Thursday, 2 February 2017

New Year, New Photos

Last year for me was a year of making, this year I think it's going to be the year of photography!

I felt I needed to give my etsy shop a bit of attention. It's has always taken rather a back seat, up until now I've always prioritised doing events and fairs.

 I thought I'd begin by looking at the photographs I had. I really didn't like my napkin photographs, these were the weakest images I had out of all my product shots. The table that I had used as a background had looked very orange and even after I had edited the photos I wasn't happy with them. I did some research and looked for images in magazines and on the internet for inspiration.

I have some lovely wooden crates that I use to display my products when I do an event, so I thought I'd try using those. I also wanted to try and take overhead shots but I don't have the right sort of tripod, but I thought I'd see what I could do. I have found using natural light is the best, so I need to  use a slow shutter speed, hence I use a tripod.


So here are the results of the first photo shoot! I just used some rosemary from the garden and natural string to add interest to the image.





Then these are from the second photo shoot. Then I thought of adding a simple sprig of gypsophila to the place setting.




Then I tried adding a couple of bay leaves behind a small sprig of gypsophila. See the images in my etsy shop here



I think my napkins work really well when they are mixed and matched together, especially the china blue range. So I also photograph a couple of combinations.






Sunday, 8 January 2017

At the start of the New Year, it's time to get back to normal and try to be healthy too. For me the best way of doing this is not going on a diet, that's just never going to happen. I like eating too much for that! So instead I try to up my intake of fruit and vegetables. Breakfast is also an easy meal to over look, so starting the day with my Raspberry Bircher Muesli makes me feel really good.  Here's the recipe, it's very easy and quick to make.



Beccy's Raspberry Bircher Muesli

Inspired by an article in the Country Living Magazine called 14 Overnight Mason Jar Breakfasts,
I created this Bircher Muesli with all of my favourite things!

Ingredients
1/2 cup porridge oats
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup natural yoghurt
1/4 cup milk
1/2 an apple -grated
1 1/2 tbsp runny honey
2tbsp chopped almonds
1tbsp pumpkin seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preparation method
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together thoroughly. Cover the bowl with cling 
film. Leave in the fridge overnight or for at least 8 hours. Remove from the fridge, stir and
eat as it is or with extra fruit, honey and nuts on top.
Enjoy!

Friday, 26 August 2016

A few months ago I decided to take the plunge and take a stand at the 
Christmas Country Living Fair London 9th-13th November. I have always been rather daunted by the scale of the show and wondered how on earth I could possible make enough stock to do a show like this.

So for the first time I am getting some help making my stock. This is a big development for me. Scary and exciting all at the same time!

Last week the samples arrived for my Christmas Aprons and Tea Towels  



I'm still making all the napkins myself. 



Also available are Christmas Cafetiere Cosy's! 

Come and visit my stand
It will be lovely to see you!

Monday, 29 February 2016

Great fun at the weekend doing a photo shoot with my sister modelling
all my aprons in the new linen union fabric. Now all
available in my etsy shop. Why not pop over and have a look!







Tuesday, 9 February 2016

I'm really please to announce that my fabrics are now all printed in the UK, meaning I can proudly say my products are all 100% British, designed and made in England.

The fabric is lovely linen union with a natural colour as a base, which is digital printed using reactive dyes, giving a lovely finish and feel to all my products.

I've started to update my etsy shop with my beautiful new products, so all my tea towels are now available for purchase. I'm planning a photo shoot in the next couple of weeks so I will be updating my aprons images too, swiftly followed my blue and white cushions too. To give you a taster here are my tea towel images.

Burford Green Range


 China Blue Range

Friday, 18 December 2015

Thursday, 8 October 2015


Christmas is not that far away now, believe it or not. Lots of making has been going on in preparation. I'm thinking a Christmas Cafetiere Cosy will look great in my new Christmas fabric. Have plenty now this has arrived today!


I'm booked in at the following Christmas Fairs this year.

20th November Chandlings School Oxford 1.30pm-5pm
21tst November St Helen & St Katharine Abingdon 10am-2pm
22ndt St Gabrielle Newbury 10.30am-3.00pm

27th Wychwood School Oxfordshire 3.30pm-6pm
28th Cranford House school Moulsford 1-3.30pm