April | In the shop

We are creating a small online shop which is really exciting. A small curated collection is available to purchase online for those that follow us but maybe aren't as near to visit often. Some are designs we have commissioned from our makers to stock in our Clevedon shop. 
We are most excited about our new flower stem rack, online and in store! We based the design on a vintage test tube rack and couldn't be happier that James, a local wood worker was able to turn our design into the gorgeous blackened oak rack with 5 glass tubes, perfect for displaying single flower stems or foliage cuttings from the garden. 

Speaking of wood, we have designed some wall mountable open back shelves in reclaimed timber. We are finishing these ourselves with our lovely black Annie Sloan wax for a rustic feel. These are now available to order in two sizes and are displayed in the shop for you to see. The idea of open shelving with a rustic charm is very on trend and we have always sold lots of these similar vintage pieces. Great for a kitchen, bathroom or small space to display & offering storage.

New stock for April includes botanical paper cuts by Jessica. They are already really popular, with gorgeous botanical designs laser cut in greens, navy, black and grey paper. We are in love with their charm and going to get Jessica to do something for Nineteen to add to our website shop, so keep eyes peeled for that. They are just so simple and very enchanting, ready to display hanging in a window, pinned to a gallery way or adding to a makeshift line of bunting/garland.

Albert is growing and become a true shop dog ready at the door to welcome you. Sorry he has started to find his voice so may give out a little bark just so you know he is there. He is quite a shy little guy and gets nervous meeting new people especially those wearing hats! His bark is always followed by the cutest face and often a roll onto his belly for a tickle. If he is not waiting for customers by the door or in the window he is snoozing in the back in a sunny spot!. 

Shop view in April

Shop view in April

Botanical paper cuts by jessica

Botanical paper cuts by jessica

Albert has grown

Albert has grown

shop view, new mini jugs by Nicola and always succulents

shop view, new mini jugs by Nicola and always succulents

New botanical paper cuts from Jessica

New botanical paper cuts from Jessica

New wood shelving

New wood shelving

Deliveries of lampshades and cushions

Deliveries of lampshades and cushions

Commissioned by Nineteen, exclusive test tube rack

Commissioned by Nineteen, exclusive test tube rack

Photographing in the studio for our online shop

Photographing in the studio for our online shop

Handmade terraiumn

Handmade terraiumn

New black shelves made exclusive for Nineteen

New black shelves made exclusive for Nineteen

Vintage finds

Vintage finds

April | Workshops

Well what an amazing workshop-filled month with five in the diary. It has been action-packed and a great mix of new and much-loved workshops. To kick it all off we hosted a mega flower arranging weekend of workshops with Stephanie Eastwood Floral Design, a favourite workshop which I'm sure will return year after year as we have already booked Steph for a natural arrangement workshop in Oct & of course, Christmas Wreaths! The flower arranging mega weekend, Friday, two on Saturday and one on Sunday alongside the shop opening for the Clevedon Sunday market, went past in a whirlwind filled with flowers. Each attendee took home the skills to condition the foliage and flowers, hand tie and wrap a bouquet, all in a three hour workshop. Bouquets of seasonal flowers were carried home in one of our zinc jugs with pride!  

We Hosted a Emmeline Simpson's collage illustration workshop. Emmeline is such a down-to-Earth lady, she shows you insights into her creative process of her artworks, using mixed media and collage to create an illustration. She is an encouraging and friendly tutor taking the 'scary' bit away from returning to crafting and getting started putting something on paper.


Our first workshop with Laura, of Things By Laura,  who came all the way from London (!) was paper flower making. Her making skills are amazing, by day she makes paper flowers for big window displays and weddings. It was our first three sittings of a workshop in one day but the day ran very smoothly and 18 people enjoyed the art of flower paper making. Laura shared her gorgeous designs and techniques to make the most stunning flowers. Attendees made 3 - 5 flowers and took them home in a painted Annie Sloan bottle to pop on display in their home. We have made it a bit of an ambition of ours, this year to not just watch these new workshops but also attend them, so Becky took part in the first session making two flowers in her favourite colours blue and grey and made for Vic two in peach, gold and creams. Becky says 'I love working with paper and haven't done anything like this for a while. My newly-acquired skills may come in useful for a certain someones wedding' What a great way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday, relaxing, eating scummy Easter biscuits and making paper flowers...

Our new gilding workshop was as exciting as we expected, with covering things in shiny being as addictive as predicted. Angie and Victoria of Nineteen led the workshop, helping each attendee by drawing on her skills with paint effects. Attendees worked through a number of techniques while getting use to handling the delicate leaf. In the second half of the workshop they put to use the skills acquired by gilding their own large kraft ampersand to take away. The choice between, gold, silver and copper was hard, as was removing the little flakes from the floor, our hair and myriad other nooks and crannies around the studio.

The leather goods workshop was also another first. Esther was lovely So nice to put a face to the name we have been emailing. This was a really different workshop, lovely having the leather spread out over the table when attendees arrive, with a choice of great colours. A choice of patterns to create a number of different small leather pouches for use as a wallet, glasses case etc. Bec also did this workshop as she has always wanted to give leather a go. She chose the forest green leather and a simple but lovely pouch design with lattice on either side. Learning to work with leather, using tools you can easily find and continue with at home, you have to be brave, cutting firm and straight across the leather, then hitting a mallet hard to creating embossing or punching. effects. This workshop will return later in the year for anyone that missed it. 

Can you spot our gilded studio door!

Can you spot our gilded studio door!

Collage created on collage illustration workshop with Emmeline

Collage created on collage illustration workshop with Emmeline

Working with leather

Working with leather

Beautiful purse made on our workshop

Beautiful purse made on our workshop

We love flower arranging workshop in the studio

We love flower arranging workshop in the studio

Paper flower making

Paper flower making

Collage illustration on the studio table

Collage illustration on the studio table

Gilding an over-sized ampersand

Gilding an over-sized ampersand

Beautiful paper flowers on our new workshop with Laura

Beautiful paper flowers on our new workshop with Laura

Gilding workshop board

Gilding workshop board

Fun photo from leather workshop

Fun photo from leather workshop

Conditioning flower stems 

Conditioning flower stems 

March | Workshops

Our studio has been filled with some inspiring workshops this month, including brush lettering with Harriet, lampshade making with Sarah and botanical monoprinting with Kathy. 

