Spotted - and patterned and blossomed - near Hoedspruit 


Have you heard of Camp Jabulani near Hoedspruit? They offer the most incredible safaris - on the elephant back! What an experience that must be! We decided that it would only be proper to to send their order of Mielie cushions and bags by elephant. The ele-caravan should be arriving any day now and you should soon see the Mielie stuff in the boutique at the lodge.
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Tennis, anyone? 


Lookie what we made as a custom order for Kathy Tillman, a very loyal Mielie fan and supporter! Kathy's daughter is a keen tennis player and she requested a Mielie tennis bag. After a couple of false starts and one or two curses, we're really pleased with the result - thank you Zanele and M!

By the way, if you live near Arrington, Virginia, do yourself a favour and spend the day at the Tillmans' Inglewood Lavendar Farm, a beautiful place for an outing and the perfect venue for a wedding.
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ROARRR if you like our leather fringe bags! 


Just uploaded to the shop. Here.
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Have Breeze Cut, will stamp 


Saturday's rainy weather was just perfect for sprucing up Mielie's packaging with a custom made stamp, skillfully carved by Niki. He used Breeze Cut, which is much easier to cut than old fashioned lino. So nice to get my hands dirty again!
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Just for you! 


We're busy packing these custom cushions for customers in the US. I'm so pleased that they came out so beautifully! The "Helen & Carl" cushion is a wedding gift.
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Happy happy, Zanele! 

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Look out London, here comes Mielie! 


These three beauties are on their way to London to be part of the Department of Arts and Culture's Design exhibition during the London Olympics. So exciting!
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Shop update 








New bags in the web shop here!


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Welcome! 


Zanele runs a thriving sewing business on the side, sewing outfits for church choirs, graduation gowns for preschoolers, chair covers. Whenever she gets a nice big order, she loves to buy something special with her earnings - like her beautiful black and red lounge suite, artistically decorated with the odd Mielie cast-off. Doesn't it just say - Welcome, have a seat?
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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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