Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Life is too Short for Boring Stationery : Part 4


I welcome you to Part 4 and the last of my stationery series. Isn’t it amazing the amount of incredibly talented crafters there are in South Africa. Today I feature 3 online stores that are based in Johannesburg and a wonderful stationery boutique here in Durban.


Elephantshoe Stationery Studio


Elephantshoe was established in 2010 by the dynamic duo of Samantha and James Schwikkard.  It is a custom boutique papery, branding and styling design studio. Their wish is that your life be made more lovely and that you are inspired by their stationery goods. Whether by customising your home or business or commissioning something special for an event, they would love to help you. They have amazing products for you to buy and they also are very generous with free downloads of prettiness.

Favourites :

I Love You Box (this was the July box)

Tattly temporary tattoo "Cartolina Blooms"


Love Lives Here tote bag





 
 

 
Interviews and Mentions :





 

M.studio


Owned and run by Mariaan, M.studio is a graphic design company specialising in company branding, wedding and event stationery, gifts and accessories, greeting cards and lots more.


Interviews and Mentions :





Favourites :
 
Doodles & Sketches Notepad
 
Bright & Beautiful Ideas Notepad
 
My Stach Jar
 









Macaroon
 
Created in 2010, Macaroon was born from the desire to merge the traditional values of letter writing and gift giving, with the latest in modern technology. They specialise in personalised stylish social stationery. Use your favourite photos to personalise their large range of calendars, yearly planners, greeting cards and birthday invitations. They also have stickers, tags, gifts and gifting accessories. Sadly orders for 2014 delivery are closed but don’t let that stop you from ordering for 2015.

 
Interviews and Mentions :




 
Favourites:



Bucket List Journal Blue

Menu and Shopping Planner Blue
 
Workspace Labels Blue




 
 

Ruby & Swallow

Hello! My name is Kim and I own Ruby + Swallow Stationery Boutique, a business based in Durban. Part of my course at Rhodes University was specialising in graphic design, so it is both a profession and a passion. Ruby + Swallow was conceived from a love of stationery, weddings and design, and originally began as a blog back in 2012, and grew into a bespoke "stationery boutique".

Currently we design and create custom made stationery for any happy milestone and event, primarily weddings, but also for baby showers, bridal showers, engagements and birthdays. We pride ourselves on keeping our designs on trend, and keep focussed on customer service and attention to detail. All stationery items are individually handcrafted. 

Ruby + Swallow has lots in the pipeline for 2015, so keep up to date with us on social media! Please contact us on rubyandswallow@gmail.com for any stationery enquiries.

Favourites :

Gold foil print on champagne shimmer board
 
Accordion folded square invitation



Facebook

Twitter

Instagram: @rubyandswallow / @_kimwalsh_

 

Interviews and Mentions :

The Umhlanga magazine - Get to know your bloggers!

Indie Berries - Ruby +Swallow

City Girl Searching - Wedding Invitations

Friday, 12 December 2014

Cotton On in Gateway - The World's Largest Store

Today is an exciting day for KZN when Cotton On opens its largest store in the world at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping. My husband has already seen inside the store and he was very impressed with the layout and the finishes.

If, like my son, you are a Veranda Panda fan, you had better get to the official opening tomorrow so you can see them in action.



As Cotton On continues to grow its global footprint, the Australian-based retailer remains committed and invested in expanding its South African fleet, opening its largest ever store on the 12th of December in Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Gateway Shopping Centre.

Born to deliver the right product at the right price, Cotton On provides men and women affordable, effortlessly cool and on-trend fashion. At 2,368 square metres, the new Cotton On store at Gateway Shopping Centre is the largest in the world and offers collections from a number of brands within the Cotton On Group, including Cotton On, Cotton On Body, FREE by Cotton On, Cotton On Kids and Rubi Shoes. The new store will reflect the brand’s updated brand look and will represent Cotton On’s future direction in store design.

Cotton On General Manager, Felicity McGahan, said she’s thrilled to be opening the biggest Cotton On store in South Africa. “There is no other Cotton On store in the world quite like our new Gateway store and this demonstrates our commitment to our South African customers. The store offers customers an insight into our forward vision for Cotton On, setting the benchmark for our new fleet opening around the world. The new store will allow us to offer shoppers an in-store experience like no other in the biggest Cotton On store in the world,” said Ms McGahan.

