Thursday, 31 January 2013


My Mom is arriving from Oz today, we haven't seen her for two whole years so I am bursting with excitement! Wish it could be my whole emigrated family xxx In her honour the herb bed in my Mom's old claw foot bath has produced a wonderful moonlight white Nasturtium, nestled in amongst the Rose Geranium (Pelargonium). I have only ever managed to grow great big riotous overflowing masses of red and orange blooms so this delicate little beauty is a treat!

Wednesday, 30 January 2013


And the winner of the awesome iKHAYA bunny trophy is SONYA (posted my post on her FB).

Monday, 28 January 2013


MARIE GODWIN 16.03.1917 - 28.01.2013 Free to fly again Gran xxx

Friday, 25 January 2013


Scott was sent this link yesterday NEVER ENDING LOVE and I absolutely couldn't resist posting it this morning. I absolutely love the hair and make up but most of all this is all about the cutie on the right, lil' Duke. For all my Frenchie friends xxxxxxxxxx

Thursday, 24 January 2013


Who want's to be a lucky bunny? If you leave a comment on this post about your favourite iKHAYA object or piece of furniture you could be the winner of this absolutely awesome neon ceramic rabbit head trophy. I have one in white and it has pride of place on our lounge wall. You are already imagining where you are going to put yours aren't you. Keep an eye out for iKHAYA at this years DESIGN INDABA.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013


It's dirty out back and noisy but Oh so exciting. Phase 2 of the MESSY STUDIO reno is underway. Bear with me, I know that pictures of my small rear yard are not as riveting to others as to my nearest and dearest but it is documentation of an artwork in progress, albeit a semi-industrial construction.

I am adding rubble to my collection of old broken stuff that I like to take pictures of, it joins rusty corrugated metal and rotting wood. Isn't it purdy!

How gorgeous is the new tongue and groove ceiling/roof, I love it so much, it transforms a tiny space into a cathedral of light and loveliness.

Who knew that windows were SO expensive, especially lovely old skool style ones. We went for this mock sash, which is custom made and very beautiful as the genuine sash was way too pricey for our wee hovel. Thank you for hanging in there on this long term installation, I am enjoying the process to the max.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013


It is the 5th annual CAPE TOWN TATTOO CONVENTION 2013 so if you are lucky enough to be in the Mother City tonight take yourselves quick sticks to the launch of HOMEWARD BOUND, an exhibition of tattoo inspired art at the Cape Town City Hall from 6:30 pm. Slain For Love is my piece that is part of MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE, artists were invited to illustrate a wine label from a list of sailor superstitions. I chose red wine and 'A feather of a wren slain on New Year's Day will protect a sailor from dying by ship wreck'.

Monday, 21 January 2013


My dream job for the last 20 years or so (cough cough) has been to design Christmas window displays for large departments stores in London or New York. When you are dreaming might as well go large. It is the perfect combination of everything I love - fashion, sculpture, collage, curation and exhibit. One of my heroes in the field is DAVID HOEY who is the senior visual presentation director at Bergdorf Goodman on 5th Avenue. Carnival of the Animals was the theme for the 2011 windows and they are simply breathtaking in their detail. The BERGDORF GOODMAN blog is under maintenance at the moment so I collected images from all over so please excuse the lack of credits. Today features the 'Breaking the Ice' window with hostess dressed by J. MENDEL.

Friday, 18 January 2013


I have plans for a big reno on my blog, maybe next month, got to finish the messy studio reno first, so for the time being I am filling up my head by doing what I love best - making collages of things I am thinking about. This one began with Willy Moon on telly last night talking about why he wears suits, did a little detour past Jack White's I'm Shakin' vid which bust out the beehives and powder blue tux and then a small visit to my favourite blue Westmoreland milk glass and stripey paper straws.

Thursday, 17 January 2013


I am a closet Goth and can't ween myself off the myriad shades of black. This extends to my jewellery collection and I am yearning for these beautiful pieces by MIRTA. They combine all my ongoing obsessions - geometry, rough crystals and the always omnipresent line drawing. Shop these beauties here.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013


Last night while I was reading the latest ELLE DECOR (it's a beaut!) with VH1 soft in the background, Bonnie Tyler's Holding out for a Hero played. Oh my hat how I loved that song when I was a teenage. I can't decide now what is more awesome - the angry backup singers, Bonnie in her female version of voortrekker khaki's, the hair, the batwing nightie style outies or the dude with the tash cracking his lumo whip. If this doesn't cheer you up children of the 80's I dunno. I am inspired beyond words, I thought of a whole moodboard of memories from Footloose, vintage Drakensberg to The Lone Ranger.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013


Our holiday was punctuated by the sound of falling roof tiles, as the 74 year old wooden beams and battens on our messy studio finally succumbed to their venerable age and the inevitable onslaught of borer (3 days before the roofers were due to arrive). Now that's timing. How beautiful are the textures and colours of the decay though. Roof is all fixed now and watertight, plus the first undercoat has been painted on the tongue and groove. Scott and I spent many happy hours sitting on the back step talking through the finer details of the messy studio renovation. Feels a bit like Grand Designs (just a little less grand).

Monday, 14 January 2013

HELLO 2013

Hello Lovelies! Attempting to gather my thoughts after a long lazy break. We gardened a lot! Swan and I made fantastic use of some of my giant enamel bowls to mix great batches of soils, compost and vermiculite like batty alchemists to fill the various pots and colanders that spill out over every part of back garden. Red neck paradise with a deck chair and dog toys. These pansy's which Swan had planted in all kinds of weird places surprised us with their vintage prettiness in amongst the Calla Lilies. Oooh I am rusty like an ol' rake.