‘Tis the silly season

Statement of the year: “Christmas is coming!”…so how is your goose faring?

I have this amazingly organised friend who has her tree up, decked in black and gold finery complete with heaps of pressies under it, all wrapped and ready for the ripping! Never mind starting the Christmas shopping!

I, on the other hand, am still trying to squeeze in 20 minutes between 11 and 12 pm to stitch tinsel to the bottom of angel costumes, schedule presentations to boards, manage a quick monthly shop, buy a couple of belated birthday pressies, play photographer on pirate ships for kids parties – all the while trying desperately not to jump ship due to a complete lack of sea legs on my part….oh, and take on two or three extra small creative projects, finish renovating the bathrooms, organise school labels and stationary for next year; and then there are teachers presents – all of them. Gasp!

So is it any surprise that this type-A idiot has yet again made a promise to herself to attempt to make our own teachers gifts instead of prescribing to the class spa voucher, as well as endeavor to set aside time to hand make some new Christmas decorations with the girls and host the Christmas day festivities at our place this year?

Yes, we all agree that the season is silly and dizzy – but this is madness! I was exhausted when I sat down to write this at 6am this morning because I spotted a quick gap, but I am now shattered! Right…so I need to draw the line somewhere. But where?

The truth is I adore Christmas! I love the idea of giving and of course being a little spoilt in return and I love the traditions coupling the celebrations that call for all things pretty and tasty. This is my personal little heaven, and although most years I come close to killing myself in the process – when I finally lie back on the beach for a moment of sun-soaked splendour (even if it only lasts a minute or two) – I feel truly, happily satiated.

As crazy as it sounds given the energy levels available at this time of year – I love making pretty….it energizes me, entertains my girls, beautifies my home, and reminds me what Christmas is all about. Love and light and my family.

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BUT LETS GET REAL – aside from making a few quick and easy decorations for tree and table, the line has to get drawn here; and as much as I would love to pot my own herbs and give everyone a cute little herb garden collection adorned with cotton candy-striped ribbon and old fashioned luggage tags – is not going to happen this year (and there is always next), so my next best option is EAT.ART!

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Lovingly crafted (by hand I might add), exquisitely creative and utterly bespoke, eat.art gifts just do it for me, and for everyone I know who has been on the receiving end to date. They truly offer something for everyone’s tastes from artisanal slide boxes of gourmet spices and teas in the most wonderful collections; to herb and chilli Seed Kits for the DIY gift-lovers; to Keynote collections of teas and spices boxed beautifully and ready for a place in any kitchen. it doesn’t end there, perhaps one of my favourites is their Emergency Seasoning Kit – perfect for chefs in the making or anyone who simply appreciates basic kitchen must-have ingredients, not to mention the eat.art Crushgrind grinders…AND, besides the fact that each and every eat.art gift is lovingly crafted by hand, their packaging is truly beautiful meaning that they don’t even need to be wrapped…SOLD did you say?

Apart from on their website (www.eatart.co.za – see their contact us page for more details) and at their factory shop in Westlake Business Park – varying selections of their current gifting ranges can be found at, amongst others, the following Cape Town based suppliers: The Coffee Company at Lourensford, Tokara Deli at Tokara, Butcherman, Karoo Moon at the Old Biscuit Mill, Raith Gourmet, The Food Barn Deli (Noordhoek), Imhoff Farmstall (Imhoffs Gift), and Giovanni’s.

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Written for eat.art by: Nancy Hoepner  – Magpie Creative

Only slightly exhausted mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner of Magpie Creative. Having worked with the eat-art team before, she is thrilled, and slightly bewildered to have been asked to (take time out from juggling and) add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.

nancy@magpiecreative.co.za | http://www.magpiecreative.co.za  https://www.facebook.com/magpiecreativecapetown

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