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on the cover Make your winter cosy

34 Entertain with comfort food 70 Knit a luscious shrug 74 Learn tapestry crochet 94 Upcycle your old T-shirts 102 Make our wooden lamp


Food & entertaining 34

Feel-good food: soups, stews, roasts and warm


Treat your guests to a DIY hot-chocolate bar

puddings ‒ comfort cooking at its best

Your life 56 60

Beauty: Feed your skin

Lagom: This hot new trend from Sweden is all about living a life without excess

77 Join us for a creative crochet weekend in Cullinan 78 Maker: Warming hearts with merino wool products 108 Makers: Bringing 'museum' crafts back to life 110 Exploring the power and benefits of silence 114 We answer your questions 118 Your letters

How to 54 94 99

Make marshmallows flowers for your hot chocolate Upcycling: Weave a cheerful rug using your own home-made T-shirt yarn Repurpose old trays to make mirrors for a focal wall

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With colour: Dutch décor blogger Annemarie Poorter s house is her playground

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Transform a brick into an eye-catching plant holder Give an old stool a new look with leftover fabric Crochet a wrap or knit a shrug using our gorgeous designs inspired by the Outlander series

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Learn tapestry crochet and make an Orla-style purse

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Crochet a lacy, versatile skirt

Sew a soft nightdress, slippers and a beautiful quilt to keep you cosy throughout the cold winter Challenge your DIY skills and make a little wooden lamp

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

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from the editor ho would ever have thought that I would be able to sit and do my writing with a heater next to me, a blanket over my legs and my thickest socks on my feet? When I told a group of colleagues a little while ago how I was starting to enjoy working from home, one of them immediately answered: And it s not even winter yet! Wait and see how lovely that is. And how right she was. Now I can move through the house from sunny spot to sunny spot or, like today, sit snug and warm in front of my computer with my dogs sleeping peacefully on their blanket behind me. But this feeling of warmth and safety comes from more than just my layer-on-layer heating. People can say a great deal about our nation, because, yes, we are a difficult bunch, and we can be hardheaded and complain when we have to stand in a queue, and we like to boast that we are straightforward when we are actually rude, but we do know how to stick together. That s what we ve experienced this year, over and over. Like recently

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when we decided to get out a little and take part in some markets, so everyone could see we were back and on the go. How is it going? Is the magazine selling well? Will you be able to continue? If you keep publishing, we ll keep buying and reading. One after the other you came up to our stand with your kind words that fell on our ears like last night s welcome rain in Cape Town. So thank you ‒ you are, for all of us, like another layer of protection and support that we can wrap ourselves up in snuggly. To tell the truth, we re now feeling so confident that we ve decided it s time to organise another weekend retreat. And because we re all so crazy about JanHarm Vorster from Cullinan s picnic lunches, we ve decided to go there again to crochet and socialise and laugh and look at game. Be sure to book your place without delay (page 77) ‒ you know how quickly they sell out. Besides that, there is enough wool work in this issue to keep your yourself an Outlander-style shrug (page 70), or crochet a Chanel-colourinspired bag (page 74), or bravely tackle a crochet skirt (page 90), get that bag of yarn ready and find your own warm spot. And if that spot is also quiet and peaceful, you can enjoy the benefits of silence at the same time (page 110). Keep warm.

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fingers busy throughout the cold months ‒ whether you want to knit

Contributors and content partners for this issue


An old friend of Ideas and these days also an avid fan of the TV series Outlander, Bridget Henderson from Cowgirlblues was only too keen to design us a quirky little knitted top (see page 70) and a crocheted wrap

(page 68) inspired by the first season of this series. Bridget turned her knitting hobby into a career when she returned to Cape Town after an MBA at Insead, a stint at Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy in Paris and a successful career as a strategy consultant.

Let’s love and love again

In between ensuring our sewing contributors get the best out of our new Bernina

Almie Louis, also known as

machines, Hanlie Snyman, owner of the Bernina shops in Tygervalley and Paarl,

blogger The Grand Recycler,

takes time with every issue to teach us the ropes around putting together the

is no stranger to the South

perfect space for a modern seamstress. We ll get there one day. Thanks Hanlie!

Sew good

African craft community. Author of Drab to Fab and currently judge on kykNet s

Kunsvlyt, she is a master at recycling. After starting her blog in England while living


If there is anyone who knows how to take store-

there for 15 years, she is back

cupboard ingredients and turn them into delicious

home in Stellenbosch and

showstoppers, it is our long-time food editor Louisa

sharing her recycling genius

Holst. That she makes it so easy to do is a bonus and

with us. See her upcycled lily

the reason most of the team eagerly recommend her

stool on page 66.

recipes to one another. This issue is no exception. Her mood foods make winter evenings something we are all looking forward to.

Let’s shine the light on him! John Letherbarrow, also known as @bokkom85 on Instagram, almost lost a thumb making us the gorgeous little lamp on page 102. John, a designer/editor at a big ad agency by day, works his magic on his wood projects after hours ‒ all for fun and a bit of therapy. Fun or not, we don t often see such precision and detail. Let s hope we can entice him to share some more of his weekend makes.

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EDITOR Terena le Roux

The Art of well-dyed Yarns

Email terena@ideasfactory.co.za STUDIO AND STITCHCRAFT Dala Watts MARKETING & FINANCES Marweya Smal INQUIRIES info@ideasfactory.co.za COPY EDITING Diana Procter and Marié Smidt STYLING Carin Smith and Hannes Koegelenberg CREATIVE PAGES Hannes Koegelenberg PHOTOS Ed O Riley

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CONTRIBUTORS FOOD Louisa Holst CRAFT & DIY Germarie Bruwer, Carin Smith, John Letherbarrow and Almie Louis BEAUTY Elsa Kruger SEWING AND CROCHET Kevin Swarts, Elizabeth Fester, Lindie Conradie, Bridget Henderson and Elsbeth Eskteen DIGITAL Lizette Stulting PUBLISHER & SALES Terena le Roux

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MPUMALANGA 30 June - 2 July


Don t miss the Dullstroom Winter Festival. For more information, go to dullstroomwinterfestival.com.

July and August

5-8 July

Warm up at the Jazz and Cheese Fondues event at Delheim. Booking is essential. Email restaurant@delheim.com or call 021 888 4607.

7-16 July The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival offers activities for sports lovers, families and party goers. For more information, go to oysterfestival.co.za.

10 July - 6 August

Innibos, the iconic arts and culture festival, takes place in Nelspruit. For more information, go to innibos.co.za.

EASTERN CAPE 29 June - 9 July Enjoy all things cultural at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. For the festival programme, go to nationalartsfestival.co.za.

3-8 July

Lighten up at the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival at the Baxter. For more information, go to baxter.co.za.

The South African National Quilt Festival takes place at the Junior Collegiate School Hall in Port Elizabeth. For more information, go to festival.quiltsouthafrica.co.za.

15-16 July

27-29 July

Enjoy French flair at the Franschhoek Bastille Festival. For more information, go to franschhoekbastille.co.za.

18 July Nelson Mandela Day

21-22 July Enjoy wine, soup, a farmer s market and art at the Soetes and Soup Festival in Rawsonville. For more information, call 023 349 1791 or email info@breedekloof.com.

Until 23 July Be amazed at the Incredible Illusions ‒ 3D Art Exhibition at the V & A Waterfront. For more information, go to incredibleillusions.co.za.

The Tops at Spar Wine Show takes place at the Boardwalk Hotel and Casino in Port Elizabeth. For more information, go to wineshow.co.za.

GAUTENG 2 July Enjoy Portugese-style food and arts and crafts at the Prawn and Food Festival in the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg. For more information, go to prawnfest.co.za.

13-16 July Sample and buy all things related to coffee and chocolate at the Coffee and Chocolate Expo at Montecasino in Sandton. For more information, go to www.coffeechoc.co.za.

24 July school term starts

13-16 July

29 July

Discover artworks by emerging talents at the Turbine Art Fair in Newtown. For more information, go to turbineartfair.co.za.

Enjoy Cape port-style wines and winter food at the Flavours of Winter Festival at Muratie in Stellenbosch. For more information, go to muratie.co.za.

NORTH-WEST 18-21 July The Polkadot Potchefstroom Campus Creative Market takes place in the Sanlam Auditorium. For more information, call 082 771 3394 or email kosike@bosblanco.co.za.

KWAZULU-NATAL 15 July Enjoy wine, food and live music at Pinotage on Tap at Max s Lifestyle in Umlazi. Book at Computicket. For more information, go to diemersfontein.co.za.

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25-26 July The East Rand Wedding Show takes place at Emperor s Palace in Kempton Park. For more information, go to eastrandweddingshow.co.za.

28-30 July Indulge your love of food and sample wines and other drinks at the Good Food and Wine Show at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg. For more information, go to goodfoodandwineshow.co.za.

Things to do creativecalendarideas@gmail.com compiled by L ARA FOREMAN



Until end of August

19-20 August

Outwit winter with slow-cooked meals at Sharing Sundays at Gabrielskloof. To book, call 028 284 9865 or email restaurant@ gabrielskloof.co.za.

Sign up for art workshops in Wakkerstroom with Ina Millman. For more information, call Lizzie on 072 252 5781.

3-6 August

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 August

Shop to your heart s content at the Wellington Huismark at Welbedacht ‒ Schalk Burger and Sons. For more information, search for Wellington Huismark on Facebook.

4-6 August The Slow Food and Wine Festival takes place in Robertson. For more information, go to robertsonslow.com.

5 August Walk in the light of the full moon between 6pm and 8pm at the Muizenberg Moonlight Meander. For more information, go to safertogether.org.

9 August National Women’s Day

9-13 August Go whale watching and enjoy exhibitions and music at the Hermanus Kalfiefees in Onrus . For more information, go to kalfiefees-hermanus.co.za.

11-12 August The Hermanus Food and Wine Festival takes place at Curro School in Sandbaai. For more information, go to hermanus-festivals.com.

11-13 August The Klein Karoo Klassique celebrates music, art, food and wine in Oudtshoorn. For more information, go to klassique.co.za.

14-25 August Seek inspiration at the Open Design Festival, which features 72 events at 34 locations in Cape Town. For more information, go to opendesignct.com.

25 August - 2 September Embrace spring at the Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show. For more information, go to clanwilliam.info.

GAUTENG The 27 Boxes Night Market takes place every Wednesday evening in Melville. Enjoy boutique stores, pop-ups and food stalls. For more information, go to 27boxes.co.za.

6, 13, 20, 27 August Listen to top-notch jazz at the Corona Busking and Jazz Sessions at the Stanley Beer Yard in Milpark. Entrance is free. To book, call 011 482 5791 or email stan@stanleybar.co.za.

9 August The Gin & Kie Craft Liquor Festival takes place in Pretoria East. Enjoy deli food and live entertainment too. For more information, go to shokran.co.za.

9-13 August For lifestyle and design ideas, don t miss Decorex at the Gallagher Convention Centre. For more information, go to reedexpoafrica.co.za. And make sure you don t miss 100% Design South Africa 2017 just next door.

10-11 August Comedian Trevor Noah returns home for a new stand-up comedy tour at the Ticketpro Dome in North Riding. Tickets are available at ticketpros.co.za.

15 August - 3 September Michael Flatley s Lord of the Dance ‒ Dangerous Games takes place at Montecasino. For more information, go to bigconcerts. co.za and lordofthedance.com.

24-27 August The SARCDA gift, toy, décor and design show takes place at the Gallagher Convention Centre. For more information, go to sarcda.co.za.

28 August Ideas September/ October issue on sale

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Apples, avocados, bananas, Cape gooseberries, granadillas, grapefruit, guavas, Ŭŝǁŝ͕ŬƵŵƋƵĂƚƐ͕ lemons, limes, loquats, naartjies, ŽƌĂŶŐĞƐ͕ƉĂǁƉĂǁƐ͕ pineapples.



Bay leaves, chives, dandelion, fennel, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, mint, ŶĂƐƚƵƌƟƵŵƐ͕ origanum, parsley, perennial basil, rocket, rosemary, sage, thyme.


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books to read in July/August compiled by DIANA PROC TER diana@ideasfac tor y.co. za

Quick and Easy Quilts

Simple, Chic Crochet

by Lynne Goldsworthy (Kyle Books, R343)

by Karen Miller, Susan Ritchie (Ryland, Peters & Small, R280)

(Penguin, R295)

(Two Roads, R316)

Home-made quilts add interest and colour to a room and often become family heirlooms, but the amount of time and effort required to create a quilt can be daunting. This book focuses on projects made from big blocks of fabric, so that they not only have a fresh, modern feel but can also be made quickly. The author has included easyto-follow instructions for 12 stunning, full-sized quilts and a further eight smaller projects for items such as table runners, wall hangings and pillowcases.

The authors mission is to show you how simple it is to create your own modern-casual crochet garments, accessories and items for the home. There are easy-to-hook projects in bulky yarns that will grow so fast you ll be finished in a day and larger or more intricate items that will take longer. There are pieces that are perfect for beginners like a chevron throw or simple beanie, and other projects that introduce lacy and textured stitches so you can expand your skills with the techniques section at the back of the book.

Step back in time for a mystery of breathtaking suspense, contrasting the beauty of a Cotswolds summer with the violence that shatters it. In the heatwave of 1959, teenager Margot and her three sisters arrive at Applecote to find their uncle and aunt still reeling from their daughter Audrey s disappearance five years before. As they re drawn into the life Audrey left behind and the mystery of her vanishing, the stifling summer takes a deadly turn. The bonds of sisterhood will be tested and an unthinkable choice will have a decades long legacy.

Once a celebrated author of short stories, now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising that he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But his final wishes have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of surprise encounters.

The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan




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A Bite of Latin America

Flipping Good by Sudi

Jump on the Bant Wagon

Queen of the Free State

by Susie Chatz-Anderson (Human & Rousseau, R340)

Pigott (Kyle Books, R205)

by Nick Charlie Key (Human & Rousseau, R265)

by Jennifer Friedman (Tafelberg, R250)

Enjoy delicious low-carb meals that are also glutenfree and offer alternatives for sugar. In this book you will find all the easy, healthy and budgetfriendly recipes you need for appetising breakfasts, lunches and dinners ‒ with special dishes for the colder winter months, when spring is in the air again and for Saturdays when the cook is off duty. And to top it all off there are some decadent puddings without the sugar rush. Join fellow Banters on thebantwagon. com website for further helpful Banting tips and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

The outsider on the inside. The one who watches and listens. Growing up Jewish in a small Free State town in the 1950s and 60s, Jennifer Friedman moves between child and adult, black and white, as Verwoerd s grand apartheid divides South Africa. There are midnight escapes, stolen loot, banned comics, hideous encounters with bras, terrifying policemen, albino messengers and Pa s beatings. Told with humour and pathos, Friedman s memoir brings to life a strong sense of place, love, rebellion and betrayal.

Join the author on her culinary journey through Mexico and South America, discovering real Latin American food and recipes. She spent a year travelling, in a quest for the best taste experiences. Her passion for the region and its food infuses these delicious recipes. The subtle layering of flavour and use of authentic techniques make for scrumptious food. Packed with anecdotes and pictures, this book offers practical guidance to help you recreate the magic of these meals at home, using ingredient lists that have been adapted for South Africa.

