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on the cover 52 Guesthouse guide: tips to keep them coming back 66 Pleat it - details to update your wardrobe 81 Design and make your own jewellery 88 Sew and embroider a cute toy 94 Crochet a boho tunic 97 Make a nifty storage ladder 100 Upcycle your home beautiful

Food & entertaining 34 48

Brilliant breakfasts: start the day in a delicious way Spoil Mom on Mother s Day with a mini naked cake


Craft & décor 22



06 From the editor 07 Quote 10 Things to do, remember and read this month 18 What s new around town and in the shops 120 Subscribe and save

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Your life 52 62

We take a look at what you can do to make your guesthouse special and to earn stars Beauty: pamper your skin and your national pride with local cosmeceuticals and doctor s ranges

104 Makers of the month: we meet two readers who are following their creative passions

114 We answer your questions 118 Your letters 122 Play our game

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Reader s house: an unfinished pub in Rosendal has been transformed into a heavenly white space It s in the detail: sew pleats and tucks and make your wardrobe special with these small finishes Turn a teapot into a quirky pincushion Quick and easy ways to repurpose jelly moulds Sew and embroider a cute velvet bear and crochet a mushroom pincushion

92 Wrap up warmly with this easy crochet scarf 94 Crochet a comfy boho tunic 100 Upcycling: clever ways with everyday items

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Roll and bake pretty rose-shaped biscuits Bake and decorate dainty mini naked cakes Sew a handbag with tucks Use polymer clay beads to make your own jewellery Turn broken ceramics into eclectic pendants Learn to make a foxtail chain bracelet DIY project: craft a nifty storage ladder

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As frustrating as it is not to see your magazine on the shelves when you know it s time for it to be there, it s just as unbelievably wonderful to not see it there because it s sold out! Especially now with our swan edition, as this was our baby s first, careful step into the grown-up world. The immensity of this undertaking struck me properly for the first time on 6 March, our first day on shelf, and it was almost five o clock that afternoon before I could find the courage to take a look at the magazine racks in my neighbourhood. And there we were, in lovely high stacks and pink as pink can be. Each day I struck out in a different direction and it just kept getting better, because our small print order was distributed far and wide. As time went by, I saw how 20 magazines shrank to eight, then three and then our space on the shelf was empty. My son, Anton, sent photos from Swakopmund of nine copies. According to my list, we had started with 55. Ten days later he let me know they were all gone. The family sent pictures from Gauteng and Potchefstroom, my friend from Hermanus and colleagues from wherever they travelled. The photos all showed shrinking piles, which made the team s hearts swell with pride. Our readers are with us. But there wasn t too much time for watching the racks. Because there were collars and sleeves to sew (page 66), guesthouses to visit for our accommodation guide (page 52), crochet projects to find and talented people to meet. To try to keep a little bit of balance in my life, I decided that along with the new business I would learn a new language, and so every Thursday evening I m forced to switch off my computer and go to my Italian lesson. This is where I met Federica Marchesini ‒ one of our makers of the month (page 104) and my language teacher. Yet another example of creativity breaking out of the box. Sometimes it s about beautifying things, sometimes writing and sometimes tinkering. Or like our new contributor Almie Louis who sees something different in anything ‒ from a glass container to a backscratcher (page 100). So less talk and more action ‒ I m not going to say anything else. There s plenty to crochet, sew, embroider, hammer, cut, glue, cook and bake in this edition. And this is the language we talk and understand the best.

Contributors and content partners for this issue

Team challenge

Sewing team (from left) Elizabeth Fester, Anneke du Toit and Kevin Swarts have been responsible for fabulous projects in Ideas for years, and this issue is no exception. They produced the lovely ‘It’s in the detail’ article on page 66.

You’ve got mail Eddie Swinnen, clever husband of contributor Gretha Swinnen and all-round nice guy, took it on himself to get this team online and communicating. When the first peep went out that we might be continuing, the couple got in touch to offer his help in setting us up with an email domain and transferring our digital properties. AND they served us wine while doing so. Thank guys! Have a happy new life in Australia. We’ll miss you.

Let’s sew

Detail delight

After announcing last month that Bernina is now our official sewing sponsor and general partner in creativity, they took it a notch up. Next thing we saw, we had our very own Bernina 350PE sewing machine worth R27 85O and Bernina 800DL overlocker worth R12 100. So don’t be too surprised if you see some seriously inspired sewing projects coming your way. Thank you so much Bernina!

And speaking about detail, stylist Carin Smith has that wonderful combination of skills that means that if you ask her to style a shoot, she really gets her creative engine firing on all cylinders. For this issue, Carin spent hours folding paper pleats to style the sewing article. She also did her own upcycling project on page 76.

She can DIY!

When Germarie Bruwer, award winning blogger and super-handy interior decorator, agreed to work with us, we were thrilled. The quirky bathroom ladder she did for our first edition and the handy storage unit she made for this one both show why her blog, Homeology, has been dominating the online DIY and home décor space since it was founded in 2014.

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Thank you This group of people has helped us put together this edition with their pledges to our Thundafund campaign. The campaign brought in a whopping R85 780. Thank you very much to all our contributors. Adele Joynt

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Julie Gallagher

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EDITOR Terena le Roux Email STUDIO AND STITCHCRAFT Dala Watts MARKETING & FINANCES Marweya Smal INQUIRIES COPY EDITING Diana Procter and Marié Smidt STYLING Carin Smith and Hannes Koegelenberg CREATIVE PAGES Hannes Koegelenberg PHOTOS Ed O Riley CONTRIBUTORS FOOD Louisa Holst CRAFT & DIY Lizel Cloete, Germarie Bruwer, Carin Smith & Almie Louis SEWING AND CROCHET Kevin Swarts, Elizabeth Fester, Anneke du Toit, Brenda Grobler, Beatrix Snyman DIGITAL Lizette Stulting PUBLISHER & SALES Terena le Roux

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creative calendar

MAY 1 May Workers’ Day 6-14 May

The European Film Festival takes place at Cinema Nouveau in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. For more information, go to

FREE STATE 27 April - 7 May

Enjoy entertainment, culture, craft and agricultural activities at the Bloem Show. For more information, go to

6 May

The Hartelus Market takes place next to the bridge over the Vaal River in Parys. For information, go to



The Wine Art Food Festival takes place at Freedom Park in Pretoria. Buy tickets at

6-7 May

6 May

Celebrate the olive harvest at the Riebeeck Valley Olive Festival. For more information and to buy tickets, go to

12-13 May

Stasiefees in Wellington. On 12 May at 7pm, enjoy soup, wine and a book launch at the Bovlei tasting room. On 13 May at 9.30am, there’s a champagne breakfast at Wellington Wines. Book tickets (R120 for the soup evening; R90 for breakfast) by emailing or on

14 May Mother’s Day 11-14 May and 1-4 June

Shop for craft items at the Made in the Cape Market in Cavendish Square, Claremont. Find more information on the ‘Made in the Cape artisan market’ page on Facebook.

19-21 May

The classical music festival Classics For All takes place in Greyton and Genadendal. For more information, go to Tickets can be bought at Computicket.

The Soweto Cake Festival Expo takes place at Uncle Toms Hall in Orlando West. Find more information on Facebook.

12-14 May

Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View, is a décor expo at the Sandton Convention Centre. Go to

13 May

The Tequila & Mexican Food Festival takes place at the Royal Elephant Hotel in Centurion. Find out more on Facebook.

13-14 May

Enjoy art, food and wine at the Winter Sculpture Fair at Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park. Go to

16-17 May

The Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival takes place at Summer Place. For more information, go to

26-27 May

The Bridal Fair SA at Montecasino showcases more than 200 wedding suppliers. Look for SABridalFaire on Facebook.

19-21 May

27-28 May

24-28 May


Don’t miss the Franschhoek Literary Festival, a celebration of books and writers. For more information, go to Tickets can be bought through

Be inspired by the showcase of handcrafted creativity at KAMERS/Makers at the Castle of Good Hope. For more information, go to

26-27 May

Attend craft workshops at the Love 2 Create Craft Convention at the AGS Church, Bellville. For more information, go to

The Mzansi International Culinary Festival is on at Tintswalo At Waterfall in Kyalami. For more information, search for Mzansi International Culinary Festival on Facebook.

13 May

The Hashtag Market takes place in Umhlanga. For more information, go to

26 May - 4 June

The Royal Show takes place in Pietermaritzburg. For more information, go to

Things to do



The Wacky Wine Weekend takes place in the Robertson Valley. For more information, go to

2-4 June

The Good Food & Wine Show takes place at the CTICC. For more information, go to

9-18 June

Enjoy art exhibitions, music, workshops, dinners, movies and more at The Hermanus Fyn Arts Festival. For more information, go to

15, 16, 30 June and 1 July

Hunt for shrooms at the annual Mushroom Forage at Delheim Estate. Tickets are available on Computicket. For more information, go to compiled by L ARA FOREMAN

3 June

The IHeart market takes place at Moses Mabhiba Stadium. For more information, go to


Taste and buy wine at the Cabernet Franc Carnival at the Wanderers Club. Find more information on Facebook.

4 June

Relax and enjoy the outdoor concert at Park Acoustics at Fort Schanskop, Pretoria. Go to for details.

10 June

The Capital Craft Beer Fest takes place in the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens. For more information, go to capitalcraft. or email

15-18 June

South Africa s Children Book Fair takes place at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg. Tickets are available on For details, go to

16 June Youth Day 17 June

The FĂŞte de La Musique, a celebration of music and dance, takes place at Newtown Junction in Johannesburg. For the full programme, go to

18 June Father’s Day 21 June Solstice 25 June

Enjoy craft beer at the Solstice Festival at the Ale House in Broederstroom. For details, go to

16-18 June

The Calitzdorp Winter Festival takes place in the Klein Karoo. For details, go to


Craft beer lovers gather at East Coast Brewers Beer & Bush 17 in Cumberland Nature Reserve. Find out more on Facebook.

26 June July/August Ideas on sale 28 June - 6 July

The Crafters Fair takes place at the NG Moreleta Gemeente in Pretoria. For more information, go to

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IN SEASON IN MAY AND JUNE Vegetables: artichokes, asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chives, courgettes, cucumber, gem squash, green beans, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, leeks, lettuce, marrows, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, spinach, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips. Fruit: apples, avocados, bananas, Cape gooseberry, grapefruit, guavas, lemons, limes, naartjies, oranges, papaya, pears, pineapples. IN FLOWER: alstroemeria, arum lilies, Asiatic lilies, asters calendula, carnations, chrysanthemums, daffodils, delphiniums, gerbera, golden rod, hypericum, iris, Irish bells, konfetti, larkspur, nerine, orchids, oriental lilies, roses, some proteas and fynbos, snapdragons, St Joseph lilies, statice, strelitzia, stocks, sunflowers, sweet peas, tuberose, tulips, veronica. parsley sage


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garlic chives

thyme rosemary fennel rocket



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books to read in May/June compiled by Diana Proc ter diana@ideasfac tor za

You Lost Me by Marita van der Vyver (Penguin Books, R250)

Willem Prins wanders through Paris, disillusioned and glum. Once, he had shown great promise as a South African writer of distinction, but years of disappointment have left their mark. Drowning himself in the Seine may well be the only option left to drive up his book sales. His reason for being in Paris – the translation of an erotic novel he wrote under a pseudonym – is not exactly something to be proud of. Willem finds an unlikely companion in Jackie, a young South African working as an au pair in the city.

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya

Hussain (Harlequin, R245)

She’s more than just a dab hand with a piping bag: this is a debut novel by the winner of the Great British Bake Off 2015. The four Amir sisters – Fatima, Farah, Bubblee and Mae – are the only young Muslims in the English village of Wyvernage. On the outside, despite not quite fitting in with their neighbours, the Amirs are happy. But on the inside, each sister is secretly struggling. When family tragedy strikes, it forces them to learn more about life, love, faith and each other than they ever thought possible.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (Viking, R205) Lucy is recovering slowly in a New York hospital from what should have been a simple operation when she wakes to find her estranged mother sitting by her bed. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Illinois seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is Lucy’s voice: keenly observant, deeply human, and unforgettable.

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim (Penguin, R188)

The world moves fast, but that doesn’t mean we have to. In this guide to mindfulness, Sunim offers advice on everything from handling setbacks to dealing with rest and relationships. His simple messages speak directly to the anxieties that have become part of modern life and remind us of the strength and joy that come from slowing down. He is a Zen meditation teacher whose teachings transcend religion. He reminds us that when you slow down, the world slows down with you.


Fiction & lifestyle

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Happy by Fearne Cotton

200 Crochet Designs

(Orion Spring, R320)

by Hannah Elgie and Kath Webber (Sellers Publishing, R150)

The South African Milk Tart Collection

For many of us, life can feel like it's moving too fast, with pressure bearing down on us from all sides. Drawing on her own experiences and including expert advice, Fearne offers practical ways of finding joy every day. Happiness isn't a mountain to climb, it's just one foot in front of the other, and here you'll find little steps that will help make the differences that count. Workbook elements help you start and end the day well, get in touch with your creative side, and find peace through written exercises, simple practical ideas and visualisations.

In no time at all, new crocheters will be able to apply the basic stitches to create squares that can be used to make accessories or decorations for the home. More experienced crocheters can get creative with the many patterns and configurations, including playful colour work and pretty shaped motifs. The finished squares can be sewn or crocheted together to create blankets, afghans and scarves, placemats and more. The chapter on shapes features stars, flowers and butterflies that can be used to embellish just about anything.

by Mari-Louis Guy and Callie Maritz (H&R, R280)

Milk tart is a nostalgic taste for many South Africans and is an enduring symbol of our baking tradition. There is a milk tart to suit every taste and occasion ‒ whether it s one with a home-made puffpastry collar, crumblier shortcrust pastry, cereal crumbs or no crust at all. It can be flavoured with cinnamon, naartjie peel, peach leaves, nutmeg or vanilla pods, and even a little rum or brandy kick! You can enjoy it as a tart (baked or unbaked), dessert, smoothie, shooter, milkshake or a filling for other treats such as doughnuts and pancakes.

Editor’s choice Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes (Simon & Schuster, R200)

Delicious Low Carb by Sally-Ann Creed (H&R, R295) Research shows that for the first time in history there are more obese people than starving people. This book contains healthy, affordable, practical recipes for low-carb living. SallyAnn explains what such a lifestyle entails and how to minimise grains, carbohydrates and sugar. She also discusses issues like fibre and why women battle with food high in fat. It is evident from the recipes for breakfast, lunchbox ideas, finger foods, soup, baking and even pizzas, snacks, cake and cookies that it is possible to make a homemade low-carb meal for your family every night.

