Sunday, 20 July 2014

Friday Afternoon Antiquing

One of the reasons I'm in love with the capital city is not only its own history and heritage, but  the culture of respect and awe for the old and historical.

I love imagining the stories behind vintage pieces, the people they may have come across and their destinies to follow.  Call me old fashioned, but for me, watching BBC's Antiques Roadshow is fascinating.  I love the experts' "old chap" accents and their general knowledge of all things old is darn impressive.

On Friday, Suhale and I decided to stop at An-tea-kettle in Queenswood for a little afternoon antiquing.  The sunlight cast a golden glow on treasured pieces and we were just in time to catch the last half hour of store opening time.

Here are some of the treasures we found:

You may remember a post I did about the Windsor Chairs I purchased - they came from this very same shop.  If you're in Pretoria, go have a visit.  An-tea-kettle is part of the Pretoria Antique Route - a number of affordable antique shops in this area of Pretoria.  ;-)

What are your favourite vintage / antique pieces?  I want to know!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Catch Up!

Hi peeps!  It's been a while since I've caught up with what's been happening at Winking Plum & life in general, so here is a much needed catch up session!

On 13 June, Winking Plum launched its first product range at the Brooklyn Design Fair.  BDF is a weekly design market in Brooklyn design square, Pretoria.  It starts at 2pm every Friday and goes on till about 9pm.   To keep in touch with fans, share my rad products and maintain a creative lifestyle, I'll be exhibiting  monthly so come say hello when you have a chance!

Here are a few photos from the launch on 13 June:

I've also been working super hard on design for a home interior - House K - which includes some project management.   It's a really exciting project with great clients.  It's been a wonderful challenge putting together a professional contractor team for the first time.  Once the project is complete, I'll blog about it.  Here are a few sneak peeks of what has been happening so far:

Collaborating with creative friends is always a good idea - I've been teaming up with the awesome Helene van der Westhuizen from in'awe on a few projects this month.  We are doing lots of little bits and pieces - branding, drawings, business cards, any challenge we get our hands on.  My digital skills and her hands-on approach & supplier knowledge make us a great team!

We also have lots of meetings at coffee shops and consume irrational quantities of hot chocolate...  Pretty perfect situation, I'd say ;-)

I've also entered the Comi-kaze Competition at the legendary Parkers Comedy Club!  I've made it through round one and am really hoping to kill in the finals!  Here is Joe Parker, doing what he does best - making people laugh off the weight they carry on their shoulders.

It's a privilege to be part of the business of making people laugh.  Best thing ever!

This year's annual Comics Choice Awards are coming up on 2 August!

This is what I wore last year:

(Dress - Top Shop, Jacket - Belly Button 2005, Clutch - Aldo, Jewelry - Diva, Make Up - MAC, Boots - can't remember, Hair - Ashleigh at Fugo) ****Glamorous Moment****

The Comics Choice Awards event is the one night a year where comics get entertained with paradoxical comedy. The event is arranged by Whacked Entertainment and if last year's event is anything to go by, there will be some metaphorical undertone leaving me wondering what I'm missing, while clutching at every subliminal reference in an attempt to feel smart by figuring it out - much like identifying the illuminati or what survival was like when studying English poetry in high school.  If only everything could be like ekstra-ekstraaitjie.  If you know what I'm talking about, I love you.

That's all folks!  Good day! ;-)  I'd love to hear from you, please leave a comment.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Interior Inspiration - Greenery

If you don't want the responsibility of a four legged furry animal or a two legged hairless human greeting you when you get home, plants are definitely the next best thing to provide you with long lasting cheer and a breath of fresh air when you open the front door.

If you are prone to plant murder like I am, succulents are a less risky choice and reflect pastel tones which are so fashionable at present.

Air plants are amazing in that they don't require a planter / soil to grow.  Hook the plan onto a substrate, whether suspended or wall mounted for a beautiful and unusual touch of greenery.

Herb pots are fragrant and useful.  Mint grows particularly well in direct sunlight and when given lots of water.  What a great way to end the day - a pot of mint tea free of caffeine or sugar.  Yum.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Beautiful Find - Teresa Barboza's Embroidered Landscapes and Plants

Teresa Barboza's work is a twist to traditional embroidery with vivid landscapes tumbling beyond the boundaries of the embroidery hoop, much in a way that nature does.  True, natural and uncontrolled.

Her work is on the line between embroidery and sculpture.  The sense of layering and dimension adds beauty and depth to the pieces.

The range below reminds me of a perfect pen and ink sketch.  I can't imagine the planning it must have taken to achieve this.

I came across Teresa's work on This is Colossal and all images are from Teresa Barboza's Blog, where you can view more of her work. ;-)

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