22 March 2017

home workspace

It is the time of the year when I start to get in the mood for tidying and making changes to our life and home. Every year I do a clear out of my sewing shed, last year I painted the exterior too.
I love my shed. This year is it's 7th birthday! Can you believe it?
It is a little weatherbeaten and has a few multi-legged residence which I regularly vacate. But, it's had a few coats of paint inside and out and still looks bright and welcoming to me.
You can see it brand new here and in it's second home here. It now resides in it's third and final home on the Isle of Wight.

I really enjoyed having a day to myself to clean it out and rearrange it a bit. My lovely new shell picture from Everly Vintage is a new addition.

My philosophical looking hare, has been watching me these last few years but I can't bring myself to hang anything on those ears!

I'm also rather fond of my 1970's bamboo cocktail trolley 😂 Makes a nice spot for my fabrics and wool. By the way, I have moved all my fabric into storage tubs and keep them in the greenhouse to give me extra space (my fabric stash is ever growing!). I'm going to use these plain fabrics next, linen, double gauze muslin, canvas, jersey and vintage cotton sheets 👌

That is my ironing table above and below is my new Overlocker (for my birthday!) which I am dying to try out.

And a different chair! We found a stack of four at our last trip to Kempton market.

My bumblebee door knocker is the home to a happy spider, so don't knock it!

Next door is my mister's shed
and beyond that is our greenhouse!

You can see it new here.

We have just fitted in a little jewellery making bench for making samples for our company RUST Jewellery

Our main workshop is in London where we both go every two weeks, but sometimes I'd just like time to work on some ideas at home too. So this is a sort of scaled down workbench for light soldering and such. It is such a nice place to work, the light is very uplifting!

I had to put up some blinds so that the sun over heat anything. The wooden lamp stand is the mobile stand that both my children used on their cots!

I have my desk space for designing (and for cutting fabric too).

So that's the end of the tour 😂 Having extra workspace is perfect for us because we have a lot of different interests and love making things. And it's good to have some time by yourself too eh!

20 March 2017

spring city adventures

It's Spring! Yes oh yes I am so happy about that! This time last year I was overdue and wasn't really getting excited about the spring or summer, only thinking about baby things. It was difficult to enjoy the sunny weather with a very young baby as he wanted to be held all the time and couldn't be in the actual sun. Also I wasn't feeling confident to go to the beach with my mum bod. This year I'm back to my normal size and have a babe that is ready to make sandcastles! So I WILL tank up on sunlight to get me through the winter ahead.

Although it is not particularly summery right now, it is the Spring Equinox today, so I'd better get the garden sorted for the plants to grow. 
We have been on a few adventures which I haven't posted about. We went to Winchester on a spur of the moment decision. It was lovely and the kids were great, so it was quite stress free. We walked about the ancient city and visited some favourite shops too.

More recently we went on a family trip to London for a few days...

...and to Kempton antiques market of course!

(P was very happy about being taller than this measuring stick)

We found some things for our work, either for shop display ideas or for making candles to sell in our Yarmouth shop.

P found a monkey, some marbles for her collection, a story book, and some hair clips with tomatoes on.

she let Mr Leafy cuddle her monkey too.

I've been looking for ages for some nice white plates so I was really happy to find these old French bistro plates, P took a picture of my happy face 😂

After the market we went to Petersham Nurseries which is a frequent spot for us (we go there for post market lunch, or to Chiswick house).

We parked by the river.

 We also visited the William Morris museum in Walthamstow.

...which has an amazing park with cafe and playground.

P played with the dressing up and puppet theatre and learnt about weaving.

My mister won some jeans from Blackhorse Lane a UK jeans manufacturer. Andy very kindly showed us around the factory and explained about the denim they use and what all their machines do.

More market!

I bought this canvas sake bag, I think it makes the perfect snack bag to hang on the buggy 😂

and a sheet made from old sugar sacks that we have plans for.

Bits and bobs that we bought this time in London...

 So happy to find some nice old sheets for cutting up, and some new rugs for our house!...

Seeing as I have a free day today (at last!) I am going to clear out the greenhouse and make a jewellery workshop in it. Wish me luck!