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Last Online: December 7, 2021
Birthday: February 12, 1977
Country: South Africa
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About Me

Thanks for dropping by. I am a Designer, Illustrator, Photographer, Collector and almost Vegan (I guess you can call me a vegetarian lol)

After working and travelling in the US we decided to pursue our Design careers. After studying and working for various studios we opened our own Boutique Design Studio and have never looked back. Our family currently consists of a husband and wife team and 7 dogs and 2 cats. we live on a hill looking over the picturesque neighborhood called Montrose in the city of Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal. South Africa.

Our town is well known for Alan Paton, Mandela, Gandhi, and many amazing world shakers who lived and passed through. Our town is situated an hour from the nearest beach (Durban) and an hour and a half from the mountains called the Drakensberg. The world's second-tallest waterfall (though, as per point below, there is a plausible argument that it is actually the tallest waterfall in the world, rather than Venezuela's Angel Falls) is allocated about three hours from us in the Drakensberg mountains.

Nelson Mandela capture site is allocated a few kilometers from us. And thats just one of many interesting places to visit here in South Africa. But our favourite pass time is to drive out into he country and enjoy freshly baked cheesecake and espressos. Enjoy the scenery and chat till dawn. That is if we are not busy working on deadlines or a personal project on the side.

We love vintage Scandinavian items and Antiques. There are a lot of collectible shops in the area and I sometimes pick a few things up and for the fun of it sell it on my Etsy Shop.

We are vegetarian. Leaning towards being vegan.

I don't appreciate dishonesty and try to be considerate to everyone. I will never give a bad rating for no reason...so please don't worry if you had a problem sending your goodies too me late....its always good to keep in touch and explain your situation. I would appreciate the same kind of care even though nothing bad has happened yet (touch wood)

Interests and inspiration

I love paper goods, fabric goods, patterns, vintage and new. I love toys.
I’m swayed by beautiful and innovative design. Lovely designed fabrics & paper goods are by far my favourite. Second of all id have to say I love vintage toys, the history behind an item and anything that tells a story or draws me into its world. I’m taken by new perspectives and experiences. Im always learning new things. In my studio you will find vintage fabrics, Antique story books, Vintage magazines, Craft Magazines, Designer toys, BJD dolls, Plush dolls, Art Supplies, a Sewing Machine my grandmother used to make beautiful things on including loads of doll clothes for my doll collection. At last 4 of our dog children will be joining us laying somewhere calmly and perhaps the cats might be bouncing around having some fun on the staircase. In our home I have a collection of vintage kitchen ware and like most people who realised milk glass was beautiful at one point I started to collect it all. My husband and I are both designers who run a design studio(s) from home.

But to sum it all up here is a more concise list I like Vintage kitchen stuff - I love milk glass pirex bowls, Fire King items. I love their pearlescent coloured product's, baking tools, patterned vintage mugs, Scandinavian or European designs, I collect espresso cups - I love coffee Sewing - I collect vintage sewing items such as wooden bobbins, French cottons, printed vintage cottons, buttons etc . Designer Plush Toys, I love trees, seeds and all plant related items, Blythe Dolls, Designer fabrics, Domo, Tortoro, Strawberries, Vintage toy patterns, Old Photographs, Ball Jointed Dolls, Espressos, Quality Chocolates, did I say Coffee! I collect all kinds of things relating to coffee, Tea, Vinyl,Toys,Tradition-Rich History and Ultramodern Technology, Baked Cheese Cake, Activism, Digital Design, I enjoy researching and finding new Vegan products, Environmental Issues, Mark Ryden, Brendan Monroe, Hillary Lang, Linda Bergkvist, Scandinavian Design, Bobby Chiu, Miyako Kanamori, Daniel Conway, Low Brow Art, Vinyl Toys, Illustration, Gnomes, Typography, Hand lettering, Photography, Old recipes from your granny's cookbook she enjoys cooking or baking, anything Vintage, packaging design, designer toys, hello kitty and antiques haha so much to mention!!!


Any product made from dead animals or where the animal had to suffer, Traffic, Zoo's, Circuses, Headaches and being sick. :P

Things Id like to receive

ooo yay! Im pretty easy, i love stuff haha. Ask if you are unsure. Keywords to describe what i love: vintage, kawaii, food, candy, paper, fabric, french, American, British, Scandi, patterns, folk goods, traditional, modern, ANYTHING LOL