Everyone loves a pancake! Who says they should only be eaten with lemon and sugar? There s plenty more for the gastronomically and globally curious. This book will change the way you think about pancakes. It presents an enticing collection of savoury and sweet pancakes, many gluten-free, from recipes for breakfast or brunch to party snacks, mains and dessert ideas, plus advice on ingredients, batters and techniques. From blinis to chickpea socca, Arabic atayef, Japanese okonomiyaki and Sri Lankan hoppers, they are easy to rustle up and will impress all who eat them.

Editor’s choice The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams (Hutchinson London, R328)

Put two of the world s most loved icons of peace and joy together for a week and then bask in the wisdom of their conversations. In April 2015 Archbishop Tutu travelled to the Dalai Lama s home in Dharamsala, India to celebrate the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader s 80th birthday and to create this book as a gift to others. In their book they wanted to answer the question: How do we find joy in the face of life s inevitable suffering? Over five days you are a fly on the wall listening to them talking about how they overcame their own suffering, about fear, anger and loneliness, about humility and humour and acceptance, forgiveness and gratitude, compassion and generosity. Their discussions are all the while interspersed by the research and interpretation of interviewer Douglas Abrams. It is moving to follow the archbishop meditating with the Buddhist and the Dalai Lama partaking of the Eucharist or Holy Communion with the archbishop ‒ two truly tolerant, compassionate men with a deep friendship and a happiness that shines through from the moment they meet at the airport to their final goodbye.

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blogs of the month sarahshermansamuel.com



Formerly known as Smitten Studio , and now called Stories , Sarah s blog is a design and lifestyle destination where she shares stories for bringing the joy of design into everyday living, covering topics on home décor, entertaining, personal style and travel. Launched in 2012 to catalogue the renovations of her cabin in Michigan, the site quickly grew into a place of community for designers, tastemakers and those who seek a refined aesthetic in all aspects of life.

Rip & Tan is an account of the daily experiences within the world of designer Jenni Kayne. Named after her daughter Ripley and son Tanner, the blog is an online peek into her elegant homestead, where her creative circle of friends and family personify the soulful stories and lush images of modern California living. Drop in for a look at her life in Beverly Hills and stay for the studio tours, fresh home décor finds, DIY projects and impeccable style.

Choclette (real name Nicette Ammar) is a vegetarian food blogger and recipe developer in Cornwall. She admits to having a sweet tooth and being keen on chocolate and baking. But she likes to think there is a nourishing element in all her food. She cooks with local, foraged and homegrown ingredients where possible and loves a well-stocked larder. She also enjoys experimenting with novel ingredients and unusual flavour combinations.




Heather Baird started this blog in 2009 as a self-taught baker and desserts enthusiast. Today she s a trained pastry chef, cookbook author and recipe developer. It s her mission to learn all she can about baking and pastry, and to share it with her readers through tutorials and stepby-step instructions. Before she fell in love with baking, she was an aspiring artist. She now uses art techniques on all sorts of confections. She even wrote a book about it!

Lia Griffith is a DIY designer, maker, photographer and handcrafted lifestyle expert who began blogging to share her unique paper flower designs. Now, along with her team, she inspires millions worldwide to reconnect with their creativity through daily DIY projects, tutorials and videos. Her blog also offers sewing and felt projects, stationery, wedding décor, party and holiday plans, upcycling ideas, printables and loads of other creative inspiration.

A few months after having a baby, Oana (pronounced Wanna) started this blog as an outlet to help her stay inspired and creative. She shares a mix of projects, sketchbook pages, things she find inspiring, DIY ideas, printables, rambles, family adventures and bits and pieces of life as a creative. Although watercolours are her favourite medium, she also uses acrylic inks, gouache and recently has been experimenting with screen- and linocut printing.

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


Luxury online Knus Luxurious Hand Crafted Collection is a new online shop that features locally made décor items from throughout South Africa. They showcase designers from all over the country with a strong focus on minimalistic, luxurious and quality items. Find them at facebook.com/ KNUShandcrafted/

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3 NEW SHOPS, DÉCOR AND CRAFT dala@ideasfactory.co.za 3 FOOD AND RESTAURANTS ideasmagazinefood@gmail.com

Buzzword INFLAMMAGING is the new buzzword in anti-ageing. It s a combination of the words inflammation and ageing and speaks for itself: Inflammation causes premature ageing. It refers specifically to continuous low-grade inflammation in the body that is brought about by pollution. It s the main cause of the decline of collagen and elastin in the skin.

A TASTE OF ITALY The first Salvatore Ferragamo boutique in South Africa opened recently in Sandton City. Even if you can t afford to buy the very expensive Italian shoes, clothes and handbags, you can perhaps indulge in a luxurious perfume. Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina EdP (R1 110 for 50ml) is one of this fashion house s exceptional fragrances that are now available here. The top notes are grapefruit and pear with heart notes of almond and osmanthus and base notes of patchouli and leather. It is described as a floriental chypre scent.

Growing pains They come with a hefty price tag, but if you are a serious art lover, take a look at these sculptures from Haidee Nel. The title for the collection, Groeipyne/Growing Pains, reflects Nel s preoccupation with the inner child in the adult psyche. Through the girl figures she has created, she explores the cycle of life and death, childhood, stages of transformation, life as a stage and personal growth as a challenge. To see the whole range, go to her blog haideenel.blogspot.co.za or send a mail to admin@hartedief.co.za.

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what’s new Bon appétit Koka Laser Artistry specialises in customised products including kitchen utensils like these lovely wooden spoons and many other unique décor elements. They also undertake personalised commissions.

Find them on Facebook at facebook.com/hellokoka for more information and contact details.


Compact foundation is one of the popular Korean beauty trends that have overtaken the United States and Europe and it has now also landed here. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact SPF50 (R499) provides extremely high coverage that lasts on the skin the entire day. It is packaged with two sponges and a refill costs R350. It is available in seven shades, from light to dark mocha.

Naked lips For the perfect contemporary lip look, red lipstick has been bumped off her throne by nude shades. Naked lips ruled the roost on the catwalks of Europe during this past fashion season. TRY: YSL Rouge Pur Couture in No 5 Rouge Etrusque (R550); Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Stark Naked (R230); or BioNike Defence Color Lip Velvet in 102 Amande (R95).

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Old favourite made new Finding the perfect lounge suite or sofa that is comfortable, stylish and easy to maintain is essential to creating your ideal living space. Mobelli Furniture + Living has launched a new range, the Magellan collection. Seen here is a modern interpretation of the classic chesterfield couch. Go to mobelli.co.za to find your nearest branch or to view the whole range.

Rosehip This gorgeous product range comes from Durban and features oversized botanical designs. This warm, fleecy hot-water bottle costs R175. Go to rosehipdesign.co.za to see more of the collection.

Next-level nougat Take your bubbly enjoyment to a new level with a L Ormarins MCC and nougat pairing at the Anthonij Rupert tasting room in Franschhoek. Each nougat has been designed to bring out the characteristics found in its MCC partner, like the toasted pecan, orange and fleur de sel nougat that complements the L Ormarins Blanc de Blancs. The tasting costs R60 per person. For more information, phone 021 874 9041.

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what’s new Gourmet sauces

We love this Gourmet Peri Peri Sauce from Chorister Cottage. Made with produce grown on their farm in Sedgefield, it contains no preservatives, is full of flavour and has a great chilli punch. They produce a range of delicious sauces and pickles that can be found in selected delis and at food festivals around the country. Go to facebook. com/choristercottage for more information.

Colours from Europe Two new colours have joined the Annie Sloan range: Amsterdam Green, inspired by the Dutch city s green shutters and doors; and Honfleur, named for a harbour town in Normandy and inspired by the rustic, rich, warm browns of the French countryside. Annie Sloan paint is now manufactured in South Africa and is available from stockists countrywide. Go to anniesloan.com or annisloan.co.za for more information. 22 IDEAS July/August 2017

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Jungle fever A Love Supreme has a new design range called Jungle Fever . Created by Ryan Botha, this collection explores a tropical paradise with prints of palm trees, pineapples, exotic birds and crocodiles in a colour palette of yellow, green, pink and turquoise. You will find cushions, placemats, homeware and stationery in this range, available at 2 Mark Road, Claremont, Cape Town. Go to alovesupreme.co.za or email Leanne@alovesupreme.co.za.

For firm skin

SkinCeuticals Metacell Renewal B3 (R1 799) corrects early symptoms of photo-ageing caused by sun damage, reclarifies uneven tone due to pigmentation and retightens the surface so it is smoother and firmer.

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With colour!

Dutch décor blogger Annemarie Poorter s house is her playground. With a paintbrush and her rich imagination, she has created this vibrant oasis for her family. by TERENA LE ROUX photos ANNEMARIE POORTER

FACING PAGE: This white chest of drawers was a market find that, in its earlier 1970s life, was resplendent in various shades of purple. The room was not very large, so white was the preferred new colour for the unit. Annemarie sandpapered it lightly to remove any grime before she repainted it with bright-white enamel paint. For her signature touch of colour, she added neon yellow plastic handles. You can achieve the same effect by using brightly coloured wide ribbon as handles.

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LEFT: Like so many of us, Annemarie has enthusiastically embraced the Rijksmusem s decision to make the Old Masters freely available. I m especially fond of the different ways in which you can use the artworks, and sometimes it just takes an attractive, modern frame for a painting to fit perfectly into your home. And so they have Johannes Vermeer s Girl with a Pearl Earring in the living room and Jan Asselijn s The Threatened Swan above the dining room table. PREVIOUS TWO PAGES AND BELOW: With her love for colour, it isn t strange that Annemarie has invited bright pink into her house. Over the past three years she has been painting it piece by piece here and knitting it there. The colour is also incorporated in the neon lights that she likes so much, and adds so much life to the house.

house with so much colour is simply impossible to miss and that s how we discovered Annemarie s house in Groningen, Holland, on Instagram. If you follow @thuisinstyling, you will see, photo after photo, how she beautifies her home ‒ always either through a DIY project or with small, affordable changes. My style is to combine old, often discarded items with new pieces. It s always a challenge for me to show that old things deserve a second chance, sometimes by fixing them up and other times simply by styling them differently in the house, she says on her blog, Thuisinstyling. And precisely because her use of colour is so welcome in our current winter

drabness, we decided to contact her. A little brightness is just what we all need. Annemarie, her husband, Rembrandt, and their four children, Tommy (10), Livia (9), Roos (6) and Julie (2), live with their cat, Koekie-Jacky, in their two-in-one house. It was originally two separate houses, but when our family continued to grow, we decided to buy the house above us as well. And now each child has their own room and we have two living rooms, says Annemarie. She proudly points out that Rembrandt is very handy and did much of the rebuilding work himself. We painted the floors white and tiled the new dining-room floor with

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Moroccan tiles. I m constantly busy painting the walls. And the furniture. Annemarie started her own online shop, retroloekie.nl, where she sells vintage pieces, nine years ago. She launched her thuisinstyling.nl-blog three years ago, with the aim of inspiring people to combine new items with their thrift shop and flea market purchases. Her photos on Instagram and on 28 IDEAS July/August 2017

her blog show how you can create a cosy home in this way. I browse thrift shops every day. They inspire me for my blog and I buy things for Retroloekie from them. But I also like modern interior décor shops. The combination works for me. And for us too. So much colour, DIY and just clever combining with not much is always a source of inspiration here at Ideas.

This white wall was a challenge for Annemarie for quite a while before she tackled it. Wallpaper was too permanent and she decided to simply use wall stickers to make the space more interesting. And when she came across the gold dots, her choice was made. It the cheapest wall decoration that I ve done yet, she laughs.

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ABOVE AND FACING PAGE: I love colour, but you have to be careful not to have too much of a good thing. When I found this beautiful vibrant mat, some things had to come down off the wall. What did remain had to fit in with the carpet. In the same way, I always combine wallpaper with a white wall and floor. And when I use colour on the wall, I bring in a few cushions in the same shade. So there is still tranquility, even though there is colour.

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Annemarie is a talented stylist and in her house, mats and décor elements are always being moved around.

FACING PAGE: With their two-in-one house, each child has their own room - every one as colourful as the other. ABOVE LEFT: This house has enough work areas to keep this creative woman and her family busy. ABOVE RIGHT: Even the lovely crockery collection repeats the colours and patterns of the rest of the house.

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recipes LOUISA HOLST craf ts and st yling HANNES KOEGELENBERG photos ED O RILEY


We used the art pictures and designs in this issue as inspiration for our modern table. Use black, white and cream as the main colours and add touches of blush pink and copper for contrast. Copy the quotes onto white paper and use them as placemats, and cut out some of them to wrap around your napkins. Decorate your plates with the other creative designs and pictures.

Feel-good food Steaming bowls of soup, stews full of meltingly tender meat, the smell of roasting chicken and a warm and sticky baked pudding ‒ this is comfort food at its best. 34 IDEAS July/August 2017

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Potato chips

with curry dipping sauce

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Potato chips with curry dipping sauce Make this very tasty snack to serve with drinks or when friends visit, or as an accompaniment to fried fish or grilled or roast chicken. Use a combination of potato and sweet potato chips. Fry them or bake them and serve them hot with a curry sauce.

Curry sauce Heat 20ml sunflower oil in a saucepan. Add 4 sliced cloves of garlic and fry over a low heat until the garlic turns golden. Remove the garlic and discard it. Add 10ml grated fresh ginger and sauté for 2 minutes, then add 30ml mediumstrength curry masala powder. Stir well, then add 125ml prepared chicken stock. Simmer for 10 minutes. Stir 15ml cornflour into 125ml cream and stir a little of the hot stock into this mixture. Add all of the mixture to the saucepan and stir until the sauce thickens. Season with a pinch of sugar and a little salt. Serve drizzled over chips or in a bowl as a dipping sauce. Garnish with lime or lemon wedges and curry leaves.

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Winter vegetable soup with gremolata DQG FKŸVH SLWDV

Use your favourite winter vegetables to make this hearty soup, which can be served as a starter or a main meal.

Serves: 6-8 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 50 minutes ♥ 50ml butter ♥ olive oil ♥ 4 leeks, sliced ♥ 2 sticks celery, sliced ♥ 1kg peeled and cubed winter vegetables (we used butternut, carrots and turnip) ♥ 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cubed ♥ 2 sprigs of fresh thyme ♥ 1 litre prepared vegetable or chicken stock ♥ 6 cocktail pita breads, to serve ♥ 125ml mature Cheddar or Gruyere Cheese, grated, to serve GREMOLATA ♥ 5ml grated lemon zest ♥ 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped ♥ 60ml chopped fresh parsley

1 Heat the butter and 50ml olive oil together in a large saucepan over a low heat. Add the leeks and sauté slowly for about 5 minutes. Add the celery and continue to cook for a further 3 minutes. 2 Add the remaining vegetables, apple, thyme sprigs and 250ml of the stock. Stir well and cover the vegetables with a double layer of greaseproof paper. Tuck the edges in so the mixture can steam. Cover with the lid of the saucepan. 3 Allow the mixture to simmer slowly for 40 minutes. Remove the lid and paper. Discard the thyme. Transfer the mixture to a liquidiser and blend until smooth. 4 Return to the saucepan. Add the remaining stock. Stir well. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Heat the soup for 5 minutes, then serve it hot, sprinkled with gremolata and accompanied by a cheese pita. 5 GREMOLATA Mix all the ingredients together. 6 PITAS Brush the pita breads with a little olive oil and put them onto a baking tray. Sprinkle each one with the grated cheese. Cook under a hot grill until the cheese has melted and is golden. Serve with the soup.

