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There is no specific author for this book as it is a compilation of various previously published works.

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Cass Abrahams

Well known for her entertaining and informative presentations on Cape Malay food and culture, Cass Abrahams is highly regarded not only in the Cape Malay community, but throughout the country as a much sought-after caterer, whether for private dinner parties or huge international affairs.

She is a regular guest on lifestyle TV programmes and radio shows, and features as celebrity chef in several books and magazines, both local and international. Quite deservedly described as “a cook with a velvet touch for good food”, she is inspired and propelled by an undying urge to share with everyone who cares to partake of the sensuous tastes of Cape Malay cooking, what she calls, “food from Africa”. Several stints in the restaurant business gave her ample opportunity to experiment with fusion food and giving traditional favourites a contemporary twist. Few people have done more than Cass to ensure that the culinary delights of the Cape Malays find their rightful place among the ethnic foods of the world.

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Rudi Adam

Rudi Adam is an acknowledged and widely respected bonsai expert. He first started bonsai in 1970 when he joined the Cape Bonsai Kai. His first tutor was the late Bernard Coetzee, founder of most Cape-based bonsai clubs.

In 1976 Rudi started a place of learning as well as a nursery. At first his main objective was just to teach others the art of bonsai and to find an outlet for the trees created during classes and workshop sessions. But over the years Rudi, together with his wife Pat, developed this into a full-time bonsai nursery offering what any bonsai enthusiast may require: starter plants, semi-developed bonsai, fully fledged mature bonsai and everything that goes with that. But most importantly, the nursery has become a centre of knowledge that develops new talent and offers support and information to bonsai enthusiasts – amateurs and experts alike.

Aside from authoring the book Bonsai in South Africa and various training guides for his classes and workshops, Rudi has been a regular speaker at South African bonsai conventions and bonsai clubs. Over the past decade alone he has accumulated some 90 awards for his trees at various exhibitions. His trees have also been used as material in the books of many other authors (both local and foreign) on bonsai.

Over the years, Rudi has built up a collection of hundreds of trees, many of which can be seen in this book. And if you happen to visit Cape Town, they can be seen at the Olive Grove Bonsai Nursery.

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Diana Anthony

Born in North Wales and having travelled around the world for many years, experienced garden writer and columnist, Diana Anthony now lives and gardens in Melbourne, Australia.
She has many other publications to her name.

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Simone Balman

Simone Balman owned and ran an online mosaic supplies store and had produced several craft pattern eBooks before deciding to focus on baking and sweet making.

She has been an amateur baker for a number of years and produces cakes and baked goods on request for friends and work colleagues on a regular basis. Her baked goods and candy have become so popular that she registered the Cape Cake & Candy Company, now also supplying corporates. She is a member of the South African Cake Decorator’s Guild. She discovered the world of sweets and candies when commissioned to make an obscene amount of branded lollipops for a corporate. Sweet Memories is the result of much experimenting, fun and creative flair. Simone’s first book, Cupcakes with a kick, is hugely popular both locally and internationally.

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Kathleen Barry

Kathleen Barry started beading for the first time as a young schoolgirl, like many of us. Making jewellery for friends and family was a favourite hobby.

After the birth of her son she decided to turn her jewellery making and teaching into a full-time career. Kathleen is often invited as a guest teacher to prominent craft and corporate events, having taught many students in Cape Town and surrounds. She has done extensive work with local magazines presenting a large variety of workshops. Designing is still a passion and she manufactures once-off jewellery for boutiques and exclusive ranges for formal wear fashion designers. Kathleen’s bead studio is in Claremont, Cape Town where she designs, teaches, consults and advises her clients. You will be able to find her jewellery, project kits and favourite beads from around the world there.

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Richard Bird

Richard Bird, an expert on gardening and plants, has written many books, including FLOWERING TREES AND SHRUBS, ORGANIC GARDENING, FENCES AND HEDGES, THE SCENTED GARDEN, THE KITCHEN GARDEN and BEDS & BORDERS. An enthusiastic gardener, Richard Bird maintains a large garden at his 15th-century cottage in Kent.

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Hazel Blomkamp

Hazel Blomkamp has dabbled with all the needlecrafts since childhood. When her children were babies she developed a passion for embroidery to break the tedium of life with toddlers, using it as her evening reward for having got through the day with her sanity intact. Her children are now young adults and she still embroiders in front of the television every night. She has been designing for the past 18 years.

Preferring to design projects which appear to be traditional, she pushes the boundaries by introducing other forms of needlecraft into traditional techniques, exploring further in everything that she does. Along with designing, she runs a busy website from home. She teaches at her home studio, in Pietermaritzburg, KZN, and travels throughout South Africa and to Australia teaching embroidery and fine beadwork. She is a regular contributor to South African and Australian embroidery magazines and is a columnist for South African Stitches Magazine.

Hazel Blomkamp has an active mail-order business for all embroidery and bead requisites related to her designs. It is possible that, from time to time, bead and thread colours are discontinued. If you are unable to find specific threads and beads for any of the projects in this book, please email Hazel at info@hazelblomkamp.co.za and she will be able to send requisites to you or, in the event that they have been discontinued, will be able to suggest viable alternatives. Screen-printed fabric panels, bead packs and thread packs for all of the projects in this book are available from her website.

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Tracy Boomer

Tracy Boomer is one of South Africa’s foremost craft authors. Her best-selling books with co-author Deborah Morbin include Stylish crafts, All new decoupage, Baby & toddler scrapbooking and Mosaics – decorative ideas.

This dynamic duo’s scrapbooking classes were immensely popular owing to their teaching style and ideas (which they bring through into their books). They continue to experiment with different crafts, often using interesting techniques across media. In all their applications they have always followed a less-is-more approach, believing that over-decorating detracts rather than enhances. All their books have prooved to be very popular thanks to their elegant and stylish projects.

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Nicky Brecher

Nicky Brecher is a born cook. From an early age, she was fascinated by what went on in the kitchen. The flavours of her grandma’s scrumptious boerekos and her mother’s freshly baked bread are among her earliest food memories. And to this day, she still uses her grandmother’s hand-written rusk recipe. From her father she learnt that every part of an animal’s carcass could be turned into a flavour-packed dish, so nothing was wasted.

She is a sought-after caterer for functions and all kinds of celebrations, and is widely known for her inventive party food. Nicky enjoys developing her own recipes, and generously shares her skill and recipes with others. Her husband, Laurie, is her trusted right-hand man when it comes to meat dishes, and she has made sure that her three sons are equally at home in the kitchen.

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Gail Brown

When Gail Brown’s husband was transferred to Zambia, she decided to make this the time to do everything she had never done before. She joined a craft group and had learnt several crafts when Penelope Mills offered to teach the group the art of stained glass.

Gail took to it like a duck to water and continued learning the craft once she was back in South Africa. She soon started teaching others and eventually joined Jacqui to develop Classy Glass Art into a busy studio. With her husband, Henry, she spent a lot of time developing original designs.

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Melanie Brummer

Melanie Brummer started experimenting with dye more than 20 years ago and also learnt how to block print. For several years she manufactured and sold her hand dyed T-shirts and dresses at flea markets. Soon she began to sell custom finishes to the fashion industry and went on to supply designers like Marianne Fassler, Stoned Cherrie, Black Coffee, Marion & Lindie and many others.

