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So, this time of year seems to be a bit quieter with shops – but I’ve been lucky enough to have been kept busy with some interesting custom orders 🙂

Here are some pics of some of them – a nice variety, I think!

PicMonkey Collage

Have a great day 🙂 xxx

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So, I’m reaaaally close to 500 likes on my Facebook page – and to celebrate, once I’ve reached 500, I’m going to give away this brand new pendant 🙂

Facebook Giveaway - Africa Bird Pendant

Facebook Giveaway – Africa Bird Pendant

 

This pendant is sterling silver, with the bird detail hand-cut, and is approx. 20mm in length.. It will come on a sterling silver 50cm chain 🙂

To enter, all you need to do, is leave a comment below (and your email, so I can contact you if you win! Promise I won’t spam you!)

Also – please share this with your friends on Facebook – remember, I will only draw a winner once I have reached over 500 likes!

Thanks again to everyone for the continued support – getting “likes” on Facebook for pictures of items I’ve made always makes me so happy!

Please note – this particular giveaway is unfortunately only open to South African residents – if you’re not based in Durban, I will post the prize to the winner.

Winner will be drawn at random from a hat! 😉

Happy Weekend!! Love Megs xxx

 

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So, just wanted to write a short clarifying post: If you’ve seen recent pieces of my jewellery, you may have noticed something new – a tiny oval “ZA” stamp on the back, next to the 925 hallmark stamp.

This has been introduced as an extra little proof, that the jewellery you see has been manufactured here in South Africa, and not imported from a mass-producing country – ahem 😉

So, when you see the ZA stamp, you can be assured of its local production – although, you could always be assured with my jewellery, as it’s all made by me! 😛 (although, I do buy in my chains!!)

Here’s a little pic of what I’m talking about:

ZA Stamp

And you can find some more info here, if you’re interested 🙂

Hope you’re all having a great week! xxx

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So, last Tuesday our “Scooby Gang” of friends embarked on a Cape trip.. Whilst similar to the trip my hubby and I took 2 years ago, it differed in that we flew into Port Elizabeth, hired cars, and then dropped off cars in Cape Town to fly back – shaving days of boring travel off the trip!!  😉

Here is a basic itinerary, and some pics & recommendations (and there’s even some jewellery stuff in here too!) 🙂

Tsitsikamma – Storms River Mouth Camp:

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The gang on the suspension bridge..

I really can’t say enough nice things about this park.. Well run, great walks/hikes, restaurant on site, braai/barbecue facilities – all in all – just great.. Plus – and this is beyond awesome – we got to see some otters (cape clawless) fishing for their dinner in the bay – a rare & amazing sight! 😀

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After this, we went on to Knysna (with a quick stop at the Wolf Sanctuary), where we enjoyed delicious flavoured coffees on the high street.. Then, it was on to Mossel Bay, where we stayed at definitely the nicest place on our trip – B@Home Guest House.. What a gorgeous place, with fantastic views, and Anette could not have been more helpful! After a stop off at the museum & lighthouse the next morning, she recommended we visit Jukani – a wild cat sanctuary – and what an experience it was!!

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If you’re in the area – you have to stop there & take a tour.. All the animals have been rescued (many from canned hunting farms) and seeing them up close was incredible.. http://www.jukani.co.za/#

After this we drove on through some beautiful valleys to get to Hermanus, where we ate at a restaurant called Fusion.. It’s out of season there now, so very quiet – but man, the food was good! The dessert in particular – the memory of my rosewater creme brulee is making my mouth water right now! The next morning we spent some time at Hemingway’s Book Shop, which is worth the visit, then headed (via Stellenbosch) for Cape Town..

On the Friday night, I was lucky enough to be at the Fringe on Kloof for the opening of an exhibition I was taking part in – it was my first time visiting the shop, too – and it is wonderful!

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Here’s some info about the exhibition on the House & Leisure website: http://www.houseandleisure.co.za/ditto-jewellery-exhibition/

And here’s a close-up on one of my pieces – a collaboration with Carla da Cruz 🙂

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We then met up with more friends, then ate out at Royale on Long Street – amazing hamburgers – and a nice chilled bar upstairs to wait in until your table is ready – very necessary for 9 people!!

Otherwise – for the rest of the time – we ate (a lot), did some touristy things, saw family (it was Deon’s grandparents’ 60th Wedding Anniversary!) – oh, and went to Free Comic Book Day run by Reader’s Den. It’s the closest thing we have to a comic convention in South Africa – so yes, of course we dressed up! I was Velma from Scooby Doo, and Deon was Loki from Thor!

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ImageA few more little recommendations for you, if you’re in the Cape: The Ice Cafe in Kalk Bay (ice cream shop on main street, with benches outside) – absolutely great! I had a Romany Cream cone – yummy! Then, the Meeting Place in Simon’s Town – had an incredible breakfast here – fresh OJ, great views, good vibe – can’t ask for more!

I was also able to get to my favourite gemstone shop whilst I was there – check out all my new beads – can’t wait to make things up!! 😀

ImageSo, that pretty much sums up my last week – a great traveling experience with friends – doing a lot, eating a LOT – and pretty much just enjoying the Cape.. From now on it’s back to work, and I’ve already been busy with a bunch of new designs – stay tuned!! Have a fantastic weekend all!! Megs xx

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OK, so this blog post is a little less about jewellery, a little more about my awesome province 🙂 No, I’m not a paid tourism writer, and no, I don’t have any friends or family in the tourism industry, but I honestly think this place is beautiful, and can’t help but wonder why tourists would want to stay elsewhere (especially in winter!!!)

