Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Monday, 25 March 2013


Bought the same vase, but in white, and made the same flowers, but in brown, for a friend's birthday.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Mr Buttons comes to stay

A gift from a friend. He's really just called Buttons but he perks up when you call him Mr Buttons :-)

Fresh flowers from Korea

I made some paper flowers for my new turquoise vase from Mr Price. Used pages from a Korean book.

Colours inspired by CitySpa

A friend did the interior of a spa in Amsterdam - I just love it. I'm introducing these colours in my bathroom. Mosaic table is the start. Check out the interior of CitySpa on this link: http://goo.gl/maps/beC7w

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Sunday lunch

Menu – Welcome drink: apple schnapps with cider and ginger ale. Starter: homemade extra flat pizza with mushroom, tomatoes, onions, peppers, olives, parmesan, rocket and fresh garden herbs. Main: chickpeas, butternut, cherry tomato, onions, garlic, chilli, yellow & red peppers, baked in oven and served with very green salad. Dessert: meringue, lemon sorbet, berries, granadilla. Cake: apple pecan crumble.
All of the main course was finished off so I was unable to photograph it, sigh. 
A wonderful afternoon with friends.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

I love Ikea!

Cobus sent me these fabrics from Ikea - so, a cushion cover and a bag! Thanks.

Then and now

Recycled my Christmas paper chain decorations as curtains in the pantry.

C is for caterpillar, W is for worm

Tried to find a match on the internet so I could name him but failed. In the garden this morning.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Solo, the story of an African Wild Dog

Many years ago, maybe 20 or more, I bought this book for someone.
I was thinking about it just last week, wishing I had had opportunity to read it.
Some years back I started to look for it in second-hand and out-of-print bookstores, way before google search etc. The only copy I ever came across was a paperback for a gazillion rands. So on Saturday, at the book sale, the first box I look into, there it is - a hardcover copy, a little water damaged - OMW, serendipity.

Please be patient

I'm determined to get these Jasmine cuttings to sprout roots and once established I will plant it in the garden to replace its old and tired parent.
Yes, I could just buy a new plant, but will it teach me patience? Me thinks not!

Dark woman

I found a B/W photograph in a magazine of woman. The pic was dark, the woman's mood seemed dark, so I attempted to do a dark illustration of the photo, of the woman. I made it darker still, and sadder still. And even though I used guides the proportions are distorted and now she looks like someone who would commit dark deeds too.

The vision I had in my head of how it would look are not mirrored in the execution. Sorry, lady. Argh!

Cut it short

I went and had my hair cut on Sunday morning.
I had coloured it on Saturday afternoon but more needed to be done.

Last month I was at a shopping centre and saw a hair salon, looking all elegant and classy, and thought I would go in to book an appointment. As soon as I was inside I knew it was a mistake, and because I didn't know what to do I booked the appointment anyway, although I never pitched for it.
Every one of their hair stylist had dry, fizzy, unkept hair. Sorry, I judge a book by how it looks.

A quiet, relaxed weekend

They had a book sale at the Sandton Library, paperbacks for ZAR15. Hardcovers a little bit more. 5 books for ZAR110, absurd. Nice to be able to go to a store and touch the vegetables, feel their firmness or ripeness, rather than pick a perfect, cling-wrapped pack. PnP on William Nicol. Sewed a few tops. Tried to make a teddy bear, but he looks nothing like the picture :-) Flowers in bloom. As I said quiet. And uneventful.