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m sitting at Venice s Marco Polo airport on my way back to Amsterdam for my last three days in the northern hemisphere and I m looking at the tantalizing photos from this issue that Dala sent me. Shortly before I left on my ďŹ ve-week tour of Europe, as part of my three months sabbatical from the oďŹƒce, we went shopping for the fabrics. And we picked out the ďŹ‚ower paper together with Lizel and Ciskia. But those were my only contributions to this year s ďŹ‚oral edition â€’ always one of my favourites. While the team was busy with the projects, and the stylists and Ed made them look as good as they possibly could, I was experiencing the pleasures and creativity of Paris, Madrid, Berlin and Florence. My ďŹ‚ower-themed room in Paris (walls, ceiling, entrance . . . everything except the ďŹ‚oor) had me wishing we could shoot at least one article there, as did the courtyards of Berlin that were perfect with their bright ďŹ‚owerpots everywhere. At the Berlin Wall a few artists had given their murals a ďŹ‚oral
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ďŹ‚avour, while the Florentines (naturally) simply sculpted them in marble. And it s the colours of the stone walls on the Cinque Terre and the ďŹ‚owers against them that transform the buildings into a breathtaking picture. By this time I m no longer sure what day of the week it is. My heart and brain â€’ and clothes â€’ are overďŹ‚owing from all I have seen and experienced; often on my own and so swept away that I couldn t stop walking and checking and looking before the sun started to set at 9.30pm. On other occasions I was with friends around tables laden with olives and breads and glasses of cold Italian spritzers or wine. This issue is almost on its way to the printers, but I didn t want to miss my monthly chat with you. Phew, I almost missed my ďŹ‚ight! When I looked up I was sitting all alone here and writing about ďŹ‚owers. So now I must switch oďŹ€ my iPad. Enjoy this issue. I know I can t wait to see it too.
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Before I had to make a career choice after school, I went to a career counsellor and she told me I would have to do something that requires a lot of creativity, otherwise I would become extremely frustrated. I decided on graphic design and applied at the best place I knew. I was very excited, but at the same time I was scared as I hadn t studied art as a subject at school and I began to doubt whether I would be able to complete the course successfully. My father advised me to go to university and ďŹ rst get a proper degree. I followed his advice and enrolled for a BA degree. I enjoyed the course, but I couldn t wait for holidays so I could be creative, attend workshops and get my creativity ďŹ‚owing again. After my degree I still felt a longing to go in a more creative direction. I knew I owed it to myself to try. I did research into the best places to study graphic design and applied at two of them. To my surprise I was accepted at both and I enrolled at the one that was my ďŹ rst choice. I am currently studying what I always should have and ďŹ nd it very rewarding even though it is challenging and I am out of my comfort zone most of the time. With my ďŹ rst semester successfully behind me I have renewed hope in my abilities and I feel liberated and excited. Tarien Bruwer, Robertson
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After buying Ideas for the ďŹ rst time in six months, a wave of inspiration hit me. With all the amazing, colourful and art-ďŹ lled pictures and articles in the July 2013 issue I felt I had to stop putting it oďŹ€ and ďŹ nally decoupage my stained freezer door. And so at 8pm on a Monday I snipped, tore and arranged the pictures I wanted to display and that will ensure a smile on my face each time I walk past. Two hours later and with modge podgecovered hands, I was absolutely amazed at the result. I initially felt slightly irritated with the bubbling of the paper on the wet modge podge, but I realised that the bubbles give the piece an old, weathered and vintage look, which is what I wanted. Mission accomplished! Marion Hart, by email
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From making candles, to decorating and painting, Ideas helped me discover the person I was really meant to be: creative, talented, with a passion for beautiful things. I m a single parent and it s tough, but instead of feeling lonely and sorry for myself, I get creative, take something old and make it look good.
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Your magazine is so full of ideas that make all of us feel we can live in lovely homes. Ideas is a magazine to savour, be inspired by and share. The recipes are economical and delicious; the dĂŠcor ideas are aďŹ€ordable, stunning and inspiring. I use some of the pages to decoupage cereal boxes to use as magazine ďŹ les. I also cover small pieces of card as gift tags and make small gift bags. Rosemarie Wilkie, by email
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Stylish tiles Thanks Ideas, you ve inspired us to add a vibrant new range to our Tile Style collection. Your delightful feature on paper from old ďŹ‚ower paintings at the Rijksmuseum was too tempting not to use and we ve created Floral Paintings from it. Our current range of handmade dĂŠcor tiles consists of six designs, including Vintage Glamour , Birds , and Gingham & Roses . The tiles are available at leading art and craft stores nationwide, as well as on our website mosaicworksonline.co.za. The collection is ever expanding and we will soon be launching a range that will be suitable for kitchen and bathroom applications, and fun dĂŠcor magnets in a rainbow of designs, as well as oďŹ€ering clients a customised service where they can add their favourite colour, design or logo to our tiles. Jacqui Charles, Mosaic Works
I received a canvas with tapestry wool from a woman at our home crafts club and wondered what I could do with it. I drew a picture of cherries on the canvas and started working it out, still not knowing what to do with the end product. About a month after completing the tapestry, I received my June 2013 issue of Ideas and there I saw your Provence rose pincushion project. Immediately it struck me that it was what I could do with the tapestry. Esra Leibold, Germiston
Nurturing the seed of creativity My mom-in-law Daphne s creative example and encouragement has nurtured the little seed I had and I now have a home-based business making stationery and gifts. The creative bud has bloomed and I look at life in a diďŹ€erent way now. The vanity case makeover [see the photo below] is a car-boot-sale ďŹ nd that Daphne covered in pages from the July issue of Ideas . . . and now she has a stylish case. My mom-in-law s creative world extends from what she wears to her home dĂŠcor by teaching herself paint techniques, reupholstering chairs, rescuing furniture from dumps and transforming it, ďŹ nding wonderful fabric and making quirky aprons and ďŹ‚ower brooches, and turning photo collages into personalised gifts. She delighted her grandchildren, Sydney and Danielle, with papier-mĂ˘chĂŠ fairy boxes, games made out of cardboard, felt bugs, and knitted animals. They believe she can make anything! Other projects include handbags, her daughter s wedding dress, costume jewellery, and prizewinning teddy bears. While my sister-in-law and I worked, Daphne looked after our girls who have grown into their teens with the seed of creativity ďŹ rmly planted and ďŹ‚ourishing.
Art on a table The pages of fabulous ďŹ‚oral Dutch paintings in your July 2013 issue inspired me to try my hand at decoupage. The result was this retro table that I had great fun covering. The table is now sitting in Sentiment, my mini dĂŠcor shop at the House of Heart Emporium in Pietermaritzburg. I have not recently allowed much time for craft work and I had forgotten how relaxing and rewarding it is. Thank you for inspiring me once more. Carol Bradford, Pietermaritzburg
INSPIRED TO PAINT I savour the details that your stylists put together to create the varied styles, such as vintage, shabby chic or eclectic, as there is so much to feast on. Having recently taken up art lessons I constantly search for suitable subjects that I can use in my art sessions. Ideas gives me that material; the sophisticated styling and funky colour schemes that you
put together gave me the subjects for the two paintings I completed in my second term. They were inspired from your October 2012 and May 2013 issues; the intensity of the colours was perfect for me to recreate with my acrylic paints and suitably simplistic for my novice style. My third term starts soon and I will shortly be searching the pages of Ideas for more inspiration. Hazel van der Hoven, by email
I will happily fork out my R40 as I think the content of your fabulous magazine more than justiďŹ es the price! I love the quality of the paper, and the very stylish layout, as well as the informative, current and easy-to-follow articles. Just a thought for those who are no longer going to buy the magazine due to the cost: where else can you ďŹ nd a how-to manual for this price? Sharon Welman, by email
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Every day prices increase â€’ petrol, food, and so on. Life is getting more expensive. Ideas has brought so much fun to my life, and my family, with the great recipes and the craft projects. I will gladly pay the R40 for a magazine that will always be in my home and that I can refer back to. Well done to the team that put together this fabulous magazine. Petro Spies, Port Elizabeth
I was surprised to see that some people ďŹ nd paying R40 for a magazine of this calibre is too much. Firstly, the ideas that you give are a way of making money and therefore can oďŹ€set the cost of the magazine. Secondly, money is wasted on things that are not healthy, without even a thought. Keep up the good work. I most certainly will continue to buy your magazine and can highly recommend it to my friends as R40 that is well spent. Dee Nepgen, by email
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Now is a good time to plant herbs. They will not only add textural interest and fragrance to your garden, but will ensure your cooking is ďŹ‚avourful too. Plant vygies in a sunny, welldrained position for explosive colour in your garden. Plant fragrant ďŹ‚owering shrubs or trees around your outdoor living spaces to ensure sweetly scented summer evenings. Feed ďŹ‚owering shrubs and fruit trees with 3:1:5. Mulch beds with compost or bark.
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Make a DIFFERENCE The SunďŹ‚ower Fund Bandana Day is on 12 October. Purchase a bandana for R25 from any Pick n Pay store and wear it on the day, in solidarity with leukaemia suďŹ€erers who lose their hair through chemotherapy. What can you do with your old bandanas? Return them to The SunďŹ‚ower Fund at PO Box
31163, Tokai, 7966, to be recycled into quilts that are donated to hospital wards, and children s and old-age homes. For details on how to become a bone marrow stem cell donor, or to support fundraising events, contact The SunďŹ‚ower Fund on 0800 12 10 82, or go to sunďŹ‚owerfund.org.za
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SPICE of the month Chilli peppers Chilli peppers are easy to grow in most climates, but they do need a sunny, sheltered spot, rich well-drained soil and regular watering. There are many diďŹ€erent varieties of chilli peppers, with heat levels that range from mild to ďŹ ery hot. As a general rule, the smaller, narrower and darker the chilli, the greater its heat will be. However, as growing conditions can aďŹ€ect the hotness of a chill, this is not always so. To reduce the heat of a chilli, remove the seeds and membrane or try adding a whole chilli during cooking and removing it before serving. Never touch your eyes or mouth after handling hot chillies. Chillies are packed with vitamin C as well as B vitamins, potassium, magnesium and iron. The capsaicin in hot peppers is believed to decrease blood cholesterol and triglycerides, boost immunity and reduce the risk of stomach ulcers. Scientists have also found that eating chillies may help you lose weight by speeding up your metabolism and helping you burn fat. Spicy mince curry roti Heat 60ml sunďŹ‚ower oil in a saucepan. Add 2 chopped onions, 2 sticks cinnamon, 4 cloves, 4 cardamom pods and one sprig of curry leaves. Cook for a minute until fragrant. Add 1kg extra-lean beef mince and cook, stirring, until browned. Add 3 cloves crushed garlic, 10ml fresh grated ginger, 2-3 seeded and chopped chillies, 1 can chopped tomatoes and 10ml each of ground coriander and cumin. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add 2 peeled and cubed potatoes. Cover and cook for a further 15 minutes. Add 250ml frozen peas and 50ml freshly chopped coriander. Season to taste and serve on rotis.
The weather is warming up and the chances are good there ll be Sauvignon Blanc in your glass. It s South Africa s favourite white wine; its zippy, zingy freshness just perfect for sunny days by the pool. The herbaceous grassiness, acidity and minerality so typical of this variety should ideally be balanced with riper, more tropical notes of passion fruit, grapefruit, gooseberry and kiwi fruit. Cheaper Sauvignons are best drunk young, but well-made, pricier ones will beneďŹ t from a year or two in the bottle as their acidity mellows and they develop a rich savouriness. Darling and Durbanville have a reputation for producing serious, ďŹ ne Sauvignons, but there are good ones made
in Constantia, Elgin and Stellenbosch too. Often the best ones are blended with Semillon, adding weight to the palate. Pronounce it: soh-veenyawn blahnk Drink it with: seafood, salads with goat s cheese or vinaigrette, sushi, Thai coconut prawns, gazpacho, chicken and pasta dishes with creamy or buttery sauces, and anything with asparagus or peas. Try these: Simonsig Sunbird (R65), Winter s Drift (R65), Delaire (R70), Groote Post (R80), Fleur Du Cap UnďŹ ltered (R95), Buitenverwachting (R85), Durbanville Hills RhinoďŹ elds (R85), Spier Signature (R47), Waterford Pecan Stream (R49), SpringďŹ eld Life from Stone (R85) and Diemersdal (R52).
Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market in Assagay in KwaZulu-Natal is open from 6am until 10.30am every Saturday. Meet up with friends for an early breakfast then shop for farm-fresh goods like hormone-free meat, eggs, breads, olive oils and more. You ll also ďŹ nd a diverse range of creative hand-crafted items for sale. Go to shongwenimarket.co.za for more information.
DIARY for the month 5, 12 and 19 October Learn new creative skills by signing up for one of Art Angels craft courses in Pretoria East. In October they will oﬀer courses on pewter, mosaic and gilding as well as a workshop on how to decorate a birdhouse. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, go to artangels.co.za or call 071 675 2030. 1 October Attend a Victorian craft tea at the Sammy Marks Museum in Pretoria East. Have your photo taken in period clothing, tour the Victorian house, learn about 19th century crafts, watch a fashion show, and browse the craft stalls. A Victorianstyle tea will be served. Tickets are R250 each. For more information, call 082 908 2295 or email info@ siyakula-events.co.za 3-6 October Be inspired at the 2013 Durban Homemakers Expo at the Durban Exhibition Centre. For details, go to homemakersonline.co.za, call 031 764 5270 or email dbn.expo@ homemakers-sa.co.za. To win one of ﬁve sets of double tickets, go to ideasmag.co.za/competitions and ﬁll in the form provided. 3-6 October Visit Hobby-X Midrand at Gallagher Estate, Midrand. More than 130 exhibition stands will be displaying materials and ideas for a range of crafts and hobbies. There will also be demonstrations and workshops. Go to hobby-x.co.za for details. 4-6 October Attend a craft exhibition at the Kiepersol Community Centre in Eldoraigne in Centurion from 9am to 5pm. The entrance fee is R20 for adults and R10 for children. For more information call 083 305 8502.
5-6 October Head to the Durbanville Wine Valley for the Season of Sauvignon. This family-focused festival will feature wine from 12 Durbanville wine farms, great food and live music in beautiful surroundings. For more information, go to www.durbanvillewine.co.za or email email@example.com 11-13 October The Look & Feel Good Expo takes place at the Durban Exhibition Centre. There will be a variety of beauty, health and wellness, ﬁtness, greening and positive living options on show. For more information, go to ifeelgood. co.za or call 0861 115 318. 17-19 October Attend the Sewing, Knitting and Craft Workshop at Greyville Racecourse in Durban. A variety of exhibitors will be teaching crafts and selling supplies. Buy tickets (R90 each) at the door, or online at sewingandcrafts.co.za 19 October October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At the Pink Lady® Crafts for Cancer workshop, Ciskia Hanekom from Ideas will help you create a gratitude journal using a Japanese book-binding technique. Tickets cost R250 (for workshop, lunch and goodie bag). The full value of the ticket will be donated to Tygerberg Hospital s Breast Clinic Transport Fund. To book, call Theresa on 083 457 0763 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
24-26 October Attend the FNB Whisky Live Festival at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus. Explore a range of brands, sample rare and soughtafter whiskies and meet the producers and master distillers of whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, America and Taiwan. For details, go to whiskylivefestival.co.za 25-26 October Attend the Vaalpark Crafters Market at Lumiére Primary in Sasolberg, Free State, between 9.30am and 7pm on Friday and 8am and 3pm on Saturday. There will be 120 stalls with aﬀordable handcrafted items and delicious goodies to eat. Entrance is free. Call 083 231 7273 for more information.
