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How to Make Candle Lampshades

| June 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
How to Make Candle Lampshades

Candle Lampshades – How to Make Them Step-by-Step Candles covered with decorative card or fabric shades are very much in vogue at the moment. There is almost always a drawer full of unused candles somewhere in the home, usually kept at hand in case of a power cut. And just about any candlestick can be […]

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Macrame Is an Easy Art Form

| June 12, 2014 | 9 Comments
Macrame Is an Easy Art Form

Macrame, the Art of Decorative Knotting Story by Penny Swift Known as the art of decorating with knots, macramé has been in and out of favor since the 13th century. While it is not currently wildly popular with crafters, macramé kits and products are marketed on the Internet. The Origin of Macramé It is believed […]

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Wall Stenciling

| June 12, 2014 | 6 Comments
Wall Stenciling

Decorate Your Walls with Stenciling Stenciling is designed for home decorators who want to create original schemes without taking the risks that accompany mural painting. With stencils, you can have some idea of how the design will look and can even experiment with different colorways before you actually put the paint brush to the wall. […]

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Confidence With Color

| June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Confidence With Color

Get Confidence When Using Color Words by Penny Swift & Pictures by Janek Szymanowski © Color is an enormously powerful medium and a major consideration in modern home decorating. It is also an emotive and intensely personal subject – especially when it comes to interior decoration. Nevertheless, the successful use of color is immensely satisfying; […]

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Life Studies and Landscapes

| June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Life Studies and Landscapes

Studies of Nature and Landscapes by Mariota Percival “I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.” Walt Whitman Mariota’s heart lies in life studies and landscapes in their changing light. From the intricate detail of the tiniest forms of life to the expanse of the Universe. Mariota’s Life Studies Most […]

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Wire Key Frames

| June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Wire Key Frames

Keep Your Keys All Framed Up Keep all your keys together and within easy reach on a smart key holder. This one costs almost nothing to make if you have an old picture frame, a scrap of fabric and some bendable wire. The heart-shapes are made from cut lengths of wire and bent into shape […]

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Architectural Studies

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Architectural Studies

Art Born Out of a Long-lasting Fascination of World Architecture Mariota Persival’s interest in world architecture, ancient sites and different styles of houses was sparked during her history of art studies, and has grown during her travels. The media she uses for architectural studies includes pencil crayon, ink pen, watercolours, pencil crayons, oils and acrylics. Station Illustrations […]

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Simple Fabric Headboard

| May 31, 2014 | 5 Comments
Simple Fabric Headboard

How to Make a Simple Fabric Headboard If your headboard is a little old and worn, or clashes with a fresh color scheme, you can quickly give it a new look with a tie-on or slip-on fabric cover. Simple headboard covers can be made in half the time needed to re-uphoster a padded headboard, and […]

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Graphic and Fabric Design

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Graphic and Fabric Design

Inspired by Life and Living Mariota Percival’s love of colour, pattern, shapes and themes are combined into creations that use paint, collage, recycled scraps of fabric, applique embroidery. Her inspiration is derived from her travels and her view of life around her, with ideas that she has drawn from numerous sources.         Essentially […]

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Elegant Tiebacks

| May 30, 2014 | 3 Comments
Elegant Tiebacks

How to Make Elegant Tiebacks The large floral fabric used to make these summer curtains has been carefully positioned on the tieback so that the main floral motif is shown to best effect. On a pair of tiebacks, arrange the motifs so that the tiebacks make a symmetrical pair. By catching the curtains back at […]

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Cards and Illustrations

| May 29, 2014 | 1 Comment
Cards and Illustrations

Unique Cards and Book Illustrations by Mariota Percival Talented artist Mariota Percival specializes in unique cards and beautiful book illustrations. She has illustrated three children’s story books and provided a number of illustrations for Shuter & Shooter Publishers school books. They include a range of styles and paint media (ink pen, pencil crayons, acrylic and watercolour paints), […]

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Magic Lanterns

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Magic Lanterns

How to Make Magic Lanterns Take a set of plain glass tumblers and turn them into stunning lanterns. They’ll sparkle and shine for evening meals during warm summer nights in a tranquil garden. Even if you prefer to eat indoors, you can light the lanterns in the evenings and arrange them along the edge of […]

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Lace Windows-1

| May 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Lace Windows-1

Make Your Own Lace Window Coverings Looking after lace Treat lace fabrics in the same way as you would other home furnishings by laundering according to fiber content. Most heavy lace fabrics are cotton or cotton based and substantial enough to withstand a delicate cycle wash in a machine. For preference, and to retain a […]

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Mariota Percival

| May 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Mariota Percival

An Artist of Many Talents Available for Commissions Mariota Percival’s paintings and designs are inspired by the environment in which she has lived and travelled. She grew up in a creative family, in the gentle countryside of Lions River, in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Midlands of South Africa. Her childhood opened her eyes to the beauty, harmony […]

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Fabric Covered Plates

| February 5, 2014 | 1 Comment
Fabric Covered Plates

How to Make Fabric Covered Plates Fabric-covered plates, grouped together on a wall, make a magnificent display. They are also a perfect way of giving odd or slightly damaged plates a new lease of life while showing off your favorite scraps of fabric. If you do not have any scraps around the house, buy remnants […]

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Lavender Bags

| February 4, 2014 | 2 Comments
Lavender Bags

How to Make Flower Motif Lavender Bags  These delightful little lavender bags, decorated with a range of charming cross stitch flower motifs, are quick and easy to make. Filled with aromatic lavender, they can be tucked between freshly laundered sheets or lingerie, to infuse them with a breath of the country. Tie them with a […]

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Cut Paper Tablecloth

| February 3, 2014 | 2 Comments
Cut Paper Tablecloth

How to Make a Cut Paper Tablecloth A paper tablecloth with straight edges often looks dull. A cut-out border around the edge will instantly make it look more attractive. If the tablecloth is then laid over a slightly larger one in a contrasting color, the cut-out motifs will be highlighted. Choose as heavy a weight […]

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Easy Rose Stenciled Tray

| January 31, 2014 | 1 Comment
Easy Rose Stenciled Tray

How to Make a Rose Stenciled Tray Painting a stencil on a tray can give it a new lease of life, it also makes an attractive and very useful accessory to display in your kitchen. This tray is made from wood, but metal trays can be painted and stenciled in the same way, using a […]

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Pleated Paper Lampshade

| January 25, 2014 | 1 Comment
Pleated Paper Lampshade

How to Make a Pleated Paper Lampshade Paper lampshades are attractive accessories which will fit into most decorative schemes. They are fun to make yourself and require no sewing skills, so you don’t need to be an expert to have a go. What’s more they are very cheap to make yourself and once you’ve bought […]

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Re-Upholster a Drop-in Seat

| January 23, 2014 | 3 Comments
Re-Upholster a Drop-in Seat

How to Re-Upholster a Drop-in Seat A dining chair with a drop-in seat, can be smartened up or made to match new furnishings with a change of cover. Choose an elegant damask or needlepoint fabric for a formal effect, or a pretty floral for something fresh. As long as the fabric is hard-wearing, any medium […]

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