Sunday, May 30, 2010

And the winner is...

THIS IS BAZAAR from Derbyshire! Congratulations, you are the winner of your A3 sized silkscreen print of choice, Manor Garden. Here is the comment that This is Bazaar left on the blog post: "Lovin' the Manor Garden - reminds me of well-manicured gardens at a stately home. Come to Derbyshire and visit Chatsworth House!" Thanks This is Bazaar!

After reaching the landmark 100 sales in my Etsy shop, the giveaway is now closed for entries. Thanks to my husband Nico who randomly pulled the winner's name out of a hat.

"Manor Garden" silkscreen print (available in green and red)

New additions, new colour options.

Added to my Etsy shop yesterday... You like?
1) "Retro Roosters" original silkscreen print in chartreuse (limited edition):

2) "Manor Garden" in bright bright red (edition of 30):

Tag! You're It!: Rachie's Place - a vintage shop

My love of vintage homewares can be traced back to a high school girl wandering the streets of Cape Town, marveling at all the beautiful mid-century designs and wondering why the hell somebody would dump these beautiful pieces in a junk shop. Turns out, I'm not the only one.

As part of Tania from Indobay's "tag: your're it!" concept of blogging about other Papernstitch sellers, my shop of choice is the vintage shop of Rachie's Place. I was actually tagged in this blog post by lovely fellow South African (currently living in sunny California) Silvana Ferreira from Leefee Design. Sharing exhibition space with Mengsel on Paperntitch this month, Rachel Hare Mason from Kansas City's vintage shop is filled with amazing treasures. What is so great about the Rachie's Place etsy shop, is that each item is lovingly sourced with a brief history of each piece. I think that is why I love vintage pieces so much: the story behind it and its journey. Buying vintage and combining them with new pieces can really bring some personality to your home.

I also discovered the Rachie's Place blog. Here are a few of my favourite items from the shop:

Vintage 1971 Green Thermos by King-Seely Thermos Company. Love the graphics, colours and Scandinavian aesthetic. 

Another bright red vintage thermos from the same company as above. All the pieces are in really great condition. 

Vintage Chadwick Diet Scale. I'm actually more interested in the graphic illustration on the packaging!

Braniff International Airways were in operation from 1928 through 1982 and this little plastic coffee pot were used onboard to serve passengers.

Milk Bottle from Valley Farm in St. Louis. "Tones up your system". So funny. Would look great with a single long stemmed flower in it.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Folksy Friday - Ahoy me hearty!

Hey guys it is Folksy Friday and I can't believe how this week has just flown by again. at the moment, the nautical theme is stil everywhere and it is just so charming, I don't think it will be going away any time soon. Have a look at these wonderful Folksy finds.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


The TwistTogether Company from Brooklyn, NY, sells their amazingly quirky TwistTogether lamps on Supermarket HQ. The lamps work on a connection system and comes in a complete line of TwistTogether accessories to utilize the different shapes. Now if you were a child obsessed with LEGO like I was, you will love this grown up version. Endless possiblities to play around with.
"TwistTogether" shelf

"TwistTogether" shelf

"TwistTogether" Lamp in chocolate

Large installation @ the Invisible Dog Building, Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, May 15, 2010

IN HAUS Press, San Fransisco

Being a new seller on Felt & Wire, I had a look at all the wonderful designers on the site, which is stocked with beautiful paper designs. One of my favourites is IN HAUS Press, a San Fransiscan letterpress studio from which readymade and custom paper-goods are crafted by hand. Have a look at their work below and also in the IN HAUS Press Felt & Wire shop.
"Der Vogel/The Bird"

"Little notes - STAG"

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"Tiny Towers" tote bag

Lately, I've been getting a lot of requests to print my designs on tote bags and here it is! This is the first of many to follow. I've started out with the "Tiny Towers" design. Silkscreen printed by hand on a Long Handle Large Cotton Bag measuring 38cm x 42cm. Handles measure 72cm end to end so hang at about 35cms from the shoulder. The Simple Eco Cotton bag is reusable, so perfect for your grocery shopping or trips to the library or post office.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Shinzi Katoh

Shinzi Katoh is one of the most famous designer artists in Japan and designs various products with "happy thoughts" and aims to make people happy. See some of the items below. His products are available in the UK at Shelf in Cheshire Street, London, E2. Alternatively, you can shop online at Shinzi Katoh Design (Art and Zakka). Enjoy!
"2010 schedule book"
"Happy Tree" stack mug
"Mishelle pink dots" bankbook holder

Mengsel blog giveaway!

I am rapidly closing in on 100 sales in my Etsy shop and to celebrate, I will give away one of my limited silkscreen paper prints to one lucky reader. How exciting! Pretty soon, you may be the lucky winner and have one of the Mengsel prints to brighten up your home. To enter, you have to leave a comment on this blog post, leave your e-mail address and mention which print from the A3 size (39 cm H x 28 cm W - 15" x 11") collection is your favourite and why. After my 100th sale, I will take the names and request and randomly draw a winner (yes, in a hat style). Don't forget to mention colour options. For more information, you can browse all the items in my Etsy shop here. I'm looking forward to your comments and will keep you up to date with the progress of the giveaway/competition...
"Manor Garden" silkscreen print
"Bigger Boat" silkscreen print
 "Robots in love" silkscreen print
"Tiny Towers" silkscreen print 

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Bomb Design

I just love these colourful mobiles from Bomb Design. Based in Berlin, Germany, the label was established in 2002 and boasts a kids collection and home collection. I found their shop on Supermarket, but Bomb Design website features a wider variety of products. The playful mobiles are made of perspex (3mm acrylic glass) and are beautifully detailed.
"Little Red Riding Hood mobile"
"Tour d'Europe mobile"
"Wildlife in the Forrest mobile"

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Introducing "Manor Garden" silkscreen print

The newest addition to the Mengsel original silkscreen print range: "Manor Garden" in forrest green. The design was hand drawn by me and shows a stately English manor with intricately geometric gardens located below, complete with lily pond at the bottom. I was inspired by Georgian gardens as well as the beautiful gardens at Hampton Court palace, which is located near my home in South West London.