Saturday, 26 April 2014

Officially on Holiday!

Winking Plum will be on holiday from 26 April until 5 May! Don't worry, I'll be back with some exciting travel content! Have a festive week and may it be awesome! 

If you miss me, you can find me on Instagram. Link in side bar..


Friday, 25 April 2014

Winking Plum Products Launching 13 June 2014

If you haven't heard of Brooklyn Design Fair yet, it's because it's a brand spanking new afternoon - night market that is going to take place every Friday on the parking level of Brooklyn Square in Pretoria from June - onwards.

Pretoria designer-makers and food artisans will be displaying their finest goods in what sounds like a vibey and festive environment.

Best News Ever - I will be there, launching my Winking Plum products
on Friday, 13 June from 2 - 9pm.  

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Pictures that Take Me Places

When I feel uninspired or dull, getting lost in these pictures is all I need to wake up and appreciate life.  It's a type of nostalgia for a moment and memory that wasn't really mine, but breathes freshness into my view of life and the beauty of the simple things it can offer.

 Image from Shiver me Timber

Image from The Simple Things

 Image source unknown

Image from Coffee Tumbler

Image from House and Hold

 Image by Nirav Patel

These images are from my favourite Pinterest Board, "Atmosphere", where you'll find more dreamy moments to lose yourself in.

What is your simple joy?

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Best Week of 2014

Hello Peeps!  Hope you are enduring the midweek madness with grace and good looks.  This past weekend was wonderful, in fact the whole week was amazing and I can confidently label it the best week of 2014 yet.

Last Wednesday, I performed comedy at Acoustic Cafe with Alfred Adriaan, Mojak Lehoko and Mel Miller.  Although the audience was small, they had a lot of heart and the room was great for comedy.  It took me back to my first few gigs - super informal and down to earth.   The less audience members there are, the more intimidating a performance is, however at Acoustic Cafe, I didn't become nervous (I think it was the absence of a spotlight) and for that reason, managed to perform in a relaxed and engaging way that was a bit of a breakthrough for me.  Here are some pics from the night:

Zakkiya Khan - Me!
Alfred Adriaan excited about the show

Mojak Lehoko warming them up!

On Thursday, I ran through the brief with my new client at her home for the interior project I will be working on.  It was a lovely meeting.  The clients are a creative and genuine family.  I am eager to work with them and use my skills to help provide them with spaces for special moments and memories.

Friday (Jumuah) is a religious day in Islam and because it was a public holiday, Suhale and I decided to attend our prayer together at the Turkish Mosque in Midrand.  It was wonderful to have a spiritual experience in such a beautiful space.  The thing I loved most about this mosque is its inclusiveness for men, women, South Africans, foreigners, children, Muslims / non-Muslims, etc.  This is the true spirit of Islam, welcoming, inclusive and communal.  There was a great energy as everyone came together with the purpose of prayer.

My sister, Radhia, visited us for the weekend.  Having her over was like old times.  Sister relationships are so special.  Noone gets you like your sister does and having her input and unconditional support for all my new endeavours meant a lot.

On Saturday morning, we all visited the Boeremark, which is a farmers market in Silverton, Pretoria.  where we do our weekly shopping for fruit and vegetables.

After our shopping, we got hot pancakes from Sharon's Pancakes (pancakes so delicious, I think of them all week), melkkos (an Afrikaans porridge) and coffee.  We enjoy these at our picnic spot in the open field while watching the ducks and geese chase children.

On Saturday evening, we decided to make a potjie, which is an Afrikaans cooking method involving a cast iron pot placed on coals.  These are usually used to make stews but Suhale decided to make a chicken karai, which is an indian dish.  We enjoyed it with my sister and my cousin and her husband who came over for supper.  It was so delicious - the chicken was absolutely tender, it had a definite smoked flavour and the spices and ginger infused beautifully in the tomato curry.

On Sunday, we visited Kamers Vol Geskenke, which I blogged about yesterday.  It was a wonderful and relaxed day with lots of amazing products and designers showcasing their talents in pretty stalls.

On Sunday evening, I performed comedy at The Box, my favourite gig.