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♥ 50ml butter ♥ 2 leeks, chopped ♥ 2 cloves garlic, crushed ♥ 500g ostrich mince ♥ 100g fresh white breadcrumbs ♥ 1 large egg, lightly beaten ♥ 15ml Dijon mustard ♥ 30ml chopped parsley ♥ 10ml chopped fresh rosemary ♥ olive oil, for frying ♥ 400g mixed mushrooms, some left whole, some halved ♥ 15ml flour ♥ 10ml sweet paprika ♥ 15ml tomato paste ♥ 50ml port-style wine ♥ 400ml prepared beef stock ♥ 125ml sour cream or crème fraîche ♥ grilled sweet peppers and brinjal slices, to serve ♥ mashed potato or sweet potato, to serve

0HDWEDŹV DQG PXVKURRPV LQ D FUHDP\ SDSULND VDXFH Combine ostrich meatballs with mushrooms and a creamy paprika sauce for a winning combination. Serve with mashed potato, pasta or seasonal vegetables.

Serves: 4 Preparation time: 40 minutes, plus refrigeration time Cooking time: about 30 minutes

1 Heat 20ml butter in a frying pan and sauté the leeks over a low heat for 5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute. Remove the mixture from the pan and set aside. 2 Put the mince, breadcrumbs, egg, mustard and herbs into a bowl. Add the leek mixture. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir to combine all the ingredients. Roll into balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. 3 Heat a thin layer of oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add a few meatballs and fry until browned and cooked through. Once they are all cooked, set aside. 4 Heat the remaining butter in the pan. Add the mushrooms. Stir-fry for about 5 minutes. 5 Add the flour, paprika and tomato paste and stir well. Stir in the wine and then the stock. Simmer, stirring, until thickened. Stir in the sour cream. Return the meatballs to the pan and warm through. Serve with grilled vegetables and mashed potato.

Lamb and lentils in a spicy yoghurt sauce

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lamb and lentils in a spicy yoghurt sauce This tangy, spicy dish is easy to prepare and tastes fantastic served with a selection of sambals and chutneys. Try sambals like chopped green apples with lime juice and fresh mint or chopped baby tomatoes with sliced spring onions, chilli and a pinch of toasted cumin seeds.

Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: approximately 2 hours ♥ 1kg stewing lamb, cubed ♥ 1 onion, chopped ♥ 15ml each crushed garlic and grated ginger ♥ 5ml chilli powder ♥ 1ml ground turmeric ♥ 80ml butter ♥ 2 tomatoes, skinned ♥ 375ml full-cream Greek yoghurt ♥ 2 green chillies, chopped ♥ 10ml garam masala ♥ 250ml cooked brown lentils (you can use canned, if you prefer) ♥ 5ml ground black pepper ♥ 15ml julienne strips of fresh ginger ♥ 1 bunch fresh coriander, chopped ♥ spicy cabbage, to serve (recipe below) ♥ naan bread and sambals, to serve 1 Put the lamb, onion, garlic, ginger, chilli powder, turmeric, 40ml butter, the tomatoes and 250ml water into a saucepan. Stir together and bring to the boil. 2 Cover, reduce the heat and simmer for 1½ to 2 hours until the meat is tender. Add more water if the mixture becomes too dry. 3 Add the yoghurt, fresh chillies and masala. Simmer together for 10 minutes. 4 Add the remaining butter, lentils, black pepper, ginger strips, fresh coriander

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and seasoning to taste. Simmer for 2 minutes, then serve hot with spicy cabbage, naan bread and sambals.

Roast chicken with cider sauce

Spicy cabbage

The vegetables with this roast absorb the delicious flavour of the chicken as well as the sweet flavour of the apple cider, and make a fabulous accompaniment to the chicken whether you choose to enjoy this as a Sunday roast or mid-week dinner treat.

Heat 30ml sunflower oil in a frying pan. Add 5ml black mustard seeds. When they begin to pop, add 8 fresh curry leaves and one finely sliced onion. Sauté for 5 minutes, then add 1ml ground turmeric, 5ml ground cumin, 1 fresh sliced chilli, 250ml each shredded white and purple cabbage and 50ml water. Stir-fry until just tender. Season to taste with salt and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Roasting time: about 1 hour Oven temperature: 200 C

Frame the creative pages, designs and quotes in this issue and use them to decorate a focus wall. Fine-art prints (woman and owers) downloaded from the Rijksmuseum s Rijksstudio (rijksmuseum.nl/en/rijksstudio).

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♥ 1 red onion, peeled and quartered ♥ 3 carrots, peeled and sliced in half lengthways ♥ 4 turnips, peeled and quartered ♥ 1 whole chicken ♥ 6 sprigs of fresh thyme ♥ 6 fresh bay leaves ♥ 40ml butter ♥ 500ml dry cider (or use half chicken stock, half apple juice) ♥ 125ml prepared chicken stock ♥ roasted beetroot, to serve SAUCE ♥ 15ml butter ♥ 15ml flour 1 Place the vegetables in a roasting tin. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables. Insert half the herbs into the chicken cavity and tie the chicken s legs closed. Spread the butter over the chicken and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 2 Pour the cider and stock into the roasting tin and add the remaining herbs. Roast in a preheated oven for 45 to 60 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. 3 Place the chicken and vegetables on a serving platter. Pour the roasting juices into a jug. Strain and skim off the excess fat from the top of the liquid. 4 SAUCE Heat the butter in a small saucepan. Add the flour and stir for a minute. Stir in the roasting juices, a little at a time. Cook, stirring, until the sauce has thickened. Serve with the chicken and roasted vegetables.

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Slow-braised pork shank Pork shank makes a wonderfully tasty and inexpensive meal. Allow it to simmer slowly until the meat is tender.

Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: about 2 hours ♥ olive oil ♥ 500g pork shank slices ♥ 200g streaky bacon ♥ 1 onion, chopped ♥ 2 cloves garlic, crushed ♥ 2 sticks celery, sliced ♥ 250ml white wine ♥ 2 cans chopped tomatoes ♥ 4 bay leaves ♥ thyme and rosemary sprigs ♥ 1 can cannellini beans, drained ♥ green seasonal vegetables, to serve ♥ rice, couscous or mashed butternut, to serve

1 Heat a little olive oil in a large casserole dish over a medium to high heat. Season the meat and then cook it in 2-3 batches to brown. Remove the pork from the pan and set aside. 2 Reduce the heat and cook the bacon for a few minutes and then remove it from the pan and set it aside. 3 Add the onion, garlic and celery and sauté for a few minutes until softened. Return the pork to the saucepan and add the wine, tomatoes and herbs. Cover and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for about 1½ hours. 4 Add the bacon to the saucepan and continue to simmer for a further 30 minutes or until the meat is very tender. 5 Add the beans and heat through. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve with green vegetables and your choice of other side dish.


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Orange upside-down pudding with ginger WRIIŸ VDXFH This fabulous citrus pudding is easy to make and will have everyone asking for more. Serve it hot with a decadent ginger toffee sauce and a spoonful of vanilla ice cream.

Serves: 6 Preparation time: 30 minutes Baking time: 30-35 minutes Oven temperature: 160 C ♥ 180g (205ml) castor sugar ♥ 2 small oranges, thinly sliced SPONGE ♥ 150g (275ml) self-raising flour ♥ 5ml baking powder ♥ 5ml ground ginger ♥ 2ml ground cinnamon ♥ 1ml ground cardamom ♥ 110g (120ml) soft butter ♥ 110g (125ml) castor sugar ♥ 2 large eggs ♥ 45ml freshly squeezed orange juice SAUCE ♥ 80g (85ml) butter ♥ 80g (90ml) brown sugar ♥ 8ml freshly grated ginger ♥ 1ml ground cardamom ♥ 150ml cream ♥ 60ml syrup

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1 Grease and line the base of a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper. 2 Place the castor sugar and 90ml water in a large flat saucepan and heat, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Add the orange slices. Cover with a double layer of greaseproof paper and simmer gently for 10 minutes or until the fruit is soft. Remove from the heat and set aside until cooled slightly. 3 Lay the slices into the prepared tin. Spoon three-quarters of the syrup from the saucepan over the fruit. 4 SPONGE Sift the flour, baking powder, spices and a large pinch of salt together. 5 Beat the butter until light. Add the castor sugar and beat well until creamy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. 6 Fold in the flour mixture gently and then fold in the orange juice. Spoon carefully over the orange slices, spreading the batter out evenly. 7 Bake in a preheated oven for 30-35 minutes until the sponge is cooked through and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. 8 Set aside for 10 minutes then loosen the edges with a blunt knife. Carefully invert the cake onto a serving platter. Drizzle with the reserved syrup and serve with ginger toffee sauce. 9 SAUCE Heat all ingredients together in a small saucepan over a low heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened.

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Surprise your guests with a hot-chocolate bar where they can each mix and dress up their own chocolate drink.



Use the label templates on the facing page and copy them in the desired size onto medium-weight cardboard. Cut them out and punch a hole in the top of each one. Tie the labels onto the bottles and jars with cord or twine. July/August 2017 IDEAS 53

how to YOU WILL NEED ♥ 2 trays of marshmallow (made a day in advance) ♥ sugar thermometer ♥ mini muffin tray ♥ mini muffin wrappers ♥ large daisy or sunflower cutter BLOOMING MARSHMALLOWS ♥ 25ml gelatin powder ♥ 250g castor sugar ♥15ml liquid glucose ♥ 1 large egg white ♥ 2,5ml vanilla extract or 5ml vanilla essence ♥ cornflour, for dusting ♥ 300g white chocolate

Sprinkle the gelatin over 100ml water in small bowl and leave to stand. Place the sugar and glucose in a saucepan with 100ml water. Stir until melted then bring to the boil for 3-5 minutes until soft ball stage or a thermometer reaches 118 C. Melt the gelatin for a few seconds at a time in the microwave (don t let it boil), then stir it into the sugar syrup.


Pour a little melted chocolate into 24 mini muffin cups and spread it up the sides. Place them in a mini muffin tray and set in the fridge. Repeat 2-3 times so the cups have a generous, even coating of chocolate. Place in the freezer until hard before pulling the paper cup away from the chocolate.

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Beat the egg white until stiff peaks, then add the syrup in a thin, steady stream, whisking continuously. Add the vanilla and keep whisking for about 10 minutes until the mixture starts to cool and is thick.


Turn out the marshmallow and remove the paper. Dust with more cornflour if necessary. Use the large daisy cutter to cut 12 daisies out of each tray. Dust the cutter with cornflour to prevent it sticking. Dust the flowers with cornflour to prevent the petals sticking together.


Spoon the marshmallow into two baking trays that have been lined and dusted liberally with cornflour. Spread and smooth the mixture then dust the surface with cornflour. Leave to set overnight.


To assemble, take a flower and fold the petals together, like a bud. Dip the bottom of the bud in some more melted chocolate and press gently into a chocolate cup. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.



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delights A cup of hot chocolate becomes an exciting event with these blooming marshmallows. by TANI KIRSTEN photos ED O RILEY

Inspired by Dominique Ansel Bakery s hot chocolate, as shown on Insider on YouTube.

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feed your skin there are constantly new ‘wonder’ ingredients, or old favourites that are rediscovered, in the search for eternal youth. Here are some of the latest. by ELSA KRÜGER st yling CARIN SMITH photos ED O RILEY

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Black is the new green! Activated charcoal has a long history in medicine, where it is used to absorb poisons before they can damage the body. It s a natural, non-toxic ingredient. During the past year, charcoal has been having a moment ‒ it s being added to everything from toothpaste, face masks and cleansers to supplements and drinks to help the body detox. FIND IT IN: Dermalogica Superfoliant (R1 180), which fights the environmental pollution that ages your skin prematurely and is a daily detox in the struggle against this enemy; Garnier SkinActive PureActive Intensive 3-in-1 Charcoal Anti-Blackhead (R109,05); Charwhite Natural Teeth Whitener (R475), a medicalgrade charcoal with bentonite clay, orange peel and organic peppermint that lifts marks and plaque from tooth enamel; Freeman Beauty Infusion Cleansing Clay Mask Charcoal + Probiotics (R49); and Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Mask (R790).


Quinoa means mother of grain in the Inca language. The Incas regarded it as a sacred food that ensured a long, healthy life. It contains high levels of riboflavin, which improves the skin s elasticity and keeps it soft and resilient. It also builds connective tissue which improves skin tone, helps to prevent wrinkles, feeds and moisturises the skin and treats acne. FIND IT IN: Kiehl s Dermatologist Solutions Nightly Refining MicroPeel Concentrate with Quinoa Husk Extract (R750).


This traditional Indian spice is known for its anti-inflammatory qualities. In skincare it s used in face masks and creams that counteract acne and flare-ups. It leaves the skin looking bright and glowing. FIND IT IN: Kiehl s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque (R485), which instantly brightens up the appearance of dull, fatigued skin.


This sweetener, derived from a plant that is indigenous to China, works like an instant facelift. It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties with antioxidants that are beneficial for cuts, wounds, flare-ups, marks, blemishes, acne, dermatitis and eczema. A paste of stevia leaves or the extract that is left on the skin for 15-20 minutes results in the smoother-looking wrinkles. Apply face oil after the stevia mask has been washed off.


Cholesterol is a new key role player on the skincare stage. While it may not be beneficial for your internal organs, it is a blessing for your skin, your largest organ. It s a lipid that binds the outer skin layer together and is abundant in the young and healthy. With the passing of the years, however, the skin loses cholesterol ‒ up to 40% by the age of 40 ‒ resulting in thin, dry and wrinkled skin and a weakened skin barrier. Cholesterol seals moisture into the skin and restores the skin barrier to a healthy thickness. To identify cholesterol in a product, look for words like wool or lanolin extract on the list of ingredients. FIND IT IN: SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 (R2 600), with 4% cholesterol and 2% each of fatty acids and ceramide; and Long & Lasting Ultra Strengthening Cholesterol Treatment for hair (R33).


Another old remedy that is back in the spotlight is aloe extract and gel. It has a soothing, healing effect on sunburnt skin and is also used as a quick mask to lift and firm the skin. FIND IT IN: Clarins Eye Contour Balm (R475); Aloe Unique Aloe Gel (R195); Matsimela Aloe Facial Moisturiser Cream (R100); African Extracts Rooibos Gentle Refining Polish (R74,95); and Earthsap Body Butter (R136).


Cocoa is known for its ability to prevent or repair sun damage, and is a popular ingredient in skin creams as it feeds and hydrates the skin. It is increasingly being used in anti-ageing formulations. It is extremely rich in antioxidants, which help to protect the skin against sun damage and pollution. It not only works as a skincare product, but also as a supplement ‒ recent tests have shown that the skin of women who drank a flavonoid-rich cocoa drink developed 15% less redness after exposure to UV light. Similarly, caffeine (from coffee beans) is a powerful antioxidant that is also increasingly being included in skincare products. It reduces redness and fights inflammation. Caffeine in eye products reduces dark rings. It is also very effective in products that treat cellulite. FIND IT IN: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist (R350) with caffeine to stimulate the skin; Placecol Hydro Cocoa

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Rejuvenating Facial (R375 from Placecol salons) that restores the moisture balance and suppleness of dehydrated skin; and Elancyl Activ Slimming Massage with Ivy Extract and Caffeine (R495,95), a new formulation for tackling cellulite.


