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hen television reached South African lounges in the mid-seventies, the Le Roux

household was one of the last to hold out against this newfangled idea. The television, you re not going to want to sit and eat at the

she had already arranged our faces around the table, in

table. How right my mother was. The rabbit-ears aerial

the order she thought would work best. The plates in this

had hardly been installed when we started looking for

issue are a more modern version of our colourful 1980s

recipes that were quick and easy to prepare and just

plates, but I m sure the effect will be the same ‒ they draw

as easy to eat on a tray ‒ a concession on weekend

the family back home as that is where they feel a sense

evenings in our house, but an institution in many

of belonging. And if you think your talents lie elsewhere,

other homes.

we have plenty of other ideas for how you can work your

And how we miss those family meals around the table now, when numbers are diminished and everyone is

family into your décor. These are also not the only plans for our new, more

scattered around the world, and you can no longer eat

personalised homes. Everyone can now make themselves

one of Mom s home-cooked meals! Even though my

heard, thanks to one of the main trends of the moment:

son Anton and I were a two-person family for the most

the renewed fixation with typography. Whether it s old

part of his growing-up years, we always set the table at

typewriter keys, printer s blocks or just some special

home and ate together. These days all the orphans in

letters, our surroundings really do speak to us. If you have

our circle of friends cook and eat Sunday lunch together

something on your mind, or simply wish to let your guests

‒ now each other s new family.

know how you feel about life, print it out in a pretty

I still have the stack of plates that we gave to my

typeface or grab a paintbrush and there you are ‒ your

mom as a Mother s Day gift years ago ‒ one with each

own voice on your walls.

member of the family s face painted on it and by that

Have fun!

stage a grandchild or two as well. When we were all gathered together, there was no need for place names;

    

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1 Poster (R170) from Typo. 2 Scrabble letter (R39) from Typo. 3 Magnifying glass (R75) from Nap. 4 Framed typewriter print (R790) from Quirky Me. 5 Letters (R145 for four) from Nap. 6 Container (R99,99) from Mr Price Home. 7 Typeface books (R260 and R210) from The Book Lounge. 8 Type wall decals by Mike Perry (R299) from Quirky Me. 9 Print (R50) from Abode. 10 Print (R200) from Lauren Fowler at SAM. 11 Metal word (R299) from Typo. 12 Hanger (R185) from Photoblox. 13 Print (R480) from Abode.

    

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14 Tablecloth (R199,99) from Mr Price Home. 15 Stued toy with newsprint fabric (R495) from Weylandts. 16 Coat hook (R690) from Quirky Me. 17 Mug (R149) from Mu & Me. 18 Light box (R1 800) from Quirky Me. 19 Canvas bag (R190) from Soil Design. 20 Scatter cushion (R249) from Weylandts. 21 Newsprint scatter cushion (R119,99) from Mr Price Home. 22 Embroidered cushion (R350) from Nap.

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Oversized print Add interest to a plain wall by leaning an oversized motivational print up against it. Telephone (R299) from Typo. Stool (price on request) from Chair Crazy.

   


Wordplay This is the ideal gift for someone who loves to play with words: crossword paper (R42) from Typo and an alphabet stamp set (R265 for a full set) from I Love This & That.

   


     Blackboard Paint a small block of blackboard paint on your wall to use as a notice board. Apply a few layers of the paint ‒ wait for each layer to dry completely before applying the next. Chair (price on request) from Chair Crazy. Bag (R35,99) from Mr Price Home.

    


Espresso cups Take type a bit further in your dĂŠcor with this Scrabble espresso set (R265 per set of four cups) from In Good Company.

   


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Decal quotes are an interesting and fun way to decorate a bare wall. Make sure your wall is clean and dry before applying your decal. Wall vinyl pack from Hello Dolly Designs (hellodolly.co.za). Wall trophy (R275) from Typo.

    


Wooden racks Liven up your kitchen with a selection of dierent letters (from R39 each) from Typo.

    




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Highlight rich colours, such as chocolate browns and soft purples, by placing them against a backdrop of pale hues. Shoes (R295) from Call It Spring. Frame (R199,99) from Mr Price Home. Leaf fabric: Sanderson Rosaria, colour Blossom (R913,14 per metre) from St Leger & Viney. Scarf (R449) from Country Road. Dressmaker s form (R599,99) from Mr Price Home.

   


With the help of a mood board you can plan your décor to suit your personality and find the couch to match.

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Do you like plush fabrics, and is there always a vase of roses in your home? Is high tea your perfect snack, do you wear heels and do you channel Grace Kelly? If so then you are a romantic rose. Surround yourself with pale colours, rich textures, delicate furniture pieces with feminine lines, chandeliers and flowers. This three-seater dark-brown velvet couch will work perfectly in a large room where it is the focal point. The exposed legs in light wood are a good counterpoint for the dark fabric. Wallpaper: Nightingale - Dusty Pink (R1 482 per roll) from Hertex. Light (R2 500) from Jellyfish. Sidetable (R995) from Coricraft. Couch (R10 995) from Weylandts. Silver cushion (R259,99) from Mr Price Home. Silk scarf (R800) from SAM.    




Chair (R1 295) from Coricraft. Jacket (R950) from Queenspark. Mattress Ticking, colour Navy (R477) from St Leger & Viney. Bag (R190) from Soil Design. Chevron cushion (R450) from Trait. Pull to open cushion (R449) from Loads of Living.

   


Do you enjoy clean lines, cool, calm colours, modern classics, a breath of fresh air and the great outdoors? Then the modern beach house is you. This ChesterďŹ eld-inspired couch in a light cream colour will elevate any space. The long, lean lines add an elegant, clean look to this room. Couch (R11 000) from Wetherlys. Lace lanterns (R229,99 each) from Nap. Velvet cushion (R850) from Chandler House. Small, blue-striped cushion (R245) and red-striped cushion (R180) from Peter Osborn Furniture. Widestriped blue cushion (R225) and framed print (R250) from Abode. Coee table (R2 295) and ceramic bottle (R295) from Weylandts. Lamp and shade (R440) from Mr Price Home. Ceramic lantern (R440) by Sootcookie at Imagenius. Jute rug (price on request) from Rebtex.

   




Wallpaper: Lewis and Wood Woman, colour Steam (R1 422,04) and fabrics: (striped) Sussex, colour Ebony and Swarga Paisley, colour Beluga Grey (R852) from St Leger & Viney. Chair (R995) from Coricraft. Scarf (R449) from Country Road. Jacket (R899) and boots (R550) from Queenspark.

   


Do weathered wood and leather, natural textures, faded sun-drenched colours, heavy linen, a tapas meal under the trees and inherited pieces with a touch of nostalgia speak to you? Is your motto: Come in and relax a while ? Then your style is deďŹ nitely laid-back rustic farmhouse. This slouchy two-seater couch makes for a welcoming put-your-feet-up atmosphere. Choose a couch with removable covers, to make it easier to keep clean. Light (R795) and wooden cube (R995) from Nap. Couch (R5 495), postage stamp scatter cushion (R250) and No 12 scatter cushion (R195) from Coricraft. Olive-leaf scatter cushion (R795), woven basket (R350), ceramic jug (R295) and striped mock mohair blanket (R599) from Weylandts. Mohair blanket (R1 055,64) from Hinterveld. Cushion in cube (R499) from SAM. Rug (R299,99) from Mr Price Home. Paintings on wall (R1 560 each) from Chandler House.

   


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Lounge: Promise loveseat (R31 000) from Casamento. Sidetable (R1 495) from Weylandts. Console light (R220) from Abode. Nicholas Esterhuizen painting (R3 400), wire vase (R875), silk Ikat cushion (R950) and embroidered Suzani runner (R5 800) from Chandler House. Mood board: Bag (price on request) from Soil Design. Plate (price on request) from Generation. Armchair (R19 350) from Casamento. Fabrics: 1 Sword Fern, colour Charcoal (R528), 2 Warwick Piaf, colour Primrose (R2018,94), 3 Petra, colour Thunder Pink (R733), 4 Sanderson Rainforest, colour Emerald (R1 193,58), 5 Warwick Montmartre, colour Raspberry (R965,58), and 6 Sanderson Ceylon, colour Purple/Pink (R1 421,58) from St Leger & Viney.    




BUYING A COUCH

A mood board helps to define your style and cuts through the visual clutter to help you create a room that reflects your style. Start by asking yourself where you find your inspiration ‒ is it a song, a piece of clothing, a flower, a photo, a painting, a special scent, or a movie? Now using that inspiration, make a mood board with visual references that will help to guide you with your decorating. Add some or all of these: • Pictures of furniture that you love. • Fabric swatches. • Paint swatches. • Pictures of clothes and shoes that you would like to wear. • Found objects (feathers, a flower, ticket, or pretty label). • A picture of your dream home. • Your ideal holiday spot or Take your camera with place to eat. you everywhere and take photos of everything that you find pretty. Use these images on mood boards as inspiration to help you put together a room.

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Here are a few questions you need to answer before you make your purchase: 1 Do you want to include other couches or chairs in the room? 2 Do you want a coffee table? 3 How big is your space? 4 Where in the room will the couch be positioned? 5 Who will be using the couch? 6 How many people will usually be sitting on it? 7 Do you like to lie down on your couch, or is it only for sitting on? 8 Is it for decoration, do you eat on your couch, or watch TV from it? 9 What is your style?

Shopping tips: Take a photo of your room with you when you go shopping for your new couch. Before buying a couch, measure the size and then map it out with newspaper to see if it will fit into your space. Or alternatively, mark out the couch shape and size on the floor with masking tape. Make sure that the size of the sofa you like will be right for the size of the room. It shouldn t occupy your entire space nor should it look lost in a big room. Look at the couch from all angles before your buy it. Will the length, depth and back height work in your space? If your space is small, invest in a couch with smaller armrests. Is the frame durable? Does it have a sturdy structure, a decent suspension system and appropriate cushioning?

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Your favourite spaces When you visit your favourite places (your friends homes, a restaurant or a coffee shop), how do they make you feel? Do they feel familiar and comfortable? Look at what you like in the space and find inspiration in that for your own interior.

Your favourite cities Make a list of your favourite cities and why you like them. Is it the architecture, the paint colours used on the buildings, the fabrics of the clothes that the locals are wearing, is it their art, jewellery, food or music?

TIP Start your mood board with the one piece around which you want to build the room ‒ it could be wallpaper, a rug, or a chair ‒ and then play around with styles, colours and textures.

Online mood-board sites to try: • www.pinterest.com • https://moodsha.re • www.sampleboard.com

Colour coordinate your books with your space Cover each book in durable white paper, paint the spines in the colour of your choice (we used shades of blue for our modern beach house style) and use white chalk or a white marker to write the name of the book on the painted area.

A FEW RULES TO FOLLOW • Don t mix too many different styles. • Choose one colour to ground all the different layers. • Layer the items in the room. • Less is more when it comes to hanging an eclectic mix of things on your wall. • Don t be scared to group different kinds of objects together.

   


  

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With everyone from designers to DIY enthusiasts going gaga for this trend, we take a closer look at why we re so ďŹ xated with fonts.

is everywhere nowadays ‒ inside, outdoors, even on our bodies. But it didn t always play such a major role in something like home dÊcor. Sure, at some point most of us had a set of technicolour alphabet magnets up on the fridge, but that was mostly it. Today, it s a dierent story. You can bring something like lightbox letters into your living room and you ll bring a bit of Broadway with them. Or you can have a single wooden or wire letter taking centre stage on your coee table and it s guaranteed to look good. However, the most famous part of any typeface has to be & ‒ the ampersand. There are so many good sides to this little symbol, it has become a trend on its own. And when you see it being used as everything from an earring to a bookend, you ll understand why. Type has also taken the world of wall art by storm. But before you can rush out to have your favourite phrase printed onto canvas, you ll have to pick a font. With so much variety out there, this isn t always an easy task. Yolandie Breytenbach (selfproclaimed type nerd and art director at Zoom Advertising) elaborates: To designers, type is what bricks are to builders. Or rather: it could be bricks, wood, plexiglass, aluminium or feathers. It enables you to make a word feel soft, light, adventurous, feminine or traditional. I think typefaces are a bit like images. You feel

them. It s not a rational thing. Marnhe du Plooy (brand tailor and owner of Room for Design) agrees: A lot can be said between the lines by the way the type is set. Typography, like photography, art and design, evokes emotion. This helps to explain why script and vintage fonts are so well liked. They make us feel warm, fuzzy and nostalgic. Their personal nature and old-worldly charm remind us of a more poetic, romantic time; a time when we snuck a note to a friend under the school desk and love letters were still around. And when things weren t so standardised and we didn t just update a Facebook relationship status to express how we feel. But there s a huge array of typefaces to choose from and it s up to you to ďŹ nd your favourites. Plus there s always the option of creating your own using a website like fontstruct.com. It s quick, easy (all you have to do is have fun positioning geometric shapes on a grid) and free of charge. To see how typography is being implemented on a bigger scale, look no further than the mural (and you probably have to travel no further than the coee shop around the corner to ďŹ nd one). That s because they are becoming more and more popular due to the fact that they turn blank walls into delicate, detailed and beautiful pieces of art. When you watch designer and letterer Ben Johnston go about his mural business in his latest video posted on behance.net, you ll see what we re talking about. And whether the mural message says something humanitarian or talks

about a company s culture, one thing s for sure, we ll continue to stand in awe of these works of art. While creating a mural can seem quite daunting, moss graďŹƒti is something simpler to try your hand at. Think of this outdoor extension of the trend as typography gone green . How does it work? Place a few handfuls of moss, 1,5 cups of buttermilk and a teaspoon of sugar in a blender. Plan what you want to say, go into your garden to ďŹ nd a spot on a wall and start painting. Mist your masterpiece daily and before you know it, your letters will grow into a lovely, lavish garden sign ‒ both easy and adorable. Monogramming is also big again and, while this trend dates as far back as 350BC when it was ďŹ rst seen on Greek coins, it s oh-so-hot right now. Initials can be used to personalise everything from bedding to Babygros and beach towels. Ideally suited for newlyhitched lovebirds, the monogram makes ďŹ nding a wedding present a whole lot easier. That being said, it works just as well on the career woman s clutch bag or on a bag being taken for a night out on the town. Like handwriting, the monogram also adds a touch of individualism to our world. A whole lot more can be said about the typography trend. Come to think of it, the very keys used to type this article are also now featuring in home dĂŠcor. But we don t want to keep you from going out and exploring all that this trend has to oer. You re bound never to get bored, and you can take our word for it.     


