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Are you a Nomad?

Introducing our new range of Fortuitous Novelties handmade folding furniture, – created for people on the move.

As all of us become more nomadic, our inventive furniture responds to this need to continuously adapt ourselves and our belongings to our changing surroundings.

Space saving and portability is the key to this lightweight and transportable furniture that provides a comfortable place to sit and rest, work and play, but then usefully folds flat for storage, – growing and shrinking on demand.

Whilst unashamedly retro, eclectic, funky and timeless; the content and purpose of this furniture is just as important as style. Made by hand in our Leicestershire workshop, these pieces of good design follow in a noble craft tradition where the appearance is utterly pragmatic. The direct and honest structures and linkages give a clear picture of how they are assembled and function. Nothing is hidden, nothing is added or removed; – everything is gained.

These remarkably simple pieces whether used in or out of doors, neatly fulfil the need for elegant solutions that enhance life on the move.

Constructed in Russian Birch Plywood in Clear Wax Finish. Available in Sea Jade/Blaze Red Formica.

NEW. Now available in Sunny Yellow /Arctic White Formica.

Fortuitous Novelties Folding Stools and Tables ©2015

Available now are two versions of the Fortuitous Novelties Stool.

For enquiries please contact

Look out for a developing range of Fortuitous Novelties furniture coming very soon…

Bus Stop Over


What a great weekend for Brimstones & Treacle at the Bus Stop Over, this year held at the Newark Showground.  It was our first time trading at a VW festival, and we thought the event had a great vibe and we met some lovely people. So big thanks to the organisers and everyone who stopped by to shop. It was great to catch up with fellow traders and meet some new acquaintances…

BSO 15 was a great show.

Had a brilliant time, loved it! Continue reading

Our Wooden Serving Boards make a welcome gift…

serving board selection

Our Wooden Serving Planks make a welcome gift, as they look and feel good, are comfortable to use and won’t dull knives. Handcrafted in Leicestershire, UK these visually appealing handmade boards are finished using milk paint colours that celebrate the glory of vintage and retro style. Though use and wear these planks will continue to look unique. You can bring an accent to your kitchen by leaving our good solid wooden planks on the countertop. Continue reading

Appealing Camping

fish curry on the table

Whatever happened to camping furniture with an appealing design? This is the question I was asking myself when I was looking at the plethora of industrial aluminium furniture that seems to be the current mainstay of many camping stores. For our bell tent adventures we need furniture that is comfortable, functional, and durable but just as importantly for us it must be elegant and in sympathy with the surroundings of the great outdoors. Continue reading

Six Wheels on my Wagon

mini hustler

Neil Unsworth from Derbyshire has been in touch to tell me about his fantastic Hustler! I wrote a post on the Mini Hustler back in 2012, about how it is not just a car but a way of life. This is definitely the case for Neil who has almost completed a full restoration of his very rare six wheeler version. He tells me that his Hustler has been recently featured in Mini Magazine and it is one of only three that exist in the UK, with one selling at an auction at Bonhams in September 2014 for a whopping £11K…

Find my original blogpost on the Hustler here.

Thanks Neil for taking the time to tell me about your extraordinary car.


Reflecting on 2014

Looking back at our year whilst out on adventures…

Big Thanks to Campfire Magazine

We were the winners in Campfire Magazine’s autumn competition to win an Anevay Horizon rocket stove. Campfire Magazine is for everyone who loves good food and the great outdoors and we would like to say a big thank you to them for featuring our Horizon rocket stove cooking adventures in their fantastic magazine. About B&T they say ‘he’s been testing out his cooking skills using it and here are the delicious-sounding results’…and about themselves, ‘Well, first of all, we camp…a lot! We’re also a bit food obsessed, so we launched Campfire Magazine to share our thoughts and finds, but also because we want to create a community of, dare we say it, gastro-campers, who’ll share their ideas and discoveries too’.

If you want to know more, why not check out their blog at or their tweets @CampfireMagUK for news, reviews and tips on camping and cooking kit, recipes, food and special places to stay or visit.

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