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Fresh Timber

Why do trees make the worst frenemies?

Because they are the best at throwing shade!

I love natural wood products.  Products that are made with so much love, and hold memory in every grain.  Products that have been sawed, and cut, and shaped into something new and special.  Products that aren’t just available in bulk from a chain store, but are lovingly individually curated and created.

A friend recommended Fresh Timber to me, and I was intrigued. They claim to bring your Pinterest ideas to life, and their products are absolutely gorgeous.  From trinket bowls, to plant stands, to chopping boards, to shelving, to furniture, to planter boxes – they make it all.  And this morning I received something of my own…

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This gorgeous chopping board arrived safely in it’s own storage box, and I had no idea what was inside.  I excitedly opened it up, and couldn’t believe the thought and care that went into this gift.  It is personalised with my logo, and is beyond beautiful!  In fact, I think I will use it for photos rather than chopping as I can’t bear the thought of any scratches on it…  (Don’t judge me!)


Your names: Ryan & Alison Venter

Business name: Fresh Timber

Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram and Website.

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Tell me a bit more about your business:
Fresh Timber is a carpentry business focusing on custom wooden creations that move you from your vision board to your ideal living space. The focus is taking the ideas we tend to daydream about and create something tangible we can enjoy in the home for years to come.

Where did the idea for this come from:
I have always had a knack for working with my hands and carving beautiful items from wood for my family. My Oupa encouraged this craft from a young age and I continued it into adulthood. Fresh Timber was born when my wife and I decided to bring together each of our respective skillsets shortly after she was retrenched. We decided we wanted to make the most out of an otherwise unpleasant situation by creatively nurturing our talents along the way.

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What makes your products different to others:
We believe in crafting investment pieces that will last and be ideal for your space you have as well as incorporating your own creative flair into the mix. Your dreamy creation should be enjoyed in your home because you dreamt it; instead of only being given the option of “off the shelf” items which can sometimes feel limiting. We love to use trees that are no longer living or have been condemned to a burn pile. When the project calls for specifics in woods, we focus on non-indigenous species from our local sawmills.

What are the different products you currently sell:
We are constantly expanding on new smalls to add to our range alongside our custom larger furniture. Currently, we sell a variety of cutting boards, cheeseboards, endgrain butcher blocks, trinket bowl holders, Lazy Susans and personalized engagement ring boxes.

Fresh Timber Golden Snitch Engagement Ring box

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What is your personal favourite product:
It’s a tough choice because we are friends of variety and creativity in all of our custom work we do. However, our floor and desk lamps are close to our hearts as they are satisfying to make and shed light on a number of skills that come into play in their manufacturing.

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Do you do custom pieces: Yes, majority of our work is custom made to our client’s specific spaces in their homes.

How can people order from you:
Some of our smalls items can be ordered on our online shop. Otherwise we can be emailed on info@freshtimber.co.za or on what’s app on 078 5144 541 where we can engage in discussion and vision for the project. An image or two also goes a long way 😉

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Why do you encourage people to purchase products from small businesses:
Small to medium enterprises make up a large percentage of South Africa’s economy and growth. By supporting a small business, you not only keep the lights on for that business but you contribute to a growing workforce and to an individual’s livelihood – and that makes all the difference.

Quote you live by:
“It’s great to be alive” – my Oupa.
“The answer will always be no unless you ask.”

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Fresh Timber outdoor wooden herb planter box with compost Com (1)

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Guys don’t you think these are gorgeous?

I can’t yet decide what is my favourite (besides my personalised chopping board of course), but I do have my eye on the pot plant stand and planter boxes.  Plus when I saw images of their other work on their social media, I couldn’t but save them as gift ideas for Christmas and upcoming birthdays.  And that circular bookshelf above?  What a talking piece!

This was such an honour to get to know Ryan and Alison better, and I am sure that we will slowly be adding more of their pieces to our home over time.  Pop over to their website and social media to see which is your favourite – then let me know in the comments below.


 

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Mütea

Today is International Tea Day, so what better way to celebrate than with a fabulous local tea brand that is taking this to a whole new level!

If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.
-William Ewart Gladstone

I am a huge tea fan, and working from home means I am indulging in many more pots of tea than usual, as well as trying interesting flavours and brews.  So when I saw Mütea I was intrigued – in case you didn’t know, Muti is a term for traditional medicine in Southern Africa. It is derived from the Zulu word umuthi, and is now a colloquial word for medicine in general.  I loved this play on words, and also the fact that herbal teas are jam-packed with antioxidants and goodness – a natural muti indeed.


