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1 Light (R1 200) from Abode. 2 Light bulb blackboard (R150) from D&M Made With Love. 3 Eye-test print (R119) from Typo. 4 Crazy chicken print (R150) from Quirky Me. 5 Moustache bunny (R580) from Quirky Me. 6 Ceramic markers (R119) from Typo 7 Golden apple (R89) from Typo. 8 Floral cushion (R159,99) from Mr Price Home. 9 Striped chest of drawers (R5 500) from Living Legends. 10 Dr Dog bust (R590) from Quirky Me. 11 Paper-weave bin (R59,99) from Mr Price Home. 12 Metal flip chair (R159,99) from Mr Price Home. 13 Sheepskin rug (R650) from Nap. 14 Butterfly bunting (R240) from In Good Company. 15 Salt and pepper binoculars (R190) from The Ceramic Factory. 16 Mini cake stand (R29,99) from Mr Price Home. 17 Bicycle paperclip (R19,99) from Mr Price Home. 18 Pencil-shaped ruler (R25) from Typo. 19 Robot ice tray (R49,99) from Mr Price Home. 20 Place-name reindeers (R50 for a set of six) from D&M Made With Love. 21 Sweet Temptations toffees (R20 each) from selected stores countrywide. 22 Bulldog pendant (R79) from Accessorize. 23 Cat brooch (R45) from Green Grass Design. 24 Letters (R2 each) from Green Grass Design. 25 Bird notebook (R39) from Typo. 26 Blue duck-shaped rubber eraser (R19,99 for a set) from Mr Price Home. 27 Oversized paperclips (R25 for a set) from Typo. 28 Lollipop highlighters (R24) from Typo.











Lifestyle Dala Watts and Lizel Cloete share what s new in the world of craft, dÊcor and stitchcraft. dwa t ts@ med ia24 .com lizel. cloet e@m edia m DO YOU KNOW OF A LOVELY NEW SHOP OR BEAUTIFUL DÉCOR OR CRAFT RANGE THAT WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT? IF SO, EMAIL US AND WE WILL CONSIDER FEATURING IT ON THIS PAGE.

FRENCH STYLE This chic apron in the classic French waiter s style is printed locally and made from pure Belgian linen. They cost R300 each and are available in radicchio red or indigo blue. Order yours from Lyall Wilcox on 083 454 2144 or by email from


This 3-D jigsaw puzzle of the Big Apple is from Wicked Warrior. It is built in layers: ďŹ rst you do the basic city layout and then the buildings, working in the historical order in which they were built. Other cities, like Berlin and Cape Town, are also available. To order, go to or email They cost from R550.

CROSS-STITCH ON TREND These sets with their crossstitch sayings are Cape designer and artist Lauren Fowler s brainchild. They consist of an embroidery hoop, aida canvas, needle and thread, as well as the pattern and instructions. Order yours for R280 from or

STORYBOOK PRETTY These days you can buy the loveliest notebooks. These two are from The Deckle Edge. Go to their website,, to ďŹ nd your nearest branch, or order them online. The books cost R85 for a set of three.


Our team just loves this string of paper dolls from Things. Buy it for R120 from our online store,, or visit the shop in the Salt Circle Arcade at 374 Albert Road, Woodstock, if you live in the Cape.










GOOD IDEA The kids will love these. Try using dierent chocolates like Smarties, Flake or chocolate-coated peanuts. For an adult version, add a tot of brandy or Amarula to the mixture before freezing.

Chocolate and custard lollies (see recipe on page 29)




Chickpea and egg salad

Creamy herbed scrambled eggs on croissants

Pork and egg pies

1 Whisk the eggs together with

Serves: 4 Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 5 minutes • 8 large eggs • 15ml ďŹ nely chopped Italian parsley • 5ml ďŹ nely shredded fresh basil (or use 2ml dried) • 40ml grated mature Cheddar cheese • 50ml cream • 20ml butter • 4 croissants • micro greens or extra fresh herbs, to garnish    

the herbs, Cheddar cheese and the cream. 2 Heat the butter in a non-stick pan. Once the pan is hot, add the egg mixture. Stir over a medium heat until the egg is scrambled and just set. Don t overcook. Remove from the heat and spoon onto croissants. Top with the micro greens or fresh herbs and serve immediately. GOOD IDEA For a lower-fat option, use milk instead of cream and serve the scrambled eggs on a freshly baked roll instead of a croissant.

Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Oven temperature: 220oC

Makes: 6-8 Preparation time: 30 minutes Baking time: 20-30 minutes Oven temperature: 190oC

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1 can chickpeas, drained 30ml olive oil 5ml paprika (preferably Spanish) 1ml ground cumin 5ml dried crushed chillies 3ml dried origanum 1 cos lettuce, broken into pieces 4 large eggs, hard boiled and halved 1 green pepper, seeded and sliced 2 tomatoes, sliced handful cherry tomatoes, halved handful fresh rocket

Dressing • 45ml olive oil • 15ml lime or lemon juice • 15ml freshly chopped coriander or basil 1 Line a baking tray with baking

paper. Spread the chickpeas over the paper and drizzle with the oil. Add the paprika, cumin, chillies and origanum. Stir to coat well. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, until slightly crunchy. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. (You can also cook them in a non-stick frying pan over a medium to low heat, if you prefer.) 2 Arrange the remaining salad ingredients on a platter. Add the chickpeas. Whisk up the dressing and pour over the salad. TIP This healthy, low-carbohydrate salad is ideal for vegetarians. Chickpeas are a great source of soluble ďŹ bre that can help lower cholesterol.

6-8 medium eggs 1 pack pork bangers 1 small onion, ďŹ nely chopped 45ml ďŹ nely chopped Italian parsley 2 rolls ready-made shortcrust pastry • 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 Put the eggs in a pot, cover with






water and bring to the boil. Boil for 6 minutes, then drain and cool o under cold water. Squeeze the sausage meat out of the casings. Mix in the onion and parsley. Unroll the pastry and cut 8 circles each big enough to line a muďŹƒn tin. Grease the muďŹƒn tins and line with the pastry. Cut out 8 circles to form lids for the pies. Peel the eggs and press the sausage mixture around them. Put them into the pastry. Press extra sausage meat into the pie to ďŹ ll it up. Brush the edges of the pastry with egg wash. Cover with the pastry lids and press the edges together with a fork. Make a small hole in the top of the pastry using a skewer. Decorate with left-over pastry, if you prefer. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden and crisp. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes: 8 Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus freezing time • 250ml cream • 500ml ready-made custard • 100g malted chocolate balls, roughly chopped • 5ml vanilla essence 1 Whip the cream until sti. Fold

a little into the custard. Fold the custard mixture into the remaining cream. Fold in the chopped chocolate balls and the vanilla essence. 2 Spoon the mixture into ice-cream lolly moulds or into another mould of your choice. Freeze for a few hours or overnight, until ďŹ rm. 3 When ready to serve, dip the moulds briey into a bowl of hot water to help loosen them and remove from the moulds.



Serves: 4 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: about 30 minutes • 1 whole ďŹ sh, cleaned • 1 red onion, sliced • lemon or lime, sliced Curried butter • 125ml butter • 1 clove garlic, crushed • fresh grated ginger • 15ml medium-strength curry powder or masala • 4 curry leaves • 2 spring onions, chopped • 2ml sugar • 10ml white wine vinegar • fresh herbs and lemon or lime, to serve 1 Curried butter Melt the

butter in a saucepan. Add the garlic, ginger, curry powder and curry leaves. Stir over the heat for a few minutes, until fragrant. Add the spring onions, sugar and vinegar and remove from the heat. Pour into a bowl and set in the fridge. Once it is ďŹ rm, spoon the butter onto a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a small log. Twist the ends of the plastic wrap closed and refrigerate the butter until hard. 2 Put some lemon and onion slices into the cavity and on top of the ďŹ sh and tie in place with string. Turn the ďŹ sh over and place the remaining lemon and onion slices under the string. 3 Brush with a little sunower oil and cook over medium-hot coals on the braai until the ďŹ sh is cooked through ‒ the esh should turn white and ake apart easily. 4 To serve, cut the curried butter into slices. Serve portions of ďŹ sh topped with the curried butter and some fresh herbs. Drizzle with extra lime or lemon juice.    

    Pull-apart cheese and ham loaf

Mango chicken with spiced potato salad

Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 45 minutes, plus marinating time Cooking time: 30 minutes Chicken • 250ml natural yoghurt • 2 cloves garlic, crushed • 50ml mango juice • 30ml hot or mild mango atchar • 750g chicken portions • 1 fresh mango, peeled and cubed • 30ml fresh coriander, to serve    

Potato salad • 700g baby potatoes, washed • 25ml butter • 15ml sunower oil • 1 large onion, ďŹ nely chopped • 2,5ml each coriander and cumin • 1ml each of ground crushed chillies and black pepper • 5ml dried mint • 30ml fresh coriander, chopped

minutes. Serve with cubes of mango and fresh coriander. 3 Potato salad Boil the potatoes until they are just tender. Remove from the heat, drain and halve. 4 Heat the butter and oil in a frying pan. Add the onion and cook over a low heat for 8 minutes. Add the coriander, cumin, chillies and black pepper and stir for 30 seconds, then add 80ml water and simmer until the water has almost evaporated. 5 Add another 80ml water, the potatoes and the mint. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes over a low heat. Remove from the heat and cool. Stir in the chopped coriander. Serve warm or at room temperature with the chicken.

1 Chicken Mix the yoghurt, garlic,

mango juice and atchar together. Pour over the chicken and marinate for 1 hour or longer. 2 Cook the chicken over medium coals on the braai until cooked through, or bake at 180 oC for 40

DID YOU KNOW? Aside from being sweet and juicy, mangos are high in antioxidants, ďŹ bre, vitamin A and C. They are delicious with spicy dishes and combine well with chicken or pork.

Makes: 1 loaf Preparation time: 40 minutes, plus rising time Baking time: 30 minutes Oven temperature: 200oC • • • • • • • •

680g white bread flour 7g instant yeast about 430ml warm water 400ml grated Cheddar cheese 4 spring onions, sliced 2 cloves garlic, crushed 5ml dried mixed Italian herbs 100g sliced ham, chopped into pieces • 60ml melted butter • smoked salt flakes 1 Put the flour, yeast and 15ml salt






into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Add the warm water and stir the dry ingredients in from the sides. Add enough water to make a firm, yet pliable dough. Knead for 10 minutes by hand or in a food processor with a dough hook. Cover and set aside to rise in a warm place until doubled in size. Roll out onto a lightly dusted surface so that it is about 1cm thick. Use a large scone cutter to cut circles out of the dough. Mix the cheese, onion, garlic, herbs and ham together. Brush each circle of dough with melted butter and top with some of the cheese mixture. Press down. Grease and line a loaf tin. Hold it up at one end and layer the circles of dough on top of each other into the tin so they will form a loafshaped 'log' in the tin. Set aside to rise again, for about an hour. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with smoked salt. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes and then reduce the temperature to 180oC and bake for a further 20 minutes, or until cooked through. Turn out and serve whole at the table so guests can pull off their own slice of bread.