Letters as pictures Decorated letters have been around for centuries ‒ the beautifully ornate dropped capitals that are such a prominent feature of religious texts reached the height of their opulence during the Middle Ages. With the advent of printing, elaborate illuminated letters became less common, although artists did continue the tradition. In Bologna, Italy in 1839, decorative artist Antonio Basoli published a fantastic set of lithographs for his book, Alfabeto Pittorico (Pictorial Alphabet), a stunning collection of architectural drawings of 24 letters of the alphabet plus an ampersand. And now in the digital age, decorated letters have been reinvented and are to be seen everywhere ‒ in advertising, dÊcor, on Instagram, Pinterest and in design. With our interpretation of the word HOME, we show you a few fun ways to try out this trend.


    

Put your stamp on your home. Make this lovely cushion and write your favourite poem, song or quote on it with fabric paint.

Lounger cushion You will need • one piece of white cotton fabric, 232 x 111cm • one piece of white cotton fabric, 232 x 71cm • 20 pieces of curtain lining, 86 x 26cm • 2kg polyester stuďŹƒng • matching upholstery thread • fabric marking pen

To make NOTE All seam allowances are 1,5cm. 1 Sew 10 cushion inners with the 86 x 26cm curtain lining panels, ďŹ lling each inner with 200g of stuďŹƒng. 2 Sew the cover by hemming one long edge of both fabric panels with a 1cm double-fold hem.     

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25cm-wide ap to the wrong side, along the hemmed edge. 4 Open up the ap and pin the two panels, right sides together, with the two unhemmed long edges on top of each other. Fold the ap over to the opposite side, overlapping the hemmed edge of the narrow panel by 10cm. Pin the ap in place. Sew and overlock the three open edges of the cover. Turn the cover through to the right side and press the edges. 5 Place the cover on a at surface and draw parallel lines 23cm apart across the width of the cover. Pin and sew the two layers together using a top-stitch along these lines to form 10 pockets. Insert a cushion inner into each pocket.

First place a thick piece of cardboard underneath the layer of fabric that you will be painting on. Use fabric paint and a thick paintbrush to paint on your words freehand (we used a quote from Etty Hillesum). Allow each line to dry completely before you start painting the next line. When you have ďŹ nished painting all the words and the paint has dried thoroughly, iron over them on the wrong side with a medium to hot iron with the steam switched o, to heat set the paint. Wooden lounger from Pallet Sunrise. Retro cookie jar pendant light (R450) from Weylandts. Scatter cushion (R199,99) from Mr Price Home. Big Ideas notebook (R89) and nerd glasses (R30) from Typo. Cotton throw (R875) from Loft Living. Buyer s guide on page 127.


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MAKE THESE PRACTICAL BEDSIDE CABINETS AND THEN PERSONALISE THEM BY PAINTING YOUR INITIALS ONTO THEM.

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This idea works best on simple cube-shaped nightstands. We made ours from 16mm Supawood. The finished size is 450 x 450mm and the shelf is positioned about 150mm from the top. Paint the cube inside and out with a wood undercoat and then with two to three layers of white enamel paint. Leave each coat to dry properly before you apply the next one. Paint the letters on the side that faces forwards when the open side faces the bed. We chose the letters M and D for Mom and Dad. We first drew each letter on a sheet of paper 450 x 450mm then cut the letters out to use as templates. Keep the letters simple so that they are striking to look at and easy to read. Use spray glue to stick the paper template in place on the cube, trace the letter with a pencil then neatly stick masking tape just inside the outline of the letter. Paint the background with enamel paint in the colour of your choice ‒ we used Plascon Velvaglo Bovine E29-6. Leave the paint to dry properly before you remove the masking tape.    

Bedside light (R1 995) and Darling picture (R3 195) from Weylandts. Striped throw (R149) and scatter cushions (R199,99 each) from Mr Price Home. Nerd glasses (R30) from Typo. Shot on location at Duinhuis in Yzerfontein.

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  You will need • letter template with dots for nails marked on it (use ours as an example) • 16mm Supawood board (ours is 1 800 x 1 300mm) • paint roller and enamel paint in the colour of your choice • knitting yarn, string or thread in the colour of your choice • hammer and nails • A4-sized sheet acetate • marking pen • superglue • masking tape • ruler





Stick the A4 sheet of acetate with masking tape on top of your letter template and trace the template with the marking pen onto the acetate. Make sure the template is complete on the acetate, with dots on all the corners and in the curves. Place the acetate with the template to one side.

Paint your board with two layers of enamel paint and stand it against the wall once it is dry. Place the sheet of acetate on the overhead projector and project the template onto the board. Alternatively, you can mark and measure it out directly onto the board if you don t have an overhead projector.

Stick masking tape all around the outline of your projected letter and mark the dots for the nails on the masking tape. Switch the projector o.





Hammer in a nail at each dot. Remove the masking tape once you have ďŹ nished.

Keep the template on hand and use it as a guide to tie string around the outline of the letter. Tie the end of the string with a double knot onto the ďŹ rst nail and turn it around the next one and the next one. Continue in this way until the outline is complete. Finish o with a double knot and cut o the end of the string.

Now complete the inside of the letter according to your template. Start and ďŹ nish with a double knot again. For deďŹ nition we tied a second layer of string. Apply a drop of superglue to all the knots and cut o the ends of the string at the knot. Stand the board up against the wall.

Scrabble espresso set (R265) from In Good Company. Buyer s guide on page 127.

    


Writing with

string Make an oversized letter on your wall with string art. Ours is on a wooden board, but you can also do it directly onto the wall.

by LIZEL CLOE TE assistant CISKIA HANEKOM photos ED O RILEY st yling MARGAUX TAIT

    


Lifestyle

Dala Watts and Lizel Cloete look at what s new and interesting in the shops.

dwa t ts@ med ia24 .com 24 .co m liz el. clo et e@ me dia 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.

Good news for Capetonians! After the success with their funky ceramic shop in Linden, Johannesburg, Ceramic Factory have opened a shop in Kloof Street, Cape Town. You ll deďŹ nitely struggle to choose from all their lovely products! We love this kudu head. Check out their other products on ceramicfactory.co.za or call them on 011 057 4314 or 021 839 2103.



 

Hertex has ha added gorgeous new fabrics fabr and wallpaper to its growing oering, such as this Mind the Gap print, which is part of the Art House range from Linwood that they import from the UK. Find your nearest supplier on hertex.co.za or call them on 021 914 3390.

IRRESISTIBLE IN COPPER

FUNKY CERAMICS Creativity and tea

Copper is to interiors what saron is to food, says Weylandts, and we agree. This metal, with its soft pink glow, is on trend. Visit your nearest store or go to weylandts.co.za

Gently scented Crabtree & Evelyn s lovely products are now also available at some Wetherlys branches in Gauteng and KwaZuluNatal. So after you ve chosen a dĂŠcor item for your home, you can also pick out bath and body-care products, or room fresheners. They make the perfect gift for a friend, or simply spoil yourself. Find your nearest branch on wetherlys.co.za    

PHOTOS: ED O RILEY AND SUPPLIED

At NetMar, a shop in an old house in the main street of Clanwilliam, you ll ďŹ nd everything from fabrics, wool and ribbons to craft kits and jewellery. They also have a tea house with more than 100 blends of rooibos teas, as well as a photographic studio and boutique for brides. Buy their products on rooibosteahouse.co.za, or visit their shop at 4 Voortrekker Street.


MAKE YOUR HOME A PLACE WHERE YOUR FAMILY CHOOSES TO BE. by LIZEL CLOE TE assistant CISKIA HANEKOM photos ED O RILEY st yling MARGAUX TAIT

    


    

Here is a lovely alternative to ordinary family portraits. We were inspired by Fornasetti to make our photo board. You can also do this directly onto the wall.

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Fornasetti portraits You will need • • • • • • • • •

black and white high-resolution photographs 16mm Supawood board A3-sheet white paper of at least 160gsm grey enamel paint sponge roller and paintbrush modge podge craft brush masking tape measuring tape

To make 1 Choose the photos that you want to use ‒ from

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Wegner chair (R3 531) from Chair Crazy. & cushion (R295) from Loft Living. Handbag with bow (R525) and Panama hat (R595) from Lulu Belle. Photos from iStock and Getty Images.

    

Plates with faces by LIZEL CLOE TE and CISKIA HANEKOM ar t work ENID DE BEER st yling MARGAUX TAIT photo ED O RILEY

Plates with faces Make a plate for every member of the family, personalised with their picture. Buy a set of unglazed plates from a ceramic supplier as well as the special lead-free pencil with which you can draw on ceramics (an ordinary pencil won t work). We used a black Amaco Underglaze pencil, but there are also dierent options if you would prefer to work with colours. The supplier should be able to help you. Draw the faces on the plates or get everyone to draw their own face and decorate the plate as they wish. Have the plates glazed and baked at a pottery and serve your family their next meal on their own individual plates. Antique Plastique cutlery set (R185) from In Good Company. Handmade giftwrap in background (R22 per sheet) from Ebony & Ivory. Plates (R50 each and ceramic pencil (R130) from Cape Pottery Supplies. Plates glazed and baked by Emvee Potteries.

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family members to pets ‒ and plan your design. We placed our photos on a 1 900 x 1 200mm Supawood board in four rows of three circles. The circles are each 25cm in diameter and there are 10cm spaces between them. Draw circles of 25cm, or the measurement you have calculated, around all the photos, print them out on the 160gsm paper and cut them out neatly. You can also simply draw the circles around the printed photos using a plate. TIP You can give your photos a grainy texture, like ours, on Photoshop: ďŹ rst make sure the photo is RGB, then go to Filter ; Filter Gallery ; Texture . Choose Texturizer and play around with the relief and scale functions until you have the desired eect. Now paint the board (or the section of the wall) with two to three layers of grey enamel paint ‒ leave each coat to dry completely before you paint on the next one. Measure precisely where the photo circles must be placed and mark the 25 x 25cm blocks with masking tape. Working on a black plastic bag, paint modge podge over the back of the ďŹ rst photo circle and stick it in place in the marked block. Paint another layer of modge podge over the top and rub it lightly with your ďŹ ngers. Wipe away excess modge podge from around the circle with a damp cloth. Continue in this way with all the photos then leave them to dry properly. Seal the photo board or wall with a layer of varnish to protect your photos.


    


    

Love in pictures With this cute idea you can draw every member of your family ‒ even your pets ‒ and make them into little cushions that you can use as brooches, pincushions or just decorations. by ANNEKE DU TOIT st yling MARGAUX TAIT photos ED O RILEY

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45 x 30cm natural linen fabric fabric remnants in contrast colours crochet lace in dierent widths bias binding embroidery thread, thin enough for your sewing machine, in red, black and mustard white thread dressmaker s pencil seed beads button polyester toy stuďŹƒng

To make 1 From the linen fabric, cut two

pieces for each of the cushions, for the fronts and backs. 2 Use a dressmaker s pencil to draw all the characters on the pieces of fabric cut for the cushion fronts. 3 Use the black embroidery thread to machine stitch along the lines of your drawings. 4 To complete:

MOM Use red thread to stitch the little heart. Use the mustard thread to stitch two lines spaced close together, about 5cm from the edge. Cut a long strip from the fabric ocut of your choice. Fold small pleats and pin around the outer edge. Use red thread to stitch in place to form a frill. Pin the back to the front, then stitch

   

both layers of fabric with red thread, working along the ďŹ rst line of red stitching. Leave a small opening for stuďŹƒng. Cut out two 6cm pieces of crochet lace and a narrow fabric strip measuring 10cm. Cross the strips of lace over the fabric strip with the button on top. Sew in place at the top right of the oval shape.

stitch the outline. Pin bias binding that you have folded in half along the outer edge of the shape; fold ďŹ ne pleats in places to ensure a neat ďŹ nish. Use white thread to stitch the bias binding. Pin the back in place, then use white thread to stitch the layers of fabric together. Leave a small opening for stuďŹƒng.

DAD Work a few small hand-stitches to form the eyes. Use red thread to stitch two rows for the outer border. Stitch groups of two beads in between the red lines. Pin the back in place, then use the mustard thread to stitch the back to the front ‒ leave a small opening for stuďŹƒng.

DOG Use French knots for the eyes and use white thread to hand-stitch the teeth. Use red thread to stitch the outline and mustard thread for the scallops. Sew a bead in each scallop. Pin a narrow strip of crochet lace around the oval. We cut our lace to fray it. Use white thread to attach. Pin the back in place, then use white thread to stitch the layers of fabric along the same line ‒ leave a small opening for stuďŹƒng.

GRANDMA Work a few small handstitches form the eyes. Use red thread to make seven French knots for the necklace. Stitch a border of a red line and two mustard lines. Pin a 40cm piece of broad crochet lace along the outer border, with pleats where necessary for a neat ďŹ nish. Stitch the lace around the outer edge, then use white thread to stitch the layers of fabric. Leave a small opening for stuďŹƒng.

CAT Use French knots for the eyes and mustard thread to stitch two rows for the border. Pin the back in place and use red thread to stitch both layers in between the two mustard lines. Leave a small opening through which to insert the stuďŹƒng. 5 Stu each item and close each

BABY Use mustard thread for the baby s curly hair and the inner circle of the dummy. Use red thread to

opening with neat hand stitches. Apply a little blusher to Mom, Grandma and Baby s cheeks.


   


    

Screen print your silhouette by LIZEL CLOE TE and CISKIA HANEKOM st yling CARIN SMITH photos ED O RILEY

Here is another way to make your dĂŠcor more personal. We screen printed the fabric that we used for our cushions. Cushion with words You can write on cushions using the same technique as below. We cut the paper stencil for our letters using an electronic cutting machine, but you can also do this by hand. Choose your typeface then print it onto paper in a size that will ďŹ t inside your screen printing frame. Follow the same steps as for the silhouettes.

Family silhouette cushions Take proďŹ le photos of all the members of the family and use them to make the patterns for paper stencils for your silhouettes.

