52 weekends is inspiration for craft projects, things to do or places to visit. This week it’s a little bit of everything. To celebrate my Mum’s birthday I’m treating her to a traditional afternoon tea at the Orangery at Blenheim Palace as a surprise. So I designed and made a cute little invite to surprise her with, I used one of my vintage tea cups to draw from and used tissue paper for the pattern, the idea is the tea bag being pulled out of the cup… I’m really pleased with how it turned out and Mum and I had a fabulous day!
Here’s a little inspiration for MEAT FREE MONDAY if you’re feeling a little under the weather like I am today.
Too sick to leave the house I raided the fridge for anything to put in a soup. Two small onions, two celery sticks, clove of garlic, a sweet potato and half a savoy cabbage. Boiled them in stock allow with two handfuls of lentils. I made some salt and pepper croutons and picked the coriander from my garden.
It tasted good and the distraction whilst making it made me feel a bit better.
Feeling a little under the weather this weekend, so I’m taking it easy and keeping warm and cosy by staying in my pyjamas and cuddling up with my little cat (whilst drinking lots of coffee and reading books). Bliss!
I’m feeling so proud and very honoured to have been a Finalist in this year’s Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Awards and to see my work hanging in The Mall Galleries London. I’m delighted to announce that my shot ‘Apple Tart’ took 3rd place in the ‘Apple a day’ category. It was a really fun night and such a great experience! The exhibition is running from today until the 29th April and it’s free, pop in if you can!
Couldn’t resist another trip to Southend, making the most of the summertime. This time we discovered the wonderful American diner… Bobby Jo’s.
For today’s shoot I am making meringues, my first time… Eeek!
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… http://glitteradventure.blogspot.co.uk/2006/11/exploding-box-class.html
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!
Apologies for being a little quiet recently, it’s been my birthday and I do take my birthday celebrations seriously.
One of the best things about birthdays, apart from celebrating with groups friends, is all the lovely gifts!! My favourite gift this year (from my lovely boyfriend) Fujifilm Instax 210… a great feature of this camera is a little clip on lens for self portraits which not only allows you to shoot really close up but has a little mirror so you make sure you’re in frame! LOVE IT!
The photographic word challenge this fortnight was the word tears. As usual with these challenges, I like to push myself further by always shooting the word as self portrait. With this portrait I wanted to evoke emotion and represent tears without actually showing any.
On Thursday a cookbook that I have been waiting for, for what feels like forever arrived. I decided to save it until the weekend before sitting down to look though it so I could really enjoy it… it was so worth the wait.
It’s absolutely beautiful. The food styling really inspirational to me, it’s very true and natural, nothing ever feels over styled and there’s usually lots of salt and herbs scattered messily on and about the dish, which is a huge trend in food photography at the moment. I love the props she uses and the prop styling, lovely old vintage used looking plates, ultensils, fabrics napkins and surfaces. The book itself is also designed by Katie, who worked at a graphic designer before moving into food photography and that’s gorgeous too. All the pages are unique with lots of sticky tape and stitching, textured paper backgrounds and old typewriter and other fun fonts, with makes it feel a little like a homemade recipe book complete with cooking stains.
I’m really happy to have it as part of my cookbook collection.