Goats Roam Freely at Good Hope Farm and Guest Cottages

We certainly welcomed the lack of distractions from our electronic devices and never a dull moment was had as we observed the workings of the farm life. The pigs and their piglets, also came to visit and kept us constantly entertained with their antics around the farm.  We watched as they would come up to the smaller dam outside our cottage and dig with their snouts in the muddy waters searching for food. The piglets were always following their moms so that they could suckle. They really "pigged" out on any fruit or veg the farmer would bring for their meal that day. Some of the animals were rescued and came to Good Hope Guest Farm in search of a happier existence. In addition to the pigs, a variety of other animals can be spotted either roaming freely or in paddocks such as a donkey, horses, lambs, goats, peacocks and peahens, chickens, turkey, guinae fowl, a variety of bird life and of course any number of dogs and most probably a whole bunch of other creatures, which we did not see. 

Free-Range Pigs and Piglets at Good Hope Farm and Guest Cottages

If you are more energetic you can take pleasure in the any number of other activities offered at Good Hope Guest Farm, such a mountain biking, hiking, trail runs, kayaking on the dams or chilling in the swimming pool. A collection of various different types of accommodation are available to suit your requirements and a farm shop to cater to your belly.

Pigs, Peacocks and Birds on the Good Hope Farm and Guest Cottages

The weather averaged around 22 degrees Celsius, not too hot nor too cold with such breathtakingly blue skies due to the lack of pollution in the area. We enjoyed a BBQ each night and gazed upon the spectacular stars wishing that our stay could be pro-longed just a little longer so that we could luxuriate in this other world. 

Farm Workers and  Old/New Machinery at Good Hope Farm and Guest Cottages

If you are looking for a place to unplug and unwind, I would definitely recommend a visit to Good Hope Farm and Guest Cottages.