Dec 30, 2010

My Little Spaces

As my home is full of various collections and hand-me-down furniture, (too sentimental to part with), my little spaces of special pieces are dotted around wherever I can fit them.
Here is a collection of vintage pieces in the softest of blue and pink colours. I just love the gentleness of the busts, it brings to mind, days of when time just lingered on. I love old jewellery too, what stories these pieces could tell!

Dec 27, 2010

Christmas Time

Wishing all a merry xmas and a wonderful 2011.

Nov 5, 2010

Bag it or Box it

Come along to our Bag it and Box it demos at Marcella-Mia, gift shop.

Sep 16, 2010

decorated tables

Here are two pictures of our decorated high tea tables before the food and guest arrive.
It was a wondeful event and hopefully will lead to many more.
more pictures soon.

Sep 15, 2010

High Tea at Cafe Mia

Today we will be hosting our first High Tea at Cafe Mia, the little coffee shop in Marcella-Mia's gift and home decor shop. It is a privately booked party but we hope this will be the first of many to come.
Here is today's menu

High Tea Menu

An assortment of dainty sandwiches
Honey mustard Ham
Parsley egg Mayo
Cucumber & cheese

Petit Sausage Rolls

Coconut & Almond Tartlets
Meringue nests with Lemon Curd
Walnut & Hazelnut Balls
Petit Fours

Petit Pain au chocolate
Chocolate dipped strawberries

Five Rose, Earl Grey, Peppermint, Rooibos
Iced Lemon Tea.

Between hubby, my friend Ruth and myself we have made everything.

The theme is pink roses and as an added extra we had to make a special Black Forest Cake.

Tea will be served in Royal Albert's "Cottage Garden" and Paragon's "Fragrance"

Jul 20, 2010

Warm Winter Wishes

Warm Winter Wishes with "What Matters" is our theme for our first I Heart Market on Saturday 7th August. My daughter and I are busy making items for our stall and hopefully these will bring you warm winter wishes. Its been a very mild winter this year but generally August can be our coldest month, but what ever the weather, we hope you will visit our stall -we look forward to meeting you.

Jun 22, 2010

Finally its- "What Matters"

Home Sweet Home
Well my daughter and I have racked our brains for the past few days trying to come up with a name for our joint venture at the I Heart Market and its amazing how things just came together.
I have made my creations under Whimsical Prims and my daughter is Tesori Piccoli (Little Treasures) and together we are "What Matters". We have also decided on our theme for august but at the moment "mum's" the word. Once we get a few items completed I will put pictures up.
I can't wait for my daughter to get back home, its been 16 long years she has been away and it will be sooooo good to have her back. Little Max, our first grandson is growing daily and skype is a wonderful way to watch his progress. Now all hubby and I need is for our son, DIL and little Max to come back home and we would be the happiest folks around!!

Jun 19, 2010

I Heart Market

Ooh, I'm excited to be joining the I Heart Market in August. Have had my thinking cap on working on a fresh new theme for this event which takes place on the first Saturday of every month. My daughter will be joining me so that's an added excitement in itself.

Jun 10, 2010

What Matters Tea Party

Well Wednesday 16th is drawing nearer and I am working non stop to get things finished for the International food and Craft market at Shongweni. Its and all day event starting at 12 noon and ending at My theme is a play on Alice in Wonderland,and is called "Fun & Funky at the What Matters Tea Party". the colours are basically black, white and shades in between with pinks and reds thrown in. Here is a collage of a few completed items and some of the tea cosies were posted in an earlier post.

Jun 7, 2010

Every picture tell the story.

As promised here are some pictures of my Fun & Funky at the What Matters Tea Party for 16th June. The mad hatters tea cosy is my own design and am thrilled with how they turned out. There are also hatters egg cosies. As well as the hatter designs I will have strawberry and cup-cake cosies both for teapots and egg cups as well. The main colours are black and white, silvers and greys with a touch of pinks and reds.

