Friday, 22 May 2015

Old Town Italy, an Italian Food Emporium in Durban

Happiness is... Old Town Italy, an Italian Food Emporium in Umhlanga, Durban
If you're a long time follower of my blog you'll know I love showcasing new Durban coffee shops that fit my criteria for awesomeness... and it has been a while since the last one! Enter the new and amazing Old Town Italy in Umhlanga. I popped in there for a visit yesterday after having already heard much hype about it, and I wasn't disappointed. On entering I was given the friendliest greeting by Ally, and immediately felt at ease. She introduced me to Kirsten, the GM, who very kindly took some time to sit with me and chat about this wonderful new space and concept, even though the place was busy and bustling at 10:30 AM.

Happiness is... Old Town Italy, an Italian Food Emporium in Umhlanga, Durban
Happiness is... Old Town Italy, an Italian Food Emporium in Umhlanga, Durban

“Old Town, the very word, evokes a sense of history and a portal back to a time when life itself was defined by a seemingly more romantic set of values.”

Happiness is... Old Town Italy, an Italian Food Emporium in Umhlanga, Durban
Happiness is... Old Town Italy, an Italian Food Emporium in Umhlanga, Durban
Happiness is... Old Town Italy, an Italian Food Emporium in Umhlanga, Durban
Happiness is... Old Town Italy, an Italian Food Emporium in Umhlanga, Durban

Old Town Italy is owned by the Fratelli group, of Remo's fame, possibly best known for their diet-crushing cronuts which are gladly also available at this new spot amongst a plethora of other delicious goodies. Old Town Italy is exactly that - kind of like a little old Italian town in one space. It's got a butchery, bakery, ice cream cart, all the cheeses, seasonal organic vegetables, groceries which are mostly authentic and imported from Italy, and of course a restaurant. All in one space! There's also a variety of seating options available from the bakery area, to the bar counter, to the diner style couches, tables and chairs, and outside seating as well.
I took like a bazillion pics to try and convey the full experience of the place, so click through to see them all ;)

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

May 2015 Free Printable Calendar & Planner

Happiness is... May 2015 Free Printable Calendar and Planner

May's here, in tones of blue watercolour hand lettering and botanical pieces. Hope you like it! :)
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Happiness is... May 2015 Free Printable Calendar and Planner
Happiness is... free printable January 2015 calendar and planner
Happiness is... free printable January 2015 calendar and planner (black and white)

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Enjoy your calendar 
& have an exciting month of May!


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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

April 2015 Free Printable Calendar & Planner

Happiness is... April 2015 Free Printable Calendar and Planner
Yikes, what happened?! A whole month's gone by already! 
The April free printable calendar this month is a botanical watercolour and pen line drawing illustration. Grab yourself a copy below!

Happiness is... April 2015 Free Printable Calendar and Planner
Happiness is... free printable January 2015 calendar and planner
Happiness is... free printable January 2015 calendar and planner (black and white)

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& have a fun month of April!


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Friday, 27 February 2015

March 2015 Free Printable Calendar & Planner

Happiness is... March 2015 Free Printable Calendar and Planner
We're about to march into the third month of the year! (bdmtshh!) Here's your free March printable calendar and planner. I created a botanical looking lettering piece based on the popularity of similar posts on Instagram. Enjoy! :)

Happiness is... March 2015 Free Printable Calendar and Planner
Happiness is... free printable January 2015 calendar and planner
Happiness is... free printable January 2015 calendar and planner (black and white)

I know some people don't have access to colour printing, so why not use the black and white version and then add your own colour to it? I know some people already do this, and I love it! Check out this one that Linelle beautifully decorated and shared with me on Instagram...
Happiness is... March 2015 Free Printable Calendar and Planner

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& have a magical month of March!

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Paper Folding Tutorial: Get the "Quilted Paper" Look

Paper Folding Tutorial: Get the "Quilted Paper" Look

So I recently mentioned using a "quilted paper" look for last month's Instagram project and had some requests for a tutorial on how to do this. After Googling a bit I realised that I kinda made this up: I couldn't find any images for the paper look that I'd created, so "quilted paper" isn't really a thing! Until now, that is! Haha ;) Anyway, I tried to create a step-by-step photo tutorial below to help you recreate this look.

The main thing to keep in mind is that you're folding parallel diagonal lines. We do this on one side of the page and then repeat on the other side. When folding paper always remember to get points matching up as perfectly as possible, and make your folds as sharp as possible by going over them with your nail or any other clean blunt edge (a clean ruler edge, non-sharp edge of a craft knife, etc).

Paper Folding Tutorial: Get the "Quilted Paper" Look

Take an A4 page and fold one corner in to meet the opposite paper edge to form a triangle shape. Open that out and do the same with the adjacent corner along the long edge.
Open it out again and refold the first fold. Fold the diagonal flat edge in towards the opposite corner til the centre fold marks are aligned and the new folded edge is aligned with the point of the original fold.
When you open that fold out you'll see a new diagonal line. Fold again according to the images below...

Paper Folding Tutorial: Get the "Quilted Paper" Look

You can leave it plain white for a nice elegant look, or use coloured paper, or stitch it, like I did for my Instagram project. Use it for an unusual look for gift wrap, table settings, greeting cards or anything else you can think of.


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