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Embroider, crochet, knit and do macramé for your house, your wardrobe and your well-being Make it yourself: pretty with tins, a modern table, a frame terrarium

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Home truths: After a few Instagram peeks into this house in Switzerland, we had to see more Sew cute pan-handle covers

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comfort food that reminds you of your childhood

Tie a pretty macramé fringe on to a tablecloth Vintage bedroom: Sew a patchwork quilt, upcycled curtains and a lovable rabbit, and crochet a rug Beautify your stitchcraft essentials Dress up your wall with embroidered illustrations DIY: Make a modern, copper coffee table Upcycle cake and biscuit tins: three fun projects Embroider a scarf as a Mother's Day gift Pick your poncho: one to knit, one to crochet

Fond memories: Celebrate Mother's Day with

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Frame a pretty pincushion Pipe elegant, butter-icing anemones Turn embroidery hoops into a magazine rack Make a terrarium with picture frames Decorate a gift with handmade felt flowers


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06 From the editor 07 Quote 10 Things to do, remember and read this month 17 Instagram inspiration 18 What s new around town and in the shops 120 Subscribe and save 122 Play our fun game

96 The latest trends in beauty procedures and treatments 100 Creative life, balanced life 106 Stop waiting for better days and start living now 110 Let's party!: Spoil Dad with loads of Father's Day treats 112 Let's paint!: Transform a room with an autumn palette 114 Makers of the month: we meet a bride and a creative

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ome months are just more hectic than others and this was one of them. In a flurry of financial year-end, travel arrangements, party planning and this

issue that needed to be sent to the printers, the idea that we would be without our email for a whole day made me feel as if I was careering down a hill in a bus without brakes. Out of control. Until I took a deep breath and realised that this was precisely what I d been waiting for ‒ a moment of quietness in the storm. In those precious hours without interruption, I achieved more than I had in the previous two weeks. I could write fully focused, do filing, pack things away and systematically tackle and deal with every item on my tick list. The emails that had to be sent off were all ready and waiting so I simply had to press the button when the network was back up again. I had a few hours to clear my head. And to really appreciate what all the writers had to say about living mindfully now (page 106), without all the one days and whens . It was a reminder that this is my life - not the

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perfect one I picture in the future, as we all do. The reality of most of our lives is exactly that they are not perfect, no matter how hard we try. And from that thought comes this month s front cover. When Elizabeth s embroidery in all its unbelievable perfection arrived (see below), it was just after I had experienced the advantages of an imperfect network. In the same way, the back of her artwork was also imperfect ‒ that s where you see bit of manipulation, Hannes highlighted the beauty of the perfect flowers against her imperfection, to create a cover that feels as if she is totally at ease as she sits with her less-than-perfect knitting (sorry, Elizabeth ‒ it s us again, not you). This perfect-not-perfect woman shows the calmness and focus that creativity brings to our lives (page 100), even if our work is not a showpiece. Enough from me for now: Here is a magazine full of projects to work through, to make your life happier, healthier and more beautiful. Enjoy!

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EDITOR Terena le Roux Email STUDIO AND STITCHCRAFT Dala Watts MARKETING AND FINANCES Marweya Smal INQUIRIES COPY EDITING Diana Procter and Marié Smidt STYLING Carin Smith, Hannes Koegelenberg and Dala Watts PHOTOS Ed O Riley CONTRIBUTORS FOOD Louisa Holst and Tani Kirsten CRAFT & DIY John Letherbarrow, Carin Smith, Hannes Koegelenberg, and Germarie Bruwer BEAUTY Elsa Krüger SEWING AND CROCHET Karen Adendorff, Kevin Swarts Bridgette Henderson and Brenda Grobler CREATIVE CALENDAR Lara Foreman RETOUCHING Willie Koen SOCIAL MEDIA Carien Eloff PUBLISHER & SALES Terena le Roux

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1 May Workers Day 13 May Mother s Day

GAUTENG 24 April - 5 May The Suid-Oos Gift Market takes place at the Nederduitsch Hervormde church in Witbank. Shop for crafts, art, décor and food. For more information, search for Geskenke Mark on Facebook or call 082 512 9849.

25-29 April Shop for high-end handcrafted items at Kamers/Makers at St David s Marist in Sandton between 9am and 5pm. For more information, go to

26 April - 1 May and 4-6 May Celebrate a taste of Portugal at the Lusito Land Festival in Alewynspoort where you can enjoy folk dancing, entertainment and great food. For details, go to

27-29 April Protea Cullifest takes place on Zonderwater Road in Cullinan, outside of Pretoria. Buy proteas, shop at stalls and enjoy food, wine and beer, and entertainment. For more information, go to

26-27 May Enjoy wines from 60 of South Africa s top wineries as well as artisanal cheese, olives and more at the Harvest Festival (Oesfees) in Centurion. Tickets from Computicket. For more information, go to

WESTERN CAPE 27-30 April Vintage Ideas takes place at Simondium s Country Lodge. Shop for vintage and retro décor items, clothing, jewellery, kitchenware, bric-a-brac and deli goods. Entrance is R40. For more information, go to

24-27 May The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival takes place in Knysna. For more information, go to

25-26 May Love 2 Create takes place at the AGS Church in Bellville. Choose three craft workshops (each two hours) from a selection of 31. All materials are included. To book and for information, go to or call 021 911 0962 or 082 452 4524.

25-27 May The Greyton Genadendal Classics for All is a fun festival of classical music for the whole family. Go to

26 May

12 May

The Shiraz & Charcuterie festival takes place at Anthonij Rupert Wyne in Franschhoek. For more information, go to Tickets are available from

The Kingsmead Book Fair takes place at Kingsmead College in Melrose. Tickets are available at For more information, go to

12-13 May Enjoy contemporary art, and food and wine from the Franschhoek Valley, at the Winter Sculpture Fair at the Nirox Sculpture Park in Krugersdorp. For more information, go to

18-20 May The Joburg Bubbly Festival offers a day of Méthode Cap Classiques and Champagnes, music and food. Tickets are available at

Until 27 May The exhibition, Well Worn, at Cavalli in Somerset West is an eclectic display of fashion and textile design. For more information, search for Cavalli Estate on Facebook.

23-26 May

30 May - 2 June

View the collections of upcoming and established designers at Soweto Fashion Week at the Soweto Theatre. For more information, go to

The Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival takes place at The Baxter Theatre Complex in Rondebosch. Tickets are available at Go to for details.

25-27 May

31 May - 3 June

View the leaders in décor and design at Design Joburg featuring Rooms on View at the Sandton Convention Centre. For more information, go to

The Wacky Wine Weekend in Robertson showcases wine, food and live music at more than 40 venues. For more information, go to

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FREE STATE 26 April - 5 May There s a variety of entertainment for young and old at the Bloem Show taking place at the showgrounds in Bloemfontein. For more information, go to

KWAZULU-NATAL 6 May The family event Music At Makaranga in Kloof features favourite Matthew Mole in a picturesque garden setting. For more information, search for Music at Makaranga on Facebook. For tickets, go to

25 May - 3 June View top entertainment and more than 450 exhibits at the Pietermaritzburg Royal Show at the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds. For more information, go to

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Youth Day Father s Day Solstice End of second school term July/August Ideas on sale

GAUTENG 5-6 June The Juliet Cullinan Wine Festival takes place at Hyde Park Centre in Johannesburg. For details, go to

8-10 June Learn how to buy, pair and prepare meat at the Fire and Feast Meat Festival at Ticketpro Dome. For more information, go to ďŹ Tickets are available at

14-17 June The Soweto International Jazz Festival at the Soweto Theatre features music, art and cuisine. Search for Soweto International Jazz Festival on Facebook. Tickets from

From 24 June Symphony in the Garden at the Heriba Hotel features the

Pretoria Symphony Orchestra plus a free wine tasting. For more information, search on Facebook for Pretoria Symphony Orchestra in the Garden. Book at Computicket.

MPUMALANGA 27-30 June The Innibos Art Festival takes place in Nelspruit. For more information, go to

EASTERN CAPE 22-24 June The Morgan Bay Footprints Festival features entertainment, a craft market, food and traditional dancing. For more information, go to

WESTERN CAPE June or July Don t miss Delheim s Mushroom Forage Pop Up. Learn to forage for and cook wild mushrooms and enjoy a mushroomthemed lunch. Exact dates depend on the occurrence of mushrooms. For enquiries, email

31 May - 10 June The South African International Documentary Festival takes place in Cape Town and Johannesburg. For more information, go to

31 May, 7 June, 14 June, 21 June The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Autumn Season features an exciting line-up of artists. For details, go to

8-17 June Hermanus Fynarts is a celebration of the arts, with music, exhibitions, workshops, tutored wine tastings and dinners. For more information, go to

15-17 June At the annual Napier Patatfees (Sweet-potato Festival) you can enjoy food and wine, art exhibitions, a carnival and more. Go to or search for the event on Facebook.

23-24 June The Christmas in Winter weekend takes place in Tulbagh. For details, search on Facebook for Christmas in Winter - Tulbagh.

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In flower:

Bay leaves, fennel, garlic chives, lemongrass, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rocket, rosemary, sage, thyme.

Artichokes, asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chives, courgettes, cucumber, gem squash, green beans, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, leeks, lettuce, marrows, mushrooms, onion, parsnips, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, spinach, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips.

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Apples, avocados, bananas, Cape gooseberry, grapefruit, guavas, lemons, limes, naartjies, oranges, papaya, pears, pineapples.

Alstroemeria, arum lilies, Asiatic lilies, asters, calendula, carnations, chincherinchees, chrysanthemums, daffodils, delphiniums, gerbera, germini, golden rod, heliconia, hypericum, iris, Irish bells, St Joseph s lily, larkspur, nerine, orchids, oriental lilies, roses, sea holly, snapdragons, statice, strelitzia, stocks, sunflowers, sweet peas, tuberose, tulips, veronica, some proteas and fynbos including pincushions, heather and ericas.











to read in May/June compiled by DIANA PROC TER

diana@ideasfac tor za


Craft and lifestyle

Flower Loom Blooms by Haafner Linssen (Struik Lifestyle, R200)

The author shows you how to turn spare yarn into fabulous floral decorations that can be used for a multitude of projects. Flower looming is simple, quick and fun. There are detailed instructions for making 30 different flowers ‒ including a chart, written instructions and a large colour photograph. The flowers can be used straight off the loom or you can crochet around them to create beautiful floral motifs. Each of the designs can be used on its own as an embellishment, or they can be joined together to make a wide variety of items.

How to Be a Craftivist by Sarah Corbett (Unbound, R320)

This is a manifesto for quiet activism: How to tackle issues not with shouting and aggression but with gentle protest, using the process of making to engage thoughtfully in issues, to influence and effect change. Interwoven with stories of causes fought are ideas and suggestions for every novice craftivist. From how to think about the medium itself, to looking at colour, fonts, size and message, here is inspiration for every detail of your creation. In today s world it s easy to feel helpless, but here is a book to enable collaboration in place of confrontation.


The Book of Joy Journal

How I Lose You

by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams (Penguin, R265)

by Kate McNaughton (Doubleday, R290)

What gives you joy? This beautiful journal from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu gives you all the space you need to notice and record what gives you joy. Arranged as a 365-day companion, with lots of numbered, lined pages for keeping your personal journal, it prompts you with inspiring quotes from The Book of Joy to help transform their joy practices into an enduring way of life. It is the perfect companion for The Book of Joy s many passionate readers as well as lovely gift for anyone looking to live a more joyful life.

When Eva and Adam fall into bed one Friday night, tired and happy after drinks with friends, they have their whole lives ahead of them. But Eva wakes up to discover that Adam has died in his sleep. She is overwhelmed, for he was only 31, a brilliant doctor with no health issues. They were supposed to grow old together. In the aftermath, attempting to confront the agony of her loss, Eva starts to uncover the story of her marriage, delving into those parts of her husband s life to which she never before had access. It s a story Eva thought she knew ‒ but it s not just the ending that she got wrong.

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The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall

Letters to Iris by Elizabeth Noble (Michael Joseph, R290)

Smith (Little, Brown, R226)

Tess has a secret ‒ one that is going to turn her life upside-down in just nine months time. The only person she can confide in is her beloved grandmother. But Iris is slipping further away each day. Alone and uncertain, Tess turns to Gigi, a kindly stranger at Iris s nursing home. As their unlikely friendship blossoms, Tess feels inspired to open up. But something still holds her back ‒ until she discovers that Iris has a secret of her own. Tess finds a suitcase of letters from another time, the missing pieces of a life Iris never shared. Could they hold the answers Tess needs? An uplifting story about taking chances and finding happiness.

Precious Ramotswe learns valuable lessons about first impressions and forgiveness in this latest instalment of the muchloved, best-selling No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. She and Grace Makutsi are intrigued by the troubling dismissal of an employee at a thriving local business. They proceed with their investigations and soon enough, interesting discoveries are made... there s marital subterfuge, undue influence and commercial chicanery on the go! Of course calm eventually prevails ‒ as it always does in the timeless world of these remarkable women. Tea is served, and life continues.

Everyday by Lisa Clark (Struik Lifestyle, R320)

As a working mom, this chef, recipe developer and food stylist is constantly on the clock and trying to find ways to cheat time. And on really busy days, the last decision she wants to have to make is what to cook her family for dinner. Here she shares some insights for the mom (or dad) on the move into how to provide healthy, balanced and quick meals. The 10 chapters each start with a basic recipe that is followed by several others that show how to turn one quick recipe into several appetising alternatives. From muesli, tomato sauce and roasted vegetables to fish, chicken, pastry and sponge cake, there is plenty of inspiration for your everyday cooking.

Whole: Bowl Food for Balance by Melissa Delport (Struik Lifestyle, R300)

Taking the time to get to know your body, treating it with respect and nourishing it with real fresh food is the single most important thing you can do for yourself. Eating mindfully, cutting out processed foods and embracing the foods that fuel you and leave you feeling energised are all part of the journey to finding happiness with food. The nearly 90 recipes are packed with nourishment, providing healthy, balanced and easy meals in a bowl. Many of the recipes are vegan or vegetarian, or can easily be adapted to suit either lifestyle choice. But there is plenty for the meat-eater too.

