My latest project, a tatty Lloyd Loom table transformed by car paint. The man in the paint shop matched it to a Farrow & Ball egg shell finish and then all I had to do was spray it on. The fabric under the glass is from Donna at Country House Textiles. Isn't it lovely? I love vintage spriggy prints but I had no idea what I was going to do with it. Then I just happened upon this table while walking down Rochester High Street. I am terrible for buying treasures and stashing them in the cellar and then forgetting about them.
Roland groaned at the sight of more tatty furniture awaiting transformation but later admitted that it did look quite nice. As you can see one of the furry members of the family has claimed it as his. I was just about to set up a nice little still life but along came Percy scattering objects and posing shamelessly.
Yesterday I went to Whitstable with my friend Nicole. The plan was to do the shops and eat cake in cafes with NO CHILDREN. (That is none of OUR children, other people's children are fine! Don't want to sound like a grumpy old bag!) The no children plan worked nicely but we were nearly scuppered by the weather. It was tipping down and the town was full of hunky firefighters pumping water. However, flooding was not going to deter us from the task in hand, we had to explore all the little shops. Annoyingly, I forgot my camera and even more annoyingly, some of the shops were closed. This happens to me every time I visit Whitstable but I refuse to go at the weekend. Too busy for me! I love all the new little shops but I'm sad when a landmark goes, like the gentlemen's outfitters which had that yellow "lucozade" type paper over the windows to stop the clothes fading. In the window, there used to be a tatty old mannequin head with a pencil moustache like David Niven. I do hope he wasn't dumped on a skip.
And this fish was from one of the bakeries. Don't you just love the teeth? He got a bit broken on the way home and Alexei said he didn't taste fishy at all!
My new website is now under construction. Not by me, I hasten to add. How I ever thought I could do it myself, I don't know. I've had to get my professional head on fast, not the summer-holiday-I-don't-even-know-what-day-it-is head which I've been wearing a lot of at the moment. What I've seen so far looks fab despite me being spectaculary unprepared!
I wish I really thought about my business as a whole and realised that August is probably always going to be my worse month in productivity and not taken on such a huge project right now. We've been having lots of days out to make up for not going away this summer. Still, you live and learn. Next year I will be much more organised . . .