Friday, 26 January 2018

(nearly) spring greens

It was freezing cold so we nipped outside very quickly to photograph this lovely fresh tote about to wing its way out of the workshop to brighten up someone's day.

(We thought the red gloves looked better against the green than the mottled blue/grey of the actual hands).


We even found a chilly helper - thanks Mick!

Friday, 12 January 2018

baked goods heaven

These things - no idea what they're officially called - are the yummiest things we have EVER tasted.  I am not kidding.  

A sweet dough flavoured with cardamom - we were literally fighting over them when they came out of the oven (in a not very professional manner I have to say).  

And look what the thought of them did to Oz and Bill!  

Bonio either of you?  Didn't think so.*

* Unfortunately for Oz and Bill a quick internet check suggested that cardamom can have a bit of a laxative effect on dogs.  Best not to (mumble) risk it then (mumble mumble).  Sorry.  Mouthful of crumbs.

Friday, 5 January 2018

has someone speeded up time?

We're no experts on the general relativity v quantum mechanics debate, but if we were pressed we'd have to say it does feel a bit like someone's turbo-charged the clock during the last year.  The merry-go-round of life appears to be hurtling us all round in circles ever faster: we're sure we're not the only ones saying we can't believe it's January again already.

Same people, place, time and bobble hats as last year.  Just as chilly.

Sooooo, resolutions anybody?  Susan's thinking of going to our friend Andrea's FitSteps class - the Christmas cheese mountain (which has shrunk to a reasonably steep tor but still has some way to go before it acquires molehill status) has definitely taken its toll mentally if not physically (she's been overheard referring to Oz as Gromit - it's a slippery slope to that green hand-knitted v-neck tank top).  

Hilary's new year's resolution is to take Arnie for  long rides across Dartmoor which will be amazing - the constant changes the weather and seasons bring on the moor are breathtaking.

Hilary's also going to bring out a new range of carpet bags early this year - we're hunting down lovely vintage kelims as we type.  If you see any beauties in junk shops or auction houses please let us know!

Here's to a happy, healthy, wonderful 2018 for everyone!

Friday, 15 December 2017

amongst the Christmas present upholstery bag

As you can probably imagine, the workshop is a maelstrom of pre-Christmas orders.  We've eaten a lot of cake and listened to a lot of Radio 4 to keep us going.  

We love this unusual order - a bag to carry upholstery tools around in.  

Right, we've had 30 seconds off - back to the frenzy!

Friday, 8 December 2017

in the bleak midwinter

Oh my goodness it is COLD! Cold but beautiful.  As we type, the low afternoon sun is burnishing the thatch of the cottage opposite with a warm copper glow and the distant granite tors of Dartmoor are tipped with winter fire.  There are even rumours of snow (which for those of us without direct responsibility for livestock is almost as exciting as Christmas). 

Suddenly it feels properly wintry and the temptation for one last bracing dip in the sea has vanished in a puff of visible warm breath.

The Rona II in Bermuda
Back in the workshop Hilary and Rosamund are busy making bespoke Christmas orders and bags of all shapes and sizes are tumbling onto the wrapping table from the sewing machines ready for the precarious Crackerjack!-style dash to the post office down the road.  There's even a bit of tuneful Christmas humming going on in between catching up on news (Rosamund's been sailing across the world in the Tall Ships' Race since we last saw her and has tales aplenty of seafaring derring-do). 

Tomorrow the studio will be busy again as we invite Chulmleigh folk in for our annual Christmas decoration workshop: the window is filled with fairy lights, the fridge stocked with bubbles and Mr Bublé is poised to get us in the festive mood as we cut, glue and sew our way through herds of reindeer and a sky full of stars.  Magical!   

Friday, 15 September 2017

what a summer that was!

It's back to school time, but if we're being completely honest we're still feeling a bit jaded after all the fun we had over the summer (the last hurrah Aperol spritzes didn't help matters either).  

a crab called Jeff caught at Morfa Nefyn
he's called Jeff apparently
In between making bags there were country shows to do, surfing to try, Coldplay to see, crabs to catch, vegetables to tend, horses to ride, racing cars to scream in, festival stages to run across, friends to clink glasses with, nights to spend under canvas listening to the rain...and obviously there were the usual harvest dramas and escapee sheep to contend with too. It was absolutely great.

definitely a night full of stars

scything...don't say the P word
in the woods with friends on their horses

tiny figure on stage waving like an out of control windmill? Yep, that's Susan

a very, very, very long way down
And to top it all off (literally) the Chulmleigh scouts decided to do this to finish the summer in style.  It was "really, really fun...when can I do it again?" (Sam, aged 9).  In relation to the summer as a whole, we tend to agree. 

Not sure about the abseiling though.😉

Friday, 9 June 2017

it's bespoke bag time again...

This week's bespoke bag is a particularly gorgeous shiny mahogany beech workbag with carry handle and detachable strap.  Before it left for its new life we whizzed it round to our friend's house for a quick photo amongst the rubble of his demolished kitchen...and there we found Mike Wilson who was minding his own business up a ladder sorting out the electrics.  Mike has managed to evade our camera so far despite being spotted everywhere (we're sure he's cloned himself and his van with the slogan 'Don't get electrocuted, get Mike Wilson' on the side) but this time there was no escape. So, thanks for modelling Mike - not what you expected when you left for work this morning but as we always say, you never quite know what's going to happen round here!

And in other news, as a break from the bags Hilary's been making lots of different keyrings - perfect for father's day!