Saturday, January 29, 2011

a rabbit and a garden

not this cute little guy
but a very fashionisata bunny called Fifi Lapin with amazing art skills and fashion sense

and a very different garden in the heart of a city, Durbs Botanical, the last of the spring flowers and muddy waters from all the rain... soft decay

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

something to remember...

at least three times a day I think these exact words
maybe not the most motivational thing to say to yourself
but it helps me remember that I do have some worth above and beyond this exact moment of drudgery....

why yes, I am overqualified

aren't they lucky to have me around?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

it's corny to say, but every day can be valentines day!

I like to stock up this time of year with notes and cards and all the amazing things to be found on the web, they come in handy all through the year, for special days and for all those "just because" moments.
Kind Over Matter is an amazing blog "dedicated to kind acts, inspirational stories, art and projects."

She has an amazing collection of love stuff as well as many other interesting things! Go take a look and be inspired!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ode to tea

tea tastes best in your mother's kitchen
from the familiar weight in your hands
to the leaky tea pot
the frizz of steam, hot and dark
the clink of the teaspoon, 
the older-than-my-memory sugar pot 
with it's cracks, 
like wrinkles,
where it was dropped and re-glued countless times
a lot like the family
we stick together
with love
and grace
and mercy

and tea

aren't these cameo's lovely?

another awesome blog,  design is mine, recently featured cameo's as design inspiration ~ i love them!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rainbow life

On our wedding day it rained and rained and just as we said "I do" it stopped raining and then it rained confetti..... and as we were having our photographs taken, a rainbow arched across the sky.... every rainbow reminds me of that day....

beautiful places, interesting spaces

Oddee always has new things I've never seen or heard of before  -  wouldn't it be cool to live in a rainbow house??

Sunday, January 9, 2011

art on walls in rooms

Art Wall Rooms is a wonderful site where you can see some lovely fresh art ideas, buy pieces you love and have links to artists own websites or blogs, it feels like Aladdin's cave... so many treasures to discover

red carpets, awards, amazing DRESSES

Almost award show time ~ can't wait to see all the couture and commentary here

Saturday, January 8, 2011

free 2011 calendars

new year : check
new stationery : check
new goals : check

for me one of those new goals is to no longer be the person who forgets birthdays and is forced to send ugly belated birthday cards .... so here are some lovely free things floating around the interweb

I'm tempted to make myself one of each :)

these "year at a glance" pages here

a very very special owl inspired 2011 from My Owl Barn

nature inspired watercolor prints from a number of things

a page a month at switcheroom

and at Creative Mamma

and then some very cool Do It Yourself calendars from Lula Louise, you are never to old to colour-in, and the sketch-it-yourself could also be scrap-book-yourself or you could just persoanlise it in any way that is relevant to you...

like I said.... I think I need one of each! happy planning and organising

felt and talent

These amazing pieces from Sara at Luckyou Handmade
want one of each? I do!

new season : soft romance

Mr Price is very sneeky, making things just the right price so that you want one in every colour, their new season trend is "soft romance" take a look here 
very pretty

but of course, if I were here 

I would shop here or here or, you know, everywhere else
it's the sales, I dream about the sales.... sigh

buttons and talent

These beautiful pieces are made by Nadia from cupcake couture

she has a button search on at the moment... I know that as soon as I see my mom and mother-in-law I will be raiding their sewing boxes ... and all the aunties too! lots of lovely buttons for cupcake couture and the SPCA and bonus! a corsage for all of us
but I'll let her tell you about it in her own words

Why do I want them?
Good question!  You might have noticed that Cupcake Couture makes vintage inspired accessories and in order to make each one special I hunt and scrounge for vintage buttons.  Besides making accessories I am also a very dedicated donor of all my left over sewing pieces....this is where the SPCA comes in.
In the past year the SPCA in Kloof, Durban has found a new home for 202 cats and 673 dogs.  To allow them to continue to do this - buttons can help.  This specific branch has a small sewing shop and all the buttons that I don't use will go to them to sell and make more money to help as many animals as they can in 2011.  Small contribution - big happy heart!

For further details of sending the buttons (even if you are not in Durban) - please email me.

Looking forward to sharing the buttons!  To show you just how much I care - each button donor (big or small) will get a Cupcake Couture ribbon rosette!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


very much in love and awe with all things lisa&jo

the beautiful stationery and the blog.... lots and lots of inspiration

i sent mom one of these sets with some of the cute pink sewing accessories from Pink n Pay
one of us needs to learn how to sew (more than just a button)

more images from lisa&jo

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


since we now live in Kwa-Zulu Natal, home of isiZulu, I am crediting the name of this blog to the inhabitants of my new home. Durban people are inspiring.... therefore isi-inspiration