We had a little visit from the folks at Project Dirt

First of all, it must be said, Project Dirt is a pretty wicked name for an eco-organisation!!
Right that aside, they do some pretty cool things to and this is what they say about themselves:

Project Dirt was set up by a couple of mates (Mark and Nick) to make green living easier and more understandable. We wanted to facilitate sustainable activity taking place and to make the learning more accessible. We also believed green living should be an upgrade, it should be fun – and it should be progressive. So, Project Dirt was started on its first test site in Clapham Junction in April 2008, with 1 project and 5 members. The Project Dirt community grew over the next few years through word of mouth alone to reach 5,000 members by early 2012. The site provides individuals, community groups, companies, organisations and the government (mainly local authorities) a platform to come together and work on tangible green projects.

So anyhoodles, now that we are considered an eco-charity *hear our collective eco-warrior hurrah* we were paid a visit by the lovely Friederike. We chatted about all things green…not really, I am a techno-idiot so she came out to walk me through their site and all its capabilities. Then shot a quick video of me and the shop. Warning, a seriously over-exposed Elisicia is not a pretty Elisicia:
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If you are a Londoner and curious about green projects near you, I suggest signing up to their community, which you can do here:

Bringing Petit Miracles to the people

Our shop, located on the first floor, in our opinion, is the best shop eva! However, footfall is rather low at times. So, to bring some footfall upstairs we took our lovely furniture to the passersby on the ground floor. We met loads of people interested in our workshops and successfully managed to bring people upstairs to check out our shop. If at West12 you will see our shining, happy faces weekly now so keep your eye out, sometimes we have treats to share.

We’re open, open, open, open – A little excited to be open!!!

Thanks to everyone for your patience while renovations took place. We have been camping out at various locations in the West12 Shopping Centre. We will continue to have a presence in the Mama Biashara unit until early May however, please visit us in our main shop where most of our furniture pieces and workshop is located. Looking forward to seeing you soon and a couple of photos of the shop with more to come!

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Something exciting is about to happen…..

Now, if I might say so myself, that looks pretty damn fab! This is the new shop, that we already moved into, had to vacate and are now moving back into….still with me? We expect to be open within the next 2 weeks. Just need to sort out our furniture suppliers and move our workshop back into the space. We will be sharing the space with Healthy Planet, Books for Free again so if you aren’t in the mood for super cool, bespoke upcycled furniture, than come in for a free book.

A sneak peak of the new shop!

A sneak peak of the new shop!

West12 here we come!

Finally the time has come. After our successful 6 month pop-up shop, we are opening a permanent shop back in the West12 Shopping Centre. Located on the first floor you will find the same great workshops on offer and beautiful reclaimed and upcycled wares. To make it happen we are looking for more great volunteers in the following areas:

-Tutors/trainers/teachers with furniture restoration experience.
-We are also looking to exhibit eco-friendly, upcycling fashion designers who may want to showcase their designs within our shop.
-Any and all artists/creative types that want to contribute to our pop-up shop experience.
-Qualified builders to offer DIY workshops to vulnerable adults and at risk youth. Teaching the health and safety and basic DIY tasks.
-Qualified builder to help with the set-up of the pop-up shop.

We believe that volunteering needs to be mutually beneficial. We have loads of tasks, skills needed and are happy to offer references, share your work with our wider network, and if applicable, you can use this as opportunity to enhance your portfolio.

The shop is due to open 28 January with trading to commence on 30 Jan so we we will need all the help we can get to make it happen.

Please get in touch, if you or anyone you know, who may be interested.

A link to help you find us: http://west12shopping.co.uk/

Looking forward to seeing you at the shop!

A new year a new shop.

Happy New Year!

Not sure if I am alone in this, but the advent of each year has its own particular feel.  I have never felt this to be more true than in the last 4 years. In 2009, 17 years later I, and many others in my circle, understood the Queens sentiment of Annus horribilis.  Thankfully every year, since 2009, has improved greatly. This year I am looking forward to an Annus Mirabilis, just because it feels like its going to be a  good one. Now, obviously the Mayans screwed up a little with their predictions of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, but perhaps not all was lost, possibly we have entered a new era, a time when we make a truce with the earth and live harmoniously again….OK, well, probably not, but there is a new hope and I hope we all feel it.  This little blog note has put this song in my head:

When the moon is in the Seventh House And Jupiter aligns with Mars……….(cannot remember the words)………….The Age of Aquarius, Aquarius! Aquarius!

OK seriously, apparently I am easily digressed today, I started this blog entry aiming to chat about the new shop.

So, new news is that we hope to be open by 28 January (18 sleeps) this is the latest date we have been given by the present occupiers who are waiting for works to be completed in their new location.  I will keep you posted via this blog if anything changes.  We have loads of fun and creative projects this year and hope all of you come down and get your creative needs met with a workshop.  And who knows, with the sentiment I have at the moment I may look like one of these lovely folks when you see me next 😉  Either way, it would be an improvement to my usual scruffy workshop attire.

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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

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.

E: info@petitmiracles.org.uk

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!?!??!