Ideas March April 2020

Ideas is all about MAKING your world more beautiful. Packed with creative inspiration, fresh ideas, easy projects and step-by-step instructions, this magazine is the go-to guide for crafters, stitchcrafters, makers, cooks and DIY home decorators.

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The biggest advantage of my home in Cape Town is, without doubt, how close it is to the Sea Point promenade. It’s ideal for getting my body moving and clearing my head before my work day starts. This early-morning ritual became a habit after I watched a programme on TV about how important walking is for keeping your brain healthy. And then a while later I also read ‘Vitamin Sea’, about how beneficial it is for us to be near water. According to the article in The Guardian, a blue space, which includes the ocean and coastline, rivers, canals and even fountains, is associated with positive physical and spiritual well-being, from higher levels of vitamin D to better social relationships. Besides all these unexpected benefits that it brings to me, it’s also…

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what’s new

MESOTHERAPY IN A JAR Many of us prick up our ears when we hear that a product is specifically aimed at women older than 50. Filorga recently launched their first products for treating aged and ageing skin. The new Global Repair range is formulated to tackle all the problems associated with ageing: dehydration, wrinkles, loss of firmness, loss of volume, dark marks and loss of radiance. The range currently consists of a serum and a cream. These can be used both morning and evening. The formula includes 50 factors that are used in mesotherapy (vitamins, antioxideants, coenzymes), super nutrients (omega acids, ceramide) and cellular boosters (hyaluronic acid, collagen, niacinamide) for multi-intensive anti-ageing. The serum, Global-Repair Intensive (R1 395), and cream, Global-Repair Cream (R1 395), can both also be used as overnight…

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creative canvas

COCOFEATURES.COM Martijn was just 25 when he bought this 1920s house in Stolwijk in the Netherlands, just up the road from the home he grew up in. When he saw that the house was for sale, he wrote to the real estate agent (who lives next door), explaining how enthusiastic he was about the house and asking whether it would be possible for him to buy it. Turns out it was! ʻYou’ll be hard-pressed to find anything that is more picturesque,ʼ says Marije. ʻI was already in love with Martijn, but the first time he brought me here, this sealed the deal for me.ʼ When Marije moved in 12 years ago, and the couple were ready to settle down and have a family, they began planning some serious alterations. Several minor renovations had…

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cute and cuddly

This is a great introductory toy-making project as there are no fiddly seams and joining of various limbs. The finished cushion measures approximately 23cm from tip to base, although you can also print the pattern larger or smaller, if you prefer. Our size is perfect for little people to clutch onto, but as a trendy adult décor item the cushion is a cute talking point on a shelf or sofa, or peeking out from behind a pot plant. YOU WILL NEED ♥ plain white fabric, preferably 100% cotton (the fabric paint will adhere better, but a cotton mix is also fine)♥ small pompom for the tail♥ rounded paintbrush with small pointed tip (we used Dala Gold no.1)♥ small flat-ended paintbrush (we used Dala Gold no.6)♥ mop paintbrush (or use the no.6 again)♥…

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honey bunny

DIFFICULTY: intermediate TIME: about 10 hours BUNNY Finished size approx 30cm YOU WILL NEED ♥ 1 x 50g Nurturing Fibres Eco-Cotton colour Anvil♥ 1 x 50g Nurturing Fibres Eco-Fusion each colours Ruby Pink, Sweet Pea and Lime♥ pair of 3mm knitting needles♥ polyester stuffing (we used Ball Fibre)♥ 1 small button (lime) for the dress♥ 2 tiny buttons (ruby pink) for the shoes♥ small amount of black embroidery cotton♥ tapestry needle ABBREVIATIONS k – knit k2tog – knit 2 together m1 – make 1 extra stitch by picking up the loop between the 2 sts with the left needle and knit through the back loop. p – purl psso – pass slip stitch over RS – right side sl1 – slip 1 st knit wise st(s) – stitch(es) yo – yarn over needle HEAD With Anvil, leave a tail of 20cm and cast on 11 sts and…

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a bit of bohemia

DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: can be done over a weekend SIZE Fits medium to large. If you would like a bigger sweater, just add more rounds. YOU WILL NEED NOTE This sweater was made with scraps of yarn – you can use any DK yarn you like and any colours you fancy. ♥ DK cotton, bamboo, wool and acrylic mixes♥ 4mm crochet hook♥ tapestry needle ABBREVIATIONS (US terminology) beg – begin(ning) ch – chain stitch dc – double crochet kn – knot prev – previous rep – repeat rnd(s) – round(s) sc – single crochet sl – slip sl st – slip stitch sp – space yo – yarn over STITCHES USED double crochet single crochet chain stitch block stitch NOTE Leave the last round of the back panel for later to join as you go. TRADITIONAL GRANNY SQUARE (Make 2 large granny squares for front and back) Rnd 1: Make a sl kn, ch3 (= 1dc), 2dc into first…