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Ideas December 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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Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
IdeesFabriek
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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R 330
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
from the editor

People are fond of using the expression that something is like childbirth – despite your firm resolve never to repeat it, with time you forget and before you can wipe your eyes, you’re doing it again. The two years that have passed since my last Christmas decoration session with my godchild Anelle were not quite long enough for me to forget it and I gave everyone ample notice that this time we’re keeping it simple and enjoying a peaceful time together. And to make it as easy as possible, I added that this year’s theme is just white. Mistake number one was using the word ‘theme’. For a can’t-sit-still DIY fanatic this word is like a red rag to a bull. Or a white one in this case. It wasn’t long before…

5 min.
things to do in december

REGULAR MARKETS • FRESH2U FARMER'S MARKET Visit this market in Modderfontein in Gauteng on the first and last Saturday of each month from 8am to 2pm. For the festive season they’re open on 3 and 10 December. The market has over 80 stalls selling everything from breakfasts, fresh produce and handcrafted cheeses to ceramics, plants and décor items. There’s also a kiddies’ arts and crafts section. For more information, search for Fresh2U Farmer’s Market on Facebook. • CENTURION FAMILY MARKET Take a blanket for a picnic under the trees, or feed the ducks while the children enjoy train rides, a jumping castle, sand art and more. The market features artisan food and locally produced and handpicked crafts. It takes place on the first and third Sunday of the month from 10am to 3pm. Festive…

1 min.
in season in december

HERBS: chives, mint, sage, thyme, marjoram, origanum, basil, rosemary, fennel, dill, bay leaves. VEGETABLES: globe artichokes, green beans, sweet peppers, carrots, courgettes, cucumbers, brinjals, garlic, lettuce, mealies, mushrooms, onions, parsley, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes. FRUIT: cherries, figs, nectarines, peaches, plums, bananas, lemons, litchis, mangos, pawpaw and papaya, pineapples, spanspek, watermelons, rhubarb. FLOWERS AVAILABLE IN DECEMBER: agapanthus, allium, alstromeria, amaranthus, anthiriums, Asiatic lilies, calla lilies, carnations, celosia, chincherinees, chrysanthemums, delphiniums, everlastings, gerbera daisy, gladiolus, lavender, lisianthus, orange balls, roses, sea holly, sunflowers, trachelium, some proteas and fynbos.…

3 min.
things to read in december

CRAFT & LIFESTYLE Annie Sloan Paints Everything (Cico, R299) Paint can transform any surface in your house. As well as ways to make over walls and furniture, you’ll also learn techniques for painting floors, fabrics, lighting and much more. Learn about printing, stencilling, gilding, transferring images and dyeing fabric, as well as how to make the most of Annie’s Chalk Paint range. Find out, too, how to combine colours for different styles, and how to tap into your creativity by painting patterns freehand. Country Daydreams by Monique Day-Wilde (Metz Press, R95) With these original designs the artist spirits you away from your daily routine and invites you to colour shapes and images from country surroundings. The designs range from simple outlines to intricate combinations and unusual perspectives. The compact book will fit in your…

4 min.
what's new

FESTIVE DÉCOR IDEAS Keep the kids happy this Christmas with quirky Christmas decorations, like this reindeer with a scarf (R399,99) and Santa advent calendar (R229,99), available from MRP Home stores nationwide. FLORAL FRESHNESS Charlotte Rhys has a wide range of products ideal for Christmas gifts, from body, bath and men’s collections to home fragrances. This bottle of Atmosphere room spray with its fresh Spring Flowers fragrance costs R211,50 and is available from Charlotte Rhys shops or charlotterhys.co.za. Vibrant style Add a bright splash of colour and some cheerful patterns to your life with the Lou Harvey summer collection. It includes this new JoJo handbag, as well as a versatile curved cosmetic bag, a double-zip cosmetic bag and a double long-tom cooler bag – just in time for alfresco dining and plenty of socialising in the…

4 min.
picture perfect

‘We married for a house,’ says Amanda Swanepoel, and she and Francois burst out laughing. ‘The plane trees growing over the road made me long for Stellenbosch so much that we kept coming back. Francois surprised me by putting in an offer on the house and we quickly got married so we could move in. ‘To make the situation even crazier, we made a fairly big mistake in our calculations that left us with only R3 000 of our wedding budget. We simply got married in the minister’s house, went to see our parents afterwards, then headed out to celebrate with our friends.’ The house was called the Ghost House and was almost completely overgrown. Fortunately they aren’t afraid of hard work and their love of restoration was just what the old…