Friday, January 30, 2009

More Hands...

I find old 'how-to' instructions fascinating.These how-to-crochet drawings came from a vintage book of mine.I scanned the pics and grouped them together,
then I gave the nails a colourful manicure.I love the graciousness of the hands and the sense of gentle movement.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Happy Hands!

Thanks to Daisy Fairbanks Vintage for featuring my glove cushions on her blog today!! Visit Daisy's Vintage Chat Blog and Vintage Boutique for loads of Vintage inspiration.

Daisy heard about this gorgeous Glove Mat from Design Milk and features that today too! It is the work of textile artist Rachel Denny and is called "A Proper Lady" Rachel expresses her interest so well...
"I have always been a collector of societal debris - lost mittens, glass fragments, and other touches of the human hand in unexpected places.
The displacement of these objects and the idea of the separation of useful objects and those that are rendered useless when they are out of context is also a contradiction that I am curious about. "What a Great Idea... I just glove it!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Pencil Garland

I love my pack of coloured pencils! I don't ever actually draw with them, but I enjoy their presence and the sense of possibility and opportunity that they represent. I have had them as a bowl of 'flowers' before and as a stack. This time I decided to tie them into a garland!I have attached them to my cornice near the ceiling, so they add lively height to my Living Room!See how it fits together with my table over here

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


We had a wonderful time in Gauteng. It is the city where I grew up and spent a large part of my adult life. It was good to go there again! [But I do love living in Durbs now!]
I thought I would show you some of the inspiring sights on our trip.
We drove over the Nelson Mandela Bridge for the first time [in a downpour]. It's the largest cable-stayed bridge in South Africa. We boosted our enegy levels at Moema's in Parktown North. If you are ever in their neighbourhood - you must goAs you gaze at the amazing array of baked goodies - take their advice and "Don't drool on our glass, please!"I love the way that Lulu close by caters for their customer's canine companions!Objekt is the home of the work of some of South Africa's best designers and is well worth a visit! I love the 'Sale' sign perched on the rather ineteresting looking easel!A great few days of catching up with people and enjoying another part of the country!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Tale of a Table

I have a reputation for loving the odd and quirky things in life - [some stuff that others refer to as junk!] Occasionally my friends offer me their 'throw-outs' and I am never insulted - I am usually delighted.
This side table in my Living Room is the happy ending to one of those stories!My friend Meg asked me if I would like her vintage table lamp stand. Her children refused to take it and she wondered if I would give it a happy home! When it arrived, my family told me they agreed with her family!!! I decided to remove the barley twist top section - with my son's help - and paint the table black! I have white everywhere, so a little black makes a good contrast!
I was left with a gaping hole where the lamp stem was. I found just the thing to cover it. While browsing at a charity store, I found a pack of vintage promotional coaster from Heunis Steel. My son drilled tiny holes into one, which was screwed over the gaping cavity.
I am still thinking about what I can do with the leftover barley twist stem!!I am off to Gauteng tomorrow to catch up on some friends, family and business. I'll be back next week!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Trevor Dixon

Inspiring Pics from Photographer Trevor Dixon via Desire to Inspire. I love the crochet covered pillows!I particularly enjoyed his Still Life and Product Shots in his portfolio. Ordinary buttons made interesting... ...See you if you can find the Red Berries in the Red Shoes shot and the Polka Dot Tea Set! A talented man.

PS! I am progressing with the Blanket and have started to stitch some of the Grannny Hexagons together. Still a LONG way to go, but I am loving it!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Weekend Fun

It all started about a year ago, when I bought a beautiful vintage woolen scarf. I threw it into the washing machine, and unintentionally felted it!Visiting the recent SUS'T exhibition I saw Ronel Jordaan's beautiful felt work in real life. Inspired by this, I decided to do something with that ruined scarf. I scanned in some paisley prints from my sari collection, and made some pattern shapes. I pinned them on to the scarf, making sure they touched, and then I cut the shapes out.Working with the felt was a wonderful therapeutic experience.
I am not too sure what I am going to do with the final product. If I am feeling VERY brave I might wear it as a scarf, otherwise I will probably use it as a table runner!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Vintage Sketches

I am the proud owner of a number of Vintage Crochet Books. [I got the pattern for the Hexagons from one of them.] So when I was shopping yesterday, I really should not have bought yet another one. But the illustrations won me over and I was soon on my way home with "The Complete Book of Crochet" by Elizabeth Mathieson published in 1946!
The sketch of this elegant lady makes us realise that " Filet [is]...The Ultimate in Fine Crochet" This Pic illustrated the chapter on crocheting Potholders and Hot Plate Mats: This one accompanied "Doilies to Place and Show":

The whimsical one at the top illustrated the Chapter on Twin Sets. The author said that things were usually better when they came in pairs!
What a delightful glimpse back in time!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Granny Hexagons!!

