Friday, 23 August 2013

The 'Ties' that bind...


So as I was reminiscing and looking through old photos, I came across one I took of my dearest friend Alison, or known to each other as 'Ties'. Its quite a funny story how our nicknames for each other came about, but since then, that's what we and all our friends call one another. It can get quite frustrating sometimes when going on Facebook and typing "ties" into the search toolbar, when I should be in actual fact be typing in Alison.
 
Ties has always provided me with a bed when visiting Cape Town and  I think after the electric blanket caught alight with myself, Alison and Camilla inside, our friendship has never been stronger, or in this case hotter. Ties has the best taste in music and always draws her fashion models super skinny. Her and I have been friends ever since she told me about her 'penguin conspiracy' in high school. The end

Tomrrow, Tomorrow, I love you Tomorrow...

I woke up this morning to grey skies outside, the best kind! I think the universe is preparing me for weather like this because things have really started to hit me today. Sometimes I ask myself " Tara, what are you doing?". I've never gone out into the big wide world on my own, and I can't even begin to tell you how hauntingly excited I am. Sometimes I don't even know how I feel, excited, overwhelmed, excited, scared. excited. As for how my close friends feel, they are probably sick and tired about hearing me go on about Holland. I don't blame them. The year my sister went overseas to au pair in New York, all she could do for the 6 months preceding up t the day of her flight was talk about it. I was quite ready to stick a pencil in my eye than have to listen to that. I was just jealous and I know it. But this time it's my turn. I printed out my flight details and stuck them on our fridge. This is what we do on my parents house whenever someone flies overseas and it felt like I had to document it just because.
 
My birthday is in the beginning of September, and I obviously won't be in SA to celebrate it
, so naturally my mom baked a cake for today and we will be smashing our faces in it later today. I can't wait.
 
Side note: am going to miss my Labrador, Keano, so much. I just thought I would share that...

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Feeling 'Design broody'...

You know how when people feel broody, and all they can see is pregnant woman, babies, and children's clothing? Well I suppose that's the case with me, but far, far from babies! Since my travel documentation to The Netherlands has been approved, all I keep seeing is news about the country, events, design and running in to friends who have family, friends and contacts there. Don't get me wrong, I am in no way complaining. I even created a Pinterest board labelled 'Dutch' . hmmm, Eager much Tara?
 
One of the events I'm looking forward to attending (and I mean one out of hundreds) is ELLE Decoration NL's 'Inside Design Amsterdam' festival that is celebrating its 10th year of festivities.
The festival spans over three days, starting at the ELLE Decoration Studio (Lobster House) in Frederiksplei and moving along various design hotspots within downtown Amsterdam. The festivals Facebook page is also a great way to keep up to date with which designers will be showcasing their work.

Their video snippet (on ELLE D├ęcor NL website) has made me 'design broody' times ten and I think Its about time I just get over there already. I am most certainly ready to close this chapter of my life and fling open to the next...

Side note: Apologies to all of those who I am making incredibly jealous, but to make sure you don't miss a minute of my travels, watch out for the 'P.H' blog (which is the abbreviated name to keep it a surprise) which will officially commence on Sunday 25 August.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Farewell notes from friends...





I don't know what possessed me to host and organise a farewell. It's not for sissys let me tell you that. Half the day was actually spent running around like a headless chicken opening and sending off my guests. But you know what the craziest thing is, I wouldn't have changed it for the world. Seeing all my friends over wine and a braai was the perfect way to be sent off.

I invited a mixed array of my friends, some that I have known for almost 20 years dating back to pre school, primary school and high school days whilst others that I have known from my varsity years and through mutual friends. Although Most of my day was spent on my feet, the 'grapevine' told me that everyone had a jovial time with one another..whew!

I also got gifts. I didn't expect gifts but I like gifts. In our family we don't "do" gifts, so that moment of surprise when someone hands you one is just the best feeling in the world.
 
Chim, thank you for my farewell bracelet. I hope it keeps me safe on my travels and every time on look down at my wrist to check the time (the Dutch are very punctual) I will think of you. Although we have only been friends for less than a year, I feel like I have known you for a very long time. I so wish we had approached each other while we were still studying, we would have made such a great team!



Abby, what can I say. Our friendship dates back to Primary School  days and we have somehow managed to keep in contact and stay friends. I suppose this whole trip all started with you although you may not even know it. If I hadn't gone to One World with you, all the events that followed would never have happened and  I wouldn't be going where I am. Than you for the scarf, which is the most beautiful shade of yellow and grey, and the champers. I think I'll sommer pop it open before I board my flight!

Cecilia, I don't think I don't think I have ever received as big a bottle of wine as I received from you. I think this week will prove to test my alcohol tolerance, Thank you none the less. I will miss the very brief friendship we have had but will always remember all the effort you made and the coffee and drink dates where we poured our hearts out.


