CottonNest {feature + giveaway}

Thursday, November 27, 2014


The idea started with making something that was seen to be "old fashioned" new and modern again. With passion in their hearts for crochet and the happiness they feel when  creating something beautiful with cotton thread, Elsje van Zyl and Jane Delport turned their addiction to crocheting into a business in 2012, and CottonNest was born. "We love to share our passion with everyone who comes across our products and that is what we strive for. We aspire to bring something different to the hand-grafts industry of South Africa," Jane says. 
The short and sweet version CottonNest - handmade crochet products in a modern vintage style, purely for the love of it.


1. How did you start and how long have you been doing this?
Crotchet as our hobby started a long time ago, but CottonNest, our business, is 2 years old this year. So we are still learning every step of the way and enjoying every part of the journey.


2. What sort of products do you make? Do you also provide services?

We pride ourselves in knowing that our products are purely handmade and 100% local. We make crochet earrings, with the finest cotton thread. Brooches, assembled by our own hands, every single one different & unique. Dummy clips for every baby & style, like nothing you've seen in any kiddies store. And our new products is leather bracelets with a crochet bangle. We also make customised products on order only. The wedding brooches are very popular and the dummy clip for a special & unique baby shower gift.


3. Where do you find inspiration for your creations?

We have a lot of creative energy and draw a lot of our inspiration from each other. We both have very different styles and that makes our product more acceptable for a big range of clients from all ages. Our creations are inspirations from our different points of view, and then we just add all the right ingredients and Voila! a product is born. We have never produced a product that both of us didn't agree on.



4. What are some of the challenges of being your own boss?

People tend to copy from each other, and our biggest challenge is thinking of something new every single day, to stay ahead of everyone else. Creativity is not a hobby it is a way of life.   



5. How do you perceive the South African creatives/design landscape?

Creatives and designers are creating new frontiers in our country, and we have the ability to make a change and take chances.  South Africa is all for entrepreneurial innovative ideas and because of that we can also produce our product in the market with self-confidence.  People are moving back to hand made and environmentally friendly products, instead of commercial mass produced product.  That is one of the aspects which makes CottonNest’s product so popular.




6. What is your favourite colour/ material to work with, and why?

We try to use 100% cottonlocal yarns and wood to make our products. Our colours ranges from vintage pink, ivory and natural colours to bright red, navy blue and gray.  We love to combine textures and different materials to make a perfect unique product.








7. What would you do if you won the lotto?

We would take our business to the next level by empowering woman and help them to be independent.  We would also like to travel and see what the trends is in other parts of the world and maybe do some marketing for international clients. 




8. Where to from here?
We were selling our product mostly in Pretoria but we have taken the decision to take CottonNest to the rest of SA in 2015. We are selling to selected retailers across the country and the demand for our product increased exponentially the last year.



9. What has been your proudest moment since you started?
When we were approved by Tierlantynkies Market in 2012.  We have been with Tierlantynkies since 2012 till now and selling our product there was very special.  We got amazing feedback from customers on how they admire us for taking the time to make such special products. 









GIVEAWAY TIME!

Stand a chance to win a R250 gift voucher from CottonNest! All you have to do is go to their website (click here) and tell us what your favourite item is by commenting here! For extra entries, like their Facebook page at CottonNest, share this post on Facebook or tweet the following:

Christmas came early with @waitingformeg and CottonNest! I want to win a R250 voucher: http://waitingformeg.blogspot.com/2014/11/cotton-nest-feature.html

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Beach Essentials

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

If you are one of the lucky people who get to visit the coast this year,  you will obviously need some goodies to take to the beach with you. Someone on the radio said this morning that it is far cheaper to have a coastal holiday than stay at home and have to pay the electricity bill - which is off half the time anyway. So there might be loads more people at the sea this year, and of course, you want to look fabulous! I again used Superbalist.com to find all the goodies you need for your beach essentials.





SUNSCREEN // Listen, even if you are not as pale as I am, even if you are a nubian beauty, or have the most envious olive toned skin, you need to wear Sun Screen! Base Lurhman feels so strongly about it that he wrote a song. Skin Cancer is real people, and you don't want to age prematurely, so even if you are indoors, WEAR SUNSCREEN! You can find them at any supermarket or Clicks.

SUN HAT // Along with the sunscreen, protect your face and still look fabulous in a beautiful sun hat,. You will only thank yourself later, when you don't have to apply aloe gel to a red, sore face that will be peeling in a week's time. This beautiful multicolour Courtney sunhat from Forever New is perfect!

BIKINI // Hallo, what is a beach without the perfect bikini? This Maisy Floral Bustier Bikini is just gorgeous and hints towards bygone eras, with its bustier top. Superbalist also stocks beautiful American Apparel bikinis, did you know? Like this Jungle Leaves bikini. With jungle prints being all the rage right now, you will spot not! And they are far cheaper than you might think. Check it out!

