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Twist Dyed Tablecloths with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – DIY

What a wonderful opportunity for free creative expression.  A friend asked me to help her create a number of Twist Dyed tablecloths for a function.  Neither of us had tried it before.  We put in some research, and were delighted with the result.  It was a great...

Collecting – Rose Gold Glass with Copper

Rose gold is the term I used to describe the colour of this collection of vintage glassware.  We collected bits and pieces over the past few months for a special family wedding.   Now that the memories of a wonderful day are safely packed away, I am enjoying the...

Crochet Stars – A quick handcraft project for Christmas

It's so good to be making again!  We have just finished moving house, studio and my husband's office into beautiful temporary space.  I'm making some last minute Christmas favours. Crochet Stars for Christmas. I followed crafter and crocheter - Matt's clear...

Sari Tarpaulin – Simple Event Decor Idea

My passion for collecting saris is no secret.  I have a huge collection, neatly coiled into shelves in my studio.  I have used saris to make bags, to create furoshiki wrapping, to make necklaces and brooches, tablecloths, cushion covers...

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...

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,...

Annie Sloan Painted Proteas – Dried and Re-invented

Proteas from a couple of gift bouquets I received were left to dry for a few weeks.... - and then brought back to life again with a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I painted the petals with Emperor's Silk Red and then dipped the centre stigmas into a thinned down...

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Project

I've been doing a number of small paint projects at home, using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  According to the website, it is very easy to work with and rarely requires any prep, such as sanding or priming.  It can be used on just about any surface - from wood to metal,...

Kanzashi Necklace – Flower Jewellery

Japanese styled fabric flower necklace created from local vintage sari fabric.  Threaded with a hand-twisted cotton cord and finished off with touches of crochet. Kanzashi Necklace - Available as a Boutique Limited Edition option from Freshly Found More colour options...

Azuma Bukuro Bags – Japanese Craft

Azuma Bukuro Bags - Quite a mouthful! A  clever and simple traditional Japanese style bag. Also called a wrap bag or triangle bag. [I believe Azuma means East and Bukuro means bag or wrapping] It's made from a rectangle of fabric that's cleverly folded and stitched. I...

Button Bracelets with Cotton Thread

I made these button bracelets for myself.   I did not want the buttons to be the star of the show, rather the pattern formed by the thread as it dipped in and out of the button holes. I hope to try out some more and document the process.  Update - Tutorial here ☺...

Wooden Collection – the Same yet Different

Wooden Collection Story - 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...

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!

Recycled Tapestry – FOUND! Tropical 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...