Friday, June 29, 2012

Flowers for a Lady

Delivered earlier this week - for a delightful lady.  
 Made from paper record sleeves! Similar are available online here:

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Serviette Garland

These gorgeous cotton serviettes were a recent exciting find.  They are hand embroidered, edged with cotton crochet and in pretty good condition! 
 
I made a Garland from the serviettes - A pretty way to store them until needed - Folded, pinned and clipped onto thick string, they can be quickly taken apart and used for the table.  This allows them to be seen and enjoyed inbetween dinner parties!  
Follow the Picture tut if you would like to try it yourself:
Be careful not to allow the metal pins or clips leave rust marks on the serviettes!
This beautiful set of 8 serviettes will be for sale soon - at the i♥market and online

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Seed Curtain

My life philosophy is to use ordinary vintage and found objects as material for something a little extraordinary.
And so I used the seeds from the Liquid Amber Tree in my garden to make an outdoor curtain for my patio.

I love the softness of the round shapes and the gentle rhythm of the strings.
This is how I did it:
I used a book and wound some crochet cotton around it to create identical lengths of about 45cm. 
 
I trimmed the stems off brown and green seeds [the green ones will soon turn brown].  Then I tied a string around a seed and knotted the 2 free pieces of string together at the end. 
When I tied the string around the next seed, I included the loop from the previous one, creating a chain of 10 seeds.

I knocked tiny nails into the cornice of the veranda roof to hang the seed strings.  
And finally - To paraphrase a Swedish Proverb: 
All the trees of tomorrow are in the seeds of today
All the achievements of tomorrow are in the ideas of today
Maybe the seeds of those ideas are lying in your front garden

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Inner Sleeve Art

I have been inundated with orders for recycled record products since Freshly Found's recent media coverage in the You magazine. I have been madly packing and posting parcels!
I like to recycle as much of the packaging as possible too, so have been tyeing each package with black video-tape ribbon.  Each one is accompanied by a card, handmade from found red paper and decorated with vintage record cover prints, found on the inner sleeve of the record packaging. 

This sleeve was too lovely to cut up and is on my noticeboard instead!
It's been great to meet new customers country-wide :-)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A single rose can be my garden...

This is what I worked on this past weekend.  
I love the way the mixed papers look together.  
A delightful order, which is hopefully arriving in Cape Town very soon.  Available online here.
[A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.  Leo Buscaglia