Wednesday 19 December 2012


And the winner of 12 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS by careful ballot and independent draw and according to PB rules which support good karma in every way is CARLA DA CRUZ. Thank you again to all my lovelies who took part, you make my blog a happy place. I am taking some time off to love my family and attempt gingerbread houses and FINALLY put up our tree.
Will be back in 2013, have an awesome festive season, over and out!

Tuesday 18 December 2012


I can't believe it's Day 12 already, thank you all so much for the wonderful response to the Giveaway, your comments have been priceless and I am so delighted that you have been able to share the work of the talented contributors. Today's Giveaway is one of my Curators Christmas prints, the second in the 
FAMILY LOVE series, an archival print on Innova 205 x 248 mm, edition of 20. If you are the overall winner and already have one of these, you may choose an alternative. Remember you have until 12 Midnight tonight to enter, don't forget in order to be eligible for the prize you have to comment or e-mail on all 12 posts. The winner will be announced on my blog tomorrow woot woot!

Monday 17 December 2012


NADIA VAN DER MESCHT exudes a timeless grace and glamour but has her crafty hands firmly on the pulse of creative marketing and personal brand building. Many of you will be familiar with her blog Cupcake Couture which has undergone a lovely transformation, dusted with the same magic that Nadia applies to the web presence of her clients. NADIA's style journey is inspirational, from experiencing international luxe fashion, following her heart through to realising her personal design dream. A familiar face at the IHEART Market, Nadia has a wonderful eye for combining vintage found objects and trims to create objects of wearable beauty. Today's Giveaway is one of her splendid DIY GEOMETRIC BROOCH KITS, a fun and rewarding way to keep your fingers busy these holidays. I love these colours and how you can make something completely your own with just the right amount of direction!

Friday 14 December 2012


Today's wonderful giveaway is not just a introduction to a great product but a call to change your life, even if it is in a small but transforming way. AYA BALM is a truly magical balm that harnesses the beauty and simplicity of nature to heal and soothe. It contains no preservatives and is free from petrochemicals. I love lip balm and have inadvertently applied all sorts of toxins quite liberally to my lips over the years, your lips being a veritable gateway to your body.
AYA BALM inspired me to replace the body and bath products (we have been using for years as a family) with eco and human friendly alternatives. It has been a fun process of experimentation and we recently even changed our washing powder which is quite something in a country where washing powder brands are practically a family tradition. AYA BALM is giving away 4 balms which means you can keep some for yourself AND spread the love and healing.

Thursday 13 December 2012


I have huge crafter's envy of artists who work with clay, it is one of the skills I would love to master. CARLA DA CRUZ is on my green eyed monster list of high admiration, a true craftsperson creating objects of quiet beauty. Her brooches have been a staple of my present sourcing forever and are loved by lovelies of all ages. For 12 Days Carla is giving away one of her deliciously bright bowls of polygonal musings. I love the use of masking tape to create the negative and positive patterns between the glaze. Skip quick sticks to her splendid blog TOKEN CERAMICS to keep up with what is new out the kiln. These bowls will be available at the last IHEART Market this Saturday, so make sure you scoop some up for yourself or for Christmas gifts (or both!).

Wednesday 12 December 2012


Isn't she too beautiful. Each perfect little stitch. When I asked MARIET of KITTENS WITH MITTENS to take part in 12 Days I knew that we would be in for a treat. Each hand embroidered custom brooch is made with a loving attention to detail, thoughtfulness to the wearer and a warm sense of jaunty fun. This Swan is a treasure, a present day heirloom and I am a very touched by the generosity of spirit it carries with it. Made to be worn with love.


