I’m a big fan of pretty much everything I’ve seen from San Francisco-based publisher Chronicle Books  This hip, agile and responsive publisher seems to have a finger right on the pulse, so when Chronicle got in touch last year to talk about doing a Skinny laMinx stationery range, I pounced on the opportunity.


And now, after months of taping my big mouth shut and sitting on my typing fingers, I can finally reveal the Sunny Days stationery collection by Skinny laMinx for Chronicle Books! Notebooks, stickers, card sets… OMG, it’s adorable (if I say so myself)!


First up, there’s a boxed set of 16 blank notecards with envelopes. 



Then, a set of three saddle-stitched lined-page notebooks in the Pincushion, Wild Flowers and Flower Fields designs. Love the inside covers, each in another Skinny laMinx design.



And then, although I’m probably not allowed to have a favourite, I must say that I love this book of labels and stickers so much. There are masses of stickers in here, great for decorating envelopes, for labelling jars, for putting into books, etc etc.




We currently have limited stock of the Sunny Days collection in our shop at 201 Bree Street, and you should start seeing them in stationery and gift stores all over the place. The collection will also soon be available online on Amazon.com.

Psst: Watch this space for a Sunny Days giveaway here soon! In the meantime, you’ve got a couple of days to enter the Skinny laMinx wallpaper giveaway on IWantThat.


Vicki Sleet Nursery Orla in Fog

Made-to-order wallpaper giveaway

One of our all-time favourite stylists, bloggers (and human beings, actually) is Vicki Sleet of I Want That, so we were glad to hear that she’s about to have a little daughter! The news came in around the time we started planning our made-to-order wallpaper launch, which is why we had the brainwave of offering Vicki the very first Skinny laMinx wallpaper experience. Just look at Vicki’s beautiful nursery, decorated with our Orla in Fog. More pics here. Like the look of this? Scurry on over to I Want That without delay,  and get yourself in the running for the… Continue reading


Made-to-order wallpaper – Skinny laMinx for Robin Sprong

I’m so happy to finally announce the very exciting news we’ve been keeping under our hats for an absolute age: Wallpaper! Wallpaper has been on our to-do list for ages, and in fact, some of the Skinny laMinx designs started out as hand-cut wall stickers before ever appearing on fabrics (evidence right here). So it’s high time that we ticked this item off the list don’t you think? We’ve joined forces with Robin Sprong Wallpaper, who specialise in all manner of high quality made-to-order wall coverings, and selected some of the Skinny laMinx prints we thought would work best on… Continue reading


Press 2014: ELLE Deco Philippines

I’ve been following the beautiful Instagram feed of ELLE Decoration Philippines for a while now, so was really thrilled to see their fantastic feature on Cape Town, including a full page pic of the Skinny laMinx shop! Thanks so much. xx



This year, we’ve been enjoying bringing a selection of otherwise-hard-to-find magazines in to sell in our shop on Bree Street. So far, we’ve had Sweet Paul magazine,  Kinfolk , Dutch magazine FLOW, and now we have Apartamento in store. Apartamento is described as an “interiors magazine dedicated to interior space and the people who live in it”, but don’t expect to find perfectly manicured homes here. These spaces are the lived in, peculiar, particular environments of artists, designers, musicians, eccentrics and thinkers. It’s a hefty mag with lots to read and see, and we’ll have it for sale at 201 Bree Street for… Continue reading


Eat & Make

A year ago, in their Spring Issue, Sweet Paul magazine published a gorgeous article on Skinny laMinx (read it here), and they’ve certainly been busy since then, with Paul Lowe having just launched the Sweet Paul recipe book / kitchen crafts book, called SWEET PAUL EAT & MAKE. Congratulations! Now, which of the yummy recipes to choose? Hmmm. Well, this one was voted The World’s Best Cake, so that’s a good place to start, I reckon. Below, an excerpt from SWEET PAUL EAT & MAKE, with the recipe too: World’s Best Cake - Serves 8 This cake was awarded the title of… Continue reading


OH Tours: Fagan Residence

On Thursday last week, Paul and I were lucky enough (along with 120 others) to get onto the OH tour of Gawie and Gwen Fagan’s iconic home. These are the photos I took. Gawie Fagan has been in private practice in Cape Town as an architect since 1964, and his buildings have  contributed substantially to the South African venacular.  In 1964, shortly after moving to Cape Town, Gawie Fagan drew his dream home on a cigarette box, and the Fagan family started building “Die Es” on a plot in Camps Bay. It felt like stepping onto the pages of one of… Continue reading


Making Friday – Monday Ceramics

I’ve mentioned here and there that these days, I start my week with a couple of hours in a ceramics class with Louise Gelderblom, where I’m really having fun. A couple of weeks ago, after sketching lots of little footed pot-bellied little objects, I painted this row of interesting shapes, and decided that I’d spend the next couple of weeks making them, which is what I’ve been doing on my Making Friday Mondays. I’ve got lots more in various stages, and am looking to showing the results once they’re glazed and finished. I love my pottery class!