using what you have

Before we moved out to New Zealand we sent a container over filled with, well, our life really – or at least our possessions that we couldn't bear to part with. When we finally brought our little wooden cottage with an open plan living area, we found that several of our treasured items really didn't fit in with the look and feel of our home. A certain set of shelves have been sitting in the garage since our arrival. I didn't want to get rid of them but there simply wasn't a place for them inside the cottage so, on Sunday I decided that I'd put them on the outside of the cottage!! Just to the side of our kitchen window we have a little covered porch that I felt would be the perfect place, so I painted them up in the cottage colours, knocked them back a bit with sandpaper and Mr Tread Softly helped me to fix them to the wall.

They look a bit sparse right now but I'm sure, that over time they'll be home to an eclectic array of treasures perhaps picked up off a beach or from a country walk.

Thank you to those of you who dropped by my stall at the Martinborough Fair to say hello and to purchase some agnes coy goodies. It was so great so see you all. So many of you said that you were planning on visiting the studio once it was open. I really appreciate that. Talking of THE studio, the invitations to the private opening have gone out and a very kind friend has said that she'll take photos on the day for you all.

In the meantime, as it's my birthday and MR TS is taking me out to celebrate, I'll say cheerio until my next post…

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  1. What a nifty idea. The shelves look great!

  2. happy birthday! I hope that the fair went well, and how exciting about the studio opening.
    The shelves are a great idea, really lovely.

  3. Happy Birthday. I hope you have had a lovely day.
    What a great idea with the shelves – I love it!

  4. What a good idea! Happy birthday – I hope you had a lovely day.

  5. Happy Birthday sweetie, hope you had a great day. I so wish I lived nearer and could come to your studio opening. It is looking soooooo gorgeous. You should be really proud of all you and Mr TS have achieved. You deserve great success x

  6. amy hite

     /  February 11, 2009

    happy birthday to you
    happy birthday to you
    happy birthday dear alison
    happy birthday to you
    lots of love and kisses the hites xx

  7. Happy birthday! That shelf is a great idea but your blog is proof in general that you’re a clever clogs.

  8. Happy Birthday!! Hope you had a great day. It was great to meet you in real life on the fair. Hope you had a good fair.
    The shelf look beautiful

  9. Happy Bday! Must be great to get those shelves out.
    Completely uncrafty query but can I find out what house colours you used? – it’s such a lovely colour combination on a wooden home.

  10. Happy Birthday my dear friend! I hope you had a SUPER day. I cant wait to see pics from the opening, how exciting! I do love the shelves on the cottage, what a good idea!

  11. Happy Birthday! Hope your day is fun!
    I absolutely love the shelves outside… so clever! I wish I could visit your studio… it looks wonderful!

  12. Hi, I’ve only recenly came across your blog in the last few days but just wanted to say how lovely it is with such gorgeous photos. I have looked at your previous posts and see the transformation of your new studio – how exciting to have your opening soon and also a birthday today as well. Hope you have a great birthday and I look forward to the pics of the opening. 🙂

  13. Happy Birthday Alison. I just love the colour of the paint – what is it?

  14. Myra

     /  February 12, 2009

    Hope it was a lovely fitting celebration for your birthday and it was a perfect end to a perfect day
    Love what you have done with the shelves

  15. a superbly wonderful birthday to you!!!!

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