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Salcombe and a Discovery…Will Bees Bespoke

The sunny harbour.

The sunny harbour.

If the sun is shining and we have a few days to spare, my family and I will always shoot off down to Salcombe where we are lucky enough to have an apartment to stay (shout out to Uncle John) and an old Boston Whaler that we sail across the estuary and use to bob across to Kingsbridge.

Brandy enjoying her time on the boat (yes she is wearing a life jacket…)

The coastal walks, beautiful scenery and secret pubs, which you can only reach by boat, make Salcombe a perfect and relaxing getaway. There are an abundance of independent shops full of trinkets and treasures (where I always spend too much money on bracelets or pieces of wood with a funny saying written on them).

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This time I came across Will Bees Bespoke, a great shop based towards the far end of Salcombe on the harbour.

An image from the website. (My i-phone could not do it justice).

 

From the moment I entered this gorgeous workshop I was transfixed on the restored roof pillars, distressed wood and smell of leather and soon enough my eyes changed focus to a selection of clutch bags which were timeless, modern and elegant. After I wandered round the shop looking at the gorgeous handbags, large totes made from recycled US Mail sacks and heart shaped leather key rings; the inspired nature of this shop clearly had a story and so I took it upon myself to find out more…

Gorgeous Sparkly Clutches

Gorgeous Sparkly Clutches

The owner, Will told me how his hobby became his business and how his workshop and retail shop came available faster than expected. His business model is based on having a shortlist of product types that can be made using hundreds of different materials. This offers a huge range of choice and truly bespoke items and it is also worth mentioning all of the products and materials are handcrafted and sourced from England.

The Keyring Bar

The Keyring Bar

Will explained that his inspiration comes from the industrial, leather, vintage style which is traditionally very masculine. He has softened and tailored this style to create female focused products I can only say that this theme runs throughout the range and is executed perfectly. His portfolio is currently focused around women’s products, however he told me of his plans to create I phone and I pad cases, which I think is a great move.

Heart Key rings.

Heart Key rings.

The most lovely thing about the products is that whilst you are waiting, Will, will emboss your initials within the logo so that the product becomes truly unique and personalised.

Not a bad view

I am truly jealous of this man, you could not wish for a more heavenly office.

Spoilt for choice...

Spoilt for choice…


This post is slightly different to my previous posts in that it focuses mostly on a wonderful shop I came across whilst I was away, however it is not only the gorgeous products and setting that I want to share with you, but I thought his story and business strategy was interesting and most of all it made me think how idyllic life can be if you bite the bullet and make a hobby in to your life.

Recycled US Mail Sacks

Recycled US Mail Sacks

Just got to save up my pennies to buy one of the gorgeous clutches and air mail bags just in time for the summer to show off around Bristol. This final image bares no relevance it just tickled me… 

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How to Shabby Chic, the easy way

mepaintingbrush I will whole heartedly admit that I am not the most creative person in the world, however I did something last weekend which I am proud to say took quite a bit of artistic direction and imaginative input – I shabby chic’d my bedside table (with the help of Matt and my Dad).

It served me well, but my gosh it was ugly!

My dated, pine, little bedside table was beginning to look a bit dull and lifeless and I was trying to think of a way to spruce up my room without spending too much money and then it came to me – Shabby Chic. Matt was all for it, so off we went to my Mum and Dads house (much to their delight) with my little bedside table in the boot.

Daisy knobs £4.99 each.

Daisy knobs £4.99 each.

We stopped off at Homebase where I realised that I am definitely getting on a bit. I genuinely enjoyed selecting some new knobs to replace the pine ones and looking at paint. There were so many knobs and originally the ones I liked were all sold out, but after a bit of hunting, I came across some daisy knobs – naturally I bought them. (By the way knobs are actually a lot cheaper on the Internet – as we realised afterwards).

The wonderful Chalky Finish Furniture Paint.

The wonderful Chalky Finish Furniture Paint.

We were originally going to shabby chic my table the same way my dad had done in the past by sanding down the table at the beginning followed by a coat of white paint and then the crackle paint you can buy. However whilst walking down the aisles I came across Chalky Finish Furniture Paint.

Colour chart.

Colour chart.

The colours are beautiful; I particularly like the Belgrave blue, Dusty pink and the mustard colour I used to do my table. A 750ml can is £15 and will easily cover one piece of furniture (probably two). The paint is also available in 125ml for £4.99 if you want to paint something small or try out the colour.

First coat being applied.

First coat being applied.

I would love to tell you that it was really difficult and took a lot of elbow grease, but it was so simple. The furniture needs no preparation other than a wipe down and you just begin to paint. The paint is pretty thick and you have to be careful to apply reasonably lightly so that the paint doesn’t get too clumpy. It is also worth noting that the paint does not smell at all, which is great as it means you can paint inside.

Painting in a onesie #commitment

Painting in a onesie #commitment

We gave the table its first coat and left it for about 4 hours, followed by another coat, which we left overnight. In the morning we gave the table its final coat (the tin says you only need two coats, however the pine we were covering was quite dark and I wanted it to be a bright statement piece).

Before sanding.

Before sanding.

After the final coat had dried we located some sand paper and began to softly sand down the sides and gave a few of the edges a harder rub to take off the paint and really create the shabby chic look.I decided against putting the legs back on as I felt they dated the furniture and were not really needed.

Close up.

Close up.

The company advises that you use their varnish to give the furniture a protective seal, however I did not buy the varnish and just wiped it down with a dry cloth. It does feel slightly chalky, however it does not come off and I think I prefer the chalky look.

Finished product.

Finished product.

