Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours. I am still in two minds about which of these is worse. Both leave you lying awake at night. Well, maybe not everyone, but I have had sleepless nights because of both. I...

Draw what you feel

A good couple of months ago I was asked to draw anything - as long as it is something - by a person that waltzed into my life. "Draw what you feel." When you suffer from an I don't give a shit right now disorder, this seems like an immensely difficult task. Anything?...

Nine of Wands

I have to admit, I am subscribed to a weekly tarot newsletter with personalised readings. How personalised can a computer-generated reading be? It depends which way you look at it, I suppose. From my knowledge, setting up a site that like will take some above-average...

Sing

Sing. Sure. I sing. Just not in public. Except when I have had too much to drink, then I imagine that I can sing. And my husband reminds me the morning after that it was just my imagination. I'd hang my head and feel sorry for a moment that I never did quite make it...

Song of the moment | Kids on the run

I have to confess, this was my song of the moment a couple of months back too. It just does not get old. I turned 35 on Friday - aaaargh! - and I realised how much (nothing?) has changed. I was happy to do nothing for my birthday. I chose to do nothing. (As opposed to...

The Crew’s Development | Part Two

The crew's development has made some progress ☺ Yay me. So dear LanaLand visitor, please meet Rudi's own characters and their flattest forms. It was such a wonderful moment when Rudi walked into my studio and saw them on the screen and said: "WOW". (Al dragged out...

Rediscovering my art supplies

A good couple of birthdays ago my eldest sister gave me an asked-for set of watercolour pencils. Why I added this to my birthday wish list I am still not sure. a) I don't like watercolour and b) pencil is not my favourite medium...

True friends don’t lie

A really good friend of mine has trouble keeping his thoughts to himself. Which is a great thing and that is why we are friends. He never fails to amuse me with quick comments about anything. Unless you yourself become the topic of discussion, of course! We were...

The Crew’s Development | Part One

When I was pregnant with Rudi and baby room decor was on the cards, I wanted to create some silly monster characters for his bedroom. I have written the character sketches then already but never got around to creating them. I finally started! Here is the rough...

Belonging to a sisterhood

When the word sisterhood gets thrown around one immediately thinks of crazy chicks dancing around a fire, throwing sparkly stuff from rusted buckets while humming songs no one has ever heard of. Magic. Rituals. Enchanted stuff. Well, let me tell you something, it is...

Do one thing every day that scares you

Do one thing every day that scares you. I have been stuck on this line for months now. I am not saying I am not afraid of anything... in fact... My list is fairly long when I sit down and think about all the stuff I am petrified of. But to actually do one thing that...

Song of the Moment | Like Teenage Gravity

As with everything else, I go through music phases too. I will find or rediscover a song and listen to it at least three times a day until I know the lyrics off by heart and can sing it to the tiny human at bedtime without having to mime. I am a die-hard Counting...

Working from home challenges

Working from home is awesome. You know, you get to spend the day in PJ's, you can eat over your keyboard and come and go as you please. But there are also some challenges no one tells you. Like having a 10-cups-a-day filter coffee budget. And a fancy gin budget for...

I finally smudged something other than paint!

For some time there has been an overflow of smudging and "not enough sage in the world" and why you need to smudge posts in my Pinterest feed. Of course, repetition makes things stick (no pun intended) with you for longer. So, I read up on this whole smudging thing,...

I’m not frustrated. I’m annoyed.

It's Friday afternoon, 15:46. I am about to cry for the fourth time this week. Why? Because I am annoyed. I cry for six reasons: When I am sad - duh. When I am over-tired. When I miss my mom. And when I am angry, annoyed or frustrated. Of course, most of these have to...

How to fix puffy, tired eyes

I have been on a mission finding a solution to make the circles under my eyes less, well, black. And the puffiness less puffy. I am all for experiments and am quite daring when it comes to fix-it-out-of-the-kitchen-cupboard remedies. I saw a pin that said something in...

Don’t worry about the future

Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind.
The kind that blindsides you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday.

What is this MMA-thing you are talking about?

Let me just explain to you how I feel about sport: Nothing. I don’t like it. I don’t play nicely with teammates. I don’t like being sweaty. I don’t like running. And I don’t like going to the gym because the spinning class’ people are far too noisy, the boot camp’s guy gives me a pain just hearing him yell orders at people who pay him to do that?!

Chocolate cake recipe

I've had this urge to bake a cake for quite some time now. A chocolate one. With chocolate ganache and not icing. I don't dislike icing at all, it's just way too much work to make. Ganache, on the other hand, is quick and easy and takes no special skills when applying...

