Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Daisy gets to play in the shop

There have been a lot of changes in the shop that I work and teach in lately.
Exciting changes.
  A breath of fresh air has blown in and stirred up the creativity in us all.
My boss is a great boss.
He has always encouraged our crafty ways and so when he asked me to
turn this wall into a mood board I was thrilled!

I have always collected inspirational pieces from magazines.
From tiny snippets to whole articles of 'beautifulness'.

And so it began. 
 A history of things I love.

It was an interesting journey looking through it all.
Lots of it had been hidden away for quite a while.

It has been arranged as though it has been there for months with
fabric pieces, buttons on cards,  paint colour charts, postcards and
wallpaper samples all mingled together.

I hope it will be ever changing as more things are added over time.

At last I have found a use for some of my collection
 and it's now where it can be seen and shared.

To hopefully inspire shop visitors as well as ourselves.

This magazine advert was from 1953!

Laura Ashley paint chart sitting next to a pair of dolls bloomers.

The view from the cutting table.

A map of the U.S.A. where the inspiration for
Heaths original shop came from.

The exquisite colour palate of Farrow & Ball.

Buttons and bobbins...

linens and lace...

pegged up with a touch of  Arkell-ness.

Heath has been playing too.

Hanging washing lines of fabric swatches
mingled with old photos and tags.

I've been using my new pompom maker too!

For now it's been finished off with a mini lampshade
covered in strips of fabric a la dottie angel

I now have a bucket of buttons and another wall!
Watch this space!!!
Daisy xxx


  1. Hi Mandy, that is so wonderful, you have done an amazing job, you'll be lucky to get customers to leave before closing time as they spend their time studying your 'mood wall'. Brilliant, and what a brilliant boss to encourage all your creativity. It must be just perfect to have a job doing something you enjoy so much.
    I shall have to pay a visit to your store one of these days.
    Carol xx

    1. Would love to see you there Carol. Thanks for your very kind comments. xx

  2. Looks beautiful! Will be stopping in to see it soon!
    Sally x

    1. Thanks Sally. Hopefully see you soon. xx

  3. I love It!!! can I steal your idea for our shop? I could call it the daisy moon board? feel so excited! jennyx

  4. Wow that looks amazing can't wait to study it when I call in next week for my wool. Nearly finished the jumper now i'm up to knitting the owls. Yeah! See you later. Debs x

  5. Come on admit it it's not "work", it's "play" lol, it must be a pleasure to work in a shop like that I love it and one day I'll get down for a rummage around and see all your hard work. The customers will be coming in with mouths open and go away with lots of inspiration, Lucey x

  6. P S I forgot to say love the "Bell cupboard" (is that what it's called??) on the wall, it's straight out of "upstairs downstairs" Lucey x

    1. The shop has lots of treasure like that. I'm not sure of the name but that is what we shall now call it ;) xx

  7. Can't wait to see the wall on Monday.
    You are a very talented lady, looking forward to the pinafore workshop on March 7th.
    See you soon Love Mandy xxx

  8. Wow that looks absolutely amazing! You've put so much love, work and effort into it, brilliant! XxxX

  9. wow that looks amazing and what a great use of your collection!