Innovative design elements of the store include ‘living’ front windows which allow customers to engage with the latest offers and breaks down the barrier of traditional window displays. The design embraces authenticity and heritage through honest materials in brick, timber and concrete-lined architecture. The timber wrap in the front of the store creates a dramatic entry that leads customers into the store.

The new store is the evolution of our brand and represents Cotton On future direction in store design not only in size and scale but our new innovative retail thinking that pushes the boundaries of traditional retail,” said Senior Store Design Manager, Martin Kwaskowski.

The 2,368 square metre space was designed and built by our own in house teams, which is a very unique proposition for any retailer. This allows us to go on the entire journey from start to finish and this way we get the best results, without relying on outside design help”, adds Kwaskowski.

The stable of Cotton On Group brands delivers on-trend basics and fun, affordable fashion which South Africans have come to know and love. Since opening their first store in 1991 in Australia, the Cotton On Group has been rapidly growing with 1300 stores in 17 countries, of which over 119 stores are in South Africa. Furthermore, the Cotton On Group was recently recognised by SA’ s youth as one of the Top 10 ‘coolest clothing stores’, as selected by the country's Sunday Times Generation Next Awards 2014.

Cotton On is inviting customers to celebrate the new store opening and get weekend-ready on Saturday, the 13th of December with a special performance by electronic violin duo, Veranda Panda. There will also be a tee customisation station, an Instagram activation, a Rubi nail bar as well as face painting and balloon twisting for the kids. To top off the celebrations, the first 100 people through the door will each receive a complimentary gift.

The new Cotton On store in Gateway will be opening its doors on 12 December, 2014 operating Mon – Thurs from 9am – 7pm (Fri and Sat 9-9pm, Sun 9-6pm),  and is located at Shop E030 & E032, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga.

Veranda Panda



 
I can see that my two teenagers are going to be VERY keen to shop at this new mega Cotton On.

Two Weeks of Craziness

Oh my! The last two weeks have been CRAZY!!

I had to take my son back and forth for his last exams, then he stayed home for 4 days while other subject exams were written that he doesn't take. In between that I had to attend numerous assemblies at my daughters school. She has now finished up with Grade 7 and next year is high school and my son goes to Matric.

There was also frantic baking last Sunday so the daughter could give some biscuits to the Grade 7 teachers. I also had to package up the gift for my daughters teacher with a great moustache jar and tag from Peg & Pencil.

Three of the assemblies I attended were award assemblies and Laura was recognised for her sporting achievements in two of them. She received certificates for 1st team softball, 1st team hockey and for cross country. The final assembly was on Wednesday, the snot en trane assembly. This is the assembly where each teacher addresses their class and wishes them well for their new school. Each Grade 7 is given a candle which they light from the school candle and then they make their way out of the school hall. Finally the head leaders blow out the school candle before they exit. There were lots of crying teachers, parents and sobbing kids.

So that is the end of my daughters primary school chapter and the chapter for high school begins.

The chapter for high school started yesterday already as I took her to get her new uniform. We went early to the school uniform shop as I was determined to get it done. After trying on the uniform we left with 4 blouses, 4 skirts, 2 PE shirts, PE shorts and a swimming costume. I had a blazer and jersey for her already. That is not the end of the uniform buying SOB SOB SOB. She will still need shoes and socks and once she has decided on sports, she will need the clothes for that. SOB

Did I mention SOB??!!

I know there is going to be more craziness from now until Christmas. My list is not done and I have yet to decide on what salads / vegies and pudding I will be serving. The house is in chaos and I haven't even decorated. Oh well! My kids are old enough to help and they WILL.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Life is too Short for Boring Stationery : Part 3


Hooray for Part 3 of my stationery series! More online stores for you to look at and find the perfect stationery for you, or to find a talented person to make it for you.

 

City Girl Searching

Hello! My name is Roxy and I am a young South African living and working in South Korea with my husband and rescue pup. I love all things pretty and upon first setting eyes on the stationery here in Korea, I just knew I had to find a way to share it with my blog readers. The stationery here is unlike anything I have ever seen, it’s cute and creative, without being kitsch, functional and yet so unique in its design and quality. I started my online stationery store earlier this year as a way to share the magic of Korean stationery with everyone. I stock calendars, notebooks, pens and pencils, erasers, rulers, washi tape and loads of other packaging and wrapping goodies.


