Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar 2015

27th October 2014

It’s that time of year again guys. The 2015 Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar calendar is on sale.

They’re doing a special price for October which is even more incentive to get organised for next year.

Have a look at the new version here.

PS. I’m halfway through designing a BringMeJoy calendar for 2015 also. If it’s finished in time I’ll show you how it turns out…

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Something Peach

27th October 2014

I stumbled across Jinny Park’s blog, Something Peach a couple of weeks ago and have been meaning to share it with you guys since.

This Melbourne based designer has all kinds of sweet things on her site, including these awesome wrapping paper designs to download.

Lovely.

The Dog Street

1st October 2014

I’m so excited to share this post with you guys today! It’s been a long time in the making but one of my most favourite projects to date is now up and running!

The Dog Street is a serious labour of love by one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met – a kiwi girl called Margot. Some people would say she has a bit of a thing for dogs (to give you a small idea the tables at her wedding where named after dogs which I designed and made graphics for…!) and she really does.

While living in Hong Kong she took home 2 rescue dogs, Stanley and Rosy, and when her family moved back to New Zealand last year she thought nothing of taking them with her. Sadly Rosy is now in doggy heaven, but Stanley Keegan (General Dogsbody at The Dog Street and the inspiration behind the brand) is alive and well, if not a little grumpy in his old age.

Yesterday was the official launch of www.thedogstreet.com.

Margot and Stanley’s online store sells stylish but functional dog collars and leads and the WET DOG™ Collection is a waterproof, stinkproof range for all the cool dogs out there. Margot’s passion for dog rescue is tied into the Forever Home design, as well as through their promise to pay $1 from every collar sold to a monthly dog rescue charity.

I’m really rooting for this little startup and I hope you guys can spread the word to any dog owners out there. These collars aren’t just colourful and fun, they’re also super practical and the $1 for a collar campaign is awesome. PLUS they ship to anywhere in the world.

Because dog’s are for life. Not until they get too big, you have to move house, or you have a human baby.

Check out The Dog Street here and if you want to see what Stanley’s up to, you can follow his mutt-erings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Nana x Pichulik

8th September 2014

On the 18th of August my Nana turned 90 years old. I can’t even imagine being 50, let alone 90.

For her birthday we sent her this Pichulik Brass Braid necklace. I thought if any 90 year old could pull off a necklace made of brass and yachting rope it would be Nana. She’s the second oldest person I know but still one of the most stylish.

I’m so happy we finally had an excuse to buy one of these local Cape Town necklaces, but more importantly that she loved it. Cool huh?

BigKid

11th February 2014

Last week I discovered Durban designer BigKid. These awesome wall plaques are handmade from Jesmonite and sprayed in eco-friendly paint.

How cooooool are they?

Check out BigKid on Etsy to see the rest of the collection and if you live in Cape Town, Loop Street’s cool new store Stable also stocks them.

Wishbone Wall Hook

3rd February 2014

How sexy is this Wishbone Wall Hook by Brooklyn store Lief?

It’s also available in gold if you want a little extra luck.

Deadwood Creative

10th December 2013

These colourful Skate Bangles by Aussie company Deadwood Creative are pretty rock and roll.

Every bangle is cut, sanded and finished by hand from a piece of wreaked skateboard, and the colours of each bangle depend on the brand and design of the board, making each piece unique.

Gorgeous.

Wooden Blocks

22nd November 2013

I love these traditional Wooden Blocks on the MoMA Store.

What I love more though, is that they come in English, Chinese, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean and Italian.

What an amazing way for little kids to learn the basics of different languages.

Cloudy

1st November 2013

These cute ceramic cloudy plates over on The Handmade Lover come in 4 beautiful colours.

I’d love one of each to hold my jewellery bits and bobs!

Bjorn Vases

30th October 2013

These sandblasted glass Bjorn vases are beautiful.

Take a look at the whole range on super cool Australian store Milk&Honey.

