Pennies from Heaven

In my head I envisage my house when I’m older to be a white blank canvas to be covered with unusual artefacts, artwork and quirky stuff. I want it to be a reflection of my personality, which as we all know is a little bit off the wall.

I’ve got an old desk which is covered in layers of paint with the top layer being from my Laura Ashley chintz bedroom so it’s a fetching shade of creamy magnolia sponge painted blue in a huge early 90’s throwback, oh and it also has one hot pink drawer where I thought I wanted to paint it bright and cover it in Swarovski crystals (vom).

I was noodling round the net when I came across Epbot which is all about ‘Geekery, Girliness and Goofing Off’. Right up my street! I spent ages poring over the goodness over there and if you’re a fan of any of those three things then I suggest you add it to your favourites. Also whilst you’re there you should check out Cake Wrecks because it is hilarious and run by Jen who also runs Epbot.

Out of all of the projects and are there are loads (including cross stitched QR codes!) the one that caught my eye was what I like to call the ‘pennies from heaven desk’.

Look! Isn’t it beautiful? I frequently imagine having it in my writing den and sitting there running my hands over the cool desk top when I’m stuck for ideas and perhaps napping against it when my eyelids are so heavy I can’t function any more and then waking up with penny imprints on my face.

The best thing of all best things about having a desk covered in pennies is that it isn’t a designer super expensive never going to be able to afford it desk, it’s an old desk top that Jen and her able assistant (husband John) refurbished themselves. HOW COOL?! Plus they were kind enough to pop up full instructions including pictures about how they managed it so should you have an old desk and several hundred pennies kicking about then you too can make a ‘pennies from heaven desk’. Be warned though, if you make it before me I might have to kill you and/or steal it.

Only Ever Just a Temporary Measure…

I’m going to let you into a little secret, one of my favourite places to browse on the net and somewhere I love ordering stuff from. Described as ‘photographic canvases and stories and commissions and cards and accessories and a lovely cup of tea…’ Temporary Measure is a small tearoom and shop in Keswick, Cumbria and is well worth a visit either in person (oh how I’d kill to visit in person) or online at their rather fabulous boutique.

My gorgeous sister in law ‘The Middle Wife’ brought this slice of home interiors heaven into my life about seven years ago and since then whenever I’ve needed a special gift for a loved one they’ve instantly come to mind. Their mainstay used to be their printed canvases, both set pieces like the one below and some mindblowingly lovely commissions – they really have a way with words.

The lovely Emma is head honcho and an all round bundle of joy who has expanded Temp Measure over the years so that it now offers all sorts of goodies for the home from textiles (including knitted bunting!), to fine china, clothes, cards, and most recently they’ve started branching out into books. It really is a treasure trove of lusciousness and I for one would absolutely love to get a gift from here. And because it is a small family run business they even sometimes let you get away with phoning them up to commission two very special canvases with four days notice until you need them. Ahem.

Such is the perfection of Temporary Measure and their little home in Keswick that a lady who had been on a coach trip through Keswick sent a letter addressed to ‘Main Post Office, Keswick, Yorkshire Dales?’ describing a rather lovely knitted purse that she’d seen in a shop somewhere but couldn’t remember where abouts. The lovely postman in lovely Keswick just knew that it had to be a Temp Measure purse. Lo and behold it was and now Betty has a new purse and a great story to tell her friends. It really is magical and with Christmas approaching at a rate of knots, I bet you can find something perfect there for someone perfect.

  • Temporary Measure are online at or if you’re so inclined you can chat with Emma over on Twitter @onlyeverjusta although don’t distract her for too long, she has amazing things to make.