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    SHINY NEW YEAR 2018!

    Welcome to January 2018's Newsletter... It is a brand new shiny new year, and with lovely even numbers, I am certain that although it feels lovely and even, no doubt there will be some ups and downs ahead! Which might be quite exciting, in fact, to feel optimistic, I am sure can and will be...

    Now that all the glitz and glamour has been taken down from inside our homes, it can seem a little less, well, maybe drab inside. Our walls a little perhaps not so sparkly without the twinkly lights from the Christmas tree fairly lights, and the glistening of perhaps some candles being lit around the house too. I heard the word 'Tinslelitus' and I thought that summed it up perfectly. We might be suffering from a little bout of that. 

    So I think the best way out of all of that is to grab your wellington boots, or walking boots, a nice warm coat, borrow a dog if you haven't got one, (this is not compulsory), and head out for a good long walk and some fresh air.  There is truly nothing like it for clearing the mind, having a good talk amongst family and friends alike and coming home, putting the kettle on and I know from personal experience, you feel a whole lot better.

    A good walk cures all...

    'Tinslelitus' goes quite quickly once the Christmas decorations are packed away and you start back into sorting and clearing up. Those lovely bottles of bubble bath from Auntie Vera actually do smell quite nice after all!

    Which leads me on quite nicely to my next point in case - sorting, clearing, tidying and all of that! I have been dabbling with a little of it myself. One job besets the other. Hmmmm I thought, just get that out, meant, hmmmm just get that out, which meant, hmmmm, that means that has to come out too!

    So if your getting out of something leads to half sorting out your whole cupboards, and you find that you might find yourself with some furniture you might want to sell - then remember our number.

    Having a sort out? Furniture to sell?

    We simply love to buy excellent quality pieces of furniture, give us a call. John will gladly talk to you for your initial enquiry.  We can arrange collection too.  So, if you feel you have a piece or  indeed a house full of furniture from your garden or home that would fit in within our Boutique, then please give us a call. We love a good sort out and indeed there is Paint in the air, look below for news on our Fusion paint too!

    How much are we looking forward to the Spring?
    Well we are, we are looking forward to having some more Fusion Mineral Paint Furniture Classes in our Workshop Studio.
    Now you maybe asking why use Fusion Mineral Paint, well, let me help answer those questions:-

    Ever wonder Why Fusion Mineral Paint is the most sought after DIY Decor Furniture Paint?
    You have seen the beautiful projects, and you wonder,  exactly what is everyone talking about!
    What is it that makes Fusion Mineral Paint so wonderful and different?
    Why would I choose Fusion over a chalk type paint?

    FUSION - www.lovinglymadeltd.co.uk  FUSION - www.lovinglymadeltd.co.uk FUSION - www.lovinglymadeltd.co.uk

    Fusion Mineral Paint

    Top 5 Reasons!

    • Built in Top Coat – No Waxing needed!
    • Little preparation
    • Zero VOC & Virtually Odourless
    • Fabulous coverage on your furniture
    • Waterproof & can be used outdoors

    Fusion is an all in one formulation that has changed the DIY world making it easier to get a professional look with less time, money, and effort.
    So, don't just take our word for it, come and see for yourself.
    Keep an eye on our website, and classes will be up soon.

    We look forward to seeing you here in our Vintage Boutique, our Workshop and our Courtyard...
    Lots of Lovingly Made Love,
    John & Trixie - and Charlie of course, our meet and greet dog and best friend...


    I was thinking about my day and wishing I had more time in my day! I wonder if like me, you sometimes wish for more hours in the day? Well, we were all given an extra hour in October which was fabulous, the clocks went back an hour and hey presto, my wish was granted! So, what did you do with your hour?

    ALARM CLOCK - www.lovinglymadeltd.co.uk

    What Did You Do With Your Extra Hour?