You need • printouts of silhouettes that you want to screen print • fabric to screen print on (washed and ironed) • screen printing frame • water-based screen printing paint • wooden spatula or tongue depressor stick • squeegee, preferably wider than the proďŹ les • painter s tape • spray glue • craft knife and cutting mat Wall trophy (R249) from Typo. Heart print (R420) from Quirky Me.

    


    






Draw or print the silhouette in the size you desire on a large sheet of paper and cut out. Leave enough paper around the silhouette ‒ this blocks the paint outside the pattern when you print. Place the pattern and silhouette to one side.

Spray glue onto your work surface ‒ this is to prevent your fabric from moving around while you work ‒ and smooth the fabric over the surface. Place the cut-out silhouette in position on the fabric and mark the position with masking tape.

Spray glue on the right side of your paper stencil, in other words on the side with the proďŹ le pointing to the side you prefer it to point to on the completed cushion.







Press the stencil onto the back of the screen printing frame and stick it down at the edges with painter s tape so that it stays in position. The proďŹ le is now facing in the opposite direction.

Turn the screen printing frame over again and position it on the fabric so that the stencil is inside the marked-out position. Place enough paint at the top of the stencil to cover the whole silhouette ‒ rather use too much than too little.

Hold your squeegee at an angle of 45 degrees and smear the paint over the stencil. Press evenly throughout. Repeat if necessary until you have a nice, solid colour. TIP Ask someone to hold the frame while you work or stick the frame to the fabric so it doesn t move.



Lift up the frame carefully. Place it to one side on newspaper and scrape o any excess paint ‒ you can reuse the paint.

Turn the frame over and pull the stencil o. Rinse the frame under running water and wipe both sides clean so that there is no paint remaining. Leave everything to dry before you either use it again or store it away.

Pull o the painter s tape from around the printed silhouette on the fabric, lift the fabric up and hang it up so that it can dry. Press the fabric on the reverse side with a warm, dry iron to heat-set the paint. Now you can make your cushion covers.

Screen printing equipment and paint from National Screen & Digital Supplies.

    

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Through the eye of the

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uilting is a serious pursuit, and a highly creative segment of the sewing discipline, that requires some very specific machine features. Thanks to Bernina s understanding of the demands of this art form, they offer a range of models equipped with all the features you could possibly need to create wondrous quilts. Successful quilting requires advanced skill levels, as well as a sewing machine with specific capabilities.

HERE ARE JUST SOME OF THE CAPABILITIES TO LOOK OUT FOR:

ALL ABOUT THE PRESSER FOOT

• A sturdy machine with a strong motor and precise sewing speed control • A free-arm with a minimum of 250mm of space to the right of the needle (as found on Bernina s 7 and 8 series) • A well-lit sewing area plus a sturdy work table • A machine that boasts a needle stop up/down control • A free hand presser foot lift • Quilt stitches like blanket stitch • Precise needle positions on all stitches presser foot for patchwork

To create perfect patchwork, appliqué and embellishment in the creation of the top of your quilt, look no further than Bernina s range of presser feet and accessories, specially manufactured to fit all Bernina models and designed to simplify your life. The challenge in creating quilts lies in simultaneously quilting the three layers ‒ top, batting and backing ‒ that make up the quilt. Quilting done by machine can be accomplished either by using a presser foot or by dropping the feed dog and doing it free-motion.

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For presser-foot quilting, the popular Bernina walking foot or dual feed is a must to ensure layers are kept together. And when doing free-motion quilting, the patented Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR) will help you maintain an even stitch length, thus ensuring a perfect end result. One lucky reader will win the Domena Easybox steam ironing station valued at R4 560 in our lucky draw, by simply answering the question below. For all Bernina product information, go to http://www.bernina.co.za Keep yourself informed by becoming a friend of BERNINA on http://www. facebook.com/BERNINARSA and on https://twitter.com/berninarsa Competition rules are available on request from marketing@berninasa.com

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Let your child draw a sketch of the family that you can embroider and hang on the wall in an embroidery hoop. by ANNEKE DU TOIT from ANNAPATAT st yling MARGAUX TAIT photos ED O RILEY

You will need

• white fabric • embroidery thread in about 12 colours of your choice • embroidery hoop • embroidery needle • embroidery pen NOTE Use all six strands of thread for the outlines and fewer for the detail.

To make 1 Enlarge or reduce your child s

sketch to fit the embroidery hoop then trace the sketch with your embroidery pen on the fabric. Secure the fabric in the hoop so it is taut, then close it. Use short back stitches for the head, legs and arms, with a very small space

    

between the stitches. Work each stitch from the end point back to the nearest point so your stitches are very close together. 2 Faces Embroider the mouths with short back stitches and red thread. Create the eyes with French knots. 3 Hair Leave no spaces between the longer stitches for the mother, father and son s hair. The stitches for the daughter s hair should look curly; make curly shapes with your thread and sew them in place here and there with small catch stitches. Work long stitches for the bow until you have completed the shape. Finish off the bow in the centre with a French knot. 4 Mother and daughter s clothes Use three long stitches to form the

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outline; work the second and third ones back from the end points. Father and son s clothes Work long stitches at the top and then use shorter stiches for the curves to keep the shape. Shoes First work the outlines with long and short stitches with no spaces between the stitches. Then work long stitches back and forth to fill the shoe. Embroider the names in different colours of your choice. Wash the fabric to remove the pen outlines. Leave to dry and press on the wrong side.

Chair (R679) from Chair Crazy. Wall colour: Pink Marshmallow from Plascon.

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Bring the family together by making this beautiful tablecloth. Each member of the family has their own embroidered plate with their favourite ower.

Gather around by KELLY FLE TCHER (w w w.kelly f letcher.co. za) st yling MARGAUX TAIT photos ED O RILEY

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Embroidered tablecloth Tell your family I love you by embroidering a tablecloth especially for family gatherings. Tackle one plate and ower every weekend and before long you ll be able to surprise them with your masterpiece.

Size This will make a tablecloth for a 160 x 90cm table, with an overhang of approximately 20cm.

963 light dusty rose pink, 967 light apricot, 3042 light antique violet, 3743 very light antique violet • For the paper daisy plate: 517 dark Wedgewood blue, 813 light blue • For the rose plate: 498 dark red, 963 light dusty rose pink, 987 dark forest green, 989 forest green

TO MAKE (all designs) To transfer the designs 1 Enlarge the templates to the required

You will need • templates • 200 x 130cm white table linen (cotton/linen blend) • voile backing fabric • embroidery needles in sizes 7 and 9 • milliner needles in sizes 8 and 10 (for knots) • white sewing thread (for tacking and hemming) • dressmaker s carbon paper (green, pink, yellow and blue) • 4-inch and 5-inch embroidery hoops • thimble (optional) • small, sharp scissors • 3M Scotch Magic Tape 810 • ďŹ ne pen • DMC MoulinĂŠ Stranded Cotton Art 117 (six-stranded cotton) in the following colours: • For the frangipani plate: 307 lemon yellow, 445 light lemon yellow, 472 light avocado green, 760 salmon pink, 963 light dusty rose pink • For the cosmos plate: 153 very light violet, 602 medium cranberry pink, 743 medium yellow, 963 light dusty rose pink, 989 forest green, 3740 dark antique violet, 3854 medium autumn gold • For the peony plate: 150 dark dusty rose pink, 604 light cranberry pink, 605 very light cranberry pink, 989 forest green, 3726 dark antique mauve • For the orchid plate: 368 light pistachio green, 369 very light pistachio green, 818 baby pink,

   

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size ‒ each plate should measure 9 inches (23cm) in diameter. Lay the fabric on a at surface and position the plate templates at each of the six place settings around the tablecloth, about 25cm in from the edge of the fabric and facing outwards. Transfer the designs using dressmaker s carbon paper. Tape the top edge of each printed design to the fabric ‒ 3M Scotch Magic Tape 810 works well as it peels o again easily without leaving marks on the fabric, as does wide masking tape. Carefully lift the paper design and place a piece of dressmaker s carbon paper face down under it, then trace over the lines on the printed design. Use whichever colour dressmaker s carbon paper most closely matches your thread colours (you can use dierent colours for dierent sections of each design, for example, green for the leaves and pink for the owers). Use a ďŹ ne pen to trace over the printed design ‒ apply ďŹ rm pressure on a fairly hard work surface to get the best results. Double-check that you have transferred all the design elements before removing the printed design from the fabric.

To prepare the fabric Tack or overlock the cotton voile to the back of the fabric on to which you have transferred the designs. This is to stabilise the stitching and give

you somewhere to start and end o threads. Then tack around each plate to keep the voile in place.

To embroider Embroider the designs by following the diagrammatic instructions and referring to the photographs as a guide. For example, Stem 445 (4) means that you should use four strands of colour 445 and stem stitch. Use a size 7 embroidery needle when stitching with three or four strands and a size 9 embroidery needle for two or three strands. The milliner needles (also called straw needles) are for working knots. Start each section with a small double stitch in the voile backing fabric, underneath the section you are about to embroider, and end o by threading away on the back of the embroidery.

To complete Remove the tacking stitches from around each plate. Fold a small hem along the edges of the tablecloth and stitch by hand or machine. If necessary, dissolve a little washing powder in cold water and gently wash the embroidered cloth. Alternatively, make a paste with washing powder and cold water, and spot clean any areas that need it. Take care with red thread, as it is prone to run. Rinse all traces of washing powder out of the fabric, dry and press the embroidered sections of the tablecloth by placing them face down on a towel or similarly plush fabric and ironing ďŹ rmly from the back ‒ the embroidery will sink into the towel instead of being ironed at. Iron the rest of the tablecloth as normal, pressing the stitched hem at as you go.

NOTE For help with the hand embroidery stitches used in these designs, go to the stitch directory on www.kellyetcher.blogspot.com


FRANGIPANI PLATE Stem 445 (4)

Colonial knots 307 (4)

Palestrina 760 (2) Stem 963 (3)

Stem 445 (4) Pallestrina 307 (3)

Stem 472 (4) Fly 472 (3) Start and end with a back stitch or two

COSMOS PLATE Back 153 (3) Stem 153 (2) Back 3740 (3) Stem 3740 (2) French knots 743 (2) Fill centre Satin 989 (2) Stem 989 (3) French knots 3854 (3) Fill centre Straight 963 (2)

Back 602 (4) Stem 602 (3)

Stem 3740 (4) Stem 602 (3)

   


     PEONY PLATE

Stem 605 (4) Stem 604 (3) Stitch small sections in 3726 and 150, see photo as reference

Back 150 (4)

Stem 605 (3) Stitch small sections in 604 and 150, see photo as reference

Stem 989 (3) Stem 989 (4) Stem 989 (2) Stem 989 (3)

Stem 967 (3)

ORCHID PLATE Stem 369 (3) Stem 368 (3) Stem 963 (3)

Stem 963 (3) Straight 818 (2)

Stem 963 (4) Stem 818 (2) Satin 967 (2) Chinese knots 3743 (2) Stem 3042 (3)

Stem 818 (3)

Stem 368 (4)

Stem 963 (4)

    


PAPER DAISY PLATE Stem 813 (4) Herringbone 517 (3)

Blanket 813 (2) Satin 813 (2)

Stem 517 (3)

Fly, leaf 517 (2) Stem 517 (4)

ROSE PLATE

Stem 498 (4) Blanket 498 (2) Blanket 498 (2)

Blanket 498 (2)

Blanket 963 (2) Blanket 963 (2)

Stem 987 (4) Wheatear 987 (3)

Stem 498 (4) Stitch another row of stem (3) just inside Stem 987 (3) Satin 987 (2) Stem 987 (3) Fill stem

Blanket 983 (2) Stem 963 (3) Blanket 963 2) Blanket 963 (2)

Stem 987 (4) Fill stem

Back 987 (4) Stem 989 (3) Stem 989 (4)

    


   

A dinner party is quite an intimate kind of gathering ‒ friends or family sitting around a table, sharing a meal and chatting together. The key to a successful and memorable evening is great food and proper planning. by LOUISA HOLST assistant TANI KIRSTEN st yling and craf ts HANNES KOEGELENBERG photos ED O RILEY

Family feast

   


    



Savoury pastry twists (recipe on page 62)

Leek and roasted cauliower soup with herb, garlic and cheese rolls (recipes on page 62)


Lamb hotpot with potato topping (recipe on page 62)     


    

 Set the scene Get your family and friends together around the table for a celebratory feast and create memories that will last forever. Set the table informally using rough textures and crisp linen. Combine white and cream with a touch of red for an earthy look. Use your best tablecloth and a mix of different crockery and cutlery to create this lovely, rustic atmosphere.

Flowers Arrange simple wild flowers in a pretty glass bottle. Give each guest a bottle of flowers as a gift.

Napkins Cut the initial of each guest s name from a piece of cardboard. You can also buy the letters pre-cut from a craft shop. Tie a letter to each napkin with a piece of rough rope or cord.

Menu Print your menus onto sheets of cream paper. Cut out and stick on the front of paper bags. Place a small baguette or bread roll in each bag.

Savoury pastry twists Unroll a sheet of puff pastry. Brush with melted butter and then top with a small handful of chopped piquanté peppers, 1 small finely chopped onion, a handful of finely grated mature Cheddar and a handful of finely grated Parmesan. Brush another piece of pastry with butter and place over the toppings, buttered side down. Press down

and roll gently over the pastry with a rolling pin. Cut into 1 to 1,5cm strips then fold in half and twist together. Press the ends closed. Place on a greased baking tray and bake at 200oC for about 10 minutes, or until puffed and golden. Serve with strips of cucumber, celery and red pepper and a hummus or cream-cheese dip as a snack before the meal.

