Light and Shade at Warwick Castle

Light and Shade at Warwick Castle

I jumped at the chance to be a helper on today’s school trip to Warwick Castle.  It is an awe-inspiring place with parts dating back to 1068 and today was my third visit.  The light today was beautiful and it was magical to be there off-season as we almost had...
Stuart Haygarth Chandeliers

Stuart Haygarth Chandeliers

The January/February copy of Crafts has a feature on Stuart Haygarth and his fabulous lighting creations from found-objects.  I really like the fact that they are limited editions and not mass-produced and love the way he has created something beautiful by combining...
Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair

Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair

I’m interested in textiles and antiques and they are combined at The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair 22-27 January in Battersea Park, London SW11.  Unfortunately I won’t be able to get down to London next week, so if anyone would like my e-ticket...
How to Clean Lampshades

How to Clean Lampshades

Potential customers often ask how easy it will be to keep my lampshades clean, believing they are more fragile than traditional fabric shades.  In fact, they have two main advantages over many fabric shades – first their surfaces are vertical so they attract...
Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

I love the tradition of hanging the same decorations on the tree each year with the children saying “Ah, I remember this one!” as they rifle through the boxes, but also like to add a few new ones.  This is my favourite mantlepiece this year. Those crazy...
December Sky

December Sky

I love bright December mornings when I can sit at my desk without having to switch the light on.  It is one of life’s ironies that when I have close-up work to do like stitching and cutting lampshades, the morning is dark and sunless, while on admin days the sun...
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