In this poignant, hilarious and deeply intimate call to arms, the talented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder reveals how saying yes changed her life ‒ and how it can change yours too. With three hit shows on television and three children at home, she had lots of good reasons to say no when invitations arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No. And to an introvert like Shonda, who describes herself as 'hugging the walls' at social events and experiencing panic attacks before press interviews, there was a particular benefit to saying no: nothing new to fear. Then came Thanksgiving 2013, when Shonda's sister Delorse muttered six little words at her: You never say yes to anything.

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blogs of the month

Susan Loomis combines her journalism training with a love for food and the people who produce it. Extensive travel has given her knowledge of and an appreciation for the rich traditions around food ̶ how it is grown, harvested and prepared. She believes learning about cooking and food should involve much more than recipes and techniques. I delight in meeting and introducing the personalities and customs behind the great cuisines of the world.

Theoda Solms Iles is passionate about interiors, colours, flowers and dogs. In her day job she styles pretty décor shoots for glossy magazines. Originally from South Africa, she now lives in Kent with her husband, little daughter and pet dog. I find colours to be uplifting and they inspire happiness in me. Her aim is to bring to her readers the interior trends she finds to be inspiring and on Fridays there s a flower idea that s easy to recreate in your own home.

Ebony Bizys is an AustralianLithuanian artist, crafter, designer, photographer and blogger based in Tokyo. She posts on Japanese packaging, her daily trips to the supermarket, exhibitions, bike rides, Tokyo suburb reviews and snippets about the craft projects or creative workshops that she hosts. The local design scene in Tokyo is incredible . . . there is no shortage of events, happenings, openings and exhibitions to inspire you.

This blog covers DIY, travel, décor, recipes for sweet treats and themes for entertaining. And lots of macarons. Ashley Rose is a lifestyle blogger who has turned her site into a full-time career. She started it as a way to share budget friendly projects and recipes. Now the focus is firmly on DIY and décor, and those macarons. . . Whether you re looking for inspiration for a modern bridal brunch, a printable photo wall calendar or how to make pompom slippers, you ll find it here..

Lia Griffith is a designer, maker and handcrafted lifestyle expert who began blogging to share her paper flower designs. Now, along with her team, Lia inspires others to reconnect with their creativity through daily DIY projects, tutorials and videos. Categories include paper, felt, sewing, living and kids. I believe that creativity lives in everyone! They post up to 10 projects a week, and their social media engagement focuses on nurturing their loyal community of makers and crafters.

Food blogger Nevada Berg s love affair with Norway started the moment she arrived in the country. This space is about learning from traditional methods, understanding the where and how and why, and creating from that. I am inspired by stories and traditions passed down from generation to generation. Her blog is about discovering what s in our backyards and translating that across the table; to inspire and live mindfully, and to appreciate not only food, but each other.

What’s NEw Here is this month’s line-up of what’s new on the block and on the shelf.

Inspirational lights

Ashlee Lloyd is a young industrial designer from Cape Town with a love for textiles and lighting. Her work is inspired by the rich culture of craft in southern Africa as well as the complex forms found in nature. Her aim is to create functional pieces. Visit her website

I’m blushing

for more information on these gorgeous lights at or email her at

Chanel Coco Code Blush Harmony (R720) is part of Chanel’s gorgeous spring make-up collection. ‘Code’ refers to the so-called codes that Coco Chanel used as the basis for her designs. There are eyeshadows, blushers, lipsticks, creamy lip pencils and nail polishes in this new range, which is now on shelf.

Dearest Milly

A big love for washi tape and vintage flowers was the inspiration behind this new stationery range from Miss Milly. Here you can buy anything from a month planner or weekly planner to journals or little notebooks to spoil yourself with or as lovely gifts. Visit or send an email to missmillysa@ for your order.


Décor inspired by nature

RELAXED evening out

Visit the vibrant, eclectic Stanley Beer Yard in Milpark, Johannesburg and experience a relaxed ambience with great food and drinks. They offer a large variety of craft and local beers, boutique wines and artisanal drinks. The menu includes beer-basted prego rolls and scrumptious sharing boards of meats, cheeses and Mediterranean vegetables. Enjoy vinyl music on Thursday and Friday evenings and live bands on Saturdays. Contact 011 482-5791 or for bookings.


Bokke&Blomme recently opened a new shop in Kalk Bay, in Main Road. If you are looking for a gift, or just want to spoil yourself, make sure to pop in. You ll find décor accessories, cut-out words, wooden patchwork designs, and more. To contact them or to find out more, go to

These botanical, bird and butterfly scatter cushions will bring nature into your home. Visit your nearest Volpes store or go to


with a view

Pearls of youth

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Serum Pearls (R229,99) are the newest product from the German Beiersdorf stable. It s aimed at supplementing Q10, the skin s natural weapon against wrinkles. As we become older, the levels of Q10 in the skin drop. The pearl technology in this new serum helps the highest possible concentration of Q10 in the existing Nivea Q10 Plus range penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. According to Nivea s research, within two weeks, this serum can replenish the Q10 that disappears over 10 years.

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What’s NEw Keep it classic

You can t go wrong with Biggie Best if you are looking for something special for your home, from beautiful table linen, curtains and cushions to lampshades - and their new range of mirrors is worth taking a look at. Visit your nearest Biggie Best shop or go to

Gleaming greys for winter Silver, grey and smoky shades with a soft pearl glimmer are this winter s top looks for eyes. Try Clarins Cream-to-Powder Iridescent Eyeshadow Long-Lasting (R320) in 10 Silver Grey, which is easy to apply with the finger and dries to a soft powder texture. Cream eyeshadow is especially flattering for older eyes. If you prefer powder eyeshadow, there is a four-colour palette (R535) available in smoky greys in this new collection.

Garden over your shoulder

These beautiful shoppers by our own Carin Smith are unique pieces of art. They are made from a collection of her own botanical photos and

inky floral drawings that are printed onto primed artist s canvas. The bags come with embossed adjustable leather handles, a hidden pocket and, if you peek inside, a secret floral quote for you. The bags come in two sizes, medium R550 and large R750. Order yours from Also chat to Carin about her beautiful printed fabrics and porcelain tags. 20 IDEAS May/June 2017

Doctor your skin Kiehl s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream (R895) helps your skin heal itself and repair damage. This is thanks to two powerful natural ingredients: New Zealand s manuka honey and Korean red ginseng root, which are used in traditional medicine and deliver scientifically proven results. Use the cream as an add-on to your skincare routine for skin that will be visibly brighter and look and feel more elastic after eight weeks.

Top class Chardonnays


It’s International Chardonnay Day on 25 May, the ideal day to enjoy one of these delicious wines. Sutherland Chardonnay 2015 (R125) has flavours of citrus fruit, creamy oak and a touch of savouriness with a lovely fresh finish. Serve with mild risottos, chicken salads and seafood dishes. Thelema Chardonnay 2014 (R145) has aromas of ripe peach, grapefruit marmalade and blossoms with complex yeasty flavours that complement the toasty oak in the wine. The palate is clean with a lovely texture and long finish. It will develop well for 3-5 years. Serve with full-flavoured dishes such as tuna, chicken and pork.

Mother’s Day gifts

Spoil Mom with a gift from Typo chosen from their wide selection of goodies, from bath bombs and candles to diffusers and eye masks, ideal for her to sit back and relax. Visit Typo shops countrywide or look online at


How lucky can a house be, to be transformed from an unfinished pub into a heavenly white space. And then also to offer as many creative ideas as this Rosendal oasis.

White hot by TERENA LE ROUX photos Elske Kritzinger

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In the kitchen, which forms part of the open-plan living area, everything is loose. Even the oven is freestanding in the workbench although the hob is fitted into the work surface. An old kitchen cupboard provides extra work space for the cook.



t’s not often we feel as much a part of a house’s metamorphosis as we do with this Eastern Free State home belonging to JanHarm Vorster and Pieter Vosloo. Because this time we received photos of its brown sandstone phase, the house full of painters, the veranda in progress, JanHarm painting, Pieter moving things around. . . and in spite of all this information, the house still took our breath away when it was finally declared camera ready! How do you manage to make 70 square metres look like this? Easily, apparently – if you know how. After the two men fell in love with the town 10 years ago, they bought the house ‘blind’. JanHarm’s visit to his auditor led to a discussion about Rosendal, which reminded her that her brother owned

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a house there that he wanted to sell. Jan phoned the bank and the rest, as they say, is history. When they eventually went to look at what they had bought, they found a more-or-less empty shell with a long bar counter. The house had apparently been swapped for cattle and was to be turned into a pub, but nothing had been done to fix the collapsing ceilings or replace the geyser that lay in the long grass in the garden. The demolition and rebuilding began that April. All the crooked and dilapidated counters were removed and the ceilings torn down – they wanted to start with a clean canvas. Where the sandstone ended at the level of the low ceilings, they extended the walls up to the roof with bricks, insulated the roof against the Free State heat and covered the inside

The fireplace, which was once a black eyesore in the lounge, has been transformed with chalk into a focal point in the room. The vintage and second-hand furniture stands out beautifully against the white background. The corrugated iron roof with its advertising board inserts is their handiwork, crafted to replace the old, low ceilings.

décor with corrugated iron and signboards. ‘From the inside it looks like a tin roof that will turn the house into an oven, but it’s what you don’t see that keeps the interior wonderfully cool,’ says Pieter. And the vaulted ceiling above the open-plan living area makes the space look twice its size. The only permanent structures in the house are in the bathroom and the slab in the kitchen and lounge. The rest they wanted loose, to be able to move and change at will. The wooden shutters that they’ve placed in front of the windows make the house inky dark at night, and they look lovely during the day while also acting as protection. JanHarm searched the surrounding veld and compost heaps for attractive plants that occur naturally in the area. ‘If you don’t spend a lot of time at a house, the garden needs to look after itself. What we now have is a garden that looks lush in the rainy months, but is stark and bare in winter – just like the veld around us.’ By December they had moved in and the family could spend Christmas with them – at that stage with the sandstone still its original golden colour and no veranda, but with a large outside room that they had built so there was enough accommodation for the team of workers who came all the way from Cullinan to help them with this project. The fabulous veranda was added on over time. In April last year (they obviously enjoy early autumn challenges) the house underwent its newest metamorphosis. The furniture and lights were returned to Cullinan where Pieter has his Rust in White shop and while they took up their places on the showroom floor the massive task of sealing the sandstone

began, ahead of the application of an undercoat and two coats of paint. As seasoned house renovators and loyal paint clients, they received a donation from Paintcor to tackle the project. ‘We knew white would bring out the magic of the house and this specific paint, Elegance Glow, makes it look as if the walls are finished with cake icing,’ says Pieter. ‘It’s not just about the colour – the texture is also important.’ They also painted the cement floors and once everything was white they spent every holiday browsing markets and second-hand shops countrywide looking for furnishings that would be perfect for their house. Among the few items they wanted to keep were embroidered linens that Pieter ‘s mom and a former housekeeper’s mother, as well as colleague Ninette Pitel, had made over the years, specifically for the ‘Rose Boys’. They found the lounge chairs with the ticking at a pawn shop at the seaside, but the dining room chairs needed a little more work. ‘They were rotten, but the embroidery was magic,’ says Pieter. ‘We took them to “cripple care” to be strengthened with metal and had the ticking on the back redone.’ The chandelier was carefully selected and in the kitchen an old shelf was mounted on iron feet and placed parallel to the stove section for extra work space. The plates were among the most expensive things at the market, but when they both almost started shaking with excitement over them, they knew – the plates were going to the Free State. There’s something different hanging at each window – a lovely cloth, a patchwork curtain that Pieter’s mother made as a birthday gift. At the fireplace,

The main bedroom boasts the curtain Pieter’s mother made for him as a birthday present, and over the bed is the unbelievably gorgeous fabric they found at the antique market at the Voortrekker Monument. ‘I could only see a little bit sticking out of the bag,’ says Pieter, ‘but I knew immediately there was something special in there.’

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Bathroom The wooden shutters on all the windows not only keep out prying eyes and burglars, they also look lovely and keep the house cool and properly dark at night. Even the copper pipes, originally left as is for a rustic feel, have been painted in this latest makeover. BELOW, LEFT JanHarm and Pieter, the Cullinan duo who know just how to turn a house into a beautiful home,

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décor which couldn’t be painted, the severe black is broken with chalk illustrations, and on the veranda there’s a bed that brings new meaning to enjoying leisurely hours away from work. ‘Everything is light and airy – just as we wanted the house to feel when we walked in. There must be nothing unnecessary to worry about. We have no more than four of anything – we don’t need them and don’t want clutter here.’ But they definitely want it to be beautiful. The weekend before our photo shoot, the alerts on my phone never stopped. JanHarm quickly painted the veranda floor one more time and Pieter sent photos of that and the bunches and bunches of roses they had bought and brought with them. And as so often happens with the homes we feature, we want to move into this unpretentious but oh so pretty house with its gorgeous veld garden. The second room in the house with its charming single bed is used as a dressing room. The pinkpainted chair completes the picture, especially next to the lovely striped ticking mattress.


On this veranda you can socialise for hours. It’s close to the kitchen, and there’s nothing more appealing than relaxing on the porch swing or bed. LEFT: The built-in seating on the veranda is first decorated with another one of their many beautiful cloths before the cushions go on. Detail is the big secret of these men.

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dĂŠcor The outside room boasts hand-embroidered linen that was a gift received at their ďŹ rst Christmas in their cottage.

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food & entertaining

Whether you’re running a guesthouse or just looking for breakfast inspiration, these recipes will get the day started

in a delicious way.

Brilliant Brilliant breakfasts breakfasts recipes Louisa Holst st yling Dal a Wat ts photos Ed O’Riley

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Swiss-style muesli with apple and berries

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French toast

with bacon, banana and thyme-infused honey

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French toast with bacon, banana & thyme-infused honey Swiss-style muesli with apple & berries This is a convenient dish to make ahead because it needs to stay in the fridge overnight. Simply dish up and garnish in the morning before serving. Serve in small jars as an interesting alternative to bowls.

Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus refrigeration time ♥ 100g rolled oats ♥ 340ml apple juice ♥ 50ml dried apricots ♥ 50ml goji berries ♥ 2 apples, cored and grated ♥ 3ml ground cinnamon ♥ 30ml cream ♥ honey, to serve ♥ handful of toasted almonds, to serve ♥ 1 punnet fresh berries of your choice, sliced, or left whole if small ♥ cinnamon sugar, to serve 1 Mix the oats and ¾ of the apple juice together in a bowl. Pour the remaining juice over the dried fruit in a separate bowl. Cover both bowls and set aside in the fridge to soak overnight. 2 Add the grated apple, cinnamon and cream to the oats mixture. 3 Spoon a layer of oats mixture into bowls or small jars. Top with a drizzle of honey and the dried fruit. Cover with the remaining oats mixture. Top with berries and nuts. Drizzle with more honey and sprinkle with a little cinnamon sugar.

