Not to be confused with the corsetry boutique in London town, our very own Fairy Goth Mother is a fab little craft café on 7th Street in the heart of Linden. Owner-run by Karen (the currently seven-month-pregnant Fairy) and her husband Shayne - both self-confessed geeks - it's the ideal spot to unwind for a couple of hours, craft tool of choice in one hand, glass of vino or latte in the other. There is a small kids' corner (the only thing missing is a dedicated child-minder), and smoking-friendly tables on the pavement outside.
With mosaicking and decoupage both having been on my bucket list for the longest time, I recently signed up for a two-part mosaicking class being hosted by my mate Sam, at what has become colloquially known as 'The Fairy' - the results of which you can see below. Two consecutive Saturday afternoons (around 3 - 4 hours each) of good food, great company, and some much-needed creative 'me time'. Next month I want to try my hand at decoupage, a class Sam runs concurrently with her mosaicking one. (If you're interested in any of the craft workshops, or upcoming events being hosted by the venue, I suggest you join their Facebook page, as the website is a bit out of date).
Besides a variety of craft supplies, which you can stock up on and take home, or sit down at one of the generous-sized crafting tables and get stuck into then and there (you need not even attend a class; you are welcome to pop in and craft any time), there is also a limited selection of original artwork, handmade decor items, and geek merchandise for sale, plus a flurry of eccentric fabrics from which to choose and commission the Fairy to make up pretty much any home accessory or bespoke gift your heart desires. Cushion covers, comforters, lampshades, placemats, oven gloves, aprons and boxer shorts... you are limited only by your imagination!
Like the rest of the mom-and-pop shops in this old skool Jozi neighbourhood, the vibe is laid-back, the people unpretentious. Next time you're in this neck of the woods, do swing by for a drink and a bite to eat (vegans are also catered for, with a lunch special every day). The kitchen is open from 6:30am - 6pm during the week, and 7am - 2pm on Saturdays. The venue is also available to hire for private functions.