First of all -we have the beach..

Now, I’m not the biggest fan – I can’t tan, and my swimming skills are, well, bad – but there’s something incredibly soothing about looking at, and hearing, the sea.. Plus – here it’s actually warm!! 😉 Also, the Durban beachfront, as mentioned before, is looking stunning, and the promenade is officially now the coolest place in town to walk or ride your bike along!

Next up – the berg..

The Drakensberg is my absolute favourite holiday place ever.. Rolling green hills, and beautiful mountains – it’s hot during the day, cool at night, and always just beautiful.. Btw – favourite sound in the world, waking up to doves cooing in the berg – bliss…

Then there’s inland – you have the stunning Natal Midlands – like the English countryside, but warmer – and places like the Oribi Gorge.. Now for the more adventurous, you can go abseiling and “swinging” across the gorge, but the below bridge crossing was plenty nerve-wracking for me – but I made it!! 😀

(Yes, I took my shoes off for better grip!)

Apart from these spots, there are so many other places in KZN that I love to visit – St Lucia for hippo and crocodile watching (not swimming, ahem),  Shelley Beach on the South Coast for lovely beaches (and a decent mall for when it rains!), Mtunzini for gorgeous dunes, and a fantastic lagoon river to cruise along..

Plus, and I’m going to add a highly important fact for visitors.. We’re not really used to tourists (except those from Gauteng!) we actually get excited to see them (so imagine what we’re like at the beachfront right before games) – My husband was all happy the other night, cos someone asked him for directions, and he says it was a first (ok, he’s from Cape Town, but still!).. So – basically – as a tourist you’ll be loved and appreciated – and will have all the better time for it 🙂

Welcome to the beauty of SA, folks – but don’t forget Durbs – we won’t forget you 🙂

Megan xxx

PS – Don’t forget the I heart Market next Saturday (3rd July) at the Greek Hall in Durban North – the best of what Durban arty-types have to offer – plus great coffee and snacks!!

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For the non-South Africans reading this post, Lekker is an Afrikaans word, that’s been adopted by most South Africans, as a word that encompasses all things “nice”. Can also mean the equivalent of “yummy” or “delicious” when talking about food 😉

Anyhow – as previously mentioned, Artisan Gallery, in Florida Road, Durban, is opening a new exhibition entitled “Local is Lekker”, so I’ve been slaving away to make up some new pieces especially.. I didn’t want to stretch myself too much technically, not enough time for that! – so came up with some fairly simple designs – some based on unique indigenous flowers I’ve seen, and some on some of my favourite local treats – chocolate & biscuits!

These earrings are based on 2 different flowers – on the left, the flower of the Natal Plum – but I’ve attached them loosely, so they spin like little helicopters in your ears! Then on the right, it’s my I heart Cosmos earrings – they’re different lengths, cos no 2 Cosmos flowers are ever identical, and have little hearts in the centre of each – so cute!

Next up is a design based on a type of Orchid found in Natal (the province I live in) – I’ve stylised them slightly, and kept them as simple but eye-catching details to this chained neckpiece – this looks sooo nice on, I’m tempted to keep it! 🙂

Then there’s a little homage piece to my favourite chocolate of all (yes, it’s usurped Turkish Delights and Caramello Bears – I can’t get enough of the new milky middle duo type!) It’s a simple piece – but it really stands out – and just looks good enough to nibble on! 😉

There are a few more items which will be going on show, but this is just a teaser for now – hope you like so far! Check at the bottom for the invite to the exhibition opening – if you’re in Durban, try stop by! 🙂

Have a fantastic weekend all – am off with my hubby & friends to watch Wayne Brady perform tonight, so am sooo looking forward to a fun & funny night! Megan xxx

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Cape Town Adventure

So, my hubby and I have just got back from a 10 day Cape Town roadtrip – down the East Coast & Garden Route to CT, then back via Graaff Reinet and Ficksburg..

It was an amazing trip – a lot of gorgeous scenery – but some very long stretches of nothing! However, I believe you can always find something to be inspired about, and in my case, I’d have to say it was all the animals we saw on the way: Wolves at the sanctuary outside of Knysna, Dassies grazing on the grass in front of our chalet at Tsitsikamma, Squirrels in Companys Gardens, Cape Town (see my awesome squirrel studs, coming soon!), Penguins at Boulders Beach, Simons Town, and Meercats dodging cars on the highway!

Fashion wise – I can’t say I was blown away this time in Cape Town – a couple of nice shops, but for fun items – might as well just shop at Jay Jays! I was inspired by Charlys Bakery (in District Six) though – lumo, fun colours & awesome designs. Check out the Cookie Monster Cupcake I had! (I am a sucker for pop culture, everyone knows!)

I also did manage to get to an incredible gemstone wholesaler in Simons Town – I only had about an hour, but could have spent so much more time there – what an incredible variety of gems! Take a look at some of my purchases below – I have to work fast now to get things ready for the I heart Market next weekend!!

Will be working hard this weekend to make up new items – so will post new pics soon as I can 🙂

Have a fantastic (shortened for S. Africans – yay!) week all! xxx

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