It’s our last day at Lady Butterworth’s in Holly Bush Lane! Thank you to everyone who has made our move to the town centre a dream come true.
We hope that you will follow us there as we bring the High Street to life again with our fantastic and wonderful products.
Have a good weekend everyone. x
A. G Hendy Home Store is one of the most incredible shops I have every been in. In the Old town of Hastings, this shop gives nothing away from the outside but go in and it’s like entering a good old fashioned home store from the 1930’s. Hendy himself took three years to turn his vision in to reality and transform this shop in to what can only be called a piece of art itself. He spent seven years collecting the vintage items that fill his shop– all in fantastic condition. Based on three floors, every room on every floor is just full of wonderful objects. There is also a tiny restaurant here where the main dining table is the other end of the chefs preparation bench. Check out the photos and if you’re down that way, this is a must see. x
Happy Easter to all our lovely customers. I’m off to eat as much chocolate as I can. x
SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND: Rose Heart Hanger.
1. Bend a wire coat hanger into a heart shape.
2. Attach green moss to it with twine. This can be sourced from florists or garden centres.
3. Now attach the dried roses with twine. Add as many as you like.
4. To add a finishing touch, suspend a zinc heart in the middle.
It really is this simple and makes a beautiful Easter gift.
Have a fantastic Bank Holiday and Easter weekend. x
SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND: Lace Treat basket
(plus something festive to put in them)- Chocolate Easter Nests!
1. A stiffened lace doily makes a sweet basket for a cake or treats.
YOU WILL NEED: saucepan, sugar, water, lace doily or whatever fabric you choose to stiffen.
–Make a sugar syrup in the saucepan by boiling together 1 part water to 2 parts sugar.
–Allow the syrup to cool slightly before placing the lace in the syrup.
Press it down well for a couple of minutes to allow the fibres to absorb the syrup.
–Lift the lace out carefully.
–Place the lace over an upturned saucer, cup, glass or bowl so that the lace is covering the underside of the vessel.
–Let the lace dry before removing it fro the saucer or whatever you have chosen to use as a mould.
2. Now for the chocolate Easter Nests!
5 Shredded Wheat
150g milk chocolate
3 tbsp golden syrup
–Crush the Shredded Wheat into a bowl with your fingers.
–Break the chocolate into pieces and put into a pyrex bowl over a saucepan of boiling water.
–Add the butter and golden syrup and melt over a gentle heat.
–Line two baking sheets with non stick baking paper.
–Stir the Shredded Wheat into the chocolate mixture
–Spoon eight mounds onto the baking sheets, shaping into rounds with dips in the centre. You can also use cake cases to spoon your mixture into.
–Chill in the fridge for several hours until set, then peel off the nests carefully and fill with mini eggs.
Pop them in your lace basket for a lovely easter gift.
Have a great weekend. x
NEW IN: On a dreary day like today there’s nothing better than opening a delivering with these lovely creatures in!
All of these characters are machine washable and are suitable for children from birth. x
SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND: Thermos flask Lamp Bases.
These look awesome and you can customise the lampshade to tie in with your interior.
–VERY IMPORTANT: Remove the glass lining from the flask.
–Drill a hole in the side near the base for the electric cord.
–A lightbulb holder can be fixed to the neck of the thermos (you can buy these in Homebase or any hardware or DIY shops).
–Wire your plug up. This link may help you with this
–Use a vintage lampshade as it is or try customising it with buttons, ribbon, lace etc. You could even strip a lampshade down to its frame and work with it this way. Maybe wrapping wire and beads around as shown below.
You could do this idea with pretty much anything.
Have a great weekend and wrap up warm. x
Wishing all you lovely ladies a very happy Mother’s Day for tomorrow. Time to put your feet up and be pampered me thinks. x
SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND: Silver Hang-ups.
Create interesting but practical hooks out of anything!
– Bend old pieces of cutlery. Boot fairs, antiques shops and flea markets are full of vintage silver cutlery so its easy to source.
TIP– Cutlery with beautiful monograms and patterns make more interesting and decorative hooks.
–Drill holes in the cutlery, making sure you use a drill bit especially for metal.
–Attach to the wall or a piece of wood. The wood can be painted or try finding an old battered cast off (an old door frame, floor board, wooden panel) that has a shabby look to the paint work.
Enjoy the weekend. x
SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND: Teacup Planters.
Here’s a little something especially for Mother’s Day.
–Choose a teacup of your choice whether its vintage or modern (whichever works with your interior). We love vintage so this is what we are going to work with.
–Either gather topsoil from a flower bed in the garden or you can buy bags of soil from your local garden centre.
– Bulbs can be bought from you local garden centre also, or you may be lucky enough to have some in your garden that you can dig out. I would advise using hyacinths (they smell beautiful), daffodils or succulents (these need very little looking after which is always a bonus and can be bought in small pots form the garden centre).
– It’s as easy as this:
For the bulbs fill your cup with soil and place the bulb on top.
For the succulents, pop a bit of soil in the bottom of your cup and pop the plant on top adding more soil to the top and sides so its compact.
–To make them look even more attractive you can pop moss around the top to hide the soil (this can be bought from a florist).
And there you have it a homemade gift that doesn’t cost the earth but looks beautiful and will last longer than flowers.
Enjoy your weekend. x