Monday, 30 September 2013

Etsy Feature: PencilMeInStationery

Either a fan of black and white or full on burst of colours. There is something for everyone at Keema's shop!

The work is absolutely stunning! The moment you click on her shop, and you look at the prints......and you are just head over heels. 

Well, that is kinda what I feel...
.....and this is the one, I am completely in love with :)

And here is the a beautiful chat, about her work, designs and more....

- What is your favourite part of being a textile and stationery designer? 

K: My favorite part is being able to express myself creatively. A lot of my prints tell a story of how I am feeling during the creation process of that piece. Sometimes I'm feeling super simple and geometric, while other days I'm feeling bold, colorful and abstract. It's fun!

- Have you always wanted to do that?
 K: When I was younger, I wanted to be an architect. However, the college I attended did not have that as an option. My counselor suggested I attend the visual communication design course and I fell in love! So for the past 11 years, this is all I've been doing.

- Which is your personal favourite design?

K: My personal favorite is my black and white plus sign collection. It's the simplest design, and clients all over the world can relate to it. That print represents positivity at all times.

- How does your normal working day looks like?
K: I am working all day everyday. I have a night job, and I work on Pencil Me In products in the morning/afternoons. My day involves, designing textiles, sewing, packing, shipping, cutting, pasting, all of the above. I am a one-woman shop, so it gets a bit hectic. However, I am enjoying every bit of it because this is what I was meant to do. I am debuting adult leggings, kiddie scarves and handmade notebooks very soon!

- What is your most memorable moment, when opening a shop on Etsy?

K: My most memorable moment was the first time my item made it to the front page on Etsy. My shop was only open for a short period time, so I was super shocked and excited.  I had about 1,000 views overnight. Thanks Etsy!

All images belong to PencilMeInStationery

Thank you so much Keema for sharing!

Friday, 27 September 2013

Crystal Drops!!

 Hi girlies!! I entered for another design challenge, this is what I submitted!

I love jewel earrings, they just glam up any outfit :)

If you like my design, then please VOTE for me.

Thank you!!

MANI: Confetti love

I am in loveeeee with this combo!
This confetti like topper is totally having me head over heels, the cuteness that it adds to any mailcolour is beyond description!!

Are you a fan of sparkles and confetti??

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Just a Glimpse!

With some much sketching going around. I just dropped in to share this little cute birdie that I finished today. 
Kind of been drawn to black and white. 
and love how this turned out. 

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Rosabelle Treasures: GIVEAWAY WINNER!!

Thank you so much for everyone who voted and who liked my jewellery!

Thanks for all the love and support :)

But now its time to pick the WINNER.....

and the Winner is.....

"Zoe Hart"


( please contact me!)

Monday, 23 September 2013

Etsy Feature:TrendiSoaps

Polka dots, bright colours, fun designs....what do they remind you of? dresses?...well you are wrong! Today we have the most fun shop, with the beautiful and quirky soaps!! Trust are gonna love them!!

Linda here...shares with us, the beautiful story of how it all started!

Trendi Soaps started in a pretty unlikely place… as you may know, the FIFA Soccer World cup of 2010 was held in South Africa.

My son Aidan, became obsessed with trying to create the South African Flag completely out of soap ... and finally, after many attempts, he succeeded. Seeing that first bar was amazing. Neither of us had done any soap-making before this.

When the initial process for the flag was worked out - it was then possible to use the same principle to make other soaps: polka dots, lattice and african design soap. These are the ones I enjoy making the most!

I have tried to reflect the colours of Africa, the muted shades of the bushveld and also the bright jewel colours and patterns of Ndebele hut decoration. 

All the soaps have the design going all the way through, so even the flag stays the flag until the very end!

Each soap is made in stages from vegetable glycerin soap base .. and using the melt and pour method.

I work from home and have a lovely lady from the Eastern Cape - Phumla, that I have trained to help make the soaps, as I now also have a stall in the craft market at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront here in Cape Town.
- What is your favourite part of creating beautiful and fun soaps?

L: My favorite part is working out new colour combinations and seeing this translated into soap. For Etsy I stick to a certain range - but for my Waterfront stall I am experimenting with new combinations all the time.

- Have you always wanted to do that?

L: I have always been artistic - my mother and daughter are both artists - so it runs in the family. But I never thought it would be expressed in soap making.

- Which is your personal favourite of them?

L: I love the Taupe and white polka dot soap the most.
 - How does your normal working day looks like?

L: I really don't have a normal working day - each day is different!
Now that we are coming up for the main tourist season here in Cape Town (October to March) I am working day and night to make stock for my stall. I take turns with Aidan sitting in the market - supervise Phumla early in the mornings before I leave home, and make soaps at night when I come home.

- What is your most memorable moment, when opening a shop on Etsy?

L: Our first order on Etsy was very special - but the best moment was when someone featured one of my polka dot soaps on Pinterest and we got a huge surge in traffic!
So if you are in Cape know where to drop by!

 All images belong toTrendiSoaps

Friday, 20 September 2013

Its not just about stacking bracelets!!

 I have been a lot into cuffs lately, the fun part is mixing the chunky ones with thin ones, and the result is a beautiful arm party!
Check out more at Rosabelle Treasures

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Quick Tip: Scoop of happiness!

Its true!! Ice cream is HAPPINESS!!