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Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes ♥ 200g rashers of streaky bacon ♥ 4 large eggs ♥ 125ml cream or milk ♥ 5ml vanilla extract ♥ 10ml castor sugar ♥ 1 small French loaf, cut into thick slices ♥ butter and sunflower oil, for frying ♥ fresh thyme, to garnish FRIED BANANAS ♥ 30ml butter ♥ 15ml brown sugar ♥ 3 ripe but firm bananas, sliced THYME HONEY ♥ 150ml honey ♥ 2 sprigs of fresh thyme ♥ 5ml grated orange zest ♥ 6 black peppercorns 1 Thyme honey Heat the honey in a saucepan. Add the thyme, orange zest and peppercorns. Remove from the heat and set aside for the flavours to infuse. 2 Put the bacon on a wire rack and place it over a baking tray. Cook under a hot grill until crisp. Remove from the oven and set aside. 3 Whisk the eggs, cream or milk, vanilla extract and castor sugar together. Dip the slices of bread into the mixture and allow them to soak. 4 Heat a thin layer of butter and oil in large non-stick frying pan. Fry the pieces of bread over a medium heat until golden on each side. Remove from the pan and drain on absorbent paper. 5 While they are cooking, heat the 30ml butter in another frying pan. Add the brown sugar. Once melted, add the sliced bananas. Cook for a few minutes on each side until golden. 5 Serve the French toast topped with banana and bacon. Drizzle with honey just before serving. Garnish with extra thyme sprigs.

Mushroom & Camembert omelette Serves: 2 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 25-30 minutes ♥ butter, for frying ♥ ½ red onion, sliced ♥ 6 portobellini mushrooms, sliced ♥ 4 large eggs ♥ 30ml cream or milk ♥ 6 slices Camembert ♥ 4 slices shaved smoked ham (omit for a vegetarian option) ♥ roasted baby vine tomatoes, to serve ♥ micro herbs, to garnish ♥ toast, to serve (optional) 1 Heat a little butter in a frying pan. Cook the onion slices over a low heat for about 10 minutes until they are very soft. Remove from the pan and set aside. 2 Heat a little more butter and fry the mushroom slices until just cooked. Remove from the pan and set aside. (You can do these two steps ahead of time and refrigerate the onion and mushrooms until needed.) 3 Just before serving, heat a little butter in a small non-stick pan. Whisk together the eggs, cream or milk and salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. 4 Once the butter is hot, pour in the egg mixture. When it begins to set, add the onion, mushrooms, cheese and ham (if using). Cook over a medium to low heat until the egg has set. You can cover the pan with a lid for quicker cooking. 5 Slide the omelette out of the pan and serve with roasted vine tomatoes on the side. Garnish with micro herbs. Serve with toast on the side, if you prefer.

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Toast with

avocado, fried egg & chorizo

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Middle Eastern-style baked eggs Serves: 4 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Oven temperature: 200oC ♥ olive oil, for frying ♥ 1 small brinjal, cut into wedges ♥ 1 large onion, chopped ♥ 2 cloves garlic, crushed ♥ 1 can cherry tomatoes ♥ 5ml smoked paprika ♥ 3ml ground cumin ♥ 1ml cayenne pepper ♥ 50ml coriander, chopped, plus extra to garnish ♥ 4 large eggs ♥ 100ml feta cheese ♥ pomegranate seeds, to serve ♥ crusty bread, to serve 1 Heat a layer of olive oil in a frying pan and fry the brinjal pieces until golden and cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside. 2 In a saucepan, heat 15ml olive oil and sauté the onion over a low heat until soft. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute. Add the tomatoes, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, 1ml salt and a pinch of sugar. Simmer for 10 minutes, then remove from the heat and add the chopped coriander. (You can prepare the recipe up to this point the day before. Warm it up and complete the dish just before serving.) 3 Spoon the mixture into an ovenproof pan or casserole. Add the brinjals. Crack the eggs carefully into the mixture. Sprinkle the feta over the top. Cook on the stove top for a few minutes until the egg is almost set. You can cover the pan with a lid for faster cooking. 4 Transfer to the oven and cook under a hot grill to finish it off and allow the egg to set on top. (Don’t overcook the egg, the yolk should remain runny.) 5 Garnish with pomegranate seeds and extra coriander. Serve with slices of crusty bread for soaking up the tasty sauce.

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Folded sesame & coconut crumpets with fruit compote Toast with avocado, fried egg & chorizo Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus marinating time Cooking time: 20 minutes ♥ 200g baby tomatoes, sliced ♥ 2ml chipotle spice ♥ 50ml chopped fresh coriander ♥ 1 small clove garlic, crushed ♥ 1 chilli, chopped (optional) ♥ olive oil ♥ ½ chorizo sausage, sliced ♥ 1 onion, sliced ♥ 125ml canned black beans, drained ♥ 1 large avocado ♥ lemon juice, to taste ♥ 4 large eggs ♥ 4 slices bread of your choice ♥ micro herbs or extra coriander, to garnish 1 Mix the tomatoes, chipotle spice, coriander, garlic and chilli (if using) together. Add 30ml olive oil and toss to coat. Set aside to marinate for half an hour or until ready to serve. 2 Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan and sauté the chorizo until browned. Remove from the pan. Add the onion and sauté for a few minutes until soft. Add the beans along with 30-50ml water. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes, then switch off the heat and leave covered until you are ready to serve. (The recipe can be prepared up to this point ahead of time and then finished off just before serving.) 3 Mash the avocado and add a squeeze of lemon juice and salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. 4 Heat some more oil in a clean pan and fry the eggs. 5 Toast the bread. Spread the avocado over the toast. Top with beans and chorizo and then a fried egg. Serve with the marinated tomatoes. Garnish with micro herbs or extra coriander.

Serves: 6 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes ♥ 2 large eggs ♥ 70ml sugar ♥ 440ml (240g) cake flour ♥ 15ml baking powder ♥ 30ml sunflower oil, plus extra oil for frying ♥ 250ml milk ♥ 30ml chopped peanuts or almonds ♥ 30ml desiccated coconut ♥ 45ml sesame seeds ♥ 1ml ground cinnamon ♥ cream cheese, Greek yoghurt or whipped cream, to serve FRUIT COMPOTE ♥ 30ml sugar ♥ 4 cardamom pods ♥ 1 cinnamon stick ♥ 500g mixed fruit, cut into wedges (nectarines, peaches, plums, mango, and so on) 1 Beat the eggs and 25ml sugar together. Stir in the flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt, and the oil and milk. Mix well. Add 125ml water and whisk to make a thick batter. Set aside for an hour or overnight. 2 Mix the nuts with the coconut and sesame seeds. Dry fry until toasted and golden. Transfer to a bowl and add 45ml sugar and the cinnamon. 3 Fruit compote Heat the sugar, whole spices and 90ml water together. Simmer for a few minutes. Add the fruit and continue to simmer gently until the fruit is just tender. Serve warm or at room temperature. (You can prepare the recipe up to this point ahead of time.) 4 Just before serving, heat a little oil in a large non-stick pan. Swirl the oil to coat the base of the pan. Once it is hot, add a small ladle of batter. Cook over a medium heat. Once it has begun to set, sprinkle with the nut mixture. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the batter has set. 5 Remove from the pan and fold in half. Set aside and repeat with remaining ingredients. 6 Serve with cream cheese, yoghurt or cream and fruit compote on the side.

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Serve these pretty biscuits with a cup of tea or coffee. Makes: about 40 Preparation time: 1 hour, plus refrigeration time Baking time: 8-12 minutes Oven temperature: 170oC ♥ 125g (135ml) soft butter ♥ 70g (80ml) castor sugar ♥ 1 large egg ♥ 1ml rose essence or vanilla extract ♥ 270g (500ml) cake flour ♥ 1ml baking powder ♥ icing sugar, for dusting

1 Beat the butter and sugar together until light. Beat in the egg and the rose essence or vanilla extract. Stir in the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt and form a soft dough. Roll into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for 1 hour.


Roll out the dough to 0,5mm thickness on a lightly dusted surface. Use a 5cm around cookie cutter and cut rounds out of the dough


Lay out three circles so they overlap each other slightly to form a row. Roll them up from the short side.


Cut the roll in half in the middle. Turn the halved rolls so the flat, cut side is facing downwards.

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Place the cookies onto a greased and lined baking tray. Bake in a preheated oven for 8-12 minutes until golden and cooked through. Remove from the oven and cool on the trays for 10 minutes, then cool completely on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.



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What’s for dinner? Use locally farmed Grain Field Chickens to prepare this easy meal with a scrumptious South African flavour. recipe Louisa HoLst st yling Hannes KoegeLenberg photos ed o’riLey

Chutney baked chicken with cinnamon pumpkin wedges Serves: 4-6

Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Oven temperature: 200oC

4 Remove from the oven and turn the pieces of pumpkin over. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Return to the oven, along with the chicken. Roast for a further 20 minutes until the chicken is just cooked through and the pumpkin is tender. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the chicken with the spring onions.

5 Serve the chicken with the pumpkin and garnish with coriander or micro herbs. Accompany with rice and salad.

♥ 6 Grain Field IQF Chicken Breast Fillets, defrosted ♥ 150ml peach or apricot chutney ♥ 150ml sour cream or crème fraîche ♥ 5ml Worcestershire sauce ♥ 15ml lemon juice ♥ 500g pumpkin, cut into wedges ♥ olive oil ♥ 2 cinnamon sticks ♥ 5ml ground cinnamon ♥ 15ml sugar ♥ 4 spring onions, sliced ♥ fresh coriander or micro herbs, to garnish 1 Mix the chutney, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice together. 2 Place the chicken breast fillets into a roasting tin and spoon the mixture over them. Set aside. 3 PumPkin Place the pumpkin wedges in a roasting tin. Drizzle with olive oil and turn to coat. Add the cinnamon sticks. Roast in a preheated oven for 20 minutes.

DiD yOu knOw? Grain Field Chickens are farmed in the Eastern Free State. The quality range of products includes individually quick frozen (IQF) chicken breasts that are great to keep on hand in the freezer so you can prepare your favourite recipe at any time.

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how to Makes: 4 Preparation time: 1 hour, plus cooling time Baking time: 17-20 minutes Oven temperature: 180oC Sponge cake Make 3 cakes, each in different shade of pink. ♥ For each cake, beat 2 large eggs and 200g castor sugar together until light and fluffy. ♥ Sift 140g cake flour and 7,5ml baking powder over the egg mixture and stir until just combined. ♥ Add a few drops of pink food colouring to 125ml warm milk, then add it to the egg mixture along with 65ml melted butter. ♥ Stir well. Pour into a greased and lined square or round cake tin of approximately 24cm. ♥ Bake in a preheated oven for 17-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. ♥ Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Butter icing ♥ Make butter icing by beating 150g soft butter with 450g sifted icing sugar. ♥ Add a little boiling water to soften it to a spreadable consistency.


Measure 1,5cm from the bottom on all the sides of each cake, inserting toothpicks at the marks. Use the toothpicks as a guide to cut the cakes level and the same thickness.


If you are adding fresh flowers, it’s best to cover the stems so they don’t come into contact with the cake. Cut a plastic straw into pieces and use a lighter to melt one end then quickly press the end together to seal it.

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Use a round cookie cutter to cut out four circles from each cake. Make sure you press down straight and not at an angle. Drizzle each piece with a light sugar syrup: make the syrup by dissolving 125ml sugar in 125ml hot water and then letting it cool.


Press the straw into the cake, then insert the cut fresh flower stem into the straw. Make sure the flowers are not too big for the cake.


Divide and colour the butter icing as you prefer. Spoon it into piping bags. Use a round nozzle to pipe drops of icing between the cake layers. You could also just pipe a circle, if you prefer.


Create a design by piping icing in different shades or colours around the flower using various nozzles. Decorate further with cake sprinkles or sweets (we cut Turkish delight into small pieces to look like gems).

Dainty delights Make these beautiful mini naked cakes. They are the perfect dessert or Mother’s Day treat. by TANI KIRSTEN photos ED O’RILEY

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Make Mother s Day special with these beautiful papercup wrappers. Simply cut them out and paste them onto the cups with doublesided tape or spray glue.

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Good night! The arrival of Airbnb has had people looking

differently at guesthouses and B&Bs. Yours now really needs to stand out if you want to fill the beds. We take a look at what you can do to make your establishment special and to earn stars. by Terena le Roux st yling Dal a Watts


ast year, while we were looking for guesthouses with gorgeous décor for a special edition, we crossed paths with our own TV series, ‘n Ster vir my Bed, and we found ourselves having to make over some guesthouses ourselves. We suddenly had a whole new insight into the business. Is there enough seating, place for your suitcase, a well-lit mirror and a reading lamp on either side of the bed? Because, yes, your accommodation must attract guests, but simply having a nice room doesn’t mean

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you’ll earn a star above your front door. It’s the details and little finishes that count. Here are a few examples and some help for anyone who wants to welcome guests – from the rules for being awarded stars by the Tourism Grading Council for SA to ideas for existing guesthouse owners to improve on their properties and make them more interesting than the one up the street. After all, it’s usually the creative approach and personal touch of the owners that have guests coming back again and again.

colourful and cosy Among all the historical buildings in picturesque Swellendam, the Van der Merwes of De Companjie have established a paradise filled with colour and creativity.


hen the Van der Merwes from the Kalahari decided to look for land in the Swellendam district about five years ago, they never expected to end up owning a restaurant and guesthouse. Jacques is a farmer who was after good ground and Mari-Louise is a beautician. But her eye for pretty things is not restricted to a salon – she also has an eye for interesting décor and her hands are very capable of giving old things new life. De Companjie was initially a sepa-

rate restaurant with the town’s old ‘communion houses’ next door. They saw the potential and wasted no time in converting the houses into three four-star rooms. ‘We replaced each one’s old stairs and built modern bathrooms to replace the antiquated bucket system. We brought the vintage baths with us from the farm but had them re-enamelled at Mend-a-Bath in Cape Town before they were installed. The taps were all restored in George. We wanted to make the bathrooms special and these

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finishing touches were important for our new look,’ says Mari-Louise. The style is unusual. ‘I don’t actually know what to call it. I like vintage, but with a quirkiness to it. I like colour, but it’s not bohemian. Perhaps eclectic? My food is the same; they’re familiar recipes, but always with a twist added. ‘I suspect it’s because I don’t have any training in interior design. I know there should be two bedside tables with a lamp on each one, but they don’t have to be matching tables with matching lamps. I wanted to do

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your life De Companjieguesthouse and restaurant photos Ed O’Riley

Inside or out – the décor is an interesting mix of colours, patterns and textures that work together to create a welcoming space.

something different from the mundane and to create a different atmosphere for our guests.’ Their collection of old and interesting furniture is a mixture of heirlooms and bought pieces that have caught her attention. And if the fabric doesn’t work, she likes to combine it with something new. ‘I’ve never been in the position where I could simply buy new things. I always work with what is available and make it work. I love paint and how it can transform things.’ The lush garden with its terraces, babbling fountain and sunny corners was once an ordinary backyard with a damp storeroom and a rotating washing line. ‘Luckily the damp wall of the storeroom starting falling over and after giving it a little help we had a space we could turn into a deck with a covered braai area. We converted the sloping garden into terraces and I plant things that I like where I think they will work. Just like with the house, the garden is a clean palette for me, a space where I can teach myself.’ This is probably why you shouldn’t be surprised if the room doesn’t look exactly the same as the last time your slept there. Or that the dining room is now on the other side of the house. This is her playground and guests are pleasantly surprised time and again. Mari-Louise’s tips for a guesthouse: 3 Good planning is essential. Do your homework: – Decide how many stars you want. Look at the requirements and work accordingly. – Ensure your plan fits within your budget. 3 Your personal style makes your guesthouse special but if décor styling is not your strong suit, decide on one style and keep it simple. 3 Good linen and lighting are important. 3 Create a welcoming, peaceful atmosphere.

