Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Miss Milly at { Tierlantyn'kies }

Once upon a time there was a little girl with a really big dream in her heart.

“ Every dream that’s in your heart, every promise that has taken root, God not only put it there, but He has every intention of bringing it to pass. “

That little girl was me.
And that really big dream was Miss Milly. 

I really, really, really wanted to have a stall at Tierlantyn’kies Kuier & Koopfees in Pretoria. Really. And at first my application was not succesful L but I understood about His time and I was patient. Patient... mmm...  maybe not quite the right word. Let me rather say I TRIED to be patient...

And then; when His time was right, my application was successful! I was over the moon and gave a good few ballerina jumps. Initially. And then the nerves set in. And then some more. And then more. Until I felt like one big nerve wrapped in washi tape from head to toe. I turned into a Washizilla...

But let's not spoil this pretty post with my Washizillaness... Let's keep it pretty!

Once I was accepted the SERIOUS pink and SERIOUS pretty planning of my stall started. I loved every minute of it! From sourcing display bowls and crates, to painting it - it was all just magical.


I settled on lots of pastel colours mixed with raw wood to create the look that is Miss Milly. I sourced most of my display bowls and crates, some of it came from my own kitchen cupboard and alot, and I mean ALOT, of it was also upcycled thingies from both my grandmother's, my mom and my own home.

* The trays for the magnets, were really ugly trays from the 60's that I spray painted white,
* All the wire baskets were old freezer baskets, 
* The tins used to elevate the glass jars with the washi tape candles, were old coffee tins that were spray painted and decorated with washi tape,
* The tins used for the notebooks were bread baking tins that were also painted,
* The large round "wheels" I found when someone wanted to throw them away; were in bad shape but I saw potential and with a few coats of paint they worked perfectly to create height for my bowls with the mini wood brooches!

It just goes to show that with a bit of imagination and a whole lot of spray paint, you could give a new life to almost anything!


My screens were made from vinyl and the artwork was done by my sweetheart and I. I added some fairy lights that I made myself to tie in with all the other typical Miss Milly elements.


I also used my beloved floral washi tape to add a whimsical touch here and there. Okay I lie - I used it EVERYWHERE!


Beautiful proteas and some other fynbos, added a fresh element to my stall. I just love, love the colors of the proteas! So soft and feminine.


I was in love with everything about my stall and it was everything and more than I could imagine or even dream of. And when it was all over and time to pack up, I was heartbroken and it took me a good few days to come to terms with it...


“ meraki { greek }
the soul, creativity, or love put into something, the essence of yourself that is put into your work. “

I had an incredible time! 
And I would do it again and again and again... and then some more.

I have met { amazing } ladies - and I feel so blessed that our paths crossed. I was touched in many ways by the compliments from total strangers. I was happy to let my Miss Milly pretties find new homes and bring happiness to whomever owns it. Sadly, I had to deal with the "not so nice" side of the human being too but it made me all grown up! I was surrounded by creative beings from beginning to end. I fell in love with washi tape all over again. And with my Miss Milly. I learnt to trust in God, no matter what. I will keep doing what I love. And I will keep dreaming this dream.

" I am and always will be the optomist, the hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams." 
- the doctor -

Thank you to all of you. For your support. Love. Prayers. Kindness. Gentle hearts. And for loving my Miss Milly as much as I love her.

{ all the beautiful pictures were taken by my love Mark McGill }

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

blog series: for the love of { color } #004 green

{ #004 green }

Green always makes me think of trees and forests. And those two are definitely among my favorite things in Creation! Lately I have been madly in love with mint green and I have a deep desire to paint my kitchen cupboards in a really soft mint...

Green is a fresh color that represents loyalty, awareness and once again the earth. It's the color of life for me...

{ featured above... clockwise from top left }

* Metal birds
* Chevron washi tape
* Heart bobby pin
* Flower-shaped bowl
* Taylor bag from Typo
* Lou Harvey coin purse

{ dear } September

{ a week late but what the heck! }

Dear September,

Thank you for:

* the Tierlantyn'kies countdown
* tealight candles in glass jars
* baby clipboard
* frame
* washi tape earrings
* gold washi tape cards & envelopes
* washi tape brooches
* washi tape cards & envelopes
* washi tape tins
* pretty proteas
* Tierlantyn'kies set-up

{ the  tierlantyn'kies countdown }
As you all know by now, my Miss Milly is going to Tierlantyn'kies Kuier & Koopfees from 01 - 05 October 2014 in Pretoria! The countdown to it, is extremely nerve wrecking and exciting all at the same time.

{ ** new producttealight candles in glass jars }
I liked the idea of making tealight candles wrapped in washi tape... however it came with a few challenges. I decided to package it in glass jars so that it can serve as a gift to someone. It comes with a gift tag that matches the washi tape used on the tealight candles and is such a great gift idea!

{ ** new product: baby clipboard }
After I launched the A4 clipboard #lanklewedieclipboard I stumbled across the little ones { A5 } and it was love at first sight. I am making a few to try out at Tierlantyn'kies to see if there is a market for it. I made myself one to match her bigger sister, and I adore the set!

{ ** new productframe }
I played around with some of the painted laser cut wood that I use for my other Miss Milly products and some washi tape and came up with these small frames. They are perfect for a craft room or nursery. I kept the frames neutral in white and natural wood and added some color with the washi tape and laser cut wood.

{ washi tape earrings }
Gone are the days of making a few pairs of washi tape earrings at a time! I had to seriously bulk up on stock but I loved every minute of playing around with new washi tape designs for the earrings.

{ gold washi tape cards & envelopes }
Who would have thought that gold could make for such a pretty picture? I love how the card and envelope sets came out...

{ washi tape brooches }
As I enjoyed working with the gold washi tape so much, I decided to try out a few washi tape brooches in gold, grey and silver and I am totally in love with it!

{ washi tape cards & envelopes }
I just can't get enough of the happy Spring colors used in these single cards & envelopes! It is such a pretty addition to any gift!

{ washi tape tins }
The washi tape tins are my flavor of the month! Or should I say week?! I played around with some black and white washi tape, as not every one is a pastel girl like me, and I must admit that I am over the moon about the way they came out!

{ pretty proteas }
I bought these pretties at a florist in Pretoria to use in my stall at Tierlantyn'kies. I can't get enough of them and love the soft color of it! 

{ tierlantyn'kies set-up }
Finally! It is here. After arriving early evening in Pretoria, we offloaded all the Miss Milly screens, tables and stock and started midday on the Tuesday to put everything up. I was truly in my happy place and had to pinch myself to make sure it was really my dream busy happening! The stall changed about a billion times as I was setting up and making sure everything is displayed at it's best and then I changed it again! Keep following along as I will do a full post on Miss Milly at Tierlantyn'kies!