Thanks to our donours we have met our fundraising target!!!

Just want to say thank you to all our donours, without you there would not be a pop-up shop opening in Brixton in the next few short weeks.  I will be in touch very shortly to thank you personally.

We will be offering our regular upcycling furniture workshops but also some holiday themed crafts so stay tuned into our blog for more details.  In the meantime its all hands on deck as we sand and paint to turn this, dimaond in the rough, of a shop into a super, uber, cool shop.  As you can see from the pictures, theres is loads to do, so be sure to check back for the after shots.

Extra large thank you to our donours:

  • Bonnie Wong
  • Jennifer Cowie                                                                                               
  • Kirsten Corien
  • Dana. G.
  • Greg Stump
  • Theresa Baker
  • Theo Moore
  • Harry Owen Jones
  • Alice Vaughan
  • Ben Smith
  • This Big City
  • Marc Van de Voorde
  • Simon Maskell

Big, Warm, Cuddly Capitalism….

So I was thinking about capitalism today and how its, well, really not working.  We are entering a new phase in the way we work and live.  Not only will we be required to share resources but live closer to those affected by the adverse nature of capitalism.  Our world is indeed getting smaller.  Now, with all that being said I totally love what money brings to my life, couldn’t really feel much differently being brought up with a dogged capitalist as a father.  But I knew then what I know now and that it is possible to be an altruistic capitalist.  A contradiction in terms, oui?  Well, not by my experience.  I’ve attached a link to an interview I did back in the summer that has left an impression on me, in spirit of my father and in respect of my husband I am trying to make a living, to earn enough cash to be comfortable, support those less fortunate and have a damn good time doing it.

We need a space to host our workshops, can you help?

We hosted our first ever pop-up shop offering workshops in basic DIY, craft and upcycling furniture. It was a huge success. For 6 months we occupied a former JJB sports shop in the West12 Shopping centre in London, Shepherd’s Bush. Sadly, JJB declared bankruptcy and evicted the charities using their properties with 6 days notice.
Not one to let circumstance determine our fate, we are looking for new premises to occupy. We are hoping that you can help!
So, do you, or someone you know, have an empty property they would be willing to allow our charity to occupy?

What we need:
• A space that is accessible for people of all abilities.
• A loading area to receive furniture.
• Basic amenities, i.e. toilet, place to make tea, etc.
• Approximately 750+sq feet would be great.

What we can offer:
• Increase security of the premises, occupied dwellings discourage vandalism and squatters.
• If needed, we can pay the rates whilst we are using the space, so no extra rate liability to the landlord.
• An occupied building is easier to let than an unoccupied building.
• Our project is eye catching, see the photos, and as a result increase the aesthetic of any space.
• Increase the CSR of any potential property portfolio holder.

About the project:
Design Bank uses the principles of regular banking, but with a twist: instead of money, upcycled items of furniture and the time people put it to the project are the currency. When people sign up for workshops they learn the art of upcycling and build credits towards their time-bank account, which can then be used to off-set the price of items from the project. Unwanted furnishings previously destined for the landfill now become useful and beautiful items for a new home.

All those interested should contact Elisicia Moore at the contact details listed below.


Petit Miracles Website:









Who funds? Wefund!!! That’s you by the way……

Have you heard of crowdfunding? Well, we have and we’re giving it a go. Crowdfunding is a on-line fundraising platform where lots of people can give small amounts of money towards projects they want to see funded.

As you will already know our last shop has closed however, we are very keen to open the next one. Which is why we’re trying to raise the funds to do just that.

So please help, with whatever you can, your efforts will be rewarded….just check out our Wefund fundraising page:

We only need 23 more people to give £20 each and we will have met our goal. FYI, the rules say that if we do not meet our fundraising goal than we don’t get ANY of the money. How sad would that be!?!??!

All good things must come to an end…but only temporarily!

As many of you already know, we have had our last trading day yesterday in our beloved JJB Sports Shop in the West12 Centre. we are sad to say that JJB are now officially in administration, Sports Direct have purchased 20 of their shops leaving more than 130 stores to shut. The store we have been using in a meanwhile capacity has been shut for over 2 years, we were lucky enough to inhabit (and totally reinvent the space) for 6 months. Our partnerships have flourished and working alongside the folks at AgeUk has been fantastic. So fantastic that we are looking to co-habitate another premise, hopefully within the West12 Shopping Centre, as soon as humanly possible. Be sure to check back often as I will post updates here and on our facebook page:

FREE Upcycling Workshop for people who have experienced homelessness and unemployed

A FREE Chair Upcycling Session on 20th August from 1-4pm

What will You Learn?
You will be encouraged to use your creativity to see the potential in old or outdated furniture, creating stunning and innovative pieces. In the workshop students will work on chairs, assessing and repairing any damage, sanding to a smooth finish, priming, painting and varnishing. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and shoes as you will be sanding, painting, etc.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Former JJB Sports Unit
West12 Shopping Centre, W12 8PP

Enrol now as space is limited by emailing, no later than 17th August, to

Recruiting volunteer furniture restorers… that you?

It’s been a great summer, well not the weather, but a great summer for upcycling. We have learnt lots new paint tips and techniques, met new people and welcomed new students to our workshops. We are now at the bridge of building our capacity and are looking for people with experience in furniture restoration. We have lots to learn, as well, lots of knowledge to share and welcome all interested parties to send your CV and CRB if you have one to

I want this!! So much storage and a bargain at £180

A little more of what we have been up to this last week

A little more of what we have been up to this last week

Grey striped dressing table and upcycled Art Nouveau chair