About

 

Welcome to Giggletree the place for all creatures weird and wonderful. I live in Riviersonderend in the beautiful wheatlands of the Western Cape, South Africa.  I’m writing about country life, food, crafts and my attempts to turn the wasteland behind my house into a farm.

I’ve written a novel called Nids Love Big Eyes, which is a satire about humans as seen from the point of view of animals. You can read it on your Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007HCKYTQ. It’s Animal Farm meets Monty Python and lots of fun for young and old. $2 of each sale will be donated to animal charities here in South Africa.

Thanks for visiting and hope you like what you see.

 

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7 Responses to About

  1. NIDS LOVE BIG EYES says:

    Welcome to Giggletree the place for all creatures weird and wonderful. I’m Claire and I live in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nature and animals are what I love best, whether making them, writing about them or just plain looking at them.

    I’ve written a novel called Nids Love Big Eyes, which is a satire about humans as seen from the point of view of animals. You can read it on your Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007HCKYTQ. It’s Animal Farm meets Monty Python and lots of fun for young and old. $2 of each sale will be donated to animal charities here in South Africa. If you’d like to read it for free and absolutely nothing, please go to http://www.scribd.com/doc/24811948/Nids-Love-Big-Eyes.

    If that’s not enough reading for you, I have two blogs, this one andn an animal blog – http://nlbe.wordpress.com/.

    Thanks for visiting and hope you like what you see.

  2. Richard says:

    Grapevine or Mud Sweat and Gears

  3. NIDS LOVE BIG EYES says:

    I did work at a place called Grapevine, one of my most forgettable jobs eva, and there were a lot of them. Public relations. I can’t even say those two words without breaking out into hysterical laughter.

    • Richard says:

      Many years ago you showed me two of your animals in Sandton City, they were great then, best of luck!

      • NIDS LOVE BIG EYES says:

        Thanks Richard. I’m moving into bags and quilts now, but animals were always my first love.

  4. Michael Morton says:

    Hi Claire, my wife and I live in the States but have studied, lived and worked in South Africa, as well as traveled throughout southern and eastern Africa. We’re doing a safari/savannah theme for our nursery and were looking at your bird mobiles, which we love. While it would likely be kept out of reach of our baby, are there any bird mobiles of yours you recommend in particular for such a use? Thanks,
    Michael M, Boston

    • NIDS LOVE BIG EYES says:

      Hi Michael

      Thanks for your query. I’m super careful when it comes to babies, as I know the first thing they do is put the animal in their mouths. That’s babies for you! First thing is the fabric, it’s difficult to know what I’m buying in many places as, business being what it is, I’m sorry to say that some vendors are quite prepared to lie to make a sale. Having said that, I have three vendors that I trust completely, Amafu, Fionas and the shwe shwe I buy from the Oriental Plaza. Shwe shwe has been made and sold for hundreds of years. There’s a lot of fake shwe shwe, but the type I buy is the genuine article, it has the logo printed on the back, so I trust it completely. Amafu dye their own fabrics and they are used all over the world for quilts, so I trust their dyes are completely non-toxic. Fionas sells every colour of cotton imaginable, and I’m happy to use any of their fabric.
      The big issue is the bead, it’s made out of air drying clay and the paints claim to be non toxic. I’m not sure about this.
      What I could recommend is that you have a look at my Etsy shop (click on the link on the blog) and choose the mobile you like. When it comes to birds, I’m only doing three at the moment, the guinea fowl, hoopoe and the loeries. The guinea fowl has a bead eye, but I can leave this off for safety. The loerie can be made in any colour your like, but unless it is hung out of reach, I would leave out the bead so we can be absolutely sure there is nothing your baby could possibly chew on that might be toxic. The hoopoe also has a bead, but I can leave this off and rebalance the mobile without the bead.
      Please let me know which one you like. I’m happy to do a custom order for you.
      Regards
      Claire

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