Brush lettering made a return after popular demand, guiding you through learning the alphabet in brush and Pentel and then how to lay out a small quote. . . we had a lot of 'happy Mother's day' beautifully brush lettered, ready for a card or artwork in their new skill. We had a rare gentleman on this workshop and he loved it! Perhaps drag your partner along and learn something new together.

This was our first mono-print workshop and it is such a great process to learn, and is something you can easily do at home. Everyone created piles of amazing botanical prints. The method means you never know how each print will come out: it's a carefree process, which makes you draw in a free style and every drawing looks amazing! Well, we think so. This workshop will make a return later in the year for those that missed out this time. Each attendee went home with their most loved print framed in one of our double sided glass frames, in either brass or zinc finish. We felt this was a nice touch as they then can pop it straight on display at home. trimming the print and framing in in the glass frame, allowing the light to come through really finished off the workshop.

We've also been working hard on developing some new topics for workshops and have launched them online. These include a whole raft of Annie Sloan chalk paint-based themes, including gilding and ageing decorative effects, as well as fabric dyeing.  We have had such fun exploring these techniques and are eager to share the bug! For example, once you start gilding you won't be able to stop, our studio door is a good demonstration of this! Gilding can be done on any surface . . . let us inspire you. We are also loving dyeing fabric in Annie Sloan: we have some new lampshades made using these techniques. We think they are beautiful and super on-trend. We are really excited to about these workshops, the skills you learn can really be used to transform your home, adding that really personal touch.

Harriet teaching brush lettering

Harriet teaching brush lettering

botanical mono printing

botanical mono printing

New basket making workshop listed now

New basket making workshop listed now

New gilding workshop

New gilding workshop

Lots of practice on brush lettering

Lots of practice on brush lettering

Proud lampshade attenddees

Proud lampshade attenddees

Colourful foilage and ink on our mono printing workshop

Colourful foilage and ink on our mono printing workshop

New weaving workshop

New weaving workshop

Calm and peaceful drawing on our mono printing workshop

Calm and peaceful drawing on our mono printing workshop

Modern Woven Wall Hanging and Raffia Basket Weaving are two new workshops. Both focus on the meditative and repetitive skill of building up a woven piece using natural materials with a considered and creative approach. The workshops aim to deliver a basic understanding of the materials and skills required to make a series of pieces that reflect interior trends using traditional methodology. 

March | In the shop

We've had lots of exciting new stock arriving, ready for the Spring/Summer season, either for refreshing your home or the perfect gift. We've been working with small, local businesses and makers hand-making beautiful and quality home-wares. We've got a copper hanging rail, ceramic leaves, lace ceramic pots, and screen-printed textiles to name a few. We're also now offering dried foliage and seed heads in posies, as well as our much loved succulents planted in vintage stoneware pots. With all these goodies arriving, Albert has loved helping unwrap parcels, and we've enjoyed the challenge of displaying these wonderful items around the shop.
Finding new makers and stock is a passion of ours and we look high and low to bring you beautiful and quality homeware with a botanical feel. We have made a gallery of our curated handmade makers . . . with more to come. . . We have added a gallery of our curated makers and vintage finds so you can see why visiting the shop in Clevedon is so worth it.

We are still painting furniture . . . and feel like we haven't shouted about this for some time. This month was all about the black wax again. This new product has become a go to product for old wooden furniture and we love the mix in the shop of a more rustic surface againist our fresh painted surfaces. 
We went white on our walls and feel this has given the shop a fresh look. We are loving having the light and dark in the shop. We think the white is a great backdrop for the products and the furniture. We used Annie Sloan old white wall paint.
We are aiming to devote more time to taking photos to keep you up to date with all that goes on in the shop. You may see us in the studio standing on a chair, we are taking photos of all the wonderful new stock we have in. Our photography is also for our new online shop. This online shop will be a small curated collection of our stock for those that are slightly further afield. This online shop will have some of our favourite and much loved items from the shop but almost some new commissioned items from makers which we have designed and will be exclusive to Nineteen

New copper rail is up, perfect in the kitchen or bathroom, for utensils, etc.

New copper rail is up, perfect in the kitchen or bathroom, for utensils, etc.

Black wax drawers

Black wax drawers

Love these ceramics by Nicola, New in the shop

Love these ceramics by Nicola, New in the shop

Albert helping with deliveries

Albert helping with deliveries

Beautiful new cushions, screen printed botanical designs

Beautiful new cushions, screen printed botanical designs

porclain leaves

porclain leaves

Lace imprinted ceramics by Rose

Lace imprinted ceramics by Rose

painting our new peg hooks

painting our new peg hooks

Lots of lovely dried stems and posies for Spring

Lots of lovely dried stems and posies for Spring

March | Chalk paint

We have been dedicating more time to our passion for Annie Sloan chalk paint and her related products. We plan to develop our own set of successful styles and share these with you on the journal in this new section from now on.

So far our love of black wax has not been developing quietly, it is everywhere! And with good reason,  you can literally black wax bare, brand new wood and make it look interesting, aged, with a depth and colouring welcome in many an interior. 

Gilding, think we may have said this before, but once you start gilding you won't be able to stop! We have more and more gilding samples in the shop to inspire you and a new workshop that will teach you everything you need to know, to tackle any project. Adding that copper, silver or gold finish to a surface has a very satisfying feel, everyone needs a little bit of lustre. Whether it is a small panel on a piece of furniture, an old frame or details on a craved surface. . . gilding is an exciting process that will adhere to any surface that the glue size is applied too.  