Leek and roasted cauliflower soup Serves: 8 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Oven temperature: 200oC • • • • • • • • • • • •

2 whole cauliflowers (about 750g) 15ml olive oil 60ml butter 3 leeks, sliced 2 sticks celery, chopped 40ml cake flour 500ml milk 750ml prepared chicken or vegetable stock 1 sprig fresh rosemary, chopped 60ml cream 125ml grated Cheddar cheese 15ml flat-leaf parsley, chopped

1 Break the cauliflower up into

evenly sized florets. Reserve a few florets for the garnish. Spread the remaining florets out into a roasting tray. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 2 Use a sharp knife to cut the reserved florets into slices lengthways. Place these slices on a separate baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil. Roast all the cauliflower in a preheated oven for a few minutes, or until soft. (Turn the slices over halfway through and remove from the oven once they start to brown.) Remove from the oven and set aside. 3 While the cauliflower is roasting, heat the butter in a saucepan. Add the leeks and sauté over a gentle heat for five minutes. Add

the celery and cook for a further few minutes, until soft. Stir in the flour and cook for 30 seconds, then stir in the milk gradually. 4 Stir in the remaining milk and then add the roasted cauliflower florets. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Blend in a liquidiser until smooth. 5 Return the soup to the saucepan and add the stock and rosemary. Simmer for 10 more minutes, then stir in the cream, cheese and chopped parsley. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste. If you are making it the day before, only add the cream, cheese and parsley when ready to reheat the soup just before serving. 6 Spoon into bowls. Warm up the roasted cauliflower slices. Serve a few slices on top of each serving of soup. Accompany with a herb and cheese roll (see recipe below.)

Herb, garlic and cheese rolls Allow one roll per person. Cut diagonal slices into each roll, making sure that you don t cut right through the bread. Mix about 125ml soft butter with 2 cloves of crushed garlic and 60ml crumbled blue cheese or feta. Add 12ml chopped flat-leaf parsley and 5ml finely chopped fresh rosemary (optional). Spread a little of this cheesy butter into all the slits in the rolls. Wrap each roll in aluminium foil and bake in a preheated oven at 200oC for 10-15 minutes just before serving with the soup.

Lamb hotpot with potato topping Serves: 8 Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time: 2 hours Oven temperature: 160oC • 50g butter • 30ml sunflower oil • 1,4kg lamb knuckles or meaty stewing lamb, cut into 3-4cm pieces • 2 onions, halved and sliced • 2 cloves garlic, crushed


Braised red cabbage and beetroot (recipe on page 64)

Make place cards by writing or printing your guests names onto cream-coloured cardboard, then cutting the names out and sticking them on toothpicks. Place a succulent in a small pot or container and add a place card. Place a wine glass upside down over each one.

• 3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced • 50ml cake flour • 500ml prepared lamb or chicken stock • 15ml Worcestershire sauce • 2 bay leaves • 1 can chickpeas, drained • 15ml mint sauce, plus extra to serve • about 600g potatoes (preferably a floury variety) 1 Heat a heavy-based saucepan

over a high heat. Once it s hot, add some of the butter and oil and brown the meat in batches. Remove each browned batch from the pan and set aside. 2 Heat a bit more butter and oil and sauté the onions over a medium heat for a few minutes. Add the garlic and the carrots and sauté for a further two minutes.

Roasted pumpkin and courgettes

3 Stir in the flour. Cook for a few

minutes, then add the stock, a little at time. Add Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Add the browned lamb. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes. 4 Transfer the stew to an ovenproof dish or, if the saucepan is ovenproof, you can leave it in the pot. Add the chickpeas and mint sauce and season to taste. 5 Peel the potatoes and slice them as thinly as possible; use a mandolin if you have one. Layer the potato slices over the stew. Dot with butter. Cover with a lid and bake in the preheated oven for an hour and a half until the

potatoes and meat are tender. Uncover and brush with melted butter. Cook for a further 30 minutes. Place under a hot grill for a few minutes if the potatoes haven t browned enough. Serve hot with rice and vegetables, and extra mint sauce on the side.

Roasted pumpkin and courgettes Spread 1-2 bags of peeled and cubed pumpkin pieces and a punnet of halved courgettes out on a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and black pepper. Roast in the oven alongside the lamb dish for 30-40 minutes, or until tender. Toss once during cooking.     


Heat 45ml olive oil in a large frying pan. Add 1 chopped onion and sauté for two minutes, then add a clove of crushed garlic. Sauté for a further minute then add a shredded red cabbage and stir-fry over a medium to high heat for about 8 minutes. Add 2-3 peeled and cubed beetroot and 2ml dried thyme. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add 125ml prepared vegetable stock and 15ml balsamic vinegar and reduce the heat. Simmer with the lid on for 30 minutes, or until the beetroot is tender. Season to taste.

Buttermilk puddings with nectarines Serves: 8 Preparation time: 15 minutes Baking time: 12-15 minutes Oven temperature: 200oC

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Topping • 210g (250ml) sugar • 6 cardamom pods, bruised • 2 sticks of cinnamon • 250ml sliced dried nectarines • 15ml lemon juice • custard, to serve

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Puddings • 200g (370ml) cake flour • 15ml baking powder • 5ml ground cinnamon • 4 large eggs • 380ml buttermilk • 135g (160ml) sugar • 120ml melted butter, cooled 1 Topping Heat the sugar with

250ml water and the whole

Dinner party tips Keep these points in mind when planning your dinner party to ensure that you and your guests have a memorable time: Plan it properly • Even if it s a just a relaxed Sunday lunch with the family, proper planning is important. Decide on the date, if there is a theme (for example, a family lunch, a birthday or a dress-up theme), how many people you can comfortably accommodate and what you would like to serve. Invite your guests in advance. If it s more formal, send out proper invitations. If it s more casual, phone or email at least a week in advance and remember to ask if any of your guests have specific food preferences or allergies. Choose a menu that you are comfortable with • Consider your cooking skills, the time you will have to prepare, and the type of food that your guests would enjoy most. Also take your budget and the season into consideration. Don t try out a new recipe on the day of the dinner party unless you re a very confident and good cook. It s always better to serve

    

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spices. Bring to the boil. Add the nectarines and reduce the heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice. Set aside while you prepare the puddings. Puddings Use non-stick silicone moulds with pretty shapes or use large greased muffin tins for the puddings. Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a large bowl. Beat the eggs until light. Add the buttermilk, sugar and melted butter and beat well. Fold in the flour mixture until the batter is well combined. Spoon into the prepared moulds so they are three-quarters full. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden. Remove from the oven and cool slightly then invert and remove carefully from the tins or moulds. Remove the spices from the nectarine s syrup and discard them. Serve the syrup and nectarines spooned over the top of each pudding. Accompany with custard.

a dish that is simple, but expertly cooked, rather than to try to be too fancy and risk a flop. Think of how you will serve the food too. If the main course is going to look messy once served onto the plates, rather place the completed appetising dishes on the table and dish up for your guests from there, or allow them to help themselves. This will also ensure a more relaxed atmosphere. Do as much as you can in advance • Try to choose recipes that you will be able to prepare in advance so that you can just reheat them and give them the finishing touches when it s time to serve. This will allow you to be relaxed at the dinner party and to enjoy it along with your guests instead of being stuck in the kitchen. Make sure that your house, crockery, cutlery and table linen are all clean and ready to use a day or two in advance. Create a comfortable atmosphere • Soft lighting and music will help to create a good atmosphere. Serve your guests a drink and a light snack on arrival. This will encourage them to mingle and relax before sitting down to enjoy the meal.

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Buttermilk puddings with nectarines

Knife with detail (R95), old spoon (R175), red plate (R150), tablecloth (R1 500) and napkin (R295 each) from Woodstock Vintage.

    


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

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Liquid gold Amarula Gold is a new smooth and sophisticated golden spirit made from Africa s wild marula fruit. Double distilled and aged in French oak barrels for 24 months to enhance its aromatic fruit flavour, it can be enjoyed neat, over ice or mixed with sparkling apple juice or ginger ale. Available at liquor stores for around R149 a bottle.

Look out for Lancewood mozzarella balls. They are made in the traditional way, resulting in an authentic round shape and distinctive flavour. Plus, they are easy to slice or grate for pizzas or sandwiches. And dont miss the new Lancewood Roasted Onions flavoured cream cheese, rich and creamy feta, and feta with herbs.

Quench your thirst BOS Sport will quench your thirst as well as provide your body with essential minerals and electrolytes. It s colourant and preservative free, is infused with rooibos and has added potassium, magnesium and sodium. This drink is a medium-GI product and is available in Lemon Lime, Mandarin Orange and Red Berry flavours for R13,95 per 500ml bottle.     

Colourful carrots

Frozen Rainbow Carrots from Findus are new in Pick n Pay stores. The Swedish range of high-quality frozen products includes other convenient-touse and nutritious vegetables like green asparagus and mixed vegetable combinations.

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Make Father s Day special with a meal at Gibson s in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. They specialise in succulent ribs and flame-grilled gourmet burgers. You ll also find artisanal beers and value-for-money house wines, and the elegant, informal décor will ensure a relaxed evening. Go to www. gibsonsburgers.co.za

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MASTER YOUR

Vegetable and cheese quiche with savoury shortcrust pastry (recipes on page 70)

KITCHEN

nightmare These eight recipes are feared by many people, but they shouldn t be. Follow our tips to ensure culinary success.

    


Pancakes (recipe on page 70)

by LOUISA HOLST assistant TANI KIRSTEN st yling HANNES KOEGELENBERG photos ED O RILEY


    Savoury shortcrust pastry Makes: 1 large pie shell Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus refrigeration time Baking time: 10-30 minutes Oven temperature: 200oC

Whisk together 3 large eggs, 250ml milk, 125ml cream and 100g grated cheese. Pour over the ďŹ lling. Reduce the oven temperature to 180oC and bake for 20-30 minutes, until the ďŹ lling is set.

WATCH POINTS • 250g (460ml) cake our • 1ml ground paprika or pinch of cayenne pepper • 150g (140ml) cold butter, cubed • 20g ďŹ nely grated Cheddar cheese • 10ml lemon juice • about 80ml ice-cold water 1 Put the our, paprika or cayenne

pepper and 2ml salt into a bowl. Rub the butter into the our with your ďŹ ngertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Alternatively, use a food processor and pulse the mixture. 2 Add the cheese. Mix the lemon juice into the water and add a little at a time using a blunt knife. As soon as the mixture comes together in a ball, remove from the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until ready to use. 3 Remove the dough from the fridge and allow it to soften slightly. Roll it out between two pieces of greaseproof paper. Line a greased quiche tin with the pastry and trim the edges. Prick all over the pastry with a fork and then blind bake in a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes if you want it par-baked, or 25-30 minutes if you want it fully cooked.

To make a vegetable and cheese quiche Remove the par-baked pastry from the oven and set it aside. Heat 25ml butter in a saucepan and sautĂŠ one chopped onion until soft. Spread over the pastry shell and add 350ml cooked vegetables of your choice (roasted peppers, butternut, courgettes, brinjals, mushrooms, and so on, or use sliced ham, salami or cooked chicken if you prefer).     

• Keep the butter cold at all times. If your hands are too warm, rather use a food processor, pastry cutter or two blunt knives to rub the butter into the our. • Don t overmix or knead the pastry. This causes the gluten to develop, which will make the pastry tough and cause it to shrink. • Line the pastry with baking paper and ďŹ ll with baking beads or dried beans to blind bake.

Pancakes Makes: 15-20 Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus standing time Cooking time: about 45 minutes • • • • • • • • •

240g (440ml) cake our 10ml baking powder 2 extra large eggs 250ml milk 250ml water 12ml lemon juice 25ml melted butter sunower oil, for frying cinnamon sugar and lemon juice, to serve

1 Sift the cake our and baking

powder into a bowl and add 1ml salt. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. 2 Whisk the remaining ingredients together. Pour into the centre of the well and stir in the dry ingredients gradually from the sides. Stir until smooth. Leave the batter to stand for 20-30 minutes. 3 Heat a heavy-based or non-stick pan over a medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add a little oil. Swirl it around to coat the base of the pan and then pour the excess out into a small bowl.

4 Add a ladle of the pancake batter

to the pan and swirl the pan so that the batter just coats the base. Don t add too much; the pancakes should be thin. 5 As soon as the pancake starts to dry around the edges, use a spatula to ip it over to cook the other side, until golden. Transfer to a plate and cover. Repeat with the remaining pancake batter. 6 Sprinkle the pancakes with cinnamon sugar and drizzle with lemon juice, then roll them up and enjoy. You can also ďŹ ll the pancakes with savoury or other sweet ďŹ llings of your choice.

WATCH POINTS • You may need to add a little more liquid if you see that the batter is too thick. It should be thin enough to spread around the pan easily and make a thin layer. • The pan is important. Try to use a good-quality, heavy-based pan. Non-stick pans work the best. • Resting the batter allows the gluten to relax, making the pancakes softer and less chewy. • The ďŹ rst one or two pancakes are usually a bit of a op, so don t give up at this stage. • Make sure your pan is hot enough before you add the pancake mixture, but not too hot that the batter can t be swirled to coat the bottom of the pan.

Cheese and bacon scones Makes: 8-10 Preparation time: 10 minutes Baking time: 12-15 minutes Oven temperature: 240oC • • • • • •

240g (440ml) cake our 20ml baking powder 25ml cold butter 50g grated Cheddar cheese 100ml chopped fried streaky bacon 175ml cold milk

1 Sift the our, baking powder and

1ml salt into a bowl. Rub in the


Cheese and bacon scones

    


Tangy lemon cheesecake with gelatine Serves: 12-16 Preparation time: 40 minutes, plus setting time Crust • 1½ packets chocolate digestive biscuits • 125ml melted butter Filling • 15ml gelatine • 250ml cream • 2 x 230g tubs cream cheese • 115ml (100g) castor sugar • 15ml grated lemon or lime zest Topping • 5ml gelatine • about 125ml lemon curd (ready-made or see recipe alongside) 1 Crust Crush the biscuits until fine. Tangy lemon cheesecake with gelatine and lemon curd

butter or use a food processor. Stir in the cheese and bacon. 2 Use a blunt knife to mix in the milk. Don t overmix; mix just until the ingredients stick together. 3 Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and pat flat until about 3cm thick. Use a small scone cutter to cut out shapes, or use a knife to cut the scone dough into triangles. 4 Place onto a greased baking tray and bake in a preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until golden. Serve warm, spread with butter and extra cheese, if you prefer.

WATCH POINTS • Don t overmix the dough or the scones will be tough and chewy. • Press any remaining dough together very gently to cut out more scones. • Place the unbaked scones close to each other on the baking tray so that they rise better. • Brush with milk for extra browning.

