Ideas6 min cititeFashion
Heron Love
Join 5 flower squares together in the length for each front. Then, following instructions and working across the sides for joining from one corner to the next, join the first flower square of the left front to the back as follows: ch3, 2tr, ch1, work
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Calm Instagram
When, in the middle of winter, I discovered the Instagram feed of the Chinese queen of creative, mindful videos under the name @cnliziqi, I had to stop myself from watching them for hours at a time. It’s obvious why Li Ziqi has become one of China’s
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Stitch It Pretty
DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: about 5 hours ♥ straw bag (preferably with no lining)♥ darning needle♥ raffia rope (It is much sturdier than paper raffia and won’t break easily. We found some at PNA.)♥ sharp scissors 1 This is a project to have fun with and t
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BOOKS TO READ in January/February
BY NIGELLA LAWSON (CHATTO & WINDUS, R419) This is a delicious and delightful combination of recipes intertwined with narrative essays about food, all written in Nigella’s engaging and insightful prose. Whether she’s posing the question, ‘What is a re
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Mussel Bowls
TIP You can also use the shells as storage for small, loose items, or even as tealight candle holders.
Ideas3 min cititeFashion
You Said It
The writer of this month’s winning letter will receive a Linen Drawer voucher valued at R1 000, redeemable from their online store www.linendrawer.co.za. Linen Drawer produces top-quality bed, bath and table linen with free delivery countrywide. They
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Good Catch
DIFFICULTY: average TIME: a day for a school of fish, depending on how much detail you use ♥ fish template ♥ polymer clay in the colours of your choice (we used Fimo from Staedtler in white, light blue and dark blue) ♥ rolling pin ♥ craft knife and c
Ideas1 min cititeComputers
A World Of ideas
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Flower Power Cow
DIFFICULTY: medium TIME: 2–3 days ♥ diagrams on page overleaf♥ wood (we used beech)– 135mm x 135mm x 14mm thick (part 1)– 204mm x 120mm x 30mm thick (part 2)– 128mm x 30mm x 30mm (parts 3)♥ 3 glass test tubes with rim, 20mm x 150mm (35ml) (parts 4)♥
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Keep Us Close
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Ideas2 min cititeEconomics
Stay Safe
DIFFICULTY: medium TIME: 3–4 days ♥ diagrams on page overleaf♥ plywood (see step 2)– 6 x 480mm x 320mm x 21mm thick (parts 1)– 1 x 100mm x 320mm x 21mm thick (part 2)– 2 x 79mm x 94mm x 21mm thick (parts 3)– 1 x 94mm x 320mm x 21mm thick (part 4)♥ SA
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From The editor
‘I was in the right place at the right time,’ is what I usually say. That’s how I arrived in Cape Town 22 years ago after a spur-of-the-moment decision to swap my afternoons with my child at Zoo Lake in Johannesburg for afternoons on the beach. I wor
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Picture Perfect
Drawstring bag from Super Floral (superfloral.co.za).