Colour mixing with Annie Sloan chalk paint is great fun, we love that chalk paint can be mixed allowing any colour can be created with just a little understanding of colour theory. Annie Sloan has helped by putting her paint chart into a colour wheel. Our first Nineteen colour mix is a gorgeous navy. We used Napoleonic blue and graphite as a 50\50 mix. We love it so much we have painted one of our display boards in Nineteen to help you visualise it in your interior. Colour mixing isn't as scary as some people think. By adding just a small amount can change a colour dramatically so no need to buy tins and tins of paint, a tester pot could be enough. Colour mixing also can use up several old tins of paint from previous projects and create something new. 

We also have new products coming in, including Annie Sloan gilding wax. These aren't as harsh metallic as the gilding sheets, they add a subtle shimmer. Use them on metal handles, painted surfaces and more. . . .Being a wax these are simple to use, just rub into the surface with your fingers or a cloth. Five amazing finishes are available, bright and warm gold and dark silver, bright silver and copper. 

We've also been working to develop a series of new workshops using Annie Sloan products. The Gilding workshop will feature learning about how to add gold, silver and copper leaf to a variety of surfaces, including a dramatic, large ampersand to take away. The Fabric Dyeing workshop looks at bundle dyeing to create patterns suitable for home furnishings and Decorative effects workshop with show you how to make something new look old.

We have run a few free wax and colour mixing events as a trail to see if these were of demand. From feedback we understand that helping with the waxing process is something you would like so we are creating a few mini workshops to help. these will including colour mixing and how to wax. We get a lot of questions about problems people have with these processes and we want to share our knowledge. We have been painting furniture now for 4 years in Annie Sloan chalk paint and been trained by Annie herself. We have gained alot of experience . . . we have some helpful hints and tips we can share with you on these mini workshops.

 

New product, gilding waxes

New product, gilding waxes

Fabric dying with chalk paint

Fabric dying with chalk paint

Black wax furniture in the shop

Black wax furniture in the shop

gold gilding with decoartive wax finish

gold gilding with decoartive wax finish

Paintimg furniture for the shop

Paintimg furniture for the shop

Colour mixing event in the studio

Colour mixing event in the studio

Colour mixing event with chalk paint

Colour mixing event with chalk paint

Our display gilded board in the shop getting a lot of love

Our display gilded board in the shop getting a lot of love

Fabric dying workshop

Fabric dying workshop

Feburary

New photo background

New photo background

Lovely big chest of drawers hand painted in old ochre

Lovely big chest of drawers hand painted in old ochre

Adding new furniture to the shop and our website

Adding new furniture to the shop and our website

visitor to our paper cut workshop

visitor to our paper cut workshop

Greenery for 2017 

Greenery for 2017 

Preparing for our new Annie Sloan gilding workshop

Preparing for our new Annie Sloan gilding workshop

update on website, a gallery of our curated makers. stock you will find in Nineteen

update on website, a gallery of our curated makers. stock you will find in Nineteen

Our first paper cutting workshop with Sarah

Our first paper cutting workshop with Sarah

Unusual pieces are great find, they go quickly thou

Unusual pieces are great find, they go quickly thou

Reflecting on our workshops, our longest running workshop is our Introduction to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint; perhaps it’s significant then that we have chosen to add to our paint-based workshops this year with the introduction of some more Annie Sloan-focussed topics, looking in detail at a few techniques and products as well as running free events on Fridays. Last week, we held a colour mixing event. This was a free, informal drop-in event in the studio. We didn’t end up mixing any bright colours as everyone wanted to make greys! But, we mixed some great soft and complex greys using unexpected colour combinations following Annie Sloan’s advice on colour theory to use contrasting colours to successfully make greys.

We are preparing for our first New Annie Sloan workshop . . . Gilding. We are super excited about this. We love the giant ampersand you gild on the workshop and take home. Once you start gliding you won’t be able to stop. We have recently gilded our studio door and think this is the first of many additions to the shop!
February has also seen a Botanical Paper Cutting workshop with Sarah Dennis, a Bristol-based artist. This great workshop saw seven lovely ladies tackle the art of paper cutting. Library silence fell over the studio as high concentration took hold with their first task, to cut out a beautiful copper fern. We had them all pegged up over the table looking lovely. We had a visitor too, Bec’s sausage dog Albert, who normally has the day off on Saturday popped in to say hello. He was rather taken with a lady’s furry hat and would have happily sat under the table all day on it! Our Lino Cutting workshop made a return too. This processes really gets the creative juices flowing and another set of great designs were produced by our attendees: little houses, foxes, ducks, ferns, fish, robot, seed heads, and more. They all looked so good pegged up to dry in the studio.

Victoria headed away for a long weekend in the beautiful Wales countryside to take in the fresh air and enjoy a bit of slow living. . . . She, and her partner Rich, took some time to switch off from social media, and the computer and instead made time to be creative with some sewing and a little drawing. She also took her Nikon DLSR camera to experiment with but unfortunately used the auto setting a bit too many times! ‘Maybe I’ll go on a course to learn about the settings…’ she reports! They stayed in a beautiful Edwardian house - decorated very honestly and simply with everything we love: found items, handmade elements with quilted bed throws and handmade cushions & curtains. DIY makeovers in the kitchen with painted kitchen cupboards and tiles handpainted in the bathroom were inspiring for their own home. Victoria has returned to work, inspired by the outdoors and getting back to nature, having blown some cobwebs away on the very windy cliffs of West Wales. Oh, and sporting a very pretty, sparkly number on her ring finger. . . warmest congratulations to her and Rich from all her colleagues.

We’ve been enjoying some new looks here in the studio, having created a new photo background using Annie Sloan Black wax. We love this product and feel it fits our look, rustic but elegant and industrial. We are using it on our website as a foil for all our lovely new stock, now arriving from makers across the area. We are passionate about selling beautiful, decorative items and useful pieces for the home.We value ‘by-hand’ products, giving our customers the opportunity to add a unique and more personal element to their interior design. We love to partner with UK based independent businesses and makers, especially those in the local area. We’ve created an online gallery to reflect these new products and well as going online with some stock.

