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Take a seat: our choice of stylish chairs Play with shades of grey for a feminine décor look Reverse ombre paint technique Black on white stitchcraft: sew table runners, make napkins, knit a cover for a bench, turn blackwork embroidery into jewellery, and make a felt collar, bow tie and dotty gloves Good ideas: lifestyle Tattoo art for your home, and more Bring graphic style into your house with these easy projects




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Knit a cover for a bench Craft jewellery from blackwork embroidery Entertain with comfort food Give a chair a graphic makeover this weekend New cake decorating series: learn to draw with icing Do marble printing Weave a basket Recreate this look with our French-style wallpaper

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Good ideas: food Entertainment series: Winter comforts Dramatic and delicious dishes in black and white Party series: The little Paris kitchen

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his issue started out as our black-and-white


pink is a colour that is popular during recessions and

edition ‒ a classic colour combination that

difficult times, when we are looking for comfort and

is very fashionable at the moment. Black is a

something to give our mood a little lift. And so pink

lovely strong colour that speaks of independence

quietly crept into our black-and-white edition; a chair

‒ combine it with any other colour and it makes

here, a book there . . . Carin brought in a touch of turquoise too, our

and changes whatever it is added to into a tint.

other favourite, in her fashion story. It s also the

Wonderful , we thought ‒ we can play with

colour of our little boardroom here at the office,

contrasts and with all the shades in between and

with its big, bright roses on the wall. This always

you can choose whichever one suits you best.

lovely colour combines the balance and healing

The force of habit is very strong though and

properties of green with the calm peacefulness

here at Ideas we love colour; sometimes bright

of blue. When they come together as turquoise,

and playful as in our Frida edition, at other times

the result is restful and yet invigorating. When we

soft and feminine, but the fact remains ‒ colour

sit each month to plan our next editions we are

is in our blood. And so, when we were midway

surrounded by our favourite colours. Perhaps that

through this issue and I was at a talk by a colour

is how we manage to mix in a little calmness with a

expert listening to her theories about the ways that colours influence us, I made some notes about our favourites. Pink is at the top of our list. Bright, as it is on many of our Ideas covers (and in our

whole lot of cheerfulness. We ve tried to give you as many timeless ideas as possible ‒ the classic combination of black-andwhite tiles (a definite choice in any house that I ve lived in), houndstooth designs that we ve taken from

office), it is young and uplifting,

the wardrobe and incorporated in the décor, and

it draws the eye and represents

shades of grey that set off any other colour ‒ but in

creativity and originality. As it

the end everything is either softened or uplifted by

happens, Pantone s vibrant pink

colour. It is, after all, still our soft spot.

Radiant Orchid is the colour of the year for 2014. Pale pink, like our cover chair, is calming and soothing, optimistic and happy. In any shade,

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The culinary garden . . . ďŹ gs As ďŹ g trees should be planted while they are dormant, now is the perfect time to plant one. Popular varieties include Adam s ďŹ gs, Black Velvet , Cape Brown and White Genoa. Plant your tree in full sun in a wide, deep hole ďŹ lled with rich compost, or alternatively in a pot. It is also possible to grow a ďŹ g tree from a cutting. They are hardy, relatively drought tolerant and require very little fertiliser. Fresh ďŹ gs can be used for both sweet and savoury dishes. Try stuďŹƒng them with goat s milk cheese and wrapping them in prosciutto, putting them on pizza, adding them to fruit salads or yoghurt, or serving them grilled with ice cream. Medicinally, the ďŹ g has been used as a gentle laxative since ancient times and is said to be beneďŹ cial to the bladder, bowel, kidneys and stomach. Figs are also abundant in vitamins A, C and E, as well as calcium, potassium and phosphorus. Fig twigs stripped of their leaves and pressed into our will keep weevils away.

Meringue roulade with ďŹ gs and honey Line a 23 x 33cm baking tray with baking paper and grease lightly. Beat 4 large egg whites until sti. Gradually whisk in 190g castor sugar until the mixture is thick. Fold in 5ml white vinegar and 5ml cornour. Spread onto the lined tray. Bake at 200 C for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 180 C. Bake for a further 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside for two minutes. Dust another sheet of baking paper with icing sugar. Turn the meringue onto the prepared baking paper. Roll it up from the long side. Whip 250ml cream until sti. Mix 30ml honey into 125ml Greek yoghurt. Fold the cream into the yoghurt mixture. Unroll the meringue. Spread the cream ďŹ lling over it. Top with 150g sliced fresh ďŹ gs and 50g toasted aked almonds. Roll up and dust with icing sugar. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve sliced. TIP If you can t ďŹ nd fresh ďŹ gs, use sliced glacĂŠ ďŹ gs, or sliced dried ďŹ gs that you have ďŹ rst soaked in a little warm water.     


   Transform plain white candles into elegant ombre candles, perfect for your dinner table. Simply apply a little water-based acrylic paint to the base of your candle with a paintbrush then blur it slightly using a cotton wool ball to create a soft, tapering eect. Leave to dry thoroughly before using.

12-13 JULY Don t miss the 21st Franschhoek Bastille Festival. Activities include a boules tournament, the Solms-Delta parade, a barrel-rolling competition, a farmers market, musicians and a carnival. Book on or go to www. for more information. Remember to stop in at the



‒ turn to page 104 for more details.

      24-27 July At the Algoa FM Homemakers Expo in Port Elizabeth at The Boardwalk in Summerstrand you will ďŹ nd the latest home improvement, dĂŠcor, furniture and home lifestyle trends and products. Info:

24-26 July South Africa hosts The International Quilt Convention Africa at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg. View quilts, textile art and sculptural art from international and local artists. Attend workshops by local and international teachers, and shop at the large market. Free lectures and technique and product demos will take place throughout the day. Go to for details.

4-13 July The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival has something for everyone, including families, foodies and sportspeople. Don t miss the funfair, marketplace, gourmet evening, wine festival, art exhibition, and comedy festival. For more information, go to or call 044 382 5510.


The Stellenbosch Slow w Market at Oude Libertas rtas is a gourmet food market, et, open every Saturday from 9am-2pm. You ll ďŹ nd artisanal products, organic anic produce, micro-brewed beer, boutique utiqu wine, cultural cuisine and more. There are also regular workshops, food and wine pairings, artisan courses and themed events. Go to slowmarket or

Make a DIFFERENCE Craft Haven is a community project in Nieu-Bethesda that trains women and children in craft skills. They knit, crochet, do beadwork, make squares for blankets, crochet owers, and make scarves, beanies, gloves and more. To help, donate buttons, wool, knitting needles, embroidery thread, beads, or any other craft items. Call Heidi Boekkooi on 082 865 2699 or email

Cape Town World Music Festival ‒ Festival of Light On 18-19 July at Cape Town City Hall you can listen to local and international musicians playing reggae, house, electronica, afrobeat, rock, Balkan, traditional African, roots, bluegrass, country, Jazz and hip hop. The festival will use light as a medium for designers to create installations that link music with design. Info: or like Cape Town World Music Festival on Facebook. The Motion Project: A Photo Story of Dance Open from 4 July to 3 August at the Youngblood Gallery in Bree Street, this project uses architectural landmarks in Cape Town to showcase the diversity of talent in the dance industry. Ceramics United South Africa Competition Students, potters and artists ‒ regardless of age, location, or skill ‒ have a chance to win prize money and to gain international exposure for their work. Purchase a mould form for R130 (with a unique identiďŹ cation number), complete your surface design, and submit photos of your work. Info:









28-29 June Attend The Vintage Fashion Expo at Art Deco, 54 Queen Victoria in Gardens, Cape Town. Enjoy vintage, retro, thrift and vintage-inspired shopping, live music acts, burlesque performers, mimes and more. There will also be food stalls, bars and a history-of-fashion display. Tickets are R50 through Webtickets or R60 at the door. Info: email 2-5 July Don t miss the 11th Innibos Festival in Nelspruit. More than 300 artists, actors and musicians will perform and there will be children s entertainment, a free theatre and cinema venue and hundreds of craft stalls. Get tickets at or at Computicket, or call 013 741 5294. 2-5 July Attend the coffee and chocolate festival at the NG Church hall in Courtney Road, George. Open daily from 9am to 5pm. Info: call 083 772 8252 or email 5 July Visit the Life Market held in the historic Snowflake building in Wolmarans Street in Potchefstroom. You ll find fresh and h out-of-the-ordinary food, as well as décor and clothing. For more information go to w








3-13 July Whether you re looking for comedy, theatre or dance, you ll find it at The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. For more information, go to 11-13 July Attend the Silvermist Holistic Fair in Haenertsburg Village and The Magoebaskloof Hotel in the northern Drakensberg. Consult therapists, buy products, join a retreat or learn drumming. There will also be a slow-food meander, workshops for kids, dancing, cabaret and much more. For more information go to or call 084 087 8759.








17-20 July At the Coffee & Chocolate Expo at Montecasino in Johannesburg you can attend chocolate workshops or wine-pairing workshops and listen to experts at the coffee theatre. Info: go to www., call 011 465 2569 or have a look at their Facebook page. 18-20 July The World of Dogs & Cats & Pet Exhibition (WODAC PET EXPO) takes place at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. Go to for more information.








24-25 July The FNB Limpopo Wine Show takes place in Polokwane between 5pm and 9pm at Meropa Casino & Entertainment World, Roodepoort Road. Sample award-winning wines, discover lesser-known labels and enjoy a brandy tasting. Go to 25 July Attend the Kuier Market from 9am to 2pm at Frank du Toit Hospital for the Aged in Prieska, Northern Cape. There will be a tea garden, a braai, and crafts, home-baked goodies and bazaar puddings. Call 082 948 2354.





July-August Every Sunday until the end of August enjoy a cheese fondue and jazz afternoon at Delheim in Stellenbosch. It costs R185 per person. To book, call 021 888 4607 or email






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Natural Soap Making by Bev Missing (Metz, R220)

The soap-making process is explained in simple terms. There are loads of ideas to help you formulate your own recipes, as well as colour guides and how-to information on fragrances, moulds, trimming, curing and packaging. The book teaches and inspires, and encourages the use of ecofriendly ingredients.

The Art of Whimsical Lettering by Joanne Sharpe (Interweave, R340)

Create personalised writing for all your projects that use text. The author shares 20 art techniques for creating lettering styles using dierent tools, plus 15 basic alphabets, from simple pen-and-ink renditions to elaborate texts that reference calligraphy, vintage fonts and doodles.


She feels strongly about the need to preserve traditional British feasts and festivals. She moves between the UK and France, with both countries inuencing her blog. If you re on the 5:2 diet, you ll ďŹ nd delicious inspiration here. She writes about the renovation of her cottage and her latest vintage ďŹ nds. She shares projects, decorating ideas and ways to achieve a comfortable home on a tight budget. You ll also ďŹ nd recipes, blogging and photography tips, and simple ways to love your home ‒ all to inspire you to live a creative, happy life.


Spilt Milk by Amanda Hodgkinson (Penguin, R285)

Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen (RH, R312)

Simple Chinese Cooking by Kylie Kwong (Penguin, R410)

First Cake Decorating (Struik Lifestyle, R140)

Sisters Nellie and Vivian live in poverty near a river in Suolk. Their life is uneventful until a ood throws up a strange ďŹ sh on their doorstep, and a travelling man who brings with him change. Patterns of pregnancies and adoptions repeat themselves, and a generation later, Birdie Farr realises she cannot escape her past. An accomplished, expertly paced family saga.

The story begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. In between is a wry portrait of Rebecca, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is over, her ďŹ nances shaky, and she has ed the city. This is a moving and often very funny journey into the life of a woman, her heart, her mind, and her days.

Kylie s philosophy is to use the freshest produce and to cook it simply. The ingredients are to be found at the supermarket and the recipes are straightforward. In no time, you ll be cooking favourites like soy sauce chicken and sung choi bau on weeknights and button mushroom salad and prawn wonton soup for special occasions.

Become a conďŹ dent cake decorator, even if you ve never tried it before. Photos guide you through the basic techniques. There is planning advice and tips on equipment and ingredients, as well as trouble-shooting strategies. You ll be moulding ďŹ gures, modelling with sugar paste and marzipan, and working with chocolate and sugar before you know it.     


Draw up one of these chairs and take the weight o your feet. car in. sm ith@ me dia 24. com

Setting the bar high This all-white bar stool will look stylish in any setting. It also doubles up as a side table. Bar stool (price on request) from Chair Crazy.

Sweet treats

Fold it up This versatile foldable chair can be used indoors and out. Tie a ribbon around the backrest and hang it against the wall. Chair (R659) from Weylandts.

Cake stand (R995) from In Good Company.

Modern matters This trendy chair in pink adds a girly touch. Chair (price on request) from Chair Crazy.


Houndstooth Use chairs with patterned upholstery to brighten up your dining room table. Chair (R1 900) from Space for Life. Upholstery fabric from Black Fabrics.

Pretty things Vase (R385) from In Good Company.


Reimagined This suitcase has been given a new lease of life as a chair. Use it to decorate an uninspiring corner in your home. Suitcase chair (R7 950) from Recreate.





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Play with dierent shades of grey to make a monochrome look more friendly and feminine. Use aged wood, dierent textures and a touch of vintage to add warmth and comfort. Here are a few ways to make this style your own.






Shades of


1 Bowl (R15,99) from Mr Price Home. 2 Fabric owers (R29,99) from Mr Price Home. 3 Ceramic cup (R599 for set of four with saucers) from Mervyn Gers Ceramics. 4 Mirror (R229,99) from Mr Price Home. 5 Side plates (R99 each) from Weylandts. 6 Ceramic container (R110) from Mervyn Gers Ceramics. 7 Side plate (R320) from Mervyn Gers Ceramics. 8 Trophy (R60) from Recreate. 9 Ceramic plate (R240) from Mervyn Gers Ceramics.     


