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Puzzle Piece ‘Pottery’ Light Pendants

I grew up in a home with my mom being passionate about puzzles. I have memories of her dining room table being filled bit-by-bit with the evolving image of a landscape, country-side scene or a map. They've kept her company, even now in the late years of her life. I've...

The Wood Work Collection

The Wood Work Story I am a collector of goodies. I am energised by the vibrant rhythm of similar items grouped together. Lately i have been drawn to wooden items - in particular wood that 'works' for us. (wood work) I have picked up many homeless wooden kitchen...

Dip Dyed Serviettes – A Quick Dinner Decor Project

This is a fun and super quick way to give a dinner party a vibrant hand-crafted touch.  Quickly dip-dye paper serviettes (or napkins) in diluted food colouring, allow to dry and use! (Pictoral and video Instructions for making the dip dyed serviettes below) Dip dyed...

Paper Apples – handcrafted from books

We are keen to explore new directions in our paper work for clients, and were delighted to make up some paper apple prototypes from recycled books.  The apple shape, is a bit like the heart shape - familiar, simple and pleasing with soft curves. We were very happy...

Paper Strelitzia Buttonholes from Painted Book Print

Paper Strelitzia Buttonholes The Strelitzia is a vibrant indigenous South African flower - also known as The Bird of Paradise Flower or the Crane Flower.  It's name suits it's bright and angular appearance! It was lovely to make a set of buttonholes for a wedding with...

Rose Bouquets – Paper Blooms for a Very Special Occasion

We have been commissioned to create a number of paper rose bouquets for an upcoming wedding. It has been such a delightful process for a  few reasons - Roses are beautiful blooms to create Adding some red paper to the book print paper has created a fresh vibrant feel...

Book Art Posters

Delighted to have our Freshly Found Folded Book Photo used for posters and media for the Literature and Media Theory Conference...

Batch Satisfaction

There's something immensely satisfying for a handcrafter - to see a huge batch of their handwork all together.   This is the feeling I had yesterday just before taking another load of vintage brooches to the KZNSA art gallery Buzzart Christmas Fair.   It's been fun...

Textile Pendants

A new range of textile jewelry has been in the making -  Rescued pieces of  vintage embroidery have been mounted as pendants and framed and hung with a delicate cord of twisted cotton  I love the fact that beautiful handwork on stained or forgotten linen pieces can be...

Birds and Crosses…

Over the past few weeks, I have been working on a new range of recycled paper flowers.  Today I am introducing you to the Strelitzias These South African blooms have been created from packaging waste and wax sticker backing paper. We've created a lovely Freshly Found...

Itswhatiminto – Wrapped Up

On Wednesday, a group of us Durban bloggers were invited to a special tea with Sara Trickett and Tyrone Bradley of Itswhatiminto. We had each been given a sealed gift, which we had to wrap.  When we arrived, the parcels were photographed and then we got to open our...

Book Paper Trophy

I have been focusing largely on paper art and craft lately  There are some gorgeous goodies in production at the moment.  I am loving the challenge of seeing just how much can be done, with vintage book paper in particular. Last week I received an enquiry about a...

Desk Top Accessories

Ready for this Saturday's i♥market and for Father's Day - Vinyl Memo Note Holders and Pencil Holders, both made from vintage single records.  I love it when you come and say hi! Freshly Found will not be at the Wondermarket on Sunday, due to being hemmed in at home by...

Woven Keepers

I work a lot with book paper and so I keep trying to see what else I can do with this medium. These richly textured woven paper containers are great for keeping things - like chopsticks, pencils, knitting needles, scissors, whatever! The paper is coated with a sealer...

Vinyl Bookends

These Bookends were originally created in response to a customer's request.  A great way to get creative!...

Stitched and Printed Vintage Paper Wrap

Patchworked, printed and stitched book pages - made up into gift wrap.  Featuring silhouettes of Dutch lace, ric-rac, etc. Finished size approximately 80 x 60 cm - [32 x 24in].  Ideal [but not exclusive] for wrapping Christmas...

Soft Pottery

The thing about having a growing business, is that you have to make, (or organise to get made) a lot of the same thing. Being a lover of new things and new ideas means that its quite a discipline for me. This past weekend, I took a creative break. I felt like a potter...

Paper Feathers [and Hearts]

We [I have help today - thanks mom] are preparing for the i♥market tomorrow.  These paper feathers will be part of the scene. The weather forecast says there will be a shower in the morning, so I can't think of a better place to be than warm and under cover at the...

Jacobean Paper Embroidery

All the work I do with books, leaves me with lots of paper print offcuts.  I am fascintated with the different fonts and colours of the book pages and the way they age differently. I have a serious collection of vintage craft books too, and so I used a Jacobean...

100% Silkiness!

I have a huge vintage tie collection, because I have a soft spot for all the  beautiful paisley and other miniature prints they are made of.I could not resist this bright green 100% silk one I found the other day and transformed it into a necklace and flower pin...

Rescued and Recommissioned!

Hot off the press - this carry bag made from a found piece of embroidered linen!It will be at the market on Saturday and in the online shop soon......if I don't claim it for...