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on the cover 54, 60, 92, 108, 116 Make it yourself: a cute dog lamp, the loveliest soap -


three methods, a regal headboard, faux marble step


by step, and three projects for your best friend Soup to warm the soul - perfect with home-made bread

Craft & décor 22 34

Maxed makeover: Clever design tricks turn a compact apartment into a spacious family home Peace and tranquility: Turn your house into your haven with luxury linen, soft chairs, handcrafted lampshades and quirky elements

59 Craft vases with air-dry clay 60 Make your own soap: three recipes 81 Sew an easy, farm-style linen apron 94 Knit a cosy snug for a little girl: two options 106 Decorate a tin plate and add a crochet border 114 Crochet and embroider a cute dog coat 116 DIY: Light up a room with a fun dog lamp

Your life 64 68 84 90 96

Pamper yourself with a spa experience at home Our beautiful paper-themed birthday celebration Mindful eating: Slow down and appreciate the moment and the meal Let's paint!: Techniques to create a winter picture Maker of the month: We meet a reader who is following her creative passion

98 Meditate and find stillness 104 Let's party!: Pass the pancakes, please 120 Your letters

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Food & entertaining 70

Comfort in a bowl: Warm up with satisfying winter soups and home-baked breads to go with them

How to 40 Update an old chair with a Panama-weave backrest 51 Learn all the basic macramé knots 54 Make a diamond-tufted headboard 86 Wow your guests with edible chocolate candles 88 Pipe delicately ruffled butter-icing English roses 92 Paint faux marble 108 Make a dog bed, biscuits and treat jar for your pooch

Regulars 06 From the editor 08 Things to do, remember and read this month 15 Instagram inspiration 16 What s new around town and in the shops 32 Quote 121 Subscribe and save 122 Play our fun game

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from he editor he winter chill has started to bite in earnest here in the Cape and I m


typing this with fairly stiff fingers. Old houses are full of charm, which

I can never resist, but believe me ‒ the thick walls keep out every little bit of sunshine and warmth. To create a cosy haven in here I definitely have to go and buy firewood. But I do it quite happily, because our long article about the home as a sanctuary on page 34 speaks to the very fibre of my being. I have always been a person who has to feel content in my environment to be able to put my best foot forward in the world outside. If the house is untidy, I feel disorganised, but if there s a fire crackling and my people and dogs are around me, then everything is right in my small world. And warm up my tummy with steaming soup and lovely fresh bread (page 70) and not much will get me down. The alterations to my kitchen over the next two weeks are therefore going to be a real test. Everything is going to be messy and dusty and 10 days is a

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long time to be without a stove or sink ‒ especially when your house is also your office. But afterwards, when I ve combined the unpacking with throwing out unnecessary things and the tap doesn t leak anymore and the rotten wood has been replaced by gorgeous marble, my soul will be soothed again. In the meantime, I will start my days early, before the workers arrive, by taking out my meditation stool, wrapping myself in a warm blanket and quietening my head, as Marian s meditation article on page 98 explains. Because when there is noise everywhere around you and there s nothing you can do about it, there is always something that you can do about the discord in your head. Or at least try... Until next month.

PS. To all our readers who turned our birthday party into an evening of wonder with your unbelievable enthusiasm and smiles and conversation ‒ thank you. On page 68 we show those who couldn t be there how you can really celebrate properly without wasting water or washing dishes.


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July 17 July 18 July

School term starts Nelson Mandela Day

WESTERN CAPE 24 June 26 August Delheim s Jazz & Cheese Fondues take place every Sunday. Tickets cost R450. Book at Webtickets.

29 June - 1 July & 6-8 July Gordon s Bay hosts its annual Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights. Enjoy a parade, food trucks and art and craft stalls. For more information, go to

29 June - 8 July The Knysna Oyster Festival offers more than 100 events for the whole family. For more information, go to

9 July - 5 August The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival at the Baxter Theatre features top local and international comedy artists. Search on Facebook for Jive Cape Town Funny Festival.

14-15 July Franschhoek celebrates Bastille Day with wine and food, music and markets. For details, go to

20-21 July The Soetes & Sop (wine and soup) Festival is a fun event that takes place at various wineries in the Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Goudini and Breede River areas. Tickets from Webtickets.

31 July - 5 September Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in Durbanville hosts The Grand IV which showcases art from 100 artists, all priced at R1 000. The aim is to make art affordable to inspire a generation of new art collectors. For more information, go to

GAUTENG 7-8 July

19-22 July The Coffee & Chocolate Expo takes place at Montecasino. Enjoy a whisky, wine, gin and chocolate pairing theatre, and taste and buy to your heart s content. Go to for details.

20-22 July Don t miss the World of Dogs and Cats and Pets Exhibition at the Gallagher Convention Centre. Tickets available at Computicket. For more information, go to

EASTERN CAPE 28 June - 8 July Enjoy all things cultural at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. For the festival programme, go to

FREE STATE 8-14 July The Vrystaat Kunstefees/Arts Festival/Tsa-Botjhaba is an Afrikaans language festival that forges creative connections with English and Sotho cultures. It takes place at the university campus in Bloemfontein. Go to

MPUMALANGA 6-8 July Don t miss the Dullstroom Winter Festival. For more information, go to

KWAZULU-NATAL 25-29 June Enrol your child in the five-day Inquisitive Minds Programme at the nature playground of the Eshowe Butterfly Dome. For details, email or call 063 421 9000.

7 July Experience horse racing and a fashion and entertainment extravaganza at the Durban July at Greyville Racecourse. For more information, go to

19-29 July

The Oakfield Farm Winter Bridal Expo in Muldersdrift features over 150 wedding specialists, great food and entertainment. For details, go to Book at Computicket.

The Durban International Film Festival is the largest film festival in southern Africa with over 200 screenings celebrating the best in South African, African and international cinema. For more information, go to

12-15 July

28 July

Discover established and emerging artists at the Turbine Art Fair in Newtown. For more information, go to

Enjoy wine and the sounds of Freshly Ground at Pinotage on Tap at The Litchi Orchard. Go to for details.

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Things to do compiled by L ARA FOREMAN


9 August National Women s Day 27 August Ideas on sale

NORTH WEST 26 August


The Rooy Food Market takes place in Van Rooyen Hall in Pochefstroom. Search for Rooy Food Market on Facebook.

2-5 August


Shop to your heart s content at the Wellington Huismark at Welbedacht ‒ Schalk Burger and Sons. For more information, search for Wellington Huismark on Facebook.

3-5 August The West Coast Craft Exhibition takes place in the Velddrif Town Hall. For more information, call 083 923 7752.

3-5 August At the Slow Festival in Robertson enjoy food and wine, explore wine farms, and join cooking classes and winemaker s dinners. For more information, go to

8-12 August Go whale watching and enjoy exhibitions and music at the Hermanus Kalfiefees in Onrus. Go to

3 August The Stables Moonlight Market takes place in Broadacres on the first Friday of every month from 4pm to 9pm. Search for The Stables Moonlight Market on Facebook.

3-5 August Shop at more than 180 food and craft stalls at the Futura School Craft Market at Sha-Mani Lodge in Alberton. For more information, search for Futura School Craft Market on Facebook.

8-12 August Decorex Joburg and 100% Design South Africa take place at the Gallagher Convention Centre. Go to

9-12 August Klein Karoo Klassique in Oudtshoorn celebrates classical music, cuisine, wine and local art. For the programme, go to klassique. Tickets from Computicket and Shoprite/Checkers.

10-19 August At Open Design Festival Cape Town discover how design can transform lives. Attend workshops, talks, exhibitions, pop-up shops, movies, open studios and galleries. For more information, search for Open Design Cape Town on Facebook.

14-31 August Don t miss the award-winning production Shakespeare in Love at The Fugard Theatre. For details, go to

18-19 August The Chocolate Festival takes place at Anura Wine Estate in Klapmuts, Stellenbosch. For more information and to book, go to

KWAZULU-NATAL 24-26 August The baby expo Mama Magic takes place at the Durban Expo Centre. Go to for more information.

29-31 August Enjoy a food and wine experience at the Mercury Wine Week at Sibaya Casino in Durban. Go to


24 August - 2 September

2-3 August

At the Clanwilliam Wildflower Show you can view more than 400 species of wildflowers. For more information, search for Clanwilliam Wildflower Festival on Facebook.

The FNB Free State Wine Show takes place at Emoya Hotel & Spa. More than 200 of South Africa s best wines can be tasted and bought. For details, contact

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Bay leaves, chives, dandelion, fennel, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, mint, nasturtiums, origanum, parsley, perennial basil, rocket, rosemary, sage, thyme.


Asparagus, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, gem squash, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onion, parsnips, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, Swiss chard, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips.

Apples, avocados, bananas, Cape gooseberry, granadillas, grapefruit, guavas, kiwi, kumquats, lemons, limes, loquats, naartjies, oranges, pawpaw, pineapples.

Flowers available

Alstroemeria, anemone, arum lilies, Asiatic lilies, banksia, blushing brides, calendula, cardinal protea, carnations, chinks, chrysanthemum, daffodils, delphinium, ericas, freesia, gerbera, germini, golden rod, gypsophila, heather, iris, kangaroo paw, King protea, larkspur, leucadendron, Mundi protea, orchids, pincushion, ranunculus, snapdragons, statice, strelitzia, St Joseph s lily, stocks, sweetpeas, tuberose, tulips.

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to read in July/August compiled by DIANA PROC TER

diana@ideasfac tor za



Every Note Played by Lisa Genova (Atlantic, R285) An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his talent. Every finger of his hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago. Richard now has ALS and his right arm is paralysed. It feels like a death, a loss of true love. When he becomes increasingly paralysed and is no longer able to live on his own, his ex-wife Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. Poignant and powerful, this is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness.


Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (Jonathan Cape, R290)

It is 1945, and London is still reeling from years of war. Fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his sister, Rachel, have been left in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric friends: all of whom seem determined now to protect and educate them (in rather unusual ways). But are they really what and who they claim to be? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he didn t know at that time, and it is this journey ‒ through reality, recollection and imagination ‒ that is told in this magnificent novel.

Meet Me at the Museum

Catching Thunder by

by Anne Youngson (Doubleday, R290)

Eskil Engdal and Kjetil Sæter (Tafelberg, R285)

Sometimes it takes a stranger to really know who you are... When Tina Hopgood writes a letter of regret to a man she has never met, she doesn t expect a reply. When Anders Larsen, a lonely museum curator, answers it, nor does he. They re both searching for something, they just don t know it yet. Anders has lost his wife, along with his hopes and dreams for the future. Tina is trapped in a marriage she doesn t remember choosing. Slowly their correspondence blossoms as they bare their souls to each other with stories of joy, anguish and discovery. But then Tina s letters suddenly cease, and Anders is thrown into despair.

December, 2014: Off Antarctica, Captain Hammarstedt of the Bob Barker sets sail in pursuit of the illegal fishing boat Thunder for what will become the longest chase in maritime history. Wanted by Interpol, the Thunder has for years evaded justice: hunting endangered species and accumulating millions in profits. The authors did not anticipate what the chase would uncover: from criminal kingpins to corruption, slavery and an international community content to turn a blind eye. Soon, catching Thunder becomes not only a chase but a race to preserve the well-being of our planet.

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your life

Craft and lifestyle


50 Ways to Draw Your Beautiful Ordinary Life

Atkins: Eat Right, Not Less by Colette Heimowitz

by Flow (Workman Publishing, R285)

In its innovative magazines and books, Flow celebrates creativity, mindfulness and the pleasures of paper with beautiful illustrations and paintings created by a group of talented artists. Now those same artists have opened up their toolkits, sharing their secrets and techniques. Here are 50 easy, step-bystep lessons on how to draw the things we see and interact with every day: a bouquet of flowers, a cat, a cup and saucer, a kitchen table... The lessons take us line by line from early sketch to finished drawing, with space alongside for the reader to draw the same. The focus is on the mindful pleasures of doing creative work.

Kintsugi Wellness by Candice Kumai (Harper Collins, R415)

Kintsugi is an art form that reconstructs broken pottery, sealing the pieces together with gold to create something that is even more beautiful for all of its cracks and flaws. Read how this ancient Japanese practice can be applied to our lives to achieve radiant health. The philosophy of kintsugi is not about perfection ‒ it is about healing, becoming whole, and finding the beauty in our imperfections. Candice shares what she s learned and guides the reader through her favourite Japanese traditions and practices for cultivating inner strength and living a gracious life, interwoven with dozens of recipes for healthy, Japanese-inspired cuisine.

(Vermilion, R385)

Beautifully illustrated and filled with simple solutions for eating the foods we love in a healthier way, this new guide focuses on eating right ‒ not less ‒ to achieve weight management goals and improve overall health. This book offers choices and helps you find the level of carbohydrate consumption that you will be able to sustain. By making small adjustments to the foods you already eat, you can ease into a healthier lifestyle while still making a huge impact on your health and weight. It provides step-bystep directions for those of us who need a more structured programme, as well as meal plans, grocery lists and 100 simple and delicious recipes to kickstart your new lifestyle.

Buddha Bowls by Hannah Pemberton (Ebury Publishing, R215) Buddha bowls generally follow a very simple formula: grain plus green plus protein. They are tasty, nourishing and easy to make. All these recipes are vegetarian or vegan, and vegan swaps are provided throughout. Simple meals are created with inexpensive ingredients that you can readily find in your local supermarket. These recipes are designed to feed one, for simple solo cooking, but can easily be doubled up. Tempting dishes will take you through the day from breakfast to dinner. Learn how to build a perfectly balanced bowl and customise it with a host of fresh ingredients, dressings, toppings and sauces. Plant-based eating has never been so simple.

Editor’s choice Ministry of Crime by Mandy Wiener (Pan Macmillan, R229)

In this follow-up to the bestselling Killing Kebble: An Underworld Exposed (2010), Mandy Wiener examines the nexus between organised crime figures, corrupt police officials and powerful politicians. It features new revelations about high-profile, unsolved murders and the intricate relationships between known criminals and police officers at all levels. It delves into the power struggle in Cape Town s security industry and the suspected involvement of state operatives. Interviews with key underworld characters have helped her track the capture of law-enforcement agencies and unravel how players with political backing have been able to pillage secret slush funds and abuse organs of state for their own benefit. Against this backdrop, prominent underworld figures ‒ Radovan Krejcir among them ‒ have set up elaborate networks with the help of police. The story of the rise and reign of the Ministry of Crime winds its way from the depths of the underworld to senior politicians and the very top ranks of the police force.

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on instagram


Pretoria, South Africa

Cornel Strydom, creative soul, Ideas contributor and woman of many talents, inspires thousands on her Instagram page. She is passionate about crochet, and these days also permaculture and the family s new Karoo farm.

@nostalgietextiles Centurion, South Africa

Letitia du Toit s beautiful printed fabric makes you long for the folk songs, children s toys and TV heroes of a bygone era. Nostalgia, a love for colourful patterns, and words all ďŹ nd expression in her designs.

@donnasmithdesigns Shetland, Scotland

Knitter Donna Smith alternates photos of the breathtaking (cold!) scenery with how she knits her world cosy. She dyes her own wool in the loveliest shades and develops all her own patterns.