She has produced custom dyed fabrics that have gone all the way to the New York Fashion Week. Currently she teaches fashion designers and others about production requirements for dyeing and printing so that they can produce their own custom finishes.

The focus of her company, Slipstream Fabric Finishes cc, is on training, products and books. She also teaches into the skills development and educational craft space through NGOs, skills centres and colleges. Working all around South Africa, Melanie uses her “show and tell” culture to share what she knows with others. She writes articles about printing and dyeing for craft magazines.

In addition to a South African edition, her first book, Contemporary dyecraft, was published in both North America and Russia, attesting to its wide appeal.

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Janice & Judy Bunce

Mother and daughter team Janice and Judy Bunce come from a very creative family background where most gifts are made, not bought. Judy started giving craft classes about eight years ago when the American craft magazines became freely available and woodcraft items started making their appearance at the craft markets. She teaches from home and most of her students have been with her for years.

Janice first joined in and later helped with the teaching until she moved to East London where she soon started her own classes, as well as offering a wood-cutting service. Her own creations are sold at a local craft store and Christmas markets. With no formal training themselves, Janice and Judy have become adept at creating new designs and adapting and changing templates, styles and techniques to suit the project they are working on. They are always encouraging their students to follow suit and develop their own particular style, and this inspired them to write this book. Their students have been their main driving force, demanding and expecting the impossible, and then getting it.

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Nikki Bush

Nikki Bush is a creative parenting expert, inspirational speaker and author on child and parent development issues.

She is passionate about helping parents connect with their children. Nikki is highly regarded among parents and educators alike and is well-known for her many dynamic presentations including Future-proof Your Child©, Parenting on the Run©, Connecting through the Noise & Clutter© and more. 

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George Carter

George Carter, a gold medal winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, is internationally renowned for his garden design. His work appears at garden festivals and flower shows in Europe and the USA, as well as in magazines such as House & Garden, Gardens Illustrated and The World of Interiors. He is the author of HERBS AND CONTAINERS.

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Anne Cawood

Registered social worker Anne Cawood works as a school counsellor at Herschel Preparatory School while running a private practice in the afternoons where she sees children, parents and, increasingly, grandparents.

Trained to run Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) she has developed and presented workshops on a host of parenting related topics for many years. Anne is a popular speaker at schools, parenting workshops and on radio and TV shows. In her work she places a strong emphasis on problem-solving and life-skills training, and her workshops for children on topics related to self-esteem, peer relationships and assertiveness are very popular. Anne is married with four children and four grandchildren and lives in Cape Town.

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Anna Celliers

Anna Celliers holds a National Diploma in Horticulture from what used to be Pretoria Technikon and has many years’ experience in garden design and lay-out for both private and corporate clients. After a few years in retail, she joined Lourensford Wholesale Nurseries in Somerset West where she surrounded herself with plants first in marketing and later in production.

During this time she started a weekly column for the local weekly, District News, followed, since 2003, by a regular gardening column for Die Burger. This column has been published nationally since 2010, now also in the weekend supplements of Beeld and Volksblad. She is a regular guest on SABC’s lifestyle programme, Pasella, featuring as their gardening guru.
A stint as gardening editor of Home and Tuis, was followed by her appointment at Lonehill Trading’s The Gardener/Die Tuinier where she writes features about all the pleasures of gardening and works as assistant editor of Die Tuinier.

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Nollie Cilliers

Nollie Cilliers and Tinus Oberholzer own an orchid nursery, Plantae Orchids, and have many years’ orchid growing experience. Both are orchid judges accredited with the South African Orchid Council and travel across the country and abroad to judge plants at orchid shows. They are also popular speakers at conferences.

Nollie is an accomplished orchid photographer having won Orchid Photographer of the Year twice in a row since its inception in 2008.

Both Nollie and Tinus are passionate about educating the public on orchid culture by means of practical demonstrations at garden shows, orchid shows and at the many open days held at the nursery.

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Norma Colley

Norma Colley grew up in Stellenbosch and graduated in Industrial Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch. While working as a psychometrist and management developer for the South African Police Services (SAPS), she completed an honours and a masters degree.

Her thesis evaluated the trauma debriefing model that was introduced to the SAPS in 1992 and this work earned her a cum laude. Following several years in human resources in retail, Norma started a private practice in 2000. Her current specialization is career guidance and forensic career assessments. Her previous book, Choosing the right school subjects – A practical guide for Grade 9 learners and their parents, was published in 2008. Norma is passionate about helping young people realize their potential, focusing on the many opportunities in South Africa and elsewhere. She lives and works in Blouberg, Cape Town.

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Suzan Cumpsty

Suzan Cumpsty regards every project she works on as her masterpiece.

She loves sharing this belief and the creative knowledge she has gained over the past two decades by teaching and presenting hands-on workshops in a wide variety of crafts and art subjects. She strives to inspire people to trust their instincts and own their creative ideas.

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Monique Day-Wilde

Monique Day-Wilde, a qualified textile designer specialized in weaving, with several prize-winning designs and commissions. She
lectured in textiles and graphic design and compiled official training courses in weaving and spinning.

Monique enjoys teaching and working with people, following their journey of self-discovery through creative expression. She recently relocated to Pringle Bay on the Western Cape coast known for its abundance of indigenous flora. Here she is truly inspired by the colours, patterns and even abstract qualities that flowers offer.

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Monica de Beer

Monica de Beer has dabbled in various crafts from a young age – fabric painting, scrapbooking, mosaic, needlework, crochet, weaving and knitting. Notwithstanding her passion for the arts, she qualified as a Chartered Accountant. She bid her corporate career farewell after the birth of her children to answer to her creative muse on a full time basis.

Her passion is to inspire kids to become involved in crafts from a young age. The inspiration for her company, Sugarbloom Studio (Pty) Ltd, comes from her two young daughters, with the Kidazzle™ brand focusing on children’s crafts. The Kidazzle™ Kids Craft Club exposes kids all over South Africa, to a variety of crafts in a way that is convenient and affordable to parents. Kidazzle™ also distributes creative activity kits to restaurants and hotels. Monica is married and lives in Paarl.

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Dr Melodie de Jager

Dr Melodie de Jager is a qualified nursery school teacher who completed a master’s degree in Science and Maths programmes and her doctorate on the role of neurological integration in the learning process.

Her novel approach to learning has resulted in developing Mind Dynamix® Profiling – groundbreaking work to identify learning barriers. She regularly hosts workshops, is a frequent guest on radio and TV and much in demand as a keynote speaker. She is the author of Mind Dynamics, Mind Moves and BabyGym and listed on the American Biographical Institute as one of the Great Women of the 21st Century.

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Nikki Delport-Wepener

Lesley Turpin-Delport has a Fine Arts degree and post-graduate teaching diploma and has been an enthusiastic teacher, lecturer and author in art and needlecraft since the early 1970s. She has taught needlecraft in many countries including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the UK and the USA. In addition to many exhibitions in Johannesburg, her work has also been on display in Japan, Maastricht and Olympia in London. Her daughter, Nicola Delport-Wepener, has recently joined forces with her and they offer classes and lectures internationally. Lesley currently lives in the Southern Cape in South Africa.

