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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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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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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..

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Some of my inspiration

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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

hello@thefringearts.co.za

http://www.thefringearts.co.za/

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

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Sunday baking: Easy orange and poppy seed cake

2 Jun

Cape Town is wet and cold and everyone’s high on hot chocolate, so what better time to whip up a cake? This orange and poppy seed cake is not overly sweet, so it goes really well with a sweet hot drink, like rooibos tea. The original recipe is by David Herbert (a master chef by the way), I changed it slightly by adding cream cheese icing (which I didn’t actually do myself but I highly recommend adding icing as it needs that extra bit of richness to round it off). I don’t usually share recipes or anything other than design and art, but…..you need to taste this cake – it’s absolutely heavenly.

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oh! sneaked (snuck?) in my welcome felt place mat in the background there… it’s all about subliminal marketing.

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…and yes that’s also my artichoke napkin curling around the plate.

Ingredients:

Cake

½ cup poppy seeds

¾ cup milk

juice from ½ lemon

250g butter (softened)

1 cup muscovado sugar

grated zest of 1 orange

1 tsp orange essence

4 eggs

2 cups cake flour

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda (banking soda)

pinch of salt

{soak the poppy seeds in the milk and lemon juice for 1-2 hours. Preheat the oven to 180˚C or 350˚F. Grease a 25 cm cake tin. Beat the butter, muscovado sugar, orange essence and orange zest with an electric mixer until fluffy and pale. Beat the eggs in one at a time, alternating with a little flour, until combined. Sift together the remaining flour, baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt  then fold into the mixture. Gentle stir in the poppy seed mixture until smooth and combined (try not to eat the batter at this stage – it is delicious and you shouldn’t eat raw batter!).

Spoon the batter into the cake tin and bake for 55- 60min or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for 5min, turn upside down onto a large plate or cake stand and brush with HOT orange syrup – see below. Leave to cool completely before spreading cream cheese icing on top}

Syrup

Juice of 3 oranges

½ cup castor sugar

{combine the juice and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then gently simmer for 5 min}

Cream cheese icing (frosting):

  • 250g cream cheese
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 125g (¾ cup) icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice

{Use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and lemon zest in a bowl until smooth. Gradually add the icing sugar and beat until well combined. Stir in the lemon juice}.

Great escape

26 Nov

This song by Patrick Watson inspires me.

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