Lookin' Hip 

We finished these beaut hipster bags today - they'll be in the shop tomorrow!
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Good morning, sunshine 

The other day a little sunbird flew into the house. In between gingerly trying to whoosh it out with a towel (while reliving a childhood phobia that it will get stuck in my hair), I couldn't resist taking some pics of it in flight. This delicate little bird has a beak perfectly shaped to sip the nectar from various fynbos flowers, like the protea and pincushion.

Now to wash those windows!
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Mielie in the press 

We've had some great exposure in some Scandinavian and local magazines lately. Thanks to all who made it happen!
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A very special guard-Frog 

When we started our food garden in Khayelitsha, I also made a little veggie patch at home. It has been a source of constant joy and delicious nibbles - and the summer bounty hasn't even begun.

While I was to watering the veggie patch late this afternoon, I spotted a young Western Leopard Toad on the path. These beautiful velvety creatures are an endangered species that breed in our area. During breeding season the local conservation group puts up roadsigns that warn drivers to drive with extra care at night, as this is when they tend to be out.

Imagine that! Such an exquisite, rare creature protecting our veggies from pesky insects.

(In case you were wondering why I also planted plastic bottles, I made tiny holes with a hot pin in them before planting. When I water the garden I also fill the bottles to ensure that the moisture seeps deep down to the roots.)
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Brand bunnies 

In South Africa we love to celebrate the honest-to-goodness household brands that we grew up with and that have (mercifully) not had an image makeover. At Mielie we have done several mats and cushions emblazoned with Lion Matches, Lucky Star Pilchards, Bull Brand Corned Beef and the like, but here Sentiwe, Cokile and Nolusiba hold the first Mielie bags bearing these icons. They are destined for Harbour House, a beautiful store in Plett.
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Free wallpaper! 

Here's your chance to own a little patch of Mielie - at no charge!

Simply click on the design you like to download your wallpaper.

Been hiding behind a rock - or a loom or pair of knitting needles - for the last twenty years and don't know how to set your wallpaper? Mielie's very special cable guy has for a limited period offered to help you... just send him an email at turkey (at) mielie dot com.

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I dreamed up a new colourway that we've christened "richtersveld", after that awe-inspiring big sky, rocky north-western part of our country.
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People of South Africa, the Mielie webshop is chock full of beautiful new bags & goodies. Sorry, People of the rest of the world, the webshop is for locals only!.
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Time for a little boast.. 

If you've been wondering why blog entries have been few and far between of late, I've been in Johannesburg, where I attended the final (grueling) round of interviews for selection as an Excelerator entrepreneur. Excelerator is a programme of Endeavor, and international organisation that "identifies and supports high impact entrepreneurs in developing countries."

Wow. I can still hardly believe it. Me? I have no illusion that there's a lot of hard work ahead, but it's going to be wonderful to have all that support!

While I've been off gallivanting, Marina and Nolundi have stocked the Mielie shop full of beautiful new bags and goodies.
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1001 uses for Mielie strips 

You can weave beautiful bags, cushions, and carpets with them... or those handy Mielie strips can turn an ordinary day into a GREAT hair day!
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