    My hour was quickly and so easily consumed with my normal day to day chores, walking our lovely dog, meeting John at work. We then went into London for a delivery of furniture, had supper, managed a cup of tea when we got home I actually couldn't remember where our 'extra' hour went!

    So as much as my wish was granted that Sunday, I know that they don't all come true. We need to work for our dreams, hopes and for our wishes to come true.

    We now have had Halloween and Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes, so it has been a very busy time of festivities and experiences for many of us. I am sure that there will be lots of wishes being written and spoken about very soon with Christmas looming! 

    SPARKLER - www.lovinglymadeltd.co.uk

    Guy Fawkes Night Celebrations...

    Here at Lovingly Made, we wish for a bright morning most days, as I wake up, I open the windows and look outside and hope that the sun is shining! They say that the first 3 minutes can dictate your mood for the rest of the day, so I wish for the day to bright first thing, that my first cup of coffee to be hot and delicious and then my morning walk or yoga practice to be mood lifting. 

    We have been busy in the Boutique with weekly arrivals of Antique & Vintage Furniture arriving, so if you are wishing for that elusive piece of furniture, then do pop by, as we have fresh piece arriving every week. We also have our very popular Christmas Wreath Making classes on our website too, so if you wish for some time for yourself, then this is the 'go to' place - 3 hours of pure indulgence just for you and a beautiful luxurious, exquisite door wreath too to take home!  

    CHRISTMAS WREATH CLASS - www.lovinglymadeltd.co.uk

    The Start Of A Wreath - Christmas Wreath Making Classes Here In Our Workshop Studio...   

    Wishing for some original Christmas presents and decorations? Well, we are not a typical shop like your 'High Street" shop, we find 'one-off' unique gifts, special handmade object's-da, signature valuable items, French glass, handmade wooden items and handmade painted decorations, so come over and see for yourself.

    WOOD - wwwlovinglymadeltd.co.uk

    Unique Christmas Gifts, One-Off Finds, French Glass, Original Handmade & Handpainted Decorations...

    So, what wish would you like to be granted today? 
    Let us hope that your wish can be granted, or at least in part, that you can help make it happen.
    Hope to see you very soon in our Boutique, there's a whole lot of wishing going on! 
    Lots of Lovingly Made Love
    Trixie & John
    Charlie too



    AS I LOOK OVER THE TOP OF MY COMPUTER, I spy the blackberries ripening, the apples glowing beautifully red on my trees and I can just see the end of the fig tree which is starting to bear glorious fruit. It all sounds mighty grand, but in actual fact, the trees are still small and the blackberries are from the farm hedge! A lovely illusion can be created from a few words.

    Let's hold onto those few words because sometimes they are all we need to get us through the day, a hello from someone, a stranger, a nod of the head, creating a positive place in our minds can be all we need to make a difference to our day.

    What a wonderful weekend we had at Firle Vintage Fair this Summer!  
    It was a glorious weekend, it was so hot, not that we were complaining.  The Vintage Cars looked beautiful and the Ice Cream Van opposite us looked the best!

    Thank you to everyone who popped their heads in to say hello, those of you who know us already, and to all our new customers, it was fabulous to meet you all.  We hope that you get a chance to pop by our Boutique soon. We'd love to see you again.



    Firle Vintage Fair

    Great thanks to my Mum and Dad who helped so much.  Not only with the loading and unloading all our stock, but with all our meals, and the fun we had staying in their Motorhome - priceless!

    We had a fabulous time at Firle Vintage Fair, meeting new people all weekend, we hope we made a difference. For those of you who haven't been to our Boutique, it is certainly a exhilarating place to be, it is constantly changing, with fresh stock, new treasures and a warm welcome.

    Fusion Mineral Painting Certified Workshops here at Lovingly Made
    Thanks to Carol, our Painting guru! We are delighted that she is now up and running with her Fusion Mineral Painting Classes here in our Workshop Studio.  Come and join in the fun and book your class as they are filling up fast! Look out for our next Advanced Classes and Christmas specials too...

