A Jungle in Here

I’ve had the honor of knowing Vansana for almost five years now. It all began at Bida Manda, where I was a hostess, and to be honest, a pretty bad one. When I told Van I’d be moving to Barcelona to study a master’s degree in Creative Literature, he promised to visit. True to his word, Van came that very November and we taught the Catalans a little something about stuffing, pecan pie and how a turkey in the oven can bring together a table of people, all from different countries and cultures. Van came back again the next year and I’m sure he would have returned for his third Barcelona Thanksgiving if I had not returned back home to Raleigh.

A few weeks ago, I visited Brewery Bhavana, the new space dreamed up by brother and sister duo, Van and Vanvisa Nolintha. Inside is beautiful: there are plants that take you to someplace far from Raleigh to some place tropical, quiet. There is the light that shines through the sunroof and as you watch the afternoon pass by, you begin to realize what it mean to just be.

It was to my delight that Van asked me to feature some of my illustrations for Bhavana’s Mother’s Day event. Needless to say,  the last week has been crazy: I managed to squeeze out about 45 original cards to sell at Bhavana for Mother’s Day. The weekend was wonderful and I was so thankful to be part of what Van and everyone at Bhavana has created.

Peace, love and toast.


dear tree pollen, dear grass pollen, dear dust mites and pet dander, dear flowers and mold, i hate you i hate you i hate you i hate you i hate you i hate you i hate you i hate you i hate you.
yours truly

My life was a dream

Before the wedding. Before Cape Town. Before moving to Raleigh, we lived in Barcelona and we took epics vacations to islands and places you think about when you think about the word, paradise. Here’s to a lifetime of adventure.

Obsession: Coffee + Donuts

Coffee. Coffee + Donuts. Has there ever been a more perfect combination? I am obsessed with coffee. I drink it way too often and spend way too much money on it: on a latte on way way to work, on an americano at the coffee shop down the street from my office, on a cappuccino after dinner. There is nothing more perfect than coffee, unless it’s a donut.

Obsession: Coffee + Donuts

there is something about the (pitter patter of) rain. the dirty puddles, (that gather on side streets) still for hours after the storm that lead me to think, perhaps it isn’t all for nothing.
Jeannine Erasmus