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Good Stuff 01. / Benu Made

I’m starting a new series over here on the blog featuring brands that are creating beautifully designed things all

around the world. First up, we have Benu Made, a jewelry brand by Pauline Hagan, who has a beautiful studio based in Prague (one of my favourite cities in the world). I’ve been following Pauline’s work for a while now, and have drooled over all her metallic leather pieces. They’re interesting, bold and beautiful. Talk about ear candy!

I sent some questions over to Pauline (these questions will form the base of this series). Here’s what she had to say…

1. Which three words would you use to describe your brand? 
Bold, playful, creative.

2. What does your creative process look like? 
I usually design a new collection just once a year, so over the course of the remaining 11 months, I gather ideas, cut outs, Pins, and notebooks full of sketches – without developing them into final products. When I revisit the ideas at the time of delving into new designs, I won’t touch a computer or Pinterest for a part of the creative process. I’ll take a stack of paper and explore as many avenues as I can based on those ideas – some of them may have evolved in my mind, some I’ll interpret differently and might take on a new angle. Somehow, something special filters out of this process and these slowly baked ideas.

3. If you could collaborate with anyone/ any brand, who would it be? 
One of the best things that has happened over the last couple of years has been collaborating with different photographers. It’s fascinating to see how they interpret my product differently and how they incorporate it into their own universe, creating wonderfully varied results – some play on the light bouncing off the earrings, others focusing on texture, for example. You can see some examples on my blog here: benumade.com/blog.

4. What three things inspire you the most?
I find inspiration everywhere, by being outside, observing the shapes and details of buildings (there’s an abundance of inspiration here in Prague), travelling (I’ve just come back from a trip to Japan and hope to incorporate some of my experience into my new collection), being in nature or during conversation with friends who’ll say ‘I’d love to see this on a pair of earrings’ – which might spark an idea. I also use Pinterest and follow Fashion Week shows to ensure I’m not too far off the mark and still feeding into current trends.


Next time the USD/ZAR exchange rate is in our favour, I’ll be popping a pair of these into my cart.

Looking forward to sharing more of my design crushes with you.

Nabeela x

{photos courtesy of Benu Made}

The Botanicals Greeting Card Range

Miss Artsy-Crafty was started on a whim of spontaneity, as a blog, in early 2015. I wanted a place to share my thoughts, creations and everything I find beautiful with the world. Due to my love of writing and photography, my blog became the perfect place to do so. Over the past two years or so, I’ve prided myself on curating a blog with original content and it has grown beyond what I ever dreamed for my little corner of the internet, thanks to the continuous support I’ve received from my family, friends and readers alike.

I’ve always been a lover of paper goods and stationery, so when I started thinking that it would be lovely to start creating some products, naturally, stationery felt right.

I’ve spent the past while creating, designing, negotiating, number-crunching and emailing my little business into existence. I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the creative community around me.

The Botanicals Greeting Card Range is inspired by foliage, modern typography (in particular, my own brush-lettering), as well as lovely peach and pink tones. I’ve poured my heart and soul into the creation of these cards, and I’m thrilled to finally be able to share them with you.

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You Got This Card – Plain
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Happy Birthday Card
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You Got This Card – Patterned
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Heart Card
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Thanks A Bunch Card

It’s been a rollercoaster so far and the ride has just begun.

So, friends, I present you with my greeting card range. I hope you love them as much as I do.

If you’d like to order some, please me an email and I’ll be in touch.

hello@missartsycrafty.com

Nabeela x

 

 

 

Wear Local / Amanda Laird Cherry

Hello

As you’ll know if you’ve been reading and following my blog for a little while, I love well-made, local products that are of high quality. The abundance of these products in the last little while makes me even prouder to be a South African. Luckily for me, and every other local lover, there are multiple brands and businesses making beautiful, clever and inspiring creations all around  in South Africa.

One of my favourite local clothing brands is Durban-based Amanda Laird Cherry.

I first discovered the brand when my mom and aunts all bought the classic long maxi dresses for a family wedding. It was when I was a bit younger and before I was so conscious of local design , but the brand caught my eye nonetheless. I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to fit into a dress like that! (So you can imagine my excitement when I finally got my own dress in a beautiful plum colour for a family wedding this summer!)

Amanda is the designer behind the brand. She has received numerous awards in the South African fashion industry and holds a high name. This year, the brand turns 20!

Amanda Laird Cherry produces apparel that echo a perfect balance between elegance, simplicity and comfort. There are a variety of clothing, leather shoes and accessories under the brand.

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These leather mary-janes have become my go-to shoes. They are comfortable and elegant, yet simple and well-made. 

She also co-founded The Space, one of my favourite places to shop local clothing and design!

You can find the SS16 range at The Space.

Support local and shop small, especially this festive season!

Nabeela x

 

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! }

Art Journal Peeks / 01.

Hello

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

How I’ve Been Crafting Lately

Hello

A little while ago, I wrote a post about my midori journal and it was quite popular, so I decided to go into a bit more depth as to how I journal. Lately, my favourite method of crafting has been, well, journaling. I’ve been experimenting with different forms of art journaling, collaging and midori-style journaling.

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This is the Midori I’ve been using. It’s A5 size and was custom-made for me. I love it!

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This is the notebook I’ve been using. I kinda love the cover.

 

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I’ve also been playing around and trying to make my own inserts for my midori. This one turned out pretty cute I think.

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I keep a box of scraps of card and paper to use for layering up my journal. I use normal notebooks from the grocery store so the paper isn’t very thick, that’s why I prefer to layer. 

Here’s some step-by-step shots of how a spread come about in my journal.

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I started off by layering with the paper I wanted.
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Next, I added washi tape and some stamping for my heading.
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Then I added some more stamping, as bullet-points and a decorative border at the bottom. I love that hexagonal stamp! Its an acrylic stamp from the Docrafts Papermania Geometric Mono range. LOVE.
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Lastly I added some writing… 
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This is how it turned out. I really like doing these kinds of things. They make me think and reflect a bit, you know? But believe me, some of my journaling pages are VERY impulsive.
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I’ve also been painting, L.O.T.S. Watercolours are my absolute favourite medium at the moment. So easy to use, fast-drying, no smell and quick clean-up. Its a joy!
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Lastly, I thought I’d share a shot of my desk. I don’t usually share pictures of my workspace because I do most of the shoots for these posts in our patio room because of the divine natural light. But I thought it was about time.

Some great journaling accounts to follow on Instagram:

I could go on, but those are the ones that came to mind.

Lastly, I visited Decorex Cape Town last week and it was amazing. I came back feeling inspired and so in love with home decor. Don’t forget to spoil your mums for Mothers Day on Sunday! And if you are a mum, I’m sure you’ll get spoilt x.

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!}

 

 

 

 

 

Lately 02 / Free Printable

Hello

I read yesterday’s post through and realised there were no paragraphs and that it was a big mush of words. I was just so frantic to get it all down, but I’ve edited it now. I finally finished reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and I’ve treasured each and every page. It’s such an inspiring book and it has made me see my creative process through new eyes. My #366 project has been really fun and I’ve hit 200 followers on Instagram! Thank you for your support!

I’ve always wanted to try digitizing my work, but I’ve never got around to it. I finally did it the other day and I’m so excited to share it with you!

I really hope you like it and that it finds a place in your home or anywhere really. If you do use it, I’d love to see! Post a picture on Instagram and tag me!

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It’s an A4 print. I didn’t convert it into a PDF, so you can simply save it to your computer, phone or tablet. This is my own work and for personal use only. Be nice, don’t steal.

Have a fab week and weekend!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

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