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Some Like It Hot

Hokay. So, I did some small, well, tiny, pieces of upholstery for a frikkin S U P E R Y A C H T. I know. Right? Those clever courtyard neighbours of mine, Bridges & Talbot, were commissioned to trick out a few retro-inspired pieces of seriously upmarket cabinetry for the really rather beautiful vintage yacht Malahne.

This is the yacht:

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Really, if I could, I would.

This is the stool:

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Perfect for stashing your cocktail mixer, non?

It all rather put me in mind of Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe making out on the yacht in Some Like it Hot. One of my favourite films. Ever. Same period, same style. Different upholsterer. Tickety-Boo. Good enough for some super-yacht oligarch? Yes. Good enough for Marilyn & Tony? I like to think so.

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Cha Cha Chaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

“You play the market?”

“No, the ukelele”.

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Tiny Furniture


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So. Guess what I’ve been doing, inbeteween checking out awesome lego builds, cleaning up cat-sick, scraping Welsh mud off the outside (and INSIDE- YAY) of the car and engaging in super-polite passive-aggressive childcare diary-organisation with my better half? Go on. You’ll NEVER guess.

Oh. You got it. ERCOL COVERS. Check out lovely Harriet’s (and by lovely, I mean, SHE PAID ME MONEY. MONEY I CAN SPEND ON LEGO/ MUDDY CAR VALETS/ CAT LITTER) house up for sale in that London. I have no idea where all the detritus of modern living (lego, cat litter trays, car shampoo) has gone in this house. I can only assume she has moved everything into a bunker under the garden. Anyway, you will notice that this paragon of modern free-flowing living features TWO, count ’em, TWO Ercols what I fancied up. They look tiny in these pictures, but they were taken with an Estate Agent Camera (thus bending time and space). Honestly, my Ercol stuff is big enough for humans. It also looks pretty good in houses stuffed with stuff.

Do YOU have an Ercol that needs some TICKETY-BOODLING? 
 

Finger Flickin’ Good

Hey hey. I forgot. I recovered 2 vintage chaises longues for lovely Captain Pip at the West’s Best Video Emporium, 20th Century Flicks. The Flicksters have moved from Clifton to Christmas Steps and have installed the chaises for posing on in both the main room and in the super-exclusive, Lynchian-like grandeur of the for-hire KINO 12-seat cinema snuggled away in the back.

Get your frilly flapper fringes and smoking jackets down there to peruse the BEST collection of DVDs, guaranteed not to put money into pirate pockets, rather just Captain Pip and his merry Crew.

http://20thcenturyflicks.co.uk/

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Tea For Two in Blue & Grey

Yup. I got me ANOTHER of these bad boys. Your classic Ercol  two-seater, tricked out in Camira Craggan 100% wool. One side in grey, t’other in blue so you can ‘express your individuality’, just like Nicolas Cage in ‘Wild At Heart’. Did I ever tell ya that this here jacket, ahem, sofa, represents a symbol of my individuality, and my belief in personal freedom? Well IT DOES. Was that Cage’s own hair? I’m completely obsessed with Nicolas Cage’s hairpieces. Oh. I think I’m gettin’ a little off message here.

*Pulls self together*

For sale now on the ole Tickety-Boo website and through those mercenary clustercusses at Ebay.

Ercol 2 seater sofa in Blue & Grey Wool

Ercol 2 seater sofa in Blue & Grey Wool

 

SEEEEEAT the WOOOOOORRRRRRLD

It’s Christmastime. There’s no need to sit on the floor.

I’ve just stuck a bunch of l o v e r l y new Ercols up in the shop. There are some blondes, a moody grey number and something completely pretty in pink. Just like Molly Ringwald, but more comfortable to sit on. Some of these will be representin’ today at the Colston Hall Made in Bristol Gift fair. I will be upstairs, trying not to spend more money than I earn, batting off the bargain-hunters with my sang froid and general unavailability. Or else I will be asleep in one of the chairs, a victim of some senseless Seasonal mulled cider drinking.

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ps Guaranteed Geldof-free since 1986

Grey Saturday Chr*stmas Fair

Not been trampled in a Black Friday orgy of LCD TV-mania? CHECK!

Been paid? CHECK!

Need a Happy Bottom ©? CHECK!

Live in Bristol? CHECK!

Have friends/relatives/ a pet/ under-rated co-worker? CHECK!

