Friday, October 30, 2009

Random Act of Creativity!

Our new Yellow Pages arrived yesterday.  I decided to commit a random act of Creativity  and turn the old one into a work of  Book Art - before it was recycled!

I'll send it off with my next batch of goodies to go to the charity shop.  Hopefully it will create some interest! I can't keep it myself as I already have quite a lot of book art here!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Creative Durbanite - Cara Lee

On Tuesday I met Cara Lee Hamilton George!  What a lovely name and what a talented lady!  She is an artist who has left the corporate world and is pouring her talents into her art and into refurbishing furniture.  She works from her home in Glenwood.

She exhibits her work at the Shongweni Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings and also once a month at the Heritage Market.  To find out more about Cara Lee's work, visit her blog.

I love some of her creative ideas - like finishing surfaces with painted newsprint and making the back of her pieces as good as the front.

She takes on private commisions. More pics on Freshly Found's Facebook Page!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Heart Art

Yesterday was a very special day.  I traveled in to Durban and:

1. Met an interesting person - [more about her later in the week]
2. Had a heartwarming experience, [more about that too] and 
3. Saw the King of Arts Exhibition at BeanBag Bohemia!  I love the way the art combines so well with this vibey Durban restaurant!
I have posted more pics of this exhibition on Freshly Found's Face Book Page!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Baby Stuff!

I am not at all in baby mode in my life at the moment.  My own children are too old and I am not yet a granny. 
But there is a baby on the way in the extended family, so I have had a little baby practice.  I made some pullover feeders from hand towels.

I remember how much I enjoyed these cover-all bibs, especially when my children were learning to feed themselves!

Monday, October 26, 2009

King of Arts

An exhibition of creative playing cards was launched at Bean Bag Bohemia on Saturday night.

27 local Durban artists designed 2 playing cards each. Limited edition packs in steel cases and prints of the cards are available.

Read more about the exhibition here and see Hylton's contribution on his flickr here.
My son and daughter were at the opening and I am hoping to get there later this week!

Friday, October 23, 2009

High Speed Lights

We had fun with our cameras and 30 second shutter speed the other night at a bridge near my home!In the first pic I kept the camera still on a tripod and in the second pic I moved it around

Thursday, October 22, 2009


I recently made this musical origami box and lid for a friend and filled it with a knotted lilac sari rope!Have a look at the Pantone Fashion Colour Report for Spring 2010 and see how much the colour Lilac's close cousin Violet is expected to feature!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Yesterday and Today

Yesterday I made 2 Flower pins from vintage ties. Today I decorated a gift for someone with the one - and..wore the other one myself [with my new bright yellow shirt!]

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mist Belt

The area I live in is part of a Mist Belt and October is the misty month! On Saturday morning my husband and I went out really early [5.30am!] and captured some of the mist! I don't like it when it so so thick that I can hardly see where I am driving! But I do enjoy the way it beautifully softens everything and feels like a comforting blanket.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Beautiful Bags

Some more introductions! These classic cane handled bags are available in the Freshly Found Online Boutique. They are made up by the the ladies of iBhungezi, and embellished with beadwork. Not only has iBhungezi helped to bring employment and hope to the communities of Lower Molweni and Umgababa, but it has given a wonderful platform to these residents to express their creative beading abilities! Find out more about them in the people section of the shop.The bags come packaged in FreshlyFound recycled packaging.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


The right hand drawer of my dressing table is looking so much better! Things had got quite out of hand in there! So this weekend I made some origami boxes from a few spare sheets of brown cardboard and an old x-ray envelope. It has brought some pleasing order. Remember these origami boxes and these and these?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Refreshing and Inspiring!

My daughters and I had a special time on Saturday morning as we coffee'd and shopped in Davenport - an older vibey suburb of Durban.The atmosphere is great. We started at Bean Green with arguably the best coffee in Durbs at the moment! We also popped in to Euphoria, iKhaya and Mooi which are full of inspiring local design. Definitely worth a visit when you are next in Durbs!

Friday, October 09, 2009


My home is delighting in the joys of Spring and some of the flowers and cutout butterflies left over from my birthday!
My rolled LP vases contain bright Tiger Lillies and Proteas! [Note - Don't lean over and get some of the pollen on your face as you are moving the flowers - even if you scrub your face you still land up looking a bit orange for the rest of the day!]

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Story of the Stars

I am going to start introducing you to some of the products in Freshly Found's New Online Boutique!These stars are made by master beader Sandile Sithole - His beadwork is of a very high standard and he specialises in Christmas decorations.The Stars come as a set of 6 and will be sent with a Freshly Found Swing Tag and this printed and stitched recycled packaging!You can see more details about the Beadornament stars here and Sandile's broad smile here
PS - For our overseas readers, Sandile Sithole's name is pronounced Sun-dee-leh Sit-o-lee. [Thanks for the suggestion E]
PPS - I am happy to say a set of these and these have just made their way across the globe to Malaysia!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009


A while ago, I was tagged by Beatnik Bazaar to tell you 10 things about myself that you did not know:
Well - here goes...1. As you can tell from this pertinent birthday gift from my daughter, not only do I drink coffee, but I do use hairspray! It helps to tame my willful hair.
2. I played badminton when I was still at school. I am not super sporty - but we used to have so much fun!
3. I was born in Pretoria at a maternity home called Moedersbond
4. I am an ENFP! That is my Myers Briggs profile! It means that I am extroverted, intuitive, feeling and perceiving! Basically I am a talkative sensitive ideas person!
5. I REALLY want a studio. It's on my wish list as it's getting to me - sharing my living space with my creative expression.
6. The book Hidden Art by Edith Schaeffer was a defining book in my life. I read it when I was in my early 20s and it was a revelation to me that when we are creative we express an aspect of God's nature as He is the Creator and we are made in his image!
7. I belong to a Business Ladies Group. We meet early every Thursday morning for brekkie and I love the support and encouragement we are to one another.
8. The older I get the more I love flowers
9. I had 2 pets in my childhood that I can remember - a budgie called Sparky and a cockatiel called Thomas. My dad was not a pet person and would not let us have much else!
10. A current project I am working on is to try and turn a jumper or crew neck jersey into a cardigan. If it works out well, I'll let you know.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Fun Fashion

On Friday Night I went to the DUT Fashion Show. It was so much fun! I enjoyed the exposure to such creative talent and was delighted to see funky crochet and embroidery work incorporated in the designs and also interesting printing and dyeing techniques!We went to support our friend Skye Pengelly and were delighted that she won the best Casual Wear Prize. Most of her materials were recycled and she incorporated a lot of crochet work too! Skye is the current Vodacom Durban July Young Designer! Well done Skye!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Me, Barbie and the Eames Aluminium Club!

The Eames Aluminium Club, Barbie and I - what do we have in common? We were all born in 1959! I am pleased to say that I am YOUNGER than Barbie. She was born in March and I was born today on the 1st of October 50 years ago! Barbie is still going strong and these office furniture designs from the 1959 Eames Aluminium Club catalogue are as current as ever [I am sitting on a copy of 1 as I write].[a copy of the chair - not the cataolgue!]
It's nice to know that I am in good company - [but please if you say 50... say it very softly!]
I am on a conference for the rest of the week. Next week I will be telling you more about the products and the people in my shop!