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Let’s run away!

4 Jul

I was recently commissioned to do an art piece for a lovely lady in Johannesburg who wanted to give it as a very personal anniversary gift to her husband.

Whenever things got tough, he would say ‘shrimp boat’! Meaning they should run away together and go and live on a shrimp boat alone. I thought that’s so sweet I just had to share it!

And seeing as it’s their first wedding anniversary, paper as a gift is ideal, see traditional vs. modern anniversary gifts here.

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Hello Weylandts

13 Jun

I think by now everyone’s heard about the drama I had with Woolworths in 2013. It discouraged me to work with any other large retailers out of fear of being ripped off again.
However, I was approached by Weylandts in March this year and after much thought decided to grab hold of this opportunity with both hands!
And I can say, so far it’s been wonderful. I’m very happy to have found a retailer that better understands design and supporting local artists and designers.
Visiting their Green Point showroom in Cape Town is a must. Make a day out of it – you do not want to rush through it. The ambiance and textures drive me crazy (in a good way :)).

For those outside of Cape Town, go here:

South Africa:

Johannesburg: Fourways & Kramerville
Knysna
Pretoria: Brooklyn
Umhlanga

Australia:

Melbourne

Below are the cushions you can find in stores for this season:

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Poster love

23 May

Here’s a poster I painted last week; this saying really inspired me. Call it cliché or cheesy, it gives me hope (let’s not mention that it’s from a Frank Sinatra song..)

Anyway, Friday probably doesn’t need any more brightening, but here you go:

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Kokedama tutorial

19 May

Some of you might know that my husband, Louw Roets, is a furniture/ industrial designer. He recently took part in the Decorex show in Cape Town and we wanted to bring some plant life into his stand, but shelving was a bit of a problem, so we naturally thought of ‘hanging plants’ aka kokedamas.
We’re very handy people so if we’re able to make something ourselves we almost always do.

Kokedama is a Japanese word that means ‘moss ball’ and some call it poor man’s bonsai. Here’s how to make your own kokedama (it’s extremely easy by the way, so don’t be daunted):

DIY Kokedama tutorial:

You’ll need:

* A Fern, succulent or any other plant that will happily live indoors
* Potting soil or bonsai soil
* Moss, green moss, peat moss or sphagnum
* Twine
* Fishing line
* Scissors
* Bucket
* Jug of water
* Spray bottle

 

1) Put your potting soil or bonsai soil in a bucket. Mix in 10% moss and enough water so that you can make a ball without it falling apart. So you’ll have 90% potting soil and 10% moss. Set aside.

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2) Prepare a jug of water. Carefully remove your plant from the pot. Shake the roots gently to remove most of the soil. Dip it in the jug of water to get more soil off.

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3) Cover the roots in a small amount of moss (it helps if your hands are wet at this stage). Very gently tie natural twine around the roots to keep the moss in place.

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4) Back to the soil. Make a ball (the size would be relevant to the size of your plant). Squeeze any excess water out and make a hole with two fingers. Place the roots of the plant inside the hole.

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5) Prepare the moss by pulling it apart slightly. Again, it’s good to have wet hands at this stage – cover your mud ball with a layer of moss.

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6) Start wrapping twine around your plant until it’s tight. Please note that the plant we did in the picture is not wrapped tightly enough, it was our 1st try. Make a knot at the top.

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7) Spray/mist with water.

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8) Tie fishing line to the top of the ball and hang! (please do not use twine to hang your plant, it will spin and spin and spin until it breaks off – been there done that).

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9) Either spray your kokedama every morning or remove it and dip it in a bucket of water once a week (I find the dipping works better with ferns).

 

*Look out for my kokedamas on my ‘Kamers Vol Geskenke‘ stand.

Show date: 6 – 8 June, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town.

I’ll be the one with all the cushions & eye pillows on the first floor :)

 

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Soft dusty pink home

11 Mar

I love this dreamy space. The hand blown glass pendants by Woltemade dangling above while I lay my head on a soft cabbage cushion in that light filled room with one of Mej. Leus’ vintage styled skirts, eating little strawberry meringues by Lady Macaron…

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From top left:

Pots & blossoms in corner by The Photographer

Woltemade’s Vonk Light

Lady Macaron’s Strawberry Meringues

Mej. Leus’ Wobble Hem Skirt

Interior space via The Style Files

Touchee Feelee’s Cabbage Cushion.

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Stand One-O-Three: Design Indaba 2014

24 Feb

One O Three. The number of my stand at the 2014 Design Indaba in Cape Town. I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to exhibit at the Design Indaba for almost 6 years.

I will be the most thankful person exhibiting and not only because I booked the second last stand available :)
I hope every person reading this will make an effort to come to the expo and introduce themselves to me.

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Image credit: Design indaba (http://www.designindaba.com/)

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Place: Cape Town International Convention Centre (The CTICC is within easy reach of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, major hotels and the rest of the city centre)
Date: 28 Feb – 2 March 2014
Times: 10:00 – 20:00
Entrance fee: R80 p/p
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A heart in Blue Rain

27 Jan

The striped cushion range has been a huge success and I’m very grateful for that.
Quite a few people asked me to do a striped cushion in blue (similar to the blue rain tea towel), so here it is:

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Buy it HERE: http://store.toucheefeelee.co.za/products/blue-rain-cushion-cover

And then… we all know what special day is coming up next :) But I’m a firm believer in spoiling your sweetheart for no reason at all; so no need to wait until Valentines day to get your hands on this red heart watercolour cushion.styled

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