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what’s new Here is this month’s line-up of what’s new on the block and on the shelf. Super food for your skin Super food is not just good for your health, it also helps to promote lovely skin. The Danish Beauté Pacifique range has launched a modern, younger range into the market: SuperFruit Skin Enforcement (R670‒ R1 175) is packed full of super fruits like lingon berries, green tea and apple leaves, to tackle the first signs of ageing. The ingredients are powerful antioxidants that help the skin to protect itself against damaging elements. The range kicks off with four products that will be expanded upon in time, and is ideal for women in their early 30s.

Moooi in Souh Africa

This iconic Dutch design brand can now be found at Weylandts. Moooi (from the Dutch word for beautiful), with its playful and unique furniture and décor items, was founded by Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers. It s exclusive to Weylandts, which has stores in Green Point, Fourways, Kramerville, Umhlanga and Sandton City. The full range of Moooi products can also be ordered online at, or go to

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Wines from the Garden Route The Outeniqua Mountains between Oudtshoorn and George are an ideal area for growing grapes. The fruit ƌŝƉĞŶƐǀĞƌLJƐůŽǁůLJ͕ƌĞƐƵůƟŶŐŝŶďĞƌƌŝĞƐ of excellent quality and packed with ŝŶƚĞŶƐĞŇĂǀŽƵƌ͘dŚĞƐĞŐƌĂƉĞƐĂƌĞƵƐĞĚ to make the Garden Route wines. The Pinot Noir 2016 (R110) displays ŇĂǀŽƵƌƐŽĨĐŚĞƌƌŝĞƐ͕ƌŽŽŝďŽƐƚĞĂĂŶĚĂ savoury earthiness, with silky tannins ĂŶĚĂŶĞůĞŐĂŶƚĮŶŝƐŚ͘dŚĞǁŝŶĞƐŚŽǁƐ great complexity and structure having spent 12 months in French oak barrels. It pairs perfectly with most rich and hearty winter dishes. The Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (R70) has fresh ŇĂǀŽƵƌƐŽĨƚƌŽƉŝĐĂůĨƌƵŝƚǁŝƚŚĂƐƵďƚůĞ ŵŝŶĞƌĂůĮŶŝƐŚĂŶĚŝƐĞdžĐĞůůĞŶƚƐĞƌǀĞĚ with seafood or chicken. Order directly from De Krans at

Porcelain petite We just love these delicate porcelain bowls and platters from Lella Kondylis. They are handcrafted and decorated with a touch of 18-carat gold. Each piece is unique and made in her garden studio in Constantia, Cape Town. You can order from Lella directly via email: lellakondylis@, or visit the Spirit Jewellery shop in Victoria Mall, Hout Bay, or Grey Horns Artistry at the Menlo Park shopping centre in Gauteng. The items in the photograph range from R120 to R400.

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what’s new Planetfriendly haircare If only the best is good enough for your hair and you prefer to use natural, planet-friendly ingredients, you will be crazy about the new Kérastase Aura Botanica haircare range. The products are intended for lifeless, dull hair that has endured too many processes. They contain nut oils that have been sustainably harvested (Samoan coconut oil, Moroccan argan oil, Brazilian nut and murumuru oil, Thai rice oil) and Mexican aloe extract, all ϵϱʹϵϵйŶĂƚƵƌĂů͘dŚĞƌĞƐƵůƚŝƐĐŽŶƟŶƵŽƵƐ ŚĂŝƌŶŽƵƌŝƐŚŵĞŶƚ͕ĂŶƟͲĨƌŝnjnjƉƌŽƚĞĐƟŽŶĨŽƌ 72 hours and an intense shine. Prices range from R325 for the shampoo to R405 for the ŝŶƚĞŶƐŝǀĞĐŽŶĚŝƟŽŶŝŶŐƐĞƌƵŵ͘dŚĞƌĂŶŐĞŝƐ available only from salons or online from

Kitchen art Bring art into your home with these beautiful food-inspired linen kitchen towels or napkins. They are from a range is called Samesyn, which is an Afrikaans word meaning togetherness. Samesyn is a collaboration between recipe developer and food stylist Elmarie Berry and photographer Lindy Kriek and stems from their idea of creating unique, food-inspired home décor and art. Each design has its own story ‒ some have a nostalgic feel inspired by family recipes and the memories of baking with granny. Products can be ordered from or visit the Facebook page

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Cosy floors

Brighten up your day


There’s no need to feel grey and cold this winter. With Feat socks, which are designed and manufactured in Cape Town and cost about R125 a pair, you will brighten up your day. To find your nearest stockist, or to order online, go to

Modern oldie Turntables are making a strong comeback and are an increasingly popular trend. Today you can find them in a variety of styles from modern to retro. This one is from Thorens. It costs R18 690 and is available through home entertainment and automation distributors Homemation. For details, go to

what’s new

Acne? Oh no! Acne is a cross borne by 80% of all people aged between 11 and 30 years, worldwide. If it s not treated timeously, it can leave lifelong scars ‒ physical and psychological. Eucerin has recently improved its DermoPurifyer range and added two new products to reduce irritation, calm inflammation and moisturise the skin. The DermoPurifyer Oil Control Skin Renewal Treatment (R199.99) is an overnight treatment that improves the skin s appearance and controls oiliness, lightens dark acne marks and cleanses and reduces the size of enlarged pores while actively working to clear up impurities. There is also a new cleanser, DermoPurifyer Oil Control Micellar Water (R229.99), in the collection.

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Fluffy winter Make your home warm and cosy this winter with fur twirl cushions and carpets, or bring beautiful pinks into your décor with this floral pillow. Priced from R159.99 to R199.99, from MRP Home.

Add an avo to your breakfast and thrive

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day: It replenishes your blood sugar after the night s fast, helping to wake up a sleepy brain, send energy to the muscles and set you up for better eating throughout the day. Avocados are back in season and they make a fantastic nutrient-rich addition to breakfast. Blend avo with berries, banana and granola to make a delicious smoothie bowl. Slice an avo onto a croissant with slowroasted tomato and feta, or blend with charred sweetcorn to make a tasty salsa for buttermilk waffles, topped with a drizzle of sriracha sauce. Avos contain no cholesterol, they re high in monounsaturated fat and are a good source of potassium. This makes them a powerful ally in the fight against high blood pressure, a common health concern in South Africa.

Time stands still Who among us doesn t feel flattered when people guess we are younger than our actual years? The new Dr Christine Schrammek Time Control range from Germany is aimed at reeling in the compliments about your youthful appearance. It contains powerful antiageing ingredients like the patented Matrixyl 3000 peptides and milk thistle to promote elasticity and a supple tone. The range includes a serum, day and night creams, eye cream and mask. The Time Control serum (R1 895) contains vitamin C to combat pigmentation and to brighten the skin.

Yarns to chooe from

Our blankets and snug in this issue were knitted with Katia yarn. The extensive collection includes yarns made from cotton, lamb s wool, merino and alpaca wool, mohair and silk. They are available online from or

Enjoy an authentic Indian meal The newly launched Chandani Indian Catering and Cookery School, situated ŝŶ 'ĂƌĚĞŶƐ͕ ĂƉĞ dŽǁŶ͕ ŽīĞƌƐ ĐĂƚĞƌŝŶŐ for special events as well as Indian cooking classes. Chef Jagdish Vanzara is ƌĞĂĚLJ ƚŽ ƐĞƌǀĞ ŚŝƐ ŐƵĞƐƚƐ ĂŶ ĂƵƚŚĞŶƟĐ Indian feast from his own home that can accommodate up to 30 guests and is the ideal venue for a private birthday ĐĞůĞďƌĂƟŽŶŽƌŽƚŚĞƌƐƉĞĐŝĂůĞǀĞŶƚ͘ zŽƵĐĂŶĂůƐŽĂƩĞŶĚƚŚĞĐŽŽŬĞƌLJƐĐŚŽŽů – a course of four lessons where you will learn to cook genuine Indian dishes and then sit down to eat your delicious ĐƌĞĂƟŽŶƐŽŶĐĞƚŚĞLJĂƌĞĚŽŶĞ͘ Don’t miss Curried Mondays – order LJŽƵƌ ŵĞĂů ĨŽƌ ĐŽůůĞĐƟŽŶ ĂŌĞƌ ǁŽƌŬ ŽŶ a Monday. It includes Bhuna Chicken (chicken in fragrant tomato gravy), ƐƚĞĂŵĞĚďĂƐŵĂƟƌŝĐĞ͕ƐĂŵďĂůƐĂŶĚƌĂŝƚĂ ĂŶĚĨŽƵƌƌŽƟƐĨŽƌZϰϬϬĨŽƌĨŽƵƌƉĞŽƉůĞ͘ ŽŶƚĂĐƚ :ĂŐĚŝƐŚ sĂŶnjĂƌĂ ŽŶ ϬϮϭ ϰϰϳ ϳϴϴϳŽƌŐŽƚŽ

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Natural light, high-gloss ďŹ nishes and reective glass elements work together to create the illusion of generous space, belying the apartment s compact size. LEFT: A collection of blue glass bottles from the 1970s is a subtle continuation of the colour scheme and also adds to the abundant light.


A large, glossy island links the kitchen and dining areas while defining them as distinct spaces. Handmade ceramic tiles provide a textured and graphic backdrop. The botanical motif is everywhere, such as in this collection of plants in clear glass containers.

esign is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable, observed fashion designer Donna Karan. And this apartment in Sea Point is a perfect example of just how successfully that balance can be achieved.


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At only 138 square metres, it s not the size that the average couple hunting for a family home would consider for a moment, much less go on to view and buy. But then, Michael Udell (MD of digital advertising agency Punk) and entrepreneur Carin DeanWales, who did just that, aren t

what anyone could call average . To them, the size of the apartment wasn t nearly as important as the light that floods in through windows that face north, west and east, and the views that take in the ocean, Robben Island and Signal Hill. Added attractions were its location on the beautiful Atlantic


MAIN PICTURE: Dominated by a gorgeous custom-made royal blue velvet sofa, the sitting area is a dramatic splash of colour against the monochromatic palette. It s inviting, private, luxurious ‒ an invitation to kick back and totally relax.

seaboard and the privacy afforded by a school directly opposite it, screening it from a neighbouring apartment block and making it possible to enjoy its indooroutdoor living area as well. The new owners started by creating a monochromatic palette for their home, where black panels punctuate white screed floors, walls and ceilings. The effect is to guide the eyes cleverly towards the windows, to embrace those views and that natural light, and create a suggestion of a larger space. The mixture of textures is as important as the colour scheme. Just as white plays off black, so gloss plays off matt. The high shine of the white kitchen cupboards offsets screeded concrete and handmade ceramic tiles. Deeppiled sheepskin, soft blue velvet and the delicate weave of linen are a cosy contrast for the gleaming glass and brass. It s a finely-tuned balancing act 26 IDEAS July/August 2018

of design opposites that extends through both form and function. Oddly shaped areas that could have become dead spaces are used in clever, multifunctional ways. The daybed in the awkward window alcove is not simply an inviting suntrap ‒ it s also a storage unit. And both it and the TV unit

hide cables, electric plugs and the clutter that comes with modern electronics. Multifunctional solutions like these are plentiful throughout the home, but the most striking example has to be the dressing room that separates the bedroom and bathroom of the master suite.

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Handmade ceramic tiles add texture and depth to the en-suite bathroom, and the raised bath enjoys ocean views through the west-facing windows. The bathroom s feature wall is shared with the dressing room, and its frosted glass allows light to travel across the entire bedroom suite. A vintage Moroccan light fitting adds a warm note.

Occupying the entire width of the apartment, set behind a sliding door and linked by an open-ended passage, this wing is where the real genius of the apartment is most apparent. Providing not only ample storage, this small area also works hard in other ways. Its length

doubles as feature walls for the main bedroom and bathroom. In addition, the frosted glass means that irrespective of season or time of day, natural light filters across the entire suite. However, the practical features and metallic elements throughout

the apartment never dominate. Surrounded by luxurious touches and the sensual design features, they work as a contrasting layer that plays up the overall sense of balance ‒ comfort and practicality; indulgence and function. Donna Karan would approve.

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Despite the apartment s size constraints, the main bedroom is part of what feels like a wing more than a suite. With its curved Art Deco lines and north-facing windows, it s an airy, light-ďŹ lled cocoon that enjoys magniďŹ cent views. French linen and a peacock chair add a layer of nostalgia.

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peace and tranquility The faster the world moves, the more important it is to rest. Make your home into your safe haven. Who can t help noticing that the world feels disturbed? That things are happening faster, that it seems as if world peace is hanging by a thread? No wonder trend forecaster Li Edelkoort says that, once again, just as years ago with futurist Faith Popcorn s cocooning , we are going to look at our home as our sanctuary. But this time paying extra attention to the house as a place of quiet, your own temple of peace and rest. A space without too much clutter and things that demand your time and energy. Just a place where you can be restful at the end of each day. st yling DAL A WAT TS and HANNES KOEGELENBERG photos ED O RILEY ar t prints RIJK SSTUDIO (rijk sstudio).

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Luxurious layers Your bed is the one place where you can spoil yourself as much as you want to. Sleep under luxurious layers of linen and a blanket knitted by hand. blanket MARIÉ SMIDT pillowcases ANNEKE DU TOIT The modern bedroom ironically moves away from the duvet back to an oldworld, luxuriously layered feeling. For this bed we washed various pieces of linen in hot water to make them soft and to shrink them, and afterwards layered them unfinished over the bed. This way you can play with colour. And if you get cold very easily, layer the linen pieces over a down duvet. To enhance the feeling, we made two pillowcases with tie-band fastening.

BLANKET DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: one week (You could finish it in a shorter time, but the thick knitting needles and the weight of the work make your hands tired after a while and you may need to take a break from your knitting from time to time.) MEASUREMENTS Finished size (edging included): 212 x 112cm, which fits a single bed. YOU WILL NEED ♥ 18 balls (50m/100g) Katia Love Wool (100% natural, 85% virgin wool, 15% alpaca) in light grey (colour 105) and 2 balls in pink (colour 109) ♥ 15mm knitting needles ♥ thick crochet hook (we used an 8mm crochet hook) ♥ tapestry needle

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TENSION 6 sts and 9 rows = 10cm using 15mm knitting needles in st st. ABBREVIATIONS ch ‒ chain stitch dc ‒ double crochet ss ‒ slip stitch st(s) ‒ stitch(es) st st ‒ stocking stitch NOTE: We knitted about 10cm in length per ball, so you can easily calculate how much wool you will need for a longer or shorter blanket. If you want to knit your blanket wider or narrower, calculate how many sts you will need according to the given tension. For a blanket 30cm wider for example, you will cast on 18 sts more. TO KNIT NOTE: Take care that all the knots where new balls are joined in are at the sides, so that you can cover them with the crocheted edging. Using 15mm knitting needles and light grey, cast on 70 sts and continue straight in st st until the work measures about 210cm or the desired length. Cast off. TO MAKE UP Join the pink wool to one corner and crochet 1 ch with the crochet hook, then dc all around in every knitted st, join with a ss in first ch. Cover the knots where the wool was joined.

NOTE: If you are working with a much thicker crochet hook than an 8mm, skip some of the knitted sts along the side edges to ensure the edging will be flat. Darn in all the remaining loose wool ends. Pin out the blanket on a flat surface ‒ use your hand to flatten the knitting and edging and take care not to distort the work. The wool is very soft. Spray it with water in a spray bottle to wet it ‒ it need not be soaking wet ‒ and leave to dry completely before removing the pins.