 
*As SA has had such problems with the post office recently I am not actually shipping to SA .... BUT if you are able to wait until January. I am coming home to SA for three weeks and will bring your orders over in my suitcase. We can chat about delivery then. Simply choose the “Pick up/Local Delivery in SA for Jan’ 15” shipping method.* 


Interviews and Mentions

Wedding Inspirations Bridal Magazine

Becoming You

Inspired Living
 

 
Favourites :
 
Lemon Package $10.00

Mini Note Cards $1.00 (too adorable!)

Stamp Stickers $1.50
 





 

Clementine Creative

Hi, my name is Carmia Cronje, and I own a graphic design studio called Clementine Creative. I specialise in creating brand identities for women entrepreneurs. I also run an online shop selling printable paper goods like calendars, greeting cards, planners, wedding stationery, wall art and more. These goods can be downloaded instantly after purchase and printed at home or at a copy shop.



I started my stationery business because :

1.          I have always loved stationery and liked creating cards when I was a child.

2.          I wanted to have a creative outlet – design things that I would like to design and not  something that a client wants.

3.          I wanted to create passive income for my business so that I wouldn’t have to rely only on client work.

 
Favourites:

Printable Wall Art - Cat Lover Quote $4.00

Printable Weekly Planner (editable)-  Retro $5.50

Printable Birthday Calendar - Bible Verses $11.50
 
 





 

Interviews and Mentions:









 


Happiness Is ...


Fathima Kathrada




So my business name for my stationery is Happiness is..., and comes from my blog name. The blog started way back in 2009 and I started delving into stationery about two years ago when I started my freelance design business. By profession I'm a graphic designer, and I started exploring illustration a few years ago after getting several comments on my "illustration skills", which up to that point I didn't really think I had. Once I started playing around with it I realised I did have some flair for it and really enjoy it, and thought a great way to get that out into the world would be through unique bespoke stationery items. 

The stationery is really a sideline labour of love to my main graphic design work, so it's done as and when I can on a small scale, which is not a bad thing. However I have a notebook full of ideas that I'd love to execute in time. One of those ideas was the 2015 Calendar, which was just released for sale on Monday 24 November. It was quite a large undertaking and a big project for me, and it's very rewarding to see it completed and being appreciated by others. The theme of the 2015 Calendar is "Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet", focussing on positivity and motivation throughout the year, and I plan on extending that theme into smaller stationery items like notebooks, notepads, and more.

Ideally in the future I'd love to have my illustrations on various product items like tote bags, table cloths, dish towels, scarves and more! I'm always keen to collaborate with others who have products that could work well with illustrations. 

I'm also open to custom illustration or stationery requests and create illustration and design for wedding stationery, which can be ordered from me directly at happiness.is.info@gmail.com.  I also have some items for sale on my Hello Pretty store.  

People can keep up to date with what I'm doing by following me on my social media channels:

Blog: Happiness is...





Mentions & guest posts:









 
 
Favourites :

Printed R295 (free postage) or Digital Download R120

"Hello" Pattern Print R350


Illustrated Ice Cream Notecard Set R115

Mothers Day Card R25

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Baking Series : Malva Pudding

This recipe is very special to me as it was served at our wedding reception over 20 years ago. Neil and I were married in the Lutheran Church in Assagay Hillcrest and our reception was at the Valley View Restaurant (which is now called Intaba View). I can’t remember the name of the guy that owned the restaurant then but he helped us choose a simple buffet menu as we had a very tight budget. One of the puddings we chose was Malva pudding. Sometime after the wedding there was an article in the local paper on the restaurant and it included some of the recipes for dishes they made. I was so thrilled to see the recipe for Malva pudding and it is the recipe that I use to make it to this day.

Malva Pudding

250ml flour

5ml bicarb

20ml apricot jam

20ml butter

250ml sugar

5ml vinegar

1 egg

Cream butter, sugar and add egg.  Slowly add bicarb, jam and vinegar. Gradually add the flour and milk. Bake at 180C for 30-40 minutes.

Syrup:

125ml butter

125ml sugar

125ml boiling water

250ml milk

5ml vanilla essence

Boil together and pour over the hot pudding as soon as it comes from the oven.

Notes :

I measure out all ingredients at the same time – so I have two bowls in front of me. One is the plastic mixing bowl and a glass bowl for the syrup. As I go along in the recipe I add the required amount to the correct bowl. The only item I leave out is the boiling water for the syrup as I add that only when I need to boil up the syrup.

