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rifle paperp company lookbook 2013

Hello everyone!! Wow what a week it’s been – the Markgoed met Witgoed market began (stunning and so busy!!!!) and it’s Friday already!!

Those of you who have gotten to know me through this blog might have noticed my new stationery crush (as evidenced in my shopping in Los Angeles!) – Rifle Paper Company!! This is an American stationery brand designed by the super-talented Anna Bond. I absolutely LOVE her floral artwork, as well as her more quirky ranges (have a peek at the new iphone cover for cat lovers here…..). Well – she recently collaborated with Brooklyn based floral designer Amy Merrick to create an absolutely gorgeous lookbook of her current range. All I can say is WOW!! Such a clever way of combining beautiful artwork, gorgeous fresh flowers and papercraft.

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all images from the Rifle Paper Co website

I wish I could have been a fly on the wall at this shoot!!

(For those of you who want to get your grubby little paws on some of this stationery gold, I have seen a few of her products at In Good Company and Marigold here in Cape Town!!!!).

Have a great weekend everyone!!


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beautiful grungy colours

Hello friends. It’s another new month and autumn is settling in here in Stellenbosch. The vineyards are turning, the trees are starting to loose their leaves and the squirrels are madly collecting all sorts of yummy goodies to store away. A lovely time of the year, with colours all of its own.

My hubby and I escaped for a mini-break last Wednesday. We crossed over the mountains, went through Ceres and then up to Kagga Kamma (which is in an area which combines the Cederberg and the Karoo…..difficult to explain). It’s far away from tar roads, cellphones and city lights. Beautiful. Quiet. Unspoilt. We relaxed, walked, went on drives and made some new friends. Wonderful.

While we were walking it dawned on me that I was surrounded by what my friend Su calls “grungy colours” – those rusts, greys, chartreuses, purples and oranges that are both dull and vibrant, dirty yet alive…….. I found myself taking photos of colours and textures, as well as vistas, that emphasised these colours. (My hubby has become used to me constantly stopping and taking photos of a flower or a rock!!) Not only is Kagga Kamma beautiful, it is also very historical and spiritual as the bushmen and Khoi people have lived here over the past few thousands of years. We were able to see very well-preserved bushman paintings and learn about their “use” of the wide variety of plants and animals.

I think I’ve said enough – scroll through these pictures and enjoy the colours…….

all images: my own

And now it’s back to work and “the real world”. I hope that you all have a wonderful week!!

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Goodbye 2012 – hello 2013!!!

Hello friends!! I know it’s a week late, but Happy 2013!!!!! My wish for all of you is that this year brings you joy and fulfillment. I think that, at the end of the day all that really matters is that we are happy, healthy and fulfilled in ourselves. Once we have that we will be able to achieve our goals, support our loved ones and handle the obstacles that cross our path…… as I write this I am thinking “are you listening to yourself and taking note!!!” We all have our challenges in our lives, and I hope that this is a year when things get a bit easier!! For all of us!

So – did you all have a wonderful Christmas and a good break? I am almost ashamed to say that I spent 3 weeks doing a whole lot of nothing!! I had ambitions to blog – alas it was not to be. The last month of work last year was really hectic, and I decided that I deserved my holiday. It also gave me some time to think about how Paperpeony has grown in the last year, and impacted on my time and family life. I really am going to try to find a balance this year between providing great, prompt service and my time with my family. Maybe no replying to website enquiries over evenings and on the weekends….hmmmmm??

I’ve put together a little album of pictures I took while we were on holiday at Pringle Bay. This was out first long holiday at the house and it was fabulous. I was very sad to leave, but reality had to intervene at some point. We had somewhat windy weather (very normal this time of year) so we didn’t spend much time on the beach, which is much better for my skin in any case. What we did do was late afternoon and early morning beach walks. We also discovered a little hidden beach about 10 minutes drive away and it is my new favourite beach! In these pictures you’ll see my Mom and Dad, my hubby and my cousins who were visiting. And they were all taken on my trusty iphone! Not bad for aim and shoot!

And the highlight of the last month – my Christmas present came home to us this last Friday!! His name is Samuel and he is about 3 months old. I am besotted with this little fellow and will be sharing a whole lot more about him in the coming months I am sure!! Welcome to our lives Sam!!

It’s great to be back!!!! Much love.

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Markgoed Karoo Chateau 2012

Hello lovely friends!! Well – yesterday Paperpeony made it’s “market debut” at Markgoed Karoo Chateau in Somerset West!! I had not been able to deliver my products personally as I was away (Thanks Pa!!) so it was my frst glimpse of the market – and it is really beautiful!! Sonette and her team have transformed this beautiful home into the most amazing cornucopia of vintage, organic, handmade, artistic goods. They have merged the themes of Chateau and Karoo SO WELL!!!  It is well worth a visit – and, believe me, you willl not come away emptyhanded!! (I bought a ceramic bunny from my friend Dionne of clayhousedesigns that I have been lusting after for months now!! and other goodies too….)

So rather than describing – here are pictures for you all to feast your eyes and inspire your creativity!!

all images my own.

For those of you who live nearby – pop in!! You won’t regret it. You’ll find me there this afternoon manning the paypoint. I’d love to meet you!!

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