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Black Cats Sneak Peek

Yippee, I am nearly ready to reveal my little treasures to the world!
The last few weeks have been a mad cycle of photographing and editing and re-photographing and re-editing but finally I see light at the end of this crazy tunnel.

For someone who’s design career thus far has been entirely online, I feel surprisingly nervous putting my product up for everyone to gawk at. I am sure lots of crafters have had similar experiences?
I suppose its because what I do, as a craft, is so much more intimate than my digital design work. Not that I don’t get really passionate about my digital work, but with that work there is always a client and a brief and a (normally mad) deadline to keep in mind, so lots of external factors influence each digital design.
However, with my crafting, each piece is made with no one other than me in mind. If I think something is going to be pretty, or cute, or to die for, then that’s what I make. Simple!

As I am so excited to finally see all my little babies coming to life, I thought I would post a quick sneak peek of one of the ranges of my brooches. This little collection is called “Black Cats” and is inspired by this wonderful series of photos (by Ralph Crane) from 1961. It is thought that these audition photos could have been for Roger Corman’s “Tales of Terror” (1962), which is a film adaptation of a trio of Edgar Allen Poe stories including “The Black Cat”.
Read more here and see all the pics here.

I just love how the all the cat owners where so beautifully dressed and how pampered those black kitties looked. I simply had to immortalise these hollywood starlets in a brooch.

(photos from: LIFE, click here for more)

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?

Toast anyone?

Isn’t the smell of bread toasting just the most intoxicating thing? It’s the kind of smell that makes your tummy rumble even if you aren’t hungry (a bit like the smell of bacon frying).
Well now you can look forward to the very prettiest toast ever. Minale Maeda have come up with the cleverest toasting pan and coordinated Delft plate, so once you have toasted your bread it will blend perfectly into your side plate. All matchy matchy – isnt that sublime?