Then I TOTALLY know what you need to be doing tomorrow. Made In Bristol’s Craft Fair is on from, I dunno, about 10 in the morning til about 4 ish, depending on the ley lines etc. in the foyer at The Colston Hall. It’s free to get in but if spotted, I might not let you leave without my crack squadron of pickpockets relieving you of your heard-earned pennies. Bring your pennies and your bo-squiddlies and your paypal deets cos you NEED to SHOP LOCALLY this Christmas. It’s what Santa would want, (spoiler alert) if he ACTUALLY EXISTED.

I will be there, flogging some cushiony things and my new Ercols. Come and marvel at my stitching and the bags under my eyes.

LOVE YOU GUYS (might’ve been in the workshop too long).

xxx Santa’s Little Helper

PS Every purchase gets a FREE BESPOKE PAPER BAG. Does my generosity KNOW NO BOUNDS?

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Freelance Fridays

I love my job. I know, I’m a lucky gal. I ESPECIALLY love Fridays. As a freelancer I get, well, no holiday pay. No sick pay. No guaranteed income. No pension. None of that. But, on the plus side, on a sunny Friday, I can go ‘sod it’ and put away the chaises I’ve been working on all week (more of that later) and do my own thing. This Friday, I ‘refreshed my shop offering’. Sorry to be talking like some pr*ick out of The Apprentice, but all that means is, I tarted up some cushions and posted them. This is in anticipation of Chr*stmas Craft Fairs and pressie buying. You, my Dear Reader, can beat the rush.

Ch Ch Ch Ch Check It Out.

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I think I can safely GUARANTEE* these cushions have cloud-repelling properties and will keep you happy as the nights draw in.

*not an actual guarantee

Bannermania- Or How We Moved Workshops

Phew. I’m not doing that again. That is it. They are going to have to carry me out of this place FEET FIRST. Wrapped in a shroud of my favourite vintage brocade, born aloft on a pyre of half-renovated armchairs.

We moved. We have quadrupled our space and returned all the furniture scattered about in Bristol in other people’s garages/ spare rooms/ dungeons. The Diaspora has returned to the Promised Land. And yea, for that land was in Easton. And yea, they looked upon the Workshop and It Was Good.

You will find us in one of the workshops, behind these doors, at 10 Bannerman Road BS5 0RR. There is a telephone line, but no handset, as yet, so that is a secret. YES! We run a business WITH A SECRET TELEPHONE NUMBER. There is a dartboard. And an oche. Come and throw some darts while you feel the quality of the furniture. Do NOT throw the darts AT the quality furniture.

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SPRINGSWATCH SALE

Dear Tickety-Boodlers, our move to new, more, umm, bijou, premises, has focussed the mind vis a vis our stock levels. That is to say, I have to sell some of this stuff in order to make room for Henry the Hoover. We have a bedroom chair in pinkety-pink, and a a blanket box in matching. Both very fun, both taking up too much room. There’s the low birdhouse nursery/nursing chair which needs a home. If you think you can give these lovelies a home, please get in touch. We will have to interview you to make sure you are up to scratch, but short of being a pyromaniac, I think it’s probably a done deal.  If there’s ‘owt else in the webshop which tickles your whiffle, I am in a financially-vulnerable, not to say space-vulnerable, position at the moment- so you can make me an offer and I might well BITE YOUR HAND OFF.

On behalf of Henry, and his soppy eyes and moderately rude nose, thank you for reading.

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A Farewell To Arm(chair)s.

It is with heavy hearts that we will be bidding a farewell to our workshop at the end of this week. Yes, we paid our rent. Yes, it was lovely and light. Yes, we got a fair-ish amount of work done here. Umm, yes, it WAS up two flights of stairs. But it’s been earmarked for demolition. Honestly, it wasn’t something we said. If you’re a fan of the Nelson Street  street art you better get down here toot sweet ‘cos we’ll be losing the giant fox I’ve been daydreaming over for the past year. You can also kiss goodbye to the magnificent Marvel Mural Competition. I’ve just snapped two pieces in situ. They are up in the shop now. Please start a flurry of purchases so I don’t have to move ALL THIS STUFF to the new studio over the road at Bridewell Island. Honestly. I don’t know where I’m going to stick it all (no suggestions, thank you).

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Somewhere-Over-The-Rainbow Celebration Ercol Chair

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Finished this cracker today. It’s mostly in grey marl wool felt, but flipped with a Rainbow Geometry in cotton-linen. Top-stitching, zipping, you know, the usual. Only a moderate amount of swearing went into this effort. And no blood. Make me an offer. It’ll be in the shop as soon as the sun comes out and I can snap it properly (sometime in September, then).