Young, free and careless

  Back in the nineties, we were (un)fortunate enough to not be able to record and have photo evidence of all the slightly stupider things we did. Those moments captured on film camera were never developed. Well, mainly because I never had enough money to have it...

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth

oh nevermind;
you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded
But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself
and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before
you and how fabulous you really looked…
You are not as fat as you imagine.

Simple things can also go wrong

We were at the BeerYard last night for gin-on-tap, craft beer, disco fries and supper. We go there quite often as it is relatively close to home, has a festive vibe, great gin (that is on tap which makes it feel there is a little more than the limited amount of gin...

21 Things I hate about being a graphic designer

[originaly posted on Oct 15, 2012] I have been working as a graphic designer for thirteen years and have been freelancing for seven. I love my job and consider myself lucky to be in a position where my worst day at the office is probably better than most people's best...

Songs you can’t play as background music

Playlists have always been one of my hidden talents. Give me a theme, an era, a specific person; no can do, sir. I suppose I won't give up my day job to become a DJ, but every road trip and every birthday party and every new painting or drawing project always get a...

21 Easy things to achieve

There are not many things as rewarding as achieving something you have been working on very hard. Many articles by entrepreneurs I have recently read suggests “Celebrate the small wins”. I agree with this statement wholeheartedly. Instead of beating yourself up for...

Where have all the flowers gone?

Do you remember, as kids, how we used to support our relatives unconditionally? You know, my dad is stronger than yours? My mom is prettier. My sister draws better than your brother? My granny cooks better meals… Does that ring a bell? I remember having this...

Why I didn’t broadcast our pregnancy

“I didn’t even know you were pregnant.” This is what I’ve heard from many people who bumped into me and my big-bellied figure carrying our jellybean. “Well, hmm, maybe because I didn’t tell you?”

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of 99

Wear Sunscreen
If I could offer you only one tip for the future,
Sunscreen would be it
The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists
whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience…
I will dispense this advice now…

Jou huis is waar jou hart is

Ek was die naweek nege jaar in Port Elizabeth. Ek onthou dit werklik soos gister. Ons het vertrek op 27ste dag van September, 2005. Ek, my ma, my middelste sussie en my vriendin. Ons het oorgeslaap op Colesberg en op 28 September 2005 het ons, baie moeg en baie...

Dagdroom – ‘n Gedig

Die dag droom van silwer stukkies spieël wat skitter soos sterre van papaja pêrels en geroeste doringdraad. Die dag droom van ‘n skurwe sement damwal terwyl die son saggies deur die blare praat. Die wind fluister onhoorbaar deur katoenlanderye en die trekker kreun van...

I have been baking!

If you have not noticed...I have a slight obsession with cupcakes. I do think it is one of the only things where you get to make something pretty, make a mess, clean up and watch other people "wreck" your creations while having fun all the way! I am not sure whether I...

Liewe Lana Twaalf-Jaar-Terug

Vrydag, 21 Junie 2002 Liewe Lana, Dit is vandag jou 18e verjaarsdag. Jou appelgroen polo-nek trui en swart baadjie lê netjies op jou bed, gereed om aangetrek te word vir die partytjie wat julle weke lank al beplan. Jy *mag* vandag - wettiglik - jou eie drank koop. Jy...

21 people I would love to have (had) tequila with

Adam Duritz (Counting Crows' lead singer): I have so many questions to ask him! Adam Sandler: Purely for entertainment. Andy Warhol: This should be fun. Brad Silberling (director of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events): Mainly out of curiosity, I suppose....

Time flies – whether you are having fun or not

I am not saying that I have not been having fun, but some days, sadly, I didn't. I have been trying to challenge myself with little minor things, just to be able to say "I kicked my own butt." Well, that did not went well. I followed the Dukan diet for an entire day...

The year so far

Wow, we just hit February! Where has the first month of 2014 gone?! It has been an exciting, exhausting, fun-filled first month with many more great stuff on its way, I am sure. I am afraid I might not have enough hours in my days to do all the things I want to do...

Many happy wishes

People often say things out of habit and because they think it is the right thing to say. Your normal "how are you" and "good thanks" and "happy new year" are great examples. Recently a friend of mine posted this onto Facebook and I thought to myself that more...

Our 2013 Christmas Tree

This year we have gone all natural and earthy. I made a cone out of wire and paper mache which I wrapped with rafia. The little flowers are made from paper I bought a while ago, just because I liked it. I knew I would use it for something at a later stage! I hope you...