Editor’s choice Educated by Tara Westover (Hutchinson, R320) Tara Westover grew up with a survivalist family in Idaho preparing for the End of Days. She hadn t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn t believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state of Idaho and the US federal government, she didn t exist. As she grew older, her father became more radical, and an older brother, more violent. At 16 Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from her isolated mountain home to Harvard and a PhD from Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she d travelled too far; if there was still a way home... This memoir is a universal coming-of-age story, one that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers ‒ the perspective to see one s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

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on instagram


Cape Town

Nikki Albertyn and Karmen de Reuck are co-owners of LionHeart, a pâtisserie studio in Woodstock that specialises in sweet treats and custom cakes. The colourful creations on their Instagram page will whet your appetite.

@selfiefeltie Gauteng

Selfiefeltie makes the cutest, cuddliest felt animals. The felt is made from merino sheep s wool, which is spun and coloured by hand. They are the perfect gift for a little one.


Jacksonville, Florida

We are constantly on the lookout for new embroidery trends and Lexi Mire s floral caps are a gorgeous example of creative inspiration. Each cap has a unique floral design. She sells them on Etsy.

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what’s new Here is this month’s line-up of what’s new on the block and on the shelf. Marvellously matt If you have high expectations of your foundation and want it to be perfect all day, take a look at the new Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF15 (R630). It provides complete coverage with a natural, matt appearance that stays fresh from dawn to dusk. It contains natural mineral powders to prevent oiliness and shine, as well as vitamins C and E to hydrate the skin. Matt foundations sometimes feel dry, but thanks to these ingredients in combination with shea butter, your skin feels moisturised all day. The foundation is available in 30 shades.

Urban chic Aura Café, a recently opened upscale coffee café and restaurant located in the Signature Lux Hotel in Sandton, selected Cottle & Bergh Architects (C+B) to design its interior dining and exterior areas. The zone in front of Aura is a pick-up point for taxis and hotel shuttles and so the brief was to soften the boundary between the café and the street by adding external seating and creating a grab-andgo feel. The interior had to be inviting, cosy but contemporary, durable and memorable, says Frans Bergh of C+B. We also put a lot of emphasis on texture and layering it into the design to give it an urban feel reflective of the location. The use of materials like the solid kiaat table and countertops, exposed stock brick, polished granite, leather and painted mild steel played a huge role in bringing this idea to life. For more information, go to or

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Vitamin C has been proven to brighten skin and is essential for the production of collagen, but it is a difficult ingredient because it is unstable and easily becomes ineffective if it comes into contact with light, air and water. Exuviance AF Vitamin C20 Serum Capsules (R1 173) contain the maximum strength of 20% L-ascorbic acid, safely packaged in a capsule that protects all the power of this ingredient until you apply it. It also contains patented AminoFil amino acid, which helps to lighten and firm the skin, and restore volume.

Sunglasses anyone? Persol s new Tailoring Edition of sunglasses reflects elegance and eclectic styles, designed for stylish people who want to stand out. Ideal for a dynamic, hyper-connected lifestyle, as well as for their intrinsic qualities, this new generation of Persol glasses reveals a personal style in sync with our times, focused on image and social media sharing. Have a look at for a wide variety of sunglasses and frames.

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Sushi and wine If you like to entertain and are a fan of sushi, take a look at the new range of Carrol Boyes stylishly cute sushi accessories. The range includes everything you need from ƚŚĞƐƵƐŚŝƉůĂƩĞƌĂŶĚƐŽLJďŽǁůƐƚŚƌŽƵŐŚƚŽ a toothpick holder and salt and pepper ƐŚĂŬĞƌ͘ŶĚĚŽŶ͛ƚĨŽƌŐĞƚĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞǁŝŶĞ͊ dŚĞĂƌƌŽůŽLJĞƐďƌĂŶĚŶŽǁŝŶĐůƵĚĞƐĂ ĐŽůůĞĐƟŽŶŽĨĮŶĞǁŝŶĞƐƚŚĂƚĞŵďŽĚLJ the Carrol Boyes lifestyle and are ĐƌĞĂƚĞĚũŽŝŶƚůLJďLJƚŚĞ^ŽƵƚŚĨƌŝĐĂŶ ĚĞƐŝŐŶĞƌĂŶĚŚĞƌďƌŽƚŚĞƌ͕:ŽŚŶ ŽLJĞƐ͕ƚŽŐĞƚŚĞƌǁŝƚŚŚŝƐďƵƐŝŶĞƐƐ partner, Neels Barnardt. For prices ĂŶĚŵŽƌĞŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶ͕ǀŝƐŝƚƚŚĞ online stores ĐĂƌƌŽůďŽLJĞƐ͘ĐŽŵĂŶĚ ĐĂƌƌŽůďŽLJĞƐǁŝŶĞƐ͘

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If you skin becomes red and irritated for the slightest thing, you will be pleased about the new Dermalogica UltraCalming duo. Skin sensitivity is usually a sign that the skin barrier is compromised. Dermalogica is formulated with ingredients such as aloe gel and oats to calm an upset skin. The UltraCalming Barrier Defense Booster (R1 220) is a concentrated oil stimulant that soothes, feeds and balances the skin. Use it as Step 1. Dermalogica UltraCalming Calm Water Gel (R890) is a moisturiser in the form of a feather-light water gel that hydrates and protects against an environmental assault. It contains duotechnology hyaluronic acid (HA) to work on the different layers of the dermis and seal in moisture. The products can be used alone or together.

Shades of grey, charcoal and black create an air ŽĨƐŽƉŚŝƐƟĐĂƟŽŶŝŶƚŚĞ home and these elegant ĂŶĚƟŵĞůĞƐƐƉŝĞĐĞƐǁŝůů complement any décor style. Visit a Handles Inc store to have a look at ƚŚĞƐĞďĞĂƵƟĨƵůĐƵƉďŽĂƌĚ and door handles. For ŵŽƌĞŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶ͕ go to or call 021 422 2322.

Door décor Making memories This tiny HP Sprocket Photo Printer is perfect for capturing memories. It connects with Bluetooth to your smart phone or tablet via an app which in turn connects it to your photos. Simply choose a photo, use one of the fun effects and instantly print your memories on to 5 x 7.6cm photo paper. Available from Takealot from R1 799.

Colour coded Say hello to colour with the launch of Pesto Princess s vibrant new lids. Each pesto variant now has its own brightly coloured lid making it easier to spot on shelf. There are eight pestos in the range, from Thai Pesto made with fresh coriander and chilli to a basil and lemon variant that is 100% vegan; and they are all preservative and colourant free. Available in selected supermarkets and speciality food stores in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

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Dairy delights Marcel s have added three new flavours to their 175ml-tub frozen yoghurt range. Try out the scrumptious new Peanut Butter, Cotton Candy and Lime flavours. Each one is made from real dairy infused with live probiotic cultures. Available at Marcel s stores nationwide for R20.50 per tub.

Keep cool New from the La Mer stable is The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream (R30 ml; R2 410), which immediately makes the skin feel cool and moisturised. It’s truly refreshing, ĞƐƉĞĐŝĂůůLJŽŶŚŽƚĚĂLJƐ͕ĂŶĚĂŶĨŽƌƐĞŶƐŝƟǀĞŽƌ irritated skin – redness is instantly reduced by up to ϳϮй͕ƐĂLJƐ>ĂDĞƌ͘/ƚĂůƐŽƐƚƌĞŶŐƚŚĞŶƐƚŚĞƐŬŝŶ͛ƐƉƌŽƚĞĐƟǀĞ barrier, which helps to retain moisture, temper ŝŶŇĂŵŵĂƟŽŶĂŶĚŬĞĞƉƚŚĞƐŬŝŶŚĞĂůƚŚLJ͘dŚĞŶĞǁŐĞů ĐƌĞĂŵŝƐĂŶĂĚĚŝƟŽŶƚŽƚŚĞƌĂŶŐĞŽĨ>ĂDĞƌŵŽŝƐƚƵƌŝƐĞƌƐ͕ ƐŽLJŽƵŶŽǁŚĂǀĞĂĐŚŽŝĐĞŽĨĮǀĞĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚƚĞdžƚƵƌĞƐĨŽƌ ƐƉĞĐŝĮĐƐŬŝŶƌĞƋƵŝƌĞŵĞŶƚƐ͘ 22 IDEAS May/June 2018

Affordable retinol The latest development at the Pond s Institute is the new Pond s Age Miracle range. These are the brand s first anti-ageing products with retinol, to make the skin younger and firmer. Retinol is an expensive ingredient, but it s a proven combatant against the signs of age and this collection now makes it more affordable for many women. Pond s has included a retinol-C complex that they developed in these products. The ingredients are released in the skin over 14 hours, all day long, to make it younger and plumper. The range comprises a cleanser, an intensive wrinkle corrector, eye cream, day cream, night cream and a BB cream with an SPF of 30. Prices vary from R132,99 for the cleanser to R189,99 each for the day and night creams.

Flower power If you live in Cape Town, where a water tank has become a necessity, why not make it pretty? The people from Smart Art will do the vinyl for you and install it on site - all you have to do is buy your tank. You can send them your own image, or use one from their website gallery. Visit for more information and for a quote.

Indulge with oysters and bubbles Treat yourself to a vibrant bubbly and fresh West Coast oyster tasting at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek. In celebration of the new range of Grande Provence MCCs, executive chef Guy Bennett has created a signature oyster pairing for each of the three elegant bubblies. The tasting is available daily from noon until 5pm at R160 per person. The oysters are shucked directly from the Grande Provence oyster tank and freshly garnished for your tasting at the oyster bar in the garden. For more information, go to

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home truths After a few Instagram peeks into regular Ideas contributor Julie Gallagher s lake house in Zug in Switzerland, we had to see more. by TERENA LE ROUX photos JULIE GALL AGHER

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The lounge: This is the space where the family spends most of their time. They have ďŹ lled it with all the things they like to do: books, TV and games, and then a showcase for all the things they have done â&#x20AC;&#x2019; souvenirs, framed photos and the map on the wall with all the places they have visited together marked oďŹ&#x20AC; on it.

décor hen the newly-married accountants Liam and Julie Gallagher packed up their Cape Town home in the summer of 2004 to try a stint in their multinational auditing company s Zurich office, this family home was not part of the vision. But two years in Zurich, followed by two years back home, led them to Zug. I never imagined I would set up home and have a family here, says Julie, who we got to know when she launched her online party store In Good Company years ago. It has taken


10 years, but I find myself now calling Switzerland home, and surprisingly, I think it has a lot to do with having pets! And probably also with the fact that she spends most of her working hours as a blogger and freelance writer at home these days, close to their two daughters Zara (11) and Bailey (9) and the two pets in question ‒ the ragdoll cats Emma and Ella. When I lived in South Africa I always gravitated to a traditional English style of house. However, having now lived in Switzerland

for years my style has changed quite a lot. Living in a box-shaped house without pretty mouldings or cornices forced me to embrace a more modern, open, clean-lines approach. I have always loved colour, but these days I'm finding that I stick mostly to neutrals and blues. Clearly the Swiss landscape is getting to me! Looking at the kitchen and the entrance, there is a very distinct, uncluttered look, but every now and then you find unexpected little pieces like the cute blue trolley in the kitchen or the little heart stool

The house initially was a real grey box; so much so that the lounge even had bare concrete walls! They had to try to make the open-plan living area into different, definite zones and one of the ways they achieved this was wallpapering the wall that separates the kitchen and the dining area. The Cole & Son 'Woods' wallpaper works so well as it seems to reflect the real forest view outside the kitchen. The dining table has changed a few times from dark wood to oak and now to white marble, which works best with the mix of white designer chairs Julie has collected over time. And under the table on these chairs happens to be a favourite spot for the twin ragdoll cats Emma and Ella.

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‒ a touch of quirkiness among the minimalism. This is definitely the struggle my husband and I have; as well as one I have internally. Some days I am all minimalistic and neutrals and then the next day I am buying pink plates. Hopefully, it works and our home says that I don t take it all too seriously. When Liam and I first lived together we were polar opposites. He loved the pared-back minimalist look and I was a true traditionalist and collector. Fortunately, over the years we have managed to merge our styles to a good mix of both. And the girls ‒ where do they fit in? Decorating the girls rooms is my utmost favourite décor thing to do. When they were small it was easy to take the lead and everything was met with squeals of delight. Now, I take the time to find out what they like and to be inspired by their favourite styles, colours, animals, books, and so on, and then I search for options that I think will work well and let them choose from there. So it is a win-win situation. Currently, I am working on their tween rooms and it has been such a fun project to see how different they really are. And her favaroute think about her home? I can think of so many things that drive me up the

main bedroom: The bedroom has the house's best view of the lake; and so the blue water and skies inspired the accent colours and art on the walls. The room also reďŹ&#x201A;ects Julie s love of Scandinavian design, which is well suited for couples as it is not overly feminine or masculine. May/June 2018 IDEAS 31

décor Zara’s room: Having a quilt each in the girls

rooms has been the best idea, as they find it easier to make their own beds in the morning. This one is from Anthropologie.

wall about our house that I don t like: the black floors, the grey walls, the too-modern kitchen and bathrooms ‒ things that are too costly to change. Therefore, the most important thing for me

was to try to tackle these problems head on. I laid down pale rugs that had patterns or colours I Ioved, I brought in colour with wallpaper, fun light fixtures, lots of art on the walls and something as simple as

a wooden shelf with ceramics or potted plants totally transformed the kitchen and bathrooms. It is always possible to put your own personal stamp on a room and turn a house into a home. May/June 2018 IDEAS 33

Bailey’s room: The Dutch brand PiP Studio is a favourite of Julie s. So when she was pregnant with Bailey

she knew exactly what her first bedroom design would be. Their wallpaper was the starting point and she added the bed linen and artwork, and made the little wooden bird houses for the wall. Her mom is an avid crocheter and she made a matching blanket. As for the light fitting, Julie fell in love with it and it was up in Bailey s room that same afternoon!

In the laundry: Julie used her quirky side to inject a sense of humour into an otherwise utilitarian room.

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Fond MEMORIES recipes and food produc tion LOUISA HOLST handcraf ts and st yling HANNES KOEGELENBERG photos ED O RILEY

Grater storage With the addition of a base, an old grater becomes eclectic storage â&#x20AC;&#x2019; with loads of character. Measure the opening at the top edge (with the handle) and cut a square from a sheet of balsa wood according to these measurements. Glue the balsa square to the inside of the grater with craft glue, to close the opening â&#x20AC;&#x2019; the metal edge will help keep it in position. Hang the grater on the wall and store your kitchen or craft items in it.

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Celebrate Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day with a special recipe that reminds you of your childhood. Here are a few of our favourites.

Fish frikkadels (Recipe on page 39.)

