Working from home challenges

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!

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.

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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...

Hello! I am Lana.

I am a graphic designer during office hours and a unicorn whisperer the rest of the time. I am the mother of one tiny human, the wife of a reasonably normal husband and a passionate lover of colour. I keep myself busy with design work mostly and often have to asdkj hj (sic) share my keyboard with my child. I am the creator of the artwork, Chaos. I strive for inner peace and hope to be remembered as a tornado; mayhem with a harmonious heart.

My primary goal in life is to keep my ducks on the same farm (if they are even ducks?!) If there is a quicker way to do it, I will know about it. If not, I will find one. No matter the question, my answer is always family. And friends. And coffee. And gin.

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