Lamb ribs with a Greek garlic basting sauce

1 Heat the wine, garlic and 5ml salt

Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 2 hours Oven temperature: 140oC • • • • • • • • •

100ml dry white wine 2 garlic cloves, sliced 1,5kg lamb ribs juice and grated rind of one lemon 4 cloves garlic, crushed 5ml ground black pepper 5ml dried origanum 1 chopped chilli (optional) olive oil

together with 300ml water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil. 2 Put the lamb ribs into an ovenproof casserole dish. Cover with the boiling wine mixture. Put the lid on and bake in a preheated oven for 1½ hours, or until tender. Drain well. 3 Mix the remaining ingredients together and brush the mixture over both sides of the ribs. Cook the ribs over medium to hot coals on the braai until crispy and well browned. Baste with the marinade while cooking. Delicious as a starter snack at a braai, or serve with a Greek salad.    


Upside-down chocolate and Milo cheesecake

Hot-cross-bun-avoured pudding

Makes: 1 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 5 minutes • • • • • • • • •

50g dark chocolate 100g digestive biscuits 50ml Milo powder 25ml gelatine 185ml milk 1 tub cream cheese 1 can condensed milk 250ml cream, whipped fresh berries, to serve

1 Chop the chocolate and biscuits

together in a food processor until ďŹ ne. 2 Spray a dome-shaped bowl with cooking spray. Spoon the biscuits into the bowl and press down with the back of a spoon. 3 Add the Milo and gelatine to the milk. Leave to stand for 5 minutes, then heat gently and stir until the gelatine and Milo have dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. 4 Beat the cream cheese until    

smooth. Stir a little condensed milk into the cream cheese. Once it is smooth, continue to add the remaining condensed milk gradually. Stir in the Milo mixture. 5 Beat the cream until sti then fold into the cream-cheese mixture. Pour the mixture over the biscuit base. Cover and refrigerate until set, preferably overnight. 6 When ready to serve, hold a hot, damp tea towel over the sides of the bowl to help loosen the cheesecake. Invert the bowl onto a serving plate. Serve topped with fresh berries.

Serves: 6 Preparation time: 20 minutes Baking time: 40 minutes Oven temperature: 180oC • • • •

115g (125ml) butter 115g (130ml) castor sugar 2 large eggs 120ml milk

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200g (370ml) self-raising our 10ml ground cinnamon 3ml ground mixed spice 115g (150ml) dried fruit cake mix

Sauce • 100g (120ml) sugar • 2 cinnamon sticks • 5ml grated lemon zest • custard or cream, to serve 1 Beat the butter and sugar together

until light. Beat in the eggs and milk. Fold in the our and spices. Fold in the fruit gently. Spoon into a greased ovenproof dish. 2 Bake in a preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, until cooked through and golden brown. Cover with a piece of foil if it browns too quickly. 3 Sauce While the pudding is baking, heat the sugar with 50ml water and the cinnamon sticks. Once the sugar has dissolved, add the lemon zest. Remove from the heat. Spoon over the pudding when it comes out of the oven. Serve the pudding warm or at room temperature with cream or custard.

Faux papier-mâchÊ plates

(see instructions on page 36)    


Make your old crockery pretty with our ower templates. Use diluted cold glue or our recipe for papier-mâchĂŠ glue on page 119 to stick strips of newspaper onto the plate. Brush over more glue as you paste. Leave to dry, and then stick on another layer. Paint over the paper with white acrylic paint and, when it is dry, decorate with oral designs that you have cut out roughly (photocopy the designs on these pages, or use your own pictures, if you prefer). Seal with a suitable varnish. Make a whole collection to display on a table. To use the plates to display food, put the food on a wire rack or line the plates with baking paper ďŹ rst.



FOOD Entertaining Louisa Holst looks at a few fabulous food ideas. LHo lst@ med ia24 .com

Hot chicken Keep your boiled egg warm with its own chicken warmer! There are six different, really cute and funny egg warmers to choose from in this collection. They are made by Donkey Products and are available at Melissa s Food Stores for R120 each.

Chocolates to try Look out for the Beyers range of handmade Belgian chocolates in supermarkets and selected stores, or order online at There s a variety of special slabs and gift boxes to suit all tastes and price ranges.

THE WAY TO FRY Easter treats for the kids Spoil your kids with one of these fun treats from Woolworths: a bunny egg cup containing a chocolate egg (R49,95), a ceramic bunny filled with mini digestive biscuits (R149,95), or tins filled with speckled eggs (R29,95).

Prepare a delicious Easter breakfast using one of these fun and brightly coloured non-stick pans from Clicks. The new range includes the omelette pan (R99,95) and the pancake pan (R65,99).

A perfect pairing If you re looking for something special to do during the Easter holidays, visit Van Ryn s Brandy Distillery in Stellenbosch. Indulge in a pairing of chocolates, coffee and potstill brandies, or sip on a brandy cocktail, or try out the new menu. It includes charcuterie and cheeses from small local producers. Go to or call 021 881 3875.


YOU RE A STAR Mix together small and large patterns in light and dark tones for a quirky look. Shirt (R559) from Zara. Trousers (R2 100) from KLĂťK CGDT.

SHEER BRILLIANCE Facing page: There is nothing like a cascade of rues and a long train to make you feel like magic. Dress (R12 600) from KLÝK CGDT. Bracelets (R150 and R130) from Lulu Belle.


Turn to pages 54 and 55 for the instructions for making a sweet tray and paper top hats.



Wearing a bright red outďŹ t like our model s (second from left) will ensure that you stand out from the crowd and look right at home at centre stage. She shares the spotlight with some of the cast of Madame Zingara s After Forever Tour (from left): Master of ceremonies The Hot Mr C, Mongolian foot jugglers Bachra and Pomi, super singing quartet The SpeciďŹ cs, in-house diva Lillian, and South American gauchos Andreas and Ezequiel. Dress (R1 549) from Mari & Me. Shoes (R999) from Aldo. Necklace (R99) from Zara.    



Amuse-bouche (recipe on page 46)

The exibility, balancing skills and grace of the Mongolian contortionists is a Madame Zingara highlight.

Salted caramel and nut popcorn (recipe on page 46)



Set the scene

Salad • 8 cherry tomatoes, sliced • 4-6 mini cucumbers, sliced lengthways • 120ml good-quality mayonnaise • 15-20ml harissa paste • edible owers and fresh herbs, to garnish

Transport your guests with a magical burlesque-style meal. Combine shiny, glittering items with colours like red, shocking pink and jet black to create a circus eect. We draped a bright piece of fabric over the table and then decorated the table in white. Giant helium-ďŹ lled balloons complete the look.

Amuse-bouche Beetroot crisps with whipped cheese Serves: 6 Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Oven temperature: 100oC • 3 beetroots, peeled (use dierent coloured beetroots if you can ďŹ nd them) • olive oil • 100g chevre (goat s milk cheese) • 40-50ml cream • pomegranate preserve, to serve • micro herbs, to garnish 1 Peel the beetroots and then use

a mandolin to cut them into thin slices. Place the slices in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Toss well to coat. 2 Spread the slices out onto a lined baking tray. Cover with a piece of baking paper. Bake in a preheated oven for about 30-40 minutes, or until the edges of the beetroot slices begin to brown. Remove from the oven and set aside on a baking rack to dry and crisp. 3 Put the cheese and cream into a food processor and blend until smooth. Put a small spoonful of    

cheese onto each beetroot crisp. Top with a little pomegranate preserve and garnish with micro herbs. Serve immediately.

Stued calamari with harissa mayonnaise Serves: 6 Preparation time: 40 Cooking time: about 20 minutes • 30ml butter • 1 medium onion, ďŹ nely chopped • 1-2 fresh chillies, seeded and ďŹ nely chopped • 250ml fresh white breadcrumbs • 60ml freshly chopped parsley • 60ml freshly chopped coriander • 10ml grated lemon zest • 12 small calamari tubes, cleaned • about 30 squid heads • cake our, to dust • olive oil

pan and sautĂŠ the onion until soft. Add the chilli and cook for 30 seconds then remove from the heat. Mix with the breadcrumbs, herbs and zest. Spoon into the calamari tubes, so that they are two-thirds ďŹ lled. Secure the ends by closing them with toothpicks. 2 Dust the squid heads with our. Heat a heavy-based pan over a high heat. Once it s hot, add a little oil and cook the squid heads for 30 seconds. Remove from the pan. Add the calamari tubes and cook on each side until browned (or use a griddle pan). Cook them in batches. 3 Remove the calamari tubes from the pan and transfer them to a baking tray along with the squid heads. Drizzle with a little extra olive oil. Just before serving, put the tray into an oven preheated to 180oC and cook for three to ďŹ ve minutes. 4 To serve, place sliced tomato and cucumber onto a serving platter. Cut the calamari tubes into halves. Put them on the plate along with the squid heads. Mix the mayonnaise and harissa paste together and serve with the calamari. Garnish the plate with edible owers and fresh herbs.


1 Heat the butter in a small frying

Stued calamari with harissa mayonnaise. Gold plastic utensils (R185) from In Good Company.

Dazzle with a touch of lace and soft pleats. Dress (R3 499) from Mari & Me.


Palate cleanser Rooibos granita Pour 500ml boiling water over 4 rooibos tea bags and 2 sprigs of fresh mint. Leave to infuse. Meanwhile heat 200ml water and 80ml sugar together in a saucepan. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and cool. Strain the tea and add to the sugar syrup. Add 5ml orange essence. Pour into a shallow container and freeze until starting to form crystals. Remove from the freezer and break up the crystals with a fork. Return to the freezer and freeze. Repeat the process. Freeze overnight. Serve in a small glass or bowl as a palate cleanser.


The Hot Mr C is the MC who weaves a magical thread throughout the evening s journey. Turn to page 55 to see how to make paper tassels for balloons. Giant balloon (R60 without helium) and pink cake stand (R280) from In Good Company.

Lamb, mint and ďŹ g tagine (recipe on page 54)



Lillian is the Madame Zingara hostess with the mostest , and a voice to belt out the hits.


Berry and marshmallow mousse with pink heart (recipe on page 55)

Lamb, mint and fig tagine Serves: 6 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 2 hours • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Lollipops (R10 each) from In Good Company.

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olive oil 1,2kg lamb knuckles 2 cinnamon sticks 5ml cumin seeds 4 cardamom pods 1 onion, halved and sliced 2 cloves garlic, chopped 5ml cayenne pepper 5ml paprika 5ml fresh grated ginger 2ml ground turmeric 5ml dried mint 15ml honey 1 can chopped tomatoes 500ml tomato juice 125ml roughly chopped dried figs 1 butternut, peeled, seeded and cut into wedges 30ml freshly chopped mint, plus extra to serve lemon juice, to taste fresh figs, to serve (optional) couscous, to serve

1 Heat a tagine or heavy-based

Salted caramel and nut popcorn Serves: 6 Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes • • • • • • • •

20ml sunflower oil 250ml popcorn kernels 125g butter 125ml sugar 60ml golden syrup 1ml bicarbonate of soda 3ml salt flakes 125ml peanuts or mixed nuts, chopped and toasted

1 Heat the oil in a large saucepan.

Add the popcorn and cover the pot with a lid. Cook until the popcorn stops popping. Remove from the heat. 2 Heat the butter, sugar and syrup together over a medium heat. Allow to boil gently

for four minutes. Add the bicarbonate of soda and cook for a further 2 minutes. Stir in the salt and cook for 2 minutes. 3 Remove from the heat and pour over the popcorn immediately. Add the nuts. Stir well to coat the popcorn. Leave to harden.

