Maitlandfield House Hotel

24 Sidegate, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland, EH41 4BZ, United Kingdom | 3 star hotel
Prices starting from $125.00

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Project Stiletto - Homage to Monsieur Louboutin

A travel blog entry by antandruthybabe


... d bring the reader up to date with the stiletto project and show how it panned out. One or two of you may know that at the end of the first term I started a little side project. Having struggled for anything resembling inspiration for most of the first eight weeks of the course, the idea for this project came like a bolt from the blue. I've long been an admirer of the form of the female leg, especially when adorned with a stiletto, and it was this ...

Less than 2 weeks until graduation

A travel blog entry by antandruthybabe


... for signing up to the course was to learn to make unique handmade furniture that I could sell for a modest price. Nothing too wacky, (although I did go a little bit off piste with the stiletto table), but something a little bit more adventurous than IKEA flat-pack furniture. With this in mind, and after much head scratching, an idea started to form about what I should make.

My initial thoughts started to form around a cabinet/TV stand using a mixture of solid wood and ...

Weeks 14 & 15 - Gilding

A travel blog entry by antandruthybabe


... way across the empire.

My modest contribution to the world of gilding was to produce a gilded mirror and frame using the pieces that I had produced during the two previous weeks of carving. If you remember, I had carved a lifesize likeness of my right hand. My intention was to join my hand to a Gothic arch shaped mirror frame with a handmade distressed mirror glass. Bling!

That was the plan, and judging by the finished result at the end of the ...

Weeks 12 & 13 - Carving

A travel blog entry by antandruthybabe


... 20 minutes into a demonstration of some fairly simple carving techniques I discovered that I had fallen asleep and missed about 10 minutes of the demonstration. This was going to be a long 2 weeks. and despite trying to remain open-minded I was veering rapidly towards the not enjoying it state of mind.

Most of the first week was spent carving a simple moulding and an acanthus leaf. I was so bad at it that I was too ...

Week 11 - Heart of Glass

A travel blog entry by antandruthybabe


... early part of the 20th century. Having now spent a week smashing glass and filling my fingers with glass splinters I have to report that I I am still looking for a signature for my designs :-)

I'm glad to have learnt how to do it, but at times the actual cutting of the glass was very tedious. It broke repeatedly and the mound of shattered glass on my bench grew rapidly and embarrassingly higher. I did throw the toys out of the pram at least ...

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This 3 star hotel, located on 24 Sidegate, Haddington, is near Museum of Flight, Glenkinchie Distillery, Fife Coastal Path, and Winton Estate.
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