      Fusion Mineral Paint Classes in Our Workshop Studio

    I'll be updating the newsletter regularly; so sign yourself up so you too can get your very own special offers and discounts. Including advance notice of our Coffee and Cake mornings, Autumn News, including Fusion Mineral Painting Classes, Bonfire Night Celebrations, Christmas Events calender (shhhhhh), to include our very popular Christmas Wreath Making classes, Christmas Fusion Painting Classes, Christmas Events Open Evening and a whole lot more besides, so keep your eyes open wide! 
    Until then,
    Lots of Lovingly Made Love
    Trixie & John
    Charlie too



    Well, I think I have made May's blog by literally 'the skin of my teeth', being a Bank Holiday Monday' too.  John and I have finished our deliveries this morning, I have finished washing a couple of beautiful handmade quilts I found whilst 'treasure hunting yesterday', some silk and linen, Vintage 'Love Birds', a gorgeous Union Jack flag, terracotta pots, French plates and brocante. Now all I now need to do is to clean, polish and dress our Boutique before Thursday when we re-open. 


    Vintage Love Birds...

    So, behind the scenes, we are always working, our thoughts are always changing, and our thoughts changed so much this week with the devastating news that Manchester faced as a City. The people of Manchester certainly had their lives turned upside down and their thoughts changed literally. We send out our heart felt sympathy to all of those families and friends who lives have been so terribly affected. 


    Thinking of Manchester...

    Change can be so quick. It can also be a slow process. Whichever way, change is ever constant in our lives. It can be unwelcome, it can be harsh, it can be kind, it can be thrust upon us but it also can be of our own fruition and wanting.

    In our newsletter which you can subscribe to, we have written a lovely piece about Change, and there is a link which talks about 10 powerful benefits of change, from Personal Growth to Strength to New Beginnings.   All of which can help us with our lives. 

    Whatever change is, whenever is comes, one thing is for sure, change certainly is that, change.

    Change can come into our lives personally, affecting our own lives and that of our family and home. We can change our homes to reflect our personality and that is where we come in... We source our furniture with love, passion and true feeling and we are very passionate about what we do and where our furniture, brocante, treasures, unique curiosities come from too. The beautiful furniture and uniqueness we source and buy, is lovingly thought about; it brought back to either our home if needs be or mostly, to our Workshop to be cleaned, hoovered and treated, polished, waxed.


     Washing Quilts at home...

    In our Workshop, between John, Carol and myself and sometimes even my Mum and Dad are involved;  we change the first appearance of the not so gorgeous 'looking' duckling to a beautiful Swan.  Everything has been 'Lovingly Made' originally, hence our Company name and ethos. We literally do lovingly change it where and when needed, into something lovely, clean, presentable, hoovered, treated, dusted, waxed, polished and if necessary, painted.

    Our aim has always been to forage for unique finds just for you.  Our prime objective is that you can offset your Vintage find that you have bought from us and blend it effortlessly with the furniture that you have at home; so you don't have to change too much at home too quickly or just add a few pieces to your existing furniture. You can change just a little bit at a time, harmoniously, giving your home an individual touch, just like you.


    Vintage Urn and Clock...

    We feel that without a little Vintage furniture, the odd curio, the little French brocante, modern day interiors can look and feel a little soulless, and conversely, without a modern day context, you could say that some Vintage piece could look a bit out of place, a bit fussy even.  It is the very clever change and mix of the two that makes if work so well.

    Change is all around us and one of the most important changes is that change of re-loving, reusing, recycling and repurposing our furniture, something that we at Lovingly Made are so, so passionate about. 


    Vintage Wooden Treasure Box...

    We simply love the past, we love that furniture was so well made, lovingly made in the past, the wood, the craftsmanship, the joinery, the love in which it was made. The change is now, we can make such a huge change and make it in our homes too. We can look after the old, bring recycle the old and bring it back to life!


    Vintage Bistro Chair...