Your name: Melissa and Byron Denizen

Business name: Mütea

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Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram and Website

Tell me a bit more about your business: mütea is derived from the word ‘muti’, a term for traditional medicine in Southern Africa. mütea medicinal loose leaf tea was created to encourage and maintain a more sustainable approach to overall health and well-being.

How the idea to start this come about: I was drinking herbal tea for health reasons versus resorting to noncritical medication, which I was unprepared to take with its long list of side effects. After 2 months of drinking herbal tea I had resolved my health issue entirely. Byron joked (as my maiden name is Melissa Oosthuizen, emphasis on the double ‘o’ in Oosthuizen) that we should start a tea company calle mootea. We settled on mütea instead.

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What makes your tea so special: All the ingredients used are locally, organically and ethically sourced. Our blends make use of a health shotgun effect incorporating numerous herbs with similar health benefits and properties into each blend. Everybody is different, and because our teas are designed for a slow sustainable approach to health and wellness they are gentle enough for daily use to encourage lasting long term health habits. Our teas are also plastic free products making use of a corn starch environmentally friendly plastic alternative for our packaging.

Why do you recommend loose tea leaves: We recommend loose tea leaves for environmental and meditative reasons. Most tea bags have been chemically treated and is an unnecessary manufacturing process which has a negative effect on the environment. It is also a more intentional process to brew loose leaf tea, encouraging a slower more meditative lifestyle.

What are your different flavours: We use various mints, buchu, rooibos and other herbs that enhance the fresh botanical flavour profile of our teas.

Which is your personal favourite: Our detox tea is awesome, rooibos and buchu are two of the eight herbs in that blend giving it an amazing flavour and our sleep tea is also fantastic and works a treat.

What makes your honey different to that you can get in the shops: Our honey is infused with CBD.

I see you have extra & standard strength honey – please explain more: Our honey is meant to be taken daily as part of one’s dietary plan, the extra strength has a bit more CBD in it so it can also be used for more immediate pain management assistance. It is also a richer honey flavour being the fynbos.

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Quote you live by: Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.

Anything else you want to add: We intend on expanding into other ethically sourced food and beverage products, which we are looking forward to launching hopefully early next year.


I am all for more natural health treatments, and if it is included in a comforting cup of tea what could be better?  I also adore the fact that Melissa encourages us all to slow down – lockdown has shown me that so often we are rushing around doing 10 million things for other people, and not truly taking care of ourselves.

So why not pour yourself a lovely cup of tea, sit outside (before it gets too cold!) and just BE.

There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.
-Lin Yutang


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Increda-peg

At a Christmas market I attended last year I noticed this incredible business that was selling a product called an Increda-peg.  I was so interested in what they were offering, & the whole idea behind this business model.  And then I saw them popping up in more places, & I saw the need for such a design.  So I knew that it was time to reach out, learn more & let you in on their little secret…


Your name: Margie Potgieter

Business name: Increda-Peg

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Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram & Website

Tell me a bit more about what you do: We make Increda-peg, which is not just a peg.  These multifunctional pegs will change your life!

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What makes Increda-pegs so special: It’s a product of South Africa made from 100% recycled plastic creating jobs and preventing pollution locally. It is also springless, no rust and does not break. Also has a hook function making it multi-functional.

What are some of the uses of these pegs:

  • Washing peg creating more space on your line.
  • Camping, it pinches itself on the guy ropes allowing you to hang many things.
  • Agriculture, pinches on the dripper lines guiding the plants.
  • Can be used in a wardrobe creating space for scarves, ties, caps costumes etc.
  • Cable management, running cables, x-mas lights, like a reusable cable tie.

Why do you think more people should be using them: It is a product of South Africa, well priced at R1.00 per peg and are multi-functional. Increda-Peg creates local jobs and prevents pollution. It is a multi-functional peg.

Where can people buy theirs from: It is sold on weekend market country wide, markets are advertised on our social media pages. We also have an online store.

Who would benefit from using these pegs: Everyone will find a use one way or another for the peg.

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Why do you encourage people to support local: It creates jobs that are in desperate need and prevents pollution.