I paused many times to the sound every comic loves - continuous laughter.  It was a great time on stage and I am becoming really comfortable in my own skin, which is making a difference in audience enjoyment.  Here are some of my sister's pictures from the night:

It was special having my sister and cousin watch me live and exciting meeting comics I hadn't met before and catching up with those whom I know and love.

Kagiso Lediga and Me

Loyiso Madinga did a surprise 5 minutes of new material - Amazing!

I'm really looking forward to where comedy takes me... Life has been big and busy...  My break in Zanzibar next week couldn't come at a better time!

What did you get up to?  I'd love to hear from you, please leave a comment.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Beautiful Finds - from Kamers Vol Geskenke

Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend!  With more holidays on the way, I doubt we need much motivation to keep us going.

What was your weekend like?  I had the pleasure of visiting Kamers on Sunday!  Kamers vol Geskenke is a great local market that happens across South Africa a few times a year.  At Kamers, you can find cool products, jewelry, textiles, stationery, food - anything beautiful, handmade and South African.  I am amazed at the number of talented and innovative South African designers at the market.

I was so inspired by what I saw, that I put together a board of my very favourite products from the market.

Although I couldn't blast my budget for all of these beautiful products, I will definitely be saving up for them! I look forward to visiting the next Kamers vol Geskenke in December at Irene.  If you're in the Cape, there will also be a Kamers market in November at Stellenbosch!  *Lucky You*

Friday, 18 April 2014

Interior Inspiration #4 - Timber

Today's interior inspiration is about timber!  Timber is a timeless material with impressive versatility. Timber is natural, full of character and complements any colour palette.

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- Mix different timber types for interest and variety.
- Repetition of timber shapes in floors, wall elements and coasters create beautiful and rich patterns.
- Mixing timber floors with ceramic tiles create a surprising and unique finish.
- Timber Pendants reflect light with a warm glow and creates atmosphere.
- Dip the legs of old timber furniture in a trend - coloured paint to bring vintage furniture to life.

Timber is a high quality, long lasting and classic material that ages with beauty and can be handed down generations.

Happy long weekend & be safe! ;-)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Creative App (Jounal-ling) - Moleskine

You'd be no stranger to Moleskine's range of high quality journals and sketchbooks, loved and prized by their owners.  The physical look and feel of a Moleskine does not by any means compare to digital journal-ling, but the argument that we are moving towards a paperless world must have sparked some insecurity in the makers of Moleskine, who have since come up with a digital app to appeal to the tablet user.

The Moleskine app is a lot like a Moleskine book.  Both digital and physical have the same style, proportions and layout type, providing excellent brand consistency.  If you love Moleskine books, you would love the app.

I have not used this app as extensively as other apps I've reviewed on the blog.  For some reason I have not had a gap in my needs that this app could fill.

There are several reasons why I believe the app hasn't become a regular for me:

1) Too much choice
With 7 different journal types, I felt daunted to even begin.  On the other hand, this at least lends itself well to specific needs.  The books are in several layouts - recipes, storyboard, plain, ruled, squared, photobook and weekly planner with the option to purchase other journal types.

2) The app is free
Because the download was free, I have less pressure to use it and get my money's worth.

3) Too precious
As with any Moleskine, the layout is so well defined and beautiful, I fear spoiling the beauty by letting out what's in my heart.  On the other hand, because this is a digital app, the security of the undo button does compensate for this fear.

Perhaps a lot of my review has to do with my own creative habits and you may feel differently.  Because Moleskine is free, I'd recommend a download anyway and seeing where that takes you.

Happy Thursday and Happy Sketching! ;-)
I'd love to hear what you think, please leave a comment.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Let the Good Times Roll!

Hello, peeps!  Here is an update on what I've been up to this past week...

I don't usually blog about fashion and style but wanted to share that I have really been feeling the black and gold trend.  They are my current absolute favourite colour combination for clothing.  I forked out this vintage purse which I purchased a few years ago, which went perfectly with my outfit.  (Pants and Shoes from Woolworths)

I obtained this skull-pin beaut in Paris after visiting actual skulls in the Catacombs last December.  It's my favourite piece ever!  (Jacket from Sportscene)

My hair is currently doing the perfect wave, which means it will be due for a cut soon.  If you are considering going for short hair and live in Jozi, go to Ashleigh at Fugo Salon.  She's the best stylist ever and a really cool gal.  (Hair from God, moulded by Ash at Fugo)

After purchasing our Windsor Chairs, Suhale and I went on the hunt this weekend for a new dining table and bench.  While we were unsuccessful, we stumbled upon a great store in Brooklyn Design Square called Con Amore.  Con Amore is filled with a great mix of antique and eclectic furniture and decor with an underlying theme of richness and narrative.  Think leathers, maps, aviation...  Every piece is interesting and tells a story.