Blue zones are places in the world where people become very old (older than 100) and stay very healthy. Researchers talk about longevity zones . In the four regions that have been identified as blue zones, the residents all have one thing in common: a holistic way of life that includes a healthy diet, low stress levels, an active lifestyle and tight-knit social or community structures, as well as a high intake of active plant ingredients. This holistic focus on wellbeing was the inspiration for Chanel s Blue Serum (R1 710) with ingredients from blue zones like green coffee beans from Nicoya, Costa Rica, olives from Sardinia, Italy and lentisk or mastic gum from Ikaria, Greece. The serum creates a reservoir of longevity for your skin.


Bamboo is used in Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent for treating infections.

It is widely used in Asia to improve the condition of the hair, nails and teeth. And now bamboo has found its place in skincare too. It is employed not only to fight free radicals, but also to make sunscreens more effective and to boost the skin s elasticity. It is rich in silica, which helps the skin to produce collagen. FIND IT IN: Filorga Sleep-Recover AntiFatigue Night Balm (R1000); and Elgydium Anti-Stain Toothpaste Cure (R69,95).


It comes from the Greek plant Glycyyrhiza glabra, which means sweet root . In skincare it is commonly used to brighten the skin. Regular use lightens pigmentation and dark blemishes. It also has a calming, healing action on skin that is stressed or irritated, as in the case of eczema, dryness, a flare-up, redness and inflammation, while it also hydrates deep into the skin. To ease sunburn, you can make a mask of liquorice tea and minced cucumber. FIND IT IN: Eucerin Even Brighter Serum Concentrate (R499 for 6 x 5ml ampules), new on shelf and with active liquorice ingredients (glycyrrhetinic acid) to even out skin tone and lighten dark marks; and Vichy Idéalia Smoothness & Glow Energizing Cream (R420) with blueberries and liquorice to make dull, tired skin look radiant again.



Clay has been used for thousands of years in beautifying and healing, but it is currently enjoying a surge in popularity. Every beauty house worth its salt now has a clay mask on the market. Clay draws out toxins such as free radicals, heavy metals and chemicals and binds with them to remove them. Clay formulations purify and shrink pores, lighten and firm the skin, remove dead skin cells, and moisturise and rehydrate the skin. FIND IT IN: Theravine Hydrating Gel Mask (R329) with green clay silt and aloe; and L Oréal Pure Clay Mask (R150), one of three clay masks recently launched by this beauty house. The masks contain charcoal, eucalyptus and red algae respectively and you can use them together (so-called multi-masking): one for an oily T-zone, another for the dry patches on your cheeks and the third for dullness.


HA has long been regarded as an unbeatable ingredient for deep hydration of the skin and to plump it up. An HA molecule draws a thousand times its own weight in moisture to the skin. The latest research recommends a variety of sizes of HA molecules for maximum hydration. The smaller molecules penetrate deeper into the skin layers, plump up the skin and make wrinkles less noticeable, while the larger molecules function closer to the surface, trap moisture there, and seal it in.

FIND IT IN: Diego dalla Palma 51+3 Icon Time Correcting Eye Cream (R695); Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum (R299,95); and Exuviance Deep Hydration Treatment (R765), which strengthens the skin barrier. SkinCeuticals HA Intensifier will be available from August and boosts skin hydration.


Ozone (also known as activated oxygen) destroys damaging micro-organisms like bacteria, fungi and viruses. This is the reason it is increasingly being used in skincare products ‒ it works for pimples, acne, cold sores, eczema and psoriasis as well as a dull, fatigued skin and ageing. Oxygen s main function is to provide energy for the skin cells. Oxygen in a clean, unblocked pore prevents the growth of bacteria and the formation of acne, which is why it is so effective in the treatment of acne and rosacea. It is also being used for the treatment of ageing skin. Cell processes become sluggish as the skin ages and recovery from damage is slower, as is the elimination of waste products that build up in the cells. More oxygen means more cell energy, and accelerated recovery. This is why products that contain oxygen often have the word energising in their descriptions. Oxygen face treatments in salons and oxygen face masks are in high demand.

Make it yourself LIQUORICE MASK Even out your skin and look radiant with this mask. Mix one teaspoon turmeric and two teaspoons of bentonite clay or fuller s earth (available from health shops and pharmacies) with a little cooled liquorice tea. Paint the mixture onto your face and leave it to dry. Rinse it off and moisturise with a few drops of coconut, olive or almond oil. CHARCOAL MASK This mask is the answer if you spend lots of time in polluted air. It also works well for pimples. Mix one teaspoon activated charcoal* with three teaspoons aloe gel. Paint evenly over your face. Rinse off once it is completely dry. DETOX DRINK Eliminate the toxins in the body. Soak two teaspoons of chia seeds for 20 minutes in a glass of filtered water. As soon as the mixture becomes jellylike, place it into a juicer together with one teaspoon of activated charcoal*, the juice of one organic lemon, two teaspoons maple syrup and a pinch of Himalayan salt. Juice thoroughly and drink immediately. * Activated charcoal powder and supplements are available from wellnesswarehouse.com.

FIND IT IN: Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial (R990), which detoxes the skin, energises it and restores radiance.

* For more beauty advice from Elsa Krüger, visit her blog mooipraatjies.com. Sources: The Daily Telegraph, wellnesswarehouse.com and stylecraze.com

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If you want to declutter, save a bit of money, live greener, eat better and recycle whatever you can, look no further than this hot new Swedish trend, which is all about a life without excess.


hat if our pursuit of the things that we re told will make us happy could endanger those very things that actually do make us happy? Matt Kallenberg asks this question on the back page of his deceivingly simplelooking children s book Lagom. Published in 2015, the rather foreign title is accompanied by a picture of a seagull and online searches reveal nothing more ‒ not a single review or interview with the author. Yet it s a significant question, and come 2017, lagom ‒ not Kallenberg s book, but the Swedish concept of not too much, not too little ‒ makes headlines in the likes of Vogue, The Guardian, current affairs magazine Slate and international interior magazines. In short, lagom is a Swedish philosophy of moderation that translates to enough, sufficient, adequate, just right , precisely what Kallenberg tries to teach children in his Lagom book. The seagull on the cover tells the story of a happy island community that is led astray by a stranger who offers them a delicious fruit. The fruit came at a cost: where they used to

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fish just enough for their own needs, they started exhausting their island s fish resources in exchange for the delicious fruit. Apparently Kallenberg was ahead of his time. Before the end of this year an avalanche of lagom-themed books will be published, promising to enlighten the reader about the Swedish art of balanced living , the Swedish secret of living well , and the Swedish art of living harmoniously . At home lagom would be all about keeping things minimal and understated, with the focus on craftsmanship rather than an abundance of accessories. If you were to live lagom, you would grow your own vegetables and herbs, and you would repurpose and recycle whatever you can. In the world of design and crafts, lagom takes you back to the basics ‒ unadorned, well-made pieces that would last a lifetime, to be handed down to the next generation. Victoria Greve, a Stockholm-born and raised journalist who now works for a New York-based production company, explains: Lagom is a pretty unintrusive concept, and generally a positive thing. It s about moderation in a way, but contentment is a word that can be associated with



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lagom as well. And there is a collective dimension to it. Lagom comes from the words laget om ‒ loosely translated as enough for everybody . Everyone should be able to get some. When something is lagom, it s satisfactory, it s sufficient, it s enough but not over the top. Not too much and not too little, just the right amount to satisfy you and everyone else. Describing it as a self-policing thing or a social norm , Victoria says no-one tells you to be lagom or take lagom (just enough) food, and no teacher would yell about it in the schoolyard. It s definitely a part of everyday life. One of Sweden s most popular dairy products is mellanmjölk ‒ milk with a fat content of 1,5%. It s right between

skimmed milk and full-cream milk. Not too much, not too little. I think Ikea furniture is another good example of lagom. They look nice, and they are functional and cheap. Almost everyone has it. In fact, Ikea did a whole YouTube campaign on lagom ‒ using different bloggers and vloggers to show how they live lagom.

The ups and downs of lagom Many Swedes, however, feel lagom also has a troubling side. As a middleclass Swede you re not supposed to be too loud or show too much emotion or thump your chest when you re doing well in life, Victoria explains.

It s considered tasteless to flaunt your riches or success, so people police themselves to come off as moderate and not too unlike their peers. The big upside is the implied social equality and consideration of others ‒ enough for everybody in an amount that is still pleasing and sufficient for you. The rest of the world could benefit from some of that mindset, I think. Now that Victoria is living in the United States, a country she describes as anything but lagom , she finds it quite liberating. No-one worries too much about how other people look or talk here. And you are supposed to make the most of yourself and downright brag. Everything is over the top, amazing , fantastic and wonderful . That can feel disingenuous to me. Nowadays, I find myself falling

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into that kind of talk too from time to time. But I m still very lagom at heart, she confesses. Foreigners in Sweden are also drawn to lagom. Salomé Cronje, a South African physiotherapist who has been living in Stockholm since August 2013, and also lived there between 2001 and 2003, says: Lagom was probably one of the first Swedish words that I learned when we moved here the first time. I experienced a sense of pride from the Swedes when they explained the meaning, especially because it cannot be translated in a single English word. While Salomé feels it would be an exaggeration to say that she embraces lagom as part of her lifestyle, she does not see it as a hindrance in her life and contact with Swedes. What I do dislike about lagom is how some people use it as a way out of walking the extra mile, but that is not a Swedish thing, rather a personality type, I would say.

Trend or myth?

Lagom comes hot on the heels of hygge, the Danish lifestyle trend of getting cosy while making the most of life s simple pleasures. And hygge came hot on the heels of KonMari, the Japanese decluttering method taught by Marie Kondo, and James Wallman s Stuffocation, the book that helped us swap consumerism for experiences and adventures. So what is the rationale behind these years of living with less? Lagom, hygge, KonMari and Stuffocation all encourage an anticonsumerist lifestyle, but then there is the avalanche of books that need to find their way into our homes... One cannot help but smell a rat with a strong consumerist flavour. Christopher Reid, trend specialist and writer at the Durbanbased International Trends Institute (iti.ac), agrees that these trends could be a bit of a myth. These big concepts are easy to communicate and market because they re actually something that s inside you all along ‒ excuse the cheese! So you don t really need books, gurus, courses, podcasts or whatever else to help you discover them. It s the commodification of human nature and I think that s why there ll always be the next thing in a year s time, Christopher explains. It s the collective desire to live slower, more meaningful lives that makes people respond to these concepts. There s no right or wrong way to lagom or hygge, he says. They speak to universal desires that people have but at the same time are exotic enough for people to see them as interesting. I think we re currently feeling overwhelmed and stressed generally so these kinds of simple truths are very appealing. It s very trendy at the moment to show self-restraint by eating clean and exercising more. Mass consumer culture is associated with excess and rampant consumption so the sophisticated want to show that they re above Kardashian level of mindless spending. Even in technology, minimal design is seen as being more sophisticated, he concludes. So while trend spotters are turning their attention to Sweden, here s to the wisdom of Kallenberg s seagull: Rather than working harder and longer hours to accumulate more material possessions, look around you; you probably already have just enough, or lagom.

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gold! With a lick of paint and a touch of gold leaf you can turn a brick into a plant holder – and the centre of attention. projec t and st yling DAL A WAT TS photo ED O RILEY

DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: half a day (including drying time) YOU WILL NEED ♥ brick (the type with three holes, for the plants) ♥ white PVA or craft paint ♥ gold leaf ♥ gold-leaf glue (size) ♥ brushes ♥ polystyrene foam (about 1cm thick) ♥ 3 small succulents (the roots must be able to fit in the holes in the brick) ♥ small garden stones ♥ potting soil ♥ craft knife

TO MAKE 1 Use a dry brush to clean the brick, and then paint it with the white PVA or craft paint. Allow the paint to dry before applying a second coat. 2 When the paint is completely dry, you can start with the gold leaf. Paint size over one side of the brick ‒ just along the top edge, as you do not want to gild the whole brick. Take a piece of gold leaf and place it gently onto the tacky area. Use your finger to press it onto the brick. 3 Repeat this process until the brick has a gold border all around the top edge.


This is delicate work. Wash your hands often and dry them properly so they don t become sticky or the gold leaf will stick to them. 4 When the size is completely dry, take a dry brush and brush away any excess gold leaf.

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5 Cut the polystyrene foam into three cylindrical shapes that will fit into the holes in the brick. Press the polystyrene shapes down to the bottom of the holes to form a plug . 6 Pour a few small stones into each hole, plant a succulent in each hole and fill the hole with potting soil.


Succulents don t need much water. Pour in just a few drops at a time, so the water doesn t seep out at the bottom.

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sitting pretty Give an old stool a new look with some leftover fabric. projec t and photos by ALMIE LOUIS

DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: half a day RECYCLED ITEMS ♥ metal or wooden stool with a round seat (I used one with metal legs and a wooden seat) ♥ 50 x 50cm padded table protector (one side felt and the other side rubber) ♥ white leftover fabric YOU WILL ALSO NEED ♥ paper, pencil and ruler to draw the petal template ♥ sewing machine ♥ staple gun and staples ♥ pen ♥ scissors ♥ embroidery thread and needle

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TO MAKE 1 Draw a petal template of 5-6cm onto a piece of paper and cut it out. 2 Trace the petal outline with a pen onto the rubber side of the table protector. You will need to make about 40 petals for this project. 3 Cut out the petals using scissors. Place the petals aside while you prepare the seat cover. 4 Measure and cut a fabric circle with a diameter 10cm larger than the seat of the stool. 5 Draw a circle on the cut fabric, 15cm smaller than the diameter of the cut fabric. Draw three more circles on the fabric, each one 5cm smaller than the previous one. These circles are your guidelines for the petal positions. 6 Start working on the big circle first and

secure the petals with pins all around the drawn line. 7 When you are happy with your petal positions, sew the petals to the fabric using the sewing machine. Repeat this process along the marked lines until all the circles are filled with petals. 8 I sewed the last petals to the fabric by hand with a needle and thread for a pretty look. 9 When you are satisfied with the look of your daisy, fold the edges of the fabric over the edges of the wooden seat and secure the fabric using the staple gun. Your new stool is ready.

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Find more of Almie s work on www.grandrecycler.com.

