Back in the summer, I attended a footstool workshop at Martha Heritage after Annie Sloan had mentioned my local stockists of her famous Chalk Paint.
Martha Heritage is a little slice of heaven set back from the main road, opposite Millhouses Park here in Sheffield. The shop itself is small but perfectly formed, I could have wiled away hours digging around in all trinkets, jewelry, paint, and home accessories.
Not only is the shop front jam packed full of the good stuff (they have impeccable taste,) There are tea rooms at the back. I know, genius, right?
Take a load off mid-shop with a Birdhouse Tea (another local) and a slice of homemade cake. I can personally vouch for the Eton Mess version.
It doesn’t even end there, Anna and Josh, as well as being two of the friendliest humans you will ever meet, are both crazy talented.
I attended the Ministry Of Upholstery Classic Footstool Course which I thoroughly enjoyed. Making something with your own fair hands that looks as professional as our stools did, gives you a feeling that can’t be replicated by buying it mass produced from a factory. It was an amazing day broken up by a delicious afternoon tea lunch.
I chose a greyish linen fabric with a teeny tiny chevron pattern to it. My footstool legs are currently still plain wood as I haven’t yet decided on my living room theme. I know it will go in the lounge when I eventually get round to re-decorating it. The colour scheme is still unknown but it looks like a charcoal grey is winning for the walls and sofa. The cute little legs will be painted in an accent colour to really bring it into its own within the room.
Possibly Antibes Green or English Yellow.
There are lots of other workshops available that would make the most perfect gifts so get contact them quickly if you want to get some Christmas pressies sorted. I’ve already told myself I will be treating myself in the new year to a lampshade making workshop for my birthday although ideally, I would be attending each and every one.
There is a Christmas Market this coming Saturday (2nd December) on Terminus Road and they also have a late night shopping evening on the 6th complete with mince pies and mulled wine.
Go on treat yourself and support a local business at the same time.