Colour Rush! 

After an absolute dearth of colour strips for our Mielie bags, we managed to obtain a whole ton - of just about every colour of the rainbow! The Mielie mama's whooped and squealed with delight when they arrived on sebenza day. It seems as if Manyawusa and Sentiwe decided to colour code their outfits to match their bags this week.
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How to stay cool. Very cool. 

Weather-wise we have had a couple of real shtinkers over the past week or two. Some of us wilt into a sweaty, red-faced pile of misery, whereas others, like Zandile here, just take it in their stylish stride. You can cool down just by standing in her cool aura!
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Crate fun 

Sorry about the wait for the pics - I misplaced my camera! Here are those promised photos of our new SitIn product range - crochet slip covers and cushions for milk crates and gym balls. The material used is the same as we use for our Mielie hooked rug range - recycled t-shirt fabric strips. It's been a long time since I've been this excited about a new product!
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So much news! 
The Design Indaba came and went this weekend - and what a success it was! We built our shelving system out of milk crates that we cable-tied together. People loved it and many other exhibitors gave it the thumbs up too - cheap and so flexible.

On display and sale were some old favourites - Mielie bags in various well loved and new designs, as well as some new - packs of 3 meter bunting strips and also the ever popular button-together alphabet bunting.

In the New department we launched our new SitIn range of stools at DI and entered them into a furniture design competition... and won second prize! The SitIn comes in two versions - the Madoda, a milk crate with a cushion on top covered with a crochet slip-cover, and the Tshomi, a milk crate with a crochet cushion on top. It was quite a job to teach our weavers to crochet, and until the very last moment I didn't know if we would have product to display! Thanks to everyone involved in making the SitIn happen, especially Astrid, whose patience is astounding.

For me the highlight of Design Indaba is touching base with all the other designers and crafters and seeing what wonderful new products they have dreamed up.

Photos tomorrow, ok?
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Altogether now: Eeeekkkkk! 

These roaches, expertly woven by the Mielie mammas, have been stitched onto panels and delivered to Infecting the City, a "provocative, high quality, innovative public art festival", due to open on the 21st. The panels be joined to form one of the stages.

When the festival is over, they will be returned to us in the spirit of recycling. We will stitch them together to make 3 ottomans. One is already spoken for, but if you believe that a roach ottoman is just that je ne sais quoi that's missing from your home, give us a call!
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New cards... 

Hand cut, hand painted, hand drawn and hand stuck by the one and only Georgie. In the shop now, so hurry.

Thanks Georgie!
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Sit and smell the coffee 

After a great break filled with family, friends and food, we're back - well rested and chomping at the bit for a year filled with great ideas and great products... like these ottomans that Mawethu is helping to refine. They are made from coffee sacks which have been hand-stitched together. Can't wait to see the final product!
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Unsung heroes 

The 15 cubes for the Forum Homini hotel were completed in record time. Beautifully woven by those talented Mielie weavers, and ALL sewn up over one weekend by Mawethu and Luyolo. Special mention must also go to Mzo and Malibongwe who co-ordinated this huge undertaking. Thanks to all of you!
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We [heart] the honeymoon suite! 

While we were given a bit more time to play with the ottomans destined for the other rooms at the Forum Homini hotel (see entry below), they needed the heart cube for the honeymoon suite urgently. We obliged, and they obliged us with a beautiful photo of our masterpiece in situ. Thanks, Tanya!
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Idea, meet your manifestation and creator 

These will be turned into beautiful ottomans for the Forum Homini boutique hotel at the Cradle of Mankind.
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