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The Same

There is something so pleasing about having collections of similar things - Similar shapes, Similar sizes, similar uses and similar colours.   For a while I have been collecting wooden goodies - spoons, apples, egg cups, bowls, knife handles and even a shoe polish...

Paper Earrings

Freshly Found Heart Shaped Earrings made from recycled book spines And recycled packaging materials... Happy Valentine's...

Emerald Incentive

I am partial to paisley patterns and energised by checks.  2 good reasons why I chose this rich vintage sari fabric to make a pair of new pillow covers for our Living Room last week.   We had guests coming round on the weekend, so I used this as an incentive deadline...

FOUND! Tropical Tapestry Parrot

This pretty polly was a stray from the SPCA.  I knew I could give her a happy place to stay, so took her home with me, and set her free from the mouldy frame she was trapped in.   She brightens a corner of my living room now.  I can leave her cage door open and don't...

Twinkle Twinkle..

Knife Star - Made from vintage knives - the not so valuable ones you get for next to nothing at charity...

Needle Art Jewellery

Embroidered Jewellery originating from Vintage Table Linen! Vintage embroidery work, cut out and hand-stitched onto a felt...

Cushion Cover from a T-Shirt

Earlier this year, I walked in the Spar Woman's Race.   I didn't think I would land up wearing the official T-shirt again, so I made it up into a fun cushion instead! It's a bright, temporary, reminder of a fun event and it's beautiful! How you can quickly convert a...

Book Paper Di (Dice)

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. These petals were from the end of a...

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...

Stitching Stories

This sweet doll brooch was a very special gift to me from Bianca Smith of the delightful Stitching Stories.  Bianca is an honours student here in Durban and she uses her blog to share the beautiful things she loves and the journey of her research project  "Handmade...

Puzzle Hearts

  The heart of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.  Douglas Horton - paraphrased New stock of beautiful up-cycled puzzle piece hearts by Claire Norden have arrived. This one looks so at home on my front door! More of her ingenious puzzle creations next week. In the...

Upcoming Spring and Upcycled Saris…

We've just finished an enormous batch of upcycled sari head scarves. My love affair with gorgeous sari patterns and colours does not wane. And my garden is showing hints of the 1st day of Spring - coming soon! [Available online here, at the i♥market or just email us...

Confetti..

Confetti - A multitude of pieces of paper... Things have been quiet on the social media side, because I have been so busy with a multitude of Freshly Found projects and orders. This custom made confetti from differently textured papers is the most recent one to be...

Light, Leaves, Paper and Wax

I had some fun mounting leaves between sheets of wax paper. These small samples are mounted on my window with my Washi Tape. I believe the leaves will be fairly well-preserved and maintain some of their colour. I made some autumn leaf panels too and soon I will...

More Cushions

I've put 2 more cushions into the store today. The first one is a real favourite of mine. I loves the blues and greens of this house tapestry and I love the way the patchwork backing made from linen samples turned out.  The next cushion is made from a vintage jersey...