Monday, 22 October 2007


This is one of my favourite things to do... I just love to sit and stare at our fire in the dinning room.
We actually only made this into a working fire place last Christmas. Strangely I wasn't keen to have a real... working fire until we re organised the dinning room. We have an original fireplace in the lounge too, but for some reason we actually paid a lot of money to have a ' looks like a real fire' gas coal one put in, I don't know what we were thinking, ah yes I remember... white walls... fire = smoke= mess lol.

Sorry I will take a picture of the lounge fire place tomorrow.

When we bought our house both fire places were covered by nasty wooden boards with what I now know were lethal gas fires... one had a minuscule hole in the pipe. The mantle was also covered in around ten layers of gloss paint. We had no idea of what we would find behind the boards but we didn't care, it was one of the first things we did, I couldn't believe it when we managed to remove the gas fire and boards to reveal a gorgeous original Victorian fire place, complete with tiles and hearth. The whole fire had been painted in a horrid cream gloss but after what felt like ages (two weeks) of pain staking removal with a fantastic product... similar to covering the whole fire place with putty then covering it with cling film. We revealed the original fire tiles. They were in perfect condition, much to do we suspected with the horrid paint keeping them preserved for years. Our house was built in 1850 so it really was a lovely surprise to find them.

The dinning room was not so exciting.... only a blank space where once there would of been a lovely cast iron insert. We were lucky to find an insert in lour local antiques center and with a little hard work we have created our fire... it makes the dinning room the heart of our home during winter. We also moved our old sofa into the dinning room... so this afternoon Ella and I have been enjoying the warmth of the fire. Ella loves to sit at the table and draw while I sit and knit on the sofa and the best bit is there is no TV so only relaxing, reading and crafting occurs when the fire is lit. . . ah I love it :)

Please excuse the quality of the photographs, my camera doesn't like taking pictures with poor light.

My current project... knitting a cosy scarf

and reading these books from the library...

I hope you are all feeling cosy too...


Tuesday, 9 October 2007


I really must post more often, in fact once I have finished updating the website (mammoth job, made only worse by being a perfectionist) oh and got the new products and then the Christmas stock listed I really will post more, may be I should just do lots of tiny posts... um I will have a think on that one.

I love these!

Well here are the photographs of some of my lovely car boot treasures that I have promised to post, the candle sticks are among the best finds, we think they are pewter, and they are so French in style... I just love them.

Love the old bathroom cabinet, it was hidden by a ridiculous painting, but my keen eye spotted it and for a mere £5.00 it had to be mine, perfect for when we fit the new bathroom.

Here are a couple of pictures of our new Handmade section...

I'm off to get on with the website now...


Oh I just remembered, here is that letter I wrote, it turned into a card as I actually don't have any writing paper, I may have to get some for Christmas :) I really enjoyed making the card, I nearly always make cards for my family at Christmas and Birthdays.