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Short and sweet Who could watch Outlander and not fall in love with the gorgeous knitwear? If you need something warm for those nippy days, crochet or knit these lovely Cowgirlblues designs inspired by the series. by BRIDGE T HENDERSON st yling CARIN SMITH photos ED O RILEY

Crocheted wrap DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM TIME: 10-12 HOURS MEASUREMENTS One size only ‒ 40cm wide and 170cm long YOU WILL NEED ♥ 2 x 100g cowgirlblues Merino Sock variegated (Col A; we used Marsala/ Sable/Cocoa/Denim) ♥ 3 x 50g balls cowgirlblues Merino Sock in two contrasting colours (we used 2 x Coffee Bean [Col B] and 1 x Olive [Col C]) ♥ 4mm crochet hook TENSION Working in larksfoot patt, 5 repeats and 6 patt rows should give you 10 x 10cm using cowgirlblues Merino Sock and a 4mm crochet hook. NOTE To see how to do the larksfoot stitch, go to the Dream A Little Bigger website where there is a tutorial: dreamalittlebigger.com/post/larksfootcrochet-stitch-tutorial.html

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ABBREVIATIONS ch ‒ chain stitch dc ‒ double crochet: wrap yarn around hook, insert into stitch and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops larksfoot ‒ rows 3 and 4 of pattern rep ‒ repeat st(s) ‒ stitch(es) TO CROCHET NOTE: This pattern is worked on the long edge in double crochet (US crochet terminology used). Starting with Col A, work a foundation chain of 301 sts, or the desired length of your scarf/shawl. Your chain must be a multiple of 4 + 1 ch. Row 1: 1dc in 4th ch from the hook, 1dc in the next ch, ch1 and skip the next st in your base chain to leave a gap, (1dc in each of the next 3 sts, ch1, skip the next st in the base chain), rep this combination to the end of your chain. Row 2: (should look exactly like row 1) ch3 and turn, 1dc in each of the next 2 sts, ch1 and skip the ch1 from the previous row, 1dc in each of the next 3

sts, rep this cluster (1dc in the next 3 sts, ch1 and skip the gap) until the end of the row. Row 3: (your first larksfoot row) ch4 and turn, skip the next st, make your first larksfoot: 1dc after the skipped st (it s the last dc before the gap in the row below), wrap yarn around hook as if to work dc but insert your hook into the gap TWO rows below, very loosely pulling up the yarn so as not to bunch your work, this makes the deep v-stitch , then complete the dc as normal, 1dc in the next st (the first of the next 3dc cluster from the row below), ch1 and skip the next dc, rep the larksfoot cluster of (1dc, 1 long dc into the gap two rows below, 1dc, ch1) to the end of the row, finish with a space and 1dc. Row 4: ch4 and turn, skip the next st and work in clusters of 3dc, mirroring the clusters and spaces of the row below, the pattern continues in repeats of rows 3 and 4 with the introduction of the other colours according to the colour chart on page 72. FINISHING Fasten off and darn in all loose yarn ends.

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MEASUREMENTS One size only ‒ 40cm long (excluding the polo neck) and 46cm wide across the shoulders and bottom edge. It fits 87 ‒ 92cm shoulders/chest and is fairly easy to change the size if you prefer a looser or more snug fit. When you get to the shoulder increases, either work more increases (for wider shoulders) or fewer for a narrower fit.

rep ‒ repeat rnd ‒ round st(s) ‒ stitch(es) st st ‒ stocking stitch NOTE To see how to do the M1Right and M1Left stitches, go to purlsoho.com/ create/make-one-right-m1r-make-oneleft-m1l/ for a tutorial.

YOU WILL NEED ♥ 3 x 100g cowgirlblues Merino DK variegated (we used Silver Fox/Sable/

TO KNIT NOTE: This patt is worked from the top downwards. The neck patt is a fairly straightforward broken rib rep, but working in the rnd requires a little concentration at the beg and end of each rnd to set you up for the next one. (Neck size can be adjusted to any multiple of 4 sts.) Cast on 80 sts and join to form a circle. Place a stitch marker to mark the beg of the rnd.

Caramel/Natural) ♥ 4mm short cable circular needle ♥ 2 x stitch markers

NECK Rnd 1: (k1, p3), rep to end of rnd.

TENSION 19 sts and 28 rows = 10 x 10cm, worked in stocking stitch using cowgirlblues Merino DK on 4mm needles ABBREVIATIONS beg ‒ begin(ning) inc ‒ increase k ‒ knit p ‒ purl patt ‒ pattern M1Right: pick up the bar between the last stitch you ve knitted and the one you re about to knit, bringing the needle from the back of the work (in this case the inside of the round) towards the front (the outside of the round), now knit into the front of this lifted stitch to make 1 stitch; it is a kind of twist. M1Left: pick up the bar between the stitch you ve just knitted and the next one, bringing the needle from the front (the outside of your round) to the back of the work, now knit into the back of the stitch; it s also a kind of twist, but it leans the other way.

Rnd 2: k2, p1, (k3, p1), rep to last st, k1. Rep rnds 1 and 2 until work measures 12cm.

BODY Change to st st for the body of the shrug. When working in the rnd, k every st. Start by working one rnd k. The shoulder incs are worked on either side of the shrug. Count your sts and place stitch markers on each shoulder seam at sts 1 and 41. For the next 23 rnds work incs as follows: M1Right, k1, M1Left, k to st 41, M1Right, k st 41, M1Left, k back to st 1. Continue in this patt until you have 172 sts, or until you are comfortable with the shoulder fit. Your st count must be a multiple of 4 sts for the rib patt. BOTTOM RIB Remove your shoulder st markers and leave only one marker in place to show the beg and end of each rnd. Work in rib as for the neck for approximately 12cm: Rnd 1: (k1, p3), rep to end of rnd. Rnd 2: k2, p1, (k3, p1), rep to last st, k1. Rep rnds 1 and 2 until the rib measures 12cm. Fasten off and darn in all loose yarn ends.

Win the wool!

One lucky reader can win the cowgirlblues yarn to crochet the wrap, while another can win the yarn for the knitted shrug. Simply write us an email to info@ideasfactory.co.za, type cowgirlblues in the subject line and tell us what kind of knitting and crochet projects you would like to see in Ideas. Please include your phone number in your email. Good luck!

Cowgirlblues is a Cape Town-based dye house and design studio specialising in South African wool and mohair. It was owner Bridget Henderson s frustration at not being able to find suitable wool locally that started her spinning and dyeing her own, and so the cowgirlblues brand was born.

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Work the larksfoot stitch in colour stripes as follows. Each repeat is one larksfoot or two rows (rows 3 and 4) of crochet.

4 repeats in colour A 1 repeat in colour B 1 repeat in colour A 1 repeat in colour B 1 repeat in colour C 1 repeat in colour A 1 repeat in colour B 1 repeat in colour C 1 repeat in colour B 1 repeat in colour A 1 repeat in colour C 1 repeat in colour B 1 repeat in colour A 1 repeat in colour B 4 repeats in colour A

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My pink purse by ELSBE TH EK STEEN (@elsiedear) photo ED O RILEY st yling CARIN SMITH

DIFFICULTY: easy for those who have done tapestry crochet, medium to difficult if you have never done it before TIME: one day NOTE: This crocheted pouch, inspired by Orla Kiely s fun flower designs, is the perfect introduction to tapestry crochet. Put those granny squares back in the work-in-progress bag and try something new! The tapestry crochet technique is easy once you get the hang of it, so please be patient with yourself if this is your first time. MEASUREMENTS This cute pouch is 20 x 20cm when completed. YOU WILL NEED ♥ 50g Vinnis Nikkim, black ♥ 100g Raeesah, col 41 ♥ 3-3,5mm crochet hook ♥ stitch marker to use at beginning of every round ♥ tapestry needle ♥ 20-25cm zip fastener that you can cut smaller to fit pouch opening ♥ pins ♥ needle and thread, the colour of your zip fastener TENSION You need to have a tight tension when

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you crochet this pouch, so adjust your hook size if you have to. ABBREVIATIONS (UK crochet terminology used) beg ‒ begin(ning) ch ‒ chain stitch dc ‒ double crochet rnd ‒ round sm ‒ stitch marker ss ‒ slip stitch st(s) ‒ stitch(es) PATTERN NOTES Tapestry crochet is a great way to make a thick, woven-like fabric that is perfect for bags, hats and even cushion covers. In tapestry crochet you are basically drawing with your yarn. This bag is crocheted in the round, using only double crochet stitches. You will carry both strands of yarn together while crocheting the bag. When you crochet with the light yarn, the black yarn will be lying between the stitches you are crocheting and vice versa. HOW TO FOLLOW THE FLOWER CHART The numbers at the bottom (1-18) indicate stitches and the numbers running up (1-34) indicate the rows. You will start in the right-hand bottom corner of the chart. Crochet from block 1 to 18, and then start at block 1 again for the second, third and fourth repeat. After the fourth repeat, one row will be

completed. You can now move up to row 2, and crochet the stitches 1-18, in row 2. A light block represents a dc in the background colour and a black block a dc in black yarn. When crocheting a light block followed by a dark block: • Insert hook under both loops of the st, yarn over with light yarn, pull hook through work, drop the light yarn and pick up the black yarn, yarn over and pull through all loops. You are now ready to crochet the next st, which will be black. • Insert hook through next st, yarn over with black yarn and pull hook through the st. If your next st on the chart is black, you will yarn over with the black and pull through all loops on hook, BUT if your next st is light, you need to drop the black yarn, yarn over with the light colour yarn and pull through all loops. • It basically means you need to complete a dc with the colour yarn that the next st needs to be. To keep your design looking good you need to keep your tension tight, and when you make a colour change, you can even pull on the yarn to make sure your stitches are not too loose. Place a sm in the first st of every rnd so that you will know when you reach the end of the rnd. Move it up in every rnd. You will first crochet a few set-up rnds and then start following the chart to make it a bit easier.


Here’s your chance WROHDUQWKHVNLŹ of tapestry crochet – and show off your gorgeous little Orla-style purse.

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TO CROCHET THE SET-UP RND With Raeesah and 3,5mm crochet hook, ch 72. Rnd 1: ch 1, dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc into every st until end of rnd, ss into the ch at beg of rnd to make a circle. You will continue to work in the rnd [= 72 dc]. Rnd 2: place the tail of the black yarn on top of your worked sts. You are going to crochet over the black yarn so that it lies between the sts you are going to make. Dc in all the sts with the light yarn until you reach the sm [= 72 dc]. Start following the chart from row 1. Both strands of yarn are ready to be used by just dropping the one colour and picking up the other colour. Always make sure the yarn you are not using is between your sts. PUTTING IT TOGETHER Sew away all loose ends at the back of work. Fold your bag so that 2 flowers are on the front and back of the bag. Sew the bottom of the bag close with the light colour yarn, using whip stitch. Place the zip fastener into the top opening of the bag. Pin in place and sew to the bag with needle and thread. Make 2 tassels with the leftover yarn and attach to the hole in the zip slider. TO MAKE A TASSEL Take a 10cm-wide piece of cardboard and wrap your yarn about 50 times all around the cardboard. Cut the yarn. Cut a 20cm piece of yarn and push it in between the cardboard and the strands of your tassel. Tie a knot at the top and remove the cardboard. You will use the yarn ends to attach the tassel to the hole in the zip slider. Cut another piece of yarn, about 30cm long, and wrap half of the length around the tassel, about 2-3cm from the top. Thread the other half of the length into your tapestry needle and sew through the wrapped around yarn a few times. Push the needle through to the bottom of the tassel. You can cut the yarn at the bottom of the tassel so that all the strands hang freely and evenly.

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This little pouch is very versatile ‒ perfect for your phone, odds and ends and a little notebook. If this was your first tapestry project . . . take out your notebook and write: I m amazing! .

t s time to break away again. From Friday afternoon 15 September to Sunday afternoon 17 September we are back at JanHarmsgat se Agterplaas in Cullinan for a weekend of fun and creativity. You will leave there with a cosy shawl, mittens and a hat ‒ all in gorgeous Nurturing Fibres yarn ‒ to show off to friends and family. Ideas contributor Elizabeth Fester will be there to assist you with your crochet. Even though our projects are not too complicated, you will need to know at least the basics or have someone with you who can teach you as we go along. We have place for 35 women only, so be sure to book without delay! For R3 000 for a single room or R2 800 per person sharing, you can be part of this creative weekend.


Let’s hook up! Come and join the Ideas team in Cullinan for a weekend of crochet and creativity. Your weekend includes

3Two nights at Destiny Lodge including breakfast. 3 Dinner and lunch for the duration of your stay. 3Crochet sessions with Elizabeth Fester. 3Creative demonstration by Dala Watts of Ideas, and JanHarm Vorster and Pieter Vosloo. 3 A sunset game drive. 3All the yarn you will need for your projects from our sponsor, Nurturing Fibres.

BOOK before Friday, 1 September 2017 with Marweya Smal at Marweya@ideasfactory.co.za or call her on 083 575 2276.


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Estée van der Walt

nce upon a time there was an economics student from Bloemfontein who, shortly after she met him, ran away from a sheep farmer from Lückhoff in the Two Oceans marathon. Bert Viljoen decided there and then that he had to catch this girl, once and for all. And now, four years later, they re not only putting together the final plans for their September wedding, but even before she has moved in, her business on the family farm has started making a name for itself. I met Bert, his family and their farm, Knoffelfontein, during the worst drought since 1930, says Estée. A drought like that affects the entire community and I immediately asked myself what I could do to help. I didn t only want to make a contribution to the farming, but also to the lives of the women on the farm. Then I thought ‒ we have everything right here that we need to make something proudly

South African and handcrafted. And so she put together the pretty photos from Pinterest and the merino sheep on the farm and decided to test the trend for blankets made from super-thick, unspun wool. The family was fairly sceptical, but they gave the cute investment specialist a chance to try out her passion project. Mooo started up officially in January this year and was an instant success. Just as we did, lots of people soon saw her oh-so-soft, beautiful modern blankets on her social media pages and now, even before the couple have said their vows and she can move lock, stock and barrel to the farm, she is supplying her products to six online shops and three décor stores. She receives orders from as far afield as the USA and Australia, sells through a shop in Norway, and has suppliers in Lückhoff, Smithfield and Bloemfontein. To keep her right-hand person

and team leader on the farm, Mimi Solina, and her team of four on the go, she buys wool from a number of farmers in the district. Most of our sales are generated through my social media pages. After all, it s the new way to work. I like being in direct contact with my clients, because I want to build long-term relationships with them. You may buy something small now, and then when you marry, you buy a blanket for yourselves, and later, when the baby arrives, you order one my new baby cocoons. The young mothers also like my Mooo Makers Movement knitting sets, which allow them to knit their baby s first blanket themselves. And the best part for her? I m the most excited about the feedback that I get. It s not only lovely to know that someone is enjoying the snugglesoft luxury of a Mooo blanket, it s especially nice when they feel that they want to share it with me.

Where you can find yours

The following online stores sell Mooo products: 3 fable-lifestyle.com 3 simplychild.co.za 3 titchandbean.co.za 3 simplyhome.co.za 3 knus.co.za 3 jislaaikshop.co.za/product-category/home-decor/blankets You ll also find them at Splinter in Olympus in Pretoria, Countrified in Bloemfontein and Opgedollie in Mariental, Namibia. 78 IDEAS July/August 2017

www.facebook.com/mooowool instagram.com/mooo_wool

Snuggle soft With her gorgeous merino-wool products, Estée van der Walt warms the hearts of her Mooo clients as well as the merino farming community. by TERENA LE ROUX photos CARINE from MERACI PHOTOGRAPHY

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Flannel nightdress MEASUREMENTS The pattern fits 89cm bust and 95cm hip.

