Following on from last month’s blog, we would like you to make the acquaintance of another two of our crew. Alex and Joeleen are integral members of the Darkie Designs team who help to make the magic happen in our store on a daily basis!
With a passion and enthusiasm for all things creative and beautiful, we introduce you to…
- Alex Giles – Darkie Designs Store Assistant
Alex was born in the bustling metropolis of Johannesburg and has been with the Darkie Designs team, which she describes as ‘wild and crazy’, since April 2017. She moved from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit at the age of 13 and is proud to call this part of South Africa ‘home’.
Alex is driven by the endless possibilities that come with each new day, as well as her family, friends and boyfriend who inspire her to live life to the fullest. She believes in making the most of each day, taking motivation from the blessings which surround her.
Describing herself as caring, kind-hearted and a little bit ‘crazy’, Alex loves the vibrancy, form and freedom of expression when it comes to design. Stimulated by the many different styles and textures in design, she thrives on the creativity involved in stringing ideas together to create a truly one-of-a-kind design.
Alex’s love for her fellow Darkie Designs colleagues stems from a feeling of warmth, acceptance and being ‘needed’. The opportunity she has been given at Darkie Designs is also a driving factor behind her love for the team, not-to-mention the many shared laughs and moral support on a day-to-day basis.
Working with the Darkie Designs team has taught Alex many life lessons and skills which she cherishes. Passionate about the mountain biking in the great outdoors, motorbikes, swimming and all things ‘DIY crafty’, Alex’s job at Darkie Designs affords her all the bits and bobs she could possibly need to make beautiful things for her home.
A favourite spot to unwind at home is in her garden, under the trees on the homemade hanging bed she crafted with her family. When asked if she had her eye on anything particular in the shop she was quick to point out the traditionally carved Makoro, decorated with plants and lights!
As with her fellow colleagues at Darkie Designs, Alex loves the diversity of living in South Africa – from nature, to wildlife to the people. But her first true love is Africa’s mountain ranges and unforgettable sunsets.
Her favourite quotes to live by? ‘If you never try you will never know’– ‘If you were able to believe in Santa Claus for 8 years, then you can believe in yourself for 5 minutes’.
- Joeleen Peel – Bookkeeper Extraordinaire
Born in the city of Kroonstad, Joeleen grew up with the outdoors on her doorstep on a plot in Little Falls, West Rand. Hoedspruit is now the home which she shares with her husband, child and two beautiful Ridgeback dogs.
Joeleen has been a pivotal member of the Darkie Designs team since October 2016, and lives for family, sunrises, sunsets and picnics in dry riverbeds! With an intense love for the great outdoors, Joeleen and her family love to travel off-the-beaten track, exploring the African bushveld on game drives and with their two ridgebacks in their down-time.
Joeleen describes each day at Darkie Designs as experiencing a smorgasbord of creativity, Her time there has taught her that each new day brings with it challenges and new adventures. It’s all about how you apply yourself to these challenges that is the true life lesson.
She would take home just about anything from the Darkie Designs store. Joleen told us that if she had the opportunity to renovate any room in her home it would be her main bedroom, as, ‘My husband and I tend to put ourselves at the back of the queue, it’s time for a change!’
Her favourite home space is the patio, which they use to enjoy a daily cuppa and watch giraffe and other wildlife at the watering hole! How lucky is that?
Joeleen’s favourite aspect of living in South Africa is the beautiful range of diversity in both people, wildlife and landscape, describing it as ‘such a privilege!’
Her favourite quotes to live by? ‘When was the last time you did something for the first time?’– ‘How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?’