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.