Ideas November 2016

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

It’s officially spring but the weather in the Cape is still grey and surly, and because I can’t go out, I recently spent some time looking at everything that is available in the multitude of online stores where we can do our shopping these days. Judging by the range of products and the discounted prices it would seem that the end-of-year bargain season is already in full swing. The R239 sale in particular caught my eye. There is something for everyone - man, woman, homebody or adventure seeker - at that price. I would prefer a nicely rounded number like R250; a bit more expensive but it just sounds better and it makes the sums easier. It would be interesting to know how that particular number was decided on. And then I…

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things to do in november

REGULAR MARKETS • MARKET AT THE FORT Taking place from 10am on the last Saturday of every month at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, there’s fashion, food, wine tasting, music and more, all with a focus on contemporary African style and culture. Entrance is free. For details, go to • 1 FOX MARKET SHED Located in Johannesburg’s old mining district of Ferreirasdorp, this market offers street food, local crafts and clothing, plus live music and lots of space for kids to run around. Entrance is free. Open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, go to Northern Cape 22-26 November The Kuier-Kuier Christmas Market takes place in Bridge Street, Monument Heights, Kimberley. For details, email or go to Western Cape 31 October 2016 to 29 April 2017 The Galileo Open Air Theatre takes place…

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in season in november

FRUIT: apricots, avocados, cherries, guavas, melons, papapaya, peaches, pineapple, plums spanspek, strawberries, watermelons. VEGETABLES: asparagus, baby marrows, beans, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, globe artichokes, leeks, peas, spinach. HERBS: basil, bay leaves, dill, fennel, mint, sage, thyme, marjoram, origanum, rosemary. FLOWERS AVAILABLE IN NOVEMBER: achillea, agapanthus, allium, alstroemeria, amaranthus, anthuriums, Asiatic lilies, asters, calla lilies, carnations, celosia, chincherinchees, chrysanthemums, delphiniums, everlastings, gerbera, gladiolus, godetia, heliconia, lavender, lisianthus, orange balls, roses, sandersonia, sea holly, some proteas and fynbos, statice, sunflowers, trachelium, veronicas.…

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things to read in november

STITCHCRAFT Kaffe Fassett’s Bold Blooms (Abrams, R404) Renowned quilt and fabric designer Kaffe Fassett explores flowers as a source of inspiration for patchwork and needlepoint in this new pattern collection. He shares a behind-the-scenes look at his design process from mood boards and colour swatches to planning and sewing the quilts. While the focus is on patchwork and needlepoint, the ideas translate to many disciplines and materials, including crafts, fibre arts and décor. Stitches From The Garden by Kathy Schmitz (That Patchwork Place, R349) Inspired by nature’s rich colour palette and textures, artist and fabric designer Kathy Schmitz creates patterns that use simple embroidery stitches to make beautiful, thoughtful keepsakes that echo with the gentle romance of days gone by. The cushion on the cover with a bird and her nest of eggs sets…

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blogs of the month Christine Leong’s cooking style is informed by her Oriental-Malaysian background and having a chef dad who ran a Chinese restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. She now lives in San Francisco. She loves to explore the cuisine of different cultures, but finds herself drawn to foods from the region she grew up in. Many of her recipes are Asian, made simple for everyone to recreate easily. She likes to shop at her local farmers’ market and focuses on seasonal plant-based recipes. The daughter of a graphic designer, Sarah Khandjian started her blog with a line of handmade bags and screen-printed apparel, selling her products in the student union, online, and at craft fairs to help supplement her college income. When she married, it was ‘a simple, handmade wedding where I not only hand…

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what's new

Celebrate summer Boschendal’s Chardonnay-Pinot Noir is a fabulous choice for summer entertaining. This dry blush wine is sophisticated and delicate and can be paired beautifully with a variety of foods – especially sushi, salads, seafood and fresh and fruity desserts. • Available nationwide for about R100 a bottle. Sweeten up A luxurious box of chocolates always makes a good gift and Lindt has plenty to choose from, including the Lindor Gold Cube for R64,95 and the Swiss Luxury Selection for R134,95. You could also give someone you love the gift of a chocolate-making class under the guidance of the Lindt Master Chocolatiers. • Book now at to secure your space for classes in Cape Town and Johannesburg from 3-29 December. FOR THE KITCHEN Sagaform’s kitchen products make beautiful gifts that will look good on…