Joburg (South Africa) Peas??

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Posted 11/8/2012 by northcarmen in General Scrappin'
 

northcarmen
StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 11/8/2012 3:48:00 PM
My family will be moving to Johannesburg, South Africa some time next year, and the crop group post got me wondering about finding fellow scrappers in the area to crop with. We will be in the Edenvale area. I'd also appreciate any suggestions about good LSS (brick and mortar ideally, but online stores would be good too) in Joburg. Most of my scrapping is Project Life-focused, so if I can find a store carrying the PL products once American Crafts starts producing/distributing them, I will be a happy scrapper. I'm also curious about the big scrapbooking convention (can't remember the name) that's held in Joburg and Cape Town -- is it worth the money? Looking forward to hearing from you.

Carmen.

northcarmen
StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 11/8/2012 10:18:31 PM
Just bumping this because I forgot about the time zone issue -- folks in South Africa will be awake in an hour or two, I'm guessing. Doh!

Carmen.

ScrapsontheRocks
BucketHead

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Posted: 11/9/2012 1:53:07 AM
Well hello there! Joburg scrapper here. I will start with the Q that is easiest to answer-- our International Convention is a MUST. Recommend it unreservedly while disclosing that the organiser is a good friend. Not sure what your scrappy style is, first teacher for September 2013 is up- Teresa Collins. We have had Tim twice. Since you are Canadian will add Tricia LaDouceur, on behalf of Pink Paislee, did one of my favourite classes Sept. this year!

LSS: Jo'burg is huge. (We "3rd worlders" think everything in your world is huge, and I do not in any way wish to talk down to you as I am sure you have done mega-research, but others might read this thread so want to do your Q justice) Gauteng, the province, is pretty much a series of cities almost joined together. You have picked a great place to settle! Edenvale, on the eastern side of the city, has a small but "lekker" scrap shop & I know of at least 2 shops in Benoni, a short drive from there. I am on the Northern side, I prefer the shops in your area!

On PL- we have a local rep who has imported it for groups, AC has always been well stocked here so hoping it will now pop up in all the stores.

To keep within TOU, will peamail you some links. Sorry if this is too long, if it is too short, come back to me, would love to help!

prilqod
AlienGreenPea

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Posted: 11/9/2012 5:56:44 AM
Hi Carmen

Welcome to South Africa (in advance) I live a bit north of where you are in Midrand so I tend to shop in Centurion but every year there is a craft expo held right near the airport that is great for stocking up in bulk.

I don't do PL so can't help with that but hope you have a great time here and settle in well!

northcarmen
StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 11/9/2012 11:29:41 AM
Thank you both, for the well wishes and all the great advice.

prilqod -- Glad to hear about the craft expo; I understand Edenvale is quite close to the airport, so that would be do-able.

ScrapsOnTheRocks -- Glad to hear the convention comes so well-recommended. I would LOVE to take a class from Tim Holtz. I live in a town of 3,000 people and by any standard I know, Joburg IS huge!! I didn't realize that Gauteng was so heavily populated; that description of cities strung together reminds me of southern Ontario (different geography, same concept). I recall commenting to DH when we were in Ontario that I would see a sign saying "now entering xxx city" and not have realized we'd left the last place! Our employer is based in Edenvale, and they have housing lined up for us. I've been exploring via Google Maps Street View. If you like the stores in Edenvale/Benoni, maybe we'll meet some time?! I am pleased to hear about AC being well-stocked. How do the group buys work? Looking forward to checking out your links -- many thanks! Now to go find the definition of "lekker"....

ETA: Thanks for the lekker responses....

Carmen.

kerrynmic
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Posted: 11/9/2012 11:58:31 AM
Hi Carmen, I live and work in Edenvale so if you need a tour guide or advice I'd be happy to help when you get here. Good luck with your upcoming move.

northcarmen
StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 11/9/2012 1:20:43 PM
Wow, kerrynmic, that would be wonderful! Thank you! I will message you.

Carmen.

ScrapsontheRocks
BucketHead

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Posted: 11/10/2012 1:03:47 AM
Hello, all on this thread- it took a pea from Canada to alert me to 2 other Peas on my doorstep! If this is construed as a thread hijack, sorry to you, Carmen.

Back to your Q- I am not doing PL so do not know how the group buys of PL work, unfortunately. I recall seeing an email blast earlier this year offering it, the links led to a site with a BH site logo and a Joburg telephone number on the "contact us" page.

Keep us posted on your move and any way we can help. I will definitely meet up with you in one of the shops when you are a bit settled and chat more about what to expect from a Convention. I have answered your peamail; in addition, if you would like me to post you a local scrapmag (lots of shop ads etc in the back), send me your snailmail details- post from here can be slow, though!

northcarmen
StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 11/13/2012 10:03:28 PM
Thank you so much, Jennifer, and Kerryn and prilqod (sorry I don't know your real name)!! Your generous responses have me even more excited and enthused about the big move to come! I look forward to participating in the S. Africa scrapbooking scene. (And as a side note -- I think it is hilarious that the spellcheck function on Two Peas thinks "scrapbooking" is not a word.)

Carmen.

Michelle Mostert
StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 11/14/2012 12:27:30 AM
Another South African jumping in...

I'm in Cape Town, so can't help at all with the shops, etc, but just had to say that you are moving to a great place with lots of friendly people.

Welcome to the Rainbow Nation!

northcarmen
StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 11/14/2012 12:30:01 AM
Thank you, Michelle!

Carmen.

prilqod
AlienGreenPea

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Posted: 11/14/2012 3:23:04 AM
Hi Carmen

My real name is Priscilla. I use prilqod as Pril is often the abbreviation used for me and QOD stands for Queen of the Desert as in the movie LOL!

ScrapsontheRocks
BucketHead

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Posted: 11/14/2012 3:52:25 AM
Hijacking again... Hi Michelle! You were the first SA Pea I "met" here. prilquod, I love that movie. You & I probably live within 5kms of each other. It is a funny old world! Drop us a line if you are attending G's Convention next year, or one of the other events like Hobby-X.

northcarmen
StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 11/14/2012 12:38:03 PM
Thanks for the explanation, Priscilla!

Carmen.
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