Circus tray with sweet treats Buy a flat wooden box with compartments (ours is from Super Floral) and spray paint it white. Write the word sweet on your computer, print it in the size you require and cut it out. Use modge podge to stick it to the front of the box. Seal it with a few layers of modge podge and leave to dry. Use a glue gun to glue the ends of a long piece of ribbon to the bottom of the box. Fill the box with oversized lollipops, popcorn and other typical circus treats.

saucepan over medium to high heat. Add some olive oil and brown the lamb in batches. Set aside. 2 Heat more oil and add cinnamon, cumin seeds and cardamom pods. Stir then add the onion and garlic. Once the onion has softened, add the remaining spices and dried mint. Cook for a further minute, then stir in the honey. 3 Return the meat to the tagine or saucepan and add the tomatoes, tomato juice and figs. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover with the lid and simmer for 1 to 1½ hours until almost tender. 4 Add the butternut and continue to cook for a further 20 minutes or until everything is very tender. Add the fresh mint. Season to taste with a squeeze of lemon juice, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Garnish with fresh figs, if you prefer, and more fresh mint. Serve with couscous.

      Berry and marshmallow mousse with pink heart Serves: 6 Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus refrigeration time Cooking time: 3 minutes Oven temperature: 150oC Biscuits • 2 large egg whites • 45ml butter, melted and cooled • bright pink gel food colouring • 75g (135ml) cake our • 30ml cornour • 105g (120ml) castor sugar Mousse • 250g fresh berries • 10ml rose-water • 15ml sugar • 25 white marshmallows • 30ml Amarula or other cream liqueur • 250ml cream

a wire rack and repeat with the remaining batter. 6 Mousse Chop the berries and add the rose-water and sugar. Spoon into small serving glasses. 7 Heat the marshmallows in a bowl in the microwave until they pu up. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth. Stir in the Amarula. Set aside to cool. 8 Whip the cream until sti. Stir a little of the cream into marshmallow mix then fold this mixture into the remaining

whipped cream. Spoon or pipe onto the top of the berries. Chill until ready to serve. Top each serving with a biscuit heart.

Balloons with tassels These gigantic balloons with their colourful paper tassels will brighten up any table. To make the tassels from tissue paper, fold a piece of tissue paper in half. Cut strips almost up to the fold and roll up the paper. Make a few such tassels and tie them to the balloon with ribbon.

Paper top hats

1 Biscuits Beat the egg whites






and melted butter together until frothy, but not sti. Stir in a little food colouring at a time. Sift the our, cornour, 1ml salt and the castor sugar into a separate bowl. Stir 30ml water into the our mixture. Add the our mixture to the egg-white mixture and stir until you have a smooth batter (it should drop easily o a wooden spoon). Leave it in the fridge for 15 minutes. Prepare templates by cutting heart shapes out of a piece of acetate using a craft knife. Remove the batter from the fridge. Put the acetate template down onto a greased baking tray. Spread a spoonful of batter over the heart shapes. Carefully lift up the acetate. Neaten the edges of the hearts if necessary. Bake in a preheated oven until the edges of the biscuits turn golden brown and they are easy to remove from the baking sheet with a spatula (7-10 minutes). Set aside to cool and harden on

Crown of hat Cylinder section


Make each of your guests a fun top hat. Use the template above and cut it out of black cardboard. Fold the cylinder section (the middle part of the hat) into its shape and stick the aps of the crown section onto the inside of the cylinder using a glue gun. Glue around the edge of the crown on the inside then stick the base part in place. Glue the top hat to a headband and decorate with black netting, a ribbon that has been tied into a bow, and other pretty decorations.



Cake • 400g (435ml) unsalted butter • 400g dark chocolate (70% cocoa works best) • 50ml strong hot coee • 400g (735ml) cake our • 5ml baking powder • 5ml bicarbonate of soda • 580g (670ml) demerara sugar

• 6 large eggs • 350ml buttermilk • 10ml vanilla essence Fillings • 250g (285g) castor sugar • 200ml cream • 5ml Maldon salt akes • 5ml vanilla essence • 300g (325ml) butter

• 450g (865ml) icing sugar, sifted Decorations • Rolkem Super Gold Dust colour powder (available at any good baking supply store) • canned baby apples, drained • chocolate trues • malted chocolate balls

Grease and line four 20cm round cake tins. Place the butter and chocolate in a glass bowl and place over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until melted. Add the hot coee and stir.

Sift the our, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together into a bowl. Mix in the sugar. Add the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla and beat for 2 minutes on high speed with an electric mixer. Pour the melted chocolate into the egg mixture and stir well. Pour into the tins and bake for 50 minutes to an hour or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.

While the cakes are baking, prepare the salted caramel ďŹ lling. Heat the castor sugar and 100ml water in a saucepan. Simmer without stirring until the mixture changes to a golden brown. Remove from the heat and add the cream immediately. Stir until smooth. Stir in the salt and vanilla essence. Set aside to cool completely.

Prepare the buttercream ďŹ lling by beating the butter until soft then adding the icing sugar and beating together for about ďŹ ve minutes, until light.

Once the cakes are cool, trim the tops o so each cake layer is at. Spread a quarter of the buttercream over one of the layers. Drizzle with a little of the salted caramel mixture. Top with the next cake layer and repeat the process. End with a layer of buttercream.

Decorations Use a small paintbrush to paint gold powder onto the apples and some of the chocolates. Put them onto the top of the cake (the gold will start to run into the icing). Just before serving, drizzle the remaining salted caramel over the top of the cake.


Makes: 1 x 4-layer 20cm cake Preparation time: 1 hour, plus cooling time Baking time: 50-60 minutes Oven temperature: 160 C

Cake made by Carlyn Van Der Zee (w w za; 076 389 9705) photos ED O RILEY st yling HANNES KOEGELENBERG




any of us harbour a secret ambition of being an actress, working in the theatre, or indulging in drama and role-play. Sometimes we just have to let our alter ego out to play for a while. So why not have the time of your life on the stage of your dreams with an appearance that announces to the world that you re a multifaceted woman, and not to be underestimated or pigeonholed? Have you noticed how easily your appearance, and even your attitude, can be altered by applying a splash of bright pink or red lipstick, if you usually wear something less striking and colourful? Or how a daring nail colour has the power to put a spring in your step? You can surprise people by wearing more eye make-up than usual, in colours like purple or green. Bring out the false eyelashes, unscrew the lid of the blue nail varnish, dip your make-up brush in the glitter and frame your eyes in dramatic black, Mata Hari-style lines: make-up is the magic spell that can transform a colourless Cinderella into a stunning princess; a shy swallow into a flamboyant peacock; a restrained careerwoman into a sexy seductress. It s fun, it doesn t take long and this kind of transformation gives each of your personas its moment to shine. Of course you won t be sporting your dramatic new look to work or at home during the day, but a special occasion or a glitzy event is the perfect time to try out some striking make-up and a few new techniques ‒ let your inhibitions go! Surprise yourself. If you don t experiment you could easily slip into a monotonous rut. You ll never know which look, colour or formula brings out the best in you without giving

it a try, says world-famous make-up artist Bobbi Brown. Here s how to turn your daytime appearance into a glamorous evening look in an instant.

At night your skin should glow. You need more coverage and heavier make-up than during the day. If you use BB cream or a tinted moisturiser by day, then you ll need a more substantial foundation and a dusting of powder for a more polished evening look. If you have dark rings under your eyes, be sure to conceal them well, because heavier make-up draws the attention to the eye area. Guerlain Météorites Light Revealing Pearls of Powder (R615) gives a smooth and refined finish for afterdark glamour, without making your skin look dull. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes SPF15 (R295) is perfect to wear all day and into the night, to smooth out the skintone around your eyes. If you re in for a late night, Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place High Cover Concealer (R275) will have enough staying power to see you through to daybreak, faithfully covering every mark and blemish.

berry and plum shades of Clinique Cheek Pop in Plum Pop (R300) and Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine (R110,95) add exta glow to sun-kissed or dark skin. TIP If you re wearing a powder-based blusher by day, and you don t have time to redo your make-up from scratch, remember to use the same formula at night ‒ a gel or cream blusher will create a terrible mess.

At night, you can really bring your inner artist out to play when it comes to eye make-up. The smokey look is still very popular for eyes, but you can give it added depth with a splash of colour and some sexy gloss. On dark or sun-tanned skin you can play with gold, bronze and copper, as well as a deep-black eyeliner. Try Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow in Chocolate Jewellery (R36,95); or Ralo Cosmetics Eye Shadow No 20 (R37,50). On fairer skin, try playing around with metallic colours and shimmer in shades of peacock blue, pink and lime green.

Flick the colour switch! To infuse your look with vibrancy and glamour, you need to amp up the colour on your cheeks, says Bobbi Brown.

Try Avon Colortrend Eyeshadow Duo in Party Girl (R99,95); Almay Shadow Softies Eyeshadow in Honeydew Melon or Petal (R55 each); or Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks in Peacock or Lime (R45 each).

A bright pink or coral red, like Chanel Cream Blush in Intonation (R440), Catrice Defining Blush in Pinkerbell (R44,95) or Juice Beauty Glowing Cheek Colour (R230) looks beautiful on fair skin, while the

No glamorous and dramatic evening is complete without eyeliner. Liquid eyeliners and eye pencils that work like markers are huge right now. And don t be afraid to experiment with coloured eyeliners either.   

 Apply eyeliner awlessly by looking downwards into a hand mirror and draw each line with a ďŹ rm hand. Some women prefer to make a dotted line ďŹ rst, then connect the dots by ďŹ lling in the spaces. The latest look for eyes is cat eyeliner that comes with a subtle wing or upwards tick at the outer corner of the eye. Avoid wearing eyeliner if you have dark rings in the eye area. Try the waterproof formula of Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner in 3D Neptune (R210); Maybelline Eye Studio Master Duo Thin or Thick Glossy Liquid Liner (R110,95), which lets you draw either a thick or thin line; or Essence Stays No Matter What Eyepencil & Shadow in 03 Twinkling Turquoise (R36,95), which delivers a colour infusion that lasts all night long.

to use, last long and ďŹ t perfectly in a delicate little evening bag.

Here are a few quick tips from Carmindy, make-up artist on TV programmes like What Not to Wear.

Hollywood glamour Black liquid eyeliner around the eyes, plus red lips. Try the Bobbi Brown Katie Holmes Old Hollywood palette.

Mysterious Sexy smoky eyes balanced with soft, kissable, nearly nude lips.

