Learn some creative DIY at business’ new location

Opening of French Grey Tales shop near the Chantry at Morpeth with (left to right-back row) Shamin Sulton, Morpeth Mayor Nic Best, Jane Grey and (front two-left to right) Victoria Hollyhead and owner Layla Welsh.'REF 1108143534
Opening of French Grey Tales shop near the Chantry at Morpeth with (left to right-back row) Shamin Sulton, Morpeth Mayor Nic Best, Jane Grey and (front two-left to right) Victoria Hollyhead and owner Layla Welsh.'REF 1108143534
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A shop that sells painted furniture and a range of homeware has moved to Morpeth.

And residents can also go along to French Grey Tales to participate in workshops to learn the techniques for making their own items.

The business was set up in May 2012 by Layla Welsh after coming through some difficult times following two premature births.

She operated from her own garage, became a stockist for specialist paint and set up a Facebook page, which helped her to build up a customer base. She opened up a shop in Bedlington 12 months ago and started selling eye-catching clocks and cushions, designer drawer knobs, chic wall vases and vintage radios and telephones among other items.

French Grey Tales is now in bigger premises at the former Lifestyle Christian Books & Music shop in Chantry Place.

“My daughter Daisy (now five) was born just 24 weeks into my pregnancy and son George (now three) was born at 31 weeks,” said Mrs Welsh.

“I did a lot of painting in the garage to help with the post traumatic stress and I enjoyed it so much that when I felt better, I decided to do something I love for a living.

“I wanted the Facebook page to be a personal online blog and it quickly grew in popularity, but even though people were coming to the Bedlington shop from across the North East and other parts of the UK, we weren’t getting much footfall and so I believe moving to Chantry Place in Morpeth will be a big help.

“I have three great apprentices and a small team, along with myself, run the workshops. They include candle making, furniture painting, lampshape making and sewing machine basics.”