Thursday, July 28, 2011

Book Packets

I worked at The Caboodle yesterday.  It is always so heartwarming to chat to the customers and have some friends pop in too.  I work hard on maintaining stock levels, but had forgotten to check on the levels of my packaging.
So today I quickly had to whip up a new batch of packets - stitched pages from vintage story and exercise books!
I have been stitching pages and papers for packaging since 2008. Remember these and these?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Paper Boutonnieres

A boutonnière (pronounced /butɔnjɛr/) is a floral decoration worn by men, typically a single flower or bud...from the French word for buttonhole, which is the British term
I have had some requests for Freshly Found paper boutonnieres and have been keen to try this paper from a vintage annual on movie stars.  I quite like the way they turned out.  
Coming soon are some colourful map ones too.

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Caboodle

Our sign is up at last - Visiting The Caboodle in Glenwood Road is going to be just that much easier now! 
The sign, in keeping with Freshly Found philosophy is made from recycled products - [a recycled poster and some vintage jersies!]
Thanks to Cate Rayner for the great article on Freshly Found at The Caboodle in Friday's Goodlife section of the Mercury.
Also part of the Caboodle collective - Ashleigh Lange's locally designed and made 'Dear Heart' clothing range, Tarryn Fowler's colourful Lun@tic children's clothing and accessories, Sarah Sawers art, screen printed clothing and accessories and Jen and Wally Hailstone's Glasshopper products.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Topographicial Blooms

Fresh Origami Blooms - I love the way that maps translate into blooms - the topographical colours are gentle and appealing
 - like the lilac heights of the mountains in China and the jagged red veins of the country borders.

I am so pleased to say that Khule Shezi has been trained to do the folding and he has really 'got it'! Read a little more about him over here.
Available online in flat-pack format or made up at The Caboodle in Durban.

Note to online buyers - your paper lily will be posted flat with instructions to make them bloom!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bright Red for Today

I stopped in at a local charity shop on the way home from an appointment today.  I was pleased to find all this brightness.  
I come across some lovely vintage products on my travels.  Having the space in Bulwer Road has given me an opportunity to sell some of my stash.  I love the red theme of today's lot.  The red polka dot top still has it's original vintage tag on - never been worn.
Today is my 31st wedding anniversary.  Amongst many other things, I am so grateful that DH has embraced my love of all things vintage. He happily lives alongside my finds [and my creative endeavours with them]! 
Tonight we will celebrate at Aubergine.  Tomorrow I'll be at The Caboodle for the day.  Pop in and say hi and come see what's new!

Friday, July 08, 2011

The Girls!

A while ago I hinted about a series of cushions going into the Freshly Found online store.  Well today I am going to introduce you to the girls.
The embroidered beauties were created by Claire Norden and inspired by some exercise diagrams from a vintage Vogue book on health and beauty.
I love the way Claire has interpreted the diagrams and embellished the black felt costumes with coloured embroidery.
The pillows are filled with feather inners and are available online.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Fab Finds!

I popped into the local charity shop yesterday and just had to buy these large bone-handled chopping knives. I love the patina of time and wonder what they chopped and sliced. They certainly were well used. 
And I could not resist a whole batch of vintage wooden handled latch hooks and tracing wheels, as well as these 2 beautiful white vintage jugs - all in all a very pleasing haul! 
I'll be at Freshly Found's retail space at The Caboodle today.  Would love to see you if you are nearby!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Back Home

We have just returned from a wonderful few days in Franschhoek. Here are a few of the things we saw:
Bicycles in the sky at L'Ormarins
Green Anthiriums at La Motte 
 and enormous Camphors at Vergelegen.
What a gorgeous part of the world!