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Something creative for your Saturday afternoons – Mosaics at Marmalade

If you’re like me and struggle to find a good creative outlet, it’s great to be helped along the way.

On the weekend, I went to a mosaic afternoon at Marmalade in Chartwell. The afternoon is made of snacks, drinks, conversation and creating your own mosaic piece. A very chilled out and creative way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Marmalade is a ‘country cottage shop’ with all sorts of country-style pieces, gorgeous little girls’ dresses as well as distressed furniture (I have my eye on their headboards). It’s the love-child of Genevieve de Freitas, who started making wooden photo frames in her garage and grew her business into the little gem that it is today.

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Marmalade Shop. The veranda is the mosaic area.

Their mosaic afternoons happen every Saturday, from 2pm – 5pm, and the cost is R250. They’re also on Facebook as Marmalade. I’m hoping my piece was good enough to make it to their page – we kind of forced Gen to take photos of our work and tell us that it’s lovely, so we’ll see…

It’s also not just an adult activity, they cater for children as well and have a playground in the garden. It’s really peaceful and quaint – I’m glad I experienced it and will be back for more (after my mosaic mirror frame actually turned out quite lovely). I’m going to put my mirror up in my new home as a reminder that we need to slow down and let some creativity out once in a while (with wine and cheese, of course). It’s good for the soul.

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Getting inspiration from the tiles

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The mosaic table

Putting the idea together

Putting the pieces together

Grouting!

Grouting!

Starting to look good...

Starting to look good…

The final product. Not too bad for novices, right?

The final product. Not too bad for novices, right?

 

 

 

 


Look at my guns, boet

Life is hectic. Especially at this time of the year. I don’t know about you, but with me it seems like everyone woke up to the fact that they haven’t achieved everything they intended to this year, and need to squish it all into the last month. I have been insanely busy.

Sometimes we just need a boost to get us through.

I recently attended the XS Power Drink launch at Jozi X – an adventure centre in Bryanston which I’ve been wanting to attempt for a long time (due to lazy friends, I hadn’t been to the park up until then).

We were told to “dress comfortably for an afternoon of adventure”. So I promptly asked if we were going to win prizes from our activities (of which the answer was “Yes, awesome prizes”) and thus rocked up in full gym gear, ready to win. Because I like to win. I must win.

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A few of these babies later, I was ready to WIN the obstacle course, which they reckon was pretty mild, but it was HARD, people, HARD.Lemon_Straight300dpi

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Fuelled with all the energy stuff that they pack into these drinks, I obviously beat the big guy I was up against, because I am a machine. I mean, check out these guns!

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And yes, my team won (obvs). I think we probably had more XS Power Drinks than the other guys…

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So the low-down on the drink itself? It tastes good (unlike other energy drinks out there), is low in calories, contains no sugar and is high in Vitamin B. It’s available only from Amway – you can get it online at www.amway.co.za. It’s available in SA in Electric Lemon Blast and Tropical Blast flavours (I enjoyed both and then enjoyed both again).

*All photos courtesy of XS Power Drink and Fleishman, you can contact me for more details.


Life should be a street party

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Fete de la Musique 2013 – Melville

I fell into the Melville Music Festival (Fete de la Musique, which happens annually) at the last minute yesterday and was struck by how few friendly and chilled out street parties we have in this big bad city of ours.  Walking up the street in Old Melville, we encountered the most fabulous, fun and funky vibes streaming out of every restaurant, shop and street corner. People were friendly and happy (and not falling over, drunk or fighting) and just happy to hang out and take it all in, beer in plastic cups and all.

That is what life should be like.

SadHappyCrazy spewed out the most profound thought of the week, while we were sitting at our plastic-covered table in the middle of the street, mesmorised by the goings-on around us:

“Life should be a street party”

I totally agree.


There are bigger things in life than #FirstWorldProblems

I had the most eye-opening Mandela Day experience with Dlala Nje last Thursday. In the midst of having a ‘woe is me’ few days, I pulled it all together and went to help Dlala Nje out with their Hillbrow blanket walk and party for the Ponte kids at Maboneng.

We started the afternoon off by taking some blankets to those living in a park near Ponte City, hailed “Junkie Park” for obvious reasons. There is only one word to describe what I saw and experienced: HECTIC. These people literally live in the park and are hopelessly addicted to a drug or few. Walking in there was like walking into heavy smog, although it was a clear day. Desperate eyes look at you – the kind of desperation that I have never (and will never have) experienced in my life. Behind those eyes was darkness. It was chilling. They swarmed us as we started to hand out blankets. Desperate.