PILLOWCASES DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: 40 minutes per pillowcase YOU WILL NEED (for one pillowcase) ♥ 1m fabric of your choice ♥ matching machine thread ♥ inner cushion MEASUREMENTS NOTE: The measurements include 1cm seam allowance. Pillowcase: Cut two pieces of fabric 71 x 45cm (pieces 1 and 2) 1st panel for binding: 45 x 11cm (piece 3) 2nd panel for inner flap of cushion: 45 x 15cm (piece 4) Tie bands: two of 7,5 x 11cm

Oriental cushion (R750) The Pause Room. Charcoal duvet (R999) MRP Home.

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TO MAKE 1 Cut out all the pieces for the pillowcase. 2 For the tie bands: Fold the tie band strip lengthwise in half and iron flat. Fold open and cut along the fold to obtain two narrow strips. Now fold one strip lengthwise in half. Fold open and fold in the raw edge so that it reaches the half line. Iron piece by piece until the entire edge is folded over. Repeat the process along the opposite raw edge. Repeat the whole process with the other piece and do the same with the second strip, so that you have four long tie bands in the end. Topstitch the four bands along the edge and put aside. 3 Iron your first panel (piece 3) for the finishing of the pillowcase. First fold it lengthwise in half and iron flat. Fold it open, iron the raw edge 5mm over and iron it flat piece by piece. Repeat the process along the other long edge. Fold along the first fold again and iron flat. Take one 71 x 45cm panel of the pillowcase and pin the piece you have just ironed to one short side of the pillowcase. Make sure the raw edge of the pillowcase fits neatly in between, as close to the first fold as possible. Stitch together as close to the lower fold as possible. Put this piece aside. 4 Pin the second 71 x 45cm piece and the 45 x 15cm piece together with right sides facing, the raw edges even and smaller piece facing inwards. Take your first two tie bands, mark 15cm from the side edge on either side and pin the tie bands in between the two layers. The length of the tie band will face to the inside. Stitch down 1cm from the edge. Fold over and iron flat. The tie bands will now face outwards. Overlock the edge of the 45 x 15cm piece. If you do not have an overlocker, you can neaten it with zigzag stitching. 5 Now place your two panels together with right sides facing and pieces 3 and 4 both facing upwards (that is the opening in the pillowcase). Pin the bottom and

side edges together, but leave open the top edge for the opening in the pillowcase. Stitch the three sides neatly together with a 1cm seam allowance. 6 Now take your last two tie bands. Again measure 15cm from the side edge on either side for the tie band positions. Fold in the raw edge on one end of each tie band and pin the folded-in tie-band end close to the stitched edge so that it faces the same direction as the other tie bands.

Stitch the tie bands down close to the fold and again 1cm parallel with the first stitching to strengthen it. 7 Neaten the seam allowances of the three sides with zigzag stitching or overlocking. Turn out the pillowcase to the right side and iron flat. Make a knot at the end of each tie band to finish it off. Insert the inner cushion and tie the bands to close the pillowcase. Make the second pillowcase in the same way.

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We created a new backrest with a crafty twist for an old chair using the Panama weaving technique (also known as basket weave), using dip-dyed cotton rope.

DIFFICULTY: medium TIME: one day YOU WILL NEED ♥ 6mm dip-dyed cotton rope (we used approximately 10m) ♥ fabric scissors ♥ measuring tape ♥ pencil ♥ glue gun and glue sticks



Measure the height and width of the backrest of your chair and add at least 30cm. Calculate the length of the rope according to these measurements. (Longer is better ‒ you can cut it shorter afterwards or leave it hanging like ours.) Cut about 21 pieces.

Tie a length of rope to the top and then the bottom of the frame. Tie the next length about 1.5cm away from the first one. Continue until the entire width is completed.



Tie three lengths of rope to one side of the frame. Weave them over three strands and then under three strands of rope until you get to the other side of the frame. Tie the rope ends onto the frame.

Repeat step 3 but in an alternate sequence ‒ where you went over the three rope lengths now go under and where you went under, weave your ropes over. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the backrest is complete.

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Neaten any loose rope ends by glueing them to the frame. NOTE Vintage chair frames can be quite brittle so drilling a hole in them to secure the rope, as you would with a riempie technique, is not an option.

this is home Cosy, quirky, playful ... create a living space ďŹ lled with your own handiwork.


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VINTAGE FINDS Rather than hiding your vintage tablecloths in the cupboard, put them to good use and cover a chair.

DIFFICULTY: medium TIME: half a day For this chair we painted it, replaced the seat and added sponge padding to the backrest. We upholstered both the seat and backrest with vintage embroidered tablecloths that we found at a market and decoupaged parts of the chair with embroidered fabric remnants. Paint in Sneeuvlokkie grey from Paint & Décor (

FLUFFY SEAT DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: two hours We removed the backrest of the bamboo chair s mate and painted it a soft pink. We replaced the sponge of the seat and inserted it into a fluffy scatter-cushion cover. Cushion cover (R199.99) from MRP Home. Paint in Teacup Pink from Paint & Décor .

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NIFTY PEG BOARD We saw this clever idea on Instagram and simply had to try it. Take a long wooden plank and glue a row of clothes peg onto it with wood glue. You can paint half of the wood in another colour, if you prefer. Hang the plank on the wall and peg pictures, notes and craft equipment onto it.

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BEDSIDE INSPIRATION Decoupage your favourite quote onto a bedside cabinet.

DIFFICULTY: moderate TIME: half a day, plus drying time YOU WILL NEED ♥ bedside cupboard ♥ white chalk paint ♥ furniture wax ♥ quote of your choice (you can use ours on the facing page) ♥ modge podge ♥ craft brushes ♥ water spray bottle ♥ sponge roller TO MAKE 1 Make sure the surfaces of the bedside table are clean and smooth. Remove the drawers. Remove the handles, if there are any. Paint everything with a double coat of white chalk paint. Leave it to dry. Brush a layer of furniture wax onto the top and sides of the cupboard to seal the paint. 2 Print the quote of your choice onto sheets of white paper, large enough to fit each drawer. Trim the paper so that it is the same size as the front of each drawer. 3 Paint a layer of modge podge over the front surface of one of the drawers. Spray the back of the piece of paper with the quote lightly with water so that it is damp. Lay the paper carefully over the modge podge with the quote facing upwards. Smooth out the paper with your fingers or use a sponge roller to prevent creases. Leave it to dry. 4 Paint a layer of modge podge over the paper. Leave it to dry and then repeat the process with another two to three layers of modge podge. Leave to dry completely. Replace the handles and put the drawers back into the cupboard. 46 IDEAS July/August 2018

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light work Make your own lampshades with knotting techniques that are done by hand. by KEVIN SWARTS

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Macramé has made a welcome comeback to modern homes and combines contemporary décor touches with the mindful world of handcrafting. We have three lampshades for you to try. struts along the lower ring of the frame. Cut the same number of cords as spaces, measuring five times the length of the space, plus twice the desired fringe length. 5 Fold a cord in half, and tie it to the lower ring with a lark s head knot halfway between two struts. Knot reversed double half hitches on either side of the lark s head knot up to the adjacent struts. Knot the remaining cords in the same manner. 6 Finally, knot each group of four cords 1,5cm below each strut with an overhand knot. Trim the all the cord ends to the same length, and unravel each cord.


struts from the top ring to the lowest edge of the scallops. Cut cords 10 times the length of the strut lengths, plus twice the desired fringe length. The number of cords will depend on the size of the frame, but it should be an even number. 2 Fold each cord in half and tie it to the top ring with a lark s head knot. Position the knots in pairs with a space of approximately 5mm in between each pair of knots. Knot a square knot with the four cords below each pair of lark s head knots. Continue knotting rows of alternating square knots, gradually spacing the knots further apart as the frame flares towards the lower edge. 3 Finally, tie the cords to the lower edge of the frame with cording knots. Trim the all cord ends to the same length.

DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: five hours YOU WILL NEED ♥ Tiffany lampshade frame ♥ no. 304 cotton twine TO MAKE 1 Measure the strut length of the frame, as well as the space between two struts along the top ring. Cut the same number of cords as the number of struts, each cord measuring 10 times the total of the strut length plus the top spacing, plus twice the desired fringe length. 2 Fold a cord in half and tie it to the top ring of the frame with a lark s head knot, halfway between two struts. Knot reversed double half hitches on either side of the lark s head knot up to the adjacent struts. Knot the remaining cords in the same manner. 3 With the two cords meeting at each strut, work half knots over the strut as support. The knots will spiral around the strut. Once the bottom ring is reached, tie each cord to it with a cording knot. 4 Next, measure the space between two

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SCALLOPED EDGE LAMPSHADE DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: three hours YOU WILL NEED ♥ small tapered lampshade frame with a scalloped edge ♥ no. 304 cotton twine TO MAKE 1 Measure the length of the lampshade

WAISTED LAMPSHADE DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: five hours YOU WILL NEED ♥ waisted lampshade with four struts ♥ no. 304 cotton twine


Reversed double half hitches 1

TO MAKE 1 Measure the strut length of the frame, as well as the space between two struts along the top ring. Cut four cords measuring 10 times the total of the strut length plus the top spacing, plus twice the desired fringe length. 2 Fold a cord in half and tie it to the top ring of the frame with a lark s head knot, halfway between two struts. Knot reversed double half hitches on either side of the lark s head knot up to the adjacent struts. Knot the remaining three cords in the same manner. 3 With the two cords meeting at each strut, work square knots over the strut as support. Once the bottom ring is reached, tie each cord to it with a cording knot. 4 To make the fringe, cut cords twice the desired fringe length, plus 30cm. Fold the first cord in half and tie it with a lark s head knot, 1cm from one of the cording knots at the bottom of a strut. Knot a reversed double half hitch on either side of the lark s head knot. Shift the knots until it is right against the cording knot. Fold the second cord in half, and tie it with a lark s head knot next to the last reversed double half hitch of the first cord. The third cord is then tied as the first and the fourth the same as the second. Continue adding cords to the bottom ring of the frame in the this manner, ensuring that an uneven number of cords are tied to each quarter sections of the bottom ring in between the struts. 5 Next, starting with the four cords below one of the struts, knot a row of square knots. Knot a second and third row of alternating square knots. 6 Finally, trim all the cords ends to the same length.

NOTE A dowel is used as support in demonstrating the different knots. However, another cord is often used as a support in macramé work.

Lark’s head knot 1

Start by making a lark s head knot, which is the first pair of reversed double half hitches. To knot the first half of the second pair of reversed double half hitches, take the cord over the support, front to back, and draw the cord end through the loop formed below the support. Pull the knot tight.


Fold the cord in half to form a loop. Pass the loop over the support from the front to the back. Take the two cord ends and pass it through the loop, front to back. Pull the knot tight.

The second half hitch is made by taking the cord under and over the support, and drawing the cord end through the loop below the support. Pull the knot tight.



Lark s head knots are usually used to tie cords to a support at the beginning of the work. Here four double cords can be seen tied to a dowel with lark s head knots.

Here four reversed double half hitches can be seen. The effect is similar to four lark s head knots, except a single cord has been used.

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craft & stitchcraft Square knot A square knot is worked with four cords, with the two outer cords tied over the two centre cords. Alternatively, square knots can be worked with two cords over another central support, for example the struts of a lampshade frame.

Rows of alternating square knots




To make the first half of the knot, take the cord on the far left and pass it over the two centre cords and underneath the cord on the far right.

Next, take the cord that is now second from the right behind the two centre cords and pull it through the space between the centre cords and the first cord. Pull the knot tight.

Start knotting from one edge, using all the cords to form the knots in the first row. (Here three knots are shown.) To work the second row (step 2), the first and last pairs of cords are not used.



To make the second half of the knot, pass the cord on the far right over the two centre cords and under the cord on the far left.

Next, pass the cord that is now second from the left behind the two centre cords and pull it through the space between the centre cords and the first cord. Pull the second half of the knot tight against the first half.

Overhand knot Pass the working end of one cord up and across the cord from right to left to form a loop. Pull the end through the loop from the back to the front. Pull the knot tight.


Knot the first square knot by taking one pair each from two adjoining knots in the previous row, positioning the new knot in between the two knots. Continue knotting the remainder of the row in the same manner as the first knot. There should be one knot less in the second row than in the first row.


Continue working by alternating row one and row two.

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Half knot A half knot is formed by making only the first half of a square knot. It is also worked with four cords, with the two outer cords tied over the two centre cords. Alternatively, half knots can be worked with two cords over another central support, for example the struts of a lampshade frame.




Start by taking the cord on the far left and pass it over the two centre cords and then underneath the cord on the far right.

Next, take the cord that is now second from the right behind the two centre cords and pull it through the space between centre cords and first cord.

As more knots are added, the macramé will spiral around the central two cords.

Alternating half hitches Alternating half hitches are worked with two cords, with one cord forming the knot around the second cord.




To make the first half hitch, take one of the cords (here the cord on the left) around the front of the second cord. Draw the cord end through the space between the two cords, back to front.

Tie the second half hitch with the opposite cord (here the cord on the right) in the same manner as the first.

Continue knotting half hitches, alternating the cords with which the knot is formed.



Draw the cord end down between the support and the section of the cord that lies diagonally across the back of the support. Pull the knot tight. Here the cording knot is seen from the back.

Cording knots are often used to anchor cords to a support at the end of a piece of macramé.

Cording knot 1

Pass the cord down behind the support. Bring the end up and over to the back again, to the left of the cord. Now bring the cord end up and over the support to the right of the cord.

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sleep like a queen Make a diamond-tufted headboard that you can relax against. by GERMARIE BRUWER

DIFFICULTY: medium TIME: four hours YOU WILL NEED ♥ (for a three-quarter bed headboard) ♥ wooden base for the headboard (we used 1m x 1m x 19mm strand board) ♥ 2.5m fabric (we used linen) ♥ 1.1m batting ♥ 18 x 22mm coverable buttons ♥ thick thread (we used crochet yarn) ♥ mattress needle ♥ staple gun and staples ♥ spray adhesive ♥ 1m x 1m x 75mm thick foam ♥ 1 x pine planed all round (PAR) 22 x 44mm x 2.4m batten, cut into 2 x 1.2m lengths ♥ 4 x 3mm x 32mm chipboard screws ♥1.1m cotton lining YOU WILL ALSO NEED ♥ headboard template on page 58 ♥ carpenter s pencil ♥ marker ♥ jigsaw ♥ 22mm hole saw drill bit ♥ electric carving knife ♥ drill with 3mm wood drill bit ♥ scissors ♥ screwdriver ♥ measuring tape ♥ straight edge


Use the template to cut the curve at the top of the wooden base. Give the edges a quick sanding to make sure there aren t any rough areas.

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Draw a grid of 10 x 20cm on both the foam and the wooden base. Carefully mark the position of the buttons using the marker.


Use the hole saw drill bit to cut the holes into the foam only. Place a piece of sacrificial wood underneath to protect your work surface!

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Fix the foam to the wooden base using the spray adhesive. Ensure that everything is perfectly straight and allow to dry.


Cover the foam with the batting, securing it at the back with the staple gun. Then cut away any excess batting afterwards.

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Using the curved edge of the wooden base as a guide, cut the foam with the electric carving knife so that it is the same shape.


Cut a small cross into the batting where it covers each hole in the foam. You should be able to easily see the small hole in the wood once you ve done this.


