Monday, 24 February 2014

for the love of { washi tape }

As the month of L O V E draws to an end, I thought to share my love for washi tape that resulted in my business Miss Milly. For those of you who don't know:

Miss Milly is about
birds and the beauty of vintage
craft and being happy
washi tape and wood
hearts and handmade
pastel and pretty
owls and foxes

It's all about {pink} ice cream!
And above all God.

{ B I T S  &  B O B S }
{ pegs }

{ G I R L Y }
{ bobbi pins }
{ washi tape }
{ wood }

{ brooches }
{ washi tape }
{ wood }

{ earrings }
{ washi tape }
{ wood }

{ S T A T I O N E R Y }
{ notebooks }

{ paperclips }

{ W R A P P I N G }
{ cards & envelopes }

{ gift tags }

If you like what you see, go and visit her on Facebook at Miss Milly or drop me an email to request a catalogue.

Monday, 10 February 2014

{ Love } makes my world go round

3 years ago I met a boy. One that I prayed for. And it took me a whole 12 hours to realize it.

At the end of 2010 I was in a miserable state. I had just broken up with a "boyfriend", (Mark referred to him as a fling because anything that lasts up to 3 months is considered a fling and not a boyfriend!) was in my 30s and clueless as to where I am gonna find someone, seeing that I was living in the middle of the bush surrounded by the creme de la creme of bad boys in every sense...

And so on a total random Friday night out, at the end of November, I met Mark. Turned out that we had mutual friends, lived in the same village for quite some time but just never met because His time was not right. Until that Friday night...

After initially giving him the cold shoulder, I warmed up and on Saturday afternoon I was throwing outfits around on the bed (so unlike me!) and trying to find a suitable pair of flip-flops.... all because I was going to watch a rugby game and he was going to be there. That Saturday night turned into an all-nighter and we landed up watching the sunrise in the most beautiful place on earth: a reservoir in Skukuza in the Kruger National park.


... and I was smitten.

On the Sunday we went for a game drive and within the first few minutes he found me an elephant {my favorite} and a lion {his favorite}...

and while watching the sun go down I told him about my love for the Lord and he nearly did a backflip off the koppie because right in front of him was a girl with something that he had always prayed for...


3 years later, we have pulled through incredible sadness, his Commercial pilot's license, hard times, foggy times, fun and crazy times and the most insane times (like the time we both got squashed into a tow truck... but that's a post for another century!) and we emerged through it stronger and different and happier and closer. And although we are facing a mountain ahead of us, with a year of almost total separation, as Mark embarks on a new journey to protect his beloved rhinos and fly for conservation, we are holding onto the Lord with all we have to pull us through this too.

I have learnt so much in the last 3 years with him...
  • what the true meaning of happiness is. Not because he makes me happy (I believe that no person can make you happy - you have to find your own inner joy) but because around him I can express that happiness inside me.
  • to believe. And trust. And pray. Repeat. And to never take my eyes off the Lord.
  • to not kill any living organism. Except for mosquitos and flies. And violin spiders. The rest must all live.
  • to be less serious. And sometimes to just let go and really live in the moment and have fun. And laugh till there's no air in your longs left to laugh with.
  • to dream. And dream big. And to pursue my dream.
  • to be a better person. One that cares less for myself and more for others. {in progress}
  • to be healthy. To eat healthy. Although he is probably the worst example at times when he easily finishes a nougat in one go...

I feel incredibly blessed and grateful to have found someone like him. A best friend. A companion. Guide. Inspiration. I absolutely love and adore him. 

Through Mark I learnt to love God more than anything. More than myself. And more than him. To die daily to self. And selfishness and selfish thoughts.

When I fall to pieces, he makes sense. When I least deserve it, he loves me. He is romantic (yes! I know!) and can melt my heart in seconds with his charm. He is talented, but really sucks at Badminton. And Rock Paper Scissors. And Scrabble (there is no such word as Japs!) He loves rhinos and flying and keeps me on my knees with this.

Phew! I miss him :( But more than ever I hold onto our beautiful and precious love.

Monday, 3 February 2014

my top { L O V E s }

February... the month of { love }. The month that makes most of us completely gooey. (Well it makes me gooey.) The month that reminds you about the feeling that makes the world go round. The month when the price of red roses peak and the stores are filled with cheesiness from shelf to shelf.

{Source: Petra Boase}

I would be such a fake if I don't join in the world wide craze that is the month of Saint Valentine. And although I have much to say about love, I will stay true to the cheesiness and gooyeness that is February, and like an old romantic soul, and for the fun of it, list my Top romantic movies and songs to really get you in the mood for some L O V E :p

{ M O V I E S }

{ number 1 }
Dying Young
Sigh. Its SO 80s but its so beautiful!

{ number 2 }
Anna and the King
Okay. I know. But still!

{ number 3 }
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
I am not gonna say much. Watch it. And decide for yourself.

{ number 4 }
Message in a bottle | The notebook | Dear John | The vow ...
Well, actually ANY book by Nicholas Sparks that's been turned into a movie.

{ number 5 }
Griffin & Phoenix
Pack tissues. And then pack 2 boxes more. You will sob for days.

{ number 6 }
Untamed heart
Pack 2 boxes of tissues. And then pack another box. You will sob for weeks.

{ number 7 }
Great Expectations
Because love conquers all.

{ S O N G S }

{ number 1 }
The promise by Tracy Chapman
"Together again
it would feel so good to be
in your arms
where all my journeys end
If you can make a promise
if it's one that you can keep
I vow to come for you
if you wait for me

And say you'll hold
a place for me
in your heart"

{ number 2 }
We've got tonight by Bob Seger
"We've got tonight, who needs tomorrow?"

{ number 3 }
Stille waters by Laurika Rauch
"Jy't gese ons liefde sal bly staan
al tuimel al die berge in die oseaan
doen vir my 'n gunsie voor jy gaan
gooi vir my 'n klippie,
'n klippie in die oseaan"

{ number 4 }
Burning love by Elvis Presley
"Your kisses lift me higher
like the sweet song of a choir
You light my morning sky
with burning love"

{ number 5 }
Bonfire heart by James Blunt
"Your love is like a soldier,
loyal till you die"

{ number 6 }
Lighthouse by Elvis Blue
"Miles away, I can look down from space
know where I've been
know where I am and where I'm going.
Lost at sea, I see you shine for me
you are my lighthouse,
you are my lighthouse"

{ number 7 }
You needed me by Anne Murray
"I cried a tear, you wiped it dry
I was confused, you cleared my mind
I sold my soul, you bought it back for me
And held me up and gave me dignity

You held my hand when it was cold
When I was lost you took me home
You gave me hope when I was at the end
And turned my lies back into truth again"


Well there is the cheese and goo! What are your Top romantic movies and songs? Let me know...