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mountain retreat In the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands at the foot of the Drakensberg visitors can enjoy the idyllic beauty of their surroundings in Richard and Mouse Poynton’s ‘farmhouse’ guesthouse.

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse


hen you walk through Cleopatra’s peaceful country setting, you don’t know where to focus your camera first. Outdoors there’s the breathtaking scenery of the majestic Drakensberg and the mirror-like surface of the lake next to the guesthouse, and inside the creative approach of the owners is everywhere to be seen. What was a one-room getaway for the men in the family

in the 1940s, when Richard’s grandfather bought the farm, was extended by the next generation into a family house. When Richard later inherited Cleopatra, he and Mouse, who previously owned the boutique hotel Granny Mouse Country House, decided to turn it into an intimate gourmet retreat. They spent a few years overseas during which they explored the international foodie scene and did a number of cooking

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your life courses, and Richard decided he wanted to make food the main attraction of the guesthouse. Mouse on the other hand attended creative courses and when they returned, Richard set up his cooking school while Mouse tackled the décor. The cooking school has since been replaced by a spa, but guests can still enjoy Richard’s gourmet dinners in the restaurant.

Their tips for a guesthouse:

* Make your guests feel at home. Don’t be too stiff or formal. * Create little corners where your guests can relax and make the rooms as comfortable as possible. Photos Sally ChanCe

They had boxes full of keys left behind by generations of the family. Eventually they were affixed to the wall with double-sided adhesive tape to create an interesting edge detail.

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Mouse made all the cushions and curtains herself and she also used the opportunity to apply the paint techniques she learned from Annie Sloan in England. They had just six months to get the guesthouse ready. Richard built, Mouse decorated, and what they couldn’t complete themselves was finished with the help of people from the area. The building that used to be the stables is now rooms 1 to 6. Each room has its own fireplace, so when guests come to experience the Drakensberg’s snowy winters, they can warm up in a cosy room after a walk in nature.

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Reach for the stars

Would you like a star rating for your guesthouse? Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind. FURNITURE

• The more stars you want, the better the quality of the furniture in the room needs to be. • There must be a bedside table or shelf next to each bed. • For four or five stars there must also be a desk or dressing table with a suitable chair. • And for a five-star room you must ensure there is comfortable seating for each guest staying in the room.


• For one or two stars there must be a hairdryer available at reception. There must be a remote-controlled colour TV in each room or in a communal space. • For three to five stars there must be a hairdryer available in each room. • For three stars in a house with more than five rooms, each room must have its own colour TV with at least nine channels. For fewer than five rooms, the TV can be in a central location. • For four stars there must be a flatscreen TV in each room with at least 12 channels and an excellent picture. • For five stars there must be a flatscreen TV with more than 12 satellite channels and an excellent picture.


• For all stars there must be enough clothes hangers appropriate to the level of star grading and your market. • For three stars there must either be a luggage rack or built-for-purpose storage. • For four or five stars there must be a special luggage stand. If another one is needed for an extra guest, it must be available on request.


• For all stars the window dressings must cover the window in height and width, with or without lining. • For one star the window dressing must be acceptable and for two stars of a good quality. • For three stars the quality must be very good and for four stars excellent. • For five stars the quality must be outstanding. • For four and five stars the window dressings must provide full block out.


• For all stars the quality must be acceptable. No threadbare or frayed carpets and noise must be minimised. • For two stars the quality must be good and for three stars very good. • For four stars the quality must be excellent and for five stars outstanding.


• For one to three stars there must be a headboard of acceptable quality and for four and five stars the headboard must be fixed to the wall.


• One and two stars require a reasonably large mirror with adequate lighting for a person sitting or standing. • Three stars must have a full-length mirror in the bedroom, with direct light and close to a plug point. • Four and five stars must have a fulllength mirror with direct lighting, as well as a mirror at the dressing table close to a plug point.


• All stars must have tea and coffee making facilities in the room. • There must be enough crockery and cutlery for each guest. • Sachets of tea, coffee and sugar must be provided ‒ at least two per guest per day.


• For all stars there must be unrestricted access to the storage space in the room. • For one and two stars there must be sufficient space to allow freedom of movement around the furniture. • Three stars needs a good amount of space for movement and comfort • For four stars the rooms must be spacious and have a well-planned layout for movement and comfort. • For five stars the rooms must be very spacious and have a wellplanned layout for generous ease of movement, comfort and dining.


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wonder products Pamper your skin and your national pride with local cosmeceuticals and doctor’s ranges. by Elsa Krüger st yling Carin Smith photos Ed O’Riley


ostly dermaceuticals, cosmeceuticals and ‘doctor’s brands’ have long been sought after in the skincare industry. It’s understandable that consumers are very receptive to products that have been developed and formulated by a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, cosmetic doctor, pharmacist or biotechnologist who knows all about the science of the skin. South Africa has not been left behind in this regard. We have impressive, proudly South African skincare ranges formulated here by our own experts.


The founder: Dr Judey Pretorius is a cofounder. She’s a biochemist and product development specialist. Her specialty is wound healing, regenerative medicine and cell therapy. She helps develop new equipment and her discoveries have led to innovative treatments for recovery from wounds and surgical incisions. Her laboratory is in Pretoria.

She uses the latest scientific research to bring about cell harmony in the skin. Cosmeceutical formulations must work at cell and molecular level to be effective. Dr Pretorius’s research has led to a product range that stimulates the skin’s own recovery and rejuvenation for a healthier, younger appearance. Intrinsic factors (such as genetics) and external environmental stressors (for example UV radiation) are taken into consideration in the formulation of the products. hero product: Biomedical Emporium Retinol Night (R1 335). It improves skin texture, speeds up the rate of cell renewal and promotes the formation of collagen and elastin, and skin densification. More information:


The founder: Skinderm is a cosmeceutical range that was established last year by the Johannesburg group Imbalie Beauty. The owner is Esna Colyn. They use the latest technology in skincare formulations. Their motto is: ‘Fit skin is living skin.’ The range is classified as cosmeceutical, which means active

ingredients are delivered to the deeper layers of the skin. It revolves around a skin ‘fitness programme’ consisting of protection, nourishment, oxygenation, hydration and regeneration. The products target the user’s personal skin requirements with the latest scientific expertise and are aimed at producing noticeable results. They include cleansing products, elixirs to optimise skin functions and a ‘daily diet’ to nourish and hydrate. hero product: Skinderm Brightening Elixir (R580). This is an intensive booster for the skin, rich in vitamin C to make the skin bright and glowing and to clear up dark marks, spots and uneven colour. It’s especially good for pigmentation and age spots. More information: content/skinderm


The founder: Dr Hardie de Beer, who is a dermatologist from Pretoria. In the late 1990s, South Africa still didn’t have extensive access to skincare products at the cutting edge of scientific research, says Dr de Beer. He saw the need for top quality, affordable products to tackle skin problems, as well as daily care and rejuvenation. The range was developed locally, specifically for the requirements of Dr de Beer’s patients. The world’s best-known scientific ingredients are used and the prices are kept affordable. hero product: Crème Classique Day/ Night Alpha Moisturiser Plus (R260). It contains AHA complex as well as retinol and antioxidants for rejuvenation, plus an SPF of 5. More information:

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The founders: Two sisters, Stella Ciolli from Cape Town and Elise du Plessis from Stellenbosch. They are both qualified engineers and work with a biochemist to formulate their products. Stella started it all with a small supply of products for family and friends, but growing demand led to the formation of a structured company. SKOON strives for skincare that combines the complexity of science with the purity of nature. Above all, their products are non-toxic. The name says it all. The name is pure South African and the products are conceptualised by South Africans for South Africans. Our hot, sundrenched climate and outdoor lifestyle create a unique challenge in terms of skincare. ‘What makes us special is that we ensure we are doing things correctly with a combination of known scientifically active ingredients and natural materials.’ hero product: SKOON Ruby Marine Overnight Hydrating Mask (R445). The range has been formulated so that all the products work together. Ruby Marine is the basis of this synergy. The huge new find is SKOON Squalane Concentrate (R525), which is a concentrated cream that restores the smooth suppleness of the skin. It also works to keep the skin soft and supple after surgery. More information:


Cape Town. They believe in keeping things simple, hence the ‘Ordinary’. After years in the field of aesthetic medicine, Dr Jamieson felt she wanted to provide women with a range that offered optimum hydration, was suitable for sensitive and dry skins, and included the best natural and safe modern scientific ingredients. It’s also ideal for consumers with skin damage caused by years of sun, sea, sand and stress. hero product: Ordinary Skincare Co Eye Gel (R450). An unfussy, light serum that moisturises and protects the sensitive, thin skin around the eyes. More information:


The founder: Dr Malan de Villiers, a biomedical engineer, worked with a team under the leadership of a plastic surgeon to formulate this range for The Southern Group in Centurion. The team includes experts in tissue engineering, biotechnology, biochemistry and microbiology. With their expertise in reconstructive and plastic surgery, the group is uniquely equipped with the know-how to develop a distinctive skincare range that focuses on the long-term health of the skin, rather than short-term results. The name Optiphi comes from OPTimal Positive Homeostatic Influence. The objective is to support homeostasis – the internal ‘housekeeping’ of a cell – so the skin recovers its natural

The founder: Dr Claire Jamieson is a wellknown South African doctor. She started the Well Woman Care programme in South Africa and works in aesthetic medicine. Her cofounder is Robert Rae, whose field of expertise is the supply of raw materials to cosmetic houses. The company is based in

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balance and vitality while essential cell functions are revitalised. The focus is on anti-inflammation, as inflammation is directly responsible for aging. hero product: Optiphi Intense TimeControlled Diffusion Retinol Serum (R1 205). Retinol is the favoured active ingredient in the range, thanks to its anti-ageing properties. The retinol derivative in Optiphi is the result of the team’s own research and development. It reaches the deeper level of the dermis in a time-controlled way, which makes it more effective. More information:


The founder: Dr Bradley Wagemaker, a medical doctor who specialises in aesthetic medicine. He is the head of research and development at the Lamelle laboratory. The company believes in ongoing research and the use of innovative, patented ingredients and formulas. There are currently seven skincare ranges in the Lamelle stable, each one tackling a

specific need or problem. They vary from addressing acne to the recovery of the skin’s protective barrier, anti-ageing and pigmentation. hero product: LAMELLE Dermaheal Cellular Repair Cream (R785). This moisturiser fights all aspects of ageing and prevents inflammation. It seals moisture into the skin and prevents environmental irritation. It also helps with the rapid recovery of lesions or wounds. More information:


The founder: Wessel de Wet, who is also involved with the local brand Placecol. The product range balances, nourishes and renews the skin and is safe and affordable. The research and development was done at leading universities, research centres and international companies in the USA, Switzerland, Germany and France. THE hero product: SkinPhD PauseAge Delicate Foaming Cleanser (R335), which contains peptides that enhance the skin’s elasticity and smoothness while removing all impurities. More information:


The founder: Dr Robert Gobac, a Gauteng doctor with years of experience in the chemistry of the skin as well as acupuncture. His involvement in the formulation and development of several cosmeceutical brands led to the birth of his own ‘doctor’s brand’. ‘The skin as an organ fascinates me, especially the process of ageing and recovery and the mechanisms that are involved. The skin is always in a position to restore itself and heal.’ The range works synergistically to stimulate the skin’s own recovery and rejuvenation mechanisms for a healthy, timeless appearance. Dr. Gobac’s primary goal is to bring about positive changes in the skin by tackling the primary causes of ageing: lack of moisture, inflammation, sun damage, free radicals and stress. The range is aimed at all women who are concerned about the signs of premature ageing. It includes active ingredients that ameliorate the signs of ageing, improve firmness and elasticity and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. hero product: Dr. Gobac Cosmeceuticals Biorestore NeedleFree (R850). This product uses stem cells as well as amino acids and peptides to reduce deep wrinkles and dynamic lines (facial expression wrinkles). The stem cells extend the life of the skin’s stem cells,

slowing the formation of wrinkles and stimulating the recovery of the epidermis. More information:


The founder: Karin Theunissen is the founder of Sknlogic. She has been in the beauty business for over 30 years and is based in Cape Town. Karin saw a gap in the market for more affordable skincare products that don’t compromise on quality and results. She combines science and nature to formulate powerful products that improve the skin’s appearance. Although many of the raw materials are imported from laboratories around the world, the manufacturing and packaging is largely done locally. ‘We always first look at what is available here before we buy something from overseas.’ The fact that the products are not expensive is a bonus for South African women. hero product: Sknlogic Diminish Day (R199)/Diminish Night (R249). These two have been flying off the shelves since they were introduced in 2015. They treat hyperpigmentation, which is a huge problem for South African women, with great success. More information:

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Dutch trend forecaster Li Edelkoort said in her 2018 forecast that sleeves are the next big thing ‒ literally big! A plain sleeve is a thing of the past for at least the next few years. Fashion will also be inuenced by the detail we used to see in historical costumes. So these are worthwhile skills to master. 66 IDEAS May/June 2017

A pleat here, a tuck there. Make your wardrobe special with these small finishes.