    

Add the melted butter and mix well. Press onto the bottom and sides of a 22cm loose-bottomed tin. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to fill. 2 Filling Sprinkle the gelatine over 30ml water. Allow to swell, then heat in the microwave for a few seconds until melted. Set aside to cool. 3 Whip the cream until stiff. Beat the cream cheese and castor sugar together. Fold the cream into the cream cheese mixture. Mix a little of this mixture into the gelatine mixture. Stir well, then add it to the remaining cream cheese mixture. Stir in the zest. Pour into the prepared base. Refrigerate until set. 4 Topping Sprinkle the gelatine over 15ml water. Set aside for 5 minutes to swell, then heat in the microwave until melted. Stir a little of the prepared lemon curd into the gelatine and then stir into the remaining lemon curd. Spread over the set cheesecake. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about two hours, or until set. Use a warm knife to cut the cheesecake into slices.

To make lemon curd Combine 30ml grated lemon zest, 90ml lemon juice and 125ml sugar in a saucepan. Add 60g cubed butter and 2 large lightly whisked egg yolks. Stir over gentle heat until the mixture begins to thicken, about 10 minutes. Strain through a sieve if necessary. Remove from the heat. Pour into sterilised jars. Set aside to cool and refrigerate until needed or leave at room temperature if you are using it for the cheesecake.

WATCH POINTS • Allow enough time for the gelatine to swell in the water first. Don t add the gelatine as is into a mixture. • Allow the cream cheese to warm up to room temperature. This helps prevent the gelatine from setting as soon as it gets mixed in. • Cream needs to be cold to whip so don t allow it to get warm. • Always add some of the filling mixture into the gelatine and then mix this into the remaining filling mixture. This prevents lumps.

Meringues Makes: about 20 Preparation time: 20 minutes Baking time: 1 hour, plus drying time Oven temperature: 120oC • • • •

4 large egg whites 2ml cream of tartar 230ml (200g) castor sugar 2ml vanilla essence

1 Beat egg whites until soft peaks

form. Add cream of tartar and a pinch of salt and beat until stiff. 2 Add the sugar, about 25ml at a time, beating well between each addition to dissolve the sugar. 3 Beat in the vanilla essence with the last 25ml of castor sugar. 4 Line baking trays with baking paper. Spoon or pipe small round meringues onto the trays. Bake in a preheated oven for one hour. Switch the oven off and leave for two hours to dry out.


    Meringues

    


     

Swiss roll

WATCH POINTS • Use eggs at room temperature. • Use a large, clean and dry bowl to whisk the egg whites in. Any water or fat will prevent the egg whites from whisking to high volume. • If you are scared of over-beating the egg whites, add 10ml sugar when they are thick. Keep beating until the mixture forms sti peaks that don t fall over when the beaters are lifted. Then start adding the remaining sugar and beat the mixture well. • Dry out properly for crisp meringues.

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1 Beat the egg yolks and gradually

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Makes: 1 roll Preparation time: 30 minutes Baking time: 10- 15 minutes Oven temperature: 190oC 6

• 4 extra-large eggs, separated • 130g (150ml) castor sugar, plus extra for sprinkling • 5ml vanilla essence • 100g (190ml) cake our • 5ml baking powder • strawberry or apricot jam, warmed     

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add the sugar. Beat well until the mixture is pale and thick. Beat in the vanilla and 45ml water. Sift the our and baking powder together and fold very gently into the egg mixture using a spatula or large metal spoon. In a clean, dry bowl with clean beaters, beat the egg whites until just sti. Don t overbeat. Fold about Ÿ of the egg white into the egg-yolk mixture using a metal spoon, then carefully fold the remaining egg whites into the egg-yolk mixture. Line a 23 x 32cm Swiss roll tin with greaseproof paper. Grease the paper then pour the batter into the tin. Bake in a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, until golden. Place a piece of greaseproof paper on a damp dishcloth. Sprinkle the paper with castor sugar. Remove the cake from the oven and turn it out immediately onto the paper with the castor sugar. Peel o the greaseproof paper from the top and trim the edges

of the cake using a sharp, serrated knife. Spread with the warm jam, leaving a 1cm border around the edges. Make a small incision about 1cm in from the short end nearest to you, without cutting right through the cake. This will make rolling easier. Roll up carefully, using the paper to help you roll the cake up tightly. Leave the Swiss roll seam-side down until it has cooled completely. Sprinkle with extra castor sugar if necessary. Serve cut into slices.

WATCH POINTS • Use eggs at room temperature so they beat up to a good volume. • Whisk the egg yolks and sugar until they reach about three times their original volume. • Don t overbeat the egg whites. If they become dry and brittle, they have been over-beaten and won t hold the volume. • Be careful when folding in the our; you don t want to lose the air. • Roll the cake up while it is still warm and pliable.


Cheese sauce Makes: 450ml Preparation time: 15 minutes • • • •

50ml butter 50ml cake flour 400ml milk 200ml grated Cheddar or mature Cheddar cheese • 5ml prepared mustard (optional) 1 Heat the butter in a saucepan over

medium heat until melted. Add all the flour and stir over the heat for 30 seconds using a wooden spoon. 2 Remove from the heat. Add the milk a little at a time, stirring well after each addition to prevent lumps. 3 Stir over medium heat until the mixture thickens and starts to simmer. Season to taste and stir in the cheese and mustard, if using. Remove from the heat and serve over grilled meat, fish, chicken or vegetables, or use as a pasta sauce. Choux puffs

WATCH POINTS • Cooking the flour and butter, called a roux, helps prevent lumps. • Use a wire whisk to incorporate the milk. It will help prevent lumps. • Heating the milk before adding it to the pan will also help prevent lumps. • For a thicker sauce, add less milk and for a thinner sauce add more milk.

2 Quickly add the flour all at once.

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Choux puffs Makes: about 30 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 10-15 minutes Oven temperature: 200oC • • • • •

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85g (90ml) butter, cut into pieces 110g (185ml) cake flour 3 large eggs 250ml fresh cream 90g dark chocolate, melted 5

1 Pour 200ml warm water in a small

saucepan and add the butter. Cook over a medium heat until the butter has just melted and the water begins to simmer.

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Add a pinch of salt and stir with a wooden spoon over the heat until the mixture is smooth and thick and leaves the sides of the pot. Set aside to cool slightly. Beat the eggs then add to the cooked batter, stirring in a little at a time. The mixture should be soft and shiny and should just drop off the spoon without being too runny. You may not need all of the egg. Line a baking tray with baking paper and grease. Pipe or place spoonfuls of the mixture onto the baking tray, leaving space between them. Bake in a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on the size. They should be well puffed up. Remove from the oven and cut a slit in the middle of each one. Set aside to cool on a wire rack. Once the choux puffs have cooled completely, use a teaspoon to remove any soft batter from the

centre of the pastry. Spoon or pipe whipped cream into each one. Drizzle or dip into melted chocolate and then set aside until the chocolate has hardened.

WATCH POINTS • Don t boil the liquid mixture for too long as it will change the proportions of the batter. Remove from the heat as soon as the butter is melted. • Add all of the flour at once and stir well to prevent lumps. • The pastry gets baked at quite a high heat to form a crisp shell that does not sink when removed from the oven. Test one by removing it from the oven to see if it holds its shape. • Cutting a slit into the pastries once they have been removed from the oven will allow the steam to escape and will also help prevent the pastry from losing its crispness. • Fill the pastries just before ready to serve as the filling will make the pastry go soft if left for too long.

    


   Pork dumplings Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time: 20-30 minutes • 125g lean beef mince • 125g pork sausage meat • 8 button mushrooms, ďŹ nely chopped

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1 clove garlic, crushed 2 spring onions, ďŹ nely chopped 10ml grated fresh ginger 5ml soy sauce 3ml rice wine (or use dry sherry) 5ml sesame oil 1ml sugar 1ml white pepper 1 pack Chinese wonton wrappers sunower oil, for deep frying

Dipping sauce • • • • •

100ml soy sauce 2-5ml chilli sauce 5ml lemon juice 5ml sesame oil 5ml brown sugar





Mix all of the ďŹ lling ingredients together and season with salt.

Lay the wonton wrappers out on a work surface on top of a piece of greaseproof paper. Spoon a tablespoon of ďŹ lling into the centre of each wrapper.

Wet the edges of the wrapper with water. Fold two opposite corners of the pastry together and press to seal. Fold the other two opposite corners together and press closed. Press the air out of the parcel when you fold and seal the dumpling.





Put the ďŹ lled dumplings onto a lightly oured work surface and cover with a damp cloth while you ďŹ ll the rest of the wrappers.

Heat oil in a saucepan for deepfrying over a medium heat. Once it is hot, add two to three dumplings and fry until golden. Turn the dumplings over to ensure even browning. Drain the dumplings on absorbent paper.

Mix the dipping ingredients together. Serve the dumplings hot with the dipping sauce. Garnish with fresh coriander, if you prefer. TIP You can also steam the ďŹ lled dumplings in a bamboo steamer for 15-20 minutes if you prefer not to fry them. Wonton wrappers are available at selected supermarkets and Chinese or Asian food stores.

   


    

                    

  

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for winter Yarn is so versatile; whether you prefer to knit or crochet, these three projects will keep you busy this winter.

f loor cushions KEVIN SWARTS st yling MARGAUX TAIT photos ED O RILEY

    


BUYER S GUIDE ON PAGE 127.

Floor cushions with knitted and crocheted tops (turn to page 82 for instructions). Shot on location at Duinhuis in Yzerfontein (082 779 2086). Espresso cup and saucer (R265 for a set of two) from In Good Company.     


    

To make

Distressed cage pendants (R295 each) from Weylandts.

Floor cushions with knitted and crocheted tops You will need Cushion covers • • • • •

eight 23 x 63cm pieces of fabric four 63 x 63cm pieces of fabric four 55cm zip fasteners matching upholstery thread two 60 x 60 x 20cm pieces of high-density foam • 3,2m batting     

Knitted square • 20mm circular knitting needle (40cm long) • 8 x 50g Elle Family Knit chunky in light grey shade no. 011

Crocheted square • 12mm crochet hook • 12 x 50g Elle Family Knit chunky yarn in light grey shade no. 011

NOTE All the fabric panels have 1,5cm seam allowances. 1 To sew one of the cushion covers, overlock all the short edges of four 23 x 63cm side panels. Sew these seams to join the side panels together, starting and stopping 1,5cm in from the edges. Press the seams open. 2 Overlock the edges of one of the 63 x 63cm bottom panels. Mark a point 26,5cm down from one of the corners, and another point in the same position on the opposite edge of the panel. Pin the side panels to the bottom panel and sew the edges between the two marked points, leaving the two 26,5cm lengths and one complete edge open for the zips. Insert two zips into the opening, with the two open ends meeting in the middle. 3 Pin, sew and overlock the top panel to the side panels. Turn the cushion cover through to the right side. 4 Sew the second cushion cover in exactly the same way. 5 To make the knitted square, use four strands of yarn. Treat this as one strand and cast on 32 stitches. Knit 42 rows of stocking stitch then cast o. 6 To make the crocheted square, use four strands of yarn. Treat this as one strand and work 40 chain stitches. Work a row of 37 treble stitches, starting in the 4th chain from the hook. Turn the crochet over. Make 3 chain stitches and work 37 trebles into the top of the trebles of the previous row. Continue working in the same way for a total of 20 rows. Fasten o. 7 Sew the knitted and crocheted squares by hand onto the top panels. Cover the pieces of foam with batting and insert into the cushion covers.


For the love of

ombre

ombre love word MY SISTER S SUITCASE (w w w.sisterssuitcaseblog.com)

This is such an easy project that you can do it over a weekend. Make it interesting by using yarn in different shades of pink and red to create an ombre effect.

You will need • 20cm hollow cardboard or Styrofoam letters (L, O,V and E) • yarn in desired colours (to get the ombre effect, use three different colours) • scissors • hot glue gun

To make 1 Start with the first of your yarn

colours and wrap the end of your first letter. 2 Do the exposed edges of the letter first. 3 Wrap the rest of the end section with the first yarn colour. 4 After wrapping each section, secure the end of the yarn to the back of the letter with hot glue. 5 When you are ready to start the next colour, leave a few gaps in the wrapping so that you can go back and fill them in with the second colour of yarn. This will create the ombre effect as you transition colours. 6 Repeat the steps until all three colours of yarn are complete. Repeat the process for the remaining letters. • For more detailed instructions and step-by-step photos, see the full yarn letters tutorial on www.sisterssuitcaseblog. com/2012/01/love-yarn-letters.html     


   

knit & crochet • Elle Premier Natural Cotton DK (50g balls) in the following shades: - 13 balls Fuchsia 005 - 4 balls each Grey 011, Taupe 025, Denim 050 and Turquoise 059 • 3,5mm crochet hook • pair of 4mm knitting needles

Measurements Approximately 90cm wide x 180cm long.

Tension 20 sts and 40 rows to 10cm over garter stitch using 4mm needles. For best results it is essential to obtain the correct tension. If there are too few stitches on the test swatch, use thinner needles; if there are too many stitches, use thicker needles.

Flower motifs (make 56) Using a 3,5mm hook and Fuchsia, make 5 ch, sl st in ďŹ rst ch to form a ring. 1st rnd: 4 ch (= 1 tr, 1 ch), (1 tr, 1 ch) 11 times into ring, sl st in 3rd of 4 ch. 2nd rnd: 6 ch (= 1 tr, 3 ch), popcorn in next tr, 3 ch, (1 tr in next tr, 3 ch, popcorn in next tr, 3 ch) 5 times, sl st in 3rd of 6 ch. 3rd rnd: 1 ch, 1 dc in same st as sl st, 4 ch, (1 dc in top of popcorn, 4 ch, 1 dc in next tr, 4 ch) 5 times, 1 dc in top of popcorn, 4 ch, sl st in ďŹ rst dc. 4th rnd: sl st in ďŹ rst 4 chsp, 2 ch (= 1 htr), (1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 trtr, 1 dtr, 1 tr, 1 htr) in same sp, (1 htr, 1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 trtr, 1 dtr, 1 tr, 1 htr) in each of the next 11 4 chsps, sl st in top of 2 ch. Fasten o.

