Is it Christmas Yet? Wishlist #1: Hello Pretty

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

 It's no secret what a total sucker I am for Christmas. Yes I know it is an over commercialised holiday and I really don't need all the shit I buy, even though I adore most of my ridiculous Christmas purchases, jungle bell hat included, what  I love most about the holiday is the gift giving. 

Its the feeling you get when you spend time finding a gift for someone and you get it right. You'll know you got it right by the expression on their face when they open the gift :) That feeling is what sees me longing for Christmas in August. 

Lately I have been scouring the web trying to find the perfect gift for my perfect loved ones. Making wishlists all over the show. 

Have a look at these wonderful finds from the oh so lovely SA online design goods store, Hello Pretty

Gorgeous brass Swallow brooch from Joey and Julia for only R150! 

I absolutely LOVE these dino storage jars from Afternoon Delight

This Jan Pierewiet enamel plate from Tjou Tjou reminds me of old Karoo farm houses and milk tart! 

How adorable are these ceramic bokkies from Maiden Name

I'm so looking forward to Christmas!

Q to the A

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Me on Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan 2008 

If your house was on fire and you could save one possession, what would it be?
Hmmm, tough one. I think my vintage dresses would be the first thing I grab.

What was your favourite subject in high school?

How long have you known your longest friend?
I moved around a lot when I was younger and changing school frequently was not really the perfect way to cement lasting friendships, so the oldest friend I have I have had for 13 years. 

What was the best thing to happen to you today?
Today started off quite poorly, but I did manage to get out of a 2 hour training session so woop to that! 

What was the best year of your life and why?
The best year of my life was 2006 – I moved to Okinawa, Japan and I learnt about being independent, falling in love (hard), making friends, a life without family and adapting to new environments. There was absolutely nothing about 2006 that didn’t amaze, frighten and confuse me. It was wonderful. 

Which do you use more often, the dictionary or the thesaurus?

What's on the cover of your address book or day planner?
An illustration by Orla Kiely. 

What did you have for lunch yesterday?
Yesterday I had a chicken breast, spinach wilted in garlic butter and topped with feta cheese. 

Who's your favourite Care Bear?
I hate care bears. 

Where were you on September 11, 2001?
I was off sick from school (grade 11) sitting on the floor in my living room watching the news crying buckets over the senseless violence. 

What's the best bargain you've ever found at a garage sale or thrift store?
Church bazaar – bought 2 vintage dresses for R20 (about $1.20 or NOK10) 

Do you want/do you have any children?
I don’t have children, I’d love to have one someday, sure. 

You have got six months to live, what will you do first?
Move somewhere tropical – if I only have 6 months, I’d want them to be spent on one of the best beaches in the world. 

What is your favourite way to spend an evening during your workweek?
Catching up on Mad Men or reading – both options involve a glass or three of red wine. 

What do you think is the most important value in a relationship or friendship?
I’m not sure – respect probably. 

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Driving to Zimbabwe in the dead of night in my parents yellow Ford Escort. 

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
Well after my recent frolic in the country, I think I would buy a house to weekend in. 

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
Hardest question ever! 

Country Lovin'

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Greyton? I think you mean GREATton!

Ok I know that was incredibly cheesy, but its only because I am still riding the fresh air, good food, country life wave. Greyton is amazing. Its small and quaint and packed to the rafters with wonderful restaurants and cute little stores. 

The Human came to pick me up from work on Friday afternoon, after negotiating moderately early release for my work prison. Just a tip, Vida’s breakfast rolls do not make for very good car food. This fact was compounded by the Vida in Tokai insisting they had no napkins…. Eggsplosions. Not my vibe. 

The winter skies were complete perfection on Friday afternoon. 

Organic/ mobile political graffiti – I wonder why the person chose this truck? And what the catalyst for this statement was. 

I have always loved (read: loathed) driving over Sir Lowry’s pass. The steep climb, the bendy roads, the long haul trucks travelling at murderous speed… Ok so I am being a little dramatic, but the best part about crossing the pass is when you get to the other side. The Overberg is so beautiful. It has inspired so many South African artists, from Pierneef, to Huga Naude, to Volschenk. And there’s a reason for that…

We got to Greyton quite late in the evening, it was dark, cold and I was miserable after being in the car for two hours. There was a huge storm on Friday night and it raged on until Saturday morning. The power went out briefly. I struggled to get some sleep. 

And when I woke up on Saturday morning, Ella and I hit the streets for puddle jumping & hot chocolate drinking. Awesomeness. 

There are so many gorgeous little houses in Greyton. All of this prettiness makes me long for a weekend house, a place to escape and commune with the natural world. Is this what old age is like? Longing for fresh air and peace and quiet while we await the zombie apocalypse? 

There was snow on the mountain by the time Saturday afternoon rolled around. Investigation was absolutely mandatory. 

The Greyton town square hosts a market every Saturday morning, selling lovely local produce and fresh pancakes, waffles, delicious cheeses and a biscuit maker that had no front teeth and smelled of mulled wine – bliss. 

Searle’s restaurant and general grocer is quite a treasure trove for candy, pastry and vintage garb. It is also the most unlikely place to find Coast & Koi shoes. 

The house we stayed at was totally magical. Pretty and cozy if a little draughty – the kitchen was a super gorgeous farm kitchen that had the most amazing ceramic pieces like this rooster butter dish. Divine. 


Happy days!


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