Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Daisies in the Grass - DIY

The Rose has but a Summer reign, The daisy never dies.

 The daisy's for simplicity and unaffected air.

I'd like to introduce you to a freshly found paper batch of those simple long lasting flowers that the quotations above describe so beautifully.  
Quick to make, cheerful and fresh as a daisy - these paper pretties are ideal for outdoor occasion decor.  They could lead you along a pathway, brighten a garden patch,  or add importance to an entrance.

Enlist the help of family and friends to make a field-full ☺ (These cheerful blooms look good in a vase too!)

How-to Make Paper Daisies
You will need:
  • Paper - use recycled book paper for the petals if you like
  •          - contrasting coloured paper for the circular flower centres.
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Masking tape
  • Wood glue


  1. Make a few prototypes first, to make sure it's to your liking, before you go into mass production
  2.  Use the petal pattern below.  Copy and paste the pattern onto an A4 work sheet.  Shrink or enlarge the petals to your liking.  If you are using book paper, make sure the pattern will fit onto the book page.
  3. If you would like a double layer of petals, create a 2nd template just a few mm smaller for the top layer.  
  4. Print the pattern.  Use this pattern to cut the paper petals out.  Place the pattern on top of about 2 or 3 layers of paper and cut through all the layers at 1 time.  Use a bulldog clip to secure the pattern on top of the paper while you cut.  Cut on the solid outline and then into the centre.  Cut the small hole in the centre.
  5. Wind a small piece of masking tape around the top 2-3cm of a cocktail stick. This is to give something for the petals to be glued on to.
  6. Place the small 6th petal under the 1 st petal and glue it in place using a touch of wood glue.  This will form the petals into a cupped shape.  Repeat with the 2nd layer of petals.
  7. Pull the petal round up the cocktail stick from the pointy end towards the end with the masking tape.  Gently pull the petals over part of the masking tape.  There should be enough masking tape wrapped around the stick for the petal round to fit quite firmly. 
  8. Place a few dabs of glue on the inside to secure the petals in place.  Repeat with the 2nd layer of petals.
  9. Gently fold the petals out flat.
  10. Cut a contrasting petal centre from the circle pattern.  Glue around the edges of the circle in place to cover the stick end.   

Monday, February 09, 2015

Studio Love

A studio is an artist's or worker's workroom. 
The word studio is derived from the Italian: studio
from Latin: studium, from studere, meaning to study or zeal. Wikipedia

I love my studio space - but I adore it all that much more when it's tidy.  Putting our house on the market has made me have a thorough clean-out and tidy up - and its looking so good. 
Even though work in there carries on, I am trying my best to tidy up and pack away often!
There's a great debate about levels of creativity and tidiness or messiness of work space.  It seems the messier the better for many, and that often applies to my work space too.  So I am enjoying this season of forced tidiness while it lasts ☺

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Zig Zags In the Kitchen

I am not a fan of the average dishcloth.  Partly because it means hard work is happening in the kitchen, but also because I find them not nearly absorbent enough for my liking. 
I don't like coping with a soggy dishcloth after drying 3 dishes! So I've taken to making my own.  

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Truth in a Moving Rumour {Bright Leafiness for a Dreary Outdoor Wall}

I can verify the truth of rumour I've heard. Putting your house on the market suddenly means that you make time to do so many of the tweaks that you've been meaning to do for years. 
That's us for sure.  
It's been fun.  
It's been HARD work. 
It's been so satisfying!

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Window on 2015

 We have made a huge decision - to put our house on the market.  With that has come a mix of emotions  -  the heartache of leaving a much loved home full of memories behind and the excitement of the adventure of finding something new.  

It has also resulted in action, action, action - cleaning, tidying, throwing out and decorating.  
My goal is to make the most of this 30-something year old lady abode.  There are some bits of her that could do with a makeover, but basically she's clean, solidly built and well maintained.

Monday, December 15, 2014

3D Still Life - Painted Gondwana Blooms

Proteas from a couple of gift bouquets I received were left to dry for a few weeks.... - and then brought back to life again with a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Batch Satisfaction

There's something immensely satisfying foir a handcrafter - to see a huge batch of their handwork all together.  
This is the feeling I had yesterday just before taking another load of vintage brooches to the KZNSA art gallery Buzzart Christmas Fair.  

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Mini Paint Project

I've been doing a number of small paint projects at home, using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®.  According to the website, it is very easy to work with and rarely requires any prep, such as sanding or priming.  It can be used on just about any surface - from wood to metal, and matt plastic to terracotta. 
I bought a small can each of red, blue and yellow, with a can of white too, and have been putting the many surface options to the test.  These vintage wooden bowling balls were a good place to start.  I painted, mixed, thinned, washed and layered as the mood took me and I am so happy with the cheerful result. 

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Textile Pendants

A new range of textile jewelry has been in the making -  Rescued pieces of  vintage embroidery have been mounted as pendants and framed and hung with a delicate cord of twisted cotton  

Friday, November 21, 2014

Buzzart Happening

Freshly Found is delighted to be a part of the amazing Buzzart Exhibition at KZNSA Art Gallery opening this evening and running until the middle of January!
Crochet Leaf Bracelets abd Chunky Textile Necklaces
We've launched some new products and brought back some old favourites.
These are some of the Freshly Found goodies you will find there.
Vintage Embroidery Brooches and Solid Crochet Bracelets