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Miniature Masterpieces

Super talented illustrator Chloe Giordano (from Oxford in the UK) likes to describe herself as an “avid reader, history lover and dreadful knitter” – a little modest don’t you think?

Chloe’s embroidered illustrations of woodland animals are so intricate and delicate that my eyes water just imagining the intense love and concentration that must go into each and every stitch. Each hand crafted piece is insanely detailed – with all the rich colours being painstakingly built up thread by thread – a true wonder.

Check out more of Chloe’s work here

Chloe Giordano

Chloe Giordano

Chloe Giordano

Chloe Giordano

Chloe Giordano

Dinky Pet Portraits

Aren’t these dinky pet portraits just the cutest? I would love to have one made of #Bestcat. So so sweet.
These mini felt pals are made by Royal Mint and you can see more of their adorable creating in their Etsy shop

Pet Portraits

Pet Portraits

Pet Portraits

Pet Portraits

Pet Portraits

Pet Portraits

Pet Portraits

Pet Portraits

Pet Portraits

Animal love

The interwebs is a mad and devilish place – it keeps showing me things I can’t have / can’t afford to have / am to old to have / simply wont fit me.
So, to tame the magpie in me, I add all tempting finds to my glorious world of Pinterest Boards. Here are a few of my current “must haves”:

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Sources for these items are:
1 – Cat mat
2 – Creature Mugs
3 – Ceramic Fox speaker
4 – Penguin friends dessert plate
5 – Ceramic Frenchie Stamper
6 – Cat in pajamas
7 – French clips

Garden Fresh

“Garden Fresh series investigates the shifting boundaries between humans and animals in today’s environment and the complex relationship between art and nature”

Agan Harahap’s photos of animals “captured” in supermarkets are amazing and at the same time a little dark and macabre. Agan is a photographer from Jakarta, Indonesia – you can see more of his work on Behance.

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All photos from here

Cute little animals to brighten your day

I am desperately in love with these gorgeous creatures from Le Animalé. Lauren has created the most adorable menagerie of tiny animals, all created in clay and paint. They are so sweet and special. Definitely going on my Christmas wish list (yes, Santa – I am starting early!)

Le Animale
Le Animale
Le Animale
Le Animale

Le Animale

Check out more here

Softies for the twins

As some of you may be aware, I recently became an aunt. Okay, there is NO way I will ever be addressed as Aunty Jo, but I can proudly say I have acquired the title none the less. My sweet little sister recently gave birth to the teeny tiniest little twins and today is their 3 week birthday. Happy 3 weeks Annabelle and Dominic! To make this day even more special today is the day they get to go home for the first time.

Having little ones in the family does give me the opportunity to drool over the cutest of things, adorable shoes, awesome beanies with ears, rompers with tails and insanely cute bibs… Why dont they make these things for grown ups?

Here is my first post of things that are on my “Aunty” wish list. Softies – all cuddly enough for sleep time.

Softies for the twins
Source:
1 – Sara Carr
2 – Marisa Girardi
3 – Sara Carr
4 – Sara Carr
5 – Janee Lookerse
6 – Sara Carr
7 – Sleepy King

New Product – Beasty Trophies

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New Collection – the Beasty Trophies.
I can happily say that only a small menagerie of plastic animals where harmed in the making of these little adornments. I can also vouch for the fact that each creature lead a full and happy exsistance and voluntarily gave their life for fashion, so that they could be immortalized in one of my new little Beasty Trophies.

Each Beasty Trophy brooch costs R125 (excluding postage)
Postage to anywhere within South Africa is around R25.
If you’re purchasing from beyond our shores, then please and I will get a quote for the postage.

Have you made your pick, which is your favorite?
If you are interested in purchasing any of these brooches , and let me know exactly which beastie took your fancy. I will then send you my banking details and pop the your Beasty Trophy in the post to you.

Watch this space – more Trophies are being hunted

New Product – Wild Beastie Brooches

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Please welcome the Wild Beasties Collection.
Finally my first batch of brooches are ready for the outside world. This little gathering of wild (and not so wild) animals are all dying to be pinned to a pretty blouse or dashing lapel. Each brooch is completely unique and individually named.

Each Wild Beastie brooch costs R125 (excluding postage)
Postage to anywhere within South Africa is around R25.
If you’re purchasing from beyond our shores, then please and I will get a quote for the postage.

Have you made your pick, which is your favorite?
If you are interested in purchasing any of these brooches , and let me know exactly which beastie took your fancy. I will then send you my banking details and pop the lucky Wild Beastie in the post to you.

Soon to be revealed, the next Brooch Collection – Ugly Ducklings!

Posh Beasts

This past weekend, Alexis and I took a drive through the prettiest parts of Tamboerskloof and Oranjezicht. We like to take little drives around here and often dream about the day when we will live in such grandeur. This part of the Cape Town CBD is so lovely, the houses are an interesting mix of old and new with the odd dilapidated gem nestled in amongst the more palatial spots. Best of all, the wind doesn’t punish you throughout summer – its sublime.

On our most recent trip through Tamboerskloof we spotted a peacock nonchalantly wondering though a parking lot. Now, I may be somewhat oblivious of the comings and goings of the average peacock, but seeing this fine feathered dandy making his way across the tarmac did seam odd to me. Surely peacocks only reside on massive estates in the countryside, occasionally venturing into town to spend their weekend languishing in posh hotels?

To be honest I am convinced that most exotic animals lead terribly posh lives. After all, where else would the term “coats ‘n tails” come from? Don’t you think these creatures look the part (spotted in amongst them is Mr Peacock of course)? They are part of a really great collection of illustrations by Ryan from Berkley Illustration. You can see more of his work here and here. My favorites are Mr Bat and Mr Black Bear, which are yours?