>Retro dress

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We’ve had such a restful and fun weekend. I’ve had time to really think about what I am going to try to achieve this week. One is to finalise the scheduler I have designed, and to get printing quotes…I am excited to show it to you soon! The second is to sew this retro dress. I absolutely fell in love with the pattern, and the light yellow floral printed fabric I found for it, with satin chocolate brown bias and deep royal blue buttons. I am going to have to work at it slowly and make sure that I sew it with love and minimal unpicking! My thought or goal for this week is: PUSH ON. With Artist’s Way Week 3, my artist’s date [finishing illustrating the little children’s book I wrote, which I might share in time], sewing this dress for our summer road trip, quiet times, eating more healthy food, and getting my scheduler printed. Just push on bit by bit and moment by moment. Enjoying each on the way.

>The Love Project

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I heard about The Love Project from Gina last week and today I perused the website about the vision [Revelation 22:1] and shop on 55 Kloof Street which is attached to the church [Grootekerk]. I am definitely going to support local charities and artists by going to the Joy Market on the 6th of December hosted by this project and the manager, Lize Engelbrecht. Read more about it here and here. Indeed dolls, I am going to support anyone whose dream is to spread love in this world, and I think it is rad that a church is using incentive and making use of their building in this way. Maybe I’ll pop in there later and have a look see at the shop which celebrates the greatest Love of all.

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done.
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It’s easy.
There’s nothing you can make that can’t be made.
No one you can save that can’t be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be in time
It’s easy.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known.
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.
It’s easy.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
All you need is love (all together now)
All you need is love (everybody)
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.

— “All You Need Is Love”, The Beatles

>Baie good, ne?

>These two are on a roll. We are so happy to have become friends with a very happening and determined couple, Waldo and Romy, who are on a roll [plus they have a baby, sweet Luca]. Their company, Be-kind Collective, had it’s engines starting up this year but now they are starting to roar with resort and curio fashion, a corporate collection to come, and two very cool, edgy brands. Read about two of their brands, Dead Adorable, and Vent and Vlinder [Bloke and Butterfly…I love it] and enjoy the photo shoot for Dead Adorable. The biggest lesson I have learned from these two is: “Balls to the wall, baby.” Ons lief our Afrikaans vriendjies!

>I love…

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thunderstorms. It felt like we would have one in Cape Town yesterday, but not a drop or a rumble transpired. A definition: “A thunderstorm, also known as an electrical storm or a lightning storm, is a form of weather characterized by the presence of lightning and its effect: thunder. It is usually accompanied by heavy rain and sometimes snow, hail, or no precipitation at all. Thunderstorms may line up in a series, and strong or severe thunderstorms may rotate.” I love that: an electrical storm. They are extremely romantic in my experience, but I speak of the ones that aren’t dangerous. More like the late afternoon thunderstorm that rumbles through the sky and sends cool rain after a hot day. It causes the tar to sizzle and smell dusty and wet. Mmm.

>Anniversary gift guide

>……the traditional one, that is. The modern one involves a yearly gift, but I don’t aspire to a gift of groceries for my forty-fourth anniversary, nor does a desk set for my seventh grab me.

First anniversary: Paper [for us: sheet music]

Second anniversary: Cotton [for us: a white cotton hammock]

Third anniversary: Leather [for us: a funky teal leather bound journal]

Fourth anniversary: Fruit or flowers [for us: rose bushes for the lush garden we will have one day]

Fifth anniversary: Wood [for us: a sweet wooden nativity scene puzzle]

Sixth anniversary: Candy or iron [for us: a trip to the candy store and then to lie in the park eating some of the spoils and giving some away to passersby]

Seventh anniversary: Wool or copper [for us: a woollen record cushion. Too cool.]

Eighth anniversary: Bronze or pottery [for us: a bronze owl pendant]

Ninth anniversary: Pottery or willow [for us: a heart-shaped ceramic bowl]

Tenth anniversary: Tin or aluminium [for us: a retro cool 1940s coffee tin]

Eleventh anniversary: Steel [for us: a steel dragonfly made around an old watch mechanism]

Twelfth anniversary: Silk [for us: a funky silk tie of the moment]

Thirteenth anniversary: Lace [for us: a gorgeous lace number]

Fourteenth anniversary: Ivory [for us: no, no. Rather than this ivory domino pendant, make a donation to Save the Elephants Education Programme.]

Fifteenth anniversary: Crystal [for us: a print of the Crystal Palace that one held exhibitions on the edge of Hyde Park. Or six matching crystal sherry glasses.]

Twentieth anniversary: China [for us: these retro mosaic china tiles]

Twenty-fifth anniversary: Silver [for us: an English vintage locket]

Thirtieth anniversary: Pearl [for us: a black one like this]

Thirty-fifth anniversary: Coral [for us: a scuba diving trip to see strange and unique coral like this one…thank you National Geographic.]

Fortieth anniversary: Ruby [for us: a Weimaraner named Ruby]

Forty-fifth anniversary: Sapphire [for us: a donation to Sapphire Charity]

Fiftieth anniversary: Gold [for us: it’s brass. So we are cheating, but I found this duck at A Cup of Jo and love him. He’s gold in colour…]

>Kiss kiss two years

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Yesterday was our anniversary. The second scrumptious year of marriage. My love requested that I dress up and be ready for a night out, so I went and had a manicure and pedicure with A-list red polish [seen as red is the symbolic colour for a second anniversary] and off we went to Five Flies, a delicious and wonderful Cape Town treat of a restaurant. I started thinking about anniversary gifts and decided that I would research the traditional list of anniversary gifts and try to think up fun and creative gifts for friends’ anniversaries. It is definitely a day to be celebrated, each day of marriage adds up to a year of nurturing, kindness, love, gentleness, sharing, unity, sacrifice, fun, love, acceptance and adventure. A celebration of unconditional love and giving yourself wholeheartedly to the person of your heart’s choice. I believe in love, I really do.