It’s yellow-a-go-go in Cape Town this year, with World Design Capital fever, and yellow dots all over the city, including our GIANT dot outside the Skinny laMinx shop at 201 Bree St.

So, in keeping with yellow dottiness, we thought a yellow-themed Fan Friday post might be in order, starting out with this darling image from @Annelies_b of her little girl wearing a dress in the Free As a Bird print for Cloud 9 Fabrics.



@elisahjacobs (above) got a Paradise is Here treat in the mail, while @carinamixtape spruced up her bedroom with prints from the same collection (below left) and @Geo_Eucalyptus had some serious upholstery decision-making to do.


Thanks so much for sharing your pics for our Fan Fridays feature, and remember to hashtag Instagram pics with #LookatMySkinny. It really is loads of fun for us to see what you do with Skinny laMinx fabrics.




New tea towel – Stig

So excited to have a brand new tea towel design to share with you. This one is called Stig. Why “Stig”? Well, you might recall my recent post on my blog about a papercut I made, inspired by one of my all-time favourite designers, Stig Lindberg? That has been turned into a fabric design, and made up into a tea towel (named Stig, in homage), and is available in Pine Nut, Sage and Brazil Green. Find the Stig tea towel available for sale in our shop at 201 Bree Street, and also online. Find it here in ZAR Find it here in… Continue reading


A new lease on Space for Life

Space for Life, as you’ll know if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, is the go-to Cape Town store for fans of mid-Century Nordic furniture, ceramics and glassware. Everything is brought in from Denmark, and then painstakingly restored. I’m a big fan, but the last time I tried to visit their Foreshore store, I saw that it was closed, and word was that they’d moved. Last week, I finally tracked them down to Howes St., in Observatory, and spent ages wandering through their warehouse of treasures, and coming home with a beautiful vase and a set of copper pots and pans.… Continue reading


Fan Fridays – the best kind of blues

Although we don’t have a lot of blues in the fabric range at Skinny laMinx (hmm. Must look into that gap), we managed to pick out a blue theme for this week’s Fan Fridays post. Top left: A skateboard made by Cape Town’s boardmaking king, @alphakent, using our Rough Diamond in sunny sky. Bottom left: Adorable doggy made from a print from the Up Up & Away collection for Cloud9 Fabrics, sent in by Eva Goris, in Belgium. Bottom right: Fat quarters at Nido, one of our lovely stockists in Vermont, USA. And then there’s this beautiful handmade album in more… Continue reading


Maker Stories – Heath Ceramics

Did I mention something in Friday’s post about a current of San Francisco running through the air? Well, I had that one right, because continuing on that theme is our feature on the Heath Ceramics website today, as part of their Maker Stories series. We’ve been supplying Heath Ceramics with tea towels, table runners, napkins and cushions since 2008 (blogged about my first order here), and in fact, they were one of our very first wholesale customers. It’s been a long and happy relationship, and an association with which we are both proud and grateful. Read the Skinny laMinx Maker… Continue reading


See Saw Do

Have you heard of See-Saw-Do? I just want to tell everyone about this simply delightful husband-and-wife social entrepreneur team, who use colour and cuteness to improve the lives and educational opportunities of kiddies all over the Western Cape. Over the past month the See-Saw-Do team has been hard at work inside the Grade R classrooms at Eldene Primary, scraping, sanding, priming, bonding, cutting, fixing etc in preparation for Mandela Day. The makeovers, sponsored by Maersk Group and Mediclinic Southern Africa were very extensive (the classrooms were pretty dire), and here are some work in progress pics: Recently, we donated a lot of our seconds fabric… Continue reading


Making Friday – 14 June

Last week’s Making Friday was spent with my 7-year-old neice, Isabel. We designed and made iron-on motifs on fabric, and sewed it up into a cushion (but forgot to photograph it!), and then we made variations on my paper doll idea. Looking forward to doing it again some time, Izzy!

Janet Brown_Heath Ceramics

Fan Fridays – Monochrome SF

We’ve got two beautiful monochrome shots from San Francisco for our Fan Friday feature. On the left is the awesome window display at Lotus Bleu in Hayes St, SF (follow them on Instagram here), and on the right, Janet Brown sent us a pic after her visit to Heath Ceramics, where she bought the beautiful bowl and bud vase, and also our Tall Pincushion table runner. What a perfect match.. And while we’re talking San Francisco, don’t miss out on our Paradise is Here giveaway over at the always super fabulous SFGirlbyBay blog. Keep sending us your pics and tagging them #LookatmySkinny on… Continue reading



In June, my bloke showed three of his works at a big exhibition at the Gulbenkian Institute in Lisbon. He’s been working on a large tile project himself, for Spier Architectural Arts, and is  really into pattern (we make quite a team, don’t we?), so was naturally blown away by tile and pattern riches he saw in Lisbon. One of the gifts he brought for me was this beautiful old tile – or azulejo - that he found at a market, and also a little book with a DVD called Desvio/Padrão (Standard/Deviation) by Joana  and Sara Morais. This book and DVD… Continue reading