KAMERS Irene 24hour Ticket Giveaway: GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Hurry, Hurry & Enter
It's almost time for KAMERS Irene - which kicks off next week. I am giving away five sets of double tickets for the Irene KAMERS. You have 24 hours to enter this flash giveaway! Entries will close tomorrow!
To Enter: GIVEAWAY CLOSED
  • Share this flash giveaway on social media. Remember to @ me and KAMERS.
  • Leave a comment to tell me you have entered. Please include your name & surname in the comment.
  • Giveaway closes tomorrow at 1pm.
  • This is a local giveaway. Please only enter if you can get to KAMERS in Irene.
Winners:
Mlisska Hubert
Carene Wessels
Maryna du Toit 
Huibri Schalkwyk


A few details specifically for KAMERS Irene:
  • Click here for direction details.
  • KAMERS is returning to the innovative and creative hub that is Open Window School for the third time. This beautiful venue is the perfect setting for KAMERS.
  • On Friday 6 December, KAMERS will be open until 20:00 and will have fantastic live music by great artists Anna Davel and The Empty Box Jazz Band. The music alone would be well worth your visit and ticket, so this is another reason not to miss KAMERS.
  • Tickets are available at Computicket or at the entrance.
  • KAMERS will be returning to Gauteng early in 2014, with the first KAMERS Johannesburg event. It will be an Easter show with a strong focus on food wine, coffee and music, 18-21 April 2014 at The Forum Campus, Bryanston.



Christmas with Ebony & Ivory

Ebony & Ivory Gets Festive
Ebony and Ivory in Cape Town is one of my favourite South African ribbon and creative shops. They recently shared a few of their festive photos with me - captured by The Paper Camera. Aren't they elegantly beautiful? Gold and a hint of vintage are paired together perfectly. I especially love the small touches like the glitter dipped feathers. It's the perfect time to get ready for Christmas and wrapping so visit their site and stock up. I hope you feel as inspired as I do. 





A Few Wonderful Events

Christmas Shopping Made Easy
There is so much on the go this season with markets, events and open days almost every day! That's quite exciting. My inbox has been overflowing with invites and I wanted to share a few with you. All details are listed on the flyer or poster so you can get in touch with the organisers to find out any exact details. I really wish I could be at the In Good Company book launch, but I only get to Cape Town two days later. Don't forget that I heart Market, Wonder MarketMarket at the Square and a whole host of other markets are on too. You have no excuses to not shop local this festive season.



Meet Free Monday #4

An Out and About Day
You might have thought that I'd deserted you - no posts all of last week! Well... you see I had some internet trouble while I was away. My Cell C dongle for my laptop worked each day for about 2 minutes and then it would just give up (thanks Cell C). It was so frustrating and it also meant that I had to spend quite a bit of time in coffee shops or walking around with laptop to get the elusive 'better signal'. I am back in the office today, which means wonderful, brilliant and continuous internet! Just in time to deal with a huge pile of overdue work!

Today is truly meeting free as I work on replying to emails and getting all back in order. I also wanted to share a few snippets of last week's workshops with you. I am waiting for the professional photos taken by the lovely Mariaan of M.Studio. I also went to In Good Company for the first time last week, which was such a highlight. How cute is the little cat dish from Feral Goods? It was a giveaway prize.

Things I am excited about this week:
Being at home and in my office. It's lovely to be away, but good to come back to some routine and structure. 

What will challenge me this week?
Like always I am swamped with work and I only have ten days until I leave Durban  for Cape Town. It's crunch time!

Personal Things:
It's Daniel and my three year wedding anniversary this week. Time flies! I also have several things to get ready for a close friend's kitchen tea.

The week at a glance:
Yikes! I am trying to just deal with the most important task and then move onto the next. I have blog lessons to do this week along with one on one consulting sessions too. I need to finish working on a few blogs for clients and also tame my inbox. I look forward to getting through it all so I can leave a bit of the pressure behind.

I hope you have a great week ahead!

