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Pinterest inspiration #1

By on Jan 16, 2015 in Style | 2 comments

Lately I have been browsing Pinterest a lot more than I used to, I find it helps me stay on track with what I decide to make for my new Etsy store. It is always nice to see lovely new fashion trends, and find that the bags that I make fit in with what is hot right now! I adore the big leather totes and satchels I’ve come across and am very inspired by the clutch bags I’ve seen. It seems that pairing ethnic textiles with leather was a good direction for me to start going into last year, and I will certainly be doing a lot more of it this year. Which of these bags would you want? If I had to choose I’d take the African print tribal clutch bag and the dark brown leather tote with the white stitching. All images: image credit to Pinterest – click image to view in...

By donkey cart through the Cederberg

By on Jan 8, 2015 in South Africa | 2 comments

On boxing day we woke up to another blue African sky in the Cederberg, with just one or two wispy clouds scoring the blueness above us. We had long planned to book some donkey carts to drive us the relatively short stretch of dirt road from Rocklands to Heuningvlei. The road is only about 15km long, so we probably could have walked it if we wanted to. But since we have always seen the Heuningvlei locals drive past as we bouldered in Rocklands in the past, we thought it would be a bit of a touristy adventure to go on the carts with them. The road through the reserve is a single track dirt road, on which no cars are allowed and it takes you through some pretty spectacular scenery. Pete and I, my brother, my mother and Pete’s dad set off nice and early to go meet the carts that were coming to pick us up at the start of the road through that part of the Cederberg, with our water bottles...

Flow into 2015

By on Dec 31, 2014 in Life and everything | 2 comments

I am constantly amazed at the amount of inspiring female bloggers out there in the wide, wide interweb world. I am even more amazed at how big a part of my life these women have become and how much their posts mean to me. As this year has been drawing to a close I have been thinking of what I want and need from 2015 and as I read through other people’s posts and plans for next year my own goals became more focused. I have written before about how I want to be less lost in the details of life and more focused on the bigger picture of what the future is, but have not been able to distil this desire into words and plans for next year. That is until I read three posts this week that have helped me formulate and focus my ideas. The first one was from Chantelle’s blog- about how she wants 2015 to be a year of fluidity for her. This resonated with me as in 2014 I also chose one word for the...

We’re having a …..

By on Dec 29, 2014 in Life and everything | 8 comments

After successfully keeping this little secret until after Christmas (well, except for maybe posting it on Facebook and Instagram on Christmas day!) I think it is time to tell you whether we are expecting a girl or a boy! We found out at our mid-pregnancy anomaly scan and were both really surprised. We were very sure that I carrying a girl, but nope, it’s a boy! Of course I could now immediately start buying boy themed clothes and toys, which makes me feel a little guilty since I promised a friend I wouldn’t be gender stereotyping the little one with blues or pinks… Pete, my brother and I went up to the area where we had our wedding photos taken in the Cederberg to take a picture for our gender announcement, you may recognise the surroundings from last week’s post. It is such a wide open and peaceful area, and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day...

Return to the Cederberg – as one big family

By on Dec 22, 2014 in South Africa | 0 comments

Since 2001 I have been visiting the Cederberg area in South Africa to boulder on the enormous boulders strewn about the landscape. I love the place – the colours, the quiet, the mystery of the bushmen paintings on the rocks and the bejewelled night skies. Pete and I met there, we fell in love, we got engaged and we got married there. We lived in tents every weekend over climbing season for two years; and then we lived in a caravan for four months while he wrote his thesis and I “commuted” back and forth from Cape Town. It is a place that is as much a part of our make up as our souls are. There cannot be anything on earth that compares to sitting under that black black night sky looking up at every star that ever was created. We go back whenever we can now that we no longer live in South Africa, and this Christmas holiday we will go back there as a new family, complete...

Shweshwe cotton – from missionaries to Kings and presidents

By on Dec 15, 2014 in Our shop, South Africa | 4 comments

Shweshwe is a type of fabric that is so popular in South Africa that it is also known as “South African denim”. This printed cotton calico cloth was first introduced into South African culture in 1840 by French missionaries who gave the King of Lesotho, King Moshoeshoe, some of the cloth. He loved it and soon the garments made from this cloth was in high demand. People say that the name Shweshwe was derived from the King’s name: Moshoshoe. The other possible origin of the name is said to come form the whispering sound the cloth makes when it is worn as a long skirt. If you say it out loud you’ll understand how it sounds like a whisper. Traditionally this cloth was used to make clothing for newly married Xhosa women as well as for married Sotho women, but recently the fabric has become so popular that it is also used for contemporary clothing, upholstery and quilting. The cloth is...