Here are some of the pictures I took in store on Sunday:

I've also been prototyping products in the Winking Plum Workshop.  Here are a few sneak peeks into what I've been developing...

What are they...?  Wait & See what they become!  For more product sneak peeks, be sure to follow me on Instagram - where I document my product progress as I go along. 

This is another week for Comedy!  I'll be performing tonight at Acoustic Cafe in Johannesburg and again on Sunday at my favourite gig, The Box in Maboneng. Both gigs are run by my comedy faves, Goliath & Goliath who have shown outstanding dedication to the comedy industry and have given me my biggest shots at comedy greatness!  Here are the details if you want to come say hi & haha:

My sister will be visiting me this weekend and will get to watch me live for the first time ever, which is really exciting!

Other than this, I also have my first home styling project on the burner, which I am very excited about!

Things are falling into place and I am so grateful for all the support I am receiving.  Can't wait to Let the Good Times Roll! ;-)

I'd love to hear from you, please leave a comment.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

5 Easter DIY Projects

Easter is around the corner, so I handpicked a collection of 5 cool DIY projects for you to put together just in time for the weekend celebrations!
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While I don't celebrate Easter, I do have fond childhood memories of Easter egg hunts and equally great adult memories of eating Lindt chocolate bunnies.

Easter is that recharge time for everyone.  A long weekend break, possible holidays away and some precious family time. Enjoy planning the weekend, whatever you may be doing! ;-)

I'd love to hear from you, please leave a comment.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Beautiful Find - Paper Jet Design

When I stumbled across Paper Jet Design on Instagram, I felt a number of things.

1) Amazed - Their illustration style is so happy and "hand-drawn". I love that they screen print most of their products.  Really alternative!
2) Inspired - Thanks to what I've seen, I've been inspired to get moving on my own product range in the Winking Plum Workshop.
3) Jealous - Why didn't I think of this first? (Said with love)

Here are some of their products:

I am so taken by their innovative application of illustrations.  All of their products are so creative and delightful, go have a look!

Best news ever - Paper Jet Design is a South African Design Brand, so by purchasing their products, you are supporting local design, which makes you a local hero.  And everybody loves a hero!

You can find Paper Jet Design at Market on Main, purchase their products at a number of stockists across SA or order online.

I'd love to hear from you, please leave a comment.

Be Yourself

This is a pep talk I have often given myself, when I've felt inadequate, out-shined or weak in a situation.  There's no point in wasting time trying to imitate others - all it leads to is overshadowing the greatness in yourself.

Image from Observando

Everyone has strengths and weaknesses.  Play your strengths and improve your weaknesses.  Most importantly - No one can beat you at being you.  So be yourself.

Happy Monday Wonderful People! ;-)

Friday, 11 April 2014

Interior Inspiration - Pastel Perfect by Winking Plum

Today's interior inspiration focuses on the pastel colour palette!  Pastels are a current trend in interiors and fashion.  Have a look at this inspiration board for ideas on introducing pastels to your home interior:
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- Pastels are a soft and light colour palette.
- Pastels introduce subtle colour tones to an interior space.
- Complementary palettes are wood and metallic textures, as well as a crisp white.
- These colour tones can be found naturally in succulent plants, which can be used as interior accents.
- Upgrade old furniture with a coat of pastel acrylic paint in various shades.
- Multiple shades of the pastel colour palette work well alongside each other.
- Pastel yellow adds enough kick to a pastel palette and should be used less dominantly than other shades.
- Pastel geometric patterns are popular on textiles, prints, and even as a feature wall paint effect.

What are your favourite Pastels in everyday life? - Mine is Ice Cream ;-)

2 Months of Winking!

When I started this blog, all I knew was that I had 2 years of stifled creativity and mind numbing, repetitive, monkey-work motivating me to inspire myself and others into creative living.  I had no direction as to where I was going, just that I needed to start somewhere, and, damn, am I happy I am here today!

