Sunday, April 26, 2015

White hot chocolate

In Johannesburg and in Cape Town bakery/café
Vovo Telo was one of our favorites.
Especially the kids liked their white hot chocolate.

We have tried to find this white chocolate in every supermarket we visited, but without success.
And no luck here in Luxembourg either.

Until I had the brilliant idea to check on Amazon UK. 
To make a long story short...we received two cans
yesterday and I am happy to announce that 
we have found it! The kids are excited. 
I must confess that I tried a cup or two and it's yummy.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Project guest room

When we built our house 25+ years ago, this
was our oldest son's bedroom.

Years later, after we brought our youngest kids
home, that son moved down stairs and his old
room was turned into a baby boy bedroom.

And last year, when son number two came back
home to live with us during his internship, 
this room was used as his bedroom.

When the boys went to Germany (and after
lots of decluttering), we were left with two almost
empty rooms in the house. 

And we decided: Now is the time for a guest room.
A room that is always clean and ready when
 someone wants to sleep over at our house.

The room was painted, the wooden floor was
sanded and we moved this huge, very practical, 
but ugly closet to the garage.

We bought a new (old) smaller wardrobe instead (here).
It was already painted grey.

 Instead of hiding pillows and blankets
 behind doors, I chose to let them be
 part of the decoration.

I really love the fresh look.

Now we're just waiting for the double bed to arrive.
I'll keep you updated.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Going back to Africa

Unfortunately I deleted my post about what we
 bought when we visited the Original T-Bag Designs workshop in Hout Bay/South Africa
 (I don't remember what I wrote exactly, 
but I wanted you to see the lovely things they
make for a good cause).

I brought home quite a lot of cards, but am already
sad I didn't buy more. Love them!

This little piece of art will look really nice in my studio.

I should have bought more tea light holders as well. 
They make such a great gift.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Going back to Africa

When we were on safari, we had breakfast 
and dinner at the hotel for four days, which was
really nice (no supermarket in the bush).

I am craving their roast butternut,


and most of all their milk tart.

Going back to Africa

I couldn't come back from South Africa without 
a couple of beaded necklaces in my suitcase.


Going back to Africa

We are back in Luxembourg again and we brought
 these two African wooden dolls with us.

It was love at first sight. 

Going back to Africa

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Going back to Africa

They are in the same dance class and
 they ran into each other... Cape Town. How crazy is that!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Going back to Africa

  Stools  African style.


Going back to Africa - Original T-Bag Designs

On Monday we went to the V&A Waterfront in 
Cape Town. To be honest, it is very decadent. 
Lots of people with lots of money. 

However, there is a huge craft market with really
 nice things, especially if you're tired of all the shops
 selling the same tourist stuff. 

We wanted to buy some presents for the boys and their girl friends, for my friend who looked after our cat for three weeks and the kids' teachers and found a little shop with beautiful art and crafts made with recycled tea bags. The hand painted tea bags idea really fascinated me and I tried to find more information on the internet. That's how I found out about Jill's amazing project "Original T-Bag Designs".

The place where the tea bag art is created happened to be in Hout Bay, not far from Camps Bay where we stayed. The site says to just drop by and that's exactly what we did on Tuesday morning. I am so glad we did, because it was the best part of our Cape Town stay! Honestly, we loved it!! All four of us!

Jill welcomed us warmly, served tea and coffee and showed us the whole process of the hand painted recycled tea bag art.

Because of this wonderful project formerly unemployed
 men and women from Imizamo Yethu township are 
able to support their families.

So if you happen to be in Cape Town, go to 
Hout Bay and see for yourself. Totally worth the visit.

P.S. We bought some really nice things. I'll show
 you when we get home (I didn't want to unpack them).