Friday, 24 February 2012

Call Me Old Fashioned...

The telephones I ordered at the trade show have arrived and they are fantastic! So cool! They are all fully functional with a push button dial. The 1950s style Diner Telephone is my favourite. It has slots for coins and makes a proper "kerching" noise when you deposit a coin!
 It comes in cream, black & chrome.  The desk telephone comes in black & chrome. It is a really "weighty" phone and feels great to use.  Now for those out there of a certain age you will remember the Trim Phone, I couldn't resist when I saw them. I had flash-backs to the telephone table in the hall and our dog going mad everytime it made it's shrill ring!
To add a bit of glamour to the shop I have brought in a range of necklaces.  They are vintage style and incorporate watches, charms, lace & leather.
It's just too difficult to choose a favourite!

Friday, 10 February 2012

Time to Buy

This week I spent two days at a trade fair in Birmingham at the NEC. All I can say is my poor feet have just about recovered!  The NEC is HUGE and this years show was bigger than ever with 20 halls open.
It was great to see all the stands even in the sectors that are totally unrelated to what I do! My other half came with me and he was determind that I should buy this chair and desk.

I have to say I was tempted and may well buy them for later on in the year.  What I did buy, however, are these telephones, just fell in love with them. And what's not to love about a '70s Trim phone, which incidently is called that because "TRIM stands for Tone Ringer Illuminated Model: it was the first phone to ring using a modern electronic warbler rather than the traditional bell mechanism".
 Don't say you don't learn anything from my blog! I have to confess that I also did some Christmas stock buying, I know, it's ridiculous in February, only just packed away last years decorations!
After two days constant walking it takes a few days for the old legs to get back to normal, not all of us opted to make full use of the "Rest Zone".

Friday, 27 January 2012

Let's Catch Up!

First of all, what can I say, sorry. I have been neglectful of my blog {hangs head in shame}. The end of the year was obviously an extremely busy time in the shop and all my energy was going into dealing with all the festive merchandise. And of course there's the post Christmas lull, which I fell into! Now I have had time to get my "mojo" working again and I am firing on all cylinders, well nearly all, a bit of an MOT may be needed!
There is lots of great new stock coming in to the shop and a theme of love seems to be filtering through, must be the time of year, from cherubs to hearts, that's amore!

Everyone loves a heart and I have a selection of candles, frames, decorations and dishes all heart-shaped.
I am even feeling the LOVE for painting again!  This occasional table was painted with Pure then crackleglaze and a top coat of Graphite. It was a bit of an experiment but I am happy with the result.

Amy, my Saturday girl, painted this sweet little table with Provence. I was very impressed! 

                      The shop has been quiet which has allowed me to paint  pieces of furniture that have been patiently waiting for my attention!  It's so easy to accumulate various bits that are ideal for Annie Sloan treatment but I struggle to find time to do them justice. I have had this wall unit in the back of my van for about 5 months! The poor thing desperately needed a paint-job, so a lick of Greek Blue with Pure on the drawers, new knobs, bit of stencilling and a few wee mirrors! Yes, there is quite a lot going on, I might paint over the stencilling.

 The next thing to get "Sloaned" was a bureau. It had been lurking about the workshop area for months and I was starting to get used to it and was using it to store all sorts! So this week I went for it!  A mix of Chateau Grey & Versaille, I poured the colours into a tray and just mixed it as I painted with it.
For the inside I used Aubusson, it's one of my favourite colours. I stencilled a motto, decoupaged a picture, used some Craquelure. (the drawers are Versaille but look a funny colour in this photo!)
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