Sunday, 23 October 2011

I thought it would be quiet once Niobe went to uni but hadn't realised quite how many things I had committed to to prevent empty nest syndrome!

One of these is a cabinet at Hopkinsons, a former hardware shop in Nottingham now converted to gallery, studios, antiques, vintage and of course a tea shop. It's early days for the space and it needs to get a greater footfall but I like what they are trying to do - to help young designers, artists and business people who can hire space, a studio or a cabinet. The venture is non profit making with any proceeds being ploughed back into the community...

One floor is taken by the Shop of Originality who have a number of designers doing their thing - some including stamps...

including Amy Winehouse as you never saw her before.

One of the designers, Sarah Davenport designed the world's first rocking piano which she rocks as she plays. Yes, it does need regular tuning but its great fun and she's hoping that someond like Elton John or Jools Holland might be interested. Jamie Cullum apparently couldn't fit it in his house. There's a clip of her on Youtube if your'e so inclined...

All I have to do is keep the cabinet filled with delightful and irresistible items. That's got me looking at my collections to see what I can include. I got some of my glass together in the sunlight and started to appreciate it again.

I researched some pieces eg. the lady carrying the basket was found at the bottom of a job lot years ago and although I quite liked her I didn't think she was anything special. She's hung about in various spots being largely ignored. I might put her somewhere more prominent now I find she's an art deco figure, Lucretia made from frosted uranium glass by the German company Walther and Sohne in 1936.

Not sure I can let her go now. A quick check of e-bay suggests she's quite desirable. Might have to keep her then. I'm going to struggle to fill my cabinet at this rate!

Have a good week!

Love Wend


  1. Good luck with your cabinet Wendy, the shop looks great.I bet it feels strange with no Niobe, I must admit I am starting to think about how I will feel this time next year. See you soon.
    Ann x

  2. Hi Wendy,

    Thats the problem with selling, you buy soemthing to sell it on and then decide that what you have bought just fits nicely into your collection, and so off you go to buy something to replace it and so the circle goes. Good luck with your cabinet, will have to pay Hopkinsons a visit.

  3. Lucretia looks far too lovely to let go........

  4. why is it I love looking at other peoples finds ?

  5. A rocking piano! You do bring us some weird things from time to time. Enjoy your free time - they'll soon be home for Christmas (which is at least four weeks long for students!).

  6. Hi Wendy, thanks for the vintage pattern offer and sorry its taken a while to get back to you. I'm really into bolero style knits, berets and gloves, especially now I'm getting into the swing of Fair Isle!