Christmas 2011 Shipping Information

Get those gifts shipped in time!
Can’t believe it is that time of the year again. Christmas 2011 is rapidly approaching. Mengsel prints are shipped worldwide from the UK, so if you live abroad, please have a look at the last posting dates below. 

Mon 5 December 2011: South & Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Far East (incl Japan), Australia and New Zealand
Fri 9 December 2011: USA, Canada & Eastern Europe
Mon 12 December 2011: Western Europe
Tues 20 December 2011: United Kingdom

Don’t miss out on getting those special gifts in time (and most importantly – avoid crowded, crazy shopping malls!)

Holiday countdown!
- Luzelle

"hotel londres" limited edition print in clementine & patina

Ever wondered where birds stay when they go on vacation? Hotel Londres! The luxury London hotel for birdies on holiday. Bright and colourful, just how I like it. Limited edition of 50 in a A3 size printed by hand in bright clementine and patina on 200gsm acid free Fabriano paper.

Available here in the Mengsel Shop...

new moka express colours

If you've had an eye on my shop over the last week or so, you would've noticed that I have some brand new colours from my Moka Express prints in a new A2 size format (59.5cm x 42cm = 23.42 inches x 16.53 inches). You can even leave a little note for me when purchasing, if you would like me to trim the print down to fit a 50x40cm frame, as there is enough white space around the printed area for custom framing.

Great for bringing a pop of colour to your kitchen or a wedding gift for a lucky friend. Hope you like?

Available in the Mengsel Shop and my Etsy shop.
Denim Blue Moka Express silkscreen print

Neon Pink Moka Express silkscreen print

Charcoal Moka Express silkscreen print

Meet Ben & Pepper, Luxembourg

A few weeks ago, I went to Luxembourg for the bank holiday with my husband and a bunch of friends. Just so happens that one of my newest stockists, Ben & Pepper is located in Luxembourg and this gave me the perfect opportunity to meet the creative minds behind one of the city's exciting new homeware boutiques. Benoit and Pepper were incredibly nice and let me take pictures of the store (not completed yet - will open in a couple of weeks) and they even showed me around Luxembourg a little bit.

I just love all the gorgeous vintage and upcycled touches combined with the best new textiles. Especially the beautiful pieces from Christian Lacroix for Designers Guild. It really is a wonderful space close to the Old Town Centre. Can't wait to see it when it is completed and I wish Benoit & Pepper all the best in their new venture. More info at their website:

ultramarine and sky

Introducing a new colourway for my "Swans" graphic silkscreen print. Bright ultramarine and soft sky are two blue hues that compliment each other perfectly. Hand pulled in my studio on bright white 220gsm paper. Limited edition of 50. This design is also available in the combinations of emerald/mint and bright red/hot pink.

Swans are such elegant, graceful creatures and I love simplifying these shapes to create a balanced, colourful image.

Have a look in my Etsy shop for more details. Hope you like all of these bright, happy colours...
(Flowers from my lovely friend, Laeticia)

Curate 40 X Pedlars launch night in Notting Hill

On Thursday night, the pop-up shop Curate 40 x Pedlars officially opened and it looks amazing. I feel really honoured to sell my wares alongside such amazing talents. The shop looks so great! Curate 40 took over the basement of Pedlars, but a few things made its way upstairs, including my "Bigger Boat" silkscreen print. You can view all the participating designers at the Curate 40 website. From 5 May - 11 June 2011. A few snaps from the evening:

Prints Charming: House and Leisure South Africa Jan/Feb 2011 issue

Mengsel's colourful 100% cotton tea towels have been featured in one of South Africa's best interior and lifestyle magazines. The green "Retro Roosters" tea towel and black "Moka Express" tea towel will definitely brighten up your kitchen. Available at my South African stockist in Cape Town, Vamp Furniture and online at the Mengsel Shop or Mengsel's Etsy shop. So wonderful to see my work in one of my favourite magazines!

shed working

Somehow I got the idea that having a shed for an office/workspace/studio in the back of a garden is a fabulous idea. I don't really want studio space somewhere else where I have to pay a high rent and have to commute. Now I just need an actual garden! I've found some really cool shed offices online for inspiration.

Author Amy Bloom's writing haven. Credit: William Wright from "Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways"
Vivid Green designs and constructs low-energy offices, studios and workshops. Photo from The Telegraph
Shed workshop at Real Living. Everything in its place. A huge dream of mine.
Modern, green and affordable shed from Studio Sheds. Flat packed and constructed within 6 hours! From 
Garden office by Decorated Shed
Summerwood garden shed decorated by Urban Mode. Image via Interior Design Show

Tiny Towns in England: Shere, Surrey

After our disastrous holiday experience (see earlier post: travel nightmares) we needed a little outing to get rid of the consequential cabin fever that ensued after being snowed in for most of the week. Decided to drive to the picturesque little town of Shere, Surrey. Coincidentally, this was the filming location for the Cameron Diaz/Kate Winslet film "The Holiday". See my snaps below. Very quaint town with charming houses and lots of character. And the bonus: a mere 35 minute drive from my home!

Shere high street

Tea house and gallery

war memorial

Shere church


church and gravestones
public "facilities" in high street

Brand new silkscreen print: "Picnic"

Introducing my newest hand pulled silkscreen print, "Picnic". How ironic that I'm listing this during a raging snow storm outside!

Dining al fresco in the park on a red plaid sheet with a basket full of fresh French bagels, jam, a selection of cheeses and a few glasses of vino: The simple pleasures! "Picnic" is one of my orginal illustrations, drawn by hand and silkscreen printed in my studio in bright red and black on crisp white 220gsm Daler Rowney paper (made in the UK). Available to purchase in my Etsy shop, Folksy shop and The Mengsel shop. Hope you like it?

"Picnic" original silkscreen print
"Picnic" original silkscreen print
"Picnic" original silkscreen print