Soon, I'll be sharing the exciting projects and products I've been working on in the Winking Plum Workshop, using the creative skills I have gained in the past 2 months! YAY!  I will think of you when it comes to discounts and giveaways...  Watch this space!

Thanks to each of you in sharing this journey with me!  I know I'm not alone in this and although Winking Plum is not viral (I guess that's a good thing, because AIDS sucks)*, I am grateful for you and the value I hope I contribute to your lives.  So give yourselves a round of applause, pat on your back and do a jumping jack (enough, workout over)!

*You shouldn't be offended. ;-)
 I'd love to hear from you, please leave a comment.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Creative App (Video) - YouTube Capture

I don't know about you, but I've spent a good part of my life on YouTube.

Luckily, I'm my own boss! Image from Rebloggy

I have watched cute cat videos, Rebecca Black's "It's Friday" song, Banged Up Abroad, Kruger Park elephants tumbling cars and James Franco and Seth Rogan's "Bound 3" way too many times!

Seth, thank you for existing!  Image from Pitchfork
I've always wondered if there was an easier way to put up cool videos on YouTube without being a master videographer.  Then I came across YouTube Capture, an app designed for editing videos which you want to upload to YouTube.

YouTube Capture is about speed, not about amazing looking videos.  You can upload a number of video files / take a video directly from the app, trim each to segments, adjust the order of clips, add a soundtrack (your own / YouTube Capture has a playlist you can choose from), then export to camera roll and upload to YouTube.  It's quick and easy - making it a great app for Vlog editing.  I love the speed of the app but wished it had a few more controls, like filters and picture enhancement tools.

Check out my video, entitled "Letting the Cat out of the Bag ft. Loosy Loo"...  can't believe this isn't viral ;-)


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Antique Route - Pretoria

For those of you who follow me on instagram, you will have seen me post up pictures of my gorgeous new / old Windsor Chairs I purchased on Saturday.  I was really excited to have spotted these and had been coveting them for a few weeks before finally buying them. 

Windsor chairs are making a great comeback in interior trends, with many designers replicating this cottage style chair in contemporary colours.

Image from Design Salad

I don't know about you, but I really love antiques.  The craftsmanship and quality of a passed age cannot be compared to pieces of today.  I found my chairs at An-Tea-Kettle on Gordon Road in Queenswood, but there are a number of awesome and affordable antique destinations in Pretoria.  Pretoria is so underrated, that when I found this Antique Route map, I decided that I must blog about it and share the Capital City love. 

Sounds like a wonderful Saturday outing, doesn't it?  Besides, you get to say, "I spent the morning antiquing"...  Nothing more sophisticated-sounding than that.. Hehe!  Check out the Antique Route Website for more information.

Happy Antiquing and have an awesome Wednesday! ;-)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

This Book Belongs to... - Free Book Card Printable

Have you ever lent a book out and not sure you received it back?  Friends are human and well-meaning but at times they need that extra reminder of who a book belongs to, in case memory fails.

I designed a clean, printable book card just for this.  Print, cut and paste into your books, filling in the blanks. If you wish, you could have 2 cards per book - One pasted in and one loose, on which you can write the name of your borrower. Keep the loose cards with you so you have track of where your books are until they are returned.

There are two different designs and the cards are in black and white, meaning you can print lots without breaking the bank! ;-) 

I'm going to introduce this system to my library.  I have so many books, I haven't been able to keep track of where they are.
What are your favourite books? 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Beautiful Find - Kinska

I recently came across these quirky ceramics by Kinska.  The product range includes mugs, plant pots, vases, pen cups, crockery, brooches, tiles and more.
Mugs from Kinska Shop

Kinska's pieces are handmade, giving them special organic shapes. Each piece appears to be unique.  I'd love some of these mugs but would be so afraid of breaking them because they are so precious.

 Cups from Kinska Shop

Vase from Kinska Shop

I love the detail on the pots, they have an illustrated feel about them.  The relief created using the textures makes Kinska's products more tactile and pretty.  Each character seems to have a special personality and story to share.

 Image from Kinska Shop

                Brooch from Kinska Shop                                             Tile from Kinska Shop

Don't you think that brooch is lovely? ;-)
I'd love to hear from you, please leave a comment.