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Ideas
EDITOR Terena le Roux STUDIO AND STITCHCRAFT Dala Watts MARKETING AND FINANCES Marweya Smal COPY EDITING Diana Procter and Marié Smidt STYLING Hannes Koegelenberg, Dala Watts, and Carin Smith PHOTOS Ed O’Riley FOOD Louisa Holst and Tani Kirsten CRAFT
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Connect The Dots
It was during a silent retreat at Temenos in the artists’ village of McGregor in the Western Cape a few years ago that a friend remarked: ‘One of the most wonderful things that life has taught me is that idea of connecting the dots.’ The fire crackle
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What’s New
The sought-after Australian Claire Hill anti-ageing range is now available in South Africa. The founder, Loretta Hill, believes that skincare should be science-based, with ingredients in the correct concentrations that deliver results. This fuss-free
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Stitch, Craft, Repeat
In the book The Artist’s Way, author Julia Cameron writes that any regular, repetitive action primes the well of creativity. Legend has it that the Bronté sisters and Jane Austen preferred writing to needlework and would hide their papers under their
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Beautiful Bakery
COCOFEATURES.COM Dutch artist Pauline Kick does not like too much clutter in her home. Actually, you could say she’s a minimalist. Nevertheless, her home exudes warmth and charm, thanks to her and husband Hans’s preference for natural colours and mat
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Stitchcraft
DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: 12 hours ♥ fabric ♥ tracing method of choice ♥ embroidery design ♥ embroidery hoop ♥ embroidery needle ♥ embroidery thread in colours of your choice ♥ sharp scissors ♥ pen or pencil 1 Trace the design onto your fabric using a l
Ideas2 min cititeCooking, Food & Wine
Frozen Favourites
Makes: 4–6 ♥ 1 lime ♥ 500g strawberries, washed and hulled ♥ 15–30ml castor sugar, depending on taste ♥ 50ml water (or vodka for adult lollies) Prepare your fruit. Finely grate the zest and juice the lime. Keep 2–3 strawberries aside to use for decor
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Natural Stencil
DIFFICULTY: medium TIME: one hour ♥ bees wax ♥ heavy bottomed cooking pot ♥ leaves ♥ fabric spray paint (Dala) ♥ fabric item, for printing Start by designing your pattern: Arrange the leaves on the fabric you will be printing. Melt the wax in the pot
Ideas9 min cititeCooking, Food & Wine
Catch Of The Day
It’s easy to create an impressive and delicious meal using prawns. Keep it simple by cooking the prawns in their shells and serving them hot with flavoured butter and fresh lemons. Serves: 4 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 6-10 minutes ♥ 1
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Make Your Own Stencil
DIFFICULTY: medium TIME: 30 minutes ♥ brightly coloured sheet of plastic (100 micron) ♥ craft knife and cutting mat ♥ sheet of glass ♥ stencil glue ♥ graphic image for template ♥ adhesive tape ♥ décor items for stencilling ♥ brush ♥ paint or spray pa
Ideas2 min cititeFashion
Fishy Friends
DIFFICULTY: moderate TIME: half a day ♥ fish pictures on previous page♥ white cotton canvas♥ matching machine thread♥ fabric for lining♥ zip fastener (more or less the length you want your opening to be) 1 First print the fish pictures on to your cot
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Start With Blue
There is something about the colour blue that inherently reveals a connection to movement, to a sense of journey. Oceans, rivers, sky. Whenever I look at blue in its natural environment, in the expanse of the sky, in the freedom of a mass of water, t
Ideas2 min cititeFashion
Shibori Style
DIFFICULTY: moderate TIME: 3–4 hours Size 32-34 ♥ pattern on page 65♥ 4m white fabric (2 x 1,5m are dyed and 1 x 1m left plain white)♥ matching machine thread 1 Cut out all the pattern pieces: 1 x front and 1 x back from the dyed fabric and 2 x flaps
Ideas4 min cititePsychology
A New Leaf
Over the years, I have tried many different ways to eliminate things from my life when I’ve decided they’re not adding anything and to invite in different, better habits. Sometimes it works, but often not. Last year, when I received a Changing Habits
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How To
DIFFICULTY: fairly easy TIME: about an hour per cloth, plus drying time ♥ white linen or cotton fabric ♥ fabric dye in the colour of your choice (we used Guarany in indigo) ♥ table salt ♥ 2 wooden blocks ♥ elastic bands ♥ 2 plastic or glass bowls ♥ r
Ideas8 min cititeSelf-Improvement
The Wonder Of Water
If you’re angry, anxious, despondent or depressed, you are not alone. The coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns of 2020 were tough on all of us. But don’t believe that we are all doomed to barren Plains of Hopelessness: Our ‘blue mind’ and the health be
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Flowers In Turquoise
DIFFICULTY: average TIME: weekend project To fit extra small to small Actual all-round measurement: 90cm Length: 57cm Sleeve length: 30cm Flower square: 10cm ♥ cotton DK: 2x100g white and 1x100g each turquoise and gold♥ 3,5mm crochet hook ch – chain
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