Sneak peek

I’ve got something new and exciting up my sleeve and thought I would give you a quick sneak peek. Branding for my new range of craft products! How unbelievably exciting!!!!! Not only did I design the branding, but I have been working hard developing the products too.

I’ve done loads of research and product testing and I’m in the final stages. So far, it’s been very rewarding and I’m so eager to get my products out there. Vince has been helping me along the way and will be selling my products into retail within the next few months. I will put the full details along with product pics on the blog as soon as everything is a go. Watch this space 🙂

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No more clutter

I am on a mission. A mission to get rid of all the clutter. At work, at home, basically everywhere. If I don’t need it, I get rid of it. Done and dusted. Live simply.

I have started sorting out all our wardrobes, one by one they are being unpacked and repacked. Anything we don’t need goes into the trash or the donate box. In the process, I have realised that I have a serious lack of storage boxes. I’ve been hunting for boxes that can be used for documents, my vast collection of crafty stuff and just any loose bits that tend to float around.

So, I eventually tracked down the perfect storage boxes. Simple, neat and user friendly. Exactly what I need! AND did I mention they come in a few different sizes! I’m totally obsessed. I found them on the Mr Price website. You will find them here.

They are actually gift boxes, but hey, they work and I love the fun pattern. Did I mention they are stackable too. Best storage boxes EVER! Imagine a black label with white text on the front of each box. Whoop! Whoop! The designer in me is doing a happy dance. I never thought organising could be so much fun. Who knew?!

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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Friday Favourites

Today I am sharing one of my favourite podcasts, Beautiful Anonymous. Beautiful stories from anonymous people.

“One phone call. One hour. No names. No holds barred. That’s the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard. Every week, Chris opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, and he can’t hang up first, no matter what. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions and shameless self-promotion, anything can and will happen!”

So many different stories from so many different people. Some sad, some happy , some absolutely unbelievable and some so incredibly inspirational. Click on the link below to have a listen. It is also available from iTunes.

Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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Small changes make a difference

Every week I try to update something around the house. No matter how big or small the change is, it feels like I’m making progress. Also, change is good. Even moving a potted plant from one room to another can make a space feel different.

Last week I decided to spruce up the wall in our bathroom. It’s the wall right opposite the toilet. So if you’re sitting on the throne, this is the wall that you stare right into. Here is the before and after.

Excuse the ugly blue tiles. Yuck. A bathroom reno is definitely on our list!

The big family sign on the “after” wall is one of our Creative Living decor products. It fits beautifully in the space and adds some dimension to the wall. The other items are just things that I had around the house. The plan is to replace the two small dark box frames with something a little lighter. They are way too heavy for the space. I also need a little grey heart to fill the small gap under the family sign. I make cute moulded cement hearts that would fill the space perfectly.

All in all, it was a great way to update the bathroom. A small change can go a long way.

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A snazzy new look

I am so very happy right now! Over the moon happy! Jumping out of my skin happy! My blog has a new look! I had a specific look in mind and worked hard to get to this point. I’m still on the fence about the colours. My usual colour choices always include muted neutral tones but I decided to go for a more contrasty feel this time. It’s definitely growing on me.

AND I managed to register my new domain and transfer all the info from my free wordpress blog to a new domain. It was a daunting task and I did’t think I would be able to do it, but to my surprise, I did it. All by myself! I’m super duper proud. I will write a blog post explaining the whole process. Believe me, its easier than it sounds.

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Homecoming Celebration

This sweet story is about Matthew’s Homecoming Celebration. A very special celebration for us, as new parents, to the most precious little boy.

On January 7, our amazing friends, Rocky and Geoff threw Matthew a homecoming celebration. We had no idea this was happening and oh boy, were we surprised! When we arrived at Rocky and Geoff’s house, there were blue balloons and decorations everywhere. Very festive and fun. Vince and I thought we had forgotten someone’s birthday, it took us a while to catch on that the party was actually for us!

All our close friends were there and we were showered with gifts. We felt so special. Matthew was an angel of course. He loved helping us open his gifts and was all smiles. Its like he knew that everyone was there to celebrate him. The best part was that he got to meet ALL our special friends. We are so blessed.

