Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mengsel prints now available at Heal's!

I am very pleased to let you know that Mengsel's limited edition silkscreen prints are now available at Heal's! I've been so excited about this for a while now and so so happy about it. Mengsel prints are available to purchase at the Tottenham Court Road flagship store and online at www.heals.co.uk. Heal's have chosen a small selection of framed limited edition prints for their flagship store: Moka Express, Tiny Towers and Toucans.

A little piece of history about Heal's:  
"Starting out as a bed-making firm in 1810, we've been designing and making quality furniture ever since. We love it and we're good at it. 
When Sir Ambrose Heal joined the firm in 1893, he had the vision to work with the most skilled designers and craftspeople of the day to create furniture that is comfortable, beautiful and affordable, reflecting the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Influential designers like Mies van de Rohe, Marcel Breuer and Robin and Lucienne Day have all been drawn to Heal's distinctive character and reputation for innovation.
This tradition lives on. Heal's continues to work with the designers of the future and offer home furnishings that represent the best in contemporary design."

You can read more about the history of this great British company here at the Heal's website.

It is just an absolute thrill for me to have my prints in a store that stocks most of my design heroes. Happy 2011!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mengsel now available at brand new online store, Cow & Co.

Cow&Co. is an international online design superstore delivering new, unique & vintage items & gifts straight to your door. Mengsel's Moka Express and Retro Roosters tea towels are now available in this fabulous UK based online store. My favourites from the shop...

Ship Pillow by Gabriela Pardo. Price: £35.00
Glass Jar Light Shade by James Shaw. Price: £18.00
Teardrop Brooch by Lori. Price: £18.00

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

a few favourites from the week

Can't believe that 2010 is almost over! Now that I have a little time to sit down and think about all my plans for Mengsel for the new year, I've also found myself compiling a few wish lists...
Black "Florence" Velvet & Silk Bow Necklace from Melbourne designer Hopeless at Etsy
Quotes Measuring Spoons from Beehive Kitchenware at Etsy
Belle and Sebastian 2010 North American Tour Poster, Limited edition silkscreen by Strawberryluna at Etsy
GEEK and NERD recycled-wood signs from William Dohman at Etsy
Tripple Bubble silver mirror headband/necklace by Jennifer Loiselle at Etsy

Thursday, December 16, 2010

yup, it's discount time at mengsel!

Hey there last minute shoppers based in the UK, plus everywhere else who just want a little treat...

Yes, it is discount time at Mengsel! Items shipped to all UK destinations can still arrive in time for Christmas if ordered before Tuesday 21 December 2010. Don't worry, I've left a few things until the last minute myself!

To claim your special 15% discount in my online shops, enter the twitter15 at checkout:

ETSY SHOP:  Enter the coupon code twitter15 at checkout
MENGSEL SHOP:  Enter the coupon code twitter15 at checkout

You can still get your hands on quirky "i heart robot" pillowcase sets, retro-inspired 100% cotton tea towels, tote bags and hand pulled art silkscreen prints from original drawings. This offer is available to customers worldwide until 21 December 2010.

Merry Christmas!

"i heart robot" pillowcase sets - available in black, grey, red, green, turquoise and gold 
"Retro Roosters" tea towel set in delft blue and apple green
Mini "Moka Express" silkscreen print in wedgewood blue

Thursday, December 9, 2010

shed working

Somehow I got the idea that having a shed for an office/workspace/studio in the back of a garden is a fabulous idea. I don't really want studio space somewhere else where I have to pay a high rent and have to commute. Now I just need an actual garden! I've found some really cool shed offices online for inspiration.

Author Amy Bloom's writing haven. Credit: William Wright from "Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways"
Vivid Green designs and constructs low-energy offices, studios and workshops. Photo from The Telegraph
Shed workshop at Real Living. Everything in its place. A huge dream of mine.
Modern, green and affordable shed from Studio Sheds. Flat packed and constructed within 6 hours! From jetsongreen.com 
Garden office by Decorated Shed
Summerwood garden shed decorated by Urban Mode. Image via Interior Design Show

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tiny Towns in England: Shere, Surrey

After our disastrous holiday experience (see earlier post: travel nightmares) we needed a little outing to get rid of the consequential cabin fever that ensued after being snowed in for most of the week. Decided to drive to the picturesque little town of Shere, Surrey. Coincidentally, this was the filming location for the Cameron Diaz/Kate Winslet film "The Holiday". See my snaps below. Very quaint town with charming houses and lots of character. And the bonus: a mere 35 minute drive from my home!

Shere high street

Tea house and gallery

war memorial

Shere church


church and gravestones
public "facilities" in high street

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Garden and Home interview in December 2010 edition

Garden and Home South Africa interviewed me a while ago and now the article about Mengsel, called "Adding To The Mix" is on the "Pat on the Back" section in the December 2010 issue. I can't tell you how amazing it feels to be recognised by such a prestigious South African publication like Garden and Home. You can click on the image of the interview below to enlarge the image and read the article or if you are in sunny South Africa, you can pick up a copy at your local news stand. A wonderful end to a very exciting year for me!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

travel nightmares

I've had quite an interesting week regarding travel plans. We had plans to go to Marrakech, Morocco for a lovely 4 night break in the sunshine with our family before they go home to South Africa and things JUST didn't work out! Our flight from London was for Thursday morning 2 Dec, but Gatwick airport was completely shut down because of the extreme snow conditions and all flights were cancelled. We changed our flight to the next day in the afternoon and hoped for the best. We were very excited the next morning to find out that Gatwick has re-opened and that our flight was on schedule for the afternoon. We could still go for 3 nights out of the planned 4. Got to the airport, checked in, no problem. Yay! We were off to Morocco! HALF WAY throught the flight the pilot had an anouncement: "We have just found out some rather extraordinary news! Spanish air controllers have gone on a surprise strike and we will have more news later on." Turns out that the announcement for the strike was made at 5pm, an hour after our take off and we were now in Spanish airspace. There is no way to get to Morocco without crossing Spain. We had to turn around for an emergency landing in Bordeaux, France and waited inside the plane to refuel. So it was all the way back to London Gatwick then. We got home at about 1am, back in the freezing snow. No point in trying to get another flight as we've missed half our holiday now. Oh well, hopefully we'll have better luck next time...

