Thursday, April 30, 2009

We are off to the Drakensberg for the weekend. We will be staying very near the Ardmore Art Studios. I am definitely planning a visit to this interesting place.
'Ardmore Ceramic Art is a story about the Zulu people whose sense of rhythm, color, dance and song, as well as the spirit of the African imagination, is exerting its influence on the other continents of the world. Word of Ardmore has spread far and wide and those who believe they have the talent arrive at the Ardmore studios ... Many have little knowledge of sculpture and painting and mostly no experience of ceramic art, they learn quickly and within a short time develop their own particular styles of sculpting and painting'
See you next week!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Autumn Gifts

Beautiful Pine Cone Roses* from my friend Debbie:and
a magnificent Gold Carpet from the trees in our garden!

Do you remember what I did with the leaves last year?
*Pine Cone Roses are also known as Cedar Roses

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Mostly I use my vintage finds for decorative purposes, but sometimes they have a very practical use too:I came across this delightful enamel hardly-been-used double boiler a while ago. It meant that we could make an old time favourite of ours again - Zabaglione!The recipe is simple and tasty - Beat together 8 egg yolks and 250ml [1 cup] sugar until creamy. Place in the the top of the double boiler and beat until double in volume. Stir in 65ml [1/4 cup] sherry and serve in vintage glass bowls! Delish!

Monday, April 27, 2009

I Love...

Thanks to Babazeka for awarding me with the Kreativ Blogger Award:
I have to tell you about 7 things I love...
1. Finding pleasing vintage goods: I just love the pattern, the industrialness of this baking pan - one of my recent finds!2. I love ideas. Sometimes I find that just having an idea is almost enough in itself!
3. Coffee - excellent well made Americano with a dash of cold milk! Aaah!!
4. My Dogs!5. Tasty leftovers - then I don't have to cook!
6. My Children - I love their Integrity and Creativity - each in their very own unique way
7. My husband - For so many reasons and because he reads my blog [occasionally]!
I am passing the award on to...
And so I Whisper
Mandarine d'Italie
Where the Wild Things Are
With my own Fair Hands
My Chickaboom
A Designed Life

Friday, April 24, 2009

Look What I Found!

I crochet! I don't knit! But I am tempted to give it a try... I could not resist these on my most recent vintage shop jaunt!I thought they were Giant Knitting Needles ...until I saw these!and these and these !

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Kente Covers

It was good to cast our votes in South Africa on our election day yesterday!
And now news with a Ghanaian touch...
I've turned two place mats made from Kente Cloth into pillow covers. These gifts from good friends who lived in Ghana bring colour, texture and and a little ethnicity to my living room!
I lined the blue one with a shwe shwe print and the the other one with a cotton stripe which I over-dyed. I managed to leave the fringes exposed on the side. These drawer-flowers are now the belles-of-the-sofa!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Election Day!

It's Election Day today - and I am off to cast my vote!
So here's a patriotic post.
These I Love Durban Hats have been around for a while - a touristy souvenir. Lately they seem to have acquired a local fashion status and are seen on some trendy heads! I think this one looks good on my vintage urn!
Creative Durbanite - Crystal Campbell expresses her feelings for Durbs beautifully:See more of Durban and her inspiring work here and here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Monster Veg

I bought some colourful vegies as props for the photo shoot last week. The green spiny veg looked interesting. It is known as Bitter Melon or the Indian name of Karela! It is apparently an acquired taste and according to Sue Kiyabu of Hana Hou - "not for culinary cowards"
Ok - I'll admit I am a culinary coward - and even more so now...This Kerala has ripened and turned really nasty looking!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Photo Fun

I've hinted about new things happening at Freshly Found soon. And they are.
Like all good things it is taking time - more than I originally thought.
Friday was a fun time as we had another photo shoot at my home!There is quite a way to go - loads of admin to do. But I am really excited and enjoying the journey!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Tree Stumps

I wish we had the where-with-all to convert our Camphor off cuts into something delightful like this! [Perhaps we could get the wood borers to co-operate!]

These are made from Cedar wood. The pierced holes make the stumps lighter and can be used for creative storage!

Made of white cedar, a weed wood in Upper Canada, with tannins giving the wood natural weather resistance.

