Sunday Sipping / Kahvé Road

Last Sunday, I had a quick coffee date with my mum. We came across a exquisite coffee bar and patisserie, Kahvé Road. As soon as you step inside, its easy to forget that you’re in the middle of a suburban mall. The leather upholstery, dramatic lighting, and moody interiors make for an incredible ambience. They have a selection of herbal teas, coffees and fresh juices, as well as delightful pastries, desserts and my personal favourite, macarons. What a lovely place…

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Chocolate and espresso dome
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Pineapple, orange, strawberry and mint juice

 

Nabeela x

 

 

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Cape Towns Faves / 02.

Hello

I recently spent some time in the CBD exploring mainly Loop Street and Long Street. I thought I’d sum up some of my favourite places that I found on my walkabout. I love Town and the shops and cafes are so trendy and cute!

The Company Gardens

I recently visited the Company Gardens for the first time in quite a few years. Since primary school, we frequently visited the gardens and the museums in the vicinity too. The other day, I popped in, and was amazed by the upkeep and improvements that have been made. There’s a wonderful vegetable garden and a cool restaurant and cafe. Its amazing to see that after all these years, the historical place is so glorious and beautiful. And to top it all off, the view of our lovely Table Mountain is just incredible.

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Yours Truly Cafe

I’ve been drooling over photos of this cafe for a few months now, but recently when I was in the CBD, I popped into the Loop Street branch. I love little cafes that are interesting and this one is really cool! It’s so breezy and airy, with dark, reddish-brown leather seating, and wooden tables with bar-style stools. There are plants hanging outside the window of the cafe an and perched on shelves inside too. It reminded me of the whole indoor-outdoor living that is so trendy. They also make a mean frappe!

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Pretty planty scene in Yours Truly Cafe 

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Long Street and Loop Street

I know this sounds kind of broad-spectrum, but I generally love Long Street and Loop Street. They have all the shops that I really like that sell everything from coffee to artisan clothing and ceramics. I spent some time strolling down these streets, popping into stores and looking at the interesting clothing, watches, furniture and clothing. I love all things handmade and local, so for me, I could spend the whole day on these streets. My favourite  shops that I came across were Stable, Mungo and Jemima and 117 on Long. I also saw some art galleries and my favourite one in particular was Smith, that has such wonderful and colourful paintings.

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Work by Danielle Clough hanging in Stable in Loop Street 

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I hope you check some of these gems out for yourself. They really reflect the true beauty of the creativity and artisans in Cape Town.

Happy exploring!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Made in SA / Deerly Studio

Hello

Today, I’m going to be writing about a few of the lovely products from Deerly Studio, which is owned by Monja Viljoen. Monja is the creative director and her passion is reflected into the ranges she produces. I love the mix of colours and modern typography that make up these interesting and fresh yet simple products!

 

 

Notebook

The cover is quite thick and made of a glossy cardboard. The colour combinations on this particular book are really striking and the print quality is excellent! The paper inside is lined and has a fun border made up of paint strokes. I was pleasantly surprised, because although the paper feels quite thin, it has minimal bleed-through when it comes to pen and even watercolour. (You know how important that is to me. I literally script everywhere with my watercolours!)

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Greeting Cards

The greeting cards are also printed on a lovely, glossy and thick cardboard. I love the bright colours and typography. They are simple and pretty, but still fun and modern. My favourite one is definitely the Good Luck card. That scripting is SO pretty!

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Gift Tags

These gift tags are simple and just the right size to pop in any gift bag or tie onto a ribbon. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I love art journaling and scrapbooking. These gift tags make perfect journaling cards too! The also come with a suede-y ribbon that feels almost leathery. It comes in a little roll, instead of in individual strips, so you can use it for anything! Such a good idea.

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List Pad

The list pad is really cool and thick too, and has a similar border to the one inside the notebook. It’s a bit more minimalist in comparison to the rest of the products, but I love the grey, black and white colour combination. It has lots of space for writing those long to-do lists and shopping lists, because the pages are nice and long. It can make grocery shopping or just general errands so much more fun!

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I really enjoyed writing about these products and photographing them was such fun too! What was your favourite item? You can find all of these products and more here.

Have a lovely week!

Miss Artsy-Crafty

{As usual, all opinions and photographs are my own. I wouldn’t write about products that I wouldn’t buy or use. Also, thanks Monja for sending me some of your lovely goodies! }

Riebeek-Casteel

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After a cold, rainy and miserable week in Cape Town, we were treated to a beautiful, sunny and warm day today. We took a drive out to the quaint town of Riebeek-Casteel off the N7 (in the Western Cape, South Africa). The weather was marvellous, and I almost forgot that it wasn’t summer! We spent the afternoon looking around at all the gorgeous little shops that sold everything from beautiful vintage furniture, décor and books to handmade soaps, wonderful body products and handmade beanies. There were a few cafes and a pub too. I thoroughly enjoyed the laid-back, holiday-ish vibe that radiated through the small town. I love discovering new places that aren’t far from home.

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Cute little plants planted in farm-style rustic tea cups.
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The most beautiful vintage chests of drawers, books and other bits and bobs.
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Body products in another store.

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I tried a really yummy brewed iced-tea made locally by Uber Flavour. This honey and lemon combo was really interesting and and a real treat.

I love exploring and adventuring and then documenting my travels through photography and writing. I have a few more posts like these planned. I hope you’re enjoying them!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Art Journal Peeks / 01.