Create an interesting wall in your bedroom using wallpaper printed with panels and a headboard. Opting for a neutral-coloured wallpaper means it will be easy to change the dĂŠcor in the room as you won t be bound by colour. Use accessories and personal touches to add colour and to create an updated vintage feel. Bed (R3 899, three-quarter premium deluxe) from Bed King. Lampstand and lampshade (R2 295) from Weylandts. Runner used as bed frill (R650) from Nap. Quilt (R359,99), small scatter cushion (R89,99) and mirror (R229,99) from Mr Price Home.



and transform your bedroom. We designed these wallpaper panels specially for you. Turn to page 124 for more information and how to order.

TIP Stack books next to your bed to use as a bedside table.     

     WHITE ON WHITE An entrance hall can often be the busiest place in a house. Use a palette of whites to keep this space calm and relaxed. Server (R5 795) from Trade Secret. Mirror (R229,99) from Mr Price Home. White round canvas ‒ ďŹ nd similar at The Deckle Edge. White framed print (R380) from Quirky Me. Covered vases (prices on request) from Kartell. Paint: Plascon Orchid Bay GR-Y06


TIP Dip-dye a string of wooden beads by keeping the bottom half of the beads in black fabric dye for a few hours.

TOUCH OF DRAMA Mix dierent textures like wool, wood and linen for a cosy but sophisticated monochrome room in which to lounge. Add a touch of drama with a darker couch. Cardboard deer head (R249) from Typo. Black frame (R329) from Country Road. Candlestick (R650) from Nap. Couch (R11 995) from Trade Secret. Knitted pouf (R799,99) and scatter cushion (R69,99) from Mr Price Home. Wooden side table (R7 896) from Kartell. Ceramic container (R450) from Stable.


SUN BLEACHED Use sun-bleached greys and weathered wood to give your dining room a welcoming look. Harlequin table (R7 800) from Living Legends. Light ďŹ tting (R1 200) from Quirky Me. Chair (R499,99) from Mr Price Home. Small side table (R2 595) from Trade Secret. On small table: covered vases (prices on request) from Kartell. Grey vase (R159,99) from Mr Price Home. Candlestick holder (R295) from Weylandts. On harlequin table: runner (R650) from Nap. Glass jug (R149,99) from Mr Price Home. Large bowl (R329) from Weylandts. Selection of plates (from R59,95) from Boardmans. Charcoal bowl (price on request) from Ceramic Factory. Small ceramic cup (R599 for a set of four with saucers) from Mervyn Gers Ceramics.

TIP Play with shades of grey on your wall. Paint the top half in a light grey, the bottom half darker and, using the darkest shade, paint a stripe to divide the two halves. We used the following paint colours: Plascon Orchid Bay GR-Y06, Oshore GR-703 and French Leaf GR-G01.


     GRAPHIC Treat this room like a canvas and leave the edges of the wall unďŹ nished. Hang a hand-drawn image on the wall to personalise the space. Print (price on request) by Lorenzo Nassimbeni. Tops (from R299) from Nap. Cushion (R240) from Weylandts. Shoes (R59,99) from Mr Price. Paint colour: Plascon French Leaf GR-G01.

TIPS • Create your own seat by stacking crates on top of each other. Stu a cushion in the top crate for comfortable seating and use the remaining crates for storage. • Want to change your pictures around but don t feel like anything formal? Why not knock nails in the wall, hang bulldog clips from them and simply insert your images into the clips? This way you can change your pictures often and without any fuss.


   DOWN MEMORY LANE Keep with the black and white theme and create your own family tree with photographs. Build your tree by positioning the oldest member of the family on the top and then pasting photos of the rest of the family in order underneath. We stuck some of our photos down with double-sided tape, we attached others with photo corners and put some in frames, to create the feel of a mood board. As a special touch you can add handwritten names and dates underneath the photos.

Oval frame (R69,99; unpainted) from Mr Price Home. Square frame (R109) from Loads of Living. Chair (R1 900) from Space for Life. Upholstery from Black Fabrics. Paint colour: Dulux Blue Surf 30BB63/058.

TIP Use photocopies of your photos if you are worried that the originals may fade or be damaged.

JUST ADD PINK Add a touch of pink with roses and a pretty chair to break the plain grey. Find similar tablecloths at Mr Price Home. Spray-painted teapot (R99,99) from Game. Small cake stand with dome (R129,99) from Mr Price Home. Chair (R1 900) and lampshade (R750) from Space for Life. Upholstery fabric from Black Fabrics. Plates (R129 for large and R99 for small) from Weylandts. TIP Recreate this wall by using a stencil. Lightly dry brush the pattern onto half of your wall with white PVA paint. Don t worry about being too precise as the eect should look slightly aged.


MONOCHROME DINING Use monochrome place settings at your dining table. Mix modern and vintage elements for a personalised setting. Add a bit of colour by wrapping extra plates in pale pink paper. Large dinner plate (R129) from Weylandts and small side plate (R25,99) from Mr Price Home. TIP Instead of place name cards put a black and white photo of your guest at his or her setting.

GOOD IDEA Create your own tablecloth by stencilling a design on your table top or on a loose piece of wood.     

     PRIVATE NOOK Create your own peaceful nook in your home by grouping a reading light, a comfortable armchair and a side table together. Ensure harmony by mixing together dierent hues of pink and grey. Frame (R329) from Country Road. Light (R1 500) and armchair (R9 000) from Space for Life. Side table (R1 995) from Weylandts. Rug (R599,99) from Mr Price Home.



Original unpainted sun-bleached heart. Choose the item for your reverse ombre (we used a heart woven from sun-bleached twigs) and paint it with charcoal-coloured paint. Leave it to dry completely. Take a can of white PVA spray paint and, holding it at a 45-degree angle to the item, spray paint lightly from the bottom towards the top. The paint should be more concentrated over the bottom section. TIP Spray over the bottom a few times for a more solid white appearance, remembering to grade the white into the charcoal. Work in a well-ventilated area and allow each coat of paint to dry thoroughly before you apply the next.

Use this paint technique to add a touch of romance to any item. by CARIN SMITH photos ED O RILEY






You can never go wrong with classic black-and-white dÊcor, so brush o some old techniques and reinvent your home. st yling CARIN SMITH photos ED O RILEY


TABLE RUNNERS We give you three dierent techniques for making stylish table runners. Turn to page 28 for the instructions.     

NAPKINS These napkins are just the thing to complete an elegant table setting. Turn to page 38 for the instructions. Side plate (R19,99) from Mr Price Home. White dinner plate (R59) from Weylandts. Ceramic cup and small bowl (prices on request) from Mervyn Gers. Cutlery set (R150) from Boardmans.

With marbling

TABLE RUNNERS Make three table runners using three different techniques. Make the runners all the same size (or buy three that are the same) so you can use them as a set.



Follow the steps on page 118 to print your fabric with a marble design. Use a container that is slightly wider than your fabric and move the fabric along until the entire length has been printed. You can ask someone to stand at the other end of the container to help you hold the fabric and move it along. Check each time that there is still enough paint in the container and add more if necessary. Blot it on a test cloth first to make sure you will get the right effect. Start each time at the place where you stopped so that there are no gaps in between. Hang up the fabric to dry when you are finished and press it on the wrong side to heat set the paint. Follow the steps alongside to make a runner from the marbled fabric.

With embroidery



4 Embroider the pattern with neat back


stitches onto the fabric. 5 Overlock the raw edges, fold the hems and press, then sew in place with topstitch. 6 Wash the pencil lines out of the fabric, leave it to dry and then press on the wrong side.

You will need • 170 x 50cm unbleached linen fabric • matching coloured machine thread • no. 5 crochet cotton in black • embroidery needle • dressmaker s pencil • pen and paper for the diamond pattern

To make 1 Fold the fabric in half widthways

and press the fold lightly to mark the centre. 2 Draw a diamond pattern that will fit nicely over the width of the runner and that will repeat over the length on both sides of the middle diamond. Include 1cm for seam allowances on all four edges. 3 Place the pattern on the fold that you pressed in step 1 so it is in the middle of the runner and trace it with the dressmaker s pencil onto the fabric. Repeat on both sides to complete the design.

PREVIOUS PAGE: Chair (R699,99) from Mr Price Home. Lampshade (R750) from Moonbasket at Vamp. Jar with wooden lid (R195), decanter with stopper (R695) and Maison pizza board (R190) from Weylandts. Wooden candle holders (R385 for a set of five) from The Space. Smaller ceramic jars (prices on request) from Ceramic Factory. Paint: French Leaf (GR-GR01) on wall and Off Shore (RGR-Y03) on floor, both from Plascon.


With potato prints



This is the easiest of the three techniques. All that you need, apart from your fabric, is a large, firm potato, some fabric paint, a sponge, a dressmaker s pencil and a ruler. We repeated the diamond design from the embroidered runner. This is how you do it: draw a line with your dressmaker s pencil 15cm in from one long side of the cut fabric and repeat on the other side. Cut the potato in half then shape one half into a triangle, pour paint into a saucer and dab paint onto the potato with the sponge. Print triangles all along both sides of the one line that you have drawn, to form diamonds. Allow the paint to dry properly before you repeat the process on the other side. Press the fabric on the wrong side when the paint is dry and follow the steps above to make it into a runner. TIP Stick your fabric onto your work surface with masking tape so that it doesn t move while you re working.

    KNITTED BENCH COVER This bench cover will add a warm, trendy touch to your dĂŠcor. Turn to page 30 for the instructions.

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FACING PAGE: Cutlery set (R150) from Boardmans. Ceramic plates (R99 each) from Weylandts. THIS PAGE: Bench (R2 000) from Mr Price Home.



You will need • Elle Family Knit Chunky (charcoal, no. 073), see instructions for quantity • 1 x 100g Elle Pure Gold Chunky (ivory, no. 036) • 10mm knitting needles • tapestry needle

To make 1 Measure the section of the

bench to be covered by the knitting. Multiply the number of centimetres in the measurement by 1,25 for an approximate number of rows to be knitted. Next, measure the width of the bench in centimetres. Multiply this measurement by two to calculate the number of stitches to be cast on. Finally, multiply the number of stitches with the number of rows and divide this ďŹ gure by 900. If the number is even, ignore any decimals, if it is uneven, round up to the closest even number. This is the approximate number of 50g balls of yarn that will be needed. 2 Using two strands of yarn, cast on the number of stitches as calculated in step 1. Knit three

rows in garter stitch. Continue knitting in stocking stitch until the measurement is 2cm from the desired length. Keep track of the number of rows knitted in stocking stitch, as this will be necessary to calculate the positioning of the cross motifs. Knit three more rows in garter stitch and cast o. 3 To calculate the number and position of motifs, subtract 15 from the total number of stocking-stitch rows. Divide the remaining rows by 30. This will give you the number of motifs to be embroidered (ignore any decimals). Next, multiply the number of motifs by 30 and subtract this from the total number of stocking-stitch rows

knitted. Divide this ďŹ gure by two to calculate the number of stocking-stitch rows at either end of the ďŹ rst and last motif. 4 Thread a tapestry needle with two strands of knitting yarn in the contrasting colour and embroider the cross motif in Swiss darning stitch as follows: ďŹ ve rows across four stitches, ďŹ ve rows across 12 stitches and ďŹ nally another ďŹ ve rows across four stitches (see step-by-step instructions for Swiss darning on the facing page). Skip 15 rows, and in the 16th row embroider the following motif. Continue in the same manner with the remaining motifs. 5 With a double length of yarn, lace the two long edges together on the underside of the bench.

Prints (R119 and R259) from Typo.


SWISS DARNING In the technique of Swiss darning, a contrasting colour is worked over the stitches of the knitting. Think of each stitch as an inverted drop shape and follow the path of the yarn as it forms each stitch.

Bring the needle up through the knitting at the base of the ďŹ rst stitch to be covered. Leave a length of yarn at the back to be tied o and worked into the loops of the darning once a few stitches have been worked. Take the needle underneath the stitch above the one being covered.

Next, push the needle into the base of the stitch and up through the base of the following stitch. One stitch has been completed.

Working in the opposite direction, cover the stitches in the second row in the same manner as for the ďŹ rst row.

Continue in the same manner as in steps 1 and 2. Finally, working the last stitch, bring the needle up through the base of the stitch in the following row.

Continue stitching until your design is complete. TIP Using a contrasting colour for your stitchwork will ensure a dramatic eect.


    BLACKWORK JEWELLERY Create statement pieces of jewellery using small pieces of blackwork embroidery. Turn to page 40 for the blackwork diagrams. Wooden hand (R250) from The Space.


BLACKWORK BUTTONS Use your test cloths and small pieces that you have embroidered with blackwork to cover buttons.

Jewellery Use the blackwork to create a lovely piece of jewellery, as we have done. We made a ring by gluing a button covered with blackwork onto a ring blank with epoxy glue (look at bead shops for ring blanks). You can also look for bare pendants and decorate them with some of your blackwork by gluing it in. The pendant will not be able to go in water. Thread it onto a pretty chain or glue a brooch pin onto the back of the covered buttons.



Blackwork, also sometimes called Spanish embroidery, is a form of embroidery for which black threads are usually used. Blackwork became popular in England during the reign of Henry VIII, thanks to his marriage to Catherine, daughter of King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile, who brought lots of clothes decorated with this type of embroidery with her from Spain. Traditionally blackwork is done on white or o-white linen or cotton fabric. The stiches that

are used are double running stitch or Holbein stitch, backstitch and sometimes stem stitch. It is usually used for the ďŹ nishing o of hems, collars, dresses and hats, as well as on linen. Today the term blackwork refers to the technique rather than the colour combination that is used. There are a variety of methods and choices with blackwork, but we have used the traditional method. Stitches are worked so that they form a geometric or very small ower pattern. Our art director s mother did this very delicate embroidery for us and we decided to use it to decorate buttons and costume jewellery.

