Ideas July/August 2017

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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from the editor

Who would ever have thought that I would be able to sit and do my writing with a heater next to me, a blanket over my legs and my thickest socks on my feet? When I told a group of colleagues a little while ago how I was starting to enjoy working from home, one of them immediately answered: ‘And it’s not even winter yet! Wait and see how lovely that is.’ And how right she was. Now I can move through the house from sunny spot to sunny spot or, like today, sit snug and warm in front of my computer with my dogs sleeping peacefully on their blanket behind me. But this feeling of warmth and safety comes from more than just my layer-on-layer heating. People can say a…

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LET’S LOVE AND LOVE AGAIN Almie Louis, also known as blogger The Grand Recycler, is no stranger to the South African craft community. Author of Drab to Fab and currently judge on kykNet’s Kunsvlyt, she is a master at recycling. After starting her blog in England while living there for 15 years, she is back home in Stellenbosch and sharing her recycling genius with us. See her upcycled lily stool on page 66. OLD-WORLDLY DESIGNS AN OLD FRIEND OF IDEAS AND THESE DAYS ALSO AN AVID FAN OF THE TV SERIES OUTLANDER, Bridget Henderson from Cowgirlblues WAS ONLY TOO KEEN TO DESIGN US A QUIRKY LITTLE KNITTED TOP (SEE PAGE 70) AND A CROCHETED WRAP (PAGE 68) INSPIRED BY THE FIRST SEASON OF THIS SERIES. BRIDGET TURNED HER KNITTING HOBBY INTO A CAREER…

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things to do

JULY WESTERN CAPE July and August Warm up at the Jazz and Cheese Fondues event at Delheim. Booking is essential. Email restaurant@delheim.comor call 021 888 4607. 7-16 July The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival offers activities for sports lovers, families and party goers. For more information, go to 10 July - 6 August Lighten up at the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival at the Baxter. For more information, go to 15-16 July Enjoy French flair at the Franschhoek Bastille Festival. For more information, go to 18 July Nelson Mandela Day 21-22 July Enjoy wine, soup, a farmer’s market and art at the Soetes and Soup Festival in Rawsonville. For more information, call 023 349 1791 or email Until 23 July Be amazed at the Incredible Illusions – 3D Art Exhibition at the V & A Waterfront. For more information,…

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in season in july and august:

Herbs Bay leaves, chives, dandelion, fennel, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, mint, nasturtiums, origanum, parsley, perennial basil, rocket, rosemary, sage, thyme. Vegetables Asparagus, , broad beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, gem squash, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onion, parsnips, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, Swiss chard, spring onions , sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips. Fruit Apples, avocados, bananas, Cape gooseberries, granadillas, grapefruit, guavas, kiwi, kumquats, lemons, limes, loquats, naartjies, oranges, pawpaws, pineapples. Flowers Alstroemeria, anemone, arum lilies, Asiatic lilies, banksia, berlezia, blombos, blushing bride, buxifloria, calendula, carnations, chincherinchees, chrysanthemums, daffodils, delphiniums, ericas, gypsophilia, freesia, gerbera, golden rod, heather, iris, kangaroo paw, kol kol, larkspur, leucadendron, orchids, pincushion, proteas, ranunculus, snapdragons, statice, strelitzia, St Joseph lily, sterretjie, stocks, sweetpeas, tuberose, tulips.…

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books to read Craft Quick and Easy Quilts by Lynne Goldsworthy (Kyle Books, R343) Home-made quilts add interest and colour to a room and often become family heirlooms, but the amount of time and effort required to create a quilt can be daunting. This book focuses on projects made from big blocks of fabric, so that they not only have a fresh, modern feel but can also be made quickly. The author has included easy-to-follow instructions for 12 stunning, full-sized quilts and a further eight smaller projects for items such as table runners, wall hangings and pillowcases. Simple, Chic Crochet by Karen Miller, Susan Ritchie (Ryland, Peters & Small, R280) The authors’ mission is to show you how simple it is to create your own modern-casual crochet garments, accessories and items for the home. There are easy-to-hook…

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blogs of the month Formerly known as ‘Smitten Studio’, and now called ‘Stories’, Sarah’s blog is a design and lifestyle destination where she shares stories for bringing the joy of design into everyday living, covering topics on home décor, entertaining, personal style and travel. Launched in 2012 to catalogue the renovations of her cabin in Michigan, the site quickly grew into a place of community for designers, tastemakers and those who seek a refined aesthetic in all aspects of life. Heather Baird started this blog in 2009 as a self-taught baker and desserts enthusiast. Today she’s a trained pastry chef, cookbook author and recipe developer. It’s her mission to learn all she can about baking and pastry, and to share it with her readers through tutorials and step-by-step instructions. Before she fell in love with…