It’s in the detail projec ts by Kevin Swarts, Anneke du Toit and Elizabe th Fester photos Ed O’Riley st yling and paper craf ts Carin Smith

Cuffs with ruche detail DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: two hours You will need ♥ 40cm white linen fabric ♥ white machine thread ♥ fabric pencil ♥ 12 press studs To cut Cut 2 strips, each 65cm long and 20cm wide. Then cut 4 blocks, each 15cm wide and 20cm long, and put aside. To sew 1 Take one long strip and press the long sides a few mm over. Fold the sides again and press flat to form narrow hems. Stitch the hems down. Repeat with the second long strip. 2 Mark 4,5cm from the hem inwards on both sides. Set the stitch length of your sewing machine at its longest and stitch gathering stitches along the first marking down the length. Stitch along the second marking and then stitch inwards until you have 10 rows equally spaced (about 7mm apart). 3 Now pull on all the upper thread ends to gather in the fabric, making sure you hold the thread ends of all the rows together 68 IDEAS May/June 2017

to pull it in evenly. Be patient and work the gathers with your fingers to form neat pleats. When it is pulled in quite a lot, try it on around your wrist to see if it fits. You can adjust it now for a looser or tighter fit. Repeat with the second strip. Trim the thread ends and tie to secure. 4 Now use the four blocks of fabric. Fold the shorter sides of the block a few mm over to the inside and press flat. Fold again and press. Remember to set the stitch length on your sewing machine back to a normal shorter stitch. Stitch down the hems. Repeat with all the blocks. Now fold the block lengthwise in half and press flat. Fold it open again, bring both raw edges to the middle and press flat. Fold in half again and press. 5 Now insert the raw edge of the cuff into the folded block, so the raw edge of the cuff is at the fold on the inside. Pin and top-stitch all around the block through all the layers. Do the same along the other raw edge of the cuff. You can stich a second time all along the length to make it stronger. Repeat with the other cuff. 6 Sew the two parts of the press studs in corresponding positions to the two blocks of each cuff, so you can fasten the cuff around your wrist ‒ two at the top, two in the middle and two at the bottom for a good fit. Repeat with the other cuff.

Layered collar DIFFICULTY: medium TIME: half a day You will need ♥ fabric ♥ templates on page 74 ♥ matching machine thread ♥ stiff iron-on interfacing ♥ marking pen ♥ 1 button To sew NOTE: 1 cm seam allowances are included. 1 Use the templates on page 74 for the

collar pattern pieces. Iron a piece of interfacing to the back of half of the fabric, large enough to cut out the necessary pattern pieces to be interfaced. Trace the pattern onto the fabric and cut out – remember, only one side of the collar pieces and band has interfacing, and that piece will be on top. 2 Stitch the collar pieces together in pairs with right sides facing, starting with the top piece (A), then the other collar pieces (middle B and bottom C). Leave open the top edge of the pieces so that you can turn the collar through to the right side. Make sure you mark the pieces top, middle and bottom. 3 Clip in the seam allowances and cut off the corners diagonally above the stitching line. Turn the collar pieces over to the right side. Push out the corners and iron the collar pieces. 4 Place the pieces on top of one another on the marked line, starting with the top A, middle B, and then bottom C and the top edges aligning. Pin together in position. Make sure your pieces are evenly spaced on both sides of your collar (the corners should protrude more at the tip of the collar than at the top). Stitch the collar pieces together through all layers. 5 Now pin the top edge of the band pieces to the top edge of the collar piece with right sides facing, and the collar sandwiched between the two band pieces. Stitch around the edge through all the layers, leaving the bottom edge open. Turn through to the right side and iron the band piece. Fold in the seam allowances along the bottom edge of the band and stitch closed, top-stitching all around. Mark and stitch the buttonhole in one end of band and sew on the button at the other end.

pleated collar DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: half a day Measurements Circumference around neck: about 48cm


You will need ♥ 40 x 140cm fabric of your choice ♥ 30 x 140cm iron-on interfacing ♥ fabric marker ♥ matching machine thread To sew 1 Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric, so it is 10cm in from one

long side. Then cut two rectangles from the stiffened section of the fabric, one of 140 x 14cm and one of 140 x 12cm. Cut two long strips for the ties from the 10cm without interfacing, each 100 x 5cm (or the desired length). 2 Mark 1,5cm distances along the length of both rectangles, fold in the pleats and press the pleats flat along the entire width

of both rectangles. Mark the middle line along the length of the rectangles, pin the smaller rectangle on top of the larger one with the middle lines corresponding. Pin the two ties to the middle line at the front edges, one on each side. 3 Stitch the rectangles together along the middle line through both layers, stitching the ties in as well. May/June 2017 IDEAS 69


Handbag with tucks DIFFICULTY: moderate TIME: 4-6 hours You will need ♥ crisp white fabric ♥ matching thread ♥ water-soluble fabric marking pen ♥ ruler ♥ one 30cm white zip ♥ two black leather handles (approximately 33cm long) To make NOTE: All seam allowances are 1cm. Cut two 37,5 x 30cm pieces of fabric for the outer panels of the handbag, and two 21,5 x 30cm pieces for the lining.


Start by marking lines on the right side of the two outer panels of the handbag with a water-soluble fabric marking pen. Draw the first line 5,5cm up from and parallel to one of the 30cm edges. This will be the lower edge of the handbag. Draw seven more lines all 4cm apart.


Next, draw three vertical lines, one down the middle of the panel and two lines 7cm on either side of the centre line.

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To sew the tucks, start by folding the fabric along the first line, wrong sides together, and pin in position. Sew a line of stitches 1cm in from the folded edge.

Starting at the bottom edge, fold each pair of tucks over to meet in the middle. Pin the tucks in position along the outer edges and down the centre line of the panel. Sew the tuck down 1cm in from both side edges, as well as down the centre line. Continue sewing the tucks in this manner, until all eight have been sewn.



Continue sewing the tucks in this manner until all eight have been sewn.

Fold the tucks over in the opposite direction, and pin in position along the remaining two vertical lines.



to sew the handbag 9 To complete the handbag, start by pinning the zip to the top edge of the handbag in the following manner: Pin one side of the zip to the outer panel, right sides together, with the stopper 2cm in from the side edge. Next, pin one of the lining panels on top of the outer panel, right sides together, sandwiching the zip between the layers. Start sewing the seam from the stopper end of the zip, stopping 2cm in from the opposite edge. Lift the sewing machine foot and draw the puller down to open the zip. Next, pull the zipper teeth of the side being sewn to the right of the needle, into the seam allowance. Lower the foot and continue sewing the final 2cm of the seam, sewing over the zipper teeth and catching it in the seam line. Trim the excess length from the zip. Sew the opposite side of the bag in the same manner. 10 Open up the panels and press the seam allowances towards the lining. Pin the panels, right sides together, lining to lining and outer panel to outer panel. Start sewing the outer edges along the lower seam of the lining, leaving an opening in the lower edge of the lining to turn the handbag through to the right side. Next, trim seam allowances at the four corners by cutting across each diagonally just above the seam line. To sew the boxed corners, pin the two seam lines that meet at each corner on top of each other. Press the seam allowances open, and measure and mark a point 1,5cm down from the corner along the seam line that now lies down the centre of the triangle formed by the corner. Draw a line at this point perpendicular to the seam line, and sew along this line. 11 Turn the handbag through to the right side. Sew up the opening left in the lining by hand or with an edge stitching on the sewing machine. Push the lining into the outer bag.

Press the folded edge of each tuck.

Sew along the lines to hold the tucks in position.

12 Thread a needle with four strands of black sewing thread. Sew the ends of the handles in position by following the holes that have been pierced through the handle ends.

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Pleated skirt

The skirt has six knife pleats on the front and gathers in the waist at the back.

DIFFICULTY: moderate TIME: one day You will need ♥ one large sheet of paper (120 to 150cm square, depending on the skirt size) ♥ pencil, 1m ruler and dressmaker’s tape measure ♥ printed fabric ♥ fusible interfacing ♥ matching thread ♥ water-soluble fabric marking pen ♥ one 20cm zip ♥ one 18mm button To make NOTE Seam and hem allowances are 1,5cm. 1 To draft the pattern, take your waist measurement and the desired length of the skirt. On a large sheet of paper, draw a right angle in one corner, leaving enough space between the lines and the edges of the paper to add seam allowances later. These two lines are the centre back seam lines. Measuring from the corner of the angle, draw a quarter circle with a radius 72 IDEAS May/June 2017

calculated as follows: add 37,5cm to the waist measurement for the pleats and gathers (includes 1,5cm ease), then divide this number by 6,28 and then multiply by 4. This line will be the waistline of the skirt. 2 Measure the length of the skirt from the waistline and draw a second quarter circle for the hemline. 3 Using a tape measure placed on its edge, divide the waistline into two equal lengths, marking the centre front at the midpoint. Mark the pleat positions: divide the waist measurement by 12. This will give you the distance between each pleat. Each pleat is 1,5cm deep at the waist, so 3cm is needed for the full width. Starting at centre front and working outwards, mark points on either side of the centre line half the pleat distance calculated above. Mark points 3cm to either side of the previous two points. The following two points are placed the full pleat distance measurement, followed by a second pair of 3cm pleat widths. Repeat this last step once more to mark the third pair of pleats. There should now be six pleat positions marked on the

waistline. Next, draw lines from the corner of the quarter circle through each of the pleat positions, down to the hemline. Each pleat width will be wider at the hemline than the 3cm at the waistline. Finally mark one last pair of points to either side of the outer pleats, the same distance as the pleat measurement. Mark two more points 3cm in from the centre back seam lines. These two pairs of points indicate the section to will be gathered into the waistband. 4 Add 1,5cm seam and hem allowances to the pattern before cutting it out. 5 Use the paper pattern to cut the fabric, placing the centre front line perpendicular to the selvedge. Mark the positions of the knife pleats with a fabric marking pen, and the two sections on the back that will be gathered. Cut a fabric waistband and interfacing 7,5cm longer than the waist measurement and 10cm wide (includes 1,5cm seam allowances, 1,5cm ease and a 3cm under lap). Press the interfacing to the wrong side of the waistband. 6 Pin fit the six knife pleats to check the drape of each pleat. If necessary, move the pleats closer together or further apart to improve the drape. Once the final positions of the pleats have been determined, press all the pleats down the length of the skirt. 7 Stabilise the centre back seam allowances by cutting and pressing 2cm wide strips of interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric. Sew the seam and insert the zip. 8 Sew the ends of the waistband, trim the seam allowances and turn to the right side. 9 Sew gathering stitches on the back of the skirt between the points marked. Pin the ends of the waistband to the waist seam at centre back, right sides together, with a 3cm under lap on the right-hand side of the zip. Pin the centrepoint of the waistband to centre front of the skirt. Pin the skirt to the waistband, working outwards from centre front to the gathering stitches. Draw the gathering stitches in until the skirt fits the remaining sections of the waistband. Sew the waistband in position. Trim the seam allowances. Fold the inner seam allowance of the waistband under, pin and sew it in position with a top stitching on the right side of the waistband. Sew a 2cm-long buttonhole on the overlap of the waistband and a button on the under lap. Overlock, press and hem the lower edge of the skirt. Repress the knife pleats at the hem edge.

templates MIDDLE Cut 4 x fabric Cut 2 x interfacing

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templates for the three-layer colllar

bottom Cut 4 x fabric Cut 2 x interfacing

BAND NOTE: Join to other band section and cut out in one continuous piece. Cut 2 x fabric Cut 1 x interfacing


top Cut 2 x fabric Cut 1 x interfacing

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Transform a vintage teapot into a cute sewing kit perfect for a Mother’s Day gift. Start by making a pincushion to fit inside the teapot lid: trace the inside of the lid onto cardboard and cut it out. You may need to trim the cardboard to ensure it fits snugly into the lid, bearing in mind that you will be wrapping fabric around it. Use a hot glue gun to glue polyester stuffing onto the cardboard shape. Cut out a decorative piece of fabric somewhat larger than the cardboard and pull it firmly over the stuffing. Attach it to the back of the cardboard with hot glue. Insert the pincushion into the lid. Add pins and needles and fill the teapot with small needlework items like a tape measure, thread, thimble and embroidery scissors. SOURCE: We found this idea on sewing-to-a-tea-the-hidden-pin-cushion/

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Hanging garden Large vintage-style jelly moulds make lovely plant holders for delicate flowers. DIFFICULTY: challenging TIME: two hours

To make 1 Use the hammer and nail to punch four holes around the top edge of both jelly moulds. Punch a few holes into the base of each jelly mould as well. 2 Thread the metal rings through the holes. Hook one end of each length of chain into a ring on the large jelly mould. Bring the top ends of the chains together and thread them onto the remaining metal ring. 3 Position the smaller jelly mould roughly in the middle of the chains above the larger mould and hook the rings through the chains to secure it in place. Make sure it is level. Plant up your moulds using the basket liners, potting soil and flowering plants of your choice.

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Jelly moulds from vintage stores and Milnerton Market, and Banks Catering

You will need ♥ 1 large jelly mould ♥ 1 medium jelly mould ♥ hammer ♥ large nail ♥ 9 small metal rings ♥ four 30cm lengths of chain ♥ pliers ♥ moss or coir hanging basket liner ♥ potting soil ♥ plants of your choice

Here are a few easy ways to use or repurpose jelly and cake moulds. projec ts and st yling Carin Smith photos Ed O’Riley

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Mini cakes DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: 40 minutes Use small jelly moulds to make tiny individual cakes for your guests for tea. Dust them with icing sugar and present them in wax paper.

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Pincushion Transform a medium-sized jelly mould into a unusual pincushion. DIFFICULTY: medium TIME: one hour Spray the inside and outside of the mould with a few coats of RustOleum copper spray paint (available from most hardware stores), leaving it to dry properly between coats. Once the final coat is dry, fill the inside of the mould with polyester stuffing. Cut a piece of attractive fabric to size, tuck it in over the stuffing and use a hot glue gun to glue the fabric to the sides of the mould.

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Photo frames

Use a variety of small tart and jelly moulds as photo frames and hang them together in a collection. DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: one hour Print out or photocopy pictures of your choice and cut them out to fit into the moulds. Glue them in place with a hot glue gun. Cover the pictures with a layer of modge podge and decorate the frames with a few small mementos, if you prefer.

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Gift tags Use smaller decorative moulds as stencils to make gift tags from air dry clay and Fimo polymer clay. DIFFICULTY: medium TIME: two hours Cover the inside of the mould with a thin layer of petroleum jelly before pressing a rolled piece of clay into it. Use a skewer to make holes in the tags to tie a ribbon or cord through. If you are using air dry clay, wait for the clay to dry then remove the gift tag from the mould and spray a coat of copper spray paint over it. If you are using Fimo polymer clay, remove the tags from the moulds once you have shaped them, then bake them in the oven on a baking tray covered with foil or baking paper for about 20 minutes to an hour at 130oC. Leave to the tags to cool completely before using them.

