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I Love This and That: September 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Play dough

I have loads of friends with kiddies and made this for a friends little boy the other day.  I remember my mother making us this play dough, and we kept ourselves busy for hours and hours using her cookie cutters and rolling pins.

1/2 cup Salt
1 cup Plain flour
2 tablespoons Cream of tartar
1  cup Water
1 tablespoon Oil
Food colouring

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and stir over heat until dough is pliable.
Allow to cool and store in a well sealed plastic bag of container.
It can last up to 6 months if stored correctly

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

be kind... quotes i love

I saw this quote on a wall and thought it was beautiful!


Saturday, September 8, 2012


Did the flowers for a birthday party this morning :-) and thought I'd share it with you. 
It's a beautiful spring day in Stellenbosch And these pretty yellow flowers just made it even happier!

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

origami flower

Ok if we want to be technical this is not a origami flower, it's a kirigami flower :-) but either way they are very cute and fun to make.  Just have a look at this stunning kitchen tea I found on the internet using these flowers... 


Origami (meaning "folding" and kami meaning "paper") is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD at the latest and was popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, ans as such the use of cuts of glue are not considered to be origami.  Paper cutting and gluing is usually considered kirigami. (www.wikipedia.com)

What you need:
Book's pages 
Stick or wire

Using a book pages you first need to get a square.  So fold the one end of the page in diagonally and cut off the top bit of the page. This will make a triangle.

Fold the left and right corners up to the top of the triangle. 

Fold the same points down. The folded edge will line up exactly on top of the outside edge of the square.

Open up the flaps you have just created and flatten them.

Fold the top triangles towards you so they are level with the edges of the paper.

Fold the side triangles in along the crease you made earlier.

Glue the outside triangles together to make the petal.

Make five petals and glue them together to make the flower.

Put them is a pretty vase... and enjoy :-)

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

paper rose

I made these paper roses out of old book pages and they give a lovely vintage feel.  You can make them out of any paper that is flexible enough to manipulate into the shape that you want it in but not too soft.

What you need: 
  • A old books pages
  • Glue gun
  • Sosatie stick (and or wire)
  • Scissors
Start by cutting "arch-like" shapes out of the old book's pages. You can cut free hand and some of them with a point at the top.  You need about five petals in each size and about four different sizes.

Now using the sosatie stick curl the ends of each petal around it to give the petal a softer feel.

Best if you do is diagonally across from both sides, but again each one can be done differently.

Then start with the smallest leave and fold it around the stick to look like this. You can also fold it around the wire so that when you are done and want to put it in a pot you can manipulate the direction of the flower.  But I recommend that you do your first one around a stick as it is easier. :-)

Stick the smaller petals on first using the glue gun and just putting a drop of glue on to stick the petal.

Turn the stick and add the petals, layering them with the smaller ones in the inside and bigger ones outside.  The curl you put in the petal with the sosatie stick should be to the outside of the flower.

Using your creative flair, form the petals as you stick them.  When sticking the outside. bigger petals, pinch the bottom together when sticking it to give the rose a nice form.

And you end up with a beatiful paper rose perfect for your next vintage tea party!

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