Easter Prep.

Friday, 26 March 2010

Easter is just around the corner. This year is flying so fast!
I found this lovely little Show Me How on how to decorate eggs.

This method is easy, very pretty, super fun and more importantly cheap! I must admit I have not made these since I was a tiny tot. But I do remember it being incredibly fun and worth it.

The best part of this kind of 'craft' is if you're not a professional egg decorator... yes I realize how strange that sounds, but you will never get a perfect egg, or the exact colour you wanted and those elastic bands slip quite easily. Each egg will be different and special in its own little funny way.

Another great thing about this craft is that the colour of the egg influence the colour of the dye. Sometimes if the egg is slightly browny, the eggs look warmer and more pastel. But if the eggs are white they look like real decoupage almost white concrete eggs, stunning!
Happy decorating!


PS. Try not to wear your best frock while doing this, it can get messy!

Meri Meri Delight

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Everyone knows I am mad about Capcakes. I mean really, who isn't?
And today I stumbled upon this ground breaking invention of Cupcake Kits from Meri Meri.

The Meri Meri Shop are designers & publishers since 1985. 1985 was clearly a great year. On their website it says;

"They say one of life’s little secrets is discovering what you love to do, dedicating yourself to it and then watching everything else fall beautifully into place." I could not agree more!

These Cupcake kits are truly stunning. Here are my personal 3 favourite designs but there are lots more to choose from. I am completely in love with the
Bridal Shower Cupcake Set.

Their other categories include; Easter, Stationery sets, and sale items. This site is a must for adding unique and special details to any of your paper needs!


PS. Dear Mari Mari, please open a shop in South Africa, we need you!

Checker Tweet

I was looking at my twitter page the other day and thinking how boring and uninspiring it was.

So i did something about it!

Follow me on twitter!


PS. Be inspired!

Life, loyalty & freedom!

Friday, 19 March 2010
Being an 11 year old child I craved adventure and one faithful summer, after seriously begging for it, my parents decided to take us to the famous Kruger Park.

From spending a lot of my childhood in rainy England, I think the biggest animal I came across was a sheep. Grazing there on our meadow walks, it wasn’t that exciting. Africa on the other hand is the complete opposite. In Africa, things are big! Big storms, big droughts, big trees, big mountains, the big 5 and of course, the great and mighty elephant.

I wanted to see an elephant! During the 5 days we were there I saw lots of Africa’s spender ranging from exquisite bucks, to elegant giraffes to proud rhino’s and even some sleepy lions. On our way out of the reserve I gave up, considering that elephants are so big, I could not quite believe that we had some how missed them. At that moment i did not know how wrong I was.

The cue to get out of the Kruger was about 10 cars deep and we accepted the fact that it was going to be a long sit in the boiling car. But just then we saw them, a heard of about 5 elephants lunching close to the road. In fact they began to walk towards the cars. This worried the bumper to bumper 10 car cue and people began to put on reverse lights to try and get the traffic moving. My father, a wise and calm man, who was sitting in the drivers seat at that time, told us to just relax and sit still.

I was too excited to care, as to the right of us a baby elephant moved into the road and in front of our car. An adorable little thing which started to panic with an adorable little squeeky, trumpet trunk. Being so young I did not realize that this was your first warning to MOVE! My father and mother both looked at us on the back seat, then looked at each other. I saw that their normally red faces in 40 degree C weather, were white as snow... Almost green. There was no way to go forward with the baby and as my father was looking around for a solution, She stepped out onto the road. She being the mother and gorgeous 3 meter tall and probable 3,000 kilograms of pure motherly instinct was looking at us.

Before I could say ‘help’ she was charging, ears flapping, trunk rearing, feet moving (very fast I might add for that big bulk). And my dad put us into reverse. Luckily the people behind us were wiser to the elephant attack escape routine. They had seen what was going to happen and had reversed at the sight of the baby. We made it, but only just! I swear her trunk almost touched the open window!

So I got my adventure and now I love elephants even more!

Do yourself a favour and read ‘The Elephant Whisperer’ by Lawrence Antony. I can officially and proudly say it is by far my favourite book! Many a time it had me laughing out loud or crying at how beautifully Lawrence describes our magnificent Africa! He also has a website and other books. Truly a proudly South African story to be... Proud of!