Placing the 3mm drill bit in the middle of each foam hole, drill a hole through the wooden base. This is where each button will be threaded through.


Lay the fabric over the batting, making sure that the centre of the fabric is in the centre of the headboard.


Cover the buttons with fabric and attach a 40cm piece of thread to each button. Make a double knot at the back to make sure that they re secure. A 2-litre milk bottle cap makes the perfect template for a 22mm button.


Tuck the pleats between the buttons as you go, making sure that they re all facing in the same direction. Once all the buttons are in place, use the staple gun to secure the edges of the fabric at the back.


Using the mattress needle, thread the buttons through the fabric, batting, foam and wood. It is easiest to do this if you place the headboard upright on the floor so that you can catch the needle at the back.


Measure the height of the bed and secure the legs to the back of the headboard accordingly. Ideally, the lower edge of the upholstery should sit just above the top of the mattress.


Wrap the thread at the back around a screwdriver and pull until you re happy with the depth of the button on the front of the headboard. Then use the staple gun to secure the thread to the board by stapling it in place in a zigzag pattern.


Staple the cotton lining to the back to finish off your headboard, tucking in the edges as you go.

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Creatie CLAY ‘VASE’ DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: one hour, plus drying time YOU WILL NEED ♥ air-dry clay ♥ alphabet or other stamps ♥ rolling pin

in clay If you can roll out dough to make biscuits, you can work with air-dry clay. Make these vases for your dressing table or craft room.

♥ kitchen sponge ♥ metal ruler ♥ blunt knife ♥ toothpick YOU WILL NEED 1 Break off a large piece of clay and roll it out with your rolling pin on a smooth surface. NOTE Don t work on a wooden surface, the clay will stick to it. 2 Roll the clay until it is about 4mm thick and cut out a rectangle according to the size you want your vase to be. 3 Carefully lift up the clay rectangle so that it is standing on one edge and fold the one side over the other to form a cylinder. Press the edges together, but be careful not to leave fingerprints. 4 Roll out another piece of clay to 4mm thickness ‒ smaller this time ‒ and place the cylinder onto it. Use a toothpick to trace the circumference of the cylinder onto the rolled-out clay. Cut out the circle with the blunt knife, to make a base for your vase. 5 Press the cylinder securely onto the base, but once again take care not to leave fingerprints. Use a damp kitchen sponge to smooth the sides. 6 Roll out a ball of clay the size of a 20-cent coin. Press it flat with your thumb and then use a stamp on it. 7 Stick the stamped circle onto the vase. Leave it overnight to dry before you use it.

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Air-dry clay is not waterproof, so use your vases as containers for dry items like make-up brushes or pens, or for a dried-flower arrangement: Cut a dry branch and paint it with a dry brush, so that the brown of the wood still shows here and there. Look on the internet for photos of blossoms, print them out in colour and cut them out. Glue the blossoms with a glue gun onto the branch. Now you have flowers that can be arranged without water. If you would prefer fresh flowers, simply place a glass of water inside the clay cylinder for the flowers. Air-dry clay is available from PNA.

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craft Finding out about making soap can be very confusing ‒ you read about cold process, hot process and rebatching, or melt and pour. We found three recipes on the internet that work well and are easy to use.

COLD PROCESS Cold-process soap making is fairly simple and safe, so we have chosen to use this method rather than the more difficult hotprocess technique. It involves the use of lye, which needs careful handling, combined with various oils. You will need to wait up to six weeks for your soap to fully cure and saponify. (If you use this soap too soon the lye could burn your skin.)

CHARCOAL SOAP YOU WILL NEED ♥ 172g distilled water ♥ 66g lye ♥ 182g coconut oil, plus extra for greasing the moulds ♥ 182g olive oil ♥ 90g castor oil ♥ 15ml activated charcoal powder ♥ 15ml bentonite clay powder ♥ few drops of lemon grass essential oil HOW TO 1 Make the lye solution in the same way as for the gingerbread soap on page 62. 2 Mix the oils together in a glass bowl. 3 Prepare the moulds by greasing them with coconut oil. 4 Pour the cooled lye solution into the oil mixture and blend together. Pour in the charcoal and bentonite powder ‒ this mixture will thicken very quickly, so work fast. 5 Stir in the essential oil, mix well and pour the soap into the moulds to set. 6 Once it has set, take it out of the moulds and cut it into rustic chunks or slices. Remember to store the soap in a container for at least a month before using it. NOTE Charcoal has gained popularity for the skin benefits it provides. It is good for problems like psoriasis and acne, and to treat oily skin, although it is suitable for any skin type.

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GINGERBREAD SOAP YOU WILL NEED ♥ 80g lye ♥ 150ml distilled water or chai (we used chai) ♥ 500g olive oil ♥ 100g coconut oil, plus extra for greasing the moulds ♥ 60ml molasses ♥ ground spices (we used ginger, cinnamon and cloves)* ♥ 15ml vanilla extract *You can replace the spices with essential oils with the same aromas, if you prefer. TO MAKE 1 MAKE THE LYE SOLUTION: Stir the lye into the water carefully until all the little flakes have dissolved. The chemical reaction will heat up the water, so allow it to cool down. NOTE Do this outside as the lye gives off nasty fumes, and wear gloves as it will burn your skin. Only use glass bowls when working with lye, and make sure to pour the lye into the water, NOT the other way around. Keep this solution away from children and animals and handle with care. 2 While the lye solution is cooling down, mix together the olive and coconut oils. You may need to warm the coconut oil if it is too solid. 3 Prepare your moulds by oiling them. Use silicone moulds or plastic containers, but don t use metal moulds as you will need a bit of flexibility to remove the soap. 4 Pour the cooled lye solution into the oil mixture and carefully stir them together with a spoon. Mix them together well with a stick blender. 5 When the mixture starts to reach trace (the point where it begins to look like mayonnaise in texture), add the molasses and spices or oils, and vanilla extract. About 5ml of each spice should be enough, but let your nose lead you. 6 Pour the mixture into the prepared moulds. Cover the soap with a cloth and leave it to set for at least 24 hours. 7 Once it has set, remove it from the moulds and cut it into bars, or cut out shapes with a gingerbread man cookie cutter, if you prefer. 8 Leave your soap for about a month before you use it, just to be on the safe side. (We tried ours after a week and it made a beautiful lather and was soft on the skin, plus it smelled fantastic!)

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MELT AND POUR This uses a soap base so it is the easiest method, and you can still play around with lovely aromas and textures.

PINK HIMALAYAN SALT AND GRAPEFRUIT SOAP YOU WILL NEED ♥ 450g goat s milk or shea soap base ♥ 10‒15 drops grapefruit essential oil ♥ 60ml pink Himalayan salt ♥ coconut oil, to grease the mould TO MAKE 1 Cut the soap base into pieces and melt them in a double boiler, or in a bowl over a pot of simmering water. 2 Lightly grease the mould with a little coconut oil. 3 Remove the soap from the heat and stir in the essential oil. 4 Add the salt to the melted soap and immediately pour it into your mould. It will start setting at this point, so make sure you work quickly. 5 Allow the soap to harden for at least two hours before removing it from the mould. Cut it into slices. NOTE Himalayan salt is packed with essential trace minerals, many of which act as treatments for skin conditions such as acne, eczema and dermatitis.

TIPS 3 Use glass bowls to mix the lye solution and the oils. 3 Keep your soap-making bowls separate from your kitchen containers, for safety.

3 Make sure your measurements are 100% correct. 3 Keep lye in a safe place, away from children and animals, as it is caustic and will burn the skin.

3 Wear protective gloves when working with lye. 3 A lot of soap recipes include palm oil. This controversial ingredient is best avoided, because of the serious environmental considerations associated with it, so look for recipes without it ‒ there are plenty online. 3 Find your ingredients at shops like Dis-Chem and Clicks, plus health shops. 3 We sourced our soap base from in Montagu Gardens, Cape Town, but there are plenty of local websites that you can order soap ingredients from.

3 Handy websites to visit for more information:, and 3 You can use dried herbs and essential oils for aroma, spices or vegetables for colour (cinnamon, cloves or coffee for brown, turmeric or cornmeal for yellow, beetroot for orange, green tea powder or kelp for green, for example), and poppy seeds, ground pumpkin seeds, mustard seeds, dried sage or lavender for texture.

Porcelain feather (R105) from The Pause Room.


your own


t a recent talk, the Italian

who are currently between the ages of 17


cosmetic group Skin Regimen

and 37.

ageing. There is even a hashtag for this:







told us about their research

This so-called i-generation is hyper

into the category of people termed urban

busy and connected. They are increasingly

skin-thusiasts . Besides the health of

dwellers , and especially on millennials.

meticulous about the products that they

their body and internal organs, they are

These people have a completely different

use and want to know everything about

increasingly concerned about their skin,

outlook on life, lifestyle requirements and

them: What is in the product, how it works,

which is after all the largest organ.

products that they desire.

what the impact is on the environment...

According to this research, 66% of





#FastLivingSlowAgeing. Millennials are








pollution has come into the line of sight

the world s population will be living in

they open their purse. The dividing line

of researchers who see a connection

cities by 2050. A whole 30% of them

between products for women and men,

between inflammation and premature

are very worried about the effect of the

especially where skincare, perfume and

skin ageing ‒ also called inflamm-aging .

environment on their skin. Where the

pamper rituals are concerned, has blurred

The evidence is now irrefutable: Pollution

focus previously was on better nutrition,

‒ unisex or genderless trends are the

causes inflammation that leads to ageing,

exercise and lifestyle habits (inner health),

order of the day.

even more so than sun exposure. Along

it now also includes external health ‒ so

It stands to reason that the skincare

with lifestyle factors such as inadequate

not just a strong, supple, flexible and

requirements of people who live at

nutrition, smoking, too little exercise,

healthy body, but also a healthy skin.

breakneck speed and are constantly

unsatisfactory sleep, too much stress

under stress are more intense and change

(inflammation is the immune response to


constantly, which is why companies

stress), it takes a visible toll on the skin.

like Skin Regimen rope in modern plant

While we can t change our genes,

They are people who were born between

chemistry for their formulations that

we can alter our lifestyle to protect the

1981 and 2001 and include Generation

work against the ageing effects of stress,

longevity of our skin, body and mind,

Y (1981‒1991) as well as Generation Z

pollution and lifestyle and that ensure a

says Dr Claudia Aguirre, a neuroscientist

(1991‒2001). In other words, the people

healthy, glowing skin for a longer period.

with Skin Regimen.

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beauty Skin Regimen s research shows that 56% of millennials worldwide have visited a spa in the past 12 months ‒ completely understandable, given that the research also shows that 88% of them are quite stressed. Of those who don t regularly visit a spa, 45% find it too expensive and 25% don t have time. The figures are important, because they also mean that there is a need to create or duplicate the spa experience in your own home. All things considered, what do you do to care for and pamper yourself and to delay the signs of ageing, counteract them or even to recover from them? According to trend guru Li Edelkoort, modern people are increasingly going to retreat into their bathrooms to relax ‒ they are going to create the healing spa experience for themselves, and especially those who have too little time or money to visit a spa regularly. Spa treatments soothe, calm and stimulate the senses, and water is key (the word spa actually comes from the Latin

sante per aqua ‒ health through water). With clever design you can make over your bathroom into a sanctuary (black bathrooms are in) and copy the spa ritual with products that are not just as good for your skin, but also soothe and calm your senses in this fast-moving, stressful world in which we live.

Relax and cleanse your body and soul like this: CREATE A WARM, COSY AND AROMATIC HOME SPA


Create ambience and a sanctuary for

As soon as you are calm, get to work to

sensual pleasure with scented candles and

help your body relax and glow by softly

warm waxes of enticing essential oils that

soaking dry, dead skin and then scrubbing

you massage into your skin while they re

it off with exfoliating creams.

still warm. The wonderful aromas help you

TRY: Nirvana Natural Bliss Green Tea

to slow down and unwind.

Body Scrub (R169) or Nirvana Body

TRY: Soil Organic Aromatherapy

Mousse (R259); Milk Solutions Milk &

Ceramic Burner (R120) with Soil Organic

Honey Softening Soak for Hands and

Aromatherapy Soy Wax Melts Relaxing

Body (R202); Milk Solutions Milk & Honey

Lavender of Balancing Rose Geranium

Scrub Mask (R212); Mineraline Body Scrub

(R50); Cowshed Knackered Cow Relaxing

Vanilla Enriched Formula from the Dead

Room Candle with Essential Oils of

Sea (R165); Mineraline Shea Butter Body

Lavender and Eucalyptus (R700); or

Polish with Dead Sea Minerals (R160);

Crabtree & Evelyn Seaside Vibes Reed

or Spalicious Peach & Lavender Pie

Diffuser (R1 500).

Soak (R165).


Products Crème Brulee Anti-Aging

face and hair to a rich mask.

Body Butter (R365); Spalicious Peach &

TRY: Dr. Hauschka Hydrating Cream

Indulge in the healing power of water.

Lavender Pie Butter (R165); Lipidol After

Mask (R890); SkinPhD PauseAge

Take pleasure in the streaming water of

Shower Oil (R89.95); Mineraline Silk

Perfecting Mask (R380); Mineraline

the shower or soak and relax in a fragrant,

Touch Hand Cream (R50); or Gatineau

Regenerating Facial Mud Mask 70%

hot bath.

Body Lotion with AHA. (R525)

with salt, minerals and black mud from the Dead Sea (R95); Biomedical

TRY: Placecol Clean Start Face and Body

Emporium Vitamin & Mineral Spritz

Hydravine Rich Bath Milk (R385); Nuxe


Rêve de Miel Face and Body Ultra-Rich

While you re busy scrubbing, polishing

function; or Lipidol Overnight Face

Cleansing Gel with Honey and Sunflower

and soaking, use the time to treat your

Oil (R89.95).

Wash Daily Cleanser (R325); Theravine

(R465), which enhances skin barrier

(R345), which is very soothing for dry, sensitive skin; Café de Bain Softening


Shower Cream Coconut Macaroon (R49.95); Morlage & Yorke Vintage Poppy & Spring Rain Luxury Soap (R59); Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Face & Body (R219.07); or Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Refreshing Body Wash (R400 for 250ml).

