Orbits go global 
Remember the orbit art pieces we've been making over the past month or two? Well today was their premier at the Global Forum, a gathering of "global leaders in Cape Town to focus on substantive issues and opportunities in the developing world."

Our orbits are mounted on the backdrop and in the reception area, dotted between the presentation screens. As you can imagine, security is pretty tight at the venue, but as soon as I get a photo, I'll post it.



The whole Mielie team would like to thank Leg Studiosfor the fantastic experience.
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To all the fathers - especially the brand new ones 

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Send in the crowds... umm, the clowns 


We headed for town to experience the diski-jubilation-vibe that was the start of the world cup. It was such a blast!

As you can see from my photos, I'm far happier with my face behind the camera and my back to the tv screen, capturing the real stars of the world cup - the fans.

Don't you just love the girl in the vuvuzela outfit (top left)? At last a vuvuzela that no-one is complaining about!
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Happy vuvuzela day 

Ok. Now world cup fever has really hit town. Even sleepy Montebello design centre was shaken awake at noon, when the country was called upon to blow upon their vuvuzelas*. Love them or hate them, you'd better get used to them!

In case you've been hibernating for the last five years, a Vuvuzela is a trumpet that is blown to express solidarity with one's team.
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Best dressed car 


Oh boy, have we had fun dressing our car in South African stars for the world cup! Here's how we did it.

I bought a 2m piece of magnetic decal specially meant for cars from Maizey Plastics in Paardeneiland. (Regular fridge decal doesn't stick as well, so all your stars might fly off on the highway!) Because it only comes in white, I also bought some vinyl in the flag colours from Maizey. They also sold me a very handy little spatula that helps to spread the vinyl evenly.

To make things easier I cut the decal into smaller pieces and cut the vinyl into matching pieces. You'll need someone to help you to stick the vinyl down. It helps to spray a thin mist of water onto the decal before you carefully stick down the vinyl. Working from the centre to the outside edge, use the spatula to ensure that you have no air or water bubbles. (If all else fails, prick them with a pin).

Cut some star-shaped stencils in various sizes out of cardboard.
Draw the stars on the vinyl with a white board marker and cut out with a pair of craft scissors that you don't mind getting blunt. Et voila!

The whole excercise cost me about R250 ($30, 25 Euro) and I have a whole lot of decals left that I intend to transform into fridge magnets.
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'Aloe again! 


If you live in Cape Town keep your eyes open for the aloes, which are about to burst into bloom. It's easy to miss them, but they're right there, even next to the highway. I snapped these last weekend in Churchhaven, the most beautiful place on earth in my humble opinion. I suppose if you live in the Eastern Cape they are already In full bloom.
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Spot the Mielies 

Thanks, Garden and Home!
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Chaos theory 


Phew, what a day. The only word to describe the Mielie loft today was C-H-A-O-S. It was Mielie mamma Thursday so there was the usual noise and laughter. We also had a very wonderful client in to check progress on a very wonderful and very huge job (lips sealed - but it has something to do with those crop circles I posted a couple of weeks ago). To crown it all we also packed dozens of boxes today for 3 big orders leaving in the next day or so.

But as that clever Mr Jung said:
In all chaos, there is a cosmos, in all disorder there is a secret order.

Sentiwe, Nomelikhaya, Lindiwe and Bongs seem to concur that this little corner of chaos creates some pretty awesome bags. These will all be hopping on a plane for Germany tomorrow.

One person who must be singled out for illuminating the secret order in the Mielie chaos is Mzo, who just keeps calm, keeps tabs and keeps going. Thank you so much, Mzo.
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Stox in Ireland 


Zelouf and Bell, contemporary furniture design company in Ireland sent me these images of the chairs that they covered in our Stox fabric.
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Free iPod/camera pouch tutorial 


Click here for a free tutorial just for you.
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