Try Avon Mega Eects Blackest Black (R189,95), which comes with an applicator that oers something completely new and is great fun to use; Clarins Be Long Mascara (R270), which also contains ingredients that make your lashes grow; L OrÊal Miss Manga Mega Volume (R139) for thicker lashes; Gosh Provocateur Catchy Eyes (R110) or Justine MaxiCurve Mascara (R140), which give your lashes an attractive upward curl.    

Just like false eyelashes, fake nails also have their time and place.

Elegantly seductive Ruby lip colour and champagne glitter on the eyelids.

Romantic If you ve never been adventurous at night and haven t tried false eyelashes, it s not too late (see below for tips on the perfect application)! Eyelure (available at Dis-Chem) have the most wonderful variations ‒ once you ve mastered the technique, you ll love wearing them. If you ve been blessed with a set of fabulous lashes of your own, all you need to do is apply an extra layer or two of mascara, in order to create your sophisticated evening look. Remember to leave each coat to dry completely before applying the next, otherwise you ll be stuck with a sticky and uneven application, which looks unattractive.

Try Michael Kors Lip Luster in Icon (R275); Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Triomphe (R390); EstÊe Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Scarlet Siren (R265); Justine Platinum Radiance Plumping Lipgloss SPF15 (R140); Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Vivacious Exuberant (R120); Avon Ultra Colour Lip Crayon in Reddy for Me (R119,95); or Sisley PhytoLip Twist No. 4 (R411).

Rose-coloured lips and cheeks, soft-brown eyeshadow.

Modern or Bohemian Metallic accents such as silver, gold or bronze on the eyelids or lips. But beware of too much shimmer ‒ rather put the emphasis on either the eyes or the lips, not both.

The stick-ons from House of Holland Nailed by Elegant Touch (R89,95) are an exuberant choice, while Mani-Pedi-Pens (R99,95 at Clicks) let you create your own mini works of art. Try Avon Speed Dry+ 30 Nail Enamel in Red Red (R87,95); Essence Colour & Go in 149 Hello Marshmallow! (R23,95); Mavala in Amethyst 315 (R64); or Morgan Taylor in Fame Game (R110).

How to apply false eyelashes 1 Compare the false eyelashes with

Beach goddess Bronzer with coral lips.


Retro 60s False eyelashes, eyeliner and pale lips. 3

From time to time, feel free to bend the classic rule of less emphasis on the lips when you re wearing heavy eye make-up. Your lipstick for the evening should always be at least two shades darker or brighter than what you wear during the day. For added glamour you can also apply lip gloss in a rich tone. We love the new fat lip pencils ‒ they re easy


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your own and trim the imitation ones, if necessary. If you re using the kind that come with a separate tube of glue, apply the glue along the entire length of one false eyelash and leave to set for a few seconds. Grip the false eyelash in the centre with tweezers and position it in the centre of your own lashes. Press the outer corner in place ďŹ rst, then carefully attach the inner corner. Use a gentle pinch-and-press action to attach the false eyelashes to your own, gradually working your way along the entire length of the lashes. Fill in any gaps with eyeliner. If you feel you need extra mascara, apply it to your own lashes only. Take care not to overdo it and make your lashes too heavy.






Show ticket invitation

Bunny stand

Top hat

Show ticket invitation Magic must-haves

You will need invitation template on page 71 ticket template on page 70 160gsm or thicker white paper scissors black ďŹ neliner pen hole punch patterned paper bags twine

To make 1 Copy the invitation template on page



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71 onto white paper. Cut out the invitation and pen in the party details. Cut out a semicircle in each of the corners of the invitation so it looks like a giant ticket stub. Copy the ticket-stub template on page 70 and cut out. Punch a hole into the side of each stub. Place the invitation in the patterned paper bag. Wrap the twine around the packet, as one would a gift, and tie the ticket stub like a gift tag to the parcel.

Bunny stand Get a bunch of metal buckets; upright they hold goodies and overturned they are perfect as stands for little critters.    

Top hats with treats


Top hat You will need magic show arrow template on page 70 bamboo skewer sticky tape polystyrene or plastic hat paint brush black paint black glitter Petersham ribbon with heart design scissors red or white gerbera owers

To make 1 Copy the arrow template on page

70 and cut out. Stick the arrow onto a bamboo skewer with tape. 2 Paint a polystyrene hat with black paint. When the paint is still wet, sprinkle glitter on the hat. 3 When the paint is completely dry, tape the heart ribbon around the bottom rim of the hat. 4 Using scissors, punch holes into the top of the hat and insert cut gerbera owers in the holes. Push the arrow through the hat too.

The white rabbit Bunnies are not just for Easter, so start your white ceramic rabbit collection today. Set a large white bunny front and centre on the table, complete with a bow tie fashioned from satin ribbon.

Magic must-have A magic wand is every magician s oďŹƒcial accessory. These can easily be made for your guests before the party, or consider making them as a party activity. Supplies needed include 30cm wooden dowel sticks, black paint, glitter and 3cm-wide white rectangular labels. Paint the dowel sticks black and when still wet, sprinkle on glitter. Once completely dry, wrap a rectangular white label at each end ‒ and then get ready to do some magic!

Bag of tricks You will need bag of tricks poster and thank-you tag templates on page 70 colour printer 160gsm or thicker A4 white paper

Moustache mayhem


scissors twine hole punch

To make 1 Copy the bag of tricks poster





template to ďŹ t onto your white printer paper. Stick the edges of the poster onto another piece of paper on both sides and the bottom edge, leaving the top open. Copy the party circle thank you tag, cut out and punch a hole in the top left-hand corner. Similarly, punch a hole in the top of the bag of tricks poster bag and tie the tag to the top of the bag. Make party trick sheets to put into the bag along with magic supplies: a red handkerchief, pack of cards, coins, and so on.

Top hats with treats Overturn top hats to make containers to hold popcorn or paper cones of candy oss. Use party patterned paper to line the hats.

Cup trick

Stage door

Encourage your guests to be magicians for the day. You may wish to supply them with black capes and top hats ‒ but even just giving each guest their own moustache to wear will give them the disguise they need to put on a show.

up. One by one put two balls in his hand and place over the balls the cup from the bottom, upside down, then the middle one on top of it and the last one again on the top. Take the third ball and put it in your pocket. Say the magic words, lift the cups and the audience will see that the ball has travelled to the hand of the spectator.

1 Photocopy the stage door sign

Cup trick

Magician s top-hat pops

template on page 70. Stick to the entrance door with Prestik. 2 Cut out star shapes (see ours on page 69) from cardboard. 3 Cover with glue and sprinkle glitter on top. Leave to dry. 4 Tap the stars to remove all

Put three cups together with a hidden cotton wool ball in the middle one and three balls on the table. Pass the cup from the bottom to the top, so the ball will now be in the cup at the bottom. Ask a spectator to extend their hand, palm

You will need stage door template on page 70 160gsm or thicker white paper scissors cardboard glue stick glitter Prestik

To make

excess glitter. Stick alongside the stage door sign.

Moustache mayhem

1 packet marshmallows 1 packet Oreos or similarshaped biscuits dark chocolate white fondant icing silver edible glitter straws or plastic sticks    


hole through the cake and insert the Barbie. 3 Tie the piece of ribbon over Barbie s eyes as a blindfold and serve with the plastic saw.

Club suit sandwiches Cookie cutters are an easy and eective way of transforming an ordinary cheese and ham or any other avour sandwich into something special. Prepare your ďŹ llings in advance, but make the sandwiches no more than a couple of hours before the party to ensure the bread stays fresh and doesn t dry out or become soggy. Suggested ďŹ llings peanut butter and banana ‒ check for food allergies before serving ham and cheese egg mayonnaise chicken mayonnaise ‒ whizz the chicken in a food processor to get a ďŹ ne consistency Spread the bread with the ďŹ llings and use a cookie cutter to cut into shapes. Place on serving platters and cover with clingwrap until ready to serve. Magician s top-hat pops

Magic wands 6-8 long liquorice pieces 150g white chocolate, melted edible glitter and sprinkles

1 Melt the dark chocolate and

push a patterned straw or a plastic stick into the top of the marshmallows. 2 Using the straw as a handle, dip the marshmallow in the melted chocolate and then place it in the centre of the Oreo biscuit. 3 When the chocolate has set completely, you can pipe a line of white icing around the top hat to form a band. 4 Now sprinkle the white icing section with a touch of the silver edible glitter.    

Sawing-in-half cake 1 chocolate cake mix 1 Barbie doll (you might ďŹ nd it easier to remove the arms) piece of ribbon for the blindfold plastic saw

1 Dip the ends of the liquorice into the melted chocolate, about 5cm. 2 Place on a piece of greaseproof

paper and allow to dry slightly. 3 Dip again and sprinkle with edible

glitter and sprinkles. 1 Use your favourite recipe or packet mix and bake the chocolate cake in a loaf tin. Allow to cool completely

4 Easy as 1, 2, 3!

and, if possible, allow to stand for one day. 2 With a sharp knife, cut a hole in the side of the cake, and then with a circular piece of pipe, make a

Playing cards make for easy and inexpensive dĂŠcor additions. Besides purchasing standard size packs, see if you can get giant cards for placemats or miniature ones for food picks .

Deck of cards

Sawing-in-half cake

Club suit sandwiches

Magic wands








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You will need • • • • • • • • • • • • •

templates on page 82 linen fabric for dolls polyester toy stuffing fabric for the various outfits matching coloured threads safety pin narrow elastic black and white trimming plain black fabric organza ribbon lace red fineliner black thread, black embroidery thread and black knitting yarn • silver, metallic and black beads • old shiny earring

To make Dolls 1 Enlarge the templates on page 82

to the required size, fold the linen fabric in half, trace the patterns for all the pieces of the doll s body and limbs onto the fabric and cut out adding 3mm for seam   

allowances. Stitching along the line of each pattern piece, stitch the seams for the two legs, two arms and body, leaving openings along the top of the legs, ends of the shoulders and underside of the body. 2 Clip seams around curves and turn through to the right side, press flat and stuff firmly. Fold in the seam allowances at the opening in the body and sew up with small, neat hand stitches. Fold in the seam allowances along the openings in the arms and legs and sew the arms and legs to the body. 3 Use an embroidery pen that can be erased afterwards to draw the eyes on the face. Embroider the eyes with machine thread and back stitches. Draw a mouth on the face using the red fineliner. 4 Mark the doll s hairline with pins around the head and also insert pins over the entire head where you want hair. Now use a long strand of embroidery thread and weave it over the pins until the head is covered by thread to give it the appearance of hair. Sew the hair down in a few places to keep it in place and remove the pins.

5 Use the same colour knitting

yarn and roll the yarn in different directions into a small ball. Try to obtain an oval form to give you a beehive hairstyle. Sew it to the head using embroidery thread.

