Karoo bliss 


Earlier this month husband Deon and I sneaked away for a week long road trip through the Klein Karoo. Every morning we would wake up with only the vaguest agenda and not the foggiest where we would sleep that night. We must have traversed at least ten magnificent mountain passes, shuddered our way over scores of dirt roads and passed through many a quaint one-blink-town.

It reminded me of when I was a child and we would all pile into the car on weekends and just... go for a drive!

... and oh boy, we live in a beautiful country!
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The elephants marched in 12 x 12, Hurraah! 


These cute ellie pencil cases just landed safely in Detroit, Michigan. The elephant with its UPturned trunk is the emblem of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a non-profit organization of 200,000 predominately Black college educated women that provides assistance and support to local communities throughout the world.

Thanks so much to Mielie's enthusiastic ambassador extraordinaire, Yvette Jenkins, for your tireless support and work! Yvette is pictured here with Zanele, when she visited us in February.
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Whistle while you pack... 


There's nothing better than a box of New! Improved! Redesigned! labels to put some pep in your step when you're tying labels and packing boxes.
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iPad sleeves, now in stock 


Just uploaded these beauties into the webshop
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Wire buggy bliss 


The other day when I popped in at Khayelitsha, Zanele's son, Lusa, and his friends were hard at work on their isilwayiwayi - or draadkarre, as we knew them when I was young. After much testing and debate, it was decided that the old inline skate wheels needed to be replaced with old snuff box wheels, eagerly collected from the old men of the neighbourhood.
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When you miss someone, show it 


When I popped in at Khayelitsha the other day Zanele was wearing a very pretty necklace made of plaited grass and beads. When I asked her about it, she said that she wears it whenever she has a dream about her family or she just misses home and it always makes her feel better... What a lovely idea!
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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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