Make sure to enter the photoshoot giveaway!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

There are still a few days left to enter guys, make sure to enter! {For South African citizens, willing to travel to Gauteng, only}

Gobbolino, the witch's cat

Thursday, December 13, 2012

On Monday, a colleague of mine arrived at the office with a box that was spilling over with a brown and black striped blanket. Curiosity was sparked at this sight, but even more so, when the box started making noises.

I was at an event for most of the day, but when I got back in the afternoon, the office was abuzz about the cute ginger ball of fur that was estimated to be about one week old. His or her mother abandoned him/her and her siblings and, while I'm not sure what happened to the other kittens, my colleague would do everything in her might to keep this little thing alive.

The kitten, yet to be named, has made my heart melt! Me, an absolute dog lover! The reason it has not yet been named, is because the colleague is still fearful of his life. He has a little infection at the moment, but she took him to the vet, got him the meds and right food he needs and he gets fed by the hour. That is commitment.

This little critter made me think about one of my favourite childhood stories, that of Gobbolino, the witch's cat. Gobbolino's good heart saw him avoid his destiny as being a magical cat, and unlike his sister Sootica, he did not like doing magic, or turning mice into toads. He goes on a number of journeys, and eventually ends up being stripped of his magic and returning to the farmhouse where he first set of to, to become a normal kitchen cat.

The one thing that both Gobbolino and this little one have shown is the utmost courage. Where Gobbolino had the courage to set out on faraway adventures in search of his one true home, this one has the courage and will to live and fight!

We often take life so for granted and often don't stop to say thanks for what we have! I am grateful that there are people out there that are willing to go out on a limb {in this case, she actually went out on a gutter} to do anything for animals and which inspires me to help where I can.

Do something good this cheery season and perhaps visit a shelter. Even if you can't give any monetary or food donations, just give those poor pets some love! I know I am definitely going to.

Photos were taken by our resident photographer Duane Daws.

Emet Photograhphy {giveaway}

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Listen up everyone, you can stand a chance to win a photoshoot, courtesy of Emet Photograhpy! How amazingly exciting is that?!

Look at how excited these two are.

You could win this:

First prize:
Photo-shoot to the value of R600-00 - 2 x Photographer’s
                                                                         hour Photo-shoot
                                                                         DVD containing a minimum of 70 hi-quality photos
                                                                         Photo-shoot must take place within the
                                                                         Pretoria-area or winner must pay
                                                                         costs at R3 per kilometre from Rayton
Digital Photo Frame to the value of R600-00

Second prize:
Photo-shoot to the value of R600-00 - 2 x Photographer’s
                                                                         hour Photo-shoot
                                                                         DVD containing a minimum of 70 hi-quality photos
                                                                         Photo-shoot must take place within the Pretoria-area or
                                                                         winner must pay Travelling
                                                                         costs at R3 per kilometre from Rayton

Choose between a couple shoot, a family shoot, a maternity shoot or a newborn shoot. The winner must redeem their prize before the end of February (with exception to newborn and maternity) and must reside in the Gauteng area or be willing to travel to Gauteng for the shoot.

Emet photography {Interview}

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

 One of the questions this week at the Miss South Africa pageant was 'What is the most underrated thing about South Africa?', and while I agree with one of the contestants that our food is underrated {she didn't win}, I would have to say it is our talent! There are so many amazing artists and creatives in our country, but I believe that they aren't given half the chance that overseas artists and creatives are given. 

I often like to make it my mission to share some of these talents with the outside world, and today I am featuring Monique and Corlia from Emet Photography. How lucky am I to know one of these ladies?! 

Check out their beautiful photography and their quirky and funny interview below.


Tell me a little bit about yourselves.
C: I’m Corlia, happily married for nearly 25 years, my 2 children, Ruard and Carmen are the light of my life. I’ve been a photographer for the past 6 years, for the first 4 years I did it part time, since  Monique  and I got together at  the beginning of 2011 we invested much  more time into the business. I’m very thankful that she is in my life, she brings a young exciting energy to the business, and keeps met on my toes. I love people, music and art and I get to do 2 of them on a weekly basis through my photography, what a privilege.

M: I am Monique, a fun loving, 28 year old with a love for people.  I have an amazing husband who believes in me more than I believe in myself and who supports me to no end.  I am crazy about music, enjoy sports, own the two cutest Jack Russels on this Planet and am deeply in love with my Saviour Jesus Christ.

Why and when did you two start this business? 
M: In the beginning of 2011 I photographed a Wedding with Vanessa (a relative).  This particular wedding was my first rain drenched one, extremely romantic though...and here I realised I never want to shoot a wedding alone again.  Vanessa and Corlia were acquaintances and she mentioned our glorious but rainy wedding to Corlia.  Corlia, at that time, had already been a photographer for a few years, and so after a Maxi’s coffee, where we shared our visions and interests, we were inseparable.  We both have something to bring to the table; Corlia has a lot of experience in photography, how to approach clients and how to run a business where I am still young, ambitious, keener on taking chances and doing new creative things.  We stretch one another but also complement one another in a unique way.

