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
I painted the petals with Emperor's Silk Red and then dipped the centre stigmas into a thinned down solution to add some colour.
Long lasting and colourful! 
Did you know? 
  • The Protea was named in 1735 after the Greek god Proteus, who was able to change his form at will.  It seemed an appropriate name to portray the huge variety and diversity of flowers and foliage in the family.
  • The ancestors of the Proteaceae family grew in Gondwana, 300 million years ago. Proteaceae is divided into two subfamilies: the Proteoideae, mostly found in Southern Africa, and the Grevilleoideae, hailing from Australia and South America. (Africa shares one genus with Madagascar, whereas South America and Australia share many common genera, indicating they separated from Africa before they separated from each other.) Source - Wikipedia

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

Friday, November 14, 2014

Shibori Shirt

The last in a 3-part series of bleaching experiments.  This t-shirt was treated in the same way as the previous experiment, but had quite a different result.  It reminded me of the Japanese technique of Shibori dyeing.  
I started with a dark brown t-shirt which had bleach stains.  That meant I either needed to throw it away or try to redeem it. I concertina folded both the body of the shirt and the sleeves, and tied them up with thick string.  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Taking the Colour Away.  Reverse dyeing! Welcome to part 2 of a 3-part series of experiments I did using bleach to rescue some items in my wardrobe.
This partially smocked T-shirt was a favourite of mine, and I was disappointed when it was spoilt by some bleach splashes.  
So I decided to tie-bleach it.  Once again, much like the previous bleaching project, I was pleasantly surprised by the tender tangerine under-colour that emerged

Friday, November 07, 2014

Taking The Colour Away

I have often used dye to transform or freshen up clothing in my wardrobe.  Lately I've been experimenting with bleach - and taking the colour away. This brown stripey T-shirt had a pleasant surprise in store for me.
It was a little too dark for me, so I decided to experiment on it.  
Once the colour was stripped, a gentle terracotta stripe remained ☺   

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. 

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.