Loving… the Alpaca Loom {Holiday fun}

My mom has a bit of a thing about alpacas, so when I heard about The Alpaca Loom, I knew that we had to pay it a visit.

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The Alpaca Loom is conveniently situated down the road from Fairview and Spice Route, just a short drive from Cape Town.  It was the first time that I had interacted with alpacas, and I think it’s almost impossible to not fall in love with them.  Each alpaca has their own name, and a personality to match.  They are incredibly curious, and will peer at you over the fence, only to skip away when you get too close.

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I can recommend the barn tour, which takes place at 3pm from Fridays to Sundays (R50 per person. Other times can be arranged).  On the tour you will get to know a bit more about alpacas, and if you’re lucky you may get to meet a baby or two.  After the tour you can wonder up the hill to the coffee shop where you can browse the beautiful alpaca wool products, or have a cup of coffee whilst gazing at the incredible view.  There’s also a jungle gym for the kids to enjoy.

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The Alpaca Loom is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00.  Visit their website or Facebook page for more details, and start planning your visit!

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And the Silvery winner is…

Congrats to Bianca Balutto, you’re the winner of the Silvery voucher!  We’ll be in contact to organise your prize.

Thanks to everyone who entered, I’m sorry that there can only be one winner!  Please remember to visit the Silvery website, and perhaps buy yourself a little something.

Have a lovely week everyone!

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Loving…Silvery {Gorgeous Giveaway}

I came across the beautiful Silvery online jewellery store a couple of months ago, and since then I’ve been eyeing out their site every week, adding things to my wish list!  I was fortunate enough to receive some of their pieces for my birthday recently (yay for friends who Pinterest-stalk!), and I’m really excited to share this online gem with you today.  Here’s a little about the ladies behind Silvery:

Silvery was born in South Africa in 2014 and founded by Cindy Bezuidenhout who has a passion for beautiful and striking high quality silver and gold jewellery. In 2015, Cindy teamed up with her sister-in-law, Shelley Bezuidenhout, to take Silvery to further heights.

Cindy, has always had an amazing eye for stunning jewellery pieces. She truly knows how to find the gems. She decided to share her findings with others who would love them as much as she does. It was amazing, and terrifying, to see the incredible response to her jewellery store within a year! It was also amazing to connect with so many beautiful people who share the same passion as she does.

Shelley is more in love with the design and creating side of Silvery. She loves the brain storming sessions spent with Cindy throwing design ideas around and coming up with new concepts for Silvery. She shares Cindy’s passion for finding and creating stunning jewellery for every lady to fall in love with. As a team, they are constantly searching for the next breathtaking design in the jewellery world.

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Here are a few of my favourite items, but be sure to head to their website to view the full range (along with the incredible prices!).  Silvery ships to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, New Zealand, Australia, the US and the UK, and they offer free shipping for orders over R500.

The Silvery ladies are offering an incredible R500 voucher to one lucky reader, to be spent on a single order.  To enter, complete the Rafflecopter form below.

There are various ways to earn extra entries, but first you need to visit and “Like” both the Silvery and Things Dee Loves Facebook pages to qualify.

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Good luck!

Terms & Conditions:

  • All participants must like both Silvery’s and thingsdeeloves facebook pages to gain an entry into the competition.
  • The competition closes at midnight on Friday the 26th June 2015, South African time.
  • The winner will be announced on ThingsDeeLoves blog and facebook page on Monday, 29th June 2015.
  • The prize is not transferable for cash.
  • Director’s, members, partners, employee’s, consultants, promoters directly or indirectly involved may not win the prize.
  • Suppliers of the goods may not win the prize.
  • Open to South African residents only with a valid SA Postal address or physical RSA address.
  • The winner will be randomly selected and notified by email.

Loving…A new home {hello again}

Hello again to my poor little neglected blog!  I can’t believe that it’s been so long since my last post, but the last few weeks have really flown by.

The main reason for my recent absence is our new home!  We moved in at the end of April, so our lives have been a flurry of planning, drilling, and bonding with our local hardware store.  To be honest, it has been quite nice to take a break from the blog for a little while, to take time to focus on setting up our new space, and to become re-inspired.  I have some fun projects lined up to share with you, so stay tuned!

Anyone who has bought a new home will be quick to tell you that your time, energy and money will disappear very rapidly!  We’ve bought a lovely older home that needs some aesthetic work, but I’m really looking forward to the process.  It’s such an incredible blessing to be able to buy our own home, so I’m trying to not focus on all the negatives!  That being said, here are a couple of things that I’ve been itching to do…

The main bedroom had a cheap glass light fitting that is usually used in bathrooms, so I couldn’t wait to update it.  I chose a more contemporary white pendant light from Eagle Lighting, and it has made such a difference to the space.

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Our bathroom has a pretty awful pink and white striped tile (I know, it could be a lot worse), which is quite outdated.  We can’t afford to completely revamp the bathroom just yet, so I’m planning on painting the tile in the meantime.  There are a couple of new tile primers on the market, so I’m looking forward to giving one of these a try.