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Fish frikkadels Frikkadels were a regular supper dish in our house. Sometimes they were made with mince and other times with the leftovers from a fish that my dad had caught. They were also great for packing into a container to eat as padkos when we went on holiday road trips to visit our relatives. My kids love my version of the fish frikkadel recipe, which includes a few spices for extra flavour.

Makes: 12 Preparation time: 45 minutes, plus chilling time Cooking time: about 40 minutes ♥ 300g potatoes, peeled and cubed ♥ 5ml cumin seeds ♥ 10ml coriander seeds ♥ 500g cooked and deboned fish (you can also use drained canned tuna or pilchards) ♥ half a medium onion, finely chopped ♥ 5ml grated fresh ginger ♥ 45ml freshly chopped coriander ♥ 2 large eggs, lightly beaten ♥ 3ml ground turmeric ♥ 30ml fresh lemon juice ♥ 1ml onion seeds (optional) ♥ 1-5ml dried crushed chillies ♥ sunflower oil, for frying ♥ mayonnaise, chutney and chopped tomato and onion salsa, to serve 1 Cook the potatoes in a little water until soft. Drain well and mash. 2 Toast the cumin and coriander seeds in a small frying pan until they smell fragrant. Remove from the pan and crush in a pestle and mortar. Add to the potato. Add all the remaining ingredients. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir to combine. 3 Shape the mixture into about 12 balls. Flatten them slightly. Refrigerate for an hour or overnight. 4 Heat a thin layer of oil over a medium to high heat in a non-stick pan. Fry the frikkadels for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper. Serve hot or at room temperature with mayonnaise, chutney and salsa.

Lamb and pumpkin bredie A slow-cooked lamb stew is a quintessential winter comfort dish and I m sure most South African families have their own variation. My mom is fond of a traditional waterblommetjie bredie, which I love too, but this pumpkin bredie with a hint of cinnamon gets my vote.

Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: about 2 hours ♥ 2 onions, chopped ♥ 2ml each whole cloves and peppercorns ♥ 25ml olive oil ♥ 1 cinnamon stick ♥ 1kg lamb knuckles ♥ 10ml grated fresh ginger ♥ 2 cloves garlic, crushed ♥ 2 x 410g cans whole plum tomatoes ♥ 250g pumpkin cubes ♥ 5ml dried mint ♥ 2ml dried thyme 1 Place the onions, cloves and peppercorns into a large saucepan. Add 125ml water. Bring to the boil and simmer until the water has evaporated. 2 Add the oil and cinnamon stick and sauté over a low heat until the onions have browned. 3 Add the meat, ginger and garlic. Stir well, then cover the saucepan with a lid and allow the meat to simmer gently for 30 minutes. Add the tomatoes and simmer, covered, for 1½ hours or until the meat is almost tender. 4 Add the pumpkin cubes and herbs and continue to cook, covered, until the meat and pumpkin are tender. Season to taste and serve with rice.

Cross-stitch sieve Turn an old tea strainer into a beautiful display piece. Use a cross-stitch pattern of your choice and work the stitches with embroidery yarn onto the mesh until the entire design is completed.

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Venison pie There is something special about a home-made pie ‒ soft, rich, tasty meat covered in a buttery pastry crust. My grandparents and parents used to love a steak and kidney pie, but we children did not fancy the kidney part at all. Chicken was our choice. Sometimes a friend or family member managed to get hold of some freshly caught springbok or kudu and this would be used to make the best pie of all.

Serves: 6-8 Preparation time: 1 hour, plus marinating time Cooking time: about 3½ hours ♥ 250ml buttermilk ♥ 250ml red wine ♥ 1kg venison knuckles or other cut that is suitable for stewing ♥ 30ml sunflower oil ♥ 200g streaky bacon, sliced ♥ 2 onions, chopped ♥ 2 cloves garlic, crushed ♥ 2 sticks celery, sliced ♥ 2 litres of prepared meat stock

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♥ 6 cloves ♥ 2 allspice ♥ 1ml ground ginger ♥ 2 bay leaves ♥ 10ml sugar ♥ 25ml cornflour ♥ prepared pastry (recipe below) ♥ 1 large egg, lightly whisked 1 Mix the buttermilk and half the wine together. Pour the mixture into a nonmetallic container and add the venison. Leave it to marinate in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight. 2 Strain the meat, so that most of the marinade is removed. Set the meat aside and reserve the marinade. Pat the meat dry with paper towel. 3 Heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan. Cook the bacon until some of the fat has rendered out of it. Remove the bacon from the pan and set it aside. Brown the venison meat in batches. Remove the meat from the saucepan and set it aside. 4 Add the onions to the pan and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and celery and sauté for a further 2 minutes. Return the meat to the pan and add the bacon. Add the stock, remaining wine, spices, bay leaves and sugar. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 2-3 hours until the meat is very tender. 5 Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Remove the pieces of meat from the saucepan and reserve the sauce.

Pull all the meat off the bones. Cut it into smaller pieces. Discard the bones. 6 Add the reserved marinade to the sauce in the saucepan and simmer uncovered to reduce. Reduce until it reaches about 600ml. Mix the cornflour with a little cold water and then stir it into the hot sauce. Stir until it has thickened. Add the meat to the sauce. Simmer together for 5 minutes and then season to taste. Remove from the heat and cool. 7 Transfer the mixture to a greased pie dish or roasting pan. Roll out the prepared pastry (recipe below) so that it is big enough to cover the filling. Cut a strip from the edges of the pastry and stick it around the edges of the pan. Press cardboard letters into the main piece of pastry to add a quirky message, if you prefer. Place the pastry on top of the filling and press down around the edges. Brush with egg wash. Bake in a preheated oven for 45 minutes or until the pastry is golden.

Pastry Heat 125g (135ml) butter and 125ml boiling water together in a saucepan. Once the butter has melted, remove from the heat and stir in 280g (515ml) cake flour and a pinch of salt. Stir to form a soft dough. Allow to cool and then cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

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Grape jam My grannies and mom were very good at making fruit preserves and jams. We had a small grapevine growing in our garden and my mom used to make grape jam every year. One of my absolute favourite treats was my gran s freshly baked scones with a spoonful of home-made grape jam and a dollop of whipped cream. Alternatively, a slice of warm buttered white toast with grape jam always went down very well!

Makes: 2-3 medium-sized jars Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time: about an hour and 15 minutes ♥ 1.8kg red seedless grapes, washed ♥ 640g (750ml) sugar ♥ 75ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 Save the pips from the lemon and tie them together in a small muslin bag. Put the grapes, sugar and lemon juice into a large saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. 2 Use a stick blender and blend the mixture in the saucepan until it is still slightly chunky. 3 Add the muslin bag with the pips and continue to simmer, uncovered, over

medium heat for about an hour or until the mixture reaches 220oF (104oC) on a sugar thermometer. Alternatively, you can place some of the mixture onto a saucer that has been in the freezer. Pull your finger through the mixture. If it forms a skin, it is ready. 4 Spoon the jam into sterilised jars. Seal and cool. The jam will thicken once it is cool. Serve on scones or toast.

Hanger as inspiration board An old hanger has heaps of potential to be an inspiration board, wherever you need it. Hang it up somewhere against a wall and peg or pin notes, pretty postcards and photos onto it.

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Banana bread As a child I always looked forward to the teatime treats that my mom used to bake. There was invariably a jar of crunchies or a slice of cake or tart on offer. She loved to make loaf cakes and this banana bread was a family favourite. I have a special copy of the recipe handwritten by my Granny Holst.

Makes: 1 x 11cm x 30cm loaf Preparation time: 20 minutes Baking time: 1 hour Oven temperature: 180oC ♥ 2 large eggs, separated ♥ 115g (125ml) butter ♥ 210g (250ml) sugar ♥ 5ml vanilla essence ♥ 4 ripe medium-sized bananas, peeled and mashed ♥ 270g (500ml) cake flour ♥ 10ml baking powder ♥ 1ml bicarbonate of soda ♥ 125ml milk ♥ 50g (125ml) walnuts ♥ 1 small banana, peeled and sliced lengthways ♥ golden syrup, to drizzle 1 Beat the egg whites until stiff. Set aside. 2 In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light. Add the egg yolks, one at a time. Add the vanilla essence. Stir in the mashed bananas. 3 Sift the flour, baking powder and 1ml salt together and fold into the mixture. Mix the bicarbonate of soda with a little of the milk and add to the mixture. Gradually add the remaining milk. Add half the nuts. Fold in the beaten egg whites. Stir until the ingredients are well combined. 4 Pour into a greased and lined loaf tin. Top with the remaining nuts and the banana slices. Bake in a preheated oven for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and drizzle with syrup. Cool and then remove from the tin. Serve sliced with or without butter.

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Tipsy tart We enjoyed this pudding after many family celebration meals and still do. My mom always makes it with glacé cherries, but I prefer to add dried cranberries. Enjoy it warm with custard or whipped cream.

Makes: 2 x 22cm tarts Preparation time: 30 minutes Baking time: 25 minutes Oven temperature: 190oC ♥ 225g pitted dates, chopped ♥ 10ml bicarbonate of soda ♥ 250ml boiling water ♥ 115g (105ml) butter ♥ 210g (250ml) sugar ♥ 2 large eggs ♥ 270g (500ml) cake flour ♥ 10ml baking powder ♥ 50g dried cranberries (or sliced glacé cherries) ♥ 50ml chopped pecan nuts ♥ custard or whipped cream, to serve SAUCE ♥ 210g (250ml) sugar ♥ 30ml butter

♥ 250ml boiling water ♥ 5ml vanilla essence ♥ 60ml brandy 1 Put the dates into a glass bowl and sprinkle with the bicarbonate of soda. Pour the boiling water over the dates and stir well. Set aside. 2 Beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and beat until light. Add the eggs and beat well. Fold in the flour, a pinch of salt, the baking powder, cranberries (or cherries) and nuts. Lastly add the date mixture. 3 Divide the mixture between two greased pie dishes or spoon into greased ramekins so that they are three-quarters full. Bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. 4 SAUCE Meanwhile, heat the sugar, butter and boiling water together in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla essence and brandy. Pour over the tart while it is still hot. Serve with custard or whipped cream.

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New life for an old case Create a vintage-style minibar in an old suitcase. Copy our art picture on page 44 in the desired size, cut it out and decoupage it to the inside of the case. Make a shelf or shelves from a sheet of balsa that has been cut according to the appropriate measurements and glue in place with wood glue.

Suitcase (R500), tin (R150) and grater (R80) from Plan B Vintage.

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We transformed a stained tray cloth into a pincushion that you can hang up. It s also the perfect gift for Mother s Day.

Framed pincushion

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YOU WILL NEED ♥ Mother design on facing page ♥ frame with cardboard backing ♥ embroidered tray cloth ♥ transfer paper for light fabric ♥ batting




Scan the Mother design to your computer and flip it so that it s a mirror image. Use an ink-jet printer to print the design in the desired size onto a sheet of transfer paper and cut it out.

Cut the tray cloth according to the measurements of the frame that you are using, so that the embroidery is at the edge.

Iron the transferred Mother design onto the piece of fabric according to the instructions on the packaging.


Cut two pieces of batting to the same measurements as the piece of embroidered cloth.

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Place the cloth with the design, the two layers of batting and the cardboard backing into the frame and secure them firmly.


Insert pins into your pincushion and hang it on the wall.


Hold tight Make these cute pan-handle covers for yourself or as a gift. by K AREN ADENDORFF st yling DAL A WAT TS photos ED O RILEY

DIFFICULTY: fairly easy TIME: half a day YOU WILL NEED ♥ cover template ♥ doll illustration ♥ 28 x 36cm linen ♥ 14 x 18cm thin batting ♥ black fabric pen ♥ blusher ♥ invisible marker ♥ general sewing accessories TO MAKE 1 Using the template alongside, cut two pieces from the linen and one piece from the batting. 2 Place the two linen pieces together with right sides facing and onto the batting and stitch the short straight side. 3 Fold open and stay stitch 0,5cm from the seam on the padded side of the strip. 4 Fold the strip closed lengthwise with the right sides facing and stitch all around, leaving an opening for turning. 5 Turn out through the opening and stitch the opening closed. 6 Tuck the lining into the padded side. 7 Draw the picture onto the holder with the marker, then draw over the lines with the black fabric pen. 8 Use blusher for the doll s cheeks

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how to YOU WILL NEED ♥ butter icing (recipe below) ♥ medium- and large-sized flower pins (or use the base of a small, inverted wine glass) ♥ wax paper squares ♥ piping bags ♥ coupler (especially if you want more than 1 colour) ♥ petal nozzle ♥ nr 1 small round nozzle ♥ gel food colourings ♥ cocoa powder BUTTER ICING ♥ 200g butter ♥ violet food colouring ♥ 400g sifted icing sugar ♥ boiling water Beat the butter until just creamy. Add a toothpick tip of violet food colouring to neutralise the yellow of the butter. Add the icing sugar in two batches, stirring with a large spatula or spoon so that you don t incorporate air. Add boiling water, a little at a time, to make a firm but spreadable consistency. Spread the icing along the inside of the mixing bowl to help get rid of air pockets. Set aside a little icing and mix in cocoa to form dark brown icing. Add black gel colouring and leave to stand, covered, for the colour to develop.

Place the petal nozzle in a piping bag, or attach it using the coupler, and fill the bag with butter icing. For a twotone petal, scoop some icing in one colour into one side of the piping bag, then fill with another colour. Place a wax paper square onto the flower pin using a little icing to hold it in position.


Pipe the three centre petals. Do the same as in step 3 but the movement of your piping bag is much less, to form smaller petals. Move the flower pin to form long petals so that the centre of the flower is filled by the three petals.

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Pipe two rings, using the flower pin as a guide. Make sure the thin part of the nozzle is facing outwards and the thick part towards the centre. The first ring must be as far out as possible, and the second ring must be inside the first, but overlapping. Hold the piping bag still, turning the flower pin as you pipe.


Spoon the black icing into a piping bag with a nr 1 nozzle. The icing should be firmer than the icing used for the petals. Pipe a large round centre, covering the centre of the flower where the petals join.


Pipe the four outer petals. Hold the thick part of the nozzle where the two rings overlap. Squeeze the piping bag and move it slightly outwards while turning the pin a little to make a petal. Release the pressure on the bag and pull it inwards to end the petal. Space them so you can pipe four petals.