26-27 October At the annual Greyton Rose Fair in the Overberg you ll be able to view glorious roses and gardens, attend a country market, indulge at great eateries and have a get-away-fromit-all country experience. For more information, email gillmoore@ greyton.za.org or call 028 254 9601.
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Seasons by Donna Hay (Hardie Grant, R304)
Rick Stein s India by Rick Stein (Random House, R424)
Eating what s fresh and in season is one of life s simple pleasures, and these recipes will help you enjoy the best of every season. From the salmon and fennel salad of spring, to a summery ďŹ‚atroasted chicken with almond and mint, and comforting winter desserts, Seasons is both a visual delight and a feast for the senses.
What makes a good curry? Sensual, spicy aromas or thick, creamy sauces? Rich, dark dhals or crispy fried street snacks? The author journeys through India to ďŹ nd the answers. He explores traditional and modern culinary techniques and uncovers recipes for fragrant kormas, delicately spiced ďŹ sh and slow-cooked biryanis.
Zakka Handmades by Amy Morinaka (Creative Publishing, R256)
Portuguese Whitework by Yvette Stanton (Vetty Creations, R256)
Sew simple, clever things to organise your home and help with daily tasks. The projects include pouches, bags, toys, baby items and handy kitchen accessories. Some items feature crochet. In Japanese, zakka means household goods â€’ items for domestic use such as tableware and kitchenware.
Be inspired by the exquisite needlework of GuimarĂŁes in northern Portugal. Drawn thread work and bullion embroidery combine to create beautiful whitework. Learn how to create your own masterpieces with the step-by-step instructions. There are projects, large and small, for all skill levels.
BLOGS OF THE MONTH prettypretty.co.za If it s sparkly and pretty, it ll make Joanne Reidy s heart skip a beat. This digital designer from Cape Town collects vintage buttons, and her blog reďŹ‚ects her love for gorgeous furniture, vintage toys, ceramic rabbits and all things birdy . cannellevanille.com Aran Goyoaga is a Basque living in the US. She s a freelance food writer, stylist and photographer. Her blog is her blank canvas for creating anything and everything sweet . Her recipes are all gluten free. liagriďŹƒth.com Graphic designer Lia GriďŹƒth from Oregon in the US describes herself as a DIYer, creative inventor and big dreamer . If you re looking for a paper ďŹ‚ower, printable party kit or giftwrap idea, look no further. She also shares craft tutorials and videos.
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld (RHS, R250)
Perfect by Rachel Joyce (RHS, R250)
Twins Kate and Violet are alike in only one respect â€’ they share a gift they call the senses . As adults, their lives take divergent paths. Kate is a housewife and mother, and suppresses her premonitions, while Violet is single and a psychic. When she predicts a local earthquake, the sisters must grapple with unsettling glimpses of their futures.
In 1972, two seconds were added to balance clock time with the movement of the earth. Byron Hemming found the idea of time changing very disturbing. Then his mother, late for the school run, makes an awful mistake. Byron s perfect world is shattered. Were the two extra seconds to blame? Can what follows ever be set right?
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Indulge in a special Pink High Tea at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town. It will be served during October (breast cancer awareness month) at R145 per person and a portion of the money will be donated to the Cancer Association of SA. Call 021 437 9029 or email restaurants @12apostles.co.za to book.
Show oďŹ€ your cakes on one of these cake stands from In Good Company. The smaller ones sell for R435 and the large ones are R700 (pink) and R795 (white). Visit their store in Parkhurst, Johannesburg or in Claremont in Cape Town, or shop online at ingoodcompany.co.za
FOR YOUR BAKING Nicoletta s new chocolate-coated Popping Candy (R30) is a fun and tasty way to decorate and to add excitement to your desserts, cupcakes and cookies. And their edible Metallic Shimmer (R20) is now available in gold â€’ perfect to add a glamorous ďŹ nish to your cake decorating. Go to nicoletta.co.za for more information.
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Ceramics & more Lorrae Mehmel of Tamarillo ceramics now has a shop called Hello at 65 Caledon Street, Somerset West, where you ll ďŹ nd the old favourites and her newest ranges. Lorrae also oďŹ€ers a bridal dĂŠcor service. Shop hours are 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 9am to noon on Saturdays. Shop online at tamarillodesigns. co.za, or call 079 741 951.
Put your name on it
Love Letters has a new range of notebooks (R105 each) that you can order with your or a friend s name on them. Choose from a variety of pretty cover designs. Love Letters also stocks all sorts of other creative stationery, assorted dĂŠcor items and craft tools. Visit their website lovelettersstationery. co.za for details.
A lovely dĂŠcor shop that also sells nougat cake will always catch our attention. Beginnings is in an old house in Krugersdorp North and sells the craft, stitchcraft, food and cakes of the three creative owners, Yolanda Norden, Vanessa Curle and Benita Coetzee. Pay them a visit at 13A Begin Street.
Harvest Moon is a brand new fabric range from Hertex that is inspired by Oriental watercolour paintings. With names such as Happiness â€’ Summer, Pleasures â€’ Lemon, and Paddle Fan â€’ Sorbet, the range epitomises the heart of summer. Find out more on their website, hertex.co.za
For the past 25 years Woodbender has been making furniture from solid bentwood in their factory in the Strand, Western Cape. These beautiful Ashton children s chairs (R890 each) are available in assorted colours, to ďŹ t with the dĂŠcor in your child s room. Call Woodbender on 021 854 6034 or go to woodbender.co.za to see more furniture. They also have distributors in Johannesburg and Windhoek.
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Wide-rimmed wine glass (R79) from The Pause Room. Group a few of these together in diﬀerent colours.
Embossed tumbler (R15,99) from Mr Price Home. Add a few drops of blue drawing ink to the water. Left long enough, your ﬂower petals will also start turning blue.
Perfume bottle (R290 for a set of two with lids) from Isabelina. A pretty perfume bottle will look lovely on your dressing table.
Lidded jar (R190 for a two-tier set) from Isabelina. Cut the stems of the ﬂowers very short and let the blooms ﬂoat in a small amount of water inside the closed jar.
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Carboy-style glass jar (R199) from Weylandts. This oversized jar works well as a vase with a single stem in it ‒ use it in a large room as the centrepiece on your coﬀee table.
Orchid tubes (R8,79 for 10 small tubes) from Kenly Florist. Put orchids in separate tubes ﬁlled with water. This way you can display them anywhere without having to put them in a vase.
VASES SHORT & TALL Water jug (R799,95) from Entrepo. Use just enough water to cover the bottom of the stems.
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Pickling jar (R6,40 with lid) from Merripak. Transform a wide-necked pickling jar into a vase by coating the inside with paint in the colour of your choice.
Small bowl (R99) from Marigold. Cluster several small, dainty ﬂowers in a little water in the bowl. Group a few bowls together as a centrepiece for your table.
Test tube (R39,65 for a set of six) from Super Floral. Tie a length of ribbon around a few test tubes and hang them up against the wall with small ﬂowers in each one.
GOOD IDEA Keep your ﬂowers fresh by adding three drops of bleach and one teaspoon of sugar to a litre of water. This will stop the water from becoming cloudy and prevent the growth of bacteria.
BUYER S GUIDE ON PAGE 129
From English countryside to modern, bright and bold ‒ choose the ﬂoral elements you prefer to add freshness to every area of your home.
by CARIN SMITH assistant L AREL BOTHA photos ED O RILEY
Trailing daintily (Facing page) Add a touch of spring to your dinner party by decorating your chairs with ﬂowers. Wind a thin piece of ﬂorist s wire around the stem of each ﬂower and then wrap the wire around the top edge of the chair s backrest and down one of the legs. Chair (R495) from Weylandts.
Violets are blue Let violet-coloured petals be your design inspiration. Use real ﬂowers as art pieces by sticking them with glue to a piece of ink-stained paper. Table (R4 400) from Onsite Gallery. Tibetan carpet (R21 656) from Gonsenhausers Fine Rugs. Lamp stand (R1 600) from Recreate. Small set of drawers (R575) from Starke Ayres. Print (R140) from The Fringe Arts.
Garden party Layer ﬂoral crockery over ﬂoral placemats and a ﬂoral tablecloth for a bold, springinspired table setting. Flower-shaped plate (R69,99) from Mr Price Home. Square wooden artwork (R190) from Abode. Floral print plate (R32) from Home Etc. Small bowl (R180) from Marigold. Notebook (R99) from Typo. Wooden printed board (R249) from Typo. Fabric used as tablecloth (R505 per metre) from Biggie Best. Blue platter (R850) from Nap. TIP Place a ﬂoral notebook with your guest s name on it at each setting, to serve as both a place marker and as a gift.
Bohemian ﬂoral Mix and match prints, graphic and ﬂoral, in diﬀerent sizes for an eclectic bedroom. Three-quarter bed (R2 799 for mattress and base) from The Bed King. Duvet cover set (R399 single bed) from Linen House. Quilt underneath (R359) from Mr Price Home. Small cushion (R69,99) from Mr Price Home. Knitted blanket (R1 199) from Country Road. Rug and crochet lamps (prices on request) from Moonbasket. Even cowgirls get the blues artwork (R149) from The Fringe Arts. Bedside table (R1 310) from Starke Ayres. Ceramic dog (R249 for a set of two) from Typo. Bedside lamp (R450) from Recreate. Collection of books (from R249) from Typo. Paint colour: Dulux Grecian Spa 3 DCS 4 TIP Recreate this headboard by painting a piece of wood the same colour as your wall. Decoupage paper ﬂowers onto the wood and leave to dry. Use a dry brush technique to add a layer of paint over the prints, if you prefer.
Ring of roses An unexpected ﬂower arrangement adds a touch of whimsy to a bare wall. Twist ﬂowers around a wire wreath and hook over a nail. We hung ours on a chalkboard wall and added a few extra chalk-drawn ﬂowers.
Side table (R980) from Recreate. Enamel coﬀee pot (R390) from Vamp. Floral hand rake (R125,60) from Starke Ayres. Small zipped bag (R150) from Marigold. Wooden peg (R25) from Typo. TIP This arrangement will only last one day at most. For a longer-lasting decoration, use a wreathshaped piece of ﬂoral foam soaked in water.
Wear it! Make your legs the focal point of your outﬁt by pairing ﬂoral stockings with a plain-coloured outﬁt. Stockings (R220) from Pamela Mann. Shoes (R79,99) from Mr Price. Fabric (R550 per metre) from Biggie Best.
2-D arrangement Place a removable vinyl wall decal in a bright colour against a dark background to update your space. Vinyl wall decal (R640) from De Waal Art. Wallpaper (price on request) from St Leger & Viney. Pink shoes (R899) from Guess. Red shoes (R549) from Call it Spring. Clothes from Forever New. Large print (R140) from The Fringe Arts. Smaller print (R290) from Quirky Me.
Sowing the seeds Make your own temporary wallpaper by colour copying a variety of seed packets onto A3sized paper and sticking it to your wall with spray glue. For a more permanent solution, take your artwork to a professional printing company who will transform your design into actual wallpaper. Bright frames (R249 each) from Country Road. Plain wooden frame (R189) from Weylandts. Bees knees card (39) from Typo.
Floral accents (Facing page) Use cushions and art to instantly transform your lounge. Couch and chair (prices on request) from Saks Corner. Carpet Reloaded (R34 571) from Gonsenhausers Fine Rugs. Light (R395) from Nap. Cushions from left: (R99) from Mr Price Home, (R350) from Design Kist, (R285) from Carole Nevin Designs, (R170) from Sheraton Textiles and (R399) from Weylandts. GOOD IDEA Cut petals and leaves from pieces of wallpaper and attach to your wall in the shape of an oversized ﬂower. We used wallpaper from St Leger & Viney and Hertex as well as colour photocopies of fabric from Maya Prass.
Wall hanging Use a few metres of fabric to add a temporary decoration to a sparse wall. Attach eyelets to the corners of the fabric and hang on hooks. Fabric on wall: Bird on Cage - Jade (R264 per metre) and fabric on roll: Illaria Azure (R300 per metre) from Carole Nevin Designs. Stacked fabric on ﬂoor (from R505 per metre) from Biggie Best. Flooring: Exquisit V2 (R125 per square metre) from Kronotex. Chest of drawers (R3 695) and terracotta pots (R26,50 each) from Starke Ayres. Yellow and turquoise buckets (R95 each) from Abode. Glass vase (R599) from Country Road. White lace-trimmed planter (ﬁnd similar at Biggie Best). Nylon twine (R9) from Super Floral. Girl statue (R1 340) by Francois van Reenen from The Fringe Arts.
GOOD IDEA A pot of ﬂowers placed inside an oversized glass vase makes an interesting focus point.
inspired Invite your friends to this pretty tea party to enjoy delicate delights and fragrant ďŹ‚owers. by LOUISA HOLST assistant TANI KIRSTEN craf ts and st yling HANNES KOEGELENBERG photos ED O RILEY
(recipe on page 40)
Vol-au-vents with coronation chicken
(recipe on page 40) Finger sandwiches (see page 44)
Tea table Rest an old wooden door that has been painted white on two wooden sticks and tie a length of thick rope to each end of the sticks. Tie the ropes to strong roof beams, or to tree branches. Decorate the rope with blossoms and paper ﬂowers. You could also just place a table top on covered bricks or boxes so that it is low enough to work with the ﬂoor cushion seating.
Flowers for the table Arrange orchids and branches with blossoms ‒ all in shades of white or pink ‒ in vases ﬁlled with water that has been coloured with a little watercolour paint.
Paper ﬂowers Print pretty photos of blossoms and orchids on thin cardboard and cut out around the outlines. You can also cut out ﬂower motifs from scrapbooking paper or from pretty paper that looks as though it has been painted with watercolours. Decorate the table and walls with the paper ﬂowers.
Hummingbird cake Makes: 1 x 20cm cake Preparation time: 45 minutes Baking time: 30-40 minutes Oven temperature: 160oC • • • • • • • • • •
250g (230ml) butter, softened 350g (400ml) castor sugar 350g (645ml) cake ﬂour 5ml bicarbonate of soda 5ml baking powder 5ml ground cinnamon 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 small ripe banana, mashed 150ml drained crushed pineapple 5ml vanilla essence
Icing • 250g (230ml) butter, softened • 1kg icing sugar, sifted • 230g cream cheese • apricot jam • icing ﬂowers or fresh edible ﬂowers, to decorate 1 Cream the butter and sugar
together until light. Sift the dry ingredients together. Add them to the butter mixture, alternately with the eggs, mashed banana and crushed pineapple. Stir in the vanilla essence. 2 Spoon the mixture into 2 or 3 greased and lined 20cm cake tins and bake in a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the skewer comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. 3 Icing Beat the butter and threequarters of the icing sugar together. Add the cream cheese and remaining icing sugar and beat slowly until smooth. Don t over-beat as it will become runny. Add a little boiling water, if necessary. 4 Spread some of the icing in between each layer of cake and top with a little apricot jam. Cover with the remaining icing. Decorate with icing ﬂowers, or fresh edible ﬂowers.
