Monday, October 27, 2014

How to Whip up Some Chopstick Origami Flowers


Here's an indepth  photo tutorial on how to make the Chopstick Origami Blooms
This is a summary of the tut:  Scroll down if you would like all the steps. 
You will need:
A square of book paper
A couple of small pieces of coloured tissue paper
Blue Ink
A chopstick
Masking tape
Wood glue 

The pictures will guide you through the steps of making up the origami lily, dyeing the edges in some diluted blue ink, mounting the lily on the chopstick and then rolling the petals.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Chopstick Origami

I think chopsticks make much better flower stems that eating utensils.  This is purely my personal belief because I battle to use them in any way that is significantly satiating to my hunger!
 
We are able to make up Freshly Found Chopstick Origami blooms for you.  

If you would like to make some up yourself, there will be a detailed pictorial tut next week!
In-depth Photo-tutorial here

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Beetroot Beauty

Beetroot dyeing is quite a beautiful experience.  
From Slicing the vegetable, extracting the colour and then infusing the paper petals with the pigment - it evokes a lot of visual colour-rich emotion!

Each batch of beetroot dyed paper turns out a slightly different shade of pinky red - with undertones of blue through to yellow.  
The colour fades naturally with time, so these vegetable dyed blooms have to be kept out of direct light to preserve their colour.  

If you would like some beetroot boutonnieres for your function, they are available online from the freshly found store.


Monday, October 06, 2014

Idea - To Re-use a Dish Towel

I am fascinated by the role that dish towels play in our culture.  
Some of them are used for drying hands and dishes.  Many are sold as souvenir items and cheerful gift options.  They are a blank canvas for artistic expression.  Many artists have specialised in Tea Towels! (I have a fair-sized collection of good-looking towels - and their purpose is strictly decorative!)

I decided to turn this bright dishcloth find into a pillow cover!   Once a lovely Linen London Souvenir, it caught my attention in a Pietermaritzburg charity shop a few weeks ago. 
It was a simple project. 
I folded the dishcloth in half and inserted a zip between the top and bottom edge, forming a tube.  I then made sure that the rather stern soldier was centrally positioned on the front edge, before stitching the 2 side seams.

This made for a patchwork-looking back - with 2 marching pigeons as the focal point!
The dishcloth was not damaged in any way, so it can be unpicked and used for it's original purpose any time.   I filled it with a square feather pillow, which I gently stuffed into the oblong shape cover.  It looks good on my living room  sofa :-)

So that's it - an easy 3-step process:
1 Find a suitable dish towel
2 Insert a zip closing
3. Stitch the side seams. 
Turn out the corners and stuff with a feather inner.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Novelty Wooden Goodies

I had some fun with my macro lens, while photographing this pair of coathangers for the online store.
 
One is labelled with Union Castle Line, and I guess that means it may have hung up a sailor's uniform.
The other one is a folding or travelling coathanger, and it has bristles towards each end, which form a clothes brush when the 2 ends are folded together.
Some of the tiny colourful fibres of brushed jackets or coats are still stuck on the bristles of the brush.

I love the simple indented black print on the wood of the coathanger.

Available online in the Freshly Found Store here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fresh Reflections


The Freshly Found Gallery/Catalogue has just been published online with Issuu.  It contains a short overview of past and present freshly found work.
It has a front cover....

and a back cover ...
and a number of colourful pages inbetween.

It's been good to put together this summary and categorsie the work we are able to produce.  Reflecting on some of the past creativity, taking note of the present and dreaming about the future! 
Pop to the 'Gallery' tab at the top of the blog and have a quick page through :-)
 “Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.”
Yvonne Woon, Dead Beautiful

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pretty Pink Print Proteas

Fresh and tender - Pink protea boutonnieres have been under construction.  
This indigenous favourite has been redesigned and now has a matching cotton cord bound stem and a hand twisted cord bow.  The outer petals are ink-dyed pink.
These blooms are multi-purpose - Wear as a brooch, a hair adornment or a buttonhole.
Or pop it into a mini vase for a gentle touch of colour.
Available online here

Monday, September 08, 2014

Colourful Book Collection

This cheerful collection of 14 vintage books has just gone into the Freshly Found online store.  This bunch was far too beautiful to pull apart and make into something else.   They are Book Art all on their own - and will look good as a bright vintage accent in a decor vignette!  The books were published in the 1950s and early 1960s and were part of a series from The Companion Book Club (London).  I love the gently coloured

Monday, September 01, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Picnic that Never Happened

A while ago we went to an outdoor dinner with a group of friends.  We all brought parts of the meal, and I was responsible for the decor.  I decided to use paper that I had at home to create place mats and candle holders.  I was rather pleased with the outcome.  (*)