Pipe small dots around the centre. Hold the piping bag still, squeeze a small amount out, release the pressure and pull away slowly. If you don t release the pressure, it won t pipe a dot. Place the flower on the wax paper in the freezer for 20 minutes, then pull it off gently. Use a little icing to attach it to a cake, cupcake or sugar biscuit.



Anemones for Mom These edible anemones are simple yet elegant â&#x20AC;&#x2019; make them in your mom s favourite colour as a treat for Mother s Day. by TANI KIRSTEN photos ED O RILEY

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Macramé fringe In this third and last stage of your heirloom project, we show you how to do macramé to finish off your beautiful tablecloth. by KEVIN SWARTS st yling DAL A WAT TS photo ED O RILEY

DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: depends on length YOU WILL NEED ♥ Elle crochet thread no. 5 (105/off white) (100g is sufficient for 2m fringing) NOTE: Double strands of crochet thread are used as one. For simplicity, the instructions will use the term strand to mean a double strand of crochet cotton. TO MAKE 1 Count the scallops along the bottom of the crocheted edging. Cut four 120cm lengths for each scallop. Fold each bundle of four in half, and tie each through the four chain stitch loops in the centre of the scallop with a lark s head knot. 2 Row 1: With the four strands (see note above) below each lark s head, tie two square knots. 3 Row 2: Divide the strands below the square knots into two groups of two strands each. With each pair, knot four half hitches with alternating strands, making the first half hitch with the inner strand around the outer strand. Knot an additional four half hitches on the first and last pair of strands of the row, for a total of eight knots on each pair. 4 Row 3: Take the second and third pairs of strands and work six half knots. These will twist and should be allowed to twist around twice. Continue in this way up to the third and second last pair of strands.

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5 Row 4: Divide the strands below the half knots into two groups of two strands each. With each pair, knot four half hitches with alternating strands, making the first half hitch with the inner strand around the outer strand. 6 Row 5: Take the first and second pair of strands and work two square knots. Continue in this way to the end of the row.

7 Finally, tie an overhand knot below the two square knots of the previous row. Trim the fringe ends to approximately 35cm below the overhand knots. TIP To learn to do macramé knots, search for Basic macrame knots the next step (by CSLdesigns) on YouTube. Look out for the lark s head knot, square knot, spiral knot/half knot, and alternating half hitch.


KEYS TO SYMBOLS Lark s head Square knot

Half knot Allow half knots to twist around twice

Half hitch with strand on the right

Overhand knot

Half hitch with strand on the left


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Bring nostalgia back into your bedroom with a gorgeous quilt, upcycled curtains and other handmade treasures.


bedroom st yling DAL A WAT TS photos ED O RILEY

RITA RABBIT (Instructions on page 64.)

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QUILT designed by JUDY WALLACE There s nothing like a cosy quilt to bring warmth into a bedroom and years of delight to the user. FINISHED SIZES ♥ three-quarter / single quilt: 144 x 192cm (3 x 4 blocks) ♥ double quilt: 192 x 192cm (4 x 4 blocks) ♥ queen quilt: 240 x 192cm (5 x 4 blocks) TIP Remember to pre-wash and preshrink your fabrics before you start making your quilt. TO MAKE 1 Cut the fabric pieces into the sizes as per plan A to F below. Stitch together as indicated using a 0.5cm seam and trim to a square block 48.5 x 48.5cm. 2 Press the blocks well and lay them out in a pleasing order. You can have each block facing the same way or you can rotate them, if you prefer. 3 Stitch all the blocks together, again using a 0.5cm seam. Cut the leftover fabric into 5.5cm width strips for the binding around the edges. Fabrics and quilt from Thimbles and Quilts (

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PATCHWORK CURTAINS by DAL A WAT TS Upcycle vintage tablecloths, tray cloths and lace for these curtains. Play around and place the cloths where you think they look pretty, but take care not to overdo it and stick to one colour scheme.

DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: half a day YOU WILL NEED ♥ old linen single-bed sheet(s) ♥ old tablecloth, doilies and tray cloths ♥ fabric remnants ♥ lace ♥ matching machine thread ♥ fabric glue TO MAKE 1 Measure the width of your window and cut the sheet(s) according to this measurement (the old linen sheets are still of good quality, and are nice and thick). Stitch narrow double seams around the edges. Stitch a strip of lace along the bottom edge. 2 For the lace section at the top, cut out a piece of the fabric remnant, stitch lace along the bottom edge and then stitch it onto the sheet so it makes a rod casing. 3 Pin the tablecloth onto the curtain where you think it looks best, but be careful that the fabric doesn t make folds, otherwise it won t be possible to sew it neatly. Stitch it in place around the edges. 4 If the sheet has a hole here and there, hide them with a doily that you first glue in position with fabric glue and then hand stitch around the edge to secure. 5 Work a tray cloth onto the bottom section of the curtain. 6 Sew two long thin strips and work them onto the curtain 50cm from the top so you can tie them open during the day. Lace from Boere-sjiek ( May/June 2018 IDEAS 61

stitchcraft DIFFICULTY: intermediate TIME: four to five hours RUG SIZE 90cm in diameter (depending on the thickness of your yarn) YOU WILL NEED ♥ 2,5kg T-shirt yarn ♥ 15mm crochet hook ♥ stitch markers ♥ thick needle ♥ scissors ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS) beg ‒ begin(ning) bet ‒ between BL/O ‒ back loop/only BBR ‒ back bar ch(s) ‒ chain(s) ch-sp(s) ‒ chain space(s) cont ‒ continue dc ‒ double crochet hdc ‒ half double crochet fo ‒ fasten off lp/s ‒ loop/s rep(s) ‒ repeat(s) rnd ‒ round sc ‒ single crochet sk ‒ skip slst ‒ slip stitch sp(s) ‒ space(s) st(s) ‒ stitch(es) tr ‒ treble yo ‒ yarn over PATTERN NOTES * Use a stitch marker to mark your first st in a round. * Ch1 at beg of hdc round does not count as a stitch. SPECIAL STITCHES DC Ch4Picot ‒ (2dc, ch4, slst in first ch, 2dc), all in same stitch. BL ‒ back loop BBR ‒ back bar (also called the third loop) A normal crochet stitch has two top loops forming a V . The one nearest to you is the front loop and the other one is the back loop. Right behind the back loop is a third loop, called the back bar. BLO and BBR ‒ insert hook through both the back loop and the back bar of stitch.

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Working in both the back loop and the back bar gives your work a sturdier and neater look. Beg 3 Treble Cluster (across next TWO sts) Ch3 (counts as 1st tr), yarn over twice, insert hook in same st and draw up a loop (4 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops twice (2 loops on hook). Yarn over twice, insert hook in next st and draw up a loop (5 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops twice (3 loops on hook). 3 Treble Cluster (across TWO sts) Yarn over twice, insert hook in next st and draw up a loop (4 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops twice (2 loops on hook). Yarn over twice, insert hook in same st and draw up a loop (5 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops twice (3 loops on hook). Yarn over twice, insert hook in next st and draw up a loop (6 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops twice (4 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops. TO CROCHET Ch 5 and close with a slst in first ch to form a ring OR make Magic Ring. Rnd 1: In Ring, ch1, 12hdc, close with slst in 1st hdc. [12 hdc] Rnd 2: BL and BBR Working in both the BL and BBR of stitch: Ch1, 2hdc in same st, 2 hdc in each st all around, close with slst in 1st hdc. [24 hdc] Rnd 3: BL and BBR (cluster stitches explained in Special Stitches) One beg 3 treble cluster worked in next two sts, ch 3, *one 3 treble cluster in next two sts, ch 3* repeat 10 more times, close with slst in first ch after first beg 3 tr cluster. [12 x 3 tr clusters and 12 x 3ch sps] Rnd 4: Ch1, 4 hdc in 3ch sp, 4 hdc in next eleven 3ch sps, close with slst in 1st hdc. [12 X 4HDC = 48 hdc] Rnd 5: BL and BBR Ch1, 1hdc in same st, 1 hdc in each st all around, close with slst in 1st hdc. [ 48 hdc] Rnd 6: BL and BBR Same as round 3, with 24 times 3 Treble Clusters, close with slst in 1st ch after first cluster. [24 x 3Treble Clusters and 24 x 3ch sps]

Rnd 7: Ch1, 3 hdc in 3ch sp, 3hdc in each 3 ch sp all around, close with slst in 1st hdc. [24 x 3hdc = 72 hdc] Rd 8: BL and BBR Ch1, 2hdc in same st, 1hdc, 2hdc, *2hdc, 1hdc, 2hdc* rep 22 more times, close with slst in 1st hdc. [120 hdc] Rd 9: BL and BBR Ch1, 1hdc in same st, 1 hdc in each st all around, close with slst in 1st hdc. [120 hdc] NOTE Your rug could be a bit wavy after this round. Don t worry, the next rounds will sort that out. Rnd 10: BL and BBR Ch1, 1 hdc in same st, 1 hdc in next st, sk1, * (2dc, ch4Picot, 2dc) in next st, sk1, 1hdc in next two sts, sk1* repeat 22 more times close with slst in 1st hdc. [24 dc/ picot shells] Rnd 11: Slst up in to sp of ch4 picot, (ch3, [1dc, ch1] times three, 1dc) in ch4 sp, sk 2hdc *([dc, ch1] times 4, 1dc) in next picot 4ch sp* repeat 22 more times, close with slst in 1st dc. [24 x 5dc fans] RUG IS ABOUT 68CM AT THE END OF THIS ROUND, WITH 1KG T-YARN. Rnd 12: Slst into first 1ch-sp of dc fan, ch1, 2hdc in same sp, 2hdc in each of next three 1ch-sps, 1 sc bet dc fans, * 2hdc in each of next four 1ch-sps, 1sc in space bet dc fans*, rep 22 more times, close with slst 1st hdc. [24 x 8hdc and 24 x 1sc] Rnd 13: BLO OF HDC 3, 4, 5 AND 6 Slst to fourth hdc, ch1, 1hdc in blo of same st, 2 hdc in blo of each of next two sts, 1 hdc in blo of next st, ch1, *sk 5 sts, 1hdc, 2hdc, 2hdc, 1hdc in blo of sts nr 3, 4, 5 and 6, ch1 * rep 22 more times, sk 5 sts, close with slst in 1st hdc. [24 x 6 hdc and 24 x 1ch] Rnd 14: BL and BBR Ch1, 1hdc in same st, 1hdc in each of next 5sts, sk ch1, *1hdc in each of next 6 sts, skip ch1* rep 22 more times, close with slst in 1st hdc. [24 x 6 hdc = 144 hdc] Rnd 15: BL and BBR Ch1, 1hdc in same st, 1 hdc in each st all around, close with slst in 1st hdc. [144 hdc] Rnd 16: BL and BBR Ch1, Repeat rnd 15. [144 hdc] Rnd 17: Optional. Ch1, slst all around. Fasten off and work away ends.


Crochet this beautiful, soft and textured doily rug for next to your bed.

T-Yarn from www.facebook. com/50swolwinkel/

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RITA RABBIT by AGNIESZK A STRYCHARSK A This is such an easy pattern for making a lovable rabbit. Make it for a little girl to play with, as décor for her room or for your next market.

DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: 1½ days

RABBIT YOU WILL NEED ♥ templates on page overleaf ♥ chocolate brown linen fabric ♥ polyester toy stuffing ♥ matching machine thread ♥ scraps of beige yarn TO CUT Use the templates and from the linen fabric cut 2 x head pieces, 2 x body, 1 x ears (inner part), 1 x bottom, 4 x legs, and 4 x arms. NOTE 1cm seam allowances are included on all pieces. TO MAKE NOTE All the pieces have to be stitched together so that the seams are in the middle, as in the pictures. 1 Legs and arms: Place the leg pieces together in pairs, right sides facing, and stitch them together along the sides and bottom, leaving the top edge open ‒ you will have two legs. Turn through to the right side and stuff firmly with the polyester toy stuffing. Do the same with the arms. 2 Head and ears (inner part): Place the piece for the inner part of the ears to the inside of the ears of the head piece, right sides facing, and stitch along the sides and ends. Then stitch the back seam and front seam of the head from below the ears, right sides facing, leaving the neck edge open. Turn through to right side and stuff firmly with polyester toy stuffing. 3 Stitch the arms to the neck seam allowance of the head on both sides of the head. 4 Body: Place the two body pieces

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together, right sides facing, and stitch together at the front and the back, leaving the top and bottom edges open. Turn through to the right side. 5 Fold in the seam allowances along the neck edge of the head and top edge of the body and sew the head to the body neatly by hand. Stuff firmly halfway with polyester toy stuffing. 6 Stitch the top edges of the legs to the front of the body on both sides of the front seam. 7 Fold the legs upwards towards the head, stitch the bottom piece halfway around to the bottom edge of the body, right sides facing and legs in between the seam, leaving the back half open. Stuff the remainder of body firmly with polyester toy stuffing. Fold in the seam allowances of the open half on the bottom and lower edge of the body and sew neatly by hand. FINISHING Embroider the eyes, nose, mouth and fingers with scraps of beige yarn as shown in the pictures.

DRESS YOU WILL NEED ♥ templates on page overleaf ♥ light brown linen fabric ♥ matching machine thread ♥ brown lace ♥ elastic TO CUT Use the templates on the page overleaf and from the linen fabric, cut out the back and front pieces of the dress. TO MAKE 1 Stitch elastic to the wrong side in the middle half of the dress front in line with the lower edge of the armhole opening. 2 Stitch the back and front pieces together at the shoulder seams and side seams from below the armhole opening, with right sides facing. Overlock the seam allowances. 3 Fold in a narrow double hem along the bottom edge of the dress and topstitch. 4 Fold in the seam allowances along the neck and armhole edges and topstitch lace over the folded edges.

PANTIES YOU WILL NEED ♥ templates on page overleaf ♥ cream linen fabric ♥ matching machine thread ♥ elastic ♥ lace TO CUT Use the templates on the page overleaf and from the linen fabric, cut out the back and front pieces of the panties. TO MAKE 1 Stitch the crotch seam and side seams of the back and front pieces together, right sides facing. Overlock the seam allowances. 2 Fold in the seam allowance along the top edge and stitch the elastic to the wrong side over the folded-in seam allowance. 3 Topstitch lace around the top edge. Fold in the seam allowances along the leg openings and topstitch the lace all around.