Vol-au-vents with coronation chicken Makes: about 25 Preparation time: 30 minutes Baking time: 15 minutes Oven temperature: 200oC • 2 rolls or sheets ready-made puﬀ pastry • 1 large egg yolk • 15ml milk Filling • 3 chicken breast ﬁllets, steamed • 50ml good-quality mayonnaise • 50ml crème fraîche • 3-5ml medium-strength chicken masala or curry powder • 15-25ml mango or peach chutney • 50ml ﬁnely chopped dried mango • lemon juice, to taste • micro herbs, to garnish 1 Unroll the pastry onto a lightly
ﬂoured surface and cut out ﬂower shapes from the pastry. Place half the shapes onto a greased and lined baking tray and score the inside of each with a small circle so that it has a small border. Don t cut all the way through the pastry. Cut a circle out of the centre of the remaining half of the shapes. Brush the whole pastry ﬂower with a little water. Place the ﬂowers with the circles cut out onto the whole ﬂowers. 2 Whisk the egg yolk and milk together and brush the pastry shapes. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes or until puﬀed up and golden. 3 Remove from the oven. Carefully remove the middle section from each of the pastries. Fill them with the chicken ﬁlling just before ready to serve. 4 Filling Cut the chicken into small pieces. Mix the mayonnise, crème fraîche, masala, chutney, mango and lemon juice together. Stir into the chicken pieces to coat. Season to taste. Spoon into the pastries. Garnish with micro herbs.
Almond and orange-blossom cookies Makes: 30-40 Preparation time: 20 minutes Baking time: 10-15 minutes Oven temperature: 180oC • 200g (215ml) butter, softened • 150g (290ml) icing sugar, plus extra for dusting • 2 large eggs, lighly beaten • 20ml orange blossom water • 375g (690ml) cake ﬂour • 5ml baking powder • 100g blanched almonds, ﬁnely chopped • 1ml ground cloves • icing sugar, for dusting 1 Beat the butter and icing sugar
together until creamy. Add the eggs and orange blossom water and beat until combined. 2 Add the ﬂour, baking powder, almonds and cloves and knead together to form a dough. Cover and reﬁgerate for 30 minutes. 3 Roll into small balls. Place on a greased baking tray. Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until pale golden. 4 Cool on a cooling rack and dust with icing sugar. Put into a sealable container and cover with more icing sugar. Keep sealed until ready to serve.
Guava and rose-petal mousse jars Makes: about 6 jars Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus chilling time • 300g (about 6) ripe guavas, peeled and seeded • 50g castor sugar • fresh pink rose petals, washed • 5ml gelatine • 5ml lemon or lime juice • 1 extra-large egg, separated • 250ml cream, whipped, plus extra to serve • 15ml rosewater
Almond and orange-blossom cookies
1 Put the guavas, sugar and
100ml water into a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Add a handful of rose petals and simmer for 5-10 minutes, until the guavas are tender. Cool, then remove the guavas from the syrup and purée in a liquidiser. 2 Sprinkle the gelatine over 15ml water. Leave to stand for a few minutes. Warm the guava syrup and add the gelatine. Stir to dissolve. Add the lemon juice. Whisk the egg yolk lightly. Add
a little syrup to the yolk and stir well, then stir into the remaining syrup. Cook, stirring, until slightly thickened. Set aside to cool. 3 Fold the guava purée and syrup mixture together. Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Fold in the rosewater. Fold into the guava mixture. Whisk the egg white until soft peaks form and then fold into the mixture. Spoon into small jars. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with extra whipped cream and rose petals.
Guava and rose-petal mousse jars
(see recipe on page 41)
Custard and blueberry charlotte
(recipe on page 44)
Strawberry ripple cakes Makes: 6 small cakes or 1 ring cake Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus cooling time Baking time: 40 minutes Oven temperature: 170oC â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘
270g (495ml) cake ďŹ‚our 30g (50ml) cornďŹ‚our 5ml baking powder 4ml bicarbonate of soda 210g (240ml) castor sugar 125g (135ml) butter, softened 2 large eggs 250ml sour cream 130ml milk
Strawberry sauce â€˘ 125g fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced â€˘ 30ml sugar Icing â€˘ 250g (480ml) icing sugar â€˘ freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice â€˘ pink food colouring â€˘ ďŹ‚ower-shaped cake decorations 1 Strawberry sauce Heat the
strawberries and sugar with 30ml water. Simmer for about 20 minutes, until thickened. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. 2 Sift together the ďŹ‚our, cornďŹ‚our, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. 3 Beat the sugar, butter and eggs together until creamy. 4 Fold the cream and milk into the sugar mixture alternately with the dry ingredients.
5 Spoon half of the mixture into
six mini cake tins or a 20cm ring tin. Make hollows into the batter. Spoon some of the strawberry sauce onto the hollows. 6 Top with the remaining batter and bake for 25 minutes or longer, depending on the size. A skewer should come out clean after being inserted. Cool and then remove from the tin. 7 Icing Mix the icing sugar with a little lemon juice to make a glacĂŠ icing. Add a touch of pink food colouring. Spoon over the cakes. Decorate with ďŹ‚ower shapes.
Custard and blueberry charlotte Makes: 1 x 20cm charlotte Preparation time: 45 minutes, plus chilling time Baking time: 7-10 minutes Oven temperature: 190oC 7
Lady ďŹ ngers â€˘ 3 large eggs, separated â€˘ 65g (125ml) icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting â€˘ 70g (80ml) castor sugar â€˘ 70ml (125ml) cake ďŹ‚our Filling â€˘ 375ml ready-made custard â€˘ 25ml sugar â€˘ 15ml grated lemon or lime zest â€˘ 15ml gelatine â€˘ 375ml cream â€˘ 2 punnets of blueberries â€˘ berries and blossoms, to decorate 1 Beat the egg whites until foamy.
Add the icing sugar and beat until thick and stiďŹ€. Transfer the mixture to another bowl. 2 Beat the egg yolks and castor sugar until pale and thick. Fold a third of the egg whites into the yolk mixture, then carefully fold in the remaining egg whites. Sift the ďŹ‚our over the mixture in layers, folding very gently each time. 3 Spoon the mixture into a piping bag with a medium-sized plain
nozzle. Grease and line baking trays and pipe 10-12cm stips onto the trays as well as a 18cm circular base. Dust with extra icing sugar. Bake in a preheated oven for 7-10 minutes or until light golden and crisp. Cool on a wire rack. Filling Heat the custard, sugar and zest in a small saucepan. Pour 30ml water over the gelatine and set aside to sponge. Add to the hot custard and stir until melted. Cool. Whip the cream until stiďŹ€. Fold the cream into the custard. Stir in half of the blueberries. Cut the lady ďŹ ngers so they are all the same length. Cut a length of greaseproof paper to line the inside of a 20cm springform cake tin. Put the biscuit base into the tin and arrange lady ďŹ ngers all around the sides around the outside of the base. Spoon in the custard ďŹ lling and leave to set in the fridge for four hours, or overnight. Remove from the fridge and carefully remove the cake tin. Pull the greaseproof paper oďŹ€ slowly. Tie a pretty ribbon around the middle. Top with cream, the remaining blueberries, other berries and edible blossoms. Dust with more icing sugar.
Finger sandwiches Make ďŹ nger sandwiches with two or three diďŹ€erent ďŹ llings. Snip chives very ďŹ nely. Brush the one edge of some of the sandwiches with a little melted butter and dip them into the chives to give them a pretty edge. Stack the sandwiches on a platter and decorate with ďŹ‚owering herbs or other edible ďŹ‚owers. Try the following ďŹ llings: â€˘ Finely grated white Cheddar, cucumber and pesto. â€˘ Drained canned salmon with mayonnaise and watercress. â€˘ Smoked ham, cream cheese and fresh rocket. â€˘ Cooked prawns, chopped and mixed with seafood mayonnaise, and served with lettuce.
Strawberry ripple cakes
edible orchids Making beautiful Cymbidium orchids from icing is easier than you think. by TANI KIRSTEN photos ED O RILEY styling HANNES KOEGELENBERG
You will need â€˘ 100g plastic icing â€˘ 5ml Dyocell or other gum â€˘ small rolling pin â€˘ Cymbidium or Singapore orchid cutters (we used the ďŹ ve-piece set) â€˘ orchid veiners or veining tool â€˘ ball tool â€˘ foam mat (optional) â€˘ petal glue (optional) small paintbrushes â€˘ white ďŹ‚orist s wire, cut into 3-4cm lengths â€˘ green ďŹ‚orist s tape â€˘ cornďŹ‚our â€˘ polystyrene fruit tray or egg carton â€˘ spoons â€˘ powdered food colouring or petal dust
Mix the Dyocell into the plastic icing until dry. Dip the icing into water and knead. Repeat until the icing is softer and elastic. Keep covered in plastic wrap. Roll a piece of icing out to about 2mm thick on a surface dusted with cornďŹ‚our. Cut out the ďŹ‚ower pieces. Keep them covered with plastic wrap and a damp cloth.
Make a small hook in one piece of ďŹ‚orist s wire and brush with a little petal glue (or just use a little water). Take the small, centre column piece and stick the wire into the middle. Fold the icing around the wire and pull down so that the hook is secured inside the icing.
Use the small rolling pin to roll out the labellum to widen it. Do not roll to lengthen it. On a hard surface, press the veiner onto the lip of the labellum.
Use a foam board or dust the palm of your hand with cornﬂour. Thin the very outer edge of the lip of the labellum with the balling tool. Work in a forward-back motion, halfway on and halfway oﬀ the icing. Cup the thick side parts of the labellum by pressing the small ball on the tool into the icing.
Brush the sides with a little petal glue or water and wrap it around the centre column. Press at the base to secure it around the wire and press the lip of the labellum down and away from the bud. Stick the wire into the polystyrene tray or egg carton with the lip hanging down. Leave to dry for 24 hours.
Cut the sepals into three separate pieces. This makes positioning the pieces easier when you do the assembly later. Press a wire carefully into each of the sepals, as well as the two petals.
Roll the sepals out to lengthen and widen a little. Press the veiner into the icing. Vein the petals, then thin and frill the edges in the same way as for the labellum. Place the pieces in spoons or large polystyrene fruit trays so that they will dry with a curve. Leave to dry for 24 hours.
Use a small, dry paintbrush to dust the pieces with dry food-colouring powder or petal dust. Paint only the bottom of each sepal and petal, or the entire piece. Shade the colour to make it look realistic. Brush the column and labellum with yellow. Start by painting it on lightly and then add more colouring to darken.
Bend the labellum back on the wire and attach to a sepal using ﬂorist s tape. Twist the tape around the wires to secure. Bend the wire on the petals to about 60o and on the sepals to 120o. Attach the petals slightly in front of the top sepal, then attach the bottom sepals slightly behind the petals. Secure with tape after each addition. Twist the tape around and cut oﬀ the excess wire.
Better baking Use Unsgaard Baking Paper for non-stick baking.
se Unsgaard Baking Paper to line your baking trays and tins or to interleave products that are to be frozen. The baking tin and gingerbread patterns on the paper are also very useful. Unsgaard is the only baking paper on the market that has patterns like the gingerbread men.
Gingerbread people 1 Sift together 350g cake ﬂour, 5ml bicarbonate of soda, 10ml ground ginger and 5ml ground cinnamon in a food processor. Add 125g cold butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in 175g soft brown sugar. 2 Beat 1 large egg with 60ml golden syrup. Add to the ﬂour mixture and pulse until the mixture starts to stick together. Remove from the processor and knead. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 15 minutes. 3 Roll out on a lightly ﬂoured surface. Cut the gingerbread man shape from the Unsgaard Baking Paper. Place on the dough and cut around it with a sharp knife. Line a baking tray with baking paper and place the gingerbread men on the tray. 4 Bake at 180° C for 12-15 minutes. Cool on the tray for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Roll out ready-made plastic icing and cut out a dress or waistcoat. Brush the icing with a little water and stick onto the biscuits. Use royal icing to pipe details on the face and clothes. Stick edible ﬂower decorations on the dress to decorate.
Giveaway Win one of 10 hampers from Unsgaard containing a designer apron, Unsgaard Non-Stick Baking Paper 10m and a Cherubs Sticky Fingers Tub. Email your name and address to bakingpaper@unsgaard. co.za and let us know which recipe you bake most often. The closing date is 10 October 2013.
Rose cupcakes from Love at First Sight (loveatďŹ rstsight.co.za)
Say it with Take your inspiration from nature and bring the garden indoors with your dĂŠcor, furnishings and fashion.
Decoupage chair (turn to page 62 for instructions)
craf t LIZEL CLOE TE assistants CISKIA HANEKOM and CHELSEY ALBERT YN sewing projec ts KEVIN SWARTS embroider y ELIZABE TH FESTER crochet CORNEL STRYDOM st yling DAL A WAT TS photos ED O RILEY
Chair (undecorated; price on request) from Chair Crazy. Wallpaper: Wisteria in Duckegg from the Showstoppers collection (R1 375 excluding VAT) from Hertex. Buyer s guide on page 129.
Round shirred cushions (turn to page 56 for the instructions) Fabric for cushions and dress from Dot s Quilt s. Wrought-iron table (price on request) from A Vintage AďŹ€air. Round mirror (R129,99), rococo rose underplate (R25,99), and mannequin (R499,99) from Mr Price Home. Flower container (R117,50) and books on table (R89 and R139) from The Pause Room.
French darted dress The dress ﬁts the following measurements: bust ‒ 88cm, waist ‒ 68cm, hips ‒ 93cm
You will need • pattern on pages 124-126 • dressmaker s graph paper • 240cm fabric • matching thread • 30cm iron-on interfacing • 55cm zip fastener
If you need dressmaker s graph paper, we are oﬀering three A1 sheets for R15 excluding postage. To order, call Lucille van der Berg on 021 408 3038 or email Ideas_IdeesEnquiries@ media24.com
To make NOTE Seam and hem allowances are 1,5cm wide. 1 Enlarge the grids on pages 124-126 to size. Cut out all the pieces. Mark the darts on front and back bodice. 2 Cut out the interfacing and iron it onto the facings. Sew the facings at the side seams and trim the seam allowances. Press the seams open. 3 Sew the darts closed on the front and back bodice. Press the darts on the back towards centre back, and the two French darts on the front downwards. Sew and press the side seams of the bodice. Pin the facing to the bodice, right sides together. Sew the armholes and back and front necklines, starting and stopping 1,5cm in from the edges of the shoulder seams. Trim the seam allowances and clip all the curves. Turn the facing and bodice through to the right side and press. Pin and sew the outer layer of the shoulder seams, right sides together. Press the seams open. Fold the shoulder seam allowances of the facings under and hand slip stitch the seams. 4 Sew the centre front and side seams of the skirt. Sew gathering stitches along the waist and gather to ﬁt the waist of the bodice. Pin and sew the skirt to the bodice. 5 Measure and mark 55cm down from the back neckline, along the centre back seam. Sew the seam below the mark and press open. Insert the zip into the top part of the seam. Fold the facings under and slip stitch these to the zipper tape by hand. 6 Fold hem and press. Machine stitch.
