Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and may you and your families have a Blessed time together and a wonderful year ahead. Thanks to everyone who has bought anything from my shop and all you fellow bloggers out there who have read my blog and taken the time to comment!Cheers! Talk again next year!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

South Africans on storque

Thanks to Jesse for putting together this article of S.A. Etsy sellers for storque. It is great to see how many of us there are. Here's hoping we go from strength to strength and get lots of sales!
To read more go here.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Magazine table

Bored teenagers in the holidays! Well making this kept them busy for a couple of hours. I saw this stunning table, made from magazines, on freshly found. The tutorial is here.

Friday, December 5, 2008

More hearts....

More hearts....... This time from the smartest fish.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Last week I went to see Thaya at her new shop Beatnik Bazaar, in Kalk bay. What a find!

In her shop is this very distinctive red and white heart tea set, now every where I look I see hearts!
These lovely felt creations are from heartfelt via Babazela.

More felt creations from Meezi part of the South African Etsy Team.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

granny squares

I decided to use up all my scraps to make a crochet blanket. You can see who is the most interested in that. Fortunately the work in progress is underneath a shopping bag, in the basket!The trouble with using up scraps is that now they are all finished, but the blanket is too small so I 'll have to buy more wool, resulting in more scraps! It's a never ending cycle.

Friday, November 21, 2008

New tea towel

New tea towel, hedgerow, listed in my shop today.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New cushions

New cushions listed today in my shop.Delicious Leaf

I have used the 'delicious monster' design for a tea towel before and the 'hedgerow' as a multi colour cushion cover, but re coloured they look completely different. The 'protea' design was done a while ago but I didn't like the original colorway and it seemed a good idea to use this taupe, lime and turq colour combo!

Friday, November 14, 2008


These were featured on Mzansi- madames blog. I'm really flattered to have my products linked with Skinnyla Minx! They all look so good together, especially the cushions.

There is also an interview here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Give aways

I am giving away two tea towels, of your choice! Just go to barefoot-mommy and follow the instructions.

New design

I have decided to call this design 'Hedgerow'. I am happy with the colours now and this is printed onto fabric. I started making a tea towel to list in my shop but ran out of tape so made a cushion cover instead. Hopefully I will complete the tea towel tomorrow!I have used my design and added in a spot on the top and for the backing. It is attached with an embroidery stitch ( not sure what it's called) to add a bit of texture.
The weather is dull and miserable, pouring with rain, so not so easy to get good photos.

Monday, November 10, 2008

New designs

I have been working on some new designs and colourways. I find with the ease of changing colours in photoshop I get even more confused as to colour combos. These are only in artform but I am going to start printing them on fabric tomorrow and see how they look. I might change my mind and do some softer neutral colours if I make cushion covers. These were designed with tea towels in mind hence the cheerful colours.

The colours also look completely different when they are transferred onto fabric. It's quite difficult to get clear, bright colours with my printer. Maybe I should stickto the neutral colours after all!

Monday, November 3, 2008

I am thrilled to be mentioned on Mzansi Madame 'designer feature for the day'. Laverne Wyatt-Skriubakken is a South African living in Sweden and by her own admission an 'Afrocentric fashion lover!'

Thursday, October 30, 2008

more bags

Another bag for a friend. I made this one quite small because, as you can see, it's for a very little girl! Unfortunately she lives overseas so I couldn't get a pic of her with the bag. Isn't she just adorable!The bag has a "hello Kitty" print on the back and is lined with a lovely pink check. Hope she enjoys it.

Friday, October 17, 2008

orange flip flops

These photos were taken at Arniston, which is almost the southern most tip of Africa, but not quite. The rock formations, caves and cliffs are like no other in the world, I'm sure. The rocks make interesting shapes to look at, and if you are a teenager, to sleep in!
The orange flip flops were bought in a little town along the way and seem to be in all the photos, in some form or another.I think it was the colour and funny texture that was so fascinating. You can see the soles have a seaweed type of texture, supposedly therapeutic for your feet. Not sure how comfortable they were to walk on. The colour picked up the orange of the star fish in the pool and we couldn't resist a pic!

The famous orange flip flops again, this time contrasting beautifully with the lime green moss! Needless to say they went off to boarding school and have never been seen again!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Paper birds

While browsing through etsy I came across Polka Dot Sunday's Shop with these beautiful paper birds. They are sculpted using old newspapers and tape. Their feet are made from wire and covered in patterned tissue paper and varnished with a gloss, waterproof seal. I love the patterns and the fact that they are so delicate and look as if they could really fly!

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Well, I'm so excited, my crochet cushions have found their way to Lincolnshire in the U.K. They now reside in the home of Deborah from this vintage life. I find it quite ironic that I have this fancy digital printer and my simple little hand made cushions are more appealing. I learnt to crochet when I was very young and have always loved that sense of 'creating'. For a long time though crochet has been completely out of fashion, as you can see from the pics on
Deborah's blog. Thank goodness it's back!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

marine inspiration

This is the drawing I used for my Fish bag. I must admit that with the computer my artwork is getting more and more basic. I find that you have to redo everything any way so its not much use spending hours and hours doing finished artwork. I use photoshop, which I know is a fantastic program but have to admit my computer skills are very basic and I am not getting the most out of it. I am waiting for my son (who is going to do an advertising degree at AAA next year) to give me some tips! I took inspiration from this piece of art/embroidery I did a long time ago. I painted on the handmade paper and then added some embroidery and beads, then didn't quite know what to do with it.
Continuing with the fish theme, these are some paintings I did when we first came to Hermanus and I tried working with acrylics instead of my usual gouache or watercolours.

Monday, September 29, 2008

New Dizzy bags in my shop! This is the doll that I have already shown you and I have added a fish design.
I am also offering the fabric for the doll in a length so that you can make bags, cushions, dolls etc. yourself.
When I have a moment to spare I would like to make up all the options and offer a few instructions in the pack but at the moment it is just simply the fabric!
It's school holidays and with two teenage boys it's just food, food and more food! Hopefully have more time next week.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dizzy Doll

I have just made a bag for a friends daughter and I thought I would show you how it turned out. This is the original artwork and starting point for the print. Final print, with her name on the front of the dress. I only made the doll because I'm thinking of doing a sort of kit where you get the print in a couple of different sizes so you can make up whatever you want-bags, dolls,cushions etc. I intend to do all these options myself before I put it into my shop!

The bag has a draw-string which is very easy to make and works really well.

The bag is linned but at the moment no pockets or pouches, maybe later. Pull the cords, sling it over your back and off you go! I will photograph it on a child (not a chair!) before I list it in my shop. What do you think?
I am also working on a fish design but will show you that next week!