As we walked away from there, someone called out “they’re only going to sell those for drugs, you know”. They’re probably right. At least the sold blanket will end up keeping someone warm, I guess.

Next up was to round up the kids living in Ponte Towers and to go on a walk through Hillbrow, handing out blankets to the homeless along the way. More desperate eyes were met. People fought with each other for them. For a BLANKET. It was touching to see the kids take the blankets off their backs (it was a pretty chilly afternoon) and give it to those that needed it more than them. We dodged man-holes along the way (the covers are stolen to sell to scrap metal dealers) and stopped kids from falling into sewerage. This is their neighbourhood.

When we reached Fox Street, where the Maboneng District had prepared a party for the kids in the area, the little boy next to me lit up when he saw the jumping castle. “Is that a jumping castle?” he said. “Yes, it’s lots of fun, hey?” “I don’t know, I’ve never been on one.” He was ordered to immediately take his shoes off and jump on. He ran for that jumping castle, with the biggest holes in his socks I have ever seen (he might as well have not been wearing any), with pure joy that I have not seen in a long time.

I left there feeling humbled and emotional. And grateful for the life that I have. My woes were small in comparison to what so many people in our country experience and overcome every single day of their lives.

If every one of us just gave something to the desperate community on our doorstep, or even better, helped to empower others, it will go a long way in making our country more bearable for a lot of people. Pay it forward.

There are bigger things in life than #FirstWorldProblems.


We Are One Colour Festival, Joburg-style

In case you have been living under a rock, Joburg has been buzzing with We Are One Festival talk. The event took place yesterday afternoon at Emmarentia Dam and painted the usually quiet park into a bright and vibrant festival of colour and music.

A simple Google search will show you more than enough form the festival, but here is my take, seeing that I have not done an event review in a while.

The event is based loosely on the Hindu Holi Festival, which celebrates ‘the season of bloom’ and is also a religious celebration, dubbed ‘The Festival of Colour’. The main feature of the We Are One event was colour explosions of brightly coloured powder on the hour, every hour, while EDM DJ’s entertain the masses all afternoon.

Awesome!

Hands down, the messiest (and most colourful) festival I have ever attended, it was loads of fun getting down and dirty with the coloured powder. As the first one in Johannesburg, it went down very well. The bar and toilet situation was… well… less than desirable, though, so I’m hoping that gets a bit more attention next year and I’ll be more than happy to go again! Give me a VIP section and I’ll be over the moon…

Other than feeling like I’d snorted rainbows all day yesterday, I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon of colour and madness.

As for the religious outrages about this event, it was not a religious festival, it was an afternoon of madness and colour with some EDM going down too. No need to get all uppity about it. Merely a very cool party with a very cool theme.

Not a lot of pics from me this time, I’m afraid – my dainty little white iPhone did not cope very well in the powder storms, but seeing the photography that came out of the day yesterday is phenomenal!

Explosions of colour at the We Are One festival in Johanesburg

Explosions of colour at the We Are One festival in Johannesburg


“Pier” in the dark and stormy sky

Here it is, folks… “Pier”, in the dark and post-stormy sky. It was taken on a morning beach walk in Umhlanga, Durban and formed part of the #iPhoneographySA exhibition in Johannesburg on 11 October.

It’s for sale for R400 – I would love for it to go to a good home. Obviously, this only makes sense for South Africans, as international followers will pay more to get it to them than the price it is selling for!

If you would like to purchase this canvas, or the digital image, leave a comment on this post and I’ll get in touch with you.


Avis SA Derby 2012

Yesterday marked my first ever SA Derby…and my first ever horse show for that matter. Go big or go home, hey?

What an amazing event! After having started horse riding this year and only recently started formal riding lessons, I am in complete awe of the derby riders and horses and how they do what they do. As an outsider to the horse industry, it does not look like much effort or work, but when you understand the amount of work and sweat and hours that go into working with a horse, you understand. I’ve only recently gotten to my horse to be okay with turning towards the left and not to buck when asked to trot…

I take my hat off to these riders and their amazing horses! I just hope that they treat their horses with love and respect – I’d hate to find myself supporting a sport that is abusive or unkind to animals (like horse racing – guilty – lesson learnt). Now that I am getting more involved in the horse industry, I’ve discovered that certain acts and training methods are not something I agree with!

Nevertheless – the kind of events at the derby seem quite harmless and you can see that most of the riders have an amazing relationship with their horses and only wish them the best…

See you next year at the derby?

P.S. There was also sushi 🙂 Horses, sushi and cocktails – does a girl need anything more?

Here are a few pics from the day: