Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hayley gets some Nicefinds for under R300 bucks!

So my dear dear friend Hayley will be moving out soon folks, yup... she's leaving the nest for a little apartment of her own! She needs to buy a bed and fridge, pretty much the whole bang shoot so doesn't have too much budget for much else! She generally likes shiny new things purely because she says she gets overwhelmed in crammed charity shops with 'old stuff' with 'smelly cats', however, she does have a keen eye for awesome design but sometimes needs a bit of a push. 

So like a good friend should I told her to bring R300 and we would hit the Second hand stores and charity shops together! I seem to have an eye for potential and totally believe in buying second hand! I really do try not to buy new things that I KNOW i'll find second hand! Second hand for me is purchasing an object with a history.... a story. It also allows you to re-create something, an old lamp with new fabric can be more lovely than you imagine! Upcycle! DIY! It's so much more gratifying!

I can't believe all the amazing finds she managed to nab! She actually ended up finding the majority of the items, and all I had to do was give her the nod of approval! I am GREEN with envy and wish everything was mine! She got all of the below and I think the total came up to about R240 so she even had some cash to spare! It shows you that you don't need truck loads of money to buy incredible things, one persons junk is another persons treasure!

My favourite item which Hayley discovered (you cow!) is the Potato Chips bowl! On closer inspection we opened it up and discovered smaller bowls with quirky wonky typography, sweets, snacks and nuts! Darn! Fastest find wins! Hayley 1 indi 0! My second favourite is the retro Fondue set with mismatched forks! I found it at the door and shoved it into Hayley semi loving arms, YOU HAVE TH BUY THIS is what I think I said? R85 later it was hers and she has promised me that when she wants a shiny new version, this baby is mine! Hayley 1 Indi 1 = win win!

We also planted some Rock Roses into her gorgeous green vessel (much like the colour of my envy)! I'll be planting and giving some of these away at Capitec Swapping Mall this weekend! You want? Then come along!

Bet you're wondering if bought any thing? I just couldn't help myself! Check this beauty out! My little collection is growing! I love this design and find little cups of all sizes with the beautiful sandblasted grape pattern! L<3ve!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Lost&Found viewing party!

If you haven't heard of Lost&Found and live in Jozi then SHAME on you! Well lucky you found your way here because they have a viewing party this weekend! I seem to always miss them! Viewing parties are the best, you get to try on the clothes before the fight online starts! I got so excited and then realized i'm going to be at the Capitec Swapping Mall doing workshops! My eye's are still going to be peeled for the new range to be posted online!

But then I got thinking, what a great day out for all of you! Come to Atlas Studio for the big Swap  and LiveFree for an hour or two, and then mosey on down to to  Market on Main in the Maboneng Precinct, and then at 2PM sharp make sure you're at 12 Decades Hotel! Owner/brainchild of Lost&found Amy say's it better than I could...
"With Bidding to start the next day, the Lost & Found viewing party gives you and your friends the chance to come check out and try on all the new items in the Lost & Found Range and spend a lovely Sunday afternoon in the City." 
Here are some of here amazing finds that have found the way into the arms of loving new owners! Or...maybe they're the one's that got away. P.s my close friends know about my 'problem' with vintage blouses, it's bad.

Capitec Blogger drop off, LOVE!

You all know how much i Love Nicefind, but even more than that I like being given Nicefinds! Thank you Capitec for my lovely clip-on earrings! I also gave them a little swap, i've taken pictures but don't want to ruin anyone's surprise just yet!

I cannot wait for The Swapping Mall coming up this weekend! Eeeeek! I'll be doing workshops on Saturday and Sunday on how to upcycle things around the home and a few pieces of jewelery, i'll be posting a list sometime this week! I just love the little story that came attached to my earrings! I have to share!

I've had these since I was a teenager. I don't have any grandchildren to pass them onto and they're too lovely to waste.

I love the concept of Capitecs Swapping Mall and #livefree! Swapping night is something i've been doing for a while with my friends and I think it's so awesome they're giving so many people the opportunity to have this experience!  That hot dress you never wear deserves a good home! Swap any items that you don't want anymore, for new things that you do! Not only does it encourages South Africans to get back to basics and rediscover the things in life that don't cost a lot of money, but something that is fun to do with family and friends, for mahala! Yes pleaase, totally up my alley!

