Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Book Logs

The phrases: 'Book Folding' and 'Folded Books' are right up there in the top 10 search keywords that bring people to the Freshly Found blog.
We have done a fair bit of book work over the years at Freshly Found.
With life being rather chilly here in the Southern Hemisphere, I thought it may be a good idea to warm up the view of the fireplace with some 'logs'!
[Please don't actually set them alight in your fireplace, unless you want a quick short blaze]
These Book Logs are made from Basic Barrel Roll Fold.  You may like to pop over to the Freshly Found Tutorial for that.  Happy folding!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Launch of The Golden Paw Society - Freshly Found Was There!

Thanks to The Highway Mail for mentioning Freshly Found's presence at the launch of the Golden Paw Society.  The theme of the event was recycling, which is where we fitted in.
I am so grateful to charities like the SPCA for the service they provide for recycling businesses like Freshly Found.
while I was there, I snapped some pics of the delightful venue.  Pop over to the Freshly Found Durban Blog to read about Marilyn's Tea House at The SPCA

The Kloof and Highway SPCA launched their Golden Paw Society on 29 May at their premises in an attempt to get the community more involved and more aware about what goes on at the SPCA.
Barbara Patrick, manager of the Kloof and Highway SPCA said, “Our first priority is to get to know our community and get them to know more about us. We rely on the support of our community for finances and their time to help us.”
Marketing manager, Barbara Laubscher also emphasised the importance of getting the community involved. “We have a small staff and we need the community to become part of our family. We need the community to be our eyes and ears to report animal cruelty. There are also ways you can be involved however small from collecting coins, to donating clothing and items for the Village Green shops to spreading the good work of the SPCA to family and friends.”
The Golden Paw Society meetings will take place on the last Thursday of the month. The meetings are a way of providing feedback to the community about the SPCA’s latest projects, getting the community involved in the SPCA and letting the public get to know the faces behind the SPCA.
If you would like to become involved, contact Barbara Laubscher on 031 764 1212/3.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Kanzashi Flower Necklace

Japanese styled fabric flower necklace created from local vintage sari fabric. 

Threaded with a hand-twisted cotton cord and finisnished off with touches of crochet.
New in the online store. 
More colour options coming soon!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Washi Proteas

Today is the start of the annual ECR House and Garden Show.
Freshly Found proteas will be on display at the Washi Bug Stand. 
Each Protea is decorated with Washi tape from their range.  In particular, we used the recently launched Candy Stripe Protea Design by Surita Brink.

Follow Washi Bug on Facebook to keep up to date with events at the show.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Mixed Bunch of Proteas

A new option in the online store - a bright mixed bunch of Proteas!
The flowers are made up from a variety of coloured and painted recycled papers.
Each bunch consists of 7 proteas, 4 origami lilies and 5 feather leaves.
Freshly Found was delighted to donate 1 of these bunches to the Durban etsy craft party last week.
The bunch of proteas is long lasting and is great for home decor or for commercial reception areas.
The blooms have a very high recycled content and local crafters are involved in hand making them, so they have an appeal to those who are environmentally and community conscious.
Visit the Freshly Found Online Store to find out more

Monday, June 09, 2014

Azuma Bukuro Bags

Azuma Bukuro - Quite a mouthful! 
A  clever and simple traditional Japanese style bag. Also called a wrap bag or triangle bag. [I believe Azuma means East and Bukuro means bag or wrapping] 
It's made from a rectangle of fabric that's cleverly folded and stitched. 
I made myself a couple from vintage sari fabric.
I have some beautiful vintage Japanese saris too and I am making them up into bags for the Freshly Found online store.  The pretty print of the patterned border creates interesting lines when made up into the bag.
When the handle is untied, the bag can be neatly folded up for storage.
The pink and white version shown here is available in the online store.  If you would like to make one yourself, there are a number of tutorials online.  Burda have a well illustrated tutorial for making this  "Triangle Bag" and Mifuku have a photo-illustrated Spanish and Japanese Tutorial too.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

White Washed Proteas

A new batch of proteas with a slightly different finish

Whitewashed book paper and paper twist stems.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Frazer Parfum - and Freshly Found Flowers

Friday night was the relaunch of Tammy Frazer's Parfum Shop.  It was a delight to make up origami lilies from Crane's Crest 100% cotton paper for the event.
Frazer Parfum is a bespoke creative perfume house working only with high quality natural raw materials.  The new shop is at the Parfum Factory in Rose Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Gentle Natural Design

We had a beautiful visit to Umfolozi Game Reserve in KZN a couple of weeks ago.
The mood at this time of the year was gently Autumnal. The fragrant colours of the vegetation were so delicious.
The stripy pattern of the Zebra trotting alongside our car was softened by the  cross-hatch of the long grass.
Can you spot the lioness hiding here? She kept us entertained for a while, as she attempted to catch baby warthog for lunch.  We wondered why she was on her own.
The game at Mpila camp come right in - only elephant are kept at bay by an electric wire.  We had hyena try to join us at our braai every night.  This sweet impala could not resist the dripping tap in our campsite.

"Hluhluwe and iMfolozi Game Reserves were formally established as game reserves in 1895 and today, along with the Corridor Reserve proclaimed in 1989, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park covers some 96 000 ha and contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora.

The iMfolozi section in the south is characterised by wide open spaces and is a natural treasure store of fascinating fauna and flora. Species include the “Big Five”-

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Grand White Dinner - Durban

I live up the hill on the outskirts of Durban.  I love my home city and relish the opportuntiy to enjoy it whenever possible.
Yesterday a group of us dressed up in white and joined hundreds of other Durbanites at The Grand White Dinner 
It's been a country wide phenomenon in South Africa this year.  Keep a look out for another wave of white dining next year too. 
I've posted more pics and info the Freshly Found Durban blog