We attached the new daisy knobs and voila – a brand new bedside table. I absolutely love it and despite the fact Matt and my family originally questioned my decision to go for mustard, they all agree it is actually a gorgeous colour and it looks great.

The next problem was trying to decide what ornaments to put on my newly refurbished table. IT WAS TRICKY….

So many choices...all so similar

So many choices…all so similar

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How to save a life

dogLast week, Mum and I travelled to Hereford for a day of First Aid training with St John Ambulance – why Hereford I hear you ask? Answer is I have no idea, my manager booked it and Mum decided it might be useful for her to use in her job so off we went at 7am for our day trip.

Pretty apt for a First Aid course!!!

Pretty apt for a First Aid course!!!

We had a few revelations that day:

  • First Aid Training should be compulsory for everyone, not just school children. Everything we learnt was so relevant to every day life and there are so many simple techniques that could potentially save someone’s life.
  • Hereford Town Centre has had a makeover and its gorgeous – I would definitely recommend it for a day trip.
  • We drove past Tintern Abby on the way home and by that point it was dark and lit up- it was beautiful. I definitely want to make a trip there in the light.
  • I have realised my mums memory leaves a lot to be desired…
Even though you know best, you always follow that automated voice!!!

Even though you know best, you always follow that automated voice!!!

The drive to Hereford was gorgeous, even though we were initially angry at the sat nav for taking us across the welsh bridge; the route through Monmouth was beautiful. As we pulled up at The St John Ambulance village hall Mums first comment was, “Don’t think we will be getting a croissant and coffee on arrival”. She was right.

So creepy!!!

So creepy!!!

We walked into the 70s style village hall and out trainer, Debbie pointed at the Morrisons carrier bag and then in the direction of the kitchen and told us to make ourselves a cuppa, which was well needed. As we entered the kitchen we were greeted by a number of human facemasks, which were terrifying, however Mum and I managed to find the funny side.

He is choking - can you tell?

He is choking – can you tell?

Despite the dodgy first aid videos (no Oscars awarded for acting) and lack of croissants the whole day was great and we were lucky enough to have a brilliant group of people doing the training with us. In our group we had a man called William and his friend from work Pam who provided mum and I with many giggles every time we did a role-play as Pam would shout, “Can you hear me Willy?” “Tell me where it hurts Willy”.

SONY DSCOur trainer, Debbie was brilliant. She referred to the book when needed; however she related all of our training to real life situations, which personally I found so much easier to remember. She was warm, welcoming and made me feel confident in what I was doing.

I do not want to give you a minute to minute account of what we did as I do not think you will read my blog again, so I have decided to make a shortlist of the best facts we learnt which I hope you might take away and share with your loved ones:

Emergency numbers

112

  • 112 is the European Emergency number which you can call anywhere in Europe and you will be put through to an English speaking person.
  • If you are in the UK then it is better to use 112 instead of 999 as it will connect with your GPS signal and be able to place your location incase you lose signal or battery (999 does not have this information.)
  • If you are in contact with any children, then make sure they know this number!!!

Burns

Self explanatory!

Self explanatory!

  • Leave burns under a cold tap for at least 10 minutes. So many of us just run a burn under the tap for 2 minutes and walked away, however at this point you are only cooling down the nerve endings. In order to cool the skin and prevent a bad scar then it needs 10 minutes.
  • If someone has burnt all of their body – get them under a cold shower/hose straight away and do not let them move for at least 10 minutes – this could prevent serious wounds and scarring.
  • If possible, remove any jewelry that may restrict circulation to the wound
  • When cooled cover the burn with kitchen cling film or a clean gauze.
  • When treating burns do not remove anything sticking to the burn, do not use lotions or creams and do not use adhesive dressings as these could potentially make the burn worse.

Choking

There are different ways to cure choking dependent on the age of the person you are helping.

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If the casualty is an infant:

  • Lay the body face down on your thigh whilst supporting their head and give them five back blows.
  • If this is not successful then place two fingers on the breastbone and push inwards and upwards towards the head. Check the mouth.
  • If the infant is still choking repeat the back blows and breastbone thrusts until the emergency services arrive.

If the casualty is a child or adult:

  • Encourage them to cough.
  • If they are clearly choking then ask then to bend over and if possible put their hands against a stable surface and give them 5 hard blows to the back in between their shoulder blades.
  • Do not be scared to apply a serious amount of pressure. If there is something blocking someone’s windpipe it will take a lot of strength to remove it.
  • If choking persists then you have to revert to an Abdominal Thrust (Heimlich Maneuver).
  • Stand behind the casualty and link your hands below their rib cage. Pull sharply inwards and upwards up to 5 times.
  • If the casualty is still choking repeat the back blows and abdominal thrusts until the emergency services can take over.

Heart Attack

Aspirin in a bottle

  • If someone is suffering from a heart attack and is breathing the best treatment is to keep them calm and reassure them until the emergency services arrive.
  • Whilst waiting for the ambulance, make the casualty as comfortable as possible by putting them in a half sitting position.
  • Make sure their head and shoulders are supported.
  • If possible place a coat or blanket under their knees for additional support.
  • If possible get the casualty to chew 300mg of aspirin. Do not let casualty take aspirin with water as this may prevent them from receiving surgery when they reach the hospital.

During the course we also learnt how to put a casualty into the recovery position and how to carry out CPR if the casualty is not breathing. Both of these skills are quite complicated to explain without a visual aid so I have provided links to videos, which will explain them better than I could:

Recovery Position 

Resuscitation

St John Ambulance app is available to download from Apple’s App Store. It contains first aid procedure so that you always have information available wherever you are. The app includes audio commentary for some of the protocols, so your hands are free to provide first aid in an emergency.

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