Super chuffed that one of my bunnies made it to the hugely popular SA blog The Pretty Blog! It’s part of a nursery shoot, the nursery belonging to Retha Erichsen, owner of The Farmer’s Daughter, a decor and lifestyle shop in Stellenbosch and one of the first to carry my wee bunnies. I think it’s time I choose a name for them… he looks kinda snug next to that fluffy one, doesn’t he.
I just got surprised by this unbelievably beautiful box of Belgian chocolates as a thank-you for organising a trip for Belgian tourists to SA. I’m blown away by the detail, now this is what I call packaging! Neuhaus, according to their website, is the “inventor of the Belgian praline”. An accomplishment right up there with penicillin, to my mind… Well, colour me impressed!
PS, apologies for the horrible picture with the stapler and the in-tray in the background and the fake wood laminate, but that just proves to you that I’m really at work. Which is what I should be doing. So cheers.
Make no mistake, I love living in South Africa. Despite many of its problems, for most of my fellow countrymen (country people?), being South African is the underlying thread that solidifies our makeup. Probably because we don’t really fit in anywhere else, we’re not completely at home in the streamlined developed world, but we’re not deep dark Africa either.Always nice to visit, but always great to be home.
But I digress. One of the downsides to living here, however, is the limitations of online shopping. I constantly feel like a kid with my nose pressed up against the candy shop window, all the goodies teasing and taunting me, with no way to get it. A lot of sites flat out don’t ship internationally. Some do, but only to major markets. And the few that arent afraid of shipping to the bottom of the world, often charge shipping fees that are larger than the project cost. So I’m left window shopping my way around the shopfronts of beautiful things available to others.
Most of you will know Kamersvol Geskenke as that gift market that grew from a Christmas craft market to a design spectacular that wows us every year, in Somerset West and in Johannesburg. I’m a big fan. And now I’m so pleased to see they have an online shop! Yay! Shopping in rand! Here are a few snippets of what’s available in this lovely shop.
Isn’t this just the loveliest? I wish all my parties looked like the ones in fete magazine. One day I’ll also host gracious parties like these and not fall back on to a braai.
Just look at these beautiful images from the magazine:
So I’m 6 months pregnant. Apart from the uncomfortable sleeping positions and the fact that I haven’t had a decent cup of coffee or glass of wine in HALF A YEAR, it does bring with it certain advantages, as a crafter. Like the joy and headache of a whole new room to decorate. I’ll be posting pictures of the new room as soon as it’s done. The walls are painted, although the paint swatch showed a soft, subdued dove gray with a hint of lavender. After painting the room, however, it came out close to baby blue. So blue that my dad asked, “aren’t you expecting a girl?” So I’m going to have to work around it, or at least tie a ribbon around the poor child’s head to at least make her resemble a girl as she blossoms in her blue room…
Not that I can really choose a style, again, it’s the ADD in me. I may see a picture of a whimsical vintage baby room and love it, but then be seduced by a bright, sunny room with green and yellow monsters. In the meantime I’m hunting high and low for a pretty mobile, I want something out of the ordinary.
Like this, maybe? It looks lovely. Maybe it will look great in my blue room. Lovely tutorial found here at ECAB
Lovely tutorial for Japanese moss gardens via designsponge, named the Kokedama String Garden. This will be my final attempt to hold on to summer as the days grow shorter and the nights colder.
These are hard to come by. I’m talking about wearable crochet items that doesn’t make you want to… well… lose your lunch. You know which ones I mean.
Tutorial found here.
I’d make this and wear this. Maybe in a smooth cotton thread, but in that exact lovely light gray. In fact, I think I will.
Lovely step-by-step tutorial for creating this cute little centrepiece found here: Fairly simple, cheap to make and looks like a lot more effort than it is. My kinda craft.
If I lived in NY, I would spend all my money in this shop.
Don’t you love the look of it? It reminds me of a time when people still had pride in their workmanship.
I want me some of those boots. sigh.