Covetable cushions

As I await the return of my reupholstered sofa, some beautiful cushions from Bailey Hills have caught my eye. The textiles are designed by Jane Walker and printed on British-made woollen and worsted cloth. Bailey Hills has its roots in Walker’s family history as owners of a spinning and weaving company in Yorkshire. Today, Jane uses both hand-screen printing and digital printing techniques to produce truly covetable, contemporary wool furnishing products.

Making it the good life

Inspired by my recent furniture painting course, I went in search of other courses to restore, recycle, renovate, reuse, and found The Goodlife Centre in south London, near Waterloo station.

The Goodlife Centre offers practical workshops in DIY, decorating, woodwork, furniture restoration, upholstery and traditional handcrafts. The courses vary from evening workshops, day or weekend intensives or longer, such as the popular 4 week Basic DIY course. Prices start at £60 for a 2.5 hour workshop. You could even host a private party!

So if you fancy getting your hands dirty learning a new skill, someone is about to set up home and create a personal touch on budget then check out their upcoming courses. I am spoilt for choice!

Beware the little nippers

Mosquitos are now no stranger to our back garden in London, and as a favoured target for years I am delighted to have found an extremely effective, DEET-free insect repellant, incognito.
It is made from 100% natural ingredients, so is safe for all the family. It does not contain any toxic chemicals, lasts for 5 hours, and smells of essential oils such as bergamot and eucalyptus. No more the feeling of applying paint stripper to my skin in the fight against mosquitos!


Buckets of fun

With summer holidays and seaside trips ahead, we needed some beach equipment that is made to last. After a few renditions of ‘There’s a hole in my bucket’, we bought a new sand set from Green Toys. The set of bucket, spade, rake and castle-shaped sand mould are made from 100% recycled plastic (milk cartons, so BPA and phthalate free). The handle is made from a stretch of rope. The set is robust, and sturdy. It is also comfortable to use, even little fingers can get a good grip on the handles!