Quote you live by: Nelson Mandela, “a winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”


Aren’t these a great idea?  We should be thinking of the long-term effects on our beautiful (one-of-a-kind) universe that we live in, & do all we can to save it.

By making small changes in our lives, we can work together to make a big difference.  Come on guys, lets all win.


 

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Smergos

I met Nick & Nicole some time ago through a media event that we were both at, & they then had me over for an interview about invisible illnesses.  I was immediately drawn to their love & passion, & I clicked with them on a level usually reserved for friends for many years.  We laughed, teased each other & felt so comfortable finding our groove together.  I knew that I wanted to spend more time with them & learn more about their business, Smergos.

Time has run away from us as we all have busy lives with work, doctor’s visits & life plans (ahem – Nick’s wedding coming up!).  So I was so thrilled when they reached out to me & asked if I would meet them at Starbucks for a chat one weekend.  What was meant to be a quick half hour meeting turned into a 2 hour giggle fest (with plenty of frappuccinos!) along with discussing plans going forward.

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The first to come out of the meeting was that I HAD to do a blog on them.  I have never met people like them before, & their business plan is amazing.  They are changing the world for differently-abled people, & showing society that we all belong together whilst constantly inspiring motion.

The second is that they are offering a discount code on their Smergos Life products to everyone who reads this blog (more on this at the end…).

And lastly, we are partnering up through the Rare Bear Project!  You can now add a Rare Bear to your order through Smergos, & we are one of their chosen charities that they will be giving back to.  How flipping cool is that?

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Your names:  Nick (Nicholas when I’m in trouble) Smit & Nicole Vergos

Business name:  Smergos PTY Ltd

Social Media Handles:  YouTubeFacebookInstagramLinkedinWebsite

Tell me a bit more about each of you:

NS:  I was injured in a car accident when I was 6 months old and as a result I have Cerebral Palsy with Hemiplegia. Basically this means that the right side of my brain was damaged which has affected the left side of my body. However, I don’t let this get in the way of living life. I have Bachelor’s degree in education with majors in Maths and Biology. I run a small tutoring company & Smergos and teach part-time. I’m a professional speaker. I love music and dancing (especially Salsa) and I play pool. I’ve also ticked off sky-diving from my bucket list.

NV:  I was born with a genetic condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), otherwise known as Brittle Bones. To be put simply, it means my body produces some type 1 collagen but not a sufficient amount, and as result my bones are not as strong as the average person’s. There is currently no cure for OI.

I’m an account manager at a leading global market research agency, specialising in consumer insights. Although my goal is to eventually be involved in Smergos fulltime. I’m motivated by change – I’m always looking for ways to keep moving forward and to improve my self-development.

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Tell me a bit more about Smergos:  Smergos changes lives by designing, manufacturing, donating and selling accessories for wheelchairs. The products are very diverse as some are functional while others are to express one’s personality or are specialised to suit disabled sports teams and we even have a range of products that are for everyone, not only for those with a disability. We have recently also started working on an accessibility rating platform that offers an app to the public, accessibility auditing for buildings, etc as well as connecting the owners of these spaces to companies that can help them upgrade their facilities to improve their accessibility.

We are both very passionate about Smergos as we both have a disability and understand the challenges that face those with disabilities on a daily basis. Our slogan is ‘Inspiring Motion’ as we aim to do this in the disabled community as well as help break down the barriers in society between those with and those without disabilities.

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Where did the idea for this business come from:  The Smergos story began one morning back in 2012 as Nick was thinking about what he could give Nicole on her next birthday. He recognised that she often struggled to carry or keep her belongings on her lap while using her hands to push herself in her wheelchair. A wheelchair bag was the obvious solution. It would be functional yet also original and distinctively Nicole.

The more he thought about the idea, the more Nick began to see far bigger possibilities. That afternoon, he called Nicole and asked her if she would like to make something that could change lives. Her response? “Definitely! I’m in!” The concept of Smergos was born.

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Why the passion for this industry:  Through our personal experience as people with disabilities we have always found it difficult to find products that are created for us or work the way we need them to. We are tired of this being the case. Why can a person without a disability go to the shops and find, for example, at least 10 different bags to choose from? However, when it comes to one for a person with a disability we can’t find anything and have to scour the internet and then pay exorbitant prices, because it’s a ‘specialised’ item.