“When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of 'rogue' elephants on his reserve at Thula Thula, his commonsense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival - notorious escape artists, they would all be killed if Lawrence wouldn't take them.

He agreed, but before arrangements for the move could be completed the animals broke out again and the matriarch and her baby were shot. The remaining elephants were traumatised and very angry. As soon as they arrived at Thula Thula they started planning their escape... into the waiting guns. As Lawrence battled to create a bond with the elephants and save them from execution, he came to realise that they had a lot to teach him about love, loyalty and freedom. Set against the background of life on the reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, this is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers everywhere.” - Publishers Description

Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd
ISBN: 9780283070877
Publication date: June 2009
Pages: 288
Illustrations: illustrations


PS. * Learning About Life, Loyalty And Freedom

Favourite *B's

Friday, 12 March 2010
Special people are coming to visit from Cape Town today!

PS. xoxo

I love a Monkey Tee

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

I absolutely love this Monkey Tee!

I found it at dELiAs.


PS. Monkeying around is fun!

Fishi Etiquette

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Manners, all over the world, have become something rather forgotten.
If manners are almost forgotten, etiquette must be something not very many people practice, let alone know about.

When I saw this Sushi Etiquette I could not believe it! A lot of these things I do. Not because I am bad mannered, just because I did not know any better.

I felt rather embarrassed and now hope to improve on it.


PS. I always wondered why Sushi chefs are so serious! We must look like the worst behaved people! *blush

Fashion Forward Friday

Friday, 5 March 2010

sharing is caring!

Happy Friday, have a fabulous weekend!


PS. The sky is the limit

Olive, Parma & Porcini Dinner Club

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Porcini’s Choice

Restaurant: Café del Soul
Cuisine: Italian
Ambience: Comfy & Casual, Hip & Happening
Main course: R90

Physical address: Shop 17 and 18, Olivedale Corner Centre, crnr Olive and President Fouche roads

An enchanting place situated in the Olivedale Shopping Centre. It is decorative and warm, welcoming and instinctively attractive.
The layering of sandblasted glass and soft white walls, accompanied by written quotes about love and inspiration, is truly spectacular.
The lighting is warm and comforting. Olive described the light fittings as being ‘melting roses’. In between the ‘melting roses’ are small wooden woven hanging hearts which twirled and danced in the heat from kitchen.

A huge plus for me on the menu is the fact that they try to use as much of fresh, organic produce wherever possible. All the meals were delicious. I loved my Chicken Sesame
starter. The peanut satay sauce was the best I’ve had, it was not runny or oily like most restaurants and they served enough so I had some left over. The Mediterranean Olive Roulade was interesting but was said to be a little on the dry side by the waiter. Being such an interesting item it was ordered and was actually in fact dry. However the Porcini Roasted Chicken was a big hit with the 3 of us! Organic chicken, black truffle oil risotto and porcini cream sauce, what could go wrong with that! Yum!

The service was good but the overall ambiance was just marvellous! And considering the full house last night we were not the only ones who loved it!


PS. Don’t judge a restaurant by its shopping centre, it might seem a little scummy but Café del Soul is definitely the sparkle of that centre!


Tuesday, 2 March 2010

I got myself a snowcat!

well... commonly known as a
Diana F+ SnowCat Exclusive Edition.

Personally if you ask me, the new owner of this little kitty, she's a roamer of cool and perfect experiences. This little black and white feline moment snatcher is to be my new best sidekick!

She loves the sweet notion of independence and embraces the exploration of our own space, our own times and our meandering missions!
Created by the illustrator carrying the same name, she’s a gorgeous sweet-talking... meowing mix of fervent black and white. Be sure to check out the Diana+ clones, there is a special one out there for everyone!

I am still on my first spool (yes I've taken one step forward into digital, 2 steps back into film) and with the cost of the stuff will be slowly capturing tiny moments and showing them on Cocobutton under the SnowCat label. Be sure to follow and check out my exploration back into the real sprockets.


PS. For the clueless ones, SnowCat is a Camera.

# 3

Monday, 1 March 2010

I love this. Its so simple yet very meaningful.

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