Design Hadithi | Personalised Artwork

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There is no such thing as a new idea. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope.” – Mark Twain

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As a creative I’m sometimes a tad bit hard on myself when it comes to content creation because it feels like every great idea has been thought of and actualised … which to some extent is true … with all the kerfuffle about there being no new ideas under the sun what is a creative to do to be creative???? why of course – reinvent the hubcaps, repaint the wheel,  add a few bells whilst removing some of the whistles from said wheel!!! Which is pretty much what I did when I was trying to figure out what frame to get for two beautiful drawings of my now “not-so-little” Ziz Whiz  and I. I was on Pinterest … which by the way my love for is stronger than ever six years later (Side note: why can’t my marriage be on a constant flow just like my relationship with Pinterest  rather than being very ocean-like with the ebbs and flows!!? The last disagreement we had my poor husband comes and tells me ‘lets bury the hatchet’ my response to this lovely man?! “I don’t remember a hatchet clause in our marriage certificate.” !)


I love displaying artwork in my home and I prefer personalised art or pieces that speak to me rather than generic pieces. We got these sketches done during one of the fafa fashion markets, which was at the then Junipers Kitchen … Now J’s Fresh who knows what name tomorrow holds, where I met the very awesome Naddya who drew these wonderful pictures of Ziz and I. That was back in 2016 and I’ve had the drawings rolled up in a trunk up until this year about 2 months ago when I stumbled across the inspirational picture above ↑↑ ↑↑ from the Painted Hive (oh! that is actually a free downloadable print so head on over there and check it out!) … and  just like that the stars had aligned I had found the perfect frame inspo for my two drawings, which could finally emerge from the trunk.

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I wasted no time sending a screenshot of the inspiration picture and the dimensions of the paper to my carpenter and about a week later my new frames were ready to be collected … unfortunately upon collection I realised the the carpenter had made the frame too thick … I wanted it to have a slim profile so as not to detract attention from Naddya’s work of art. So that meant another couple of days as the carpenter made a new set of frames, but I was so pleased with the final outcome! As not only was it perfection, it also reminded me that it’s okay to borrow ideas from others and put your own twist on them!

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The sketch of Ziz and I ↑↑ ↑↑ hangs in our entryway whereas the one of Ziz by herself currently occupies centerstage ↓↓ ↓↓ right above our soon to be off-white couch.

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It might be hard for you to understand this if you don’t have kids yet but this cherubic face right here ↓↓ ↓↓ belongs to my tormentor in chief … whom I have inexplicable love for but aiiiiii! sometimes she feels like payback for the hell I gave my mother!!

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