Well Woven / CarryAnn

Anyone who’s done research into the fashion industry will know that it’s pretty easy to uncover the atrocities of fast fashion if only one looks in the right places. Exploitation, unethical labour and wastage are major issues that are associated with the fashion industry, to name a few.


I was simply delighted to discover CarryAnn recently, a local brand that aims to empower communities, follow sustainable business practice and provide a quality product.

The bags are woven from indigenous grasses using traditional techniques, and are then supplied to CarryAnn. They are then embellished to make them more current, whilst still maintaining their authenticity and quality.

“One of the business goals of the CarryAnn is to help keep this traditional skill alive and valued.” 


“For us, in our business, meeting the weavers who make our bags, knowing who they are, and knowing a little bit about their lives as well as what a difference this work makes to their lives, makes it all worth while. This is not just manufacturing, it’s community support.” – Inge and Jenny, from CarryAnn


So next time you think that you can’t contribute to a more sustainable, ethical fashion industry, think again. You don’t have to spend thousands. Remember, your money is your vote, and businesses like CarryAnn remind us of that.

Nabeela x

Photography: Imán Cassiem | Aesthete’s Perception

Art Direction: Nabeela Parkar | Miss Artsy-Crafty


We’re giving someone an opportunity to own a CarryAnn bag too…

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment below with your favourite thing about supporting local business
  2. Follow CarryAnn and Miss Artsy-Crafty on Instagram
  3. Like the giveaway post
  4. Tag 2 friends in the comments on Instagram (you all need to be following both accounts for your entry to be valid)

Open to South African residents only | Closes on Friday, 30th March 2018


Oudebosch Eco Cabins

A little while ago, my family and I went to stay in the beautiful Kogelberg Nature Reserve for a quick getaway. It was utter bliss. I had just returned from my Europe trip, and it was lovely to have a chance just to lie in the winter sun, and read a book, without the constant noise of the internet (there’s no cellphone reception) and city. The Oudebosch Eco Cabins are beautiful, wooden houses on the foot of the mountains in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. There are mountain bike and hiking trails all within the area too, which is lovely too. As a design student and a person who has a deep appreciation for aesthetics and innovation, I was taken aback by the incredible design of these sustainable, eco-friendly structures. They’re beautiful and functional and staying there was such a treat. Nothing quite like some peace and quiet, fresh air and time offline…



Views from bed




Nabeela x

What’s The Origin? / Ethical Fashion

I walk into a mall. I spot a sale on at one of my favourite stores. I rush in, my heart racing at the thought of a new shiny garment in my hands. My hands frantically rush through the sale racks. Is there nothing in my size? Its only R100! I have to take something home! Ah, finally! I spot a grey tee-shirt in a size XS. That’s something I’ll wear, right? I have another three or so at home, so I know I wear things like this. I rush to the checkout point. Stick my debit card in the machine and pay for my purchase. I get a shiny new carrier to add to my collection at home. Brrt. Brrt. The verification of purchase has come through from my bank. I get home and fling the fourth grey tee-shirt in a size XS into my wardrobe that is so full that I can’t even get to the stuff at the bottom. But, it’s okay, right? I feel good. Well, I felt good. The euphoria lasted all of ten seconds. Instant gratification. It’s worth it right? 

Does any of this sound familiar to you? It certainly sounds familiar to me. However, that’s not me anymore.

Over the past year or so, I’ve been doing more and more research into fast fashion and the implications thereof. A disclaimer before I start: I certainly don’t sport a wardrobe comprised only of ethical brands. There’s more to an ethical closet than just that.

The fashion industry has grown exponentially in my lifetime alone. There are constantly new retail stores popping up with brightly-coloured signage, luring you in, trying to get you to spend your money and in return, you’ll get another piece of low-quality clothing that you don’t need or want.

But there’s more to the clothes you wear than just the shiny, polished rack they hang on in the store before you buy it. There’s a lot more. Have you ever thought about where they come from? The hands that touched the cloth you wear on your skin? The hands that slaved away to sew up the garments that hang on the rails of high-end stores? Are those hands happy? Do those people earn enough to live? Workers in sweatshops of some of the most highly coveted brands in the world are slaving away daily, with minimal breaks, if any, to produce the clothing we purchase, without giving it second thought. To give an example, since 2010, 8000 workers in an H&M sweatshop have collapsed from malnutrition, and the heat inside the factories, to name a few.* Most of these workers were earning less than minimum wage.

