crocheted wool handbag work in progress

Having your own business

Not being entirely as technologically literate as I’d like (or like to think I am!) I’m not sure how to disable some of the facebook notifications I get inundated with, and at the moment the pace is hotting up as my 10 year Insead MBA reunion approaches next weekend.  Sadly I’m not going, what with […]

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Flowers for winter

It’s been a chilly day here in Cape Town today, maybe the first of many, although I haven’t been watching the forecast.  But when I photographed my crocheted flower collection for a product enquiry this afternoon they felt woolly and wintery like the weather.  

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Hand-spun wool vest crocheted in an open weave with adjustable (and detachable) ribbon tie

Bowtie Vest

Handspun wool vest crocheted in an open weave with adjustable (and detachable) ribbon tie. Details: ≈65cm nape to hem, ≈40cm underarm to hem, ≈275g, various plain colours Made to measure on request R795  

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South African protea flowers

Sometimes it’s pure joy

One of the things I love about this business is the adventure.  Something interesting and exciting seems to happen every single day, and usually it’s unpredictable.  Sometimes the adventure is in the fascinating people I get to talk to, like the philosopher/assistant supervisor at one of Cape Town’s steel scrapyards or the shoemaker/repairer on the […]

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Sculptural steelwork by artist-blacksmith Conrad Hicks

What is real?

I’ve been spending my Friday afternoons in Conrad Hicks’ blacksmith workshop pounding steel and learning to wield a hammer, I’m even learning to make a hammer!  It started as a need to work through a lot of anger and strong feelings, finding a way to channel the huge amount of energy they evoked into something […]

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How to get what you want

I follow Brene Brown’s Ordinary Courage blog, and I really liked today’s quote quote of the week – margaret young – my blog – Ordinary Courage. It seems so obvious when you read it, and isn’t at all easy in reality (not for me anyway), but the experience of trying is a profound one! And it […]

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Stylish merino and mohair knit purse

Design Indaba kicks off

The Design Indaba conference kicked off yesterday and by all accounts it was a full and interesting day, as expected. If like me you’re not attending you can follow the chirping at #designindaba on Twitter. But for more insights and a summary of the day’s action have a look at Creative Review’s blog post. And […]

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Finding the freedom to create

Sometimes things do not go according to plan.  Like creating on command! Like yesterday:  the beginning of my “creative week”; a making day; a day of abundant, inspired, creative work. NOT! More like a day of feeling stuck, constrained, dry, hot and bothered and blocked. A day of resorting to doing important financial admin and […]

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