Winter Wonderland

This weeks Non Food Friday is all about Christmas, I found myself in the local garden centre this week and Christmas is already in there. Looking at all the beautiful Xmas decorations, made me realise that Christmas really isn’t that far away, 11 weeks I think!! I’m loving the mint green and aqua colours of the decorations, surprisingly I only came away with a little wooden tea light holder.

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Rachel Ryle – Don’t Stop Motion

I’m a huge fan of stop frame animation, for a long time it’s what I wanted to do for a career… maybe I still will one day.  So for this weeks Non Food Friday I’d like to introduce you to an amazing illustrator and  animator that I came across on Intagram.

The candy floss animation was the first piece of her work that I saw and I was a fan immediately and it’s still my favourite of all her work. Rachel is wonderful to follow on Instagram as she often adds new animations, she has also just set up a Facebook page Don’t Stop Motion. Go check out her wonderful creations!!

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


Non Food Friday – Birmingham

Last Saturday my boyfriend and I decided to visit Birmingham, we’d never been there before and thought it would make a nice change to our usual weekend hangouts. We enjoyed the underground market The Oasis, full of vinyl, heavy metal t-shirts and alternative jewellery where I purchase a cute pair of knee high socks with swallows and hearts on. We also ventured into the vintage and retro area called The Custard Factory, where I fell in love with all the old crates, suitcases and random goodies and enjoyed the street art along the way. We also popped into the museum and art gallery for a little culture, where I found the cutest little lunchbox in the gift shop, by Happy Jackson… really lovely range of stuff, their website is super cute too, check it out So for this weeks ‘Non Food Friday’ I wanted to share my new lunchbox and the street art of Birmingham.

Happy jackson Lunch Box


Street Art Birmingham


street art


Taylor Wessing

It’s ‘Non Food Friday’ and it’s also that time of year again… The Taylor Wessing National Portrait Competition 2013.  After last years success with my portrait of a burlesque dancer making it into the top 200, I couldn’t wait to enter again this year. This year my entry is of Chef… results come out on Tuesday… fingers crossed.


Kirsty Mitchell

For this weeks Non Food Friday, I’m going to introduce you to a wonderful British photographer called Kirsty Mitchell. Her gallery of  work is split into three  categories; Wonderland, My Angel and Nocturnal… all are equally beautiful.

I’m a huge fan of fairy tales, I love how dark and disturbing they really are when you read the original stories. Kirsty shares in her bio how her work is heavily inspired by the stories she was read as a child and I think her photos are wonderful interpretations, very whimsical and truly stunning. I highly recommend checking out her website.

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