Friday, October 31, 2008

Joy of the Journey

Christy-Anne Bestwick has a comprehensive blog documenting her beautiful journey in Jewellery Making! She sells some of her metal lace work and other jewellery in her etsy shop!
I love her platinum bangle. You can read all about how she made it here and here.
There are a couple of things worth mentioning about Christy-Anne besides her gorgeous creations -
1. She lives right here in Durban!
2. There are so many ways of spelling Christy[Kristi, Kristy, Cristi,etc] but she spells the Christy part of her name just like my daughter Christy!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Another Birthday, Another Bag!

My friends are bearing the brunt of my Sari Bag prototypes!
I just love the fresh colour and pattern of this sari!
Its almost an inside out bag, as I lined the bag with strong upholstery fabric , so that the prettiness could be on the outside! Remove Formatting from selection

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


I find the scissor shape very appealing! I have enjoyed seeing it in quite a few places lately...
Prop stylist Amy Chin decorated the wall with them:
[solves the problem of "Where did those scissors get to?]
Earlier this year, Thomas Jaillot & Marco De Michelis introduced a Silver Scissor Bracelet !Sakurasnow has just snapped some beautiful street scenes in Harlem:
I love this Letter Opener from Atypyk
Jesse's block printed cotton Scissor Tape:
And remember this from an earlier post this year

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Egg at Last!

I finally got to see: Egg - a Retrospective at the Bank Gallery in Durban! "The exhibition showcased furniture works from the studio of Egg, which was exhibited as an entire collection for the first time!" Greg and Roche Dry of Egg Design do not stick to a set formula of design but have many varied contemporary design solutions. They are influenced by their constant travel and I seem to remember that they like to visit Charity Shops for inspiration too! The exhibition closes on the 30th, so there are just 2 days left to see this fantastic display! Thanks Chris for coming with and taking the pics for me!

Monday, October 27, 2008


This is how it goes some times! I bought a vintage table cloth. It was stained and yellowed. Nothing that some bleach and hot water could not sort out! And that was that. The bleach was too strong for it and it shredded the fabric. I found myself saddened but yet drawn to the whiteness and the shredding. So before I threw it away, I thought I would capture it. If I lived in an industrial loft apartment, I would hang it up as an Art Work - a comment on the Beauty of Fragility, or the Fragility of Beauty! - But I live in suburbia and it just wouldn't work here! Farewell ... no perhaps I should keep it. You never know!
For some more constructive things to do with bleach look here, here and here

Friday, October 24, 2008

More on Bottle Chandeliers

The weather here has been rainy and misty! Typical October weather! Lovely for the garden, but not so good for snapping the things I am working on!

Following on from the Milk Bottle Chandelier yesterday, I thought I would show you a few more bottles that have light bulbs in them!

Droog used milk bottles too in this striking Chandelier:
Inhabitat featured this public-art installation in Arlington County in Virginia, where five-hundred and twenty-two solar-powered LEDs on rods were each topped with a reused plastic bottle Meyda stock a huge variety of Bottle LightingMichelle Brand has a floor-to-ceiling cascade lamp made from plastic bottle bottoms! I must say I am eyeing my empty water bottles in a whole new light now!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Milk Bottle Chandeliers and Things

Today is an emotional day for me. It is my youngest daughter's last proper day at school before her final exams start. I have been taking children to school on a daily basis for the past 22 odd years, and that role has just come to an end. I guess the early morning rush won't be missed but the quality time together, the 'How was your day?", "This is how my day went!" will be missed!
Oh well...
The last of my highlights from my recent trip to Gauteng...
The Irene Dairy Farm is a Green Oasis in the seeming Concrete Jungle of Gauteng! It is an operating Dairy Farm with a Coffee Shop and Restaurant, as well as home to lots of real live cows, chickens and things!

I was fascinated by the wrought iron railings around this pond. Each panel is different, although it is made out similar shapes! The Farm Store is decorated with delicious Fresh Food and these delightful Milk Bottle Chandeliers! I have to add that the Americano was served JUST the way I love it. A single espresso in a cup with hot water and cold milk on the side! Yes! What a TREAT!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Been to Bean There

A few years ago I owned a coffee shop - and my passion for coffee and quirky coffee shops has never faded! That is why I enjoyed Bean There at 44 Stanley! I loved the 'bike artwork', the colourful lampshades and the airy light white feel of the place. The owners import coffee and your nose tells you, way before you get inside, that it is roasted on sight!My visit there was a visual and aromatic feast!Visit their Blog and visit BaristaUnderground to read about the recent Coffee Jam Session held at Bean There.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Is this Paris or is this Josi?

My friend took me to visit 44 Stanley while I was in Gauteng. The whole place is so inspiring! One of the shops I really enjoyed was La Basse-Cour - an amazing French Experience!
I was immediately transported to France - without having to get a Schengen Visa or pay for the airfare!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Josi Joy

I had a wonderful break in Johannesburg - reconnecting with old friends, celebrating my nephew's wedding, seeing some great places and just enjoying being there with my family. Until 15 years ago, this was my home turf, so it is always good to go back for a visit! We stayed in a cute B&B called La Bastide near Hartebeesport Dam, It was just brimming with style and creative ideas!
The seating in the lounge was cleverly done and the piece-de-resistance was this quirky lamp made from scrap metal! If I could have put it in my suitcase I would have! These interesting light patterns through this small glass window in our room... were created by this old post box door mounted on the other side of the wall! A successful combination of the ruggedness of Africa with large doses of European finesse!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

In the Nick of Time

I finished making this bag yesterday, about 5 minutes before I had to give it to my friend for her birthday. It is made from a vintage sari, printed in Japan. I am so happy to have been able to use some of my beautiful sari stash!
I am off to Gauteng tomorrow - a family wedding and also catching up with some friends - will back again next week!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Just in Time for Summer...

...I have finished this scarf! It is the largest item I have crocheted for many years. I find working with a crochet hook so relaxing and therapeutic and have so enjoyed doing it again. I can feel a big granny square blanket threatening to happen soon!I made this from a bag of odd balls of wool given to me by my mom! I started with a long chain. Then I did 1 row of treble into the chain, then I worked another row of treble on the other side of the chain. This meant that I worked on two edges of the scarf simultaneously, making it easy to use up the scraps of wool in a symmetrical way.
Here in the Southern Hemisphere, things are just hotting up - but if a surprise trip to the Northern Hemisphere just happened to come up soon, I am well prepared!

For a good laugh about people who have taken their knitting and crocheting skills too far have a look here. via Doubletakes

Friday, October 10, 2008

Repurposed Buildings

Earlier this year, I had a wonderful trip to Cape Town. Visiting the beautiful Biscuit Mill in Woodstock was a highlight! The old Pyotts biscuit factory has been transformed into retail space, with enough space left for the Saturday Neighbourgoods Market - which was an experience not to be missed!

Next week I am off to Gauteng for a family wedding. I am hoping to get to see another old building with a new life. The old AA workshops have now also become a shopping experience! 44 Stanley is all about Urban Renewal, Creativity and Skills!

Another Project to keep our eyes on is the imminent Arts on Main - an urban rejuvination of a warehouse in the Eastern Jo'burg CBD!