1 more sleep…28. July 2014

Ok so the time has nearly come for Shane and I to meet our little love. Tomorrow is her big day and today I can’t seem to properly grasp that the time has finally arrived. I suspect that later tonight when we go to bed I’m going to have a bit of a moment and more than likely a cry (a good one), then tomorrow when we arrive at the hospital, I think that’s when it’s finally going to hit me in the face like giant hand or preferably something more pleasant, like a giant ice-cream sandwich. I’ve lived with her for the last 9 months, felt every single one of her movements for the last few months and imagined every single day what she’s going to look like and in less than 24 hours I’m going to meet her and touch her for the very first time and that is the craziest, most wonderful thought ever.

So we are all packed and ready to go and baby Durrant’s room is 98% ready for her, although I have no doubt she’s going to be sleeping right next to me in her new cam-cot so that I can monitor her every move for the first couple of months. but before I sign off for the next little while, for obvious reasons, I thought I would share her room with you.

Shane and I sat and thought about what we wanted it to look like for a while and then started doing up plans and once again my awesome husband decided that he was going to make her furniture, so just like that he handmade her crib, which can be converted into a toddler’s bed, as well as her changing table and shelves and once again I was flipping amazed at how he just put his mind to it and off he blady well went. He’s found a real passion for stuff like this and I’m so amped he’s amped to make as many things as we need.

Quite a few of the items in her room are local (the best), so I’m going to let you know where they come from, in case something tickles your fancy and you want to get your hands on them… all links are below the photos.

*The crib is missing it’s front bars, those are still getting made, don’t worry we weren’t just going to leave her in there and hope for the best.

 

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 This was my most favourite book when I was little Batis, I still have it.

The triangular vinyls and the awesome black and white cloud and leather baby mobile come from Jessica Barnard

The Sitting Lamp is from Graeme Bettles Design

The awesome Bokkie Rocker comes from ilovebokkie

The hand drawn little houses are by Jean de Wet (one of the best local illustrators around)

The drawing of the ‘girl with bird on her head’ is by my friend Leigh Reilly, who is also a super talented illustrator - leigh@designpartnership.co.za

The knitted white bunny is from an organisation called The Bear Hug Project. They raise money for aids orphans and the elderly – great organisation

The ‘Yay’ banner is from Zana products 

 

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Veltwerk23. July 2014

I love it when local people make awesome local things to share with the rest of us local folk. And that’s my I’m happy to tell you about this company called Veltwerk that make such cool leather (vegetable-dyed leather sourced from local tanneries) and velt bags. They have just launched their new online store and everything on it is worth a lust over. So I thought I would share their products with you and if you feel like a bit of a ‘spoil yourself’ moment, head on over to veltwerk.co.za 

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Gourmet Traveller23. July 2014

Found this site today that has loads and loads of flipping delicious looking recipes on it.They are even categorised, so if you are in the mood for say, dumplings or potatoes, vanilla flavoured things, Japanese, pasta or say, cheesecake doughnuts with salted caramel, then you’re all sorted. You just click into the different sections and off you go.

Speaking of cheesecake doughnuts with salted caramel, I will literally pay someone cash-money to make these sons-of-bitches for me and then bring them to my house – you will also be expected to feed them to me, a thank you.

Anyway, if you’re stumped for what to make for supper or more importantly dessert, check this site out, I seriously doubt you’re going to regret it.

 

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cheesecake doughnuts with salted caramel

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plum and custard fritters

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black eyed pea curry with crisp shallots

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potato and leek ravioli

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prawn dumplings with green tea salt

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chicken and coconut soup (tom kha gai)

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blueberry vanilla tart

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roast pumpkin tortellini with amaretti, sage and onion

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caneles with spiced hot chocolate

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strawberry and watermelon sundae

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chocolate and coffee fudge cakes with bourbon chocolate sauce

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chicken, lentil and kale soup

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herbed potato and crème fraîche tourte

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charred rice noodles and chicken

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macaroni and cheese

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apple and cinnamon tarte

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hazelnut mousse with honeycomb and chocolate

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french onion soup

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warm golden potato salad with lime butter and coriander

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beetroot leaf ravioli with ricotta

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sussex pond puddings with mandarin English cream 

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SMITH Jewellery21. July 2014

A local lass by the name of Anna who is behind the label SMITH, emailed me a couple of days ago about her new Bone Couture jewellery collection. The collection was inspired by a little Bokmakierie carcass that she found on the side of the road in Namaqualand last year. She then incorporated an albino Gopher snake to round out the collection.

I think these pieces are pretty cool and I really, really like the long necklace with the gold Bokmakierie dangling off of it.

- I draw my inspiration from my travels and the different cultures and environments that I have encountered along the way; whether it’s a piece of wallpaper from a 16th century villa or from the feeling invoked by a walk through the African bush.

There are two distinctive aesthetics that appeal to me: Organic and Elaborate. The challenge to fuse organic materials and sensations with intricate designs and techniques is what really fascinates me. I am continuously in the search of simple, elegant, timeless designs with a little bit of a kick! This translates into bold, feminine, lightweight sterling silver jewellery that is crafted 100% by hand, ensuring that no two pieces are the same.

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Lucky Song Friday – Poison Drum – Gang Of Youths18. July 2014

This week’s song was sent to me by my lovely friend Karen, who I miss a lot. She thought I might like it and she thought right, so here is my new Lucky Song Friday by a band called Gang Of Youths. Enjoy.

Last week’s Lucky Song Friday - Stay with me – Sam Smith

 

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Jersey Ice Cream Company18. July 2014

Came across this site called Jersey Ice Cream Company, who do the complete opposite of what their name suggests (already I like them). Now at first glance you would think that I was going to show you drool-worthy pictures of creamy, creamy ice-cream, but instead I’m going to show you the cool transformations that the 2 ladies who run this interior design studio have come up with. Yip, they take boring looking rooms and make them into something special and pretty damn awesome, according to me. Below are before and after shots of some of the spaces they have worked on. Love all the reclaimed wood and the idea of keeping some of the original textures in the room, like the exposed wallpaper, flooring, concrete walls and ceiling beams. Also love the black and white kitchen, if you’re looking for design inspiration for a non-traditional revamp, you’re going to like this post, but if beige tiles, off-white walls and anything tinged Tuscan is your thing, then rather give it a skip-a-roo.

- We are Tara Mangini and Percy Bright, a full-service interior design duo who love to travel wherever there’s a space begging for a transformation. Every space holds its own unique opportunities. Old houses are filled with secrets, little clues that lie hidden for years. The only thing better than rescuing them from layers of wallpaper, paint, and carpet is weaving those stories together with fresh ideas, creating spaces that feel new but instantly familiar. Though empty white boxes lack similar stories, they carry with them a certain sense of freedom. When a history doesn’t already exist, it’s ours to create.”

 

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