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Polymer clay bakes rock hard in an ordinary oven, and you can use it to make durable jewellery without needing any special equipment. The children can help and make their own beads.




We used a block each of black and white clay for our project. Cut off a piece of white clay and knead it in your hands until it is soft. Work on the tile and shape the clay into a roll – the thickness determines the size of your beads – and place it to one side.

Cut off a piece of black clay. Knead it and shape it into rolls of about 1mm thickness. Cut it into small pieces with the craft knife blade – it should look almost like cake vermicelli. Press the black pieces lightly onto the white roll.

Roll the white clay roll over the tile so the black pieces are worked into it smoothly.



Use a kebab skewer to make a hole in the middle of each bead; shape them nicely between your fingers and smooth any sharp edges.

Experiment with mixing the clay for lighter or darker shades, or play with the patterns that occur when you combine colours. Use a PVC pipe or a glass to roll out the clay thinly and then cut out a shape such as a triangle. Bake the beads and shapes on the tile for about 15 minutes in an oven at 130oC. Leave them to cool before removing them from the tile. Thread onto a leather thong or chain.


Cut the roll into pieces about 1cm thick to form the beads.

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Polymer clay from The Deckle Edge (

DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: half a day You will need ♥ polymer clay in the colours of your choice ♥ leather thongs and/or small chains ♥ craft knife blade ♥ smooth ceramic or glass tile ♥ kebab skewers

TIP To make the wavy shapes for the earring and necklace set on page 81, cut circles out of the clay and curl the edges upwards in the palm of your hand.

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The copper solder makes this necklace extra special. Buy the copper adhesive tape at a music instrument shop (it is stocked for electric guitars) or order it online. DIFFICULTY: advanced TIME: half a day You will need ♥ pretty old ceramic plate ♥ mosaic wheeled nipper ♥ copper adhesive tape ♥ soldering iron and wire ♥ soldering flux and brush ♥ bone folder or burnisher ♥ pliers ♥ craft knife ♥ florist’s foam ♥ 2 small jump rings and a chain


Cut the ornate sections of the plate into pieces large enough to use to make pendants.



Cut a strip of copper tape to fit around the ceramic piece, wide enough to fold over at least 1mm to the front and back. Stick the copper strip securely around the ceramic piece. Take care not to cut yourself on the sharp edges.

Use a bone folder or burnisher (or any similar, smooth hard object) and rub the folded-over edges of the copper tape smoothly onto the ceramic. Do this on the front and back of the piece then rub it with a soft cloth to clean it.




Press the ceramic piece into some florist’s foam to hold it in position while you solder. Paint a little soldering flux (it can be in paste or liquid form) over the coppercovered edge that is facing upwards. Meanwhile, switch on the soldering iron and allow it to heat up.

Hold the soldering wire against the hot tip of the soldering iron so it can melt and at the same time press the iron’s tip onto the copper tape. Move it slowly over the tape so the heat is distributed evenly and the melted solder flows over the tape. Repeat along all four sides and the edges so they are evenly covered with solder.

When all four sides are covered with solder, you can solder the two jump rings for attaching the chain onto the top of the ceramic piece in the same way. Leave the solder to cool or rinse it under cold water and dry it on a soft cloth. Attach a chain to the rings.

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RING BRACELET This bracelet requires a bit more patience and time to make. It’s almost like ‘crocheting’ with rings. The technique is called the Persian or foxtail chain.

DIFFICULTY: average TIME: one day You will need ♥ unsoldered jump rings (see note below) ♥ metal bracelet clasp ♥ thin wire ♥ 2 sharp-nosed jeweller’s pliers ♥ wire cutter


Start your bracelet string by securing two jump rings with a piece of wire. Hold the rings on the wire and hook two open rings onto the first two rings. Close the rings and secure them with a piece of wire as well.


In the same way, hook another ring next to the previous one so the two rings lie next to each other.


Bring the two pieces of wire together and twist them around each other. The four rings will now lie against each other, as in the photo, with the first two rings slightly under the second pair.

Hold the wire in place and hook an open ring between the bottom two rings so the two rings are separated and form a V. Hook the open ring over the top two rings and then close it.



Now take another open ring and hook it through one side of the two V rings that are now in the middle, but don’t close this jump ring just yet.

Move this ring to the inside of the two bottom rings at the place where you hooked it on in step 4. Close the ring so it is inside the last two rings, as in the photo. In the same way, hook another ring onto the other side of the two V rings. This forms the basic chain pattern. Repeat the pattern from step 3 until the chain is the desired length for your bracelet. Finish off by attaching the clasp.

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idees-klasse NOTE: It’s important that your jump rings are the correct size and the wire is the right thickness to make the chain pattern. For this chain you need rings with a diameter of at least 5,5mm and wire of at least 1mm thickness. You will use about 200 rings for a bracelet. For a necklace you will need about 500 jump rings.

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Velvet bear

This velvet bear is the ideal friend. Nice to cuddle and tell stories to on cold winter nights, and cute enough to place on a shelf to admire. by Elsbe th Ek steen photo Hanneri de We t

DIFFICULTY: moderate TIME: one day Measurements Bear in photo is 20cm tall and 13cm wide, including arms. You will need ♥ templates on page overleaf ♥ 30 x 30cm velvet (preferably upholstery velvet) ♥ sewing machine (optional) ♥ scissors ♥ embroidery needle ♥ assortment of yarn to embroider the flower bouquet. We used: Cowgirlblues, DK, Rain Forest, for 4 big leaves; Quenti Alpaca, Sport weight, White, for outside flower petals and Light Blue for inside petals; Malabrigo, Silk-alpaca, Mustard Yellow, for branches; Moya, Plume, Natural, for tiny flowers; Elle premier, 4-ply, Rust for inside of flowers and Black for face details ♥ toy stuffing ♥ pins ♥ sewing thread, the same colour as velvet, and needle ♥ 15cm embroidery hoop ♥ water-soluble fabric pen to draw embroidery flowers and face ♥ damp cloth to erase pen marks NOTE: Test the pen on the fabric you will be using to make sure it will erase completely. To cut Cut out the paper templates in the desired size. The dotted line on the

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templates is a guide for sewing the pieces together. The front and back have a 1cm seam allowance, the ears and arms a 0,5cm allowance. Pin templates onto fabric and cut out the front and back of bear, 4 ear pieces and 4 arm pieces. Make sure you keep the arms and ears separate as they are very similar in size. To make EARS AND ARMS Make 2 of each. Pin 2 similar pieces together with right sides facing, and stitch with a sewing machine or sew by hand. Leave the straight edge open. Fold inside out, and put aside for later. Embroidery Stitches used: French knots Straight stitch Satin stitch Single chain stitch Transfer the embroidery guidelines for the flower bouquet and face onto the right side of one of the body pieces with the water-soluble fabric pen. Stretch your fabric in your embroidery hoop, and let’s get started! With your assortment of yarns, embroider the little bouquet on the front of the bear. Start with the big flower and complete the embroidery in the following sequence: white petals mint petals big green leaves mustard branches

tiny white flowers French knots and small dots with rust yarn. Embroider the eyes, nose and mouth with black yarn. Tie all loose ends together at the back when done. Putting it together 1 Pin the arms and ears onto the right side of the front panel. Scrunch the ears together along the straight edge and pin on top of the head. The top of the ears will be facing downwards, and the straight, scrunched edge will be flush with the top of the head. Pin the arms to the body. The straight open edge of the arm will be flush against the edge of the body. 2 Place the back onto the front with right sides facing and pin together to make sewing easier. Stitch the two sides together with the sewing machine or sew by hand, leaving the outside of one leg open. Using your scissors, make small cuts into the seam allowances around the feet and between the legs up to the stitching – do this so the fabric doesn’t scrunch up when you turn the bear through to the right side. 3 Carefully turn your bear through to the right side – the easiest is to find an arm first and keep pulling gently until your cute bear is right side out. Stuff the body with toy stuffing until it feels right – not too hard and not too soft. 4 Thread your needle and sew the open side closed with ladder stitch. Take the damp cloth and carefully wipe away the pen marks around the bouquet and face. Give your teddy a little kiss on the nose!


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templates ear x 4

cut out 2 (front and back)

arm x 4

placement of arms and ears

pin ears here



pin arms here

h guide Stitc

French knot

Satin stitch

Little single stitch Straight stitch Single chain stitch

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Satin stitch Straight stitch

stitchcraft DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: 30 minutes You will need ♥ an old round pincushion (we used an old tomato pincushion that you’ll find at most fabric shops) ♥ small amount of Elle premier DK yarn in Rust and Vinnis Nikkim in Natural ♥ 3mm to 3,5mm crochet hook ♥ tapestry needle ♥ scissors ♥ stitch marker Abbreviations ch – chain stitch cont – continue dc – double crochet rnd – round ss – slip stitch st(s) – stitch(es) To crochet Base of mushroom Use a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of every rnd. With Natural Nikkim cotton, crochet a chain that has the same circumference as your pincushion, ss into first ch to make a circle – be careful not to twist the chain when you work the ss. Rnd 1: 1 ch, dc into every ch until end of rnd. Cont to work in a spiral, so no need for a starting ch. Rnd 2-6: dc into every st. Rnd 7: ss into next 3 sts to get an even edge. Fasten off and work away ends. Top of mushroom With Rust, make a magic circle. Rnd 1: 1 ch, make 6 dc into magic circle, ss into ch to close the magic circle. Rnd 2: 2 dc into every st. You will cont working in a spiral, so no need for a starting ch. Rnd 3: (2 dc into next st, dc into next st) 6 times. Rnd 4: (2 dc into next st, dc into next 2 sts) 6 times. Rnd 5: (2 dc into next st, dc into next 3 sts) 6 times. Rnd 6-11: dc into every st. Rnd 12: ss into the next 3 sts to get an even edge. Fasten off, leaving a 20cm tail.

Mushroom pincushion An easy and quick crochet project that will transform an old round pincushion into a cute mushroom. by Elsbe th Ek steen photo Hanneri de We t

Putting it together With Natural yarn, embroider lots of French knots all over the mushroom top. Pull the crocheted mushroom base over the old pincushion. Make sure you can’t see the side and base of the pincushion when it’s standing on a table. Place the top of the crocheted

mushroom on top of the pincushion and pull over the top edge of the white base. Thread your tapestry needle with the tail of yarn from the top of the mushroom, and sew the top to the base. Cut away the leftover yarn. Add all your favourite pins!

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stitchcraft DIFFICULTY: intermediate TIME: weekend project Measurements Measured after piece was blocked Length 159cm Width 17cm You will need ♥ Btrix Yarns, inspired by Alpaca (Sock weight 100% Alpaca) 50g = 165m: 50g + 10g colour A, 50g colour B, 10g colour C ♥ 3,5mm crochet hook ♥ 0,7 or 0,6mm crochet hook ♥ 94 glass beads with at least 1mm hole ♥ tapestry needle Tension 22 dc x 12 rows = 10 x 10cm Abbreviations beg – begin(ning) ch – chain cnr – corner col – colour dc – double crochet fch – foundation chain prev – previous rep – repeat rnd – round RS – right side sc – single crochet sk – skip sl st – slip stitch sp(s) – space(s) st(s) – stitch(es) tch – turning chain tr – treble WS – wrong side Special stitches and instructions BEAD: remove loop from hook, place a bead over a 0,7mm or 0,6mm hook, place loop back onto hook, pinch loop close to bead while pulling the loop through the whole of the bead, remove hook from loop and place loop back onto working hook. Bead cluster (BC): (2 dc, 1 tr, 1 ch) into next 3 ch-sp, BEAD, (1 ch, 1 tr, 2 dc) into next 3 ch-sp. Corner bead cluster (CBC): (2 dc, 1 tr, 1 ch, BEAD, 1 ch, 1 tr, 2 dc) into cnr 3 ch-sp.

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Pattern notes NOTE This pattern is written in American terminology. The centre trellis pattern is worked first, then an edging is added with bead detail on last round. Instructions after or between asterisks (*) or (◊) means that you repeat from the (*) or (◊) until the end of the row or round. Instructions with a double asterisk (**) means that you end the last repeat at the **. To crochet Work with the 3,5mm hook. Start with col A. Row 1 (WS): 36 ch, dc into 9th ch from hook, *2 ch, sk 2 ch, dc into next ch; rep from * across, turn. Row 2: 5 ch (count as 1 dc and 2 ch), sk 2 ch, *dc into next dc, 2 ch; rep from * across, dc into 6th ch of fch, turn [= 11 dc, 20 ch]. Row 3: 5 ch (count as 1 dc and 2 ch), sk 2 ch, *dc into next dc, 2 ch; rep from * across, dc into 3rd ch of tch, turn [= 11 dc, 20 ch or ten 2 ch-sps]. Row 4-10: rep row 3. Row 11: 14 ch, dc into 9th ch from hook, 2 ch, sk 2 ch, dc into next ch, 2 ch, sk 2 ch, dc into next dc, *2 ch, dc into next dc; rep from * until three 2 ch-sps from end, turn [= ten 2 ch-sps]. Row 12: 5 ch (count as 1 dc and 2 ch), sk 2 ch, *dc into next dc, 2 ch; rep from * across, dc into 6th ch of tch, turn [= 11 dc, 20 ch]. Row 13-20: rep row 3. Row 21-140: rep rows 11-20 until row 140 is done. Fasten off. Edge The edge is worked in the round. Change to col B. Start in the corner where you ended the trellis pattern (RS). Rnd 1: 3 ch, (4 dc, 3 ch, 5 dc) into cnr-sp, *(now work into the sides of the dc-sts) (5 ch, sk 2 dc-sps, 3 dc into next dc-sp) twice, 5 ch, sk 2 dc-sps, (5 dc, 3 ch, 5 dc) into next cnr-sp**, sk two 2 ch-sps, 3 dc into next dc-sp*, rep from * to * across the long edge, ending at ** in last cnr,

