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T. Knots

In case you haven’t already seen, I am currently running the most amazing competition alongside T.Knots, O Nutricia Collagen and Charlie Loves Studio.  These small businesses really fill my life with such joy, and the idea for the giveaway came after spending some time chatting to Taryn and completely falling in love with what she has doing, her beautiful creations, and just her entire being.

Yesterday I received my very own T.Knots creation and I immediately knew where I was going to hang it.  This has a place of pride at our front door, in our little patio area.  It looks stunning, and even husband agrees!  I cannot wait to tell you more about this wonderful woman and show you more of her work.


Macramé is a form of textile produced using knotting (rather than weaving or knitting) techniques.

The primary knots of macramé are the square (or reef knot) and forms of “hitching”: various combinations of half hitches. It was long crafted by sailors, especially in elaborate or ornamental knotting forms, to cover anything from knife handles to bottles to parts of ships.

Cavandoli macramé is one variety that is used to form geometric and free-form patterns like weaving. The Cavandoli style is done mainly in a single knot, the double half-hitch knot. Reverse half hitches are sometimes used to maintain balance when working left and right halves of a balanced piece.

Your name:  Taryn Wessels

Business name:  T. Knots

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Social media pages:  Facebook and Instagram

Tell me a few fun facts about yourself:  I didn’t think I have a hobby or a talent and lockdown showed me I have both of those by making people happy with my Macramé magic.

What inspired you to start this business:  I unfortunately lost my job in the Hospitality Industry and I needed to look for something funky and modern but different to do and therefore I made a few knots one day and Viola!!

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Please explain Macramé to us:  Macramé started in the 1970. This means that you are using creativity and your passion for making something unique by using different knots. Macramé is all about UNIQUE!

Have you always been a creative:  I haven’t been creative, and a month ago I started using my hands and creating this beautiful products. I do come out of a incredibly creative family!

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What is your personal favourite piece that you have created so far: My personal favorite so far is Macramé Hibiscus! DEFINITELY!

Do you do custom pieces:  I do any custom picture that you send me! (Off course it will be unique)

Why do you encourage people to support local:  Because there is a ton of fantastic talents out there and so many people lost jobs during this pandemic and by showing their talent they are making money!

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How can people order from you:  By popping me a email, or by popping me a DM on my Facebook Page or Instagram.  And of course I am always available on my phone (0836569919)

Quote you live by:  “Everything happens for a reason”

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In my previous blog about the Tiny Dollhouse, I said that my ideal room would have a macrame wall hanging, and now I actually have one of my own in my home!  I know that I will definitely be getting more of these stunning pieces, and definitely have my eye on some of the plant hangers as I have been wanting more greenery inside for ages – especially with the theme of our bedroom and the generosity of space that we are blessed with.

When I showed my mum my new acquisition last night, she said they used to have similar items hanging in their home and I think it is so amazing that trends seem to do a full circle and always return.

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway on both Instagram and Facebook if you would like to own some very special pieces from South African businesses – or place your order for a unique piece.


 

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The Curious Kitten

With 2 ladies at my work expecting their own little miracles, babies are definitely on the brain!  I have always much preferred supporting a small business & getting something special for baby showers, although can’t resist popping into the chain stores for a few cute little outfits!

While exploring the world of social media, I came across this great little business that makes the most gorgeous custom baby mobiles & toys.  Her images immediately drew me in & I knew that I had to order some of these goodies for my friends.

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Your name: Kim du Plessis

Business name: The Curious Kitten

Social media handles: InstagramFacebook

Tell me a bit more about what you do:  I create mostly hand sewn baby décor items. I have recently dusted of my sewing machine as well to combine the two to create items.

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When did you start & what made you want to start this business:  I started in January this year. I made mobiles before as gifts for my friends who encouraged me to start this. It has been so much fun and I have surpassed my expectations of what I thought would come from it.

What did you do before this:  It is a part-time hobby business. My day job is as a scientist in the food industry.

Do you do custom pieces:  YES!! I am not a fan of repeating the same item and love a new challenge! So custom orders are most welcome and encouraged.

What are some of your most popular pieces:  Woodlands and llama themed orders as well as baby gyms and dangles.

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Can people still order from you for Christmas:  Currently I am a bit busy so will not be taking new orders but orders can be placed for shipping in January.

How do people place an order with you:  They can email me or send a message via IG or Facebook.

Why do you encourage people to support local:  Local small businesses form out of a passion for their trade. To support that makes for a happy a passionate individual (which is good for society) and creates the opportunity for the business to grow and thus lead to potential job creation.

Quote you live by:  If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. – Napoleon Hill


Don’t you think that her creations are absolutely gorgeous?  They will fit in with any theme & truly be the finishing touch in any baby room (or even a small child’s room really).  I will show you pics of what I have ordered when they arrive & my friend who is receiving them – just have to keep it under wraps until then…  But boy oh boy am I super excited to see how these come out!

Please remember to support local.  I just love Kim & her majestic designs!  There are so many different creations & themes that I honestly can’t tell you which is my favourite – although of course the unicorn is right up there for me.


