This morning we woke up to a blanket of snow. Not too bad for London. We are often the last place in the UK to get snow, so when we do, it's a fait accompli that the rest of the UK has ground to a halt. True to form the news this morning reported the closure of all major airports, mainline trains and Londoners downed their tools, called time and headed for their local pubs, commons, parks or simply their sofa to while away a white Thursday.
Sadly, we have no excuse as we live two minutes away from our work so at Nicholas & Steele it was business as usual.
|Seven buses had run into trouble at the top of Durham Road as the gritters hadn't been out yet.|
It's not just my students who have shown enterprise. Last week, in preparation for the Rokeby Christmas Fair, Steve and I tried our hand at candle making.
|Steve and I cutting wicks|
|Dipping the wicks in wax|
|Trimming and pinning the wicks in place|
|The candles were scented|
|Steve painstakingly cut and punched round discs for the tops|
|Saucers were matched|
|Bows were tied....and|
|Tadaa...! tea cup candles.|
|French Marseille soaps arrived and were bagged and decorated with vintage brooches. The shop smells heavenly!|
I created vintage sewing kits complete with pin cushion, thimble, wooden cotton reels, ribbon etc
Lavender, drawer sachets were filled with soaps or dried lavender
A trip to Maileg finally bought some more beautiful new bunnies to the shop.
as well as the princess and the pea, and sweet little matchbox mice.
These little Christmas gnomes also found themselves at N&S.
By the time we got to the fair, we had enough stock to hold several but nevertheless, had a very successful morning.
Several other new pieces also found their way to N&S this week including this Kidney shaped dressing table which we spent a happy Sunday afternoon collecting from West Sussex.
A gorgeous Display Cabinet
a vintage radio
A beautiful Adderley Cornflower tea set
A beautiful Plant Tuscan Pink tea set from the 30's
A Royal Worcester Queen's Garden tea set in mint condition
We have also started putting together these picnic baskets crammed with lovely little vintage bits.
and some lovely little heart decorations
The snow came early this year bringing out the snow leopard in our cat Moses...
Inside the shop, our raging thermostat keeps us cosy and it is so pretty watching the snow fall outside. Naturally, as with all small businesses, inclement weather can play havoc with the bank balance but we keep reminding ourselves; this is a lifestyle choice and the weather (along with our cash flow) will improve.
Elsewhere, the entente cordiale continues... as we speak Moses and Roxy inch closer and closer together on the sofa. Can cats and dogs who are avowed enemies actually put their differences aside in favour of shared bodily warmth? My money is on a resounding 'No'! but you never know, perhaps a Christmas miracle is on the cards.
Till next time, wrap up warm and keep the faith.