Self-cover buttons are widely available from haberdashery shops. You buy the uncovered buttons in sets that include everything that you need to cover them with ease. The buttons usually consist of two pieces that ďŹ t together, and there s a little tool that you use to make the covering easier. Otherwise you can use an ordinary button that has a loop or shank on the back. Turn your button over and place it in the centre of your piece of fabric. Cut out a circle around the button so you have enough fabric to fold over the button. Work a row of gathering stitches around the edge of the circle and pull them in over the button. Work the thread away at the back of the fabric and tie a double knot to secure. GOOD IDEA Remove the ring section of the button and stick an earring backing or brooch pin with epoxy glue to the back to turn your button into a fashion accessory.     


Use the template on page 40 to cut out two collar pieces from the felt.

Pin the template to the two felt collars and punch out the eyelets of the scallop motif using an eyelet punch.


You will need • • • • • • •

template on page 40 16 x 28cm felt 1m ribbon 1 button matching coloured thread eyelet punch clear adhesive

Overlap the front ends of the two collar pieces by aligning the eyelets at the end of each collar. Sew the button onto the overlapped section through both layers of felt.


Cut the ribbon in half and glue one end of each half to the underside of the rear points of the collar.

FELT COLLAR Add a feminine and elegant touch to any outďŹ t with this easy-to-make felt collar with its delicate scallop design.



Cut a piece of fabric and interfacing into a rectangle, once the length and twice the width of the size that you want the ďŹ nished bow tie to be, plus a seam allowance of 1cm right around. Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the fabric.

Sew the two short sides together with the right sides together. Fold the work at with the seam in the middle at the back and stitch the top and bottom seams closed, leaving an opening in one seam for turning.


You will need • fabric for the bow tie • matching coloured machine thread • iron-on interfacing • brooch pin or safety pin • needle

Turn the fabric through to the right side through the opening. Push in a small instrument such as a ďŹ le to neaten the points. Close the opening with small, neat hand stitches.

Cut a strip of fabric long enough to make a loop to ďŹ t around your bow tie and wide enough to fold double, plus 1cm seams. Stitch the long side closed with the right sides together. Turn through to the right side.

Fold the seam allowances of the short sides of the loop inwards and sew the two sides together to form the loop. Sew the brooch pin or safety pin in place on the seam.

Fold the bow tie into a fan shape and pull it through the loop, so that the seam of the loop is at the back and the loop is in the middle of the bow tie.

Now pull the tips of the bow tie open in a fan shape to complete.


BOW TIE The bow tie has recently enjoyed a fashion renaissance. Make your own and incorporate it into your everyday style. Print on wall (R610) by Heather Moore from Vamp.



You will need (FOR EACH NAPKIN) • one 42 x 42cm piece of white cotton fabric • two 11 x 9cm pieces of white fabric • one 11 x 9cm piece fuseable interfacing • matching coloured thread • black stranded embroidery thread • 6 white buttons • water-soluble fabric marking pen

To make 1 Hem the four sides of each napkin






Spruce up a pair of vintage-style gloves by adding quirky dots to them.

You will need • Heat-transfer material in black (try the ones from the Silhouette range, available at most craft shops) • vintage-style gloves • eyelet punch • tweezers

To make 1 Make sure your gloves are clean,

dry and wrinkle-free. Remove the

front plastic covering o a small sheet of the heat-transfer material. 2 Use your punch to cut small dots from the heat-transfer material. Position the dots on the glove in the pattern of your choice. Use your tweezers to make sure the dots are turned right side up. The felt side of the dots should be facing upwards. 3 Now use a hot iron and delicately iron over the dots until they stick to the gloves. Wait about an hour before you use the gloves. TIP Place a piece of fabric over the dots before ironing them; this will help to prevent them moving around.



with a 1cm double-folded hem. Sew short running stitches with three strands of embroidery thread along one hem. Iron the interfacing onto the back of one of the 11 x 9cm pieces of fabric. With the short edges at the top and bottom, draw the outline of a motif on the front of the patch with a fabric making pen. Pin the patch on top of the remaining piece of fabric. Set the sewing machine to a short stitch length and sew the outline of the motif. Trim the excess fabric away 2mm out from the stitch line. Overlock the top and bottom edges and press a 1cm hem to the back. Using three strands of embroidery thread, sew each hem down with short running stitches. Press a 1cm-wide hem along the side edges of the patch. Pin the patch to the front of the napkin, positioning the top edge 15cm down from the top of the napkin, and the right edge 3cm in from the edge of the napkin. Sew the two vertical edges of the patch, leaving the top and bottom open. Fold the napkin lengthwise into thirds, with the left edge uppermost. Write a word of your choice with a fabric marking pen. Using six strands of embroidery thread, embroider the word in back stitch. To ďŹ nish, sew six buttons, equally spaced, along the bottom hem of the napkin.


This pattern is formed with diagonal lines and a snowflake design. Embroider a simple cross in the centre of the snowflake and join the intersections of the diagonal lines with a star motif.

This pattern is formed with a simple star motif embroidered in rows. Each star is worked with a grid of 5 holes which are spaced 1 hole apart.

A star and cross motif are used for this design. Alternate a cross and a star, spacing them 4 holes apart, and finish off the cross motif with a simple four-sided pattern.     



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This cute honey pot and elephant twirler are from Jenna Cliord and cost R390 for the set. The honey is available in two avours, Vanilla and Pride of Madeira, and there is also a pear and merlot jam with its own knife. Find your nearest stockist on jennacli

     B-Lumière Designs is the brainchild of Clara Potgieter. She makes pretty lights from paper-thin polyethylene; they are environmentally friendly and, with prices between R600 and R899, they re also aordable. She also has a Perspex range. See more of her products on her website,, or call her on 072 227 7758 for a catalogue.

These lovely bags are from Old School Satchel Company, an enterprise started by mother and daughter team Carol and Nikki van Staden. The bags are made by hand from South African leather and are available in various colours as well as three dierent sizes. Order yours from ‒ prices range from R1 275 to R1 750.


Tiles for the house Womag has a new range of porcelain tiles, Marco Blend Stone, which look like stone. Choose from three colours (ivory, taupe and grey) and three sizes. They are unglazed, which adds to the natural appearance, and they are strong and easy to clean. Visit a showroom in Cape Town or Johannesburg, or go to

SUPER STATIONERY Miss Milly makes a lovely range of stationery, including cards and notebooks decorated with washi tape. She also has gorgeous wooden jewellery. Follow Miss Milly on Facebook at missmillysa or call 082 970 8515 or email missmillysa@



FOOD Entertaining Louisa Holst looks at a few fabulous food ideas.

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Olives with extra flavour Look out for the new range of Willow Creek Flavoured Olives packed exclusively for Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts franchises throughout the country, priced at R20-R30 per pack. There s also a tasty range of flavour-infused oils that includes jalapeño, blood orange and Persian lime.

Touch of

SIGNATURE RED Try out the recently released Spier Signature Red Blend 2013, made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. It has raspberry and plum aromas with hints of vanilla and spice and a wellstructured palate with soft tannins and luscious fruit. Enjoy it with our hearty oxtail stew on page 50. Available at liquor outlets for about R54.

Plastic containers always seem to lose their lids, which is why Addis has developed the Easy Keepers range of food storage containers. The lids clip to the bases to ensure they stay a pair and don t get lost. Microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe, and BPA free. Available in six sizes from Pick n Pay and Checkers stores from R35-R70.


Woolworths has introduced a range of artisanal chocolates made by Pieter de Villiers, the first South African chocolatier to create chocolate from bean to bar . In line with Woolworth s commitment to sustainable cocoa, the beans are UTZ certified. Flavours include orange peel and vanilla, and cinnamon and chilli. They sell for R29,95 a slab.     


Relive a bygone era at the Duchess of Wisbeach in Sea Point, Cape Town and enjoy honest, good-quality food served with passion and a bit of humour. Tuck into old-fashioned favourites like avocado ritz or roast chicken and real chips, or try one of their seasonal dishes. Go to

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Spoil your friends and family with this warm and hearty slow-cooked meal.


comforts by LOUISA HOLST assistant TANI KIRSTEN photos ED O RILEY st yling and craf ts HANNES KOEGELENBERG


SET THE SCENE Set a dramatic table in white and black, but soften the look with touches of gold, copper, pink and Delft blue. Take out your prettiest tableware ‒ a mix of blue and white plates is perfect. Arrange the plates on a table onto which you have decoupaged photos of charger plates and other interesting elements. Complete the setting with a few tongue-in-cheek dÊcor items, like our milk-carton vases and silhouette chair decorations.


    Silhouette chair decorations

Create your own Versailles Use wallpaper to create the illusion of a grand dining room in your own home, reminiscent of the one in the Palace of Versailles. You can use one panel only, or you can decorate the whole wall. We designed this wallpaper specially so that you can order it in panels. Turn to page 124 for more information and how to order it.

Asparagus soup with toasted-cheese dippers Serves: 6 Preparation time: 40 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes • • • •

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Silhouette chair decorations Use proďŹ le photos of your guests to make place markers. Cut out a silhouette from self-adhesive black vinyl and stick onto a plate. Spray paint the plate border gold. Stick ribbon to the back of the plate with strong glue and tie the plate to the chair.


Decoupaged tablecloth For our tablecloth we took a black and white high-resolution photograph of a beautifully set table and then had it printed onto large sheets of paper. We then decoupaged the paper onto the top of our table. Set the table for the photo so that you can use the plates as you would charger plates. Alternatively, you can also simply ďŹ nd photos of pretty plates on the internet, print them out and decoupage them onto the table to create a similar eect.

Toasted-cheese dippers • 6 slices white country bread • soft butter, for spreading • 300ml grated mature Cheddar or Gruyère cheese • 20ml snipped chives 1 Heat the oil and sautÊ the onion

for a few minutes. Add the celery and continue to sautĂŠ for a few minutes until softened. 2 Add the asparagus pieces (but not the tips) and sautĂŠ for a minute, then add the stock and the potato cubes. Bring to the boil then add the Swiss chard. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Remove from the heat. 3 PurĂŠe in a food processor until smooth then return to the saucepan.


Crockery, cutlery and glasses (prices on request) from Woodstock Vintage. Trestle table (R995) from Weylandts. Tiles and dining room chairs (prices on request) from Onsite Gallery. Wallpaper printed by SmartArt. Portable pendant lights and globes (prices on request) from Quirky Me.

30ml olive oil 1 large onion, ďŹ nely chopped 2 sticks celery, chopped 400g fresh green asparagus, cut into 2cm pieces and the tips reserved 1 litre chicken or vegetable stock 1 large potato, peeled and cubed 1 bunch Swiss chard, trimmed and shredded 60ml cream

Asparagus soup with toasted cheese dippers




Add the asparagus tips and the cream. Cook until the tips are tender. Season to taste. 4 Toasted-cheese dippers Spread butter on one side of the slices of bread. Place cheese and chives onto the unbuttered side of 3 slices and then cover with the remaining 3 slices of bread to make sandwiches. Cook on a griddle pan or in a frying pan until golden and the cheese has melted. 5 Cut into strips and serve hot alongside the soup, for dipping.

Vegetables Peel four parsnips and cut them in half lengthways. Peel about 12 baby carrots or four large carrots and cut those in half lengthways too. Place them in a roasting tin. Drizzle with olive oil and roast at     

180 C until browned and tender. Toss the vegetables once during cooking. Add a punnet of steamed tenderstem broccoli and toss all the vegetables together. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Oxtail stew Serves: 6 Preparation time: 40 minutes, plus overnight refrigeration if possible Cooking time: about 3 hours • 45ml oil • 2kg oxtail, cut into pieces and trimmed of excess fat • 2 onions, chopped • 1 fennel bulb, chopped (optional) • 4 cloves garlic, crushed • 500ml dry red wine • 1 litre chicken stock • 2 allspice berries

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2 sprigs thyme 2 turnips, peeled and cubed 15ml Worcestershire sauce 50ml cake our 60ml soft butter ½ can tomato purĂŠe handful of Italian parsley, ďŹ nely chopped

1 Heat a heavy-based saucepan.

Once it is hot, add the oil and then brown the oxtail pieces in batches. Remove from the saucepan and set aside. 2 Heat some more oil over a medium heat and sautĂŠ the onions for two minutes. Add the fennel (if using) and garlic and sautĂŠ for a few minutes until tender. 3 Return the oxtail to the saucepan. Add the wine, stock, allspice and thyme. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer.

Oxtail stew and mashed potato with herb butter







Cover the saucepan and cook slowly for 2 hours. Add the turnips and Worcestershire sauce. Cover the saucepan and simmer for a further hour, or until the oxtail is very tender. Mix the our and butter together to make a paste. Add a little of the oxtail sauce to the paste, then stir this mixture into the oxtail mixture. Add the tomato purĂŠe. Simmer, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened a bit. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. You should preferably leave the stew in the fridge overnight. Just before serving, remove from the fridge and scrape o the fat that has risen to the top and solidiďŹ ed. Discard the fat. Reheat the stew gently. Add the parsley and serve hot with mashed potato and vegetables.

Sticky baked Clemengold pudding Serves: 6 Preparation time: 30 minutes Baking time: 40-55 minutes Oven temperature: 180 C • • • • • • •

1 Grate 5ml of zest from the







6 Clemengolds 300g (350ml) sugar 6 cloves 2 large eggs 30ml melted butter 65ml milk 140g (250ml) self-raising our

Sauce • 125ml cream • 5ml vanilla essence • 110g (125ml) castor sugar • vanilla ice crea or chilled dessert cream, to serve

Mashed potato with herb butter Peel and cube 8 potatoes. Boil in a little water until tender. Drain well and mash with a potato masher until ďŹ ne. Add 15ml butter and 15ml milk and stir into the mash. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and whip with a whisk until creamy. Dish up into a serving bowl. Heat 50ml butter until melted. Stir in 30ml ďŹ nely chopped Italian parsley, one ďŹ nely chopped spring onion, one crushed clove of garlic and 1ml grated lemon rind. Spoon on top of the hot mashed potato and swirl in gently with a knife. Serve the mashed potato immediately with the oxtail and vegetables.

remaining reserved syrup. When the cake comes out of the oven, use a skewer to poke a few holes in it. Spoon the sauce mixture over the top of the pudding. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or dessert cream.

