09 December, 2014

Loving lately #4

My last Loving Lately post was eight months ago. I have definitely loved things in that time, but I haven't been taking photos.

 1. Bamboo toothbrush
We usually buy the cheapest toothbrushes, but decided to try these environmentally friendly bamboo toothbrushes. They're 100% biodegradable. They also last for ages and need to be replaced less often than the ones we used before. I read that another blogger removes the bristles of the old ones and uses them as markers in her garden. I'm not much of a gardener but I'd love to find a way to re-use the beautiful wood.

2. Banana ice cream
Banana ice cream has been around for a long time, but I thought I needed a food processor to make it. A few months ago I tried making some with my hand blender's chopper attachment and it worked perfectly. It's amazing that you can make something so delicious and creamy with fruit. We've tried plain, strawberry, peanut butter and chocolate mint flavours so far. If you've never tried banana ice cream, read this.

3. Dried peaches
Another fruity snack. I buy these at the Hermanus Country Market and they are soft, sweet and delicious.

4. Gilmore Girls
I've been watching Gilmore Girls again. I had a huge crush on Jess back when I watched it on tv, but now I'm much more interested in the guys Lorelai dates. It's really interesting to see Melissa McCarthy in the first role I saw her in again, it's so different from what she's doing now. I never saw the last episode, so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens.

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02 December, 2014

Treasure Tuesday #67 (Arzberg K√ľnstlerkollektion mug)

I haven't done one of these posts in a long time. I have been avoiding charity shops for the most part because I always seem to find something and I'm trying very hard to scale down. I go about once a month now and while I do usually buy something, I'm a lot stricter with myself and I haven't bought any clothes. I put a lot more thought into deciding if I really need and will use something and whether I have space for it since our house feels very full lately. We have been feeling that we need more space to work, but we came up with a plan to move things around and hopefully make it a bit more comfortable for ourselves.

Part of trying to create more space is getting rid of unnecessary things around the house. I unpacked my summer clothes over the weekend and during this process I also ended up filling 5 trash bags with clothes to donate. Luckily most of these where from charity shops to start with, so I didn't waste too much money on them. I also had clothes from when I was in high school and I don't know why I held onto them so long. I've accepted that my style has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. A lot of people have "shop my closet" sales when they clear out their closets, but I feel that if I'm privileged enough to have too many clothes, then I don't really need to sell the overflow. I would much rather donate my clothes to charity shops and give someone who really needs affordable clothes the chance to buy them.

The things I feel worst about are the ones I bought and never wore. I don't do this very often and some are from years ago when I didn't know any better, but I really want to try avoid this in the future. I'm really into much plainer, classic styles these days and I think this will make it much easier to buy things I actually wear and that I can pair with the rest of my clothes. A very important thing I've stopped doing is buying clothes that I need to alter before I can wear them. I've realised that I just hardly ever get round to doing that. So apart from trousers that need to be hemmed for my shorter legs, everything has to be ready to wear.

One of the things I did buy recently is this illustrated mug. It's from a German company called Arzberg and the range is K√ľnstlerkollektion which means Artist Collection. I paid R25 ($2.30) for it and it was still in the box. Martinus loves tea and drinks many cups during the day, so I think an interesting mug will always be useful around here.

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27 November, 2014

Etsy gift guide and wrapping ideas

I recently opened an Etsy shop with my boyfriend Martinus. He's an illustrator and we sell his paintings and prints. I also make greeting cards and postcards with his illustrations and have a few new products planned. We had our very first order this week and are so happy. It has taken us a long time and lots of work to get to this stage and it's great to finally have something to show for it.

With Christmas in mind I created a gift guide with wrapping ideas for our blog. You can check out the gift ideas over here. It was really fun putting it together and coming up with different wrapping ideas for each category.

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24 November, 2014

Kamers haul

A few photos of what I bought at the Kamers market this year. There were so many beautiful things I wanted, but I had to limit myself. I also bought gifts for Martinus that I can't show you yet.

  • Sunscreen from oh-lief. This is a brand new product from them.
  • Geranium, Rosemary and Lemon Hand oil from Mies. I hadn't seen this brand before, but they had products in the bathrooms, so I got to try out their hand scrub and lotion before even seeing the stand.
  • Clay necklace from Wildflower. They don't have a website, but you can contact Bronwen Girardi on 072 369 2596.
  • Interchangeable earrings from Heidi Strung. I loved this idea, you can buy different stones to put on the same hoop.

I chose this pendant because it reminded me of myself and Jeff.

I bought the starter set with these two beautiful sets. There are two different hoop styles to choose from. 

  • Dish covers from Spaza.

The prettiest food covers I've ever seen. The stencilled paper bag is a great touch too and I'll definitely be keeping it.

Delicious food and cake from Spades & Spoons Deli. That's the best carrot cake in the world.

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My name is Natasha. I live in a beautiful coastal town in South African with my little human/dog family. I love cooking and share new recipes I've tried here. Sometimes I even create my own recipes. I spend way too much time on Pinterest and blogs, but I'd like to be a neat, productive person one day. We're also starting a new business. You can read more about that at terrapinandtoad.com

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