CROCHETED SHOES YOU WILL NEED ♥ chunky yarn in colour natural ♥ 9mm crochet hook ABBREVIATIONS beg ‒ begin(ning) ch ‒ chain stitch dc ‒ double crochet rnd ‒ round ss ‒ slip stitch st(s) ‒ stitch(es) TO CROCHET (Make 2) Rnd 1: Ch 3, join with ss into first ch to make a ring. Rnd 2: Working into the ring, ch 1 (does not count as first stitch), 6 dc, join with ss into top of beg ch 1. Rnd 3: Ch 1 (counts as first st), dc into same st, 2 dc into each st to end, join with ss into top of beg ch 1 [= 12 sts]. Rnd 4: Ch 1 (counts as first st), 1 dc into each st to end, join with ss into top of


beg ch 1. Rnds 5-7: Ch 1 (counts as first st), 1 dc into each st to end, join with ss into top of beg ch 1. Row 8: Ch 1 (counts as first st), 1 dc into next 7 sts, turn [= 8 sts]. Rows 9-11: Ch 1 (counts as first st), 1 dc into next 7 sts, turn [= 8 sts]. Fasten off. FINISHING Fold the shoe in half with the right sides together and sew up the heel seam with neat stitches. Darn in all loose yarn ends.

CROCHETED GILET YOU WILL NEED ♥ chunky yarn in beige ♥ 9mm crochet hook ABBREVIATIONS ch ‒ chain stitch dc ‒ double crochet st(s) ‒ stitch(es) TO CROCHET Row 1: Ch 14. Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as first st),

1 dc into each st to end, ch 1, turn [= 14 dc]. Rows 3-8: 1 dc into each st to end, ch 1, turn [= 14 dc]. Row 9: 3 dc, skip 2 dc of previous row, 4 dc, skip 2 dc of previous row, 3 dc, ch 1, turn. Row 10: 3 dc, ch 3, 4 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1, turn. Row 11: 3 dc, 2 dc into ch 3, 4 dc, 2 dc into ch 3, 3 dc. Fasten off. FINISHING Darn in all loose yarn ends.

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Pincushion rings DIFFICULTY: fairly easy TIME: half an hour per ring YOU WILL NEED (per ring) ♥ patterns on the page overleaf ♥ felt bead, about 2cm diameter ♥ ring with a base with holes ♥ scraps of embroidery thread ♥ seed beads (optional) ♥ general sewing accessories TO MAKE 1 Embroider the patterns onto the felt bead with embroidery thread. Use back stitch, French knots and lazy daisy stitch for the embroidery. 2 Sew on the seed beads according to the pattern or at random , if you prefer. 3 Sew the felt bead to the ring base.

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Crocheted cover for measuring tape DIFFICULTY: fairly easy TIME: 2½ hours YOU WILL NEED ♥ 1 x 50g ball Vinnis Nikkim 100% cotton DK each in Purple Pink, White, Slate and Stone ♥ 3mm crochet hook ♥ needle with large eye ♥ general sewing accessories CROCHET ABBREVIATIONS beg ‒ begin(ning) ch ‒ chain stitch c/off ‒ cast off dc ‒ double crochet fdc ‒ front double crochet htr ‒ half treble rep ‒ repeat rnd ‒ round sp ‒ space ss ‒ slip stitch st(s) ‒ stitch(es) tr ‒ treble STITCH EXPLANATION Front double crochet: Insert hook from back to front around the stem of the next stitch and complete double crochet.

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TO CROCHET 1 Work two flower circles for the upperand underside of the measuring-tape casing as follows: Using Slate and 3mm hook, work 3 ch, ss into 1st ch to form a ring. Rnd 1: 1 ch, 6 dc into the ring, ss into beg-dc. Rnd 2: 1 ch, 1 dc into same st, 2 ch, *1 dc into next dc, 2 ch; rep from * to end, ss into beg-dc. C/off. Rnd 3: Join Purple Pink into 2 ch-sp, 1 ch, (1 dc, 1 htr, 1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr, 1 htr, 1 dc) into same sp and into each 2 ch-sp to end, ss into beg-dc. C/off. Rnd 4 (rnd is behind pink flower petals): Join White to the back with a dc around the stem of the dc of rnd 2 (insert hook from back to front around the stem of the st and complete the dc), 3 ch, *fdc around next dc-stem of rnd 2, 3 ch; rep from * to end, ss into beg-dc. Rnd 5: Ss up to and into 3 ch-sp, 3 ch, 5 tr into same sp, 6 tr into next 3 ch-sp and into each 3 ch-sp to end, ss into top of beg-3 ch. C/off.

Rnd 6: Join Slate into 2 ch-sp of flower petal as well as the tr right behind the flower petal, 1 ch, 1 dc through both sts, 1 dc into next 5 tr, *1 dc into next tr as well as 2 ch-sp of next flower petal, 1 dc into next 5 tr; rep from * to end, ss into beg-dc. C/off. Rnd 7: With Stone, 1 ch, 1 dc into each dc to end, ss into beg-dc. Rnd 8 (for one circle only): 3 ch, 1 tr into each dc to end, ss into top of beg-3 ch. C/off, making sure you leave a length of yarn long enough to sew the two circles together. 2 Crochet the other circle up to (but not including) rnd 8. C/off. 3 Darn in all the loose yarn ends of the circles. 4 Sew half of the one circle to the other circle. 5 Insert the measuring tape casing into the crocheted cover and push the section where you pull out the measuring tape through the corresponding space in between two tr sts and sew the remainder of the two circles together. C/off.



WOMAN KNITTING DIFFICULTY: fairly easy TIME: half a day YOU WILL NEED ♥ illustration on page 75 ♥ 25 x 25cm white linen ♥ 25 x 25cm iron-on interfacing (Vilene) ♥ embroidery hoop with an outer diameter of 18,5cm ♥ black machine thread ♥ scraps of double knitting yarn in the

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colour of your choice (we used MoYa DK cotton yarn in Dusty Pink) ♥ 3,25mm knitting needles ♥ invisible marker ♥ general sewing accessories ♥ blusher TO MAKE 1 Iron the interfacing on to the wrong side of the linen. 2 Draw the illustration on page 75 with the marker onto the linen and pull the linen taut over the embroidery hoop. 3 Using a double strand of black machine

thread, embroider the picture using back stitch. 4 Colour the cheeks with some blusher. 5 Knit a rectangular strip as follows: Cast on 12 stitches and knit 30 rows. Cast off and darn in the loose ends. 6 Sew the knitted strip by hand on to the embroidered picture. 7 Trim away the excess fabric at the back of the hoop.


WOMAN WITH FLOWERS DIFFICULTY: fairly easy TIME: one day YOU WILL NEED ♥ illustration above ♥ 25 x 25cm white linen ♥ 25 x 25cm iron-on interfacing (Vilene) ♥ embroidery hoop with an outer diameter of 18,5cm ♥ 1 skein each DMC embroidery thread in dark grey (413), black (939), light green (472), medium green (3052), dusty pink (3727), light pink (818), bright pink (3712), peach (353), maroon (3721), brown (3860) and yellow (676)

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♥ remnant of cotton fabric ♥ small piece of double-sided iron-on paper ♥ small piece of pompom cord ♥ invisible marker ♥ general sewing accessories ♥ blusher TO MAKE 1 Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the white linen. 2 Draw the illustration above with the marker onto the linen. 3 Iron the cotton remnant onto the double-sided iron-on paper. 4 Cut the dress shape from the cotton remnant and tear away the paper at the back. Iron the dress in place onto the white linen. 5 Stitch the pompom cord to the dress. 6 Pull the white linen taut over the

embroidery hoop. 7 Now start working the embroidery and use two strands of embroidery thread together throughout. Embroider the outline of the dress in back stitch using black thread. 8 Embroider the face in back stitch and black, the hair in brown and the mouth in bright pink. 9 Colour the cheeks with some blusher. 10 Embroider all the large flowers in satin stitch and dusty pink, bright pink and peach. Embroider the leaves in satin stitch with light green and medium green. 11 Embroider the twigs in back stitch and dark grey. 12 Fill in the background and flower centres with French knots in light pink, yellow and maroon. 13 Trim away the excess fabric at the back of the hoop.

SHELVES WITH PLANTS DIFFICULTY: fairly easy TIME: one day YOU WILL NEED ♥ illustration above right ♥ 25 x 25cm white linen ♥ 25 x 25cm iron-on interfacing (Vilene) ♥ embroidery hoop with an outer diameter of 18,5cm ♥ 1 skein each DMC embroidery thread in dark grey (413), black (939), light green (472), apple green (166), medium green (3052), dark green (895), dusty pink (3727) and light pink (818) ♥ invisible marker ♥ general sewing accessories TO MAKE 1 Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the white linen. 2 Draw the illustration with the marker onto the linen and pull the linen taut over the embroidery hoop. 3 Using two strands of embroidery thread, embroider the picture in back stitch, satin stitch and French knots. Use the black thread for the shelves and the dark gray for the pots. The other colours can be used at random. 4 Trim away the excess fabric at the back of the hoop.

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Magazine rack



All you need to make this stylish magazine rack is a bit of time and a few embroidery hoops. YOU WILL NEED ♥ wood glue (extra strong) ♥ 5‒7 wooden embroidery hoops (25cm in diameter) ♥ 10‒14 wooden spacer blocks (25cm long x 1.5cm wide) ♥ clamp ♥ paintbrush

Place the first embroidery hoop on a flat surface with the hoop fastener at the top and apply a thin layer of glue with the paintbrush along the outside edge at the bottom of the hoop.

Place a spacer block over the glued area of the embroidery hoop and another one at the top.




Apply glue to the side edge at the bottom of another hoop and place it

Continue until you have glued all the hoops and bottom spacers together. You can either leave the hoops and spacers stacked flat until the glue is dry or use a clamp to hold them together until the glue is dry.

Once the glue has dried and you are sure the rings are secure, remove the spacers at the top. TIP Wooden embroidery hoops are available from most fabric shops.

on top of the wooden spacers. Add two more spacers and another hoop in the same way. NOTE Apply glue only to the bottom edge of the hoops.

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Make this nifty magazine rack using a few simple embroidery hoops.



Hold my cup This copper-and-glass side table will fit equally well in a modern or more romantic room. by JOHN LE THERBARROW styling DAL A WAT TS photo ED O RILEY DIFFICULTY: medium TIME: a weekend, including time for the glue to set YOU WILL NEED MATERIALS ♥ copper plumbing pipe (part 1) ‒ 15mm (D) x 3 000mm (L) ♥ copper pipe connectors ‒ 4 x 15mm T-piece connectors (part 2) ‒ 4 x 15mm 90-degree connectors (part 3) ♥ 4 x 15mm copper pipe end caps (part 4) ♥ 4 x antique brass 15mm rivet heads no. 7050 (part 5) ♥ glass table top (part 6) ‒ 400mm diameter x 6mm thickness ♥ quick-set steel epoxy adhesive ♥ 750ml lacquer thinners ♥ mutton cloth ♥ 600 grit waterproof sandpaper (or steel wool) ♥ brass polish ♥ clear silicone rubber sealant ♥ anti-tarnish spray (optional) TOOLS ♥ hand drill ♥ 4mm drill bit ♥ pipe cutter: 3 ‒ 30mm

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MAKING THE BASE OF THE TABLE 1 Cut the copper pipe components (1) to the dimensions specified in the exploded diagram on page 80. 2 Using sandpaper or steel wool, clean the ends of the copper pipe and the inner surfaces of connectors and end caps (2, 3 and 4). Mix and apply the epoxy adhesive to the cleaned surfaces. It is best to start with the corner connectors, ensuring that they are perfectly squared off. Clean off any excess glue with lacquer thinners and then allow the glue to set. Then proceed to do the same at each connection point, allowing the glue to set before tackling the next step. 3 When the base of the side table is fully constructed, drill 4 x 4mm holes as indicated in the diagram. Insert an antique brass rivet head (5) into each of the four holes (the brass rivet head is part of a press-stud set and is available at a leading leather merchant*). 4 The circular glass table top (6) was very reasonably priced at R120 and was cut and polished within 15 minutes by a glass supplier in Mowbray. Position the glass top on the rivets, ensuring that it is perfectly centred. Then mark the position of the rivets on the glass using masking

tape. Remove the glass top and apply a coat of clear silicone rubber sealant to the tops of the rivets. Position the glass top on the rivets using the tape markers and allow the silicone to set overnight. Once set, remove the tape markers. The glass top may be lifted if or when you need to polish the copper base. The rivets prevent the glass from sliding. 5 If you would like the copper to retain a shiny new look then polish it with brass polish, clean off the surplus polish with lacquer thinners and apply a coat of antitarnish spray.

3 Brass rivets available at Woodheads. Copper light, copper bowl and candle holder from MRP.


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We created a few fun, easy-to-make items from old biscuit and cake tins.

Totaly tin by CARIN SMITH photos ED O RILEY

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CAKE DOME Turn a deep cake tin into a cake dome by attaching an ornamental doorknob to the base. DIFFICULTY: medium TIME: 20 minutes YOU WILL NEED ♥ deep cake tin ♥ doorknob ♥ cordless drill ♥ ruler ♥ pencil

Biscuit and cake tins from Milnerton Market, Woodstock Vintage and Nerf -af.



Turn your tin upside down, measure to determine the centre of the base and make a pencil mark. Drill a hole in the middle where the mark is.

Screw the doorknob in place through the hole and wipe off the pencil markings.

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NEEDLEWORK CADDY Use a large rectangular vintage biscuit tin as a needlework caddy. Fill it with pretty stitchcraft necessities â&#x20AC;&#x2019; it ll make a lovely gift for Mother s Day.

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CAKE TIN SEATS Use pretty cake-tin lids to decorate the top of wooden bar stools. We attached ours to the wooden seat with glue and nails. If the tin lid is smaller than the seat, you can either have the seat cut slightly smaller than the lid or have another piece of wood cut according to the lid measurements. Glue the wooden piece to the top of the bar stool and then glue and nail the lid in place over it. Paint from Paint and DĂŠcor (021 976 0114).

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by GERMARIE BRUWER photo ED O RILEY styling CARIN SMITH We saw similar frame terrariums on Pinterest and asked Germarie to show us how to make one. They were just too lovely to resist. DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: 1½ hours, excluding drying time YOU WILL NEED ♥ 6 picture frames ♥ 8 plastic corner blocks ♥ 6 x 25mm steel butt hinges ♥ 48 x 3mm x 10mm wooden screws ♥ spray paint (we used Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover paint and primer in Meadow Green gloss) ♥ electric drill with 2.5mm wooden drill bit ♥ screwdriver




We used six picture frames for the body of the terrarium: ‒ two 37 x 47cm for the front and back ‒ two 25 x 37cm for the sides ‒ two 25 x 47cm for the pitched roof

Remove the glass and backing boards from the frames. Place the frames on a flat protected surface and spray paint them (remember to paint the sides and back as well). Allow to dry properly before moving on to step 3.