Due to the meteoric growth of the fashion industry, major brands can’t keep up with demand, without compromising on quality and ethics. Now, if you’re anything like me, the whole situation makes me feel terribly guilty, very helpless, and a bit stuck. What do I wear? Ethical brands can cost a small fortune (understandably so; they pay their workers decently), and being a teenager, with an unstable body shape, I’m constantly outgrowing clothes, and can’t be spending too much.

We end up having to buy fast fashion for lack of anything else. Understanding that there is a backstory to the clothes you wear is a good place to start. Educate yourself. Do research to see which brands have the most healthy factories and pay their employees above minimum wage and shop there instead. First prize would be to shop ethical brands, but that can be costly, and is unattainable for many. Be practical, and be educated.

One way I try to be more conscious is by doing a price comparison before I buy an item of clothing. I check how much it costs at a fast fashion retail store, and how much it costs at a local, ethical brand. If the latter is the same, or less (sometimes it is!), I choose to buy the ethical brand.

By educating yourself about fast fashion and the industry, you can make smarter choices, and end up with a little more peace of mind. There are some great resources that have amazing articles and resources. One of them is Fashion Revolution, an incredible organization that is changing the way we see fashion.

Its a process and a journey. It takes time, and it takes reading and learning. Don’t be afraid to ask. If you’re curious about the working conditions of the employees of a factory making the clothes you wear, ask! I tweet brands all the time!

“Fast fashion isn’t free. Someone somewhere, is paying.” – Lucy Siegle 

Nabeela x

{*Source: The Sun } 

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.

You Got This Card – Plain
Happy Birthday Card
You Got This Card – Patterned
Heart Card
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.


Nabeela x




LionHeart / Beautiful Bakes

Who do you turn to for cakes covered in watercolour details, pretty pastel tones, fresh flowers and meringue drops, you ask? LionHeart, of course!

I first discovered LionHeart when Nikki posted about it on her beautiful Instagram page. Since then, I’ve been following LionHeart’s page too and am in awe of how aesthetically pleasing their creations are.

LionHeart is an online-based patisserie studio run by two fiercely talented and passionate women, Nikki and Karmen, right here in Cape Town.

The first confections were sold under the LionHeart brand in late 2015 and in early 2016, LionHeart moved into a studio space in Woodstock and started doing cakes.

LionHeart’s lovely cakes are the perfect finishing touch to any occasion.















Their Instagram page doesn’t disappoint either in terms of providing followers with lots of cake-spiration and epic process videos too!

Thanks for having me in studio, Nikki and Karmen!

Nabeela x

(PS: You can order one of their beauties here.)




The Edit / 01.

Hello there

I’ve decided to start doing The Edit over here on the blog to share things I’m loving with you. I haven’t quite decided how often I’ll write them yet, but we’ll see. First, let me fill you in on what’s up over at Miss Artsy-Crafty HQ.

So, you may have noticed my absence around here, namely because finals were just crazy and in between studying and sleeping, there wasn’t time for much else. Its now summer holidays and some fun content is coming soon! (Don’t forget about this fun DIY though!)

Also, I’m working on my card range which will be launching in early 2017! Final formatting, printing quotes and packaging is under way! I can’t wait to share my brand and products with you!

You may have noticed that my site is now at missartsycrafty.com, which I am very excited about too!

Now, onto The Edit:


The Circle Ring by Famke

Bamboo Revolution Watch in Original Natural Tan

Nude Wear Cozzie in Cappuccino (they’re great for wearing underneath your surf shirts and boardshorts because they don’t shine through!)

Listening To

Elise Gets Crafty

Functioning Minimalist

How She Creates


Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert



I’m so happy that summer is in full swing. Beach days, here we come!

Have a wonderful holiday and festive season with your loved ones!

Nabeela x

PS: If you want any extra information about my card range or if you’re interested in selling them, please pop me an email at missartsycraftyblog@gmail.com


Made in SA / Deerly Studio


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!




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!)




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!


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.


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!


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! }