late opening Lottie & Friends

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Lottie and Doodledash

We welcome Deb Hunt from Doodledash to our shop at Craycombe Farm. She brings with her a range of beautifully painted furniture, gifts and home accessories.

Deb Hunt at Lottie & Friends

Deb Hunt at Lottie & Friends

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Lottie & Friends

I was awoken this morning by my husband with the words ‘Good morning, shop owner’! I have taken over Stables Antiques, which reopens tomorrow as ‘Lottie & Friends’. For the next two weeks I’ll be frantically redecorating and later this month we’ll have ‘old’ friends Gary Wells and Jean Morris expanding their display of jewellery, ceramics and antiques. We’ll be welcoming the very talented Deb Hunt, who will be adding painted furniture and gifts to the mix. Come see us soon!Vintage and antiques worcestershire

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New at Craycombe Farm

This summer season at Craycombe Farm comes with some delightful changes. I have expanded my space at Stables Antiques, so in addition to finding the full range of Annie Sloan products, including fabric books, I have plenty of space to showcase some finished pieces both for inspiration and purchase. You will find a lot of  unique and handmade items featured on this site, but also a selection of vintage finds.  My latest venture is a range of plants, expertly grown by my friend Jeff Soulsby, who also supplies the National Trust in this area.

plants at Craycombe Farm

Lottie's Creative Living plant stand

In December, my pupil and friend Sue moved in with a beautiful selection of vintage linen, it’s an eclectic selection with pieces of all styles and ages and definitely worth a rummage!

Craycombe Farm now sports three antique shops, The Fisherman’s Emporium, which truly is almost a museum to fishing with cased catches and antique rods and floats, a top notch cafe and delicatessen. Tracy Harper ‘Curtain Design’ is the latest and very welcome addition, offering a thrilling collection of fabrics, curtain poles and accessories.

We are situated on the A44 between Worcester (M5) and Evesham. Do stop !

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Fabric Painting Project

Before ...

A plan...


The upholstery on this little Edwardian sofa had been soiled. We decided to paint it in a dilute mix of French Linen and Old Ochre and were chuffed with the result. The frame has been painted in Chateau Grey with details in gold.

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Ageing Gracefully…article by Lot Ooi

Please click on this link to view the article I have written about the practicalities of ‘upcycling’. It was published in Worcestershire Life, June 2012.

Lot article 

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Wishing you …..


A colourful and indulgent Christmas



And more of the same in 2012

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Worcester Vintage & Craft Fair

Lottie’s Creative Living will be exhibiting at the WAVE Vintage & Craft Fair at The Guildhall, Worcester on Saturday 29th October.

This is promising to be sheer indulgence for lovers of vintage and highly original clothes, gifts and homewares!

Worcester Vintage and Craft fair

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May has been a very enjoyable and productive month at Lottie’s Creative Living.

I ran two chalk paint courses at Charlton and met delightful people:

Annie Sloan paint course

“Many thanks for a truly wonderful day, I really, really enjoyed every aspect of it.  You have a beautiful home in a wonderful setting. My boards look great and the effects I achieved far exceeded my expectations!!
I will certainly recommend you to anyone I know who would love a relaxing, creative day.
It was a very encouraging experience and I can’t wait to get going.
L x”

There are new pieces for the shop … 



Details for all of these and more can be found in the ‘Painted Furniture ‘ and ‘Other Project’ galleries on this website.

My corner at Stables Antiques is becoming ever more ‘lived in’; I have put up some sample boards with Annie Sloan’s chalk paints for inspiration and am stocking Annie’s brand new edition of  Quick and Easy Paint Transformations. If you would like to explore the potential of Annie’s chalk paints in a workshop, I still have a couple of places on my course for 11th June.

Please, do visit my brand new Facebook page and click the LIKE buttons, should you find pleasure in what you see! I have decided I will use that page differently form this website, which displays mainly current stock, to showcase examples of my work including pieces that have gone to good homes. I hope these will provide a source of inspiration.

I have been busy painting up these bedside cabinets for a customer. The interior and first coat are Paloma, followed by a top coat of Old White.

bedside cabinets in annie Sloan paint

Meanwhile, I have hundreds of other projects on the go and get so excited that I can’t sleep at night. Watch this space!

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Have you spruced up your pots?

Last September I decided to experiment with painting terracotta pots with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint.  Because the paint breathes, it does not impede the  natural evaporation of the material and the plants do not become waterlogged as they would with an acrylic or oil-based finish. All the pots painted came through the prolonged frosty spell without a chip or a crack. Good news for the plants and good protection for the pots, the paint does not stay pristine and wears down over the season, so you’ll need to decide whether you like your pots ‘shabby chic ‘ or give them another lick of paint when the planting comes up for renewal.

annie sloan chalk painted urn

I have had this urn for many years and it is not even real plant table in Annie Sloan's old ochreterracotta, but cast concrete in a tone that has none of the mellowness of the real material. I used the dregs of a pot of Old White, added some water and washed on a thin layer of paint. The casual, aged white effect shows off really well against the brick wall.

This week I have been busy changing the display at Stables Antiques at Fladbury, adding a couple of gorgeous antique garden chairs and quite a bit of vintage china. Old Ochre is proving to be our best-selling Annie Sloan colour in Worcestershire and I have painted up this little table as a  huge colour sample. It’s for sale of course and you can find it in the painted furniture gallery on this website!

Hope you are all enjoying the fine weather and the great outdoors!

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