In terms of furniture, we were excited to find a couple of great globe-styled bookcases. We are always on the lookout for them but they are rare. We think these make very cool pieces of furniture, with an apothecary look. They make great storage for any room as they are narrow and keep their contents dust-free, but we would say that, we have this thing for glazed cabinets! And we don’t think this is something that will fade. We don’t take on many commission’s but love it when we do. It gives us a chance to do something a little different. We had a lovely solid pine chest of drawers from a customer, a little newer than the furniture we paint for the shop. We painted the chest Paris Grey but kept the handles pine and then black waxed them. Do email us if you're looking for a piece of furniture.

January

enjoying winter walks in Clevedon

enjoying winter walks in Clevedon

commission cabinet for customer in Aubusson Blue

commission cabinet for customer in Aubusson Blue

lots of painting in the shop

lots of painting in the shop

first of our free Annie Sloan events

first of our free Annie Sloan events

Albert joins us 

Albert joins us 

Our workshop calendar starts on Saturday 28th January

Our workshop calendar starts on Saturday 28th January

Christmas at home with the family

Christmas at home with the family

Glazed 5 section bookcase hand painted in Graphite

Glazed 5 section bookcase hand painted in Graphite

Days out to get inspired

Days out to get inspired

It feels funny writing about Christmas, like it was a really long time ago. But, we both had a lovely family Christmas at home with lots of get togethers, good food, and a present or two. It was lush to spend a few days in our homes, with a bit of pampering, time with partners and some cosy PJ days.

The house always feels so bare after the decs come down and get packed away, but our time off has given us time to do a few projects in our own houses. We can’t stay away from the paint brushes for long, it seems! We tackled both walls and furniture, using bold and neutral colours.

Extended time off, away from the day-to-day of the shop has given us time to refresh and focus on our plans for 2017, as well as popping into the shop to do some maintenance work, to keep our building and interior up-to-date and fresh. We’ve included a little more of Annie Sloan’s new Amsterdam, a gorgeous dark bottle green. We’ve had a move around, shortened our counter to make the studio space more inviting and tiled our studio kitchenette in smart subway tiles with a Paris Grey-coloured grout.

Whilst not painting and wielding screwdrivers, we made some exciting plans for 2017, including looking for new handmade stock to bring our customers everything we love about interiors and offering more inspiration using our Annie Sloan products including new workshops.

We have introduced a few workshops on Fridays and the Sunday market Sundays too, for people who can’t make our Saturday workshops. We are already in talks for our calendar of workshops for the second half of 2017, with a promise of more wreath workshops this year!

Our small stock room has a pile of furniture we have sourced in our break, so can’t wait to get painting and show you our great finds. First to be completed and in the shop is an amazing five section glazed bookcase that we couldn’t wait to get painted in our favourite Annie Sloan Graphite. We also finished a commission, an old fashioned larder cabinet in the fabulous Aubusson blue.

As part of our new chalk paint focus for 2017 we held our first free wax event, this included showing technique, giving samples of colours + wax to customers and we were offering a special price on the waxes for the day. The morning was a great success and we have more planned in, we are already looking forward to holding the next one. We love having interaction with our customers and offering more than just a shop service, our aim is to inspire you! hopefully we can do more of this. 

 

December

In the closing days of the year, we’re feeling reflective and grateful. We’d like to wish a Happy Christmas and say a big thank yous to all our customers, friends, family and collaborators who’ve helped make 2016 special and rewarding for us, across all aspects of our business and life as part of the community of Clevedon.

December has been chilly! We’ve seen some wonderful, beautiful frosty mornings as we trek across Somerset on buying missions, and cranked up the radiators in the shop. We’ve brought our furniture painting activities inside our storage space, instead of out in the carport we usually paint in, but it has led to some interesting and desperate wardrobe choices. We’re talking tights under jeans, so many layers you can barely bend or sit, and gloves and beanies bought from a cheap roadside garage, lending one the appearance of a robber!

Talking of painting furniture…

The Annie Sloan black wax is fast becoming our favourite product, lending old wood perhaps lacking in the right patina, a drama and modernity. One downside is the mess, we have very black hands!

We visited the Annie Sloan sales conference in early December at her Oxford head office. Aside from the conference itself, we had a tour of the paint factory and learned that by May, all paint production will be brought in house, leading to better quality control. One of the things production have been working at is to remove all black from their colour mixes so that when customers are mixing their own colours at home the lack of black content means that colours don’t get darker and muddier.
The conference included lots of announcements for next year including products and projects which added to the excitement of the day. Watch this space for the new additions to the range!
Advice was given to her stockists on how to become a ‘super stockist’ which, of course, we would hope to be and this mainly focused on how we can inspire all of you!  

Again, it was great to meet Annie, who remembers each stockist personally. It was also good  to meet fellow stockists who also inspire us. Each use the chalk paint to create products to sell on to their customer, in very different ways, such as Tea & Roses’ decoupaged furniture, each showing their own innovation, style and craftsmanship.
New Annie Sloan branding has been rolled out, more contemporary looking and with a focus on Annie herself and her relationship with other creatives, and continues with her message ‘Paint everything!’ to inspire creativity and individual style in your interior.

In the middle of the month, in the lead up to Christmas, we’ve hosted a mega wreath making workshop marathon with two double workshops on two consecutive Saturdays and a Sunday session too, making five groups in total.

Stephanie Eastwood floral design led the groups in making wild style wreaths made with a mix of greenery on the base and then decorated in a choice of cotton balls, seed heads, willow sticks, traditional orange slices & cinnamon or even dried chillies. Every single wreath looked different as everyone chose a different combination of the above- making them truly individual and unique- not something you can just purchase.
What we love most about the workshops is that you are coming for the experience….of being creative, making and taking home a finished item to enjoy. Even the person with the least confidence in their abilities is able to achieve more than they expected with the guidance and encouragement of the group. Either people find the confidence to continue with their new skill at home or want to come back to do more workshops.

We’ve particularly enjoyed the sessions as they’ve really helped us get into the spirit of Christmas with traditional Christmassy smells of spruce, orange slices and seasonal foliage!

