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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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