Ideas September 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

Sunshine for me has always gone hand in hand with laughter and happiness , renewed energy, long days and cocktails. Even though I was very much a winter person in my youth , over the years the sun has increasingly lured me outdoors to a beautifully set table , a towel , book and sunshade beside the swimming pool , late afternoons in the garden and yes - to ice-cold cocktails brimming with mint and lemon and delectable pieces of fresh fruit. Cocktails remind me of holidays , spending time with old friends , and heaps of celebrations and special occasions and achievements. Every time the mint in my postage-stamp garden threatens to take over , my son says the plant knows summer is on the way and the family are…

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things to do in september

16-18 September Darling Wildflower Show tickets, available from, include entry to a landscaped hall and a tractor ride to the wetland at Oude Post. For details, go to Limpopo 24 September – 2 October Don’t miss the annual Spring Festival in Magoebaskloof, which takes place at the Magoebaskloof Hotel and Haenertsburg Village. Go to for details. REGULAR MARKETS • Harkerville Market This event takes place every Saturday from 8am to noon midway between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna on the N2. You’ll find fresh bread, organic vegetables, local cheeses, pies, fresh meats and stalls offering everything from woodwork to books, plants and jewellery. For more information, go to • Q Square Market Enjoy the best of the Breede Valley at this family-friendly market that takes place on Saturdays at Q Square in Worcester between…

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in season in september

VEGETABLES: asparagus, artichokes, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, leeks, garlic, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, peas, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, rhubarb, Swiss chard, squash, spring onions, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, waterblommetjies. FRUIT: avocados, bananas, Cape gooseberries, grapefruit, guava, kiwi, lemons, limes, mulberries, naartjies, oranges, pawpaw, pineapple. HERBS: bay leaves, dandelion, calendula, fennel, garlic chives, lavender, lemon grass, mint, nasturtiums, nettle, parsley, perennial basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, rocket, winter savory, sorrel. FLOWERS AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER alstroemeria, anemone, anthuriums, Asiatic lilies, carnations, celosia, chincherinchees, confetti, cornflowers, chrysanthemums, delphiniums, everlastings, freesias, gerbera, germini, golden rod, heliconia, hypericum, iris, kangaroo paw, larkspur, lisianthus, orange balls, orchids, oriental lilies, roses, snapdragons, some fynbos, heather and ericas, some proteas and pincushions, statice, stocks, tuberose, tulips.…

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things to read in september

CRAFT The Collection by Erika Knight (Quadrille, R469) These knitwear projects from a leading yarn-craft designer range from easy-wear classic casuals to seductive glamour knits for the modern woman. There are four sections – Classic, Classic at Home, Glamour and Glamour at Home. Classic features basics from a sweater in Aran cotton to a cashmere ballet cardigan. Add sumptuous texture to any room with the Classic at Home knits. Glamour is a portfolio of sensuous knits and Glamour at Home is décor heaven. Frames Galore by Fransie Snyman (Metz Press, R220) Learn how to refinish, recycle and reuse old frames, and to embellish frame blanks to best display your photos, art and other items. You will find instructions for basic frame construction as well. Make frames from polystyrene cornices, polymer clay, magazine pages, leather…

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blogs of the month Fiona Ryan writes about food, travel and what she enjoys (and doesn’t). Her job as a project manager funds her travels and gives her the chance to spend ‘stupid sums of money’ on meals and cooking equipment. Her husband is her travelling companion. On her travels, she always makes time to visit local markets and specialty shops, and to hunt out dishes and treats that have been recommended to her. ‘I don’t mind a massage or a cocktail on the beach either.’ Michelle Tam majored in Nutrition and Food Science and in spite of following a low-fat diet developed a ‘muffin top’. Her husband converted to the Paleo lifestyle first and after a while she decided to give it a try. ‘I cut out all grains, legumes, sugar, and processed food…

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what’s new

ART MEETS design Mariska Botha makes these eclectic earrings – she laser cuts them from wood then hand paints and stains them. • For more information, email her at or find her at Cocktail hour This gorgeous rose-gold-plated stainless steel cocktail shaker will add a touch of glamour to any drinks party. The three-piece set is available from @home stores countrywide and sells for R699. Make a citrus twist for your cocktail by using a zesting tool or channel knife to cut a thin piece of zest from a lemon or orange. Twist it around a chopstick or kebab skewer. Leave for a few minutes then remove the stick. CROCHET TOYS Sue Bellwood is the creator of these little woolly friends. She makes a range of luxury crocheted toys, blankets and various gifts.…