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Sunday, 28 February 2010


Well here I am on a gloomy Sunday morning wondering what I'll blog about today, the best part of this is a purring cat on my lap, she really doesn't care. Hearts and flowers and spring is actually peeping its head into this new season, the snowdrops are fully here and I've seen the odd primrose, this gives me such joy, the breaking out of life from the depths of winter always fills me with new hope, expectation of more to come and excitement for what can be created. I have planted my sweet peas, they have pride of place on the window sill and all I have to do is remember to water them, then watch the miracle of life appear before my eyes. Actually I fully recommend it, I save the inside cardboard tube in a toilet roll, they are perfect for planting sweet peas as when you want to plant them out you don't have to disturb the roots you can just put the whole thing in the ground. Then the cardboard rots away and feeds the soil, very ecological too.
So see how many tubes you can save, buy a packet of seeds and try it.

Louise x

Monday, 8 February 2010


Last week I set myself the project of revamping an old chair I had picked up at the recycling center, it had been sitting in my house for too long waiting for it's transformation. I knew it had potential as it has some lovely detail in the original design. Firstly I had to strip it of the old rank cloth on its seat and take out old staples and nails in the wood, (the worst job ever, luckily I'm not allergic to house dust yuk! ) After sanding it down I then painted it duck egg blue/green, (already looking better) and left it to dry for 24 hours. Then I had to make the cushion for the seat and cover with wadding. Choosing the right cloth (Cath kidston) to cover the seat was important as it gives the final impact of "beautiful chair". This all took quite a few hours as you can imagine, but I am very pleased with the result and welcome any comments.
(This chair will be available to buy from the web site soon)
Louise x

Monday, 1 February 2010


I'm pleased to say that we have been accepted to show at "The Vintage and Hand Made Fair" on the 1st May in Chipping Sodbury. I for one, am looking forward to meeting lots of the faces behind all this blogging, very exciting. This also means lots of creative activity needed, well winter is good for that. I woke to deep frost this morning, a field of tiny diamonds, so beautiful, I had to go out and appreciate it.
So today "paint chair" is at the top of my list, I found a lovely old chair in the market, it needs a new seat and a coat of paint. I love finding old things that can be given a new lease of life, one of my favourite haunts is the recycling centre, where this chair came from. (pictures to follow) the before and afters will be posted soon. I'm off to paint.
Louise x