Monday, December 13, 2010

buttons and cupcakes

two of my favourite things in one space...shawow!

If you plan on attending, please be so kind as to RSVP. Hop on over here to see some of the merchandise...aka button brilliance that shall be on sale.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


lovely lovely lovely acoustic version.

Monday, November 22, 2010

look at these babies!

I was pretty impressed with these beauties that I plucked from the earth sometime last week. I emailed my gardening enthusiast dad this picture. This was his reply:

"I refuse to laugh and will not laugh but believe me no matter how much I tried, laughter exploded when I re-read your words " they looked delightful" thinking to myself how cruel can you be to raise so many carrots and all deformed , shame on you Tammy ha ha ha ha haaaaa , anyway I am sure they tasted good much better than when you pulled them out of Mother earth ha ha ha ha."

Thanks dad.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Can you say that in less than 140 characters please?

Get to the point, don’t use university words, eliminate personal pronouns and use punctuation. These are just a few of the tips given to those looking to perfect the art of writing in 140 characters or less, a notion prescribed by a little blue bird.

This bird is quick to notify you when you’ve stepped out of line and it’s warnings of over 140 character anarchy are signalled by an ominous red minus count that is received with irritated pumps on the backspace key.

This limited character space is accepted by the masses who use twitter to inform the world of what they had for breakfast. But what about those who want to use their tweets for something more, who want to break the confines that said blue bird has on what we say to the world?

We all know about TwitLonger, the way to post tweets when “140 characters just isn’t enough.” Critics have asked whether this form of cheating the system doesn’t defeat the purpose of the 140 character quota. To be honest I don’t think it does. There is no bird sitting high up on a perch counting your every character and it allows personal pronoun loving tweeters to continue to be part of the Twitterverse without having to post a number of broken tweets.

While TwitLonger may appear to be the Robin Hood in this tale of fighting for long versed tweets, it would appear that it has a few downfalls. For example, why isn’t it on Tweetdeck? After checking a few forums I’ve found that people are crying out for it to be added to Tweetdeck. I also found that people say they exclusively use TwitLonger to tweet. Wait? What is this feeling? I think I’m beginning to feel sorry for the blue bird.
People exclusively use TwitLonger to tweet? It’s alright to use it occasionally, but all the time? It’s after reading this that I change my view on the little blue bird and realise that he’s actually a pretty good egg. He’s like Poseidon in the Little Mermaid, for lack of a cooler antihero. Ariel thinks her dad is ruining her life by not allowing her to swim to the surface but actually, it’s because there is danger there. The blue bird and its communist rules about 140 characters is Poseidon, and here’s why.

With the number of social networking sites laid out before us increasing, we’ve become lazy. Sending messages no longer requires the foot of blue birds cousin, the carrier pigeon and the internet makes it easier on a daily basis to send messages to our friends in Pappa New Guinea. However, a site such as twitter intimidates some people because let’s face it, writing short concise verse takes a bit of wit, good English form and effort.

A site such as twitter comes along and leaves these people jolted. “But I’m not witty, I can’t shorten that. Or can I?” and in steps the elusive ‘LOL speak’ like the serpent in the Garden of Eden. “Oh but you can shorten the words”, says the serpent. I’ll be the first one to admit that I c’nt even rememba da days b4 LOL spk, but I am yet to use it in a tweet or a Facebook status update.

However, TwitLonger has made it even easier for these ‘some people’ by allowing them to write a tweet that goes on and on without ever needing to shorten the words and eradicates the need for LOL speak. Although there are those few who still use LOL speak in these seemingly endless tweets...OMG!

Short story writer Guy de Maupassant sums up this argument really well, "whatever you want to say, there is only one noun to express it, one verb to animate it and one adjective to qualify it." Therefore, the blue bird must be applauded for its philosophical mind games and its efforts to make us use our brains in an online world that says it’s OK to slack off when it comes to good English. There’s nothing wrong with writing well within one hundred and forty characters in acceptable English. Can you see how easy it is? I challenge you to enunciate like the best of them and fit what you need to say into 140 characters without taking a bite out of that lazy apple from the tree of complacency.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

bull in a china shop

Up a quiet road in kalk bay, down an alley and up some stairs, is one of the most chock a block shops I've ever seen. Inside sits a little old lady behind coca cola bottle bottom glasses who nervously greets you. "take a look around" she says as she peers over the thick pieces of glass. You proceed to look around and before you know it you've trudged through rooms and realms of old china.

Ondine and Josienne Clarke

my beautiful and supremely talented friend Ondine took some photos for Josienne Clarke's album artwork, "One light is gone.

You can see more of Ondine's talented works here

Here is one of Josienne's beautiful songs, "how to tame a lion". She performs it with Ben walker who never fails to impress on a lot of the songs on the album. It's lovely. Her album is wonderfully refined and has been on repeat in my car for a while now. The title

Click here for Josienne's website and here to hear more of her songs.

