Monday, September 20, 2010

now on facebook

Finally we signed up for a facebook account! We thought this might be even a faster way of keeping you informed about what is new in the shop!

You can find us under Freshly Crafted Hout Bay

looking forward to meet you there!

Short note on classes: During the school holidays (23rd September and 30 September ) no Thursday Morning Scrapbooking Classes!

However the ladies will meet for a social scrap´n chat on thursday 30th September from 9am to 12 at the shop!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Melissa and Doug - new stock just arrived!!!

Our very popular DYO (decorate your own) Craft Packs of Melissa & Doug just arrived and are back in stock again!
They always make a nice birthday present at good value. We have the butterfly and heart boxes, the treasure chests are back and new are the "petite purses".

For those indoor winter days we also stock a nice selection of their wooden jigsaw puzzles, cardboard puzzles and other crafty activity kits.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

NEW TCHIBO TCM RANGE from Germany in stock

Some of you might have already discovered that we have another addition in our shop: The german Tchibo TCM range!

I am really happy that I can offer you those products. From "back home" I know that they have really nice quality products at great value.

What is it all about?
The Tchibo Company started out as a Coffee Roasting Company in 1949 and became very well known for their good quality.
"In the early 1970s, Tchibo started expanding its offerings to include a few choice consumer goods. Today, each week Tchibo offers its customers a new selection of roughly 30 products based on a common theme, under the heading “A new experience every week.”  Their own label TCM (Tchibo Certified Merchandise) was born and proofed to be very successful and nowadays Tchibo sells its quality goods through over a thousand branches throughout Europe. Besides their brick and mortar shops they also offer their items in their very attractive online-shop.

We at freshly crafted are not an official franchise but we are lucky that we can now order the TCM products once a month.
I am fully aware that we yet do not stock the full range but be assured that we will add and grow continually with your feedback!
As those products are very different to our existing portfolio we launched on a small scale and we would like to hear your feedback!

Also what you would like us to focus on e.g. kitchen, kids, ladies, men or ???

To keep you informed about new arrivals we have got a list in the shop for you to leave your name and contact details and we will keep you informed once we receive new stock.

You can find us at the Oakhurst Farm Park. For all of you outside Hout Bay: this is the little shopping Center with KWIK Spar and Scarecrows family restaurant on MainRoad Hout Bay -heading towards Constantia Nek on the right hand side.

Our opening hours are daily 9am - 5pm

We are looking forward to welcome you soon!

South Africa has won the Cup !!!!!!!!

Local is Lekker

It is hard to believe these days BUT beside the SOCCER other great competitions are taking place and South Africa has won the HANDMADE WORLDCUP !!!

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 If you want to learn more about this Competition and our stunning South African Crafters head over to the vibrant and ever inspiring blog of rikrak studio!

And last but not least: one of the creative designers who has been voted stocks in our shop! It is Jezze with her lovely handprinted bags, purses and broches! 
Here you can read about her work and art!

Scrapbook Classes during Winter Holidays

Due to the "loooong" winter holidays we will also have a break for the Scrapbooking lessons.
Kim will be back on the 8th of July !!!!

If you want to come and join for a casual Scrap and Chat, meet the ladies for a creative morning: feel free to pop in at regular "Scrapbook-Hours" on Thursdays between 9am and 12:30.
Even though no teacher is around you are most welcome and of course we´ll have a cuppa coffee for those cold winter days!

See you soon!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Scrapbooking Evening Class Starting TODAY

Hi there everybody!

It has been some time since the last post and there is a reason for it - I had a little break and visited family in Namibia. It was great to be there, meeting family I haven´t known before and spending some quality time with my little one...

...well I hope those recharged Batteries of mine will last again for a long time and off we go starting our


Thursday 7th May at 7pm at the shop

Directions to get there: Travel outside Hout Bay towards Constantia Nek. We are at the little Shopping Center called Oakhurst Farmpart - next to Kwikspar and Scarcrows Family Coffeeshop!

Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Classes next week: Dates and Time

For the upcoming week the following classes are planned:

THURSDAY 8th of April 2010:

Morning 9h - 12h: regular Scrapbooking with Karen (for Kim)
Bring your own theme of photos and scrap together in a relaxed atmosphere under guidance of a teacher

NEW EVENING: 7pm (beginner) / 7.30pm (advanced) till 10pm with Mandy
This is a new class starting out now this week for all who cannot make it in the mornings.
Mandy will help you to get started into scrapbooking and teaches you the basics as well as supports the more advanced scrapbookers with ideas and inspiration!

Mandy will bring along a layout for the evening which can be used for all kinds of themes (mothersday - family  - children). She calls it her P.O.Box - Page.... 
As it is the very first class with her please bring some photos of your loved ones and Mandy will explain and show you the idea behind this page - I am sure you will like it!

As this class will run not during regular shop opening hours BOOKING is ESSENTIAL. Please book in the shop for this class and leave your contact details in order for us to confirm the class on the day (as we need a minimum of participants).
Costs will be R 100 for advanced and R 150 for beginners (as they will also have more time for some extra introduction).

GET CRAFTY FOR MOTHERS DAY on Saturday 10th of April

We will offer 2 workshops on this saturday - in the mornings one workshop aimed for teenager and the afternoon for adults or moms and daughters.

Teenager 10am - 12pm:
Children / Teenager  (9yrs and older) will make a "scrapped" photo holder which makes also a nice gift for Mothers Day. It is a cute project with a nice product at the end of the class.
Costs for Material R 70 plus teacher

Adults or Moms and daughters 2 pm - 4pm:
With a printers tray blank as your starting point you will make and scrap a "memory box" which makes a nice gift especially now maybe for mothersday (what to give moms who have got EVERYTHING - think handmade!)

If you want to use it for a mothers day present we recommend to bring along:

- photographs of your mother  / family
- memorabilias (small items that have a meaning for you. This could be little things like i.e. an entrance ticket, a piece of fabric, a broche, hair pin, poem or whatever will show a link between you and your mother)

In case mothers day is not your piece of cake you can alternatively make a beach scene tray. Here is some inspiration... - bring some shells, sand, cord - whatever you want to have in your personal piece of art!

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We certainly will provide you with a printers tray blank, paint, nice paper, material, hot glue gun and stamps you can use.....