Alarm bells rang loudly in my ear ……..

We all know that what some people see as junk, others see as treasure and every time we go hunting for vintage goodies at a boot sale, an auction or a collectibles and antiques fair I realise the truth of that cliche.

Recently we stood in front of several tables laden with railway collectibles, scarlet signal finials reaching for the sky, signs, lights and several unidentifiable industrial metal objects and as we looked more closely we spotted a box at the front – a job lot of railway torches and lanterns. Our pulses quickened as we imagined all the possible steampunk style lights we could construct and we agreed a deal with the stall holder. 

As we negotiated with the seller another keen buyer began to rummage through the box – “would you like to buy it?” we quipped and yes we sold it on the spot (for a profit) without having even picked the box up. 

The alarm bells rang when disappointment set in. 

The tension between the desire to transform and give unloved objects a new lease of life and the ability to make a living by buying and selling is always with us.

Commissions and collaborations

The brief was to create a Japanese inspired bathroom with a beach hut feel.

The room had to be a functional and tranquil with a bath, a shower and Jack and Jill basins. The room is west facing and “L” shaped and is the main bathroom for the house.

The Japanese influence was inspired by the soaking tub which is a deep square bath that also functions as a shower tray.

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We sourced local ash to create a shelf for the basins and cladding for the bath. There is another narrower shelf underneath for towel storage. The wall length mirror is framed with ash and has a colour popped inner edge to the frame.

The wow moment comes when you step into the room and see the window.

 

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We worked with Badger and Hake to create the stained glass panels for the window and the panel in the oak door.

The inspiration for the window came from photographs of draincovers curated by Designmeworld from her @drainspotting Twitter account. Badger and Hake combined a variety of techniques to create the panels, coloured glass is fused to make the border which echoes the square motif of the bath and basins, textured glass is mixed and matched and placed alongside slumped and painted squares.

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You step from the heated floor into the bath from a bench step also made from ash. The tiled walls have the sun and sea washed look of a beach hut.

On the side wall there is a three way control for the shower, bath filler and microphone spray head.

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An asymetric cupboard made from one of the tiles houses a shaver point and convenient place to keep an electric toothbrush.

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Pompom peg angel

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Step 1 -add a face to your peg

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Step 2 – make your pompom – I combine yarns together which makes it even quicker to wind the pompom

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fill your pompom maker or cardboard rings – the more yarn you wind around the rounder your pompom will be

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  • cut your pom pom making sure you keep the maker shut
  • put a piece of yarn between the two halves of the maker to secure all the ends and tie off securely – this is what holds your pompom together

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Step 3 – find the centre of your pompom and insert the peg – the legs of the peg will hold the pom pom in place

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Step 4 – add some wings

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cut a wing shape on the fold of some paper or felt

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Step 5 – glue the wings to the peg angel I use a glue gun – any quick setting glue will do the job 

Step 6 – to finish add some string for the angel to hang and a label with a Christmas message

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If you’d like to see what else we make at JANER Designs visit our website – www.janerdesigns.co.uk where you can sign up for our tips and updates.

Merry Christmas

 

Complete change = transformation

We’re close to completing our change of life, home, space …….

We’re starting the countdown to the launch of our online shop, we’ve moved into our new home, we’ve shifted into a new lifestyle we’re enjoying our new environment.

A lot has happened in the last few months as we continue to live our dream and settle in to our new life in sunny Dunbar, East Lothian designing and making knitted home accessories and reclaimed furniture.

Our product lines continue to develop and our best results are produced when we collaborate.

Chairs restored by Eric, cushions by Jane photos by Lucy @designmeworld


And my favourite thing – one of a set of four classic nursery chairs with our very cute great nephew posing! Thank you Suzanne and Allan for photo.


Watch this space, our Facebook page, our @janerdesigns Twitter feed and our JaneR Designs Instagram trail if you want to be part of the launch of the JaneR Designs online shop.

Limoges, France, Day 3 of living the dream.

Today we headed for Limoge – famous for porcelain and enamel. We discovered a pretty city centre with half timber buildings in subtle colours.