The cooking time is a guideline so I usually set it for 35 minutes and then see if it needs more.

Make sure you stir up the syrup ingredients after adding the boiling water. Watch very carefully if you boil up the mixture in the microwave as it can very easily boil over.

Make sure your co-ordinate the boiling up of the syrup so that it is ready to be poured over the hot pudding once it is cooked.

After the syrup is poured over I use a knife to poke holes in the pudding so that the syrup can soak in.

This is a very easy and extremely delicious pudding. I serve it with homemade custard and it also tastes great with cream.

Malva Pudding with the syrup still soaking in

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Your Family #1989 Recipe Challenge

I love going to the Kloof & Highway SPCA and looking and scratching through their interesting shops. On Monday last week I bought a zip to fix a pencil case, some bias binding (just because it was pretty), old jeans for a project and a lovely vintage dress pattern. Looked through their other shops then went to the bookroom. I was about to go inside when I noticed a thick red file on a shelf so went to look at it. Was thrilled to see old Your Family magazines from 1989. I wasn’t going to leave them behind as you so rarely see any old magazines anymore. I also bought an old hardcover Nancy Drew book (my daughter collects them) and a kids baking book. When I arrived home I wiped down all the magazines and put the jeans into wash and then carried on with the work I needed to do.



When my husband came home that night and I showed him the magazines, his question was “what are you going to do with them?” I said that I was going to enjoy looking through them and maybe make some items from them. I also thought it would be fun to challenge Inge to make something sweet or savoury from one of the magazines. She accepted my challenge and my sister Carryn did as well. I then tweeted to ask others if they would like to join in the fun and to date I have 2 other ladies also going to make a recipe.
November 1989

The 1989 recipe

I chose November 1989 and decided to make a savoury dish, something interesting and not a normal meal. I came across Bacon and Egg Pudding on page 55 and this was exactly what I was looking for. Here is the recipe as taken from the magazine.


Bacon and Egg Pudding

6 slices white bread, crusts removed

250g bacon, diced and fried

4 eggs

Salt and pepper to taste

1 litre milk

Nutmeg to sprinkle

Cut bread into 1,5cm slices, layer in a greased ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with bacon, set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs lightly and season well. Heat milk to boiling point, whisk into eggs. Pour into dish, sprinkle with nutmeg. Allow to stand, 20 minutes. Stand basin in a pan of boiling water, bake at 180C, 45 minutes or until set.

Serves four to six.

I made the dish last Thursday night and here are my notes :

I have a wonderful collection of old Corningware so I thought that would be perfect to use to make this interesting dish. My smaller size was used to cook the dish and the larger size was used for the water bath.

Very easy dish to make. I warmed the milk in a glass bowl in the microwave.

I cooked the bacon & egg pudding for 10 minutes more that the time as it didn’t look like it was properly set.

 
Bacon cooked and the dish ready to assemble
 
Ready for the oven

The cooked Bacon & Egg Pudding (the bacon isn't burnt it is just my camera makes it darker)


Hubby came home when it was still cooking and asked me what the lovely smell was. Once it came out of the oven his comment was ... “interesting!” I served the egg & bacon pudding with a salad. It was rather wobbly and sort of smushy when I scooped it out with the serving spoon but it was definitely cooked through. We ate and hubby went and had seconds as well. The general consensus was “interesting”.

It was fun to make and to try out but I definitely will not be making it again. I am very interested though to try out other recipes from 1989 and I look forward to seeing what the other ladies thought of their recipes.

If you read this and are also keen to make a recipe from Your Family 1989 tweet me (@NicolaLMeyer) with a month and whether you would like a sweet or savoury recipe.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Family News Update

I haven't mentioned anything about our family in quite awhile, so here is just a short check-in post.

Both the kids are busy with their year end exams - the daughter is in Grade 7 and she does her exams during school and finishes a normal school day. She has another week of exams to go. In the last two weeks of school I will have to fetch her early as the teachers will be rounding up the school year and doing reports. No idea why they can't close early - oh well!

The son is in Grade 11 and he has done two exams so far and has another three weeks to go. It is a case of drop him at school, have a cup of coffee, possibly start something, get back in the car and go and fetch him! As you guessed he only stays at school for an exam and he only goes to school if he has an exam.

The pets are all well (Sparkle the cat is snuggled with me right now). The dogs (Tyson and Bolt) I hear barking at our troop of monkeys. The daughter had to quickly go close the kitchen door just now when I heard the Trellidoor rattling. Yes a naughty fuzzy monkey was seeing what he could have.

