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Geometric Paper Desk Set

Stationery Storage - Desk set.  This is a variation on the paper terrariums from last week.  Follow the instructions, but cut out only 2 of the windows. This allows easy access, while partially obscuring the contents. I used paper from an old atlas.  It's really good...

Paper Terrarium DIY

It's been very pleasing to see beautiful angular terrariums in so many places lately.  The vibrant geometric shape softened by the fresh green leaves of the resident plants makes a great decor item. A paper terrarium is an innovative variation of the original -...

Chat Sticks – DIY Game

Making and connecting in community.  I love to give something handmade whenever I give a gift.  Just recently I made this game to give to a friend on her wedding day. These chat sticks are a simple fun project to make together and use.  They are conversation ignitors...

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...

Crochet Tablecloth Waistcoat DIY

A quick fun project with a really rewarding outcome - DIY instructions to convert a circular charity-shop-find tablecloth into a trendy draped-front waistcoat. Rectangular crochet tablecloths are great for reusing as throws or bed covers, but circular ones are a...

Safety Pin Earrings

Safety pins possess good qualities as material for jewellery, being shiny, delicate and easy to come by.  In my endeavours to live a more artisan lifestyle, I gathered some beads and bits and pieces to make myself a few pairs of earrings. ...

Workshops and Courses

The Story... Freshly Found began it's life as a blog in 2007.  Quite soon it branched out into an etsy store, and then a few years later the online store was born at freshlyfound.com.   We ventured from our online platform to wonderful face-to-face contact at...

Crochet Bud Vases DIY

These soda vases are a great way to re-cycle glass bottles.   They are covered in a simple parcel string crochet.  The string can be left plain or dip dyed to create a gradient of colour. (You can create this yourself with the free crochet pattern at the end of the...

Upcycled Cardigans

Today's story - Upcycle sweater - Tutorial  Here's how it happened in real life to 2 warm and fluffy pullovers.  They have been converted into cardigans - projects perfect for our chilly Southern Hemisphere weather right now. The first is  family heirloom Angora...

Button Thread Bracelets – DIY

Finally!  The tutorials are up for these button bracelets.  They are a fun, quick project and a good way to use up a leftover buttons and crochet cottons.  I've  shown a few variations of colour and techniques.  Mostly, I've used crochet cotton like J&P Coats...

Tissue Paper Daisy Chain DIY

Daisy garlands bring to mind images of freedom,  fun and dancing in a summer field.  The design of these light paper daisies linked to form a delicate paper daisy chain hopefully evokes the same feelings, and can be made any time of the year. The design is made from...

Crafted Book Art Vase

This week, I am going to show you how to fashion a vase - not from clay, but from a book!  A bibliographic vessel - A Crafted Book Art Vase! It's a fairly quick to make, and quite attractive.  Good for storing water-less flora like dried grasses and flowers.   These...

A Very Quick Gift Bag

Today's quick picture post shows how to make a batch of gift bags Here we used ink-dyed paper from the previous post, but you can use any pretty paper. The paper is wrapped around a soft-cover book as a form.  You could use other solid rectangular shapes like milk...

Paper Shibori Plaid

I've been keen to get into some Japanese Shibori work.  So as a very first step in that direction, I decided to make some blue paper plaid ☺ Traditional plaid is a pattern on cloth of stripes with different widths that cross each other to form squares (Merriam...

Daisies in the Grass – DIY

The Rose has but a Summer reign, The daisy never dies. James Montgomery  The daisy's for simplicity and unaffected air.  Robert Burns  I'd like to introduce you to a freshly found paper batch of those simple long lasting flowers that the quotations above describe so...

Bright Leaf Stencil for a Garden Wall

I can verify the truth of rumour I've heard. Putting your house on the market suddenly means that you make time to do so many of the tweaks that you've been meaning to do for years. That's us for sure. It's been fun. It's been HARD work. It's been so satisfying!  A...

Shibori Shirt

The last in a 3-part series of bleaching experiments.  This t-shirt was treated in the same way as the previous experiment, but had quite a different result.  It reminded me of the Japanese technique of Shibori dyeing.   I started with a dark brown t-shirt which had...

Tie-Bleaching

Taking the Colour Away.  Reverse dyeing! Welcome to part 2 of a 3-part series of experiments I did using bleach to rescue some items in my wardrobe. This partially smocked T-shirt was a favourite of mine, and I was disappointed when it was spoilt by some bleach...