New in the shop: corsage gift tags 

Spring arrived early at the Mielie shop this year with these beautiful - and useful corsage gift tags. They turn a pretty gift into an exquisite gift and the receiver can use it spruce up her wardrobe years to come! Some are hand-felted and hand dyed, and others are hand stitched using fabric scraps.
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Meet Ali 

Alison joined Mielie a couple of months ago as our marketing, branding and operations guru, but more importantly as a partner in the business. It's been fantastic to have her on board - she's organised, committed to making a difference in the world, and is bursting with great ideas for growing the Mielie brand. Nice bag, Ali!
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Fruit & Veg City, Khayelitsha 

Remember Zanele's old house? Well, you won't recognise it - when she moved to her new plot, her son, Lubabalo, moved into her old house, and transformed the front section into an ubercool fruit & veg shop. Zanele also offers sewing and darning service from the premises. Viva the entrepreneurial spirit!
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Let's skip work tomorrow and make paper flowers all day! 
The weather gods have smiled on Cape Town for the world cup (this mister Blatter certainly has friends in high places!) But now that the world cup is over, it's weather business as usual. Which means it's freezing with intermittent rain. Just the kind of weather to stay at home with paper, scissors and glue, and tackle a little craft project don't you think?

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Global Forum: the last word 

These beautiful pictures of the Mielie orbits on the stage & foyer area of the Global Forum conference are courtesy of Scenic Design & The whole project was designed and co-ordinated by the awesome Leon and Giulia of Leg Studios.
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Hello, my beauties! 

I'm back after a blissful week in the Cedarbergs, that land of huge rock formations and even bigger sky. These beauties were in the loft to welcome me back - how nice!

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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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