I find it so cool that my daughter actually wants me to crochet a blanket for her new look bedroom! She fancied hexagons - so I guess that makes these Granny Hexagons instead of Granny Squares! The colourful blanket will contrast nicely with her white bed linen and funky, arty room! The other cool thing is - my mom is staying with me at the moment as she is temporarily wheelchair bound after a foot op. She has offered to finish off all these threads for me while she is here. Yay! Thanks mom.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My Other Life!

My blog and my etsy shop [and some other plans that I am working on] are a large passionate part of my life. I am a creative ideas person at heart. I am also a Family person, and I love mine to bits! Part of the Family thing includes doing the bookkeeping for my husband's business. My husband is my number 1 fan [and I, his!] and also the major bread winner. So I have to put my creative side on hold while I work through invoices, bank statements, etc. In this economic climate, I am so grateful for them, but it's not really what I am good at! And we all know how long it takes to do something that you are not really doing.
So yesterday, instead of actually getting up to date, I made this box, to store business type papers in!The box comes from Merry Pak and Print. They make such cool do-it-yourself boxes. And it made my account keeping a lot more creative!Now ... back to the books!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Signs of the Times

Many of the Street Names in Durban are being changed - It is all part of the the new South Africa. So in our travels last week we came across many signs like this one. The old name crossed out with the new name underneath. Some streets don't have the old name any more and it gets quite confusing! Change is not always easy! Read about Matt's perspective here. See a full list of the name changes here!

Monday, January 12, 2009

My Home Town

Having Friends to stay over New Year meant that we did some 'touristy' things with them. It made me realise that I probably know the tourist side of other cities like Cape Town or London better than my own home town. So it was good to enjoy Durban!
Last week my daughter and I did some more looking around. We were trying to think about what was unique about Durban, besides surf boards and bananas! The architecture is one of the aspects of Durban I love. So I thought I would share a taste of some of the Colonial and Deco Styles found on the Berea!
I've got a soft spot for my home town!

Friday, January 09, 2009

SUSS'T - Sustainable Designs

My daughter and I fortunately caught the tail end of the inaugural SUSS'T exhibition at at the KZNSA Gallery in Durban yesterday. It is the result of a partnership between the KZNSA and Design Indaba and catalogues and exhibits the broad wealth of design and creativity inherent in South Africa! [I did snap away, but the only reasonable pic I came home with was of the Zenzulu works on the staircase!]If you are in Durban, you HAVE to catch it this weekend as Sunday is the final day! Well worth an inspiring visit! Lots of Lovely local stuff and some Design work that we rarely see here! Read more about the Give-it-Bags featured in the main pic over here

Thursday, January 08, 2009

All Dressed Up and Ready to Go!

My Tux Collar Cushion has just gone to it's new home - and I managed to source this lovely vintage velvet bow tie to make sure it looked good on it's arrival!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Pantone Panetonne!

Quickly before we forget all about this past Christmas, I just have to share this with you...Pannettone, the delicious Italian Christmas Bread always forms part of our Christmas celebrations. I loved the humour of this version! [via pan-dan via today and tomorrow ] Visit Pantone to find out lots of interesting info about colour

Tuesday, January 06, 2009


We had friends to stay for a few days over New Year. This meant turning the spare room into the guest room! What a lot of fun! I indulged my love of white with touches of colour - Folded guest towels, fresh flowers, Vintage candlewick bedspread, etc.
And the Star Theme carried over into the room with a Message of Welcome!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Happy 2009!

I do hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and that 2009 has got off to a promising start!
I thought I would have a quick flashback to our Christmas - I wrapped the gifts in brown paper this year, with brown twine and stars! I made a galaxy-full of stars! They were made in 2 layers, the base out of recycled print paper and the top from red paper. These formed the tags for the gifts and were also strung out in lines in the living areas of my home!
The Christmas table was decorated with red Gerberas in vintage pots!
They are such striking flowers - I grew up knowing the indigenous South African version as Barberton Daisies!