Friday, May 27, 2011


Yesterday was one of those highlight days that a charity shopper dreams of. I came across this fruity print:
Actually it was a vintage tie...
And after an hour I walked out the door with 78 colourful beauties. They will make delightful Freshly Found necklaces and brooches. 
 So grateful I arrived just after that suitcase of old ties did.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pretty Jugs all in a Row

 Do you remember the bowl full of jugs?
Well, now they are in a long row on my side board, filled with fresh autumn leaves.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tie Flower Pins

This trio of Tie Flower Pins were collected this weekend. A special sentimental order from a client - they were made from one of her dad's ties. She says she has clear memories of him wearing it when she was young. 
I've had a house full over the past few days as my husband hosted a training course. The course leader stayed with us too and the spare bed is in my studio, which always means a major clean up. 
But now it's bliss. I have such a lovely clean tidy studio to go into. Late yesterday afternoon I was sewing more tie pin petals.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Paper Art

I have been experimenting with vintage paper mache. I love the patterns that form from the strips of old books. 
Thanks to Elle South Africa for including Freshly Found in an article featuring paper artists. The June issue features a group of us who love to work with paper. 
Read the short article here

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Grate Find!

This is why I love thrift [charity, or indie] shopping!  Because you come across some random circular grater inserts in a pile of rusty, dusty metal objects...
And then take them home, insert some tea light candles and switch the lights off. 
 I did something like this once before...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


There are some new crochet products in the newly relaunched Freshly Found Store. - this spiral crochet necklace and bracelet 
I have really enjoyed working on expanding the crochet range. The crochet cuffs have done so well, and it is a pleasure to see what else can be done with this vintage craft in a fresh new way!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Freshly Found Website Relaunch!

I am excited to announce the relaunch of the Freshly Found Website! 
At last!!! 
A whole load of new products have been added and some more are on their way soon!!
I'll be introducing you to some of the new products next week.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Good Day

Mother's day was really good. We had a full compliment of moms and children, and I did not have to cook! [Yay!]
I was blessed with some beautiful flowers and some Cath Kidston Masking Tape.
I can't wait to use it, and started by giving this vintage miniature teapot a floral stripe. Much more to come!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Paper Feathers [and Hearts]

We [I have help today - thanks mom] are preparing for the i♥market tomorrow.  These paper feathers will be part of the scene.

The weather forecast says there will be a shower in the morning, so I can't think of a better place to be than warm and under cover at the market.
See you there.  Come and say hi.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Whats Up?

I've been hard at work for the imminent re-launch of the Freshly Found Website. And to tease you - here's a glimpse of 1 of the delightful new products, 
created for us by Claire Norden. It's called Giant Walk and I am doing my best to take some giant strides towards having all the new photos and products ready.  The site will include South African prices for the first time too!  Watch this space!

Monday, May 02, 2011

How to Make a Studio

Today is set aside for photographing products for the soon to be relaunched Freshly Found Website. This is how I do it.  
I only have natural light to work with, so have to diffuse it and spread it around as much as possible.  Out of sight are 3 make-up mirrors which I also use to add light to the dark side of the products.  I find climbing up and down the ladder and bending over the tripod back-breaking, so thought I'd take a break and show you what I am up to!