Meet Free Monday with a Twist

Hi
How was your weekend? It's Meet Free Monday time, but to be honest today is a Monday with a twist! Tomorrow is the first Joburg Creative Business Workshop so today I am going through the final prep to ensure everything is perfect. So far I made a very successful trip to Typo for a few additional supplies. I am now clocking a few 'office hours' and then I am off to the venue, In Good Company and finally the florist. It's an exciting and busy day. To make up for the fact that I am not keeping today meeting free - I thought I would share a few snippets of this past weekend instead. I am using my iPad to snap all my pictures - I know they're not the best, but they still share my trip with you.
I had a weekend of fun, mixed in with some work of course. On Saturday my friend, who I am staying with made me this beautiful breakfast! We then headed off to the Neighbourgoods Market which I haven't been to before. I really loved Skermunkil's stand and we also popped into Father which was ever so cool! After that we headed off to 44 Stanley (another place I haven't been to) and we stopped for a delicious lunch. The perfect Joburg day if ever there was one.

Remember to enter the Shanti Decor giveaway as it ends this week.
There are also three places left for this week's workshops - I would love to fill them. View all details here or email me.

Have a wonderful week! 

Hello There

I am checking in from Joburg, I arrived yesterday. So far so good! I am currently at Wolves Cafe having a lovely lunch. It was off their Good Luck Club menu - Prawn and Avo Springrolls and some Edamame on the side. The delicous Wolves lemonade served in a Consol jar adds some charm and I will definately have a slice of cake just now. 

The picture above is of a few small packages I mailed off earlier this week. I have met some lovely penpals via Instragram - it's like online dating for package nerds. By now you know I really love wrapping and it offers the perfect escape after work. I keep it strictly to evenings when the major stuff is out the way. Anyway... I am off to eat that slice of cake! Have a lovely weekend!

Shanti Decor Giveaway & Inspiration: GIVEAWAY CLOSED

There is a strong influence of Indian decor, paired with a slight Moroccan influence that is being added to interiors the world over. Rich textures, bold colours and a focus on luxury relaxation are a few of the key elements. Bloggers like Bri from DesignLoveFest have found the perfect balance between retro inspiration and subtly placed pieces. Many more examples can be seen not only on Pinterest, but in books like Design Sponge at Home too. This Indian influence hints towards a faraway escape and an exotic land, filled with adventure. What stands out most is the idea of carefully hand-picking items to add a personal touch rather than an OTT approach. Today I want to share my favourite decor inspiration which shows these elements and influence in action, whilst at the same time introducing you to Shanti Decor in order to create the look for yourself. I do so love spoiling you and I have paired up with Shanti Decor to host a giveaway to get you started on your new decor adventure. The hero items of this look are most certainly the throw, pouf and cushions.

The Throw
Ideally used to add texture to a couch, bed or even used as a decorative wall hanging. The throw adds a wonderful, tactile feel that will create an instant atmosphere. My ideal pick from Shanti Decor is this vibrant blue throw - which also happens to be on sale, it must be a sign!
The Pouf
The second hero item is the pouf. It adds comfort and a unique touch to any room. My favourite use of this piece is in the living room of Bri Emery. This unusual style pairing includes retro furniture pieces and greenery. The bright and interesting Yellow Patchwork and Embroidery pouf is the ideal way to add this interesting style feature.


Cushions
Last, but most certainly not least are cushions. Cushions are the finishing touch for any interior space and add an accent of style. They offer comfort, but in a luxurious way. Scatter them on a couch or use them for an Indian themed dinner and arrange them on the floor or on a bench. These two cushions are beautifully suited to creating this look.
The cream with bright embroidery cushion and the beige cushion with embroidery and mirror detail are also the giveaway prizes. Fancy that! Nikki from Shanti Decor is giving away two of each cushion cover.

To Enter: GIVEAWAY CLOSED
  • Please follow Shanti Decor on Twitter and / or Facebook.
  • Leave a comment letting us know that you have followed the brand.
  • For an extra entry share the giveaway online - either on your blog or social media - please mention if you have done so in your comment.

This is a local (South African) giveaway and entries close on Wednesday the 20th November.

Good luck and thanks for entering!