Roses With a vase like this one it s really easy to do a gorgeous arrangement. Cut the ďŹ‚owers stems so they are just taller than each section of the vase and there you have it: a pretty picture! Triple single-bud vase (R106) from The Pause Room.
Peonies Peonies are among the loveliest ﬂowers there are, and they keep for a long time. Because they are such special blooms, we wrapped ribbons around three stems, fastened them at the bottom with pins and placed them just so in a glass vase. Choose three diﬀerent ribbons in colours that match the ﬂowers. The ribbon will come to no harm in clean water. Glass jar (R19,99) from Mr Price Home.
Embroidered rose cushion and printed rose cushions. Vintage rose photo (Gallo Images/Gettyimages.com) printed onto fabric by Smart Art.
Embroidered rose cushion You will need â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘
rose template on page 126 water soluble pen or pencil cushion cover to embroider embroidery thread in the colour of your choice (we used DMC 778, a dusky pink) â€˘ embroidery needle â€˘ iron-on interfacing (optional; see step 1) 1 Enlarge the rose template on page
126 to ďŹ t your cushion cover. We enlarged ours to ďŹ t a 50 x 50cm cushion cover. Trace your template onto your cushion cover. If your fabric is delicate, iron interfacing onto the wrong side. 2 Embroider the outer lines of the rose, working with four strands in buttonhole stitch. With six strands, work chain stitch for the inner lines of the rose. Also using six strands,
ďŹ ll the centre area with French knots worked closely together. 3 Darn in all loose yarn ends at the back of the work. When the embroidery is completed, turn the work over so that the wrong side is facing upwards and place a towel onto your ironing board. Gently press your embroidery.
Printed rose cushions Have your own pretty rose photos printed onto fabric, then use the fabric to make scatter cushions that will go with your dĂŠcor.
Round shirred cushions Size Finished size: 40cm diameter
You will need â€˘ 65cm fabric â€˘ paper, to cut a pattern â€˘ matching thread
â€˘ 35cm zip fastener â€˘ foam inner cushion (38cm in diameter, 5cm thick) â€˘ 50cm batting (about 2,5cm thick) â€˘ two 19mm button sets, to cover â€˘ extra-strong thread
Crocheted handbag (turn to page 60 for instructions)
distribute the gathers evenly. Now sew the gusset to the top and bottom panels. 4 Cover the foam inner cushion with batting and insert it into the cover. 5 Cover the buttons with fabric. Mark the centre on the top and bottom of the cushion. Thread a double length of extra-strong thread through one button s shank and pull the ends through the centre of the cushion. Thread the ends through the second button s shank and tie in place.
Bedside table To go with our decoupaged chair, we gave a wooden French-style bedside table the same treatment.
You will need • • • •
If you have pretty roses in your garden, pick an armful and cluster them loosely in a container for a vintage look.
• • • •
bedside table pretty pictures of roses, cut out universal undercoat enamel paint in the colour of your choice paintbrush, sponge roller and paint tray drop sheets modge podge craft brush medium-grit sandpaper
To make 1 Wash the table with soapy water
to remove any grease and dirt.
2 Cut two strips, 10 x 97cm, for the
NOTE All the seam allowances are 1,5cm wide. 1 Cut a circular paper pattern with a diameter of 43cm. Use the pattern to cut one fabric circle. On the paper pattern, draw a line 6cm to the side of the centre line of the circle, and cut the pattern along this line. Use these patterns to cut the two bottom panels, adding a 1,5cm-wide seam allowance to the two straight edges of the semicircles, before cutting the fabric.
gusset. Sew the seam on the bottom panel, leaving an opening of 35cm for the zip. Press the seam open and insert the zip. 3 Sew the short seams of the two gusset panels to form a loop. Divide the top, bottom and side gusset into quarters and mark with short nips in the seam allowance. Sew gathering stitches along the top and bottom edges of the gusset and gather to ﬁt the top and bottom panels. Pin the corresponding quarter marks and
2 Sand the wood and wipe oﬀ the
dust with a damp cloth. 3 Paint the table with the universal
undercoat and leave overnight to dry properly. 4 Paint the table with two coats of enamel paint ‒ we used Plascon s white Velvaglo. Allow the paint to dry properly between coats. 5 Decoupage the roses you have cut out over just one corner of the table, in the same way as the chair on page 62. 6 Seal the table with a suitable product, as with the chair.
Bedside table (see instructions on facing page) French-style bedside table (R850) from Appel n Ui. Ducks from Milnerton Market. Tray on wall (R69,99) from Mr Price Home.
Curtain Cardboard box (price on request) from A Vintage AďŹ€air. Shoes (R499) from Call it Spring.
Crocheted handbag Size Width 33cm Height 17cm
You will need
Embroidered curtain You will need â€˘ ďŹ‚ower template on page 126 â€˘ white curtain â€˘ embroidery thread in the colour of your choice (we used DMC 168, a light grey) â€˘ embroidery needle â€˘ iron-on interfacing (optional; see step 1) 1 Trace the ďŹ‚ower template on page
126 onto the bottom section
of your curtain. If your fabric is very delicate, then you can iron interfacing onto the wrong side for a ďŹ rmer fabric. 2 Use stem stitch for the ďŹ‚owers and large leaves and back stitch for the smaller leaves. 3 Darn in loose yarn ends at the back of the work. When the embroidery is completed, turn the work over so that the wrong side is facing upwards and place a towel onto your ironing board. Gently press your embroidery to ďŹ nish it oďŹ€.
â€˘ 3 x 50g balls of Elle Family Knit DK in Light Grey (shade no. 011) â€˘ 1 x 50g ball of Elle Cuddly DK in Soft Pink (shade no. 004) â€˘ 3,75mm (or 4mm) and 5mm crochet hooks â€˘ templates for lining on page 128 â€˘ pencil and ruler â€˘ 50 x 100cm grey cotton fabric for the lining â€˘ 30 x 100cm contrast cotton print fabric for lining â€˘ A4 piece of stiďŹ€ cardboard for base of handbag â€˘ safety pin â€˘ matching coloured sewing threads
Abbreviations beg ch dc dtr htr sp ss st(s) tr rep rnd
begin(ning) chain double crochet double treble half treble space slip stitch stitch(es) treble repeat round
next 3 sts] 27 times, 1 ch, ss in 4th ch. 7th rnd: 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2
Base With the light grey yarn and 3,75mm hook, work 41 ch. 1st rnd: work 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook, [1 dc in every ch] 38 times, 5 dc in beg ch, working on the other side of the working ch, crochet 1 dc in each of the next 38 ch, 4 dc in next ch, ss in top of ďŹ rst dc of rnd. 2nd rnd: 2 ch, work 1 dc in each of next 40 dc, 5 dc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 43 dc, 5 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc, ss in 2nd ch. 3rd rnd: 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 40 dc, [2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc] 3 times, 1 dc in each of next 40 dc, [2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc] 3 times, skip next dc, ss in 2nd ch. 4th rnd: 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 40 dc, [2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc] 3 times, 1 dc in each of next 39 dc, [2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc] 2 times, 2 dc in next dc, skip next dc, ss in 2nd ch. 5th rnd: 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 41 dc, [2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 4 dc] 3 times, 1 dc in each of next 40 dc, [2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 4 dc] 2 times, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, ss in top of 1st dc of 4th rnd. Do not fasten oďŹ€.
Body 1st rnd: [skip 3 dc, 8 dtr in next dc, skip 3 dc, ss in next dc] 14 times. 2nd rnd: 3 ch, [skip 1 dtr, 1 tr in each of next 7 dtr, tr in ss] 13 times, skip 1 dtr, 1 tr in each of next 7 dtr, ss in 3rd ch. 3rd rnd: ss in top of next 3 tr, [skip 3 tr, work 8 dtr in top of next tr, skip 3 tr, ss in next tr] 14 times. 4th rnd: rep 2nd rnd. 5th rnd: 3 ch, tr in next tr, [htr in next tr, 1 dc in next 3 tr, htr in next tr, 1 tr in each of next 3 tr] 13 times, htr in next tr,1 dc in next 3 tr, htr in next tr, tr in next tr, ss in 3rd ch. 6th rnd: 4 ch, 1 dtr in each of next 2 sts, [1 ch, skip next st, 1 dtr in each of
dtr, dc in ch, [1 dc in each of next 3 dtr, dc in ch] 27 times, ss in 2nd ch. 8th rnd: rep 1st rnd. 9-15th rnds: rep 2nd-8th rnds. Fasten oďŹ€.
Handles (work two alike) With light grey yarn and using 5mm hook, work 60 ch. Replace the hook size with a 3,75mm hook and work 3 more ch. 1st row: work 1 tr in 4th ch from hook, 1 tr in each ch to end of row. 2nd row: 3 ch, 1 tr in each ch to end of row, 1 tr in 3 ch-sp. 3rd row: rep 2nd row. Fasten oďŹ€.
Lining To sew NOTE This bag has two linings, designed to reinforce the crochet section of the bag. The ďŹ rst lining is worked in the grey cotton fabric and is hand sewn to the crochet bag and ďŹ ts below the scalloped border along the top edge. 1 From the grey fabric, cut two
strips each 40 x 6cm. Fold a 1,5cm hem along all sides of the strips and press. Pin the strips to the wrong side of the handles. Using small neat hand stitches, sew the strips down the back of the handles, removing the pins as you work. 2 Turn to page 128 and enlarge the templates to the correct size. From the grey fabric cut out two pieces for the back and front and one piece for the base. From the printed fabric cut out two pieces for the front and back, one base piece and one pocket piece. Draw the template of the base on to cardboard and cut out. 3 Starting with the grey fabric, with the front and back pieces together and with right sides facing, machine stitch the side
seams closed. With the right sides facing, insert the base piece at the lower edge and sew in place. Clip the curved seam. Turn the lining through to the right side. Press. Fold a hem along the top edge of the front and back pieces and press. Slip the lining into the crochet bag so that the wrong sides are facing. Hand sew the lining to the crochet bag with small neat hand stitches. Place the handles in position on top of the fabric and hold in position through the crochet work with a few tacking stitches. This completes the ďŹ rst section of the double lining. Now start the lining from the contrast printed fabric. Fold a double hem for the facing along the top edge of the pocket piece and press. Top-stitch the facing in place. Fold the seam allowance under for all three remaining sides of the pocket and press. Position the pocket onto the right side of the fabric on the back piece of the lining. Try to position it approximately 4cm from the top edge and make sure that it is centred on each side. Pin the pocket in position and top-stitch the pocket in place, removing the pins as you work. If required, you could sew a compartment in this pocket at this stage that will be able to hold a wallet and cellphone separately. With the front and back pieces together and with right sides facing, machine stitch the side seams closed. With right sides facing, insert the base piece at the lower edge and sew in place. Clip the curved seam. Turn the lining through to the right side. Press. Work a row of top-stitching along all the seams. Fold a hem along the top edge of the front and back pieces and press. Place the cardboard template in the crochet bag on top of the grey fabric lining.
8 Now place the wrong side of the
contrast lining inside the bag on top of the cardboard base. Topstitch the lining of bag to the grey lining making sure the stitching is caught through all layers of fabric, especially at the section of the seam where the handles are inserted. Now carefully remove the tacking stitches from the ďŹ rst lining.
Crocheted ribbon (make two alike)
very loosely work a ss in every st to the end. Fasten oďŹ€, leaving a 50cm loose end. From the loose end side of the strip, start rolling it up very loosely, and as you work sew it in place, working the stitching into the foundation ch. Finish oďŹ€ the rose by styling the grey ribbon as desired (refer to our photoon page 57) and stitch it securely to the front of the bag. Attach the rose just above the grey crocheted ribbon and sew it in place securely. Work away all loose ends.
Using the soft pink yarn and 3,75mm hook, work 130 ch loosely. Work 1 htr into 3rd ch from hook, 1 htr in every ch to end. Fasten oďŹ€, leaving an end of 15cm. Using a safety pin weave the ďŹ rst ribbon in and out the crochet bag, above the scalloped pattern at the lower edge. Weave the second ribbon in exactly the same way placing it below the scalloped pattern at the top edge. Use the loose end of yarn to sew the ends of the ribbon together afterwards.
Decoupage chair Give a contemporary chair a beautiful rosy border.
You will need â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘
Grey ribbon for the rose trim (make one)
chair pretty pictures of roses modge podge craft brush suitable varnish or sealant Prestik
To make 1 Wash the chair with lukewarm
vinegar water to clean it.
Using the light grey yarn and 3,75mm hook, work 130 ch loosely. Work 1 htr into 3rd ch from hook, 1 htr in every ch to end. Fasten oďŹ€.
Rose With soft pink yarn and 3,75mm hook, work 65 ch. 1st row: [skip 3 ch, 8 dtr in next ch, skip 3 ch, ss next ch] 8 times. 2nd row: 2 ch, work 1 tr in every st of 1st row to the end, work 2 tr in same sp as last tr, fasten oďŹ€. 3rd row: using the light grey yarn and joining it to the top of last tr made, work 1 ch, dc in same sp, now
2 Cut out the roses. Stick them to
Rose cupcakes Take the ďŹ‚ower theme a little further with beautiful rose cupcakes. Make your own or order the ones featured here from Love at First Sight. As well as cakes, the owner, JeandrĂŠ van der Bergh, also oďŹ€ers desserts and unique table dĂŠcor. Go to the website loveatďŹ rstsight.co.za to order her creations. They re almost too good to eat!
the chair with Prestik in a design that appeals to you. 3 Lift oďŹ€ the ďŹ rst picture, remove the Prestik and paint modge podge on the back. Stick it onto the chair and paint modge podge on top. Stick on all the pictures in this way. Leave to dry. 4 Paint another layer of modge podge over all the roses and leave to dry completely. 5 Paint the chair with a suitable varnish or sealant, for example Paint EďŹ€ects Glazecoat Varnish from Plascon.
Mastering the use of basic sewing requirements, understanding how to use your machine to its full potential, and experimenting with diďŹ€erent sewing materials and sewing-machine accessories and features, will provide you with limitless creative possibilities. CREATE A PLAIT USING A STRAIGHT STITCH Use an open-toe presser foot for visibility (try the Bernina #20C), two strands of wool or cord and select the needle stop down and stitch-by-stitch functions. *Stop with the needle in the fabric and cross the strands over one another in front of the needle. Sew three stitches â€’ remember to set the stitch length according to the thickness of the wool or cord â€’ to secure the strands*. Repeat from * to *, crossing the strands over in the same way or alternating left over right and right over left to create an even plait. CREATE SURFACE STITCHING ON FABRIC Select the running stitch and use a long stitch-length and pattern extending function. On the Bernina sewing machine you may use stitch-length 3 and pattern extension x 3, and do random stitching. Variegated embroidery thread is a good choice for stitching of this type. To ďŹ nish, select the eyelet pattern stitch and sew bundles of twisted thread in place. CREATE YOUR OWN LACE Use a variety of textured wool and/or cord to create this eďŹ€ect. Sandwich the strands of wool or cord between two layers of water-soluble stabiliser. Use parallel straightstitching to secure the wool or cord. Obtain parallel rows by using the edge of the presser foot to guide the work and set the needle position to the far right or the far left for wider stitching. Once complete, wash the item in lukewarm water to dissolve the stabiliser.