SUNNIES // I've said this once and I'll say it again - you can never have too many pairs of sunglasses and you can never leave the house without them! To keep the glare at bay - and also prevent crow's feet wrinkles - grab these cute Lundun Wayfarers.

BEACH BLANKET // This stylish Beach Blanket will keep the sand away from all those pesky areas in your bikini.

BACKPACK // You need to take your holiday reading, sunscreen, cellphone, wallet, maybe lunch and all your other necessities with you, but you don't want to carry it all in your hands. This is why this pretty little mint backpack is the perfect accessory for your lazy beach days.

Did I miss anything? Feel free to comment!

My dog hates getting her feet wet

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

This post started out as an Instagram post, but it turned out sooo long, that I decided to write a blogpost about this dog of mine. 



This mêdem thinks she's human. 

She hates getting her feet wet, so with all the incessant downpour in Joburg, getting her to go outside and pee is a job in itself. I have to carry her onto the grass, as far as possible from a door - so she doesn't just bolt back inside - and stand there and wait for her to finish. If I move, she moves. And I can tell that she's been holding it in long, because she squats for a few minutes. 

Then, to show her disappointment with me, she doesnt get back in on my side of the bed - as she usually does - but gets in on Flip's side, or goes and sleeps on the couch! She's unbelievable! ��

When I got home yesterday, she came to greet me, but froze where the wet grass starts. She's blocking my way, so I prompt her to walk, but instead she turns around and stares up at me. I again urge her to start walking, but instead she props her feet up against me, as if she is asking me to pick her up and carry her over te wet grass! 

She's such a character. I didn't pick her up though, she covered a 10 m stretch in about three leaps, anything to just not get her feet wet! 

Does your pet do stuff like this? Please tell me I'm not the only one.



Road Trip Essentials

There are exactly 50 days left over in this year of 2014. Fifty days! Can you believe that? This also means that the holiday season is on its way and all us Joburgers will be invading the coast like Independence Day (the movie, you know? Ugh, forget it).

I'm also counting down the 46 days until we depart for Cape Town, via my little car. I am so excited that I am preparing everything now, even though I have plenty time! I made a short list of the roadtrip essentials needed for a comfortable 12+ hours' drive with goodies from Superbalist, because when you are so busy prepping a bikini body in the gym, there's no time to go to the shops. Yay for Online Shopping!




SUNGLASSES // This is the most important travel partner of all time - besides good music and a good travel buddy. Come rain or shine, I never leave the house without a pair of trusty sunglasses, because even if it is overcast, the sunnies can help cut the glare from the sharp light. Added bonus: if you have been travelling for 12+ hours and have not had time to refresh, you can just hide your tired, mascara smeared eyes behind a pair. These Bellpop Lundun sunnies are perfectly wide, and only R199.

COMFORTABLE SHOES // I love wearing shoes that I can just kick off at any moment (much to the detriment of my fellow passenger - no, not because I have stinky feet, but because I then prefer to stay barefoot and get out at every stop barefoot - which they find embarrassing.) But you must also look cute in your comfortable shoes. I am in love with the Mecca Sandal from Zoom. Stylish and in my favourite sandal colour.

THE PERFECT TEE // If you did not pick up that I am all for comfort during travelling from my choice of shoes, then let me put this in concrete. I am all for comfort when travelling! So a shirt, that feels like pyjamas, but looks super cute, is a MUST. Who can resist this cute Frenchie inspired t-shirt? Not I!

CELLPHONE CHARGER // Because duh, how else are you going to instagram your roadtrip pics if your battery is flat? Get a double port charger, like this Kanex charger, then you don't need to argue with your travel buddy about whose phone needs to be charged more. (If you only have an one-port charger and there is one girl and one boy in the car, it goes without saying that the girl must always have right of way to the charger.)

A NOTEBOOK // To jot down random thoughts, journal things that happened on the trip, keep up with your expenditure - especially if you have a budget, write down all your plans, addresses of places (in case google doesn't work, and believe me, there are places in SA that still does not have signal), shopping lists, and a list of things to do that you can tick off as you go along. Listen, I cannot stress enough how important a notebook is. You cannot go wrong with this Tabbed Notebook, which categorises all your thoughts.

A PILLOW // Chances are you will nod off quite a few times when taking a long roadtrip, which makes a pillow the perfect accesory. This travel inspired pillow will not only keep your head up high, but also make you feel happy with its cheerful colour!

TRAVEL DUFFLE // Now,  not only does this Travel Duffle from Burgundy serve as a stylish bag for your clothing, but you can also take it to the beach, to the shops, everywher. And, if push comes to shove, it could be the perfect body bag - you know, for when your travel buddy drives you absolutely nuts.

What's on your list?

Check in tomorrow, because I'm sharing some more essentials! 




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