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Why are your products so unique:  We didn’t take any existing product (especially those created for a person without a disability) and try fit these onto a wheelchair. We design our products from scratch. Often sitting in my lounge and strapping paper / material onto Nicole’s wheelchair and doing some intense problem-solving.

We also try create a range of products that are functional but also some that help portray the personality of the person in the wheelchair so the wheelchair becomes an extension of them and not this dreaded appendage.

Where can people buy your products from:  On our website – Vensy E-mall and Takealot coming soon.

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Tell me more about the different parts of Smergos:

Smergos Original – Products specifically created to fit onto a wheelchair or to be used by a person in a wheelchair

Smergos Sport – Products specifically created to fit onto sports wheelchairs and help them train, excel during a game or for comfort.

Smergos Life – Products created to suit those with or without disabilities. Because we always want to make a person with a disabilities life easier we created a ‘Buy-1-give-1’ model for only this range of products. This means that for every product sold a product will be donated to a person with a disability who needs our products but cannot afford them.

Smergos Electric – In the next few years / sooner we aim to develop a range of products that can be fitted onto a normal wheelchair and give it some electric features. I can’t tell you more than that – The rest is a secret.

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Quote you live by:

NS: “The greatest risk is not taking one.” – Unknown
NV: “We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us” – Charles Bukowski

Anything else you want to add:  In our effort to break down the barriers between those with and those without disabilities we are hosting social gatherings once a month (usually the second / last Sunday of the month). Please follow us on social media to see the details of these events and see you at the next one.

Our big goal is to eventually open a ‘Accessibility Store’ in a shopping centre. It will offer a range of products (ours & other suppliers) to suit all disabilities.

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Aren’t these amazing?  And isn’t it great that differently-abled people are now FINALLY getting some fun additions to make their lives a little easier?

And now…  You can get your very own laptop bag from Smergos Life.  “Smergos Life offers a range of products that anyone can use. For every product you purchase from Smergos Life, we’ll donate a wheelchair bag to a person in need. This buy one, give one model is exclusive to Smergos Life.

My discount code is “FLOWERhere so let’s spread the love during this month of love.  Together we can make this world a better place!


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Loving Local

It is the month of love, & I am thrilled to have teamed up with some of my favourite small businesses for another giveaway!  It is launching on 17 February 2020. so make sure that you don’t miss out…

I am letting you know a little more about each of these amazing businesses below so read on to get inspired & fall in love.

Enter to win the following:
– R500 voucher from Muppie Lounge
– 1 x Made Wild shirt
– 1 x Gift Box from Modern Crete Decor
– Print from Olive & Arrow Creative
– Shaving soap & brush from Bundubeard
– 2 x bottles of wine from HPF Skapie
– Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet from Living that Oil Life
– Macrame bag tag from Viveca


Jislaaik Online Shop

In 2016, Jislaaik Online Shop was created as an expression of our passion for good-quality, locally-made South African products.

Our range is only supplied by local artisans and creatives who hold to sound ethical values in their production and in their business practices. We aim to provide products that are manufactured to be environmentally sustainable, while also raising social consciousness.

Our collaborations with our suppliers result in unique one-of-a-kind product lines. We love introducing creatives to each other who together with us, bring concepts to realisation that are exquisite and exclusive. We are equally committed to the spirit of Ubuntu. When our collaborations are successful, we donate a portion of the proceeds to worthy causes that fall within the theme of each collaboration.

Our firm belief is that we live in a South Africa where everyone can benefit from the works of their hands and their hearts. Through our blog posts, you get to learn about the inspiration behind the products that feature in our online store.

We know our suppliers. We understand our clientele. We believe that our country possesses great talent that can contribute to positive economic change for everyone. We are good at what we do, and we are true to our purpose in bringing good quality products to the forefront of the South African Online Shopping Industry.

Jislaaik, that sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

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Muppie Lounge

A Proudly South-African brand. Everything uniquely designed for the confident woman.

Each range tells a story and all my inspiration comes from you. The life that surrounds us, the beauty of motherhood and the longing of a perfect tomorrow.

All our stuff is either made by hand or carefully designed for your comfort. We are all about lifestyle, confidence and adding a dash of excitement and romance to life.

Stay At Home Mom of four, Marishka, needed a new challenge when the kids went off to school and decided to try something bold and new. She launched the first range 3 months before her last baby went to school and loved it since.

This brand is to empower woman. She believes that we are all worth it.