Clemengolds. Set aside then peel the fruit and break into segments. Heat 125ml water and 100ml sugar and the cloves together in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for ďŹ ve minutes. Add the Clemengold segments and zest and simmer for three minutes, then set aside to cool. Drain the Clemengold segments. Remove the cloves and discard them. Reserve the syrup. Beat the eggs and remaining sugar together. Add the butter and milk. Fold in the our. Spoon half the Clemengold segments into a greased 18 x 28cm ovenproof dish. Pour half the syrup over the fruit. Spoon the batter over this mixture. Spoon the remaining fruit over the top of the batter. Bake in a preheated oven for 40 minutes or until cooked through. Cover the top with aluminium foil if you see it is browning too much. Sauce Stir the cream, vanilla and castor sugar together. Add the

Almond and honey rusks Makes: about 60 Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus drying time Baking time: 3-4 hours Oven temperature: 180 C • • • • • • • •

1kg self-raising our 5ml baking powder 255g (300ml) sugar 500g (545ml) butter 100g almonds, chopped 3 large eggs 125ml honey 500ml buttermilk

1 Put the our, baking powder,





sugar and 2ml salt into a large bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs (or alternatively use a food processor). Add the chopped almonds. Beat the eggs, honey and three-quarters of the buttermilk together and add to the dry ingredients. Stir well. Add the remaining buttermilk if necessary. Put the dough into a greased square or rectangular baking tin and bake in a preheated oven for an hour, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Cut into thick strips and lay them out onto baking trays. Reduce the oven temperature to 100 C. Bake the rusks in the oven for 2-3 hours until completely dry. Switch o the oven and leave the rusks in overnight. Pack into an airtight container. Enjoy with coee.

Sticky baked Clemengold pudding



Milk-carton vases These vases are very easy to make and will make quite an impression on your guests. Rinse out the milk cartons and leave them to dry. Spray paint the cartons in the colours of your choice ‒ we used copper and white. Look for paper with a ower or a Delft design and use it to decorate the top of the cartons. Fill the cartons with water and place a single ower in each one.


Almond and honey rusks (turn to page 52 for the recipe)    








    SUGAR BISCUITS (recipe on page 64)


RUM AND RAISIN BROWNIES (recipe on page 66)




BLACK PASTA WITH BRINJALS (recipe on page 66)


 MUSHROOM KEBABS (recipe on page 66)

Savoury cheese truffles

Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus refrigeration time

• 260g cream cheese • 125-200ml ricotta • 1 small clove garlic, crushed • 1ml fennel seeds • 125ml finely chopped pickled onion or gherkin • dash of Tabasco (optional) • sesame seeds, crushed cream crackers, ground almonds or grated Parmesan, to coat • flatbreads or crackers, to serve 1 Mix the cream cheese, ricotta and garlic together. Divide into three parts. Add fennel seeds to one part, chopped

pickle to another, and Tabasco to the third part. Chill until the mixture becomes firm enough to shape into balls. 2 Use teaspoons to help you shape the cheese into small round balls. Dip and roll in the various coatings. Chill. Serve with flatbreads or crackers as a snack, or a savoury dessert, or as part of a cheese platter.



Chocolate and black sesame pie Serves: 8-10 Preparation time: 45 minutes, plus refrigeration time Baking time: 35-40 minutes Oven temperature: 180oC Pastry • 380g (700ml) cake our • 55g (170ml) cocoa powder • 100g (115ml) brown sugar • 160g (175ml) cold butter • 30ml black sesame seeds • 2 large eggs Filling • 90g (100ml) butter • 50g dark chocolate, preferably at least 70% cocoa solids • 20g (60ml) cocoa powder • 165g (190ml) castor sugar • 2 large eggs • 90g (105ml) brown sugar • 20ml milk • 20ml golden syrup • 90g dark chocolate, to serve • extra black sesame seeds, to serve 1 Pastry Combine the our, cocoa

powder, sugar, butter and a pinch of salt in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sesame seeds and then add the eggs one at a time, pulsing after each addition, until just combined. Add a little cold water if the mixture looks too dry and crumbly. 2 Turn the pastry out onto your work surface and bring it together into a ball. Enclose in plastic wrap, then chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Roll out onto a piece of plastic wrap and then line a 26cm tart tin. Prick the base with a fork and bake blind on a preheated baking tray for 10 minutes. 3 Filling Heat the butter in a saucepan. Once melted, remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate and cocoa powder. 4 Beat the sugar and eggs together until thick and creamy. Beat in     

the milk and syrup. Stir into the chocolate mixture. 5 Pour the mixture into the pastry shell. Place the pie on a preheated baking tray and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until it sets and a crust forms. To serve, drizzle with melted dark chocolate and sprinkle with extra sesame seeds.

5 Sift the our and baking powder



White cake with chocolate and almond ganache Serves: 8-12 Preparation time: 1 hour Baking time: 20-25 minutes Oven temperature: 180oC Cake • 230g (250ml) soft butter • 425g (500ml) sugar • 410g (750ml) cake our • 15ml baking powder • 350ml milk • 5 large egg whites



together. Fold into the butter mixture, alternately with the milk. Beat the egg whites, using clean beaters and bowl. Once sti peaks form, gently fold into the batter. Divide the mixture between the three baking tins. Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside for a few minutes, then remove from the pans and leave to cool completely on wire racks. Remove the baking paper. Drizzle the sugar syrup onto the top of each cake layer. Stir the chocolate ganache until smooth. Spread between each layer of cake and sandwich them together. Spread onto the top of the cake. Whip the remaining cream until sti and cover the sides of the cake. Cover the top with aked almonds.

Sugar biscuits Ganache • 375ml cream • 250g white chocolate pieces • 1-3ml almond extract • 100g aked almonds, toasted Syrup • 105g (125ml) sugar • 50ml Amaretto liqueur 1 Ganache Heat 125ml cream. Just

before it starts to boil, remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate pieces and almond extract. Once the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth, set aside to cool. Cover and chill for 2 hours. 2 Syrup Heat the sugar with 100ml water. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and then simmer for ďŹ ve minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the liqueur and set aside. 3 Cake Grease and line three 20cm baking tins. Dust lightly with our and shake out the excess. 4 Beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar, a little at a time. Beat well until the mixture is pale and very creamy.

Makes: about 30 Preparation time: 20 minutes Baking time: 10-12 minutes Oven temperature: 180oC • • • • • • • • • •

115g (125ml) soft butter 100ml sunower oil 130g (150ml) sugar 50g (100ml) icing sugar 1 large egg 380g (700ml) cake our 1,25ml cream of tartar 1,25ml bicarbonate of soda extra icing sugar, for dusting glacÊ icing and white cake sprinkles, to decorate • mint avouring (optional) 1 Beat the butter, sunower oil,

sugar, icing sugar, egg and 15ml water together. 2 Sift the our, cream of tartar, bicarbonate of soda and a pinch of salt together. Fold into the butter mixture. Mix well to form a dough. 3 Grease and line baking trays. Roll the mixture into balls and place on the trays. Press the balls at.

4 Bake for 10-12 minutes or until

just turning crisp; do not allow to brown at all. Remove from the oven and cool on wire racks. 5 Decorate with glacé icing and cake sprinkles or dust with icing sugar. You can also add a drop of mint flavouring to the glacé icing, if you prefer.

Rum and raisin brownies Makes: 25 squares Preparation time: 15 minutes Baking time: 30-35 minutes Oven temperature: 160oC • • • • •

45ml dark rum 100g (130ml) raisins 250g (270ml) butter 300g (500ml) treacle sugar 100g (310ml) cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting • 4 large eggs • 100g (185ml) self-raising flour 1 Pour the rum over the raisins and

set aside to soak for 30 minutes. 2 Heat the butter, sugar and cocoa powder together. Once melted, remove from the heat and set aside to cool. 3 Beat the eggs lightly and stir into the cocoa mixture. Fold in the flour. Stir in the rum-soaked raisins and spoon the mixture into a greased and lined 25 x 25cm tin. Bake in a preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the cake is just firm but still moist inside. 4 Remove from the oven and cool. The cake will become firmer as it cools. Cut into squares. Dust with extra cocoa powder, if you prefer.

Spicy chicken and noodle soup Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes • 45ml sunflower oil • 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped     

• 3 cloves garlic, crushed • 4cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced • 1-2 red or green chillies, seeded and chopped • 7ml ground coriander • 750ml prepared chicken stock • 1 can coconut milk • 15-20ml fish sauce • 4-5 kaffir lime leaves (or use 2 pieces of lemon or lime rind) • 1 stalk lemon grass, quartered and bruised • 3-4 chicken breast fillets, thinly sliced • 30ml lime or lemon juice • handful of chopped fresh coriander • half a packet of Thai rice noodles, prepared according to pack instructions 1 Heat the oil in a saucepan over a

medium to low heat. Add the onion and sauté for five minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, chillies and ground coriander and sauté for a further two minutes, stirring. 2 Add the chicken stock, coconut milk, fish sauce, lime leaves and lemon grass. Simmer gently for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3 Add the chicken and simmer for a further three to five minutes then remove from the heat. Add the lime juice and fresh coriander. 4 Divide the cooked noodles among the serving bowls and spoon the soup into each one. Serve hot.

Black pasta with brinjals Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Oven temperature: 200oC • 1 large brinjal, diced, salted and wiped • peanut or sunflower oil • 80g (90ml) butter • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced • 4 cloves garlic, crushed • 15ml freshly grated ginger • 2-3 red chillies, seeded and sliced • 5ml freshly ground black pepper • 45ml sweet soy sauce

• 45ml dark soy sauce • 15ml brown sugar • 400g squid-ink pasta, cooked and drained • slices of tomato, to serve • 4 spring onions, julienned, to serve 1 Place the brinjals into a roasting

tin. Drizzle with oil and toss to coat. Roast in a preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until browned and tender. Toss once during cooking. 2 While the brinjals are roasting, heat the butter in a saucepan over a low heat. Add the onion and allow it to sauté gently for 10 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger and chillies and continue to sauté for a further five minutes. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir well. 3 Remove the roasted brinjals from the oven. Add to the cooked pasta. Pour the sauce over the pasta. Garnish with slices of tomato and the spring onions.

Mushroom kebabs Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus marinating time Cooking time: 15 minutes • • • •

30ml olive oil 45ml balsamic vinegar 15ml harissa paste 1 punnet black mushrooms, halved or quartered • 1 punnet portebellini mushrooms, halved or left whole • 1-2 red onions, cut onto wedges • black salt, to serve 1 Mix the olive oil, balsamic vinegar

and harissa paste together. Pour over the mushrooms and onions and set aside to marinate for 30 minutes. 2 Thread the mushrooms and onions onto soaked skewers and cook under a hot grill or over hot coals until tender and slightly charred. Sprinkle with black salt. Serve with rice, pasta or vegetables, or serve as a vegetable side dish.



little Paris kitchen


Enjoy this French crafternoon for ladies of all ages. Bake a selection of French classics together then savour them surrounded by Parisian corner-cafĂŠ dĂŠcor.


Corner cafĂŠ To create a typical Parisian cafĂŠ look, set up little square tables in neat rows and mix and match the chairs. Search your cupboards (your granny s too) for Frenchstyle vintage linen and tableware. As this look is always in vogue, you are sure to be successful in homeware and dĂŠcor shops too.     

Par avion invitations

Par avion invitations You will need • • • • • • • •

invitation template on page 76 airmail envelopes 160gsm or thicker white paper scissors black fineliner printable envelope bone folder or ruler glue stick

To make 1 Copy the invitation template

on page 76 on the white paper. Cut out the invitation and write in the party details with the black fineliner. 2 Decorate the front of the envelopes with travel and postmark stamps. 3 Post or deliver the invitations by hand, as you prefer.

Coco Chanel bracelets and Paris shop fronts Thread fake pearl beads onto 20cm lengths of clear fishing gut. Tie the loose ends together with a double knot and, at the knot end, tie a wide ribbon bow. You could also make some threads longer to create coordinating necklaces.     

Coco Chanel bracelets and Paris shop fronts

Print and cut out the Paris shop front template on page 75 and stick to a treat box filled with Parisian-themed sweets and treats.

Eiffel Tower treat bags Print the Eiffel Tower bag topper template on page 75 in the desired size, cut out along the dotted outlines on the outside edge and fold along the dotted lines of the centre rectangle. Fill clear cellophane bags with treats, wrap the Eiffel Towers around the bag and tie closed with ribbon bows.

Tins-of-tea roses Vintage tea and coffee tins can be turned into vases by placing a glass jar inside the tin. Fill the jar with tight bunches of red roses, stems trimmed so as to just have their heads popping over the rim of the tin. You can create a similar look using hatboxes. Print out the placemat template on page 76 to add to the French café look.

Paper chef hat

Eiffel Tower treat bags

To make 1 Print out the striped paper in

the desired size. Cut into two headbands measuring 5 x 30cm each and stick together to make one long band. 2 Concertina-fold the white paper sheets along the length of the page and stick the short side of the sheets to the headband. 3 Place the headband around the guest s head and adjust accordingly to fit, then stick together down the long side. 4 Glue a cupcake circle tag to the front for decoration.

