Ever wanted to wrap your gifts in fabric, furoshiki-style, but ended up in a botched effort of flapping ends that looks like you dragged the gift through the laundry basket on the way to the tree? Well, those days are over, cos here’s a very simple step-by-step to help you wrap envelope-style, using our Rough Diamond print, in sunny sky blue. Give it a try and get the double benefit of an elegant-looking gift AND gift wrap that doesn’t get thrown away afterwards.

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There are step-by-step word instructions below, but these pics are pretty clear. Happy wrapping!

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Step 1: 
Place your fabric printed side down at a 45 degree angle to the square.

Step 2: Place your gift at the bottom of the fabric.

Step 3: Fold the bottom corner upwards, tucking the fabric underneath the gift to secure it..

Step 4: Continue to fold and tuck towards the top of the fabric square.

Step 5: Fold the right hand corner across the gift towards the centre.

Step 6: Do the same with the left corner.

Step 7: Tuck the corner in neatly.

Step 8: Fold the gift over, towards the top point, as illustrated.

Step 9 & 10: Fold the flap over and secure with a pin.

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Rainbow buckets

You know, when you work in retail, you have to start planning for the festive season so early that sometimes you’ve almost forgotten what you were working on in July when you shot your Christmas images. Or maybe that’s just me and my colander brain. Whatever the case, I was rather delighted to discover these Soft Bucket and Christmas Tree pics that I shot earlier this year. It’s put me right into the holiday mood!  

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Decorate your table

I think the new colours of our Abacus print are a great option for a Christmas table, whether you’re decorating for a sunny Summer’s Christmas, or a cosy Winter’s day. Find them in our shop.

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Making Friday: a 2014 review

My Making Friday rule has become a little more flexible lately, largely because my ceramics class is on a Monday morning, and also because my back pain has caused me to take steps to spend more time away from the computer. So there’s a lot MORE MAKING going on, but not necessarily on a Friday, and here’s a quick summary of the year: First up, ceramics. It’s been such a treat to spend my Monday mornings with a great bunch at Louise Gelderblom’s studio in Tamboerskloof. I seem to be tending towards making things with very little function, but a lot… Continue reading

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Patternsnap

Harpers Bazaar called Patternsnap “The Shazam of the interiors world”, which is a perfect description of this ingenious (and free) smartphone app that allows interiors junkies and professionals to use their phones to snap and discover where to find a pattern. This is how it works: As well as just saving and grouping your favourites to use in a room, project or scheme, you can also use the app to browse for patterned products, and access the websites of the producers or distributors. As they say, Patternsnap is “a virtual sample book in your pocket.” So of course we are… Continue reading

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Online shop and social media manager

We are hiring! Looking for an online retail sales and marketing manager to join our team in mid January. You must be: * A really great communicator * Skilled online * Hardworking and enthusiastic * A lovely, friendly, cooperative human being * Good at working in a team Please read the full job description, and if you think you’re the right person for the job, please email hello@skinnylaminx.com with your CV as well as a covering letter introducing yourself and making it clear why you’re the person we need. Communication skills are key!

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Cook. Better

For quite some time – a couple of years, at least – food writer Nikki Werner shared a corner of my studio above the shop on Bree Street. I was the only other person upstairs, as Pearl was living in Paris at the time, and frankly, this studio wasn’t half as busy and populated as it is these days, so it was really nice for me to have Nikki’s thoughtful, hardworking presence tapping away in the corner. The only time I ever felt anxious in her presence was when she’d ask that dreaded question about my weekend: “And… what did… Continue reading

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December’s a wrap

So happy with all the new paper goods we have this season! Prints, cards, tags and more! Available in store or online.Etsy shoppers: http://bit.ly/Papergoods_internationalSouth African shoppers: http://bit.ly/PaperGoods_ZAR And while we are talking about paper, our Bree St customers will be happy to hear that for the whole of December (and while stocks last), every purchase over R300 will get a pack of Skinny laMinx printed tissue paper for free! Just cos we can