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It’s been a while since I’ve written here. I’ve been so busy, juggling tests, school functions and now, exams! I can barely contain my excitement for Kamers Vol Geskenke. It’s happening at the moment in Cape Town, at the Castle of Good Hope and I’m visiting it over this weekend. It’s a massive show with only handmade and crafted things. Sounds amazing, right? Anyways, I wanted to keep posting my journaling though. I’ve taken some shots of a few of the latest pages in my journal. I hope you enjoy flipping through the pictures.

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Uh, yes, my cactus obsession is real. 
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I was using a few watercolour prompts as journaling prompts. 
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Playing around with different fonts, pens and brushes on the left. 

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This is probably my favourite page in my current journal. The quote on the left I found in Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and I L.O.V.E it! The page on the right was inspired by a rainy day, as you’ve probably sussed out. 
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I love the right page. I did it by using the straw technique. Just make your watercolours quite wet and drop it on. Then, whilst its still wet, blow it with a straw and watch the colours take over your page! 
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Botanical prints and patterns are something I’ve been on the look out for and I’ve been experimenting a lot. 
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I made this paper by using the straw technique too. 
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As you can see, my journal is getting really full!

Have a fabulous weekend! Good luck to everyone writing exams at the moment! Keep warm, Southern Hemisphere peeps.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

The Liebster Award

Hi everyone! I am honoured and excited to have been nominated for the Liebster award by Brandy over at SomewhatHandyBrandy. Thanks,Brandy!

In my understanding, the Liebster Award is an award given to a blogger by another blogger. It’s to help new bloggers into the blogosphere and to help spread the love. To accept your award, you have to do the following:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge to your post.
  • Nominate 10 new bloggers.
  • Answer the 10 questions the person who nominated you asked you.
  • Create 10 new questions to ask the bloggers you nominate.
  • Notify the bloggers you have nominated by leaving them a comment on their blog

Brandy’s questions are:

Why did you start your blog?

I started my blog because I was reading a few other blogs at the time and felt inspired to share my thoughts and creativity with the world too.

What is your favourite book?

Wow, this is a hard one. My all-time favourite is probably A Little Princess by Frances Hodgsen Burnett.

What does a perfect weekend look like to you?

Out and about at markets or relaxing at home for a fun crafternoon!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

If I could have any superpower, it would be invisibility so I could help catch all the baddies in the act!

What is your favorite holiday tradition? 

I love sleeping at my gran’s house in the school holidays.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Potatoes for sure.

What is your favorite Disney movie and character?

It would have to be Frozen. (But then again, I watched it so many times with my little cousins that the songs make my cringe). My favourite character is Olaf.

What advice would you give your younger self?

I’m pretty young, so I guess it would be to make the most of primary school. You’ll miss it in high school.

What’s your biggest fear?

This one is hard. One of them is to play the piano in public.

Which do you prefer: A brand new car or a restored vintage car?

A restored vintage one!

 

The blogs I nominate are:

Avery Huia’s Blog 

Georgia Maye 

Lilac Place 

India Kitty 

Glossary 

Baking Ginger

Sea of Blooming Dreams 

Miss Caly

Happiness Is.. 

Rabbit and the Duck 

 

My questions are:

  • Why did you start a blog?
  • What do you prefer: modern minimalism or colourful clutter?
  • What is a quote that really motivates and fires you up?
  • What do you do as a creative hobby?
  • If you had 10,000 of your country’s currency, what would you do with it?
  • What colour makes your heart sing?
  • Iced coffee or iced tea?
  • Dream job? (Mine would be a scrapbook product designer *insert all heart-eyes*
  • Doughnuts or ice-cream?
  • Favourite blog?

Yay, I’m so honoured to be nominated for this fun award! Spread the love if you get/got nominated!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made in SA / Zana Products

Hello

The other day, I popped  in to visit the Zana studio in Woodstock. It was started in 2012 by Robyn and Sue Britz. It started out small, but has grown so much from there!  I had no idea Zana was local and so close to home until I read their Instagram bio.

Let me just say, woah. Their studio isn’t that big (but they are moving soon) and I was amazed to see how much they do from their cozy space! Talk about movers and shakers!

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All their products are handmade in Cape Town (local is lekker, right?) and are made from organic materials, such as cotton and leather.  Their various designs are screen-printed onto fabric panels and then made into various items. Their design process is fresh and fun and I was inspired by how the Zana girls all work on each other’s strengths to create a final product. All the typography and illustrations on their products are hand-drawn and handwritten and then digitized.

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This is my absolute favourite design! How cute?

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Recently, they also launched a range of fun midnight- snack themed bed linen with Superbalist. The illustrations are so cute! I have to say that the pretzel is my favourite!

Their products are fun, fresh, modern and simple, yet have a wow factor that makes them stand out from the rest. I was inspired to see how they use what they have creatively and how they are resourceful as a growing business.

Lately, I’ve been paying a lot of attention on social media and at markets to local, handmade products and I’m learning about so many businesses and shops that I didn’t even know existed! I’ve been so inspired by how much creativity there is brewing here in Cape Town and it makes me beam with pride. Every time I see a local brand at a shop or market, I get so excited, and it seems that every time I look, almost without fail, I find something new.

Here’s to many more Made in SA posts!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

{Thanks to Melissa and her team from Zana for having me in their studio – I had a blast and absorbed so much inspiration!}