Arhel rated for Fill My Stocking International - May on May 31, 2016
Comment: Dear Amanda, thank you so much for this super-nice swap! :) You made my day!
Response: Awe yay so glad you liked it!
Comment: Thank you
Response: Sure! :)
Froggy2974 rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #2 on Apr 22, 2016
Comment: Hello Amanda- I was so excited to is a package from South Africa in my mailbox today! It's the first time I've gotten something from there and when I opened it, I was blown away! Everything is amazing! You are a very talented person! Thank you so very much for such a wonderful surprise!!
Response: Awe i am so glad you like it! ♥
Annaisjoyful rated for Significant other #3 on Apr 1, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the package - it was delivered (in part) today! Unfortunately the box arrived in a poor state with a letter from parcel force apologizing as it had made it to the UK damaged. :( The heart is because you emailed checking his preferences which seemed to be taken in to account spot on. Thanks so much for doing that! :) Really sorry it didn't make it unscathed. Maybe posting ale wasn't the best plan after all. I think it may have been the culprit for a lot of the damage. :(
Response: Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry. Ill make another one i promise to send him something that wont include Ale. My husband is also waiting in anticipation. I promise to make it up to him. We wondered how that would work. I haven't received mine yet and wonder if we will also have that problem. I am so grateful for your rating thank you for being so nice. We will make a plan! He wont be left high and dry! Promise! xxx
Comment: Fun in my mail box today!!! Going in my stocking! Pretty wrapping paper 😊 And stamps on envie are cool, thank you!!!! Looking for a pen pal?
Response: Awe so grateful for the love! Hope you enjoy it! :D And sure! Lets stay in touch :)
Comment: Thank you so much for this cute swap! I would love to do a private swap with you :-)
Response: Thanks so much! Im so glad you like everything! :D For sure! That would be lovely!
Sianb84 rated for Blind Surprise Swap (March) on May 5, 2015
Comment: Many thanks for the bits you sent, can't wait to get using them.
Response: So glad you can use everything :) x
sophieolsten rated for One Word Answers on Mar 1, 2015
Response: Thank you x
aleksundra rated for Stuffed Envelope Swap on Feb 26, 2015
Comment: I can't say thank you enough! I adore the little bird plus everything else you added to the package. Can't wait to make some cupcakes so I can use the pretty paper casings. Again, thank you.....I just loved it all and enjoyed opening everything like they were presents! xx
Response: YAY! I'm so happy you liked it! :D
tagorlily1 rated for One Word Answers on Feb 20, 2015
Comment: Great answers, Amanda. I liked especially your word for clothing right now - comfy - mine too! Thanks for sending.
Response: haha. thanks for the rating! Nice to meet you :D
Sabatine rated for One Word Answers on Feb 18, 2015
Response: Thank you x
leilx rated for One Word Answers on Feb 18, 2015
Response: Thank you x
snailmailer1 rated for Blind Surprise Swap (January) on Feb 8, 2014
Comment: Thanks very much for the lovely swap. The wrapping paper is gorgeous. I hope you don't mind I'm saving these gifts until the 20th - my birthday. It'll be nice to have lots of little gifts to open :)
Response: Oh Wow! Mine is the 12th. Happy day! Yes of course... :DDD Enjoy! x
Spencerette rated for My Favorite Cryptid on Dec 11, 2013
Comment: Awesome! What a beautifully crafted big bird! I love the patterned material you chose. The jacket and hat are lovely. Really just a wonderful piece. Thank you so much for an great swap :D
Response: Awe so glad you love it :DD I actually thought i responded already :S I guess i was having convos in my mind haha..so so happy its a blessing to you. Have a fab xmas! xoxox
Comment: Thankyou so very much I LOVE EVRYTHING :) I especially love the "owl" stamp, and the letter you wrote to me...I would like very much to keep in touch.
Response: So happy you got everything so quick! And so happy you are happy :DD xoxox For sure send me a private message x
Comment: Wow, thanks a lot for the amazing package! You're the best, I love it! Lots of hugs from the Netherlands and I wish I could give you more then one heart ♥♥♥♥♥.
Response: So glad you liked it!! :DDD x
RainbowRose rated for Get your Needle Craft on AGAIN! on Feb 18, 2012
Comment: Fabulous frog, sitting on my shelf, smiling at me. I adore the blue bowtie! Thank you so very much.
Response: so glad u like him...! keep crafting on!!! xoxox
Comment: Love those extra large fabric squares! Have the perfect quilt top to add them to. Being old myself I like old things, often I also feel discontinued. My friends & family tell me that's what makes us more valueable, I say, that's why they want to throw us out the back door. In any case, thank you so much for the beautiful fabric squares! Shalom (Peace)
Response: So glad you love them! haha funny girl!
Comment: It took me a while to figure out what swap your awesome package of fabric was from - you didn't say anything in your note. I am stunned at the beautiful pieces of lovely fabric you sent. They will look amazing in the International quilt that I am making. Thank you so much for a truly generous swap. You deserve a ton of hearts. I thoroughly enjoyed the nougat bar very much - haven't had one of those in years and yours was the best I have ever tasted. Happy swapping in 2012
Response: Yay! So sorry about that i added my name and possibly forgot to mention the actual swap. I know it gets a bit much when we are part of so many swaps we literally have to write everything down...but so happy you loved the Nougat and the fabric! yay!
Pwackets rated for Simple Square Swap, Series Two #6 on Jan 9, 2012
Comment: Thanks for the fabrics and nice note! So cool to get some out of print fabrics for my stash.
Response: Glad you are happy with them :) Thanks for rating! xoxo

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njstauter on Mar 25, 2015:

am planning to ship "Blind Surprise" to you soon. Your life looks wonderful from how you describe it. How lucky you are to have land to roam and enjoy. I've already forgotten what I put in this envelope so do hope the spirit of my intentions is that they are just little a something-something.

childofgod6610 on Feb 21, 2012:

Thank you so much for the cutest froggie ;) My daughter saw it as I opened it and has now taken over!!!! She loves him ;) Again thanks for "angeling" since the other fell thru ;( I would love to keep swapping with you!

Thanks, Melanie

JenDiggityDirt on Jul 7, 2009:

Herbivores rock! XOXO

dangducks on Dec 30, 2008:

Heya! I don't know if you have the time but, if you do and would like to, it'd be really neat to have you in this pushing daisies swap http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/28024

It's a little involved but I hope you'll join!

biasbabe on Dec 25, 2008:


Happy Holidays

nadithings on Dec 19, 2008:

hi i have created a new Cupcake love group! Please Join!


aly on Oct 29, 2008:

Please come check out my Alice in Wonderland Lucky Parcel Swap


Magpieandluna on Jul 10, 2008:

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Thanks for Being a member

dreamrains on Jul 10, 2008:


Come and Join the Very Merry Unbirthday swap for Alice in Wonderland's Elite!!

Kasasha on Jul 8, 2008:

Thanks for joining the Monsters! swap :-)

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