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by KEVIN SWARTS photos ED O RILEY st yling DAL A WAT TS
We pinned our pretty ďŹ‚owers onto cushions to give them a new look. You will need â€˘ 3 small fabric circles, 10cm in diameter â€˘ 3 medium fabric circles, 15cm in diameter â€˘ 6 large fabric circles, 20cm in diameter â€˘ matching thread
Start by folding one of the small fabric circles in half. The arrow in the photo indicates the direction of the fabric s grain; you need to ensure that the fold lies on the bias.
Thread a needle with a double length of thread and sew small running stitches 5mm in from the raw edge.
Pull the thread gently to gather the fabric and sew a few stitches through the gathers to hold the petal in place.
Repeat steps 1 and 2 with a second small fabric circle. Gather the second petal and wrap it around the ďŹ rst. Sew a few stitches through the base of the ďŹ‚ower to hold the second petal in place.
Keep adding petals, with each new petal overlapping the previous one by approximately half the width. Secure each petal at the base of the ďŹ‚ower.
After the three small petals, add the three medium ones, followed by the six large petals. Pin or sew your rose onto a cushion or use as a fashion accessory.
(Facing page) Be daring and mix diďŹ€erent sizes and types of ďŹ‚oral patterns together. Choose one colour from the ďŹ‚oral design to highlight in your accessories â€’ this will pull the look together. Top (R449) from Forever New. Trousers (R499) from Zara. Green necklace (R275) from Lulu Belle. Jacket (R1 799) from Habits.
Embrace spring by introducing ďŹ‚oral touches and cheerful colours into your wardrobe. Mix stripes and ďŹ‚orals together for a whimsical outďŹ t.
by CARIN SMITH assistant L AREL BOTHA photos ED O RILEY
Top (R525) by I love Leroy at The Space. Pencil skirt (R499) from Zara. Necklace (R920) from Kirsten Goss.
Nothing says spring more than a ďŹ‚oaty, ďŹ‚oral maxi dress. Team it with heels for a more formal outing, or with sparkly sandals for a dressed-down look. Dress (R2 499) from Forever New. Heels (R799) from Aldo. Necklace (R495) from Glove Jewellery.
Bright, bold and graphic is the theme for this season. Keep the look consistent from head to toe. A bold-coloured, wide skirt is ďŹ‚attering on almost everyone. Top (R349) from Forever New. Skirt (R1 135) from Maya Prass. Floral bag (R899) from Nine West. Belt (R160) by Amanda Laird Cherry at The Space. Shoes (R549) from Call it Spring. Model: Chloe from Fusion Model Management Hair and make-up: Jade from Supernova Buyer's guide on page 129.
of spring & summer by ELSA KRĂœGER st yling CARIN SMITH photos ED O RILEY
Blooms and blossoms are everywhere to be seen this season, so indulge your senses with fabulous ďŹ‚oral aromas and a juicy fruit or two.
his season, ďŹ‚owers and exotic plant extracts dominate the perfume industry â€’ even the men are spraying on a little jasmine! Do you remember eau de Cologne, like the classic 4711? Well, eau de Cologne is back in a big way: Giorgio Armani and other famous names recently created private, exclusive (and expensive) ranges of colognes. Fragrances from private perfumiers, such as Tom Ford, Chanel, Dior and Guerlain, have moved nostalgically to those ďŹ rst aroma memories: childhood gardens, a mother or grandmother s cologne, face powder and the kitchen. Typically, these fragrances only concentrate on one or two strong elements, like rose, jasmine, leather, wood or amber. Expensive, smoky oud (pronounced oeeed ), which comes from a wood mould, is increasingly the choice of women (and men) who don t like singleďŹ‚ower scents, but prefer the addition of the dark, half-bitter note of wood or a spice like saďŹ€ron, ginger or pepper (the so-called woody ďŹ‚orals and ďŹ‚orientals ). Juicy, sparkling fruit fragrances like pear, peach, grapefruit and berry are also popular this year in combination with ďŹ‚oral scents ( fruity ďŹ‚orals ).
Although there is something for everyone s taste this season, ďŹ‚owers dominate the scene. Here are the latest scents, plus a few classics too:
Heady ďŹ‚orals 1 Sisley Eau du Soir EdP (50ml; R1 523) is a strong perfume with top notes of mandarin orange, grapefruit and carnation, and a heart of seringa, jasmine, rose and lily of the valley. 2 Jo Malone Osmanthus Blossom Cologne (100ml; R1 050) has intense ďŹ‚oral aromas of osmanthus cut with green and citrus notes and a peach scent, anchored on cashmeran. 3 Boss by Hugo Boss Jour Pour Femme EdP (75ml; R985) is a mix of white ďŹ‚owers and citrus. Lime and grapefruit blossoms, freesia, lily of the valley and honeysuckle marry with white birch and amber. 4 Pure DKNY EdP A Drop of Rose (50ml; R750) is feminine and ďŹ‚oral with Turkish rose, black currant, magnolia, verbena, vanilla and cedar. 5 Givenchy Dahlia Noir L Eau (90ml; R1 045) is a modern, light cologne: it s a fresh, ďŹ‚oral scent with citron, neroli, rose, peony and cedar notes. 6 Revlon Pink Happiness Sheer Delight EdT (50ml; R295,95) is a rich ďŹ‚oral scent with lily and jasmine, mixed with lemon, black pepper, vanilla and two types of wood.
7 Thierry Mugler Alien Aqua Chic EdT (60ml; R675) is sunny, summery and sensual with citrus notes of grapefruit, lemon blossoms and orange-blossom water, and wood and amber as the base. 8 EstĂŠe Lauder Modern Muse EdP (50ml; R895) is new and modern. It is a lush ďŹ‚oral woody scent with notes of two types of jasmine, mandarin, honeysuckle nectar, tuberose and lily, anchored in rich amber. 9 Paul Smith Women EdP (50ml; R595) mixes fruit and citrus notes such as clementine, black currant, pear leaf and mandarin with ďŹ‚orals like freesia, lily of the valley, geranium, green tea and rose. The base is tonka bean. 10 Lacoste Eau de Lacoste EdP (90ml; R930) is a white-ďŹ‚ower fragrance with notes of pineapple, mandarin and bergamot mixed with sambac jasmine, orange and pineapple blossoms. Sandalwood and vanilla form the base. TRY THIS AS WELL Bebe Gold EdP (50ml; R545) is an Eastern ďŹ‚ower-and-wood fragrance that has notes of kumquat, pink pepper and juniper. At the heart lies jasmine and golden orchid, with amber and sandalwood ensuring it lingers.
Sweet and juicy fruit and ﬂowers 1 Bebe Sheer EdP (50ml; R545) is a blend of ﬂoral notes, fruits and musk with citrus, apple and green ﬂowers, plus jasmine, freesia and peonies. 2 Especially Escada Delicate Notes EdP (50ml; R670) revolves around a heart of rose, mixed with ylang ylang. Pear provides freshness and musk gives the perfume a foothold. 3 Lanvin Paris ME EdP (50ml; R695) has a heart of black currant and licorice, lifted with intense tuberose. 4 Hilﬁger Woman Peach Blossom EdP (30ml; R390) enchants with peach, black currant, iris, mimosa, coconut and vanilla.
5 Bebe Wishes & Dreams EdP (50ml; R585) opens with pear, bergamot and freesia and the heart has jasmine, osmanthus and wild violas. Exotic wood and musk form the base.
TRY THESE AS WELL John Galliano Parlez-moi d Amour . . . Encore EdT (50ml; R775) opens with the fruit aromas of blueberry and mandarin and the heart is a bouquet of rose, iris and gardenia. Hilﬁger Woman Pear Blossom by Tommy Hilﬁger EdP (50ml; R615) is delicate, with pear blossoms combined with neroli and raspberry, and a base of tonka bean and creamy cinnamon. Khloe and Lamar Unbreakable Bond EdT (100ml; R595) is a fragrance for men and women, with bergamot, clementine, saﬀron and green apple. African geranium, jasmine, lily of the valley and red fruit provide the heart notes and at the base is dark chocolate, vanilla and cedar.
Eau de toilette ‒ romantic, fresh, light and ﬂirty 1 Revlon Unforgettable You EdT (60ml; R259,95) rests on amber and sensual wood aromas for a perfume experience that smells both expensive and exclusive. 2 Aura by Swarovski Collection Mariage EdT (50ml; R595) has notes of tea, litchi, lotus and peony. 3 John Galliano Parlez-moi d Amour EdT (50ml; R795). Ginger, blueberry and bergamot combine with seductive sambac jasmine and Turkish rose and rest on a base of cypress, patchouli and musk. 4 Revlon Love Her Madly Cherish EdT (50ml; R249,95) is a feminine ﬂoral fragrance consisting of magnolia, neroli and vanilla orchid in a mixture of fresh green ﬂoral aromas. 5 Paul Smith Extreme EdT for Women (50ml; R595). Salvia, freesia, viola and apricot are combined with sandalwood, amber, cedar and musk.
6 Shiseido Zen Sun EdT Fraîche (100ml; R710) is a limited edition for the summer of 2013. It is a fresh combination of fruit scents like peach, grapefruit, black currant, mango and lemon with ﬂorals like gardenia, lotus, lily of the valley and cherry blossoms. TRY THIS AS WELL Puma Sync Woman EdT (60ml; R280) is an exotic fruity fragrance with papaya, mandarin, white peach, lotus and sandalwood; a fresh, young scent.
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Chimichurri marinade Pour over larger pieces of meat or whole chicken a few hours before cooking, or over ďŹ sh, ďŹ lleted chicken or vegetables half an hour before cooking. Makes: about 200ml Preparation time: 10 minutes â€˘ 250ml ďŹ‚at-leaf parsley (or half parsley and half coriander) â€˘ 60ml fresh oregano â€˘ 5 cloves garlic, peeled â€˘ 4 spring onions â€˘ 125ml olive oil â€˘ 30ml red wine vinegar â€˘ 30ml lime juice â€˘ 3-5ml cayenne pepper â€˘ 1 red chilli, seeded â€˘ 2ml freshly ground black pepper 1 Pulse all the ingredients together
in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Pour the sauce over the meat or vegetables you want to marinate. You can also use some of the sauce for the marinade and the remaining sauce to spoon over the cooked ingredients once served. Leave to marinate overnight if it is a large piece of steak, beef or pork, or for a shorter time if it is chicken, vegetables or ďŹ sh. 2 To cook, remove the food from the marinade dish and cook over hot or medium-hot coals on the braai. Baste with leftover marinade while cooking. You can also roast whole chicken pieces in the oven.
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Add a delicious and healthy dimension to your dishes with fresh herbs.
Chickpea salad with fennel Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus standing time Cooking time: 3 minutes • • • • • • • • • • • • •
15ml lemon juice 30ml apple cider vinegar 5ml roasted cumin seeds 60ml olive oil ½ red onion, ﬁnely diced 1 clove garlic, crushed 50ml freshly chopped parsley 50ml freshly chopped fennel leaves 1 medium fennel bulb, halved and very thinly sliced 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 punnet courgettes 50ml sliced piquanté peppers 125ml feta cheese, to serve (optional)
1 Whisk together the lemon juice,
vinegar, cumin seeds and olive oil. Add the onion and garlic. Stir in the chopped parsley and fennel leaves. 2 Mix the sliced fennel bulb in with the chickpeas. Pour the dressing over and leave to stand for at least an hour. 3 Cut the courgettes into quarters lengthways and fry them for 2-3 minutes in a little oil. Set aside to cool. 4 Just before serving, stir the courgettes and piquanté peppers into the chickpea mix. Crumble feta over the top, if you prefer. Serve as an accompaniment to grilled ﬁsh or chicken.
StuďŹ€ed pasta shells with ricotta and nettle Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 40 minutes Cooking time: 15-20 minutes Oven temperature: 200 C â€˘ 400g nettle leaves (or half nettle and half baby spinach leaves) â€˘ 60ml freshly snipped chives â€˘ 400g ricotta cheese â€˘ 1 large egg â€˘ 1 punnet fresh basil â€˘ 30ml olive oil â€˘ 1 onion, ďŹ nely chopped â€˘ 5ml sweet paprika â€˘ 500g cherry tomatoes (or baby rosa), halved â€˘ 30ml freshly chopped ďŹ‚at-leaf parsley â€˘ 200ml prepared vegetable stock â€˘ 500g pack of large pasta shells (conchiglioni) â€˘ freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1 Put rubber gloves on and wash
the nettles. Put them in a bowl and cover with boiling water for 20 seconds. Drain and refresh with cold water. Drain and chop roughly. Mix the nettles with the chives, ricotta and egg. Chop half the basil and add to the mixture. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside. Heat the olive oil and sautĂŠ the onion until soft. Add the paprika and tomatoes. Cook for about three minutes, until the tomatoes start to soften. Remove from the heat. Add the parsley and stock and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Set aside. Cook the pasta shells for about 10 minutes in a large pot of boiling water. Drain then ďŹ ll each one with the ricotta and nettle mixture. Place the shells into a greased ovenproof dish. Spoon in the tomato mixture. Sprinkle with half the Parmesan. Cover and bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Serve sprinkled with the remaining Parmesan and fresh basil leaves.
Vietnamese-style ďŹ lled pancakes Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus standing time Cooking time: 20 minutes Pancakes â€˘ 250ml cake ďŹ‚our â€˘ 1ml ground turmeric â€˘ 2,5ml bicarbonate of soda â€˘ 400ml coconut milk â€˘ 150ml milk â€˘ 1 large egg â€˘ peanut oil (or sunďŹ‚ower oil) Filling â€˘ 2-3 chicken breast ďŹ llets â€˘ 30ml oyster sauce â€˘ 30ml sweet chilli sauce â€˘ 1 large carrot, peeled and grated â€˘ 4 spring onions, julienned â€˘ 1 pack of snow peas, sliced â€˘ 250ml Chinese bean sprouts â€˘ 1 fresh chilli, seeded and chopped â€˘ 125ml chopped fresh coriander â€˘ 80ml chopped basil â€˘ 30ml chopped mint â€˘ 20ml chopped lemon balm (optional) â€˘ chilli and lime sauce, to serve (see recipe below), or use more sweet chilli sauce 1 Pancakes Mix the ďŹ‚our, turmeric,
1ml salt and the bicarbonate of soda together in a bowl. Add the coconut milk, milk and egg and beat until smooth. Leave to stand for 20 minutes. 2 Heat a non-stick pan over a medium heat. Add a little oil and swirl it around to coat the pan. Add a ladle full of the pancake mixture to the pan and swirl it round to cover the base of the pan. Cook until set, then ďŹ‚ip over
and cook the other side. Remove from the pan and repeat with the remaining batter. 3 Filling Slice the chicken thinly. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and stir-fry the chicken over a high heat. Once it is almost cooked, stir in the oyster and sweet chilli sauces. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Add all the remaining ďŹ lling ingredients to the chicken just before serving.