Joining ower motifs Work 2nd and foll ower motifs to end of 3rd rnd.    

blanket projec t SAPROTEX INTERNATIONAL (w w w.elleyarns.com) photos ED O RILEY st yling CARIN SMITH

Abbreviations

Knitted bands (make 8)

c/on (o) ch chsp(s) cont dc dtr foll(s) htr k popcorn

2 each in Grey, Turquoise, Taupe and Denim: Using 4mm needles c/on 180 sts and cont in rows of k until work measures 10cm ending with a WSR, then c/o all sts.

rem rep rnd(s) sl st st(s) tr trtr WSR

cast on (o) chain chain space(s) continue double crochet double treble follow(s)ing half treble knit work 5tr in indicated st, drop loop from hook and insert hook into top of ďŹ rst tr, take dropped loop and draw through remaining repeat round(s) slip stitch stitch(es) treble triple treble wrong side row

4th rnd: sl st in ďŹ rst 4 chsp, 2 ch (= 1 htr), (1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 trtr, 1 dtr, 1 tr, 1 htr) in same sp, (1 htr, 1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 trtr, 1 dtr, 1 tr, 1 htr) in next 4 chsp, *(1 htr, 1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 trtr) in next sp, 1 slst in trtr of previous ower motif, (1 dtr, 1 tr, 1 htr) in same sp; rep from * once more, (1 htr, 1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 trtr, 1 dtr, 1 tr, 1 htr) in each of rem 8 4 chsps, sl st in top of 2 ch. Fasten o. Join ower motifs into 7 bands of 8 owers each.

Joining ower motif and knitted bands To join ower motif band to bottom of knitted band: With RSF, using a 3,5mm hook and colour as per the chart on page 86, sl st in bottom right hand corner of ďŹ rst knitted band, 4 ch, *sl st in trtr of 4th petal of ower (counting from left to right after where ower petals are joined), 4 ch, miss 4 k sts, sl st in next k st, 3 ch, sl st in trtr of 3rd petal, 3 ch, miss 3 k sts, sl st in next k st, 3 ch, sl st in trtr of 2nd petal, 3 ch, miss 3 k sts, sl st in next k st, 4 ch, sl st in trtr of last petal before join, 4 ch, miss 4 k sts, sl st in next k st, 6 ch, sl st in top of join between two owers, 6 ch, miss 4 k sts, sl st in next k st, 4 ch, rep from * to end of band, placing last sl st in the bottom left-hand corner of knitted band. Fasten o.

To join knitted band to bottom of ower motif band: With RSF, work as above but join yarn in the top right-hand corner of the knitted band.

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Bird cage (R299,99) Jardim cushion (R119,99), mat (R79,99) and comforter (R399,99) from Mr Price Home.

   


    

To close open side edges over ower motif bands (worked sideways): With RSF, using a 3,5mm hook and Fuchsia, sl st yarn to ďŹ rst k st of knitted band to right of ower motif band, 7 ch, sl st in trtr of ďŹ rst petal, 5 ch, sl st in trtr of next petal, 7 ch, sl st in ďŹ rst k st of next knitted band. Fasten o.

Edging With RSF, using a 3,5mm hook and Fuchsia, sl st in top right-hand corner of work. Work one row dc all around blanket as folls: 179 dc along top and bottom edges, 21 dc along the side of each knitted band, 19 dc along the side of each ower motif band working (7 dc in ďŹ rst 7 chsp, 5 dc in 5 chsp, 7 dc in next 7 chsp) and 3 dc in each corner, join with sl st in ďŹ rst dc, turn. Next row: 4 ch, *miss 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, 3 ch, rep from * to end, sl st in ďŹ rst of 4 ch. Fasten o. Weave in all ends. NOTE Unless the yarn speciďŹ ed is used, Saprotex cannot accept responsibility for the ďŹ nished work. Owing to printing restrictions, the colour reproduction is matched as closely to the yarn as possible.     


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Find or draw an oval label template on your computer, print it out, trace it on to scrapbooking paper and cut it out.

Mark evenly spaced dots (not too far apart) around the edge on the back of your label, approximately 7mm from the outer edge. Pierce each dot with the tapestry needle.





With the right side facing, work blanket stitch through the holes around the outer edge. NOTE Turn to page 91 to see abbreviations for crochet terms.

Work 2 dc in each blanket stitch space, except on the sides where you work 3 dc in each blanket stitch space (this will prevent your edges from curling).

Crochet in each dc space *(1 dc, 1trb, 1 dc) sl st in next dc space. Repeat from * all round, sl st in dc at the start. Fasten o. Crochet a length of chain stitch and tie the label to the bottle.

You will need • oval label template • scrapbooking paper with a pretty print • Elle Premier Natural Cotton DK in a matching colour • 4mm crochet hook • tapestry needle • pen to mark holes

   


   


   

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Iron your interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric using the correct heat setting.

Draw a simple ower shape on paper, cut it out and trace it onto the back of your fabric.



Cut the ower shapes out of the fabrics carefully.

Trace the jar lid onto your cardboard and cut out. Draw straight lines onto the cardboard circle with a pencil and stitch your ower near the top edge. (We used a sewing machine but you can stitch it by hand using small running stitches.) Stitch along the lines and cut away all pieces of thread. TIP Pull the loose threads through to the back of your label and tie a knot to secure.

You will need • ďŹ rm cardboard (we used scrapbooking cardboard) • plain paper for ower template • fabric for ower • contrast coloured thread • iron-on interfacing • pencil and ruler • pickling jar lid (with removable inner to trace for label)

    


Crocheted bottle cover You will need • glass jars in dierent sizes • remnants of printed fabric • remnant of white fabric • DK cotton yarn • 4mm crochet hook • needle • embroidery thread in grey and in a contrast colour



Crochet a length of chain stitch to ďŹ t around your bottle. Make sure it is not too loose; it must ďŹ t tightly. Join with a slip stitch to form a circle. Make sure the chain string is not twisted.





Crochet 1 chain, htr in next ch stitch to end. Join with a slip stitch at end of rnd. Fit around bottle to make sure it is the correct length.

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Work a sl st in each htr to the end of the rnd. Fasten o and work the loose end of the yarn away.

ch dc htr rnd(s) sl st trb

chain double crochet half treble round(s) slip stitch treble

Crochet 1 chain, htr in next stitch to end. Join with a slip stitch in the ch st at start of rnd. Continue in this way to the top of the bottle. (If your bottle narrows at the top you can decrease 2 stitches in each of the last 2 rnds by crocheting 2 htr together in each rnd.) TIP Make sure to end each rnd with a sl st in the ch st at the start of the rnd and to start each new rnd with 1 ch st.

To complete Take a remnant of colourful printed fabric, cut it out in a rectangle to ďŹ t the front of the bottle and hand stitch onto the crochet cover. Cut a piece of white fabric slightly smaller than the coloured fabric, fray the edges and sew it onto the coloured fabric with running stitch using embroidery thread in a matching colour. Embroider the name of the bottle s contents onto the white fabric in grey thread (we labelled our bottles for a needlework room).     


    

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STANDING LAMP WITH COPPER SPRAY-PAINT DETAIL Spray paint is a quick and easy way to incorporate the warm hues of copper into your living space. It works well on surfaces such as metal and plastic. We used it to give this metal lamp stand a makeover.

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lamp stand or other furniture item grey undercoat spray paint copper spray paint ďŹ ne-grit sandpaper masking tape

To make 1 Wash down the lamp stand with

lukewarm soapy water and leave to dry completely. 2 Use masking tape to cover the areas that you don t want to spray paint, such as the electric cable and the light-bulb socket. Use a sheet of old newspaper to cover larger areas.

3 Lightly sand the areas that you re

going to spray paint ‒ to make the spray paint adhere better ‒ then wipe down with a damp cloth to make sure the surface is completely dust free. 4 Work outside if possible, or work indoors in a well-ventilated area. Place the lamp stand on sheets of old newspaper or a large plastic sheet. Spray two light coats of grey undercoat, leaving the ďŹ rst coat to dry properly before spraying on the next layer. TIP It s important to spray very lightly, otherwise the spray paint will form teardrops . 5 Apply the copper spray paint once the universal undercoat has dried. We used Spraymate in Metallic Bronze. Spray two to three coats, leaving each one to dry before spraying the next. Always follow the manufacturer s instructions carefully. Follow with a varnish, if you prefer.

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This season, bring a little winter warmth into your living space with the rich glow of copper. Here are three projects that you can try yourself, to make something modern and contemporary for your home.


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    You will need • table or other piece of furniture • copper leaf • size • copper powder • soft, at artist s paintbrush for the size • soft, wide paintbrush for smoothing out the copper leaf • soft, small artist s paintbrush for the copper powder • sponge paintbrush • universal undercoat • enamel paint • varnish • paintbrushes and sponge rollers







Clean the table, then paint it with universal undercoat and leave it to dry overnight. Apply two coats of enamel paint, leaving the ďŹ rst one to dry before painting the next. NOTE You can use any colour enamel paint ‒ it won t make a dierence to the appearance of the copper foil.

Use a at artist s paintbrush to apply a thin, even coat of size to a corner area of the table. Leave to dry for 20 minutes or until it feels tacky. TIP Use your knuckles to check if it is tacky, not your ďŹ ngertips, to avoid leaving marks that will be visible through the copper foil.

Use a sponge paintbrush to place a single sheet of copper leaf on the size. Work with care because once the copper leaf has touched the size you can t reposition it.





Smooth out the copper leaf with a soft, wide paintbrush.

Repeat to cover the rest of the table top, letting the individual sheets of copper leaf overlap.

Carefully wipe o any loose bits of copper leaf for a neat ďŹ nish.





Repeat to cover the edges and the top half of each table leg, ďŹ lling in any gaps with copper powder.

Turn the table upside down onto a soft towel before applying the size to the rest of the legs. Start at the bottom of the legs. Cut the book of copper foil sheets while you wait for the size to become tacky. Repeat the process as before to cover the remainder of the table.

Paint with a suitable varnish to seal and protect the copper leaf. We used Plascon Paint Eects Glazecoat Gloss Varnish.

    


Copper-leaf table

You can transform almost any dĂŠcor item or piece of furniture with copper leaf. We used a wooden table, but you could use an object made of metal, plastic or glass.

   


    

Copper-pipe shelf and towel rail

    


Copper-pipe shelf and towel rail

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Add functional touches of copper to your bathroom with these beautiful copper pipes that serve as a shelf and a towel rail.

1 Decide on the size of your

You will need • 15mm copper pipe (we used about 3m in total) • 4 copper copcal elbows, each with a diameter of 15mm • 4 copper stop ends, each with a diameter of 15mm • 12mm plywood for the shelf • white enamel paint • paintbrush • nails and screws • sandpaper • tools (hammer, drill, drill bits, metal saw, regular wood saw, and so on)

shelf and your towel rail. Our shelf measures 900 x 200mm so we used one 900mm piece and two 200mm pieces. For the towel rail we used one 600mm piece and two 200mm pieces. 2 Attach the copper pipes for the shelf using the copcal elbows and cut the plywood to ďŹ t. 3 Lightly sand the shelf, then wipe down with a damp cloth. Paint with two coats of enamel paint, leaving the ďŹ rst coat to dry before painting on the next. 4 Use a hammer to insert two nails into each short side of the shelf, then mark the

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corresponding spot on the copper pipes. Unscrew the copper pipes from the copcal elbows and drill neat holes to ďŹ t the top of each nail. Take care not to drill right through the pipes. Screw the stop ends to the wall by drilling a hole in the closed side of each one. Use strong screws and wall plugs to make sure your shelf will be sturdy. Press the copper pipes into place over the nails in the shelf. Re-attach the copcal elbows to the pipes and screw in place the copper pipe that forms the front section. Press the shelf onto the stop ends and tighten securely. Repeat these steps to make the towel rail, but without the shelf.

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I suffer from drooping eyelids. I use an eye cream, but my eyelids still look wrinkled and they re sagging more and more.

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In the beauty industry eyelids are the new targets of antiageing treatments. Eye gels, creams and serums have traditionally been aimed at addressing fine lines, wrinkles, dark rings and puffiness. Until now, crêpe-like eyelids that start drooping have received little attention, except of course from cosmetic surgeons. The latest eye products are specifically targeted to firm and lift your eyelids. TRY Sisley Supremÿa Yeux La Nuit The Supreme Anti-Aging Eye Serum (R2 398), which contains four ingredients that firm the eyelids and iron out wrinkles; Prevage Antiaging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum (R985), a new formula that not only fights visible signs of ageing in the eye area, but also firms the eyelids and makes them more elastic; or Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Contouring Eye Lift (R1 395), which boosts the elasticity of the tissue around the eyes and makes the contours appear firmer. Newly arrived at beauty counters in South Africa is the French range Filorga s Absolute Eye Correction Cream (R720), which targets drooping eyelids and even makes your eyelashes grow thicker and longer.

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What do I do with turkey skin in my neck and sagging skin below my jawline and chin?

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The skin on your neck and décolletage are the biggest indicators of age. Not only is the skin in these areas thin and sensitive, but it also contains fewer oil glands that lubricate and moisturise the skin, making it more prone to showing the signs of time. A neck cream is essential from your 30s onwards. You should exfoliate gently twice a week with an enzyme-rich formula, to improve the texture of the skin in these areas. But be very careful and always work gently with exfoliators as their coarse granules can easily irritate and damage your skin. Apply your neck cream from directly below your chin, down to your breasts, not forgetting the areas next to your ears and at the back of your neck. Clarins marketing manager Jody Hyam has this advice: before you turn 40, apply your neck cream in light strokes working upwards from your nipples to your chin. Once you turn 40, apply it downwards from your chin to your breasts. This will boost lymph drainage and help a double chin and sagging skin around the jawline appear firmer. If your budget allows, consult a good aesthetic surgeon about laser or ultrasound treatments such as Thermage, Ulthera and Fraxel

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that firm up loose, sagging skin by boosting collagen production and elasticity. But choose your practitioner with care. How can I stop my eyeshadow from caking together in the folds of my eyelids?

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Your eyelids are quite oily, so powder-based eyeshadows (especially the cheaper ones) are prone to migrate their way into the folds of your eyelids. Prepare the area before applying your eyeshadow by using a primer that will simultaneously smooth out the skin in the eyelid area. (Don t use foundation for this as most products contain oils that will make the eyeshadow melt more, not less.) This basecoat will make it easier to apply your eyeshadow smoothly and help to keep the colour where it s meant to be. Use a good-quality brush or brushes to apply your eyeshadow neatly and then blend it carefully for a smooth finish. TRY Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer (from R240) to help your eyeshadow stay put.

