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Shabby Chic French Style

Last week, I visited a number of second hand shops ( brocantes ) around Toulouse.



I bought a couple of interesting restoration projects.

 So, sandpaper and paint brushes at the ready!


Posted on Monday, 22 July 2013


We are now stocking your favourite monthly craft magazines and have just received our first shipment of Mollie Makes, issue 29, and Simply Crochet, issue 7:


Posted on Monday, 15 July 2013

Thankyou Teacher

Lovely handmade end of term gifts to say thankyou to the teachers:

grey heart     apple teacher     red teacher

Posted on Friday, 05 July 2013

Summer Soldes

One of the best times to stock up on craft essentials is during the sales (soldes) as you can get everything you need at half the price!


I thought I'd add to my stocks with some card-making basics ...

Card blanks and envelopes,

Papers and tape,

A paper and card scorer / creaser,

Glue dots and foam pads,

Embellishments, etc


Posted on Tuesday, 02 July 2013

TWIG Craft Cafe - June 2013

At this morning's Craft Cafe I learnt all about card-making with the lovely ladies at TWIG. Here's a sample of what I made ...

card making

Posted on Thursday, 20 June 2013

Foiled Again

More fabulous foil etching for Fathers Day ...

foil father

Made by our two mini-makers at maternelle.

Posted on Sunday, 16 June 2013




After my, not so good, attempt at french knitting last week I decided to treat myself to a tricotin automatique.


Once I get the hang of it, I'll share the results.Watch this space!


Posted on Sunday, 09 June 2013

TWIG Craft Cafe - May 2013

I was just planning the next TWIG Craft Cafe when I realised that I hadn't shared the photographs from our May workshop. One very talented TWIG member agreed to tell us where to find the best local second-hand shops, how to spot a bargain and how to prepare and paint dining chairs to great effect. So, here goes ...

Before ...                                             

old chair   After ...   new chair

What a difference a little bit of paint can make! It's just waiting for it's seat to be recovered in beautiful Cath Kidston fabric and the makeover will be complete. Amazing results, I'm sure you'd agree?

Posted on Sunday, 02 June 2013