(5 ch, sk two 2 ch-sps, 3 dc into next 2 chsp) twice, 5 ch, sk two 2 ch-sps, (5 dc, 3 ch, 5 dc) into next cnr-sp; rep again from * to * across long edge, ending at ** in last cnr, (5 ch, sk two 2 ch-sps, 3 dc into next 2 ch-sp) twice, 5 ch, sk two 2 ch-sps, join into top of 3 ch at beg of rnd. Rnd 2: Join col C into 1st 3 ch-cnr made in prev rnd, 3 ch, (1 dc, 3 ch, 2 dc) into same 3 ch-sp, 3 ch, sk 2 dc, sc into next dc, 3 ch, sk 2 dc, *(sc, 3 ch, sc, 3 ch) into next three 5 ch-sps, sk 2 dc, sc into next dc, 3 ch, ** (2 dc, 3 ch, 2 dc) into 3 ch-sp, 3 ch, sk 2 dc, sc into next dc, sk 5 dc *, rep from * to * across long edge, ending at ** in last cnr, ◊ (2 dc, 3 ch, 2 dc) into cnr 3 ch-sp, 3 ch, sk 2 dc, sc into next dc, 3 ch, sk 2 dc, (sc, 3 ch, sc, 3 ch) into next three 5 ch-sps, sk 2 dc, sc into next dc, 3 ch ◊, (2 dc, 3 ch, 2 dc) into cnr 3 ch-sp, 3 ch, sk 2 dc, sc into next dc, 3 ch, sk 2 dc, rep again from * to * on long edge, ending at ** in last cnr, then rep from ◊ to ◊ to end, join with sl st into top of 3 ch at beg. Rnd 3: Join col A into 1st cnr 3-ch made in prev rnd, 3 ch, (1 dc, 3 ch, 2 dc) into same 3 ch-sp, (3 ch, sc into next 3 ch-sp) x 9, * 3 ch, (2 dc, 3 ch, 2 dc) into next cnr 3 ch-sp, ** 3 ch, sc into next two 3 ch-sps, (3 ch, sc into next 3 ch-sp) x 6*, rep from * to * across long edge, ending at ** at last cnr, (3 ch, sc into next 3 ch-sp) x 9, 3 ch, (2 dc, 3 ch, 2 dc) into next 3 ch-sp, (3 ch, sc into next 3 ch-sp) x 9, rep again from * to * across long edge, ending at ** in last cnr, (3 ch, sc into next 3 ch-sp) x 9, 3 ch, join with sl st into top of 3 ch at beg. Rnd 4: Join col B into 1st cnr 3-ch made in prev rnd, 3 ch, (1 dc, 1 tr, 3 ch, BEAD, 1 ch, 1 tr, 2 dc) into same 3 ch-sp, sc into next 3 ch-sp, (BC, sc into next 3 ch-sp) x 3, *CBC into next cnr 3 ch-sp, ** sc into next two 3 ch-sps, (BC, sc into next 3 chsp) x 2,* rep from * to * across long edge, ending at ** at last cnr, sc into next 3 chsp, (BC, sc into next 3 ch-sp) x 3, CBC into next 3 ch-sp, sc into next 3 ch-sp, (BC, sc into next 3 ch-sp) x 3, rep again from * to * across long edge, ending at ** at last cnr, sc into next 3 ch-sp, (BC, sc into next 3 ch-sp) x 3, join with sl st into top of 3 ch at beg. Fasten off. Sew away yarn ends.

Crochet this easy scarf for those cooler days between seasons.

Wrap it up

designed and crocheted by Beatrix Snyman

st yling Carin Smith photos Ed O’Riley


DIFFICULTY: intermediate TIME: five days Measurements The pattern is written for size 34 (87cm), but includes full instructions on how to adjust for larger sizes. For larger sizes, remember to buy more yarn in the main colour; approximately 1 ball extra per size should be sufficient. Bust 34/87 Length to shoulder 80cm Sleeve length 31cm You will need ♥ Nurturing Fibres Eco-Cotton: 9 balls of 50g/125m in Cobblestone, 1 ball of 50g/125m each in Charcoal, Ruby Pink, Watershed, Lavender, Sweet Pea and Pear ♥ 4mm crochet hook ♥ tapestry needle ♥ scissors Tension 14 sts x 10 rows = 10cm x 10cm when worked in tr with a 4mm hook Abbreviations beg – begin(ning) ch – chain cont – continue dc – double crochet dec – decrease htr – half treble rep – repeat rnd – round R/WS – right/wrong side sk – skip sl st – slip stitch st(s) – stitch(es) tr – treble 2 tr tog – two treble stitches together (= dec)

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3You can follow Brenda on Instagram at @hookybren.

Boho tunic Winter is around the corner, so take some me-time and crochet this comfy tunic. designed and crocheted by Brenda Grobler st yling Carin Smith photo Ed O’Riley IMPORTANT Pattern Notes Ch 3 replaces the first treble and count as a stitch. (For a flawless stitch, try using a standing twist tr to begin rounds; tutorials are available on the internet.) The post of the stitch refers to the actual body of the stitch. The pattern is worked from the top downwards. The yoke is completed first. For larger sizes, work approx 1 more round (per size) on the yoke before joining for the body. For best results, try the yoke on before continuing to work on the body. The body has regular increases. To ensure a perfect fit, try the tunic on at regular intervals and then either work fewer straight rounds between increase rounds (e.g. 4 straight rounds, instead of 5 as stipulated in the pattern) for larger hips, or more, and (e.g. 6 straight rounds, instead of 5 as stipulated in the pattern) for smaller hips. To crochet With a 4mm hook and Eco-Cotton Cobblestone, make 90 ch, join into the round with a sl st, but be careful not to twist the ch. Rnd 1: (RS) 3 ch, 1 tr into next 18 ch, 1 ch, 1 tr into the next 26 ch, 1 ch, 1 tr into the next 19 ch, 1 ch, 1 tr into the next 26 ch, close with a dc into the 3rd ch, turn (to close, insert hook into the 3rd ch of the starting tr, make a dc as per normal; this will replace the 1 ch of the other 3 corners) [= 90 sts, four 1 ch- sp corners].

Rnd 2: 3 ch, 1 tr into each st to the next 1 ch-sp, *(1 tr, 1 ch, 1 tr) into the next 1 chsp, 1 tr into each st to the next 1 ch-sp*, rep from * to * all around, 1 tr into the beg 1 ch-sp, close with a dc into the 3rd ch, turn [= 98 sts, four 1 ch-sp corners]. Rnd 3 – 15: Rep previous rnd [= 202 sts, four 1 ch-sp corners]. Work more rnds for larger sizes, but keep in mind a further 3 ch will be added for each armhole. When working more rnds, keep in mind the longer sides are the body, the shorter sides are the sleeves. Body Rnd 16: 3 ch, 1 tr into each st across to next 1 ch-sp, 1 tr into the 1 ch-sp, 3 ch, sk all the sts to the next 1 ch-sp, and work 1 tr into the 1 ch-sp, 1 tr into each st to the next 1 ch-sp, 1 tr into the next 1 ch-sp, 3 ch, sk all the last unworked sts to the beg 3 ch, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn [= 112 tr, 2 x 3 ch]. Rnd 17: sl st to the second ch, 3 ch, 1 tr into the next ch, 1 tr into each st across to the next 3 ch, 1 tr into each ch, 1 tr into each st across, 1 tr into next ch, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn [= 118 tr]. Rnd 18 – 21: 3 ch, 1 tr into each st around, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn. Rnd 22: 3 ch, 1 tr into the next 12 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 30 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 27 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 30 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 14 sts, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn [= 122 sts].

Rnd 23 – 27: 3 ch, 1 tr into each tr all around, close with sl st into 3rd ch, turn. Rnd 28: 3 ch, 1 tr into the next 12 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 32 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 27 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 32 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 14 sts, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn [= 126 sts]. Rnd 29 – 33: 3 ch, 1 tr into each tr all around, close with sl st into 3rd ch, turn. Rnd 34: 3 ch, 1 tr into the next 12 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 34 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 27 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 34 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 14 sts, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn [= 130 sts]. Rnd 35 – 39: 3 ch, 1 tr into each tr all around, close with sl st into 3rd ch, turn. Rnd 40: 3 ch, 1 tr into the next 12 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 36 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 27 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 36 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 14 sts, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn [= 134 sts]. Rnd 41 – 45: 3 ch, 1 tr into each tr all around, close with sl st into 3rd ch, turn. Rnd 46: 3 ch, 1 tr into the next 12 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 38 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 27 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 38 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 14 sts, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn [= 138 sts]. Rnd 47 – 51: 3 ch, 1 tr into each tr all

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stitchcraft around, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn. Rnd 52: 3 ch, 1 tr into the next 12 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into next 40 sts, 2 tr into next st, 1 tr into the next 27 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 40 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 14 sts, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn [= 142 sts]. Rnd 53 – 57: 3 ch, 1 tr into each tr all around, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn. Rnd 58: 3 ch, 1 tr into the next 12 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into next 42 sts, 2 tr into next st, 1 tr into the next 27 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 42 sts, 2 tr into the next st, 1 tr into the next 14 sts, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn [= 146 sts]. Rnd 59 – 63: 3 ch, 1 tr into each tr all around, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn and fasten off. Lower border Rnd 1: Join Charcoal into the first st, 1 ch, work 1 htr into each st around, close with a sl st into the first htr and fasten off. The following rnds will all be worked in dc. Close with a sl st into the first dc, and fasten off after each rnd. Rejoin new colour between two sts. Turn after each rnd. Rnd 2: Use Ruby Pink. Rnd 3: Use Watershed. Rnd 4: Use Lavender. Rnd 5: Use Sweet Pea. Rnd 6 – 9: rep rnds 2 – 5. Rnd 10: Use Pear.

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Sleeves Rnd 1: With Cobblestone, 3 ch, 1 tr into the next ch, 1 tr around the post of the next tr, 1 tr into each st all around to next 1 chsp, 1 tr around the post of the next tr, 1 tr into the next ch, turn [= 52 sts]. Rnd 2 – 4: 3 ch, 1 tr into each st around, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn. Rnd 5: 3 ch, 2 tr tog over the next 2 sts, work 1 tr into each st to last 3 sts, 2 tr tog over the next 2 sts, 1 tr into the last st, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn [= 50 sts]. Rnd 6 – 8: 3 ch, 1 tr into each st around, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn. Rnd 9: Rep rnd 5 [= 48 sts]. Rnd 10 – 12: 3 ch, 1 tr into each st around, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn. Rnd 13: Rep rnd 5 [= 46 sts]. Rnd 14 – 16: 3 ch, 1 tr into each st around, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn. Rnd 17: Rep rnd 5 [= 44 sts]. Rnd 18 – 20: 3 ch, 1 tr into each st around, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn. Rnd 21: Rep rnd 5 [= 42 sts]. Rnd 22 – 26: 3 ch, 1 tr into each st around, close with a sl st into the 3rd ch, turn and fasten off. Rep for second sleeve. Sleeve border Rnd 1: Join Charcoal into the first st, 1 ch, work 1 htr into each st around, close with a sl st into the first htr and fasten off. The following rnds will all be worked in dc. Close with a sl st into the first dc, and fasten off after each rnd. Rejoin new colour between two sts. Turn after each rnd. Rnd 2: Use Ruby Pink. Rnd 3: Use Watershed. Rnd 4: Use Lavender. Rnd 5: Use Sweet Pea. Rnd 6: Use Pear. Neck Band Rnd 1: Join Charcoal into any st, 1 ch, work 1 dc into each st around, close with a sl st into the first dc, turn and fasten off. Rnd 2: Use Pear and rep previous rnd. Fasten off. To make up Weave in all remaining yarn ends. Block garment to measurement, cover with a damp cloth (or spray with water) and allow to dry. stand a chance to win this yarn One lucky reader will receive all the Eco-Cotton yarn for this gorgeous tunic. Eco-Cotton is a softly spun yarn with 125 metres to a ball. It is 100% cotton and lovingly hand-dyed in South Africa by Nurturing Fibres. To be in line to win this gift, send us an email with ‘Nurturing Fibres’ in the subject line and tell us what your favourite project or article is in this edition of Ideas. Entries must reach us before 26 June 2017. 3Stockists are listed on the website nurturingfibres. com.

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little shelf This narrow shelving unit is ideal for storing all your craft supplies in a small space. Paint it to match your décor or decoupage it to give it some extra personality. by Germarie Bruwer st yling Carin Smith photos Ed O’Riley

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SHELf You will need ♥ three 2,4m pine planks PAR (planed all round) 19 x 94mm ♥ one 1,2m pine PAR 19 x 94mm ♥ three 1,8m pine PAR 19 x 44mm ♥ one 2,4m pine PAR 19 x 44mm ♥ 1,2m white laminated shelf or laminated pine shelf 19 x 380mm ♥ sixty-two 4 x 32mm wood screws ♥ two 4 x 75mm wood screws ♥ wood filler ♥ scraper ♥ 100 grit sandpaper ♥ 3mm wood drill bit ♥ paint suitable for wood (we used Prominent Paints Ultrasheen waterbased emulsion in white for the frame and the outside of the shelves, and Fired Earth Chalk Paint in Seine


Cut the top and bottom of both the front legs at the angles as shown on diagram alongside.



Olive for the inside of the shelf boxes) Cutting lists frame (Use the 19 x 44mm pine) two pieces of 1 400mm (back legs) two pieces of 1 455mm (front legs) one piece of 420mm (horizontal strut at top) sides of shelf boxes (Use the 19 x 94mm pine) two pieces of 120mm (sides of top box) two pieces of 220mm (sides of box second from top) two pieces of 320mm (sides of box second from bottom) two pieces of 400mm (sides of bottom box) eight pieces of 420mm (front and back panels of all four boxes) base of shelf boxes (Use the laminated shelf or pine) one piece of 120mm (top box) one pieces of 220mm (box second from top) one piece of 320mm (box second from bottom) one pieces of 420mm (bottom box)

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Use the diagram below to drill pilot holes in the pre-cut sides of the shelf boxes. This will prevent the wood splitting when you assemble it.

Assemble the shelf boxes by first screw-fixing the side panels onto the laminated or pine base, and then screw the back and front panels in place.

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Use matching wood filler and a scraper to fill the holes and cover the screws.

Once the filler has dried, use sandpaper to smooth it down.



Once all the boxes are in place, position the front leg and screwfix that onto the boxes. Always remember to drill a pilot hole first.

Use a 75mm wood screw to fix the front and back legs together. Then add a horizontal strut at the top to further strengthen the shelf.


Following the diagram below, drill pilot holes and then screw-fix the back legs of the frame to the boxes. The biggest box should be 100mm from the floor, with the subsequent boxes spaced at 260mm.


Paint the shelf, allowing sufficient drying time between coats. If you used a white laminated shelf base inside the boxes, make sure the paint you choose is suitable for laminate. Craft paint is great for this.