Since picking up a needle at the age of six Nicola Delport-Wepener has barely put it down and over the years has developed her own considerable skills in the field with Lesley as her main tutor. Nikki has attended numerous courses (Royal school, Embroiders Guild and City and Guilds) and qualified in different styles of embroidery. Her many years of experience as a school teacher in South Africa and the UK made the switch to embroidery teaching easy and she has presented several accredited embroidery courses in the UK. Nikki currently lives and teaches in Hong Kong. Having written several books, Les has worked very closely with Nikki on JUST STITCH, a joint venture. Rich in inspiration and different techniques, the book is a reflection of how they present their classes.

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Maria Diaz

Maria Diaz has always enjoyed needlework, craft and making things. After completing a degree in fine arts she worked as a designer of embroidery and cross-stitch patterns. When the job became more managerial and less creative she decided to go it alone and set herself up as a free-lance needlecraft designer. Her work is published regularly in magazines and books world wide.

Everyday brings new ideas and design challenges and she enjoys her work immensely. She has a studio her garden and feels fortunate to be able to earn a living doing something she really loves, managing her work around her family.

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Dorothy du Plessis

Dorothy du Plessis qualified in Textile Design and Technology which provided an excellent background for her special interest in mosaic art. After 13 years of running her own textile design business she started working in mosaics on a full time basis as principal designer for Mosaic Arts in Pretoria, dealing with everything from the design to the installation of commissioned mosaics. She now runs her own studio in Kenton-on-Sea, teaching, showcasing her current mosaic projects and working on a wide range of commissions.

Dorothy loves colour, line, texture and composition. She finds inspiration and peace in walking on the beach or in the veld, observing these elements in nature. She coordinated the publication of Quin Sculptures: Sixty years of excellence, a book documenting the work of internationally acclaimed sculptor Maureen Quin.

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Lizanne du Plessis

Lizanne du Plessis lives in Cape Town with her husband Marius and daughters Lize and Cara. Together they’ve travelled abroad for many years and lived in The Netherlands and the United Kingdom, before returning to South Africa. She is an experienced occupational therapist with a special interest in the identification and treatment of infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers with sensory processing disorder.

She regularly presents training and workshops for parents, teachers and professionals on various topics related to parenting and sensory processing. She also contributes frequently to professional publications and magazines. Lizanne feels passionate about empowering parents and her work and message have enabled thousands of parents and professionals to:
• Discover and understand their child’s uniqueness;
• Support development and learning;
• Manage daily challenges and
• Build strong relationships.

She loves reading in the bath, camping with her family, and in attempt to be more successful at her own self-regulation, has recently taken up running (it’s working she says!).
If you enjoyed this book, you’ll love all the additional resources on www.lizanneduplessis.com. Visit Lizanne’s blog to read more as she continues her quest of raising happy kids and being a joyful parent, follow her speaking schedule and join in the conversation with other intentional parents.

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James Duigan

James Duigan, die wêreldbekende fiksheidsghoeroe en eienaar van Bodyism, Londen se topfiksheidsonderneming, is een van die wêreld se voorste persoonlike afrigters.

Onder Bodyism se talle beroemde kliënte tel Elle Macpherson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, David Gandy, Holly Valance en Hugh Grant. James is ook die skrywer van verskeie ander topverkopers.

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Kate Emmerson

Kate Emmerson augmented a degree in Industrial Psychology and a post-graduate diploma in Industrial Relations with qualifications in aromatherapy and reflexology.

Her path led her to study life coaching in the UK and since then she has been professionally coaching and clutter clearing. Additional studies in NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) ensure she is equipped to assist the most difficult of clients who look to her for help to shift their lives.

She is a prolific writer of articles and is constantly called on by the media in some form, be it TV, radio or contributing as an expert in magazines and newspapers. She is hands on in clutter clearing homes and offices locally and abroad, is a sought after inspirational speaker and offers support through her innovative online courses, mastermind groups and one on one coaching.

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Christelle Erasmus

Christelle Erasmus is the author of several popular cookery books, often found at the top of the best-seller lists. She lives in picturesque Riebeek Kasteel, where she owner-manages the La Montagne B&B .

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Dr Nicol Faasen

Nicol Faasen has a doctorate in education at the University of Stellenbosch. He has held various teaching positions, including head of department, head of a teacher centre, senior subject advisor and head of curriculum development of the Western Cape Education Department.

Since 1998 he has been the publisher and edited of a number of educational books. He is a board member of the Accessible Books Consortium, an international project of the United Nations that provides reading material to the visually impaired.

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Megan Faure

Megan Faure (B.Sc OT, OTR) graduated as an occupational therapist from the University of Cape Town and specialized in sensory integration and neurodevelopmental therapy. She has since worked in paediatrics in both America and South Africa, in the past 12 years exclusively with fussy babies and those with sleep and feeding problems.

She presents lectures for sensory integration and infant sensory integration specialisation courses and other professional development lectures. She has presented at the Erikson Institute, Chicago, for the SI Network in London, the NCT in the UK and for SAISI and WCAIMH in South Africa.
Megan writes articles for numerous local and international parenting magazines and has been published in professional periodicals. She is an active member of SAISI and the secretary of the Western Cape Association for Infant Mental Health. She is the co-author of the bestsellers Baby Sense, Sleep Sense, Feeding Sense, and owner of the Baby Sense company.
Megan is married with three children and lives in sunny Cape Town.

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Michelle Felder

Michelle Felder has loved sewing and making things since childhood, and is always creating something. She travelled the world after completing a degree in Home Economics at the University of Stellenbosch. Living in Germany for several years gave her ample opportunity to hone her skills in various crafts.

Her passion for teaching children how to sew and do basic embroidery developed into Cupcake Country, a mail-order business offering a wide range of pre-assembled cupcake kits as well as workshops. She is a button fanatic and is forever finding new ways to create jewellery and accessories, using some of her thousands of buttons. Michelle lives in Oranjezicht, Cape Town.

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Monica Fischer

Monica Fischer is the creative force behind Creaticca Studio, based in Melkbosstrand on the beautiful West Coast of South Africa. They supply craft metal, texture plates, embossing kits and accessories.

Creaticca Studio’s metals can be hand or machine embossed, antiqued, cut, inked and stuck onto almost any surface. Their texture plates are used for craft metal embossing, pewter repousse, ceramics, clay, leather, paper craft, jewellery-making, sugar craft, pottery and scrap booking. They are designed to be used with most embossing machines and so take the hassle out of repetitive work, but can also be used for traditional hand-embossing methods. The product range is constantly expanded as new products are developed. View the products at www.creaticcastudio.co.za.

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Carolyn Foster

Carolyn Forster started making quilts when she was a teenager and went on to study textiles.

Since graduating, she has taught patchwork and quilting both in the UK and the USA and has had her quilts featured in a number of books and magazines, including Fabrications, Popular Patchwork and Patchwork and Quilting. Carolyn lives in Tunbridge Wells, UK with her husband and son.

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Margaret Fourie

Margaret Fourie had more than 25 years of experience in business before being ordained as an Anglican priest in 1994. Her experience includes running a national consultancy in leadership and personal development. She is also an experienced communications trainer. She serves on the boards of various Trusts, including that of the Trauma Centre. She has two daughters and two grandchildren, and lives in Hogsback.

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Angie Franke

Angie Franke: artist, former high school teacher and author of nine books (with Monique Day-Wilde and Metz Press), has always been passionate about the arts. She currently resides high on a hill with a wonderful sea view in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

She divides her time between working in rural upliftment programmes for Community Art schools attached to the Nelson Mandela Bay University, teaching dyeing, printing, painting and drawing from her home studio and indulging herself in exploring fibre arts and all forms of print making and mixed media.

