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Come to Vintage Social Saturday 8th November

10 Oct


Incipient addiction to crochet

6 Dec

I’ve always wanted to crochet. I find the textures wonderful. I’ve tried following books and you tube clips but always ended up with a dispiriting knotted mess. Instead of all that rubbish I’m taking a short course at Little Woollie in Shortlands. It’s wonderful. Tips that really helped…. Seeing how to hold the work, making a chain with a hook 1/2 size bigger so it’s easier to then get the proper size hook into, use pale yarn to get started because you can see the stitches better…I can dc and tr and I think I’ve invented a few special stitches too.
I am carrying crochet round and practising on the tube, in the train, waiting outside school, …. I’m going to take a knitting course next and finally learn how to do more than knit one, knit one, …

Vintage breakfast encore

5 Jul

We had such a good experience of our last Vintage Breakfast that we are doing it again… See you on Sunday 14th July. (If you missed last time have a taste of what it was like… Will be much better at taking photos – eg of lovely ladies sporting our vintage scarves – this time.)






Work in progress: harlequin dinner service

30 Sep


Thought I would share a work in progress. I am assembling a harlequin set of antique porcelain dinner plates. The advantages being… it is cheaper picking up odd, charming plates; I like not having to choose one design when I like so many; if I break one it is less devastating than if I have created a hole in a matching set. The postman thinks I am strange though. Last weekend 10 bulky fragile packages turned up the same morning. I am picking up large dinner plates, dessert plates and, for soup, desserts and pasta etc, the large style of soup plate with a wide ‘brim’.

New acquisition: Sagaform blossom tea pot

21 Aug

We bought this cheery Scandi teapot on a wet day over in Ireland last week. If you are ever in the Skibereen area check out The Time Traveller’s Bookshop in Skibereen and The Old Mill Stores on the way to Leap. This last is where we found the teapot. They also have the most extraordinary reconditioned vintage stoves. Wish I could afford one of those to go with my teapot!

Lost in books

7 Aug


Bookish week. I saw the artist group aMAZEme constructing this maze of books in the back of the Royal Festival Hall two weekends ago. When you pop in to see it make sure you also check out the Poetry Library on the 5th floor. It is free, has every British poetry book from the last hundred years and more and you can borrow. If you live a way off you can post the books back to return them. It is the perfect risk free way to discover new poets. Then there is Foyles in the basement of the RFH and the main shop across the river on Charing Cross Rd and the Tate bookshop for art books and the second hand stalls under the bridge in front of the NFT. Lots happening on the South Bank these Olympic weeks. The food markets are also on every day.
Grain Edit for the photos of the finished work:

Outing: South Bank muses & Turkish Deli

12 Jan

Love the muses painted on the roughed up wall behind the Oxo Tower building.
I always give the shops there a go – I like Bodo Sperlein, though didn’t venture in with Number 2 flailing his arms for fear of smashing the place up – but the whole effect is never as good as it ought to be, too many shops closed, too many jewellers, not enough of a welcome. Perhaps they could look at pop-up rentals for art collectives or groups of designer makers…
Good outing by Number 2’s count – lots of diggers, of all shapes and sizes, cement mixers and dumpers (He makes the word sound like dinosaur, but then he makes ‘chocolate’ sound like ‘toilet’ and his name comes out more like ‘baby owl’ which could stick, like ‘Bear’ Grylls). The various disruption from the shooting Shard to Borough Market, to the Globe, to the smart new Blackfriars station, … is all managed very slickly but I’m sure my tot is one of the few who actually relish its yield of CAT heavy vehicles.
Another find – for me – is The Turkish Deli in Borough Market. Olives, olive soap, food, coffee, turkish delight… Graham there made me a turkish coffee with a perfect piece of pine sap turkish delight on the side. I am converted. The turkish delight is really appealing in its range of flavours and that it contains no nasties or gelatine. I’ll let you know how the olive soap goes but the turkish delight is gone – this time we tried pomegranante & walnut then fig, which was a revelation. This is their website: