Recently due to security and heating bills, we had to install all new windows in our home. I managed to hang on to the front bay and replace all the glass – I just refuse to get new ones until I can afford the actual sash windows to replace them!
I kept all the old sash windows and decided to make them into mirrors for my home. The above is one I have finished and I absolutely love it, what do you think?
Thanks for visiting qwerky.ie
Yve & Bee
We came across this Vintage Pattern Making Shop Sign out and about on one of our qwerky shopping trips. When we started qwerky, old signs were our favourite pieces so it’s always a delight to come across sign that are a little different.
Signs always add some interest to any room in your home, this one would be perfect for a bedroom!
Today I want to write about a store and person that has inspired me so much over the last 2 years, Mary, the co- owner of Heather Brae.
Heather Brae’s sells antiques and vintage pieces that are truly unique for your home and garden. It is run by two women Mary and Jane who met one day at the school gate. Mary being the person that has continued to inspire me since I have set up qwerky. I stumbled upon Heather Brae’s whilst driving to Church Stretton one Sunday afternoon. I spotted her array of eclectic pieces sprawled outside her shop and knew this was the place for me! The thing I love about Heather Brae’s is each time I visit; I know I will find something quirky. You have to be prepared to rummage, which for me adds to the excitement of the hunt!
The Store is set in the middle of what I would call a large yard with two other stores on either side. T o the right, you will find ‘The Door Knocker company’ selling a selection knobs and knockers and to the left, you will find Wilstone House & Garden where you can find Antique tribal candle stands,, Indian cupboards and huge burners for your garden.– All shops together really compliment one another. Recently, to my delight, a great coffee shop has opened beside the shop selling the most divine food and truly scrumptious cupcakes.
Mary has been in the antique and styling business for over 35 years and has a wealth of knowledge. What amazes me about her is, she is so helpful to us mere novices and in her busy schedule, always finds the time to have a friendly chat.
Heather Brae’s is a one stop shop – you are guaranteed to be surprised at what you will find!
Heather Brae’s, Nr Cardington
Bee has a little daughter called Ruibin (Roo) for short! Bee took Roo to see a fairy tree in her local park – a pretty magical place! As usual wherever we go, we are always on the look-out for inspiration to use in our “qwerky” pieces. Bee took a picture of rags hanging from the fairy tree and had a light bulb moment… Make a a ‘Rag Lantern’ out of our pink-ish lantern which is now on sale on our website qwerky.ie
Here are the inspiration pictures and qwerky’s Instructographic of how to make your own Rag Lantern. Make sure to use LED lights! Thanks Yve & Bee
Our 1st official one-year anniversary is coming up, even though we’ve been around since 2010, we really feel qwerky started out in 2011. Our new website had been built and we both started to take qwerky more seriously.
There is something about a year coming to an end; it starts to make you think about, what my goals are for the following year? What I want to achieve? We’ve decided to set out some realistic goals we would like to achieve for 2013. What’s yours?
One: No more blagging… It’s time to start Blogging.
Creating blogs with creative photos and writing blogs that readers want to read. Blog 3 times a week keeping them relevant to qwerky.
Two: It’s all about Individuality.
To continue to develop qwerky pieces with our own stamp on them.
Three: Read all about it!
Start giving tips in weekly newsletters to our customer database.
Four: Dare to be different.
Keep qwerky authentic.
Five: Love what you do.
Continue to have a passion for what we do.
Thanks Yve & Bee
One half of qwerky is taking an online course -
decor8 BYW bootcamp
It is such an inspirational class and so informative. One of
my assignments is to write a new bio/about me. The object
of the assignment is to help readers get to know the
people behind the business a little more. Here is one
draft we have decided upon. Please let
us know what you think? Here is the link – About
Thanks in advance.
Yve & Bee
it’s time for the real deal!
At qwerky, we are always trying to update ourselves
and keep in the “social networking loop”. So I’ve embarked
on a blogging course, it’s called “Blogging Your Way” by
none other than the talented Holly Becker from Decor8
and her wonderful team. If you are not familiar
with the website, check it out decor8blog.com. I promise
you, it is definitely worth a visit – we at qwerky
I’m really excited to use all my new found blogging
knowledge and put it to good use on our qwerky blog!
Have a good week!
Crunchy leaves, fresher weather, woolly socks, long walks and beautiful warm colours…
Autumn inside the home to us is throwing soft throws on your sofa and beds to snuggle up in. Getting your buckets/baskets filled with logs even if your not lighting your fire yet, they look really good! Colours we are loving right now are bottle green, orange and warm reds.
It’s the season to start cooking nutritious soups and stews and baking all those scrummy cakes!
We have this Stag print hanging in our homes. Every time we look at it, we Fall into a place where there is mountains full of snow and a little log cabin. After a long walk with our families, we kick off our boots, put on our woolly socks, snuggle up on the sofa and drink hot chocolate by the fire - Well… we can dream!
I have this wonderful, funny, talented friend. She’s one of those friends that you are just so glad they are in your life! She’s one of those friends who will always tell you the truth but will do it in a gentle way! Most of all, I know if I ever need her, I know she would be there in a heartbeat telling me, It’s not the end of the world and to.. ‘Keep your head up”….
Anyway, to get the point, I had to share one of her tracks, have a listen…
Track by Artist Clare Murphy - http://www.musicxray.com/xrays/703569
REMEMBERING DAD…. on Father’s Day!
His big warm smile
His throaty laugh
How he dipped his scallions in his brown sauce
How he loved his chips and yours too!
How he loved his onion sandwiches and the tears rolling down your cheeks as you made them for him
How he looked when he got dressed up going out with Mam, in his suit and tie (I personally remember the red tie – it looked so good on him)
How he had that sly proud grin when you told him how great he looked
How he cried every Christmas dinner and how we all starting bawling with him (well I know I did)
How he loved his children
And adored his grandchildren
How he worked so tirelessly for us, mostly under the car, rather than in it
How he lives on in all of us and our children
WE LOVE AND THANK YOU DAD AND REMEMBER YOU THIS WEEK AND ALWAYS
Yve & Bee xx