Monday, 28 March 2011

Oh hello

It's been a while hasn't it.
I've been REALLY busy, squirrellllling away all my things into boxes, ready to move to the new house! It's been a chore and I'm not even half way there..sigh..this is mostly because I have spent most of my spare time walking for miles about the countryside with the dog or buying lovely old studio pottery and the likes from local charity shops (shh! don't tell him)

Work has finally slowed to a standstill, I don't think people want knitwear when the weather is this nice (stupid, stupid... ok, fair enough) I am planning to shut shop for a few months until I am settled in the new place and then I will re-open with new ideas, products and lovely things in time for summer and the festivals. It's a bit dis-heartening that I'm not doing much work-wise but I am taking it as kismet, I am meant to be working on other things and so I must knuckle down..probably.

..and so I must also be more versatile and make lovely new things..I just need to figure out what they are? Knitted tea cosies? Woollen lampshades? Woollen pillows, Garden cushions, Giant cats made of human hair? no?..urgh..I don't know. Feel so despondant.

Score of the day yesterday was this super-cool fabric for framing and putting in my new office (the understairs cupboard, I am JUST like Harry Potter)

I love the whole primary colour, naiveness of it. Do you remember the kids TV show Pigeon Street?

It reminds me of that, clearly Pigeon Street and Long distance Clara had a lasting effect on me, so now my office is going to be rocking some 70s/80s joy..LOVE. See the woman in the long blue dress and grey cardi - I AM her. She is! I had never noticed until now..disturbing.

Recently, me and him have be out and about jaunting, it must be the weather, I love to jaunt about the place with a pocket full of coins and a hopeful feeling in my tummy that * maybe & perhaps* exciting treasures will be just around the next corner - most of the time they are not..but out on a jaunt last Saturday, me and him were looking about one of our local thrifty places (top secret location of cheapy goodness) when we happened uponst some WICKED 70s G-Plan chairs (like these) but battered and in need of some serious love and touching.

I love them, small and kitch and perfect for the new kitchen..score! Just as I was turning around to pay for the rad chairs I saw a 1940s kitchen clock, a Jessie Tait plate and ANOTHER two awesome (Nathan) chairs. Like a ten-armed kleptomaniac I swooped down upon everything in site and scooped it all up in my cubbly little arms...mmmmmm Score, muahahhahahahahha! So we left the secret place of goodies, got in the car and it wouldn't start (shizenmuff - him in instant mood) Thankfully I just so happened to have watched MacGuyver that morning and remembered some handy tips, and quickly fashioned a new car out of elastic bands, broken teak tables and some slightly gritty lumps of blue tac (not really) but I did fix it. Winner, and on our merry way we went!

Anyway, once we got home I decided I really ought to get on with my last broken chair project of doom. Make some room for some more chairs of doom. One of my (not so secret) loves is re-covering old chairs (see below - cat not for sale, chair now finished and for sale on evilbay)

 The chair pictured with my little cat Sage, is an original 1920s Atcraft chair recovered in 50s fothergay fabric, I don't care how many people think it is an ugly fabric, I think it is a thing of beauty and it is currently for sale right now on Ebay - go  take a peek! I must've hit my stupid sausagey fingers about twenty thousand times to get this old boy back to looking pretty and nice. The fabric is taught, the chair is re-upholstered, the frame sanded and looks like a sexy gentleman chair and whomever is tempted by is deco curves will be in love forever, I am sad to see it go, but I have more chairs and that means less room, farewell old boy.

Anyway, as I was saying, before sidetracking like a pro -  Like a phoenix from the ashes these awesome old G-Plan chairs will rise and be loved once again - I swear it! I want to do something like this (see Ercol chairs right here)

What do you think? Something bright and happy like this, whoever made these chairs look like this - you are a genius, sorry for not linking you or crediting you but I collected this pic ages ago and lost the linky info. Needless to say, you are an actual genius! So yes, like these lovely colourful beauties but with awesome/hideous fabric seats. hrm, will photograph and show you once they are done, they are on the HUGEmongous list of things I have to make/fix/build as soon as I move house.

Anyway, enough waffling about chairs.. This week (that's the last twelve hours so far - six of which I was asleep!) I have been working on a felted bead curtain for my new kitchen, I am making tons of little balls and will be threading them onto fishing wire with shells and glass and other cool bits and then hanging them in my new minging kitchen window which actually has to become prettier otherwise I may be forced to cry..have a little sneaky peaky at my felting goods whilst you're here
Bloody chip in my favourite cup, ach, anyway, those colours are awesome and will be much more awesome once they are hanging in my (soon to be) fabulous new kitchen window.

Right! I really ought to get on with my day..can anyone teach me to crochet? I realllly want to learn how to be as good as this Oh Lucy, I read your blog and am SO jealous of your lovely crochet world..sigh. such wonderous colours and day!

All the pictures I have featured (apart from the wool balls and the cat on a chair) are not mine, I have lost the links to them but I just wanted to make damn sure that the people who did take them know I am not claiming them as mine and am super-thankful for their beauty perking up my stupid blog. So thank you and if you really aren't happy, please msg me and I will take them down.

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