We opened for an extra Sunday for Christmas shoppers for the first Sunday of the month while we were in the swing of hosting wreath workshops and it was lovely- this is definitely food for thought for opening next year. The Sunday offers the opportunity for customers to come to the shop who haven’t yet made in, as we know Saturdays can become a busy family day when working in the week. We have enjoyed meeting you all each time we have opened on a Sunday. We will open in 2017 for all the Clevedon Sunday Markets dates (first Sunday of the month) and may also do Sundays in December in 2017.  

On Sunday 11th, we took the HAVE market to the Curzon Cinema here in Clevedon. It was our last market of 2016, of a total of four HAVEs across the year. We’ve really enjoyed working with makers and stallholders, there’s a great community spirit amongst local artisans, many of whom stock the shop too! A big thank you to everyone for their hard work this year, and to our many customers.

As we prepare for the Christmas break, we’re thinking of the year ahead. We’re now in our 4th year of business(!) and we’re excited to come back to the shop in 2017 with new plans. We are using our annual January break to refuel and plan for the year ahead, a daunting task perhaps, to conceive of the whole year ahead in terms of new products, reaching goals, events & workshops.

Celebrating shop Small Saturday campaign with Emmeline

Celebrating shop Small Saturday campaign with Emmeline

Shop View, rustic shelves finishing in our new favourite product black wax

Shop View, rustic shelves finishing in our new favourite product black wax

Gorgeous wreaths created on our workshops

Gorgeous wreaths created on our workshops

Amazing views on road trips, frost low sun

Amazing views on road trips, frost low sun

Wreath making workshops

Wreath making workshops

Re photographing Annie Sloan products for the website

Re photographing Annie Sloan products for the website

Warehouse tour and Annie Sloan chalk paint sales conference in oxford

Warehouse tour and Annie Sloan chalk paint sales conference in oxford

Loving black wax 

Loving black wax 

Beautifully frost leaves and foggy view make the journey to work in the cold a little better

Beautifully frost leaves and foggy view make the journey to work in the cold a little better

November

November has been another busy month here at Nineteen, with furniture and commissions being particularly busy. We enjoy sourcing our furniture, but it is a real time investment, taking us far and wide to pick up the most beautiful, unusual, or useful things we can. Then, once we’ve brought them to the shop, they undergo a transformation in the downstairs workshop and yard, which, in the latter part of the month has become quite a chilly affair!

We hosted Botanical Inks for Fabric Dyeing Workshop for the first time. This workshop demonstrated this lovely slow method of bundle dyeing silk, a mindful process that can be environmentally friendly, encouraging participants to think about using the whole of plants, fruit and vegetables, whilst being aware of the power of natural processes and choices we all make. It felt simple, whilst being far from basic, an interesting play on the rudimentary and the primitive, creating beautiful almost ghostly patterns in fabric. And, surprising too: you unravel your bundle with, tah-da! beautifully unexpected results. Also this month was book folding, modern hand lettering and our last Annie Sloan paint workshop.

Last paint workshop of 2016 was on the last Saturday of the month and was lovely as always. A great bunch of ladies chatted and inspired each other, surrounded by paint, brushes and waxes. Learning the basics of how to work with the Annie Sloan products to achieve different finishes got their creativity flowing. Most were heading home to start or think about a project to tackle. Perfect timing too with Christmas around the corner.
 
This month we gave up our two days off to fit and paint two new fixtures for the shop. We loved our wallpapered dining tables but after three years we felt like an upgrade for our storage and display. The fixtures made us feel like a real shop!  And naturally, we are hoping to get out more lovely handmade and vintage homewares just in time for Christmas.

Albert is settling into shop life in the week. Keeping guard in the doorway, yet being so good not to run out and chase falling leaves or passing toddlers. He loves meeting new people and all the attention he gets. If you’re lucky, he will roll onto his back in front of you asking for his favourite belly rub. Beware though: scarves, long hair and laces are his favourite things to chew!

Sunday 20th saw the HAVE market at Clevedons Princes Hall. We had a  busy lead up, with lots of preparations including folded stars being made, cakes being baked and layouts being drawn up all in an effort to gather all our fellow makers and vintage finders to celebrate what is available in the area, in support of small, independent businesses through a community event for Clevedon. This time we expanded the stalls into the bar area, and therefore hosted a more stallholders. On the day we almost sold out of cakes, with plenty of visitors to the stalls and a distinctly festive feel in the air. We loved having new stallholders showing their creations.

It was a great day, so thank you for all the supporters that came out - we are always overwhelmed with the positive feedback! The forecast was for a stormy day but luckily the rain held off. We must have luck on our side as the next day was horrible!

We installed a window display in the Curzon Cinema to promote the next and final HAVE market of the year. Stallholders donated items to fill the window with an array of gorgeous goodies with a Christmas feel, and Victoria put her christmas tree in!

Shop view

Shop view

Botanical Ink's bundle dying workshop

Botanical Ink's bundle dying workshop

photographing stock

photographing stock

Our guard dog

Our guard dog

single vintage school desk

single vintage school desk

botanical petals and foliage ready to be bundled on workshop

botanical petals and foliage ready to be bundled on workshop

Our stock is getting Christmasy

Our stock is getting Christmasy

Athena returned to do her fabulous hand lettering workshop

Athena returned to do her fabulous hand lettering workshop

Someone wanted to be in our photo

Someone wanted to be in our photo

October

Well, that was October…
The month began with an inspiring visit to our local National Trust property for Victoria and her partner Rich, Tynesfield. A gothic revival Victorian home of built by guano merchants. The house is well preserved even though it only recently came into the ownership of the NT, so the decor is very authentic, ‘it reminds me of my degree project about the beauty found in the ageing process- with a focus on patterns. I loved all the wallpapers!’