Position the corner blocks roughly 5cm from the top and bottom edges of each of the four frames for the walls (front, back and sides) and drill pilot holes. This will prevent the frames from cracking when you fix the screws.




Use the eight corner blocks to fit the four walls of the terrarium together. Place the caps on the corner blocks to finish them off.

Fit the roof of the terrarium by connecting the long edges of the two remaining frames with two of the hinges. Then fix the roof in place with the remaining four hinges.

Carefully replace the glass and fill your terrarium with your favourite plants!

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Glass house Give your houseplants pride of place with this DIY terrarium. You can repurpose a collection of used picture frames or buy new ones for the project.

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Felt flowers DIFFICULTY: fairly easy; all you need is a little patience TIME: one day YOU WILL NEED ♥ templates on the page overleaf ♥ felt sheets in yellow, pink and green (or the colours of your choice) ♥ yellow machine thread ♥ light green embroidery thread ♥ fabric glue ♥ general sewing accessories


For the flower centre, cut a strip of yellow felt not wider than 5mm. Fold it double and tack it together with yellow thread. Clip in the top edge with small, sharp scissors, about every 2mm. Then start rolling up the strip. Sew it down at the base as you are rolling it up. Continue in this way until the flower centre is completed.


For the third layer, repeat the process with the remainder of your small petals where there is an opening.

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Use the templates to cut the flower petals from the pink felt: Cut about 11 of the small ones and 5‒10 of the larger ones (depending on the size flower you want to make). Take three of the smaller petals and glue them down around the yellow flower centre for the first layer.


Repeat the process for the bottom layers, but using the larger petals. When you are happy with the size of your flower, cut a circle from the pink felt and glue it to the underside of the flower, so that it is sturdy and neat. Make two more flowers in the same way, in different shades of pink.


Use a few more of the small petals for the second layer and glue them down into the openings left by the first layer. TIP: Do not use too much glue, it can get messy. Cup your hand and hold the flower in your cupped palm until the glue is dry.


Cut a leaf from green felt according to the template. Embroider the veins with light green embroidery thread. Glue the flowers and leaf onto a gift box and place your mother s scarf (instructions on page 90) inside. Felt from Thimbles Quilt and Knit ( in Durbanville.


With love for Mother Surprise your mother with an embroidered scarf in a pretty parcel decorated with handmade felt ï¬&#x201A;owers. by K AREN ADENDORFF and DAL A WAT TS photos ED O RILEY

Embroidered circle scarf


DIFFICULTY: fairly easy TIME: two days YOU WILL NEED ♥ embroidery patterns below ♥ 30cm white viscose-linen ♥ 70cm ribbon ♥ 1 skein each DMC embroidery thread in grey (646), apple green (166), medium green (3052), dusty pink (3727), maroon (3721), old gold (370), peach (353), deep cream (842), brown (3860), gold (422), reddish brown (632) and bright pink (3712) ♥ small embroidery hoop ♥ invisible marker ♥ general sewing accessories TO MAKE 1 Use the selvedges of the scarf as the ends and stitch the ribbon over the row of holes on the sides. 2 Overlock the long sides, fold in and stitch a narrow hem. Press. 3 Using your marker, draw three rows of four circles each, each one 5cm diameter, on the ends of the scarf. 4 Draw the patterns onto the circles. 5 Insert each circle in your embroidery hoop and use two strands of embroidery thread for the embroidery. Use the grey for the outlines of the circles and the other colours randomly, and embroider the patterns in back stitch.


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There are few things more comfortable than a poncho. Whether you prefer knitting or crochet, we ve got you covered. by BRIDGE T HENDERSON from COWGIRLBLUES st yling DAL A WAT TS PHOTO ED O RILEY

knitted poncho DIFFICULTY: intermediate TIME: three days MEASUREMENTS The poncho is made in a loose and easy style that will fit an average adult. To make it larger on the arms cast on more stitches, or fewer to make it smaller. Or you can knit the piece longer, which will have a similar effect. YOU WILL NEED ♥ 2 x 100g Cowgirlblues Aran Single in Coffee Bean ♥ 3 x 25g Cowgirlblues Kidsilk in Coffee Bean ♥ 9mm knitting needles (I use a circular needle, but straight needles are fine) TENSION 10 x 10cm = 11 stitches and 16 rows, unblocked and worked in stocking stitch using Cowgirlblues Aran Single on 9mm needles. NOTE This pattern is worked as a flat piece, then folded and joined down one edge

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to create the poncho shape. The knit is worked in stripes of 4 rows in Aran followed by 4 rows in Kidsilk. When working in the Kidsilk you will use three strands together, one from each ball, to give it a thickness that matches the Aran. TO MAKE On every row, slip the first stitch knitwise and knit the last stitch through the back of the loop. This will give the edges a neat finish. For the last stitch on every purl row, use both Aran and Kidsilk yarns together to knit the last stitch through the back of the loop. This will carry your yarns up the side of your work. Starting with the Aran Single yarn, cast on 65 stitches. Rows 1‒4: Work 4 rows in stocking stitch (knit one row, purl the next row). Remember to slip the first stitch knitwise and knit the last stitch through the back of the loop on every row, even the purl ones. Row 5: Change to Kidsilk (combine 3 strands together) and repeat rows 1‒4 in stocking stitch. Continue working in this pattern of 4 rows Aran Single followed by 4 rows of Kidsilk until you almost finish your yarns.

Make sure to end on an Aran repeat. Cast off and darn in the loose ends. TO MAKE UP First gently steam press or block your knitting so it lies flat. Fold it in half with the right sides on the inside and the short ends together. You are going to work a joining seam along the edge where you carried the yarns. This will be the one shoulder seam. For the seam, start at the bottom of the one long open edge so the folded edge is at the top, and using an overstitch or running stitch, sew the two edges together. Stop about 30cm before the fold, to leave an opening for the neck. Make sure it fits your head, then darn in the end of the stitching yarn. Turn right side out and press the seam open. FINISHING If you have leftover yarn, you could do some extra finishing off by working double crochet or blanket stitch around the neck edge and doing the same around the hem edge. I like to do this in the Aran as it gives a solid finish, but it would look great in Kidsilk too. You could also introduce a contrasting colour for a little bit of detail.

Blouse from Woolworths R299


crochet poncho DIFFICULTY: the body is easy; border intermediate TIME: one week PATTERN SIZE: One size fits all FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Length: 45cm Total width: 162cm MATERIALS: ♥ 7 balls 125m/50g Nurturing Fibres Eco-Fusion Colour Watershed ♥ 4.50mm hook ♥ tapestry needle ♥ scissors GAUGE 14 sts x 9 rows= 10 x 10cm using 4.50mm hook and working trs (blocked). ABBREVIATIONS 2trtog ‒ work two trebles together 3trtog ‒ work three trebles together ch(s) ‒ chain(s) chsp(s) ‒ chain space(s) dc ‒ double crochet picot ‒ ch3, close with a slst in the 3rd ch from hook rep ‒ repeat

RS ‒ Right Side sk ‒ skip slst ‒ slip stitch tr(s) ‒ treble(s) v-st ‒ 1tr, ch1, 1tr TO MAKE With a 4.50mm hook, loosely ch 243. Row 1: (RS) Insert hook in the 4th ch from hook and work 1 tr, work 1 tr in each ch across, turn. (241 sts) Row 2 ‒ 30: Ch3, 1tr in each tr across, turn. Row 31: Ch4 (count as 1tr, ch1), sk next tr, *1tr in next tr, ch1, sk next tr*, rep from * across, work 1tr in the last tr, turn. Row 32 ‒ 33: Ch4 (count as 1tr, ch1), 1tr in next tr, *ch1, 1tr in next tr*, rep from * to end, turn. Row 34: Ch3, 1tr in first 1chsp, *ch7, sk next three 1chsps, 1tr in next tr, ch7, sk next three 1chsps, 3trtog in next 1chsp*, rep from * across, ending the last rep at the tr, ch7, sk next three 1chsp, 1tr in last 1chsp, 1tr in last st, turn. Row 35: Ch3, 1tr in next tr, *ch4 (1tr, ch1, 1tr, ch1, 1tr) in next tr, ch4, 1v-st in next 3trtog*, rep across, ending the last rep at (1tr, ch1, 1tr, ch1, 1tr), ch4, 1tr in each of the last 2 sts, turn. Row 36: Ch3, 1tr in next tr, *ch3, 1tr in next tr, ch1, 5tr in next tr, ch1, 1tr in next tr, ch3, 3trtog in the 1chsp of the next v-st*, rep from * across, ending the last rep after the ch3 before the 3trtog, 1tr in each of the last 2 sts, turn.

Row 37: Ch1, 1dc in the same st, ch2, *1dc in the next 3chsp, ch1, sk next tr, 2tr in each of next 5 tr, ch1, 1dc in the next 3chsp, ch4* rep from * across ending the last rep just after the last dc before the last ch4, ch2, 1dc in the last st, turn. Row 38: Ch1, 1dc in the same st, ch1, *(2trtog over the next 2 tr, ch2) 5 times, 1dc in the next 4chsp, ch2*, rep from * across, end the last rep after the last 2trtog, ch1, 1dc in the last st, turn. Row 39: Ch1, 1dc in the same st, 1dc in the next 1chsp, *(1dc in the next 2trtog, 1dc in the next 2chsp, 1picot, 1dc in the same 2chsp) 4times, 1dc in the next 2trtog, 3dc in the next 2chsp, 1picot, 3dc in the next 2chsp*, rep from * across ending the last rep after the last 2trtog, 1dc in the next 1chsp, 1dc in the last st. Fasten off. FINISHING UP Block to measurement. Pin, spray with water and leave to dry. Fold the piece in half along the width. Sew the shoulder seam leaving a neck opening of approximately 30cm, or to personal taste. ABOUT THE YARN Eco-Fusion is a uniquely spun yarn with 125 metres to a ball. It is 50% bamboo and 50% cotton and is lovingly hand-dyed in South Africa. Stockists are listed on the webpage:

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Tick-tock… by ELSA KRÜGER st yling CARIN SMITH photos ED O RILEY

he demand for a youthful appearance grows daily and, along with it, the list of


rejuvenation treatments. The choice is wide and therefore patients as well as doctors need to ascertain exactly what is available, what to expect and what to avoid.

The latest direction is: rejuvenescence, not alteration. Avoid obvious, dramatic or grotesque

changes at all costs, warns Dr Alistair McAlpine, educator for Genop Healthcare, supplier of Ellansé facial fillers and non-surgical facelift Silhouette Soft. According to Dr Ishaan Ramkisson, KwaZulu-Natal dermatologist and aesthetic practitioner as well as mentor for Galderma (the supplier of Restylane dermal fillers), women these days are demanding a natural appearance after a procedure. An abnormal or startling change is out. The scalpel is increasingly being sidelined. Non-surgical procedures are becoming the norm for rejuvenation as the technology to shape, lift, pull taut, remove, disguise and renew everything develops and improves. This includes all kinds of treatments from body procedures such as freezing or melting fat to the so-called thread lift for the face and body. Plastic surgery will increasingly focus on and be restricted to dramatic changes like breast enlargements and body contouring. Another trend that is becoming more popular is improving what you have: You use your own cells to naturally correct or remove the signs of ageing. The use of growth factors, nanofat and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for skin renewal, hair growth stimulation and restoration of facial contours is increasing. Micro lipo-injections during a facelift (an autologous fat transfer) restore lost volume; the use of your own platelet plasma stimulates the building of collagen, and cell and hair growth.

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Mix and match The winning recipe for subtle, pretty rejuvenescence, according to Dr Ramkisson, is combination therapy that includes: dermal fillers, thread lift, Botox, chemical peels and a meticulous personal skincare routine. In addition, you mustn t think it s a once-off procedure or process ‒ it s important to maintain the work that has been done. This combination therapy is what doctors recommend for women who complain about the loss of volume, skin that sags, poor tissue condition and a dull complexion. Dr Ramkisson warns that a skilful cosmetic doctor should have a thorough understanding of the ageing process. It depends a great deal on the condition of the person s skin tissue which product and procedure should be used on what part of the face. It s a medical as well as a scientific and aesthetic process. Be selective and demanding. A firstrate doctor will know how to combine and personalise the correct procedures and treatments according to the patient s unique requirements, and not prescribe

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one-size-fits-all formulas. Doctors don t just sell the results of a certain brand or laser machine any more ‒ they pick and choose from what is available to give you what you need. A patient and her doctor should sit down together and work out precisely what she needs and how they will achieve it.

New and now Botox remains one of the most effective instruments in the aesthetic rejuvenation arsenal, says Dr Noori Moti-Joosub, dermatologist at Laserderm in Illovo, Johannesburg. The uses of it develop and change continuously. OUT: Foreheads that are as smooth and shiny as an ice rink; frightening, frozen and abnormally arched eyebrows; overvolumising; overuse in a specific area. IN: Microbotox; the so-called liquid facelift; tissue stimulants; micro fillers; combination treatments; Nefertiti lift.

MICROBOTOX: This is a complete anti-ageing treatment over the entire face. Botox is now also being used in areas where it was previously considered dangerous. The technique delivers astounding results with enlarged

pores on the cheeks and nose, reduced sebum production as well as acne scars. How it works: The Botox is injected more superficially, in the dermal layer of the skin, and in much smaller quantities than a normal Botox treatment.

LIQUID FACELIFT: A nonsurgical procedure with dermal hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers. Ligaments and bone structure are made use of to bring about a subtle lift effect. The fillers come in different viscosities and molecular sizes, so they can be used in different parts of the face. The pillow face or plumped-up face like Nicole Kidman s is


out. That s the result of too many fillers not placed correctly. Fillers are no longer only used in wrinkles, but are targeted more strategically, so that they don t cause abnormal volume that puffs up the face unnaturally, says Dr McAlpine. Fillers are also complemented with tissue supplements or stimulants that improve the quality of the skin and dramatically increase cell hydration, which in itself has a plumping action that returns the skin s youthful glow and volume. A new trend is to use fillers in the forehead as well, to restrict movement (and the resultant formation of wrinkles). Fillers that stimulate collagen production, like Ellansé, can last up to four years, says Dr McAlpine.

