Thursday, 15 January 2015

{ mindfulness } - the biggest word in my dictionary for 2015

Last year it was all about self-control.

This year it is mindfulness.

" a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique."

Mmmm... the last part sounds a bit airy-fairy to me. But I like the first part.

It has been on my mind for a while. This "living in the moment"-thing. When I started Miss Milly I realised that I was permanently on my phone checking emails, Facebook notifications, commenting and replying on everything and anything... up to the point where I realised that I was everywhere but there. And by "there" I mean (in that specific moment).

I tried to be present with whomever I was with, but found that I kept on wanting to check my phone... Then slowly I started noticing people who was doing exactly just that. And it got on my nerves. And then it really hit home... I had to make a drastic change.

But it was only until 2015, when I started my long list of new year's resolutions... that I decided to cut it all short into one thing. 


Because everything. And I mean everything comes together if you are just in the moment. Right there where you are suppose to be.

So for 2015 I am going to be aware of my feelings and thoughts. I am going to give God, the world, people, places, relationships and moments; my EVERYTHING. Right there and then where they deserve it. Before it becomes just a memory. 

Kristina, founder of kikki.K, wrote this incredible post on living mindfully. And it sums it up so well.

Here's to 2015. The year of mindfulness.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

{ 2014 } a year in review


What an incredible year it has been! With so many memories made, so many lessons learnt, so many dreams coming true!

Here's to much more pretty in 2015. Much more happiness. Much more washi tape. And much more inspiration!

{ may }
the birth of the clipboard { read the original post here }

"I have collected and pinned { follow me on Pinterest } so many washi tape clip boards... but kept on procrastinating to make one. I even went as far as to buy a raw one. Until my friend Tasha, forced me to actually make one. She sent me a picture of one and commissioned me to make her some for her new office. And so I made one for myself as prototype for her. I was in love!"

{ june }
new blog series: for the love of color { read the original post here }

"I launched a new blog series: for the love of colorI will reveal one favorite color per month; in all it's shades and hues and tones, and I will combine it with treasured trinkets, things I love and cherish and find pretty."


{ july }
ideas magazine / idees tydskrif { read the original post here }

"It was such an awesome day when I opened the Ideas magazine / Idees tydskrif for July 2014 and found a little snippet on Miss Milly! It was a proud moment for me as only I will know the amount of hours and tears and hard work that went into the last few months since I started with Miss Milly. I am a big fan of this magazine and to be mentioned in it, is a great honor!"

{ august }
new laser cut designs { read the original post here }

"I collected some new laser cut designs that I is in the process of becoming new products for Tierlantyn'kies in October. Among it all I found a cross - a reminder of His presence at all times..."

september }
new product: tealight candles in glass jars { read the original post here }

"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!

{ october }
tierlantyn'kies { read the original post here }

"The highlight of my October was definitely the Tierlantyn'kies Kuier & Koopfees. And I am still gloating. And probably will for a very long time...

{ november }
miss milly's first birthday { read the original post here }

"Miss Milly celebrated her FIRST birthday!"

{ december }
our engagement { read the original post here }

"Yes! It finally happened. My sweet love asked me for my hand in marriage! What an incredible special moment. I am still walking around with a pretty large smile and stars in my eyes and keep looking at my oh so pretty oval diamond! I can't wait for the #mcgillbruilof { YES! We have a hasthag! }

Monday, 5 January 2015

{ dear } December

Dear December,

Thank you for:

* ribbon
* new: notebooks, rosettes and bows
* skukuza Christmas market
* our engagement
* planning the #mcgillbruilof
* Christmas
* ladybug luck
* Jesus

{ ribbon }
I love ribbon. Almost as much as I love washi tape! And whenever I am in a haberdashery I cannot resist to buy a few pretty designs. They are perfect for anything!

{ new: notebooks, rosettes and bows }
I played around and came up with some new notebook designs. I am totally obsessed with the mint and blush washi tape and incorporated it with my all time favorite washi tape: vintage floral! I also made some rosettes and bows { they will be available in the new year }. These are perfect to decorate your gifts and give it a Miss Milly touch.

{ skukuza Christmas market }
I had the privilege to take Miss Milly to the Skukuza Christmas martket, held at the Skukuza nursery in the Kruger National park. Despite the rain and terrible weather, it was a lovely event!

{ our engagement }
Yes! It finally happened. My sweet love asked me for my hand in marriage! What an incredible special moment. I am still walking around with a pretty large smile and stars in my eyes and keep looking at my oh so pretty oval diamond! I can't wait for the #mcgillbruilof { YES! We have a hasthag! }

{ planning the #mcgillbruilof }
After catching my 3rd bouquet { read all about it here } I was really hoping that the next bouquet would actually be thrown! So finally it is my turn to plan a wedding. I am super excited and nervous at the same time. Nervous because I have so many new and exciting things planned for Miss Milly this year, another Tierlantyn'kies market at the end of March and of course the #mcgillbruilof. And in between: my real grown-up job. Hence I am taking the first 3 months of 2015 to give all my love and devotion to Miss Milly and thereafter my whole self, to planning the #mcgillbruilof. I am dreaming and scouting so much in between Miss Milly stuff, but it seems to be a good balance and although it is really hard not to start crafting on any wedding stuff - I am just soaking up and enjoying every minute of just being engaged.

{ Christmas }
My two favorite times of the year is definitely Easter and Christmas. And not because of the Easter eggs and Christmas father but because of the real meaning behind it. And my wish is always the same: that people will remember among the tinsel and washi tape, the real reason we celebrate this season.

{ ladybug luck }
For the first time in a very long time my sweet love and I actually took a break during December. We spent some quality time together and really just relaxed. On the last morning of our holiday, while sitting outside and having a cup of coffee, a ladybird landed on my hand. I managed to snap it just in time before it left my life. They say that a ladybird represents luck... well I don't believe much in that but I enjoyed the moment.

{ Jesus }
One our way back, I saw this on the mountain. It was incredible moment and although man-made, still remarkable. I choose Jesus for 2015.