130…Hot Pink Chairs and Beach Huts

by frances doherty on December 9, 2014

The house has been full of Workawayers these last couple of weeks and the long, mild autumn has meant that we’ve been able to get loads of work done in the garden. Last week however winter came suddenly along with our need to stock up on our wood supply…as this is how we heat the house. Luckily at the moment we have an American Workawayer here who is used to cold winters as he comes from Michegan,

Karl

Karl

and he’s really getting stuck into the sawing and chopping,

stocking the woodshed

stocking the woodshed

and filling the woodshed against the winter. Normally this would have been done weeks ago, but this year we’ve only been burning the wood for the last couple of weeks.

My other Workawayer Alice feels the cold more….she’s an Aussie, so she’s been working indoors on our oldfashioned chairs.

old chair

old chair

The last time we had these upholstered was in the 80′s, and it shows (there was a bit of an arts and crafts vibe going on then) and now I’m rocking a 50′s theme.

Alice

Alice

So Alice has been changing the look with a lick of paint and some velvet, plus 1000′s of staples and tacks and Voila!

hot pink chair

hot pink chair

We’ve pimped the chairs. Even got green polka dot studs and everything.

In the studio I’m cracking on with my Clematis wallplates,

Clematis Centre

Clematis Centre

and experimenting with different colours. This one has a mixture of lavender, lilac, heather and purple.

In Brighton during December, 24 beach hut owners design a surprise for each day of Advent. It’s a lovely idea and I popped down to have a look on saturday to see No 7.

Advent beach hut

Advent beach hut

These are such a treat, and this one was lovely. The little tree at the front was mounted in a white umbrella and there was a spray of glittery snow coming out of the top of the tree. Carols were being played and there was mulled wine and mince pies to keep us warm. Mmm…looking forward to Christmas now!

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