MICRO FILLERS: Fillers, in very small amounts, are injected into wrinkles to stimulate the body s natural collagen production and bring about a much longer-lasting effect. THREAD LIFT: It gives a lifted and more sculpted appearance to the face through the repositioning of the existing tissue. You can see the results immediately. It has a long-lasting effect that even improves with time because the threads stimulate the formation of new collagen. Just a warning though: If you are considering having this procedure done, make absolutely sure your doctor is properly trained and ask to see examples of his work. This is a new treatment that is a combination of microdermabrasion, topical infusion of HA, LED light therapy and the micro-


chanelling of HA to penetrate under the dermal-epidermal junction (DEJ).

NEFERTITI LIFT: Botox around the sagging jawline and taut platysma bands in the neck combined with ultrasound treatments bring back an elegant, younger neck.

NON-SURGICAL NOSE CORRECTION: Fillers are used to subtly improve the shape of the nose. This delivers very good results, even though it isn t permanent. It is, however, much cheaper than a traditional surgical nose job. It s especially suitable for a nasal tip that dips, or a flattened nasal bridge. It cannot reshape a large or extremely crooked nose ‒ for that you will need a plastic surgeon.

The future According to Dr McAlpine, these days it is noticeable that it is increasingly the younger generation who are asking for rejuvenating procedures as a preventative anti-ageing measure. The idea is to treat lines even before they have appeared. Young women don t want to wait for the lines to arrive before they start doing something about them: Patients in their early 20s and 30s are starting with Botox to prevent lines having a chance to form. Dr Ramkisson says the quality of training in cosmetic procedures in South Africa is very high and continues to improve, and so patients are going to continue to see even more natural, pleasing results and fewer unnatural botched outcomes.

FRIENDLY BACTERIA: Probiotic skincare products are a growing market and an area of intensive research. They encourage the growth of healthy, friendly bacteria on the skin and maintain the skin s natural flora.

Body beautiful When a woman s face eventually looks young enough to please her, it s logical that she will look at the rest of herself with critical eyes. That s why there is such growth in treatments that focus on the body, especially the legs and arms. Radio-frequency (RF) treatments such as BTL Exilis Elite for bingo-wing arms, to firm and shrink the sagging skin, Kybella injections to melt fat, as well as laser liposuction of fat pockets around the knee are all increasingly in demand. The CoolTech cryolipolysis of fat on the stomach, the inner legs and folds on the back also delivers good results. Vaginal rejuvenation with the use of lasers helps to make the skin firmer and refresh things. These days it s simply done in the doctor s rooms and has cosmetic as well as medical benefits. For men there is now also the scrotox ‒ rejuvenation of male genitals. Don t ask...

What can you expect? Be realistic. Don t expect to look like a movie star. Do your homework about the doctor. Ask for before and after photos of their work ‒ a trustworthy cosmetic doctor will have a whole collection of his work and be keen to show it to you.

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

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Creative projects such as knitting, painting and pottery are much more than just a lovely way of passing the time. The rhythmic click RINQLWWLQJQŸGOHVJHWWLQJ your hands dirty with clay RUSDLQWRUVŸLQJDSLHFHRI embroidery take shape has therapeutic benefits for your body, soul and JHQHUDOZHŹEHLQJ

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Creatie life, balanced life by MARIAN VAN W YK st yling and illustration DAL A WAT TS photos ED O RILEY

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t s a fact. Craft is good for you. When you are being creative, your brain releases dopamine, a natural anti-depressant. And is that not something we all really need in our busy lives? In today s frantic, uncertain world, handcrafts offer us something that is tangible and real, and far removed from the impersonal digital sphere. Creativity brings you back to earth and anchors you just there where you land. Occupational therapists Juanita Badenhorst and Emmé du Toit say we are inclined to think we are being selfish by taking time out for ourselves and especially for creativity. In reality, it s a way of looking after yourself so that you have the energy also to be there for the people around you, they explain. It creates a balance in your life and replaces the energy that the world withdraws from you. You can say creativity is the source of the petrol for your petrol tank . Juanita and Emmé work at the Sereno psychiatric clinic in Paarl (, with people who struggle with depression, anxiety and burnout, and they list a whole string of reasons why creativity contributes to a balanced life. It stimulates you intellectually; breaks the predictable routine; helps you unload and relax emotionally, without rules and regulations; and it improves your social life. When you tackle something new, complete a


project or even give your handcrafted item as gift to someone, it builds up your self-image, they say. The digital world is light years removed from handcraft, where you are busy with something concrete. In the digital world, you mostly experience everything visually, but with creative projects you make a tangible end product. With everything that we can find online these days, it s easy to become isolated. Withdrawing socially is a symptom of depression or burnout. Creative projects, however, are something we can do with other people as part of an interest group or workshop, or with friends who come together, for example, to knit. Creative pastimes don t necessarily have a right or wrong, and they create a space where we can be ourselves. They re a good opportunity for us to practise being less critical about ourselves. A major cause of stress is that we play the past over and over in our thoughts or we worry about things that haven t happened yet. When we do something creative, we focus only on whatever we are busy with at that moment and that s why it s relaxing, say Juanita and Emmé. (Read more about mindfulness opposite.)

Good for body and soul Creative pastimes have psychological and health benefits. British knitting therapist Betsan Corkhill of Stitchlinks ( found in an online study of 3 545 knitting enthusiasts worldwide that regular knitting is synonymous with being calm and happy, and helps us to handle stressful situations better. And that also goes for all creative activities ‒ whether it s colouring, cooking, painting or photography. Among the health benefits are lower blood pressure, and physical and emotional pain relief. There are more than 35 million people suffering from dementia around the world, and it is expected that this number will triple by 2050. Games, reading and creative projects can lessen your chances of developing cognitive deterioration by 30% to 50%. And those people who knit regularly experience higher cognitive function, according to the Stitchlinks study ‒ after all, you do sums while you knit!

Helping hand(craft) Creativity works like medicine, says Pretoria counselling psychologist Eleen Polson, who specialises in expressive art therapy ( and In her workshops, the focus is on how her clients experience the creative process ‒ and not on the final product. If people discover their spontaneous creative side, where there are no preconceived ideas or expectations, it awakens growth and potential in unexpected ways, she explains. Montessori schools are known for the way in which they use creativity to develop all kinds of abilities from a young age. Caitlin Klichowicz, owner and principal of Sunny Side Montessori Preschool in Claremont, says her school has a different creative theme every week. The learners (3‒6 years old) can choose from a large variety of mediums ‒ pastels, chalk, nature, clay, plaster, to name a few. As well as gaining self-confidence, the children develop good motor skills. They become more aware of their physical surroundings, and that improves their ability to plan. They learn to solve problems and to focus on a task, and can express difficult emotions through art and crafts, says Caitlin.

The more creative, the more mindful If you combine your creative projects with the modern trend of mindfulness, you have the perfect recipe for an unbelievably effective form of therapy. You focus just on the here and now, or rather on the tangibility of the yarn, clay or paint in your hands. Hannah Burgess summarises it this way in her article Crafting A Way To Mindfulness on, the British online provider of craft materials: It s really all about using, enjoying and embracing our senses since they are always in the present. That s why craft is such a wonderful way to achieve mindfulness, simply because you aren t consciously trying to reach that state ‒ it s just a natural result of doing something fun. It s all down to that tactile and physical nature of craft, keeping the mind and senses fully occupied.

Another basic rule of mindfulness is setting aside technology ‒ something that crafting stands by too! Whenever we are on our phones, laptops or watching TV, we are existing in two places at once. We re still physically in the room, but our mind is occupied elsewhere. That s why, to make the most out of crafting, we should set aside these distractions to give ourselves a break from living a double life (a real one and a virtual one). Technology breeds impatience and impatience is the enemy of mindfulness. When we re making something we can t press the fast-forward button to get to that end result quicker, we have to embrace the time it takes and each step of the process. It makes craft all the more rewarding!

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your life Help for the handicapped Being creative is the best form of recreational therapy, says Elmarie van Schalkwyk, general manager of the Sunfield Centre for Intellectually Disabled Adults ( in Wellington, where handcraft plays an important role in respecting the residents human dignity. Handcraft lowers our residents emotional stress levels because they focus only on what s in front of them, whether it s colouring, paint techniques, papier mâché, mosaic, decoupage or other craft. They re not told what to do and feel they are in control of their project, and the end product is a personal achievement. Journalist Marliza van den Berg, mother of Billy (20), who lives at Sunfield, agrees. Billy is severely intellectually disabled and autistic. His motor skills are very weak and he can t write or do any fine handwork, says Marliza, but if you make a fuss about anything he has made, he just beams ‒ and besides the skills he is developing, the positive effect on his emotions is the greatest benefit. Marliza expresses her creativity through cooking, gardening and flower arranging. They are infinitely therapeutic for me. If there are fresh things from the garden in my food and décor, I m happy. And Billy does them with me. It s our way of being together. In the kitchen and garden, because we can t do the usual momand-son things together.

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Keep calm and knit, paint or play with clay Four women tell how creative crafts have helped with insomnia, coming to terms with great sadness, and living more mindfully. Lily Turner, a set decorator in the film industry, gets out of bed and knits these days if she can t sleep. Instead of rolling around and worrying, I sit quietly and knit for an hour or two. It makes it easier to go back to bed and sleep for a few hours. A good night s sleep changes my day completely. I feel more productive and peaceful. If my hands are busy, I m calm and my anxiety disappears. Actually, Lily s hobby has made her so productive that she has started to spin her own yarn ‒ and now has her own online yarn store, Wishbone Yarn. Her knitting is also a way of living mindfully. It s wonderful to focus on something that is growing between my fingers. There s a rhythm to it ‒ and a feeling of being able to harness all of my scattered thoughts and get them into an order that pleases me, that feels controllable. I m also creating something useful at the same time. I usually work on more than one project at a time and sometimes I finish a few in one day. It gives me an enormous feeling of satisfaction! The more complicated knitting patterns especially feel like a problem that I have solved. 3,

Janet Malherbe, a tour guide, started painting lessons after her daughter, Andrea, died suddenly at age 15 of meningitis. I wanted to immortalise her in a painting so I could never forget her. It s as if time stands still when I paint. In the meantime I ve also met many artist friends with whom I m regularly in contact and I ve learnt an enormous amount from them. Art is an escape valve for me and very therapeutic. It allows me to relax completely when I m tired and under pressure. I ve now started learning to sculpt as well. It helps me to switch off completely from work pressure and reality, and I m often busy into the early morning hours without becoming tired. When Isabella Niehaus moved to the West Coast permanently in 2008, after 23 years as a fashion editor and stylist, she discovered a passion for cooking and started her popular long tables where up to 60 guests join her for a food and wine experience. This large-scale cooking has apparently given her creativity wings and these days she lives much more mindfully. Bella, as her friends call her, has also learned to crochet. She started with a small square and just kept going even when she struggled. That first square is now almost the


size of a single bed and is the blanket I never crocheted for my son, Taro (32), when he was a baby. It s a great pleasure to see it grow and to work in new colours. When her path crossed that of Three Potters and a Painter, a training studio in Stellenbosch, she discovered yet another new creative passion. Clay is malleable and forgiving. I love the quiet simplicity of slowly making the edges soft and round with a sponge and a little water. It s calm and peaceful, like meditating ‒ and in stark contrast to the run-up to my long tables. And in this way she rediscovered a part of herself. I see that I am happy with something so simple. I see the beauty in simplicity ... and because I have made it. These days she deliberately lives mindfully. Mindfulness for me is precisely those wonderful moments when I become still in my creativity. When I live just in that moment. With the pottery work the total focus is on how hard I press on the clay ... how much I must remove ... and support the bowl, she babbles. There is perhaps an element of stress, but with my crochet blanket it is more a controlled stress. Probably because I concentrate so hard to do it right that that s where my focus is. I can t crochet and talk or read ... I have to look at what I m doing. I live in that moment. 3, Langtafel op die Duin/, bella_ niehaus/ Jean Clark works full-time as a graphic designer and then makes jewellery after hours under her Klink label. I needed to find my own thing to keep my soul alive. And that s creating with my hands. No deadlines. No rules. No briefs. No technology. Pure fresh ideas and time to play. My own skills and

‘If my hands are busy, I’m calm and my anxiety disappears. learning processes. I love the old-fashioned way of having to get your hands dirty when creating and the final artwork appearing in front of your eyes as you work. When you find something you truly love doing, there is always time. You just make it happen. It

feeds the soul, as it s not a chore like having to cook or clean. It s me-time. The hours fly past. We all need that to slow down and be more in tune with what feeds us and makes us happy. Total bliss and relaxation. 3 klinkdesign/

Sources:; British Journal of Occupational Therapy;

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What are you waiting for? If you re always waiting for better days, your life will pass you by, unnoticed and unnoticeable. You get just one chance to live and that is now.



ow often have you thought: If I can just get the children through school , or Once I ve paid off the house , or If only I was in the right relationship ? And when you wipe your eyes, it s five years later and you re still waiting. Social media doesn t really help either. With platforms like Pinterest and Instagram, we can spend hours gazing with envy at the loveliest corners of other people s lives and dreaming of the day they ll be ours. So you put off inviting guests over until the dining room has been repainted, or the garden is perfect, or you have lost five kilograms. There s always another target on our to-do list that holds us back from enjoying our life and our friends now. And

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always with the idea that things are not right as they are at the moment and that we are not good enough, which surely can t be good for our well-being. In his book, The Power of Now (Namaste Publishing, 1997), Echart Tolle writes about the habitual waiter : the person who makes a habit of waiting for someone to arrive, for work to be finished, for the children to grow up, or to be in a meaningful relationship; and also for success, wealth and to be someone . So they spend their life waiting, without ever beginning to live. This waiting to live often means that you don t get what you need right now, says Cape Town clinical psychologist Stefan Blom. You should

not live for one day when , but in the present. What life experience do we need at this moment? And how can we make it part of our every day? For example: If you need time now to relax and to improve your quality of life, a holiday in the future won t bring you any immediate benefit. It becomes something to look forward to while you try to survive in the now. Life isn t only about surviving, but also about living each day to the fullest. The question is: How can we invite the enjoyable experiences of a holiday into our everyday life? By living in the future we tend to diminish the experience of our daily life. We wait for something to happen while we restrict our life every day , says Stefan.

