November 30, 2011


So baking may not be art but it definitely requires creativity. I qualified as a pastry chef this year and I have had the privilege of doing a variety of interesting projects. My mom and I studied together so I'm lucky enough to do all these projects with her. These photos are of a cake and cupcakes we did recently for a wedding. Sorry about the poor quality they are taken from my phone.

Rory- sailing

So I've been wanting to do this little post on my brother for a while. Since he was in school he has wanted to go sailing, now I know to most that sounds like a strange dream but we grew up on books like Dove about young men of 16 sailing around the world and to add to that we have a family who loves the ocean and any sports or activities involving the ocean. We spent many days at the yacht Moll in Durban all imagining what it would be like to sail off in one of the yachts out into the open ocean.

Well this year my brother did exactly that, he went on his sailing coarse and then got a job delivering this yacht to Madagascar. He sailed from Cape Town and stopped in at the Durban yacht Moll and we really could climb on one of the yachts and he was living out the adventure we had all dreamed of.

You can read more about his experience training and sailing on his blog, and as soon as I have some of his photos of Madagascar I'll post them.. So I hope the adventure bug has bitten hard and left a mark.

November 27, 2011

Quietly Creating

So I know I've been extremely quiet over the last week, it hasn't been for a lack of art works I admire and want to share its really just been a case of spending time putting my own creativity to work.. Well combine with a few other things as well.

I really felt like I wanted to use this space to share some of my own creativity as well so I decided to hold back on posting till I can show you a little of what I've been up to, but keep coming back, posts coming soon:)

November 18, 2011

Imagination meets skills

I wish I could draw/create/edit like this, time to flex the imagination I guess:)

Happy Friday :)

November 16, 2011

Mussoorie- India

I spent two weeks with this amazing family that remind me so much of my own in their English country garden style home. Walking up and down the hills with Zoe and Annabelle, I wish I had caught more of how amazing Mussorrie is. From the base town it was an hour (if I remember correctly) drive in the taxi up the mountains to Mussorrie. Its misty and green and the Himalayan mountains seem to stretch on forever, we drank sweet chai, ate tons of mango's, ate chocolate crumpets, snuck out to ride on motorbikes at night and slept in late. Mussorrie is simply beyond explanation and one of the places I just have to go and see again.

Zo having tea on the train from Delhi

Driving up

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Ah I so wish I could have captured it better, though I don't have photos I will never forget it.

India- New Delhi

I've been trying to decide for a while how to summarize in a travelers terms the two and half months I spent in India, the truth is it changed my attitude to so many things and most importantly travel. Writing about India makes me feel like I'm writing about an intimate friend, telling all their secrets. My trip made me realise that every place I travel is someones home, the places you may describe as "not really my kind of place" is where someone walks everyday, where they make their memories. It gave me a knew respect for every city I visit, it pushed past my personal boundaries, made me get my hands dirty, made me hand over my heart yet made me realise that I was only a guest and I can never lay claim.

I spent two weeks in Mussorie in the Himalaya's, lived for most of my time in New Delhi, visited old Delhi and drove to Agra for a day. This post however is just a summary, or introduction, my first attempt at a further breakdown of my experiences there. I guess overall, my memories of India are a fuzzy haze of heat and humidity, alot of tea, a combination of smells both amazing and awful, children who took a little piece of me and changed it completely, a family who took me in and gave me a home, a church who were their own family, stray dogs, ankle deep rain, new sisters, food I can never seem to match, peace, freedom.

So these are just a few photos, I didn't take many, there just never seemed an appropriate time.

November 8, 2011

Art inspiring art- Degas

I remember seeing Degas ballet dancers as a teenager, and being a ballerina myself at the time his paintings always made me want to dance. He so perfectly captures the poise and elegance and the way ballet makes you feel light as a feather, like you're floating.

Manet- A bar at the Folies-Bergere here is a link with a full explanation of the painting, this is what I love about classical art; the full breakdown of the painting completely blows your mind, but more important than the full explanation is how the girls stare draws you in, makes you wonder what she is so deep in thought about, makes you star back.

November 7, 2011

Asia Trip

All I've been able to think about this weekend is Asia, I've only ever been to India (Will share some of that with you soon) but one taste of Asia and I was hooked. My husband and I have been doing the final bits of planning for our three week trip to Thailand and Hong Kong. We like to sink ourselves into the country, or city we are staying in to go below the tourist line and soak up what the country is really like. These are just a few photos and maps of where we are going :) Can't wait to share this adventure!




Thai New year- this is where we'll be for New Years

Hong Kong Island

November 4, 2011

Paris- by The Cherry blossom girl

Till I get a chance to upload my final post on permanent art I thought I would post these beautiful pictures from a blog I follow of a Parisian blogger. These were taken in the winter we were honeymooning in Paris- so romantic wouldn't you say! :)

November 3, 2011

Lost on the internet

So I'm breaking my own trend for the week- I will continue  with the tattoo's tomorrow:)

What I really wanted to show you was this beautiful painting ( It might be a photo ha ha) I found on the Internet, I stumbled across it while looking for something else. I'm not even sure who the artist is but I love it. Its another floating painting I know, maybe I have some kind of obsession with water. As a kid I used sink down in the pool and sit on the bottom in my own little water world, I would spend hours in the pool. Maybe I need to do my own water painting- more than enough inspiration I'd say :)

November 2, 2011

Permanent Art Day 3- Roger Biermann

Today's post is about Roger, or Rog as we call him. He got his first piece of art recently which I've featured below. He has wanted this piece for years now, and I guess after some very difficult situations in his life this was his way of encouraging himself. This saying is defiantly something that sums up Roger's approach to life. The layout plays with the eyes a bit, designed by Joseph Wharton, and done by Jade from Jaded ink.

November 1, 2011

Permanent Art Day 2- just a few I love

The hardest thing I think when it comes to choosing permanent art is finding the piece you love enough to keep forever. These are a few of the pieces I love and that inspire me.