Cam, we have come a long way! Our friendship dates back to pre school days and play dates at each others houses. You have been such a good friend to me, and although we lost contact while in high school, it never quite felt as though we did. Thank you for the bracelet and the delish piece of fudge toffee, you sure know my where my weakness lies.

Alex, my dear friend. Your face always brightened up many a day in the testosterone filled hallways of the I.D department. Your effort in our friendship is something I truly value, and something I will never forget about you always say the sweetest things about me, and I wish you luck with everything you do, you are one feisty gal.




Sarah, my gorgeous friend. Our friendship has also been one dating back to primary school days. I always had such a great time with you and am going to miss you pretty face. Remember to "sit like a lady"...

My Cousins, Tarien and Mariska, for being the best cousins a girl could ask for. The world had better watch out for The Deacon and Van Heerden sister duo because we are on a roll!

Michael, I too have only known you for less than a year but your super chilled vibes and willingness to always go out and have a good time will be missed.

Graeme, I am going to miss our strange conversations about the world, design, music and architecture, but, I will see you soon, in Europe nogal.

Cara, my dear friend who I have known for such a long time. I am going to miss our chats and giggles and how you always told me you can't stand stupid people. We have had some good memories together and always think of you when I walk past 'Lucy' our wendy house...

Willem and Jurie, you guys are hilarious and I wish we had become friends sooner but alas, we will see one another at the Commonwealth games in Glasgow next year yes? Thank you for the wine, Its going to build up my tolerance nicely before I head over to The Netherlands..


and last but not least, the one person that too has made such a big impact on my life thus far, W.J Pretorius, but to me you will always be my Will. I don't even know where to start, there is just too much to say. Our friendship has been one that I will forever value. I have never had a friendship that has been so true and genuine and I can only hope I will find that In Holland. Thank you for all the photos, which is the best gift of all...

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Clog inspired shoes, how ironic...


These clog inspired shoes by Funkis are like the contemporary updated version of the traditional clog. I'd just love me a pair of each in all three colours, Yes I think that would do it...
 
'Funkis is an Australian company based in Sydney. Our  highly edited Scandinavian design stores have a wide selection of Scandinavian Design. Funkis is also an Australian  design company with a strong Swedish influence.'
 
















White horse...


 
I'm compiling a post that will fully explain what this intriguing white horse is all about. I have been wanting to compile it for quite some time now, and finally got some time today. With that said, today has been a productive day to say the least. I printed all the postcards for P/H and am itching to start writing in them, but I suppose that would defeat the whole purpose of it. You are probably wondering what P/H stands for, well you'd better keep wondering because It will only be revealed come the 24th of august. I love me a bit of suspense...

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Favourite things volume 1...


 
So along with my work contract ending and waiting to go overseas, time really has been on my side (not that I have been doing much with it). I get to sleep in every day, takes long morning and afternoon runs, spend countless hours looking at blogs and generally being a complete and utter laze.

The funny things is, I feel like I actually have so much to do. Iv noticed this trend with myself a lot. When I am busy at work, then my personal life is pretty busy too. But now that I'm not doing much (only temporarily of course) I'm more tired than usual, and the days sort of surpass me. Regardless of all of this, I am still enjoying being back at my folks house and taking a well deserved break.















These are just some of the things I have been loving right now. I have been seeing a lot of peonies on Pinterest and love how vintage they can make a room feel. As for quinoa dishes, my mom has been making them for years, it's only now that it's started to become cool amongst all the hippies, so way to go mom. False Flat is a book that gives a breakdown of why Dutch design is so good. It's something a friend of mine lent to me and my nose has been buried deep into its content.

Funkis, Speciality breads and Dave Brubeck are just the other small insignificance's in my life right now that are on my ' Favourite things' list...

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Matilda...

Matilda has been an all time favourite book of mine since I was a child and even till this day. It was therefore inevitable for me to decide to give the book by Roald Dahl as a gift to the two girls I babysit on a regular basis. Because I am leaving to go overseas for a very long time, I don't know when I will ever see them again and thought a small personal gift would really be special. Gia and Kenley have become very special to me and I will always keep them close to my heart.

Monday, 5 August 2013

The Bicycle diaries: take 1...



 Yesterday afternoon I took my bike out for a spin around the block. I actually wanted to test out a mechanism I made to hold my camera while I ride. When I say mechanism, I imply this term very loosely, mainly because it was merely duck tape. The result was not quite what I was hoping for as the video is rather bumpy. Regardless I still think I did a semi decent job with the editing and music considering it was my first ever attempt.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Free Bird...

Now that Iv finished my 6 month contract at work, it was naturally time to move out of my flat. My dad and I packed the car till it could be packed no more and off we drove back to my hometown of Pretoria. I woke up this morning with an aching body from all the heavy lifting, but it was a bittersweet feeling knowing that I'll be back home for a month before I'm off to travel the world.

Not much is on the agenda for today, apart from sorting boxes of stuff that has built up over the past 4 and a half years and having one of my moms home cooked meals. With that, I have been listening to Bandcamp's weekly no 17- A part of something missing, and am particularly liking this....