Thursday, 29 March 2012

Pre-Easter treat.....

A pre-Easter treat for me....a gorgeous hare cushion, bought from a local decorative antique shop in Brampton, Cumbria. Owned by the lovely Carol.... Moat Antiques ( the painted building ) used to be a garage slap bang on what used to be the main route from Carlisle to Newcastle before the town was by- passed many years ago.

Full of painted and traditional furniture mixed with useful decorative pieces....

Whitewashed walls and the most fabulous flagstone floor provide a great setting for her tasteful arrangement of interesting stock.

Meanwhile, I have been a little busy preparing for four Fairs coming up over the Easter period.

So....taking advantage of this lovely sunshine, I have painted, sanded and polished... and have now amassed a good collection of stock for the next week or so.

A compact kitchen table and chairs collection painted in Charleston Gray over Off White (F and B of course)

Ideal for a small kitchen....

A versatile, pine side table with drawer painted in Downpipe....would be good as a side table, dressing table or even a desk.
The stool is painted in the last little bit of Annie Sloan French Linen...looks like I am going to have to order some more.

An octagonal mirror painted and distressed in F and B French Gray...

Two framed pieces of the last of my French toile.....

A decorative frame, a lamp to re-wire and three Laura Ashley paisley style cushions with tassels....

Another Georgian country chair....

And my favourite find of the week...

A wonderfully heavy, Victorian frame with a sepia photograph of a distinguished bearded gentleman.
Love him!

Hope you are all taking advantage of this lovely weather..... enjoy your Easter break x

Bye for now,
Julie x


  1. Hope the fairs go well for you. I love what you are taking along, such a lovely mixture of goodies and they all tone well so your stall will look great. Happy Easter when it comes!

  2. Hi lovely,

    Your new cushion caught my eye immediately. I love hare/rabbit cushions.

    I'm wondering if pre-pre Easter treats are allowed? Or if it's too early for pre-pre-pre-pre-pre Christmas?!!


  3. My, you've been busy Julie,
    and what a great job done! Those things will FLY off the stand I'm sure.
    The antique shop looks lovely; I love the space and the way the items have breathing room.
    Good luck with the fairs and a very Happy Easter to you.
    Joasia x

  4. Beautiful Easter bunnies! Love them!!!

    Warmest greetings from the Perigord,

  5. Love the painted furniture And sharp contrasting pillow of the Spring Hares... Have a great weekend at the fairs..Hugs X

  6. funnily enough, as I was standing in the garden wasting time and watching the chickens (and sipping a MUG of tea!!!) I thought to myself "I bet people up and down the country are painting furniture in the garden..."
    Then I got my bod in gear and followed suit...chairs..frames..bookshelves..

  7. I'm looking forward to the Wednesday Catterick Fair - we're saving our petrol!

  8. super hare cushion.....much more vibrant than the endless parade of 'easter bunnies'

  9. Hello, I stumbled across your blog during a google search for Kate Forman fabrics! So glad I did, because your blog is gorgeous - I'll be back for more - once my fabric crises is sorted out!

  10. Hi!
    Lovely pictures and I really like the bearded gentleman!
    Take care and best wishes for a nice sunday!

  11. Oh what lovely things and my all time favourite French Gray and vintage toile. You have certainly been busy painting and your furniture lloks great. I particularly like the side table. I still haven't tried the annie Sloan paints yet.
    Ruth x

  12. Goodness Julie you have been really busy. Lets hope you sell out at your Easter Fair.Your cushion is gorgeous, I know you like your Hare's, as do I. Love Linda x

  13. Wonderful! I have just discovered your lovely blog and am now following...♥♥

  14. I am in love with the pillow case that is brown with the rabbits. It's so cute.