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Hanging out What do you do with an old table, a shopping bag and some unused backscratchers? You upcycle them! projec ts and photos by Almie Louis


o me, recycling is about everything – think wider than furniture, cutlery and crockery, and make use of all the little bits that you receive from a house clean or move. These projects are all about the odd little things that would have ended up in the recycling bin.’ – Almie

You will also need ♥ fine sandpaper ♥ damp cloth ♥ white acrylic paint ♥ paintbrush and roller ♥ staple gun and staples ♥ white insulation tape ♥ scissors

Plastic shelf

To make

Make over a second-hand table and create some clever storage space at the same time. Recycled items ♥ old table ♥ old woven plastic shopping bag

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1 The table was in a good condition and only needed a thorough sanding to remove the varnish. When sanding varnish from wood, use a fine grade of sandpaper to avoid scratching the wood. Wipe the table with a damp cloth to clean off any sanding dust. 2 Paint the legs and the top with white paint. (I used an acrylic paint and a small

foam roller for a smooth finish.) Apply two to three coats. Between each coat, leave the paint to dry, gently sand it with fine sandpaper and wipe away any dust with a damp cloth before applying the next coat. When you are satisfied with your table you can add the plastic ‘shelf’. 3 Cut the plastic shopping bag open along the zip and make sure you have a rectangular piece of vinyl that can fit loosely underneath the table. Use the white insulation tape to neaten the edges of the rectangular piece of vinyl. 4 Staple the plastic to the wood along two opposite sides of the table – staple it under the table top so the staples are not visible. 5 Your new-look table is ready for storing and displaying books.


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Silhouette art

There was a bag of cigarette filters in a box of mixed items I was given. This find inspired me to create a silhouette portrait on another typical market find – an old baking tray. Draw or trace the picture of your choice onto the baking tray and glue the filters around the outline, to give the picture some depth and texture. You can also fill in the picture with filters, if you prefer.

Backscratcher hooks

I am not sure why you would need three back scratchers, but they were perfect for this coat-hook or key-holder project. I used a metal saw to cut the plastic scratchers from the handles. I fastened them to the wood with thin screws and a drill, and finished off with black ribbon for a graphic look. 102 IDEAS May/June 2017


Pen art

Marking pens are great for making over a plain object. I used masking tape and a flexible plastic ruler as my pattern guides to transform a white ceramic vase into something special.

Quirky paperweights

This is a quick and easy way to make simple, fun ‘spoiled milk’ paperweights. I filled some small glass jars with white plaster to create a milky effect and placed a plastic fly on top of the wet plaster. It all set beautifully.

Cracked glass

A felt placemat with an interesting cut-out design was ideal for upcycling a cracked glass vase into a tealight candle holder. Use fabric glue to glue the felt onto the glass. Leave it to dry properly before lighting the candle. May/June 2017 IDEAS 103

your life


make,teach Italian Federica Marchesini came to live in Cape Town 16 years ago to live out her three passions ‒ one of them her own book. by TERENA LE ROUX photos MARTIN KLUGE and FEDERICA MARCHESINI


Why did you come to South Africa?



At the time I was living in Hamburg, Germany, I worked in the import/ export department at a high-end fashion company that had an office in Cape Town as well. I came to visit them and didn t want to return home.

I am very creative and crazy about making things, especially from material I already have at home. My mother was 44 when she had me and my twin sister, Francesca, and our much older sister, Susy, raised us. She was a nursery school teacher who taught children to see objects in different ways. Francesca and I learned this too. A piece of paper isn t just paper, it can also be the material with which I decoupage. Making things feeds my soul and makes my house beautiful, and just keeps me happy. I m also fond of languages. I speak different languages and teach Italian, English and French at my language school, Lingo, in Cape Town. My background is tourism and languages. My love for people goes well with these. In tourism you don t have weeks to get to know people ‒ after three days they go back home. You have to create an instant bond.

just been released in English. I felt I had a story to tell about my experiences here and created a Bridget Jones type of character to do it through. It was wonderful for me, and once my Italian friends - who were able to read the Italian version last year - asked what happened next, I immediately started writing again. The first two chapters of the sequel are already written. At the same time I m expanding my language school into a creative place where you can come to learn about anything from yoga to crafts. The nice thing is that we ll be able to combine classes where you can learn about French food and at the same time learn how to order a meal in French restaurant. My co-workers and I play with the combination of all our passions and talents to put together useful, enjoyable sessions that are full of creative inspiration.


And why did you stay here?

We Italians like South Africa. All the space and freedom is unbelievable. If you go to live in a European country, there s an unwritten rule that you have to fall in with their customs. Here everyone is so free to be whoever they want to be. I could really blossom here and so could my creativity. It was like experiencing a rebirth. I started almost immediately on a range of jewellery that I made in between my work and sold to shops. People liked the items because they were a combination of my Italian feel for design and Africa s influence on me.

What is your greatest love?

What is your latest project? My first published book, Afritalian, has

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Federica made the heart herself from old wine corks before decorating it with all her favourite things.

In her at in Sea Point, she tackled her furniture, plant holders and walls herself to bring in her love for colour. Her feather boa lampshade next to the bed, the hide decorations above the bed and the bedside lamps are all her own handiwork. Federica's book, Afritalian (R200), will be available on Amazon as an ebook or can be ordered from her by email at

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Creative cooking teacher For Linden food stylist and consultant Ankie Niesing, healthy ingredients and appetising dishes go hand in hand. Here s her story. by TERENA LE ROUX photos MARSEL ROOTHMAN and TRACEY KELSEY


Where does your love of food come from? I ve always loved cooking. I began baking as a child and at the age of eight or nine I starting compiling my own recipe book with photocopies from the library. Luckily my mother allowed me in the kitchen. For many years I simply followed recipes, but now I m much more experimental. Before I realise it, I m in the kitchen experimenting. Food is unbelievable. Every meal should be a feast, whether it s a salad for work or a quick sandwich ‒ make it look good and enjoy the moment.


Have you ever done anything else? Worked for a boss?

After I finished studying, a friend and I went to London. I was only supposed to go for six months, but in the end I stayed for 10 years and taught food technology at a girls school. It was a

wonderful experience and I learned so much about other cultures and food. I also came to realise that there is lots of work to be done with children: to change their perceptions about vegetables and fruit and to equip them with life skills. My work days in London were long and full of other school duties that didn t really make my heart beat faster and that stole much of my time. Now it s a wonderful privilege to be able to plan my day and to see more of my family.


How did you start The Wooden Spoon Kitchen? And how long has it been on the go?

I wanted to teach people to cook, from children to adults, and at the same time teach them about the value of food as nutrition and that you can eat your way to better health. I decided in London this was what I wanted to do on our return and bought much of my equipment there, to bring back with me. One afternoon my sister, who is a graphic designer, and I were tossing around ideas and in the end it was her, I think, who came up with the name. Originally it was The little wooden spoon kitchen because initially I only offered children s classes, but I

changed it recently as my focus is not only on youngsters. I taught my first class about three years ago, in a friend s house, for six kids. At the moment the business is being run from our house and is an integral part of our family life. My husband and children are used to my experimental dinners and weekend parties.


What services do you offer?

We run courses about healthy food mostly for children, teenagers and domestic workers. We also regularly host children s parties where the focus is on correct foods, cooking techniques and gardening rather than loading up on an excess of sugar. I m also involved with food styling and I m a food consultant and I recently developed my first meal planners, which have already had a huge impact on our own household. (Find your meal planner on page 46.)


And what is your favourite? That s not an easy question to answer, but if I had to choose something, I d say the creative aspect of food styling and recipe development. But also the interaction with people.

3 Find out more about Ankie Niesing and her Wooden Spoon Kitchen on her website,, search for

Wooden Spoon Kitchen on Facebook, or follow her on Instagram @wooden_spoon_kitchen.


What is your next goal?

I would like to offer more cooking classes and work sessions as well as some interactive cooking evenings for adults. I m also translating the meal planners into other African languages and adjusting them to suit diets like veganism and paleo. I d like to design more handy kitchen products under the Wooden Spoon Kitchen trademark this year as well. And perhaps there s another recipe book on the horizon.


And your dream destination?

A small deli at the seaside, with a food studio on the first floor and a large vegetable garden in the yard, a bicycle with a basket, people who laugh and make food together, the scent of fresh herbs and red wine. . .


If you could offer one piece of advice to other creative entrepreneurs, what would it be?

Just start ‒ even if it s not always possible to resign from your job. And once you have started, keep going. It takes an enormous amount of perseverance to push on when things are not working out, but then you can come up with new plans.

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A moment of now Meditation has become one of the most popular ways of taking back control over our lives. There are various other ways of calming our minds too. If sitting in meditation for half an hour or more every day simply does not work for you, here are some other ways of focusing on the here and now: ♥ Go for a relaxed stroll in nature and simply observe what’s going on around you. ♥ Tend your own garden, get your hands in the soil and see the fruits of your labour. ♥ Simple doodling is a popular way of just being in your own little world. ♥ Colouring in did not become such a huge trend only because it’s fun. It’s also immensely therapeutic. ♥ Do some scrapbooking or make a collage – nothing too complicated. Spending an afternoon cutting, moving pictures around and pasting them in place will keep you focused on the beauty of the pages in front of you rather than lamenting the past or fretting the future. Use our pages to get you going.

‘The goal of meditation is not to control your thoughts. It’s to stop letting them control you.’ - Jon André

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Your questions


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Whether you need to know which foot to use for creative stitchcraft or how to organise your inbox, we have the answers.


wORD of the month:




My inbox is overflowing and my phone never stops ringing. How do I ease the pressure?


With everyone being an online friend these days, you can feel pressurised to react instantly to emails and social media messages. But you don’t have to.

if it’s urgent. Schedule a daily ‘email

technique employing

hour’ – for example, half an hour in the

many small dots or flecks

morning and another in the afternoon.

to construct the image; the technique of using small dots to create shading varying from light to dark; to paint, engrave or draw by means of dots or small touches of the brush, pen or other tool.

♥ Even better: don’t look at emails or messages the instant they come in, and check your inbox for new messages a maximum of three times a day. ♥ If it’s urgent, a clever colleague will say so in the subject line. Use your discretion about ‘high priority’ messages as emails are often marked as such when they are not. ♥ If it’s really an emergency, the person will phone you if you don’t respond to

Did you know? According to an old European superstition, spilling salt

the email or social media message. ♥ And on the subject of phone calls, avoid non-urgent calls in the middle of a deadline crunch. Let people leave

will bring bad luck. Another superstition is that you

a message. Set your phone to silent

must throw salt over your left shoulder to ward off evil.

or turn down the sound – look who is phoning and decide if they can wait.

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♥ Answer emails immediately only

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Q How

do I use the various machine feet for decorative cord work?

Foot with two grooves on the underside:

These feet, which are available in a range of sizes, allow you to work with two cords at the same time.


Hanlie Snyman from Bernina explains that cord work (couching) can include circles, stripes, frames, waves, spirals or accents on appliqué - anything your heart desires to add surface texture to creative needlework projects. Use the different feet as follows:

Also for two cords, but slightly smaller

Larger embroidery foot:

This one has a bigger hole for thicker cord. If you are using a soft cord or braid, you can make curves and curls with this foot.

Free motion couching foot:

This is a wonderful foot for creative couching that enables you to weave, add borders to appliqué and work curves and shapes such as spirals and feathers. It has a rounded base that glides easily over fabric and a needle opening in the middle so you can work in any direction.

Larger embroidery foot with groove: The foot has a groove on the underside to hold thicker cord in place.

Foot with multiple grooves:

This foot can hold several thin threads together at the same time, which means you can create your own cord or cable, for example by working three or five threads together. The threads lie in narrow grooves on the foot, which has a small ‘door’ that holds them in place.

SmallER embroidery foot:

Use with thin cord. The foot has a small hole at the front through which the cord fits neatly.

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Please pass the salt! Salt has myriad uses in the kitchen.

1 Enhance the flavour of cocoa drinks and desserts with a pinch of salt.

2 Release the juices in meat by seasoning it an hour before cooking.

3 Prevent mould forming on cheese by wrapping the cheese a paper towel dampened with salt water.

4 Stop pancakes sticking to the pan by wiping the pan between batches with a piece of cheesecloth wrapped around coarse salt.

5 Wash dirt and grit from leafy greens by soaking them in cold salt water for up to 15Â minutes.

6Stop apples, pears and potatoes from going brown as you slice them by placing them into a bowl of lightly salted cold water.

7 Milk lasts almost twice as long in the fridge if you add a pinch of salt to the bottle as soon as you open it.

8 Neutralise bitter coffee that’s sat too long by adding a pinch of salt to your cup.

9 Keep hard-boiled eggs intact and make them easier to peel by adding a pinch of salt to the cooking water.

10 Sprinkle salt over a chicken 24 hours before cooking it for the most flavourful and juicy roast imaginable.

GOOD IDEA Rub salt between the palms of your hands to remove the smell of garlic and onion.

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Baking utensils available at The Baker’s Den (460 Koeberg Road, Montague Gardens, Cape Town;

cutting wire

Dough cutter or icing smoother

This gadget makes it easier to cut delicate cakes into evensized layers. The height is adjustable and the wire blade gives a clean, neat cut.

This is a handy tool for cake decorating and helps give the icing a smooth, professional finish.


Piping bag

Piping bags can be filled with icing or cooled melted chocolate for piping attractive decorations. They are available a variety of sizes. Some are reusable and some are disposable.

Whisk: Whisks add volume and aerate ingredients.

A balloon whisk is used for whipping cream and beating eggs. An electric whisk or food mixer is easier to use if you are working with large volumes.

1. Measuring spoons

A fine sieve made from metal is necessary for sifting flour, icing sugar and cocoa powder, which is highly recommended when cake making. Sifting removes lumps and aerates the ingredients. (Use a small tea strainer to dust surfaces of cakes with icing sugar or cocoa for decoration purposes.)

If measurements are given in spoons, it’s important to use proper measuring spoons for accuracy. They are used for measuring dry or liquid ingredients. Ordinary spoons vary in size and when you are baking cakes, your quantity of each ingredient needs to be exact.



2. Spatula

A plastic spatula is used to remove all the mixture from a bowl. It bends easily to make it easier to scrape the sides of the bowl. It can also be used for icing cakes.

Cake boards: These come in various

3. Palette knife

sizes and shapes. They give stability and strength to cakes. Use thicker ones as the base for large cakes and thinner ones for small cakes or to divide cake tiers.


A palette knife is a long, thin implement with a rounded end. It is used for spreading and smoothing fillings and icing onto cakes.



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Nozzles are fitted into the tip of the piping bag to give the desired decorative shape. They come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes.

An accurate scale is vital for proper measurements. Digital scales will measure precisely and can be set to ‘0’ with a container on them, so you can weigh your ingredients in the bowl you will be mixing them in.

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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 in 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 a knight’s move from the E, which is on the grid. The darkened 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 be possible to have more than one correct sequence? If your solution is different from ours, then YES.

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What is a knight’s move?

This is a chess move. The knight (represented in chess by a horse s head) can move in an L shape either two squares away horizontally and one square vertically, or two vertically and one horizontally. In the diagram alongside, 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.

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