~ green, brown and gold ~

use and enjoy what we find in our

 ~ garden and neighbourhood ~

Forests Full of Potential

We've just spent a wonderful week in the Cathkin Valley with a gorgeous view of the Drakensberg Mountains. It really did not seem like a good time to go away.  We had so much on our plates.  Yet once we were there, it was just so good to let...

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...

Botanical Bottles

We have made a huge decision - to put our house on the market.  With that has come a mix of emotions  -  the heartache of leaving a much-loved home full of memories behind and the excitement of the adventure of finding something new. It has also resulted in action,...

Gentle Natural Design

We had a beautiful visit to Umfolozi Game Reserve in KZN a couple of weeks ago. The mood at this time of the year was gently Autumnal. The fragrant colours of the vegetation were so delicious. The stripy pattern of the Zebra trotting alongside our car was softened by...

Heart Leaf Heart

Every year, when the trees are finished using their leaves, they throw piles of them onto the grass in our garden, I like to pick some of them up and use them again! This year I made some goodies for friends. I cut heart shapes out of the leaves, before pressing them...

Seed Curtain

My life philosophy is to use ordinary vintage and found objects as material for something a little extraordinary. And so I used the seeds from the Liquid Amber Tree in my garden to make an outdoor curtain for my patio. I love the softness of the round shapes and the...

Leaf Light Panels

I love it when a home reflects what's going on - Birthdays, Christmas, World Soccer Cups, etc.  And so its good to reflect that Autumn has been happening here in the Southern Hemisphere! These Autumny wax-paper leaf panels have brought a touch of the outside in and...

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...

It’s Easter

It's Easter - and by the looks of the leaves on my driveway, it's almost autumn too! We are enjoying a quiet weekend at home!  We'll be celebrating a special Easter service at CityHill Church Hillcrest on Sunday morning [actually we're there most Sun mornings]   We...

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