Hope to see all of you there!

Check out more here.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Present Project 2, why thank you Lucky Pony!

So today is the day that I sent off my prezzie for my new found friend thanks to Angie at Lucky Pony!
I won't reveal the surprise just yet incase my friend see's :) But expect a full post on that one coming soon! Here's a bit about my friend, I hope she likes what i've chosen for her! Her name is Bongi and i've included her first message to me, she's so lovely!

Hello Indi, this mail has brought me such joy. I've been sitting at my desk breathing through my mouth the whole day because i've got the flu for the 3rd time this winter so I really needed to hear some good/exciting news.  Thanks for telling me about your blog, i'm sure it'll help a lot with pressie ideas... Sadly I suffer from an illness called procrastination so grand plans for a blog have never been realised but looking at your blog i'm sure i'll love whatever you come up with.

Bongi hails from Jo'burg but lives in Durban! She shops second hand and reckons she has a horrible afro that refuses to be obedient! She loves both bright and pastel colours, despite the fact that she works at Saltwater Girl she's not a water baby - at all! Her idea of hanging at the beach is having drinks in a cute floral romper! She loves second hand stuff and dreams of launching her own clothing label.

I like her! I think i'll keep her, thanks Angie!

More to come!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Finally! I Jozi bloggers meet-up, I think this is just what I need to get inspired again. I've been in the midst of re-doing my blog and setting up a co.za and sometimes it just seems so daunting. Thanks to Angie Batis from Lucky Pony and owner of Wolves and fellow bloggers Natasha and Nicki!

Plus, there are AWESOME give-aways!

2 Kodak digital cameras
1 YEAR supply of Pringles (18 cases, which is 108 cans of Pringles people!!)
5 Canderel hampers
5 Snack Factory hampers
1 Month's free coffee at Wolves
1 Free cut, treatment and blow-dry at Hand in Parkhurst
3 GHD bags
1 Pampering hamper from Living & Loving magazine
1 Night for two (including breakfast) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosebank

You will also all be treated to 30 bottles of Laborie wine
Jees, talk about starting off with a BANG!
Personally I want the below beauty, so tired of lugging around my old ass cannon 350D.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My absence.

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, hmmm. However in the bogging world it just may not be so :) I'm so sorry i've been really quiet! Things have been super hectic for me!

There's the long and the short, but rather than biting off too much to chew, i'll stick to the short.

So i have recently left the world of advertising and my super awesome agency Metropolitanrepublic, well its been 2 months to be exact!

In those 2 months I have started my own little online media management company helping small brands build their online social media presence, so running their facebook pages and twitter accounts. It's a learning process and I really am having so much fun, but with that comes the stress of setting up a business, doing estimates, invoicing, design, my own copy (shoowee), stress at home, on the money front, it isn't easy. However this is path I have chosen and damn i'm going to give it my freekin all.

As well as doing that i'm in the process of getting www.nicefind.co.za up and running, you can go and have a look but it is still such a work in process! My true love is upcycling, secondhand, vintage and good old hand me downs! I have my Etsy shop up and running http://www.etsy.com/shop/verynicefind, I must admit I havent put the love into it that it so deserves, but it's all part of my mission. My Facebook page is getting there,  but it needs ALOT more love than it's getting.

Sometimes it feels like I have so much to do and it gets so overwhelming, but I'm starting to make progress! It's diffucult hitting the road and deciding to do it on your own. Everyday I think of turning around and taking the easier, well manicured path... the path that your parents tell you to take, that 9-5 (in advertising 9 till forever!) and that awesome paycheck on the 25th.

But ever feel like you are destined for more? I just felt like I needed to get out of my comfort zone and take that leap of faith.

Well all, this is me leaping... I'll let you all know when I land.

Philippe Halsman's jumpogolgy, Marilyn <3


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

To be a bird.

Hi everyone, I'm so sorry i've been so quiet but i've been a very busy lady.
I have also been coming up with something new for my blog. Sadly it may mean the end of Quirk, but it will mean the beginning of NiceFind. It's the same thing, just different name, more posts, new pretty design and just a little bit more structured.