Image Credits:1 / 2 / 3/ 4

Meet Free Monday #2

A Day at HQ
Hello 
Welcome to Monday. The weekend just flew by! How was your weekend? I had a good one, spent some really great time with a few friends and my sister, but yesterday when I wanted to catch up on some admin - our power went out. A sign for a break perhaps? A new week means new challenges made all the easier through having 'Meet Free Monday' to allow for some planning and brain balancing. This week is set to be a wonderful one as I leave for Joburg on Thursday to run the workshops and to have an adventure. Plenty to get done before then!

Things I am excited about this week:
Mr Price Sport is hosting a Blogger Olympics on Wednesday and I am excited to be invited. It should be a fun and ever so slightly challenging day with fellow bloggers. Of course the Joburg trip is exciting too, along with receiving the final goodie bag and giveaway items to spoil attendees with!

What will challenge me this week?
My workload is a challenge at present, but I can't complain about that at all. I don't want to harp on, but Thursday's trip is a challenge too - something new, somewhere new.

Personal Things:
I am currently trying to focus on eating better, getting rest and looking after myself which continues to be a personal focus. I also have some lovely letters to write and post off and there is one more birthday gift to complete. I have a new issue of Molly Makes to read - I call it research (he he). I also want to spend some time with Daniel as I won't see him for ten days - I think a lovely dinner is in order. His current work schedule rivals mine so carving out quality time is very difficult.

The week at a glance:
Many a list will be needed to keep this week in check. The main focus is sticking to deadlines as there a few between now and my trip along with making sure everything is perfect for the workshops. Lots of packing to do.

If you are taking part in having your own 'Meet Free Monday' please feel free to do a post of your own and share your blog with me - I would love to read what you have planned.

Good luck for your week! 

Joburg & Cape Town Consulting Sessions

After a few requests I have decided to add some creative consulting session dates for 2013 in Joburg and Cape Town. The sessions are one of my most popular services. Some clients prefer them to the workshops and other book them after the workshops to fill in any gaps. They are ideal for sorting through concerns or problems within your business or for shaping a concept or idea.

More Details:
The creative consulting sessions are one on one meetings in which you as a creative business owner discuss a variety of your current business concerns / concepts with me. I offer advice, examples, insight and help you to come up with solutions or plans to implement concepts. As mentioned they are one of my most popular services as they truly work. You can list your topics and decide what you would like to chat about and discuss. The sessions run for two hours. Our discussions stay personal and I never divulge plans or future concepts. Over and above that it offers a wonderful time to connect, chat and get an outside opinion. The Ruby Orchard are one of the many clients who booked a double session recently - you can read what they said here. The sessions are ideal for any level or size business as you dictate what to discuss or chat about.

Dates: Joburg
Wednesday 20th November
Time Slots:
10:30 - 12:30
13:30 - 15:30

Friday 22 November
Time Slot:
11:30 - 13:30

Cost:
R350 for a two hour session
R500 for a four hour session

Venue: 
Vovo Telo Lonehill

To Book:
Email me to book your sessions or to ask me any questions you might have.

Dates: Cape Town
10th December
Time Slots:
11:30 - 13:30
14:30 - 16:30

Venue:
Cavendish Square (we can decide on a coffee shop)

18th December
Time Slots:
09:30 - 11:30
12:30 - 14:30
15:00 - 17:00

Venue:
TygerValley (we can decide on a coffee shop)

Cost:
R350 for a two hour session
R500 for a four hour session

To Book:
Email me to book your sessions or to ask me any questions you might have.

I'm really looking forward to these trips and the opportunity to meet some of you!

Giveaway: KAMERS Tickets / GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Stellenbosch KAMERS Ticket Giveaway

KAMERS kicks off in Stellenbosch today and is running until Sunday, 10th November. How brilliantly exciting! If you are creative, love local products and beautiful things then you really have to go to this wonderful event. Each time I have attended KAMERS it has been truly wonderful, exciting and inspirational.

I am giving away five sets of double tickets for the Stellenbosch KAMERS. You have 24 hours to enter this flash giveaway!


