Cockapoo Crush

Dogs Today magazine spotlighted the Cockapoo in their “Dog Crush” feature this month…

Dogs Today Feb 2015

…and, I’m happy to say, also featured my hand lettered Cockapoo “Dog Tag” print

The Enlightened Hound in Dogs Today

There were lots of interesting Cockapoo facts for prospective owners…

The most popular names are Ruby, Teddy, Alfie & Archie (I know a couple of those!)

The most common description of them in the magazine’s survey was “daft as a brush, but lovable” … although I think this might be an rose-tinted underestimation – as a cross between 2 pretty smart working dogs, cockapoos also have a reputation for being rather clever, particularly when it comes to pesky achievements like opening doors (which apparently 1 in 5 are able to do!)

Interestingly over 45% of owners had experienced prejudice over their choice of dog!

“Live and let live” is what I say.

Vintage Plan Chest

I was very happy to find this vintage plan chest for a slightly early birthday present on ebay. It is made by a company called Sellex and I was keen to find out a bit more about them but an internet search proved fruitless. The only Sellex I can find is a Spanish furniture company, founded in 1977, that makes rather nice modern furniture. I am pretty sure my plan chest predates them… its made of solid oak (top, drawer fronts and main structure) and oak veneer (panels) and ply (drawer bottoms, back panel). Interestingly, ply was invented in the 1850s and was used in modern furniture production from the 1920s onwards. My plan chest still has its original brass cup handles and label holders.

vintage plan chest

I bought it from a retired geologist who used it to store geological charts and maps. After a thorough cleaning and waxing, I am using it to store printmaking papers and some bits of ephemera and maps.

plan chest drawers

It has bought some well needed order to my studio!

vintage plan chest

Definitely a contender for a best birthday present ever!