Good hair day 


Felicia sported this head-turning hairstyle and outfit at Mielie yesterday. Felicia weaves beautiful bags and also runs a little phone shop in Khayelitsha. She has two children.
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Looking good! 


Thanks to the talented Carolyn Gavin for her beautiful Mielie feature today on her Designer Jots blog. Carolyn was one of our winners in the coin purse giveaway - glad you like your purse, Carolyn!

It must seem as if I've been a lazy girl - only two blog entries this week! It's just been one of those crazy admin weeks with kids on holidays - sorry blog.

Remember, tomorrow is Friday, which means organic market day at Montebello - we'd love to see you there!


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Goodbye, Poppy! 


It was difficult to say goodbye to this beautiful poppy ottoman. It's on its way to Carol Lovell of Cape Gem, our brilliant UK distributor. Hmmm, maybe a poppy bag next?
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Feeling the blues 


We went to blues guitarist/singer Dan Patlansky's concert last night. I think I'll rather give you pictures than words to pay hommage to this 26-year-old's talent. If you love the blues, do yourself a favour and go - he's still performing in Cape Town tonight and tomorrow night.
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Sitting pretty 


Wednesday is the day we go to the food garden in Khayelitsha. While we were mucking in, this little bundle passed us by, tightly swaddled on her mum's back. The white on her face is calamine lotion, which makes a very effective sunscreen.
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Press 


The latest edition of the newly relaunched HandEye magazine features our Mielie fluffball and an interview with me. The issue focuses on craft from Africa and is jam packed with beautiful photos of both innovative and traditional crafts and materials.
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This blog is 1! 

This little blog celebrated its first birthday on Sunday and I only realised it today! Wow, it's been so much fun. Thank you, loyal blog readers for your wonderful comments, your support, and for reading Mielie Peeps. (A thought - if a blog = a weB LOG, then is a Blog rEADER a bleader?) Also special thanks the Mielie dream team: Malibongwe, Marina, Mzo, Nolundi, Nomthunzi, Sheila and Zanele for their hard word and their ever-willingness to help.

So much has happened in this year - we established the Mielie food garden, and a not-for-profit Foundation dedicated to improving the lives of people who need it. We developed Mielie's homeware range, exhibited at some prestigious exhibitions and traveled and spread the Mielie Love far and wide.

I can't wait to see what next year brings.!
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Sweets for my sweet 
Had a really tough day? Got a sore throat? Need the weather to improve urgently? Need some help getting through your inbox? Need a lazy Sunday to last just a little bit longer? Just pop one of these delicious sweeties in your mouth and everything will be fine come tomorrow morning.

Actually, they're Mielie cushions, and they're on their way to Finland!



The scarf is for my Deon, who's celebrating his birthday today. Deon cycled 550 km last week - for fun(?) and to raise money for our food garden in Khayelitsha. Thanks to everyone sponsored him and thanks Deon for everything. By the way, if you love the font, it's called Knitty and I got it here.

Oh, and farewell, Michael and Farah. Here's to the big moonwalk in the sky.
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Can you see them? 


Presenting Phumza and her performing penguins! Remember the pic of the weird blobs I posted on Monday? Well the weavers turned them into penguin purses today. Now they only need to be folded in half and stitched closed.
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Keeping cozy 


Cape Town is in the midst of howling, raging and drenching storms at the moment, which has inspired us to think about ways to keep warm. We have recently been experimenting with weaving pure merino and karakul wool fleece and I must say, I'm delighted with the result. This little owl/lion bag was the first off the sample line, but we have hot water bottle covers, pyjama cases and slippers in the pipeline. Let me know what you think!
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