Be grateful today for the things you want to have in your life tomorrow

I can’t claim this quote entirely as my own – I saw something similar on Facebook but I’ve put my own spin on it to make it less religion-specific and I hope it stops you in your tracks like it stopped me…

ASK YOURSELF THIS:

Gratitude

Thought provoking, right?

I totally believe in The Law of Attraction (a la The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, based on the premise that ‘like attracts like’) and I always try to keep it in mind when I can remember to – I’m not perfect, I sometimes let The Bad creep in – but being grateful for the positives in my life is what constantly keeps me moving forward, striving to create more happiness and joy for myself and others.

So when you’re reading this post (tomorrow morning after it’s been published, because I’m writing it last night – confusing I know) – these are the things I will look forward to in my day / beyond, because I’m putting them out there into the universe right now, and practicing some GRATITUDE:

… I am grateful for my incredibly beautiful family – my amazing husband and all the hard work he does, and my two sweet and precious baby girls – my everything!

… I am grateful to have a roof over my head, food in my tummy, and most often than not – access to clean water, electricity and other basics denied to many in SA

… I am grateful for my health, and a body that may be imperfect, but one that grew two amazing humans in it pretty perfectly!

… I am grateful for special friends who encourage, support and shower me with love

… I am grateful for online friends who offer kind words and friendship even though we are yet to meet “IRL” – see what I did there ;)

… I am grateful for abundant work opportunities that allow me to express myself creatively and to meet interesting people

… I am grateful for a career that allows me the flexibility I need to function as a mom and a business woman

… I am grateful for amazing clients who trust me to bring their visions to life

… I am grateful for constant opportunities to learn something new – in work, and life in general

… I am grateful for technology (purely because I am a geek and I love that shizz!)

… I am grateful for books and stories that allow me to escape and explore new worlds and different eras

… I am grateful to be able to call two countries ‘home’ – my years in London shaped me and allowed me to see SA more positively and with new-found appreciation

… I am grateful for choice in so many areas of life, again, a privilege reserved for few

… I am grateful for strong women – some I know personally, others admired from afar – who have inspired me and shown me that anything is possible

… I am grateful for small things and simple moments in life, because I’ve come to know that they are actually the ones that count…

My Hump Day Challenge to YOU: think about and voice what you are grateful for – I hope my post inspires you x

Recent Reads – some book reccomendations…

Haven’t done a book post in a while – between work and the kids it’s a miracle that I even get the time to read but somehow I make it happen and I love the escape! Much to Hubby’s dismay, if it’s a really good one, I’m up til all hours in bed with the light on as I page my way through….

So, my top three reads in the past few months include:

1. The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins

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A great thriller set in London with some interesting twists – read if you loved Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl – very much the same dark, questioning vibe…

2. The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

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The first in a 7 part series – this book is thick, so prepare to exercise those arm muscles! Had me continuously trying to guess how everyone/everything in the story was connected. Set partly in France, partly in Brazil, jumping between characters and generations/time – loved it, can’t wait for second book to be released in November… Just hope that I’m not over it by book seven!

3. The Day We Disappeared – Lucy Robinson

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My friend Francesca was spouting off about this on FB because she was Lucy Robinson’s publicist for the book – so I downloaded it in support of her efforts and albeit a bit slow to start, totally got into it and thoroughly enjoyed it all the way to the plot twist at the end!

Would love to hear recommendations for new books to try if anyone has any?

Recent Work: Hooray Weddings

Nicola and I had the pleasure of working with Derryn, CC & Christy on their new business project, Hooray Weddings. The trio of pro-photographers form a wedding-focused consulting team that offers a range of services from dress rental to stationary design, timeline planning and consulting for every little wedding-related question you might have. These ladies are passionate about connecting their brides with the perfect vendor and through years of being involved in the wedding industry, they have all the right contacts! Our job was simple – we brought their ideas to life in the form of branding/identity and a shiny new website to showcase their offerings – the idea was to create a light, contemporary look and feel and we love how it all turned out! Wishing Hooray Weddings much success!  Hooray-Weddings-Logo-cleverbirdbanterlHooray-Weddings-FB-cleverbirdbanterlHooray-Weddings-Bus-Card-cleverbirdbanter2Hooray-Weddings-website-cleverbirdbanter

Masabelaneni Initiative @ Caversham Centre

I recently posted about the beautiful hand printed fabric produced by Caversham Textiles, but what I also enjoyed about my first visit to their studio was discovering the Masabelaneni (“let us share“) community initiative which aims to support and inspire local youngsters through creative programmes, workshops and collaborative art projects.