OILS AND BUTTERS FOR YOUR BODY Gently press your skin dry with a soft, thick towel. Don t rub too hard ‒ your skin is already soft and shiny. Seal all the wonderful moisture in with aromatic

Alas, with the crippling drought and scarcity of water in places such as the Western Cape, the joys of a spa, even in your own bathroom, are restricted. This brings with it the added stress that you might not only be dirty and feel it, but also may become less than fragrant, which offends the sense of smell! Invest in waterwise bathroom products like micellar water to clean your skin and remove make-up, and leave-in conditioner and dry shampoo for your hair. TRY: Mary Cohr Soothing Micellar Cleansing Water (R480) for the face and eyes; Avène Cleanance Micellar Water (R329.95); BioNike Defence Tolerance Essential Cleansing Water (R129.95) for hypersensitive and intolerant skin; Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths (R136.95); Label.m Diamond Dust Leave-In Conditioner (R285); or Gosh Fresh Up! Argan Oil Dry Shampoo (R112).

body oils, warm oil waxes or luxurious body butters. TRY: Cowshed Lazy Cow Soothing Bath & Body Oil (jasmine, chamomile, sandalwood) (R399); Eco Diva Natural

* For more beauty advice and tips from Elsa Krüger, visit

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celebration With our love for paper, what could be more ďŹ tting for our one-year celebration setting than just that ‒ paper.

n a magical evening with 36 like-minded people around

all got to know one another. Once seated at the table for our

our long table at our birthday dinner, Ideas celebrated

four-course meal, it was like a group of old friends ‒ all loving

one year of being an indie magazine ‒ small, focused

the same things and sharing the same interests. Thanks to


and independently run. While the welcome rain was pouring onto the corrugated

every guest who brought their brightest smiles, wittiest conversation and even some freshly decoupaged shoes!

iron roof of our gorgeous venue at Simondium s Country Lodge, our table setting celebrated our devotion to paper and at the same time a water-friendly approach to entertaining. Every single course of Mynhardt Joubert s delectable meal (including golden carrots!) was served in disposable takeaway boxes, beautified creatively as only Hannes can do. Starting off with the harp music of Lisa Brits while sipping on G&Ts and bubbly and nibbling on oysters and canapés, we

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO OUR SPONSORS: Laborie for the bubbly and wine, Barker&Quinn for the most delicious G&Ts, Irusha and Anelma from Goeters for the lighting and furniture, Postnet Sandown for all the printing, and Wilna and Hanneke for making us welcome in their lodge.

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in a bowl Warm up from the inside with one of our satisfying winter soups ‒ each one tastes even better when paired with home-baked bread.

recipes and food produc tion LOUISA HOLST st yling, illustrations and craf t HANNES KOEGELENBERG photos ED O RILEY

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Creamed tomato soup with bacon and rosemary This soup is easy to make and delicious as a starter or light meal. It goes well with a home-baked focaccia.

Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: about 1 hour ♥ 30g butter ♥ 200g streaky bacon, chopped ♥ 2 leeks, sliced ♥ 1 clove garlic, crushed ♥ 2 x 425g cans plum tomatoes ♥ 250g pumpkin cubes ♥ 1 small sprig fresh rosemary ♥ 5ml dried oregano ♥ 1 250ml prepared chicken stock ♥ 30ml cream (optional) ♥ halved, fried cherry tomatoes, to garnish ♥ grated Parmesan, to serve 1 Heat a little of the butter in a large saucepan and fry the bacon over a medium heat until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan and set aside. 2 Add the remaining butter to the pan and sauté the leeks over a low heat for about 10 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and cook for a minute, then add the tomatoes, pumpkin, rosemary, oregano and stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and cover. Simmer for about 45 minutes. 3 Remove the rosemary sprig and discard. Use a stick blender or liquidiser to blend the soup until smooth. Add the cream, if using. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve garnished with fried cherry tomatoes, the reserved bacon and grated Parmesan.

Olive and rosemary focaccia The tempting aroma of garlic and rosemary wafting from your oven while this bread bakes will be hard to resist. This focaccia goes very well with any vegetable soup.

Makes: 22 x 30cm rectangular bread Preparation time: 45 minutes, plus rising time Baking time: 25 minutes Oven temperature: 220oC ♥ 500g unbleached stoneground white bread flour ♥ 10ml salt ♥ 7g instant dried yeast ♥ 100ml olive oil ♥ 8 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped ♥ 100ml halved, pitted black olives ♥ a few sprigs of fresh rosemary ♥ flaked salt, for sprinkling 1 Sift the flour and salt together into a large bowl. Add the yeast. Add 280ml warm water and 50ml of the olive oil and stir to make a soft dough. 2 Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes. (Alternatively, you can use a food processor with a dough hook to do the kneading.) 3 Drizzle a little of the remaining olive oil into a large bowl. Place the dough into the bowl and turn it over to coat it with the oil. Cover with a damp tea towel and set aside to rise until doubled in size (about 2 hours). 4 Add half the garlic and knead the dough for a minute. Roll the dough out to form a rectangle to fit the roasting tin. 5 Cover with a damp tea towel and set aside to rise again for 1 hour. Press the tips of your fingers into the risen dough to make small indentations, about 1cm deep. Cover again and leave to rise for a

further hour until doubled in size. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Scatter with the remaining garlic, and the olives, rosemary and salt. 6 Open the oven and spay some water into it to create steam. Bake the bread in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden and cooked through. 7 Remove the focaccia from the tin and cool on a wire rack. Cut until squares. Best enjoyed while still warm.

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+HDUW\EŸIDQG mushroom soup Packed full of chunky pieces of beef, mushrooms and beans, this tasty soup with some crusty white bread (recipe on page 77) makes a substantial meal on a cold winter s night.

Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time: about 2½ hours

♥ 30ml olive oil ♥ 800g-1kg cubed beef stewing meat ♥ 2 onions, chopped ♥ 2 sticks celery, sliced ♥ 2 cloves garlic, crushed ♥ 30ml flour ♥ 1 x 425g can plum tomatoes ♥ 250ml dry white wine ♥ 5ml ground smoked paprika ♥ 3ml dried thyme ♥ 2 bay leaves ♥ 250g mushrooms, sliced ♥ 1 x 410g can sugar beans, drained ♥ 10ml Worcestershire sauce ♥ 1 250 litres prepared beef stock 1 Heat a large saucepan over a high heat. Once the pan is hot, add a little of the oil and half the meat. Cook until the meat is well browned. Remove from the pan and set aside. Repeat with the remaining meat. Remove from the pan and set aside. 2 Reduce the heat and add the remaining oil. Add the onions and celery and sauté for 3 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for a further minute. Stir in the flour. 3 Stir in the tomatoes and wine. Return the meat to the saucepan and then add the paprika, thyme and bay leaves. Cover the saucepan and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 2 hours. 4 Add the mushrooms, beans, Worcestershire sauce and stock. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for a further 30 minutes or until the meat is very tender and falling off the bones. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove the bones from the soup and discard, if you prefer.

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Spicy lentil and vegetable soup

Crusty white bread loaves

The perfect thick and nourishing dish for winter, this spicy lentil soup is full of flavour and goodness.

This is a versatile white-bread recipe that you can bake in an ordinary loaf pan or shape into long or round loaves.

Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time: about 50 minutes

Makes: 2 long loaves Preparation time: 40 minutes, plus rising time Baking time: 20 minutes Oven temperature: 220oC

♥ 30ml sunflower oil ♥ 1 brinjal, diced ♥ 1 onion, finely chopped ♥ 2 cloves garlic, crushed ♥ 15ml freshly grated ginger ♥ 1 fresh chilli, seeded and chopped ♥ 5ml cumin seeds ♥ 5ml mustard seeds ♥ 10ml ground coriander ♥ 1ml ground cardamom ♥ 2 litres prepared vegetable or chicken stock ♥ 250ml dried red lentils ♥ 1 medium-sized orange or white sweet potato, peeled and diced ♥ ½ cauliflower, broken into small florets ♥ fresh curry leaves or coriander, to garnish 1 Heat half of the oil in a frying pan and fry the brinjal cubes over a medium heat. Once they are cooked, remove from the pan and set aside. 2 Heat the remaining oil and add the onion. Sauté over a low heat for 10 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the chilli and spices. Cook, stirring over a low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. 3 In a separate saucepan, heat the stock. Add the lentils. Cover and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the sweet potato and cauliflower and cook for a further 20 minutes or until all the ingredients are soft. 4 Stir the onion mixture and cooked brinjals into the lentil mixture. Simmer together for 5 minutes. Serve garnished with fresh curry leaves or coriander.

♥ 680g unbleached stoneground white bread flour ♥ 7g instant dried yeast ♥ 430ml cold water ♥ 5ml salt dissolved in 60ml hot water 1 Sift the flour and 15ml salt into a large bowl. Stir in the yeast. Make a well in the centre and add the water. Stir the flour into the liquid gradually. Once the ingredients are well combined, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can use a food processor with a dough hook to do the kneading. 2 Once the dough is smooth and elastic, roll it into a ball and coat it lightly with olive oil. Place into a large bowl and cover with a damp tea towel. Set aside to rise for about 2 hours or until doubled in size. 3 Lightly knead the dough again and then divide it into two or three pieces. Roll each one into a tube shape about 7cm in diameter. Place them onto a greased baking tray, making sure there is enough space between the loaves for spreading if you have them on the same tray. Use a very sharp knife or blade to cut a few diagonal slashes on the top of each loaf. Cover with a light, damp tea towel and set aside to rise for an hour or until doubled in size. 4 Brush each loaf lightly with the prepared salt solution. Place them into the preheated oven and reduce the temperature to 200oC. Bake for 15‒20 minutes or until golden brown and baked through. Open the oven and brush with the salt solution twice during the cooking time. Remove from the oven and leave to cool before cutting.

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Breadsticks Prepare a batch of white bread dough (recipe on page 77). Once the dough has finished rising, knead it for a few minutes and then roll it out onto a lightly floured surface until it is 0.5ml thick. Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into strips that are about 1cm wide and about 20cm long. Use your hands to roll out each strip and stretch it until it is about 25cm long. Place the strips onto a greased baking tray. Brush gently with olive oil and season with salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper or sprinkle with finely grated Parmesan. Bake in a preheated oven at 220oC for 12‒20 minutes until crisp. Turn the strips over halfway through the baking time to ensure even browning. Cool and then store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Rye spice loaf The lightly-spiced, nutty flavour of this wheat and rye bread the perfect complement to a spicy soup.

Makes: 2 round loaves Preparation time: 45 minutes, plus rising time Baking time: 30 minutes Oven temperature: 220oC ♥ 455g unbleached white bread flour ♥ 170g rye flour ♥ 30g rolled oats ♥ 30g mixed seeds (linseeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds) ♥ 15ml ground coriander ♥ 1ml ground mixed spice ♥ 15ml ground sweet paprika ♥ 3ml ground black pepper ♥ 7g instant dried yeast ♥ 140ml milk, lukewarm ♥ 280ml water, lukewarm ♥ extra seeds, for sprinkling 1 Mix the flours, oats, seeds, spices, 15ml salt and the yeast together in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk and water. 2 Mix the ingredients together gradually to form a firm dough. Turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Alternatively, you can knead the dough in a food processor with a dough hook. 3 Grease a bowl with a little olive oil and place the dough into the bowl. Turn it over to coat it with the oil. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and set aside to rise for 2-3 hours or until doubled in size. 4 Knead the dough again briefly and then divide it into two pieces. Roll each one into a ball. Place them on a greased baking tray. Cover with the damp tea towel and leave to rise for an hour or until doubled in size. 5 Use a very sharp knife or blade to cut a slash across each side of the top of the loaves. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with extra seeds or dust with a little bread flour. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the loaves sound hollow when tapped underneath. Remove from the oven and cool on wire racks.

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Farm-style apron When you re cooking, you need a good apron. Make this easy linen one with its rustic farm-kitchen feel in a jiffy. projec t ANNEKE DU TOIT st yling HANNES KOEGELENBERG photo ED O RILEY

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close to the edge of the tie all around to make it stronger. Repeat with the other side tie. 6 For the neckband, fold in the raw edges of the short sides and pin one short side to the wrong side of the bodice, so that the band and bodice overlap by about 3cm and the side edges align. Topstitch to the bodice and then topstitch close to the edge of the band all around. Repeat with the second neckband. 7 For the pocket: Fold over the edge of the pocket all around by 5mm. For the top edge of the pocket, fold over another 2cm and iron flat. Topstitch about 2cm from the top edge. 8 Find the middle of the apron by folding it in half. Place the pocket where you would like it to be (ours is about 8cm from the side ties). Find the middle of the pocket, so that it corresponds with the middle of the apron. Pin the pocket in place onto the apron and topstitch the bottom and side edges close to the edge. Remember to leave open the hemmed top edge. 9 Sew blanket stitch along the bottom edge of the apron. NOTE Use slightly thicker embroidery thread, so that it will stand out on the coarse linen.

APRON DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: 2-3 hours YOU WILL NEED ♥ pattern alongside ♥ linen of your choice ♥ matching machine thread ♥ embroidery thread and needle TO MAKE 1 Cut out all your pattern pieces: 1 x apron, 2 x side ties, 2 x neckbands and 1 x pocket. 2 For the side ties, fold the long strip lengthwise in half and iron flat. Fold open and fold over the raw edge of the long side by 6mm. Iron it flat, bit by bit, until the entire side is folded over. Repeat for 82 IDEAS July/August 2018

the opposite raw edge. Fold in half along the original half line and iron flat. Repeat with the second strip. Do the same with the neckbands and place aside. The end measurement of all the strips should be about 4‒4,5cm. 3 Now begin with the apron pattern, starting with the bodice. Fold over the curved edge by 3mm and iron flat. Fold over the edge again by 1,2cm and iron flat. Topstitch 1cm from the edge. Do the same with the side edges. 4 For the top edge, fold over the raw edge by 3mm, then another 2cm and topstitch. Fold over the hem by 3mm and then by slightly more than 5cm. Topstitch the hem at 5cm. 5 Place the side tie 1cm from the top edge of the apron skirt. Fold in the raw edges of the short sides and pin one short side to the wrong side of the apron. Topstitch the side tie to the apron and then topstitch

BLANKET STITCH Begin by bringing the needle from the back through to the front close to the corner and about 6mm up from the bottom edge ‒ tie a knot in the end of the thread. To work your first stitch, go back to where you brought the needle out and bring it out right above, which gives a double thread around the edge. Hold your needle to the right-hand side below the edge between your fabric and the stitch you ve just made. This is now your first anchored stitch. For your first blanket stitch, work the next stitch again from the back to the front to the right-hand side from where the needle was brought through at the beginning and bring the needle through the loop from right to left before you pull it completely taut. Ensure that the spaces between each stitch and the length of each stitch stay the same to give you a neat overall look. Repeat the stitch until the whole edge is covered and secure the thread.






