Meet Free Monday Giveaway

In 2015 Meet Free Monday carried on (I assure you) and when I got a gap to blog about my day I did (click here, here and here). This year I am trying my best to keep this institution in place, but at the moment I have to also be flexible. If all else fails at least one Monday per month has to continue to be meet free or else! If you are new to this idea - it's a play on words and is based on the concept of keeping one day a week free of meetings and appointments in order to plan, get your mindset right and work through those things that never get done. For me, it's part of my mental health plan as a creative business owner - it means Sunday nights don't feel quite so suffocating and the week starts off in peace.

Today... I have the loveliest giveaway to kick off the week and hopefully to inspire you to plan, get creative and have a well mapped out year and creative business success. Planning is fundamental and digital is useful, but paper holds the promise of creativity and a way to disconnect, if only for a (pretty) second or two. One of my clients that I am currently working with owns a beautiful shop called La Maison which is undergoing a transformation both physically and online. The new look isn't far from being complete. Francie the inspired and wonderful mind behind La Maison is offering one of you this fantastic planner by Kaisercraft. She has a fantastic eye for selecting the best on offer from the various craft brands around the world - you can get in touch with her on email. Her shop is in Durban - visit her Facebook page and see some of the lovely things she sells and makes!

It's a minty green shade called Breeze and is made from PU with a magnetic clasp. It includes the planner which is filled with a selection of dividers, plain pages, calendar / list pages and clear pockets. It isn't dated so you can use it as needed. It's a great size measuring 22cm x 23.3cm x 4.3cm and offers ample space for either modern memory keeping or planning. In fact, I am quite envious of the winner already. I found these pretty images on the Kaisercraft blog showing how you can decorate your planner (accessories / stationery not included). Below are the giveaway entry details - don't miss out!

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Giveaway Info:
This is a local, South African only giveaway.
Winner will be contacted via email and will be chosen using Rafflecopter. Decision is final.
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Best of luck!

Craft Haul

Hello there and hello to 2016 too! Somehow my holiday is over and I am expected to return to normal life and work. Yikes! I am confused as to how we have to recover from over three hundred days of madness in a mere two weeks. It makes no sense to me - aren't we suppose to have a longer break? Much the same can be said for weekends too.

We were really fortunate to have time away with family and friends in Cape Town. To ease the stress of a long year I decided to invest in some new crafty goodies. You know... I had to and they are total necessities that are required to sustain life (that's my story and I'm sticking to it). I spent a rather long time in Cape Arts and Crafts and In Good Company much to the sighs and side glances from my family. I dream of visiting these places in anticipation of my trips to CT. As fellow stationery enthusiasts you can understand how absolutely fun it is to know you have permission to shop. In addition, I can justify it because I actually ensure I use the items partly for personal use and for gifting and snail mail. No stationery hoarding here!

Now that I have explained why I went crazy in craft shops, I will actually show you what I bought. I could have added heaps more to my baskets, but had to reign it in or else I would be eating beans on toast for the rest of 2016.

Shopping List:
Simple Stories - SN@P Magnetic Page Markers, Insta Quote Stickers and Insta Squares
Simple Stories - So Fancy Bits and Pieces
My Mind's Eye - Market Street by Jen Allyson Flair Pins
KaiserCraft Hello Today Clear Stamps

Doughnut Lipbalm / dotcomgiftshop
Washi Tapes
Floral Table Confetti / Ginger Ray

The biggest question I get is... "But what will you do with it?" and I am happy to show you what I have already gotten started on in my Filofax.

Have you bought any lovely new stationery lately and from where - I would love to know?
P.S. In addition to my business related Instagram account (click here) I also have an account dedicated to planning and how I use my Filofax - @nvdmplans (click here). Pop by to share in my crafty journey.