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Do you also sometimes stare at celebrities on the red carpet and wonder how on earth they manage to look so fabulous? Here are a few answers that will make it easier for all of us to look our best.

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artist, on a recent trip from Paris, where he regularly works with the biggest names in the business. Remember, make-up can be washed o, so feel free to play ‒ it s fun. 1 Always ensure that you re working

with a smooth, even canvas. There should not be any redness, dark rings or marks on your skin, because bright colours will only accentuate these problem areas. Neutralise redness, whether it s around your nose, cheeks or ears. If your ears are red, use foundation or a CC cream such as Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream (R159,95) that contains three colour pigments, or Max Factor CC Colour Correcting Cream (R145,95) for colour correction. You can do a quick redness check by holding an open palm up to one ear ‒ your ears should be the same colour as your palm. 2 Decide where you d like to concentrate the colour ‒ either on your eyelids with eyeliner and/ or eyeshadow, or on your lips. Choose one focal point. 3 Lightly shade the eyeshadow over your eyelids. Apply thick eyeliner, then smudge it upwards over the area closest to the lashes. The eyeliner look at the moment is thick, visible lines, slightly separate from the lashes, to make it stand out. If your eye make-up feels too garish, soften it with an eyeliner in a deep, dark shade. Brown mascara will focus the attention on the colours on the eyelid, while black mascara may look too harsh. 4 Don t bother with blusher ‒ simply use a highlighter on your cheekbones to create a healthy glow. TRY Smashbox The Santigolden Age Eye Shadow Collage (R380 each) with strikingly bright colour combinations that can be used wet or dry.     

How do I get that gorgeous Hollywood glow that actresses like Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett always have on the red carpet?

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Meryl Streep has a wonderful inner glow, even though she has more than her fair share of ďŹ ne lines and wrinkles, reveals Will. She and Cate Blanchett both have a natural ability to look radiant in the limelight, but that glow can be recreated with make-up tricks and the magic of Smashbox s Halo range. Here s how:

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Foundation (R370) to make the skin glow without making it shine. 3 Use a highlighter along the top of your eyebrows, and sweep it down from the frownline between your eyebrows, over the bridge of your nose, to the Cupid s bow of your upper lip. Blend it in so there are no visible lines. 4 Create a triangle of light with a highlighter like Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand (R350) or YSL Touche Éclat (R510). Draw a triangle under your eye sockets, either side of the nose and back across your cheekbones. Shade it in, working your way outwards from the inside. That s the big beauty secret of the stars red carpet glow! How do I protect my skin during winter so that it doesn t become dry and wrinkled?

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Winter calls for richer skin formulas to provide additional nourishment. If you use a liquid moisturiser, consider switching to a richer cream during the cold months. It s important to protect your skin against the elements, both indoors and out. The seasonal combination of heaters, air conditioning, cold air and icy wind will dry out your skin and weaken its protective lipid

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barrier, which seals in moisture. If this barrier is weakened, moisture escapes and your skin becomes dry, which can lead to redness, eczema and heightened sensitivity. Invest in a richer moisturiser than you ve been using and make sure it contains antioxidants to protect against harmful environmental factors. TRY Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum BB+ Hydra Beauty Balm SPF25 (R955) acts like a glass of full-cream milk for thirsty skin and has a light tint that gives a smooth appearance; Chanel Le Lift Firming Anti-Wrinkle Crème Riche (R1 500) stimulates antiageing cells and ďŹ rms the contours of the face; Avon Anew s Ultimate range contains seven essential youth proteins that stimulate cell function. Try the Crème de Nuit (R370).

Against the cold... In their search for active ingredients to hold back the signs of time, the Swiss manufacturers of La Prairie went to the Alps to ďŹ nd survivor plants that can withstand the icy onslaught of the snowy winters in this part of the world. A short distance from the summit of the Dom, one of the highest peaks in the Alpine range, they found the Saxifraga oppositifolia, or purple mountain saxifrage. This edible plant not only withstands the cold but actually owers throughout winter. Their second major ďŹ nd was Soldanella alpine, the alpine snowbell or blue moonwort. It s often called Sleeping Beauty because it survives many months of ice and snow, to ower once more when spring arrives. La Prairie added Swiss snow algae to the recipe of their Swiss Ice Crystal Collection ‒ the new range that helps skin weather all environmental factors. If you re in the market for a mega-treat, try La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream (R3 875) and Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil (R3 875


     

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Vibrant green hues are said to promote balance and harmony, and to help you feel enlivened, elegant and renewed. Team them with burgundy and tan accessories. Shirt dress (R695) by Colleen Eitzen at The Space. Jacket (R750) from Truworths. Peacock necklace (R349), bracelet (R289) and scarf (R399) from Accessorize. TIP Tie a thin leather cord around your waist as a belt.

Make winter a bit warmer with these intense jewel, spice and berry tones. They re perfect to brighten up a chilly day. by CARIN SMITH photos ED O RILEY Model: Alex H from Boss models Hair and make -up: Nandi Kai from Supernova

    


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Use the rich, deep purple colour of this dress as a canvas to play with brighter tones like blue, gold and a shot of burnt orange. Dress (R599) from Poetry. Stranded bead necklace (R299) from Accessorize. Blue leather necklace (R200) and clutch bag (R2 200) from Missibaba. Ring (R85) from The Space.     




Team a deep, dark blue with a contrasting colour like mustard yellow. Finish the look with a similar shade of blue on your eyes. Top (R1 199) from Habits. Yellow belt (R160) from The Space. Necklace (R2 550) from Kirsten Goss.

    


Orange adds a warm glow to any skin tone and looks great when paired with another bright colour. Choose a statement piece like this bright coat to add warmth to your outďŹ t. Coat (R1 500) from SelďŹ . Dress (R695) by Colleen Eitzen at The Space. Belt (R650) from Missibaba. Stockings (R89) from Truworths. Boots (R2 095) by Carvella at Spitz. Clutch bag (R699) from Accessorize. Necklace (R3 220) from Kirsten Goss.

    


  

   



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Set your sewing machine on a long stitch length when you are sewing tacking stitches so the thread will not tighten and break when you pull it.

GOOD IDEA Protect the top of cupboards from dust and dirt by laying down sheets of wax paper. Replace the paper every couple of months with clean sheets.

    


What glue can I use on polystyrene? For a fast, sure bond, use a lowtemperature glue gun. Hot glue guns can be used but the hot glue may melt a small portion of the foam. White craft glue is a tried-andtrusted favourite for polystyrene foam. For a better bond between two pieces, gently rub the pieces together before gluing; insert toothpicks between the pieces to hold them together while the glue dries.

                     

             

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO A SEMI-FORMAL EVENT?

With a semi-formal dress code, remember that you should appear modest and tasteful while still dressing in your unique style. A classic choice when it comes to semiformal wear is the LBD (little black dress). High or medium heels are best for a semi-formal look.

Colour cold glue with a little craft paint and use it to give elements of your art work a relief eect. You can also use it to paint onto glass.

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Icing ďŹ gurines become works of art in Jennifer Nel s skilled hands.

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hen Jennifer Nel s mother placed a lump of clay and a pot of paint in front of her toddler she couldn t possibly have known that sculpting forms would become her little girl s passion. Despite the fact that I was too young to even speak I became addicted to sculpting things out of polymer clay and when my hobby started becoming a bit expensive, my mom swopped the clay for lumps of fondant icing, says Jennifer. Art, she explains, has been a part of her life since she can remember. Long after her toddler sculpture days were over she took to crafting, including making clay scrapbooking items to stock her sister Pauline s craft shop in Moorreesburg. She also created polymer clay roses for her other sister, Samantha, to mosaic with. It didn t take long for the idea of translating her passion into an income generator to germinate. I started by making various icing decorations for bakers in the Moorreesburg area, then my mom stepped in to help and we started making our own cakes too. When demand for their cakes started exceeding supply, the rest of the family mucked in to assist. Even my husband jumped in to help with the baking when needed! she says.

    


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THE RECENT BOOM IN NOVELTY CAKE TOPPERS, THE MARKET IS PERFECT FOR MY BUSINESS.

We called this first company Nellie s Nummies. We started doing really well and were even featured in the local newspaper in Moorreesburg, says Jennifer. My husband created a website for us and soon we were making 15 cakes a week, plus cupcakes. It made me realise how wonderful the cake industry is for a creative person in tough economic times as people are more likely to buy a beautiful cake than they are to buy a painting.

Expanding the business was always an objective but despite her best efforts none of the cake shops in nearby Cape Town were interested in buying cake decorations from Nellie s Nummies. Then one day, while on the hunt for chocolate cigars with which to decorate a wedding cake, Jennifer called Charly s

Bakery. Impressed with her skills, the owners were prepared to do a deal: they would supply Jennifer with chocolate cigars and, in return, she would work for them at their premises in Cape Town for two weeks. When Charly s informed her they were filming a TV series (Charly s Cake Angels), Jennifer was sold. I was so excited! I loved watching Ace of Cakes and Cake Boss on TV and the thought of actually being involved with such a production was amazing! So Jennifer packed up her things for her two-week stint at Charly s . . . and never returned to Moorreesburg. I finished the wedding cake with the chocolate cigars and closed the doors on Nellie s Nummies. At Charly s Bakery, under the watchful eye of cake-decorating expert Francis Bell, Jennifer was thrown straight into the deep

end. I worked long hours and my knowledge exploded, she says. I threw myself into my work at Charly s and was rewarded with two raises. I grew the figurine department and trained others in the craft. I appeared in both seasons of Charly s Cake Angels. I feature from episode five in the first season right to the end and you see quite a lot of me in the second season.

Jennifer put her heart and soul into her work at the bakery, but when she began to realise that she was putting her career before her family ‒ with the result that her husband Paul was left playing mommy to their two daughters, Bianca (10) and Sonja (6) ‒ she knew something had to change. I was never there to get the girls ready for school, and I was seldom there in the evenings either. As    


  

much as I loved being part of the Charly s family, I realised that I wanted my family back. It was time for me to branch out on my own again, she says. So Jennifer quit the job of her dreams and started a new venture, Icing by Design, focusing solely on icing decorations and cake toppers. It was a huge leap of faith. We were scared, stressed and freaked out all at the same time, but thanks to the ongoing support of my husband and my sister Samantha we made it through the ďŹ rst scary months of being self-employed and things soon started looking up. I began by building up clients slowly and found there was a huge demand for icing ďŹ gurines as most bakers have so much work to do simply baking that there is very little time left over for decorating. With the recent boom in novelty cake toppers, the market is perfect for my business, she says. Jennifer s client base grew, and soon she was supplying leading baking supplies shops in the Cape Town area. Ever forward thinking, Jennifer decided to add another dimension to her business: by sharing her secrets and teaching others to decorate cakes like professionals. I love teaching and I don t believe in holding back when it comes to sharing knowledge, she says. So in November last year I began giving classes. I do both one-on-one and group classes, three or four times a week.

Jennifer believes the success of her business comes down to the fact that she puts her heart and soul into each and every decoration ‒ this coupled with purposefully keeping the business     

simple and easy to manage. I am still selling what I originally sold in Moorreesburg ‒ icing toppers for cakes ‒ although it must be said that my ďŹ gurines have evolved considerably over the past six years. Attention to detail and passion are two elements that Jennifer never compromises on. My most sought-after icing ďŹ gurines are the bride and groom cake toppers. I personalise them from pictures of the actual couple and what they will be wearing on the big day. Clients love it when you create ďŹ gurines that look just like them. It makes them feel special, unique and appreciated. I try to put this into all my work, she says proudly.

• I believe all the knowledge you need to make a success of your life is out there. I have no formal tertiary education but I learnt what I know from the school of life. • Getting your name out there can be tricky. Even when you are incredibly busy, allocate an hour a day to marketing and stick to it. Using resources such as Facebook and Gumtree to advertise your skills or services costs nothing and can yield new clients.

PASSION You need this when you re racing to ďŹ nish an order at three in the morning! COMPASSION I believe that giving and receiving, instead of

only thinking about yourself, is essential for personal growth. AMBITION One of my goals was to be featured in Ideas magazine. Imagine my delight when this dream came true! RESILIENCE When you fall you need to be able to pick yourself

up and start again. And again. And again. FLEXIBILITY Be prepared to change your visions and goals depending on what life presents you with. Contact Jennifer via Facebook at www.facebook.com/ icingbydesign1 or email her on icingbydesign@gmail.com to book classes or order icing ďŹ gurines and cake toppers.


 


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TAKING ITS CUE FROM EUROPE AND THE AMERICAS, SAS STREET ART IS ALIVE AND WELL IN OUR PUBLIC SPACES IN A COLOURFUL GALLERY FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE.

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he street-art movement is alive and well in our South African cities. A living art gallery, our street art celebrates our melting pot of cultures and our chequered history as a nation. It is also a wonderful tool for uplifting our environment and offers a talking point for the many tourists who flock here each year. Drive down the main road in Woodstock, Cape Town, or through the Alaska Informal Settlement in Mamelodi East in Pretoria ‒ or any number of streets in any of our major cities ‒ and you ll be amazed by the colourful creations beautifying the walls and public spaces. Show me your graffiti and you ve shown me your city, says Andrew Evans, National Geographic Traveler blogger. What people scrawl on the walls of the place that they live says more about that place than any

guidebook does. That s why I love good graffiti ‒ I look for it almost everywhere I go and when I find it, I rejoice. Evans is passionate about the street art in our country, especially the Mother City. Cape Town s streetart scene is vibrant and happening. If you like your graffiti big and beautiful, check out the murals just off Victoria Road in Woodstock, and take time to wander around the edges of District Six and The Fringe, he wrote on his blog (digitalnomad. nationalgeographic.com). Not everyone is as enthusiastic about street art as Evans and there can be no doubt that globally we are divided in our opinion. A recent case in the England court system illustrates the point. At the same time that the Crown Court was ruling on the fate of a group of

graffiti artists accused of defacing public property, across the pond their work was being championed by a New York art gallery. And just down the road from the court buildings, the riverside facade of the Tate Modern had been covered in huge murals created by the same group in the first display of street art endorsed by a leading museum. But street art is much more than colourful paintings on the walls of previously dreary buildings. It encompasses many forms of art ‒ from paintings to sculpture and beyond ‒ and it s become so mainstream that it even has its own movement , which aims to foster the development of local street artists and highlight their talents. The City of Gold Urban Art Festival in Johannesburg (cityofgoldfestival. co.za) is a case in point.    




