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Georgia Wilkinson
Georgia Wilkinson
It's freebie Friday time! It has been an age since we had a little give away, so here we go. How do you fancy winning one of our gorgeous Magpie lampshades? Choose from our best selling pink or turquoise background, or even the fab new Yellow or Green backgrounds, launched in the Spring.
Georgia Wilkinson
Well, I apologise that this is only my first running blog entry since re-launching my website in February! I can assure you that I have been training very hard however, particularly for the Mont Blanc Cross in France, that I took part in last weekend. This race started in the very flat centre of Chamonix on a combination of tarmac roads and wide gravel lanes, before zigzaging through forests up steep and narrow mountains paths. Much of the race was so steep that majority of people (including myself) could only power walk up. After several hellish ascents and equally grueling descents, the 23km race came to a finish with a 'wall' of grass, that felt like it was practically vertical!

I don't think I have ever taken on so much food during a race, including two feed station stops. My jelly sweets certainly kept me going! I was delighted to finish and even more delighted with my time of 3 hours, 57 minutes and 24 seconds.

It is by far the hardest race I have ever taken part in. Would I do it again...............? Absolutely!



The gorgeous snow capped Mountains of Chamonix Me pre race, very nervous! The 23k start line It gets steeper.... Nearly there... Only 250m to go! Phew, finished!
Georgia Wilkinson
Georgia Wilkinson
Over the the past 4 years my business has grown in more ways than one. Accumulating new equipment, carrying stock and processing more orders has obviously lead to the need for more physical space. My large lampshades are 40cm x 38cm and once I have made and boxed up more than a couple of these I can't move for the wall of boxes! So with this in mind, it was either move the business to a larger premises, or make the one I am in bigger. The thought of leaving the beautiful cricket pavilion was not ideal, so when an old portakabin became available on the next door farm, this seemed like fate, it was time to extend.

The concrete pads were poured and leveled a few weeks before the move. The portakabin is to sit on concrete blocks, on top of these pads. We transported the building on the back of the tractor and trailer, in the same way that we moved the pavilion in 2005.



However this time there was no need for a crane, just the farm loader and chains. It was my job to go onto the roof and move the chains from the hooks at the front to the ones at the back of the building. This was a little unnerving when the Portakabin was up on the full height of it's stilts! With a little patience the building was soon in it's new position. Now the fun bit of renovating it began.



The first thing to do was to cut a new doorway into the side of the building, so that it could be accessed along the veranda of the pavilion. Thankfully my dad is extremely handy and was solely in charge of this task! The next job was to remove the partition wall between the two far rooms to create one large, light workspace with 4 windows. A few coats of white paint soon added to the new feeling of space, then it was in with some durable carpet and blackout blinds to give it some warmth. Finally the Pièce de résistance was to build my new bespoke workbench, which I love. Finally having a table which is built to the right height to work at, whilst being big enough to roll out metres of fabric is bliss. Again dad, thank you!

Georgia Wilkinson
Georgia Wilkinson
Georgia Wilkinson
Following on from my last blog post regarding the creation of Jorja Wilkinson Design the brand, I have an announcement to make.......Read More
Georgia Wilkinson
One of the 1st things I did when I started my business in 2009 was trying to create my ‘brand identity’.Read More
Georgia Wilkinson
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