Passport cover destination world by Sugarcanetrain808 at Etsy

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Brand new silkscreen print: "Picnic"

Introducing my newest hand pulled silkscreen print, "Picnic". How ironic that I'm listing this during a raging snow storm outside!

Dining al fresco in the park on a red plaid sheet with a basket full of fresh French bagels, jam, a selection of cheeses and a few glasses of vino: The simple pleasures! "Picnic" is one of my orginal illustrations, drawn by hand and silkscreen printed in my studio in bright red and black on crisp white 220gsm Daler Rowney paper (made in the UK). Available to purchase in my Etsy shop, Folksy shop and The Mengsel shop. Hope you like it?

"Picnic" original silkscreen print
"Picnic" original silkscreen print
"Picnic" original silkscreen print

Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas comes early

Hope everybody had a great weekend, despite the icy cold? I have a little GIFT for you: With every "i heart robot" pillowcase set or tea towel set (Moka Express or Retro Roosters) purchased online, I will include a pack of silkscreen printed gift tags as a little gift to you. Worth $8.00 a pack, you will receive a free pack of 5 gift tags from a selection of the Moka Express design (bright red and wedgewood blue) and Retro Roosters design (chartreuse). Add something special to your gift wrapping this Christmas from Mengsel.  Also available to purchase from my Etsy shop. This special promotion is available until the last shipping day for Christmas and until stocks last. Be quick!

Moka Express set of 5 gift tags in bright red
Moka Express set of 5 gift tags in wedgewood blue
Retro Roosters set of 5 gift tags in chartreuse

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Mengsel's shipping dates from the UK for Christmas 2010!

England Post Office Letter Box - London. Photo by Rebecca Plotnick at Etsy
Hope everybody is ready for the festive season? Here in London, they are already predicting snow for this weekend and yesterday I sampled the delicious Eggnog Latte at Starbucks. Yum! The shops are all very festive and the lights are on and everything is very magical.

I hope that you will be buying something handmade and special for your beloved friends and family this season. Just a little information about the very latest shipping dates for Mengsel's hand pulled silkscreen prints, tea towels, cushion covers and pillowcase sets: All items are shipped from London with the United Kingdom's very trusty Royal Mail. I will be doing my very best to get all your Christmas post to you as soon as I can, but there are certain time limits for shipping abroad. Please see the dates below for the last dates for shipping in order for you Christmas present to arrive in each part of the world:

Monday 6 December 2010:       Australia, New Zealand and South Central America
Thursday 9 December 2010:        United States, Canada and everywhere else
Monday 13 December 2010:     Europe
Tuesday 21 December 2010:    United Kingdom

Please don't hesitate to contact me directly at mengseldesign@gmail.com if you need any further information.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

birdies + wood = pretty

My favourite wooden birdies from Etsy this week...

Bonjour Birdie Brooch laser Cut Wood by Shara Lambeth.
Wooden Birdhead Cup by Naturedesign
Little Sparrow Pin by Littlesparrows
Screenprinted Wooden Chickadee Brooch by Genevieve Jodouin
Wooden Singing Finch Bird Necklace by Lucie Ellen

Friday, November 19, 2010

Winter Wonderland

It is getting really frosty over here in England. This will be my 6th Winter in London, since arriving here with my  friend and small suitcase from Cape Town. Since then, I've had amazing experiences and I definitely feel like a proper Londoner by now. I love this town! Rather strange, but I've grown quite fond of the Winter here, especially November and December and the run-up to Christmas, when London really comes to life. I've found some beautiful images of that time of the year in London. Enjoy with a cup of hot chocolate (or mulled wine).

Ice skating at Somerset House - image from The Guardian

London Eye - image from Hospitality Line
A wintery St. Paul's Cathedral from the South Bank - image from Eventa

Mini Minis

I have received SO MANY requests from customers for a smaller version of my bestselling "Moka Express" silkscreen print. Most people would love to have one of these in their kitchen, but with limited space in urban kitchens (especially in London!), sometimes the 70x50cm size is just too big for teeny tiny cooking/dining/living spaces.

So I have created a "Mini Moka" handpulled print just in time for Christmas! Coffee lovers (I'm one of them) will love this print, which is based on my original illustration of classic Italian Moka Express coffee makers. Each tiny coffeemaker measures about 4.5 x 2cm each and there are 42 of them on the print.

Silksreen printed in bright red and wedgewood blue and available in The Mengsel Shop and my Etsy shop. What's your favourite colour? Happy shopping!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Librarian Friday

I always feel like I'm dressing like a librarian.  A complete geek, I have to confess that I'm very happy when hanging out in a library and love the smell of old books and especially the peace and quiet. Some cute finds from Etsy and more. Happy weekend!

Library Card Notebook from crabappledesign at Etsy
Studio Julie skirt at Kate Spade
Vintage Black Buddy Holly Eyeglasses from comeuppances at Etsy
Prada Fall/Winter 2010 at Milan (image from famespy.com)
Trio of vintage self help books, mid-century classics by SunnyDay Vintage at Etsy