However, for now, I had to share this with you all! Since i was a little girl weaver birds and their nests always fascinated me. Growing up in South Africa they are quite common and I feel like now i am older i took them for granted. When I found DEDON collections, creators of the NestRest, I thought FINALLY! I get to see how the birds live!


{Ahhh to be a bird}

My future bird house. An actual bird house.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Upcycle Cool - mini gas canister braai

copywrite: andy allemann

So Rick's dad has made the most amazing little braai, this is one of the best examples of upcycling i've seen in a while! This little fella was made from an old gas canister!I think it's amazing! And as soon as I open up my shop NiceFind i'm totally going to stock a few of these! It's just big enough to fit a few chops or a roll of boerie, NICE! It also folds up and easily packed into the boot of your car, eco friendly, easy, and uber cool. 

Cute right?

A little bit bigger than your average size wine bottle.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Kitten Cat

Oh Gosh I just love my cat, he IS my child. His name is Bali and one of my great loves. I honestly think that sometimes when i cuddle him all my negative energy goes into him and he just combusts it with his mighty cat powers! I got him from the SPCA when I was 12, I am now 25... jees, I think we both getting old!

The kitten paaaaw.


Gosh I just want to bloody squeeze him. I love my kitten.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My little baby, NiceFind.

So I know things have been super slow on my side but I am going to be taking my little blog to new heights soon soon. The reason for this being is that I have resigned from my cushy little job as an art director at an ad agency in Jozi, for a life run by me :) Next week is my last week! EEEEEk, i'm excited but scared! Anyone out there that also quit their job to follow their dreams? What got you through the fear and pushed you on, advice!? Please! :)

I have a few things in the pipeline which I hope to share with you all (which will include DAILY posts, and hopefully actually giving my little blog the chance it deserves!).

So, for now, here's a little give-away!

I have a group on facebook called NiceFind which is also my Etsy shops name :) Its a little space for people to share their nice finds be it fashion, food, blogging or something you just think is darn cool.

I tried making a little plant necklace for a friend and it was uber fun and quite successful! I'll also be making a tutorial shortly on how to make your own!

But if you just can't wait, here's the *giveaway*

NiceFind is giving away a rock rose necklace custom made especially for you, it comes with care instructions, a little dropper for watering and all you need to know to care for your treasure! All you have to do is share a photograph or story of one of your nicefinds. (regrets, only Jozi South Africa) *CLOSING DATE* *27th of April*

Just go to NiceFind to share :) and like, if you like of course!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

LOVE: Live the language commercial: Paris

The typography is incredible and grading and cinematography are equally as impressive! They were done for a series of commercials, directed by Gustav Johansson for Education First: Live the Language. The videos were shot in Paris, London, Barcelona and Beijing and are incredible!

I've uploaded the Paris one simply because its my favourite and I have a slight obsession with macaroons at the moment!

Let me know what you think!
Oh, and click HERE to see the others!
Found on Trendland but they are on Youtube too.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


What a good idea!
And it's run by a girl named Indiana Adams, cool huh! another indianna!

This is what its all about
1. DIY is fun, but it’s a lot more fun in a group.
2. On the first and 15th of the month, a new project will go live. Each project will remain live for 30 days, after which it will be archived.
3. In the 30 days while the project is live, you are invited to complete it and submit a snapshot of you wearing your new creation for consideration for the showcase.
4. Of those chosen for the showcase, one will be chosen as the winner at the project’s close!

And she's literally JUST JUST started it!

Hmmm... idea's idea's! I think i'm def going to give a craft project a bash!

Watch this space!

Or give it a bash yourself HERE.

Lovely idea!
Let me know if any of you are going to do it, or even want to do a colab! Now that my world is opening up again I am so keen to start doing amazing things!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Taking the leap.

Why hello!

So I know I've been quiet, i've just been so busy at work it's just been IMPOSSIBLE to upload any new posts. I know one is supposed to make time but it's been so difficult!

SO here's the solution I came up with. I resigned! So goodbye hustle and bustle of the ad world (although i am quite sad), hello amazing projects, freelance and caramel pancakes with my lolli love (which i am super happy about!).

I have many things happening in the pipeline and if you dont mind i will be sharing my journey with you all.

It's quite a huge leap i am taking and i have decided to follow my dreams, no more security of the month end paycheck and convenient health insurance. So i'll be posting my travels, hardships and moments of happiness and all the obstacles i face.

