I have always loved baskets. A passion that has been passed on from my mother and most certainly passed on from generations far back. My baskets in my home make nifty storage solutions in my home, while my grandmother and my great-grandmother would have used them for fishing, harvesting maize from the fields and storage of food untill next years harvest.
Elle Decoration South Africa article , “The art of weaving” brings life to basketmaking, almost like a song. I can almost feel the tropical winds blowing and hear that gentle rustle of the elephant grass that I am so familiar with.
In tune with the cycle of agriculture, basketmaking follows a seasonal rhythm. There is a time for gathering grass or rushes and a time for weaving them into baskets, sieves and granaries used for harvesting.
Grasses and reads used for basketmaking ( source Elle decoration South Africa)
First row left – right: Combination of random and coil weave, twist weave, beginning of random weave. Second row left – right: Loop stitch woven into a Dilly bag, loop stitch woven, random weave. ( source Elle decoration)
Photographs above Niel Vosloo – Production Laureen Rossouw and Hendrik Coetzee
Pastels for children’s rooms is here to stay. Combing a clean streamlined Scandinavian look with pastels is both calming and inviting. The diy option creating something new with your flea market finds is the creative option to create this fresh look, be it an old shelf, some colourful textiles or some old toys.
Some DIY inspiration from Underbaraclaras World where soft pastel shades of pink, blue and green are painted onto storage boxes. Colourful, playful and useful.
Pastel storage and shelving for kids from Underbaraclara
Yawama of Sweden cow and lion cushion cover for kids in pastel pink and more daring orange combination.
Knitted cow in pastel pink and pastel pink cushion
A kids Room in Malmö where pastels and orange make a vibrant and eye-catching combo.
Pastel greens, blues and purples,
Pastels from Therese Winberg
This week we finally received som fabric that was ordered from South Africa and delivered to the Chikumbuso Womens Group in Ngombe Lusaka who are to work on new cushion designs for Yawama of Sweden. The payment was made for the material in October 2014. An application was then made for SADC certification which would allow the material to be imported into Zambia duty-free. A period of close to 5 months where money has been tied into stock and planned production deadlines moved forward. Similar hurdles have been met when importing yarn into Zambia from Kenya where duties have suddenly been slapped onto goods from Kenya, even though both Kenya and Zambia are part of the free trade COMESA region.
African trade has to be made simpler, more cost-effective and efficient for continued economic growth and to be competitive for world export markets as summed up in this world bank documentary.
Sun-dried tomato marinade from Chankwakwa
Mums’ Chankwakwa sun-dried tomato marinade is a great weekend recipe that will add some zing to your week-end cooking. Chankwakwa Sun-dried tomato and mango can be purchased in Sweden in the tropical food section of Yawama of Sweden.
Place 1 Pkt Chankwakwa sun-dried tomato in saucepan and cover with water, add 5 tbsp white wine vinegar and heat for 10 min. Drain tomatoes and place in jar. Cover with olive oil, 4 gloves of roughly chopped garlic, a handful of chopped parsley, or fresh basil or herbs of your choice. Add a dash of fresh chilli if you like for an extra tang. Your tomatoes are ready to throw into a green salad, are great as pizza topping or added to a hot stew.
My mum Dorothy has always been a lover of good food, a visionary leader and an entrepreneur. In the 70s she opened a restaurant serving traditional Zambian dishes. In the 90s she opened a bakery offering fresh-baked bread – a luxury at the time. Her most recent venture is a drying plant for both fruit and vegetable. Here both her and my dad, work with numerous small-scale farmers who provide fresh sun ripened produce, that is processed through their plant. Fair trade and ecological practices are at the heart of their production.
This is an old picture from the early days, when Chankwakwa first started training small-scale farmers on tomato growing techniques.
Farmers being trained on tomato growing with treadle pump irrigation systems
Read more about the work that Chankwakwa is doing with small farmers and their exciting product range which includes jams, sauces and soya flour here
Sugar and Spice and all things nice.
This beautiful bedroom has been styled and photographed by renowned DIY expert Wimke Tolmsa in the Netherlands. Yawama eco-friendly knitted cow adds a touch of subtle pink to the pastel pink and purple accents that compliment this white children’s room. Do your kids love princess themes, fairy tales and enjoys tea parties then here you are to find some great inspiration for little details that would add some pink flavour to your children’s bedroom.
Pink details and hand-knitted cow in Girls bedroom
Take note of the pink wax plastic table-cloth to avoid nasty stains, pink tiaras, the lace curtains, shades of pastel paper lampshades, tea party cups and plates with and a tiny pink birdcage.
Yawama eco friendly knitted toy
Pink and purple details in a children’s room
Toy tea party for children
Here are a couple of ideas where the use of subtle tones of olive-green can create an earthy safari feeling in your kids room or your library for that matter. Cute cuddly plush toys such as monkeys, elephants, zebras and or even the rubber or plastic varieties will add to the savanna theme. Ultra trendy in Sweden at the moment are old school anatomy, biology and botany posters. Fluffy rugs such as cow hide or sheep skin will add a more tribal vibe. A golden rule. Keep it scandinavian simplistic!
Yawama of Sweden Zebra cushion and our eco-friendly cow would just add to the authenticity of the theme. Maybe the dairy cow is questionable- but after all these are true safari creatures, hand made in Africa.
Olive green zebra cushion with knitted cow from Yawama of Sweden
Olive green bedroom for kids. Source Pure and Noble
Shades of green from Skona hem
Olive green wall for a boy’s room source: ilovebokkie
Olive green from elledecoration Sweden
These are the beautiful hands behind each lovely eco friendly toy developed by Yawama of Sweden.