Saturday, September 9, 2017

New Website

I'm so excited to announce that I have taken the leap and now have my very own website!

This means that you can now view all my work on one place and order from the site too.

I have been blown away by the response and love for my work and I am now so busy with lots of orders!

Thank you to all my lovely customers and family and friends who have invested in ordering my work.

I would love you to take a look and you can place an order from my website by emailing me

Shirley xx 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Gorgeous Bushrikes ready to fly....

This is where my little business has all started with this jug! How exciting! 
A month or two ago I set up a studio at home so that I can now work from home while my girls are at school in the morning. 

 I have been Homeschooling my 2 teenage girls for 4 years ... but now my 13 year old is in Grade 8 at our local High School and my 16 year old has just finished her IGCSE's and is at a Cambridge College in our area busy with her AS and A levels.

Its so strange not to have them around in the morning but I am loving the time to create and work with my hands with clay!

This is the jug bisque fired and I worked with underglazes to paint the little birds. I decided I want to start with  South African birds on my jugs and these are little Gorgeous Bushshrikes.

The clear glaze has brought out the bright colours of these birds which I really love! This is a 1 litre jug.

I now have many orders I am busy working on! Its so fantastic to be spending my time doing something I absolutely love! Such a blessing!

I have custom orders for not only South African birds. I am almost finished an Australian Kookaburra. It is a type of Kingfisher and is very beautiful.

I create my jugs using the coiling method of handbuilding. Although it takes a long time I love the look of it being handmade.

If anyone is interested in ordering my jugs you can email me  -
and I will send you all the details. I can ship locally and overseas.

Have a amazing Wednesday!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Love art ...

I live to make things .... with my hands ... everyday! I am passionate about art.

This year  I have started pottery lessons with a few of my friends. It has been so wonderful having new projects to work on each week. We started with coiling and I decided to make a large bowl with the theme of birds and flowers.

I am passionate about birds and all my pottery projects have birds on at the moment.

I spent hours painting the lilies and the little Robin using underglazes and small, very fine brushes.

I love using underglazes and building up the colours - almost like watercolour painting.For this bowl I also pressed dried ferns into wet clay and then after the bowl was bisque fired I used a sponge and put 3 different colour greens on the fern "pattern" .

The underglazes change colour so much after the final clear glaze. I want to build up all the underglaze colours I have so I can experiment more with colours.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Travel - Camping on the River!

I decided to surprise my youngest daughter and planned a camping trip! I am not a camper!!
I love to travel and find amazing new places to visit but they must be in the comfort of a house with all the necessities and yes - luxuries! So this little holiday was quite a challenge for me!

A friend suggested this camping spot which is about two and half hours away from Cape Town and on a beautiful, picturesque river. The campsites are under trees and our site looked out at the river. Khomeesdrif campsite is on the Riviersonderend River only 15 min away from the little country town of Greyton.

Camping life is slow - there is lots of time to play "tennis", chat to new friends and prepare meals, kayak on the river, swim, play cards and relax! 

I actually realised how wonderful it is to all sit around a wood fire and chat! There was no internet connection or electricity so we couldnt be "busy" on our phones!! 

We decided to take a short 15 minute drive to the pretty little country town of Greyton.
The main street is lined with many restaurants and art galleries and antique/vintage shops. 

Old signs on a very old building - lovely! 

Talor has  always got a camera around her neck and finds the most amazing places to get the perfect "shot". She is such an amazing photographer!

Hope the birthday girl with her best friend - Josie. 

This is my favourite artists studio - David Kuijers. I absolutely love his work and have one print of his up in my house but was very tempted to buy another one! 

The quaint streets of Greyton. 

Back "home" to our campsite it was still raining and cold so we made another large fire and snuggled around the campfire for another cup of tea and rusks ans chatting! The slow life!! I think I could get used to this :-)) 

Happy 13 birthday my beautiful Hope! We love you so much!!xxxx

Shirley xx 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

22 Year Wedding Anniversary!

Wow! 22 years!! We decided to take the Gopro with us for the day and "film" the day! Take a look at this short film that my daughter Talor helped me "stich" together of our day.

We went to a beautiful French restaurant in Cape Town - "Head Quarters" which is situated in a gorgeous old building. The decor, especially the lights were beautiful and I had my favourite steak and chips for main course. This reminded us of our holiday last year in Paris! The Parisians know how to make a good steak, chips and sauce!

We then took a scenic walk up Bree Street which is lined with new restaurants, coffee shops and decor shops.

It was a beautiful Cape Town day so we then made our way to Signal Hill. The view from the top of Signal Hill  is breathtaking!

It was such a fun day!

Shirley xx

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Crochet time

Crochet time ..... is the time of the day when I am taking the girls to their dancing and gymnastic lessons and I while I wait .... I crochet! 

This diamond cushion cover I made I used Moya yarn in the colours Ice Blue and Snowdrops. 

I decided to hand sew them together and I am so happy with the end result.

I  love the simplicity of this diamond design and I really want to make a blanket now! 

This little sheep I made for Yarndale 2016. Hes really tiny and cute and a very easy, quick project.

I have just finished my Spring Flower cushion and one of my favourite stitches I have learnt to crochet is the Popcorn stitch! 

I used the Moya yarn in Charcoal and Rose Quartz.I just love the Charcoal! 

I followed a great tutorial/ blog for this flower cushion called

This blog has beautiful designs and patterns which are so inspiring. 

Popcorn love! 

For the border I decided to use the Dandy Border pattern from my favourite crochet designer Haafner Linssen from her book called "Hooked on Mandalas " 

The completed cushion with 16 squares all  crocheted together. 

Time for coffee and onto my new crochet project!! 

Have a happy week! 

Shirley xx 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bo - kaap beauty

We have lived in Cape Town for 17 years now and in all those years we have never ventured into this part of Cape Town.This  area is called the Bo-kaap. We spent a fun Saturday morning walking around the narrow little streets with other visiting tourists and took many photos of these brightly coloured houses. 

These houses were built between 1790 and 1825. 
Over the years the area has come to be identified as the heart of the cultural life of the Malay people.

 Two basic styles of architecture predominate the Malay Quarter - Cape Dutch and Cape Georgian - the character of the styles being very similar. 

 A part of the Malay Quarter,  the streets Wale, Church, Shortmarket and Rose and Chiapinni Streets, was declared a National Monument in 1966 and in 1971 the City Council began the first phase of restoration. Care is being taken that the existing beauty and unity be preserved as an example of traditional, Cape, domestic architecture. Also It is intended the cobbled streets will be restored and lamps will replace electricity poles and cables.

These bright, beautiful houses are tucked away under the slopes of Signal Hill with a magnificent view of Table mountain in the distance.

This shop nestled amongst the houses has brightly coloured beaded animals of all shapes and sizes. Amazing creativity and local artistic skill!

We then walked back down to Bree Street which is one of my favourite spots to explore shops, architecture and restaurants and of course - coffee shops!! I absolutely love this dusty pink door of the restuarant,  "Mulberry & Prince"   

If you are ever visiting Cape Town - make sure you make your way to this  vibrant, colourful, picturesque neighbourhood - the Bo-kaap and stop for  a coffee on Bree Street. 

Shirley xx