Clothes Striped dress with frilly sleeves 1 Cut out the pattern for the skirt

using the template on page 82. Stitch the two side seams and press flat. Overlock the raw edges of the skirt s top and lower edges to prevent it from fraying. 2 Fold the top edge over to the wrong side ‒ approximately 1,5cm, or just wide enough for the elastic to go through. Stitch down, leaving a small opening for inserting the elastic. Use a safety pin to pull the elastic through, sew the two ends of the elastic together to secure and stitch the opening closed. 3 Fold in the lower edge of the skirt by approximately 5cm to form a loose bubble hem. Catch-stitch with needle and thread to hold it in place. 4 To make the top, use the template on page 82 and cut out the front



and back panels of the top. Stitch the shoulder seams and press flat. Stitch the side seams with the right sides facing and press. Pull the top over the doll. 5 Sew long tacking stitches with needle and thread around the entire neck edge. Pull in the thread gently to fit the top neatly around the neck. Fold the neck edge over by 3mm to the wrong side and sew down with small, neat stitches. 6 Cut out two sleeves and overlock both long edges of each sleeve. Stitch a glitzy trim to one long edge of each sleeve. Stitch tacking stitches along the other long edge of each sleeve and pull in the stitches to give the sleeve head a neat fit around the upperarm. Sew on the sleeves, using needle and thread. 7 Twist an organza ribbon twice around the waist and tie in a bow. Sew black beads randomly to the ribbon. Thread a string of silver beads and tie around the neck.

Beaded skirt with detailed top 1 To make the skirt, cut out the skirt

pattern on page 82. Stitch the two side seams and press flat. Overlock the raw edges of the skirt s top and lower edges to prevent it from fraying. 2 Fold the top edge over to the wrong side ‒ approximately 1,5cm, or just wide enough for the elastic to go through. Stitch down, leaving a small opening for inserting the elastic. Use a safety pin to pull the elastic through, sew the two ends of the elastic together to secure and stitch the opening closed. 3 Stitch lace to the lower hem of the skirt, then sew small silver beads randomly to the skirt, as shown in the photograph. 4 To make the top, use the template and cut out all the top pieces.


Stitch the insert to the front. Stitch the shoulder seams with the right sides facing and press flat. Pull the top over the doll, fold over the two back edges twice by 3mm and pull tight over the doll s back. Sew up the back of the top with needle and thread. 5 Sew the trim around the insert and finish off by sewing four silver beads evenly spaced along the centre front of insert.

You will need • • • • • • • • •

Black mini dress 1 Trace the template on page

82 for the dress and cut out as indicated on the pattern. Stitch the side seams with the right sides facing and press flat. Pin the side seams to the doll at the required position. Fold over the open edges at the back twice by 3mm and pull tight over the doll. Pin in position and sew the dress seam from top to bottom. Sew a trimming along the lower hem. 2 Cut a 35 x 20cm piece from black netting with glitter. Fold the short sides over to the centre to obtain an oblong piece. Fold around the doll s shoulders and secure with a few stitches. Sew on a shiny decoration to resemble a brooch. We used an old earring.

Shoes Use the shoe/boot template on page 82 and cut one piece for each shoe. Fold in half and press flat. The foldline forms the toe of the shoe. Sew to the foot, forming a curve. Fold excess fabric over to the wrong side. Sew the openings closed. Sew up the back seam securely.

Boots Use the shoe/boot template and cut two pieces for each foot. Place right sides together and stitch around outer edge, except the top edge, which you leave open. Turn over to the right side and press flat. Fold the top edge over by 3mm and press flat.

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templates on pages 80-81 natural linen for doll pink and silver brocade for outfits white polycotton for shirt pink polycotton for jacket and waistcoat lining 30cm black Russian braid or thin cord small piece of interfacing matching coloured threads black and red stranded embroidery threads red fineliner 25cm strip of narrow elastic 4 white buttons 8mm diameter 3 plastic stud fasteners 7mm diameter polyester toy stuffing white cardboard glue silver glitter black bow-tie

To make NOTE A 3mm seam allowance must be added to all the pattern pieces. Sew all seams with right sides of fabric facing. 1 Turn to pages 80-81 and enlarge

the templates to the required size. Cut out all the doll pieces from the linen making sure any markers on the templates are transferred onto the fabric pieces. In the same way, cut out the trousers, jacket and waistcoat pieces from the pink and silver brocade fabric. Cut the shirt from the white polycotton and finally cut the jacket lining and waistcoat lining from the pink polycotton. 2 Starting with the doll pieces first, sew the centre seams of front and back body pieces. Sew the arms together, leaving the top edge open. Turn the arm through to the right side and stuff firmly. Use a knitting needle to push the stuffing into the hand section. In the same way, sew the leg pieces

together and stuff. 3 Pin the arms to the right side of the front piece. Tack

the arms to the body and remove the pins. With the back and front body pieces together and with the arms on the inside, sew around the body and head sections, leaving an opening at the lower edge of body for turning. Clip the seam frequently around all the curved sections of head and body. Turn through to the right side. 4 Stuff the head and body firmly. Fold the seam allowance along the lower edge of body to the inside. Tack the legs to the inside seam allowance. Top-stitch the lower edge closed, sandwiching the legs in this seam at the same time. 5 Using black embroidery thread, and referring to the photo, embroider the eyes, working in small neat stitches. Use a red fineliner to draw on the mouth. This completes the main section of the doll. 6 To sew the trousers, pin the two panels together and join one of the crotch seams. Overlock the waist edge before sewing the second crotch seam. Hem the lower trousers legs. Fold a 1cm casing along the top edge. Machine stitch the casing in place, leaving a small opening for the elastic to be thread through. Thread elastic through the opening, securing the ends of the elastic. Close the opening by hand. 7 To make the shirt, apply interfacing to a small piece of white polycotton; now cut out the collar pieces. Press the seam allowance over to the wrong side at the lower collar seam. Pin and sew the outer collar pieces together. Snip the corner off the seam diagonally for the points of collar and turn through to the right side. Fold and press a 1cm double seam down the centre fronts for button stands. 8 Join the front to backs at shoulder seams. Pin the collar to the neckline, making sure it covers the seam allowance and top-stitch in place making sure all layers of fabric are caught into the seam. Hem the lower sleeves, set in the sleeves. Join side and sleeve seams in one process. Hem the lower edge of shirt. Starting at the top of button stand below the collar, make a small buttonhole. Now make a further two buttonholes spacing them evenly apart. Sew on buttons to correspond with the buttonholes. 9 For the waistcoat, pin and sew the shoulder seams of the brocade fabric. In the same way, sew the lining pieces at the shoulder seams. Pin the lining to the brocade with right sides facing. Sew along the bottom edge, armhole edges and front and neck seam, leaving the side seams open. Clip into the curved sections of the seam and turn through to the right side at one of the side seams. Sew all four layers of each side seam closed. Attach stud fasteners down the centre front. 10 To make the jacket, sew the two collar sections first. Sew the Russian braid 3mm in from the outer edge


of the collar. Pin and sew the shoulder seams of the brocade fabric. In the same way, sew the lining pieces at the shoulder seams. 11 Pin the collars to the right side of the outer layer of brocade. Pin the lining to the outer layer of the collar with right sides together. Sew the lower back and sleeve hems. Sew the front hem and the neckline seam, leaving the side seams open. Snip into the curved sections of the seam and turn the jacket through to right side and press. Now sew all four layers of each side seam closed. 12 To make the top hat, cut the brim, hat and crown sections from white cardboard. Glue the pieces together using the letters on the template as a guide. Leave to dry. Spread glue over the hat, sprinkle glitter and leave to dry. Shake the hat afterwards to remove any excess glitter. Pin a black bow-tie to the shirt.   

  To make Doll 1 Enlarge the templates to the required size. Fold the

Doll with afro

You will need templates on facing page â&#x20AC;˘ light brown fabric â&#x20AC;˘ matching coloured thread â&#x20AC;˘ needle â&#x20AC;˘ red satin for dress â&#x20AC;˘ red thread â&#x20AC;˘ fastener/velcro â&#x20AC;˘ sequins and other glitzy trimmings to decorate dress â&#x20AC;˘ synthetic hair (available from craft shops) â&#x20AC;˘ small tiara â&#x20AC;˘ eyelashes (available from Clicks or similar shops) â&#x20AC;˘ black and red fabric paint for face â&#x20AC;˘ polyester toy stuďŹ&#x192;ng â&#x20AC;˘ strong glue or glue gun â&#x20AC;˘ brown stocking    

fabric in half with the right side on the inside and trace the pattern onto the fabric. First stitch the doll all around before cutting it out â&#x20AC;&#x2019; it is easier to work with â&#x20AC;&#x2019; leaving an opening along one side for inserting the stuďŹ&#x192;ng. Now cut out the doll with 3mm seam allowances around all edges and overlock or zig-zag the raw edges. Turn the doll through to the right side. StuďŹ&#x20AC; the doll ďŹ rmly and neatly sew up the opening. 2 Cut out the arm pieces, stitch the seams and stuďŹ&#x20AC; ďŹ rmly. Sew the arms to the sides of the doll s body. 3 For the bust, cut out two circles from a double layer of stocking, gather the stocking around the edge and pull the stitches in slightly, stuďŹ&#x20AC; and pull up tightly. Secure the thread. 4 Trace the templates for the dress and cut out. Stitch the shoulder straps with the right sides facing and turn through to the right side. Now sew the sequins and other trimmings onto the straps. Pin the straps to the top piece as marked on the pattern. 5 Put the two front panels together with right sides facing and the straps sandwiched in between and stitch the top edge closed. Also stitch the top edge of the two back panels closed. Turn over to the right side. Stitch the side seams of the top panels together. 6 Work long tacking stitches along the side seams of the top panel and the centre front and pull in. Stitch securely so the gathers stay in place. This forms the bodice. Sew sequins and beads to the top panel of the dress. 7 Stitch the top edge of the skirt panel with long gathering stitches and pull in slightly. Stitch the bodice to the skirt panel. Try the dress on the doll and then stitch the back seam up to the point where the bodice and skirt panels join, leaving the top panel open. Pull the dress over the doll and insert her bust. 8 Now pin the shoulder straps of the dress to the back panel and mark the point at the back for the fastener. Sew on the fastener/velcro, as well as the straps. Stitch a hem along the lower edge of the dress and sew a glitzy trim along this edge. 9 Measure the doll s head from the front where the hairline begins to the back â&#x20AC;&#x2019; cut a piece of brown remnant fabric according to this measurement. Roll oďŹ&#x20AC; quite a few lengths of the synthetic hair between two chair legs or wooden sticks, stitch the hair in the middle down the length onto the piece of remnant fabric. Cut oďŹ&#x20AC; the excess fabric on the sides, keeping some fabric on both sides to glue it in place. 10 Apply glue to the head and glue down the hair. Leave to dry then comb out the hair to make an afro. Position the tiara and sew through the hair onto the head. Draw facial details onto the face and paint it using the fabric paint. When the paint is dry, glue on the eye lashes.



add 3cm h ere

dire c tio n

Bodice Cut 2 fabric OR cut 1 fabric, and cut 1 lining

Strap Cut 2 (fabric)

