Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Multi-coloured Paper Proteas – A Bright Way to Start the Year

It’s been a joy to start the year off with such a bright and cheerful order for a client – These paper proteas are an old Freshly Found favourite interpreted in a new way.  It’s always a pleasure to paint those petals, and assemble the layers to create the paper version of an indigenous bloom

Multicoloured Paper Proteas

Multicoloured Paper Proteas – Rainbow Petals

It brings us so much joy to use recycled papers for our hand-crafted blooms
Newsflash – I am looking forward to participating in The Intellectual Property Exhibition again this year, and am working on some new artistic avenues
Multicoloured Paper Proteas

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Puzzle Wreath – Piece Together a Christmas Welcome





This year I created a Christmas wreath for our home from puzzle pieces.  A friend of mine had some children’s puzzles with fairly large peices, which made ideal building blocks for this circular decoration. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to cover all the coloured picture parts, and wrapped some ribbons around from my personal stash.  The result – Celebratory decor with an interesting story – my favourite!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Crochet Stars – A quick handcraft project for Christmas






It’s so good to be making again!  We have just finished moving house, studio and my husband’s office into beautiful temporary space.  I’m making some last minute Christmas favours. Crochet Stars for Christmas. I followed crafter and crocheter – Matt’s clear instructions on his According to Matt Website to make these delightful Christmas Trinkets

Monday, November 09, 2015

Peg People - A Fun Project and Easy Gift Idea




Here’s How to make a up community of helpers :

Monday, October 19, 2015

Pyramid Paper Desk Set





It's a variation on the paper terrariums from last week.  Follow the instructions, cutting only 2 of the windows out. This allows easy access, while partially obscuring the contents.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Make a Paper Terrarium or Curatorium - DIY Instructions


It’s been very pleasing to see beautiful angular terrariums in so many places lately.  The vibrant geometric shape softened by the fresh green leaves of the resident plants makes a great decor item.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Chat Sticks – The Art of Conversation Game




Making and connecting in community.  I love to give something handmade whenever I give a gift.  Just recently I made this game to give to a friend on her wedding day.
These chat sticks are a simple fun project to make together and use.  They are conversation ignitors – to keep on hand for loadshedding, when friends come round, to keep guests at a wedding entertained during a photos session, etc.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Chalk Painted Cut-Glass

 
My granny loved cut-glass.  I remember her visiting our home, and as a huge favour to my mom, she would wash the cut-glass collection that she had passed on to my mom and that now decorated the sideboard in our diningroom. I remember the sense of pride we all had as the pieces were placed back all bright and gleaming.
A few years on, I remember how uncool cut-glass became.  It was easy to find in vintage stores, because no-one wanted it any more.
But now all is forgiven.  Cut-glass has a place in a different sort of way.
I had some pieces that had mineral stains from being used as vases.  I had tried, unsuccesfully to clean them, so I thought I’d colour them instead.

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Smallest Petrol Garage – Imfolozi


The Imfolozi Game Reserve forms part of the Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park, (previously the Hluhluwe–Umfolozi Game Reserve) home to the Big 5 and a significant player in animal conservation.  If you are able, it is a delight to visit this, the oldest declared nature reserve in Africa.  It’s an important and significant wildlife area.
We were recently there, and I decided to photograph aspects other than the endangered rhino and his many two and four-legged wild-life companions.  There is a magical, rustic, even quirky side to the reserve too.  Mpila camp is home to the smallest petrol station I’ve seen.  The cute A-frame hut houses a petrol pump and an attendant too. When a car pulls up for petrol, the attendant leans out of the hut to fill the tank.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Crochet Tablecloth Waistcoat with Draped Front – DIY



A quick fun project with a really rewarding outcome – DIY instructions to convert a circular charity-shop-find tablecloth into a trendy draped-front waistcoat.