French Marigolds
French Marigolds

Behind Limoge cathedral
Behind Limoge cathedral

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Old mixed with new
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we found some interesting shops

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war memorabilia

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rustic table with modern Limoges porcelain

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Traditional enamel used in an innovative way
had a lovely wander around Saint-Leonard de Noblat where we met this chap beside the post office

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and relaxed in some lovely cafes …….

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Pika enjoying hanging out in a cafe

Le Moulin

Le Moulin

We arrived in a storm, cold and wet we fought our way through rain that came vertically from the sky with dramatic force. The noise of rushing water filled our ears as we went straight from car to front door.

The next morning brought no improvement in the weather the whole day was dark and cold we spent the day indoors tackling painting jobs and rehanging internal doors. It wasn’t until day 2 that we began to appreciate our new setting. In the past Le Moulin milled flour and has a bakehouse beside it where villagers would bake their bread with the flour that was milled.

One of the first jobs on day 2 was to release the board that was stopping the water from flowing from the mill race to the river – the mill race flows down the side of the mill and it was washing bits of the building away. Within a few minutes it was reduced to a trickle exposing a lot of mud and silt. Having moved the board Eric stepped onto the mud to retrieve it – he had measured the depth with a stick and estimated it was no more than ankle deep. As his wet suit boot touched the surface he realised his weight was taking him down – up to his waist!

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Shutter pin
Bridge over the mill race
Rustic cart
Arun lily
Arun lily

….. and we’re off to follow the dream in Europe

Our Itinerary

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We leave Dunbar on Friday 12th June with car, trailer, Pika and a sledge to deliver to a good friend living in a hilltop village in Tuscany.

After a stopover with old friends we haven’t seen for ages (great chance to catch up) we head for a night in Folkestone before going through the channel tunnel early on Sunday morning.

Through Trusted Housesitters we have arranged to stay in Le Moulin with Sylvia and Saffi her Staffi. Nestled by a river close to a lake Sylvia’s watermill has a list of jobs that need doing and enough space to put up willing volunteers.

Sunday 14th June to Friday 26th June

 

 We then head to Nice to celebrate Eric’s birthday in the first of three airbnb studios – a brillant and affordable way to see the world and live like a local.

As we travel we will be seeking out brocante and local flea markets to find artefacts and interesting collectibles for Vintage Recycled to work some magic with. On our list is lights, lampshade bases, lettering, small furniture – chairs and benches.

We will be posting on our Facebook page as we go and if you see something that you like let us know and we can earmark it for you and deliver it on our return.

On Monday 29th June we will be wandering round Cours Saleya in Nice looking for a bargain, being inspired and soaking up the atmosphere.

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Click here if you want to know more about Twenty of the best flea markets in France.

We then drive into Italy and on 3rd July arrive in Calci to stay in a romantic stone hut with a pool on the doorstep.

On 9th July we meet up with Lucy for a long weekend in Florence and a market we came across last time we were in Florence (we had hand luggage only).

At the moment we are booked to return under the channel on Thursday 16th July.

 

Living the dream

We are almost one month into working in our workshop and so far so good. We have things to sell, we have the begining of a brand and an evolving vision of the retail experience we want to provide for our customers.

Fairisle scarves in Scottish supersoft lambswool
Fairisle scarves in Scottish supersoft lambswool

Pika is adjusting to a daily routine of a walk on the beach – we are tweeting a daily weather report to test if Dunbar lives up to its #sunnydunny reputation.

Pika's weather reprot
Pika’s weather report

We have a colourful set of business cards.

Combo biz cards
Combo biz cards

and some great images of our products …….. (thank you Lucy Robertson Designs)

Scarf selfie
Scarf selfie
Vintage Recycled Kodak box camera light.
Vintage Recycled Kodak box camera light.
Bobble hat and scarf
Bobble hat and scarf
Juggling humbugs
Juggling humbugs
Bobble hat and scarf
Bobble hat and scarf
Fairisle scarf and bobble hat
Fairisle scarf and bobble hat
JaneR Designs logo
JaneR Designs logo
Vintage Recycled logo
Vintage Recycled logo