Monday, June 21, 2010

change is as good as a holiday!!!

Hi there

If you have come to my blog because you are trying to contact me, ALL my details have changed.

Landline : 021 706 4099
Mobile : 078 460 6084
Catalog :

Hope to hear from you soon... and sorry for the inconvenience :-)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Autumn Range

We are so excited about our new scrapbooking range- The Autumn Range. This has already been sent out to our clients and the orders are rolling in. Yay!

Jacci has been busy with a couple of different projects including the Autumn Range, designs for Robben Island, designs for Blossom, DOT and for Kamersvol Geskenke.....all very exciting and divinely moreish.

Oh and how could I forget..........taaadaaaaa today is Jacci's birthday!
Happy Happy Birthday Jacci, may we all be blessed with your presence for many many more years.

Heck, just seen the time and I need to run, got to drop my daughter off at playschool and then head to Jacci's studio. Jacci won't be there initially, she's off to the hairdresser for some birthday tlc or could it end up being disaster. Perhaps I should get her family to text me before she arrives back at the studio to find out whether her hairdresser experience has been a success or disaster.........I am such a bad lair...wish her and I luck

Monday, February 15, 2010

Busy Week

Wow, what a week ........
Firstly the Boss went on an 'overseas' trip.....Some of us get all the perks!! To be fair, she is the designer and obviously when doing designs for Robben Island, she would need to see it. So she joined the masses of tourists and braved the choppy waters of the great Atlantic Ocean. I must say, I'm seriously wowed by the designs she has produced...Well done Boss Lady.

We also met with a lovely lady, called Lize from The Love Project. You have to do yourself a favour if you live in Cape Town and that is to go to her shop in Kloof Street. She not only has shop fulled with design gems but at incredibly affordable prices-have a look at her website to read about the wonderful reason behind her opening this special shop.

Jacci is also super excited about having met with Wanda from DOT in Stellenbosch. Wanda is also part of the Kamersvol Geskenke team. Check out this site and then head off in October with a full credit card in order to stock up for Christmas. Oh forget needing an occasion or event to spend.....go on and spoil yourself!

Jacci's designs will now also be available at the following distributors:
DOT, Blackhorse Centre, Stellenbosch.

Charm x

ps Hope you where surrounded by love yesterday

Monday, February 1, 2010

Valentines Day The Recession Loving Way!

Aaah today is the first day of February so only 13 more days and its Valentines Day.......
I'm not sure about you but since having our daughter, spending money on Valentines Cards and cute fluffy bears for my husband has certainly become a thing of the past. Money has to rather be spent on nappies or something else that growing babies/children seem to continuously need. Now with the recession still very much part of our lives, most folk I know are most definitely NOT going to be spending money on cards and incredibly expensive red roses...

Oh my goodness before this blog sounds all full of doom and recession gloom, let me throw in something cheerful.....

Jacci and I have decided to share the LOVE with you. Jacci has designed the most gorgeous Valentines stationery and in the spirit of Valentines Day, she is going to be giving away a set of digitally printed Valentines Day Cards to EVERYONE, yes everyone who leaves us a comment. In this comment we would like you to tell us how you are planning on spoiling your Valentine without spending a fortune. It is a simple as that. We look forward to reading your comments and I'm sure you are going to love your cards. You will be able print them and personalise them.

Hmm, I wonder if I leave a comment myself, if 'the boss' will let me have a set too!

We are going to see if we can master the camera tomorrow. Need to do a product photo shoot so that you will be able to see what the designs look like printed onto the stationery.

Charm x

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

1000 days, is 1000 days too much!

Please spare a thought for little Madeleine Mccann, 1000 days have passed since she went missing. Kate, her mother left this message on the website today.

Wednesday 27th January 2010

Today marks 1000 days since Madeleine was taken from us. It's hard to even say the number. We remember the first few days after Madeleine was taken, watching the clock and counting every hour. Now we've reached 1000 days.

It's difficult sometimes to understand how we've been able to keep going and survive without Madeleine, especially since nothing has changed since that terrifying first night. Madeleine is still missing. Sometimes it even feels ‘wrong' to be coping. And yet if we weren't, there would be no search and no campaign to find Madeleine and that just doesn't bear thinking about! We are very aware though that our ability to cope and keep going for Madeleine has been greatly augmented by the incredible support we have received from so many people and this should never be underestimated. We will always remember and be forever grateful for this help, support and kindness.

