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DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

I would so love to give this idea a try (originally seen on Pinterest). Wouldn’t it be a perfect Mother’s Day gift? Or just one of those gifts you can give for any occasion that you know your girlfriends (well, most of mine!) would just love…

Here’s another simple idea that any mom or granny would love…  (For this and 74 other ideas for Mother’s Day pop over to Tip Junkie)

And lastly…. no matter what you’ve made or brought for the special mother in your life, a beautifully wrapped gift makes it even more special… I love these ideas from Martha Stewart

And don’t forget – no matter the occasion, Mother’s Day, Birthday’s, ‘I’m thinking of you days’ – take a browse through all the beautiful handmade products on Jamtin, we’re sure you’ll find something perfect.

DIY Necklaces

I don’t wear much jewellery but I have to say that the two DIY tutorials below for necklaces did catch my eye, and thought I’d share them with you. Would love to hear back from any of you if you make one of these for yourself…

Firstly, there’s this tutorial from A Girl Who Makes, using wooden beads…

And this tutorial from Delighted Momma using polymer clay…

And for those of you have kids, and want a super cool craft to do with them this weekend… one of my very favourite blogs for all things crafty and kiddy is Curly Birds, and the super talented Helen recently posted this tutorial over at The Twinery

Some ideas on using tea cups for you…

I’m not sure when my love for tea started, it was always something I kind of associated with my mom drinking! hmm, maybe it’s just times a changing, because in all honesty I’ve been a massive tea fan for years and years now… I can’t pretend I’m too adventurous with my teas, in fact I’m a Five Roses fan through and through, but still! One element of tea drinking that I wish I would get more into is using a teapot and pretty tea cups, instead of making a massive mug of tea 5 times a day. There is something classy and elegant about tea cups and pots, but one that I’m still to grow in to!

Apart from drinking tea out of them, don’t you love some of these ideas for using beautiful tea cups…

Like using tea cups for a cupcake stand – you can view this tutorial from Flamingo Toes 


(Image from Snowy Bliss)

Or how lovely are these tea cups for succulents from More Design Please

Or how lovely having a bath surrounded by these (and perhaps one filled with real tea). You can find the tutorial over at Hey Gorgeous





Or how about these tea cup lights, seen on Apartment Therapy


I Heart Market

If you follow Jamtin on Facebook, or Twitter, you might have seen us mentioning the I Heart Market once or twice before. Now I might be a bit biased on this market because I do of course know that there are many beautiful handmade markets scattered around the country, this is ‘my’ handmade market – the one I get to go to when ever I’m in town on the first Saturday of the month and so yes of course I feel a little bias towards it, especially when I’ve spend so much time oohing and aahing so many of the goods that are available.

Some of my favourites from the Market include (but by no means are limited to!)

Genevieve Motley – how stunning are these cuff links


And these brooches from her as well…

(And while we’re on Gen Motley, if you’re a mom, or going to be a mom, you might just love reading her series on “Raising Creatively” over here)

Beautiful art and design by Jen-Jen

Next up us Yummi – how much of cuteness is Ethan the Ellie? You should check out their website for their full  range of handmade toys.

More Yumminess from Yummi with their Decor Range.

And then you have to pop over to Olivia Villet to let your eyes slowly absorb her beautiful stationary, gift cards, wrapping paper amongst others…

Wrapping Paper (R10 a sheet)

Sticker sheet – R18 a sheet

Next up is The Little Mud Hut who makes a delicious array of amazing goodies, ranging from stamped pegs, gift wrapping, bunting, fridge magnets – seriously – just a whole lot of awesome made here.



I don’t wear much jewellery, but I do really love the jewellery from Starbright Girl

Ok peeps, I have to close off this post now, as it’s taking me so long getting distracted at every blog I visit…

All I can say is that this is just the tip of the I Heart Market iceberg… there are three markets coming up especially for Christmas on the 3rd, 10th and 17th December, at the Moses Madhida Stadium (Durban).

And remember

ps – I apologise to the lovely stall holders at the I Heart Market for not often saying hello as Jamtin… flip, the truth be told is that I’m just such a shy thing. I know, pathetic, but true!


Christmas Gifts in Jar

I recently received a bunch of glass jars from Consol and they are truly beautiful to use for storage around our home. There are some in the kitchen, some in my office, one withbe jelly beans in (they don’t last long), some that are still empty cause I need to find things to store in them! With a few of these jars around at the moment I did think about using some to make some Christmas presents. What you think?

Love this gift idea for Cookies in a Jar. You can see the full post over at Make it Do, together with the free printables like the one on this jar, as well as a printables with the directions for baking.

And how about these labels for your mason jars that you give…  (Seen on Older and Wiser)

Or how about this cute sewing kit from The Paper Mama


Spring Kids Market Day – 16th October

Three of my most favourite things… (Sorry Gav, you’re one of my most most favourite things, but don’t quite fit into this post!)

Anyway – back to the post, three of my favourite things – handmade, kids and entrepreneurs….. Drum roll for the Spring Kids Market Day hosted by Kids Decor and you combine all three. What a stunning event, hats off to Kids Decor for hosting this. There are only 20 stalls available so if your budding little entrepreneur wants to join in don’t delay and get in touch with Sam soonest.

Join them for their Spring Kids Market Days on Sunday 16th October. All handmade and hand crafted items and kids games welcome, anything under R10 is the way of this market day! R20 per stall, only 20 spaces available. Book now at, or call Sam on 082 8941289

Handmade gift: Apron in a jar

Ok, so either you could actually make an apron and put it in the jar or you could just use this idea (from pleasant home) for the gift wrapping for the next time you give someone an apron that you’ve brought of course. Oh well, either way, I think it’s a cute idea and always up for different ways to give a gift in!

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Scrabble Fridge Magnets

When ever there is a fridge with alphabet magnets on it I find it difficult not to try and quickly put a word together… not sure if that’s just me!! I’m thinking these scrabble magnets (tutorial available here from Oh Crafts)  might be a great project for the top half of our fridge and keeping the bright plastic alphabet magnets for the bottom half :)

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Cupcakes to go!

Such a cute idea… perhaps for a market day for kids, or just a sweet idea for something different for cupcakes… love the added touch of wrapping a spoon around the cups… You can see the full tutorial over at  Nothing But Country

Add some colour to your cutlery

I’m always a fan of colours, and just love these revamped pieces of cutlery from  More Design Please. There’s a tutorial on their website if you’re up for trawling some second hand shops for some cutlery sets that need some colour added to them to give them a new life :)