It’s called a #muppiemoment

She has launched 5 ranges in total since September 2017. Every range means something, it tells a story of where she is in her life.

She started off with T-shirts and have now evolved to dresses, mommy daughter twinning , woman accessories and some creative play tents for kids.

Everything is made by hand, in South Africa by woman who needs the work.

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Made Wild

Made Wild is a proudly South African blog created by someone who felt the need to celebrate and embrace the South African heritage and culture.

In addition to providing you the best quality T’s we are passionate about travel, good food and coffee, great friends, long evenings around the campfire and a spirit of adventure!

When joining our #MadeWildFamily you will find a lot more than just some lekke T’s to wear, you will also discover a whole new world of all things travel and local related.

We are blessed to live in a country rich in diversity, we just have to keep on searching for the beauty and joy deep down to appreciate it.

So get out your vellies, pack the coolerbox and join us for a roadtrip through our precious country!

“Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventure, we have nothing to lose and a world to see” Made Wild

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Modern Crete Decor

There is something beautiful about the natural cement look that brings so much character to a space. Not only is it modern but also a classic look that dates back to ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt.

Modern Crete is an established company in Somerset West, Western Cape and hand crafts cement décor items. From planters, candle holders, serving slates, door stops to jewellery dishes, Modern Crete’s variety is unlimited.

They are always looking for new items to create.

“We are inspired by our desire to create beautifully crafted décor, furniture and accessories and strive to offer the best service and product quality.”

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Olive & Arrow Creative

My name is Charise and I am the founder of Olive & Arrow Creative. Olive & Arrow Creative was born long before it got a name, creativity has always been part of my life

I live for the beautiful moments in life.

I absolutely love what I do and the journey of meeting new people who quite often become friends.

My style of work is modern and simple but stems from a deep love for what I do and this, in combination with your idea, gives way to the perfect end result.

Creativity is a force of enchantment – not entirely human in its origins

I will forever be changed by this book – Olive & Arrow Creative

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Bundu Beard

Classic wet shaving is simply the coolest way to shave. Period. When you start to enjoy something considered by most as a tedious daily chore, you know you are on the right track. Improving your quality of life is not only about doing great things, but also about making small changes that turns boring into fun. Most classic wet shavers look forward to their morning shave, even thinking about what combo they are going to use the night before! It is all about options, quality, exquisite hardware and consumables that nourishes, cleanses and lubricates. Just by being here you have taken the first step in upgrading your life, now take a few more and reclaim your own individuality and style. Classic wet shaving is exactly that; Classic.

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Living That Oil Life

It all started out kind of organically, I’d heard about the ditch-and- switch phenomenon sweeping across the States – where moms were trading their store bought cleaners for natural, child-safe alternatives. It’s what kick-started my journey with essential oils. We as a family already watched what we ate so why not everything else? I took the plunge around June 2018 and bought a Young Living Premium starter kit, and switched out our dishwashing soap, all-purpose cleaner and our washing detergent. From my kit I started making my own blend of chill-out rollers for my hubby, Duncan (he calls it his cream soda roller, because it smells incredible), a soothing baby bum balm for our little girl Sloane and a few gifts here and there for my girlfriends’ stork teas.

Then one day I found my friends asking me to whip them something up to help with their eczema, something for dry skin, body butter for our kids and a roller to help with sleep and in late 2019 Living That Oil Life was born. I realised early on that people wanted alternative, “nasties” free products and the health benefits of using high quality essential oils in our products offer that. You might think “oils aren’t for me” but there is literally something for everyone, from moms to bubs and even the dads too. One take away I have from it all is that delving into essential oils has been, and still is, a wonderful journey. I’ve had so much feedback from people wanting to know more and learn more and that’s why I launched a Facebook group where anyone can ask questions, share tips or follow a few of our guides when starting on a similar journey. I’d love for you to join our community and learn more about essential oils and how they can enrich your life.

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Viveca Handcrafted Jewellery

A mother of two, wife to one, friend to many spectacular souls, daughter, sister and a crafter with a taste for nature and uniqueness.
Hesmarie vd Merwe was born and raised in Limpopo, and currently lives in Bela Bela.
Handmade bohemian jewellery which is so unique, not one ever looks the same.

Viveca is a unique local supplier of creative, handmade products of different mediums for those with a love of the flair of local.

