Archive for December, 2011

Santa’s workshop

December 11, 2011

We had a lovely time yesterday in the downstairs workshop/events area of the Christmas Boutique – recycling cornflake cartons by cutting them into tag shapes, then applying acrylic paint or gesso, inscribing or printing christmas slogans, adding glittery peel-offs….or all of the above !

People are still coming in and looking surprised….pleased….and quite a few are envious. There seems to be the eternal cry of ‘ I want a shop like this’…. and even ‘I want to live here’ !

Well, there are two mattress-shaped cubbyholes downstairs that Santa might give up…..


Popped -Up !!

December 2, 2011

The Christmas Boutique that my daughter Lucy has set up, was miraculously put together in THREE days, and opened last night. I wondered why these ventures were called ‘Pop-Up’ !! About 60 people came for drinks and delicious nibbles, and actually spent a bit of money on  our goodies – many thanks everyone. Today it opened to the general public, and apparently one chap ‘popped in’ only minutes after opening and snapped up two knitted cotton bags, by the Cutout Girls. He had been watching our setting-up progress, with interest apparently.

We have handmade cards, silver jewellery with freshwater pearls and semi-precious beads, brass bookmarks that your Dad or Grandfather would really like, some superb vintage silk scarves at only 10 quid (there’s even a Louis Feraud 1970’s one), embossed metal cards and tree decs from Nicaragua…… fact there might be new things coming in every day . There are also a few Steampunk bracelets when I  can find them !

Thursday evening it’s open til 8pm, and in the ‘events’ area, on the  lower floor, there are planned poetry readings and  music. We were so pleased that Charlotte Reed came to sing last night, accompanied by her boyfriend (from the group 80 Quid) They were both terrific and it gave the basement a Speakeasy atmosphere !!

Saturday afternoons there are planned creative workshops – cardmaking, collage etc….