Blog Changes

On 8 September 2015 the URL for Megan's Tiny Treasures changed from www.meganstinytreasures.blogspot.com to www.blog.creativeme.co.za This will not affect readers in any way, and saved links to the old URL will be redirected. In the near future the name of the blog will change to Creative Me. This is in line with the direction in which my business is growing. Thank you to my loyal readers!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Birthday Adventure

Messy and me.  A week ago I had a birthday.  I like birthdays.  The more I have, the more I enjoy them.  I think they should be an adventure and an opportunity to do something one has wished for.  I always wanted to explore Lesotho on horseback.  
This is why you weren't able to reach me while I was gone. Lesotho is a largely unblemished part of the world.  No roads, no electricity, no phone network. 
The Valley of a Thousand Horses high in the mountain kingdom. Our herd of horses grazing while we take a break on foot to enjoy the scenery.

For days we travelled over mountains, through passes and valleys, hearing only the sound of wind, splashing water, and the distant bells of sheep grazing on the slopes.  (The animal in the foreground is the guide's dog, who ran with us all the way).
After a long period of drought, it started raining while we were in the mountains.  Riding in a rain suit is uncomfortable, but the scenery more than made up for it.  Waterfalls spouting  between the rocks, and an abundance of green all around.
We crossed streams several times every day.  Messy was sure footed and steady.  I laughed at the way she would lower her nose to the water and snort at the submerged rocks as she walked over them.
Riding along the edge of a cliff was certainly no laughing matter.  I snapped this picture with my knee in the foreground.  It doesn't do justice to the dizzying drop to the stream in the valley far below.  Often the terrain was downright treacherous and I had no free hand for the camera.
Thousands of years of wind and rain have hollowed the base of many sandstone cliffs into caves.  The caves offer shelter to sheperds and their animals.  We came across the ruins of several dwellings.  Henning looks like a real explorer!
There are Bushman paintings on the walls of many of the caves.  These are about 2 000 years old.  The paint is made of a mixture of red and yellow clay, charcoal, animal fat and blood.  Although badly weathered, one can clearly see human figures and eland in the pictures, a hunting scene.
Standing in the mouth of a cave.
Finding a trickle at the back of a cave meant time to refill our drinking bottles.  Water filtered by tons of rock, very pure and sweet!
Passing through a Basutho village.  Most of Lesotho's 2.2 million citizens live in the north of the country.  In the south where we were, villages are scarce and inhabitants few.  People survive by planting crops and tending small herds of sheep.
Charles, our Basutho guide.  He was born in these mountains and knows the country like the back of his hand.  
 A week on a horse, in the rain, in the mountains, sleeping and eating in the most basic way.  This was an adventure to remember, and to talk about for a long time. 
On our return to the South African side of the border, there was a hot shower and a warm bed waiting for us at the lodge.  But only after an evening of birthday cake, and reminiscences around the fireplace while rain drummed down on the tin roof. 




Saturday, October 8, 2016

Weekend is for play


 
I'm making cloth dolls for my own collection.  On my work table at te moment are designs by Susie McMahon, Marla Niederer, and Karen Musson.  Three artists with completely divergent approaches to doll making.  I'm learning a lot as I progress, and loving it.
I'm working in my hide-away spot under the trees.  In this terrible heat and drought it's difficult to find a spot to get comfortable.  The dogs are lying in the dust where lawn used to be... a summer storm with lots of rain would be so welcome!


Monday, August 8, 2016

Rowena Rabbit

I received a lovely letter this morning.  The picture that came with it actually tells the whole story.
Naomi chose the Rowena Rabbit pattern to make a doll for her little girl.  It was her first ever attempt at making a soft toy.  She says the pattern and instructions were easy to work with  and she's happy with the result.  I think the purple Rowena looks stunning.  Most important of all is that her daughter adores the rabbit and has a new treasured friend.  
When I see pictures like this, I'm keenly reminded why I'm a toy designer and maker.  It's not about stuff, it's about creating joy.



Monday, February 29, 2016


Hello from all the teddies at Tin Soldiers.  They want to tell you about our Etsy sale.



To celebrate leap year, all patterns in our Etsy shop have been marked down 50% for the next 24 hours.  We will be adding new patterns as well, so keep checking back. 
Go on, use the opportunity to get yourself a little treat. 
Happy Leap Year Day!



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Miniatures Festival




Hooray!  I know that all lovers of toys and miniatures are looking forward with me to the Parkhurst Miniatures Festival this coming weekend.  This annual event is all about scale miniatures.  Dollhouses and miniature scenes made by club members are on display.  At the sales tables you can find everything from a miniature rose bush to a racing car.  Refreshments at the tea garden.

Saturday 29 August 9am – 4pm
Sunday 30 August 9am – 2pm

Parkhurst Recreation Hall
Corner 13th St & 5th Ave Parkhurst
GPS:  S 28 02’07.0  E 26 07’22.0

Claudia and I are sharing a stand this year.  We have almost exclusively new stock and we are very excited to share it with you.
Please help us to promote the exhibition by forwarding this email to a few friends, and do come and say hello to us at the fair. 
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone.