Category Archives: Furniture

Stani Art House and Tea Rooms, Stony Stratford

New Gallery & Tea Rooms

The Stani Art House is our exciting new premises in Stony Stratford featuring a wide range of original paintings, collectable limited editions, innovative ceramics and stunning sculpture by leading British and international artists. There is also bespoke patchwork and decoupage furniture, as well as the relaxed and elegant environment of the Tea Rooms.

To celebrate the opening of The Stani Art House, you can win “Pop” – a signed limited edition framed print of only 50 by the UK’s rising urban pop artist Lhouette – worth £ 395 !

Just collect your free raffle ticket by joining our mailing list at The Stani Art House between Friday 24th May and Sat 1st June for your chance to win this fantastic prize.

We are also delighted to announce that Lhouette will be officially opening The Stani Art House at 12 noon on Sat 1st June when the raffle will be drawn and the winner declared – so you can meet the artist as well as see this fabulous new artistic venue at the same time. Locally based, Lhouette’s work is hugely popular and a sell out success in galleries nationwide. With his striking, edgy mix of pop and fashion, his is an urban style much in demand.

The Stani Art House complements the unique distinctive art of its long established sister gallery – The Stani Gallery in Stony Stratford – with a wide range of original paintings, limited edition prints, innovative ceramics and stunning sculpture by leading British and international artists.There is also bespoke patchwork and decoupage furniture, as well as the relaxed and elegant environment of the Tea Rooms.

Open every day, there is now plenty of opportunity to browse a modern and extraordinary range of art for your home and treat yourself to delicious homemade cakes and sumptuous savouries at any time during the day… all under the same roof.

Even more reason to come and visit us soon !

58 High Street. Stony Stratford. MK11 1AQ
Open Every Day : Mon – Sat 9.30 – 5.30 pm : Sun & Bank Holidays 10 – 5 pm


Vintage and Craft

The Fleetville Vintage Emporium is a little hidden treasure to be found in St Albans – opposite Morrisons, which by the way has had a re-furb with a gorgeous veg display.

The Emporium is a wonderful place – packed full of vintage and craft, and vintage stuff you can work your crafty skills on.  There is something for everyone, and it’s all crammed in to little alcoves – clothes, furniture, crocks and cutlery, jewellery, radios, records – an endless list.  There are over 40 stallholders – open 7 days a week.

Obviously there’s a wonderful little tearoom where the cakes do not disappoint.

Get yourself down to St Albans for a whole day of vintage wonder or take a peek at the website –

Autumn Issue – August 2010

Your contributions are needed for the next issue of Local Craft Matters, due out on 1st August 2010.

Please send your news and information about forthcoming events to us at by 25th June to be sure of being featured in the next issue.

If you would like to advertise, please email us for rates etc – space must be reserved by 20th June to guarantee the space.

Any questions, email as above, or phone me on 07710 620595

Thank you


Summer Issue

The new all colour Summer Issue of Local Craft Matters is out on 1st May – our front cover features the gorgeous silks from local weaver/spinner Maggie Stearn, you can read her news inside!

Pick up a copy at good craft shops in the Milton Keynes area, or email me for a subscription form – .

If you belong to a Craft Club and would like copies for your members, email me and I’ll let you know where you can pick some up from.

There are pics and chat from the Easter MaKe event, Beading, knitting and Card-making projects, news from our local crafters, new bloggers and the usual pages of  What’s On in this area and beyond, plus much more.  It will be a busy Summer!

Don’t forget to keep in touch and let us have your news for the next issue – due out on 1st August (our deadline for your copy is 1st July).

If you would like to advertise your business, please email me for an Advertising Pack.



Local Craft Matters in Colour!!

Yes, exciting news – we’re really going for full colour in the Summer Issue – due out on 1st May!

More later


My Junk 4 U

Featured on the front cover of the Spring 2010 issue of Local Craft Matters, is a piece of furniture from MyJunk4u.

We met Jim Lumsden from myjunk4u at the Craft Fair in Middleton Hall last year.  His was a striking display of gorgeous wooden chairs upholstered in a patchwork mixture of bright, modern fabrics.  There was even a chair covered in a patchwork of bar mats. The display was very popular, always surrounded by people who were drawn to the stunning fabrics.  Jim was pleased with the reaction to his furniture and judging by the number of sales he made at that one show, we think he will have a very busy 2010!
Jim offers unique furniture re-cycling.  He says, ‘The furniture is brought back to life, then  upholstered with collections of silks and cottons, producing a unique piece of furniture to bring the ‘wow’ factor to any room.’  We agree.
You can buy myjunk4u pieces at Castle Antiques, Bedford and the Ampthill Emporium in Ampthill, or visit the website to commission your own unique piece.
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