Cheer up!!

So some days things don't work out, the way you want them to! It seems unfair and frustrating...even though you tried, you did a lot of things, it just doesn't work!!

But you can't just be sad, you have to find a way to make it happen! Its been a while since I am trying to write my A level exam, but its just not happening....

The subject that I have taken, I love it immensely, have been working on my sheets for quite sometime, and its something that I don't mind staying up in nights for.

I want to write it and write it well....I want to do this I can get to my next step...

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Just a Reminder!

Hey All, hope you having a fabulous day, thank you so much for all the lovely comments. It always cheers me up and bring a smile to my face! 

PS- Just a few days left, please don't forget to VOTE and enter the GIVEAWAY!!

Warm fuzzy feeling!!

Well, that is the kinda feeling I get when I am painting, and I absolutely love it :)

Here is a piece of work, I finished a while ago....the colours here just take me to a whole different world 

Hope you enjoyed!!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

DIY: Flower Hoops

This DIY is super easy and hardly takes up any time, but the result is a gorgeous new pair of hoops!
What you need
- any flowers (i used paper ones)
- hoops
- needle (anything sharp to make the holes)


This DIY hardly needs any instructions!!

Monday, 16 September 2013

Monday Mani!!

I love manicures!! One thing that stays constant in all my manis, is some glitter :)
But this time I went a step ahead and its all about glitter, even though they are such a pain to take off, I love having all glitter mani, once in a while, adding a little sparkle to everyday.
Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Etsy Feature: Hettle

Are you always on the lookout for interesting pieces to add to your decor? looking for new elements for your wardrobe? changing the mood with colourful pieces? or maybe few printed ones?

Well, I couldn't be more happy to share this etsy shop with you today!!

I love each and every piece, be it a bag, a scarf or a pillow :)

So without any further ado,  I will let Gina take us behind the scenes!!

- What is your favourite part of creating lovely and colourful print works?

G: My favorite part of creating is the exploration. I always feel more myself when I can just go to the materials and color and play.

- Have you always wanted to do that?

G:I don’t know if I thought that I wanted to be a maker, I’m not sure I thought that was a job. My first actual job though- was as a craft teacher at a summer camp.

- Which is your personal favourite of them?

G: It’s hard for me to play favorites but I am definitely drawn to the metallic dots screen prints, and organic fabrics
 - How does your normal working day looks like?

G: A normal workday is pretty hectic, I am a single mom with two school age kids, so after my kiddo’s are out the door, I sit down at my desk in my home office, I always keep a checklist that’s updated daily and I usually start there. Focusing on social media and my blog comes next. Prepping orders, shipping and packaging is done early so I can get things together for pick-up. Next is going through my stock and making items that are low. Everyday I try to play around with some materials and look for new ways to work with my screens and dye. Pinterest has been a huge help for me to keep organized with my ideas, it’s easy to let too many ideas get in the way of being productive, so having a board with some inspiration keeps me focused. Since I wholesale my work,time needs to be spent advertising, applying for events and looking for new retailers to work with and contact with my line sheets. By the close of day I try to return emails and wrap up details with vendors. Finally, I start my checklist for the next day forwarding what was not completed that day and adding to what needs to taken on. Then it’s back to picking up my kids and making dinner :) 

- What is your most memorable moment, when opening a shop on Etsy?

G:My most memorable moment on Etsy was after a few months of opening my shop, I was featured on “Etsy Take Five Tuesday’s” on Holly Becker’s blog Decor8. I was very green to world of blogging at that time, so it was a fantastic boost to not only my shop but my work and brought me to a whole new world of artists and makers.

Get to know more through facebook/ twitter/ instagram 

Thank you so much Gina :) 

 All images belong to Hettle

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Do what makes you Happy!!

One thing that makes me really happy, is Cupcakes for Breakfast!!

Love them...especially the red velvets!

 Hope you having a Great day!!

PS- You have to VOTE to be eligible for the GIVEAWAY!!

Thank you for all the love and support :)

Monday, 9 September 2013

Rosabelle Treasures: GIVEAWAY!

It's been a long time since we had a giveaway.Well, here is a good one!
A beautiful blue earring, with black beads on silver.
Love these danglers!

Its International!!!
So how do you enter? Its simple! Leave a comment below, letting us know that you have Voted for these.
Extra entries for following the blog and liking the facebook page. 

-Winner will be picked on 24th-

So Exciting!!

Hey all. Hope you had a great weekend. 
My submission for Itsybitsy challenge, was one of the finalists. 

I love playing along with all the fun challenges that happen over the Itsybitsy blog. 

How did you spent your weekend??

Friday, 6 September 2013

Pop of Colour

Lately I have been doing a lot of sketching (thanks to the coming up exam), I am truly enjoying it too. 

I love painting with all mediums, but acrylics is not much of a favourite. 

Even though, just because I like the finish of a acrylic painting, I decided to make one too. 
 Love the bright colours :D
hope you like it too!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Empress Necklace

Hey everyone!! I hope you are having a great week. 

This is the design I submitted for Shopbevel....If you like it...then please VOTE for me :)

Thank you 

Monday, 2 September 2013

Monday Mani!!!

A new week....calls for a new manicure. 

I love this colour, especialy the tiny gold freckles in it. The picture doesn't do it any justice 

What's your colour this week??