DIFFICULTY: fairly easy TIME: one day YOU WILL NEED ♥ pattern on page 88 ♥ 2,5m white flannel (150cm wide) ♥ 50cm iron-on interfacing ♥ matching machine thread ♥ two 12mm buttons ♥ ruffler attachment ♥ paper, pencil and rule NOTE: All seam allowances are 1,5cm except the under bust seam, which is 2cm. TO MAKE 1 Draw the pattern pieces onto a piece of paper in actual size. There are no patterns pieces for the skirt and cuffs, as these are cut as rectangular-shaped panels. 2 Cut the two skirt pieces measuring 104cm long and 84cm wide along one edge of the fabric. Use the paper patterns to cut the remaining pieces, as well as four 27 x 10,5cm panels for the cuffs, and two 85 x 4,5cm strips for the cuff frills. Use the facing patterns and two cuff panels to cut the interfacing. 3 Start by ironing the interfacing to the wrong side of the facings. Stitch and trim the shoulder seam allowances of the facings down to 1cm. Press the seams open and overlock the outer edge of the facing. 4 Sew the shoulder seams of the bodice. Pin and sew the facing to the bodice, right sides together, shortening the stitch length to 1,5cm on either side of the V-shape at the front of the neckline. Grade and clip the seam allowance, then stitch the side seams. At the centre front, mark two horizontal 1,5cmlong buttonholes, 1cm to either side of the centre front, and 3cm up from the cut edge of the under bust seam. Cut a 5 x 2cm piece of interfacing and iron this onto the back of the buttonhole markings to reinforce the fabric. Finally, sew the two buttonholes. 5 Stitch the sleeve seams and stitch the

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sleeves into the armholes. 6 Stitch the side seams of the skirt pieces. Stitch two rows of gathering stitches at the top edge of the front piece (this seam allowance is 2cm wide), and a separate two rows of stitches on the back piece. Gather the skirt pieces to fit the bodice. Pin and sew the skirt to the bodice. Overlock along the cut edge of the seam allowance, keeping the seam width at 2cm. Press the seam up towards the bodice. Top stitch the seam in position to form a casing through which a drawstring will be threaded. 7 Iron interfacing onto the two inner cuff panels. 8 To sew the cuff frill, set an overlocker to stitch a rolled hem, and hem one edge of each of the two frill strips. Next, place a ruffler attachment that has been set to sew 8mm deep pleats every six stitches onto the sewing machine. Sew one strip, right side up, with the seam allowance to the right of the needle, and the second strip, right side up, with the seam allowance to the left of the needle. This will ensure that the pleats lie in the same direction on each cuff. Pin one frill strip to an outer cuff panel, right sides together. Cut the excess fabric from both ends of the frill strip, measuring 2cm in from the cut edge of the cuff panel. Hem these short edges with a rolled hem on the overlocker. Pin the inner cuff panel on top of the first and sew the side and top seams. Trim and grade the seam allowances. Turn the cuff through to the right side and press. Sew the second cuff in the same manner. 9 Pin and sew the cuffs to the sleeves, matching the edges of the cuffs to the notches at the bottom edge of the sleeves. Overlock the seam allowances together and press towards the sleeve. Top stitch the 5cm section of seam allowance between the cuff edges down to hold in position. Mark and sew a buttonhole at the centre of the overlap edge of each cuff, 1cm in from the edge. Sew a button on the underlap of each cuff, 1cm in from the edge. 10 Cut a 1,5m x 2,5cm strip of fabric for the drawstring. Fold the strip in half with the right side on the inside, and sew along the length, 8mm in from the fold. Trim the seam allowance down to 5mm. To turn the

drawstring through to the right side, thread a piece of string through the fabric tube. Sew the string to one end of the fabric with a few hand stitches, and use the string the pull the end though. Thread the drawstring through the casing at the under bust seam. 11 Overlock the bottom edge of the skirt. Press and sew a 1,5cm wide hem.

Embroidery trim

With a few simple stitches and a half-day extra you can enhance your nightdress by adding your own embroidery. YOU WILL NEED ♥ DMC embroidery thread in the colours of your choice ♥ embroidery needle ♥ iron-on interfacing (optional) TO EMBROIDER 1 Fold the front facing out and embroider on the bodice fabric only. If your fabric is too soft, you can iron a strip of interfacing to the wrong side before you embroider. 2 Trace your pattern onto your nightdress and embroider with three strands of embroidery thread. Darn in thread ends at the back of the work for a neat finish.

USE THE FOLLOWING STITCHES: * Chain stitch and detached chain stitch for flowers and leaves * Satin stitch for small flowers * French knots in between for small buds * Stem stitch for stems

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stitchcraft through to the right side. Iron flat. 3 Now stitch B panel to C panel along the straight seam (heel section). 4 Pin to the sole lining with right sides of the lining sections together. Start in the middle at the heel section and pin the one side down first and then the other side (start at the heel again and pin down to the front), so that it crosses over. Ensure that your slippers cross over to opposite sides. Stitch down. 5 Now place the outer sole on the slipper (with right sides facing) and pin down. Stitch right around, leaving an opening to turn the slipper to the right side. 6 Overlock all edges and turn through to the right side. Hand sew opening closed.


These slippers are reversible.

DIFFICULTY: fairly easy TIME: one day SIZE Fits a size-six foot. Adjust the pattern according to your own shoe size. YOU WILL NEED ♥ pattern on page 87 ♥ fabric for outside ♥ fabric for inside (lining) ♥ matching machine thread ♥ iron-on interfacing TIP: If you want firmer slippers, iron interfacing to the wrong side of your outside fabric and cut out the pattern. If not, then iron the interfacing to the fabric for your outer sole only. TO MAKE NOTE: Add 1,5cm seam allowances to all the pattern pieces before cutting out. 1 Transfer the pattern pieces onto paper and cut them out actual size. Pin pieces together with right sides facing, thus top and lining of B and top and lining of C (you will have two B panels and two C panels), and stitch the two pieces of each of these panels together, but along the inner curve only. 2 Clip in seam allowances and turn

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DIFFICULTY: fairly easy TIME: approximately half a day per pillowcase MEASUREMENTS Large pillow: 50 x 90cm Smaller pillow: 45 x 70cm YOU WILL NEED ♥ fabric of your choice (see cutting instructions for amount) ♥ matching machine thread ♥ matching ribbon ♥ inner cushions

TO CUT Large pillow: 1 For underside of pillowcase: cut one panel of 53 x 93cm (1,5cm seam allowances included) from fabric. 2 For upper side: cut one panel of 53 x 123cm (1,5 cm seam allowances and 30cm for inner flap included). 3 For frill: cut one strip of 8cm wide and about 1½ times width of pillowcse. SMALLER PILLOW: 1 For underside of pillowcase: cut one panel of 48 x 73cm (1,5cm seam allowances included) from fabric. 2 For upper side: cut one panel of 48 x 103cm (1,5cm seam allowances and 30cm for inner flap included). 3 For frill: cut one strip of 8cm wide and about 1½ times width of pillowcase. TO MAKE (for both pillows) 1 Overlock the long sides of the frill strip and stitch a narrow hem in one long side. Stitch two rows of gathering stitches along the other long side and pull in gathers so that the frill fits a short side. 2 Measure approximately 36,5cm from the short side where the pillowcase will be folded over for the inner flap and pin the frill in place across the width of the pillowcase, with the hem of the frill towards the short side and the wrong side of the frill on the right side of the pillowcase. Stitch down. Pin the ribbon onto the frill over the gathering stitches and stitch through all the layers. 3 Fold in a hem along the short side of the inner flap and stitch down. Fold the inner flap over to the inside (thus the wrong sides are together). 4 Fold and stitch a hem along one short side of the underside panel. Place two panels together with right sides facing (the inner flap is on the outside), so that the fold of the inner flap lies on the hemmed edge of the underside panel for the open side of the cover. Stitch the other short side and two long sides closed and overlock the seam allowances. 5 Turn the pillowcase through to the right side and insert the inner cushion.

QUILT DIFFICULTY: fairly difficult, unless you are an experienced quilter TIME: approximately one month MEASUREMENTS Finished quilt 182 x 202cm YOU WILL NEED ♥ fabric (see chart below right) ♥ matching machine thread ♥ matching DMC embroidery thread ♥ iron-on appliqué paper NOTE: The pattern is designed with 110cm-wide fabric. 1 For the white blocks with appliqué, cut eight blocks of 35 x 35cm and four blocks of 25 x 35cm from the white fabric. 2 Cut out the appliqué flower templates on page 87 on appliqué paper and iron onto the coloured fabric. Cut out the patterns from the fabric. 3 Iron the appliqué pieces onto the white fabric as shown in the diagram. 4 Using matching DMC embroidery thread, sew blanket stitches around each appliqué flower. 5 For the small white and green blocks (combination A), cut 8 green strips and 6 white strips of 6 x 110cm each and 4 green strips and 3 white strips of 6 x 60cm each from the white and green fabric. Stitch the strips together as follows: green, white, green, white, green, white, green. 6 Using a roller cutter, cut through the stitched strips along the 110cm sides and the 60cm side. You will have 2 x 18 strips and 1 x 10 strips, thus 46 strips in total. 7 For the white, green print and red print small blocks (combination B), cut from the white, green print and red print fabrics: 4 white strips, 2 green strips and 1 red print strip of 6 x 110cm and 6 x 50cm. Stitch the strips together as follows: white, green, white, red print, white, green, white.

8 Using a roller cutter, cut through the stitched strips along the 110cm side and the 50cm side. You will have 1 x 18 strips and 1 x 8 strips, thus 26 strips in total. 9 For the small white, red print and red blocks (combination C), cut from the white, red print and red fabrics: 4 white strips, 2 red print strips and 1 red strip of 6 x 50cm. Stitch the strips together as follows: white, red print, white, red, white, red print, white. 10 Using a roller cutter, cut through the stitched strips along the 50cm side. You will have 7 strips in total. STITCHING TOGETHER You need seven of the blocks with 7 x 7 small blocks. Stitch the strips lengthwise together as follows: combination A, B, A, C, A, B, A. You need six of the blocks with 5 x 7 small blocks. Stitch the strips lengthwise together as follows: combination A, B, A, B, A. Stitch the completed blocks together with a 0,5cm seam allowance. BORDERS Cut from the green fabric strips of 17cm. For the two short sides: 150cm x 2 strips. Stitch it to the panel of blocks. For the two long sides: 202cm x 2 strips. Stitch it to the panel of blocks. NOTE: Join the strips as needed for the measurements above. FINISHING The quilt top is now completed. Stitch the quilt top, batting and fabric







for the back of the quilt through all the layers in a pattern of your choice. (Professional quilters can assist you with this.) Cut for the binding 8 x 6cm strips from the red print fabric. Stitch the strips together with mitred corners to obtain one long strip. Fold the strip in half lengthwise with the right side on the outside and press. Stitch the strip with a 0,5cm seam allowance to the front of the quilt. Fold the strip over to the back of the quilt and sew down by hand.





Green flower


Red flower



6cm and appliqué

Appliqué fabric

15 x 110cm (10 colours)

Binding fabric



1,9 x 2,1m

Backing fabric

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2 per block

PATTERN FOR SLIPPERS 1 block = 1 x 1cm (Dressmaker's graph paper is available from marweya@ideasfactory.co.za)

A panel Cut 2 fabric Cut 2 lining Cut 2 interfacing 2 per block

B panel 3 per block

Cut 2 fabric Cut 2 lining Cut 2 interfacing 2 per block

2 per block

4 per block

Stitch line

2 per block 2 per block

3 per block

2 per block

3 per block

3 per block

C panel 7 per block

Cut 2 fabric Cut 2 lining (Cut 2 interfacing, optional)


1 block = 1 x 1cm

Cut 1

Cut 2




Centre back - place on fold

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Nightdress Bodice back Cut 1


Bodice front




Centre back - place on fold




Flirty skirt Stunning and versatile, this crocheted skirt is made with delicate hand-coloured cotton yarn. Wear it like a skirt all year round or use it as a beautiful beach cover-up in the sunny months. From HELLO, CROCHE T by Ideas contributors CORNEL STRYDOM, ELSBE TH EK STEEN and ANISA FIELDING .

DIFFICULTY: difficult FINISHED SIZE Small, medium, large YOU WILL NEED ♥ 6 x 50g balls MoYa Plume Lemoncello ♥ 3‒4mm crochet hook for a loose stitch ♥ scissors ♥ tapestry needle TENSION Each completed circle measures 8cm in diameter ABBREVIATIONS beg ‒ begin(ning) ch ‒ chain stitch dc ‒ double crochet dtr ‒ double treble jtr ‒ joining treble rep ‒ repeat rnd ‒ round sm ‒ stitch marker sp ‒ space ss ‒ slip stitch st(s) ‒ stitch(es) tr ‒ treble ttr ‒ triple treble

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NOTES: Circles are made and joined first, then 2 rows are crocheted on either side of the circle bands . Subsequently these panels are connected with a connecting row between the panels. Then finish the top part of the skirt. PATTERN Small adult: 6 rows of 8 circles (48 in total) Medium adult: 6 rows of 9 circles (54 in total) Large adult: 6 rows of 10 circles (60 in total)

WAIST BAND Row 1: Make a 3-m long chain. Row 2: ch 2, tr into 3rd ch from hook, tr into every st. Fasten off and work away all loose ends. Thread the band through all the ch-sps of the top row of the skirt just below the shell border.

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TO CROCHET A CIRCLE Chain 4. Rnd 1: Work 13 tr into 1st ch made, ss in 4th ch made. Rnd 2: ch 3 (count as tr), tr in same sp as ss, work 2 tr in each tr of rnd 1 (28 in total), ss in 3rd ch made at beg of rnd 2. Rnd 3: ch 3 (count as tr), tr in same sp as ss, (1 tr in next tr, 2 tr in next tr) 13 times, tr in next tr (42 in total), ss in 3rd ch made at beg of rnd 3. Rnd 4: ch 3 (count as tr), tr in same sp as ss, (1 tr each in next 2 tr, 2 tr in next tr) 13 times, 1 tr each in next 2 tr (56 in total), ss in 3rd ch made at beg of rnd 4. Fasten off. TO JOIN CIRCLES For every circle place sm in the following tr: from last ss made, count tr anticlockwise and place markers in 6th (first sm), 23rd (second sm), 34th (third sm) and 51st (fourth sm) tr. Count 3-ch as a tr, there are 10 tr between 2nd and 3rd sms, and 10 tr between 4th and 1st sms, place required amount of circles next to each other with 10 tr between markers of adjoining circles facing each other, use whipstitch to join 10 tr on one circle to 10 tr on adjoining circle. ROWS BETWEEN CIRCLES Work on the rows between the circles first, then on row 3 as connecting row between panels, then on row 3 at top of skirt and scalloped edge. Row 1: Join yarn in any circle s 1st sm, ch 5 (count as 1st ttr), * ttr in next st, 1 dtr each in next 4 sts, 1 tr each in next 6 sts, 1 dtr each in next 4 sts, 1 ttr each in next 2 sts, ttr in next st (this is the tr with 1st sm on the next circle) * to be repeated with every circle in the rnd, replacing last ttr in pattern with ss in 5th ch at beg of row 1. NOTE: Rep row 1 between circles on the other side of the joined circles as well, but not for hem. See sketch

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Row 2: ch 2 (not ch 3, count as 1st tr), work 1 tr into every st of row 1, ss in 2nd ch at beg of row 2. See sketch NOTE: Circles in panels must line up one right above the other. Row 3 as connecting row between panels: ch 2, (ss in 2 corresponding sts on adjoining panel, while skipping 2 tr in panel you are working, use joining trebles and tr in next 4 sts) repeated right round, replacing last jtr with ss in 2nd ch made at beg of row 3 as connecting row. Fasten off. Row 3 at top of skirt: ch 4, (skip 2 sts and work 1 tr each in next 4 sts, ch 2) repeated right round, replacing last tr with ss in 2nd ch made at beg of row 3. Scalloped edge: ss in next 2 sts, (skip 2 sts and tr 8 in next sp between sts, skip 2 sts, dc in 2 chsp) repeated right round, replacing last dc with ss in ch-sp. Fasten off.