Here are some photos taken by our talented photographer friend (you can view her work on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HelennelPhotography/)

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Friday Favourites

Yippee! It’s Friday. It’s been a hectically busy week so this makes my heart very happy. To celebrate this wonderful day, I’m sharing one of my favourite things. A small thing that makes a big difference.

Justine Tissue Oil. I have been suffering from incredibly dry skin and no amount of moisturiser seems to help. Since I’ve been using Justine Tissue Oil, my skin has improved drastically. I’m even using it on my face, yes, you heard me, oil on my face. But this is no ordinary oil, it soaks into your skin and leaves it feeling great.

I have also noticed a massive improvement in my complexion. The pigmentation on my forehead is fading and the general appearance of my skin is so much better. Yay! And the best part is, its really reasonably priced. Justine Tissue Oil is only available from a registered agent. Get googling if you want to find an agent near you 🙂

This is not a sponsored post. I just wanted to share my positive experience with a great product.

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Guardians of Hope

18 July . Mandela Day. A day commemorating the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. On this day, people are encouraged to donate 67 minutes of their time to help those in need. Why 67 minutes? One minute for every year of Mandela’s public service. Even the smallest gesture of kindness is a step towards a better South Africa. A South Africa that Nelson Mandela would be proud of, where his legacy can live on forever.

“We need to restore and reaffirm the dignity of the people of Africa and the developing world. We need to place the eradication of poverty at the top of world priorities. We need to know with a fresh conviction that we all share a common humanity and that our diversity in the world is the strength for our future together.”Nelson Mandela

On 18 July 2017, some of my work colleagues and I, visited Guardians of Hope Place of Safety for abandoned babies.

It was a phenomenal experience. I cried. Just soft tears rolling down my cheeks. It was so special to see my work friends with the babies, to see a softer side to them. The best part was, I got to hold a beautiful baby girl. So petite, with the cutest, craziest hair and soulful eyes. There’s nothing sweeter than holding a tiny baby close to you, the warmth is indescribable. All the small noises, the cuddles and the sweet smiles are enough to MAKE MY HEART MELT. This little miracle will have a beautiful life, all thanks to one incredible person, Elaine Brenkman.

Elaine runs Guardians of Hope. She is unbelievable! Her love and dedication is beyond amazing. It was truly inspirational meeting such an extraordinary person. She is soft, caring, kind, loving and remarkably strong. She is my inspiration. My motivation. Elaine makes the world a better place. She has adopted two boys and a girl, so we have something in common, AND we are now Facebook friends. Yay!

There are six babies at Guardians of Hope. Six beautiful babies being loved and cared for by Elaine and her dedicated staff. Guardians of Hope is not funded by government, they rely completely on private funding and donations. Elaine also encourages people to give their time, to visit the babies and give them much needed attention. Vince and I will be popping around there soon. Hoping to make a difference where we can.

Read more about Guardians of Hope here http://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2017/07/03/blanket-love-unwanted-babies-new-el-centre/

Read more about Elaine’s incredible story here http://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2017/07/21/being-the-complete-mom/

 

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How Beautiful

So today, I’m going to brag a little.  My hubby is amazing! Vince has a true gift! His magic hands have created the most beautiful pieces of furniture. One-of-a-kind pieces for a select client base.

Here are some projects that he has completed over the past year. 

His next project is our kitchen reno. I’m so exited!!! I could just explode! Stay tuned for updates :).

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Dream Kitchen

I have found my dream kitchen! I am totally in love. It’s warm and inviting and oh so pretty. I could totally see Vince cooking up a storm in there.

This kitchen is perfect and every detail would suit our lifestyle. Our home is open concept and we want to remove our ceilings to expose the wooden beams. Very much like the image above. This would transform our house completely. There are some things I would change. I have my heart set on a porcelain sink and white subway tiles, but I might change my mind after seeing how colour can add so much spark to a space.

I came across this dreamy kitchen on House of Turquoise (which I love). Not only do they feature this stunning kitchen, but the whole entire house! Here is the link to this spectacular home http://houseofturquoise.com/2017/06/butter-lutz-interiors.html

 

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