Design Stories

Textile Pendants

A new range of textile jewelry has been in the making -  Rescued pieces of  vintage embroidery have been mounted as pendants and framed and hung with a delicate cord of twisted cotton  I love the fact that beautiful handwork on stained or forgotten linen pieces can be...

Birds and Crosses…

Over the past few weeks, I have been working on a new range of recycled paper flowers.  Today I am introducing you to the Strelitzias These South African blooms have been created from packaging waste and wax sticker backing paper. We've created a lovely Freshly Found...

Itswhatiminto – Wrapped Up

On Wednesday, a group of us Durban bloggers were invited to a special tea with Sara Trickett and Tyrone Bradley of Itswhatiminto. We had each been given a sealed gift, which we had to wrap.  When we arrived, the parcels were photographed and then we got to open our...

Twinkle Twinkle..

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

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...

Desk Top Accessories

Ready for this Saturday's i♥market and for Father's Day - Vinyl Memo Note Holders and Pencil Holders, both made from vintage single records.  I love it when you come and say hi! Freshly Found will not be at the Wondermarket on Sunday, due to being hemmed in at home by...

Woven Keepers

I work a lot with book paper and so I keep trying to see what else I can do with this medium. These richly textured woven paper containers are great for keeping things - like chopsticks, pencils, knitting needles, scissors, whatever! The paper is coated with a sealer...

Vinyl Bookends

These Bookends were originally created in response to a customer's request.  A great way to get creative!...

Stitched and Printed Vintage Paper Wrap

Patchworked, printed and stitched book pages - made up into gift wrap.  Featuring silhouettes of Dutch lace, ric-rac, etc. Finished size approximately 80 x 60 cm - [32 x 24in].  Ideal [but not exclusive] for wrapping Christmas...

Soft Pottery

The thing about having a growing business, is that you have to make, (or organise to get made) a lot of the same thing. Being a lover of new things and new ideas means that its quite a discipline for me. This past weekend, I took a creative break. I felt like a potter...

Paper Feathers [and Hearts]

We [I have help today - thanks mom] are preparing for the i♥market tomorrow.  These paper feathers will be part of the scene. The weather forecast says there will be a shower in the morning, so I can't think of a better place to be than warm and under cover at the...

Jacobean Paper Embroidery

All the work I do with books, leaves me with lots of paper print offcuts.  I am fascintated with the different fonts and colours of the book pages and the way they age differently. I have a serious collection of vintage craft books too, and so I used a Jacobean...