Thursday, November 24, 2011

Kamers vol Geskenke 2011 - Irene

Kamers vol Geskenke (Rooms full of Gifts) starts next week Tuesday in Irene. This is one of the most popular designer exhibitions of the year.

You will find exquisite handmade decor and gifts. All products are also proudly South African.

I am very excited to take part this time. You can find my "dids" felt products at Eau-la-la's stand.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Katvoet Gallery - Vintage Teacup Class

On Saturday I hosted another Vintage Teacup Class at Katvoet Gallery.

I love doing these classes. We always have a lot of fun and I meet such lovely ladies.

Well done ladies, love your work!

Monday, November 21, 2011

heART In The Garden - 2011

I am delivering stock today for this year's heART in the Garden.

It is an event not to be missed. This year will be the 6th heART and promises to be just as creative and exciting as previous years.

It starts this Friday, 25 November until Sunday 27 November.

Can't wait!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Cupcakes+Cowboys - vintage blocks

A picture from Cupcakes+Cowboys (a lovely baby decor shop on CapeTown) of my vintage blocks. I think they look lovely against the blue and white stripe cotton fabric.

The shop has a range of blocks available

Thursday, November 10, 2011

VroueKeur - Article Eau-la-la

In the latest issue of "VroueKeur" (a lifestyle magazine in South Africa) there is a lovely article on Eau-la-la - a shop selling my felt goodies.

They were so kind as to include my zippy bags and handbag. Yeah!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Africa - Tote handbag

Just a quick peek into the making of one of my tote bags.

Choosing the designs and colours take up most of the time.

After putting the colours and images together they are cut out and sewn onto the base of heavy industrial felt.

The lining is cut and the bag is put together, including the handles and trim.

There you have it, a finished one of a kind bag.

Monday, October 31, 2011

dids - tags

After months of planning to have labels/tags printed for my felt products (just because I was either to busy,lazy, forgot about it....) they are finally printed and starting to make their appearance on my goodies. I just looove it! It gives my humble creations a feeling of importance and professionalism.

Look out for my "dids" label.

Vintage Design Fair

This coming weekend is the first Vintage Design Fair in Hatfield Pretoria.

It is the brainchild of 2 sisters wanting to create a platform for local designers.

It promises to be a great event with live music on Friday 4 November, good food and designer goods. The ideal venue for early Christmas shopping.

My range of "dids" felt products will also be available.

You can find more details on their facebook page.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tutorial - Vintage Blocks

I recently sent an order of Vintage Blocks to a lovely children's decor shop in Cape Town called Cupcakes and Cowboys.

Here are some photos showing the steps in making the blocks.

Use your imagination and create a set for yourself, friends and family.

A sample of a complete set.

I use meranti wood, which is a good quality hard wood. My have my local wood merchant cut lengths of 1.2m x 5cmx5cm
The first step is to paint the entire length of wood with a coat of white acrylic paint. Wait for it to dry and then cover with strips fof different coloured pattern paper. I use a solution of wood glue, diluted with water. Make use of scrapbook paper and wrapping paper. Another good idea is to buy a small piece of cotton fabric you love and have colour copies made.
After you have covered the length of wood, cut them into square blocks.

In the photo above you can see wood thats been covered with paper and then cut into blocks.

Now you have blocks with 4 sides covered in pattern paper and 2 sides still in raw wood finish.
Your next task is to paint the exposed wood with a layer of white acrylic paint. This will seal the wood and give a non porous surface for the glue to adhere to.

Print the images you want to use slightly larger than the blocks. This way you won't have a problem with pictures being crooked or not fitting.

After the layer of white paint has dried you will find the surface feels rough. Give the painted sides of the blocks a quick sand with a fine grid sanding paper to smooth the surface.

Use your diluted wood glue to adhere the images. Make sure to rub out any airbubbles once the image is stuck on the block.

