My safe haven is to paint, even if for only 10 minutes a day — my hands and heart must find expression. Lashings of paint are required in order for my work to get to the heart of the matter, and paint is not cheap.
So, I was thrilled to discover Duram colour samples. Grown-ups use these little tubs to test colours on walls and furniture, but ain't got no time for that.
These tubs offer me more paint and more freedom for less, and in a fantastic array of colours. You can get them at Builder's for R34. And while you're there, you can grab an affordable canvas too.
Black Butterflies is an addictive adult French psychological thriller series of six episodes about a serial killer.
A frustrated novelist reluctantly agrees to write a memoir for a dying man. As the complicated and bloodstained story unfolds, the author becomes more and more involved. Seductive and dark, as only the French can.
The preserves and jams from the French brand Bonne Maman are 100% natural, with no artificial colouring, no high fructose corn syrup and no added preservatives — and they have a cult following all over the world.
This is Bon Appétit magazine's “definitive ranking" of 23 Bonne Maman flavours. My favourite is the raspberry reserve. But the black cherry is a close second.
This is the most delicious jam in the world. And the lovely jars can be recycled in your kitchen for everything from spices to making coddled eggs.
R85 at Takealot. Or at Woolworths, but more expensive.
I have been following the tiny home movement for a long time because a minimalist lifestyle appeals to me. There are so many designs and ideas that inspire.
One of these is xPod's Scissorblade cottage, an interesting design with a small living area with lots of glass and a giant deck (which is supposed to look out over a beautiful landscape).
I contacted xPod to find out more. Their versatile units for several purposes do not require foundations and can be erected anywhere. The Scissorblade stands on a scissor-shaped base in the air.
Prices and specifications are available on request and can be adjusted according to your budget. A depiction of the Scissorblade can be seen on xPod's photo gallery.
Now I just have to find the ideal place for it...
Read more at https://xpod.co.za.
The answer to the wobbling espresso maker on your gas stove: an aluminium support stove top reducer.
This metal ring is designed to sit over your bigger metal support and helps support a pot with a smaller surface.
R149 from Takealot.
♦ VWB ♦
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