29 April 2010

a week has gone by, what on earth have I been doing?

well,...I'll show you!

I have been knitting on the bus to and from work, very successful way to use up time, as i feel sick if I read on the bus so learning japanese never happened!
Nao has been making us lovely sandwiches japanese styley, to help us save up for buying a house!

I felt very happy to leave for work with lunch + knitting in my wicker briefcase! I work in the city, surrounded by solicitors and bankers, so I think I might mingle in well with my new attire!

My beautiful lunch box, thank you Nao! X

We have been working everyday/night like lunatics! we managed to get our big wholesale orders off to Japan finally, managing to dodge the dust cloud so we can breathe knowing we are getting paid on time, phew!
So now we are being like two whirlwinds trying to get the shop finished. We had to stop by the little workshop that makes up our leather collection, and to the amazing Batchelor's leather shop next door.

I love it in there, until I remember that its full to the brim of skin...ergh, I still find it disturbing!

between all the painting, problem solving and general heaving of huge furniture, we did manage to squeeze in a little marketing. I found this tiny hand, which might feature in our new jewellery collection somehow.

and these little letter cubes, which also would make nice display in the shop.

they came in this red tub, treasure!

and two very old children's books dated 1870! This one is so terrifying and with a very horrible ending...

tonight I made a start on re-upholstering this chair for the workshop. i just began painting the frame, it is a big job so I'm not sure if I can manage this one...have to wait and see!

so, we have had a week of...eating take away dinners in the workshop and getting home around 10pm each night. Waking up with every muscle aching and paint in my hair and smelling of white spirit! It is looking better though, and we are starting to get very excited how it is all coming together...soon all will be revealed!

p.s. sorry about these rubbish snaps, I had no time for proper photos this week : (


  1. What a busy week you're having indeed! It's a lot of hard work now, but must be very fulfilling to be working to build your dreams like this!

    The photos are all lovely, the building the leather shop in is gorgeous, & that chair is fabulous! A talented thing like u couldn't help but make something amazing out it! Look forward to seeing the finished product!!


  2. Pics are great! The market hauls are really nice and the chair will be beautiful when it's done.

  3. that chair is gorgeous, I cant wait to see the finished thing!

  4. I also think the pix are great! It all looks lovely.

  5. Hey, I just had to tell you how much I love popping over here - it's always interesting and inspiring, and I really appreciate how you seem to make the most of everything you have - a lesson to us all. I'm sure all this hard work will pay off soon and you will have your own, much-dreamed of home.

  6. wow you are an hard working girl...anyway I'm sure you didn't have the time to check that I gave you a sunshine award!
    Good luck with the upholstery it seems a very tough job!

  7. really looking forward to seeing how that chair develops. I would love to learn how to upholster.

  8. I love the lunchbox! A bit of prettiness makes austerity measures feel less depressing. A x

  9. AT least whilst V busy you were all set with your swish briefcase and your fruit! :)

  10. that book! oh my! too tragic!

    and yes, you're the hardest working girl i know. you're putting the rest of us to shame. stop it!

  11. such a lovely read, so much to be enjoyed, thank you!

  12. hello artemis ....yes this post is super (as they all are ) ,but this was like getting the bumper edition of bunty , I love all the stories around what you do , you are so generous and inspiring ...YAY for you , love the pic of you in your shed ,the blue of your cardi and your delight with your unwinding magical nest.
    The babes in the woods ....omg , I know tonight I will be dreaming of the robin covering the babes with the leaves ...macabre but also poignant .
    thanks for all , I often visit but havent commented in an age :)

  13. Sounds like a great week.... it's good to be able to really throw yourself into something that you feel passionately about.
    The chair is such an exciting project and i'm very jealous of your lunch box!