Tea-towel apron You will need • two 50 x 70cm tea towels in matching colours • scissors • 1m of wide lace ribbon • matching coloured machine thread

To make 1 Fold the tea towels in half along

You will need • striped paper template on page 75 • cupcake circle tag on page 75 • two A4 white paper sheets • scissors and glue

the width and then cut each one in half along this fold line. 2 Cut a pocket measuring 12 x 15cm from one of the halves. Sew on a strip of lace ribbon to the top


Paper chef hat and tea towel apron

Tins-of-tea roses

of the pocket and embellish the pocket further, if you prefer (see the photograph alongside; we added a red appliquĂŠ heart). Sew the side and bottom edges of the pocket in place onto a tea towel half in a matching colour, allowing a 1cm seam allowance. 3 Sew on a strip of lacy ribbon to the bottom edge of the apron. 4 Gather the top edge of the apron slightly to ďŹ t the front waist. Cut 10cm-wide strips from the remaining tea towel pieces and join together in a long strip so that it ďŹ ts around the waist and can be tied at the back in a bow. Fold the strip in half lengthwise with right sides facing and sew together with a 1cm seam allowance, leaving an opening in the middle, the length of the gathered top edge of the apron. Turn through to the right side.

5 Sew one edge of the opening

in the strip in place along the top edge of the apron with right sides facing to form the tie band. Fold in the seam allowance on the other open edge of the band and sew down to enclose the seam. Topstitch the band close to the edge to complete.

MENU • Petite du jour quiches • Chocolat chaud • Croque monsieur • Cocktail croissants • Cheat s macarons • Ombre meringues • Ombre meringue cake

Petite du jour quiches (recipe on page 72)


when it is hot, fry the sandwiches for 5-8 minutes until golden brown, turning once. 4 Cut into shapes, if you prefer, and serve immediately.

Cocktail croissants Makes: 20 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 15-20 minutes Oven temperature: 200oC

Chocolat chaud

Petite du jour quiches A quick way to make quiches is to use bread instead of pastry. Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Oven temperature: 180oC

Cocktail croissants

each chocolate block. Leave to cool completely before turning out. 3 To serve, place a chocolate spoon in each cup and fill with warm (not boiling) milk. Top with whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder, if you prefer.

Croque monsieur • • • •

4 slices bread, white or brown 2 eggs, beaten 500ml cream 1 cup of the fillings of your choice, for example chopped ham, mushrooms and grated cheese

A croque monsieur is a pan-fried ham and cheese sandwich. It originated in French cafés and bars as a quick snack. Typically Emmental or Gruyère cheese is used and it is worth sticking to these cheeses; don t be tempted to use Cheddar.

1 Roll out the pastry and cut into

long triangles. 2 Place a few chocolate disks on each triangle and roll up, starting at the widest point. 3 Place the croissants on a greased baking tray and bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until puffed and golden. 4 Serve immediately.

Cheat s macarons Macarons are notoriously difficult to master, but this cheat s version is easy enough for young bakers to make! For nut allergies, omit the almond flour.

Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 5-8 minutes

Makes: about 20 Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time: 10-15 minutes Oven temperature: 180oC

• 8 slices white bread • butter, for spreading • 8 slices ham • 8 slices Gruyère or Emmental • 2 eggs, beaten • 30g butter • 15ml oil

• 1 box of vanilla cake mix • 60ml ground almonds or almond flour • 200g butter cream icing or readymade spreadable frosting • 4 drops rose water • icing sugar, to dust

1 Spread the bread with softened

1 On the reverse side of a piece

butter and make four sandwiches with the ham and the cheese. Press them firmly together. 2 Dip the sandwiches into the beaten egg mixture, making sure each side is well coated. 3 Heat the butter and oil together in a heavy-bottomed frying pan;

of baking paper, draw circles approximately 4cm in diameter. Turn the paper over and grease the plain side. 2 Prepare the vanilla cake mix batter according to the instructions on the packet and stir the ground almonds into the batter.

1 Grease four ramekins or mini flan

dishes. Using a rolling pin, roll the bread to flatten it. 2 Whisk the eggs with the cream and stir in your filling. 3 Pour the filling over the bread, sprinkle with extra cheese and place the dishes on a baking tray. 4 Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Serve immediately.

• 1 packet puff pastry, defrosted • 100g chocolate disks

Chocolat chaud • 4 wooden spoons • 100g dark chocolate, melted 1 Pour the melted chocolate into

greased silicone moulds or icecube trays. 2 Leave to cool slightly then insert a wooden spoon in the centre of     

     Croque monsieur


Cheat s macarons

Ombre meringues and ombre meringue cake

3 Using a teaspoon, place spoonfuls

of cake batter onto the paper using the circles as a guide. 4 Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown, then remove from the oven and leave to cool. 5 Stir the rose water into the icing and add a drop of pink food colouring, if you prefer. Fit a piping bag with a star-shaped nozzle and pipe icing onto one half of the macaron, then sandwich with another and dust with icing sugar. NOTE These macarons will keep for two days in an airtight container.

Ombre meringues Makes: 20 Preparation time: 40 minutes Baking time: 15-20 minutes Oven temperature: 150oC • 6 large egg whites, at room temperature • 500ml castor sugar • pink gel food colouring 1 In a clean, dry bowl, whisk the egg

whites for 2-3 minutes, until they are at soft-peak stage. 2 With the beater running, add the castor sugar very slowly, two tablespoons at a time. Continue beating and adding sugar for approximately 8-10 minutes, until     

the mixture is firm and glossy. Be careful not to over-whisk when the mixture has reached the glossy stage. 3 Divide the meringue mixture into four equal-sized containers. Set one container aside for the white mixture; in the remaining three containers add the food colouring. To the first container add two drops, to the second add three to four drops and to the last container add six to eight drops. 4 Line a baking sheet with baking paper and spray with non-stick spray. Using a piping bag fitted with a plain nozzle, pipe dots onto the baking paper. First pipe the white mixture and end with the darkest colour. 5 Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes then switch off the oven, leaving the meringues to cool in the oven. NOTE These meringues will keep in an airtight container for two weeks.

Ombre meringue cake • 3 cakes, in the flavours of your choice, baked in 10cm, 15cm and 20cm tins • cake boards, the size of the cakes • 900g butter icing or ready-made spreadable frosting • 8 straws or bamboo skewers • ombre meringues (see above) • toothpicks

Sweet suitcases

To assemble the cake 1 Spread a little icing onto the 20cm



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cake board and place the cake on the board. Ice the sides and top of the cake. Repeat with the other two cakes and set aside. Start with the largest cake and cut four straws or bamboo skewers to the precise height of the cake. Poke these into the centre of the cake, a few centimetres apart, to form a square. They should just reach the top of the cake and will hold up the second tier. Place the second cake on top of the larger cake, in the centre, and repeat the procedure with the straws or bamboo skewers. Finally, place the smallest cake on the top. To decorate the cakes with the ombre meringues, push toothpicks about half to threequarters of the way into each of the cakes and secure the meringues on the toothpicks, starting with the lightest colour at the bottom and progressing to the darkest, or vice versa.

Sweet suitcases Line a cardboard suitcase or box with a cotton napkin and fill with leftover sweets and treats. Add a personalised luggage tag so that everyone claims the right baggage before they head home.


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LADYLIKE Wear a thin knitted top with a ared skirt for a ladylike look that will still keep you warm. Thin knit (R550) from Big Blue. Skirt (R680) from Urban Rose. Thin grey belt (R235) from The Space. Woollen stockings (R89) from Woolworths. Shoes (R799) from Aldo. Felt and leather shopper (R895) by ASA from The Space.

PATTERNED Facing page: Don t be afraid to mix dierent patterns, like these modern prints. Remember to keep them in one style though. Knitted dress (R550) and beads (R170) from Big Blue. Leggings (R329) from Zara. Scarf (R299) from Aldo.


Oversized Balance form-ďŹ tting trousers with an oversized knit. Make sure that your boots are plain to complete this uncomplicated look. Oversized jersey (R950) from Habits. Slim-ďŹ tting grey jeans (R1 599,95) by FDJ from Stuttafords. Necklace (R170) from Big Blue. Boots (R1 399) from Green Cross.


Layered Play around with dierent textures and prints. Keep the layers in one colour family to create a cohesive look. Tartan fold-over dress (R650) by ALC from The Space. Short-sleeved cardigan (R399) from Queenspark. Grey coat (R1 999) from Zara. Boots (R2 295) by Tosoni from Stuttafords.






Dramatic eyes are big beauty news this winter. So sharpen up on your eyeliner skills, because this season more is more!


Eyelashes have become the new Wonderbra, as predicted in American Vogue. Our obsession with our lashes is growing and growing, despite the fact that the latest runway shows have eschewed mascara in favour of fresh, clean faces. That might work when you re a bright young thing, but there s a reason why countless women say mascara is the one thing they would take with them to a desert island ‒ because it does indeed do for your eyes what a Wonderbra does for your cleavage! Products that stimulate eyelash growth have been selling like hotcakes for the last few years. It all started with eyedrops manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Allergan, which were originally prescribed for glaucoma. A side-eect of one of the ingredients, the lipid compound prostaglandin, saw patients lashes grow visibly thicker and longer. It wasn t long before the beauty industry started cashing in. In the    

USA, Latisse has been available on prescription for years, but the price tag will make your eyes water, and it s still not available in South Africa. More aordable variations are relatively easy to get hold of, but they are not cheap. The prostaglandin in the original prescription product has been replaced with peptides and other growth stimulants, because prostaglandin can alter the colour of the iris and cause the eyelids to darken. One of the best ones on the market is Dr Susan Lin s MD Lash Factor Eyelash Conditioner (R950). RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum (R850) also delivers eye-catching results. To achieve the best eect, you need to use these products nonstop for at least 28 days. The latest mascaras are marvels of science. The shape of the brushes and the texture of the products keep changing and improving to make our lashes look thicker, fuller and curlier. Of these, Sisley So Intense (R551) goes a step further by using an ingredient that actually makes

your lashes grow thicker and fuller, for real! Current favourites include Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara (R350), which lives up to its name; EstÊe Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Volume + Lift Mascara (R300) lasts day and night without aking or smearing; Lancôme Cils Tint (R335) tints your lashes and even without mascara will make them look darker and thicker for a few days; Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara (R235) fans out your lashes and makes them look longer; Avon Mega Eects Blackest Black (R189,95) comes with a revolutionary applicator; Clarins Be Long Mascara (R270) contains an ingredient that stimulates growth; L OrÊal Miss Manga Mega Volume (R139) makes your lashes look enormous; Justine MaxiCurve Mascara (R140) means an eyelash curler becomes superuous;

EYELIDS Eyeliners and eyeshadow Wriggle your eyeliner securely between your lashes and run it right up against your lash line. This will make your lashes appear thicker and reduce the chances of creating unsightly blank areas. It s unforgivable to have a white line or blank spaces in your eyeliner! The perfect smoky eyelid: there s a reason why it s called smoky eyes and why it s become the number one make-up search term on Google. It s a sought-after look, but not everybody knows how to do it properly. The secret to the perfect smoky eye is twofold: blend and smudge. There should be no visible lines or colour transitions. Use a soft eyeshadow brush with a round tip to blend the eyeshadow into the fold of the eyelid, and the corners of the eye.

                   Bodyography Mascara (R240) gives your lashes body; and Catrice Better Than False Lashes Volume Mascara (R69,95) gives the appearance of wearing false eyelashes. The correct way to apply mascara is to push the brush right up against the roots of your lashes, then gently wriggle it sideways before pulling it out and over the entire length of your lashes in one smooth sweep. Move the applicator outwards at an angle, not straight forward, to create the seductive wide-eyed doll look.

TIPS Never pump the brush back and forth in the mascara tube. This forces air into the container and causes your mascara to dry out. The brush must make a wet kiss sound when you pull it out of the tube ‒ otherwise the contents have dried out and you need to throw it away.

‒ Bobbi Brown

Always ensure that your eyelids are properly moisturised but not oily. You want your eyeliner or black kohl pencil to glide on and blend smoothly. Start by covering your entire eyelid in a base colour, for example silver grey or matt grey, in a powder-based eyeshadow. Draw your eyeliner along the top lash line with a soft black pencil, then gently smudge with your ďŹ ngertip. Use a small, ďŹ rm brush to press dark (charcoal) eyeshadow along the lower lash line. Press instead of drawing a solid line, to make the colour last longer. Use a light silver powder-based eyeshadow in the inner corners of the eyes to emphasise the eect of the darker shades. Apply at least three coats of mascara to complete. To create depth, you ideally need three shades (from charcoal to silver), but the latest soft kohl eyeliners that look a lot like kids crayons make it    

 child s play to do smoky eyes. We love Maybelline Master Kajal Khôl Liner (R110,95), Bourjois Queen Attitude Khôl Kajal (R99,95) and L.A. Colors Jumbo Eye Pencil (R29,95) that all glide on smoothly and last all day (and night). Apply gently around your eyes and smudge with a makeup sponge, fine brush or fingertips, to get the smoky look in an instant. Another quick and easy way to create smoky eyes is to layer two eyeliners over each other ‒ one in charcoal or gun-metal grey, the other in chocolate brown. This gives a subtle smoky appearance that looks better the messier you make it! It works on most skin colours and is more subtle than traditional inky black eyeliner. You don t need a steady hand: work a dark-brown eyeliner into the roots of your upper and lower lashes. It can be slightly messy and a little smudged. Go over these lines with

charcoal or gun-metal grey eyeliner, before smudging and blending with your fingertips. To add interest and dimension, use a silver eyeliner in the inner corners of your eyes. TRY Chanel Illusion D Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 92 Diapason (R380) for its gorgeous glow and warm aubergine shades that offer an attractive alternative to the usual charcoal or grey; Catrice Liquid Metal Eye Shadow in No 08 (R58,95); Wet n Wild Color Icon in Panther (R34,95); or Ralo Cosmetics Eye Shadow in No 34 or No 40 (R37,50 each). Essence Smokey Eyes Set in 01 Smokey Night (R39,95) comes with three colours, or try their Eye Sorbet in 04 Illuminating Plum (R24,95), 3D Eye Shadow in 07 Irresistible Smokey Eye (R39,95) and Eye Shadow in 53 Pop Eye (R24,95). Always start your eye make-up on a clean, properly prepared canvas, says international make-up artist