Stitch line

* Join to top â&#x20AC;&#x2019; cut as one piece Arm â&#x20AC;&#x2019; Cut 4

Place on fold

p Stra

Cut on fold

Skirt Cut 1 on fold

Actual stitch line

Stitch line

Cut 2 Opening for stuďŹ&#x192;ng

*Join to bottom - cut as one piece





Jacket Back Cut 1 (fabric) Cut 1 (lining)

Cut 4

Place on fold

Ar m

DOLL Jacket Front Cut 2 (fabric) Cut 2 (lining)

Body Cut 4

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Hat Side



Hat Crown

Leg Cut 4




Trousers cut 2

Place on fold

Jacket collar Cut 4

Shirt collar Cut 2

Waistcoat Back Cut 1 (fabric) Cut 1 (lining)

Waistcoat Front Cut 2 (fabric) Cut 2 (lining)

Shirt Back

Shirt Front Cut 2

Place on fold

Cut 1


Cut 1

Cut 2

Shoes Cut 1 for each foot

Boots Cut 2 for each foot

Join to top -cut as one piece seam

Arms - cut 4

Legs â&#x20AC;&#x2019; cut 4

Dress front Cut 1

fold for hem

TOP Back

fold for shoes

TOP Front

OUTFIT 1 - Black mini dress

Top insert Cut 1

OUTFIT 2 - Beaded skirt with detailed top

Body Cut 2

Dress back Cut 2


Join to bottom -cut as one piece

- Striped dress with frilly sleeves

Gathers Top back and front Cut 2




Skirt For outďŹ ts 2 and 3 Cut 2 per doll


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â&#x20AC;˘ template for the circus-style letters on page 88 â&#x20AC;˘ a sheet of universal cardboard or another type of ďŹ rm cardboard â&#x20AC;˘ two A1 sheets of 3mm foam board â&#x20AC;˘ 5m illumination cable for multiple lights â&#x20AC;˘ 30 light sockets ( illumination ďŹ ttings ) â&#x20AC;˘ 30 low-wattage golfball globes

â&#x20AC;˘ plug â&#x20AC;˘ cable ties â&#x20AC;˘ insulation tape â&#x20AC;˘ spray paint in the colour of your choice â&#x20AC;˘ paper circle cutter â&#x20AC;˘ superglue (cyanoacrylate adhesive) â&#x20AC;˘ glue gun â&#x20AC;˘ medium-grit sandpaper â&#x20AC;˘ masking tape â&#x20AC;˘ craft knife, cutting mat and metal ruler


NOTE Universal cardboard is a heavy-weight cardboard that is white on one side and a dull brown on the other.

Enlarge the template for the marquee letters on page 88 so that each of the four parts of each letter ďŹ ts on an A3 sheet of paper. Make sure all the pieces are the same size. Cut oďŹ&#x20AC; the edges where the pieces must be joined.

Stick the pieces of each letter together with masking tape to create two complete letter templates. Stick them onto the foam board.

Cut the letters out of the foam board. Stick the template down again with masking tape as you cut on the outline.

Use your circle cutter (or a craft knife) to cut out the holes for the globes. Make sure your globes will ďŹ t through the opening â&#x20AC;&#x2019; our circles are 22mm in diameter. Remove the template once all the circles have been cut and put it aside (you will use it again later).

Sand the edges of the foam board letters to make them smooth. Work carefully so the letters don t bend.

For the edges of the letters, cut strips of 105mm from the length of your sheet of universal cardboard. Also cut one strip of 55mm and use it as a ruler to draw a pencil line 55mm in from the edge of each 105mm piece. Do this on the white side of the cardboard.

If you want to sand the inside edges of the circles, wrap a piece of sandpaper around a dowel or pipe that ďŹ ts through the hole. Stick the sandpaper in place with masking tape.

NOTE The measurements take into account the size of the light ďŹ ttings and the globes as well as the thickness of the foam board â&#x20AC;&#x2019; this is so that, when joined, the lights ďŹ t neatly at the front and back of the letter. The 55mm section is for the front of the letter.    


Place a cardboard strip at the end at the sharp end at the top of the letter (this is to be able to join the start and end points neatly later) and hold it against the curve of the letter. The strip must be perpendicular to the side of the foam board, just under the 55mm pencil line for the front. Grip it through the holes with one hand.

Switch on the glue gun. Work from the back of the letter and apply glue along the bottom edge of the letter. Glue the ďŹ rst section.

Press the two pieces together until the glue has cooled down and is sticking â&#x20AC;&#x2019; it takes a minute or two.

Spray paint the front and edges of the completed letter evenly in the colour of your choice and leave it to dry. Work in a room with good ventilation. Now take your original paper template and turn it over so that the word HI is a mirror image.


The glue is very hot and could burn your ďŹ ngers through the cardboard strip. Wear heat-resistant gloves if you are worried about burning yourself.

Mark the order in which you are going to insert the illumination cable, from the top of the H to the bottom point of the I . Place the cable along the marked line and bend it into the correct shape. Make provision for the space between the two letters. Put it aside.

Screw apart the light sockets and place the top pieces upside down over the cut-out circles on the template paper.

Continue in this way until the whole edge is complete. Stay just under the pencil line all the way. Join the strips, as needed, as neatly as possible, preferably at a place that it not too obvious. Cut the strips shorter before you stick them down, if necessary. Join the ends with superglue and also glue any gaps with superglue as well.

Take the socket piece for the top of the H and pick up the end of your shaped cable.

Cord, light ďŹ ttings and globes from Eagle Lighting. Foam board and universal cardboard from The Deckle Edge.

Press the cable into the socket with the cable s end in line with the edge of the socket and screw the base section back in place. The copper pins in the socket will push into the cable. Wrap insulation tape around the socket to cover the open end of the cable.

Continue in this way, connecting the sockets to the cable according to the pattern that you have marked.

Check all the time as you progress that the sockets are in their correct places according to your template, until they are all connected.

Now place the cable with the sockets in place on the back of the foamboard letters. Use cable ties to hold the cable in place, especially where it bends.

 If some of the globes don t work, you can do the following:

Cut a slit in the H and I at the place where the cable must go between the letters. Cut a small circle at the end of the slits for the cable to ďŹ t into. Press the cable into position and join the opening with superglue. We wrapped red insulation tape around the cable that is visible between the two letters.

Carefully turn the letters over and insert the globes into the sockets.

Attach the plug to the end of the cable. We covered the rest of the cable with red insulation tape. Stand the lights up on a table or hang them from screws in the wall.

* Make sure the globe isn t faulty. Swap a working globe for the one that is not working and see if it lights up. * If not, check if the socket is faulty. Remove the globe and unscrew the parts of the socket from each other. Check that both pins have gone into the cable. * If the globe still does not work, the pins may be faulty. Try replacing the socket with another one.
















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  he search is on for talented South Africans to showcase their individuality and challenge convention by designing the very best energy-eďŹ&#x192;cient lighting in the land. Eskom invites all South African designers â&#x20AC;&#x2019; students, professionals or high-school pupils â&#x20AC;&#x2019; to meet the challenge of striking the perfect balance between functionality and creative expression and in so doing spark new trends in domestic lighting. All you need to do is create a light ďŹ tting for a domestic environment that uses energy-eďŹ&#x192;cient technology â&#x20AC;&#x2019; choose from compact ďŹ&#x201A;uorescent lamps (CFLs), light-emitting diodes (LEDs), ďŹ bre optics or any other energy-eďŹ&#x192;cient option. The closing date for entries is 15 August 2014. For more information and for entry forms go to or email


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n my home oďŹ&#x192;ce there is a drawer ďŹ lled with unused notebooks. They were bought with the intention of taking them out at meetings and making neat, legible notes to be referred to back at my desk, a tidy shrine to orderliness and productivity. This is no chance of this happening. Ever. The notebooks are far too pretty to use (every now and then I will reluctantly part with one as a lastminute birthday present), not even I can decipher my handwriting anymore and my desk, piled with computer printouts, is proof that a paperless society exists only in science ďŹ ction. However, it s not only computer printouts that are proliferating. The computer era and all the zippy emails and the Facebooking and tweeting that have come with it have unintentionally revived an interest in cards, writing paper, diaries (take


that, Microsoft Outlook calendar!) and, yes, notebooks. Whenever I arrive back home with another lovely new notebook, more pens and colour-coordinated sticky tabs to use in my colourcoordinated ďŹ les, I am ďŹ lled with a newfound fervour to get organised. Men want function and women want both function and fashion, Charlotte Rivers, author of the book I Heart Stationery, told Guardian. I think women are fed up with faceless emails. They want a written record of their lives. Whether we actually get around to keeping that written record of our lives is another matter. Even so, it s the promise that keeps many buying notebooks. Who knows? If, like the Victorians, I can get around to jotting down interesting quotes, clever thoughts and funny stories overheard in passing, maybe the logical next step is a book deal, movie rights and an on-set meeting

with Robert Downey Jnr who will whisk me off to Hollywood-land ‒ and all because a pretty notebook unleashed my creative potential. It is this dream that Moleskine has tapped into with great success. Moleskine notebooks are copies of French notebooks that were produced by various printers from around the end of the 19th century, with their rounded corners, oilskin covers and elastic band to keep them closed. They were popular with celebrated artists and authors such as Oscar Wilde, Vincent van Gogh and Ernest Hemingway but by the mid-1980s they had completely vanished. In 1997, these legendary notebooks were brought back to life by an Italian publisher under the brand name Moleskine. Why Moleskine? Bruce Chatwin, a British traveller and writer who managed to turn himself into something of an enigma, first used the term moleskine in his book The Songlines (1986) to refer to the favourite notebooks in which he recorded his travel experiences. Interestingly, many Moleskine standalone stores are in or near train stations and airports, places where everyone, however fleetingly, enjoys a sense of freedom and adventure, and feels the possibility of a new beginning. People are more likely to buy culture, design, imagination, memory, and travel (Moleskine s marketing tag line) than simply paper. Now that the whole world is just a Google search away, we have come to treasure a personal card or a note that shows that some careful thought has gone into a message that is longer than a mere 140 characters. Elizabeth Bailey Weil, owner of Paperwheel Press in the US, uses a letterpress machine

to print handcrafted stationery. Elizabeth has more tech credentials than most ‒ by day she is an executive in Silicon Valley, where she welcomes the new employees with one of her own handmade letterpress notes. The point where tech and handmade stationery meets is often in the message. Many small stationers tend to come from a digital background that has taught them to understand design, the power of a pithy message and a simple illustration ‒ things that speak to an online community. If there s one thing the online community, many of whom are today s hipsters, want, it s to be seen as free-thinking, independent and counter-cultural. The right notebook says, I am interesting. I have ideas and thoughts. I doodle and draw. As more and more people work from home, or at least have a home office too, stationery allows them to put a personal stamp on their work through colour, images and witty design. Astrid van Hulst, creative director at the Dutch magazine Flow, says, Paper and stationery are popular because of the Zeitgeist. We do not need expensive bags any more to make us happy, or posh trips. Writing things down, making small drawings, keeping a journal, and sending snail mail are

embraced worldwide. Because of this hasty world, we more and more appreciate things that are made by hand, personal, authentic, specially made for you. Her thoughts are echoed by Sarah Schwartz, the editor of Stationery Trends Magazine and owner of Anything artisanal or made by hand using often-forgotten methods, whether it s bread or paper, is alluring to customers. I don t see this trend disappearing soon. In other words, the technology that once wowed us has become commonplace. To really impress, you need paper.




