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Puzzle Wreath – Piece Together a Christmas Welcome

This year I created a Christmas wreath for our home from puzzle pieces.  A friend of mine had some children's puzzles with fairly large peices, which made ideal building blocks for this circular decoration. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to cover all the coloured...

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 -...

Design Indaba Creative Collab Durban

Tonight is the opening of the Creative Collab Durban.  An exciting exhibition with some amazing local talent. I've been setting up the Freshly Found display. The focus of the stand is the bespoke design installations we do.    To showcase this, we've produced a...

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...

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...

Paper Daisies in the Grass – DIY Pattern and Instructions

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 freshly found paper daisies - a whole batch of those simple long lasting flowers that the quotations above...

How to Whip up Chopstick Origami Lilies

This is the story of the chopstick origami lilies! I think chopsticks make much better flower stems that eating utensils!  This is purely my personal belief because I battle to use them in any way that is significantly satiating to my hunger! Here we used these wooden...

Paper Earrings – Heart Jewellery

Freshly Found Shaped Heart Earrings made from recycled book spines And recycled packaging materials... Happy Valentine's Day! Paper Jewellery for the Win!

Fabric Christmas Trees -Cotton Print

Christmas Time with bonded paper and fabric squares folded into mini Fabric Christmas Trees. The delicate bright green floral sari prints are all the decorating these simple trees need. They may be folded from a square of normal paper or light cardboard, but here they...

Origami Christmas Tree – Modular Design

This year some alternate Christmas decor is up and hanging in our living space.This Origami Christmas Tree was a delight to create. Recycled paper square were folded and suspended to form a modular hanging tree. I love the vibrant geometric textured feel. It is made...

Origami Hummingbirds – some thoughts …

 I don't think I've seen a hummingbird in real life.  Here in Southern Africa, we have similar sunbirds, but no true hummingbirds.  We've seen a couple of hummingbird images on the net in the last few days with the unfolding of the Woolworths / Euodia Roets plagiarism...

Mild Mustard

Just finished a Dusty-Yellow coloured paper project!  Hand painting the paper with this warm colour has endeared me a little to this hot dog hue. Mustard Proteas! SaveSave

Heart Bunting Book Paper

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...

Origami Lilies – Gentle Gentian

Today we are going to be making up a large batch of paper boutonnieres or buttonholes.  It reminded me of some we made a while ago.  We had 2 weddings with a similar colour theme, and used gentian violet to dye the paper.   Gentian violet has a few medical and...

Paper Origami Teapot Trio

I am a collector of vintage How-to books.  I love the hand drawn diagrams and antiquated pics. I love to catch glimpses of the history of modern crafts and I guess I am hopeful of perhaps rediscovering a forgotten craft. What a great find the Book - Secrets of Origami...

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