cushions and houses

On the working side of life, I’ve been making cushions using the designs I usually print on pillow cases. I was keen to maintain the patchworky random look, so no two will ever be the same.

Still experimenting with sizes and layout – but it’s a brilliant way to use up small pieces of fabric left over from the bedspreads. The Kalk Bay shop has expressed an interest, but they would want the cushions to be a standard size. “Standard” – hmmm, a strange concept for me, I’ll have to give it some thought….

On the domestic front, we received three offers on the house within 24 hours of it being on show. We happily accepted the best one, and transfer is scheduled for the end of May. Aaaaaaannnnd, best news of all, Philip and I are now the proud new owners of a beautiful house in Claremont (a suburb of Cape Town about 10 minutes drive from where we currently live). It’s green and leafy and quiet, and the house is perfect for two people who both work from home and who like to entertain (on a relatively modest basis). It’s been wonderfully and attractively modernised, in pristine condition, and we don’t have to make a single change. So, 1 June will see quite a few removal trucks rumbling along in various directions between Mowbray, Rosebank and Claremont – housewarming to follow soon after :) Deep sigh of relief, gratitude and contentment!

15 thoughts on “cushions and houses

  1. Gail

    Wonderful news, Jill, I am so so happy for you and Phillip and wish you much joy in your new home. Love the cushions. The only reason I could think that they should be a ‘standard’ size is if just the cushion cover is traveling overseas with a new inner being purchased at the cushion cover’s destination.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Thanks, Gail. Of course you are right about the standard sizes – silly me!!! I think a large percentage of Casaboho’s customers are tourists. I had a German customer at Somerset West who wanted four large patchwork cushions to take home, WITH the inners! Her mother said, You won’t have space in your suitcase. She said, It’s okay, Hans [her husband] can leave all his clothes behind so they’ll fit in his!
      The house is really lovely and just perfect for our needs. It’s in a short street running between Queen Victoria and St Michael’s, so no taxi runs or schools! I have pics if you want me to email them. xxx

      1. Gail

        Apologies Jill, just realised I didn’t respond to your offer of pics. I would love to see them.

  2. Rainbow Junkie

    So pleased to hear the good news about the house. Hope you will both be very happy in your new home. Sounds great. Love the cushions! You have quite a flair for that sort of thing. Standard size cushions does mean you can replace the inner if it wears out before the outside. I now buy feather insides as I find the synthetic ones seem to get lumpy too easily.

  3. insearchofitall

    Everything always works out exactly as it should. I’ve done the selling and buying thing a couple of times and it is exhausting and frustrating. We always end up where we are meant to be. Your pillows are beautiful. You work fast, I’m way to slow to make things for sale. Congrats on the new, perfect home.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Marlene, I have to work fast! It’s pretty much my only income – ack! I’m not entirely convinced we all end up where we are meant to be, I think the trick is to make ourselves believe so by making the best of everything. But, yes, I have been lucky and I am happy. And for once, I’m trying not to feel guilty about that happiness :)

  4. quietwatercraft

    I loooooove the black and red elephant cushion! Although they’re all fab, of course :)
    I’m glad everything is working out for you with the house, the new place sounds utterly wonderful

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Glad you like the cushions – sometimes I have an idea for something that I think is marvellous and then no-one pays it slightest bit of attention, hahahah! The more that gets sorted on this side, the more I am getting excited about the new house. So many admin things to attend to on both sides, but that’s just the way it is. I’m very happy with the way the conveyancing attorneys are dealing with it all.


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