I am often intrigued when people buy things from my shop. No more so than the polystyrene cones. What are they doing with them?

One lady who bought some of the cones, Tricia Carter, sent me this picture of her finished cones. She has been making them for 25 years, and buys long stemmed glasses from charity shops and shaves the bottom of the cones to fit in the glasses. She then attaches Quality Street and one tin makes 3 trees. I thought that this was a brillinat idea and so effective as table centre pieces for special occasions.

We went to the auction at Billingshurst yesterday and today as I had seen online some bits and bobs that I wanted for shop window displays. Of course the actual items that I wanted came up second so rather than lose them I also bid on the two items that came up first. And as they say, Murphys Law, I got both lots. The chair I really liked was the red one and the orangier coloured pram. Both the prams had these ugly little dolls, poor things,  in them. The chairs are 49cm high and the prams are 36cm. The prams were £10 and £15 each and I couldn't belive my luck. I also wanted a little rocking horse but they old sold for upwards of £180 and that was just a tad too expensive lol.

As I couldn't get a rocking horse I consoled myself with this gorgeous little steam driven car. It is in remarkable condition and still has the original box. I think it was made around the mid 70's so it is older than some of you lol

I have just signed a lease on a little shop in Polegate near to my home.

 I had hoped that it would all have been sorted before now but it was a Taxi Office and he has moved to larger and grander premises, and the probem was it British Telecom as he needed a new phone system installed in his new premises. It was supposed to have taken 6 weeks but it has dragged on and is more like 3 months.

I hope to get the keys, officially, by the end of the week and then it will be all systems go with the paint brush and screwdrivers. I have order the fittings, arranged a new phone line and insurance, so I have spent the day on the phone and internet.

When I am open I hope that you will come along for a browse and a cup of coffee and biscuit.

I will keep you updated as we go along.

Wish me luck please
No not the snow. That all melted in the rain yesterday thank goodness. :)

This is this weeks special offer. Half price American Crafts Thickers. You can see what we have available here. On some of the designs we only have 1 left so be quick and grab a bargain before it is too late. Here is a picture of just one of the Thickers available.