Last weekend I went with a friend to Pitfield Cafe and shop in Shoreditch.
We had the most delicious lunch in the lovely cafe
I didn’t take any pics of the cafe because it was full and it didn’t feel right pointing my camera at strangers.
It’s a very large space and about three quarters is the shop.
Blury pic of a bit of the food counter.
Lovely old watering cans
Nice isn’t it.
They also sell gorgeous tea towels by Barbara Chandler
Cabinets full of vintage glass
Beautiful huge old prints
Cosy corner and lots of fifties crockery exactly the same as my grandma used to have.
The waitresses were very friendly and actually wiped the crumbs from the tables into their hands and not onto the floor like some places (drives me insane).
What I loved most of all though was the wonderful frontage which I think is outstandingly amazingly beautiful. Just Ahhhhhh
Old Street Tube London.
A few things that I’ve just added to my shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/NickyGrace
It’s so therapeutic doing this and it’s a lovely way to use some of my fabric which isn’t suitable for other things.
I iron interfacing on the back so the shapes aren’t floppy ans are easy to hold. I’ve made little groups of different ones and put them on my Etsy Shop
Children love them as I saw from the fabric workshops I did a few weeks ago. They can be put on the wall, glued into scrap books, played with in make believe games……..
they can be used for making cards or pictures with, you can decorate a mirror, a cupboard, the fridge, a window……..
the possibilities are endless and most of the fabrics are vintage so they are truly beautiful and original. A lovely little present for children to play with on these cold winter days.
vintage fabric pin cushion
What a lovely surprise to wake up to. My little vintage fabric pin cushion with pink bobbles is going to America. I wish I could take it there myself.
Nicky Grace Etsy Shop
When we moved into our derelict Victorian wreck 12 years ago, I had the fireplace knocked through in the front room. I left it as rough brick, painted it green, put our old grate in it and filled it with fairy lights. It was beautiful and I loved it. Roll on a few years and our very old telly in the corner lost the will to live and as I sadly put it in the front garden for the council to take away, my children started working on me to buy a big flat screen tv. I love telly as much as the next person but I hate big flat screen tvs. I think they’re dominating, aesthetically unpleasing and a bit sinister. Anyway, it was 3 against me and I reluctantly gave in and bought the horrid thing. That was about 5 years ago and I’ve barely been in the front room since, literally.
Then I was chatting to a lovely marketing lady Chloe Goddard about decorating fireplaces at Christmas and how I was making my mini vintage bunting in Autumn/Winter colours and how they’d look lovely edging the top of fireplaces and she suggested I do a mock up and take a few photos.
That was just the push I needed so while my kids were all out I moved the hideous creature (flat screen tv) from the focal point of my living room and reclaimed my beautiful fireplace. The creature is now on a shelf in the alcove behind a curtain and is no longer the undeserved centerpiece of room and as a result the room feels welcoming, serene and cosy again.
Mini vintage bunting around the fireplace
Ceramic floral jugs, candles, mini vintage bunting and plants in the fireplace.
If you don’t want a fire but still want the focal point of your room to look lovely then just paint it with emulsion and put a few nice things in it.