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Hermanuspietersfontein Wines

Was it not for “the sheep” we would not have a story to tell.
In the early 1800’s farmers from the Overberg region imported a teacher by the name Hermanus Pieters to teach their children in Dutch, the forerunner to the Afrikaans language. Mostly paid in sheep they used to graze at a fountain where be camped under the Milkwood trees near the sea… This spot soon became known as Hermanus Pieters’ Fontein.

The wine with the longest Afrikaans name in the world…
In 1855, some 20 years his after his passing, the village was named after him. In 1902 the postmaster shortened the name to Hermanus. When, in 2005, we founded our cellar we elected to adopt the original name of our village and pledged all our brand’s label copy to be in Afrikaans.
Operationally, our well equipped 350-tonne urban cellar boasts a large stainless steel component, 20 6000L French foudrés and some 450 small and large French oak barrels. Designed to operate with two winemakers and two assistants; we combine a European mindset and gravity concept to minimize handling and intervention in the winemaking process.
Our 350 Ha conservation conscious farm is located in South Africa’s cool climate premium wine producing region and nestles in the sheltered mountainous area called Sondagskloof. Less than 20% under vine our viticulture strategy focuses on low-yield farming in the interest of quality.
On average 2° cooler than the rest of the Walker Bay region this special piece of earth is an accredited wine ward: Wines of Origin Sondagskloof under auspices of South African Wine and Spirit Institute since 2007.
The minerality in our wines can be traced back to the high clay content in the soils while the cool climate and maritime influences on the vineyards is expressed in natural acidity. The different soil profiles presents the perfect environment for both Bordeaux and Rhône to prosper.
Founded in 2005 for more than a decade already we’re still the only wine producer able to offer an elegant, European styled range of Sauvignon blanc, Cabernet franc, and Bordeaux and Rhône varietal wines under the appellation Wines of Origin Sondagskloof.
Our winemaking philosophy Good Earth makes Better Wine successfully expresses our sense of place which we call The Soul of Sondagskloof.

What is the relevance of a “sheep” in our lives?
Well, everything… Was it not for his sheep Hermanus Pieters would never have camped at the fountain under the milkwoods near the sea and the site was never going to be called Hermanus Pieters’ Fontein. To this end we’re employing a wooley little creature as our story teller…

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Flowercrowns & Treatment

If I had to describe my blog using 3 bullet points, it would include:

  • Kindness
  • Proudly South African
  • Awareness

I am here to show that your diagnosis doesn’t have to define you (I was diagnosed with a rare disease, Myasthenia Gravis in 2004); that we should always try to support the local businesses in South Africa (there is so much talent right under our noses – we just need to look); & that you should always choose kindness in every moment of every day.

I have made some amazing friends through this journey, & hope to continue it for years to come.

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I am so amazed by the gorgeous products that we have right here in South Africa – & this is a prize jam-packed with so much love, time, talent & passion.

Follow all their social media pages now & get ready to enter the giveaway of a lifetime!

Which part of the prize are you most excited about?


 

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Pimville Gin

You know me by now.  I am a definite G & T type of girl, & I love trying out new gins – especially those that are produced & bottled in South Africa.  I think we often have the most unique, delicious flavours that give you a little taste of home with every sip.

Pimville Gin is one such gin, & I am sure you are going to want to rush out to get your own once you have read more about this small business.44802452_327208451440555_385715404942606336_o


Your name: Francois Bezuidenhout

Business name: Pimville Drinks Co.

Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Website & Thundafund

Tell me a bit more about Pimville Gin:  Two friends, Francois and Yongama, got together in early 2018 over a beer (read: a few) and decided they want to make a gin. The two friends met fifteen years earlier at Stellenbosch University, sharing the same mens’ residence. Fifteen years later, with many years of experience in various industries it seemed like destiny.

For them two things were important from day one: (1) to truly encapsulate African essence with the gin, and (2) to be great value. For this reason, Pimville Gin is the spirit of the people.

What makes Pimville Gin so special: It is truly African, with infusions of Maroela fruit, Baobab and African Ginger.

Where did the name come from: This premium African Gin harks back to the story of James Howard Pim, who emigrated from Ireland in 1890 to become a city councillor in Johannesburg.

The first of the Johannesburg townships, Pimville, was named after this remarkable man who was widely regarded as an advocate for Africans.

