Sunday, September 30, 2007

Lovely Lunch...

My friend Trish and her family came for lunch the other day. The hostess gift they bought was so special! Orchids grown on their farm and home-made lemon syrup! When can we make a date again?

Friday, September 28, 2007

Sumptuous Saris

I have a weakness for saris. I live in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa, where we experience a rich Indian Culture. This means that on my frequent visits to Charity Shops, I am almost always confronted by some "Second Hand Saris for Sale"! I just cant resist all those metres and metres of beautifully patterned fabric for around $1.50 or 70p [R10 for those of us in SA].
This is one beautiful way I have found to use them! [Along with my treasured glass "bottle" collection]

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Marvelous Mugs

This past weekend I had to do some cleaning out. I found a box full of hand painted mugs – which we had created as a family about 5 years ago. The remaining members of the set are now chipped and well worn and I knew that they had to go…BUT… before they did, I got them to pose for me! My favourite is the one with the ants crawling all over it – or perhaps it was the one painted round and round with sayings all about coffee!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Avenue

I live in a beautiful part of the world! I thought I would like to share some of it with you - so my early morning[pre-traffic] mission was to capture some images of the Avenue of Plane Trees outside my house. I can get quite poetic about them and the way they change so much through all the seasons. Right now it is Spring here and they are still busy getting dressed in their bright greenery. Soon they will have a thick summer coat of leaves! The rich neutral tones of the bark always inspire me!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Impending Wedding

I mentioned in the side bar that I have “almost-leaving-home” children. Well my eldest daughter is getting married next year in April, so there is a hive of activity here. Lots of painting - Many of my vintage bowls are a teriffic shade of turquoise now … 60 or 70 so far I think! ...And our dining room table is previewing a trial run of some flower arrangements. These beautiful sticks are getting ready for the wedding too! I’ll keep you up to date with the progress!

Monday, September 24, 2007


We celebrated my friend Debbie’s birthday at the Marianhill Monastery Tea Garden. I loved the friendly service, the thick farm cream, the piped music under the huge trees and the German architecture.
A little bit of Europe in Africa. If you are in Durban, and the weather is good, treat yourself to an inspirational, get-away-from-it-all experience.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Spring Ball

My daughter recently went to a Spring Ball. Together we designed and made her dress out of …. ties! Yip! She actually has a beautiful face, but, doesn't want to show it off on my blog! We had so much fun choosing the ties and kept the ladies at the local charity shop entertained when we told them what we were going to do with them!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Tags and Me!

I’ve been tagged by The Empire Collective! Here are 7 random things about me…………
1. Before I started blogging, I seldom used a camera. I always got someone else to take pics for me. Now the camera keeps my cell phone and wallet company in my handbag! I am thinking more in “Pictures” now! Last year I sold out my share of a coffee shop which we started. I regret that I have so few pics of all the creative work I did there over the 2 years. In this pic you can just catch a glimpse of some of the cushions I made with vintage doileys appliqued onto red cotton.
2. I love our new photographic package. I am not able to draw much more that a stick man, but now I am able to take pics and get the computer to turn them into a drawing for me! Very satisfying!
3. I got to go to the Design Indaba in Cape Town for the first time this year! It has been a dream to go for many years. I’m so glad I did.
4. I am hoping to launch an etsy shop. I have some ideas. Still working through them though!
5. I am attracted to Vintage “How-to” books. I love those old drawings.
6. Design, Style and a touch of Humour. These words fit together well for me.
7. Orange - By the time I left home to get married in the early 80s, I had a brown and orange bedroom - an orange rope monkey, an orange string lampshade, and orange floral print curtains! My wedding colour was apricot. I loved orange!!! But the love changed to hate. During the late 80s and 90s I couldn’t believe that I had loved the colour at all. I was quoted as saying: “Orange is so ugly – it should be illegal”. Well,I have come full circle again. All is forgiven and Orange and I are in love again!
I am reserving my right to tag 7 people at a later date!!??

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Designer Garden

Two or three times a week, early in the morning, I walk – to keep fit! This is no amble in the park- it is serious stuff. So we don’t stop to admire the scenery. But one house nearby has caused us to stop, stare and even come back in the car again later, with a camera! It all made sense when I found out that this was the home of legendary garden designer - Jan Blok. When I heard that his garden was going to be one of the Kloof Rotary Anns "Open Gardens" this past weekend, I rushed over to his place. I was not disappointed. I was delighted! And you can see why…

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Orange is Catchy!

Empire Collective is spreading the Orange Odysey! Visit Chris to see these intriguing room dividers by Egg Design and some other outstanding orange objects!

And Even More ...

My Garden is keeping up with the Fun Orange theme that is happening here at the moment! It has provided me with some cheerful ways to use some more of my vintage finds! My collection of glass bottles are sporting some funky orange "botanical hair styles"!
And this lid-less dish, a recent addition to my large family of beautiful junk, made these Clivias feel right at home
This Strelitzia welcomes us home, hinting about the colour-thing that is happening inside!

Monday, September 17, 2007

More Orange!

Here's some Orange Design that I would not mind adding to my home! I love Ryan Frank 's delightful award winning Inkuku Chair – made out of plastic shopping bags. South African born Ryan loves to re-use and re-invent.
His Bio Resin adjustable Hook System looks like a really cool way to hang things that need to be hung up!
Now I can’t wait to see what he’s done with a whole lot of 'redundant office furniture'. If you are going to be at TentLondon from the 20th of September, you’ll be able to see for yourself!

Friday, September 14, 2007


I was inspired by the article “Pick&Mix” in the August edition of Elle Decoration UK . The reader is encouraged to add a surprise shade to the colour scheme of a room.
Well I find orange a surprising shade – so I had some fun adding touches of spunky orange to my neutral colour scheme. The orange fronds came from a palm growing in my garden.
The orange cushion was made from a vintage silk evening dress. Isn't the pattern beautiful?
The 2 neutral cushions on the couch were made from an old cricket pullover!


I am passionate about Creativity, People and Excellent Coffee! I like to “Find” objects - junk, vintage or ordinary - and give them a whole new life! I do some Interior Redesign - it is so rewarding to work in people’s homes and help them discover the treasures they already have! I continually work on my own home and there is hardly a thing in it which I have not “Found”, sewn or painted!
I am intrigued by the Creative Process and from time to time I run courses on Creativity.
I am a coffee fanatic. I will travel across the city to get a good Americano! My faithful espresso machine accompanies me on all our trips away where I fear there might not be some good stuff!
My husband, Graham, is an Executive Coach and my best friend. I have 3 delightful, creative children – one in high school, one at University and one working and about to get married!! I am starting my blog, with my version of "The Spoon Theme"! A vintage silver dish on my coffee table, piled up with a good helping of beautiful old jam and teaspoons!