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!