and instructor Will Malherbe, of Smashbox. Ensure that there are no dark rings around your eyes and no visible blue or red veins on your eyelids. A product like Smashbox 24 Hour Shadow Primer (R230) is prefect for this. Apply it from your lash line all over the eyelid and your eyeshadow will stay in place and not fade. TIP If you re over 40, avoid using an eyeshadow that contains shimmer above the fold, says Will. Tread carefully with all shiny eyeshadows, such as the metallics, and if you do want to play with these, apply them right against the lashes. Shiny powderbased eyeshadows will only serve to emphasise crêpe-like eyelids. And don t use a highlighter directly below your eyelid, especially not a white one. Use a matt eyeshadow in a cream colour or beige, to accentuate your brow bone. Eyeliner isn t essential only for creating smoky eyes. Nowadays it s also absolutely necessary for a wellgroomed overall appearance. Apply your eyeliner after your eyeshadow so that it doesn t smudge or lose its intensity. For a neat, long-lasting line, use a liquid or gel-based eyeliner. You can also use a dark shade of powder-based eyeshadow, applied with a damp brush. Start in the centre of your upper lashes and draw a line outwards to the corner of the eye, then repeat from the inner corner to the centre, blending the two lines smoothly. Rather steer clear of using liquid eyeliner on the lower lid ‒ it can easily look harsh and old; instead, blend in a gel, pencil or powder eyeliner with a small brush or your fingertips. We love Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner in 3D Neptune (R210) that doesn t require you to carry a sharpener; Clarins 3-Dot Liner Easy Lining Eyeliner Dot by Dot (R230) that makes it easy to draw the perfect line by connecting the dots; Clinique Quickliner For Eyes Intense in 01 Intense Black (R210)

that doesn t smudge; Almay Intense i-Color Defining Liner (R139), a very neat eyeliner; and Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum (R165) that stimulates lash growth. Maybelline Eyestudio Master Duo Thin or Thick Glossy Liquid Liner (R110,95) and Essence 2 in 1 Eyeliner Pen (Thick/Thin) (R36,95) offers a thick and thin liner in one package.

EYEBROWS Eyebrows are big beauty news. Full, neatly shaped brows are the height of elegance and can transform and enhance your entire appearance. The classic eyebrow used to be medium-thick and full on the inside, thinning out via a soft curve. Now straighter brows have become more fashionable because they make you look younger, says South African eyebrow guru Gillian Lentin of browXpress. Don t hesitate to trim stubborn eyebrows (Tweezerman has a good trimmer), and if they ve grown completely off course, it does not go against the rules to tweeze a few along the top edges of your brows. A great beauty tip is to brush your eyebrows daily, using a mascara brush or a soft, small toothbrush. This will stimulate and cleanse the skin under the fine hairs and you ll soon see a difference ‒ your eyebrows will be thick and shiny. If you spot a bald patch in your eyebrows, you can fix it with an eyelash growth serum, such as MD Lash Factor Eyelash Conditioner (R950) or Justine LashForce Strengthening Serum (R145). Fill in the sparse areas with a brush and eyebrow powder. Dark-brown eyeshadow will also do the trick. Then draw very fine lines with an eyeliner before setting your eyebrows with an eyebrow gel or clear mascara. TRY Shiseido Eyebrow Styling Compact (R365). There are two shades and they work for most hair colours, from blond to brunette.

Round off your dark and dramatic winter look with either black or white, or black and white, nails along with an exotic, mysterious fragrance.

NAILS Black-and-white nails: Revlon Nail Enamel in 919 Black Lingerie (R99,95); TipTop Nail Chic in Black Forest (R39,99); Essie Nail Polish in 63 Marshmallow (R119); Kiss Nail Wrap in Camisole in Zebra Stripes (R89,99); and Maybelline Color Show in Blackout (R39,95).

PERFUME Not only are its fragrant tones deep, dark and mysterious, but so is its packaging! Karl Lagerfeld EDP (R995 for 85ml) and Karl Lagerfeld Pour Homme EDT (R895 for 100ml) are perfect for your man; Tom Ford Black Orchid EDP (R1 025) is exotic and unforgettable; Jo Malone Black Cedarwood & Juniper Cologne (R1 155) evokes dark, rainy evenings on the streets of London, but hurry as this is a limited edition; and Giorgio Armani Privé Ambre Orient (R2 400) in its angular bottle is full of Eastern mysticism.



Tattoos are fun and there are heaps of designs, both for you and your house, from which to choose. Here are a few ideas for you to play with.


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Vinyl stickers are an easy way to decorate a wall with a tattoo design. Turn to page 90 for more information. Sticker printed by De Waal Art ( or 021 790 9120). Photos used for sticker from Getty Images and Shutterstock.

(facing page) These temporary tattoos work in the same way as the ones you used to get for free with your chewing gum as a youngster. Read more on page 90. Tattoos from Pepper Ink ( Model: Angelique from Boss Models.     

Ink is in


Tattoos have come a long way. Everyone ‒ from Egyptian mummies to modern mommies ‒ seems to have one. And what was once seen as a taboo is now more socially acceptable.


recently attended the wedding of an art director I used to work with. Her dad, in his speech, joked about how he and other fathers used to fear what they d do if their little girls brought someone home with a shaved head and tattoos. The groom uttered a nervous laugh. Of course, he boasted no hair and had a tattoo sleeve of the history of rock and roll. Nevertheless, he was given a warm welcome into the family by a teary-eyed and truly proud father-in-law. Tattoos and controversy have always been joined at the hip. In fact, from 1961 to 1997 New York City declared it unlawful for any person to tattoo a human being due to the alleged connection between tattoos and the spread of the hepatitis B virus. Naturally, this simply pushed the thriving industry underground. In 1999, the American toymanufacturing company Mattel introduced their Butterfly Art Barbie, which came with a set of temporary butterfly tattoos. Parents were fuming and, after the company received numerous complaints, the doll was taken off the market. However, a decade later marked the introduction of Totally Stylin Tattoos Barbie, which had removable sticker tattoos, and in 2011 Tokidoki Barbie was released. This time round she had a pink bob, leopard-skin leggings and permanent tattoos ‒ the disputes


that surrounded her, however, remained unchanged. When tattoos are up for discussion, many people ask the same questions: When did they undergo their transition from taboo to totally trendy? , When did they shake off their strictlyfor-sailors status? or When did they liberate themselves from being reserved for the Hell s Angels, Wild Ones and Easy Riders of the world? . Most folk seem to think this change occurred quite recently but, as far back as 1926, Vanity Fair reported: Tattooing has passed from the savage to the sailor, from the sailor to the landsman. It has since percolated through the entire social stratum; tattooing has received its credentials, and may now be found beneath many a tailored shirt. So it seems like the question we should rather be asking is: despite raising some brows, was there ever a time when tattoos weren t popular and embraced by the masses? The Celts, Polynesians, Egyptians and countless other cultures played their part in developing tattoos. Winston Churchill s mother, Lady Randolph Churchill, had a tattoo on her wrist and US President Theodore Roosevelt had his family crest tattooed on his chest. Many breast cancer survivors are big supporters too, with the mastectomy tattoo movement growing in popularity,

and just last month, ink lovers could do good by participating in the third annual Tattoo-athon held in support of CHOC, a nationwide organisation that provides holistic support for children suffering from cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. And then there s everyone else who loves ink. The tattoo industry is a bottomless source of creative inspiration. And not just for the body. These days the tattoo influence is to be seen everywhere ‒ including on books, stickers and T-shirts. Or you can literally bring this trend home by using tattoo-style décor on your walls and furniture, or even on a special cake. The tattoo trend gives us all plenty of room to play with its potential. It s a visual feast for the eye and a décor adventure waiting to happen. And it s for everyone ‒ even the faint-hearted, like me, who aren t likely to go under the needle. Most of us find it hard to pick an outfit in the morning. Choosing a tattoo design that ll keep its appeal for as long as it takes your kids to grow old can be quite daunting. That s why we love beautiful vintage and custom temporary tattoos, like the ones featured on page 86. And why we prefer to tattoo our houses. * Go to for more information on the annual CHOC Tattoo-a-thon.

These days tattoos are more cheerful, and owers are popular. Tattoo a chair with a rose by following the easy steps on page 90. Chair (R556; without tattoo) from Chair Crazy. Illustration from Shutterstock.



We re besotted with the pretty flower tattoos (see page 86) from Pepper Ink that we found on the craft website Etsy. They are temporary tattoos that last for about a week. Pull off the top plastic layer carefully, place the tattoo on your skin and press over the paper backing with a damp sponge for about 30 seconds before you remove the backing, and voila! TIP If you order on an international website, the postage cost doesn t include the customs duty. You will need to pay this at the Post Office when you collect your package.

Transform a photo of a tattoo into a vinyl sticker for your wall (see page 87). We created our graphic and modern look by combining two photos digitally. There are several businesses that print vinyl wall stickers and that also offer their own designs. Follow the manufacturer s directions to apply your vinyl tattoo.


You need • high-resolution digital photo or picture • water-slide transfer paper (available in A3 sheets) • masking tape • craft knife and cutting mat • metal ruler • absorbent paper towels • water-based varnish • paintbrush



To make 1 Print your digital image onto a

sheet of water-slide transfer paper and cut it out carefully around the outside edge with your craft knife. 2 Stick the picture in position onto the tiles using a piece of masking



tape. Use a pencil to mark the position of every tile along the edge of the picture so you know where to cut out around the grouting lines. Also mark the position of the picture on the tiles with masking tape. Remove the picture and cut away the grouting lines where you marked them. You will now have a sticker for each tile. Place a little lukewarm water in a container and put in the first section of your picture. Leave the picture in the water until the glue layer is soft. In the meantime, make sure the tile is clean and dry. When the glue is soft, take the picture out of the water and put it in position on the tile. Move the picture precisely into position and pull away the paper backing. Dry the slide by carefully dabbing it with paper towel. Smooth out any air bubbles. Stick all the picture sections onto their allocated tiles until the wall tattoo is complete. Leave to dry for an hour. Seal the tattoo with two or three coats of a suitable water-based varnish such as Plascon Paint Effects Glazecoat Varnish. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly before you apply the next.

NOTE This tattoo should look good for quite a long time. However, it is best to try to avoid contact with moisture. It will not work in a shower. It s fairly easy to remove the tattoo, if necessary.

Tattooed tiles    

To create the chair tattoo on page 89, use water-slide transfer paper, as you did for the wall tiles (above), and seal the tattoo afterwards with varnish to keep it looking good. Chair tattoos will work best on plastic or Perspex chairs.


Water-slide transfer paper from Studder Promotional. Photo from Shutterstock.

Transfer a pretty design onto the tiles in your kitchen or bathroom, as if you were tattooing them. It could be a single image or a motif that you repeat to form a pattern.



In the ďŹ rst of our new cake-decorating series, we show you how to decorate a cake with a design inspired by a pretty tattoo. Tattoo design step-by-step You will need • baking paper • template on page 94 • pencil • number 1 icing nozzle (optional)

Cut a large square out of baking paper and fold in half to form a triangle. Roll it into a cone. Hold the ďŹ rst rolled piece down in the middle to make a closed point at the end. Cut the tip o, or cut more if you are using a piping nozzle.

Copy the template to the desired size. You can use any picture you like, just remember that ďŹ ne details are diďŹƒcult to ice. Trace all the picture lines onto a piece of baking paper.

Use the black icing to pipe over the traced outlines carefully. Try to keep the line as thin as possible so that the detail isn t lost. Leave to dry for at least two hours.

Fill the outline with the coloured icing. Pipe enough icing into the centre of the space and gently shake the paper, without lifting it o the table, so that the icing runs up to the outline but doesn t cover it. Do it little by little. If the icing is too sti, add a drop of water until the consistency is just runny enough.

For very small gaps, use a toothpick to add very small amounts of icing. Use the toothpick to drag the icing just along the outline and it should ďŹ ll easily. Leave to dry overnight.

Carefully pull the paper from the tattoo. Write a message with an edible ink pen. Pipe a little white royal icing on the back of the tattoo and stick it gently onto the cake. Stick pins into the cake for it to rest on so it doesn t slide down as it dries. Leave for a few hours.


Royal icing: Lightly beat 1 large egg white. Add sifted icing sugar until the mixture is thick and just drops o a spoon. Divide the icing in four. Colour one part black, one part red, a small part green and leave some of it white.


• toothpick • pins • royal icing (recipe below) • gel food colouring • edible ink pen (optional)

A tattoo perfect for Mom by TANI KIRSTEN st yling CARIN SMITH photos ED O RILEY

Nesting tins (R345 for three) from Vamp and (R349,95 for three) from Boardmans. Cup and saucer (R69,95) from Boardmans. Paint colour: Plascon Blue Grace B4-B2-1


(see page 92)





or the 12th year running Checkers and Shoprite, in conjunction with Age-in-Action, are sponsoring the Pretty Things for Little Things campaign where customers, especially senior citizens, are urged to make clothes, toys and blankets for needy children. Thanks to generous participation in past years, this campaign has led to the collection and distribution of more than 120 000 lovingly handmade clothes, toys and blankets to children across South Africa. Last year alone more than 22 000 items were collected. Checkers and Shoprite, in conjunction with Age-in-Action, thank everyone who has participated in this initiative over the years, and challenge customers and senior citizens to keep on knitting, sewing, building and crafting.

