Friday, March 22, 2013

Sophie's Project

the cabinet after refurbing - so cute!
Oliver Bonas version

The chair it was made to match

A very pleased Sophie with her own handiwork
For a few weeks in February I was lucky enough to have some assistance from the talented Sophie Donaldson, (former fashion marketing student and future high flying lawer)  Those of you who came to the Pop-Up Shop might have seen her whooshing around with cakes and a clipboard. She helped me with my marketing, and in return I offered to help her with some furniture renovating.  We found a little dressing table in a second hand shop in Mold and Sophie decided to take some inspiration from Oliver Bonas and paint the front of the draws in different colours. For Christmas Sophie was given my Country Cottage floral bedroom chair as a gift and so she selected the colours from the greens in the print.  The pewter finish handles came from an online hardware shop and although cost more than the dresser itself, we thought they really made it!

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Chaise Longue

the chaise before refurb

the frame after stripping down

rebuilding in process

Ta Dah! the finished piece complete with matching cushion and footstool
In between other smaller jobs and things like the pop-up-shop, I have been working on this large chaise. It required a lot of attention, and was given some serious TLC to bring it back to life - but I think its done the trick...just look at her now! Resplendent in bright pink and red with lime green piped trim to make it pop. Complete with bolster cushion to match and she's good to go.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Pop Up Shop - Popped!

Sophie Tilley gave me this lovely card to say 'Thanks'
Laura in a floral camouflage! 

Lora Wyn's beautiful enamel peices
Tilley Dolls

Mum's gingerbread hearts
Jen from Loglike with customers

creative cyanotypes from The Way To Blue
Loglike's Modern Welsh Lovespoon. 

Jenny Murray explaining her Ceramic making process
Crochet heart by Ann Blundell
The POP UP SHOP happened and it was amazing! 
A ton of effort went into the planning and organisation, but we can safely say it was well worth it.
I designed the flyers and had them printed by the wonderful Daydream Designs,  made gift bags  (which included hand-made mini bunting!) cakes, biscuits and tea and coffee were sorted, window display done, online adverts, e-mailouts and postal mailouts, workshops organised, booking stallholders, and of course, a LOT of hoovering and tidying my chaotic workshop, I was ready to open to the public. We had a fantastic turnout, and the stall holders all did really well. There was an excited buzz in the air all day, (mainly fuelled by mini cupcakes and pink lemonade!)

The planning has begun for POP UP SHOP II, but if it doesn't happen we've always got Helfa Gelf // Art Trail on in September. 

In case you missed the past post, the artists at the POP UP SHOP were:
Emily Birch (Thanks to Emily for the photos from the day: click here for the whole set)

Thanks to everyone who came and supported Laura's Attic, and the fab artists who took part.