 

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Koosh-uhn

When I was told about Koosh-uhn by a friend of mine & I spotted their new fabric unicorn I was overly excited & immediately popped over to their website to get lost in their products & beauty.

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Isn’t she absolutely stunning?  These handmade toys are all so special & can be made in a variety of different fabrics to suit your specific needs/wants/decor.  So of course the one I am getting is pink floral…  I feel like it has such a cute little personality & is a definite much-needed addition to my collection!


Business name: Koosh-uhn

Social Media Handles: Facebook & Instagram

What do you do: Koosh-uhn is an online store that designs and creates products for little ones, homes and special occasions.

What are some of the different products you sell: Braided cot bumpers, Knotted ball cushions, Keepsake soft toys, Playmats, cut out milestone words…

Why do you think homemade is so important: SO much love goes into homemade products. When you buy homemade products you are buying into someones dream of having their own business. We have amazing talent in South Africa and it’s awesome to support them.

What is your most popular product: Braided Cot bumpers

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Do you do custom pieces: Definitely!

How can people order from you: We have an online store where you can place orders or you are more than welcome to mail me at hello@koosh-uhn.co.za

Quote you live by: Be the person you want to have in your life


Don’t these products make you all giddy inside?  I know that this will definitely be someone that I will be in contact with for all my friends’ babyshowers & kids birthday parties.

Please remember to support local where possible & truly treasure handmade goodies that will last for a lifetime!IMG_4839


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MILLAMAE

Can you believe that 2019 is almost upon us?  When I realised that we are now in OCTOBER my mind went to all sorts of places – it is time to start thinking of Christmas (am I allowed to put up my tree yet?); it is our sixth wedding anniversary this month; we are moving offices & home at the end of this month; & planning for 2019 needs to begin.  Can you tell I’m Type A personality yet?

I knew I wanted to find a diary to keep track of all my meetings, plans & events – I have millions of notebooks & love finding something fun & pretty that makes work & meetings that much better.  Then I came across Millamae & I knew that I had found the most perfect place to order these goodies!


Your name: Sarah & Tracy
Business name: MILLAMAE Sweet Stationery

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Social media handles: Facebook & Instagram
What do you do: We create delicious designs in the form of functional, enviro-friendly, lovable stationery. All our products are proudly designed and produced in Durban. We have an online store and we attend local markets over the festive season.

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Where did your love of stationary come from: We were born with it!
Why do you wish more people would send handwritten letters rather than emails: To see someone’s handwriting feels very special these days. A letter is like receiving a thoughtful gift and feels so much more personal. My children were fascinated to see a few I kept from my schooldays, they’re lovely keepsakes. And of course, even better when written on beautiful stationery!
Tell me more about your 2019 diary you are bringing out: We’ve gone bolder and brighter this year and focused on one size (A5) which has enabled us to bring our followers more designs in this size to choose from.diaries
What is your most popular product: Our diaries are a firm favourite, thank you to all our loyal followers who anticipate them annually.
Quote you live by: “You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing”
Anything else you want to add: Follow us on social media for updates on new product launches or just for inspiration.


Aren’t these just gorgeous?  I can’t wait to see what else they come out with & I know I will be placing an order for one of their gorgeous diaries to help me navigate 2019 a whole lot better than I have this year!


 

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Ruby & Rose

I absolutely LOVE handmade toys, & being someone who loves to crochet, I understand how much love & time gets poured into even the most simple of creations.  These are not simple “things” that anyone can buy from any store, but rather something special that should be treasured forever.  Through my blog about Jislaaik! Online Store, I came across Ruby & Rose Crochet.  I love the look of all their work, & the fact that Michelle is empowering women & upskilling them is truly the cherry on top!


Your name:  Michelle Pillay
Business name:  Ruby & Rose Crochet
Social media handles:  Facebook & Instagram
What do you do:  I’m a wife and a mom to four school going children, so I spend my days running around after them.  Extra murals, sport matches etc. I’m a stay-at-home mom and do all the  run around of buying the yarns for the ladies that I empower and delivering it to them and then  collecting the finished items and delivering or couriering them to the clients.  I do all the advertising and sourcing of clients.  I have always had a love for yarn because my grannies used to knit and crochet items for their grandchildren.

How long have you been crocheting for:  I have always known how to knit and am a beginner crocheter.
Why do you love what you do:  Firstly I’m empowering women who are not employed and are able to make an extra income while still being able to take care of their kids.
How can people order from you:  I finally have my own website, after two and a half years of hard work.


Do you do custom orders:  We do a lot of custom orders for clients which we love to do.
Why do you encourage buying handmade:  Handmade items just have some kind of value , not in the money sense, you can feel the love and energy in each item. It’s an item that a child would cherish and keep and possibly hand down to their children. We have never had an unhappy customer.
What is your favourite toy/product:  Each and every new item I love, but my favourites would be the beautiful Ballerina mice, the gorgeous Girl and Boy bunny and the unicorn range.


Quote you live by:  I don’t have a quote, but believe in Positive Energy and staying positive. Stay away from the negativity.