What has been your proudest moment since you started?
M:I don’t have a certain specific one.  The moments that make me proud are when clients comment:  “The photographs exceeded our best expectations” or “I have never felt so relaxed while being photographed” and “I can’t stop staring at these pictures”.  But the best:  Happy clients who come back for more...

C: The day that I could actually understand when somebody was talking about   F-stop, shutter speed and ISO.

What is your main source of inspiration and how do you continue to get new ideas project after project?
M: The main thing in photography (Accept for the influence of light - LOL) is to stay fresh and new and yes this is a challenging task.  I am not going to lie and say that we come up with all our ideas on our own, some of them we do and others we find on pinterest or from other photographer’s work which inspire us, however we always try to put our own unique spin onto these ideas – ‘Emetize’ it a bit.  My main inspiration is people; their love, their lives and relationships, their joys and sorrows, their determination, their individuality...the list is endless.
C: My main source of inspiration will be the people that I take photos of. Each person is unique, and I do my best to capture that. Every comment on our work like a ‘WOW’ or a ‘like’ on facebook, that is awesome to me. To get new ideas, you have to get creative. To stay creative you have to use the full potential of the location where you shoot and incorporate the individualism of your client.

What is your photography style?
C: Our style of photography is elegant, romantic and simplistic. We are professional but give a personal service to our clients to meet their needs.

M: Emet Photography is passionate about people & photography.  Our images reflect a sense of elegance, style, simplicity, fun and enthusiasm that captures the eye and heart.  Our approach is professional, but still very personal in order to meet individual needs of our clients.  We absolutely love what we do!!
Any tips for beginners?
C: Yes, if you want to be a good photographer….learn everything you can about light….know how your equipment works, camera, flash etc.

M: I felt like I had to know it all and had to own the best equipment before I could start but thanks to my sister-in-law, Mercia I started without having the above.  If I were to wait before I knew it all I still wouldn’t have started ever.  The best way to learn and grow is to swim in the deep waters...  Start by photographing your friends and family.  We all know someone who is either pregnant, or has a baby, people with birthday parties, Kitchen Tea’s and Baby showers.  Start by working for free until you feel comfortable with your work...when those same friends start coming back for more, you know you can start charging for your work...  If you are interested in photographing weddings, find a photographer whose work you admire and ask them if you can come and carry their bags etc just to learn...  Always be open to learn new things, you can read up on the internet, sign up for SLR Lounge newsletters etc.  Nikon South-Africa also has free workshops which are awesome...and to all the Nikon fans, I just want to make myself clear:  I’m not saying Nikon is awesome, just their workshops ;), CANON RULES!!   You don’t have to formally study to become a photographer, yes it does help but it is not a must.  All you need is a little bit of courage, lots of passion for people, as well as photography and a camera...  Rome was not built in a day, hey!

Have you had any bloopers? 

M: In 2005 I went on an outreach to Malawi, I was fascinated by the emotions in the children’s eyes, the stories these eyes told trough the dust all hard on their faces.  Faces stung with tears and others with laughter.  People who have so little and yet are filled with so much joy and peace.  This awakened the Photo Journalist inside of me.  I loved the country and wanted to capture something of this story and also take a part of it home with me.  It was then that I knew I needed and definitely, desperately wanted a camera.    A year later (one day before my next outreach to Malawi) I bought my first SLR Camera, a Canon 350D.  Very excited I packed my brand new camera in for my second trip to Malawi.  On arrival I opened the camera bag only to realise I forgot the power cable for the charger!!!!  I wanted to laugh, cry and scream all at once!  Luckily I went back a third time, and it was glorious.  One day (when my work is famous) I would like to sell photographs of certain areas and people in Malawi for lots of money, and use this to build more schools for these children and to uplift their communities.
C: We once had a pre-school’s photoshoot with props; for the boys we had a picnic basket with a fishing rod, hat, bread and apples.  one little boy ate the apples…..luckily we bought a whole bag of apples.


What would be your dream photoshoot?

C: Oh, one has so many dreams…….to do the shoot for a cover page of a magazine.

M: I don’t have a specific dream shoot I want to do.  I would love though to explore film photography with my very own darkroom.  And the pictures I’d like to develop would all be pictures that speak to the heart...  The story of the bum sleeping under his plastic bag in Church Square; life, love, struggle and joy written over an old woman’s face;  the ongoing wars in Africa...things that matter.  Also random stuff that I love to photography that don’t matter to anyone at all.

Something you might still be learning? 
C: This is the part that I love about photography;  you never stop learning,  software is a big challenge , editing, people, marketing and composition, and the list goes on.

M: Oh I learn new things every day, new things about photography, editing, business, designing, composition and people...  The most valuable lesson these last few months has to be, not to strife to photograph beautiful, glamorous people, but to rather be thankful for the privilege to be part of documenting genuine, down to earth people’s lives.