Beautiful black wax

Beautiful black wax

Attenddes's creation on our treasure box workshops

Attenddes's creation on our treasure box workshops

Inspiring Visit to Tynesfield

Inspiring Visit to Tynesfield

Vintage finds

Vintage finds

Saturday workshops in our studio space

Saturday workshops in our studio space

A full shop on a Saturday

A full shop on a Saturday

Annie Sloan signs our copy of her new book

Annie Sloan signs our copy of her new book

Glazed top dresser hand painted in old white and olive

Glazed top dresser hand painted in old white and olive

Introducing Albert

Introducing Albert

Introducing Mr Albert Sausage… Bec has added to her family with little Albert who will accompany her most days to the shop. He already loves all the attention he receives from people that see him, he is so cute. As a mini Dachshund he will always be small. He loves to find a sunny spot and sleep! 'He has a slightly cheeky personality loving laces running under and around everything, and around everything, and sitting at my feet with those puppy dog eyes staring up for a cheeky snuggle' 

Our variety of workshops this month included Watercolour Brush Lettering with Harriet. There was deep concentration in the studio as everyone came to grips with lettering techniques. Harriet's demonstrations delivered a modern look to a traditional skill, inspiring the participants to continue practising to continue practising at home. 

We also hosted one of our favourite Treasure Box workshops. Each box was different and so personal, with value attached to each small item that have memories associated with them, they become ' treasures'. It was particularly nice at this workshop to see the end results.

Vic and Bec went to Bath, to an Annie Sloan book signing for new book, Paint Everything! Annie was sharing a new message- to give it a go, you might be surprised by the result but- it just works! Try on any surface and work in a creative way with the  imperfections. Try and make your projects led more by personally and individual style than trends.

She also spoke about mixing colours, so achievable with Annie Sloan paint as the colours are made from pure, saturated pigments and with no base of black they don’t just get darker and muddier when mixed. The paint is so versatile because if this, and the many techniques to achieve different looks, many of which are included in the book to inspire new thinking. Annie describes her paint as ‘sympathetic to its surrounds, soft and velvety’. Looking through the book, there are lots of new things to try, using it with fabric is very tempting…

‘Annie is very personable, she remembers each stockist  and is so friendly and down to Earth. She was very encouraging about Nineteen and interested in our background and art degree, to learn how we’ve found our style and how we use this. We were keen to share our particular enthusiasm for one of her new colours: Amsterdam Green and how we can't wait to start painting in it!’

September

September has passed in a whirl with so much going on, so much planned for the months, and year, ahead. 

The last Sunday Market of 2016 was early in the month. We've really enjoyed helping get it off the ground, it's a wonderful community event with people from Clevedon and beyond experiencing beautiful products from local producers, as well as having a good look around the shops that the Hill and Sea area has to offer. We look forward to its return in the new year, and we'll definitely be part of it. 

We also held the Have Market at the Curzon Cinema. 500+ people came to see us, with 25 stalls over three floors it was a real Curzon ‘take over’ with a buzzing atmosphere and a strong sense of community between the stallholders as makers, collectors and designers as well as the local people of Clevedon who'd come to see their wares. 
We raised £475.00 for the restoration fund for the cinema building by asking for £1 donations, which was amazing. We also had the added bonus of a leg and arm workout, helping everyone move their stock up and down the stairs!
We loved networking with the stallholders, all so creative and working hard as small business owners. We love supporting them, and found the day really inspiring to try and fit more making into our schedule. We, by necessity, spend much of our time doing admin ...although we do buy, style and paint for 19...and run a graphics business in the studio- so not all not creative! But we want to craft more! It is an early new year resolution.

Naturally, following the launch of a new business, it has been a struggle to take time off and get away, partly due to not wanting to miss opportunities and partly because of the volume of work involved. However, Vic took a holiday! She went away for a week in the sun with her partner Rich, leaving Bec at the helm, superwoman that she is, running workshops, the market, design projects and of course, shop sales.

September has seen the return of the workshops after a little summer break. We started off with the ever-popular lampshade making, where we were joined by textile artist Emma Giacalone and shown the process of making a lampshade with workshop tutor regular, Sarah. Then, we hosted Ruth Broadway's lino cutting for both morning and afternoon workshops. We met Ruth some years ago in Bristol as part of the Made in Bristol pop up shop, and have since produced the vinyl decals for her new venture, Paper Plane in Bristol. Ruth was an amazing tutor, confident and knowledgeable, inspiring a creative and fun atmosphere. We strung a washing line across the studio for the participants to hang their images on, and everyone made the most wonderful work, after all claiming they were not creative! Finally, we were joined by Emmeline Simpson for Cityscape illustrations again, we were booked up for a double workshop. We met Emmeline while networking and she has been stocking 19 with her cityscape coasters and mats. We've been chatting for some time about working together on a project so we loved getting her into the studio teaching and sharing her techniques for creating illustrations, with her friendly and down to earth style. The two groups were quite different, the first more nervous to start with but the second enthusiastically getting stuck in with laughter, chatting and lots of tea drinking. Emmeline mainly works from home and enjoyed meeting the attendees some of which were Instagram followers she could then meet in person. This is the wonderful part of the workshops, people coming together face-to-face to be creative and sociable, many attendees swap numbers and make firm friends.  
Both Emmeline and Ruth's workshops return in 2017. 

Lino cutting workshop

Lino cutting workshop

Lots of painting in Annie Sloan Old white

Lots of painting in Annie Sloan Old white

Victoria outside Nineteen

Victoria outside Nineteen

Little evening road trip

Little evening road trip

The last Sunday market for 2016

The last Sunday market for 2016

handmade and botanical 

handmade and botanical 

Our first workshop with Emmeline Simpson

Our first workshop with Emmeline Simpson

The largest chest of drawers we have ever had in the shop

The largest chest of drawers we have ever had in the shop

Our HAVE markets return to the Curzon Clevedon

Our HAVE markets return to the Curzon Clevedon

We've also been working away on booking in workshops for 2017, growing the range of things on offer and seeking out new tutors. Having to think so far in advance is pretty usual for a small business, especially in retail, but its still hard to think in terms of months in advance and even harder to get others to commit.
We want our workshops to be led by artisans, delivering contemporary, on-trend skills with take away results. We want to offer them to everyone, being fairly priced and with a lasting product to enjoy. We'll be doing a post to introduce some of them soon.

