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 Story here.


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!

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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


Lampshades online

We’ve been selling made-to-order lampshades in our shop at 201 Bree Street for some time now, but from today, we’re upping the game, and we’re selling them online too! Visit the brand new lampshades section in our shop for South African customers*. *Please note that the lampshades are only available in South Africa, and the standing lamp featured in these photos is from Vamp Furniture.


Making Friday/Monday – the ceramics keep coming

I’ve been making so many funny little vase-shaped things in my Monday morning ceramics classes, and I’m quite enjoying being productive without having the faintest idea of the purpose of the enterprise (which is exactly what Making Friday is all about!). These two (remember Rooi en Blou on TV?) are the latest works in progress.  

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Fan Friday

After introducting the idea of Fan Fridays last week, we were so thrilled to see people already making use of the #Lookatmyskinny tag! Just look at these gorgeous chairs upholstered in Bowls, in the home of @gio_eucalyptus on Instagram.   See more pics of these chairs in the #lookatmyskinny album on Facebook @evalebens Instagrammed this Eames chair upholstered in our Flower Fields fabric. Isn’t it magnificent? Read all about it on her blog.   While we’re on Flower Fields, here’s one from the Instagram feed of  Loop knitting shop in London. Love seeing our stockists showing off Skinny laMinx wares! Check… Continue reading



Have excellent taste? Ever fancied yourself as a magazine art director? Do you have a near-obsessive belief in the importance of ‘curating’ your life? And (most importantly), do you have a heck of a lot of time to fiddle around online? Well then, you’ve GOT to take a look at this great new toy I’ve discovered, called Polyvore. I first came across it in a fashion context, and the way it works is that you create themed sets – like this minimal black & white group – using items you find online. Constructing the set is fun (kind of like… Continue reading