Spring Has Sprung

Ahh. So it’s been exactly a year since Tickety-Boo left the comfort of the back room and into the workshop at Bridewell Space. I love the view from my window almost as much as I don’t love the fact that we are on the second floor, without lifts.

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The team celebrated with (very demure) gin & tonics and I finished Andrew and Gilly’s re-covering. It’s chartreuse velvet with multi-coloured velvet buttons. Hmmmm, stroke-able. Smoothe smoothe, stroke stroke. MEOOOOWWWWW.

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In other news, our spin-off commercial enterprise toasted installing a gabillion buttoned benches and banquettes at Greenbank’s newest amenity, after the dog poo and Jim’s Bottle shop, the rather fabulous Greenbank Pub. Revived by the Zazu’s team and full of delicious pizzas, fancy beers, decent red wine (if our baptism on Thursday was anything to go by) and frankly totally unnecessarily shots of Sambucca (if our hangovers on Friday were anything to go by).  It’s my local. I will be the lady in the corner, drinking red and looking underneath the banquettes for stray staples. For more on The Greenbank- https://www.facebook.com/nick.pennock.33?fref=ts

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Somewhere over the rainbow…

Just finished the new seat for Harriet- ooh those Ercol 2-seaters are a little bit wonderful.

Dressed with 2 of my new Rainbow cushions. My Sochi-unfriendly lovelies. Say it loud, I’m-lots-of-colours-in-a-dazzling-geometry, and I’m proud!

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Funky Cold Medina

A Cushion is not just for Christmas

Time to PANIC

I don’t want to rock your boat, but you’re TOTALLY RUNNING OUT OF TIME to get a certain special other half/ mother/ mother-in-law/ dad/ sibling/ spoilt pet/ boss/ your good self a hand-made, cruelty-free, GIFT.  There’s been a bit of a last-minute flurry- but I’ve still got some l o v e r l y cushions for your happy bottoms (not all of them are on the website). Come and try ’em out- I’ll be at the workshop, in town, quite a bit this week. I’ll also be harnessing the reindeer and doing a drop of deliveries later in the week if you’re bed-bound and don’t trust the Royal Mail.

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Happy Bottoms

As part of Tickety-Boo’s mission to make everyone more comfortable, we are having a quick clear-out, I mean, a seasonal sale. 20% off all cushions on checkout with the code: HAPPYBOTTOMS. We have also discounted some other items because, frankly, the workshop is becoming a hazard with all the furniture in it, in various states of undress. Make me an offer. We need the money- the kitten is eating us out of house and home and the boy is expecting LOTS of lego come Christmas.

Remember: we all deserve HAPPYBOTTOMS.

Merry Christmas from Kitty

Tickety-Boo at Trinity

For all you Bristol peeps, Tickety-Boo will be flashing it’s wares at Trinity Centre this Saturday afternoon. Drink lots of mulled wine and make drunken, whoops, I mean, informed Christmas pressie choices. You won’t believe your mince pies.Xmas Art Market-web (1)

Put A Bird On It

“How can I beautify this bog-standard nursing chair?” I asked myself.

“Put a bird on it!” came the cry.

So I did.

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In the shop SOON. Now, fly away, my pretties, fly.

Oh, what a wonderful thing to be, A healthy grown up busy busy bee…

Laydeez & Gennelmen, Tickety-Boo is proud to present for your delight, delectation and bottom comfort:

One Sun & Sky yellow & blue wool mix Ercol Windsor Arm Chair

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One Ercol Windsor Armchair in geometric Zoffany

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One BONKERS Cintique in raspberry with frankly alarming tribal detailing. I think I was having a funny turn when I put this one together. I was certainly feeling peculiar by the time I’d finished it. But that might just’ve been the fine paste wax.

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And for pudding, get your cocktail shaker out- there’s this little B E A U T Y…

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They’re all for sale.

I rather suspect the raspberry one will be for sale for quite some time.

“Oh, what a wonderful thing to be,
A healthy grown up busy busy bee;
Whiling away all the passing hours
Pinching all the pollen from the cauliflowers.
I’d like to be a busy little bee,
Being as busy as a bee can be.
Flying around the garden brightest ever seen,
Taking back the honey to the dear old queen.”