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Nancy Gardiner

Nancy Gardiner has been writing about and photographing gardens for almost 40 years and has a collection of photographs second to none.

Deservedly regarded as one of our top gardening photographers and writers, she has been honoured by the nurserymen, plant growers and other players in the industry several times for her unique and special contribution to gardens and gardening in South Africa. Her books are a manifestation of her affinity with nature and gardens and the beauty that comes from the good earth. She still writes for various magazines and her photographs have been used in publications all over the world.

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Barry Sue Gaudet

Barri Sue Gaudet has been around fabrics and crafts for most of her life. After many years of working in fabric and quilt shops, she began her own pattern company ‘Bareroots’ in 1999. She has enjoyed creating original designs of all kinds ever since. Barri Sue’s designs include little quilts, cushions, and stitcheries and are easily recognized by the delightful elements of nature and
sweet little motifs contained in all.

Along with the joy of her work involving what she loves, Barri Sue enjoys the opportunities to teach and meet others who love embroidery. Barri Sue’s other hobbies include knitting, painting, friends and being outdoors. After raising two sons, Barri Sue moved to a tiny mountain town in the California Sierra Nevada Mountains named June Lake. She lives there with her husband Ron, a dog and two old cats. She has recently opened a stitchery and knitting shop in Bishop, California named, ‘Sierra Cottons & Wools’.

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Alet Genis

Multi-crafter Alet Genis has always been interested in beautiful and unusual handicrafts. She makes a point of giving hand-made gifts and is always looking for new ideas to put into practice. And then she makes several items at a time to always have something special available when an event or occasion requires a gift.

Needlecraft is not really her thing, but when she accompanied her sister to a fabric store, the exquisite ranges of printed fabrics, ric-rac, braids, ribbons and other trimmings available, opened a whole new world for her. She started using fabric and trimmings for decoupage, and was completely hooked in no time. Eager to share with other crafters, she was easily persuaded to do a book on the subject matter.
She has written three books. She is married with two daughters and lives in Centurion.

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Marga Grey

Marga Grey (B.OT, M.Sc OT) is a paediatric occupational therapist who practised in South Africa for decades. She presented many workshops to parents, teachers and therapists on many different aspects of child development, and specific therapeutic procedures.

The age 0 – 3 years is the time when the foundation of development is formed. She did research on the needs of this age group as part of her studies for a Master’s Degree. In her work with children she was also involved in many aspects of family life and advised parents in many aspects of parenting, including family dynamics. She is currently an accredited occupational therapist who finds ongoing training valuable. She is qualified in sensory integration and recently attended courses in Therapeutic Listening, DIR / Floor Time techniques and Sensory Profile Theory. She has developed and presented several training programmes for day mothers and day-care centres in an effort to improve the quality of care and stimulation of babies and toddlers in care.Marga lives in subtropical Brisbane, Australia. She is married, raised three children, and is a proud grandmother. To be a parent was and is one of the most delightful aspects of her adult life. Marga writes articles for Sensible Parenting and publish in various parenting magazines. She works at a multi-disciplinary private practice in Brisbane as part of a dedicated team of paediatric professionals. She concentrates on sensory integration and sensory processing to improve the outcome of children with sensory processing problems, learning disabilities, emotional issues and children on the autism spectrum. She is registered to work with mental health issues. She initiated an interest group, Bayside SI, to encourage paediatric professionals from different disciplines to liaise and share their interest and knowledge of sensory integration and sensory processing. Through her clinical work and her website she provides advice and support to parents. Sensible Stimulation is a guide for parents to prevent developmental and sensory processing problems in their children but also to identify possible problems areas to ensure early intervention.

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Sandy Griffiths

Sandy Griffiths is an experienced crafter who has demonstrated and taught several crafts for many years. Private tuition in fine art, informal art workshops and courses in fabric painting soon had her confident enough to start running her own fabric painting classes.

Always looking for something new to try, she started working with pewter about ten years ago. She took classes with one of the doyennes of pewter work, who stopped teaching for personal reasons. At that stage there were no other pewter teachers in Cape Town nor was there much in the way of the written word. So she spent many hours experimenting with and teaching herself the craft of pewter before starting to teach others. Sandy has a studio in Devils Peak in Cape Town where she teaches pewter and her other passion, fabric painting. She also runs a children’s craft class. She is married, and has a daughter who inspires much of her own craft.

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Lucinda Guy

Lucinda Guy is the author of four knitting books and two crochet books, all for children, designed and illustrated by François Hall.

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Jeni Halliday

Jeni Halliday developed a love for colours, textures, fabrics, feathers and especially sequins at a very young age. After training as a Home Economics teacher, a working holiday in London introduced her to stage and movie costumes, which allowed her to indulge her passion for over two decades. She later joined THREADS & CRAFTS magazine where she worked for several years as assistant editor. Jeni is currently involved in skills development and writes for several lifestyle magazines.

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Jay Heale

Jay Heale grew up in Somerset, England, and was educated at Bradfield College and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree. He was a primary school teacher in England and South Africa.

During his life, Jay has been an author, editor, publisher, bookseller, school librarian, actor, barman, journalist, reviewer, furniture salesman, traveller, wine writer, broadcaster, film director and storyteller in the circus ring. He was a founder member of the South African Children’s Book Forum (SACBF) which is now IBBY SA. Jay has attended many IBBY Congresses, being a speaker at several. For eight years he served on the Jury of IBBY’s Hans Christian Andersen Award, first as a jury member and then as president of that jury. He was the organiser of the 2004 IBBY Congress in Cape Town. Jay is the author of many books for children and about children’s literature.

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Jacqui Holmes

Although Jacqui Holmes has a BCom Law degree and comes from a corporate environment, she has always enjoyed art and crafts. Passionate about glass and inspired by the magnificent stained glass pieces in friend and co-author Gail Brown’s home, Jacqui embraced this art medium once Gail taught her the basics.

They decided to join forces and opened Classy Glass Art, a stained-glass studio on Jacqui’s property. Now Jacqui could do something she loved and have enough time to spend at home with her young son. She reached the finals of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa’s Regional Business Achiever Awards for 2012 in the emerging entrepreneur category.

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Melanie Hurlston

Melanie Hurlston is a pattern designer based in Melbourne, Australia. Melly’s adventures in sewing began six years ago when she discovered, as an at-home mother, that she still had the desire to be creative and productive.

Her passion for sewing quickly grew after her sister, Rosalie Quinlan, encouraged her to give it a try, and only 12 months after starting to sew she began designing under the pattern label Melly & Me. Melly’s goal was to develop a range of contemporary sewing patterns that included bright and quirky toys, wearable purses and lively, modern quilts. Her aim is to design items that are original, fun and achievable in a day, as well as being completely usable in everyday life. In 2010 Melly launched a second design label, Sew Little, which includes patterns that are aimed at the baby market. The same year also saw Melly launch her first two fabric collections – ‘Little Menagerie’ for Windham Fabrics and ‘Where the Wind Blows’ for Creative Abundance. Melly draws her inspiration from her two young children, childhood memories and her love of colour.

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Simon Joinson

Simon Joinson is a writer, designer and photographer. Founder and Editor of What Digital Camera and Total Digital Photography, he is currently Reviews Editor of the influential website DP Review.

