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Ames Jipi Christmas Baubles from GOODEE

Still decorating? Looking for something . I really love these handcrafted ornaments, they are by Colombian artisans, made from the leaves of the Jipijapa palm tree.

Each ornament is unique and comes in different colours combinations. 

Ames is a Colombia brand, Founded by Ana María Calderon Kayser, a native Colombian “from a young age appreciated the craftsmanship and quality of handmade products, Ames offers an extensive collection of furniture and home accessories and textiles designed to bring functionality and fun to every day.”

Working with local Colombian artisans, each product is lovingly made by hand, ensuring unparalleled care, quality and style.

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Beautiful Bo Kaap – Cape Town

Really lovely and colourful, neighbourhoods in Bo- Kaap, an area of Cape Town, South Africa formerly known as the Malay Quarter.

Things to do, you can visit the Bo-Kaap Museum, the Museum was established in 1978 as a satellite of the SA Cultural History Museum. It was furnished as a house that depicts the lifestyle of a nineteenth-century Muslim family.

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Contact Details

  • 71 Wale Street,
    Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
  • Open from Tuesdays- Saturdays from 10:00- 14:30
  • Closed on Sundays, Workers’ Day, Christmas Day, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha and January 2
  • Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3938
  • Fax: +27 (0)21 481 3938
  • Adults: R20.00
  • 6-17 years: R10.00
  • 5 years & under: R5.00
  • School Groups: Booked- R5.00; Unbooked- R8.00
  • South African pensioners and students (valid cards): R10.00/ Free entry on Fridays
  • Free entry on Commemorative days

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Some Really Great Christmas crackers for 2020

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Lisson Gallery W 24th St.

“By British sculptor Tony Cragg, (1983). The creation of one cohesive form comprised of miscellaneous, accumulated parts, often found or recycled  Spectrum, a carefully-arranged abstract composition “.

New York Mon 20 Jul 2020 to Thu 27 Aug 2020 Mon-Thu 11am-4pm

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Jacob Lawrence

My Oldest daughter is 8, and she had arts school work to learn about the artists Jacob Lawrence, I wasn’t familiar with his work so I chose to do some research myself.

Lawrence is among the best-known 20th-century African-American painters. He was 23 years old when he gained national recognition with his 60-panel Migration Series. I learned he was born on September 7, 1917, and died June 9, 2000. He based many of his paintings of the Harlem Renaissance. 

“He was a quiet individual who listened, looked, watched, absorbed all of what was going on around him,” according to Virginia Mecklenburg, home to nearly a dozen of Lawrence’s works. Lawrence was well known for his portrayal of African-American life. As well as a painter, storyteller, and interpreter, he was an educator. Lawrence taught at several universities including the University of Washington where he was a graduate advisor to lithographer and abstract painter

Lawrence’s subjects and style were deliberate, conscientious choices. He formed his practice during a period when black artists were carefully considering their role and responsibility in depicting African American history and contemporary life.

Lawrence continued to paint until a few weeks before his death from lung cancer in June 2000 at the age of 82. Shortly before his death, he stated: “…for me, a painting should have three things: universality, clarity, and strength. Clarity and strength so that it may be aesthetically good. Universality so that it may be understood by all men.”

His last commissioned public work, the mosaic mural New York in Transit, was installed in October 2001 in the Times Square subway station in New York City.

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Fondant Arts and Craft

What we need

  • White fondant
  • Food colouring, Yellow and black
  • Divide your fondant into 3, one white, make yellow for the body and black for the eyes, and stripe details o the body.
  • Next role the body out into an oval like shape.
  • Then place some small round black dots for the eyes,
  • Roll out a thin stripe, this is to create the wings, wound around the body of the bee.
  • Then make some wings from the white fondant. Make sure the wings of your bumblebee are not too thick, this would make them heavy and would stay up.
  • Make as many as you want, why not try making them in different sizes also.

Check out my previous post Fondant Arts and Craft Turtle

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Creating London Colourful Terrace houses out of recycled milk cartons.

First things first, spend time collecting used milk and juice boxes, rinse out thoroughly leave to dry out for a day.

Select your choice of paint. I choses these Baker Ross Pastel Ready Mixed Paint for Kids. they are pastel colours good as a replica of the NW3 London postcode town houses.

Cover your work surface with bine liners or old newspapers, set aside some to place painted cartons to dry overnight. the boxed will require several coats of paint, I did 4 coats of paint.

Set painted cartons aside to dry. Once dry, use your white chalk pens to draw in the details. This next step dries up very quickly.

There you go, your houses are all set, Enjoy!

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Fondant Arts and Craft Turtle

What you need

  • White fondant
  • Food colouring, blue, red, yellow, green, black etc
  • Rolling pin
  • Cut your fondant into smaller balls.
  • kneed your food colouring into each ball, do as many colours as you would like.
  • Roll your blue into a log shape. (this is for the body and the legs). Then divide the feet and the body. create shapes.
  • Next mould the yellow for the body. (choose a colour you would prefer, it is up to you)
  • Roll out your black fondant and cut out some eye. Stick them on the head.
  • Then choose colours you would like to put on the back of the turtle and roll out a small piece, then cut out small circles.
  • Now stick the pieces on the back of the turtle.

Put aside to dry for an hour or more before picking up.

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Materials: Paper bunting fan garlands (in peach, yellow, mint, and cerise), scissors, scotch tape, cardstock in a bunch of colours (we chose coral, pink, peach, neon yellow, mint, teal), glue stick, triangle hole punch, small round hole punch, ruler, x-acto knife

Step 1: Separate the segments of the fan garlands with a pair of scissors. Shuffle the colors and tape the segments back together with scotch tape.
Step 2: Cut shapes for the garland design from cardstock. It helps to make one set of pieces for a finalized design, and then use that set as a guide to cut out the rest. Mix and match your colours to get the most variety!

Find instructions here.

Photography & styling by Amy Moss
Crafting by Naomi Julia Satake