Monday, November 8, 2010

miss rabbit

took some photos of miss Rabbit yesterday.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

oh mr. mumford!

"but we're young, open flowers in the windy fields of this war-torn world"

Monday, November 1, 2010

fuzzy images

don't you hate it when people take photos with their camera phones? it could no be helped.

Monday, October 18, 2010

peace train

I'm getting older. In the grand scheme of things I'm actually not even that old but I'm starting to feel a little older. Its a strange feeling for me and it has left me a little uneasy. So I started writing down all my childhood memories the way I remember them so I can look at age in a different way. View it as a life story rather than worrying about it rushing by me. Concentrate more on the things I have experienced rather than the things I haven't.

One memory is stuck in my mind: I was 9 and we lived on the waters edge in marina da gama.I paddled out onto the water on my dad's old longboard and I stopped. I stood up on the board and let the slight wind push me along as I belted out the song "peace train" on the top of my lungs.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Rabbit's personal project

Aaaah! So my friend Rabbit has been telling us about this "project" she's been working on. She has way too much time on her hands. But I think they look pretty darn rad.

Monday, October 11, 2010

“I kind of wish that something strange or wonderful would happen”

Watched the movie "Ondine" on Saturday. I really enjoyed it, although the twist at the end seemed slightly out of place and ruined the midsummer nights dreamesqueness of it for me. The wardrobe though, wow!

Syracuse: How long are you staying?
Ondine: Depends, I guess.
Syracuse: On what?
Ondine: On you.
Syracuse: On me? It depends on me, you can stay forever.
Ondine: Forever?
Syracuse: Forever, happily ever after, once upon a time... I'm been telling my daughter a story, a fairy tale...

If you do one thing today, listen to this song. it plays throughout the movie (in many different ways) and is beautiful. You'll feel different about it and it will hit harder after you've watched the movie.

Friday, October 8, 2010

weekend choon

jas, this album has got me very flipping excited and this song is a beaut!


my beautiful and talented friend, Rabbit designed a stationery set for me for my verjaarsdag. It's so pretty. It's as though she crept into my brain one night to see exactly what i wanted.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

"Tammy's favourite things day"

My two favourite people, Ryan my brother and Kris his girlfriend and my good friend asked me to compile a list of my ten favourite things to do in Cape Town for my birthday. They took a few of the things from the list and compiled a day's worth of activities this Saturday. I don't know what the order of the day's events are, especially since my favourite things are pretty spread out across the cape. To be honest I could just sit and stare at paint dry with the two of them all day and I'd be pleased as punch.

This was my list (in no particular order)

1.) A show at the planetarium (I'm a bit of a nerd)
2.) Walking up Red Hill to the dam at the top
3.) High tea at The 12 Apostles
4.) Watching the sunset on Kommetjie beach
5.) Panchos
6.) Sushi anywhere
7.) Hours at Kirstenbosch just spent reading
8.) Movie at Cinema Nouveau
9.) Breakfast in Kalk Bay

I can't remember what the last thing was and it was pretty difficult to narrow it down to just 10 things. I'm clearly a cheap date and it doesn't take much to amuse me. haha.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

look what i found

ate a delicious burger and sweet potato wedges at Royale last night (with a side order of delightful ladies). damn those wedges were good. Also stumbled upon my pics on the wall.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

this woman my maker has made

"How can a girl whose
smile holds the world at
Her mercy ever be taken in,
By the words that are sung
From the mouth of a man
Who can't offer her anything.

There's a time in the day
When the light fades away
And a million stars are displayed
Which can never compare
To a few minutes shared
With this woman my maker has made

Her words flutter forth
And point to the North
As the wind and the rain rumble in
And the beauty of cold
And the wind and the world
As the maker let's creation sing

At the voice of this girl,
Whose smile holds the world
And the King that begins all good things
Its His glory I see
When she smiles at me
By His mercy I'm not stuttering

With emotions at play
At the end of the day
As glory and peace are displayed
As the world tumbles down,
I won't fall to the ground
These good things
Won't go to the grave."

Written by a very old aquaintance, Richard Mee. Gonna use this opportunity to add links to all his various endeavours. Not sure whether its just a poem or a song yet...if its a song I imagine it would be lovely.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

perspective click it. do it. now.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

yellow and blue

i really like the stuff up at yellow and blue at Royale. go eat a burger and buy some pieces.

these 2 have my stamp of approval ;)

thinking of you(s)

the week before last, a girl at work, megan, lost a close friend. The friend dropped megan off at work and was involved in a horrible car accident on the way home. megan is one of those people who is allergic to everything. so instead of buying megan flowers i made her this flower-esque brooch. i'm thinking of making a whole bunch and calling them 'thinking of you(s)'.

in the process of making a ginormous origami swan mobile. so far, done 32 swans and really liking the way it's looking.

things i've seen lately