He is also the author of the best-selling Get The Most From Your Digital Camera (David & Charles, 2004), now published in seven languages.

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Anneke Kearny

Anneke’s passion for indigenous plants developed gradually through spending many hours photographing them in Kirstenbosch and while hiking in the wild. In addition to spending as much time as possible in the great outdoors, studying and photographing wild flowers, she uses her own garden to experiment extensively with indigenous plants.

Anneke Kearny worked as a radiographer both locally and abroad until 1995 when she decided to use her hobby, photography, to earn an income. She assembled a portfolio and contacted anybody who had anything to do with photographs and publishing. Her first picture was published in a woman’s magazine in 1997, and since then her photographs have graced the pages of most local magazines. The Botanical Society used her photographs for their official calendar for 2002. The calendar was then continued annually as Flowers of South Africa, sold country wide and much sought after by locals and tourists alike. A Cats and Kittens calendar, first published in 2003, has also become a popular gift.

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Lelani Koen

Lelani Koen has been scrapping for many years. She studied marketing at Stellenbosch and worked in advertising and graphic design before starting an online scrapping club – Get Scrapping – to turn her favourite hobby into a business.

Lelani Koen has been scrapping for many years. She studied marketing at Stellenbosch and worked in advertising and graphic design before starting an online scrapping club – Get Scrapping – to turn her favourite hobby into a business. She loves needlework, beading, knitting and music or being creative in other ways. She is also quite sentimental, which makes scrapbooking the perfect hobby. Her motto is, “life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.” She recently launched Lilly K, her own line of craft embellishments, décor and gifts.
Lelani is married and lives in Paarl where she enjoys raising her two boys.

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Lelani Koen

Lelani Koen has been scrapping for many years. She studied marketing at Stellenbosch and worked in advertising and graphic design before starting an online scrapping club – Get Scrapping – to turn her favourite hobby into a business.

She loves needlework, beading, knitting and music or being creative in other ways. She is also quite sentimental, which makes scrapbooking the perfect hobby. Her motto is, “life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.” She recently launched Lilly K, her own line of craft embellishments, décor and gifts.

Lelani is married and lives in Paarl where she enjoys raising her two boys.

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Ansia Kohrs

For Ansia Kohrs being creative has always been part of her being. Experiencing beauty in any form, sound or colour leads to the germination of ideas that are nurtured and turned into something tactile, whether by means of fabric, organic means, paint or something edible.

She has always found flowers irresistible, but her real love and appreciation of their beauty developed during her stint as a freelancer with Okasie in Stellenbosch where she was studying food science. Here she learnt that there are no limits when it comes to flower arranging and choosing materials for floral design. She currently uses her creativity and training in her job as product developer for a baking concern. In her free time she does flowers and baking for weddings and special occasions.

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Heather Laithwaite

Heather Laithwaite comes from a strong design background and went from running her own baby boutique to designing and making a gift range for a well-known international interior design company for 12 years.

She joined the Cape Embroiders Guild and learnt the art of embroidery, canvas work and lace making, which, in turn, triggered her interest in beadwork. This interest grew to the extent that she joined the British Beaders’ Guild. She loves playing with colour and texture and can explore both elements through beading and design. Heather has taught beading and canvas work all over the Cape for many years, and the ever-growing waiting list to join her classes is testimony to the infectious enthusiasm with which she shares her amazing talent and skill. Her first book, DARE TO BEAD, has reprinted several times both locally and abroad and won her international acclaim.

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Eddie Lambert

Eddie Lambert is a self-confessed sports addict and personal trainer working from Virgin Active in Tygervalley. His wide range of loyal and happy clients, from high performance athletes looking to improve their personal bests to senior citizens whose health and fitness benefit from his sympathetic and caring approach, attests to his motivational skills and specialist knowledge.

Armed with a degree in Sports Science from the then University of Durban Westville as well as several related diplomas and certificates, he has been working in this field for over 10 years and is very much in demand as a personal trainer. As a high performance athlete himself who represented South Africa in duathlon, culminating in a second place at the Africa Championships, he understands the demands of training and staying in shape. Former holder of the trophy for the best combined time in the Argus Cycle Tour and the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, his focus recently moved to off-road racing where he regularly finishes in podium positions.

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Debbie Laubscher

Debbie Laubscher is passionate about equipping people with information that will help them move from frustration behind the computer to “Yes, I can do this!” Working for Computers 4 Kids where she was responsible for various computer centres in the Western Cape helped her gain valuable experience not only in training and running networks but also in business.  She started her own computer training business 10 years ago and now specializes in one-on-one training for clients at their own computers.

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Via Laurie

Via Laurie has been involved in the embroidery world for the past 15 years and has taught cross stitch, ribbon embroidery, canvas work, goldwork and crewel embroidery. Specializing in various forms of embroidery, she is currently busy with a Master Craftsman Course in canvas work through the American Embroiderers’ Guild.

She started the Helderberg Embroiderers’ Guild seven years ago and chaired it for five years. She is current chair of the Cape Embroiderers’ Guild and regularly gives talks on canvas work, goldwork, crewel work and 17th century samplers at several guilds in the Cape Province. Via runs her own business hand-dyeing embroidery thread under the label Chameleon Threads, distributing to shops all over South Africa as well as Australia, New Zealand, Norway, France and the UK. She has written four books.

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Helen Lewis

Helen Lewis, experienced tutor and fact-aholic, has written several other fact books, including The Book of Useless Information, A Matter of Facts, South Africa’s Top Ten Book, and Factopedia. She also co-wrote The South African Fact File for MWeb’s Learning Channel.

Helen was the producer of the morning show on Radio Good Hope with Allan Barnard for two and a half years, has been a restaurateur, a tutor, and a stay-at-home mom. She is is married to a high school teacher and has six children.

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Linda Lewis

Linda Lewis holds a Masters degree in research psychology from the University of Cape Town, specialising in postpartum depression. She works exclusively in the area of perinatal wellness.

She started off working at the Postnatal Depression Support Association, where she facilitated support groups for many years. Several years ago she started a private practice where she continues to run support groups for mothers as well as see individuals who are managing fertility difficulties, pregnancy loss or termination and depression/anxiety during and after pregnancy. She has travelled to many hospitals throughout South Africa training maternity staff in postnatal depression. She is on the board of PNDSA. She is married, has two children and lives in Cape Town.

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Dr Colinda Linde

Clinical psychologist Dr Colinda Linde is vice chair of the Scientific and Advisory Board of the National Depression and Anxiety Support Group. She is their media spokesperson, and trains, supervises and debriefs counsellors. In her doctoral study Colinda designed and tested a technique to reduce anxiety in breast-cancer patients.

She constantly furthers her education by attending international conferences, and enjoys teaching. Having completed specialised training in cognitive behaviour therapy in Boston, USA, she trains colleagues in the use of this therapy. She was the consulting psychologist for MNet’s Starmaker programme and has also appeared on 3 Talk, the Cosmo show, the Nataniël show, the Toasty show, Great Expectations and Take 5, among others. Colinda has been happily married for 15 years and juggles a busy Johannesburg practice with taking care of young twins.

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Annemarie Lombard

Annemarie Lombard is an occupational therapist with extensive local and international experience in the clinical and training fields. She specializes in sensory integration and applies new and revolutionary research outcomes with adults in the workplace.