Spread the love Submissions for this year s campaign opened on 1 June and Checkers and Shoprite encourage everyone ‒ especially South Africa s creative senior citizens ‒ to put their talents to the test in 2014. Pretty Things for Little Things calls on entrants to knit, craft, sew and build practical, durable and safe items that children

Give a gift of Put your creative talents to work and bring joy to a needy child.


can wear or play with. These items can be entered into one of four categories: soft toys, blankets, clothes, and other (items made from materials such as wood, wire and tin). The project is open to all, but only senior citizens (aged 60 and older) who enter their handiwork will be in line to win shopping vouchers that can be used at Checkers, Checkers Hyper or Shoprite stores nationwide. Three winners per category will be selected in each province, and the winners will receive gift vouchers to the value of R2 500 for first place, R2 000 for second place and R1 500 for third place. The three provincial winners will go through to the final judging round in which three national winners per category will be chosen. The top three national winners will receive vouchers to the value of R6 000, R4 000 and R3 000 respectively. There is a merit prize for the person who enters the most items in his

or her province, as well as for the person who enters the most items nationally. The closing date for submissions is 31 August 2014, provincial winners will be announced in September and national winners in October. Winners details will also be published in the December 2014 issue of Ideas magazine.

ENTER NOW Entry forms are available at the Money Market counter in any Checkers, Checkers Hyper or Shoprite store or from Age-in-Action offices countrywide, or download the entry form from or




Bring black and white stripes and patterns into your home. This is a modern and easy way to update your décor. Add touches of colour for effect.

DECORATED MUGS Put your own stamp on a set of plain mugs by following our instructions on page 98.    

OUTLINED CHAIR Emphasise the pretty lines of an old wooden chair and give it a modern makeover at the same time with this fun project.

(Instructions on page 98)



Reupholster the seat If your seat is loose like ours then it s not at all difficult to reupholster it yourself. Choose an upholstery fabric that matches the new look of your chair. Reupholster as follows:

Decorated mugs

Outlined chair

These mugs make a lovely gift. You will need to use a marker that is specially designed for use on ceramics ‒ we used Marabu s Porcelain Painter. Draw along the lines of the mug, or draw on a simple pattern or picture. We used different mugs and decorated each one in a different way, however they form a set as the same technique was used on each one. When you have finished your designs, leave the mugs to dry for a minimum of four hours before you bake them ‒ follow the manufacturer s instructions exactly as these can differ from pen to pen. We needed to place our mugs in a cold oven and then heat the oven to 160oC. After 30 minutes we switched off the oven and then left the mugs inside it to cool. After this you can use the mugs and wash them in the dishwasher at a maximum temperature of 50oC.

We outlined a plain chair and then reupholstered the seat too, to match.

Ceramic pen (R72) from The Deckle Edge.



You will need • wooden chair (look in secondhand shops for one with interesting lines) • universal undercoat • white enamel paint • paintbrush and sponge roller • black marker • medium-grit sandpaper



To make 1 Sand the chair lightly, wipe away

the dust with a damp cloth and leave to dry. 2 Paint the chair with the undercoat and leave to dry overnight. Paint the chair with two to three coats of white enamel paint ‒ we used Plascon Velvaglo ‒ allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before painting the next. 3 Use your marker (you will probably need more than one for a large chair) to draw along all the lines of the chair, or in any way that looks good. It doesn t need to be perfect as it must look handdrawn. If you make a mistake, just paint over it and redo your design.




and remove the old staples and fabric. If you also want to replace the sponge, you will need to remove it too and cut a new piece according to the measurements. Stick it to the seat with wood glue. Place your upholstery fabric on your work surface with the right side facing down and place the seat sponge side down on top of the fabric. Cut the fabric all around the seat, leaving enough of an allowance to fold the fabric around the seat. Fold the fabric over the top edge of the seat and staple it in place in the middle. Pull the fabric taut around the seat and staple it in the same way on the opposite side. Now do the same on both side sections. Continue stapling the fabric in a criss-cross way until you get to the corners. Fold the fabric neatly at the corners and staple it down. Cut a piece of fabric to cover the bottom section of the seat. Press a narrow hem along the edges and staple the fabric on top of the other fabric around the seat edges for a neat finish. If you prefer, you can use a glue gun to stick upholstery cord over the staples, to cover them. Fit the seat back into the chair and your reupholstered chair is complete!


1 Take off the seat from the chair

TABLE WITH HOUNDSTOOTH PATTERN Stencil a pattern onto a table top ‒ this houndstooth design is right on trend and will work well in a room with a modern floor.

(Instructions on page 102)


STITCHED BATHMAT Give an ordinary white bath mat a stylish look with a border of large black tacking stitches.

(Instructions on page 102)


WALL WITH HERRINGBONE DESIGN Black and white geometric patterns are big dĂŠcor news and this wall, with its exaggerated herringbone design, is sure to catch the eye.

(Instructions on page 102)     


Stitched bathmat

Table with houndstooth pattern You will need • table with clean, modern lines • basic houndstooth template (see facing page) • universal undercoat • white enamel paint • black spray paint • paintbrush and sponge roller • varnish • lacquer thinners • medium-grit sandpaper • acetate • spray glue • masking tape • craft knife and cutting mat

To make 1 Sand the table lightly, wipe away

the dust with a damp cloth and leave to dry. 2 Paint the table with the undercoat and leave to dry overnight. Paint the table with two to three coats of white enamel paint ‒ we used Plascon Velvaglo. Leave each coat to dry before painting the next. 3 Taking your table s dimensions into consideration, copy our houndstooth template in the desired size. Use it to cut two stencils from acetate ‒ you will


use the extra one while you wait for the other one to dry. 4 Spray glue onto the back of the stencil and stick it to one corner of the table. Make sure it is ďŹ rmly stuck down so the paint does not seep underneath. Cover the rest of the table with newspaper. 5 Lightly spray paint over the stencil and repeat with a couple of light coats until the colour is solid. 6 Remove the newspaper and carefully pull o the stencil. Clean the stencil with lacquer thinners and place it to one side to dry. 7 Use the second stencil to spray paint the next section in the same way. Place the stencil precisely so that the design lines up perfectly. 8 Finish the whole table and leave the paint to dry completely before sealing it with a suitable varnish. We used Kraftex Mineral Varnish. NOTE If you use the pattern on a oor, you will need to protect it with a suitable oor varnish. Chair (R699,99) from Mr Price Home. Pink bottle (R385) and plates (R115 each) from In Good Company. Salad spoons (R120 each) and white candle (R320) from Quirky Me. Pink screw-top bottle (R29) from Typo. Pink glasses (R239,95 for eight) from Boardmans.

Give an ordinary white bathmat a stylish look with a border of large black tacking stitches. We used thick elasticated thread to make the stitches. Cut o a length of thread long enough to go right around the mat. Start in one of the corners and make the stitches even in length and the same distance from the edge. Finish o by knotting together the two loose ends, or work the ends together with ordinary thread. Undecorated white bathmat (R275) from Woolworths. Mirror (R229,99) and bin (R149,99) from Mr Price Home. Shot on location at Long Street Hotel (021 422 5877).

Herringbone wall design Choose an open, plain wall onto which to paint the design. Part of its attraction is that, as it is done by hand, it has slight imperfections. Use our basic herringbone template on the facing page to help you trace it freehand onto the wall with black paint and a paintbrush that is not too thin. Otherwise, you can have the design of your choice printed onto wallpaper to decorate your walls, as we did.

ORDER OUR WALLPAPER We specially designed our herringbone wallpaper so that it can be ordered in panels. Turn to page 124 for more information and how to order. Wallpaper printed by Smart Art (021 447 0872 or Chair (R3 650) and clock (R1 370) from Kartell. Bag (R179,95) from Boardmans.

  Houndstooth pattern

Herringbone pattern


Come to our Indulge in a mid-winter treat and visit us at our second annual Ideas trunk show. We re inviting you to join us for a unique and wonderful browse-and-buy experience.



t s almost time for the second annual Ideas trunk show and here at the oďŹƒce it s a hive of activity with all the planning to recreate this wonderful Ideas experience. Come and visit us at Simondium Country Lodge on 12 and 13 July, where you ll feel as if you re walking through the pages of the magazine. Not only are we, the Ideas team members, going to combine all our collective creativity to bring our magazine to life for a weekend, we are also going to ensure that you can buy all your favourite projects featured in the magazine. The creative entrepreneurs whose work you ve seen and stories you ve read month after month on our pages will be taking part too, and you ll be able to meet the team members and ask them your questions. When your feet are tired and you re feeling hungry, take a break from your shopping and enjoy some of the food, wine and coee that will be on sale. Why not make a weekend of it and combine your visit to our trunk show with the Bastille Day festivities in Franschhoek?

: Simondium Country Lodge, Paarl-Franschhoek Road (R45) : Saturday 12 July 2014 (9am-5pm) and Sunday 13 July 2014 (9am-4pm)


: R30 per person : 021 408 3837 or





ou will never look at the humble garden gnome in quite the same way once you ve seen Ceramic Matters treatment of these much-maligned garden ornaments. Traditionally gaudy, horribly out of date, and the object of derision rather than delight, the ugly garden gnome has been reinvented in stylish all-white ceramic by design duo Gerhard Swart and Anthony Harris of Ceramic Matters. It s been 30 years since Gerhard and Anthony, who met while studying together at The Johannesburg Art College, started their collaboration, which grew into the establishment of Ceramic Matters in 1997. Their backgrounds, collectively in ďŹ ne art, print making and ceramics. form the backbone of what has become their highly successful ceramic business.




Gerhard Swart and Anthony Harris



Today their ceramic-fuelled world merges fantasy and nature in the creation of objects that are beautiful and arresting, decorative and ‒ sometimes ‒ practical. From ceramic wallpaper to organic and tattooed forms, architectural mouldings, and so much more, Ceramic Matters proves time and again that this medium is suited to a whole lot more than cups and saucers (although the crockery they produce is beautiful). Their client base, which has grown with them over the years, stretches from private commissions and installations to corporate and promotional orders. Plus they have received numerous accolades ‒ local and international ‒ for their work. In 2008 they were among the 12 international designers chosen by Sir Terence Conran to exhibit their work at the launch of his book Inspirations, in London, Paris, New York and Hong Kong. Recent imports to the Western Cape from Johannesburg, Gerhard and Anthony have bought a 300-year-old property in the sleepy town of Wellington, northeast of Cape Town. Complete with a historic farmhouse and two barns ‒ which were converted into a studio ‒ this idyllic rural setting oers the designers the perfect inspiration to create their ceramic works of art. In an interview with SZ-Magazin, a supplement to the leading German newspaper Sßddeutsche Zeitung, Anthony explained the allure of the town of Wellington for the duo. This place grounds us. It forms the basis for our work, which is South Africa: the ground beneath our feet. This state of mind is obvious when you take a closer look at their body of work. Their ceramics are decorative and detailed, and many pieces take their inspiration directly from nature. Beautiful     

thorn vases in matte, bonecoloured porcelain complete with bulbous bottoms and thornstudded stems are a clear nod to the simple beauty of the rose bush. The duo say that a key part of what they wish to accomplish with their business is to show people that ceramics can be so much more than cups and saucers. We want to make people aware of the potential for design in ceramics.

GETTING TO KNOW THEM We asked Gerhard and Anthony from Ceramic Matters to share some of the secrets of their success. Where did your idea for the business come from? We are both skilled ceramicists and mould makers and the business was born as an extension of those artisanal skills. Do you employ sta? When we moved to Wellington we set about renovating our new home and continuing with our ceramics at the same time with a small team of two assistants who we are training. Did exhibiting at this year s Design Indaba help your business? We decided to take part in Design Indaba because Cape Town is this year s World Design Capital. We met a lot of signiďŹ cant people at the show, most notably the curator of the Vitra Design Museum in Basel, Switzerland, who is interested in exhibiting our work. How and where do you sell your products? Our work is made either for exhibitions or to order. We are represented in retail shops in the US, UK and Europe, such as Anthropologie and The Conran Shop. Locally, we supply top designers such as CĂŠcile & Boyd, and Stephen Falcke. Ceramic Matters has been represented internationally for over a decade, ever since Neville Trickett of St Verde promoted South African design in the global marketplace and buyers started to come to Johannesburg on scouting trips to procure local products.

Why are your ceramics so well received? The originality of our work is what has maintained the industry and media interest, and it keeps our work fresh and intriguing. What were you doing professionally before starting the business? I was running a mass-production ceramic factory, says Gerhard. And I was working as a ďŹ ne artist, says Anthony. Did you continue working in your old ďŹ elds while getting the business o the ground? Yes, it was an extension of our previous work and became a lifestyle for us. Do you have a good support system that helped you while you were launching the business? Each other! And our friends and peers in the industry. How did you experience the stresses of launching a business while retaining some semblance of a home and social life? The stresses are always about getting the orders out on time, as ceramics is a process and is diďŹƒcult to hurry. The simple fact is that clay needs time to dry. Maintaining cordial personal relationships was the most diďŹƒcult while under work stress, but we ďŹ gured out how to overcome these challenges with time. Which element of the business did you know the least about when you started and how did you rectify this? The business aspects, ďŹ nances and bookkeeping were the most challenging. Over the years our bookkeeper has helped us and has oered invaluable advice about running a business eectively. When did you break even or start making a proďŹ t, and what did you do to celebrate? We have always been a small

business, and we live within our means, so our business model has been proďŹ table from month one. We have been celebrating ever since! Are you business brains or creative geniuses? We are both creative but the business side is run by Gerhard, using basic logic and expertise gained from working closely with our accountant. How do you feel about mixing business and pleasure? Our business is very practical and hands on, and does not allow socialising at the same time. But having said that, we love what we do, and every day is a pleasure. Where to from here? What s in the pipeline for Ceramic Matters? As entrepreneurs we are always open to new and exciting opportunities, both for the business and to satisfy our creative impulses. We value the feedback we get from shows and the marketplace, which inspires and informs the direction we pursue. Any advice for potential entrepreneurs with a great idea they want to take to market? Believe in yourself unquestioningly. Test the market, make your product and ensure it works. In this case the proof of the pudding is in the eating. So test the market ďŹ rst and ensure that there is a need or desire for that product. And don t forget to market yourself and your product.







