Friday, 18 November 2011

WIN £50 Gift Voucher for West Egg

Just in time for the festive season, we're offering a £50 gift voucher that can be used for any purchase from the West Egg online store!

To enter simply take part in this super quick and easy survey - it has 10 questions in total and will take less than 5 minutes. Click here to take part in the survey and help us make West Egg's online store even better for 2012.
Terms and Conditions:
The competition closing date is 30th November 2011.
Claiming this prize is conditional on an order being placed by 22nd December 2011.
West Egg cannot be held responsible if the prize is not claimed by the closing date.
The total value of the prize is £50.
The winner will be contacted within 1 week of the closing date by email.
The prize is non transferrable and there is no cash alternative.
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Wednesday, 16 November 2011

The Perfect Gift from West Egg

I'm very happy to let you know the West Egg online store now stocks gift vouchers. So, if you can't decide what to give someone this Christmas or for an upcoming birthday or wedding, why not let them choose themselves and send one of our fabulous gift vouchers instead.

The beauty of the West Egg gift vouchers is that you can choose any denomination you like so whether it's £10,£200 or £42.50 just type in the amount you want to give and we'll do the rest. 

The gift vouchers can be sent directly to the recipient or to you at your specified address. The vouchers are enclosed in beautiful vintage style cards which are then wrapped in brown paper and tied with fabric ribbon. 

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us by email to

Monday, 7 November 2011

My favourite so far...

This morning I finished re-lining the interior of the latest vintage trunk, set up a mini-shoot, took some photographs and uploaded this latest gem onto the west egg online store. It is my favourite trunk so far. I love it because this trunk was a total wreck when I picked it up.  The interior paper had been badly damaged with a half-hearted new layer on top, one of the bottom panels was missing and the wheel was hanging off. I'm very lucky to have a father whose carpentry skills are unsurpassed and he has done a beautiful job of replacing the panel and fixing the wheel so you can't even tell. Sadly, my brain doesn't seem wired for practical cabinet-making no matter how much I try. Finishing techniques on the other hand, french polishing, painting, distressing, waxing removing stains - I totally get it.

Early 20th century vintage trunk with an arch top and French oak wooden frame.

Lovely new blue and white ticking interior.

The other thing I am beginning to think my brain is not wired for is photography. I've always really wanted to learn more about photography but everytime I come to it, I just feel overwhelmed. All these terms - exposure, lens, focus, shutter speed, aperture - they are so baffling to me. So I'm doing trial and error. Really. Holding my instruction book and occasionally glancing at  my brilliant slightly complicated photography book (a most thoughtful gift),  I essentially muddle my way through adjusting lighting and trying out different buttons until the photos come out the way I'm most pleased with. I wish, wish, wish I had paid more attention in physics and worked harder to understand the basic how a camera actually works!

Anyway, I took these photos (did you know photos means light in Greek?) today and although I think they could be a million times better, when I think how bad I was this time last year, I  have to conclude that at least I've improved a bit. So, big up respect to all the professional photographers out there who combine science and art to produce beautiful images.

And here is my favourite image from today. I didn't realise all the time I was taking photographs that Alfie must have been asleep behind the trunk.

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