Lastly, we can't avoid the fact, Christmas is coming. We are preparing 'below stairs' with stockroom moves, tidying, buying and sorting in the run up, as well as adding to the shop with some new storage and display furniture. Screwdrivers and paint brushes at the ready!

August

Back in stock! These beautiful laser cut stems by Anna

Back in stock! These beautiful laser cut stems by Anna

Vintage finds from a trip out sourcing

Vintage finds from a trip out sourcing

large and beautiful walnut chest of drawers

large and beautiful walnut chest of drawers

We have painted a wall black with the Annie Sloan wall paint and we love it!

We have painted a wall black with the Annie Sloan wall paint and we love it!

We are super busy painting furniture for the shop. Hope you are liking all our new pieces.

We are super busy painting furniture for the shop. Hope you are liking all our new pieces.

These small wooden drawers are a great little find. re purposed from a garage / industrial setting these would look great in a home office, craft room or kitchen.

These small wooden drawers are a great little find. re purposed from a garage / industrial setting these would look great in a home office, craft room or kitchen.

We have this thing for glazed cabinets and this one was great. Sliding door and raised on legs 

We have this thing for glazed cabinets and this one was great. Sliding door and raised on legs 

Handmade pegs with shelf by Natalie look great with our brass and zinc frames hanging from them.

Handmade pegs with shelf by Natalie look great with our brass and zinc frames hanging from them.

We are always so happy when we come across school/lab stools. We have painted these in Graphite. 

We are always so happy when we come across school/lab stools. We have painted these in Graphite. 

July

Loved this slim floor standing bottle rack find. Popped it into the shop, took this picture and out it went to its new home that day. Happy customer

Loved this slim floor standing bottle rack find. Popped it into the shop, took this picture and out it went to its new home that day. Happy customer

It is easy to fall in love with this small chest of drawers. Painted in old ochre, a soft cream. It has the loveliest details including original oval handles, scallop edge & the top drawer has divided sections.

It is easy to fall in love with this small chest of drawers. Painted in old ochre, a soft cream. It has the loveliest details including original oval handles, scallop edge & the top drawer has divided sections.

After a trip out sourcing vintage items for the shop we love to come back and lay everything out.

After a trip out sourcing vintage items for the shop we love to come back and lay everything out.

E is for everyone must have their initials on display! We always have a collection of old commercial letters to re-purpose as display items in your home. 

E is for everyone must have their initials on display! We always have a collection of old commercial letters to re-purpose as display items in your home. 

One day after we had finished for the day. We closed the shop and took an evening walk along the seafront. . . got to stop and love that we live and work so close to this beautiful view.

One day after we had finished for the day. We closed the shop and took an evening walk along the seafront. . . got to stop and love that we live and work so close to this beautiful view.

We have had the shop for two and a half years. . . we are always on the look out for this style of bookcase and recently we have had three. Guess furniture finds goes like that! 

We have had the shop for two and a half years. . . we are always on the look out for this style of bookcase and recently we have had three. Guess furniture finds goes like that! 

We don't paint everything. Sometimes the charm of something is in its rustic state. Looks good against a clean painted wall

We don't paint everything. Sometimes the charm of something is in its rustic state. Looks good against a clean painted wall

These have been super popular this month. Charlie is making up our next order a;ready

These have been super popular this month. Charlie is making up our next order a;ready

Got to make the most of Clevedon and a sunny day! We went foraging for foliage for displays in the shop. Came back we a bag of dried seed heads and grasses.

Got to make the most of Clevedon and a sunny day! We went foraging for foliage for displays in the shop. Came back we a bag of dried seed heads and grasses.

June

We open every first Sunday of the month alongside The Clevedon Sunday Market

We open every first Sunday of the month alongside The Clevedon Sunday Market

We have beautiful new handmade ceramics by maker Stephanie in Nineteen. The glazes need to be seen and touched! 

We have beautiful new handmade ceramics by maker Stephanie in Nineteen. The glazes need to be seen and touched! 

The most lovely bow glass cabinet. Painted in our favourite chalk paint combination, Graphite & Country grey

The most lovely bow glass cabinet. Painted in our favourite chalk paint combination, Graphite & Country grey

We cleared a school in Bristol and saved a few of these charming double school desks

We cleared a school in Bristol and saved a few of these charming double school desks

Kathy Hutton is a talented print maker and we couldn't be prouder to stock a collection of her work. Mini prints, one off prints and framed artwork available

Kathy Hutton is a talented print maker and we couldn't be prouder to stock a collection of her work. Mini prints, one off prints and framed artwork available

Gorgeous linen lighting cable

Gorgeous linen lighting cable

New handcrafted plywood lamp bases in Nineteen. The plywood is fused together then hand turned creating the amazing patternation on the surface.

New handcrafted plywood lamp bases in Nineteen. The plywood is fused together then hand turned creating the amazing patternation on the surface.

We have had some lampshades handmade. in Annie Sloan's new two weave fabric. Linen with a tumbled finish for a soft and versatile fabric, dyed in a selection of the chalk paint colours.. 

We have had some lampshades handmade. in Annie Sloan's new two weave fabric. Linen with a tumbled finish for a soft and versatile fabric, dyed in a selection of the chalk paint colours.. 

Our stock tables in nineteen are always switching and changing with new stock added. 

Our stock tables in nineteen are always switching and changing with new stock added. 

