Saturday, February 20, 2010

New space

Hey there,

Love Art is moving!!! I'm so excited ... have a new space to decorate!!! Have until Sunday 28th Feb to move everything! Got this coming week to get the new space ready!

This has got to be the quaintest little cottage in Riebeek kasteel.


Needs a bit of TLC but nothing major!  Fresh coat of paint & a good clean should do the trick!

This is an interior layout of the cottage and what the rooms look like - totally empty!  Blank canvas to start from!  The kiln is going in the shed out back and unfortunately for me it doesn't fit through the doorway but luckily have a brother who is a brilliant builder, carpenter etc guy so he will be removing the frame and replace it once the kiln is in!  No plan on moving it ever!


The idea is to keep it plain and simple.  Will leave the wooden floor in the painting studio but paint the gallery and shop floor white gloss!  The walls in the gallery painted a charcoal kinda colour & everywhere else white with  a feature wall in the shop painted with black board paint.  The ceramic studio is totally "iffy"!  

Do you have any ideas for me?  Would love to see your workspace! be continued


♥ & Love Art

heart painting
... hope your last weekend was fabulous & this one even better! Went to a fund raiser Valentine's masked ball last Friday night and we had a fabulous evening!  Saturday was feet up and watching movies kinda day! 

Amazing how chatting to people or networking as my friend calls it, can lead to someone knowing someone that can help you out!  Hopefully I will have fabulous news on Monday about moving Love Art to the quaintist little cottage in our village and the best part is it won't cost a fortune!  Its appears that I'm a "well known" in the Valley!  Had a few "So you Li"!  Makes you feel really special!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

It's raining here at the mo which is a blessing!  Garden needs loads of water!  but definitely not a fan of the humidity factor that's come along with it!  Did this painting 2 years ago and the green colour reminds me of colour  grass goes when you have a mixture of rain, sunshine and rainbow. It's titled "A Moment".

Have a fabulous day!


Monday, February 08, 2010


Hey there!  Just get into to the groove of been a regular blogger & viola LIFE happens!  My dad (he is 73) was in hospital in a small town called Klerksdorp which is a 14 hour drive from our home!  He had a growth removed from his colon which wasn't that bad but he didnt sleep & with no sleep his body didnt heal! 10 days later still in ICU he was put on a ventilator & a sleep. induced coma!  We got told of the situation Friday morning (28th Jan) & after a few telephone calls to family etc was told that it would be a good idea for us to visit!  All 3 kids arrive at the hospital Sat morning for visiting hour - only two family members at a time are allowed in - my 2 brothers went in then my husband & I then stepmom & aunt etc!  Amazing how frail life actually is!  Anyhoo!  Dad is recovering, colon is working, he is still in ICU but off the ventilator and has started eating solids!  Yipee!

Didn't think one would get "jet lagged" from driving!  I had plans to start giving ceramic classes Tuesday 2nd, which I postponed.  Was not ready!  Had an eventful week!  I've been having hassles trying to organize the electricity at the space I rent but not much joy there!  Then a friend called to say she was moving & would I be interested in renting the place!  Of course - it's this quaint little cottage next door to one of my favourite places in our little village Cafe Felix, has ample parking, cute little garden, pay-as-you-go electricity, hot water & a roof that doesn't leak!

Now I have to hold thumb that I don't need to apply for business rights to operate from the cottage that's actually zoned residential!  The cost is way to much & that would mean not moving & having to put up with a roof that leaks, no hot water & an electricity bill from hell!  

Will keep smiling & holding thumb! How can you not have a smile on your face with something as cute as this ...

Keep smiling!


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sun is shining, weather is good

Makes you want to move your dancing feet... Up early now that Nooh (pronounced Pooh - she was bugaloo but it no longer seems appropriate for a 5 year old) is going to "big" school!  It's been great for me - get my butt into gear - walking her to school.  Going is easy - it's all down hill - coming home is the "bitch"!

Catching up in google reader while eating leftover bolognaise sauce on toast for breakfast then off to our local coffee shop "Clumzy Carrot" for my morning fix of "proper" coffee & not the bottled or tin stuff!

Thank you Decorolgy for the intro to Designers Block blog, can  totally understand why its one of your favouritesLove the paper vases

Have a super fabulous day!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

How's the start of your week?

