North Laine Brighton

It’s time for a much needed holiday away from work, so this week I’ll be having a little break from food photography and I’ll be sharing some of my other passions in life. My lovely boyfriend and I have taken the week off and have lots of lovely things planned to help us relax and enjoy our time together.

Our holiday actually began last Friday when we headed down to Brighton for a day out. First stop North Laine for breakfast at my favourite Wai Kika Moo Kau followed by a rummage around Snoopers Paradise. Bought two old movie posters (Attack of the 50ft Woman and Forbidden Planet) in Vintage Magazine Co. Shopped in North Laine and sheltered from the rain in coffee shops and restaurants, we also looked around the museum and art gallery. Love Brighton!


Veggie breakfast - Wai Kika Moo Kau Brighton

Veggie Breakfast at Wai Kika Moo Kau


New dress bought from Get Cutie

Kodak Brownie found in Snoopers Paradise


Stopped in Berties for a hot chocolate and scone

Brighton Pavilion

Brighton Pavilion

North Laine Brighton

Alternative Christmas Tree

It’s not only non food Friday but it’s also the run up to Christmas and I’ve given in to the Christmas cheer and put my tree up… well my Christmas branch.

I found this branch about four years ago in the work carpark, painted it white and have used it for my tree ever since… I love it. I bought the tear drop baubles in Asda and the cameo ones from Frost garden centre. This year I also utilised a broken string of pearls to add even more glamour. Merry Christmas.

Alternative Christmas Tree


Kitchen Refurb

We’ve had so much food work coming into the studio the decision was made that we needed a bigger kitchen. The plans were drawn up to extended the kitchen to triple it in size. It’s been very exciting watching the transformation over the last couple of weeks. And finally it is finished and looks fabulous! Here are the photos of the work in progress.


kitchen refurb

The old kitchen as the cupboards begin to be striped out

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Building the extention

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Inside the new extended area

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The old kitchen striped out

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Windows and door ways are cut out

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Then sealed up so the builders can knock the wall through

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Old kitchen looking through to the extention

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The knock through is completed

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New even floor and huge extractor fan fitted

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Floor laid, window and doors fitted and new kitchen equipment installed

Non Food Friday – MK Museum

I’ve lived in Milton Keynes for over ten years and yet I never realised that there was an MK Museum. I was even more surprised to discover what a wonderful, interesting and interactive museum it was. Lots of rooms to explore in and old house, with Victorian musical instrument to play, vintage toys, an old school room, a Victorian kitchen where we were encouraged to cook toast on the fire. There was an old village with all the shops to look in… it was just wonderful. We had the place pretty much to ourselves, with a few volunteers around to reassure you it was okay to touch, turn and pick things up.

I loved it… I saw so many things that I wanted to use as props in my food photography, lots of lovely old tins, plates, kitchen equipment… everything! What a magical place!!

Mk Museum Old class room MK Museum

Knuckle dusters MK Museum

Vintage Pantry - MK Museum

Vintage Oxo tin - MK Museum

Vintage bottles - MK Museum

Vintage pots - MK Museum

Vintage Mincers - MK Museum

Beautiful Vintage butter dish - MK Museum

Victorian acordian - MK museum

Victorian tram - MK Museum

Victorian dining room - MK Museum

Vintage coblers - MK Museum

Mk Museum

Street MK Museum

Old cash register - MK Museum

Vintage Toys - MK Museum

Creepy doll - MK Museum

Non Food Friday – Woburn Village Festival

Last weekend was the Woburn Village Festival, an annual event in my village that I really look forward to. The festival used to known as the Oyster Festival because it was all about eating Oysters, drinking beer and listening to live music. Last year it changed to the Village Festival to make it more a family event, they still sell Oysters and  have live music, but it’s not quite the same. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of antique stalls there this year and picked up a lovely little vintage Hovis tin for only £4… bargain!

Woburn Oyster Festival

Woburn Village Festival

Woburn Village Festival antiques

Vintage Hovis bread tin

Non Food Friday – Exploding Scrapbook Box

For the one year anniversary of the day I met my boyfriend I gave him a little book with the reasons why I love him so much on every page. This year for our second anniversary, I made him an Exploding Scrapbook Box, full of photos of us over the last two years. It was a great idea I found on Pinterest, with a tutorial on how to make it, check it out…

I bought the embossed blue card from Hobbycraft  and was delighted to find a pack of ‘Gorjuss’ scrapbooking craft papers by Suzanne Woolcott  and a date stamper by K&Company SMASH… amazing.  I loved how it turned out, who knows why handmade idea I’ll come up with next year!

Craft Papers Suzanne Woolcott Gorjuss

Making Exploding box

Scrapbook Box

Exploding box

Exploding Scrapbook Box

Scrapbook box