May

Adding to our print collection. These Brush ink prints by Gemma

Adding to our print collection. These Brush ink prints by Gemma

A lovely finds. . . Tall glazed cabinet, hand painted in Annie Sloan Graphite

A lovely finds. . . Tall glazed cabinet, hand painted in Annie Sloan Graphite

New black and white waxes from Annie Sloan now available in 19

New black and white waxes from Annie Sloan now available in 19

We just had to kept this one wood! Beautiful pine wardrobe, with shelves inside

We just had to kept this one wood! Beautiful pine wardrobe, with shelves inside

More handmade ceramic bottles are in Nineteen added to our stock tables

More handmade ceramic bottles are in Nineteen added to our stock tables

We love these delicate handmade ceramic bottles. perfect gift and to pop a cutting from the garden in

We love these delicate handmade ceramic bottles. perfect gift and to pop a cutting from the garden in

We fell in love with these handmade ceramic plaques 'Home sweet home' and 'all you need is love'

We fell in love with these handmade ceramic plaques 'Home sweet home' and 'all you need is love'

We have cleared a local Bristol school. Saving a few of these old school desks

We have cleared a local Bristol school. Saving a few of these old school desks

View in 19. Bit of a mix of old and new just how we like it

View in 19. Bit of a mix of old and new just how we like it

Workshops | Spring

Giggles, flowers, sun, tea & cake. . . a perfect Saturday morning spent on our flower arranging workshop with Stephanie Eastwood

Giggles, flowers, sun, tea & cake. . . a perfect Saturday morning spent on our flower arranging workshop with Stephanie Eastwood

A creative 3 hours learning techniques to work with Annie Sloan chalk paint

A creative 3 hours learning techniques to work with Annie Sloan chalk paint

We have monthly dates for our Annie Sloan chalk paint workshop

We have monthly dates for our Annie Sloan chalk paint workshop

Book folding workshop in our studio space. peaceful crafting in action

Book folding workshop in our studio space. peaceful crafting in action

Beautiful foliage for the flower arranging. . . love the fern leaves

Beautiful foliage for the flower arranging. . . love the fern leaves

Annie Sloan chalk paint workshop in the studio. run with a maximum of 6 to allow one on one time with the tutor

Annie Sloan chalk paint workshop in the studio. run with a maximum of 6 to allow one on one time with the tutor

Tutor of our Annie Sloan chalk paint workshop

Tutor of our Annie Sloan chalk paint workshop

You take home this zinc jug for your flower arrangement, hopefully you can use your newly acquired skill to continue to use the jug 

You take home this zinc jug for your flower arrangement, hopefully you can use your newly acquired skill to continue to use the jug 

Book folding is a quiet and meditative and the results are beautiful

Book folding is a quiet and meditative and the results are beautiful

Workshops | Saturday workshops

Love our treasure box workshop this was just one of the beautiful box frames made on our workshop

Love our treasure box workshop this was just one of the beautiful box frames made on our workshop

Lots of amzing fabrics, threads and buttons to inspire on our Embroidery hoop artwork workshop hosted in our studio. 

Lots of amzing fabrics, threads and buttons to inspire on our Embroidery hoop artwork workshop hosted in our studio. 

the return of our popular Hand lettering workshop. This is the worksheet given on the workshop

the return of our popular Hand lettering workshop. This is the worksheet given on the workshop

Enjoyed the new plant your own terranium workshop with Stephanie Eastwood

Enjoyed the new plant your own terranium workshop with Stephanie Eastwood

Modern watercolour workshop handout produced by Harriet

Modern watercolour workshop handout produced by Harriet

Attendees on Hand lettering workshop in our studio space

Attendees on Hand lettering workshop in our studio space

Charlie has had a play adding painted botanical images to the start of her embroidery workshop

Charlie has had a play adding painted botanical images to the start of her embroidery workshop

Fern watercolour painting on our Modern botanical watercolour workshop

Fern watercolour painting on our Modern botanical watercolour workshop

A handmade Treasure box

A handmade Treasure box

April

We have a lovely Sunday opening alongside the first Sunday Market. A real community feel 

We have a lovely Sunday opening alongside the first Sunday Market. A real community feel 

A vintage angle poise

A vintage angle poise

The mos amazing Vintage school desk with orginal enamal ink wells.

The mos amazing Vintage school desk with orginal enamal ink wells.

Adding to our print collection are these A5 brushed lettered print. 4 different quotes available

Adding to our print collection are these A5 brushed lettered print. 4 different quotes available

We have this think for glazed wall mounted cabinets! this one came in and went over a weekend. Gotta grab them quick

We have this think for glazed wall mounted cabinets! this one came in and went over a weekend. Gotta grab them quick

Delivery of the gorgeous laser etched arwork by Speckled wood. Think this Sea Flower is our favourite

Delivery of the gorgeous laser etched arwork by Speckled wood. Think this Sea Flower is our favourite

We get super excited when we find a great gem of a piece of furniture this glazed bookcase is one such item.

We get super excited when we find a great gem of a piece of furniture this glazed bookcase is one such item.

We had a stall at The Roxy Vintage Fair in Cheddar this is the second time we have been apart of this great market.

We had a stall at The Roxy Vintage Fair in Cheddar this is the second time we have been apart of this great market.

New items in Nineteen, these delicate geometric mini mirror and other glassware

New items in Nineteen, these delicate geometric mini mirror and other glassware

March

We have a collection of amazing Treasure boxes in Nineteen each one unique and fasinating

We have a collection of amazing Treasure boxes in Nineteen each one unique and fasinating

The best Vintage find this month has to be these cabbage pot with spoon

The best Vintage find this month has to be these cabbage pot with spoon

Sideboard in hand painted in Annie Sloan Original

Sideboard in hand painted in Annie Sloan Original

This tall cabinet didn't make it into the shop for long we unloaded it and that day it was snapped up

This tall cabinet didn't make it into the shop for long we unloaded it and that day it was snapped up

After going off for the day sourcing, we love laying everything out to see our finds

After going off for the day sourcing, we love laying everything out to see our finds

The first Sunday market is fast approaching, we are super excited to be involved

The first Sunday market is fast approaching, we are super excited to be involved

we love the shop to look curated so move it round all the time. We are a little bit of a perfectionist!

we love the shop to look curated so move it round all the time. We are a little bit of a perfectionist!

Lamp base, hand painted in Annie Sloan, Graphite with a handmade shade in ticking

Lamp base, hand painted in Annie Sloan, Graphite with a handmade shade in ticking

Enjoyed this view in 19. We don't often paint in bold colours so we nice to see this green cabinet in the mix.

Enjoyed this view in 19. We don't often paint in bold colours so we nice to see this green cabinet in the mix.