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Freedom Day weekend

Busy weekend over here. On Saturday Rob and I traded at the Trenchtown market in Obs, which is a fantastic venue with a super cool vibe, but I have to say the Jam Tarts stuff didn’t make a great impression on the majority of the patrons. To be expected, I think. Crocheted newsboys and floral infinity scarves probably aren’t the items of choice for a younger, more – shall we say? – tattooed crowd. We were the only two people there who hadn’t gone for the inked and/or studded look, and we felt rather naked in comparison. And, not to say, quite old and fuddy duddy, too!

[[Market Trading 101 – make sure your products appeal to the sector that patronises the market.  By all means give a new market a try but, if you’re a huge flop,  don’t try and flog a dead horse.]]

Sunday was Kirstenbosch, being the last Sunday of the month. It was, as ever, GREAT. Here are some pics of people who make it feel like family:

Kirst x

Janet, my nextdoor neighbour, with stunning vintage clothes bargains to be had

kirst x 1

The lovely jewellery lady, Sarah, on the other side of us, with a darling puppy from the Animal Rescue guys.

kirst x 2

Steven Belknap of Whimsical Woodworks, who made my hat stands for me.

kirst x 3

Renee Dorrington, the lady with the magic hands, offering reflexology and massage

kirst x 4

Debbie and Rob, probably our two oldest market friends, from way back at the Porter Estate market in Tokai. They always have broad smiles and lekker food.

kirst x 5

Yesterday, Monday 27th,  was a day off for us ! Yay! (No sewing, no admin, no markets). We visited the Decorex exhibition  (Decorex Cape Town) at the Cape Town International Conference Centre, courtesy of free tickets from Inspired Living SA (thanks so much, Fiona, we loved it!)  — I think this was the best ever exhibition since it started.

I was particularly pleased to see that the Cape Craft and Design Institute had selected products by Baillie and Kovar Design.  Malcolm and Michelle are  a crafty couple who manage to incorporate a very ‘now’ look with functional value, from recycled materials. This is their kind of style, which speaks volumes about South African design and talent.

malcolm 3  malcolm 1

malcolm 5  malcolm2  malcolm 6

And then it was lunchtime…. my friend Shona, whom I’ve known for nearly 30 years, hosted a lunch at the Forresters Arms in Newlands.  Gotta love a pub lunch, and I’m happy to say the Irish coffees are just as good as they ever were….

jill and shona  forries

Back soon x

And another birthday – gone, just like that!

I had the most wonderful day yesterday, for my birthday.
Daughter = happy, healthy, loving, beautiful, back in Cape Town where I can keep an eye on her.
Partner = considerate, kind, funny, loving and generous.
Mother = generous, kind, thoughtful, and got the day right for once.
Friends = some old, some new, all really lovely and definitely worth keeping.
Weather = perfect Spring day in Cape Town. A miracle!
Presents = a lot. Not that things in themselves are important to me, ahem, but damn I got some good ones…
Food = pizza and Swiss chocolate (not combined) = heaven.
Crafting time = got me some of that, too. Mosaiced seven crosses and finished 2 pairs of slippers.
Reading time = check. Reading a great murder horror mystery thing set in drugged-up California in the 70s.

Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10 = life is almost too good to be true. I am very aware of the corniness inherent in that statement, and I try to maintain an image of myself of Most Uncorny Person Ever (haha), but maybe I am not so cynical after all (deep down). Anyway, whatever I am, whatever the past threw at me, whatever the future holds, right now at this time, I am happy and grateful for all the good things in my life.
Now, who moved my prozac?…