Where Has August Gone?

My goodness…where has August gone?

This has been such a busy month…I can’t believe it is almost September!

At the start of August we were looking forward to the start of our Make Do and Mend project…just over 4 weeks later and we’re celebrating the sale of our first piece of upcycled furniture…it sold within 4 hours of hitting the shop floor…how awesome is that?

I’m not surprised really…the table was a real beauty!

We have 2 further items out for sale…both very different.

If your taste is for the individualistic…something you will not find anywhere else then this cute set of drawers might be to your taste. Stripping back the thick white paint we uncovered amazing things…beautiful old wood complimented by strikingly colourful paint…it seemed wrong to take it all off! It’s so tactile…I keep catching myself running my hands along the top each time I pass…I can’t resist!


Many hours of hard work…love and elbow grease have gone into this table but I think you’ll agree it’s worth it…don’t we all deserve a bit of pampering when we’re feeling a bit run down? We’ll have a stampede of neglected tables queuing at the door if word gets out…all hoping for a polish…a non-surgical face lift for furniture!



Are You Feeling Creative?

I love a juicy project to get my teeth into…you know when you just see something and you think…’I could do wonderful things with that’…and before you know what happened a very nice person is helping load it into your car!

Does that happen to you too…I’m sure it’s not just me? My guilty secret is furniture…my spare room is full of pieces in various stages of remodeling!

I was in our furniture warehouse this morning and they have got just the thing (things really!) for the adventurous or gifted refurbisher (I think I just made this word up but I’m sure you know what I mean!) Instead of waffling just let me show you the pictures…

I mean look at them…aren’t they amazing? Can you imagine what you could do with them?

There’s a lot of work needed to bring them back but oh my goodness wouldn’t it be worth it?

If these chair frames (at least 2 are Ercol) are calling your name then you need to call the warehouse fast…or leave a message on our Facebook page…I guarantee they won’t be around for long!


What’s Happening In Millom?

Our Millom Shop is currently closed…exciting news…it is having a refit!!

The end of last week was spent stripping it out ready for the refitting…it’s amazing how different a shop looks when it is empty of everything familiar!

It was great to see so many volunteers lending a hand to get it done.

I popped through yesterday and work was already well under way…new stud walls up…paintwork being prepared for painting…I can’t wait to see how it looks next time I’m there!

What Is Valentine’s Day…

You know how sometimes you start thinking about things…then your mind goes off at a tangent and leads you elsewhere…you drift back and forth and suddenly you realise that all of these random thoughts are related…that something links them all…that light bulb moment!

light-bulb-clipart-aha-moment-2First week of January and I start noticing Valentine’s displays popping up in all the high street shops…shock…horror…Valentines…but I’m still finishing off the Christmas cake!!!

After my initial shock I start to panic…what can the hospice shops do for Valentine’s…how can we make our displays different…special?

I started thinking then…what does Valentine’s Day even mean…and is that the same for everybody…so I asked Google (doesn’t everybody?)…what does it mean?

Of course I ended up with a plethora of definitions but my favourite one was this;

Valentine – Something (such as a movie or a piece of writing) expressing uncritical praise or affection (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valentine.)

And then the penny dropped…Valentine’s Day…it’s about love and caring…and then I knew…the only thing that needs to be expressed in our shop windows this February is the love that flows in abundance for St Mary’s Hospice.

Great idea…stop right there brain…but no…the thoughts kept coming! So much love for the hospice…one day was never going to be enough…what else could we do? My mind was abuzz with ideas…from the sublime to the ridiculous…but then it all started to take shape…a calm descended and a plan was formed…


You’ve Only Got Until Monday! 

That’s right…our blind auction finishes Monday 8th January…if you want your garden parties to be the talk of the town then you need this  cheeky little chiminea!

You know what to do…stick your bid in an envelope and pop it into the Ulverston shop…if you can’t get there but would like to bid contact us on Facebook and we’ll work out a way you can!

Who wouldn’t want Colin (I couldn’t help naming him!)warming up their patio?

We Love A Blind Auction!

Apprentices at Furness College, working with their tutor Scott Wilson, have made a garden wood burner in the style of a “Minion”

They have donated this and other items to St Mary’s Hospice in the hope of raising much needed funds.

It is hoped that this can become a yearly project for Apprentices both to make the gifts and to visit the Hospice to understand our services and importance to the Community

From left to right (picture below), Ben Watson, Sophie Monk, Lee Harkin, Matthew Brown, Reece Mallon and Sam Johnson.

Minion 1

Thanks so much to the Furness College apprentices and their tutor…the wood burner is a fantastic piece of work…they should be really proud!

We have decided  a Blind Auction is the best way to sell this unique wood burner as we’re sure there will be many people who want to own him.

If you would like this cheeky little chimenea to be coming home with you…all you need to do is enter a bid at our Ulverston shop, following the instructions below;minion 1

12 New Market Street,
LA12 7LN
Tel: 01229 580614

Opening hours:
10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday

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