Loved the beautiful work displayed in the center at Caversham, so much so that I bought a few treasures home with me!

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My purchases (below) included a trio of linocut prints on paper, yet to be framed; an awesome washing machine print peg bag, backed with vibey shwe shwe (too cool to hide in the kitchen, will be hanging it in my office to store craft bits or something!) and a fishy themed print on fabric (actually a place mat) that I will also be framing, hopefully soon!

Everything was so stunning and carefully made, it was torturous to choose something, but I love that there are so many talented artists out there!

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For more pics and info, check out their Facebook page and show them some love <3

Caversham Textiles – beautiful prints on my doorstep!

A few weekends ago I visited the nearby Caversham Textiles during their Marathon Pop-Up Weekend to check out what the vibe was and find out more about their beautiful printed fabri. Was happy to feast my eyes on so many beautiful colours options and patterns – all hand printed onto locally-sourced 100% Cotton Twill and ready to be made into all sorts of homeware and decor deliciousness! Fabric is sold by the metre and designs can be custom printed in any of their available colours – check out my pics below and for more info, visit www.cavershamtextiles.com 

cleverbirdbanter_caversham-textiles_6A beautiful, light and airy work space / studio…

cleverbirdbanter_caversham-textiles_5This goldy-ochre colour has my name all over it!

cleverbirdbanter_caversham-textiles_4Not all earthy and neautral! These beautiful brights will definitely take center stage in any environment.

cleverbirdbanter_caversham-textiles_7Inspired by nature…

cleverbirdbanter_caversham-textiles_8Cute and quirky birdies – LOVE!

cleverbirdbanter_caversham-textiles_9Most excited about this find – taking note for when we redo some of the lighting at home – thanks to our high ceilings we can afford to go BIG and these shades are just grand!

cleverbirdbanter_caversham-textiles_3Fabric buckets! ‘Organisers’ dream!

cleverbirdbanter_caversham-textiles_2There really is something for everyone here…

cleverbirdbanter_caversham-textiles_1Printing display – this is my FAVOURITE print from their entire collection – envisioning it on a reupholstered arm chair, swoon!

Lovely ‘Market Food’ Book Launch at Nicolsons

Keri, Nicola and I had lovely catch up at the Market Food book launch held at the Nicolson’s Country Cafe in Hilton, last night.

Market Food is a collaboration between mum, Dianne Stewart, and her two daughters, Lissa Stewart and Jessica Cairns, and the beautifully collated book features recipes, photographs and stories from market food vendors all over South Africa!

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All photos in the book were taken by Lissa, who I connected with online recently after she bought some You Biscuit! Colouring Posters to give as favours to some of the younger guests at her upcoming wedding (how cool is that?!)

Food served during the event was recreated from recipes in the book by Nicolson’s chef, Jonty, while his lovely wife Tanya held the fort outside of the kitchen, making sure all guests were properly looked after.

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Between courses, we heard more about the book and from one of the featured vendors themselves, local company Kish Mish who make all sorts of Persian-inspired delights!

Such a great evening with like-minded people – always feel inspired afterwards – and if the food we tasted was anything to go by, you probably need this recipe book in your life! (Available at select Exclusive Book stores)

For the love of stationery…

Attention all stationery lovers – droolworthy treats from CityGirl Searching (all the way from South Korea!) now available in store at The Ruby Orchard. Purchased an adorable notebook, sticky notes, pen and pencil last week and just had to go back for MORE yesterday!

Am I a complete nerd to be obsessed with the fact that the notebooks have narrow lines (to fit more in on my daily to do list!) and that the thin nibs make the pens so lovely to write with?!

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For those not in KZN, grab some directly from Roxy’s online store: citygirlsearching.storenvy.com