We are giving away three copies of this wonderful crochet book. Hello, Crochet (R310) is published by Human & Rousseau and is packed with quirky, fresh and creative patterns designed by the three friends who put it together. It is available from leading book stores. To win your copy of Hello, Crochet by Cornel Strydom, Elsbeth Eksteen and Anisa Fielding, just tell us what your favourite section of Ideas is. Email us at info@ ideasfactory.co.za and put Hello, Crochet in the subject field. Please include your phone number in the email and tell us in a paragraph what section/s you like about the magazine and why.

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how to

Craft tee Transform a simple T-shirt into these crafty items. projec ts and st yling by CARIN SMITH photos ED O RILEY

T-shirt yarn

Making your own T-shirt yarn is very easy. All you need is a T-shirt and a pair of sharp scissors. DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: one hour




Place the T-shirt on a flat surface, cut off the top section horizontally under the arms and discard the top piece. Fold one side of the T-shirt cylinder towards the other side so that about 2cm of the bottom layer is visible. Cut strips (usually 1,5-2cm) to the edge of the top layer, but don t cut into the protruding 2cm of the bottom layer.

Open up the T-shirt and place the uncut section on a flat surface. Cut at an angle from the end of one cut piece across to the next strip on the opposite side. Continue to the end. You should now have one continuous piece of T-shirt yarn.

To link two pieces of yarn: cut a slit at the end of each yarn length and feed them through each other.

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Weave a round rug Use T-shirt yarn to weave your own unique and sturdy round rug. DIFFICULTY: challenging TIME: one day YOU WILL NEED ♥ hula hoop ♥ twine ♥ glue gun ♥ T-shirt yarn (a selection of your favourite colours) ♥ non-slip carpet underlay (cut to fit your round rug)


Don t pull your yarn too tight when weaving the rug as it will curl up into a bowl shape. Plan your weaving by drawing the rug in your choice of colours before starting.


Tie the twine across the diameter of the hula hoop, securing it with a knot at each end. Continue tying lengths of twine across the hoop, making sure the strands cross in the centre ‒ you will need about 20 lengths. Secure them with a little hot glue to ensure they won t move around the hoop. You should now have something that resembles a bicycle wheel.

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To weave: Fold a length of T-shirt yarn in half. Starting in the middle, twist the yarn over the twine. Weave the right-hand yarn over the left-hand yarn and under the next piece of twine ‒ this is to hide the twine. Continue until you have a round rug. NOTE To add a new length of yarn, start with the new piece where you ended the previous one, making sure that the two pieces of new yarn are on either side of the previous piece.


When you have finished weaving your rug, complete it by cutting the guiding twine lengths off the hula hoop. Use your glue gun to secure the pieces to the back of the rug. Push any small bits of T-shirt yarn sticking out at the front of the rug through to the back. Glue the non-slip carpet underlay to the back of your rug.

how to

T-shirt teddy

Make a soft, snuggly toy from pretty T-shirt fabric. DIFFICULTY: medium TIME: two hours Use our teddy template on the page overleaf to trace your teddy onto a striped T-shirt. Cut out a front and back piece and sew them together, right sides facing, leaving an opening in the seam for turning and stuffing. We sewed ours with a machine. Take care not to stretch or pull the fabric, or resist the feed of your machine as you stitch. Turn the teddy through to the right side, stuff it with polyester toy stuffing, close the opening in the seam and use embroidery cotton to give the teddy a sleepy face and to define the ears.

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how to

T-shirt necklace Use your leftover T-shirt scraps to create this easy necklace. DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: 30 minutes Use embroidery cotton and an embroidery needle to sew small offcut squares of T-shirt fabric together. We used shades of the same colour to make our necklace.

35 cm

13 cm

20 cm

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how to

Look at me!

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Repurpose unused trays, dishes and pans to create this VWULNLQJPLUURUHGIRFDOZDŹZLWKDYLQWDJHIŸO by GERMARIE BRUWER st yling CARIN SMITH photos ED O RILEY

For your frames, any metal object with a thin edge can work, provided it is at least 10mm deep. We used a vintage metal tray, pie dish, brass plate and a couple of old metal lids. Try to collect a combination of shapes and sizes for your display. DIFFICULTY: fairly easy TIME: 15 minutes per mirror plus drying time YOU WILL NEED ♥ metal items to use as frames ♥ brass and steel chain, whichever finish matches the frames best (we used roughly 50cm per frame) ♥ spray paint (we used matte black) ♥ marking pen ♥ key rings ♥ mirror hooks ♥ 3,2mm pop rivets and a rivet gun ♥ 1,8mm metal drill bit and 4mm metal drill bit ♥ safety goggles for drilling ♥ mirror for each frame (we cut ours about 10mm smaller than the frame on all sides) ♥ double-sided foam adhesive tape NOTE Before you start, choose which frames will have chains and which will have a mirror hook.

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how to




To add the mirror hook to the back of the relevant frames, mark the position of the hook with a marker. It s easier to mark and drill the holes on the inside of the frame, otherwise you risk denting the frame.

Using the 4mm drill bit, drill the holes from the inside of the frame. Then use the rivets and rivet gun to secure the mirror hook on the outside of the frame.

Spray paint those frames and chains that do not match the others in your collection.




To attach the chains to the relevant frames, use the 1,8mm drill bit to make small holes in the frame s edge.

Thread the key rings through the holes and attach the chains. Don t be too concerned with the length of the chain at this stage ‒ you can always adjust it later if necessary.

Use two layers of double-sided foam tape to ďŹ x the mirror to the frame. The extra height aorded by the second piece of tape will ensure a beautiful shadow gap around the mirrors.

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projec t and illustrations by JOHN LE THERBARROW photo ED O RILEY st yling CARIN SMITH

DIFFICULTY: challenging TIME: one week YOU WILL NEED Materials ♥ wood (we used beech) ‒ 1 300 x 20 x 20mm ‒ 1 000mm x 88mm x 10mm ♥ 1 x LED spotlight PAR16 50 4,8W (do not use a light that emits heat) ♥ 1 x PAR16 down-light lamp holder (ceramic with plastic backing)

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♥ 2 x EKL1 6Amp strip connectors (small) ♥ 1 x lamp cord with switch ♥ 15-amp 3-prong plug ♥ 2 x carriage bolts 6 x 75mm with wing nuts and washers ♥ 10 x dowel pins 8 x 30mm (cut to 20mm) ♥ 2 x self-tapping screws 3,5 x 19mm ♥ wood glue (Ultra) ♥ 2mm rubber sheeting ♥ 1 x tube of contact adhesive ♥ semi-gloss clear lacquer spray ♥ spray paint

TOOLS ♥ drill press or hand drill ♥ 3mm, 4mm and 6mm drill bits ♥ 6mm plug cutter ♥ 28mm spade bit ♥ handsaw ♥ mitre cutter and/or mitre trimmer ♥ slotted and Phillips screwdrivers ♥ sandpaper: 100, 150 and 220 grit ♥ small flat wood or metalwork file ♥ wood clamps


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Construction of swivel head Create parts 1 ‒ 11, referring to the technical drawings for exact specs. (A 1:1 scale PDF of these drawings can be requested by emailing info@ideasfactory. co.za.) An accurate mitre cutter is recommended; I use a picture framer s mitre trimmer to refine the angular joints. If you have a drill press, tilt the drill table to 21 degrees to drill the holes in part no.2; the elongated hole for the lamp cord will require some filing with a small flat file. Use a 28mm spade bit to drill the centre hole in part no.5 ‒ this will accommodate the PAR16 lamp holder. Drill 2 x 4mm holes for the self-tapping screws to pass through. Position parts 6 and 7 against the back of part 5 to locate the positioning of the 3mm screw holes. Glue and clamp parts 1, 2 and 3 together. Wipe off excess glue with a wet cloth. When this is set, glue and clamp part 4 into position. Then glue parts 6 and 7 in the back left- and righthand corners inside the swivel head. Using contact adhesive, glue rubber parts 8 and 9 about 14mm away from the inside back. This will serve as a cushion for the back of the lamp holder when part 5 is fastened to parts 6 and 7. (See wiring and assembly diagram.) Cut parts 10 and 11, then drill the 6mm holes to accommodate the dowel pins and carriage bolts. Insert dowel pins and attach these parts to the underside of part no.2 using wood glue.

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Making part 12, the swivel arm

Building the lamp base Cut and drill parts 13 to 19; ensure that the holes in parts 15 and 17 are no more than 12mm deep so that dowels are not visible from the sides. Cut the 30mm dowel pins down to 20mm in length. Then glue, dowel and clamp the base, wiping oďŹ&#x20AC; excess glue with a wet cloth.

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Cut and drill part no.12 referring to the diagram for specs. Tilt the drill table of your drill press to 45 degrees to drill the lamp cord inlet and outlet holes. Attach 1mm garden wire to the end of the lamp cord and use it to guide the cord through the swivel arm. Then cut 2 x 6mm wooden plugs to close the end holes. (If you don t own a plug cutter, use a 6mm dowel rod.)


Finishing touches and wiring Refine the lamp finish using the different grades of sandpaper ending with 220 grit. Seal the wood with a semi-gloss clear lacquer spray. Mask off the front rim of the swivel head and apply a colour of choice to the inner surfaces. Paint part no.5 separately. NOTE: It is important so seal the wood with lacquer before masking to prevent any of the colour from bleeding through the wood under the mask. When wiring the lamp, trim off excess wire from the lamp holder. Allow 40‒50mm of wire to remain, trim the inner core wires of

the lamp cord to about 12mm. Thread the lamp cord through the elongated hole from the underside of the swivel head. Using the two EKL1 6Amp strip connectors join the live and neutral wires. Insert the ceramic section of the PAR16 down-light lamp holder into the 28mm hole in part no.5. The black insulation will butt up against the back of part no.5. Arrange the wires to eliminate any sharp bends and tighten the self-tapping screws that fasten part no.5 to parts no.6 and no.7. Lastly, connect the swivel head to the swivel arm and base using the 6mm carriage bolts, washers and wing nuts.

Diagrams If you require the 1:1 scale diagrams for this project, please email info@ideasfactory.co.za and we will send them to you.

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print perfect It sometimes takes a setback to point someone in the right direction ‒ as with Martin and Ania Ciolkosz and their Impressed printworks. by ELSA KRÜGER photos ANELLE BOTHA

n 6 April 2017, a day before the mass protests against president Jacob Zuma, the lights burned throughout the night at Impressed Craft Bindery & Letterpress Studio, in Melrose, Johannesburg. There were T-shirts, placards and banners to design and print, in the nick of time, for the community that had discovered at the last minute that there was an amazing small business right under their noses. Not that the placards and banners that the suburb s cappuccino-andcroissant protesters waved in the air the next morning are the core of Martin and Ania Ciolkosz s ambitious undertaking, but they did help to put them on the map , laughs Ania. The backgrounds of these two Poles, who met here in South Africa, definitely didn t prepare them for becoming museum entrepreneurs. Martin had an electrical engineering business for 20 years, with Eskom as his biggest client, and Ania was an auditor at a large corporation. However, affirmative action by Eskom compelled Martin to take stock of his career and rethink the path forwards. He had always had a passion for old books and their restoration. If the children brought library books home from school that were held together with sticky tape, he would be annoyed and would fix them. He collects Africana books and arguably has the largest collection of


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all non-South Africans. Like Cicero, he believes a room without books is like a body without a soul . It s this passion that led to the launch of Impressed 18 months ago. Inspired by the Africana museum in Kimberley, Martin designed the barn in their garden that houses Impressed. The place takes your breath away. And what is to be found inside, even more so. Antique printing presses, age-old bookbinding equipment and tools that were tracked down all over the country (even in a mealie field in Mpumalanga) and transported home have been lovingly saved from moths and rust, stripped and restored. The pièce de résistance is the imposing Columbian cast-iron printing press from 1853 that was used the night of 6 April to print posters and T-shirts. The search for antique tools and machinery was a great adventure, and it was enormously satisfying to restore them to working order. A white, spiral, wrought-iron staircase (also from a rubbish dump) leads to the upstairs gallery or loft with its hundreds of old printer s trays, and shelves packed with books displayed almost like wallpaper. Ania was firmly behind Martin and his dream ‒ she jumped in herself and learned as much as she could. They put everything on the line; sometimes they didn t know where the next day s food would come from, says Ania. They were taken from

the frantic, demanding corporate world and thrust into a world of slow, accurate precision and creativity, without training or experience, with only the burning desire to leave the rat race behind them and to create something personal and worthwhile. It s rewarding to bring an old craft back to life. We see ourselves as the custodians of a historic art. Martin visited book restorer and binder Johann Maree in Robertson, to find out more about bookbinding, a craft that is largely dying out. Alongside the loving restoration and rebinding of old books, Impressed makes bespoke stationery using the classic letterpress printing method. They also offer workshops for artists, schoolchildren and corporate teams. There are regular evening classes in bookbinding and weekend classes to learn to sew together journals with leather covers and to create cards, linocuts and stamps. Children from the so-called i-generation in particular apparently enjoy seeing how letters are printed onto paper, instead of suddenly appearing on a digital screen. We re not interested in mass production. There are more than enough commercial printers doing that. We want to create something unique and lasting ‒ cards that you can hand out with pride, invitations that become bookmarks and books that will live on in families for generations.

on impressed.co.za or find them on Facebook under impressed.studio .

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SOURCES: huffingtonpost.com; goodrelaxation.com; theutopianlife.com; medicaldaily.com

ow on earth are you going to keep quiet for 10 days? I can t think of anything worse. These were the words that I heard most often following my decision to take part in a 10-day silent retreat. But to me it sounded like my idea of heaven. After one of the busiest, most stressful years of my life, the prospect of 10 days without my phone, without requests, without meetings, without responsibilities, without voices ‒ mine and others ‒ was something that I craved with heart and soul. At the office we were busy preparing our budgets ‒ not the best time to break away completely, but it was the first available week in months and so I considered every possible scenario, worked out the numbers time and again, did all the necessary interviews, and when I said goodbye to the team I knew there was nothing more I could do about our work situation; it was time to work on myself. I read the rules for my Vipassana course over and over. No talking, no gestures, preferably no eye contact. No phone, no books, no notebooks,

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no pen, no meat, no alcohol, no lies. You may not kill anything, or disturb anyone. And mosquitoes? Or spiders? It s a farm and it s summer. It is almost more diďŹ&#x192;cult to leave the can of Doom out of my bag than my cellphone. The day starts at 4am, lights out is 9.30pm. And in between there will be more hours of meditation than I had thought possible. Participants apparently choose which sessions they want to attend. Perhaps I should have done more stretching exercises to prepare my body, but it is now too late. On the way to Worcester I stop twice â&#x20AC;&#x2019; not for petrol, but because I want to hear voices and buy something sweet one last time. Or rather because I want to cling a little longer to the known before I throw myself head over heels into the unknown. And to my privacy, as I don t even know if I will have to share a room. Fortunately not. The rooms are small and simple, but there is a bed and a shelf for my clothes, a toilet, shower with a good, strong stream of hot water, electricity and the most beautiful view of the adjacent game farm. There

and then, before dinner and the start of our time of noble silence , I go for a walk around the farm, a route I d walk countless times over the next 10 days. After our ďŹ rst lentil stew and a quick orientation talk, the bell rings â&#x20AC;&#x2019; a sound that will control our lives for the rest of our time there â&#x20AC;&#x2019; and we walk to the meditation hall, men and women apart, as it will be over the following days. We are called in in groups of six and receive our cushions for our meditation sessions â&#x20AC;&#x2019; always in the same place, promptly at the same times. For questions you make an appointment and time is set aside for that too, every day the same. Rise at 4am, meditate from 4.30 to 6.30, breakfast 6.30 to 8, which is an opportunity to relax a little. Meditation 8 to 11, lunch 11 to 12, rest 12 to 1, meditate 1 to 5, tea and a light evening meal for beginners (from your second visit you don t receive supper) at 5. Meditation from 6 to 7, talk about Vipassana until 8.15, meditation until 9 and then oďŹ&#x20AC; to your room. And yes, you re adding correctly â&#x20AC;&#x2019; that s more than 10 hours of meditation daily, with just short breaks in between to stretch

your legs. Just you, your breathing and, in my case, your back that feels as if it will break. How does anyone sit still for so long? And no, it s not optional. After question time on day one, I see some of my neighbours have received back supports and I can kick myself for not asking for one too. I was under the impression the questions had to be somewhat deeper than that. I don t easily repeat a mistake, and on day two I make my appointment â&#x20AC;&#x2019; to ask for a back support or even a chair. One shouldn t have to be both quiet and uncomfortable. To meditate so intensely is like lancing a boil, is the reply. Now the muck is draining and your body is protesting. It will get better. Days two and six are always the worst. And so my time is up without support or chair. I clearly need to work on my powers of persuasion. On my way out I walk past the small wooden benches that no-one had been prepared to try on my mindfulness course a year earlier, because we had back supports. I test one out and for the rest of the week it is my new best friend. The backache is under control.