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slow Mindful eating is good for your health DQGZLŹKHOS\RXWRVORZGRZQDQGDSSUHFLDWH both the moment and the meal. by DOMINIQUE SWIEGERS st yling HANNES KOEGELENBERG photos ED O RILEY

f you are anything like me, sometimes when life gets in the way, you go from starving to stuffed without much recollection of what happened in between. This article is about the direct opposite. We re talking about mindful eating here. You ve probably come across the term, but what does it really mean? Mindful eating has everything to do with focusing on your food ‒ from how the fresh produce is farmed and where you buy your ingredients to preparing a meal and, finally, eating it. In a world filled to the brim with distractions, many of us have forgotten how to pay attention to what we eat: where it comes from, how we eat it and knowing when we re really hungry or satisfied. It s not eating for eating s sake or slurping readymade soup on the couch with


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one eye on your social media profile and the other on both the TV and your cat. Instead, it s preparing a delicious, hearty soup yourself. Setting a beautiful table. Sitting down with your family and relishing every ingredient that went into every spoonful. Taking the time to tune into the food in front of you is what mindful eating boils down to. Smell it. Taste it. Appreciate it. Noeleen Bridle, author and founder of Get Lean with Noeleen and Strength and Mind, has this to say on the topic: So much is said about mindfulness. But in my mind, people s actions in every aspect reveal where their mindfulness will lie, for example in the food they eat, raising their children, their carbon footprint, their humility and compassion. She believes in a bigger and more

holistic mindfulness that extends to more than just food. She continues, A thinking mind will not only have strong views on one aspect. Since we are on the subject of food it is very hard to be present when choosing, chewing or smelling your food if you have not given thought to the chosen food and how it ll affect your weight and health. Long before the sensory, visual and digestive actions kick in, the meal needs to be a beneficial part of a daily quality eating plan. I can relate to what she s saying. If I m not mindful of managing my time properly, I find it hard to slow down and focus on the moment when it comes to a meal. A negative domino effect kicks in when I m not trying my best to be mindful in more ways than one. Perhaps this sounds familiar,

perhaps not (in which case, good for you). It s lunchtime at your desk. You were running late this morning and you didn t pack lunch and you are way too busy now to step out and sit down to eat something decent and nutritious. So, you grab some processed edible thing from the canteen and munch it down at record speed, in front of and partially on your keyboard. To quote a health news article on A UK consumer organisation called Which? found in a 2008 study that keyboards can be up to ďŹ ve times dirtier than the average toilet seat. That in itself should make you think twice about taking a mindful lunch break every now and again. But it all actually starts long before lunchtime. When it comes to the essence of mindful eating, preparing your food yourself will undoubtedly add to a bigger appreciation for your meal. The shopping part doesn t have to be tedious. Why not make it a fun outing? If you re planning on making a wonderful soup, browsing for wholesome ingredients at one of the many food or farmers markets that can be found all around the country these days will be a pleasant experience. Safe to say, it ll be far more relaxing and sensory than a

hypermarket shop on payday. Luckily, you also don t have to be a chef to cook a delectable soup this winter. It is one of the easier meals to prepare at home. You will just have to take a somewhat more mindful approach. Don t buy packets of ready-cut vegetables; prepare them yourself ‒ it s rather therapeutic. Don t eat as soon as the soup s ready, eat when you re hungry. Similarly, don t stop eating only when the bowl is empty, call it quits when you re content. When you ve done all this and actually think about every bite, it s likely you ll be sated sooner than usual. We all lead busy lives. Always being 100% prepared and taking an extra-long break whenever our tummy growls probably isn t realistic given our daily to-do s. But for me, that s not what mindful eating is about. It s doing the best you can to take the time out, when you can, to get back in touch with what you put into your body and how. Not a half-baked, half-bad idea, if you ask me.

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Chocolate mousse candles Makes: 6 Preparation time: 2 hours, plus refrigeration time Cooking time: 5 minutes ♥ 300g white cooking chocolate, broken into pieces ♥ 3-4 acetate sheets ♥ 1 punnet fresh raspberries ♥ 6 small birthday candles MOUSSE ♥ 625ml cream♥ 15ml gelatine♥ 4 large egg yolks ♥ 50ml castor sugar ♥ 150g dark chocolate CHOCOLATE MOUSSE 1 Heat 250ml cream in a saucepan until it starts to steam. Remove from the heat and set aside. 2 Put the gelatine and 30ml water into a small bowl and leave for a few minutes to swell. 3 Beat the egg yolks until thick and light in colour. Add the sugar and beat well. 4 Add a little of the hot cream to the egg mixture and beat well. Add the remaining hot cream gradually, beating well after each addition. Return the mixture to the saucepan and stir over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes until thickened slightly. Add the chocolate and stir until melted. Stir in the gelatine and remove from the heat. Set aside to cool. Refrigerate until cold, but not yet setting. 5 Beat the remaining cream until stiff. Fold a little whipped cream in the chocolate mixture. Then fold the chocolate mixture into the remaining whipped cream. Refrigerate while you prepare the chocolate candle shells.




CHOCOLATE CANDLE SHELLS Put the chocolate into a glass bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Leave until the chocolate is almost melted. Remove from the heat and stir until smooth.

Cut six strips of acetate about 10 x 20cm in size. Wrap a strip around a small, straight-sided bottle or food ring the size that you want your candle to be. Secure the edge of the acetate with masking tape to form a ring. Slide the acetate off the bottle and repeat with the other strips.

Use a palette knife to spread the melted chocolate around the inside of the acetate rings. Leave to harden and then spread another coat of chocolate over the first one, making sure that there are no holes or thin areas. Leave the candle shells to harden in the fridge.




Spread an even layer of chocolate over a flat piece of acetate. When it is almost hard, cut out circles using a small cookie cutter that is the same diameter as the chocolate candle shells. These circles will form the base of the candle shells. Remove the acetate from the chilled candle shells.

Heat a flat-based saucepan. Remove it from the heat. Press one end of a candle shell onto the warm saucepan base to soften the edge. Press a circle onto the softened edge to join it to the shell. Press gently to seal the edges. Pipe in chocolate mousse to half-fill each candle shell.

Add a few raspberries to each one. Fill with the remaining mousse. Pipe the remaining melted chocolate over the top of the mousse. Press a small birthday candle into the centre of each chocolate candle. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Light the candles just before serving and serve immediately.

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Edible chocolate candles Create a stir at the end of your dinner party with these candles that double as a decorative table element and decadent dessert. recipe and food produc tion LOUISA HOLST st yling HANNES KOEGELENBERG photos ED O RILEY


how to YOU WILL NEED ♥ stabilised buttercream (recipe below) ♥ medium- or large-sized flower pin (or use the base of a small, inverted wine glass) ♥ wax paper squares ♥ piping bag ♥ coupler (especially if you want more than 1 colour) ♥ smooth basket-weave icing nozzle STABILISED BUTTERCREAM ♥ 450g soft butter ♥ 50ml long-life cream with stabiliser (we used the Woolworths brand) ♥ 50ml cornflour, sifted ♥ 10ml vanilla essence ♥ 1kg sifted icing sugar ♥ gel food colouring(s) Beat the butter until just creamy. Add the cream, cornflour and vanilla and mix until just combined. Add the icing sugar in 3 batches, whisking slowly until just combined and scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition. Don t over-whisk as you want to incorporate as little air as possible. Add a few drops of food colouring. Use a large spatula or spoon to spread the icing along the inside of the mixing bowl to remove air pockets.



Stick a wax paper square onto the flower pin using a little icing to secure it. Pipe a small round mound of icing onto the paper. It should be about 1cm high and 1cm wide.

Hold the piping bag horizontal to the flower pin but with the tip vertical. Pipe four ruffles evenly around the centre. They don t need to touch the paper at the bottom and should close the centre mound. Do 2 or 3 more ruffles around the centre, depending on how big you want the heart of the rose.



Keep the piping bag horizontal and pipe petals from one ruffle to the next. Start in the middle of one ruffle and finish at the middle of the next. Allow the petals to overlap. Do another round with slightly longer petals.

Pipe long petals that are slightly raised, going over the first rounds of petals. Start with the piping bag horizontal but turning the nozzle slightly flatter as you pipe over the top. Do a few rounds, going a little lower after each round. You can also turn the nozzle outwards to make open petals around the outside. Freeze for 30 minutes before using.

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English roses with their ruffled centres are a beautiful addition to any cake or bake.


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Winter clouds Our paint magician, Jani Augustyn-Goussard, creates a dramatic winter picture. by JANI AUGUST YN- GOUSSARD from PAINT & DÉCOR photos ED O RILEY

he winter with all its deep, moody, rich colours is here. With the terrible drought here in the Western Cape, where I live, we can only hope to welcome a wet, cold season once more. The shades of grey and white that sweep over the earth, the romance of old houses with fireplaces, and memories of the family being cosy together are the inspiration for this issue s paint makeover. I m constantly amazed by how quickly paint and the use of just a few techniques can completely transform a space and turn back the clock by years. For our romantic, rainy winter theme I decided to use these paint techniques:


3 WALL: a technique with

a palette knife to achieve the appearance of peeling paint and plaster. A touch of gold is added for a luxurious, oldworld feeling.

3 FURNITURE: Clever! A faux marble finish.

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This is how to do it yourself Wall The choice of colours is always the starting point. We selected Starry Night, White Pepper, Gordes and Raw Cement from Paint & Décor. This palette gives us a combination of two shades of grey ‒ a light (Raw Cement) and darker (White Pepper) one ‒ as well as a warmer, neutral tone (Gordes) so the room doesn t feel too cold. For a touch of drama we chose a grey-blue focus colour (Starry Night) to which we added a little German Silver Metallic paint (available from Paint & Décor). You can obviously use any colours, as long as you stick to a palette of about three main colours to create the plaster effect, and one or two focus colours to give depth. Paint the entire wall in the shades of your choice and use a palette knife to peel off the paint and create rough plaster edges. You can go to my blog,, to see step by step how to do this.

Immerse yourself in the story of a house and its years when you tackle this technique ‒ it always makes any creative project easier when you imagine that you are there.

Furniture For the wooden cupboard, we chose the colour Aubusson Blue from Annie Sloan. This rich blue goes beautifully with the Starry Night focus colour on the wall. Use a little bit of water to make the paint smoother to apply and paint the cupboard with a softbristle brush such as Hamilton s Perfection. Apply two coats and then seal the paint with Annie Sloan s Clear Soft Wax. We show you step by step how to do the marble effect on the top on the page overleaf. The most important thing with any room is that you choose a theme that talks to your heart. This is the starting point for everything that follows naturally.

how to YOU WILL NEED ♥ wooden cupboard ♥ Annie Sloan chalk paint in Pure White ♥ Annie Sloan chalk paint in Graphite ♥ Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax (or use Annie Sloan Lacquer) ♥ 50mm soft-bristle brush (I use Hamilton s Ensign Perfection brush) ♥ mutton cloth ♥ spray bottle with water ♥ art brushes ♥ feather




Use the 50mm brush and paint a solid coat of white chalk paint over the top of the cupboard. Leave it to dry then seal it with wax or lacquer. (The paint must be sealed as water is used for the marbling. The sealant keeps the base colour white.) Paint another solid coat of white chalk paint over the cupboard top and leave it to dry completely.

Make a very liquid mixture of the graphite-coloured chalk paint in a container. Spray a little water over the surface of the table top to activate the white layer again. Dip a thin art brush or the feather into the runny paint and draw marble stripes over the table top.

Dab the mutton cloth over the wet paint to soften the stripes. Use a dry, soft-bristle brush to brush over the stripes backwards and forwards to soften them further. It may look as if you are messing everything up, but it creates depth before the more defined marble stripes are painted on.




Use the thin brush or feather again and draw more marble stripes with the runny graphite-coloured paint over the areas where you created depth in step 3.

Dab the mutton cloth lightly over the stripes and brush over them lightly with the dry soft-bristle brush to soften them further. Spray water over the table top throughout to loosen the paint and blend the colours. The water also forms lovely little droplets on the surface, which adds an extra dimension to the marble effect.

Repeat the process until you are happy with the marbling. Seal the paint with a layer of wax or lacquer once the paint is completely dry. TIP: Keep a marble tile or picture on hand, to inspire you.

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Paint faux marble We show you step by step how to paint a marble effect for a table top.

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MODEL: Charlotte Zaymess from Bambini Models (www. bambinimodels. Dress (R200.74) from Woolworths.


Stay snug Keep the little ones cosy this winter with these easy snug patterns. projec t BRENDA GROBLER st yling DAL A WAT TS photo ED O RILEY

DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: two to three hours

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PATTERN SIZES: 3-4, 5-8, 9-12 years FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Options 1 and 2: Width: 42, 46, 50cm Height: 18cm YOU WILL NEED ♥ 1 ball 106m/100g Katia Peru Colour 42 per item ♥ 10.00mm needles ♥ tapestry needle and scissors GAUGE 9 sts x 17 rows = 10 x 10cm using 10.00mm needles and working in the pattern as set. ABBREVIATIONS cont ‒ continue k ‒ knit p ‒ purl rep ‒ repeat RS ‒ right side st/s ‒ stitch/es TO MAKE NOTE If you plan to make both options, you will need a ball of yarn for each one. OPTION 1: Cast on 43 (47, 51) sts. Row 1: *K1, p1*, rep from * to end. Row 2 onwards: Rep row 1 until piece measures 18cm. Loosely cast off all stitches. FINISHING For both options: With wrong sides facing fold in half widthwise. Sew seam and work away all loose ends.

OPTION 2: Cast on 43 (47, 51) sts. Row 1: (RS) K. Row 2: P. Row 3 ‒ 4: Rep row 1 and 2. Row 5 ‒ 11: K.

Row 12: P. Row 13: K. Row 14 ‒ 15: Rep row 12 ‒ 13. Row 16 ‒ 21: K. Row 22 ‒ 25: Rep row 12 ‒ 13. Loosely cast off all stitches.

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Stitch in time With delicate embroidery stitches, artist Elsibe McGuffog from Wellington pays tribute to South Africa’s illustrious poets. by BEATRICE MOORE-NÖTHNAGEL st yling DAL A WAT TS photos ED O RILEY

bout three years ago, when Elsibe McGuffog started to include embroidery in her artworks, it was because of a happy coincidence. Along with the heap of books that she inherited from a friend when he moved house, she acquired the most gorgeous embroidery yarns that she wanted to use in a special way. When acclaimed artist Louis Jansen van Vuuren asked her to do a self-portrait to be included in an exhibition being held in Stellenbosch during the 2015


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Woordfees (Stellenbosch University s literary and art festival), she felt that she just had to use the yarns. It s probably the influence of my parents who grew up during the Depression: Use everything and waste nothing, she laughs. The eventual multimedia artwork ‒ photos of her as a child printed on fabric with lines from a poem embroidered over the top ‒ was a hit. For Elsibe it was the start of a new direction in her work, one that she

calls her fabric art . She believes that the touches of embroidery bring her work to life. This new direction coincided with her and her husband Roddy s arrival in the small town of Wellington. Their city flat with its view of the Atlantic Ocean was swapped for a lovely 1940 s thatched-roof house, which these days is also occupied by their baby, Brin. Suddenly I was part of a very Afrikaans community. The curator of the Breytenbach cultural

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centre, Anne-Ghrett Erasmus, asked me to exhibit my work. It was very encouraging, says Elsibe. She immersed herself in the works of Afrikaans poets like Antjie Krog, Ingrid Jonker, W E G Louw and A D Keet and started using their words in her art. It can easily take up to four months to complete one artwork, as with my other work commitments I can embroider only four words a day. You become deeply involved with a poem when you sit with it for so long ‒ you see new meanings and it talks to you on another level, she says. Although she writes poetry herself and has had her work published (under the name Elsibe Loubser), she prefers to honour other poets with her fabric art. We have such wonderful artists, I want to pay tribute to them and make them accessible to

the public in a visual way. Elsibe is also the patron of the Busy Beez, a local upliftment project where women from the community do traditional, conventional embroidery. The women are hugely inspiring and it feels as if they are my own aunts. When I sometimes get stuck with a difficult stitch, Gwen Thóle, their leader, or one of the other women helps me out. Elsibe says her mother, Suzanne Schreuder, had a significant influence on her life and work, but it was her father, Christo, who was the artistic one. He enjoyed knitting, baking cakes and taking wedding photos, she says. He did batiks and travelled overseas a lot. For their honeymoon, my parents visited Thailand and one of their purchases ‒ a small, typically Thai-style embroidered artwork ‒ still

hangs in my house today. Roddy has also provided her with inspiration. When they met, she was crazy about the ethnic embroidered Mexican fabric that she found among his things. I immediately had to pull it over a hoop and hang it on the wall; it was so gorgeous! Roddy s love for texture has definitely influenced my work. I find it wonderful that he also has an artistic side. During a trip to Zanibar in 2003, the Muslim men in their embroidered cotton clothes in Stonetown made a huge impression on her. These days I find it interesting that so many men have influenced my embroidery work when it is, traditionally, a feminine art form. Embroidery art, for me, has a real fragility ‒ it makes me think of Sleeping Beauty who pricked her finger with the needle.

