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Ideas September/October 2019

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

When I look around me, I realise we could hardly have chosen a better year to plan a strategy of having happiness run, like a golden thread, through all of our issues. In the midst of the rollercoaster ride that we’re all experiencing, I am still benefiting from my happiness tick list for the year, systematically decluttering my house and sticking to my resolution to spend more time in nature and with friends and family – these cost nothing and keep us too busy to fret about things. Yet it feels to me as if, at this stage in 2019, we all need a good hug. And a bit of nurturing and patience every now and then when we long nostalgically for a time when things felt simpler. What better way…

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in season in september and october

Vegetables: asparagus, artichokes, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, courgettes, cucumber, leeks, garlic, green beans, lettuce, mealies, mushrooms, onion, parsnip, peas, potato, pumpkin, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, Swiss chard, squash, spring onion, sweet potato, tomatoes, turnips, waterblommetjies. Fruit: avocados, apricots, bananas, Cape gooseberries, grapefruit, guava, kiwi, lemons, limes, mulberries, naartjies, oranges, pawpaw, pineapple, rhubarb, strawberries. Herbs: basil, bay leaves, calendula, chives, dandelion, dill, fennel, garlic chives, lavender, lemon grass, marjoram, mint, nasturtiums, nettle, origanum, parsley, perennial basil, rocket, rosemary, sage, sorrel, tarragon, thyme. Flowers available: agapanthus, alstroemeria, anemone, anthuriums, Asiatic lilies, carnations, celosia, chincherinchees, cornflower, chrysanthemums, delphiniums, everlastings, freesias, gerbera, gladiolus, germini, golden rod, heliconia, hypericum, iris, kangaroo paw, konfetti, larkspur, lisianthus, orange balls, orchids, oriental lilies, roses, snapdragons, statice, stocks, tuberose, tulips, watsonias, and some proteas, pincushions, fynbos, heather and ericas.…

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books to read in september/october

diana@ideasfactory.co.za Fiction You’ll Never See Me Again by Lesley Pearse (Penguin UK, R290) After her husband returns shell-shocked and broken from the Great War and his mother makes her life a misery, Betty Wellow yearns to escape. When a storm sweeps through their small fishing village she sees her chance and flees to Bristol to start a new life as Mabel Brook. However, she soon finds herself penniless and alone. She suffers a brutal attack before being rescued by a psychic named Nora Nightingale. There she gets her first taste of those who receive messages from the dead. But it isn’t long before she receives her own message and is forced back to the place that she has escaped from. Mabel realises that to secure her future she must confront her past one…

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gorgeous on instagram

(@hanneskoegelenberg) @OLGAPRINKU Yarm, North Yorkshire, England Designer Olga Prinku’s love for flowers and handcrafts finds expression in these embroidery hoops. She ‘embroiders’ with dried flowers on tulle and also creates monograms among her singular artworks. @ADELINAILLUSTRATION Stockholm, Sweden Illustrator Adelina Lirius enchants with her playful, detailed work. She captures people, animals and nature – anything that she comes across in her surroundings – and then changes them into imaginative works of art. @JANHARMSGAT_SE_AGTERPLAAS Cullinan, Gauteng JanHarm Vorster and Pieter Vosloo have a passion for everything nostalgic and antique. On their Instagram page, you can see how they create the loveliest spaces with everything from enamelware to fine porcelain and rustic wood.…

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what’s new

SLEEP SOFTLY If you like sleeping in luxury bed linen – and who doesn’t?! – Biggie Best should be your first stop. Their latest spring range is now available, in thread counts from 300 to 600 and in Egyptian cotton. We particularly like the Washed Cotton duvet sets, from R1 300 for double-bed size with two pillowslips. Call in at your nearest Biggie Best shop or go to biggiebest.co.za to order yours online. PLEASURE, MY PET It’s not only us who appreciate good design. Your kitty is sure to enjoy these scratch poles, made from solid oak and sisal rope. Local furniture manufacturer Birba designed them specially for cats, but lovely enough to be part of your décor. The Ruby Cat Scratcher costs R3 200 and the Franc Cat Scratcher Side Table is…

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yesterday's treasures

IN A BOOK Use an old hardcover book as a personalised photo album. You can find these at second-hand stores and flea markets. Cut a rectangle out of the book cover and place a photo on the inside of the recess. Use photo corners to secure your photos inside the book. TIP Find a story that best suits the person whose photo album it will be. Frame it ON THE WALL Hang a large selection of ornate frames in different sizes on your lounge wall to create a focal point. Leave some empty, fill some with photos and use others as a pinboard. Paint one or two of the frames white for a modern variation, if you prefer. TIP: If you don’t have enough frames, print a selection in the desired size on…