Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A few things here and there


Chairman Mau – had me at “I made this work bench and set it up in the middle of my house so that you can have space to do your stuff”.DSC01569

I have been spending time at my current favourite person’s place in the Drakensberg.  That’s him over there –>

DSC_0208r <--This is the majestic Drakensberg.

Beside him being just the most awesomest, coolest, nicest, sweetest, adorable and best person to be around, and the fact that he introduces to all his other super duper cool artisan friends – (including a metal sculptor who plays a mean guitar and lives in what can only be described as the best real life Hobbit-come-Hogwarts house – another post on that later.)  DSC01549

DSC01561The Chairman himself is a rabid crafter – he makes super beautiful things with rocks, gems, crystals and wood. Like this rad piece around my neck that he gave me (how could anyone resist adoring someone who does something beautiful randomly because he can – and then gives it to you?), and also pretty much all the furniture you see there is handmade by the Chairman. 

Snapshot 2 (2013-12-18 01-20 AM)BUT for me the bestest best part about the Chairman is that he totally gets my OCD (Obsessive Crafting Disorder).  So much so that he cleared out places at his place and set up work benches and shelf space so that I can have loads and loads of space to create and places to put all my stash when I’m there – how freaking awesome is that?

I mean check out above this cool craft-central station he got going for me - and then there was shelf space behind it for all my toys!!!!  Swoon swoon swoon goes me.

The other fabulous thing about knowing him is that he owns a store that showcases and sells handmade craft items with an African Theme. The store is called Living Art Gems – it is situated in a little centre winterton12thokozisa-(9)wcalled Thokozisa in Champagne Valley near Champagne Castle. Pop on over there if you’re in South Africa – the Berg is fabulous and this centre is too cute – but more interestingly – he has an incredible selection of rocks, semi-precious stones, crystals, fossils and turtle-poo from the dinosaur era – FOR FREAKING REAL.


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Anyway, being the awesome guy that he is – he has taken a whack load of cards I made and put it in his shop.  But they weren’t entirely in keeping with the theme of the shop or the location.  So I decided to do a few more (since I had the whole craft station at my disposal and all) and these are the one’s that I came up with. 

DSC01579It is a collection that is called Cathkin Peak, as the series has the peak in its background.  I was inspired by this jaw dropping view, that I painted, dyed, stamped, drew and distressed with distress ink, distress markers and distress paint (big kudos for Tim Holtz here – hope he finds this post some time cos I really-really got into the full scope of potential and variety of usage all these great mediums in this card series and I want him to know how freaking amazing I think these products are and to see how brilliantly they worked out for me.

I tried to choose elements for the embellishments that I noticed in and around the area to keep the integrity of the theme.  Here are my efforts – hope you like them, and if you do – and want them – you can get them at the Chairman’s shop.  (I’m still trying to convince him that he needs an online presence)

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Last note – I know that I usually share my designs and instructions, however this time I feel that I cant tell you that you are free to copy as it is going in the Chairman’s shop and I have given him the exclusive right to sell the series – thus please dont copy.


  1. Wow, you are so lucky - having such a friend and such a view. Although we live in UK, we love South Africa, having been there 3 times. The first time we came there we visited the Drakensburg mountains - so breathtakingly beautiful. Love your cards and they look as though they'll fit in with the shop theme perfectly. Very envious of your talent and your country!!! Love jean.x

  2. No idea how I missed this post... what an amazing tale and photos, and how fabulous your new-style cards are. What a lot of joy, thank you for sharing it.

    And yes... nieces and nephews... no children of my own - have always known I didn't want them, though I love kids and get on extremely well with them, and they love me - so I didn't think I'd be that bothered when my niece (now 10) and nephew (now 5) came along. But as you say, from the first moment, I'd walk through fire for them... though I still like the fact that they go home at the end of the day!!

    Much love,
    Alison xx


It makes me happy when you stop by the Tincan deli - I love interacting with other bloggers, crafters and anyone else who is up for a chat. If you leave a comment I am going to come over to your blog and visit there for a while!!!>