Signe Yberg

16th August 2013

If only these Ceramic Cups by Signe Yberg came in some funkier colours, they would be winging their way to Cape Town as I type.

Still quite lovely though.

Grow Bottle

29th July 2013

I love a good upcycled product and these Grow Bottles really made me sigh this afternoon.

Aren’t they lovely?

Hey Shop

25th July 2013

Hello!

I’m back from the bush and ready to rock.

Love Hey Shop’s ‘Hey E’ print today.

Dip-dyed Neon

2nd July 2013

Neon + dip-dying + kitchen utensils = a fun DIY craft project + sweet gift idea.

Here’s how you can make your own.

(Thanks Miche)

Penhaligon’s

28th June 2013

Last Friday night we went to Bob Bob Ricard for dinner.

I’ll have to write a separate Between Meals post about it because it was cool beyond belief, but before I do I want to share Penhaligon’s Quercus Candle.

It was burning in their bathroom and oh.my.god.it.is.quite.possibly.the.most.scrumptious.smell.I’ve.ever.smelt.EVER.wow.

Is it to early to start a Christmas wish list?

The Design Files

21st June 2013

I love this Mother’s Day Gift Ideas shoot over on The Design Files.

How awesome are the colours and styling in this shot?

Blanka Biernat

17th June 2013

I’m so excited to share with you a print I’ve just received from London based illustrator Blanka Biernat.

Blanka illustrates custom prints for couples and families, and when I spotted her work a couple of months ago I knew I had to get her to draw us!

Rather than just get a normal picture of us, I decided to ask her to draw us from a fancy dress movie party we went to a few years ago, when Si went as Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing and I was Patricia Arquette in True Romance.

I absolutely LOVE our drawing.

Thank you Blanka! x

 

BringMeJoy / Moo

11th June 2013

I’m so excited to pick up my latest Moo Cards, although I’m a little miffed you still have to pay a £2.50 ‘delivery’ fee for collecting them yourself.

I’ll let you know when they’re available to buy!

Rainbow Mugs

10th June 2013

Design supremo Massimo Vignelli created these Rainbow Mugs in 1975 … and their colours are making me happy on a Monday in 2013.

Isn’t that cool.

The Chocolate Library

7th June 2013

Look what arrived in the post for me yesterday!

Personalised alphabet chocolate from The Chocolate Library. Love it!

Such a sweet thought from the gorgeous Cellandia.

Pop Plant

4th June 2013

I love these Pop Plant succulents.

I bought a similar one (moulded from the base of a coke bottle) when we were in Yzerfontein a couple of months ago.

DIY concrete planters are actually quite simple to make – so if you feel like getting crafty check out this great DIY Ceramic Tutorial over on DesignSponge. Then you can get painting, dip-dying, stencilling, spraying to your hearts content.

Toms

3rd June 2013

On Saturday Si bought a pair of these Toms Cordones and because of the Toms One for One movement, buying them means a child somewhere in the world will benefit by also receiving a pair of Toms shoes.

I’m sure you’ve all heard the story, but if you haven’t you can read about it here.

And the next time you need a new pair of shoes, think about buying a pair of Toms.

I’m Sorry

31st May 2013

This card was designed especially for me.

It’s awesome on a whole new level.

Truly Lovely Den Kit

30th May 2013

I spotted this Truly Lovely Den Kit when we were at the Eden Project a couple of weeks ago and thought it was a simple but genius idea.

The kit contains “everything a girl would need to build a den anywhere in the world…” including:

• a tarpaulin
• a fleecy blanket
• a groundsheet
• a handmade mallet
• tent pegs + a tent peg bag
• 15m rope
• instructions

All packed neatly into a cool little shoulder bag.

This would make an awesome gift for an adventurous little traveller and if you’re looking for a boy, check out the less flowery Kids Den Kit.

Be Optimistic

29th May 2013

I love that Best Made Company finally put their Be Optimistic slogan on a t-shirt.

Words to live by.