Painted Vintage Cutglass

Painted Vintage Cutglass

My granny loved cut-glass.  I remember her visiting our home, and as a huge favour to my mom, she would wash the cut-glass collection that decorated the sideboard in our diningroom. I remember the sense of pride we all had as the pieces were placed back all bright and...
Novelty Wooden Goodies

Novelty Wooden Goodies

I had some fun with my macro lens, while photographing this pair of coathangers for the online store.   One is labelled with Union Castle Line, and I guess that means it may have hung up a sailor’s uniform. The other one is a folding or travelling coathanger,...
Hand Work – Then and Now

Hand Work – Then and Now

On a recent trip to The Voortrekker Monument, I was struck by the hand work of the trekkers.  Stuff had to be made by hand, because there was nowhere to buy anything.  I have enjoyed tracing some links from a couple of centuries ago right through to today: Here are...
Hoe Poppies Gemaak Is / How Dolls Were Made

Hoe Poppies Gemaak Is / How Dolls Were Made

Do you have any idea where I found and photographed these sweet vintage antique poppets? Hand-stitched together with scraps, to keep little people amused.   Alongside them is an example of how there bodies were formed, from materials that were close at hand.   These...
Quick Cake Stand Tut

Quick Cake Stand Tut

Here’s a quick project to put together, using spare vinyl records and some vintage vases.  This cake stand is made from stuff you probably already have at home. It can add a touch of whimsy to your table setting.  Use it to serve delicate cakes or biscuits. You...