Thursday, May 31, 2012

Desk Top Accessories

Ready for this Saturday's i♥market and for Father's Day - Vinyl Memo Note Holders and Pencil Holders, both made from vintage single records.
I love it when you come and say hi!
Freshly Found will not be at the Wondermarket on Sunday, due to being hemmed in at home by the Comrades Marathon!
All the best to those who will be running this amazing race.  We'll be watching!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Leaf Light Panels

I love it when a home reflects what's going on - Birthdays, Christmas, World Soccer Cups, etc.  And so its good to reflect that Autumn has been happening here in the Southern Hemisphere! 
These Autumny wax-paper leaf panels have brought a touch of the outside in and softened a stark window. 
Here's how to make them:
1.  Take a leisurely stroll in the garden or down the road and collect leaves. 
2.  Lay a sheet of wax wrap - [the kind you can wrap your sarmies in!] on a folded towel out on a flat work surface. Position leaves on top of the wax paper.
3.  Cover the leaves with a second sheet of wax paper.
4.  Cover that with a thin towel. Press with a hot iron.
5.  Check that the wax is melting and bonding the paper and leaves together. If you have missed any areas, go back and press some more. 
6.  Trim the sheet into a neat rectangle.  Cut and fold some narrow strips of paper the same width as the wax paper and glue on to the top and bottom of the panel.  This will help with hanging the panel and add stability. [I cut 4 strips of paper as I was making 2 panels.]
7. Work out how you will hang the panel, then punch a hole or two in the top and thread some cotton thread through.
8.  Hang the panel on the thread.  It is best to place it where it will allow light to shine through and illuminate the beautiful leaves and the now textured wax paper. 
Time needed:30 minutes for collecting walk in the garden
                   1 hour labour
You will need: Autumn leaves, wax paper [or waxwrap], glue and cotton thread.
Have on hand: Some towels, an iron and a punch.
 




Monday, May 28, 2012

Light, Leaves, Paper and Wax

I had some fun mounting leaves between sheets of wax paper.  
 
These small samples are mounted on my window with my Washi Tape. I believe the leaves will be fairly well preserved and maintain some of their colour.
I made some autumn leaf panels too and soon I will publish a tut on the process!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Posters in Place

I spent some time photographing my daughter's beautiful home the other day.  
Besides the pleasure of being there, I get to photograph some Freshly Found products in action.  
The collection on their guest room wall includes some vintage egg cups, found frames and the trio of Freshly Found Posters.  Available online here!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Comfy Canines

These 2 German Shepherds are such a delight in our lives.  I was going to buy them new blankets for winter, but decided to rather create something out of what I already had.  
The top layer is some gorgeous Jacobean patterned upholstery fabric given to me by a friend.  The underneath layer is some reject Melton fabric and the stuffing comes from an old duvet.
The dogs lie near the front door, so the blankets need to look good. 
Love you Chad and Liz♥

Friday, May 11, 2012

Paper Bird Houses

 Paper bird houses - made from 21 identical sheets of vintage book paper.  
Love the way this retro excercise book translates into Toile-de-Jouy-like houses.
They were launched at the i♥market this past Saturday. 
 [Botanical book houses and 101 Dalmation ones too!]
Thanks to Kathy Esterhuyzen of cherishonline.co.za for featuring them in her post on the market

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Special Order...

For myself - by myself!  
I made these cushion covers using Jesse Breytenbach's Henri Kuikens' Block Printed Red Scissors Tape and some genuine Da Gama 3 Leopards Shweshwe print with a vintage Frame print. 
I recommend you browse both the above sites - for many delightful Henri Kuikens prints and to see the huge range of shweshwe fabrics created by Da Gama too.
Just Loving these on my white linen couch in my family room.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Shirt Cuff Bracelets

I have a lovely working association with Embocraft - a Training Trust close to my home in Botha's Hill.  
Thuli is a delightful part of the team and maker of a number of Freshly Found products.  
Usually she follows my instructions well, but just recently I took her some shirt cuffs and a box of lace and buttons and asked her to see what she could come up with.  
 
I am delighted with the batch of quirky cuff bracelets that she produced.  They too will be at The Markets this weekend.See you at the i♥market on Saturday and Wondermarket on Sunday

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

More Cushions

I've put 2 more cushions into the store today. The first one is a real favourite of mine.  
I loves the blues and greens of this house tapestry and I love the way the patchwork backing made from linen samples turned out.
The next cushion is made from a vintage jersey knit evening dress.  It reminds me of the dresses my granny used to wear.  
It is a lovely jade colour and the zip closure from the dress is used on the back of the cover.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Woven Keepers

I work a lot with book paper and so I keep trying to see what else I can do with this medium.  
These richly textured woven paper containers are great for keeping things - like chopsticks, pencils, knitting needles, scissors, whatever! The paper is coated with a sealer making it moisture-resistant [but not waterproof] The glass inner can be removed if it needs to be washed. 

Woven by Sandile Sithole and his crew. In the store and at the markets this weekend - Yes we'll be back after a 2 month break ♥.  See you there!