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
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.
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.
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
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.”
Leah Goren18. July 2014
Leah Goren makes loads of pretty things from clothes to scarves to handprinted material to drawings, but some of my favourite things that she creates are her ceramics. They’re a bit wonky, but a lot nice.