he beautiful wallpapers that are available these days are a far cry from the chaotic ďŹ&#x201A;oral motifs that decorated the walls of houses back in the 1980s. After a long hiatus, wallpaper has become a decorating staple once again and the choice that is available is endless. From wild geometric prints to a glamorous infusion of silken eďŹ&#x20AC;ects and glittering metallics, the world of wallpaper in the 21st century encompasses a vast range of styles, designs, textures and images. For Nicole Bruigom, a designer and illustrator based in Durban, wallpaper oďŹ&#x20AC;ers endless opportunities to project her personal style and design aesthetic. Soft chalky pastels, whimsical images and nostalgic, childlike motifs that recall a simpler, slower time in our history are her stock in trade. Nicole is living her design dream. She works full time as a graphic designer and illustrator for a major national retailer, and in her spare time she keeps the creative ďŹ res burning by running a freelance illustration business that allows her to exercise her passion for all things fanciful. Using the internet as both her portfolio as well as her artistic

playground, Nicole sells her range of wallpaper, textiles, illustrations, gift cards and graphic designs online from her blog (stripedďŹ&#x201A; and from her Facebook page (www.facebook. com/stripedďŹ&#x201A;amingo). Since taking her business to this level, Nicole s design work has come to the attention of an enthusiastic audience, both local and international. I have clients all over the world and here at home in South Africa, she says. It s easy to design and email artworks all over the world and, in the case of the fabric and wallpaper, I work with suppliers in Cape Town who distribute them internationally. Most of my products are also available from surface design company Robin Sprong (www., she explains.

I m inspired by soft pastel colours, prettiness and textiles, as well as quirky designs for children, says Nicole, whose entrepreneurial spirit was evident even while she was studying graphic design. I majored in typography and illustration, creating a children s book as part of my course. The [positive] reactions I




   had to the cover of my book led to Little Chef actually being published in 2009. Little Chef, which is characterised by Nicole s signature designs and her cute and quirky illustrations, is ďŹ lled with the yummiest sweet and savoury recipes that can be made by little hands. The book was stocked at Exclusive Books stores and it proved so popular that most copies have been sold. Following the success of Little Chef, the next logical step for Nicole was to sell her wares from a stall at Durban s popular I Heart market. The response to the artworks that I displayed there was overwhelming. I received so many requests for fabric designs with hand-drawn illustrations, just like the ones in my book, she says.

All the positive feedback that Nicole received encouraged her to start growing The Striped Flamingo while continuing to work full time for a large retailer. She doesn t regret her decision for a minute but admits that the long days can be exhausting. It s extremely diďŹ&#x192;cult to start designing and being creative after an hour in the traďŹ&#x192;c and a long day at work, but at the same time it s so satisfying to be able to create artworks that come straight from your heart, she says. And luckily I have two very distinct styles so the company that I work for is supportive of me and my private work, which doesn t clash with the designs I create for them, she says. The long hours that Nicole has to put in to run her business eďŹ&#x192;ciently while holding down a day job are made easier thanks to the support she receives from her husband, Mike (the newlyweds tied the knot in December last year), and the rest of her family. My one rule is to keep weekends free for outings with family and friends as well as some    

time left over to spend at home. I am by nature a busy person so I don t mind the hard work, but my home is a source of great pride to me so I like to have time on the weekends to keep it organised and looking good. I also view this down time as an opportunity to charge my creative batteries and increase my inspiration levels. Nicole has been painting and illustrating for as long as she can remember. She says she has always known that art would form a major part of her identity. And of all her products it is her vintage wallpaper designs and illustrations that give her the most joy. Being original and showing my personality through my work makes them unique. I love the fact that I have so much freedom and variety. Visit Nicole s Facebook page or her blog to make contact with her or go to to view and order her beautiful wallpaper designs.

What were the stumbling blocks when you started your business?

Not having enough time. I worried constantly about not getting everything done and because I hate missing out on an opportunity, I hate turning work down. Other stumbling blocks included underestimating how long jobs would take, under-quoting, and clients who don t pay on time.

What business principle did you know the least about when you started?

Marketing. Starting my blog was my ďŹ rst step in the learning process. These days my Facebook page is my biggest marketing tool. How did you celebrate when your business broke even for the ďŹ rst time?

I don t have many overheads so it didn t take me long to break even and now every project is proďŹ table. We celebrate at The Oyster Box in Umhlanga. It s our favourite place. What comes next for Nicole and The Striped Flamingo?

There are always new designs and ranges in the pipeline but I really want to publish a second book . Do you have any advice for potential entrepreneurs with a big idea ?

Research your idea and chat exhaustively with experts in your ďŹ eld. You need to be passionate about what you do, excel at it and follow through. And remember, everything big started oďŹ&#x20AC; small.

I have always been a creative person and I have drawn constantly for as long as I can remember. I took art lessons in the afternoons throughout my years at school. Then I attended the Durban University of Technology where I studied for a degree in graphic design. My studies took four years and I majored in typography and children s illustration.

How has this changed three years down the line?

Now I run most of my quotes past my husband, Mike, before I submit them. I have also learnt to manage my time more eďŹ&#x20AC;ectively. I have a better idea of how to pick my projects and when to say no. And I never procrastinate. Would you take a friend or relative into the business to work with you?

No. I have learnt from friends and family that it seldom works.

Entrepreneurs, says Nicole, need a speciďŹ c set of characteristics if they are to make a success of their business endeavours. THEY ARE: GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS PATIENCE MOTIVATION EXPERIENCE PASSION


initial design or logo â&#x20AC;˘ writing paper or envelopes that you want to emboss â&#x20AC;˘ embossing pen â&#x20AC;˘ carbon paper â&#x20AC;˘ ballpoint pen â&#x20AC;˘ thick cardboard â&#x20AC;˘ craft knife and cutting mat â&#x20AC;˘ masking tape

Print your initial design or logo onto paper in the desired size.

Use a piece of carbon paper and your ballpoint pen to trace the outline of the letters onto the cardboard.

Carefully cut out the letters to create a stencil. Remember, for letters such as A, B and D you won t be able to cut out the inner section completely.

Turn the stencil over so that the letters are a mirror image and stick your writing paper to the back with masking tape â&#x20AC;&#x2019; make sure it is in the correct position.

Working on a light table, press lightly with your embossing pen around the outlines of the letters. The paper will collapse slightly and a relief will form on the front. Be careful not to tear the paper.

Remove the stencil and turn the paper around so that the relief letters are on the right side.


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You can have wonderful fun making this Parisian paper doll and her chic outfits for a little girl. Copy the template for the doll on page 102 on white cardboard and cut it out carefully together with the stand. Fold the stand on the lines so that the doll will stay upright. Copy the clothes on page 101 onto white paper and cut them out with the flaps. Pack the doll in her own box: enlarge and copy the template on page 100 onto white cardboard and cut it out with a craft knife. Also cut out the window with your craft knife. Stick a piece of acetate on the inside of the box s door to cover the window. Fold the box and decorate it with a matching ribbon. NOTE The templates for the paper doll and the circus marionettes are also available on Click on Crafts , then Templates and then Templates: April 2014 .




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Copy this chic Parisian doll onto white cardboard and cut her out carefully. Now you can have fun dressing her up in pieces from her sophisticated retro-fashion wardrobe.


To make

Make this lovely ballerina and her horse. With arms and legs that move, they will provide for hours of playing pleasure. They are also pretty enough for you to display against a wall.

You will need

3 Ballerina Use the brads and

marionettes on pages 104 and 105 in the desired size onto cardboard and cut them out carefully. If you would like to dress the ballerina in other clothes, or change the horse s saddle or any other section, you can cut these pieces from your pretty paper. 2 Arrange all the pieces in front of you and make the holes for the brads. You can use the tip of your craft knife for this.

attach the sections of the arms and legs to each other. Attach the arms and legs to the back of the body. Fix the skirt in place and then stick the pleats onto it with small pieces of doublesided tape so that they stand out a little. Attach the head last. 4 Horse Use brads to join the sections for the front and back legs. Attach the front legs to the body and then join the back legs and the tail to the body. Attach the head last.


â&#x20AC;˘ templates for circus marionettes on pages 104 and 105 â&#x20AC;˘ white cardboard â&#x20AC;˘ giftwrap or scrapbooking paper (optional; see step 1) â&#x20AC;˘ paper brads â&#x20AC;˘ thick double-sided tape (the sponge type) â&#x20AC;˘ craft knife and cutting mat

1 Copy the templates for the circus





To make

You will need

2 Apply a layer of modge podge over

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the back of the picture and rub it smooth against the chipboard. Paint another two layers of modge podge over the front of the picture and leave to dry. TIP Seal the picture with a layer of a suitable varnish so it stays looking good for longer. 3 Work on your cutting mat and use your craft knife to cut the face picture out of the chipboard. 4 Hang the hanger on the U bracket

1 Make a life-size printout of your

face picture on thick white paper.

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wooden hanger picture of a face chipboard of about 1 800 mic thick paper undercoat for spay paint spray paint in the colour of your choice modge podge craft brush epoxy glue craft knife and cutting mat U-shaped bracket


and hold it behind the picture to see what height the bracket must be. Mark the position. 5 Mix a little epoxy glue and stick the bracket onto the marked position on the back of the picture. Leave to dry. 6 Paint or spray paint the hanger in the meantime with a universal undercoat then spray paint it in the colour of your choice. Leave to dry. 7 Screw the bracket to the wall and then hang your hanger with your dress on it from the bracket.


Display your favourite dresses against the wall in this quirky way.




Sleepy Owl crocheted hat from Baby Bloom Clothing (R150)

Embossed bunny pendant from Antique Fusion Jewellery (R420)

Birds and Bees 3 from Champion ToďŹ&#x20AC;ee Studio (R30)

Skinny Fox from Paper-Tales (R80)

Zoo Koekie cushion cover from Design Kist (R350)

BOO!beloobie eloobie liam McSquare McWilliam from Mietjie (R350)

Circus clock from Oscar W Designs (R300)     

If you re feeling inspired by this months theme and want to add some circus or woodland magic to your home, go and browse through our online marketplace, Here are a few items we found there.