From Design Public by Thout

Thursday, April 16, 2009

What to do with the Wood...

I've been thinking about what we can do with the leftover wood from our felled Camphor trees!
Maarten Baas recently exhibited his “Chinese Objects Object” made from Camphor wood! It was the result of a challenge he gave to Woodcarvers from Shanghai to make extraordinary works with their techniques, creating a cross-over between western design and Chinese techniques.
Velocity have these beautiful hand carved, leaf shaped Camphor trays by Roost
BeaG is an artist and designer who lives near Gent in Belgium. [It's a beautiful part of the world - we were barging there with friends last year] I like her Takkenkrans or Branch Wreath!Back to our Camphor wood! These are the giant Camphor Slices we now have at the top of our garden:Some will become stepping stones and I have brought a bowl-full of the fragrant wood shavings inside.
Unless we come across a talented wood artist, in our subtropical climate, the rest will decompose and the nutrients will be returned to the soil in the next few years!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Boring Story?!

I set up a new Vignette on my white tray table - Some acorns picked up in Stellenbosch, some Autumn leaves from my garden and the grape stalk my husband left there added a light touch! I had to capture the pleasing scene. But much to my horror as I downloaded the pics, this is what I saw... Squirrels love to eat acorns so do birds, bears and even people! But I had wood borer eating my acorns. Before they started snacking on the rest of my house they had to go. Oh Dear - goodbye acorns! What a pity.
I wish I'd tried this before they were gone!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Weekend Creativity

I spent quite a bit of time working on the Hexagon Blanket for my daughter. It is wider than a scarf now [116 shapes] but needs to be at least 5 times the size! 464 more hexagons to go! I do hope to finish it while she still likes the idea and before she leaves home!!!For More Hexagonal Love visit this Flickr Group!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Easter Weekend

The fact that my children are all grown up does not mean that they don't expect ... and get Easter Eggs! They are all wrapped up. [I am not sure if I will hide them in the garden though!] It's given me a chance to use up all those odd little bits of tissue paper I have been collecting. - You know the ones that come inside shoes and handbags, etc and are just too pretty to throw away!
I am looking forward to the weekend. Early tomorrow morning [6am] we are going to a Sunrise Service overlooking the Valley of a Thousand Hills. The family will be here on Saturday night and Sunday morning. And then I am hoping to have lots of creative time in between!
Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Let There be Lots of Lights!

The quirky collector in me just loves the art installation by Jacob Dahlgren!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

How to Fold Those Books!

Finally I have put together a tut on How to Fold those Books! I usually use old novels, but this time I used a larger outdated buyers guide. The pages are lovely and crisp and firm enough to support the larger book. It looks good in a vase or just standing on it's own!
Find a suitable book and remove the cover. The glue or stitching remaining on the spine of the book should be strong, to support the stress that the folding puts on it. Start by folding the top corner of the page down towards the spine of the book. Repeat with the bottom corner, folded up. Keep on folding each page in the same way. As you get to the end of the book, it gets more difficult. You have to use your one hand to keep the folded pages down while folding with the other. Finished!!! See more of my Book Folding here and here and here and read some more about book folding here.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Life on the Home Front

Yesterday we drove up to Ballito to visit my M-I-L. As we were almost home, we came across our nearby neighbours on their Sunday afternoon jaunt! I was so pleased I had my camera in my bag!The Avenue is starting to show signs of autumn and leaves are yellowing and falling!

The view of the avenue from inside our home shows what is happening here today. We have some tree fellers in to remove 2 massive Camphor Trees. They are magnificent specimens, but here in KZN they are alien invaders and easily overtake the natural vegetation. These are the trees that have to go... and the orange speck is the man in my tree right now who is sawing it down! With all the thudding, ripping sawing and wrenching sounds in the background here - rather him than me!

Friday, April 03, 2009


One more highlight from our trip to the Cape! Our visit to Waterford Wine Estate was a pleasure! Besides the exotic chocolate and wine tasting and the friendly service, I just so enjoyed the way the estate has been built and decorated! It reminds me of the Tuscan home featured in Madarine d'Italie - the curtains, the stone work and the style!