Thursday, October 10, 2013

SPI Portrait competiton 2013

Miss Nooh is so chuffed to have her portrait back home!  Wasn't keen on having it out there ... it didn't make the top 40 ... hopefully get to try again in 2014!  VISI (love this mag) did this editorial on the competition and the winner ... happy reading!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

♥ art

loving painting portraits ... really challenging ... Miss Nooh (pronounced same as Pooh) my baby girl is the inspiration.  The Gallery in Riebeek Kasteel is host to the portrait exhibition by local artists ...  idea gallery owner Astrid came up with for this years Olive Festival 

You are the first to "SEE" ... portraits named "I see u", "I see that", "I see" and "See" ...

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

♥ beautiful wood

good morning to the last day of April ... year going way to fast! Catching up on my daily read from Bloglovin ... ABSOLUTELY love the work of Andrea Brugi, who I got read about via and thanks to Rebecca from Sanctuary, who also has this amazing link to a fabulous read in SLOWFASHIONhouse ... these beautiful creations are made using old olive trees ... 

Can almost taste the salt ...

Monday, April 22, 2013

♥ books ...

This post was sparked by Elle Decoration Facebook page to win tickets to Decorex this weekend... YES PLEASE ... but if not ... wouldn't miss it!

The post by Elle Deocration, Books,  a novel idea starts off with bedtime stories ... headboard made from old books ... then ...  dream travel to Tomorrowland ... next ... be intrigued by book sculptures from Simply Intrigue artist Keri Muller ... end ... good reads for your book club. Thanks Kat Scriven.

Keri Muller - I Love Books

Thursday, April 18, 2013

♥ D.I.Y

Absolutely love this idea of giving an old broken chair a new Life as a stand for clothes!
Don't you?
Original post from - me and Alice ...
Image from Anthropologie - Hanger Foot Altered Ego chair ...

Saturday, March 23, 2013

for the love of up-cycling

my favourite thing to do, at the mo, is Pinterest ... loving all the ideas and inspiration ... there is so much information out there and the last thing I want to do is to repeat, repeat, repeat but then again these are my favourite recycling ideas,  recycled materials and up-cycling DIY.
This blog and Pinterest is my Internet Diary - my ID - its what I identify with and so cool that it can be shared!
I am so loving PALLET's ... just wished they were more accessible.  These are my favourite up-cycling or re-cycling projects.  Each photo links back to Pinterest were you can check their original origin on the net ...

Monday, March 18, 2013

beautiful ceramics

Award winning japanese designer Katsumi Machimura started off as a jewelry designer in the 1960s, and didn't dig his hands into clay until years later. His stunning ceramic work has both elegance and roughness - proper gems in themselves! Katsumi Machimura also love gardening, and share his passion for nature in his garden blog. I borrowed this post from Lisbeth from Wabi Sabi Style who borrowed these pictures of his ceramic work and natural photos from Atelier Katsumi here.  

Thursday, March 14, 2013

we ♡ this ...

The brainchild of Megan Kenney and Debbie Reabow – We Heart This is a collection of beautifully crafted South African handmade and designed items that they love and want to showcase in one online store so that others can buy them too.
Read more HERE ...   

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

DIY blackboard calendar

Get organised and make your own "wall sticker" calendar ... just a wee bit of elbow grease ... and viola you have ...

Go check out Sylizimo for instructions ... did try to re:blog but get a blog message ... in a nutshell I cannot do this today ...

Saturday, March 02, 2013


Such a fabulous work space for kids!  Miss Nooh would definitely want the peg board ...


Dreaming of Bali

French By Design: Weekend escape : Dreaming of Bali: Today, instead of a [now usual] weekend collage, I'm taking you away from this endless winter. Pack light my dear, just a swimsuit, ...

Its summer here but I definitely wouldn't mind a trip to Bali!

salvaged office doors

Definitely adding this to my home project list! 

pink ... my favourite colour

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

♥ Greece ...

I have had this fascination for Greece since childhood. Not sure why as I don't appear to have any relatives from Greece! 

For as long as I can remember, I have this idea that I will retire to a little Greek Island with all my pottery goodies to keep these fingers going and my kids and grand kids can visit me there!  The plan is to visit Greece sometime this year!   I was not thinking of Greece at alI but looking for photo's to pin and remembered seeing some photos a while back by photographer Gerda Genis who I posted about after coming across this photo and others in the Taste magazine ...

so I googled her and came across her website and blog about this beautiful villa on the island of Ithaka which I would love to visit especially to do a week art get away!  I then googled Ithaka and came across a book called "North of Ithaka" by Eleni Gage,

which in turn led me to this blog A Rolling Crone and along with it the memories. I got to read a bit about Eleni in 1983 in a Readers Digest - the book was not available in South Africa yet. Eleni Gatzoyiannis was executed, at the age of 41, by a firing squad of Communist guerrillas because she had managed to get four of her five children led out of their little village called Lia. Her son Nicholas Gage wrote their amazing story.  I was pregnant at the time and completely convinced I was having a girl and her name would be Lia. Eleni is a sad but inspiring story and monument to an amazing women.

Lia will be 30 in December and I am hoping to finally visit Greece, especially the village of Lia. Thanks to Joan Gage for the update even if I only got to it nearly 2 years later! Just got to love the world wide web!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

heart buttons

a change is as good as a holiday ... seeing as I have this "obsession" with hearts ... the buttons to the right were discovered searching for something on google images.  Thanks a mil Anda Maciel. They are available (for free) to download from her site, just click on her name above ...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

social media buttons

after searching google images, which felt like forever, found these fabulous buttons/icons in my favourite colour - pink or what pantone is calling Honey Suckle over at Noisette Academy.  Thank you Isa Maria. Next was getting the cute little buttons displayed on my blog with links & all and thanks to Kira from Her New Leaf it was as easy as 123.