Blooming marvelous

I hate winter! It’s cold and miserable and the days are way too short. But, there’s one good thing about winter in South Africa, the blooming of the aloes. Oh, such a beautiful site to behold. I have a garden full of these majestic plants and when they bloom, they make my heart happy. See how gorgeous they are! Like a little ray of sunshine on a gloomy day…

The aloe is a flowering succulent. There are about 500 species of aloe (can you believe it), the most common and well known of these is Aloe vera, or “true aloe”. The aloe is native to Africa, and is common in South Africa’s Cape Province, the mountains of tropical Africa, and neighboring areas such as Madagascar, the Arabian peninsula, and the islands of Africa. I only have three species of aloe in my garden and I plan to collect more, much much more. Hehe. Think I’m going to have an aloe overload! My love of aloes is a bit sentimental since they are my Dad’s favourite plant. 99.9% of my aloes were given to me by my wonderful father :), the most amazing man. Here are two photo’s of us together. One is from my wedding day and one is from my 21st birthday. Aaaah happy days.

Me thinks that these posts are getting a little bit soppy. Will update you on some home decor soon. Got a lot up this sleeve of mine.

If anyone has any tips on how I can improve on my writing, please feel free to comment. I’m a designer, not a writer, so in essence I have NO IDEA what I am doing…

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Make my day

Do you need inspiration? I need it, I crave it and I seek it out, search for it, and when I’ve found something truly inspirational, I share it. Pinterest has been an amazing platform for me to find and share inspiration. Today, I shared something that touched my heart and with that I managed to touch the hearts of others. It’s wonderful to hear a friend say “Thank you for sharing this, these are words that we should all live by”. This is what I shared with my friends today.

There’s no place like home

Vince and I often watch the Home Channel, I’m telling you, we are hooked!!! We watch everything from Sarah’s House to Design Wars, so much inspiration, it blows my mind right out of the window. Sometimes I actually jump off the couch and start re-decorating parts of my home. Now that’s what I call inspired!

Lately we have had some inspiration from a more local source. House and Leisure magazine (www.houseandleisure.co.za) in association with the Home Channel are running a “House of the Year” competition right here in South Africa. How absolutely fantastic is that? The competition has been narrowed down to eleven sensational finalists (drool).

Snippets of these fabulous homes have been featured on the Home Channel and I have fallen head over heels in love with ALL of them. The stuff dreams are made of. Sigh… Click here to view the eleven finalists. You might fall in love with them too. xxx

A slimy affair

I have a new love! Two in fact… Meet Timothy and Tiny Tim…

Where those names come from, I have no idea. They just seem right. I bought these two beautiful creatures at the local craft shop. I was looking for a gift for a close friend, then I spotted these babies. I just had to have them!!! No questions asked. I didn’t even look at the price. I scooped them up, one underneath each arm, and away we went. They were plain white, so I mosaiced one and painted the other one red. Don’t they look oh-so-handsome. Tiny Tim is half the size of Timothy, hence the name Tiny Tim. Aaaaaah, they make me so happy. It’s the small things in life…

Sadly Timothy has gone to live with my good friend Helen (she’s taking good care of him) but Tiny Tim is all mine :). He sits on the windowsill in my kitchen and keeps me company. Such a good snail.