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Likewise, the cupboards in the main bedroom are a pretty nasty shade of beige, with chocolate brown trimmings.  I’m also planning on giving these a makeover with a lick of paint, and I can’t wait to see the results.

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Stay posted for more updates on our DIY projects!

Loving… Decorex Cape Town {win tickets}

We’ve just passed the two week mark until we move into our first home, and the excitement is building!  I couldn’t believe my luck when I heard that Decorex Cape Town would be held the weekend before we move, talk about good timing.  I’ve been to Decorex in previous years, but this year I’ll hopefully be able to put all the ideas and inspiration into practice in our new space.

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Decorex – South Africa’s home of great ideas and Cape Town’s leading décor, design and lifestyle exhibition kicks off its Cape Town edition on Friday 24th April 2015 and runs until Monday the 27thApril.  The exhibition takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and visitors can look forward to a comprehensive showcase of the latest décor and design trends, products and services – providing visitors with great ideas and inspiration for their interior and exterior spaces. Decorex Cape Town is also a great day out for the family, with delicious foodie experiences and interactive dining and entertaining demonstrations.

Here are some of the things that you can look forward to this year:

  • Fun home-entertaining talks & cooking demos at the Dining & Entertainment Theatre
  • The Craft & Create pavilion – a marketplace for artisans, crafters and smaller local exhibitors
  • A comprehensive showcase of the latest products and services from the décor and design world
  • The sophisticated Graham Beck Wine Bar
  • The Consol Gourmet Food Market

Decorex Cape Town details:

Decorex Cape Town: 24 – 27 April 2015

Time: 10am-7pm daily (6pm on Monday)

Ticket prices: R80 for adults; R70 for trade, pensioners & scholars; R15 for kids under 12.

Click here to book your tickets through Computicket.

Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre

Visit the Decorex website, Facebook page or Twitter feed for more information.

Now, I’m giving away two sets of double tickets to attend Decorex Cape Town!

What you need to do:

Share this post on Facebook (you can use the “Share this” button below)

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Tweet “I want to win double tickets to @DecorexSA in Cape Town with @thingsdeeloves http://bit.ly/1aCDuX1″

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Tickets are only valid for Decorex Cape Town, to be held from the 24-27th of April 2015.  The competition ends at 5pm on Saturday the 18th of April, and winners will have 24 hours to supply the names of the two attendees.  The winners will be announced on the Things Dee Loves Facebook page, and will be contacted via email.

See you all at Decorex next weekend!

UPDATE:  The competition has closed, congrats to Chelsea & Helene-Marie!

Loving…Church Original Products {quirky decor}

We’re in the thick of packing up to move house at the end of the month, so I’m currently alternating between packing boxes and trawling Pinterest for new decor ideas.  I recently came across these quirky button stools from Church Original Products, and I fell in love!  I have a bit of a thing for buttons, and these stools would make a fun addition to any home.

Church Original Products is a small product design company based in Cape Town, and all products can be ordered via their website.  They also offer these gorgeous pendant lights.

Visit the Church Original Products page for more info, and to catch up on their latest products.

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Loving… DIY with Dremel {project & giveaway}

Last week I shared my weathered photo frame project which I completed with our new Dremel Micro.  Now it’s time for my second Mother’s Day-inspired project – and I have a Dremel Micro to give away to a lucky reader!

When I heard about all the different functions that the Dremel Micro has to offer, I was most excited to give the engraving tool a try.  It’s the perfect tool to make a personalised gift for your mom (or yourself!)

dremel micro  (1 of 2) What you’ll need:

  • glass jar
  • word template, printed to the desired size
  • washi tape/prestick/cellotape
  • dark cloth or paper
  • Dremel Micro with silicon carbide grinding tip

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Print out a design/word, and cut around the edges.  I chose to make a “tea” jar, but you could easily make a spice or cookie jar!  Stick your design to the inside of the jar using washi tape/cellotape.

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Lie the jar on its side (I found it easiest to fold up a towel to lean the jar against).  Use the Dremel Micro to trace around the outside edges of your design.

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Remove the paper from inside the jar, and replace with a piece of dark paper or cloth.  This will help you to see the outside edges, which you can now fill in with the Dremel.

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When you’re done, just wipe down with a cloth and fill with some goodies for your mom!

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Now it’s your turn to win a Dremel Micro of your very own!  Simply complete the Rafflecopter form below to gain as many entries as you can, and leave a comment to tell me why you want your own Dremel.  The competition will close on the 2nd of April, and is only open to residents of South Africa.

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Please don’t panic if it takes a couple of days for your comment to be approved :-)

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Loving… rose gold {trend watch with @Home}

I know that the rose gold trend has been around for a while, but it’s still incredibly popular.  @Home has just launched a wonderful range incorporating items in beautiful warm tones, and every item is on my wish list!  You can view the full range on the @Home website.

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