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Meditate and find

stillness When your mind is in a turmoil, just 10 minutes of meditation daily can help to calm it down. You can toss off emotional baggage, sharpen your focus and in the midst of a chaotic, frantic life start to feel human again. by MARIAN VAN W YK photos ISTOCK BY GE T T Y IMAGES

m too busy and impatient for meditation, was my reaction when Terena le Roux asked me to write an article about the benefits of this way of head clearing. But I became curious... I was amazed when a quick internet search brought up a string of advantages: stress relief, sharper focus, lighter mood, and even better health thanks to lower blood pressure, and lots more. And I was very surprised to read that you don t have to think deep , esoteric


thoughts ‒ you should actually not think at all! And then something happened that made me sit up and take notice. My husband Louis and I bought a painting, which had to remain at the gallery for a while. A few days later I stormed into our flat at high speed after work, as usual, greeted the cat and Louis (in that order; the cat is greedy for attention), grabbed this, dropped that, and glanced back and forth between my cellphone and the television.

About an hour later, Louis said: Um, what do you think of the painting? I couldn t believe my eyes. There right in front of me was the vibrant landscape, almost a metre high by a metre wide, in canola yellow and deep blue! If you also start most of your emails with: Sorry, things are hectic... you probably understand how something like that could happen. This is when it is time to pull up the handbrake. Unfortunately though, most of us

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your life can t simply resign from our jobs. We have to find calm in the chaos through other means. When I started doing the proper research for this article, I saw that meditation is not only for hippies and yoga is not obligatory. It s for busy people ‒ from corporate managers to actors ‒ and provides them with a meaningful way to regain control over their rushed lives. And it s not only psychologists who recommend meditation. Physiotherapist Nicky Akermann says it is used these days for pain relief. As inflammation resolves with healing ... sometimes the activity in the nerve system and brain remains heightened, and the pain which is still felt is in the neural system, explains Nicky, who has completed a meditation course at the School of Practical Philosophy. When flight-or-fight hormones kick in with stress, the brain becomes anxious, which can drive pain. Regular moderate exercise, meditation and mindfulness are good ways to reset the nervous system, she says. Lydia Carstens, therapeutic reflexologist and craniosacral therapist (which involves some light touching), meditates daily herself and lets her patients become still in this way before she starts with their therapy. All of my therapies assist to calm the mind and the central nervous system, and help the body release restrictions caused by physical and emotional trauma. It s imperative that the therapist has a quiet mind, to be able to create a safe space for a patient, says Lydia. She sums up meditation like this: It creates a break in your thought patterns and brings you into stillness. Meditation sets the tone for the day. It enhances creativity, honesty and peacefulness.

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Calm down and relax I first dropped in on a meditation group, the members immediately recognising me as a beginner, and then devoured Johannes de Villiers s book Kalmte in die malle gejaag ‒ Mindfulness vir besige mense (Calm in the Craziness ‒ Mindfulness for Busy People) (Human & Rousseau, 2018). For my first attempt at meditation, a mere 10 minutes, I sat deathly quiet, with my back as straight as a rod, as Johannes advises readers. And then something unusual happened. My emotionally needy cat and I slept the whole of Saturday afternoon! It says a lot about someone who never, ever sleeps during the day and believes afternoon naps are for people older than 70. A conversation with Johannes helped me make sense of the experience. If it wasn t for those 10 minutes of sitting quietly, it would never have happened. Johannes, an ex-journalist, is the co-owner of The Hot Yoga Studio in Stellenbosch and has practised and studied meditation and mindfulness for almost 20 years. He also teaches meditation in Stellenbosch and at The Dharma Centre in Robertson. When you start to pay attention to the noise in your head, you soon realise that your thoughts are more frenetic than you imagined. Sometimes they re lovely, sometimes toxic. But if you calm down, are patient, and laboriously, day by day, examine your head without fighting your thoughts, you can develop the ability to take over the reins of your mind and be a bit kinder to yourself and other people. That is meditation. He looks with fresh, new eyes at the world around him every day.

Meditation teaches you to look past the anxiety, to accept yourself and your world, for a moment, just as you are, he says.

Live in the moment People who meditate often discover that a large part of our daily frantic rush is in our heads, says Johannes. It s not only crazy all around us, there is also a voice in our heads that constantly screams that everything is out of control and disaster is looming. That voice pushes up your blood pressure and make you both anxious and depressed. If you could just turn down that volume, you d find a brighter perspective and could go about life with a bit more courage and calmness. We all need it. To say you are too busy to meditate is like saying you re too fat to go on a diet, or too tired to sleep. It s precisely when we are busy that we need meditation to bring us to our senses a bit. Meditation and mindfulness are a process to tame the wild horses of your thoughts. Sometimes your body is in one place but your mind is in a totally different place. Your body stands in the shower in the morning, but your mind is already at the office, arguing with the boss. Mindfulness is a way to bring you back to the moment that you are experiencing now. How does the magazine s paper feel? What do you hear when you sit and knit? If you become aware of your senses, then you are mindful. And so you learn to be present, to appreciate your circumstances and to not get lost in the noise in your head. The baggage that you carry with you is also just a part of all the noise in your head.

Meditation helps you to climb out of that pattern of behaviour where you judge yourself and fight with others in your thoughts. You experience the current instant with an open mind and fresh eyes. And if you do that, you discover that in every moment, every single one, there is something that can give you hope and remind you that you are actually okay.

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johannes’s Simple meditation techniques 3 Place a lighted candle about a metre in front of you and look at every movement of the flame with your full, undivided attention. If your mind wanders or you start to daydream, press pause on those thoughts and come back to the candle. If your attention wanders 100 times, come back to the flame 100 times. 3 Do the same thing with your breath. Ask yourself: Where do I feel my breath; in my body, throat or nostrils? Notice how some breaths are deep, some shallow, some long, some short. If your mind wanders, stop your thoughts and come back to your breath. Time after time. It doesn t matter if you become bored or frustrated. Simply return to your breath each time.

I don t want to make it sound like an easy solution for anything. To sit quietly for a while every day even though your thoughts are racing is the most difficult thing in the world. Most people who begin struggle to keep it up. So start small. Just three minutes a day is a good beginning. Meditate in your garden or somewhere where you can be calm. Once it becomes a habit, you can perhaps sit for five or 10 minutes, or even 20 minutes. And be gentle with yourself. It s okay if it s not great every day. Press on and you will discover that you can be happy even when you struggle.

To say you are too busy to meditate is like saying you’re too fat to go on a diet, or too tired to sleep.

your life Who can teach me to meditate? Johannes suggests the following: 3Try these apps: Buddhify, Insight Timer, Calm and Headspace. 3 Have a look for a yoga studio in your area; there s a good chance there will be a meditation class. 3 Many psychologists these days teach people a bit about mindfulness. 3Lots of churches hold meditative or contemplative services where congregants learn to practise stillness and to return to the moment. Find out if there is something similar in your town or suburb.

Meditation helps me… Meditation is a survival mechanism for Carol Hayes, who was just 25 when she was diagnosed with a malignant tumour between her uterus and bladder, at the end of 2015. The treatment had terrible side effects, says Carol. By August 2016, four months before her wedding, she was in remission. But by the last quarter of 2017 the cancer was back. After receiving the news I found myself stuck in the negativity of my own thoughts. Before I knew it I was having sleepless nights and was constantly anxious. That is when I found my love for meditation. I needed something to still my thoughts. I meditate every evening for 30‒40 minutes after my husband and I have spent some quality time together. Everything starts to make more sense ‒ you learn to control your thoughts instead of letting them control you. You begin to find more meaning to life and you begin to see more clearly the simple but important things that matter. Meditation definitely changed my life for the better especially in terms of learning how to accept and cope with the treatments, side effects and the cancer itself. I have become a better version of myself. Meditation is the key to finding yourself and experiencing the world the way it should be, minus the noise and negativity.

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Ceramic artist Clementina van der Walt started meditating more than 20 years ago after the tragic death of someone close to her. She has kept up this practice, has done several meditation retreats and now meditates alone, without structure and in a place of her choice. She admits, however, that she is less disciplined these days. I do try to practise mindfulness throughout the day, which sometimes doesn t happen ... I soon realise that I haven t been there , she says. But bringing one s attention back

to the centre, so to speak, becomes a valuable skill. And it is an ongoing practice. Always. Meditation encourages development of mindfulness. This spills over into my practice as a creative person. I also find that being a clay artist provides the opportunity for contemplation and mindfulness.

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For Cape life coach and model Michael Prochnik, meditation is about gaining insight and seeing life, the universe and ourselves as they are, and not as we think they are ‒ and to eradicate negative patterns. Michael visits a state school once a week, where he teaches Grade 7 pupils about mindfulness and meditation. I try to teach them to be aware, objective, positive, and to realise that they have unlimited potential, as long as they change their habit patterns of their minds. It s very rewarding for them and for me ... I think they enjoy the class. The main thing is to plant the seeds and empower them with amazing life skills, he explains.

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Video installation artist Minnette Vári does a set of yoga exercises every day after which she meditates for exactly 11 minutes. Those 11 minutes can feel like an hour, but on other days they just fly by, she says. Meditation reconnects me to my authentic self, it rescues me from superficial ego and resets my connection to self and others. The gift of meditation is that still point where you begin to reclaim the infinite space and moment within every breath. It teaches me gratitude and makes me calm and creative. Minnette admits that routine is not her strong point, but says she immediately feels the difference when she loses her grip on her meditation practice. There s a loss of focus. That profound grounding you get from meditating can t be faked... Meditation is so important to help me stay present .

• Nicky Akermann 021 425 4233 • School of Practical Philosophy: • Johannes de Villiers: • The Dharma Centre: • Clementina van der Walt: • Minnette Vári: • Lydia Carstens 084 906 0217 102 IDEAS July/August 2018


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FEAST YOUR EYES AND FEED YOUR SOUL! Don’t miss out on this printed Winter 2018 edition of ‘Lééf met hart & siel’. On sale from 23 July.

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mmm‌ pancakes Nothing is better than waking up late and enjoying a long, lazy winter morning drinking coee and eating lots and lots of pancakes. And why not extend an invitation to your family and close friends to come on over and enjoy some too? *Bonus points for a PJs-only dress code. by JULIE GALL AGHER

Pancake mix For the party favours, make some extra pancake mix minus the liquids and place a portion inside our printable boxes. Guests will be able to enjoy your home-made pancakes at their own house next time.

Pass the syrup please Customise the syrup, milk and water bottles with our cute printable labels featuring a sweet face.

Rise and shine Setting a place for each guest is made easy with our bold black-and-white signs sharing sentiments like JUST ADD SPRINKLES and BUTTER CREAM DREAMS. An edible runner Who needs fancy centrepieces when you can line the full length of your table with toppings: think cherries, berries, sprinkles and syrups. 104 IDEAS July/August 2018

Pancakes, pancakes or pancakes No need for a menu! String up this printable bunting and your guests will know exactly what to expect. Go to to download all the printable materials we ve used.

Friends on the wall Make this cute tin-plate artwork for your child s room as a nice idea to brighten up a wall. by K AREN ADENDORFF st yling DAL A WAT TS photos ED O RILEY

DIFFICULTY: fairly easy TIME: one day YOU WILL NEED ♥ white tin plate ♥ illustration of your choice ♥ Vinnis Colours Nikkim DK (50g balls): 1 ball each Sunshine and Peach or BlueGrey and Ballet Pink ♥ 3mm crochet hook ♥ embroidery needle ♥ marker ♥ long, thick nail (such as a roof nail) and hammer ♥ strong sugar-and-water solution (50:50) ♥ modge podge and brush CROCHET ABBREVIATIONS beg ‒ begin(ning) ch ‒ chain stitch c/off ‒ cast off dc ‒ double crochet gp ‒ group rep ‒ repeat rnd ‒ round sp ‒ space ss ‒ slip stitch st(s) ‒ stitch(es) tr ‒ treble STITCH EXPLANATION Picot: 3 ch, ss into 1st ch. TO CROCHET 1 Turn over the plate so the base faces upwards. Using the marker, make dots about 1cm apart all around the edge.

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2 Using the hammer and nail, hammer a small hole through each dot. 3 With embroidery needle and first colour of crochet edging (Sunshine or BlueGrey), work blanket stitch into the holes all around. C/off. 4 Crochet one of the following edgings: SUNSHINE AND PEACH EDGING You will need an even number of blanket stitch loops. Rnd 1: Join Sunshine into any blanket stitch loop, 1 ch, 3 dc into same loop and into each loop to end, ss into beg-dc. C/off. Rnd 2: Join Peach into first dc from any 3 dc-gp, 1 ch, 1 dc into same st, 4 ch, miss 2 dc, *1 dc into next dc, 4 ch, miss 2 dc; rep from * to end, ss into beg-dc. Rnd 3: ss up to and into 4 ch-sp, 1 ch, 1 dc into same sp, 4 ch, *1 dc into next 4 ch-sp, 4 ch; rep from * to end, ss into beg-dc. Rnd 4: ss up to and into 4 ch-sp, 1 ch, 1 dc into same sp, (3 tr, picot, 2 tr) into next 4 ch-sp, *1 dc into next 4 ch-sp, (3 tr, picot, 2 tr) into next 4 ch-sp; rep from * to end, ss into beg-dc. C/off. BLUE-GREY AND BALLET PINK EDGING You will need a multiple of three blanket stitch loops. Rnd 1: Join Blue-Grey into any blanket stitch loop, 1 ch, 3 dc into same loop and into each loop to end, ss into beg-dc. C/off. Rnd 2: 3 ch, 1 tr into next 2 dc, miss 1 dc, 1 tr into next 4 dc, miss 1 dc, *1 tr into

next 3 dc, miss 1 dc, 1 tr into next 4 dc, miss 1 dc; rep from * to end, ss into top of beg-3 ch. C/off. Rnd 3: Join Ballet Pink into middle tr of 3 tr-gp, 1 ch, 1 dc into same st, 5 ch, miss 1 tr, 1 dc into next tr, 5 ch, miss 2 tr, 1 dc into next tr, 5 ch, miss 1 tr, *1 dc into next tr, 5 ch, miss 1 tr, 1 dc into next tr, 5 ch, miss 2 tr, 1 dc into next tr, 5 ch, miss 1 tr; rep from * to end, ss into beg-dc. Rnd 4: ss up to and into 5 ch-sp, 1 ch, 1 dc into same sp, 2 ch, 1 dc into next 5 ch-sp, [(1 tr, picot) 4 times, 1 tr] into next 5 ch-sp, *1 dc into next 5 ch-sp, 2 ch, 1 dc into next 5 ch-sp, [(1 tr, picot) 4 times, 1 tr] into next 5 ch-sp; rep from * to end, ss into beg-dc. C/off. 5 Mix the sugar solution and dip the edging into the solution. Place the plate upside down so that the edging can dry completely. 6 Wipe the inside of the plate clean and free from any sugar solution. 7 Measure the inside diameter of the plate and cut out the illustration so it is the same size. 8 Paint a coat of modge podge over the inside circle of the plate and glue the illustration onto the plate. Paint over two to three more coats of modge podge, leaving it to dry thoroughly between each coat.