I am busy making stationery lists for next year and I have to buy new uniforms for the daughter as she goes to high school #groan! The groan is for the costs involved obviously! :)

Enjoy the time you spend with your very young kids as time flies by very very very very very very fast!!!!

Hubby is working hard and has quite a few job sites to complete before the end of the year. He is also trying to finish tiling a bathroom (insert extremely proud of him over here).

Well that is my family check-in and I need to go do the ironing and do some sewing of teachers gifts.

Bye for now.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Life is too Short for Boring Stationery : Part 2


It is Part 2 of my stationery series and I have found more amazing online stores that you can drool over and buy from.  I have featured 1 store based in Johannesburg and 2 in Cape Town.

 

Scribbles & Bows

Scribbles & Bows launched in the heart of Jozi in July 2014. Frustrated with the limited options and ridiculous prices of stationery available, two friends decided to hand craft their own pretty stationery. Imka heads up the social media and accounts/numbers side of things and Marita heads up the creative part. They play, they glitter, they craft. Their pegs and tags have been used by their awesome clients nationwide. They love creating beautiful things for everyone, but their favourite creation was an order of 550 Mini Golden Glitter pegs for Mr Price. Scribbles & Bows started as a fun hobby and expanded into a very fun business. Their biggest sellers are their washi pegs, glitter pegs, glitter tags as well as beautiful chalkboard coasters.

A great range of Christmas goodies will slowly launch on the 10th of November, so stay tuned for that. They have fun Christmas specials and maybe a competition or two coming up on their Facebook page too.

They are currently working on a Valentine’s Day range that will make even Cupid jealous, and some fun statement stationery pieces that will launch during Jan. They are also working on launching a website soon.

You can place orders via Facebook and email (scribblesandbows@gmail.com) or visit their Hello Pretty store.

Favourites :
 
Notebooks R40

Chalkboard Coasters R60
 




 

Schwarzie TM


Schwarzie was established in September 2012 by Astrid and Karen Schwarz, design-driven sisters and best of friends. Together with an incredibly supportive family, they are building Schwarzie™, a multi faceted creative brand that likes to define itself as "throwing happiness around from Cape Town to the world".

"We are being ourselves, designing because we must, because we want to, because we can't go a day without pursuing our passion" - Astrid

Our Confetti:

"We want to throw happiness around like Confetti / #SchConfetti " is an element that just recently started to form a huge part in what we're wanting to convey to our audience. From the start of our brand we have wanted to, firstly, make the audience smile at the often over use of colour, or the whimsical side we like to put through in much of our stationery lines.”

This has now grown into something so exciting for us: we're sending all our stationery Orders, or any order for that matter, out with confetti "bombs". We also, rather love, sending greeting cards "on a whim" to the people we're connecting with through social media.

We enjoy the "old fashioned" element of writing still, and want to communicate that to fans, while sending them a surprise pop of colour. It's who we are and if it's making people smile, and surprised, we get giddy with excitement at their reaction. That feeds our levels of inspiration, so really our fans are doing all the work by keeping us entertained *winks

In a nutshell: life is serious, it's not always a party, but we want to remind ourselves daily, as well as our audience, there are silver linings, and we must not forget to acknowledge those happy moments. They are what help us through the real-life challenges.

New paper goodness:

Our latest, and goodness gracious, most exciting release of new stationery has been our 2015 diary line up. Released in October this year, we've brought our annual release of diaries to help you get organized. Each diary is designed from start to finish by Schwarzie™ and printed by our fantastic printers in Cape Town: Hansa Print

Read more about these talented sisters on Design Indaba here.

Favourites :
 
Rosy Days R230

Delicious Disches R189 (the spelling is correct)
 




 

Paper & Pieces


Paper & Pieces is Mari’s happy place. A realisation of a dream of doing something outside the corporate world, something beautiful but also practical. A shared dream with a creative colleague Liz and friend Melanie. They were the people who helped Mari put the realness into her dream and build her happy space.  Browse through their collection of unique designs and find the merino sheep on the bespoke range of cushion covers, cards, gift wrap and gift tags.

