Cotton coffee filter gone wild

20 Sep

We’ve changed the packaging of the reusable coffee filter. I love it and I think it’s a great improvement, what do you think? (I guess you’d only know if you knew the old packaging – I’m not too proud of it, so won’t be showing a before & after).

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The idea is that you keep the packaging on your fridge or notice board as decoration (hopefully my watercolour painting of coffee leaves would encourage that) and prevent the packaging from ending up in landfills.

We used recycled paper & the packaging has no off-cut paper that is thrown away. I’m really proud of our no-waste packaging!

If you’re not sure how to use this cotton coffee filter, just check out those info-graphics Louw (my other half) did! He also did the photography, which I might add, is stunning.

Buy it from me or if you like to touch before you buy, buy it from the awesome steam-punk themed coffee shop Truth Coffee in 36 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town.


Marshmallows on the way

4 Sep

I thought I’ll share a sneak peek of my afternoon. I painted some marshmallows, partly because I have a great cushion idea and partly because I haven’t painted in ages (OK more like 3 weeks) and partly because I love home made marshmallows.

By the time you really see it, you won’t recognize it..


Some of my inspiration

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A couple of free doves and a market

30 Aug

I’ll be at the Woodstock Exchange tomorrow & next Saturday (7th of September) as part of the Lock Stock Design market.

Markets remind me of big open pedestrianized areas where flocks of pigeons come to be fed by hobo’s or anyone walking around with a piece of old bread.

Now that’s when I spotted the painting I did of two doves cooing.

I’ve made it up into a gift card (which is free to download btw) that you can give to your sweetheart, because we don’t need reasons like birthdays or valentines day.

This is ONLY available to my newsletter subscribers and only for your personal use. If you’re not yet a subscriber, click HERE.

If you are a subscriber, check your email :)

How to download? (skip this part if you know how to download a PDF)

  • Click on the download link once you subscribed to my newsletter (a download link will be given on the ‘confirmation’ page).
  • A page with the card of doves will open once you click the link, you must have Adobe Reader to be able to see PDF’s.
  • On the upper right corner, RIGHT-click on the down arrow (2nd button from the right).
  • Choose ‘save page as‘ or ‘save file as‘.
  • Then choose your destination like Desktop and click ‘save’.
  • Print it on very thick off-white paper, A4 size.
  • Cut along the dotted lines and fold.
  • Voilà!




The Stable of design

26 Aug

Good news! Touchee Feelee’s products are now available at The Stable design space in 65 Loop Street, Cape Town.

The Stable (a collaborative exhibition platform showcasing innovative South African design) is an initiative by Aidan Bennetts, some of you might know him as the TV presenter for Top Billing and product designer for is own company called Aidan Bennetts.

Stable’s launch evening will be this Wednesday (28th August) from 7pm – 9pm.

They are also participating in the Open Design Cape Town Festival with an open day on Thursday (29th August) from 10am to 5pm.

If you would like to join us on Wednesday evening for the opening of, probably THE best, design space in the city of Cape Town, RSVP to

If you live outside of South Africa, make sure to put The Stable on your itinerary next time you visit Cape Town (an absolute must for art & design lovers). It’s walking distance from the popular Kloof and Long Street and surrounded by an array of coffee shops like The Colour Red, Oumeul bakery and Skinny Legs & all.


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The Fringe Arts’ golden triangle.

21 Aug

It’s been chosen as one of the top gift shopping spots in Cape Town by Lonely Planet and it’s run by two lovely ladies and their angels as they call them.

The Fringe Arts is a quirky little shop in the ever so popular Kloof Street and about a year and a half ago seen in the Victoria & Albert Waterfront. They recently opened up shop in Lonehill, Johannesburg as well – these girls just keep on growing and growing.

What makes this shop different to so many other designer goods & craft shops in South Africa? They’re out to make a difference in how designers do business, making sure they spend 2 or 3 hours with EVERY designer that stock their shelves.

They address issues like designers under-cutting themselves, pricing do’s & don’ts and encourage continues creation. So if you’re an up coming designer or a crafty knitter, The Fringe Arts is a good start.

The two Cape Town shops (I cannot speak for the Lonehill shop) carry a very wide range of small gifts and what can be described as ‘cutie’ memorabilia, a lot of knitted animals and jewelry.

They also carry  my re-usable cotton coffee filters, No-Feet-On-The-Table felt coasters and sets of white & brown tea bag bath soaks in their Kloof Street shop and also in the V & A Waterfront.

The Fringe Arts on Kloof

99B Kloof StreetGardens, Cape Town, +27 72 252 9709. Mon to Fri, 9h30 to 17h30

The Fringe Arts at V&A

Shop 11B Alfred Mall V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, +27 79 494 1156, Mon to Sun, 9h00 to 21h00

The Fringe Arts at Lonehill

Shop LL10 Lonehill Shopping Centre, Lonehill, Johannesburg, +27 82 361 8095, Mon to Sat, 9h30 to 17h30

What to expect in terms of products: quirky & cute small gifts priced on average at around R250-ish.

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Felt doily potholder giveaway!

29 Jul

I’m giving away 3 of my felt doily potholders (worth R160 each – US$18) to three lucky gals!! As some of you might know, all my felt products are proudly made in South Africa right here in the heart of Cape Town. It’s made from thick durable industrial felt that’s also washable (very gently by hand) and it can handle the heat – tried and tested!

What’s great about these potholders are that they can be used for soooo many things, not only to keep your table from those dreaded heat stains. I sometimes use them for place mats, especially for lunch or tea time when I use smaller plates. They’re also great used as traditional doilies, under decorative bowls.

How to enter:

1} Like my Facebook Page:   (or hit the FB like button on the right sidebar of this blog)

2} Join my tribe: (or hit the blue ‘join my tribe’ button on the right sidebar of this blog)

3} Answer the question below in the comment box (click on ‘change’ then click the small FB icon to use your FB account):

If I gave you an R800/ US$85 Touchee Feelee voucher, what would you buy at my online shop: You can go a bit over or under R800 (about US$85)

The deadline for entries are Wednesday morning 9:00, the 7th of August. Three winners will be announced later in the day.

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UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.

The winners are:
1) Victory York
2) Karen Kelly
3) Nicolette Nel

Congratulations! You will each receive a felt doily potholder! Please get in touch here: and send me your delivery address (if you live in Cape Town you can alternatively pick up your prize from me).


Cabin in a Forest: a narrative in watercolour

27 Jun

Deep in the forest of my mind there’s a cabin where I collect antique dolls and botanical specimens. Today I’d like to introduce you to the specimens I’ve found.
PS. If you like my visual story, bring a touch of old world charm and mystery into your home by clicking on your favourite specimen.



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wild star anise

wild star anise


pollen cone

bottle brush leaf

bottle brush leaf

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