She feels passionate about SENSORY INTELLIGENCE™ and believes that it is an unknown and underestimated part of our daily functioning. She is an astute observer with excellent facilitation skills and enjoys teaching and motivating others. Annemarie does corporate, parent and couple workshops using sensory intelligence to explore and enhance personal relationship dynamics. She also does occupational coaching for individuals, addressing life and performance issues with regards to their work and life roles. She is married and has two sons.

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Laura Long

Laura Long graduated in 2003 with a First Class knitted textiles degree from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design. Since then she has been working out of her central London studio designing, making and selling her knitted creations to boutiques and galleries all over the world.

Teaching and freelance work has played an important part in her business. She designs, makes and creates patterns and pieces for designers, knitting magazines and pattern books, and her clients have included John Rocha, Rowan yarns, Simply Knitting and Knit Today magazines, and publications such as Collective Knitting and Holiday Knits. She has taught both machine and hand knitting to people of all ages at Greenwich Community College, Loop, and the Cockpit Arts. Dolls, fairy tales and fantasy played an important part in Laura’s childhood, a childhood full of happy, everlasting memories. It is for this reason that she has developed a collection of childhood characters, knitted creatures and dolls with a personality all of their own.

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Maggie Colvin

Maggie Colvin originally trained as an interior designer before working on a variety of leading home interest magazines. She has contributed to and written several books.

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Linette Maritz

Linette Maritz has been fortunate enough to turn her hobby into a business. She works best when she can tap into her creative side. After qualifying as a commercial demonstrator, she completed a five-year stint as Elna’s regional training manager Western Cape. She left them to start her own Needlework and Craft School where she was involved in hands-on teaching for 10 years.

As director of Sew Easy Needlework and Craft Schools she founded 15 schools throughout South Africa within five years. She currently heads up Wilson & Maclagan Wholesalers, importers of needlework and craft products supplied to the retail trade throughout South Africa and Namibia.

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Siphokazi Mdlankomo

Cooking is my life ... says MasterChef SA 2014 runner up, Siphokazi Mdlankomo, who captured the public imagination from the outset.

Raised in a small village in the Eastern Cape, she is admired for her natural culinary talent and her no-nonsense manner and outgoing personality have endeared her to foodies and amateur cooks from all walks of life. One of the Top Ten Home Cooks selected from thousands of entries in a countrywide competition by Media24’s Leserskring/Leisure Books in 2012, she clearly has a special quality that makes her stand out from the rest. She has become a well-known face on the cooking celebrity scene, doing presentations, judging competitions and contributing to food shows. This book is another one of her dreams come true.

Siphokazi has been appointed brand ambassador for PnP.

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Katherine Megaw

Katherine Megaw (B.Sc Diet (Hons), Dip Paed diet) graduated as a clinical dietician from the University of Natal. She specialized in paediatric dietetics through the Johns Hopkins Institute, completed a first level certificate in breast-feeding consultancy through the Breastfeeding Association of South Africa and a diploma course in exercise science, specializing in pregnant women and children.

Over the past nine years she has worked in private practice with parents and children with a variety of feeding difficulties, as well as helping new moms navigate through the wealth of information available on baby feeding. Katherine has been a regular speaker at the Baby Sense seminars and frequently talks at events on child and infant nutrition. She has lectured to post graduate students on feeding babies with special needs and written articles for local and international magazines and journals. Katherine is married with three children and lives in the beautiful city of Cape Town.

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Wilsia Metz

Wilsia Metz is the driving force behind Metz Press. Having produced well over 200 books since starting the company,
A table for every occasion is her first attempt at officially co-authoring a manuscript.

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Lindie Metz

Adventure-loving Lindie Metz spent most of her post-matric year working in Katima Mulilo, a small village in Namibia’s Caprivi strip. Here she quickly had to learn many survival skills, from driving a 4X4 to starting a fire without Blitz.

A keen traveller who wanted to see the world ever since she can remember, she left for London shortly after her African adventure. Three years working and travelling in Europe taught her to become self-sufficient and fix whatever needed fixing. After working as a freelance book designer in Cape Town for many years, she finally joined the family business and currently heads up their satellite office in Johannesburg.

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Ralf Metz

Ralf Metz (B Juris, LLB, Advocate of the High Court of South Africa) has extensive experience in the legal and financial planning fields, specializing in personal income tax, retirement planning and healthcare legislation.

Working as an independent specialist consultant, he is a popular speaker, known for his excellent presentation skills and clear, concise writing. He has a special talent for explaining highly technical concepts in plain language and making them accessible to a wide audience.

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Suzen Millodot

Suzen Millodot has always loved arts and crafts, and is the author of the very successful books Chinese Knots for Beaded Jewellery and Celtic Knots for Beaded Jewellery. She is an accomplished artist, having taught batik for many years in Canada, Hong Kong and Wales. She developed a fascination for decorative knots whilst living in Wales and later in Hong Kong.

Her jewellery now incorporates knots from all over the world and from all periods of history, and she complements the knots with the unusual and exotic beads she has collected on her travels.

She and her husband now live in Wales very close to their daughter and grandchildren. She occasionally teaches and continues to make original jewellery and wearable art using knots and macramé.

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Bev Missing

Bev Missing condensed her more than 15 years of soap making in an encompassing soap-making book which lets you in on the secrets and mysteries of the art of soap making, as well as tips and lessons learnt from growing a kitchen hobby into an international soap brand with 11 branded stores in South Africa, America and Europe.

Her company makes not only soap, but body and bath products too. Actively involved in social upliftment programmes, she is a fervent animal lover and is passionate about helping people, improving their circumstances and creating hope. RAIN provides work for 115 people. Bev is married and lives in the historic town of Swellendam in the Western Cape.

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Elizabeth Moad

Elizabeth Moad is a busy papercrafter, workshop tutor and author. She is widely known for her talent in many different papercrafts such as quilling, folding, stamping and collage.

Elizabeth is a regular contributor to UK crafting magazines, and has run craft workshops since 2006. She enjoys teaching regular groups in her home county of Suffolk, UK.

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Deborah Morbin

Deborah Morbin is one of South Africa’s foremost craft authors. Her best-selling books with co-author Tracy Boomer include Stylish crafts, All new decoupage, Baby & toddler scrapbooking and Mosaics – decorative ideas.

This dynamic duo’s scrapbooking classes were immensely popular owing to their teaching style and ideas (which they bring through into their books). They continue to experiment with different crafts, often using interesting techniques across media. In all their applications they have always followed a less-is-more approach, believing that over-decorating detracts rather than enhances. All their books have prooved to be very popular thanks to their elegant and stylish projects.

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Sara Naumann

Sara Naumann is an American mixed-media artist, writer and workshop instructor and has been in the art and craft industry for nearly 20 years, initially working for American scrapbook manufacturer Hot Off The Press.

She now spends her time teaching, writing for magazines, and making. Sara’s niche is papercrafting mixed-media (specifically stamping and cardmaking, two strong categories in the UK and US markets). Her target reader is beginner-intermediate, and her mission is to make mixed-media techniques accessible to all skill and experience levels.

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Nita Eberlin

Nita Eberlin was born and raised in Johannesburg and still lives there (someone has to!). She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren whose cute and funny sayings provided the inspiration for How much do I cost?, which is her first book.

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Marise Oberholzer

Marise Oberholzer is an expert in the field of mathematics. As a former teacher, she offers after-school maths classes for children of different ages.

