Monday, July 14, 2008

On my bookshelf

Love BOOKS! Being in South Africa it's a really expensive LOVE! You don't always get the info you are looking for on the net or Library books are totally outdated & there are rather a lot of people/artists/crafters etc that don't believe in sharing their tricks, ideas, how to's etc.! So! I have decided that I am going to share the books in my collection with all of you! This book, titled "decorative wirework" is a contemporary approach to a traditional craft & is so easy to follow! Below I have put the instructions on how to make a toilet-tissue holder! HAVE FUN!
You will need:

wire coat hanger
wire cutters
parallel (channel-type) pliers
piece of wood
screw & screwdriver
ruler or tape measure
permanent marker pen
general-purpose pliers
galvanized wire, 0.8mm or 1/31in thick

1. Open out the coat hanger hook and cut off the hook and the twisted wire with wire cutters. Straighten the wire using parallel (channel-type) pliers.
2. Drill a hole in a piece of wood and insert a screw. Wrap the wire around the screw halfway along its length. The screw will hold the wire firmly. Mould the wire into a heart shape.

3. Allow 6.5cm or 2½in between the eye and the bottom of the heart. Twist the wires together twice at the bottom of the heart. Bend out the remaining wires at right angles. Unscrew the wire heart and replace the screw in the piece of wood. Measure 6.5cm or 2½in from the bottom of the heart along each wire, then wrap each wire once around the screw at this point and bend up the end at a right angle.

4. Using a marker pen, mark each remaining length of wire at intervals of 7.5cm/3in, 3cm/¼in, 3cm/¼in, 2cm or 4/5in and 2cm or 4/5in. Bend the wire into right angles at the marked points using general-purpose pliers, so the ends that will hold the toilet tissue point inwards. To decorate, loosely wrap a length of o.8mm or 1/31in galvanized wire around the whole of the structure.

AND VIOLA - this beautiful toilet-tissue holder is yours!

PS The edition of this book is published by Southwater & consultant editor: Simona Hill

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Riebeek Valley 9th Annual Olive Festival

This year's Olive Festival is hosting an "Artists Village". The information listed below is an invitation to South African Artists/Crafters/Ceramists/Sculptors whose works are proudly South African handmade. Please contact Nichola or Kelli on the numbers listed above or email Thank you and looking forward to having you participate in this amazing event!

Now in it's ninth year and the largest olive festival celebrated in the Cape, the Riebeek Valley Olive Festival is an original Cape Town experience. Situated an hour's drive from the City, visitors to the quaint Riebeek Valley will experience true country hospitality. The Olive Festival will feature a traditional South African food village where a wide variety of cuisine favourites and olives can be sampled whilst enjoying a number of live entertainment acts. Known as the Shiraz valley, wine tastings from surrounding wine farms will also be on offer. To showcase the rich heritage and history of the Valley visitors can wander through the South African Artists Walk where internationally-renowned local artists will be displaying their paintings and sculptures over the weekend. Parents can enjoy a leisurely day outdoors, whilst their children are safely entertained in the kiddies' play section. There is no entry charge to the Riebeek Valley Olive Festival and there will be ample designated parking with shuttle services lifting visitors to the various venues.