And just for the heck of it, what would you do if you won the lottery?
C: I do not play the lottery, so I guess I will never win. My focus in live has never been money, rather my family and friends.

M: I don’t play the lotto, but if I were to win so  much money I would firstly buy new camera equipment (Canon 5D Mark III and a 16-35 mm Wide angle lens to add to my kit), Apple computer, I would buy  editing programs, I’d give my husband money to start his own many small businesses.  I would bless Zóé Academy (a ministry team currently situated in Pretoria) with the opportunity to start a business to support them financially with a consistent monthly income.  And maybe I would buy myself a horse...       

A Babyshower!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Our online team's editor is expecting her first child, a baby boy in January, and seeing as we are closing for the holidays next week Friday - which is followed by our year end function - a colleague and I decided to organise a baby shower for her. I quickly designed an invite to send to the other people in the office and I thought it was quite cute!

Another colleague pitched in and said that she would like to bake a cake, carrying on with the airplane, blue and grey theme, and I was more than excited when I saw the end result! The lunchbreak baby shower was held at Mugg & Bean Bedford Centre and I have to commend them for their excellent service. I approached them the day before and asked them if they would set up our table with some nice balloons, to give it that extra special feel.

The quality of the photos aren't the best, because it was taken with an assortment of phones and I forgot to bring my camera. All in all, it was great and she did not expect a thing, even though I sit right next to her and had a lot of people whispering and coming to my desk more often.

Also, couldn't resist a snap with the balloons. I love balloons.

Owning a Boxer

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Well hello all ye' SFL readers!!!!

Maddie from Thriftary here.

I am SO excited to be hanging out with all you friends today. Mostly because I get to talk about one of the cutest and wrinkliest and hyper parts of my day. My little boxer dog, Macey.

My husband and I got Macey about two months after we got hitched, almost 3 years ago. Wow. I can't believe she is almost 3. We picked her up from a farm in Atlanta, GA. She was the tiniest little thing, with a lot of bowel issues. We are very sure that she was not born into a good situation. She was only about 6 weeks old when we got her!

She was immediately a snuggler and super playful, even though she was in pretty bad shape for the first 6 months or so. We were in and out of vets offices, trying different methods to figure out why that poor little girl just couldn't hold it in. It turns out, she has colitis, and had to be put on a very strict food diet at a young age. There were so many times that my husband and I questioned wether we could afford to keep Macey in those early days... And every time we were just brought to tears by her sweetest disposition.

Oh my goodness. All of these old photos are killing me! Anywho... After we got Mace Face's colitis under control... It was all downhill from there. She was super smart, REALLY hyper and the most loyal companion in the world.

So many people told us (those who didn't own boxers) "don't get a boxer!! They are so cute but so hyper and will chew your house to bits." 

Well folks. You are sadly mistaken. I think that most dogs would unfortunately fall under that category if you don't give them the attention they need!

Macey is:
 - The easiest dog to train. She wants nothing more than to do exactly what Ben and I ask
 - If Macey get's chastised, she tends to lean her head really low and crawl away
 - Early on, we taught Macey to "Die" which is a trick where she lays down and rolls over. This is ANOTHER way that she shows us she is really really sorry.
 - The only thing that she has ever chewed is socks and trash. Annoying... Yes. But not irreplaceable.
 - She LOVES to hike and camp and jog. She is definitely in her element when she's got her backpack on and she's on a mission.
 - She has never met a dog she didn't like. Now, some dogs may not like her because she is SO loving (she tends to lick other dog's faces instead of sniffing them, in salutations) but not the other way around.
 - Macey is very protective of Ben and I. Until she realizes that you are not a threat, and then she tends to jump and kiss.
 - Macey would sleep on top of me every night if I let her. However, my husband won't let that happen (though we do steal a couple hours of cuddle time when he works late).
 - Though Mace is about 50 lbs now, she still acts like a lap dog.
 - Macey has the boxer lean, where she loves to sit on your toes and lean on your leg and stare off into the distance. Just to let you know that she is there and she's got it all under control.

All this Macey talk is getting me teary eyed.

Typical of the boxer breed, Mace is a completely playful and adorable addition to our family. We wouldn't be the same without her.


Check out other breed posts:

Prezzies and parties

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


I'm not going to write a lot of words today, because I had quite a busy day and am now too lazy to type anything. I thought I was going to dread turning 25, after all, it is a quarter of a century, really old! But if you were to ask me my age today, I would probably still say 24. What made it great was that I was blessed with great gifts that had a lot of thought put into them and shared the day with amazing friends! yay! Even though Flip got me an engagement ring just little more than a week ago, he still spoiled me with Bodyshop goodies. What more could a girl ask for?




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This pretty much sums it all up. Random, quirky and a bit weird, just like me!

It's my birthday!

Monday, December 3, 2012

I caught this snapshot at a tri-birthday party this weekend,  more on that tomorrow, but today... 
Let's horse around!

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