3For any queries about the pattern, contact Karen Adendorff at acaden@


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Woof woof Transform on old bedside cabinet into snooze heaven for your four-legged friend. by HANNES KOEGELENBERG recipe LOUISA HOLST photos ED O RILEY

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Dog bed DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: 2-3 hours YOU WILL NEED ♥ old bedside cabinet ♥ soft cushion ♥ wallpaper (on the previous page) ♥ chalk paint in the colour of your choice ♥ clear soft wax ♥ modge podge ♥ paint roller, brush and container ♥ remnant of thin balsa wood ♥ rough twine ♥ hammer and nail ♥ sandpaper ♥ glue gun ♥ craft knife, cutting mat and metal ruler




Sand the bedside cabinet lightly and wipe it clean with a dry cloth.

Paint the cabinet with chalk paint in the colour of your choice and leave it to dry completely. Seal it with wax.

Copy the wallpaper in the desired size onto white paper and glue it with modge podge onto the inside of the cabinet. Seal the paper with a few more coats of modge podge.




Stand the cabinet on its side and place the cushion inside.

Type your dog s name in the typeface of your choice on your computer and print it. Cut it in a strip and cut a piece of balsa the same size. Glue the name onto the balsa with modge podge.

Cut a length of twine and glue it at opposite ends onto the back of the name board. Hammer a nail into the top of the bed and hang the board from it.

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Be your dog s greatest hero by spoiling him with delicious biscuits that are stored in a special place near his leash.

&RQWDLQHUILŹHG ZLWKGRJELVFXLWV DOG BISCUITS MAKE: about 50 small biscuits PREPARATION TIME: 45 minutes COOKING TIME: 25‒30 minutes OVEN TEMPERATURE: 150oC YOU WILL NEED ♥ 175g (250ml) whole wheat bread flour ♥ 80g (125ml) mealie meal ♥ 50g (125ml) oats ♥ 70g (125ml) white cake flour ♥ 80g (190ml) powdered milk ♥ 5ml brown sugar ♥ 5ml beef or chicken stock powder ♥ 5ml meat extract (Bovril) ♥ 125ml hot water ♥ 1 large egg, lightly beaten ♥ 85ml sunflower oil CONTAINER DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: two hours YOU WILL NEED ♥ dog biscuits (recipe above) ♥ wooden plank ♥ glass jar ♥ dog picture (on the previous page) ♥ chalk paint in the colour of your choice ♥ modge podge ♥ paint roller, brush and container ♥ metal ring with clasp and screw (available at hardware stores) ♥ metal hook with screw, for a leash ♥ power drill ♥ screwdriver






Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

Dissolve the stock powder and meat extract in the hot water. Stir them into the dry ingredients along with the egg and oil. Stir until the ingredients are well combined and they form a firm dough.

Paint the wooden plank with chalk paint in the colour of your choice and leave it to dry. Copy the dog picture in the desired size onto white paper, cut it out and glue it onto the plank, at the top, with modge podge. Seal the picture with a few more coats of modge podge.




Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface so it is about 5mm thick. Use a dog- or bone-shaped cookie cutter to cut out shapes.

Place them onto a greased baking tray and bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn over. Bake for a further 10‒15 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool for a few minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Screw the metal ring in place in the centre of the plank. Insert the neck of the jar through the ring and screw the clasp securely in place. Screw the metal hook for the leash onto the plank, under the jar.

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DIFFICULTY: fairly easy TIME: one day YOU WILL NEED ♥ Elle Pure Gold DK (100g balls): 1 ball Blossom ♥ 5mm and 3,5mm crochet hooks ♥ embroidery pattern ♥ scraps of yarn or tapestry wool in brown, cream, maroon and light pink ♥ embroidery needle SIZE The coat fits a small dog with a back length of 38cm, chest circumference of 46cm and belly circumference of 33cm. For a longer dog, increase the number of rows for the body before decreasing. The number of stitches can be increased to make the body section wider. To make the jacket a little larger or looser, use a thicker yarn (like Aran) and a bigger crochet hook. CROCHET ABBREVIATIONS beg ‒ begin(ning) ch ‒ chain stitch c/off ‒ cast off dc ‒ double crochet fdc ‒ front double crochet ftr ‒ front treble gp ‒ group htr ‒ half treble lp ‒ loop rep ‒ repeat rnd ‒ round sp ‒ space ss ‒ slip stitch st(s) ‒ stitch(es) tog ‒ together tr ‒ treble STITCH EXPLANATIONS Front double crochet 1 Insert the hook from front to back around the stem of the next stitch and through to the front again. 2 Complete the double crochet. Front treble 1 Yarn over hook and insert the hook from front to back around the stem of the next stitch and through to the front again. 2 Complete the treble. TO CROCHET Start at the lower back and crochet towards the neck:

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Dog model: Phoebe Rall. Using Blossom and 5mm hook, work 58 ch. Row 1: 1 htr into 3rd ch from hook and into each ch to end, turn [= 56 htr]. Row 2: 1 ch, 1 dc into same st and into each htr to end, turn [= 56 dc]. Row 3: 2 ch, 1 htr into next dc and into each dc to end, turn. Row 4-5: As row 2-3. Row 6: As row 2. Row 7: 2 ch, 1 htr into same st and into each dc up to last dc, 2 htr into last dc, turn [= 58 htr]. Row 8-9: As row 2-3 [= 58 sts in each row]. Row 10: As row 2 [= 58 dc]. Row 11: As row 7 [= 60 htr]. Row 12-23: As row 2-3 [= 60 sts in each row]. Rnd 24: 1 ch, 1 dc into same st and into each htr to end, ss into beg-dc. Turn work over inside out and rnds htr with right side to the front. Rnd 25: 2 ch, 1 htr into next dc and into each dc to end, ss into top of beg-2 ch. Rnd 26: As rnd 24. Rnd 27: 2 ch, 1 htr into same st and into each dc up to last dc, 2 htr into last dc, ss into top of beg-2 ch [= 62 htr]. Rnd 28-29: As rnd 24-25.

Rnd 30: As rnd 24. Rnd 31: As rnd 27 [= 64 htr]. Rnd 32-33: As rnd 24-25. Rnd 34: As rnd 24. Rnd 35: As rnd 27 [= 66 htr]. Rnd 36-37: As rnd 24-25. Rnd 38: As rnd 24. Rnd 39: As rnd 27 [= 68 htr]. Rnd 40-41: As rnd 24-25. Rnd 42 (forming leg openings): 1 ch, 1 dc into same st and into next 9 htr, 10 ch, miss 10 htr, 1 dc into next 38 htr, 10 ch, miss 10 htr, ss into beg-dc. Rnd 43: 2 ch, 1 htr into next 9 dc, 1 htr into each of next 10 ch, 1 htr into next 38 dc, 1 htr into each of next 10 ch, ss into top of beg-2 ch. Rnd 44-49: As rnd 24-25 [= 68 sts per rnd]. Rnd 50: 1 ch, 1 dc into same st, *1 dc into next 2 dc, 2 dc tog over next 2 sts; rep from * to end, ss into beg-dc [= 51 dc]. Rnd 51: As rnd 25 [= 51 htr]. Rnd 52: 1 ch, 1 dc into same st, *1 dc into next 3 dc, 2 dc tog over next 2 dc; rep from * to end, ss into beg-dc [= 41 dc]. Rnd 53: As rnd 25 [= 41 htr]. Rnd 54: 1 ch, 1 dc into same st, *1 dc into


Keep your pooch warm with an eye-catching crocheted and embroidered coat.

Coat with love next 8 dc, 2 dc tog over next 2 dc; rep from * to end, ss into beg-dc [= 37 dc]. Rnd 55: 2 ch, 1 ftr around htr of rnd 53, *1 htr into next dc, 1 ftr around htr of rnd 53; rep from * to end, 1 htr into last dc. Rnd 56: 1 ch, 1 dc into same st, 1 fdc around next ftr, *1 dc into next htr, 1 fdc around next ftr; rep from * to end, ss into top of beg-dc. Rnd 57: 2 ch, 1 ftr around ftr of rnd 55, *1 htr into next dc, 1 ftr around ftr of rnd 55; rep from * to end, ending with 1 htr into last dc. Rnd 58: As rnd 56. C/off.

LOWER EDGING Use 3,5mm crochet hook and join in yarn at corner. Work 1 ch, 1 dc into same st, 2 ch, *1 dc into next ch, 2 ch; rep from * to end. C/off. LEG OPENING Join in yarn and, using 5mm hook, work 22 dc all around leg opening. Rnd 1: 3 ch, 1 tr into next dc and into each dc to end, ss into top of beg-3 ch. Rnd 2: 1 ch, 1 dc into same st and into each tr to end, ss into beg-dc. Rnd 3: Change to 3,5mm hook, 1 ch, 1 dc

into same st, 2 ch, *1 dc into next dc, 2 ch; rep from * to end, ss into beg-dc. C/off. Do the same with other leg opening. FINISHING Embroider the flowers in lazy daisy and star stitch and leaves in lazy daisy stitch onto the top back of the coat according to the pattern. Use French knots for the flower centres. Darn in all loose yarn ends at back of work.

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by JOHN LE THERBARROW styling HANNES KOEGELENBERG photo ED O RILEY DIFFICULTY: medium to difficult TIME: four days YOU WILL NEED MATERIALS ♥ technical drawings on the page overleaf ♥ wood (in this case meranti) ‒ 1 000mm x 142mm x 11mm ‒ 1 000mm x 70mm x 11mm ‒ 1 000mm x 24mm x 24mm ‒ 83mm x 70mm x 35mm ♥ 1 x LED spotlight PAR16 50 4,8W (do not use a light that emits heat) ♥ 1 x PAR16 down-light lamp holder (ceramic with plastic backing) ♥ 2 x 15-amp strip connectors ♥ 1 x braided lamp cord (we used black) ♥ 1 x 15-amp 3-prong plug ♥ 1 x rocker switch (part number: MR2120-R5BB) ♥ 2 x 4,8mm red insulated lugs (part number: LS15048) ♥ 1 x 12mm threaded rod (length: 45mm) ♥ 1 x 12mm wing nut ♥ 1 x 12mm washer ♥ 1 x self-tapping screw (3mm x 18mm) ♥ wood glue (Ultra) ♥ quick-set epoxy adhesive ♥ 1 can of regular paint primer (grey) ♥ 1 can of spray paint (we used Gunmetal Grey) ♥ wood filler TOOLS ♥ drill press or hand drill ♥ 6mm drill bit ♥ spade bits (30mm, 26mm and 12mm) ♥ mitre cutter and/or mitre trimmer ♥ slotted and Phillips screwdrivers ♥ sandpaper: 100, 150 and 220 grit ♥ band saw, fret saw or coping saw ♥ 200mm flat rasp ♥ wood clamps ♥ wire crimping pliers CONSTRUCTION OF THE SWIVEL HEAD 1 Create parts 1 and 2, referring to the technical drawings for exact specs. 2 Roughly cut parts 3, 4 and 5 (do not shape the curves yet), then drill the

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30mm, 26mm and 12mm holes using the spade bits. Glue and clamp them together using the wood glue. When the glue has set, clamp parts 1 and 2 to either side. At this stage shape 3, 4 and 5 using 1 and 2 as guides. Begin with the flat rasp and then progress to sandpaper. 3 Cut a 12mm threaded rod to 45mm in length (alternatively, cut the head off a 12mm bolt). Then drill a 6mm hole down the centre to accommodate the wiring. Finally, using quick-set epoxy adhesive fix the rod into the 12mm hole in part 5 as indicated in the lamp wiring and assembly diagram.

MAKING THE BASE 4 Create parts 6 to 16, referring to the technical drawings for exact specs. Glue and clamp parts 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 using the wood glue. Attach parts 11 and 12 using epoxy adhesive (these are guide rails for the swivel head). Space them according to the dimensions specified in the exploded diagram below. Lastly attach parts 13 to 16 using epoxy adhesive.

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DIY FINISHING TOUCHES 5 Fill any imperfections using wood filler, then smooth with sandpaper until you are happy with the finish. Apply a few light coats of primer and sand the surfaces lightly. Finally apply a few coats of Gunmetal Grey spray paint or a colour of your choice. WIRING AND ASSEMBLY 6 Insert the PAR16 down-light lamp holder into the 30mm hole in part 5 (this will fit tightly). The wires must be fed through the 6mm hole in the 12mm threaded rod. Attach the lamp head to parts 11 and 12, add the washer and adjust the angle of the head, then fasten

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the wing nut. 7 Thread the braided lamp cord through the 6mm hole in part 8 and attach the live wire (red) to the centre prong of the rocker switch, then lead a live wire from the bottom prong to the 15-amp strip connector. I used 2 x 4,8mm red insulated lugs to connect the switch; these are fastened with the aid of crimping pliers. Connect the neutral (blue) wire directly to the 15-amp strip connector and connect up the spotlight wires. Fix the strip connector using the 3mm x 18mm selftapping screw. 8 Finally attach a 15-amp 3-prong plug to the other end of the lamp cord and your lamp is ready for use.

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magazine and started reading your letter, the whole first paragraph was my own voice. I couldn t believe it. How could I be reading about myself in a magazine I have never exchanged a single word with? When it came to the yellow sticky notes, the voice became yours. I don t have an office or a PA and sticky notes only poke out of my saved magazines. But yes, I am a list person. I used to feel cheated if I d completed a task not written on a to-do list, so simply wrote it down afterwards and then ticked it off, just as you (I) said. When I had my first baby I developed something I called Interruption Syndrome . I d walk through my house and discover, Oh! Here is something I was busy doing before a little voice had called me away. That is when I designed myself an A3 Busy Person s Week Planner with eight blocks on a page ‒ seven for the days and the eighth for notes ‒ with a spiral binding so the pages could be flicked over. I could write all tasks and appointments on it and leave it on a desk where it could be seen. There was huge satisfaction in drawing a line through each day of goals and tasks. In low moments, I could flick back to previous pages and feel encouraged by seeing that I had actually done quite a lot. Jeanne Visser

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I make greeting cards on a regular basis and was running really low on ideas; that is until I opened the May/June 2018 issue of Ideas! To me it felt like wandering into a stationery shop in awe, looking at this page/shelf and that for inspiration. The paper you use for the magazine itself is super and, as you can see from the photo, made for a couple of interesting Mother s and Father s Day cards. My birthday is also in May and my daughter (6) was inspired by the Best Mom picture to make me a birthday card (peeping into the photo bottom left). I m keen to see what the next issue holds, as I m bound to invest in it. Ilze Brüggemann


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What is a Knight’s Move? It s the move that a knight makes in the game of chess. It forms an L-shape in any direction from its base point. In this diagram, B is a knight s move from A as well as from C . All subsequent letters are a knight s move from the previous letter. Puz zle by ROB BRADFIELD.

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All 26 letters of the alphabet have been placed on the blank squares but only seven of them are revealed. Every letter has been placed a ‘knight’s move’ (see below) from the previous sequential letter. Notice that the letter A is a knight’s move from the letter Z on the grid. Therefore B must be a knight’s move from A. Identify the blank square on which it should be placed. Then deduce where C, and then D, should be placed. D must be placed a knight’s move from the E which is on the grid. The patterned squares are out of bounds. You can also try deducing the positions of the missing letters by working forwards or backwards from the other letters - a process of deduction. Is it possible to have more than one correct sequence? If your solution is different from ours, then YES.