The Bottom Stable

We took some time out one sunny weekend recently at popped into The Bottom Stable at Lurgashall West Sussex

The little shop of big treats and surprises is situated next to the village pub The Noahs Ark, this makes it a double treat of  retail therapy and lunch, sitting out on the village green. Of course another reason for going was to admire the new products Hollie, the shops had sourced  and to buy a few birthday presents. Some of the things I loved were these handmade soaps from Lewes, a range of  handmade note pads and a range of scarfs just as you walk in the door.  I don’t know of any other shops around this area that sells products and one-off designs like the Bottom Stable,so its great for finding something different and unusual. The shop is open on Fridays , Saturdays and Sundays and its best to book a table at the pub before you head there for lunch!


the bottom stable

A little bit about the shop

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The Stable

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Beautifully secented and wrapped cold pressed soaps


The notepads

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The rather nice new blue wall.

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The cash desk and pom pom

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An assortment of goodies!

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A drink outside the pub and watching the cricket




The Book Winner Is………

I’m hiding under the table, no peeking here !!!!

Congratulations!  The name of the lucky winner of the fab Mollie Makes ‘Christmas’ book  is ‘Twisted Fibres’-sorry I don’t have your name.

Please can you contact me with your details so your lovely prize can be sent to you.

Thankyou everyone for entering and for the really brilliant ‘Polly’ suggestions – Kate x







The lucky book winner is Twisted Fibres !
















Mollie Makes ‘Christmas’ Book To Win!

The fab new ‘Christmas’ book to give away!

 Today is the official publishing day of the new and fab, Mollie Makes ‘Christmas’ book. To celebrate,

the  publishers Collins and Brown  have given me one book to give away. Yippee!

The book is available from all good bookshops, Amazon and

To enter, you need to do two things. First sign up for their  Love Crafts newsletter . The newsletters are sent six to eight times a year and are usually crammed full of crafty ideas and offers Secondly, leave a comment on this blog mentioning you have signed up and what Polly character you might like to see in the future  e.g A gardener.

I shall put all the names in my knitting bag and pull one lucky winner out on Sunday 7th October at 8.00pm

 Best of luck

Kate x

Book Review- Mollie Makes ‘Christmas’

When I received the news that’ Mollie Makes’ magazine  was releasing  their first book (published by Collins and Brown) and that it would be a ‘Christmas’ crafting book, there was cause for much celebration! The  ‘Mollie Makes ‘ magazine was first published in May 2011. Their ethos of ‘ living and loving handmade’ has been carried through to this book with nineteen attractive projects to make and create. The  projects are written and created by  twelve independent and talented designers,  thus insuring the book is original and up to date.

The very attractive cover of the small (20.5 cmx20.5cm) but perfectly formed Mollie Makes ‘Christmas’ – Collins and Brown

 Once the  very attractive hardback front cover is opened, the theme of vintage paper and fabric prints begins. This theme runs throughout the book, separating and  surrounding each project. It’s a great touch  and adds another

Each project gives a small introduction to the designer, materials and templates needed and handy tips . The large, clear pictures and instructions were easy to follow

My finished, very cute cottage. I want to make a whole village by Christmas though   my slightly punctured needle felted fingers are telling me otherwise!

attractive dimension to the book. After a short introduction by the ‘Mollie Makes’ magazine editor, Jane Toff,  we are off with the first project- ‘Needle Felt Christmas Cottages’ by Gretel Parker.    This  project I had to try. I have never done needle felting before, but the instructions were straightforward and clear to follow and the time given to complete the project was surprisingly accurate. The end result being my rather lovely cottage decoration.

Continuing through the book, the reader gets to try out a range of techniques such as lino-cutting, knitting, sewing, paper-craft, free-hand embroidery and crocheting.  Cara Medus  has created a rather brilliant crochet  ‘Santa Kit’  consisting of carrots, mince pie and a bottle of festive booze to leave out on December 24th !  The fact that I am yet to master the art of crocheting hasn’t put me off the book. After all there is still

Something for Santa to chew on, a brilliant crochet supper by Cara Medus

two and a half months until Christmas (time of writing) in which to learn .

One other project I had to try before writing this review was ‘String of Stars’- a paper decoration by Kirsty Neale

Simple and brilliant!

Using old paperbacks, brown paper, maps and some fantastic Christmas crafting paper, I spent this afternoon cutting stars and sewing them together to make starry 3-d garland, it’s so simple but beautifully effective! I love it.

I love my star garland, I can see it staying up all year!

Well, my initial  cause for celebration when hearing about this book is totally justified. Mollie Makes ‘Christmas’ is a must for beginners and experienced crafters. I would definitely recommend putting it at the top of the Christmas list, or better still get it before  Christmas for a chance to make  and create all the projects in the build up to the festive season.

The Good and Bad news:-

All the templates for the projects are at the back of the book, but they do need enlarging,  Bah Humbug!

The good news is you will be able to download the full size templates at

For more information on Mollie Makes ‘Christmas’  visit

A little note:

One of three huge shelf units devoted to scrumptious craft paper

The scrumptious crafting Christmas paper  that I brought for my star garland was from in Godalming in Surrey. ‘Arty Crafty’ is an independent local shop, with a very helpful owner. Despite turning up in my gardening wellies and treading mud all over the shop floor, the lady (sorry, I didn’t get her name) went on to show me the array of different papers,  how to put my felting needle holder together and really helpful advise on how to use it! Thankyou x