Vinnie the vintage caravan

I recently acquired a caravan, saw it on marketplace and just had to buy it. Knew it was destined to be mine when the seller said he no longer wanted it and it was heading for the scrapyard. Not on my watch! It’s a 1967 sprite alpine 400, I believe. The plan is to restore it to the best of my abilities( winging it). Before I continue sharing my progress with you all I want to point out that I have never done anything like this before, it’s probably a bit too bigger job for me but I’m determined and I’m strong willed. So here we go…

Vinnie arriving, notice it’s minus a window…

Work has started. I started battening out the insides, spent £75 on batons, got a rivet gun too…yippee. I actually even managed to put the window back in. Really getting into it. Googled what hinges I need to get the door hanging. Feeling very accomplished and giddy for the next stages.

Half a forlorn door 😂

Work is still progressing but at a very slow pace. I finished the batons and then used hardboard which I did struggle to cut such a large board in a curved line. Once I’d completely covered every wall I then wallpapered.

Starting on the outside I painted with a teal blue and a white as I associate those colours with a vintage caravan. I’m currently now wallpapering the outside to add some colour. To make watertight I’m using yacht varnish.

We now stock paint!

I would like to thank you first and foremost for opening this blog post and taking the time to read. Blogging is very new to me and I have a son that nags me to do these.

As the title explains we now have a good range of paints at our emporium. We have decided to sell rust-oleom paint. It is a paint that is always used by us! We wanted to endorse a product that we have a lot of faith in and we have found a lot of our followers have converted to this product.

The satin finish range is really great and they are expanding the colours all the time! We like the mocha as it’s a very slight off white and gives any piece of furniture a new lease of life.

They also sell furniture lacquer, a product we use to seal our wallpaper on furniture. It gives a layer of protection and stops damages.

Week by week we are expanding our range at Lou’s emporium so if you just so happen to be local please pop in and have a browse! Thanks for reading 🙂

Grief and creativity

Today is my Mum’s Birthday, she would of been 84. Six weeks to the day of her passing My Dad also passed, his light had gone out, his fire had died. Suddenly I was an orphan in my forties. I cried, I got angry and I got creative. It so helped me.

When my parents first set up home after marriage, my Mum went to her local second hand furniture store and purchased what was needed. One of those items was a chest of drawers that she told the shop keeper proudly that she was going to paint. He was horrified and told her so. But she did buy it and she did paint it. It stayed with them until I set up home then I inherited it. I stripped it, it was the 80s and that was the trend. That’s when I learnt the story of My Mum painting it. I kept that chest of drawers till my Boys moved out, then I gave it to them.

I often hear, that up cycling is a trend that won’t last. It’s not, it’s been around forever. Houses would morph into different houses, windows blocked in, turrets built, conservatories and orangeries and the same with furniture. I will sometimes come across a piece of furniture that has been modified at some point in its life. As for fablon (or stickyback plastic as we knew it) and vinyl wrapping your kitchen (and your car) I remember my Mum using it in kitchen cupboards and on a table. We are not pioneers in up cycling we are just followers. We just have better materials to work with now.

But I digress. My Dad was the practical one in their marriage, the one with the tools. He was the one that mended things because you never threw out. My Mum was the one that made things pretty, the icing on the cake. The wallpaper hanger, the furniture painter, the cake decorator. My dad would do the ground work my mum would finish off. They best bit is that the showed me. My first sewing machine, came from the tip, was serviced by my Dad and I was shown how to use it by my Mum. I took my jeans in, I made them drainpipes! I made a furry pencil case.

On clearing out their home, I came across a handwritten knitting pattern for slippers. Ok the pattern stated that you had to use left over wool or wool from a holey jumper. Reusing again. I started to knit, i knitted my way through my grief. I knitted and knitted and knitted. I gave these slippers away, sold them and went to a wool festival where I had a stall. Nobody knew that these little hand knitted slippers were made by me through the worst time in my life. There are hundreds of my little slippers out there, a little bit of me and a little bit of my mum.

Then something else happened…..the chest of drawers came back to me. My Boys were moving on. I paid for delivery (delivery driver horrified when I proclaimed I was going to make it good) as too big to put in my car. It arrived in a terrible state, no back, no drawer handles no drawer base. Apparently, they rolled it down the stairs to smash it to take it to the tip…..I saved it. I set about up cycling. It’s not even recognisable as the same one my mum painted. Then it began I became the rescuer of furniture.

I honestly believe that being creative helped me grieve. It didn’t stop me but it helped me my black days were black days with a flash of colour. A bit of hope. I never forget as the first thing I see when I wake and the last thing I see when I sleep is the chest of drawers.

Happy Birthday Mum.

Lou’s Emporium at Jubilee Farm

November 22nd 2019, my Husband Stu and I purchase Jubilee Barn in Daventry. We got this for my business as it has a separate annexe that could be used as my workshop.

The house had been empty for a number of years and subsequently has been neglected. Ohh we’ve got our work cut out. The plan is to have a comfortable home and busy business all on one site.

Not only do we have to get the house to a reasonable standard but I am also setting up my business. I’d like to share our journey with you. Please stay tuned in for regular updates.

Step through the gateway

5 Ways to increase Facebook likes

To increase “likes” on my Facebook page I engage, I do this by posting photos of furniture that I am working on. I do before and after photos. Sometimes I do a tutorial, explaining the procedure.

Every time someone comments I reply. It’s the interaction that causes the most likes. I made a rule to myself that I would post something everyday, it doesn’t necessarily have to be furniture.

I’m not the expert on gaining Facebook “likes” but this is what has helped me. I was a complete technophobe but found once I started interacting it empowered me to continue. I like to help.

There is something about being creative that people like to watch and follow. There is actual truth in the saying “watching paint dry”. When I’m creating, which can be all hours of the day, I often get visitors and they are mesmerised by watching me paint!

So just to summarise, engage and post and empower.