Tuesday 11 December 2012


Rainy Tuesday's cloud has a geometric lining. GENEVIEVE MOTLEY makes young, fun, on trend jewellery with happiness. Her take on new geometry combines the subtle tones of lazer cut wood with a gorgeous azure blue and white perspex, nature and technology combined. You will look awesome wearing this stash (2x necklaces, ring and earings) this summer, team with a floral maxi dress, a bikini or something sparkling for night time, these pieces will fit your style easy peasy. You must visit Gen's fantastic store I LOVE POP UP SHOP at The Galleria, Cnr Moss Kolnik and Arbour Rd. Amanzimtoti, go today!

Monday 10 December 2012


I have the cure for a gloomy Monday, Day 6 is a SKERMUNKIL day! I am a huge stan of Marietjie's work and wear one of her necklaces every day but this lovely lady makes many beautiful things beside her jewels. I was especially delighted by her collab with Marli Lyon for KAMERS and the porcelain cups that she made for the POTTERS MARKET. Marietjie is giving away one of her wonderful floral cups today, I love the secret message on it's base, adds a frisson of fear to the gentility of the Victorian posy. A rad start to your collection. Make sure you keep up to date with her work on EENDAG OP 'n REENDAG.

Friday 7 December 2012


House & Leisure

Now I know that many of you are extreme MINT followers just like me. (I have had to pause while doing this post to do my check of what is for sale in the 7am slot). That your homes are all the more beautiful, quirky, stylish and colourful because of a very lovely lady's  discernment. Kirsty Machen is a crafts woman in her ability to source and re-home useful, interesting pieces of vintage/retro kitchenalia, collectables and furniture. Today's giveaway is not one but two Bullicante(bubbled) murano ashtrays. On their own or part of a existing collection/display - these are glass art - a design history relevant for today.

Thursday 6 December 2012


Day 4 is for the boys! DEARDEER will be donating a set of their black satin pillow slips to add a whole new dimension of luxury to your man pad. And if you want to treat the ladies, love a little pink yourself or are a Bond kind of guy there's the cool glamour of champagne. These slips are not just about the 
pretty face, DEARDEER is a dedicated supporter of cancer awareness.

Wednesday 5 December 2012


Day 3 giveaway is from an artist mamma craft person and collector, who has busy hands and an excellent eye. Together with her husband of the beautiful portraits, BRONWEN VAUGHAN-EVANS has launched a wonderful blog called ONCE. A treasury of vintage collectables, up-cycled craft, photography, painting and style. They will be adventuring to Melbourne in the new year but luckily through their blog we will still be able to share their loveliness. I have a black swallow plaque which I love to pieces and which is my PAINTED BLACKBIRD mascot, so it is especially special to be giving one away today. Hand made, moulded from a vintage brass plaque and cast in Jesmonite, new life breathed into old. Make sure you sign up at ONCE!

Tuesday 4 December 2012


On the second day of giveaway a beautiful geometric heart necklace by SAVAGE JEWELLERY, bronze on a 60cm chain. I have been a huge fan of NICOLA SAVAGE for ever, her classic yet cutting edge pieces have been an integral part of my body adornment for the longest time. Her work is timeless, contemporary and crosses culture and trend. I love her interpretation of the NEW GEOMETRY, in a range of simple yet perfect shapes and textures.


Monday 3 December 2012


Bam! First wonderful giveaway goodie is this beaut 'Finel' enamel stove top kettle from VAMP. I had despotic thoughts of entering my own competition when this popped into my inbox. VAMP is a light and colour filled shop on
368 Albert Road (Opposite the Old Biscuit Mill) in Woodstock, Cape Town. Stocked with mid century furniture, quirky vintage kitchenalia, collectables and prints - it is the perfect place to find gifts for your lovelies and yourself. Subscribe to their weekly mailer to be updated on new stock, news or giveaways, Paula will post the smaller items and you can courier the big stuff. Works like a charm. A piece of kitchen happiness to gift or keep!
Opening hours: Weekdays 09h30 - 16h30 / Saturdays 08h30 -15h00. 
Contact T: +27 (0)21 448 2755 M: +27 (0)83 961 5522