Thursday, August 27, 2009

Spring has sprung, the grass is rizzed...

Looks like spring is here, but is it here to stay? My front garden is ablaze with flowers, pink and yellow gazinias, salmon coloured watsonia flowers, white daisies, my fig has suddenly sprung to life with leaves and buds.

I will be gone next week, for a short stay in Pietermaritzburg, leaving the precious family in the capable hands of husband and treating myself to a holiday. Dear husband travels quite a lot with his business, he will be in Congo at the beginning of next week, feels quite cosmopolitan, crossing paths at the airport, very 'celeb' - a bit like the Beckhams! Without the handbags, OK - and the money... and the house in California.
So cheerio, see you in about 2 weeks, I'll post if I can figure out how to do it on my cell...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Scrapping away... and a very clever idea.

I've been so enjoying doing these scrapbook pages, I am loving the old, yet urban feel of these. They are going up onto my Etsy shop today. I have decided that the postage from South Africa makes posting anything completely overpriced - is it just me - or am I not looking in the right places? So I will be concentrating on digital designs for a while. My stationary is still post-able within South Africa though, so might keep it on for local shoppers.

Back in the days when I was a 'wet behind the ears' teen I spent many a day listening to Bread, Abba or Bananarama on my trusty old tape deck. Wham, the Police and good old Billy Joel too. Remember how one had to place the tape deck next to the radio to tape the latest hit?
Well have a look at this clever little bit of upcycling from a company called Contexture Design
These guys are recycling old cassette tapes and making them into iPod Nano cases, the nostalgia of tapes with the convenience of iPod! Now that's my kind of intelligent design!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Where do the weeks go?

It's nearly 10 days since I was last here, what a week. I have been working on some scrap page designs and seem to get very little done in the end - but I work all day, I need to brush up on my concentration skills!!! I am working with a designer from 'up north' Tracy of Queen of Hearts. It is great to be working with someone who can advise, comment and push one to try new things! Thanks Tracy.

I am busy trying to decide what to order for my stand at the Hermanus Botanical Society Flower Show at Fernkloof Nature Reserve. It runs for 4 days from the 17th September, I would love to see you all there!

This is the first event that I am attending with my illustrations, stationary, linens and soft furnishings. I am seriously lacking in know how, what to bring? How much to bring? Questions, Questions Questions!!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Make it Monday... exept it was Tuesday!!!

I had such fun yesterday, sewing these mini bags, I have had them in mind for a while and have been saving fabric for ever. My husband will be glad to see it put to use when he comes back from Johannesburg on Saturday!
I particually like ShweShwe and other african prints. The pink one, has fabric from a dress my mother sewed in the 50's when she was dating my dad. They will be appearing on my Etsy shop later today.
Elk's prize is on it's way! I will be doing another giveaway soon - so keep an eye out... and please comment so I know you are out there, it was soooooo nice to have new people come to the blog with this giveaway! Great to feel that one is not talking to oneself!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

And the winner is.....

Great excitement... my daughter drew my very first blog giveaway winner. And the winner in the "leave me a comment category" is Elk. Well done.
But that is not all... the second chance for winning was to send an email to your friends, copy me and get into the draw, Wanda Coustas from Urban Sprout won that one, thanks Wanda for spreading the word.

So Elk and Wanda I'll be in touch for your details. Well done and congratulations. I hope you enjoy the stationary collection.

To those who did not win this time, I am offering you a 15% discount on any items on my Etsy shop (excluding postage) I hope you will find something there that you like, and that the opportunity to shop with a discount will help to alleviate any disapointment!!!

Please remember to convo me if you order and mention that you won a runners up discount.