Her passion for maths and in particular for the prevention of problems in mathematics at school, has led her to launch a maths package for young children, Box ‘n Dice, in 2011. She is a well-known radio personality who regularly gives talks at schools. When she’s not busy solving a maths problem, she likes to relax with a good book. She is at her happiest, however, when she spends time with her husband and two children.

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Tinus Oberholzer

Tinus Oberholzer and Nollie Cilliers own an orchid nursery, Plantae Orchids, and have many years’ orchid growing experience. Both are orchid judges accredited with the South African Orchid Council and travel across the country and abroad to judge plants at orchid shows. They are also popular speakers at conferences.

Tinus holds a degree in horticulture and has co-authored and contributed to many gardening and horticulture books. His articles are a regular feature in garden magazines.

Both Nollie and Tinus are passionate about educating the public on orchid culture by means of practical demonstrations at garden shows, orchid shows and at the many open days held at the nursery.

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Alison Osborne

Alison Osborne has a first class honours degree in Rural Science, a background in facilitation and mediation, and has worked extensively with families undergoing change. She and her husband run a sheep and cattle grazing property near Cowra in rural New South Wales. They have two children.

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Ouma Ralie aka Carina Visser

Her mom taught her crochet when she was a young child and one of her most prized possessions is a king-size blanket that took her four years to complete. She spent several years in America, where she was bowled over by the explosion of new stitches and techniques and started experimenting with the new yarns. She discovered her talent for design and was soon contributing to craft and crochet websites.

Back home, after several requests to teach friends crochet, she teamed up with her younger sister to compile a series of tutorials, and so Ouma Ralie was born. She is young, but she has an old soul. She is passionate about the tradition of crochet, but she loves new techniques and innovative applications. She uses brightly coloured crochet hooks and yarn in bold shades, but every now and again takes her mother’s shiny old hooks from their wooden box and crochets with no 8 crochet cotton. She is equally comfortable joining the crocheting grannies in a retirement village or teaching young children who are eager to learn. In short, Ouma Ralie is everyone’s crochet granny.

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Becky Paton

Becky Paton studied Public Art and Design at Chelsea College of Arts in London, where she specialised in mosaic making.

She now works as a mosaic artist, undertaking public, community, and private art commissions. Becky also teaches and exhibits both in her home town of Oxford, UK and overseas.

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Peter Cope

Peter Cope has had a lifelong interest in photography that has seen him embrace both the creative and technology sides – as well as acting as an (often) unpaid ambassador for both. First by using a traditional darkroom and later a digital one he has been keen to push the limits. His involvement with digital photography has been particularly long, having worked on Image Photon Counting Systems, the precursors of modern digital cameras, as an astrophysics undergraduate student. His avid interest would lead him – when digital technology became widely available – to be the first person to submit a digital entry for a photographic contest. It caused much scratching of heads by the organisers but did gain him his first honourable mention in the photographic press. A true enthusiast, Peter is always armed with at least one camera.

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Martie Pieterse

Martie Pieterse was the consultant on Leisure Books’ Ready for Big School programme. She has over 36 years’ teaching experience in primary and pre-primary education and is the author of CLEVER TALK, SCHOOL READINESS THROUGH PLAY, SMART KID WORKBOOK and I MADE THAT!

She belongs to several educational institutions and is involved in the development of programmes for gifted children as well as children with learning difficulties.

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Anita Plant

Anita Plant lives in Cape Town with her illustrator husband André, two children, Emma and David, and two dogs. After a career in publishing, she retrained as a rehabilitation instructor for the visually-impaired. Her interest in embroidery began in earnest after the birth of her first child.

Whilst flicking through a magazine she came across a simple embroidery project for a sheet or a blanket. She decided to try it and was amazed by how therapeutic she found the simple act of stitching to be, how easy it was, and how beautiful the finished product was. She was hooked and soon began to work out her own fun and funky designs. Friends received embroidered presents, and before long she was being commissioned to embroider for other people. This led to her starting a small embroidery business, dealing mainly in bed linen and soft furnishings. She also does embroidery projects for local magazines.

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Issie Potgieter

Issi Potgieter has been a member of the Somerset West Country Craft market for more than 16 years. Through the years she has tried her hand at many crafts – from rag dolls with embroidered faces to candlewicking and bullion stitch embroidery, trying to do it better and smaller all the time.

Frustrated by the fact that she had to wash her hands every time she wanted to embroider, she decided to move on to fabric painting and before long couldn’t keep up with the demand for her painted articles. Her work earned her an invitation to the Nottingham Arts and Crafts Convention in the United Kingdom. Currently specializing in freestyle decorative painting, Issi enjoys this because there are no rules and no limitations. She decided to share her trials, tribulations and successes in this craft form with a wider market. Her competitive nature drives her to be the best in what she does, therefore she is forever looking for shortcuts and easy ways to achieve the best possible finish.

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Rosalie Quinlan

Rosalie Quinlan has been passionate about craft and sewing for most of her life. She began designing her own patterns for dolls, bags and quilts 14 years ago under the label Rosalie Quinlan Design, and went on to teach sewing throughout Australia and also internationally.

In 2006, Rosalie teamed up with her sister, Melanie Hurlston, to set up a second design label, Melly & Me, which gave her the opportunity to explore fun and zany designs rather than more traditional work. Rosalie is also a regular contributor to various Australian and international quilting magazines, and in 2009 she embarked on designing textiles for the Japanese company Lecien, recently releasing her second range of fabric titled ‘Sweet Broderie’.

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Ann Richardson

Qualified nurse and midwife Ann Richardson, the sense-able baby and toddler expert, has worked in the midwifery and paediatric fields for 30 years. Most of this has been in private practice, after she introduced the first private well-baby clinics, now a well-known phenomenon at Doctors’ rooms and pharmacies across the country.

Passionate about her work and dedicated to ensuring that parents have the necessary knowledge to enjoy and rejoice in their children, she regularly lectures to both professionals and parents on various baby and childcare issues, in particular the effects of the sensory system on infant behaviour, and the management of sleeping disorders. Her specialisation is the treatment of “difficult babies and toddlers”, in particular those with feeding and sleeping disorders. She is a regular contributor to nursing journals, internet sites, childcare publications, TV shows and magazines. Ann is married to Ken, and has 2 daughters, Ellen and Maeve, and lives and practices in Johannesburg. She also co-authored Baby Sense and Sleep Sense.

“Consulting with Ann Richardson on Toddler sense has enriched a friendship born from common interests. Our shared mission was to empower parents through knowledge in understanding their children’s sensory system and its impact on their development.”
Kerry Wallace (Occupational therapist)

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Bernie Rowen

Changing direction from working in HR and Industrial relations Bernie Rowen qualified in many Complementary Healing Modalities, including Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Acupuncture as well as Massage. She studied in Nepal, India, and Europe. She also holds Diploma in Adult Education and Training from UCT.

Author of the international bestseller MASSAGE, she is a regular contributor to various health magazines and journals. She is now resident in Scotland where she runs a Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy practice and is currently reading for a Masters Degree in Cosmology, Cultural Astronomy, and Astrology at the University of Wales Lampeter. She consults in Scotland and London.

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Geert Schuiling

Geert Schuiling has always had a passion for making things by hand and has been recycling to create useful and fun items long before it became fashionable. He built up his leather business to four shops and a factory employing in excess of 60 people producing watch straps, belts, satchels, handbags , sandals, shoes and other items based on customer demand.