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‘All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence.’ ‒ Herman Melville

And so we progress from two days during which we focus on our nose and the area above our top lip, to day three when we concentrate just on our nostrils and the feeling of the breath there. On day four we experience all the sensations in the body from head to toe, and by day five we can work from top to bottom and back to the top. It is now that we have to learn to sit absolutely still for an hour at a time. No scratching an itch, no standing up quietly to go to the toilet and no changing position to sit more comfortably.


ipassana s main aim is to teach you that nothing is permanent ‒ not unhappiness and also not happiness, not pain and also not ecstasy. Also not the discomfort you are experiencing now. Experience each thing at its time and know it will pass. Don t cling to it and don t try to avoid it. If you don t cling so obstinately to people, seasons or thoughts when their time is up, they no longer have the power to make you so unhappy. It also helps you to cope with discomfort and unhappiness when you know they re temporary. Everything comes and goes to make way for something new. Take note of what you feel or what you think and then let it go. In this way you also learn to know yourself better. The short breaks between sessions also become more special. You have about 10 minutes to drink some water and to walk around. Although I choose more or less the same farm road every

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day, I see more clearly day by day how the breeze stirs the fynbos, how the birds flit in the branches . . . I even hear a hyena in the distance. The birdsong becomes clearer and I feel the softness of my woollen jersey against my arms. It is as if the silence is awakening the rest of my senses. The evening that the November super moon rises behind the mountain at 9.30pm, the nearest to Earth since 1948, I stand outside my room and wait for it, and it is one of the most beautiful sights I ve ever seen. In my solitude I have so much time and space to appreciate the moment and it feels as if time is standing still for me and the gorgeous full moon. Day six arrives with the usual morning bell. I hear the bell ringer approaching from far away, but stay in bed until she walks past my door. I switch on the light, as I do every morning, wash my face and brush my teeth and feel grateful there s no need for make-up. I dress in a comfortable top and yoga pants, grab my torch and walk in the dark to the hall. The only sounds there are the rustle of blankets and cushions as everyone prepares for the session before breakfast. It no longer feels strange to avoid eye contact. The young woman behind me is becoming more ill by the day and I feel for her ‒ how do you breathe all the time through a blocked nose? That afternoon I decide to do my post-rest meditation in my room, an option I have seldom chosen. And just as well, because I suddenly realise

tears are streaming down my cheeks. Perhaps there really is something about day six, as once the sluice gates are open, I can t close them. I long for my child and my dogs, my work and my house. And it occurs to me that perhaps I won t have a job to return to, and what does a woman of my age do without work? After I have given myself over to the longings, doubts and mild panic for about half an hour, I begin again. This, after all, is what I m here for ‒ to learn, in silence and solitude, to control my emotions and not to allow them to control me. At lunch on the last day the silence is broken and we all eat together ‒ men and women. Lifts are organised and we can now make our donations to help pay for the next group of course attendees ‒ your time there is a gift to you and you in turn, within your means, sponsor a following person. I m glad everyone has transport to Cape Town, because I m selfishly holding onto the peace and safety of my inner world. But clinging doesn t help ‒ everything is temporary. Even the openness and lightness of my heart. After a few quick notes back with pen and paper again, I spend the afternoon of day 10 in silence on my balcony at home. On day one of my post-retreat life, I m back in the office and I ve hardly finished saying hello when I m called in and told Ideas is closing. Gosh, what a way to break the mood, I hear often. Perhaps, but what could have prepared me better to deal with it?

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The power of silence

The constant noise of our modern, technology-driven world is not good for us and can even influence the brain negatively, say the experts. The World Health Organisation identified noise pollution in a report as far back as 2011 as a modern plague and said there is overwhelming evidence that exposure to environmental noise could damage our health. The more the noise, the more people seek quietness, whether it s 10 minutes of quiet per day or 10 days of silence. And it s good for us in so many ways.

For your brain and body:

3 The brain is a complex organ and, just like your muscles, needs rest. Research by the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) has shown that you can process information better if you switch off regularly and sit in silence to rest your head. Just 10 minutes of quiet a day makes a difference to your grey matter. 3Silence eases stress. Two centuries ago, Florence Nightingale wrote that unnecessary noise is the most cruel absence of care that can be inflicted on either the sick or the well . She argued that needless sounds could cause distress, sleep loss and alarm for recovering patients. Research shows loud noise raises stress levels because it stimulates the secretion of the stress hormone cortisol. 3Just as noise influences us negatively, so silence eases tension in our body and brain. One study in 2006 showed that two minutes of quietness allowed us to relax more than listening to soothing music. 3 Noise places enormous pressure on the prefrontal cortex ‒ the part of our brain that solves problems and makes decisions. We lose concentration and focus, and it becomes almost impossible to solve problems or to come up with new ideas. With less sensorial stimulation, such as in nature, your brain has a chance to heal. The brain can focus without interruption, which improves memory. By recharging your batteries in silence, you improve your productivity. 3 Silence can enlarge your brain cells ‒ and therefore your brain. In a 2013 study of the effect of sounds on mice, scientists realised the control group ‒ mice exposed to silence for two hours ‒ developed new brain cells in the hippocampus ‒ the area that controls learning, memory and emotion. 3 Noise leads to high blood pressure, an elevated heart rate and disturbed sleep patterns. To simply sit still and be alone is the best form of relaxation ‒ and it s far cheaper than all the forms of therapy that we try. 3 Silence heightens sensitivity. Research on a group of people at a 10-day Vipassana retreat showed that by cutting off speech, you raise your awareness ‒ first just of your own breath and then sight, hearing, sensations, thoughts, intentions and emotions. But not everyone can manage 10 days. Ten minutes per day already has benefits.

More benefits

3 When you have a difficult challenge it s wise to take the time to be alone and quiet. It clears your head so you can focus on where attention is needed. It also heightens inspiration and creativity. 3 In quietness, the brain has the opportunity to return to what scientists call self-generated cognition such as daydreams, fantasy, meditation or simply just to let your thoughts wander. It helps us to find meaning, have more empathy, and be more creative. 3By silencing your thoughts, you can often reduce imaginary fears about the future. Silence brings you back to your immediate environment ‒ a place where you don t stress about what may happen in the future. It s easier to be happy in the present and it s precisely what you do here that will determine your future. 3In silence you become more aware of yourself and of your thoughts. It gives you more control over your behaviour, which means you will do fewer things that you might regret later. 3To learn to handle discomfort during meditation and to not react to it, you learn better self-discipline. 3 By observing objectively your emotions and your reactions to them, in silence and through meditation, you can get rid of a whole bunch of emotional baggage. 3 By sitting still and giving your full attention to listening to the people around you, you will do wonders for your relationships.

* For a list of places where you can go to be silent, take a look at this website: charlhattingh.com/south-african-retreat-and-meditation-centres.php. * Call the Vipassana centre on 023 004 0147 or send an email to registration@pataka.dhamma.org.

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Your questions

compiled by TERENA LE ROUX st yling CARIN SMITH photos ED O RILEY


Whether you want to know which glue is best for your project or all the things you can make with teabags, we have the answers.


Which glue is the most important to have in my craft room?


It depends on your hobbies or DIY needs. Our favourites are:

Spray glue ♥ Ideal for gluing fabric securely





CRAQUELURE (French: craquelé) This is what you call the pattern of fine cracks that appear in varnish over time. The effect can be imitated to give a surface an aged appearance.

onto plastic, for example if you are covering hangers. ♥ To mount pictures neatly. ♥ To glue your own labels onto bottles or jars.

Glue gun ♥ Use it to seal joins properly. ♥ To attach electric wiring and strip lights to walls or cupboards. ♥ To attach wood quickly and hold it in place so you can drill precisely. For light wood or ornaments that don t weigh much, it s all you need.

Epoxy glue and a hardener is ideal for filling holes in wood or even metal. ♥ When you want to make jewellery with photos or pictures, glue them into the bottom of the bezel cup with ordinary glue and then seal them with epoxy glue. ♥ If you want to hang a frameless mirror, you can use epoxy glue to attach the wire or cord to the back of the mirror. But remember that glue has its limits ‒ don t try to hang a heavy mirror in this way.

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Make your own The secret is a slow-drying varnish topcoated with a fast-drying varnish. When the undercoat finally dries, it shrinks, cracking the top varnish.

YOU WILL NEED ♥ boiled linseed oil (available from hardware stores) ♥ oil-based varnish (not the fast-drying kind) ♥ fast-drying water-based varnish ♥ dark-brown oil glaze, like artist s oil paint ♥ craft brushes

TO MAKE Add the boiled linseed oil (a few drops to half a cup) to the oil-based varnish ‒ this will slow the drying process even further. Coat the surface of your object evenly and thinly with the mixture. When the first coat starts to become tacky, apply a generous coat of the quick-drying waterbased varnish. Leave it to dry for two hours. To ensure that the cracks become more visible, rub the dark oil glaze over the surface then wipe it clean with a lintfree cloth. Allow it to dry for three days then seal it with an oil-based varnish.


♥ This transparent mixture of resin


1. UNIVERSAL SHEARS (blade about 210mm) These cutting shears are ideal for beginners. They re also good for smaller projects and are available for left- and right-handed people.



(blade about 165mm) These scissors have two equally sized round handles and two sharp points. You can cut slits and notches and reduce bulk. They are perfect for using on curved seams, like collars, for example.


3. CUTTING SHEARS (blade about 250mm) These long scissors are designed to cut out fabric in long, even strokes. Your hand must fit comfortably in the larger handle and the top and bottom blades differ. Make sure the weight suits you ‒ there are lighter and heavier scissors.

4. APPLIQUÉ SCISSORS These have a little lip on the side of the blade to prevent you cutting into the bottom layer of fabric.


5. PINKING SHEARS These are particularly good for tailored clothes that are lined, where grading ensures that the fabric doesn t make rolls or become too thick.


6. CURVED EMBROIDERY SCISSORS These are for machine embroidery and can fit under your work around the needle when you are sewing.


7. SMALL SNIPPERS These are the only scissors you need next to your machine as you work and are ideal for cutting threads quickly.

Cutting edge


You don’t want to use just any old scissors for your needlework. Rather save up and buy the right pair. Hanlie Snyman from Bernina give some advice.


(blade 130mm or shorter) Use these for hand work and embroidery.



9 3 Rotary cutters are popular, especially with quilters. The curved one places less pressure on the wrist. You also get one with a toothed blade, which now often replaces pinking shears.

Because the buttonhole cutter with a wooden block is popular nowadays, you don t often see the scissors. You set the width wider or narrower with the screw.


3 A pair of good scissors is important ‒ don t cut costs; invest in a quality brand. 3 Each pair should have one owner and be used only for its intended purpose. 3 If your scissors have fallen or you have cut through a pin, they will never be the same again. 3 Keep your scissors clean and dustfree, and oil the hinge regularly.

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Tea for two? No, not only for two - you can use tea for many different things. Here are a few ideas. 1 Feed your roses by adding tea leaves to a layer of mulch

6 Keep your car smelling fresh by placing a bag with

around the bushes and then watering them.

lavender or another aromatic tea under the seat.

2 Give your houseplants, such as ferns and other plants that

7 Wet teabags can soothe sunburn, other light burns

like rich, acidic soil, a boost by feeding them a brew of tea now

and tired eyes.

and again, instead of water.

8 Soak your feet in strong tea for 20 minutes every day if you 3Colour fabric or paper with tea for a weathered look. Pour

suspect they don t smell good.

a strong brew into a baking tray and place the paper or fabric into the tea, or simply blot it with a wet teabag until you have

9Marinate tough meat in black tea to soften it.

the desired effect. You can also dye raw wood in this way.

10 Peppermint tea mixed with a bit of salt makes 4 A sprinkle of tea leaves over your mats will keep them

an effective, natural mouthwash.

fresh ‒ leave them for about 10 minutes before vacuuming.

5 Remove the smell of fish from your hands by rinsing them in tea.

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Cake decorating tools for beginners These tools will help you if you would like to start cake decorating using fondant and gum paste. IMPRESSION MATS


The fondant is rolled out over the impression mats to give texture or add a pattern to fondant. The mats come is a variety of patterns.

You can use ordinary cookie cutters to cut out shapes from gum paste, but you can also buy sets of cutters made specifically to cut gum paste decorations like flowers.


ROLLING PINS The large ones are used to roll out fondant thinly and smoothly to cover a cake. The small ones are to roll out a little fondant or gum paste to use for decorations.

Used for shaping gum paste into flowers or other decorations, these can be bought separately or in a set. The most popular six are: arrow head and small ball tool; dog bone tool; large ball and shell tool; round point and auger tool; cone and blade tool, flower petal and leaf veining tool.

SMALL PALETTE KNIFE Used for lifting small and delicate shapes that have been cut from gum paste or fondant.

CUTTING MAT These mats are made from nonstick material and are used for rolling out fondant. They are usually pre-marked with circles and grids to make rolling and cutting fondant easy. They are self-healing , so you can cut on them without damaging them.

ART KNIFE A knife cutter tool with a small, sharp blade, it is used for cutting small incisions when making decorations. CAKE DECORATING EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE AT THE BAKER S DEN (460 KOEBERG ROAD, MONTAGUE GARDENS, CAPE TOWN OR GO TO BAKERSDEN.CO.ZA).

EDIBLE LACE This is an attractive way to finish off a cake that has been covered with fondant. The lace is wrapped around the edge of the covered cake and is edible, so does not have to be removed before cutting and serving. Available in many patterns and colours.

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Fun holiday project I recently made a mushroom house with my eight-year-old son as a project during the holidays. For people who love a wonderland

We have a shop in Hoedspruit in Limpopo but when you re

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