21 Reasons I have seen Great Expectations 21 times

[siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget] The story really is that beautiful.The soundtrack is incredible.I love how all the characters wear green all the time.Paradiso Perduto fascinates me more than any place I could imagine...

Ek ruik die somer!

Ek het dit al talle male baie duidelik gemaak dat ek regtig oor 2013 is... Maar dit is wonderlik om te weet dat hy amper oor ons ook is! Nog net 23 dae voor ons almal ook luidkeels kan skree: "Happy New Year!" Die naweek het ek besef die somer is amper hier in sy...

My design alter-ego:

Well, according to this quiz, my design alter-ego is Karla Gropius. Achtung! As a member of the Bauhaus elite you believe in total art, clean lines and massive parties. Especially the parties. I could not agree more...or less. What is you design alter-ego?  ...

If Karma was a bird

This afternoon I was wandering around the garden to see if my plants enjoyed the weekend's rain and SPLAT! It fell on me! Well, first thing that popped into my head was: Oh shit! Karma turned into a bird. But after realising how incredibly funny it actually is, I...

287 down, 78 to go

287 Days of 2013 have dragged by flying and finally, I too, can start counting the days until 2014. Don't get me wrong, I am not - for one second - wishing my life away, but it would be great if I could just throw away my diary and say: Screw you, 2013. I. AM. DONE....

Volmaan – ‘n Gedig

(Ek weet ongelukkig nie wie die prentjie geteken het nie.) Onafhangende van wat jy mag dink, hierdie gedig is nie oor verlore liefde of enige iets soos dit nie. Ek het die gedig geskryf terwyl ek nog op skool was. Ons was in Mosambiek een vakansie en dit was volmaan...

New York, New York

Wondering what to do with left-over paint? Well, I have a slight - yet remarkable - obsession with New York city. Never been there, but it is on my bucket list. Living in a "renovator's dream" often leaves you with lots and lots of little bits of paint. So, here's the...

21 (kind of) important things you have to remember

1. Always know the number of a non-judgmental person in your town...you never know when you might get arrested or kicked out of your own car for driving like an ass. 2. Never fart in a lift with only two people - including yourself. 3. Know the secret hiding place of...

Youth is wasted on the young

Standing in line, waiting for the pancake queue to get shorter, I was listening to old (now, I know old is a mind over matter thing, but these "omies" were older than my dad, who is in his sixties now) guys' conversation on rugby and this and that. I once turned...

Lekker by die see

Gister het hubbles my verras met ‘n roomys uitstappie by ons “strontfront”. Die mooiste middag...so net voor die winter sy laaste koue oor ons gaan uitstort (erge koue front op pad!). Ons was lanklaas op die strand, het ek opgemerk. Ek het my opslag vervies dat ek...

Drinking flat readymix out of a soggy watermelon

It has been quite a big day in South African news, I guess. With the Pistorius case and all... But what really caught my attention was the headline “Advocate Barbie released on parole”. I am sure the feelings surrounding the Prinsloo/Visser case are more mixed than a...

Ou Tante Koba

Lank terug het my oupa vir ons 'n liedjie geleer van Ou Tante Koba: Ou Tante Koba is 'n snaakse ou vrou, sy loop net soos 'n mank makou. Ou Tante Koba sy is so bly dat sy tog weer 'n skoonseun kry. Lank is die seun en kort is sy pa, mooi is die dogter en lelik haar...

I know where I am going

A couple traveling through Europe was standing at a bus stop waiting to continue their journey. A young African man stood at the same stop as themselves. While waiting for their transport to arrive, they started to chit-chat about one thing and the other. Eventually...

Ballonne vir my liefie-kind

Opgewonde gaan lê ek op die gras en wag nadat ek myself flou gehardloop het. My bors beweeg stadiger op en af as wat ek my hart voel klop. Ek sien dat die najaar die veld oorgeneem het en ek maak my oë toe; die son laat my gedagtes helder word terwyl hy homself op my...

Totsiens – ‘n Gedig

Vertroue en respek hou hande vas. Trippel-trippel op jou tone Trap-trap Tree-vir-tree Jou hand in myne Jou geloof in jou gedagtes Wanneer jy glo jy is reg. Die ongeloof wanneer ek besef die vertroue is weg. My respek in my broeksak en die ander hand wuif jou...

I quit.

