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

Old mixed with new
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we found some interesting shops

war memorabilia

rustic table with modern Limoges porcelain

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


and relaxed in some lovely cafes …….

Pika enjoying hanging out in a cafe

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

Our Itinerary


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.


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


Day 3 and we’re beginning to get our bearings – we have not been lost at all today. A combination of Google maps, online access to buying a bus ticket and taking a phone charger to boost the battery life when we recharge ourselves with coffee.

We are lucky to be enjoying a stay in an amazing city in a comfortable house in exchange for walking a dog and feeding two cats.

Sunday in Copenhagen is a relaxed affair, lots of families spending time together playing hide and seek in the park, cycling through the city.

We met the little mermaid this morning reclined on her rock with her liquid tail and upright pose. We jostled with the many tourists crowding down to the water’s edge to capture her image most with themselves in the foreground – selfie style.




We enjoyed a visit to the design museum and recognised many famous names, toys from our past and toys we have to play with our grandsons – Brio and Lego!


We were struck by designers who are using their talent as a force for good – little sun gives a way for children in developing countries to have solar powered light when everything around them is dark and life straw gives access to clean drinking water.