Stocking Fillers December 14, 2018 00:00

The joy of gift giving at Christmas is really great. Yes it can be a bit stressful negotiating the crowds in malls over December, but if you haven’t yet discovered online shopping, then now is the time!

And often I find that stocking fillers are the most fun to buy. They’re small things that show you’ve thought about someone while out and about, and they don’t carry the weight of responsibility of “The Main Gift.”

Here are a few things I’ve found and would recommend giving to your nearest and dearest.


Sleep Masks

Of course I had to start with my own goodies!

They’re made from leftover fabric to try to minimize waste and the strain the fashion places on the environment.

They’re super soft and comfortable to wear, especially over this season where you may be overindulging a bit and perhaps need to sleep a little later!

Or perhaps you’re taking an exciting, long trip somewhere and need to shut out the light to catch some zs.

Buy here.


Mist Collectables Notepads

I met Thea a few years ago and even collaborated with her on Sleepy T-shirts. I love the dreamlike quality of her work and just can’t seem to get enough.

Now she’s brought out notepads!

Pop these on your fridge and use for your grocery shopping lists, or my favourite – next to your bed to note down any thoughts that disturb you falling asleep.

I find my mind relaxes immediately once I’ve written down something that’s troubling me or that I need to remember. It’s down on paper, impossible therefore to forget, and so I can slip away into Lalaland.

I always have a notepad and pencil next to the bed for random thoughts, to do lists and jotting down quotes from books I’m reading.


Royale Pomegranate Oil

I discovered this wonderful serum recently in Stellenbosch, but they’re available online as well.

It’s thick and more viscous than any other oil I’ve tried. I’m usually really disciplined about the products I buy, but I tried this (of course it’s vegan and cruelty free) and fell in love.

I walked away attempting to be cool about it, but the feeling on my skin was just too delicious to ignore. I went straight back and bought it.

I’ve wised up to beauty products that sell youth and luminance. I know that more important is consistency in your beauty routine. But this has all sorts of side benefits which I find very appealing.

Also even though it’s an oil, it sinks into your skin leaving it silky soft and not oily at all. If I could, I would slather it over my whole body.

Read more here.


SharLeBel Mushrooms 

I met this passionate duo recently at Kamers Stellenbosch and they stole my heart, which is quite easy to do with great food.

I was wandering around looking for something to eat - a very challenging thing at this market where there is perhaps one vegan option if you're lucky - and came across this little mushroom biltong snack. 

But they could see I was ravenous and so they offered me some crackers with their superb mushroom salsa. 

Wow this stuff is good! Slightly spicy with, of course, Shiitake mushrooms, ginger, garlic and some other deliciousness mixed in with a bit of magic.

They use only Shiitake mushrooms which have endless health benefits. Here's some more info on what they do and where you can get your hands on some.


Have you found anything special that you’ve added to your stockings this year?

A Maker At A Market November 2, 2018 00:00

I’m at Kamers Market in Stellenbosch this week, which is, as always, an intense and incredible experience.

Preparation for this starts months in advance with applying for a position and waiting to hear if you got in.

Then you get your stall size and dimensions and need to start planning your space, taking your neighbours into consideration.

You also have to start deciding about which styles to produce and how much you think you might need – always a bit of a thumb suck! Depending on where it is plays a big part, but mostly it’s a guessing game.

The set up is always quite fun and involves a lot of moving around of rails and shelves to get the space just right. Then everything needs to be hung up and steamed so it looks beautiful. The set up is done over a couple of days so is really relaxed and peaceful.

Then it’s a case of crossing your fingers and hoping you have enough stock!

My life is set up in such a way that I have very limited contact with humans, except in very controlled environments. I’m not naturally a sociable person so it’s difficult for me to be in spaces like that for a long period of time.

Also, my time is usually my own so I’m flexible with my working hours.

Here, I am surrounded by people all day, every day for 6 days. And I have to be in one place all day, every day for 6 days, except for the odd loo break.

It’s grueling. I spend A LOT of time thinking about my bed.

But it’s also stimulating in a really good way. I’m aware that I’m very insulated, so being in direct contact with customers and designers is invaluable. I love the feedback that can I store away and use for future designs.

 And of course the discovery of new lovely things is a big plus – except I always spend way too much on shopping. In this context I feel justified in supporting small, local businesses. There’s always a way to justify spending!

Then the pack up. Oh my word, THE PACK UP. Those last couple of hours on the Sunday are usually the longest of my life. There are very few people around and those that are there are enjoying the afternoon chatting to friends, having a post-lunch glass of champagne. They’re not much interested in shopping.

But 17:00 hits and it’s like the whole venue implodes. There’s a frenzy of packing and getting everything to your car so you can get into the exit queue and finally get home. 

This is always the worst for me because I often have to do it alone and finding help is just about impossible. Most of my fittings are easy to take apart but occasionally I need another pair of hands to lift one thing onto the other and into the car.

So think of me this Sunday at 17:00, or maybe pop around and help me lift stuff at around 17:15 ;)