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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...

Book Bunting

Freshly Found cut-out and ink-coloured hearts on book paper bunting at the Amazing Alternate Wedding Fair in Durban this weekend.   Visit the Fair between 9 and 3 on Sunday at Upstairs, 202A Florida Road, Durban.  If you would like to make these up yourself - This is...

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...

Sari Wreath

I just love the Christmas wreath that my daughter Natalie made out of strips of vintage sari fabric and some found ribbon and lace. She mounted it all on an old lampshade ring and added some Christmas lights with a battery pack!   The credit I can take for this - she...

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...

Paper Tube Waste Paper Basket

I've just finished a little project I've been meaning to do for ages - a colourful paper-tube waste paper basket.   It is made from the pages of a large coffee table book. The pages were rolled into sturdy tubes around a dowel stick and secured with wood glue.   The...

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...

Puzzling Lampshades ?!?

 These are new and very unique.  Made for Freshly Found by Claire Norden.  A whole batch of innovative lampshades, made from upcycled jigsaw puzzle pieces.   Each piece is individually glued onto a base of vintage overhead projector paper [more upcycling here too] and...

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...