A dear friend of mine, who recently entered the graphic design field, was telling me that he was busy typing out his resignation letter as we were having our conversation. I smiled as I replied. “A resignation letter must the most liberating thing in the world. Smiley...

Knuppel

Ontmoet vir Knuppel. Hy is die monster wat oornag al die voedsel in die yskas eet en as jy jou oë uitvee, is daar geen kos in die huis nie.

Nurse by design

The other day I was reading through our local newspaper and came across an article that said the government is urgently looking for students to enrol in healthcare – especially in the Eastern Cape. Without putting the paper down I said to my husband in a mumbling...

Hitman Needed

Today I drove behind a Rentokil van when I started thinking: For how many things would I rent to kill? Well, at that moment, it was coffee. I am just glad these companies are not situated next to each other. So, what would you rentokil for?

21 Traits I can not stand

Lying: I understand if you have to lie temporarily because of a surprise or a really serious secret you *have* to keep, but if you lie to cover your ass, to deceive me, to make someone else look bad or ANY other form of lying for that matter, I shall scrape you off my...

Act Natural

I was walking through a shopping centre the other day - quickly to get something completely random - when a foreigner from a free standing stall cornered me. "Excuse me, miss..." I always find it hard to just ignore these people so I turned around looking as busy as I...

The Great Tree

I was devastated for a very long time when I realised my name (Ilana) actually means "The Great Tree" in Hebrew. Perhaps this was because of the direct translation into Afrikaans, Die Groot Boom, which could be associated with so many things on the wrong side of the...

Lydenburg – ‘n Gedig

Lydenburg Ek wil van jou ontslae raak Maar ek kan nie. Ek wil meer en meer van jou vergeet met elke tree wat ek gee en elke keer as die son sy rooi tapyt na die duisternis oopmaak. Ek wil jou uitgooi en uitroei en opgooi en uitbloei en uitknip en vasplak en bêre op my...

Aangename kennis, ek is Lana

Ek het in 'n huishouding groot geword waar spelling regtig 'n groot ding was. Daar was 'n dagboek langs die telefoon waar ons moes aanteken waarheen ons gaan en wanneer ons sal terug wees en my ma het ons woorde twintig keer laat uitskryf langs jou aantekening as jy...

Mermaid Hippie

A mermaid-hippie-ish necklace made from a ray's spine. My niece picked the spine pieces up, my dad cleaned them and drilled the holes and I beaded them.

21 things I learned in 2012

(and hopefully, I will remember them in 2013! Never act in anger. Or confusion. Creativity is a gift. Be grateful. To trust someone does not necessarily make them loyal. Colleagues must be friends, friends should not be colleagues. There are still people in this world...

Totoro

My very first *complete* drawing with my wacom tablet! Meet my neighbour Totoro. Not only is he the most friendly creature on earth, but he also makes your trees grow 😉 (he looks like my blue-eyed boy, Attie, don't you think?)

Winnie the Witch

As kids we used to visit my gran on her farm. Whenever she had stuff to do in town, she would drop us off at the local library and stop for Aylesbury ice cream on our way back home. In that library, which felt pretty much like part of our childhood home, I met a...

Dream for those who’ve given up

One of my favourite books I have ever owned, is An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton. Hubby gave it to me for a birthday a year or two ago. Sometimes when I feel that I have forgotten how to dream, I page through it and remember that my dreams can be what I want them to...

Define Valuable

I often drive past a pawn shop and always wonder about their window's wording. I mean, certainly we all value things differently. Apart from my wedding ring, I own merely plastic jewellery...and they tell stories! More stories than diamonds and pearls, I tell you....

Blogging on jetplane…

All my bags are packed, (I think) I am ready to go... to my reunion. I am probably giving away my age right now, but that is OK. I am – heaven knows how high from earth – approximately 1500km away from my hometown on my way to my high school reunion. Yay! Or nay. A...

Hit the road…I think it was Jack?

Music is a powerful thing. I remember making cassettes for every road trip I ever went on. Making CDs was hardly ever as much fun, and now, quickly copying a couple of mp3's onto a flash disk ruins the entire sentiment about it. I am not going to have a verbal...

Lavender for good luck…

I was walking around in the garden playing with my camera and took these snapshots of our lavender. Whenever I see a lavender or rosemary plant  I can't help to think of Practical Magic. "Always throw salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate,...

The difference explained

We all get bored. Not bored necessarily, but we all get that feeling of I need to procrastinate for a while. Thankfully I am not a practising attorney, because I can't imagine myself writing up a contract just for fun. Maybe if I were a plastic surgeon (which I wanted...

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