Monday, September 26, 2011

Three boys.

Mr Darning Foot has been busy again.

Yes, I know the last one doesn't really look like a boy, but it is. And there are now six boys. But they are all going to be put together in an interesting way, fear not.
(Lesson: Never work on stretchy material.)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Several times a week we get these little strips of paper in our mailbox. They are quite common in Cape Town. Sometimes neatly handwritten, sometimes typed or printed, they represent job applications.


I wish I could help each one.
(South Africa's unemployment rate currently stands at about 25% (official figure). The unofficial figure is closer to 40%. More than 40% of young people under the age of 30 are unemployed. Each year hundreds of thousands of school leavers enter the job market, most with little chance of finding anything.)

(Art journal pages started months ago and recently finished: job application strips, paint, cutouts from primary school textbook lesson about work, paper bag that contained two expensive croissants.)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Black and White.

Synchronicity is a wonderful thing. I bought some black beans a year ago, just because they looked so beautiful and shiny and black in their plastic packet. And black is my favourite colour, as you know. Not having had them before, and having no idea what to make with them, they languished in the cupboard.  So earlier this week I spotted the packet, lying lonely and sad and unused, and was wondering what to do with them. And I swear, that very same day I saw a recipe in a magazine for Moros y Cristianos, a traditional Cuban dish. The recipe also had chorizo as an ingredient (although this is not traditional) and I just happened to have a nice fat piece of chorizo in the fridge.

(Black beans, rice, onion, tomato, chilli, garlic, bayleaf, oregano, crushed caraway seeds and chorizo).
It was meant to be, and it was goooooooood ...
My picture, having been taken at night with a flash, and while it was still bubbling away on the stove, really does not do it justice.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Beautiful Black.

I received this beautiful black crow, an original in watercolour, from Leenie of Sidetrips. It is so damn beautiful that I ordered another one! See here.

Until it is framed, it will reside with some other birdy bits I have.

(Origami bird folded by my youngest son, postcard of an artwork called Birdsong by Greta Matthews, installation of a bird on seaweed by Anairam, watercolour called Murder One by Leenie Black.)

Friday, September 9, 2011


I folded some origami dresses. I may use them as invitations - I think I am just about ready for another tea party with the girls. No, dang, dump the tea, these days I need something stronger.

I am going to have to hunt down Ms Whipping it Up, who has disappeared in a most distressing fashion, leaving behind her cake tins and rolling pins and that squirty injection needle thingy that you make swirly decorative thingies with.

Dear friends, have a wonderful weekend! Put on a dress (unless you're a man, I guess, but heck, if you want to, why not?) and invite the girls for tea and cake.

Monday, September 5, 2011


The notebook cover I knitted some time ago has really been annoying me. It keeps on flapping all over the place and makes it impossible for me to carry it in my handbag. So I sewed a flap onto the front & back knitted covers to tuck in the notebook, and Mr Darning Foot stitched some doodles.

Ask not about the stains on the fabric. It was my attempt at rust dyeing. Not something I will try again.

Friday, September 2, 2011


I learnt how to do a very basic type of momigami here.
I prefer using oil rather than water, as it makes the paper soft and pliable. These pieces are made from the pages in a homeware advertising catalogue. The results are quite pretty - I may use it in a collage in my art journal, or maybe stitch it into a new fabric piece.

 Have a great weekend, dear friends. Go and knead some paper!