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In psychology studies into mindfulness, this is what is referred to as discrepancy-based processing: People look at where they are and where they want to be and how large the gap is between the two. Then they start with the list of goals that will take them from an undesirable situation into their ideal situation and they are constantly busy monitoring that discrepancy. They switch over into the do mode and stay there until they ve reached their goal. That in itself is not a bad thing; it is important to have goals and to achieve them. If it s something that is easily or practically achievable, for example by simply buying something, the gap is quickly bridged. However, when the target is bigger or more esoteric, such as it will make me happy , the situation changes somewhat because you can spend an eternity going around in circles without ever reaching your goal and without enjoying any of the positives in your everyday life. As long as you

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give priority to words like must and ought to , your life will always be less than ideal. When you let go of the need to always be wanting to do or be something else, you take a huge step towards experiencing what is really going on around you, writes Jon Kabat-Zinn, the father of the

mindfulness movement, in his book Wherever You Go, There You Are (Hyperion Books, 1994). If we hope to go anywhere or develop ourselves in any way, we can only step from where we are standing. If we don t really know where we are standing, we may only go in circles, he says. You can only make the correct

‘Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the small uncaring ways.’ - Stephen Vincent Benét

decisions about what must happen in the future if you truly understand this moment, and for that to happen it is necessary for you to become still and experience the moment. The best way to capture moments is to pay attention ‒ and to cultivate mindfulness, he adds. It s when your thoughts are elsewhere that you also want things to be different. You can only feel satisfied with your life if you

are there to experience it. You need to be awake and present. It s a good idea to ask yourself often: Where is my head at this moment? As long as you feel that you have not yet achieved what you really want to, your head stays in the do mode. Tolle also writes about the little voice that tells us all day long what we ought to be doing. You can get up and go and do it, he says,

or you can stay where you are and enjoy the moment s inactivity or idleness. Enjoy it totally for what it is. The best way to enjoy your life here and now, rather than to keep waiting, is to work regularly on actively switching from do mode to being mode ‒ to being in a place where you consciously experience what is happening around you every moment, just here, today.

Here are a few ways you can enjoy simply being. 3 Consciously take time out every day from your activities and find a quiet place to sit for a while. Think of yourself as a spectator and immerse yourself in that moment without trying to change it. What happens? How and what do you feel? What do you see and hear? 3 When you feel you are being dragged along by your thoughts and emotions, focus on your breathing. There are few things as effective for putting you in

touch with the moment and yourself ‒ whether it s for 10 minutes or 10 seconds. 3 Make a point of reflecting on what you already have in your life that makes you happy and for which you should be thankful. 3 Ask yourself from time to time: Where was I? and Am I present and awake? This can be anytime ‒ at work, while you re cooking, when you re driving. 3 Remind yourself every day: This is my life.

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Major Dad It is time to treat our dads again and we found just the way to do it. by JULIE GALL AGHER

e know your dad is your hero, so to celebrate Father s Day (17 June) why not give him a Swiss Army knife full of all the things he loves? Print out the free downloadables and cut out the various pieces. Punch a hole in the left-hand side of all the cutouts, place them together with the red Happy Father s Day cover on top and thread a gold stud clip (paper brad) through the holes. You can write messages on the back to turn each


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one into a coupon for some sort of task or treat that your dad can cash in. For example: This card entitles you to a movie of your choice , a chocolate of your choice , and so on. You could also simply use the knife as a card. Print out our coupons, cut them out and place them in an envelope. As a ďŹ nal touch print out the paper wrapper for a bar of chocolate and the placemat â&#x20AC;&#x2019; perfect to line a tray for serving Dad breakfast in bed. to download all the printable materials we ve used for this Father s Day treat.

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Farm nostalgia This month our paint expert transforms her room with an autumn palette to fit in with nature s colour changes. by JANI AUGUST YN- GOUSSARD from PAINT & DÉCOR photos ED O RILEY

t s autumn, on the brink of winter, and we all want to cocoon at home. The days are shorter and there s a fresh nip in the air. At this time of year, I always become nostalgic about our childhood days on our farm in the Kalahari. There time and nature swirl around you in a rhythm of life that is like nowhere Rockwood else. The colours and textures of my latest room makeover were inspired by the need to rest, for some calmness



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and to experience again how nature changes colour so beautifully. Colour goes hand in hand with emotions, and so I wanted to express my feeling of farm nostalgia through winter-white shades and tones of earthy stone and grasses. I wanted to play with textures and colours that made me think about driftwood and raw stone, porcelain and clay. And I wanted to incorporate these in both the furniture and the wall. Let s start with the wall. Pure white is a colour that I seldom use in décor because it can be so glaring against other colours and make the surface look flat . A fun exercise is to play with small amounts of pigment to see what a huge difference they can make to white paint. I wanted a peaceful but refreshing white without a yellow or pink or blue undertone. The shade Raw Cement from our Earth Whites range was the perfect candidate to go with our Rockwood: I applied the white in rough brushstrokes over the dark grey-brown, to create a snowy or cloudy impression, precisely what I wanted. Along with this refreshing, neutral

white hinting at the coming winter, for a touch of autumn inspiration I chose Horseback as a strong, earthy base. At the seam where the two colours ‒ and also, in a sense, the two seasons ‒ meet each other, I handpainted veld grasses. They soften the line and provide a tranquil feel of the countryside. This time the cupboard is painted to reflect a sense of winter wool, or a smoky day with misty rain falling. I painted the whole cupboard with lots of texture, with Annie Sloan s Old White chalk paint. When it was completely dry, I waxed it with Annie Sloan s Clear Soft Wax before I played with some Black Wax in a few places. The coloured (black) wax brings out the texture. I painted the chair with Annie Sloan s Country Grey and again used the Clear Soft Wax. The seat was newly reupholstered (another great DIY project that you can read about on our blog) with a roughly woven linen in a slate colour to create a cosy feeling. Now I just want to make a cup of coffee in an enamel mug and go and sit in the countryside! Enjoy your autumn.

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Bohemian bride We couldn’t have written the story of artist and fashion designer Corietha Steenkamp and Jurie Müller’s wedding any better than she did. Not to mention how gorgeous they made the occasion. he smell of chalk dust. Long school corridors. The excited scrabbling of children taking out their colourful lunchboxes just before the bell rings for break. And Jurie. That s what I remember when I think back to my years at Ellisras High School. We didn t date at school, but one day, while we were changing classrooms, Jurie asked me to go to the matric farewell with him. Seven years later I received an SMS from Jurie out of the blue, asking me to meet him for a cup of coffee. It was then that he confessed that he had liked me since our schooldays, but had been too scared to say it . Four years later he asked me to marry him ‒ on a farm with bunting


and cushions, a patchwork blanket and a picnic basket filled with all my favourite foods. We ve now known each other for 17 years. I m an artist and fashion designer and Jurie is in education and does framing. He loves fishing and hunting; I love any form of art and beautifying. Our wedding was bohemian with a country feel and Mexican flair. Jurie s passion for fishing and mine for cats were both inspirations, as was both our preference for bright colours. It took place on 26 August 2017, a cool, late winter s day that started with butterflies in my tummy. At 3pm the wedding bells rang out in Naboomspruit, in a church with stained-glass windows filled with our guests. Me, with dreams in my eyes, fresh flowers and a crocheted band in my hair and a loose bouquet in my hands, walked in to meet my hero. He was waiting for me with a wide smile and soft eyes. Cordier de Beer s wonderful singing and guitar version of Something Blue filled the air. In an old storage shed for oranges, outside the town, the oil-drum fires were burning and the boeremusiek band had tuned their instruments. The roof of the barn was full of brightly coloured, crocheted doilies,

lights and lanterns. The tables all groaned under country-style and Mexican dinnerware. The walls were decorated with vibrant, framed wildebeest heads draped with flowers, and colourful wooden fish; on the tables there were wooden cats painted in Mexican designs. The bridal couple arrived in Keina and Niel Swart s blue 1960 s truck that was decked out with ribbons and trimmings, dragging a string of high-heeled shoes from the same era through the dust to the barn. The guests danced on the mealiemeal-strewn floor while dishes of traditional country fare were carried to the tables. Outside an ice-cold wind was blowing, but inside ‒ among all the people we love ‒ it was wonderfully warm. We partied until late and our hearts were full. I don t like traditional wedding dresses and chose rather to wear a sea-green bohemian dress with a crocheted band and fresh flowers in my hair. My hair was natural, just the way I always wear it. Nothing fancy. A highlight was the photo session with us alone. We could both relax and just smile at each other and the camera. It was magical. Photos MENSE ME T GESIGTE

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he Tjirpie story started in 2016, when sisters Anina Deetlefs and Cilna Katzke and their good friend Gene Coetzer teamed up to transform a range of Anina s illustrations of South African birds into household items. Anina is an artist who turned her hand to interior decorating during a six-year overseas sojourn. Back in the Cape with her family and two Scottish terriers, she decided to do more commercial, smaller oil paintings that featured the beautiful bird and plant life of South Africa. People loved them and shortly after


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she also started to sketch them, the ďŹ rst Tjirpie collection was born. Cilna, a ballet and contemporary dancer with a keen interest in design and an awareness that a career in dancing could be relatively short, didn t need a second invitation to become part of Tjirpie. Her graphic protea illustrations ďŹ tted perfectly with the rest of the range. With her training in textile design and experience in the retail space, Gene understands the day-to-day management needs and marketing of a creative business. Together the three make the ideal team to craft

their products and distribute them successfully. And they not only use the artworks to craft pretty ceramics for the house, but also make them available as original works of art and as cards, stickers and gift labels. It s important for us to design pieces that are functional but also attractive enough on their own to be considered an artwork, say the sisters. People want to socialise around a table where the linen is gorgeous and the food is served in dishes that catch the eye. The products must feel cheerful and light, and colour is the most important factor in getting this

your life Lessons they can share 3 Stay true to yourself and put in the extra hours. 3 Don t lose hope when you come across obstacles in

your path. Most of them can be overcome and often open wonderful new doors. 3 Decide, deliberately, not to manufacture what you think other people will like, and to stay true to the integrity of your brand. 3 Be ready to take criticism and don t be afraid to be unconventional in your thinking. Your products will always be to some people s taste and not to others. 3 If possible, involve someone with a business background. 3 Keep your sense of humour and enjoy what you re doing ‒ the rest will come.

When we first saw these lovely pastel plates adorned with indigenous bird illustrations about a year ago, we knew we had to hear the Tjirpie team’s story. right. South Africa s natural beauty is their inspiration and keeps their work accessible while at the same time it is their way of paying tribute to their scenic country. What makes each Tjirpie product even more special is that a complete study of the specific indigenous bird or protea is done before they begin to design. It was a new learning curve for us and we wanted to share that with the public, says Gene. That s why there s more to read about the bird or protea on the back

of the print. Although they do all the designs themselves, they have contracts with other small businesses to do the manufacturing. In this way, Tjirpie contributes to the growth of the economy and the upliftment of the local community ‒ an important part of our ethos, says Gene. Renewal is always important and for this team the planning and conceptualising of a new range is the most exciting part of their work. We look at what is already available

and think about original and fresh ways to serve up our products, or preferably how we can move in a completely different direction. At the moment they are working on a textile collection and are thinking about incorporating a few melamine items such as trays, placemats, pot stands and bread boards into the range. The process of learning new skills and building up experience is stimulating, and the moment that you see the visualisation as a reality it is unbelievably rewarding.

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Value magazines. She used these to knit and crochet things and make us clothes when we were kids and just cannot part with them ‒ I believe she keeps these to also make her grandchildren some outfits one day! Time was running out. Very unimpressed, I tackled the pile. What a surprise! I found loads of tips and advice ‒ more than enough for my next box also. I saw how to change a plain box into a showstopper... cute ideas to group things together, to give a packet of snacks attitude by adding homemade flowers and stickers, a special message on a bottle ‒ really, Ideas gave me brilliant ideas to turn ordinary into extraordinary. There I found step-bystep instructions and fresh creative inspiration. I even found an appropriate quote as we also had to include one on a card in the box ‒ after I transformed the plain white card into a piece of art, thanks to Ideas! We had to include a magazine as well (it was part of the instructions we had to stick to) and I decided to buy the Ideas November/December 2017 edition to include in my box, hoping it would also inspire the person receiving my box. Best news of all ‒ I obtained full marks. (I m so disappointed that I never took a picture.) I am already keeping an eye out for interesting bottles and items to make my box even more special this year.

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creating Ideas again but this time while selfpublishing it: both rather daunting (even terrifying) tasks. Standing on the other side of a year, the word that I believe resonates with both our journeys is resilience. The resilience expressed by your team in ďŹ nding another way to continue creating and inspiring others has been a treasured source of encouragement for me on my own journey. This time last year, I found myself alone in a foreign environment at varsity, with strange people and strange buildings, and a traumatic car accident thrown into the mix at the end of Week 1. I discovered that I am far more resilient than I had thought. I could do harder things than I had thought. It didn t mean they weren t hard, but I did them in spite of their diďŹ&#x192;culty. As the year progressed (and I had ďŹ nally made a friend â&#x20AC;&#x2019; hah!), multiple mental and physical health challenges made getting through a day all the more diďŹ&#x192;cult. Nevertheless, I fought hard and somehow successfully completed all of my courses for 2017, even making the Dean s Merit List. Of course, this feat would have proved impossible without the support of incredible family and friends â&#x20AC;&#x2019; possibly a sentiment you can identify with. I d say you and I were handed a broken old ladder and turned it into a truly beautiful feature dĂŠcor piece, using instructions from an old copy of Ideas, of course. I would love to acknowledge and celebrate our simultaneous journeys of resilience â&#x20AC;&#x2019; brokenness to beauty â&#x20AC;&#x2019; with you all in person at your birthday celebration next month. I think we all deserve tall glasses of bubbly and an extravagant reason to dress up. However, even if I am not one of the guests that night, please read my words and know that I am celebrating your journey in my heart. I would like to honour you as a team for your resilience (and thank you for bringing Ideas back!).

I am a crafter and have always loved to create things. I sew, knit, crochet, do cross-stitch and decoupage, and always love to learn new crafts. Years ago when Ideas was still a monthly magazine I discovered it. When money got tight, I let go of all the craft magazines I used to buy, but the one magazine I could not let go was Ideas. When it was discontinued I wanted to cry, but a few months ago when I saw it on the shelves again, I could not wait to buy the issue and get home to read it from cover to cover. Now I ďŹ nd the two months between issues going past too slowly for me. I think you guys have brought together an amazing magazine with something for every crafter to make and enjoy. I would just love to go to the birthday bash, to meet other crafters and share experiences, but also to meet the people who put together my most favourite magazine.

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

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