Favourites :
 
Funky Merino Sheep wrapping paper R35

Gift Sets - With Love R85
 


Website

Friday, 7 November 2014

Baking Series : Lemon Yoghurt Cake


It is part 5 of my baking series and today I am going to give you the recipe for Lemon Yoghurt Cake. The recipe came from Kitchen.net on Facebook and I have made it 4 times.


125ml plain yoghurt

250ml caster sugar

2 eggs

10ml vanilla essence

125ml oil

375ml self-raising flour

Lemon zest

Pre-heat oven to 180C. Mix together the yoghurt, oil, sugar, eggs, lemon zest and vanilla essence. Add flour and mix until smooth.  Pour batter into a 20cm round cake tin and bake for about 35 minutes until golden and firm to the touch. Allow cake to cool.

Icing :

500ml icing sugar

20ml milk

10ml lemon juice

Mix icing sugar, lemon and milk together and drizzle over cooled cake.

Notes :

I baked the cake in a ring tin.

When I first made the cake I had no lemons so I used rose water in place of the vanilla essence in the cake and also in place of the lemon juice in the icing.

I have also made an orange cake with fresh orange juice.

This is a very easy cake to make and it freezes well.




The next time I make the cake I want to try and make it as a coffee cake – I wonder if it will work?


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Life is too Short for Boring Stationery : Part 1

I have been posting a lot about food lately and it is time to have a change. The baking series will still continue as I have a few more recipes to share. BUT! Let us look at lots of pretty things!

We have lots of very talented people in South Africa that produce beautiful stationery, tags, gifts etc, so let’s take a look at some of the companies that I know of. If you know of more please share with me.

First up I am going to focus on what is available right here in my area – lucky me!


Peg & Pencil

Peg & Pencil is owned and run by the lovely Kirsty-Ann Milne who started it in 2013. She creates bespoke stationery as well as wedding and events design. Step into her “Stationery Lounge” and choose your twine, notebooks, mini pegs, paper straws and gift tags. The stationery is mostly created by hand using current trends and designs.

Favourite items  :
 
Gift Boxes R200
 
Twine Tubs - Pink Assorted R120
 




She also sells her stationery at various markets such as Bellevue Market.


Olive Finch

Owned and tirelessly run by Venessa Matthews who produces colourful  tags and notepads. Formerly called Little Mud Hut Designs (read here), Venessa has made over her company into stationery freshness.

Nadia van der Mescht recently did a fabulous post about Olive Finch which you can read here.

Favourite items :
 


 


Soon to be Online

Look here for stockists

You can buy from her stall at the I Heart Market.

 
Millamae

Looking for sweet stationery and party things? Millamae have a fabulous range of invites, cupcake wrappers and mini flags to match. They also have gift tags and stickers to dress up your gifts and a range of hardcover diaries and journals. Launched in 2013 by Sarah and Tracy who merged their creative and printing knowledge to create stationery happiness.

Favourite items :
"Birdie" Journal R90
 
2015 Diary R120

 
 



You can also buy from their stall at the I Heart Market.

Read their interview on Ruby Orchard here.

 
Washi Bug

Do you love washi tape? Well then you have to step in to Washi Bug’s washi tape heaven.

Owned and run by Jaime Askew (daughter) and Anita Fuller (mother ). The word 'washi' comes from 'wa' meaning Japanese and 'shi' meaning paper. Washi is a versatile self-adhesive masking tape and a very forgiving medium for crafting and decor. It is repositionable and reusable with many applications such as:- gift wrapping, scrapbooking, card making, decoupage, theming weddings & events and art journaling... Their washi tape range is made up of over 500 designs in varying widths sourced from different parts of the world, including the quality Japanese brands. They have SO many different designs in the 10m x 15mm category and also stock the Japanese MT washi tape which comes in 30mm, 50mm, 100mm, and 200mm. I also see that they now sell wallpaper as well. A one stop decor shop! Washi tape is so versatile, just go onto Pinterest and you can see what can be done with this wonder tape.
 
Birds R28

Black Lace R28

 





You can also buy from their stall at the Shongweni Farmers Market.

Read their interview by Ruby & Swallow here.

 
Swee and Moo

Owned, designed and run by the wonderful couple Richard and Chantelle Armstrong, who are on a mission “to delight the world with original, quirky, lovely, locally-sourced, hand-drawn and handmade greeting cards.” 

Read their interview with Andrea Barras (Clever Bird Banter) here.

Favourite items :
 
Love Voucher 5 Pack R20

Card R25
 




You can also buy from their stall at the I Heart Market.