These products are really all so beautiful & would make a perfect gift for somebody else, or even yourself!  These are something that would be treasured forever & are so unique.  I could spend hours looking through all the images of these gorgeous handmade goodies, & I hope that you do the same.


 

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Fox & Moon

Whilst on my hunt for more unicorns made in South Africa, I knew I had found an absolute gem when I came across Fox & Moon!  They have the most gorgeous decor items, & these are all locally produced.  Their company is based in Cape Town, but they deliver throughout South Africa.

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Your names: Amanda and Cindy

Business name: Fox and Moon18881827_779077298935379_6410379644162047235_n

When did you start: 2010

How did this business start: Amanda started the company shortly after the birth of her firstborn, having studied fashion design and having a passion for interior design, Fox and Moon was started. Cindy shortly joined forces bringing her Business Analyst qualifications on board making Fox and Moon a success it is.

How did you come up with your name: We originally were called “The Tickled Pink Fox” giving tribute to Amanda’s two daughters and her love for pink. We decided in 2013 for a name change to be more unisex and Fox and Moon came to life. Keeping the Fox from the original name and then adding moon to still give a nod to Amanda’s daughters who always said: I love you to the moon and back!IMG_4548

What products do you make: We make everything from cot duvets to chairs and general kids decor items

Why do you love what you do: Design is in our blood. Both Cindy and Amanda have a design background and designing for children has been by far the most rewarding job in the world… and fun too!

What are your most popular items: Our Unicorn designs and our cactus range are by far the top sellers.DSC_7229

Social media handles: Instagram & Facebook

How can people order from you: From our online store

Tell me a bit more about the show you are going to: We are going to Kamers which is a show that is done twice a year all over the country. The reason why we choose this show above any other show is that only local designers (made in SA) are allowed to exhibit, allowing us to showcase our gorgeous products at a fair price without having to compete with the diluted Chinese products many other stalls sell.DSC_7310-Edit

Can people order customized items: At this point in time we don’t allow customize items.

Quote you live by: Live with passion and be fearless!


Don’t you just love this company & what these ladies stand for?  I know when I chatted to them a bit more I fell even more in love with them, & Fox & Moon.  I will definitely be purchasing from them going forward – & such great gift ideas for baby showers & birthday parties!

My unicorn goodies should be arriving soon so keep an eye on my social media to see these beauties – poor husband has no idea that the unicorns have taken over our lives…


 

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Nib and Bristle

Put on your crown; let us conquer the world.”

For my birthday, I decided I wanted something a little bit special as my “guest book”, & not something that would simply be put away at the bottom of the drawer & forgotten about.  I started googling ideas for this along with ideas for decor, & came across this stunning image.

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I loved the fact that there was still an air of mystery to it, but it captured something that is most important to me – the person’s eyes.

People say that the eyes are a “window to the soul” – that they can tell us much about a person just by gazing into them. Given that we cannot, for example, control the size of our pupils, body language experts can deduce much of a person’s state by factors relating to the eyes.

Now I had to try find someone that would be able to work with this, but still make me something special just for my birthday.  Where would I even start?  Who could I ask?

I had been following an amazing artist at Nib and Bristle for some time & decided I would contact her to get her opinion, as well as see what she could come up with to commemorate such a big event in my life,  Tarran was so helpful from the very moment I contacted her & came back to me with some ideas, as well as asking for photos of me so she could personalise the image to look more like me.  The week before my birthday she came to drop off my canvas with her drawing, & this is what it looked like…

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I immediately teared up when I saw it & was blown away by what she had done.  This really was amazing & something that nobody else owned.  I couldn’t have described it better myself if I had tried!  She captured everything perfectly, & you could tell straight away that this pic was of me.  She is so so talented!

I decided I wanted to get to know her a little better & show off her abilities to more people.  She is such a wonderful person & she truly deserves to do well.

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Tarran’s Self-Portrait


Your name: Tarran Samantha Sanders
Some interesting/fun facts about you: I have a prosthetic bone in my ear haha, I learnt to roller skate when I was about 3 and still love roller blading, I sold my first drawing when I was 10. I love comic books shhhhhh!
Your business name: Nib and Bristle
When did you start: March 2016
What did you do before this: I was a graphic designs and manager of a small signage and branding company
How/why did you start: I decided to go on my own after getting a really awful bacteria in my stomach which has led to many other complications.  This also made me realise I wasn’t doing what I loved doing (being creative and creating artwork)
What do you love most about having your own business: I can be in control of my time and quality of my work.
What have been some of your biggest battles with running your own business: Same old story money, trying to make things work on a shoe string budget.
What is your main objective for your businesses: To combine commercial and fine arts worlds and supply visual works for across the board whether it be a family portraits or a company branding on a vehicle.
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Another example of her work


Please contact her on tarran@nibandbristle.co.za if you would like your own special artwork commissioned, or any company branding done.  Tarran is based in JHB & has such a wide range of skills that truly deserves to be appreciated.  You can visit her FB page or website to get an example!
Thank you Tarran for spoiling me with the most gorgeous picture that I will treasure forever, & for your beautiful heart.  You are one in a million!
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