After the glue has dried the hard work starts. Use sanding paper to sand all around the blocks, exposing some of the wood and giving it that vintage look. Make sure to also round the edges of the blocks. Hold the sanding paper at an angle to the edge of the block, this ensures that you only sand on the edge and not damage the paper.

Clean of any dust from your blocks and use a sealer to protect them. Use a good quality water based sealer that won't yellow with age.

There you have it. A simple way of creating a stunning addition to your child's room.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mosaic Class

Last Saturday I had a group of ladies at my studio for a mosaic class. We had such a lovely time. It was especially good to have my little sister at a class :)

Everyone hard at work

With my sister Ilze.

Ilze busy with the dirty business of grouting.

Even Suzie gave her stamp of approval.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Felt - Africa range

More items in my Africa range. They are being delivered to the shop at Blos Restaurant today.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Felt Tote bags

More handbags in my spring range. I think the dark wood goed well with the charchoal felt.

These bags are available from Fient Lifestyle Gallery at Duncan Yard, Pretoria.

Each handbag is branded with my Dids logo at the back.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Shweshwe inspired notebooks

Last year I made some Nelson Mandela paper collages for an exhibition. I have one left which is keeping me company in my studio.

After rummaging around for fabric I came across small pieces of shweshwe left over from the collage project. Shweshwe = used by traditional African women to make dresses).

I combined it with iconic South African images on my notebook covers

The Protea (our national flower) and the magestic Kudu (large antelope)

My inspiration - Nelson Mandela (fondly called Madiba)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New Felt Tote bags

A new handbag (which has already found a new owner) with an old time vintage feel. I am busy exploring the use of wooden handles on my bags. Today is experimentation day...

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Painted Furniture


The painted furniture

I have not painted furniture in a long time. Last week a friend asked if I would be interested to give some old furniture a face lift.

I must admit, I wasn't to keen as it is a whole lot of hard work. First the sanding then the priming then the painting, staining and varnishing Sigh! We decided to give it an old French Vintage look.

In the end it is always so worth the effort. I think her old dressing table and side table came out beautifully, but most important, my client loves it :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Felt Pincushions - Roses

More pincushions. I love them. They are so colourfull and sure to brighten up any sewing session. Available from me or from Fient Lifestyle Gallery at Duncan Yard.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Felt Pincushions

A new item to my Blue Bird felt range. I love the vintage feel of these old fashioned pincushions.

A great gift - not just for grandma or your favourite aunt :)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Blos Mark - Pretoria

I had a wonderfull day at Blos Market yesterday. This is just the perfect venue for a craft/food/live music/chill out zone.

The next date will be a night market on the 5th of Novemver from 17hoo - 22hoo. You will find all the usuals there plus some old movies will be showing on a big screen in the garden. Sure to be a lot of fun.

A great place to bring the kids and just chill under the trees.

The pinata is always a favourite with the kids and their moms :)

What a pleasure it was listening to Hoot 'n Anny. They are a country folk band from Pretoria. Their music took me way back to my student days... aah the good old days.

My range of Dids - Felt Creations. Happy to report that a lot of stock found happy homes to go to.

My daughter Lana had a great day out under the trees. Must be all the cake, hotdogs and home made lemonade :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Vintage Teacup Paintings

I never thought of myself as a teacher but since I began with my art classes it became a real passion. I get so much pleasure from my students. I meet wonderfull interesting people. Sometimes students are uncertain of their own potential and needs extra encouragement to realise their own creativity. But in the end everyone is always so super proud of their work!

2 Friends having a fun morning.

This was one of my "vintage teacup" classes. We use paper and oil paints to create unique paintings.

The finished paintings. Amazing - considering not one student is a professional painter!

Well done girls!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dids - Felt creations - Spring

I was so inspired being one of the 25 finalists of the Ideas magazine creative competition, not to mention that spring has arrived! that I created a whole range of felt products reflecting the sunny feeling of spring and my happines.

They are available from me, Blos Mark on Saturday or Fient Lifestyle Gallery at Duncan Yard, Pretoria. :)