Perfect Timing with JORD

I have a deep love affair with wood... I grew up around with a grandfather who was a master at furniture restoration. My dad having learnt the trade has also passed it on to Daniel, my husband and now we all contribute to the family business which specialises in furniture design. With wood being so intergrated into my life - it was no surprise that JORD Wood Watches caught my eye - especially as I am able to wear a timepiece that echos my heritage and style. Pale Maple paired with rose gold equals absolute perfection.

JORD Wood Watches sent me this incredibly beautiful watch which I have been wearing and loving. What was particularly useful was the fact that they sent me an easy way to measure my wrist and then sized my watch for me. I have particularly thin wrists and when I buy a new watch I always have to have links removed prior to wearing it. In this case I could slip it on and wear it immediately - which made for a welcome change. The spare links were included in the box so I can size up if need be.
Watches, timepieces or chronographs are more popular than ever. Time... the oldest commodity of all is still so key despite all the modern elements introduced into our world. How we make use of it is still central to how we live and how fulfilled we are. When I am running errands or keeping time within my one on one consulting sessions it makes me happy to glance down and look at something lovely. It adds to my journey as an entrepreneur and allows me to set myself apart, use my time wisely and to feel inspired with every second that passes.

As you know all to well by now my love for details and packaging is at the core of my thinking and JORD really ensures that each element is taken care of. Pair that with great branding and you have the ultimate in smart, useful packaging that is almost ornamental in its beauty. The watch was sent in a wooden box will a sliding lid and a plump cushion for the watch to sit upon which now happily lives on my dressing table. It kept it safe while it took its long snail mail journey to South Africa. 

It's so lovely when a functional item can also be a conversation piece and  people always look twice. That has been one of my favourite parts of wearing my new watch... being able to share the story with others and of course that rose gold face keeps me pretty happy too!

*Posted in collaboration with JORD. All views are my own and this is a product that I truly use in my personal capacity.

Wooden Watches For Sale

Voucher Special: The Gift of Creative Business Success

January is just around the corner and it always fills me with joy when I can open my new diary, begin goal setting and preparing for a happy and successful year ahead. To celebrate an awesome year and to spoil you - I am offering the perfect gift for receiving via snail mail (well, speedy snail mail). Creative business and pretty parcels - my two passions are paired together in this year's voucher special. Details below - there are only ten available so get in touch asap.

What is the voucher for?
It is for a one on one consulting session for up to two hours of business guidance. I run the sessions via Skype or FaceTime for those not based in Durban so everyone can make use of the service. It is one of the most popular aspects of my business where creatives get to tackle concerns or ideas directly related to their needs. The session is ideal for those just starting out or thinking of taking the creative business leap. It is however, suitable for creative businesses at any level. I cover what you would like me to. Sometimes it's a pep talk, or a strategy... it's up to you and if you don't know where to begin then don't worry, I can help with that too.

There are only ten of these special packages available so don't delay. They sold out last year in record time.

How to buy your voucher / gift:
It's really easy to buy the voucher - just email me so I can get the correct details - please include:
  • Your full name.
  • Name of person you are gifting it to.
  • Postal address for where you want it to be sent to.
  • Name of closest post office to address (if you know).
  • Contact number of person voucher is being sent to. 
I will then invoice you and once your payment is received - your order is confirmed.

Vouchers will be posted off at the end of this week and will arrive at the closest post office to the address by Tuesday 22nd December. I can either send it to you or to your friend - please specify. If you are based in Durban you can collect it or receive your items at your session.

For R400 you will receive:
A two hour session voucher (valid for six months).
A notebook to capture your ideas and to start planning for success.
Free overnight postage via Speed Services to your closest post office. Will arrive by Tuesday 22nd December.
Each package is wrapped in my signature style and includes a free 'Season's Greetings' postcard.

The total value is R550 including all the little added extras and the overnight postage, but I'm offering it for R400 up until Thursday 17th December. The voucher is valid for up to six months so the recipient can book a session to suit their schedule.

To buy your voucher - just email me (click here).

Here are a few kind words from Colleen van Heese - Lieflingkind Stationery & Design. Colleen received a voucher last year as a Christmas gift from her kind and sweet husband.

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