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Have you ever though about combining a stay at a B&B with learning a new skill … or perhaps you and some friends are looking for a relaxing crafting weekend break?

Visit the Silver Daisy page for more crafting options or browse the Stay & Craft theme but here I’m going to highlight one option:

Lampshade making

Lampshade workshop

Chose from a variety of fabrics* and make your own 20cm or 30cm diameter lampshade. The 20cm size is ideal for a bedside or table lamp and the 30 cm would be ideal for a larger table lamp or for the ceiling fitting.

lampshade workshop

If you stay locally and wish to attend crafting sessions with friends, please email me to discuss your dates, numbers and requirements. I’m also happy to arrange crafting sessions with afternoon tea for groups of 4 – 8 people (depending upon the craft) when I don’t have any B&B guests booked in.

crafting workshop

You can opt to do lampshade making as a single session or you could choose lampshade making as one of your options on the Mix ‘n’ Match weekend course.

Details about prices and how to book can be found on the Silver Daisy page.

*If you’d prefer to bring your own fabric so that you make a shade that better matches your decor then you are welcome to do so. You will need to bring a piece of fabric larger than the following minimum size:

20cm diameter lampshade: 645 mm x 220 mm

30cm diameter lampshade: 970 mm x 255 mm

lampshade workshop

Most fabrics can be used but be warned that heavy fabrics and those that fray easily are extremely difficult to work with, I use cotton and polycotton quilting fabrics in the workshops.

You may also be interested in sessions run by other crafters in the area who also make lampshades:

If you’d like to return to the Silver Daisy page, please click here.

If you’d like to check availability for accommodation and book securely online at the best prices available, please click here.

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Just a couple of quick pictures … I’ve been decorating the guests’ lounge and thought that I’d show you the changes to the fireplace.  I can’t believe that a coat of paint makes so much difference!!














I still need to take the cast iron grate outside and clean it up and decide upon whether to put the mirror back up or not.





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The Arran Room (twin ensuite) has been undergoing decoration too.

Some before, during and after shots for you …

twin ensuite B&B Ayrshire

I started with re-covering the headboards and bad bases so that they would co-ordinate with the curtains.  I’ve never done either before so I set to work with the stapler and hoped for the best.  Hand sewing the backing on was tedious and made my fingers sore though!





I then made the curtains, tie backs, pelmets and nets (no photos at present).

Next came the painting … hope that the smell goes. I always chose water based paints but this is the first one that has left a lingering smell.  It took two coats to even out the shade.


Painting the woodwork took forever … there’s so much of it in this room and the ensuite and inside of the huge cupboards.


The bedding arrived and I couldn’t resist opening it and getting the beds ready even though the room wasn’t quite finished!


Now for the after shots…

Ayrshire B&B twin ensuite


Ayrshire B&B twin ensuite

Coming soon … guest lounge renovation and the decoration of the two en-suites…

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How about some before, during and after pictures?!

The Kintyre (double) room was in need of a facelift…

double ensuite
First came the stripping:

stripping wallpaper  

Then painting the woodwork:


 Then agonising over wallpaper choices:

decorating and wallpapering  

Painting the walls and making a start on the wallpapering:  

decorating Ayrshire B&B  

Then the new carpet was fitted:

I struggled to decide which fabric to use for the curtains…

Decorating sewing curtains for B&B

… but chose the silver, grey and black floral design:

sewing making curtains for B&B

Fabric hemmed and ready to be lined:

sewing curtains for Ayrshire B&B double ensuite

Matching cushions and table runner made:

cushions soft furnishings for Ayrshire B&B double ensuite

Metal framed bed moved in and made up with all new quilts, mattress protector, mattress topper, pillows and pillow pretectors with new 100% Egyptian cotton pillowcases, quilt cover and sheets:

new Egyptian cotton bedding for Ayrshire B&B ensuite

View of room from the same angle as the first photo:

Ayrshire B&B double ensuite

Even new nets too:

new nets for Ayrshire B&B double ensuite

The cushions and table runner in place:

flatscreen TV for Ayrshire B&B double ensuite

Even a new table for the kettle, teas and coffees:

well stocked hostess tray Ayrshire B&B

It may not be to everyone’s taste but it’s all clean, fresh and very comfortable.

Thank you to Howard for fitting the carpet.

If you want to book this room … choose the Kintyre (double ensuite) option

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Introducing Balkissock Lodge B&B’s newly refurbished Kintyre Room; double en-suite.

Ayrshire B&B double ensuite

The newly redecorated room features brand new:

  • quilt and pillows
  • bedding (sheets, quilt cover and pillow cases)
  • carpet
  • net curtains
  • curtains
  • cushions (soft furnishings)

Ayrshire B&B double ensuite

  • flatscreen TV with Freesat
  • seating with plump cushions
  • mirror
  • wardrobe and chest of drawers


Ayrshire B&B double ensuite

  •  alarm clock
  • bedside lamps

Ayrshire B&B double ensuite

  •  well-stocked hostess tray containing:
    • Taylor’s of Harrogate, Nescafe and Kenco coffee
    • Range of Twinings teas
    • bottled water
    • milk (with fresh available at no extra charge)
    • corkscrew
    • water and wine glasses

Coming soon…

The redecoration in pictures!


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