    Vintage pieces were made to last, designed to last, built to last, made from materials from strong sturdy materials, good strong wood.  Metals forged from handmade forges, with workmanship that would cost you a small fortune now. The ironwork of true artisans. Sofas and chairs with Horsehair and strapping, leathers and linens handed down from generation to generation. Don't you just wish you had kept them all now?

    So, continue to press that 'Changing Thoughts' button, for all the right reasons, let's start making a change together. Buying Vintage Furniture helps the Earth, and how about a little rebel against the modern day age of cheap day mass production?

    We hope we continue to always be pressing ours, to be looking for the lovely individual pieces of artisan, individual, crafted, resilient, beautiful furniture, treasures and vintage pieces that make a house into your home.

    We look forward to seeing you here in our Vintage Boutique, our Workshop and our Courtyard...
    Lots of Lovingly Made Love,
    John & Trixie - and Charlie of course, our meet and greet dog and best friend...






    This is the month of journeys, the journey that lots of us began for Lent.  This year, Lent started on March 1 which was also Ash Wednesday and the after Shrove Tuesday.
    The day of Lent changes every year in accordance to the lunar calendar, similar to Easter Sunday, which again is another journey.

    Lent is a 40-day fast, so will run up until the Thursday before Easter Sunday April 13, which is known as Holy Thursday. The Lent period reflects when Jesus fasted and suffered in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights, before he started his ministry; a journey in itself.

    Easter Cross - www.lovinglymadeltd.co.uk

    Easter - The journey of Jesus over 3 days is known as Easter Triduum...

    Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after his crucifixion. Christians believe Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose again three days later, a journey known as Easter Triduum.


    It's April - we begin to think about Easter, our families, our journeys together as families, of new beginnings and new life.

    Easter Eggs - www.lovinglymadeltd.co.uk

    The introduction of 'chocolate Easter Eggs' is a relatively new idea!

    It is thought that the Mesopotamians - an ancient Christian community living in an area roughly covered today by Iraq, Syria and Kuwait - used to stain eggs red to symbolise the blood of Christ.

    The eggs would be cracked against one another, the empty shells would be left behind - leaving a symbol of the empty tomb that Jesus left behind. 

    The introduction of chocolate eggs is a relatively new idea originating in France and Germany, from the 19th century - lucky for us! 

    Again, thinking about our journey, Easter is currently a "moveable journey" - a date strictly determined by the lunar calendar rather than the normal Gregorian or Julian calendars; which follow the cycle of the sun. This is really significant, we cannot change this, it is a journey we cannot determine, only the cycle of the sun can, it is out of our hands, so we are forced in a natural way to enjoy our journey here, it is out of our control - so let us enjoy our family time together and remember a little part of what Easter is really about...


    Our Easter is particularly important this year, as we have a very important journey to watch, that being, The London Marathon. 

     The London Marathon - www.lovinglymadeltd.co.uk


    Joseph, our son, is running  his own journey for Headway - The Brain Injury Association, his journey will be probably the hardest journey he will ever do. Being 6'5" he is not built for running, and has never ran competitively before, he is built for rugby!

    We are so proud of him. We will be up in London cheering him on, with his girlfriend, Phoebe and with her parents too! 
    Joseph's - Virgin Just Giving Page  
    Headway - The Brain Injury Association   

    A note for your diary, we will closing the Vintage Boutique on Sunday 23/4/17


    Hot Cross Buns - www.lovinglymadeltd.co.uk

    Enjoy your Hot Cross Buns with your family...

    Enjoy your Easter, think about your journeys however short, long, to and from, wherever they are to and whoever they are with. IT is the journey, not the destination that is the crucial and enjoyable part; although I think that Joseph will be looking towards the end of his journey of 26.2 miles...

    Enjoy your month of journeys with us.
    We look forward to seeing you here in our Vintage Boutique, our Vintage Workshop and our Courtyard...
    Lots of Lovingly Made Love,
    John & Trixie - and Charlie of course