This evening we will be holding a fund-raising event in London - ‘Still Missing,Still Missed; An Evening for Madeleine'. We will be remembering Madeleine and other missing children throughout the world. We are hoping to raise a good amount of money to further the search for Madeleine but also to benefit the charities, Missing People and Missing Children Europe and the fantastic but often unrecognised work that they do on behalf of all missing children in the UK and Europe.

Also this evening, 1000 lanterns will be released into the night sky - an event which has been called ‘Look Up & Look Out for Madeleine'.They will be released from many different locations in the UK, Portugal and the USA. It is a symbolic way for our family, friends and supporters to show that we have not forgotten Madeleine and will never give up on her.

In addition to the above, Simon Armitage has very kindly(and courageously) written a poem for Madeleine to coincide with the 1000th day since her disappearance. It is called ‘The Beacon'. We think it is an incredible and really beautiful sonnet. It manages to convey so accurately and succinctly, both our darker moments and the reality of hope and possibility, aswell as including powerful and touching references to Madeleine. We hope it will be read by many.

One thousand days.

Madeleine is still missing and she needs to be found.

We will continue to turn every stone. We will never give upon Madeleine.

Thank you for your support and solidarity. Together we can bring Madeleine home.

1000 days is absolutely 1000 days too many, for Madeleine and especially her family. If you know something, or suspect someone who might know Madeleines whereabouts, please call the number on the +44 (0) 845 838 4699

Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Kid On The (Design)Block

Hello faithful blog followers...........

Let me introduce myself......., I joined the JacciR Design team a month ago to add some admin to Jacci's life, well actually to take the administration out of her already busy life. For those who thought she had gotten 'ssshlllluuuuupd' into the design Bermuda triangle and was neglecting her blog, you where right! She was designing for Christmas and now for Valentines Day and for Autumn. We have some exciting things up our sleeves so stayed logged in for that.

Gosh, realised I still haven't introduced myself. My name is Charmain but just about everyone I know, calls me Charm (pronounced Sharm) I'm 35, married to a gorgeous Interior/exhibition Designer. After going to hell and back and many lost babies, we finally had a little girl, Madison who turned three this month. We lived in the UK for 7.5 years but returned to Cape Town 6months ago....We are loving being back. Who wouldn't with a view of Table Mountain from our home, sunshine, the seaside 15minutes away and friendly South African people. Most of my time is spent around Madison, taking her/fetching her from playschool four mornings a week and then the rest of the time is spent either at Jacci's studio or catching up with her via google chat.

I will be updating the blog once a week- Monday at the moment is the chosen day for this. We will be starting a Sweetie Jar. This will be our folder where all things inspirational and just gorgeously design divine will be placed for you to have a nosey around. If you have anything that you would like to share with us that you think may inspire Jacci to go into another design frenzy, then please feel free to share with us...(to be honest, it takes very little to give her an excuse to design)

I can't believe how long it has taken me to to type this. Its the first time I am blogging and the TV is on far too loud, my husband is talking to me about his design work and the laptop battery light is flashing red. Its Sunday night and I'm sure getting very close to my bed time. Will save this now and publish it and then probably write another one tomorrow to apologise for a very boring first time blog.

So thats all for now from the newest member of the JacciR Design Team (ps, there are actually only two of us in the team)
Charm x

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A culinary adventure

Cooked Cannelloni with my daughter this week. As usual Jamie Oliver inspired our kitchen adventure, or should I say Jamie at Home, with Taste Magazine – I mean who can help but be inspired to culinary greatness watching him conjure up family delights straight from the garden?

Is that really his garden, I thought he lived in London?

But, I digress, so it was into our summer veg garden to pick and choose from the fresh and simply mouthwatering array that has evolved this summer. A couple of baby marrows, some tomatoes, a green pepper – the onions are finally ready, so in they go as well – and herbs to delight. Thyme, oregano and basil. We are of course making and Italian inspired dish. Looking out over the garden it is clear that Italy inspired the choice of veg this year!

Oh and not forgetting the eggs, the Bantams are laying again…

I’ll let you in on a secret, if you are out of Cannelloni tubes, make pancakes, and roll and fill them as you would the pasta tubes, works very well. Anyway, Emma has made the pancakes, I have sorted out the filling, it is to be chicken (not from the garden) with the baby marrows, and caramelized onion. Together we work on making the perfect tomato sauce, a taste of summer with the herbs. All to soon the dish is assembled, into the oven, baked until cheesy bubbling alerts us to the fact that it is ready.

What an adventure, what a meal. The only thing that we think would improve this dish would be to have a set of Le Creuset Caste Iron pots to cook in next time. So please pick us, pleased, please, please.