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The Hotel I used to work at, didn’t have a room with the number 13. I also heard that some buildings don’t have a 13th floor. It goes straight from 12 to 14.

I like 13. It was my birthday on the 13th of August and so much awesomeness happened recently that I would like to share it with you.

On the 12th of August the crew from the TV show “Mooiloop” visited our beautiful town Stilbaai and my studio:

Prim and proper :-)...behind the scenes with TV presenter Denvor Phokaners.

Prim and proper :-)…behind the scenes with TV presenter Denvor Phokaners.

Behind the scenes with Mooiloop TV

Behind the scenes with Mooiloop TV

Thank you Stilbaai.me for telling them about my work!

In my studio with the presenter Denvor Phokaners

In my studio with the presenter Denvor Phokaners

What an interesting experience…it felt quite surreal!

Afterwards we were off to Witsand for the weekend. That was my birthday present from my dad:

Father and daughter 2016

Father and daughter 2016

The morning of the 13th I woke up with the sight of wales playing in the ocean, and our boys gave me gifts they picked up on the beach. In the afternoon we went fishing

catch of the day

catch of the day

and enjoyed a picnic.

I wish I could translate my happiness into words!

On our way back home the next day we stopped at the “Blue Crane Farmshop”  . We thoroughly enjoyed their hospitality and amazing coffee…I was admiring their collection of vintage dolls….and then suddenly Philippa, who greeted us at the door when we arrived, gave me the most beautiful baby doll as a gift! (without even knowing that it was my birthday the previous day)


at the Blue Crane farmshop

at the Blue Crane farmshop

What an amazing, warm-hearted lovely gesture….

I am filled with so much gratitude! Thank you to dearest friends for their support and my loving family and meeting new acquaintances with warm hearts.

I salute you x





Today is bittersweet

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Bets Taute and the dinosaurs

Bets Taute and the dinosaurs

Today the 16th of January would have been my mother’s birthday.  If she survived the car crash 19 years ago, she would have been 59.

I wish I could share the news with her that I have been nominated for a KykNet Fiesta 2015 award for my exhibition: Rubber ever after in the category for:” Best accomplishment in Visual Art”!!!!

This announcement was made last night: see here: http://kyknet.dstv.com/2015/01/15/vyfde-kyknet-fiestas-gaan-groot/

I am honoured to be nominated alongside fellow artists: Diek Grobler, Gerhard Marx and The Little Marionette Company!

So yes, today is kind of bittersweet …..but thanks for letting me share it with you.


6 and 20

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My little boy, my firstborn is celebrating his 6th year on this planet today.


                                                                                   A lighthouse. Drawing by my son.

On one hand I wish I can keep/freeze/pause him at this age.  This seems like a magical age, where what mommy says is still word.  Where Santa Clause and the tooth mouse are still real.  Where magic can be found in nature and where the mystery of electricity fascinates his little sponge like mind.  He is very curious by nature and wants to know a lot.  I learn with him.  Besides tractors, volcanoes, dragons and plants (especially hibiscus and bonsai’s) – his latest fascination lies with Lighthouses.

I think it has more to do with the power of the wave’s crashing against a manmade thing and it doesn’t break.  He has been testing his strength against the waves this past holiday, and he saw the lighthouse at our harbour in battle with waves at high tide; but his ultimate favourite is this video on YouTube.  (I indulge my children and when I see a spark of interest I go on info hunting with them.)  I thought it might be a brilliant time to discuss electricity and its uses and luckily they had this great book at the library and we found this lovely project to do:

page from the book called: "Laat dit werk! Elektrisiteit" by Baker and Haslam

page from the book called: “Laat dit werk! Elektrisiteit” by Baker and Haslam

I wondered how long his yearning to become a farmer would last, and last week he told me he decided he doesn’t want to be a farmer anymore.  He wants to become a lighthouse-keeper.

In the meantime, while he decides, we are off to the local nursery to buy his bonsai (that’s what he wants for his birthday), and I need to get to the library to find some bonsai books (Because this mommy is clueless about little tiny trees…)

What I do know is that the ABSA Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and I am super excited to exhibit and be part of their Visual Arts Program.  You can view the full program here….

And check out the visual arts program here….I am blessed to be in the company of all these artists

And a little bit more about my exhibition during the festival here………

And on that note I would like to end this post with a song:

(“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine”)

Sing along here 

four birthdays and a funeral

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August is my month of celebrations!

These celebrations started on Woman’s day the 9th of August. We made our way to a small town to celebrate a friend’s birthday. My friend K and I share the same date of birth (but she was born in the 80’s and I in 1977).

On Sunday when we returned home our neighbour invited us for cake since she was celebrating her date of birth.

Then on Monday I celebrated my grandmother’s birthday. (Unfortunately “ouma Elsie is not around anymore).  I was told that they (the family) hoped that I would arrive on her date of birth, but instead the stork dropped me off a day later.

We buried or newly tamed cat on this day as well. We found her in one of our water tanks. Not sure how she managed to fall in, but she drowned. My heart was broken.  Strangely enough the children handled her death well….E cried a bit, and decided that he will go and get some flowers to put on her grave. He said to me: “Don’t worry mom, I’ll catch another cat and then you would not be so sad anymore.”

Note to self: fix the water tank ASAP.

Yesterday I launched my website. Partly as a birthday gift to myself, but more because I made a promise to have it launched before I turned 36…..so here we go:


It’s not 100% like I wanted it to be. forever a work in progress. I enjoyed doing it, to a certain extent, but glad its sort of finished.  I just need to add some dimensions to the individual works.  I am open to constructive criticism, and wonder if the site is easy to navigate and i wonder if the photos take a long time to open.

I would still like to have a professional photographer documenting my work one day, as well as a professional website-builder, but until that day, this will have to do…..



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It was said to believe that I spent my last few hours in the womb floating in green meconium stained amniotic fluid; until I was released/forced into this world with forceps.

For weeks afterwards I had this blue/purple bruises on my head as a result of it.

Tomorrow I will be celebrating that day.

What happened to the childlike excitement and anticipation about my birthday?

My wish….

I hope that 35 will prove itself as a lucky number and a good year.

And to remember:

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that’s why it is called the present”

From the movie:  Kung Fu Panda