So i FINALLY opened up NiceFind on Etsy (shew its a start), and still trying to feel my way around!

Check it out HERE!

Please let me know if you have any comments, dont like the header? Think the prices are too high? Shipping fee's just ridiculous? I'm tough! I can take it!

OH... and the shipping is free for south africa ;) YAY!

I've already been mentioned on AngiVintage! Thank you Thank you!

AngiVintage is also on Etsy! Check it out here! She has such lovely clothes, I just want everything... but i suppose i need to be saving pennies considering :)

She also does AWESOME treasuries and I was lucky enough to feature in her latest, showcasing my vintage Kodak negatives, here's what it's all about!

"From the urban hustle and bustle to the rustic calm of the country, these etsy stores are waiting for their first sale."

Thank you Sam so much for all the mentions and your guidance so far! I see beautiful collaborations in the future!

Ok, so here we go!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fok dis cool.

I work at a pretty rad place, Metropolitanrepublic, so I get sent cool stuff... kinda often.

Today I got an email from the great BlinkStefanus, I nearly wet my pants it's so funny. Plus its the only time I get to use fok in the title of a blog posting, cause it is fokken cool and zef as fuck. Ok enough with the swearing.

Wat dink julle? (click to make the picture bigga)
Oh, and the jackets have just gone on sale too if
you have no need for a Datsun, 280 bucks. Nice.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Kitten, why are you on my vintage dress?

Bali enjoys sitting on newly washed vintage dresses and newspapers that are being read.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

U2, in photos.

Outside soccer city.

We arrived so early, it was so empty.

Rick <3

I love the illustration in the stadium.

Rick, Wayde and Ken, ahh lovely.

Look how close we are!

The manhole in the stadium! Beautiful!!!

Soccer city at dusk.

U2. Live. On stage...and tiny.

Things i love today.

Rock roses! I want to fill my garden with them!

My kitten bali. Look at his sweet little foot!

Friday, March 4, 2011

My online shopping obsession.

It's bad. It's really bad.

I just bought 2 prints off Etsy from Deerface based in Wellington New Zealand.

Devon the illustrator is so damn talented and i CANNOT wait for my prints to arrive. I can't wait to frame them and hang them up next to each other, i think they complement each other very well! Deerface is on blogspot too so go check her out! Her studio looks amazing and as if i could get lost in it for hours!

What she says about herself:

'I live and work in a lovely, sunny little house, drawing and painting and making delicious sandwiches."

She sounds so lovely! Right?

Thank you Devon for making such beautiful things,

So so beautiful.

Ooooooh how lady like!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Why yes MR Lama.

Dalai Lama’s 18 rules for living

At the start of the new millennium the Dalai Lama apparently issued eighteen rules for living.

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three Rs:
1. Respect for self
2. Respect for others
3. Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Vintage bracelet giveaway. ooh yeah.

FROM THE 70's.

A NiceFind is...


So beautiful.

If i had the extra cash to spare, this is what i would buy.
It's so simple and elegant.  I found it on Etsy and have it on my wish list <3

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A taste of things to come.

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NiceFind is exactly that, a nice find! I am such a hoarder. I love old things, i love things that have a history, a story.

I have a treasure trove of jewelery from the 70's upwards. A small room full!

I have also taken to collecting awesome finds from vintage shops over the last few months, so i can share with like minded people!

I'm trying to set up an Etsy store at the moment have already done my photoshoot for my first batch to be put on sale. I'm just struggling with linking my FNB to my Paypal account, but it should be sorted out soon, I just haven't had time to call them!

I know i've been really bad with blogging lately but i've fixed my 3g card so I hereby solemnly swear to post at least 3 times a week. No excuse now! right?

I would love advice from any other bloggers out there. How do you handle your posts? How do you get more followers? How do you keep them?

I love my blog because it's me. It's how i express myself, its how i show other people cool things. Don't you remember the days when you found something cool, took a picture and the only time you shared really was by word of mouth or on the off chance you were carrying your photo album around. Now i have a blog.

I love my little soap box. Even though sometimes i feel like no ones listening.


Our bioscope date!

Driving into town, and so begins the journey.

Driving on Nelson Mandela bridge, so pretty.

Hotel next to the Bioscope.

My love <3