The rest of the pictures are scenes around my shop, have opened a little Cafe Mia corner as well which has become a busy area for regulars to drop in and have coffee or a light lunch.

Jun 5, 2010

I'm still here!

It's been a looong time since I posted, but I'm still here and enjoying the hectic life of becoming a grandparent for the first time, running my shop, enjoying my hubby and home and four legged friends, meeting with our 13 year old club and everything else life drops on us unexpectedly.

I'm busy working on my theme for our one off International Food and Craft market at Shongweni Farmer's Market. My theme is a play on Alice & Wonderland and you are all welcome to view our stand, "Fun and Funky at the What Matters Tea Party" on the 16th June. We would love to see you.

I will post some pictures soon. Until then take care and enjoy each day.

Jan 30, 2010

Heart Garland

I have been playing around with paper again and made these heart garlands. They would look great over a doorway, window or around a frame or mirror. You could also attach to the inside of a card so the garland would pop out when card is opened.
Fun and easy to make.
Fold your strip of paper like a fan, concertena style. Trace your heart shape on top fold, cut out around your drawn line, but make sure you do not cut on both sides of heart for about 1cm near top of heart so that all folds are still attached. Enjoy!

Jan 26, 2010

From that this.

I love turning something one would normally discard into an item that is useful again.
I found this beautiful antique cup at a junk sale and knew straight away what I was going to do with it. Its been sitting around on my to-do shelf for a while, waiting for the right fabric. I have just revamped my kitchen which included new curtains. These curtains were too long so I trim off the ends. Yes you guessed it, the fabric was perfect for my antique cup. I made the missing handle from a piece of old wire off some silk flowers and now I have another pincushion to add to my growing collection!

Jan 24, 2010


I have been busy preparing for my valentine promotion at my shoppe, Marcella-Mia.
Here are some of the little tags that are completed, still lots more to do.
Mt theme is olde worlde red and pretty pink and will include lots of hearts and roses.

Jan 17, 2010

Enamel Ware

I love enamelware,preferably the old stuff but any will do! I have quite a collection now and as I am spring cleaning the kitchen, I thought I would share with you a few of my kettles and dishes.

Jan 15, 2010

New pictures -On Wings of Song - Inspirational Gifts

This year I decided to make an inspirational gift for each of my club members. This is the first one and it reads,
"with a song in your heart,
you'll soar to new heights"
I made this out of vintage pink ribbon and glass glitter, just have to complete the tag.
I have finally completed this, the tag is double sided with more encouraging words and inside the scrolled wings are more words.

Jan 13, 2010

In the Pink -mini teacup pincushion

I have a collection of slightly chipped or broken teacups and saucers too pretty to just throw away.
Today I turned a pretty mini teacup/saucer into a "in the pink" pincushion. The pretty button roses are quite old ones with a lovely luster to them. I knew I would find a use for them one day. I love doing these and have quite a few already, now I can't wait to start the next which will be "Blue, blue, your heart is true". Will show you when its done.

Jan 11, 2010

New Years Spring Clean

errrrr. ........... should I say summer clean. It's been sweltering hot here with all the rain we have had! Anyhow its that time of year when I always feel the need to "sort things out" - that is move things from one place to another. First it was the spare bedroom which now became the dinningroom with the old blues from the kitchen and the kitchen got a facelift with the reds from the lounge. Well its a long story and not quite finished yet but a least a start has been made.
Then my office which was a bedroom came into it and somehow every room in the house got involved and in between all of this the craft stuff needed sorting so buttons and ribbons have now been done. mmmmmmmmmmmm the year will end before I'm done!

Jan 2, 2010

Oh what a beautiful morning!

It makes me want to break out in song. It really is a most lovely morning with the little night rain making everything sparkle like magical diamonds. The bright early morning sun has turned the green into an almost luminous hue, highlighting the moss from all the rain we have had.
The flowers are out in abundance, absorbing the early rays of sunlight.
Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy while we walk around our garden.