Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Paper and Sari Decor for a Baby Shower

It was so much fun to host a baby shower for my daughter a few months ago.  Together, her sister and I put together a special day, with the help of some family andfirends.   We made  sari bunting, tissue paper wall flowers, paper pin-wheels and photo-props.  A great time was had by all!
We worked hard to make it a beautiful surprise with yummy eats and a few sweet games to play.
A baby shower is given, to shower the expectant mom with gifts.  In some cultures it is given after the baby has arrived.  Apparently it is a South African idiosyncrasy to call the celebration a Stork Party.  This is in line with the fable told by parents to their young children about the origins of their new baby brother or sister.
The Sari Bunting was made from locally sourced vintage saris.  The bright fabric was cut into strips, which were then stitched into tubes and knotted onto string. Their vibrant moving colours added a festive air.
The Paper Pin-wheels were made from carboard squares.  These were pinned onto wooden skewers using decorative upholstery studs.  We added small beads to acts as washers – to ensure the pinwheels went round! (Large skewers were sourced from PNA)
The Paper Flowers were so much fun to make.  We used tissue paper and cupcake papers.  These were cut, folded, tied or scrunched to make a floral variety. Each bloom was mounted on a hairclip ‘stem’, which was covered with green floral tape.   The flowers were attached to the wall with washi tape
The Games were simple.  We wanted them to add a touch of fun without it being a long drawn-out afternoon.
Gestation Period Questionairre.  Each guest got a list of animals and they had to fill in the length of pregnancy of each animal.
Guess the Baby Food We had the mom-to-be guess the contenets of 5 different jars of baby food.  We removed the labels and numbered each bottle  From our experience, it seems that most vegies and fruit are best combined with pear
Guess the Nursery Rhyme turned out to be trickier that we thought  We read 1 line from a selection of nursery rhymes and asked the mom-to-be if she could name the rhyme.
Here are some of the ones she found tricky …..
  1. She shall have music wherever she goes
  2. Come again another day
  3. Wasn’t that a dainty dish
  4. They’ve all gone away
  5. When she was good, she was very very good
  6. And they all lived together in a crooked little house
  7. Indeed I have not any
  8. I’ve been to London to look at the Queen
How good are you at working these out?

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

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.