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When I picked up the May issue of Ideas, I had the same feeling you get when you discover something in a pawn shop that you know is actually of much more value than the price tag indicates. I cannot remember when last I was so excited to open a magazine to see what was inside. The cover line, Our own movie festival , brought to mind all the movies of yesteryear. I remembered sitting in the old bughouse watching them, and it always amazed me in cowboy movies how the actors were eating and drinking until a ďŹ ght started, and then the tables were turned over. What a waste of nice food, I thought. And then there were the romantic ďŹ lms . . . they don t make them like that anymore. I found this magazine to be so diďŹ&#x20AC;erent, you really succeeded with the combination of movies, food and craft. I just love the themes that you have started to bring into the issues; I think they are great stuďŹ&#x20AC;! Louis Mulder, Bellville

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QUILTING AS THERAPY I was diagnosed with depression two years ago. I am a young doctor and it was incredibly hard to admit that I was depressed. I would try to mask it at work. At home I would crumble. As part of my therapy I was encouraged to read magazines. Ideas magazine became my inspiration and my therapy. I was encouraged by the May issue, especially by the American quilt, and I have signed up for a sewing course this month. Thank you so much Ideas for the diďŹ&#x20AC;erence you have made in my life. Raquel Brauns, by email




Design a diva doll I was delighted to see on the last page of your March magazine, the line: Sew our sassy showgirl dolls . On the south coast of KwaZuluNatal we have all gone a bit dilly with South Coast Hospice s Da Diva Dollz Project. Our initial concept was a small, low-key project to raise some funds. We soon had requests for over 250 dolls (which are similar to yours) â&#x20AC;&#x2019; we supply them naked and the competition participants then dress them as innovatively and with as much design ďŹ&#x201A;air as possible. What has been exciting is to see the diďŹ&#x20AC;erent people, across all ages and cultures, who are now participating and their ideas, from fantasy and out of this world to more traditional dolls. For us, the patients on our many programmes are our priority and we try to convey the message that despite our illnesses, we can have a positive and full life packed with laughter and beauty.

Cover and content While reading my May issue of Ideas, I noticed, to my great delight I might add, that something was missing â&#x20AC;&#x2019; the dreaded horoscopes that so many people read before reading a magazine itself. I for one am most grateful that we are able to enjoy a normal , homely and creative magazine without them. By the way, I love the May edition s cover!

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Frieda Kahlo dĂŠcor inspired me to make Mexican sacred-heart pendants in glass. I am a lamp-work artist and created these hearts with Murano glass over an open ďŹ&#x201A;ame. Each heart is individual and handcrafted and measures approximately 4,5 x 4cm. Thanks for a great magazine; I scan the shelves each month to spot the latest issue for my dose of inspiration. Louisa van Stade,


Imagine my delight when I received my March 2014 copy of Ideas and found your Postcrossing article! As a girl I used to love to write letters and collect and swop pretty writing paper, but sadly, the necessity for letter writing has faded since the advent of email. I signed up for Postcrossing immediately, and sent oďŹ&#x20AC; my ďŹ rst postcards. It is such fun to send a special card to the person who is selected for you, and to receive a postcard back from somewhere else in the world. However, I have really been struggling to ďŹ nd postcards in Port Elizabeth, especially beautiful and unique ones. So because I am an illustrator and painter, I decided to make my own. I m oďŹ&#x20AC;ering them for sale online. Find them at ideasmarket. Caren Bestbier,



MEXICAN MAGIC Your May issue with the Mexican ďŹ esta and

     Thank you so much for your wonderful Knitting Ideas special edition â&#x20AC;&#x2019; I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am the owner of The Fabric Shoppe in Ballito (we specialise in fabrics for clothing as well as wool, haberdashery and crafts) and would like to know if you are doing a crochet edition. I teach women how to crochet and also have a weekly class for advanced crocheters. We also do an annual yarn bombing of the local shopping centre. I love crocheting and everything about it. Carolyn Benatar, Ballito

The Editor replies: We are indeed doing a special Crochet Ideas edition â&#x20AC;&#x2019; we are already busy shooting the photographs that we will be using. It will be on sale in selected stores from 4 August, or you can pre-order your copy by calling Lucille van der Berg on 021 408 3038 or by emailing her on lucille.vanderberg@

HOOKED ON CROCHET Thank you very much for the beautiful crochet throw pattern in the May 2014 issue, I am totally hooked. I will give the blanket to charity when I have completed it. S. Debba, Cape Town

Stop brooding, start creating As a recently retrenched full-time employee, and now a bored housewife with no ďŹ xed income, I picked up Ideas at my local supermarket and was totally inspired by it. Reading about all the fantastic ideas that other people come up with and use to start a small business, I decided to stop brooding and come up with my own idea. I ve made a wallet that holds the basic items you need when shopping â&#x20AC;&#x2019; cellphone, cash, bank card and car key. The wallet ďŹ ts on your upper arm as it s elasticated, and can also be used at gym to listen to music. I sell them to friends and even personalise them with their names. NaďŹ sa Rawalia-Singh, Midrand

FROM KNITTING TO TEACHING When the cold weather was on its way, I thought I would browse through my little library of Ideas magazines. I never throw them out as they are simply jam-packed with ideas that never date. I found a lovely pattern for a child s jacket in the May 2012 issue and knitted it for my granddaughter. I am so pleased with the result that I thought I would thank you. Please keep the crochet, knitting and sewing articles ďŹ&#x201A;owing as they make for a very worthwhile collection of crafty ideas. My domestic worker also loves the little jersey and I am now teaching her how to read the pattern. I am thinking of starting a little knitting school â&#x20AC;&#x2019; inspired by your magazine. Petra Byloo, Pietermaritzburg




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From preventing bananas from ripening too quickly to how to keep ďŹ shmoths out of your cupboards, we have the answers. I struggle terribly with frizz when I blow-dry my hair. Have you any advice? This happens when you over-dry curly hair, says hair expert Shelene Shaer from Tanaz Hair, Body and Nails in Johannesburg. Wait until your hair is damp and no longer wet before you start straightening it with a brush. Hair is wet when you can still wring water from it; damp when it starts to feel drier; dry when it is 99% dry and only the tips still need styling; and too dry when your hair burns your hand if you touch it while blow-drying it.


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What is lime wash? Lime wash, or whitewash, is a traditional treatment for wood or masonry that is made from a slaked lime mixture. In recent years the traditional lime wash has been replaced by semitransparent stains or diluted white paint as the favoured method of whitewashing. A lime wash gives wood an aged look ‒ the finish is translucent, allowing the wood grain to show through. Furniture with a washed effect is often associated with French cottage, shabby chic and coastal styles. Source: The Design Tabloid


A seam allowance is the amount of fabric that forms the seam from the cutting line to the actual seam line. If you don t follow the instructions given with the project, the finished item may not be the size that you want. You may be able to get away with adjusting the allowance on a simple project, like table linen or cushion covers, but with clothes the item will simply not fit correctly.

How can I keep fishmoths out of my cupboards naturally? Mix whole cloves, dried rosemary, mint, thyme and ginseng (such as ginseng tea that is not combined with anything else) together in a bowl. Cut a piece of cheesecloth into 20cm squares, divide the mixture among the squares and tie closed with a piece of ribbon. Attach the bags to your clothes hangers, or place them in the cupboard drawers.

Sweat and the natural oils in your skin tend to discolour copper. You can get back the shine of dull copper jewellery by washing it well and then painting on transparent nail polish. If the polish begins to flake off, simply paint it again.


Place an apple in the container with the tomatoes and cover them with plastic wrap ‒ the tomatoes will ripen more quickly.    


The marvels of

MARBLING Marbled designs are back in fashion and we have come up with a simple method that you can try on fabric or paper to make marbling part of your dĂŠcor.


by LIZEL CLOE TE assistant CISKIA HANEKOM ex tra st yling CARIN SMITH photos ED O RILEY


LAMPSHADE WITH A PATTERN Print a strip of fabric with a marbled design (follow our steps on page 118) and use it to cover a lampshade. Ours is black and white, but you can use any colours that match your dĂŠcor. We painted the lampstand s feet pink, for a splash of colour. Turn to page 28 to see a table runner that we printed using the same method.

TIP Wash your fabric ďŹ rst to remove all the starch, so that the paint will be absorbed more easily. Bedside light (R325; undecorated) from Woolworths. Small bowls (R39 each) from Weylandts. A4 notebooks (R179 each) from Typo.

PRINTED PAPER Use the same technique to print a marble design onto paper. Frame it as an artwork, use it as a pretty background, wrap up a gift, or cover some books with it to make a lovely present. Facing page: Embroidery hoop decoration (R350) from Vamp. Paint colours: Dulux gloss enamel in Auburn Falls 4, Volcanic Splash 3 and Flamingo Fun 1.

  MARBLE PRINTING WITH ENAMEL PAINT You will need â&#x20AC;˘ paper or fabric that you want to print on (paper in this instance) â&#x20AC;˘ enamel paint in the colours of your choice (two or more) â&#x20AC;˘ shallow metal or plastic container â&#x20AC;˘ plastic spoons â&#x20AC;˘ latex gloves â&#x20AC;˘ cardboard, double-sided adhesive tape and toothpicks for the comb The steps below are a simpliďŹ ed version of a traditional method and can be used for fabric and paper. The oil-based paint ďŹ&#x201A;oats on the surface and doesn t mix with the water, which means you can draw designs in the paint and transfer them onto your fabric or paper. It s the combination of colours that creates the marble eďŹ&#x20AC;ect.

First make a comb to pull through the paint to create the marble design. Cut a strip of cardboard 20 x 5cm, stick a strip of double-sided tape along the bottom edge and stick toothpicks onto one half. Fold the cardboard in half to make the comb.

Make your container two-thirds full with cold water. We used an oven-roasting pan that an A4-size sheet of paper ďŹ ts into comfortably. Put on your gloves and drip a little of each paint colour onto the water. Some of the paint may sink to the bottom, but this should not aďŹ&#x20AC;ect your printing.

Pull the comb through the paint to create a marbled pattern. You can also do this with a single toothpick if you ďŹ nd it easier.

Place a sheet of paper onto the water surface and rub your hands lightly over it to remove any air bubbles.


TIP You can also use a disposable foil baking dish if you don t have an old metal or plastic container.

Lift the paper carefully out of the water by two of the corners and place it to one side. NOTE The first print is usually thrown away as it is just to blot the excess paint.

Use your comb or a single toothpick to swirl the remaining paint around before you create your second print.

Place a clean sheet of paper onto the water and rub to remove any air bubbles.

Lift the paper from the water. This second print should be lighter than the first one and have a nicer design. If you now wish to print on more sheets of paper, you will need to drip more paint into the container.

Leave your sheets of paper to dry overnight before you use them in your projects. TIP To clean your tray, first blot the paint with newspaper then place a fabric remnant in your sink before you throw out the water. This will prevent the paint from blocking the sink and drain. GOOD IDEA You can print on fabric using the same technique.



Arrange the broken pieces according to how they need to be reassembled. We decided to ďŹ rst glue the two smaller pieces onto the two larger ones before we joined the two halves.

Squeeze the two parts of the epoxy glue in the correct proportions (see the manufacturer s instructions) into a disposable plastic container like an old lid â&#x20AC;&#x2019; make sure there is enough glue for the repair work.

Use an ice-cream stick to add a small amount of powder paint to the glue and mix it in thoroughly to make a coloured paste.

Apply the glue paste to the broken edges of the ďŹ rst plate piece.

Press the second piece onto the ďŹ rst piece and hold together ďŹ rmly until the glue bonds. Do not wipe away any glue that seeps from the join. TIP Clamp the pieces together or hold them in place with Prestik until they have bonded.

Repeat with the rest of the pieces.

Finally, join the last two main pieces together and leave to set.

You will need â&#x20AC;˘ plate or other ceramic item that you want to mend â&#x20AC;˘ powder paint in the colour of your choice â&#x20AC;˘ epoxy glue â&#x20AC;˘ ice-cream sticks


NOTE You will be able to wash the plate by hand afterwards, but not in the dishwasher.

Fix ceramics with flair

Use kintsugi, the ancient Japanese art of ďŹ xing broken ceramics with a mix of lacquer varnish and gold or silver powder, to ďŹ x broken plates. We did ours in black and white for a striking contrast. by LIZEL CLOE TE ex tra st yling CARIN SMITH photos ED O RILEY



Thread your needle and then wrap the end of the thread around the end of the cord for about 1cm. We used waxed thread, a strong yarn covered with wax, usually used for leather work.

Tightly roll the end of the cord once around itself without cutting the thread and secure in position with a stitch through the middle of the coil. Do the same on the other side.

Carry on rolling the cord in circles, keeping them in place with stitches until the bottom of the basket is the size you wish. Join on new lengths of thread when necessary â&#x20AC;&#x2019; simply tie a knot.

When the bottom of the container is the desired size, begin working on the top section by laying the cord on top of the cord at the edge of the base.

When forming the basket s top section, you can make the circles either slightly wider or narrower. Our basket becomes slightly wider at the top.

Carry on in this way until you are happy with the height and then cut oďŹ&#x20AC; the cord at an angle.

Sew the thread a few times around the cut-oďŹ&#x20AC; end to ďŹ nish it oďŹ&#x20AC; neatly and then make a sturdy knot. Trim the end of the thread.

TIP Wrap masking tape around the place where you want to cut the cord then cut it in the middle of the tape â&#x20AC;&#x2019; this will help to prevent it from fraying.

Coil basket â&#x20AC;˘ sash cord (we used one ball of 10m) â&#x20AC;˘ strong thread, for example waxed thread, in a contrasting colour â&#x20AC;˘ tapestry needle



You will need

Weave a coil

BASKET Use sash-window cord to make this little basket. You can make it any size you want and you can play with the colour of the thread. by LIZEL CLOE TE and CISKIA HANEKOM st yling CARIN SMITH photos ED O RILEY

Ceramic vase (price on request) from Ceramic Factory. Sash cord and waxed thread from Cape Twines and Packaging.



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