MeOwl decorative MeO e e cushion from HandLove 0) by Nonnas (R230)



by ERL A RABE st yling CARIN SMITH photos ED O RILEY



he current trend of featuring woodland animals, birds and foliage in décor and design started around a decade ago. It began with stylised animals, particularly deer. At about the same time, beetles started appearing on items such as cushion covers and wallpaper. Around 2009 they made way for birds; flamingos in particular had a moment. Nowadays woodland creatures ‒ most notably owls and foxes ‒ are cropping up everywhere, from tea towels and tablecloths to T-shirts and pillows, and even in music videos. Last year the Norwegian duo known as Ylvis took YouTube by storm with their catchy music video What Does the Fox Say? Understandably, this trend first gathered its momentum in the UK where today s adults grew up on The Tales of Beatrix Potter, The Wind in the Willows and The Animals of Farthing Wood. Bunnies, squirrels, foxes and wise old owls are woven into their childhood memories. Ingrid Corbett of Quirky Me at Cape Town s The Old Biscuit Mill says, Seeing a fox in your garden

or bunnies hopping around is not that unusual in Britain. Although we don t have that connection with these particular animals in South Africa, there is nevertheless still a heightened awareness. The woodland theme ranges from whimsical to high style, and crosses over from décor to fashion. Last year Marc by Marc Jacobs showed accessories covered in rabbits, Comme des Garçons baseball caps sported long ears and Kate Moss posed in a Playboy bunny suit. It s difficult to tell why one animal makes it and another doesn t. (Could Hedwig, the owl in the Harry Potter series, have anything to do with the appearance of owls on catwalks and coffee mugs?) From a design point of view, Mother Nature s original blueprint appears to have a lot to do with it. If the animal can be used in lifelike art or a naive drawing, it can also be used in so many more ways. A rabbit is easily stylised (think ears), and a flamingo (legs) or owl (eyes) is readily recognisable even when rendered

in the simplest form as wall art or as a T-shirt motif. The woodland theme is a trend that has bubbled up into the mainstream from the craft industry and independent décor and design scenes, which have all been using animals for years. On Etsy there are now more than 145 000 items featuring owls listed under the handmade section. Foxes come in at over 34 000, ahead of squirrels at around 11 000. Astrid van Hulst of the Dutch magazine Flow says: We are seeing nature as a place that gives us peace. I think this is just the beginning. Take note though that the fastest selling items recently on the online fashion and beauty store were those that featured sausage dogs. Dachshunds may not be wild animals, but they do have what has to be the most recognisable shape of all dogs.


Table made by DIY Shop (021 511 1839 or


Animal lamps (turn to page 114 for the instructions)

DĂŠcor accessories from Haas Collective. Shot on location at Haas Collective (021 422 4413 or   

  Multi-legged table We found loose table legs in a second-hand store and immediately saw their potential. You could also add a couple of extra legs to an existing table.

You will need • • • • • • • • • • •

7 different table legs 22mm Supawood for the table top 22 x 44mm planks for cross rungs wood screws wood glue and wood filler sandpaper universal undercoat white enamel paint paintbrushes and sponge rollers paint tray and drop sheet tools (saw, drill, and so on)

• electrical cord with plug and switch • hollow threaded rod onto which the light fitting fits • drill with ceramic drill bit • metal saw • glue gun • silicone or epoxy glue (see step 9)

To make 1 Mark the middle point on the top


To make 1 Saw the table top from the





Supawood in the size that you desire ‒ ours is 900 x 400mm. Mark where the different legs should be and cut them to the same length, if necessary. Drill holes for the screws then glue and screw the legs in place. Fill any holes in the wood with wood filler, leave to dry and then sand smooth. Measure and cut the planks for the cross rungs so that they fit precisely between the legs. Glue and screw in place. Dust off the table and paint it, first with the undercoat and then with two coats of the enamel paint. We used Plascon Velvaglo in white. Leave each layer to dry thoroughly before painting on the next.




Animal lamps Transform an ornament into a lamp ‒ ask for advice from a professional if you are unsure how to do the wiring.


You will need • ceramic ornament (it must be hollow, with a hole in the base) • lampshade that matches • undercoat for spray paint • spray paint in colour of your choice • light fitting and bulb



of your ornament ‒ this is where you must drill the hole through which the threaded rod must fit. Drill the hole. Choose a drill bit that is just bigger than the threaded rod and keep a container of water ready to dip the drill tip into ‒ this prevents the bit from becoming too hot and helps the drilling go smoothly. Hold the drill bit slightly perpendicular to the object when you begin to drill so that it doesn t slip and then drill carefully until the hole is drilled right through. Now drill another hole at the back of the ornament, about 1cm from the bottom, for the cord to be threaded though and then plugged in. The hole needs to be just big enough for the cord. Wipe the ornament clean and make sure there is no greasiness. Paint or spray paint the undercoat on before you spray paint the ornament in the colour of your choice. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly between layers. Determine the height you want the lampshade to be by screwing the light fitting to the threaded rod and then inserting the rod through the ornament. Mark the rod where it protrudes from the hole at the base of the ornament and cut it to length. Unscrew the light fitting. Push the end of the cord (with the switch and plug already on) through the hole at the back of the ornament and out at the bottom. Thread the cord through the rod then push the rod up through the ornament from the hole in the base. Wire the light fitting and screw it to the top of the threaded rod.

8 Pull the cord tight from the

bottom so that the threaded rod runs vertically to the top. Attach it to the inside of the ornament with your glue gun and leave to dry. 9 Now apply a little glue (silicone or epoxy, or use your glue gun again) to the top hole so that the opening is completely sealed and so that the threaded rod stays firmly in position. Clean off any surplus glue and leave to dry. 10 Scew in the bulb and put on the lampshade to complete your lamp.

Bunny mirror If you prefer, have the wood cut by professionals. Ask a glass merchant to cut the oval-shaped mirror.

You will need • • • • • • • • • • •

template for mirror on page 116 4mm Supawood oval-shaped mirror wood glue and wood filler sandpaper white enamel paint paintbrush and sponge roller paint tray black marker masking tape tools (jigsaw, wood clamps, and so on)

To make 1 Trace the templates for the three





layers onto Supawood and cut them out. Glue the bottom and middle sections to each other, then glue in the mirror and lastly glue on the top section. Wipe the edges clean, clamp the mirror between two planks and leave to dry overnight. Fill any holes in the wood with wood filler, leave to dry and then sandpaper smooth. Cover the mirror with masking tape and apply two coats of enamel paint to the wooden sections. Leave to dry overnight before painting on the second coat. Use the black marker to colour in the inner rim of the mirror and the inner rim of the two ears.

Supawood laser cut by Woodheads (021 461 7185 or


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  Polystyrene head (R54) from Merrypak.

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Cover the polystyrene head with plastic wrap â&#x20AC;&#x2019; this is so that you don t struggle to remove the completed mask later.

Leave the layer of newspaper overnight to dry before you apply another layer or two â&#x20AC;&#x2019; the more layers, the stronger the mask will be. Leave it to dry overnight again.

Now start building up the mask to make it look more realistic. We shaped a snout and the cheeks from a piece of newspaper and wrapped pieces of masking tape around them to hold the shape.

Build the rest of the mask up in the same way, until you have formed the basic face.

Shape the face further with strips of paper towel coated with glue. Paper towel works well as it is softer and more pliable than newspaper. Leave the mask for a day or two to dry properly.

Use the template on page XXX to cut two ears out of the cardboard. Cut the notches and fold along the lines as indicated. Stick the ears in position with superglue. Make them smooth and shape them with newspaper and paper towel, as before.    


  Paper-mâché glue

You can also use diluted cold glue, but it s easy and cheap to make your own glue. This quantity is enough for one or two masks. Pour three cups of water into a pot and bring it to the boil. In the meantime, mix a cup of flour with another cup of water to form a smooth paste. Add the paste to the boiling water and stir rapidly to prevent it burning. Leave it to simmer for a few minutes until it is sticky. Take the pot off the heat. Add a couple of teaspoons of salt to the mixture ‒ this helps the glue to last longer ‒ and leave it to cool. If your mixture is very lumpy, you can make it smooth with a stick blender. Use the mixture like glue as soon as it has cooled. It will keep for a few days in the fridge.



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    From 25 to 28 April the Vintage Ideas market celebrates all things vintage at Simondium s Country Lodge near Franschhoek. Find everything from dĂŠcor items, jewellery, glass and silverware, vintage-inspired clothing and kitchenalia to quirky bric-a-brac and priceless antiques. The deli will be stocked with confectionary and home-baked delicacies, preserves, condiments, cordials and exotic teas, while the kids play area takes a step back in time with games such as tic-tac-toe, board games and boules. Tickets are R30 for adults, while children enter free. For more information, go to or call 021 874 1046.

  This month, make a natural pesticide; it is safer for both you and the environment. Place two chopped garlic bulbs, one chopped onion and a couple of chopped hot chillies in a bowl, and add six cups of boiling water. Steep for two to three hours, strain and add one tablespoon each of dishwashing liquid and cooking oil. Mix well. Transfer to a spray bottle and spray your plants thoroughly. Store for up to a week in a labelled, sealed container in the fridge.

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Creative inspiration Cape Town plays Cape Town winning the bid for host to a number Word Design Capital 2014 has of World Design Capital signature events during the course of the year.

inspired a wave of creativity. We love the work of artist Lorraine Loots who, inspired

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by Cape Town s designation as World Design Capital 2014, does a miniature painting with

The Plascon Colour Awards is an oďŹ&#x192;cial project on the World Design Capital 2014 programme. Uplifting neglected social spaces

Mint is the perfect accompaniment to roast lamb and is refreshing when used to make a tea or added to a cocktail. Medicinally, mint is said to ease indigestion, act as an antioxidant, relieve congestion, and combat bad breath. In South Africa there are many varieties of mint but garden mint and spearmint are the most popular. Plant in a moist, semi-shady place, either in a pot or in the ground.


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Minty halloumi salad Slice 250g halloumi cheese and dust in a mix of 15ml sesame seeds and 90ml ďŹ&#x201A;our. Fry in medium oil then drain. Arrange rocket, 15ml fresh chopped mint, 250ml seedless grapes and a sliced mango on a platter. Place the halloumi on top. Drizzle on a dressing made from 150ml Greek yoghurt, 15ml lemon juice and 5ml curry powder.


1 Trace a square overlapped by a circle onto cardboard and cut out; this is your template. Trace the template onto pretty patterned paper and cut out. 2 Now pleat the whole shape. 3 Tie the shape in the middle with ribbon or baker s twine; the ribbon ends form the antennae. Spread out the folds to form the wings.


DIARY for the month 26 ‒ 30 March At the Tierlantynkies Market, you ll find clothing, jewellery, décor items and more, plus music, food and wine. Find it at 3Ci, 56 Saal Street, Zwavelpoort, Pretoria-East. Entrance costs R30. Info:

5-20 April Swan Lake, the ultimate ballet of fantasy and romance, will be presented by Cape Town City Ballet at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town. Book at Computicket or call 021 421 7698.

23 April ‒ 22 May Chef and artist Jannie van Heerden exhibits paintings that evoke the richness and diversity of our culinary heritage at Artisan Gallery, Morningside, Durban. Info: info@ or 031 312 4364.

5 April ‒ 31 May Attend an exhibition of hand-thrown functional and decorative ceramics entitled Hand thrown by heart at Art in the Forest in Constantia Nek, Cape Town. Info: 021 794 0291,

25-28 April The décor, design and lifestyle exhibition Decorex takes place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre. Info:

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Penguin, R145)

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