Category Archives: whimsy

she asked him…

my best person is getting married!  i am so so excited to be involved, not just as a bridesmaid, but she trusted me to create her wedding invitations.  it was so much fun and something really different for me try my hand at – pixel art!

xanite and rob – i wish you two absolute awesomeness!  we are going to have such a party in december!

winter market time

don’t forget the wonderful i heart market is only a couple of weekends away!

(sadly whimsy will only be back at the market in july…see you all then)

all shapes & sizes

whimsy wall stickers made a small appearance in the april edition of shape magazine…

toffie 2012

whimsy will be at the toffie festival in cape town this weekend (30 March – 1 April).  so if you are in town, head on down to the city hall to have a peek…

whimsy sale

since we find ourselves already slogging through march (!) i am selling the last few whimsy 2012 creature calendars for only ZAR 60,00 (excluding postage).  so just send a little note to if you would lke to get your mitts on one…or two?

a hibernation of bears…

here are some “works in progress” i am busy scribbling for a group exhibition happening in johannesburg (10-29 February).  the art of happiness : 13 taking place at the bamboo centre in melville, will feature 13 illustrators from various parts of the country…

scribbles for gifts

i decided to do mostly handmade christmas presents this year.  now this sounded like a great idea, a money-saver, however, the real challenge was finding the time during the busy working festive season for extra once-off drawings.  here were the three illustrations i managed…for the rest i baked delicious cinnamon christmas cookies! (which i will post about later)

a self-conscious polar bear

ferrets for cindy

rabbit & otter

december market amazing-ness

triple treats are in store for all those finding themselves in durban this december!  the i heart market will be happening on 3, 10 & 17 december at moses mabida stadium!  so do pop in for a visit and wonderful handmade christmas cheer!


i have been an i heart marketeer for nearly a year now but i know there must be many of you, not living in durban, who have never been to this gorgeous monthly affair.  so i thought i would post some pictures courtesy of the i heart market facebook page & the lovely lauren stetterberg-jenkins’ blog glossary

creature calendar 2012

well the whimsy creature calendar is nearly ready and available for pre-order!  there are a limited number of calendars and they are only available through order via

you can have a sneak peek at it on facebook or on the wonderful handsome things blog!

kamersvol geskenke 2012

it is that time of year again!  kamersvol geskenke is happening at lourensford wine estate in somerset west from 25-29 october.  whimsy will be there with rhubarb room

location, location, location!

attention all durbanites!  the wonderful i heart market will be at the moses mabida stadium this saturday (and, indeed, all saturdays to come)…so i hope to see you all on the upper lawns, diagonally opposite kings park virgin active for a new market experience!

forgiving wind

i was excited and extremely honoured when a very talented friend of mine asked me to do the cover design of her latest album.  i met jaspar lepak just over a year ago and we’ve become fast friends.  she is an amazingly gifted musician with a beautiful voice and soft spot for country/folk music.

front cover

back cover

  her website is currently under construction but please do pop by for a listen soon…her album, forgiving wind, is due out in september and she has a couple more shows to play in durban before she & her husband, kale (also a muso, featuring on her album), return home to minnesota.

i heart market

whimsy will be at the i heart market this saturday, 6 august.  see you all there!

happy trails!

this is my latest bout of freelance work – a wedding invitation for fun-loving couple, sarah & warren.  this lucky bride & groom are getting married at old mac daddy’s in elgin!  hence the retro-trailer theme…had so much fun designing this invite, thanks guys!

housin’ & gardenin’

well, i am just over halfway through the 10 day house & garden show and starting to earn my stripes with the long hours!  i thought i would quickly share some snaps i took the other day…

the whimsy stall, opening day

new whimsy t-shirts

whimsy height decal on the homemade cloud screen!

whimsy’s black and white juxtaposed next to the gorgeously polychromatic dodo furniture

the most lusted-after object at the homegrown fair : dodo‘s wingback chair

another stunning dodo chair

the wonderful kids/family cookbook four out of five by

the mooi girls

nadia’s vintage cupcake couture stand

another alice-in-wonderland furniture piece from dodo

the giraffe, the tiger & the fox…

introducing the newest addition to the whimsy wall decal family – the height chart.  this will be launched at the durban house & garden show this friday, 24 june (running until 3 july).  anyone not in the area and wanting to order one please contact me…

a coupla “yippee’s!” for whimsy tees

i can hear the approaching hoofbeats of the house & garden show, which opens this friday (24 June).  i am working my fingers to the bone and my little heart is pounding with excitement and anxiety as i rush to get everything ready for the opening.  whimsy will be launching a t-shirt range to test the “market waters” and should it prove a sea-worthy…well, let’s just say i am looking forward to the potential design fun.

“now what?” (boys & girls tee, ages 2 – 10)

“robots”  (boys tee, ages 2 – 10)

“she never wanted to come back down…” (girls tee, ages 2 – 10)

paper-jet pilot (ladies tee: sizes XS – L)

happily homegrown

exactly one week until the house & garden show opens!  i am feverishly designing, glueing, tracing, scribbling & whistling-a-happy-tune into the wee hours each day (and, it seems, night).   the homegrown fair blog is up and running, featuring all the local talent on show…

and very soon…i promise…new whimsy creations will be posted!

wednesday tiger

i thought i would post a little scribble i did this afternoon.  it has been a hectically busy fortnight as i prepare for the house & garden show next week.  i will start revealing some of my new creations as the opening of the show draws nigh!

house & garden show 2011

exciting news!  whimsy will be participating in this year’s house & garden show in the “homegrown” section.  so if you are in the area, please do pop by and see all the amazing, durbanite stalls.  i will be launching new whimsy ranges and posting about them just before the show opens…

other participants include: cupcake couture, mooi, ikhaya, terry’s art, little mud hut, woodnewz, olivia villet

market love

roll-up! roll-up!  whimsy will once again be at the i heart market this saturday (4 june)!  it is the last market before the excitement of the house & garden show at the end of the month!  i will be unveiling a whole new range of whimsy characters and items…keep checking in for more details and bulid up towards the show!

the market that loves buttons…

whimsy will once again be making an appearance at this month’s i heart market on saturday, 7 May.   hope to see all manner of whimsy-loving creatures there!

the questions dragons ask… (cont.)

please enjoy the latest offering from the whimsy workshop…this is my fifth drawing in the little series i am scribbling up : the questions dragons ask

“traveller, tarry not, hasten far, for this is where the dragons are”

the latest drawing in a small, warm-up series i am working on titled “the questions dragons ask“.