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!