Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Back to Brighton

I'm sat on the train back to Brighton after a fabulous 10 or so days down here, I hate leaving Cornwall I miss it so much. Went to see my beautiful small friend yesterday at her gallery in Charlestown. Shes so talented, I love seeing her new work! Usually Im down there most days when I'm in Cornwall, yabbering away out the back of the gallery with her, drinking tea, and gossiping! I was in Hayle alot last week so I didn't do as much tea drinking with her as I would have liked! Gemeda I miss you!!!!
Heres some of her creations...Ive asked her to design my wedding invitations so I'm excited to see what she comes up with!

Magnets (above) Embroidery (below)

It was a stunning autumn day yesterday; the leaves are red and orange, the sun was out, and the distant smell of wood fires was prominent from the little cottages.
I took Bean along the Cliffs to Pentewan where he tore around the beach again, digging up pebbles, then we went rock climbing at the end of the beach, all dogs LOVE rock climbing, even Sausage did!

It was sad for me as its the first time I've done that walk without Sausage, infact me, Sausage and Bean did this walk early spring when all the Wildflowers were out. Here he is below (the long black blur trotting down the path!) miss you so much Sausage :-(

Goodbye, untill next time!

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Beach Shack Project at Makers Boutique Hayle

Kind of blowing my own trumpet here, but hey, thats business for you! 
If you've been reading me blog then your'll know the other company I run (Makers Boutique) is opening our first static shop in Cornwall. Obviously I am stocking my own work there, and after the grotty work of last week the fun merchandising began at the weekend! Here are some pictures of my make recognize some of the pieces again from my blog been making stuff for a while for this shop!!!!

 Outside - Shop fascia

Beautiful Stained glass by Naomi Frances here in the window - her stuff sold really well at the Open House we ran in May - I'm pretty sure the Kernows will love it!

Just a shot of the shop floor, me and Kate didn't have alot of money to renovate, so we had to do what we do best and get creative! 
We didn't even have anything spare at the end to buy proper floor paint, so we covered the floor in what we had...

Here it is step by step, incase you find yourself needing to jazz up your floor so it doesn't resemble a giant rabbit cage!!!!! Masking tape down your stripes, add whatever you can find to make the stripes, we used fabric dye, acrylic and emulsion!

 Painting the stripes - la di da dahhhh....!
Peel off the masking tape...
...and then we covered the floor in PVA! This seals the random paints we used. Kate swears by PVA, she covers everything in this! We have blue, grey, white and orange stripes on the floor and it looks AWESOME! Like a giant deckchair fabric on the floor! 


And yes, Bean did run in the paint, many many times!

Lovely cards from the locals wishing us luck with the shop! 

I love this sign - I am not usually a fan of this kind of merchandise - but this one sums the whole renovation up perfectly!

My lovely lovely lovely mum who came into help yesterday and did all the little things we didn't even notice! (like..."your shop windows are hideous and smeared - I'm cleaning it!")

Bangelibangs jewellery - this is displayed on an old beautiful bit of reclaimed wood that were once the windows of a gypsy caravan. It was going to be turned into firewood but Kate rescued it! 

Bean - looking quite miserable and fed up here! 

 Me, Kate and Bean yesterday after our first day open! Woo! Come and find us at 28 Penpol Terrace, Hayle, Cornwall, for all your creative needs! Heres the flyer I designed below for the Shop -

Goodbye, untill next time!

Sunday, 28 October 2012


Polkerris - once a domain for no one has now become a magnet for the tourists and locals alike!

Me and mum sauntered over the cliffs there from Par and were shocked at a.) how busy it was, b.) theres NICE food in the Rashleigh Arms (food served on slate - you know - that kind of place thats too fancy for plates!!!) and c.) theres a funky new Gallery selling my favourite of things - handmade local arts and crafts!

Had a nose inside the Gallery and bought a fabulous ceramic bowl - the middle looks a bit like copper whens its oxidised, and resembles something thats been dug out of the ground! (a quality I am unusually drawn to often!)

Bean enjoyed tearing round the beach like a maniac too!

Hope you had a fab weekend too!
Goodbye, untill next time!

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Kernow Hayle Shop

I'm down in beautiful Cornwall at the moment, walking the beaches, eating pasties and failing miserably at pub quizzes!


Walked from Menabilly to Fowey, had the BEST florentine ever in Fowey.

Found some fantastic driftwood at Menabilly (one bit was about 6ft long and was a bit of a beast to get back up the cliff!) The flat bit is a boat rudder I'm intending to use as my new sign for Beach Shack Project at the craft fairs.

My mums homemade humdinger of a Pasty!!! These badboys are huge! Liberally covered in loads of Ketchup Mmmmm!!!!

 Bean loves a good road trip! 

But the main reason I came down was to help Kate out with renovating the new
Makers Boutique shop we are opening in Hayle, on Penpol Terrace. You
may remember me mentioning my other company, Makers Boutique, which I
run with Kate, where we run Art and Craft Fairs and exhibitions which
showcase contemporary handmade items by local designers. I live in
Brighton, and Kate lives in Cornwall, so it was only natural something
was going to crop up in Kernow eventually... 


 The shop was the villages hardware store, the original plan was to have the Beanbelt (tea's / coffees) on one side of the shop, and Makers Boutique on the other, selling handmade Arts and Crafts with a haberdashery. But Kate, eagle eyed girl that she is, spotted a good business idea when lots of people kept coming in to buy hardware when she was inspecting the premises. We decided to merge the hardware into our concept too (afterall, what creative person doesn't use a hardware store?!) so we will also be condensing the stock and selling this too. All all sounds a bit random, but we envisage it to be like an old General Store. Unfortunately the shop was in a bit of a state. Me and Kate both used to be Cleaners in Brighton, and we have cleaned our fair share of filth from end of tenancy Student flats to Celebrity pads, but nothing prepared us for the state this shop had got into. I have had 60 year old 1cm thick dust dripping onto my face that I have been scrubbing from the ceiling this week. Glam, aye?! Its a big big BIG job, but its slowly coming together, and were hoping to open on Monday...

 Shop Front...

A small shot of the stock left by previous owner to sort, Kate seems to be developing an uber scary inner database of screws, nuts, bolts and rivets at the moment from organizing them all!!!

Steve the builder and Kate! Getting the new floor down...

My manky black water bucket!!!

Cake for Breakfast makes everything OK!

Walking Bean on the beach in and Kate went Shell collecting this Morning...

Some cute Beach Chalets...

 Oh BUOY!!!!!

Me painting that hideous ceiling!


This is me modelling Kates fabulous vintage hat, very 1980's! ITS SO BIG! 


Kate's doodles of the Shop Fascia...We have drunk so much tea already this week. Kate has been drinking Williamson, my new current fav Earl Grey too.  Love it!

Anyway, despite the grubbiness its been so much fun already, and can't wait to see it transformed further. But I'm off to bed now because I am knackered!
Goodbye, untill next time!