The aim of the festival is to establish Johannesburg as a destination for graffiti and street artists around the world and assist the development of the local street art community, say the organisers. In addition, the festival seeks to highlight the positive aspects of this art form as well as involving the general public to create a heightened sense of awareness and appreciation for it. In Cape Town, street art has been lifted to new heights, highlighting the fact that it is something that is to be enjoyed by everyone. The V&A Waterfront, in celebration of Cape Town being the World Design Capital for 2014, commissioned the painting of the steps leading up to the historic Clock Tower. The result is a visual masterpiece: a bright Ndebele-style design in a kaleidoscope of colours. Go to wdccapetown2014.com for more information on Cape Town World Design Capital 2014.

The street-art concept may have its origins in graffiti, but the expressive art form we have come to know and love is a far cry from angry expressions scrawled on walls and other public spaces. While graffiti is associated mostly with vandalism and urban decay, street art is a conscious attempt to beautify key areas in our cities. The man responsible for bringing street art out of the ghetto, so to speak, and making it mainstream is Banksy, a skilled artist and social commentator from Bristol    

in the UK, and the most famous street artist of them all. What started as his political statements stencilled on the walls of public property in his hometown has evolved into international acclaim for the artist ‒ Christina Aguilera reportedly bought a piece of his work, and Sotheby s sold his Andy Warhol-style prints of Kate Moss for £50 000. The cherry on top may well have been his nomination for an Academy Award in 2007 for his movie, Exit Through the Gift Shop.

With World Design Capital 2014 top of mind, these South African street artists deserve a mention.

* Faith47

This home-grown street artist, and possibly the most popular of all South African street artists, has received acclaim worldwide for her beautiful and thought-provoking images that highlight the promise of the life we could enjoy in post-apartheid South Africa as well as the social realities faced by our new democracy. (faith47.com)

* Pastel Heart

This self-taught graffiti and tattoo artist from Durban does large-scale murals and uses rural housing as his canvas. (pastelheart.org)

* Atang Tshikare A graphic designer by profession, one of Bloemfontein-born Atang s missions is to make desolate areas of South Africa more colourful through street art. (zabalazaa.com)

Take a look at the works of some of these world-renowned street artists:

* Paul Insect He is known for his anti-establishment messages. Actor Kevin Spacey is a fan, as is artist Damien Hirst, who bought his entire collection last year before it could even go on show. (paulinsect.com) * Remi Rough This British graphic designer s work has been displayed across Europe and as far afield as Australia. (remirough.com) * Blek le Rat

More graffiti artist than street artist, and dubbed the grand old man of street art , it s believed the Parisian, who dodged French authorities for years for defacing landmarks in the French capital, was Banksy s inspiration. Some even say Banksy plagiarised him. (bleklerat.free.fr)

The largest canvas in the world, the Berlin wall ‒ constructed to separate East Berlin from West Germany in 1961 ‒ is a major attraction thanks to the East Side Gallery, the world s biggest open-air gallery with 105 paintings by artists from all over the world. The east side of the 1,3km section that remains of the wall was painted in 1990 following the merger of two German artists associations, VBK and BBK. The paintings document a time of change and express the euphoria and great hopes for a better, freer future for all.


  

Terena s ďŹ ve weeks in Europe last year led to a multitude of street-art photos (see below) ‒ a lot of them are now on Instagram. The middle photos in the two top lines are of the Berlin Wall.

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    At the Hermanuspietersfontein Food & Wine market you ll ďŹ nd fresh produce, German-style breads, cheeses and charcuterie, preserves, homemade pies and cakes, and much more. You ll also be able to do a free wine tasting. The market is child safe and dog friendly too. Open every Saturday from 9am to 1pm at Hermanuspietersfontein wine cellars, Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Hermanus. Go to www.hpf1855.co.za/ hpf-events or call 072 352 8046.

Here s a clever way to make use of empty eggshells. Fill the shells with potting mix and plant seeds in them ‒ place the eggshells in an egg carton or eggcups for stability. When the seedlings are ready to go in the ground, plant the entire eggshell. They will compost naturally, providing your plants with valuable nutrients, in particular calcium.

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    Split two to three vanilla pods lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place the seeds and the pods in a clean glass bottle. Pour a cup of vodka over the pods and put the top on the bottle. Leave to steep in a cupboard for a minimum of two months before using, shaking occasionally.

GOOD IDEA Make a pretty label for your vanilla extract and write on the date that the extract will be ready to use.

The culinary garden This month . . . lettuce Lettuce is a staple in almost everyone s fridge. As it is quick and easy to grow, why not try your hand at growing your own? Plant it in the cooler months in a sunny spot in your garden, or in a pot. Ensure the soil is well drained and dig in manure or compost for good growth. Water your plants lightly but regularly and use a mulch ‒ a lack of moisture may cause the plants to go to seed. Harvest the leaves often. Did you know that many varieties of lettuce can be harvested as micro greens or baby greens? For micro greens, harvest about two weeks after germination and for baby greens, harvest about a month after germination. Lettuce is low in calories and fat, high in dietary ďŹ bre, iron and calcium, and very high in vitamins A, C and K, as well as carotenoids and magnesium. Lettuce and pea soup Heat 20ml butter in a saucepan. Add 2 chopped spring onions and 1 roughly chopped cos or gem lettuce. SautĂŠ for a minute. Add 500g frozen peas, a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, a pinch of sugar, 2 chicken-stock cubes and 250ml water. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Blend in a liquidiser until smooth. Add 250ml milk and 200ml cream. Reheat and serve topped with fresh mint or chives.

The Story of Food The Story of Food from Then to Now (#WDC461) is on at the Good Hope Gallery at the Castle until 12 October 2014. It s a collaboration between the Cape Craft and Design Institute and Iziko Museums of South Africa. Behind the story of food is the story of the storage, preservation and packaging of food. And behind that story is the story of design and the discovery of new materials and making methods; of solving limitations through design, only to create another set of problems (consumerism, waste, pollution) that need to be solved ‒ again through design.

Kirstenbosch Walkway Visit the new raised walkway (#WDC700) that has been built through the Arboretum in Kirstenbosch. Known as The Boomslang , it is a lowmaintenance, low-impact steel-and-timber walkway that winds and dips through the treetops for 130 metres.

Kamers Winter Market Kamers 2014 Cape Town (#WDC265) will be held at the Castle of Good Hope between 5-8 June, in collaboration with the Cape Craft and Design Institute. The Castle was the origin of trade in the Cape and the event aims to bring trade back to its roots. You ll ďŹ nd a treasure trove of exclusively selected and beautifully crafted products. For more information, go to www.kamersvol.com

    


DIARY for the month 29 May ‒ 1 June The Good Food & Wine Show Cape Town at the CTICC focuses on new sensations, foraging, sustainability and world food trends. Enjoy signature dishes from top restaurants, a celebrity theatre, food trucks, celebrity chefs and more. Tickets are available from Computicket or at the door. For more information, go to goodfoodandwineshow.co.za 31 May Attend the Hope Market from 9am to 2pm at Grace Family Church, 400 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Durban. The market supports local talent and helps microentrepreneurs showcase their skills and handmade wares. There will be gifts and food for sale, local musicians, activities for kids, and more. For more information, go to www.grace.za.org 31 May and 1 June Don t miss Vintage, with Love , a two-day sale of quality vintage garments taking place concurrently at The Forum Company 1, The Campus, Main Road, Bryanston and The Forum Company, Embassy Hill, Southern Cross Drive, Constantia. Open on 31 May from 10am to 4pm and on 1 June from 10am to 1pm. Tickets are available from webtickets.co.za and at the door. Profits will go towards literacy programmes in South Africa. For more information search for Vintage, with love on Facebook. 1 June Attend the I Love Weskus Market at Vygevallei Farmstall on the R27 from 9am to 2pm. Entrance and wine tasting is free and there will be farm animals for the kids. For more information email christele@Iloveyzer.co.za or go to www.Iloveweskus.com     

3 ‒ 25 June Attend an exhibition by artist Christa Myburgh Pavlou at the Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery in Durbanville, Cape Town. For details, call 021 976 4691 or go to rust-en-vrede.com

13-15 June Meet chefs and winemakers and attend interactive demonstrations at Cook Franschhoek. Most demos include a meal and wine. Book via www.webtickets.co.za. Info: cookfranschhoek.co.za or 021 876 2861. 13-22 June Find fresh inspiration for your home and garden at The East Coast Radio House & Garden Show at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Info: housegardenshow.co.za

5-7 June Attend The Wine Show at Durban s Suncoast Casino. Tickets are available at Computicket (R90) or at the door (R100) and include a glass, all tastings, access to the theatre and a map. Info: wineshow.co.za, 021 888 8800. 6 June and 12 June The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2014 public tastings will be held on 6 June in Cape Town at the CTICC and 12 June at the Sandton Convention Centre. Wine lovers can taste the medal winners of the competition. Buy tickets at computicket.com Info: trophywineshow.co.za 7 June At the Feast of Shiraz & Charcuterie @ Hartenberg, on from noon to 5pm, you can sample some of SA s finest syrahs paired with artisanal fare. Buy tickets on webtickets.co.za for R180 each. Info: 021 865 2531 or info@ hartenbergestate.com 12 June At Taste the Helderberg 2014 at the NH Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West you can enjoy fine wines and signature dishes from the area. Tickets cost R70 per person. Info: wineroute.co.za, 021 886 4310.

14-15 June At the Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival in the Klein Karoo there will be tastings of local and Portuguese ports, street food, music, a mountain bike race, a barn dance and more. Info: portwinefestival.co.za 16 - 17 June Join in on a wild mushroom hunt on Delheim Estate. Start with a lecture then hunt for mushrooms in the forest. Afterwards, enjoy a mushroom-themed buffet. Info: 021 888 4600 or info@delheim.com 20 June ‒ 20 July Days of the Dinosaur: The Exhibition is on at the Sandton International Convention Centre. View dinosaur exhibits and animatronics, the 3-D cinema, excavation zone and more. Info: www.daysofthedinosaur.co.za 21 June George Child Welfare hosts a ladies tea at Fancourt Hotel with lucky draws, a goodie bag, silent auction, fashion show and a light breakfast. All proceeds go towards families in crisis. Info: call 044 874 0424. 21 June Local winemakers showcase their top reds at Franschhoek Winter Wines at LOrmarins. Buy tickets on webtickets.co.za. Info: 021 876 2861.


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Beginner s Guide to Quilting by Elizabeth Betts (RHS, R220)

Fresh and Light by Donna Hay (Hardie Grant, R335)

Bake Happy by Gail Bussi (RHS, R195)

Ditch the diet and find the balance while focusing on flavour and variety, always leaving room for the little indulgences in life. Divided by meal, this is a solutionpacked book of recipes loaded with power foods to give you the balance you need across your week. There are light breakfasts, tasty lunch-box tips and fast dinner solutions, as well as a few guilty pleasures.

Accompanied by charming illustrations, stories from her life and a selection of quotations, Gail provides recipes for cakes, puddings, tarts (sweet and savoury), breads, muffins, scones, biscuits and bars, and more. Even the laziest of armchair cooks will be motivated to dust off their baking tins and measuring spoons to satisfy the cravings these recipes will induce.

Learn to make beautiful quilts with this guide to patchwork and quilting. It covers everything from piecing and appliqué to quilting and binding. Choose from 16 simple projects, all using a different technique ‒ from bags and cushions to wall hangings and quilts. Illustrations and step-by-step instructions accompany each project.

Paper to Petal by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell (RH, R340)

Make party decorations, bouquets and sophisticated floral centrepieces from tissue and crepe paper. Transform simple materials into a vibrant display of blossoms suitable for every occasion. Customise stems, petals or the leaves to go dramatic or delicate; mimic nature or make your blooms in any colour you prefer.

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An Imperfect Blessing by Nadia Davids (Umuzi, R240)

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A young man stands alone on a headland, looking out to sea. He is back from the war, homeless and without family. Behind him lies the terror of the trenches, as well as the most intense relationship of his life, forged in a crucible of shared suffering. Set during and just after the First World War, this is an enthralling, heart-wrenching novel of love, memory and devastating loss.

It is 1993. South Africa and 14-year-old Alia Dawood are both on the brink of transformation. This debut novel moves across generations and communities in Cape Town, from private schools to dingy bars, through evictions, rebellions, assassinations and love. It places a family s story at the heart of a country s rebirth and interrogates issues of faith, race, belonging and freedom.

Nelly Gansekoele from the Netherlands shares her love of crafting, refinishing furniture and all things vintage. She is inspired by interior design, décor and craft blogs to tackle projects around her house ‒ they encourage her to decorate her own little space. She hopes to also inspire others to make their own space more beautiful. theforestfeast.com

Erin Gleeson was a food photographer in New York before moving to a log cabin in California. Her blog is a breath of fresh air, illustrated with quaint drawings. She uses local, seasonal ingredients to create recipes ‒ mostly vegetarian dishes ‒ that are easy enough after a long day at work, yet impressive enough for a party.

     


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After putting my career ďŹ rst for many years, I realised that what I really wanted was to be a mother and have a beautiful baby. I stopped working at the end of 2011 and Evangeline was born in December 2012. She inspired me to start my own business. I always had Joy by Design in my mind but having Eva made me realise how much I really wanted to follow my dreams and be able to have a exitime career and business of my own that allowed me to spend time with her and not miss out on any of the important events, as well as the normal, everyday things. Creating beautiful spaces is something I love to do, and her birth gave me the opportunity to create a haven for her. I wanted her room to be timeless and classic, a room that would work for her as a baby and right up to her sixth birthday. With this in mind, I chose the colour palette, added some hearts because they are romantic, feminine and classic, and included lots of teddies and some little ornaments (not cluttered, but evenly spaced and selected with love). The storage was of utmost importance to me ‒ I am an organiser and everything has a place and a box. Working in the ďŹ elds of dĂŠcor, space planning, professional organising and home staging, as I do, I like to think of myself as a creator of living spaces that balance aesthetics with functionality, and my vision is to create an atmosphere that inspires joy. Joy Liedtke, joybydesign.co.za

    


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