A Wish from Me to You

A Sparkly Thank You...
Just a quick message from me to you to wish you a very merry Christmas and of course happy holidays and New Year! 2013 has been wonderful and challenging - I couldn't have done it without a few very special people and of course my clients. A huge thanks goes out to Claire, my intern who is worth her weight in gold - she designed this lovely message for me to share on the blog. Thank you to all of you for reading, your comments and support makes this journey worthwhile. Have a fantastic break! Sending *sparkly sprinkles and confetti* your way!

Posts will be back on the 7th of January!

Pretty Things via Instagram

What are these posts all about?
These new posts are for the festive season and holidays so that I can share pretty things with you, but also share content that is easy to create in order to take a bit of a break. I'm sure you don't mind. The theme of these posts is to share beautiful businesses or blogs that I have discovered via Instagram. I'm not sharing their snaps with you, but rather a few pictures of what they do. I hope you enjoy these and find new blogs and interesting people to follow. Thank goodness for Instagram as it has opened me up to people and topics that I might never previously have stumbled upon.




Rehana's Realm is today's discovery. She's an English girl living in Japan and shares my love for snail mail. On her blog she showcases her outgoing and incoming mail. You can visit her blog here or follow her on Instagram for more lovely updates.

Pip Studio's Christmas Competition

The lovely Pip Studio is running a very fun and interesting Christmas competition and I can't wait to enter. Here are all the details directly from them:

"We would love to see your most strikingly wrapped present(s) this Christmas! 
The most original entry wins a Pip surprise package! Send a picture of your nicest wrapped gift(s) to pip@pipstudio.com. Follow the campaign on our Facebook page!

Please include your name, city and country. This promotional campaign is a worldwide offer and we will automatically contact the winner.

You can submit your entry until 6 January 2014 (inclusive). Good luck and enjoy it!"

Marigold

Your Neighbourhood Gift Shop
I know that Marigold in Cape Town is no secret, but I popped in there last week and was so amazed with the beautiful selection and friendly service. My friend and I visited the shop to buy a last minute gift and we found one really quickly - we picked a set of Rifle Co notebooks which they wrapped with wonderful care and flair! I couldn't help, but snap a few photos with my iPad to share with you. The shop is a must-visit for colourful gifts and a curated collection of local and international items and stationery.

Visit Marigold on Facebook / 21 de Lorentz Street, Cape Town (near Kloof Street)

Pretty Things via Instagram



What are these posts all about?
These new posts are for the festive season and holidays so that I can share pretty things with you, but also share content that is easy to create in order to take a bit of a break. I'm sure you don't mind. The theme of these posts is to share beautiful businesses or blogs that I have discovered via Instagram. I'm not sharing their snaps with you, but rather a few pictures of what they do. I hope you enjoy these and find new blogs and interesting people to follow. Thank goodness for Instagram as it has opened me up to people and topics that I might never previously have stumbled upon.

The Paper Bunny is a delightful discovery as I am sure you will agree! In their words - this is what they do...

"The Paper Bunny is a Singapore-based purveyor of carefully crafted prints and gifts that reflect a style that is playful and fun-loving, yet sophisticated and practical. Comprising of two distinct yet harmonious parts, The Paper Bunny offers custom designing services for weddings, party and event stationery, as well as a delightful range of products designed in-house and for sale in our shop."
Enjoy visiting their site and Instagram.

Pretty Things via Instagram


What are these posts all about?
These new posts are for the festive season and holidays so that I can share pretty things with you, but also share content that is easy to create in order to take a bit of a break. I'm sure you don't mind. The theme of these posts is to share beautiful businesses or blogs that I have discovered via Instagram. I'm not sharing their snaps with you, but rather a few pictures of what they do. I hope you enjoy these and find new blogs and interesting people to follow. Thank goodness for Instagram as it has opened me up to people and topics that I might never previously have stumbled upon.

I discovered this concept via Renegade Craft Fair's Instagram. How awesome is it! It's the work of Gift Wrap HQ and The Compartment Store. There isn't  great deal of info about it, but to me it looks like a portable little shop filled with stationery. I think it's wonderful and I wish I could dig in. You can take a look at the two featured businesses here and here.

Pretty Things via Instagram

What are these posts all about?
These new posts are for the festive season and holidays so that I can share pretty things with you, but also share content that is easy to create in order to take a bit of a break. I'm sure you don't mind. The theme of these posts is to share beautiful businesses or blogs that I have discovered via Instagram. I'm not sharing their snaps with you, but rather a few pictures of what they do. I hope you enjoy these and find new blogs and interesting people to follow. Thank goodness for Instagram as it has opened me up to people and topics that I might never previously have stumbled upon.

The Diary Sketches is up first. I discovered this lovely creatives work by chance as someone commented and mentioned her. I am now a firm follower and look forward to her daily updates. See her business here.

Hello Cape Town

I wanted to pop in and say that I am leaving for Cape Town tomorrow and will literally be there for a month, its like a short-term move. Goodness me and may I remind you the luggage limit is only 20kg! I will be there for a variety of reasons with the main two being the wedding of a best friend and to spend the festive season with Daniel's family. I also have work to take care of while there which includes the Cape Town Consulting sessions that I advertised last month, but in general I hope to also relax. Some people might think a month away from home is excessive, but we thought lets really make the trip worth our while as we haven't been away together for over a year.

It's been a wonderful year - one of my best to date, but also a very busy year so I'm looking forward to a little break... I envision a deck chair near a pool and a cocktail would be nice too! I have some posts planned, but I hope you will understand that things will be quite so that I can recoup and come back sparkling and ready for a truly fabulous 2014! During this time - I hope to share some personal Instagrams (not only packages) so follow along with my holiday there if you like. For now - sending lots of love!



Today's pretty picture is courtesy of Alphabet Bags. It's such a clever, yet simple brand. Take a look at their site to see more.

Kitschy Digitals






Meet Free Mondays will be back next year as I am prepping for my trip, plus working round the clock to finish various projects. For the rest of the year - I will just share pretty posts with you and get back to themes early next year. In the meantime enjoy this...

I discovered Kitschy Digitals via the blog Thompson Family, which I have been reading for years. Danielle and her quirky family have such a wonderful retro style. She contributes to the Kitschy Digitals site and you can see her clear style reflected in the various designed items. I wanted to share the site with you as there are lovely projects which are really affordable, plus there is a freebies section too. Another great feature is the holiday gift guide which offers ideas for crafty souls.

There are a few things that are clearly designed for children, but goodness me I love them. For example the 70s Supermarket Play Shop Box Printables - this is what my childhood dreams were made of (when playing shop shop was a fun activtiy as opposed to an expensive one). The Happy Mail kits for kids are also so cool and novel. Take a look at how Danielle created the kit for her son. My favourite freebie is the business card sized love notes - so cute and novel. Photographers - you will love these. Okay... I can go on and on, so I am rather going to say go and take a look yourself.

I did buy something off the site and the check out was easy and secure. I used Paypal which is linked to my local bank account. The order was also really cheap at about R35.

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