Oh! It's a dogs life!   The pug (Lulubelle) is the newest addition to our family & we have one very happy lab who now has a playmate!

My week?  So far so good on this side of the planet! Slowly getting things together in the "MESSY" space. Starting the ceramic classes on Tuesday 2nd February, so I don't have a choice in the matter, I have to have the space ready!

Hope all your weeks are going along fabulously!


Monday, January 25, 2010

Lazy Sunday

Another beautiful day in Africa!  Spent a couple of hours working at the space, ceramic classes start 2nd Febuary & WAY to much to do but tomorrow's another day!  Hubby did roast chicken & potatoes on the weber & I did the roast veg (butternut, courgettes, red peppers & onion with rosemary & garlic flavoured olive oil) in the oven!  Lunch was fab!

I've spent the afternoon catching up on google reader with all the fabulous blogs I follow & got to add a couple more to the list thanks to Poppytalk & their Poppies virtual awards event.  Thank you Jan & Earl.

From the Favourite Handmade Artists Blog Im ♥ LillyellaLisa Evans, Star of the East, The Long Thread.

From the Favourite Handmade Crafter I ♥ Carina's Craftblog.

From the Favourite Handmade Ceramics I ♥  Artmind   Element Clay Studio   KimWestad  Ninainvorm  Stepanka Yasha Butler.   I just love these (3 baby pears - Element Clay studio, "Only you know" undies - Stepanka, Love plate - Ninainvorm & Small curvy vase - Kim Westad)

From the Favoutire Affordable Artist list I ♥ Yumi Yumi

Next on my reader list is Poppytalk Handmade Artists blogspot & I love the valentines cards from Humunuku  Shoppe or you can download from the blog.

Unfortunately I've run out of time.  I've had so much fun doing this, will have to think of an easier way to do a Lazy Sunday on a regular basis! 

Have a fabulous week!


Thursday, January 21, 2010

What U wearing today?

I'm not "a go with the fashion" type of girl!  70% of the clothing in my cupboard is black!  Not keen on dresses, don't wear jeans or shorts!  Love black & layering.  Unfortunately it's 37 degrees outside, so the less clothes I can wear the better!

I have to find new ways to invent a look with the clothes I have - no spending on new!  The skirt in this pic I bought last year & have always worn it as a skirt!  For some unknown reason i decided to pull the skirt over my head (iso stepping into it & pulling it up) & thought hmmm I should try this as a dress & I did! 

Yip that's me & that's the skirt!


& now it's a dress!

what U think?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New layout

Going to attempt to change the layout of this blog!  Hopefully you wouldn't notice that it disappeared for awhile!


A Family Affair

Ok so I am aware that xmas has long since come and gone but only managed to download pics from my camera yesterday!  Most of the decorations  come from years of collecting.  The only things bought this year where the beaded christmas trees!  Got them on the side of the road in Cape Town.  The guy's name is Philip and I will be asking him to make me xmas trees with clear beads.

Because we have summer xmas's here I prefer to have xmas eve dinner, its alot cooler and candles make it more cosier (way to hot to have a rouring fire) and I think the rich warm colours of gold, red and green seem out of place on a hot summers day! This year the plans where changed and we had xmas lunch so I went for white, silver and light blue. The placemats are homemade from wrapping paper cut to size and then laminated (thanks to the help of my son, daughter and daughter-in-law). My eldest daughter (26) laid the table and I think she did a fabulous job! I wish I had taken photos of all the helping hands in their bathing suits laying the xmas table and doing the decor work as alot of  family and friends where overseas freezing their "bottoms off"!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Where have I been?

No idea!  There & back to see how far it is?  Time has definitely run away from me!  At the moment I am busy getting my pottery studio off the ground & what a mess!  Was fortunate enough to get an entire studio at a really good price!  All I have to do is fit it into my space, get the clay, sort out the electricity & hopefully by the 2nd of February be ready for classes.

This is what the studio looked like as of Friday 15th January!  The plan is to divide the space into a shop/gallery area, painting area & ceramic area!  My mind boggles at the mo!  What to put where without it looking cluttered & loosing valuable natural light!

The only part of the studio that isn't messy is the shop/gallery area!

All neat & tidy!  Now I have to get the rest looking the same!