Autumn sunset magic 


The sunsets have recently been so magnificent, although I fear we won't see another for a little while. Today it's all Cape of Storms and no sun.
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Take a moment to look up 


Autumn always brings the most spectacular clouds and skies. Today we had a fantastic thunderstorm that pushed Table Mountain's table cloth right over the back of the Twelve Apostles. It looked like a witch's cauldron that was boiling over. Then the heavens opened and the parched Earth had its first proper autumn drenching.
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If it ain't ugly, don't redesign it! 






I collected these beauties in Khayelitsha yesterday. Some of our original Mielie bag designs and still so beautiful... in my humble opinion! Thank you Zanele, Cokile and Vuyelwa! All three are looking for a new home.
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There's a Mielie in a Krimi! 




If you grew up in the 70's and 80's in South Africa and understood just smattering of Afrikaans, chances are that you probably chewed your nails through a couple of episodes of Misdaad, a German cop-thriller series that was translated into Afrikaans for local TV. You'll be pleased to know that 40 years on, Tatort, as it is known in Germany, is still going strong, with 9 million viewers watching every Sunday night in Germany alone.

My good friend Birgit was the production designer for a couple of recent episodes and decided that one of the detectives - you know, the intelligent, artistic, more intuitive one - should have some Mielie magic in her house!

If, like everyone else, you want to know who dunnit, the answer is Nomfuneko done the cube, Sheila the floor cushion!
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b'At your service! 


I just uploaded these beautiful Bat chairs onto the webshop. So simple, so comfortable.
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Well, well, well, look who's back! 


It's been quite a while since my last blog entry - three months, in fact! Instead of excuses and apologies, please accept this photo of the Louis XV chair that we made last year. It is finally back with us in Cape Town after an extended trip to Joburg and beyond.

While on the topic of chairs, I will be updating the Mielie webshop with some beautiful bat chairs later today - feel free to have a look on our webshop - just click on Buy!

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Gran's chair has a revamp 


Zanele's looking mighty pleased with herself, and so she should be! She made this beautiful cover for a chair that belonged to one of our customers, Helen's Granny. We'll be posting it to Durban where Helen will have the chair upholstered, but Zanele can already imagine exactly what it will look like. Hope you love it, Helen!
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A great commission for a wonderful client 


We made this magnificent Nguni-inspired headboard for fashion diva Marianne Fassler's Cape Town exquisite apartment at the deliciously seventies Disa Towers. Marianne managed to capture the essence of the cool seventies - down to the crazy paving and give it it a contemporary twist. She has furnished the whole apartment with furniture from local designers. She was delighted with her headboard... and I was delighted too! Thanks Zanele and Vuyelwa for the huge effort, and if you are ever looking for a good upholsterer, speak to Quality Upholsterers in the BoKaap.
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Home, sweet BEAUTIFUL NEW home! 


We have finally moved in to our new premises at Fairweather House, Woodstock. Our new address is:

3rd floor
Fairweather House
176 Sir Lowry Rd
Cape Town.

The Mielie weavers came in with their work today and saw our new home for the first time. They loved it!



Cokile and Nomalizo take a moment to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

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