Since joining Woodheads 20 years ago, he has worked with business, NGOs, designers and customers in styling, pattern making and producing leather products. He also wrote training manuals and offers training to develop the skills required for making leather goods such as sandals, sheepskin slippers and satchels. Working alongside well-known designers and interior décor companies, Geert loves creating new ranges and bespoke items for the local and international markets. He is married with three children and lives in Milnerton, Cape Town.

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Jacky Searl

Jacky Searle (MB BCh FCOG (SA)) Jacky is an obstetrician/gynaecologist and has been working in private practice at Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town for almost 18 years.

She sees herself as trying to offer honest and sensible guidance to pregnant women, empowering them and helping them achieve a safe and spectacular outcome.

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Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore started her career as a children’s television presenter and since then has appeared regularly on television both as an actress and needlecraft demonstrator on a shopping channel. Now a best-selling sewing author, Debbie spends her time designing projects and patterns for her own range of products and writes a regular column for a popular sewing magazine.

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Books by this Author:
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Sew brilliant bags small cover
Sew useful small cover
So nuttig small cover
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Fransie Snyman

Science teacher Fransie Snyman has a B. Ed. degree and a B. Sc. degree in Home Economics. She has always been interested in crafts and needlework despite her involvement in the sciences.

Although jewellery-making is her first love, she loves paper and has always made her own greetings cards. Dabbling in many other crafts, including pewter, scrapbooking, glass painting and encaustic art, she belongs to several craft groups and is a regular teacher at expos and other gatherings. She has written seven books.

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Books by this Author:
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Decoupage your home small cover
Rame by dosyne small cover
Frames galore small cover
A table for every occasion small cover
Kaartjieplanne small cover
Cardmaking sketches small cover
Boksies by dosyne small cover
Boxes galore small cover
Polimeer klei-projekte small cover
Polymer clay projects small cover
Cards galore small cover
Kruissteek miniature small cover
Cross-stitch miniatures small cover
Maak kinderklere small cover
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Suzette Stephenson

Suzette Stephenson has always been interested in interior and exterior design. She completed a diploma in Interior Design at Boston House College and it was during this time that she realized that a garden should be an extension of the living area.

To learn more about garden design, she enrolled in a practical design courses at Lifestyle College for Garden Design. Receiving a gold certificate for her first garden project inspired her to pursue her career in garden design and landscaping and when the opportunity arose, she joined Louise in her venture. Suzette is married with two children and lives in Northcliff.

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Marie-Louise Steyn

Marie-Louise Steyn has breastfed five children successfully and has been doing telephone consulting for La Leche League for over a decade.

She is an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and also practises as a professional doula. In this role she has attended hundreds of births over the past five years. Being present at birth enables her to observe and guide mothers’ first breastfeeding experience minutes after birth. She stays in touch with her clients and knows their concerns and the challenges they face. This experience and her role as childbirth educator at a maternity hospital stand her in good stead when she presents workshops to mothers, doulas and prospective lactation consultants.

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Dr Simon Strachan

Dr Simon Strachan (MBChB FCPaed) graduated from The University of Cape Town in 1987 and spent the next three years working at the Ernest Oppenheimer Hospital in Welkom. He started Paediatrics at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1991, graduating as a Fellow of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa in 1995.

Simon has been in private paediatric practice since 1996 and has interests in vaccinology, pulmonology, allergies, epilepsy and the ketogenic diet and ADHD. He has developed a passion for teaching and delivers lectures to parents, general practitioners and paediatricians. He is a regular contributor to magazines and attends many local and international medical congresses.

Simon lives in Johannesburg with his many children and is a very proud grandfather of a healthy little boy.

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Frances Tophill

Frances Tophill grew up on the Kent coast and studied Art and Design in Canterbury, specialising in silversmithing and pottery, before becoming an apprentice in a heritage garden in Sandwich for nearly three years.

She then went on to train at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. She is a co-presenter on ITV’s Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh and regularly appears on BBC’s Gardeners’ World. She is the author of First-time Gardener, published in 2015.

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Lesley Turpin-Delport

Lesley Turpin-Delport has a Fine Arts degree and post-graduate teaching diploma and has been an enthusiastic teacher, lecturer and author in art and needlecraft since the early 1970s. She has taught needlecraft in many countries including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the UK and the USA. In addition to many exhibitions in Johannesburg, her work has also been on display in Japan, Maastricht and Olympia in London. Her daughter, Nicola Delport-Wepener, has recently joined forces with her and they offer classes and lectures internationally.

Lesley currently lives in the Southern Cape in South Africa. Since picking up a needle at the age of six Nicola Delport-Wepener has barely put it down and over the years has developed her own considerable skills in the field with Lesley as her main tutor. Nikki has attended numerous courses (Royal school, Embroiders Guild and City and Guilds) and qualified in different styles of embroidery. Her many years of experience as a school teacher in South Africa and the UK made the switch to embroidery teaching easy and she has presented several accredited embroidery courses in the UK. Nikki currently lives and teaches in Hong Kong. Having written several books, Les has worked very closely with Nikki on JUST STITCH, a joint venture. Rich in inspiration and different techniques, the book is a reflection of how they present their classes.

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Alana van den Berg

Alana van den Berg is a qualified chef who has honed her skills at a variety of restaurants. She currently works for a well-known supplier of industrial kitchen equipment in Cape Town.

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Ilze van der Merwe-Alberts

Ilze van der Merwe-Alberts has two children, aged 22 and 24. She is an registered educational psychologist in private practice with a passion for families.

She is a certified Demartini Method facilitator. Ilze is well-known for her popular parent and teacher talk, How and When to Tell Your Kids about the Birds and the Bees as well as Powerful Parent Powerful Child among many others.  She is a director of Bella Vida Centre in Johannesburg. Bella Vida Centre is an expression of her life vision and mission to have a healing and teaching centre where a team of dedicated therapists combine their passion, knowledge and energy to bring massive shifts in the world.

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Dr Pierre van der Spuy

Pierre van der Spuy MD (MBA) practised medicine in South Africa, Canada and London before moving to New Haven in the US to attend Yale. After completing an MBA, he spent many years in various careers – management consulting, executive recruiting, coaching – before he finally found his passion as a writer, director and actor.

He wrote Anton, a play on the life of the Russian playwright Anton Chekhov and in January 2005 he produced, directed and starred in its performance at the Greenwich Street Theatre in New York. He returned to South Africa after 18 years of globetrotting and now lives in Stellenbosch where he creates South African stories for film and theatre relevant to a worldwide audience and teaches performance creation to students from previously underprivileged groups.

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Retha van der Walt

“As a creative soul with a passion for photography and an addiction to paper I have been scrapbooking in some way or another long before I even knew the hobby existed. When I was finally introduced to it in a formal way I instantly knew I found a way to apply my formal art and design background. I was totally besotted by the hobby and just had to share my passion with everyone. In 2005 I opened a scrapbooking shop, Scraptifity, and one of my dreams came true. After three years of planning another scrapbooking dream was realized when my TV program Fotostories was flighted by pay television’s KykNet and I could share my passion with the rest of South Africa. This book is a natural extension of both dreams and I do hope each and everyone will find inspiration in these layouts.”

Retha is married with three children and lives in Randburg.

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