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In 1935, well-known townships like Orlando and Klipspruit joined Pimville to form what has become widely known as Soweto. Our gin is infused with Baobab, Ginger and Maroela fruit to create a truly African expression of flavours.

For us, as the creators, the combination of a European spirit with African flavours and a European man who advocated for Africans tells the perfect story of what makes our Gin so unique. Thus, we bring you Pimville Gin.

What is your personal favourite gin cocktail: Negroni.  The Negroni is a popular Italian cocktail, made of one part gin, one part vermouth rosso, and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel. It is considered an apéritif. A properly made Negroni is stirred, not shaken, and built over ice in an old fashioned or ‘rocks’ glass and garnished with a slice of orange.

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What is a perfect Summer gin mix: Slice of grapefruit, double Pimville Gin, lots of ice and tonic.

Why do you think gin has grown so much in popularity? It is a drink that appeals to everyone, young and old, male and female.

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Where can people buy your gin from: Takealot.com or our website

Quote you live by: Life is too short to drink bad gin.


As we enjoy the final warm evenings, don’t you think it’s time to try out this gin?

Who would be keen for a little gin tasting sometime?  Let me know!


Edited to add: I don’t often drink. In fact, hardly ever. But when I enjoy a glass of something alcoholic with my husband, it is always gin!

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To The Moon

I am no fashionista by any means, but I do love finding clothes that make me happy & are cheerful.  I have learnt over time what suits my body & my shape, & I know what I enjoy wearing.  I also have realised that I am all about comfort right now.

And then I discovered a small business that took me right back to my childhood.  It took me back to sunny days, exploring the garden & my aunt’s farm.  The bright colours are cheerful & immediately lift your mood.  It made me feel like I want to get out & play again.  And I have been looking for a pair of dungarees for a very, VERY long time!


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Your name: Nicole Harrison

Business name: To the Moon

Social media handles:  Instagram & Facebook

Tell me a bit more about your business: My clothing brand is all about apparel for the peacemakers, soul seekers, daydreamers, storytellers and lovers of all kind.

To the Moon is a clothing brand concept that was created from a place of love and passion for fashion. To me, fashion is not the latest style off the runway, but rather a feeling of joy and happiness in the clothing you wear. My brand is a dedicated dungaree fashion label that encourages people from all walks of life to live, play and bounce around in a pair of colorful dungarees. I wanted this label to be a conscious label and therefore my dungarees are sourced and manufactured locally for humans of all sizes, styles and genders.

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Where did the name choice come from: When I sign off a birthday card, or when I tell someone that I love them, I use the phrase “I love you to the moon and back”. This label was crafted from love and with love so it just felt like the perfect name.

I also have this sense of astonishing appreciation for the moon and all the magical possibilities that lie beyond.. I wanted to carry this idea into the dungarees – almost like they are your colorful spacesuit that could one day take you to the moon. (Whatever the moon may represent for you)

Why the passion for dungarees: I wanted a pair of dungarees so badly and I was struggling for so long to find a pair of dungarees that I really liked.. something fun, colorful and most importantly comfy and loose-fitting. So I found this gap or niche in the market that I was very happy to fill. There aren’t many denim dungaree-dedicated clothing labels out there.

What makes your dungarees different to others: I think firstly that there literally isn’t another pair of dungarees quite like mine. I use real bull denim that is locally sourced. The fabric is then dyed the 4 different colors that were chosen after long hours looking over colour dye palettes. Each stitch and button has been carefully contemplated and then its finished off with the super fun and retro dungaree buckle.

Which is your personal favourite pair: Oh thats a difficult one… I have one of each colour and I will alternate colors depending on my moon on the day. But if I had to choose I would say the yellow dungaree longs.

Where can people purchase them from: I am currently taking orders online but I am also hoping to have some more time to start selling at markets such as the “I Heart Market” and other markets around KZN.

What is the price range of these:
Dungaree Shorts are R480
Dungaree Longs are R600


Quote you live by: I try to live by a rule (sometimes I’m not very good at sticking to the rule, but I try). Its the five by five rule. If its not going to matter in 5 years, don’t send more than 5 minutes worrying about it.

Anything else you want to add: I am currently working on some skirts made from the dungaree colors and fabric and should be online to purchase soon. I am also starting a linen dungaree range so watch this space 😉


Aren’t these absolutely gorgeous?  I am going to order some soon, but need your help deciding which ones to get.  Which are your favourite?


 

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