Hera are a few details on KAMERS directly from the organisers, it really shows how hard they work to curate and shape our local creative industry.
  • This year we had over 600 applications and only 225 could be selected, so we had to be very hard on ourselves to select only the best of the best.
  • About 50% at each show are new suppliers, so visitors can expect a fresh KAMERS experience.
  • The 10 selected KAMERS Young Entrepreneurs at the Stellenbosch and Irene shows are also always an inspiring breath of fresh air and we are excited to support upcoming artists and entrepreneurs.
  • Through our suppliers KAMERS supports about 1324 workers. We are proudly SA; passionate about local products and local job creation.
  • This year we proudly support WHEAT Trust with a percentage of ticket sales and proceeds from our beautiful shopper bags made by the Breytenbach Sentrum in Wellington. 
  • We are also proudly supporting the EASY Project, training scholars in entrepreneurship and needlecraft skills.
  • This year the Sundays are back to accommodate all the hard workers who cannot make it during the week, so there is no reason to miss your KAMERS experience.
Their product preview for 2013 shows all perfectly - just in case you need convincing!

The venue in Stellenbosch is the beautiful Webersburg Estate - envision sweeping lawns, old oaks and spectacular views! Read all details here. I wish I could be there. The lovely news is if you are in Cape Town and surrounds you can enter to win the tickets.

To Enter: GIVEAWAY CLOSED
  • Share the flash giveaway on social media. Remember to @ me and KAMERS.
  • Follow KAMERS on Facebook or Twitter. I am sure most of you already do.
  • Leave a comment to tell me you have entered.
  • Giveaway closes tomorrow at 1pm.
  • This is a local giveaway. Please only enter if you can get to KAMERS in Stellenbosch.
Good luck and please think of me when you shop around at KAMERS this weekend!

Thank you so much for entering! The winners of the five sets of double tickets are:
Danielle Claire Smith 
Fiona
Collette
Rentia
Leigh Harding

Please email me today with you name, surname and contact details so that we can arrange your tickets. Thanks.

Winners selected using Random.org.

Photo Credits:
2012 KAMERS Shots - Claudia De Nobrega / Carolien and Ben




Meet Free Monday #1

A Day at HQ
Hello
It's Monday...oh dear! You might be looking at the title of this post and think I got things a bit confused or my spelling is a bit off, but this isn't a food post. When I worked at Mr Price - I had a really awesome manager who kept Mondays free of supplier meetings in order for us to get into the week, focus on what we needed to do and plan out our days. This routine has stuck and Mondays are always meeting free. The rest of the week is open to clients, many meetings and consulting sessions, but Monday is the day to sort out my mind, get some lists going and in general shape the mood for the rest of the work week. In this new series I will share my 'Meet Free Monday' planing. I hope you will enjoy a glimpse at my week and current projects. This is my no means all I have to do, but it's a few things I feel like sharing.

Things I am excited about this week...
Tonight I have been invited to an exciting (and delicious) wine and food pairing at Cafe Jiran. I am really looking forward to this. Another big highlight is the arrival of my new laptop later today. I have an amazing desktop machine here in the office, but I am away twice before the end of the year and my iPad won't cut it to stay up to date with work.

What will challenge me this week?
I am working on a clients landing page and her brief is wonderful. The coding is a challenge and I want it to be perfect. Another challenge this week is all the prep for the Jozi workshops. I am really excited, but there is a great deal to do.

Personal Things:
I have been reading a number of beauty blogs and feeling ready to add some glamour to my days. I need to paint my nails before tonight's dinner. I love bold colours, but I find when I am in a rush a nude or lighter shade works well. I bought a new Yardley polish on Saturday in Pink Marshmallow. I have two birthdays to celebrate this week and have had such fun putting the gifts together, still need to wrap them - I will be sure to share the final product on Instagram.

The week at a glance:
This week is really busy and I am working on the mentioned website relaunch, several blog updates and new ones for clients, Jhb workshop planning and new blog posts. My intern, Claire is also back from her holiday and I can't wait to have her back in the office.

Good luck for your week! Do you have any major challenges to face?

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