Monthly Archives: November 2010


this breathtaking, large scale installation is the work of gerda steiner & jorg lenzlinger.  using discarded telephone and computer cable, coastal flotsam & jetsam, gold leaf and botantical refuse they created this amazing artwork with the help of school children, gardeners & art students in kanazawa, japan, where the exhibition took place.

from the crow’s nest…

above: whimsical sky ships by ann wood

below: my whimsy sky ship (2009)

penguin party

this playful invitation i recently designed for a dear friend of mine, casey ‘penguin’ powell of sibling mine. and so the whimsy portfolio of design expands to include party invites!  also watch out for these polar cap cuties appearing on the whimsy christmas range….

triple december treat!

excellent news for all you durbanites (and everyone else journeying from up country to join us for a coastal christmas season)!  whimsy will be at the i heart market on 4th, 11th & 18th december!  do not miss out as there will be special whimsy christmas parcels, all wrapped up and ready for a stocking to call home!

{check in again soon to see the whimsy christmas card & tag range!}

bears! raccoons! vampires!

i am really enjoying the graphic work of richard perez on his wonderfully named website: skinny ships, his clever use of ‘dirty’ colours mingles so well with a quirky sense of humour very similar to my own.


brillaint idea: prehistoric place settings for a dinner party for “big kids”…i’m doing it!

too true…

{sebastian millon poster}

tea in the orchard

whimsical teapot birdhouses by stilsucht

two-wheel crush

i adore bicycles.

i pedaled my pink bmx up and down the beachfront with maniacal glee, scattering pigeons in my wake.  i then graduated onto a black mountain bike that i thumped along dusty roads in the underberg area.  so the sudden influx in bicycle-lovers has set a big grin on my face and i decided to throw together a small pictorial ode to the vintage bicycle…my next two-wheeled companion…

the last bicycle: the black, basket-ed one, is what  have my eye on, a pashley princess sovereign!

{all images from: pinterest}

bella bicycle brigade

okay, this might be seen as a shameless plug but wow, is it worth it!

my wonderful friends, casey & richard, are the dynamic force behind street scene and have just launched an exciting bicycle project in durban: girls bike out!  i was lucky enough to be invited on the maiden voyage (er…picnic!).  the idea behind it is to offer a bicycle-picnic-afternoon for hen’s parties, birthday parties or just a good excuse to get some friends together & enjoy the balmy summer afternoons!

keen cruisers meeting up at the elangeni hotel on the beach front


casey (of sibling mine)

ready to go on the gorgeously-retro urban-cruiser bikes…

our picnic spot of choice…

…the manicured lawns of moses mabhida stadium

the stunning packed picnic lunch provided by ciao bella & casey

the perfect end to our picnic: bubble-blowing

…the street scene “spoke” of bicycles (or is it a fleet, pelaton, land-squadron?)

seriously – what a wonderful idea! contact street scene & book your picnic parade.  you can see more images of this super-fun afternoon on sarah dawson’s blog.

a friday fox for cath…

another fox drawing (and one can never have too many of those!) found on inprnt.  if you are a fox fan, as i am, then definitely have a look at the collection of “friday foxes” on wolfeyebrows: a stylish, rather dapper, blog curated by the girl this post is dedicated to…

i most definitely need to get my hands on some of these wooden  brooches by lost at sea, especially the little collection of medals!

little fox

i love foxes, i would have a pet fox if i could!

paper fox by elizabeth jardine

return of the paper-jet pilot!

this is one of the first drawings i did for whimsy but never continued it into print editions.  so i decided to redraw the paper jet pilot and send him up into the collection…

picnic time

wish we had this in durbs – the sydney picnic company.  their packaging, presentation and wholesome outdoors-summer-green-grass-sun-through-the-leaves-watching aesthetic is right on cue with my summer plans!

maths + analogue time = awesome

now *this* is how i would like to tell time!

always better with a polar bear…

this quirky approach to fashion photography is the work of South African born photographer koto bolofo.  see more of his work here

where the magic happens…

every artist needs a wonderful workspace, a few metres of clutter (or uclutter) to call their own.  these are some of my favourites…

{click on images for sources}

Tuesday Seussday


there is something so wonderful about this photograph, makes me side-smile each time i look at it…

six-legged jewels

these glittering displays of creepy-crawlies by christopher marley remind me of sugar-coated, sweet-tooth temptations or something a dragon would happily sleep upon…

a girl in bear’s clothing…

love this image by photographer aaron reull, i want to be that girl in the grizzly costume!

…is french for ‘egg’

i love the quirky delicacy of these amazing pieces by french ceramics house oeuf

botanical bugs

i have many a bug-loving bone in my body and when i saw this gorgeous work on etsy, it was immediately inscribed on my wishlist…

sylvan typography

amazing woodland typography ad icons by teagan white