4 Spoon the ďŹ lling onto the
pancakes. Drizzle with a little chilli and lime sauce. Fold or roll up. Eat as a starter or light meal. Chilli and lime sauce Mix together 60ml lime or lemon juice, 5ml sesame oil, 10ml brown sugar, 15ml rice vinegar, 5ml tamarind paste, 5ml grated fresh ginger, 1 clove crushed garlic, and 1-2 chopped and seeded chillies.
Pumpkin fritters with rosemary and thyme syrup Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus standing time Cooking time: 20 minutes â€˘ 300g cooked pumpkin, well drained â€˘ 120g (220ml) cake ďŹ‚our â€˘ 5ml baking powder â€˘ 1ml salt â€˘ 1 large egg, beaten â€˘ sunďŹ‚ower oil, for shallow frying â€˘ blue cheese, to serve (optional) Rosemary and thyme syrup â€˘ 105g (125ml) sugar â€˘ 2 fresh rosemary sprigs â€˘ 2 fresh thyme sprigs
1 Syrup Heat 140ml water with
the sugar and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and add the herbs. Simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat and set aside for an hour to infuse then strain and discard the herbs. 2 Fritters Mix the ingredients for the fritters together. Heat some oil in a non-stick pan and fry the fritters until browned on both sides and cooked through. Drain on absorbent paper. 3 Serve hot, drizzled with the syrup, and with a slice of blue cheese, if you prefer.
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Cooking with herbs 1 THYME is a versatile herb that goes well with many diﬀerent ingredients. Try roasting it with fruit like pears or peaches, or make a thyme syrup and add to a fruit salad. 2 MINT adds a refreshing ﬂavour to drinks and food. Add chopped mint to cooked couscous or a salad made with cucumber and feta. It goes well with chicken and lamb. 3 CHIVES will add a light onion ﬂavour to any dish. Try adding a sprinkling of freshly snipped chives to your garlic bread, serve with butter over cooked sweet corn, or add to egg dishes like scrambled eggs or omelettes.
4 ROSEMARY is used often in Mediterranean-style dishes. It has a strong, aromatic ﬂavour and goes particularly well with lamb dishes. Burn a branch of it along with your wood to add ﬂavour to your food when you are braaiing. 5 ORIGANUM goes well with tomatoes, aubergine and lamb. Sprinkle on pizza or on a Greek salad. 6 BASIL Use it in Mediterraneanstyle dishes. It is also often used in Asian dishes like stir-fries and curries. 7 STINGING NETTLE grows abundantly in spring. Many people think it is just a weed, but it is a useful herb that can be cooked as a vegetable, in much the same way as spinach. Add it to pasta sauces,
stews or soups. It is said to have many health beneﬁts and to be rich in antioxidants and ﬁbre. 8 FENNEL leaves have an aniseed ﬂavour that goes well in citrus dishes. Fennel also goes very well with ﬁsh, especially salmon, and is delicious in salads, especially ones with avocado. 9 LEMON BALM has a delicate lemon ﬂavour. Chop it and add to salads or use in fruit drinks or sorbets. The delicate ﬂavour will be lost if cooked too long, so rather add it at the end of the cooking time. It goes well with ﬁsh, chicken, pork or lamb. 10 CORIANDER is popular in Mexican, Indian and Thai dishes. Add to stews, curries, soups, salads, stirfries, egg dishes, dips and dressings.
Ostrich pita with mint dressing (recipe on page 84)
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Low-fat cooking doesn t have to be ďŹ‚avourless and boring. These recipes are lower in fat but are also really delicious.
Reduced-fat chicken satay Although there is still fat in this recipe from the peanuts, it is much less than in a normal satay sauce. Serves: 4 Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus marinating time Cooking time: 10 minutes Oven temperature: Grill • • • •
4 chicken breast ﬁllets, cut in strips 1 clove of garlic 10ml soy sauce 5ml brown sugar
Satay sauce • ½ onion, ﬁnely chopped • 1 clove of garlic, crushed • 5ml sambal oelek, or 1 seeded and chopped chilli • 10ml soy sauce • 10ml brown sugar • 10ml fresh lemon juice • 30ml no-sugar-added peanut butter • 5ml cornﬂour • 50ml low-fat coconut milk 1 Mix the garlic, soy sauce and sugar together. Pour over the chicken and leave to marinate for at least 30 minutes. 2 Satay sauce Combine all the ingredients, except the cornﬂour and coconut milk, in a small saucepan. Add 180ml water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. 3 Mix the cornﬂour with a little water to make a paste. Mix some of the hot sauce into the cornﬂour, then pour it back into the saucepan and simmer for 2-3 minutes, until thick. Leave to cool for a few minutes then stir in the coconut milk. Blend the sauce until smooth, if you prefer. 4 While the sauce is cooking, thread the chicken onto satay sticks that have been soaked in water. Place them on a baking tray under a hot grill for 3-5 minutes, turning them halfway, or until cooked.
Reduced-fat chicken satay
2 Mix the spices and lemon juice into the ostrich strips. Spray non-stick cooking spray into a frying pan and cook the meat over high heat for about 2 minutes, or until just cooked. Remove and set aside. 3 Add the peppers and spring onions and sautĂŠ for a few minutes. Add the meat and heat through. 4 Dressing Mix the mint and lemon juice into the yoghurt. 5 Cut the pita breads in half and ďŹ ll with the meat and peppers, lettuce or rocket, and a spoonful of the dressing.
Chocolate souďŹ„ĂŠ Serves: 4 Preparation time: 15 minutes Baking time: 15 minutes Oven temperature: 190oC â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘
175g (200ml) castor sugar 30ml cake ďŹ‚our, sifted 15g (50ml) cocoa, sifted 100ml fat-free chocolate milk (or use plain fat-free milk) â€˘ 2 large egg whites
Ostrich pita with mint dressing Ostrich is naturally low in saturated fat and is a healthy choice when you want to follow a low-fat diet.
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10ml fresh lemon juice 1 small red pepper, sliced 1 small yellow pepper, sliced 4 spring onions, sliced
Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes
Dressing â€˘ 150ml fat-free yogurt â€˘ 30ml ďŹ nely chopped mint â€˘ 15ml fresh lemon juice â€˘ lettuce or rocket, to serve
â€˘ 4 brown or whole-wheat pita breads â€˘ 250g ostrich steak, cut into slices â€˘ 5ml Cajun spice
1 Toast the pita breads under a hot grill or on a griddle pan until warmed. Cover in foil to keep them warm.
1 Spray 4 small ramekins or teacups with cooking spray and sprinkle a little castor sugar into each. 2 Mix together the cake ďŹ‚our, cocoa, chocolate milk and half of the remaining castor sugar until just mixed. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form, then add the other half of the castor sugar a little at a time. Whisk until all the sugar has been added. Fold a third of the egg white into the chocolate mixture, then carefully fold in the remaining egg white. 3 Spoon into the prepared ramekins or teacups, place on a baking tray and bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the souďŹ„ĂŠ has risen and has formed a ďŹ rm top. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.
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They re quick, they re easy and most of the ingredients are already in your store cupboard. We take the pain out of weeknight cooking.
Monday Tuna melt potatoes Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Oven temperature: 180 C • 4-8 potatoes, depending on size • 2 tins of tuna chunks • 3 spring onions, ﬁnely chopped • 2 carrots, peeled and grated • 250ml mayonnaise • 50ml tomato sauce • 200ml grated mozzarella • salad, to serve
1 Prick the potatoes and partially cook in the microwave for 7-10 minutes. Place on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 20 minutes. 2 Meanwhile, mix the tuna, spring onions, carrots, mayonnaise and tomato sauce together. Season to taste. 3 Once the potatoes are cooked, slice them open and ﬁll with the tuna mixture, then top with cheese. Turn the oven grill on and grill the ﬁlled potatoes until the cheese is golden. Serve with salad.
Tuesday Broccoli and courgette frittata Serves: 4 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 5 minutes Oven temperature: grill • • • •
30ml butter 1 onion, chopped 8 courgettes, sliced 500ml small broccoli ﬂorets • 6 eggs • 250ml grated mature Cheddar • salad, to serve
1 Melt the butter in an ovenproof frying pan and sauté the onion until soft. Add the courgettes and broccoli and sauté until almost cooked. Remove from the pan and set aside. 2 Whisk the eggs lightly and add salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour into the frying pan and fry over medium to low heat for a minute, so that the bottom sets. 3 Add the vegetables and fry for a few more minutes, until the edges start to set. Sprinkle the cheese over and place under a hot grill. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, or until the centre of the frittata has set. Slice into wedges and serve with salad.
Wednesday Pork in a creamy mustard sauce Serves: 4 Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes • 30ml butter • 1 onion, halved and sliced • 400g pork stir-fry strips • 20ml cornﬂour • 250ml milk • 30ml whole-grain mustard • 10ml hot English mustard • 5ml fresh thyme (or 2ml dried) • cooked pasta or gnocchi, to serve • vegetables, to serve
1 Melt the butter and sauté the onion. Add the pork strips and fry until browned. 2 Mix the cornﬂour with a little milk to form a paste. Add the mustards, thyme and remaining milk into the saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add the cornﬂour paste and stir until the sauce thickens. Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta or gnocchi and stir to coat. Serve with vegetables.
Thursday Roast beef chimichanga Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Oven temperature: 200 C • 300ml ready-made salsa • 8-10 slices of roast beef, chopped (about 300g) • 4-6 ﬂour tortillas • 300ml grated Cheddar (optional) • 2 tomatoes, diced • about 500ml shredded iceberg lettuce • 1 avocado, sliced or mashed • about 100ml sour cream, to serve
Friday Lemon chicken rice bake Serves: 4 Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Oven temperature: 200 C • • • • • •
4-8 chicken pieces 30ml olive oil juice and rind of 1 lemon 30ml chopped parsley 250ml long-grain rice 2-3 carrots, peeled and cut into pieces • 1 litre chicken stock • 200g green beans
1 Pour the salsa into a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for a few minutes until it thickens slightly. Remove from the heat and mix the beef into the salsa. 2 Spoon about 60ml of the mixture onto each tortilla, just below the centre. Sprinkle with cheese if using. Fold the sides in over the ﬁlling, then fold the bottom over, rolling the tortilla over to form a closed rectangle. Secure the end with a toothpick. 3 Place the tortillas open side down on a baking sheet and brush lightly with oil. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden. Serve with tomatoes, lettuce, avocado and sour cream on the side.
1 Place the chicken in a
sealable bag together with the oil, lemon juice and half the parsley. Massage the chicken for a few minutes. 2 Pour the rice into an ovenproof dish. Place the chicken pieces and carrots on top, then pour in the stock. Sprinkle with the lemon rind and remaining parsley, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover with a lid or foil and place in the oven for 25 minutes. 3 Remove from the oven, add the beans, then cover again and roast for another 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove the lid or foil 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time.
Chair from Plan B Photography & DĂŠcor. Buyer s guide on page 129
French Add a French touch to your dĂŠcor with these stitchcraft projects. We show you how. by KEVIN SWARTS st yling DAL A WAT TS photos ED O RILEY
Chair (Rxxx) from Plan B
6 Fold the overlapping ends of the
binding strip to the right side of the curtain and then the binding over the top edge. Sew the binding in place. Press the tabs up and sew along the top edge of the binding to hold the tabs in an upright position.
The drop length is 225cm plus 10cm for the tabs.
You will need â€˘ 775cm cotton voile fabric (140cm wide) â€˘ matching thread
Frilly chair seat cover
NOTE All the seam allowances are
You will need
1cm wide. 1 Cut one 2,5m length of fabric. Cut the selvages from this length and hem the two edges with a 2,5cm double-folded hem. Cut 17 strips of 14,5cm across the width of the hemmed length of fabric to form the drop strips. 2 From the remaining fabric, cut 18 strips measuring 13,5 x 260cm for the frills. Cut an additional 12 strips measuring 4,5 x 14cm for the tabs and one strip of 7 x 133cm for the binding for the top edge of the curtain. 3 Hem the bottom and the two short edges of all the frill strips with an overlocker rolled hem. 4 Gather and sew a frill strip to the right side of the top edge of a drop strip. Join all the strips in this manner. The last drop strip gets a frill strip on both the top and bottom edges. This will be the drop strip at the bottom of the curtain. Starting with this bottom drop strip, sew the bottom edge of the following drop strip to the top of the previous strip. Continue in this manner until all the strips have been joined to complete the curtain. 5 Sew and press the tabs. Fold the tabs in half and pin to the wrong side of the top edge of the curtain. Fold the binding strip in half lengthwise, and pin this to the wrong side of the top edge, covering the ends of the tabs. Sew the strip and tabs in place.
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diagram on page 127 paper, pencil and ruler 160cm cotton voile fabric matching thread two 12mm buttons
To make 1 Draft a pattern by measuring the surface area of the seat and drawing the shape on paper, including the section between the two backrest posts. Next, add a 15cm-wide skirt to the sides, front and back. Round the two front corners of the skirt. Add section A, as indicated on the diagram on page 127, with the length from X to Y equalling the side and back width measurement of the backrest post, plus 1cm for an overlap. Finally add a 1cm-wide seam allowance, as indicated on the diagram on page 127. 2 Use your pattern to cut two panels. Pin the two panels, right sides together, and sew the two seams. Trim the outer corners and make a cut into the inner corners of the seams. Turn through to the right side and press. 3 Cut 8,5cm-wide strips for the frills. The strips need to be twice the length of the outer edge of the skirt. Join strips together to get the correct length, if necessary. Hem the bottom and side edges of the frill strips with an overlocker rolled hem. Gather and sew one strip to the outer
edge of the seat cover. Overlock the top edge of the remaining strip and press a 1cm hem to the back of the frill. Mark a line 6cm above the ďŹ rst frill. Gather and sew the second frill onto the marked line. Sew frills to the back section of the skirt in exactly the same manner. 4 Sew a buttonhole in the top corner of section A. Place the cover on the chair and fold section A around the backrest post, overlapping the back skirt. Mark the position of the button and sew in place.
Lampshade You will need â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘
template on page 128 120cm cotton voile fabric matching thread cord scalloped lampshade frame with eight vertical struts (top diameter is 20cm, bottom diameter is 40cm, height is 33cm)
To make NOTE All seam and hem allowances are 1cm wide. 1 Use the template on page 128 to cut two panels. Sew the two vertical seams and overlock the top and bottom hems. Press and sew a 1cm-wide casing at the top and bottom edges. Divide and mark the top and bottom edges into eighths. 2 Thread cord through the two casings. Pull the cords to gather the fabric. Place the cover over the frame, matching the eight marks on each hem to the eight struts of the frame. Attach the cover to the frame by sewing a few overcast stitches at each strut.
GOOD IDEA Tie some beautiful ribbon around the top of the lampshade.
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Paperpetals Crepe paper makes the loveliest ďŹ‚owers. Choose a few colours, follow our steps and see how close to the real thing you can get. We show you how to make a cosmos ďŹ‚ower, a rose, a peony and a dahlia. by LIZEL CLOE TE projec t CISKIA HANEKOM photos ED O RILEY
Crepe paper, ďŹ‚orist s wire and ďŹ‚orist s tape from Super Floral. Buyer s guide on page 129.
Paper ﬂowers The four kinds of ﬂowers are made in more or less the same way, except that their petal shapes and their centres diﬀer. Start with the central section and then build the ﬂower from there.
You will need • petal templates on page 127 • crepe paper in the correct colours • ﬂorist s wire (cut it each time to the length you want the stem to be) • ﬂorist s tape • cotton wool • cardboard • craft glue • pencil and scissors
Cosmos To make 1 Cut a strip of crepe paper 1,5 x
15cm for the ﬂower s pistil. Fold it in half and in half again and cut notches out all around the top edge. Fold the strip of paper open and twist it tightly around the tip of the ﬂorist s wire. Stick the end in place with a bit of glue. Wrap ﬂorist s tape around the base of the ﬂower s pistil, to make it sturdy. Cover the stem too. Cut out the cosmos petal template on page 127 from cardboard. Place the template on the crepe paper with the grain of the paper running over the petal s length. Trace eight petals and cut out. Fold the ﬁrst petal around the pistil and fasten it in place with ﬂorist s tape. Fold the next one around the pistil, allowing the top edge to overlap the ﬁrst petal slightly. Fasten it in place with ﬂorist s tape. Complete the whole ﬂower in this way. Fold the petals backwards to open the ﬂower.
Peony To make 1 Cut two squares 4 x 4cm from crepe paper for the ﬂower s pistil. Place one square on top of the
other and place a small ball of cotton wool in the centre. Fold the squares around the cotton wool and twist the ends together. Press the tip of the ﬂorist s wire into the cotton wool. Wrap ﬂorist s tape around the base of the pistil and then around the stem. Cut out the template for the peony petal on page 127 from cardboard. Place the template on the crepe paper with the grain of the paper running over the length of the petal. Trace 45 petals and cut them out. Shape each petal by holding your thumbs together in the middle of the petal and then pulling them apart slightly to round the petal. Pinch the bottom of the petal together slightly to form small pleats. Fold the ﬁrst petal around the pistil and fasten it in place with ﬂorist s tape. Fold the next one around the pistil, allowing the top edge to overlap the ﬁrst petal slightly. Fasten it in place with ﬂorist s tape. Complete the whole ﬂower in this way.
Rose To make 1 Cut a square 6 x 6cm from crepe paper for the ﬂower s pistil. Fold it in a triangle. 2 Fold the top two points along the fold towards the bottom corner so that you have a small square. With the closed point facing the top, twist the two side points together to form the ﬁrst little petal of your rose. 3 Press the tip of the ﬂorist s wire in underneath. Wrap ﬂorist s tape around the base of the rose s pistil and then around the stem. 4 Cut out the template for the rose petal on page 127 from a piece of cardboard. 5 Place the template on the crepe paper with the grain of the paper
running over the length of the petal. Trace 16 petals and cut them out. 6 Shape each rose petal by rolling the top edge over a pencil so that it curls slightly. 7 Fold the ﬁrst rose petal with the curled edge facing outwards around the pistil and fasten it in place with some ﬂorist s tape. Fold the next one around the pistil, allowing the top edge to overlap the ﬁrst petal slightly. Fasten it in place with some ﬂorist s tape. Complete the whole rose in this way. Fold the petals slightly outwards and curl the edges again, if it is necessary.
Dahlia To make 1 Cut a circle with a diameter of 5,5cm from cardboard ‒ this forms the base of the ﬂower onto which you will stick the petals. 2 Cut out the template for the large dahlia petal on page 127 from cardboard. 3 Place the template on the crepe paper with the grain of the paper running over the length of petal. Trace 14 of the large petals and cut them out. 4 Shape each petal by holding your thumbs against each other in the middle of the petal and then moving them outwards slightly to round the petal. 5 Fold the two bottom points of the petal inwards so that they overlap and pinch closed. 6 Repeat steps 2 to 5 for the small petals, of which you will need about 20. 7 Make the pistil in the same way as outlined in step 1 of the cosmos ﬂower. 8 Stick the large petals all around the edge of the cardboard circle using masking tape. Now stick the smaller petals in a circle inside of the large ones. To ﬁnish oﬀ the dahlia, stick the pistil in place in the centre of the ﬂower.
The new nomads Type living a simpler life into your internet browser and you will be amazed at the number of stories that pop up in the display window. One such tale comes courtesy of the Daily Mail in the UK: Who says bigger is better? Arizona couple give up three-bedroom house to live the simple life in a tiny DIY mobile home that costs them just $350 a month declares the headline. The article is about an American couple who were so tired of handing over most of their cash every month to !!
pay their bond and bills, and having precious little left over to live on, that they built their own miniscule DIY caravan and took to the road in search of a simpler, cheaper and ultimately more fulďŹ lling life. Carey and Shane Caverly, an architectural designer and building contractor respectively, say their choice has brought them closer together â€’ and they don t only mean this literally. I know what it s like to have a big house with a tremendous amount of stuďŹ€. This culture of acquiring more is not necessarily a healthy way to live, Shane said
in an interview with the New York Daily News. The Caverlys had to cut down dramatically on all their possessions in order to ďŹ t what they needed into their new abode. Must-have items with which they could not part are now stored in cleverly concealed cubbies located beneath the sofa and above the little bathroom in the caravan. They have also managed to make their lifestyle more environmentally conscious than it was when they lived in a house. A rainwater tank on the metal roof of the caravan collects rainwater and they use
PHOTOS FROM GRANNY CHIC: CRAFTY RECIPES AND INSPIRATION FOR THE HANDMADE HOME BY TIF FUSSELL AND RACHELLE BLONDEL
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an incinerator toilet, which means they don t need a plumbing point. This way of life has proved so successful and has attracted so much attention from the media and the general public in the US that Shane and Carey have started a blog about their adventure as well as a business building and selling replicas of their caravan to like-minded souls (clotheslinetinyhomes.com). Shane and Carey are trendsetters, new nomads who, unfettered by the need to remain in one place and be measured by the size of their home, the cars they drive and the cost of their possessions, have opted out of a conventional lifestyle for new pastures. It s a lifestyle that is within anyone s reach, thanks to modern communications technology.
Cellphones, laptops, GPS and wireless internet mean that we no longer need a desk or an oďŹƒce. We are in a position to revisit traditional ideas of working hours, decide on our priorities and set our own timetables. No matter where we are in the world we can choose to be connected seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Or not. The trend of nomadism has resurfaced in the here and now and in so doing it has helped to set us free to roam our environments, our suburbs, our cities, our countries and the world. Nomadism, a cultural trend that has been around for centuries, has oďŹƒcially arrived in the modern western world. Internationally renowned trends forecaster Li Edelkoort supports
this notion, saying that mobile technology supports and fosters the increasingly nomadic lifestyle that many people prefer. You can be in the middle of the desert and people will think you are in New York, she says. So you become anonymous and you don t care anymore where you are. This newfound freedom, says Li, will give rise to a trend whereby we will prefer to surround ourselves with dĂŠcor items that are more portable: lots of textiles, loose rugs instead of ďŹ tted carpets, portable tables, and portable lighting such as lanterns and standing lamps rather than ďŹ xed lighting. These moveable dĂŠcor elements can all be taken with us if we decide that we want to pack up and move on.
Thanks for the memories Nostalgia is now a huge trend the world over. Marketers are creating successful advertising campaigns using idealised interpretations of events and times in recent history to create a positive impression and sell goods. And on the streets, people are looking back in time in search of trust and security. Nostalgia is all about seeking comfort so it s hardly a surprise that a city hotel has used that motif to create a quirky niche in the market. The Grand Daddy Hotel, a trendy boutique hotel on Cape Town s vibey Long Street, has become famous for its rooftop Trailer Park , where seven Airstream trailers have been lovingly restored and now oďŹ€er visitors novel accommodation with an unbeatable view of the city. Each trailer was handed over to a local designer for completion. The results are extravagantly decorated and themed works of art doubling as hotel accommodation. Choose which trailer you wish to sleep in depending on your mood, from Love of Lace , a feminine bordello decorated in pink by designer Tracy
Lynch, to Pleasantville , a 50s-style period piece ďŹ nished in mint green and cherry red with blue melamine counters, and Moontides , which is the largest of the trailers featuring separate living and sleeping areas. Contact The Grand Daddy Hotel on 021 424 7247, email them on firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the website, granddaddy.co.za for more details or to book.
The fashion nomads Even fashion has taken to the nomadic mood with gusto. Tribal prints, ďŹ‚oaty fabrics and gypsy styles dominate the international catwalks and, in turn, our department stores. And on the dĂŠcor front, faux fur and ethnic patterns on everything from lampshades to bed throws have enjoyed renewed popularity in recent seasons. Fashion has always been a barometer of social norms, so it s no surprise that the free-spirited nomadic culture is making itself felt in what we wear and how we dress our homes. Nomadism, even in its latest most modern form, is a nostalgic trend that recalls a time when life was simpler with fewer daily pressures. This is why solitary hobbies are such a fundamental part of it. Sewing, a cornerstone on which the fashion industry is built, is one such example, a fact that was leveraged by British fashion designer Paul Smith who began selling his signature fabrics and patterns for people to sew at home.
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Goldilocks and the Three Bears trailer at The Grand Daddy Hotel
In the spirit of nomadism and downsizing, the manufacturers of Mini cars have come up with a novel new concept: a limited range of vehicles that double as campers. Inspired by the popularity of glamping (a luxurious take on camping), Mini has launched a trio of their tiny vehicles that are perfect for self-contained mobile holidays. The Mini Clubman Camper is marketed as a home on wheels and contains all the amenities luxury-loving glampers could possibly need for a few days in the veld: a bed, fridge and propane stove come standard, as do a built-in shower system, TV and heater. The Mini Countryman ALL4 Camp is equipped with a rooftop tent, complete with a folding ladder for ease of access.
The Globe Trekkers Studio
Mr Price Home has long associated itself with good design and the Design on the Move project is no exception. As part of its COLAB initiative, which celebrates trending local talent, the company has partnered with Design on the Move, where three vintage caravans, dubbed The Globe Trekkers Studio, The Modern Gypsy and The Natural Explorer, have been refurbished and redecorated by Durban designers Wendy-Lee Douglas, Terry Angelos, and Jess Binns with Mr Price Home me products. Go to mrpricehome.com for more information.
She s a wife and mother and and, l along with her husband Ryan, is also co-creator of the ilovebokkie brand. The design ethos behind ilovebokkie is to create cool, unique, locally made furniture for children and adults, with all the work originating in their Durban design studio and workshop.
PHOTOS OF DESIGN ON THE MOVE CARAVANS: RALPH BRONZIN
â€˘ Go to ilovebokkie.blogspot.com, where you will ďŹ nd a link to her shop.
The Natural Explorer
At the age of 40 40, after running her own children s event business for 10 years, Terry Angelos ﬁnally began her full-time career as an artist. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Terry moved to South Africa in 1982 and set up home in Durban. Terry says that although she spent a year studying ﬁne art and another year studying drama, she is mostly self-taught, preferring the mediums of pen and ink, acrylics, mixed media, collage, assembled art and 3D paper sculpture. • For more information go to terryangelosart.com
The Modern Gypsy
The owner of interiors interio company Hector & Bailey, Jess Binns was raised in the UK where she founded her company in 2009. When she relocated to Durban, she took the brand along for the ride. Hector & Bailey isn t just her business or blog title, says Jess, it also reďŹ‚ects her passion and identity in the glorious world of interiors . â€˘ For more information go to hectorandbailey.com or email jess@hector&bailey.com
The simple life
Bigger isn t always better
Keep on truckin
In her book Simple Living: 30 Days To Less StuďŹ€ and More Life (available on Kindle from Amazon. com) author Lorilee Lippincott, a minimalist whose focus is on living simply, says it doesn t have to be hard to balance our time between all the important areas of our lives. She maintains it s all about shifting focus to make room for what we love and getting rid of what we don t love. Life, says Lorilee, is too short to try to live up to everyone s expectations. She encourages readers to cut back on material clutter and make time in the day to do things that make you happy, saying that in doing this much of the stress of modern life will lift from our shoulders to give us the kind of lives we really want. Downsizing Wanting less is the ďŹ rst step towards simplifying your life. For example, look at your house size and how much of your energy is sapped by maintaining it. Is this how you want to spend your time? Horizontal spaces Clutter is a very signiďŹ cant stressor. Surfaces littered with objects stress you and make you feel overwhelmed. Scheduling Is there enough time in the day to complete the tasks you give yourself? If not, you may have set yourself up to fail before you even start the day. Be realistic about your daily schedule and make a priority list so that non-essential tasks can be rescheduled. Expectations Although we should strive to be better and do better in all aspects of our lives, we need to have more realistic expectations of ourselves. Single-tasking The days of patting ourselves on the back for multitasking are over. Attend to one task at a time and take pleasure in being able to do that task well. Decide what and who is important Make a list of the things you would prefer to be doing and the people you want to spend time with. Don t waste precious time on people and
Rising living costs have led to a new trend: the tiny house movement. The thinking is simple: the smaller your home, the less it costs to buy and the cheaper it is to run. A smaller space means lower electricity costs, less maintenance and a smaller carbon footprint, to mention just a few beneďŹ ts. According to a study by the American Institute of Architects, changing lifestyles, the global recession and the rising cost of electricity have all led to this trend. It has gained traction in South Africa too, with many homeowners choosing apartments, townhouses and security clusters over larger properties. Well-designed postage-stamp gardens and splash pools mean home-owners who downscale can keep some luxuries. Decorating smaller spaces takes planning, neatness and carefully curated collections of furniture and goods that you really need. Organisation is key. Declutter and keep surfaces clear. Sell what you don t need or donate goods to charity. Choose colour with care; certain palettes make spaces appear larger while others absorb light and make spaces look smaller. Live eďŹƒciently and make planetfriendly choices that will save you money too. For example, when buying a new appliance, choose a more energy-eďŹƒcient option.
Think New York hot dog and pretzel carts, and trucks that sell ďŹ sh and chips in the English countryside: mobile meals are big news and they tap into the nomad trend. Even big food chains such as Sizzler and Subway in the United States are jumping onto the street-food bandwagon by launching their own mobile eateries. In Cape Town, Italian restaurant Limoncello was one of the ďŹ rst to launch a food truck. It travels to surprise destinations where hungry customers can purchase menu items in scenic settings. To ďŹ nd out where the food truck is on any given day, simply tweet them: @CTfoodtrucks.
activities that don t add value to your life. Just breathe Set aside time each day to do absolutely nothing. Sit in the garden for half an hour. Meditate. Close your eyes and listen to nothing but birdsong. Live in the moment and be present in your life. Whether it s the pretty view out of your window, or the scent of freshly laundered bed linen, take time to appreciate the little things instead of chasing delayed gratiďŹ cation.
MEALS ON WHEELS Try these mobile eateries: Cape Town â€˘ Feed your craving for carbs with Baguette Bicycle, on Twitter @baguettebicycle or call 074 175 7144 to place an order. â€˘ Drink tea sourced from all over the globe at Lady Bonin s Tea Parlour, on Twitter @Lady_Bonin or call 083 628 2504.
Johannesburg â€˘ A cup of coďŹ€ee from the Full of Beans Vespa trailer will satisfy your caďŹ€eine craving. Go to fullofbeans. co.za or call 072 195 4548. â€˘ Indulge in a huge American-style hot dog from Long Tom. Their red trailer is on the corner of 11th Street and Marie Road in Parkmore, Sandton. Go to longtomfoods.co.za or call 011 706 7268.
Durban â€˘ Afro s mobile kitchen is a chickenbraai food truck specialising in local ďŹ‚avours. Find it on weekends at markets and scenic spots in the Durban area. Follow them on Twitter @afroschicken for updates.
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t ďŹ rst glance it seems a stretch to make the switch from freelance graphic designer, mural artist and website designer to purveyor of irresistible essential oils and beauty products, but this is exactly how Eve Wilson s life has played out. Worn down by the rat race and determined to ďŹ nd a more satisfying way of life, Eve and her husband Pete, who had run his own construction ďŹ rm for years, happened upon Provenance Farm (provenance means place of origin), up against the Boerberg Mountains in the Western Cape s Koo Valley, less than 30km from the town of
Montagu. They were smitten. We bought the farm in 2008 after having lived in Plettenberg Bay for over 30 years, says Eve. They sold their home and businesses â€’ in addition to Pete s building concern and Eve s freelance work, they also owned a guesthouse on the banks of the Bitou River â€’ because they felt they had come to a crossroads in their life and wanted a more leisurely pursuit. Their plan, says Eve, was to farm something that wouldn t be too challenging . So the couple started looking for land where they could grow suitable plants to harvest for essential oils.
We found the perfect property that ticked all the boxes where the farming was concerned, but there was absolutely nothing on it except for Eskom power and one borehole, says Eve. So we built a small wooden house and started ploughing and planting crops; after two years we had our ďŹ rst oil yield. The idea of creating body-care products using the oils they had produced came about when Eve and Pete realised that they needed a way to add value to the oils being produced on the farm in order for them to survive ďŹ nancially. So, with precious little know-how and a great deal of advice from a cosmetic
chemist, Eve began experimenting with small batches of products in her kitchen. My ďŹ rst attempts were dismal: oily, sticky and too runny, but with a great deal of trial and error I slowly started to get what was required to make beauty products that I loved and of which my friends and family approved! It took me about eight months of experimentation and then another few months to get the packaging right before I felt ready to start selling my products to the public. The ďŹ rst time I sold anything was at a Women s Day expo in Montagu. I had about four types of products â€’ and only about six bottles of each â€’ plus three large basins of fragrant bath salts, but I was hugely encouraged because everything sold out in a few hours. My new customers loved the fragrances and textures of the products. And today some of my biggest supporters are those customers who purchased items at that very ďŹ rst market day three years ago.
SWEET SCENT OF SUCCESS Pete s toils in the ďŹ elds and Eve s determination to use their bounty of oils in the creation of luscious creams, yummy body butters, balms, shampoo and scrubs , may have paid oďŹ€ but it was the couple s bravery that saw them through. My mind was awash with ideas for new products and my husband became the ever-patient lab rat. After a frenzied morning in the kitchen, surrounded by bowls of creams, oils and various additives and active ingredients, I d take a jar of my latest experiment to Pete in the ďŹ elds. He d push back his hat, sniďŹ€ the lotion and paste it onto his dry, brown arms. Then, after much deliberation and more sniďŹƒng and pasting, he d give me his considered opinion. This went on for months until I began to feel conďŹ dent that what I was producing was acceptable and high quality,
and I was ready to reveal what I had made to a small circle of friends and family for judgment. I was delighted when the feedback was positive, and when it was not, I was spurred on with great determination to get it right, says Eve. The result of their labours is Provenance, a range of hair, body, home and spa products containing essential oils. The range includes body butters, massage balm (a hit with customers), hand wash, shower gels, and a silicon and sulphatefree shampoo that s kind to the environment. And the wonderful scents that are the hallmark of this range come courtesy of oils distilled from plants grown on the farm. Our main crop is rose geranium, but we also have peppermint chocolate geranium and a variety of lavender derivatives, says Eve. The All Purpose Massage Balm is my best seller because it really works, says Eve. People who suďŹ€er from very dry skin are always telling me that they have been searching for a product like this and are thrilled to have found it. Customers who suďŹ€er from conditions such as eczema, sun spots, cracked lips and dry heels have all told me they have experienced immense relief using the balm. I use it as a deodorant because it contains a high percentage of essential oils, which kill the bacteria that cause odours. It s great for facial massage too â€’ I
leave it on until it s absorbed, for extra moisture and nourishment.
HEAD FOR BUSINESS Starting a new business is always daunting but if Pete and Eve s success is anything to go by, the risks can be worth it. Our biggest hurdle was probably the initial capital investment, says Eve. My dad had once advised me that it s not about making your money back quickly when starting a business. As long as the initial capital investment makes a proďŹ table return that is equal to (or preferably more than) the amount the same investment would generate in interest if it were securely invested, then you know you are doing okay. This has been my yardstick for success ever since. Another signiďŹ cant factor was the network of family and friends who were always willing to test drive their products. Sometimes their feedback was more truthful than I liked, admits Eve, but it spurred me on to keep improving the product and I am so grateful to these guinea pigs who were always daring enough to abandon their most trusted brands to try even my earliest attempts, some of which weren t very successful at all! Having the courage to draw on skills that are not necessarily her forte helped Eve overcome her fear of the unknown. My mother tells people that as a child I didn t play
with dolls but preferred to play with the ďŹ les and staplers and oďŹƒce stationery that my father brought home. I remember stamping and stapling and signing things as though I were a tycoon, she says. Everyone has talents and skills, but sometimes you have to delve deep to draw out skills that aren t necessarily strong points. It s a matter of ďŹ nding the frequencies that resonate with you and amplifying them she says. They are there if you just listen hard enough. The Provenance range is sold locally and internationally from the website provenanceoils.co.za, via social media on facebook.com/pages/ Provenance/196503417090799, and in KwaZulu-Natal and on the Garden Route via agents. Visit the Provenance shop at Church Corner House, 30 Bath Street, Montagu. Email email@example.com for details.
Whether you prefer your biscuits crunchy or chewy, or if you want to know how to clean a vintage dress, we have the answers. compiled by CISKIA HANEKOM photos ED O RILEY
TOP TIP Use your craft stamps to print pictures or words onto biscuit dough before you bake the biscuits in the oven.
A good rule is to apply skincare products from the thinnest to the thickest so the thicker formulations don t prevent the thinner ones, such as serums, from working their magic. Do lip plumpers really work? Yes, temporarily. They stimulate the upper surface of the lip with ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), hyaluronic acid (HA), lactic acid, cinnamon or a chilli extract, which boost the circulation and cause the lips to swell. The eďŹ€ect lasts about four hours. The plumpers that contain HA cause the lips to retain and attract water, helping them to appear fuller. Don t expect lip plumpers to permanently give you Angelina Jolie s full lips though!
Make ice cubes with edible ďŹ‚owers inside and place them in a jug ďŹ lled with water for a pretty element on a summer table.
One portion of spaghetti is about the number of pieces that can ďŹ t in the neck of a large plastic cooldrink bottle.
Why is iron so important in our diet? Iron is a key component of our red blood cells, which carry oxygen through our body. A lack of iron in the diet can cause fatigue and lethargy. Red meat that is low in fat is a good source of iron, as are grains, iron-enriched cereals, green vegetables, beans, nuts and eggs.
TOP TIP If you prefer your biscuits chewy, remove them from the tray as soon as they are out of the oven and place them on a cooling rack. If you like your biscuits crunchy, bake them for a bit longer and leave them on the tray to cool.
How do I cook quinoa properly? First, rinse it well using a ďŹ nemesh strainer to remove the bitter coating. Combine 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender. Don t overcook it. Drain it thoroughly otherwise it may make your whole dish watery. Return the quinoa to the pan, then cover and put to one side for 15 minutes. This will dry out the quinoa, ensuring a light and ďŹ‚uďŹ€y end result. GOOD IDEA Plant seedlings in empty egg cartons and give to someone as a gift. As the cardboard is biodegradeable, the recipient needs only to cut each indiviual cup loose and then plant the cups in the ground just so.
To get rose blooms to open more quickly, hold the stem of the rose under warm water, cut it at angle of 45 degrees and place it in a vase with water that is at room temperature (about 20oC).
Join blocked canvasses to each other at the back using metal plates if you want to hang them next to each other. This will also work with wide picture frames.
Line your fridge shelves with oilcloth. It looks pretty, is easy to keep clean and protects the glass.
Make a little herb garden in your kitchen. Plant herbs in glass jars, attach pretty labels to each one and stand them on a window sill where they will get sunlight and fresh air. What is the best way to clean a vintage dress? Follow these rules before you dry-clean a vintage item or dress with ďŹ ne detail: â€˘ Ensure beadwork and other decorative elements are ďŹ rmly attached to the item. If any of the elements are very delicate or valuable, rather remove them. â€˘ Remove the buttons if they are very old or special. It is easier and more cost eďŹ€ective to work them on again later than to ďŹ nd a replacement if one is damaged in the dry-cleaning process, or is lost. You can also cover the buttons with foil, if you prefer. â€˘ Repair the item ďŹ rst, if necessary, otherwise it may be in a worse condition when you get it back.
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You will need â€˘ 1 bar glycerine soap (neither coloured nor perfumed) â€˘ soap moulds â€˘ essential oils â€˘ food colouring of your choice â€˘ rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle
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of about 1 x 1cm and put them into a heatproof glass jug. 2 Microwave the blocks of soap for 30-second intervals on high until they are melted. 3 Add 4-6 drops of essential oil to the melted soap and stir with a metal spoon â€’ stir carefully to prevent bubbles from forming. TIP Patchouli, rose geranium, ylang-ylang, lavender and rose are wonderful fragrances to use for soap. Vanilla is also lovely.
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dip the tip of a toothpick into the food colouring and then dip it into the soap. Stir the colour in and then add more food colouring if you want the soap to be darker. 5 Pour the mixture into your moulds. If bubbles form on the surface of the soap, you can spray it with rubbing alcohol (available at pharmacies) to dissolve them. Leave the soap to set at room temperature for a few hours. TIP You can also use metal bread tins as moulds to make the soap in. Spray them with cooking spray before you pour the soap mixture into them. Leave to cool then place in the freezer for about 20 minutes. (This makes it easier to remove the soap later.) You can then cut the soap into bars with a knife afterwards. 6 Press the solid soaps carefully out of the moulds.
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FLORAL GLASSES You will need â€˘ digital photo or picture of a ďŹ‚ower â€˘ waterslide transfer paper â€˘ glasses â€˘ kitchen paper â€˘ scissors
Measure the diameter of the base of your glasses and create circles of the same size in a Word document. Place a photo or picture of a ďŹ‚ower in the middle of each circle. Print with a laser printer onto the waterslide transfer paper â€’ make enough for all your glasses. Cut out neatly around the edge of the circle.
When the glue between the two layers of the transfer paper is soft, remove the picture from the water and slide the printed layer carefully onto the bottom of the glass. Check that it is placed accurately.
Carefully wipe the picture dry with a piece of kitchen paper and make sure it is completely smooth. Decorate your other glasses in the same way and leave them to dry before you use them.
Place a little lukewarm water in a container and insert the ďŹ rst picture until the glue layer has softened â€’ the sides will curl up when it gets wet. Wipe the bottom of the glass so it is clean and dry and place it upside down.
TIP The transfer paper will come oďŹ€ your glasses when you wash them, unless you seal it ďŹ rst. We used a layer of Pratley Kraftex Pratliglo, a resin that will allow the glasses to be washed by hand.
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Surprise your guests with the prettiest ďŹ‚oral glasses, made by decorating the bottoms with pictures of ďŹ‚owers.
Glasses (R25,99 each) from Mr Price Home. Waterslide transfer paper from Studder Promotional.
You will need â€˘ ďŹ‚ower templates on page 129 â€˘ ďŹ rm erasers â€˘ lino-cut equipment â€˘ ink pads in the colours of your choice (available at craft shops) â€˘ tracing paper â€˘ masking tape â€˘ craft knife â€˘ sharp soft pencil â€˘ scissors
Trace our ďŹ‚ower templates on page 129 (or your own designs) with your pencil onto a piece of tracing paper â€’ make sure that the designs are the right size for your erasers.
Cut the ďŹ rst picture out of the tracing paper and remove the label wrapper from the eraser.
Place the piece of tracing paper picture side down on the eraser so that the side with the pencil lines is against the eraser. Hold the tracing paper in place with a piece of masking tape.
Use the handle of your pair of scissors to rub the pencil lines oďŹ€ onto the eraser.
Lift up the paper â€’ the pencil lines should be clearly visible on your eraser so you can see where you must cut.
Cut away the background carefully with your V-point knife. Don t carve into the motif, as this will spoil the stamp s design. TIP You can use your craft knife if you don t have lino-cutting tools.
Cut away the whole of the background and then cut the ďŹ‚ower section oďŹ€ from the stem section so you have two separate stamps. Make your other stamps in the same way.
Press the stamps in the ink and use them for decorating.
GOOD IDEA Use your stamps to decorate anything from writing paper to giftwrap, ribbons and oďŹƒce stationery.
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The Simondium Country Lodge near Franschhoek is throwing open its doors again for Festive Ideas, the wonderful gift market that is now an annual highlight.
estive Ideas, to which more than 130 creative entrepreneurs from throughout the country bring their unique products, promises to be bigger and better this year than ever before. From Wednesday 30 October until Sunday 3 November visitors will be able to browse and buy some of the loveliest home and garden dĂŠcor, the latest fashions and accessories, the ďŹ nest French linen, pamper products and more. The delicatessen will once again oďŹ€er tantalising delights, just in time to ďŹ ll the pantry cupboard for the festive season, or simply to enjoy. Visitors can take a break from shopping with a light meal and something to drink in the pretty gardens in the shade of the oak trees. A new addition to this year s market is a fun children s area where youngsters will be entertained with shows and activities while Mom is busy shopping. There will also be music this year. The Simondium Country Lodge is situated on the R45 between Paarl and Franschhoek. The market is open from 9am to 5.30pm Wednesday to Saturday and until 4pm on Sunday. There is also a special opening day on Tuesday, 29 October, from 2pm to 6pm. Entry is R20 for adults and there is no charge for children. There is free parking available, with security. For more information, go to festiveideas.co.za, call 021 874 1046 or take a look at the Facebook page, Festive Ideas.
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