Friday, October 30, 2009

More new cushions!

I know, I know, it's been ages but I've been really busy honest I have. Look here's the proof of my slaving away. These little beauties have burst into life from my sewing machine.
Remember ages ago I bought an Uchikake or wedding kimono? That was way back in June last year. Well it's taken me this long to get the courage to cut. Now I have to have the courage to sell. I hope they go to good homes.

Monday, October 19, 2009

My new career

The fair I did on the weekend went well. At first people were highly suspicious of the macarons and couldn't believe 1: that they were edible and 2: that I'd actually made them. I sold almost all of them in the end.
I sold 8 cushions which is better than most other fairs I've done. It was sad though that my cushion stand was the only one where the goods were actually made by someone in the room, someone in the county even.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Macaron Mama

When I came downstairs this morning, Ricardo the magnificent had done all the dishes and unearthed all the bits and pieces for me to start filling the macarons for my big weekend craft fair at Riddlesworth school.
This is what it said on the note So I set to work smiling.
Busy, busy making blackcurrant flavour ganache for the purple ones
chestnut filling for the pistachio ones
....... and saffron filling for the saffron coloured ones. These worked out the best so I gilded them with edible gold dust too. They REALLY taste like saffron as I put a whole packet in both the biscuits and the ganache.

So far so good. Let's just hope I sell a bucket load of these little edible cushions.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Riddlesworth Autumn Fair

Come and visit me at the Ridlesworth Autumn Fair this weekend from 12 noon on Friday to 7pm and then Saturday from 10am til 4pm. I'll be the one trying to look rich amongst the Russian Oligarchs. I'll be selling these cushions......
and these edible cushions....I've been in a frenzy of Macaron making (you could say a macaron-a-thon really). The most successful being the SAFFRON ones which really, really taste like saffron. I've bought ribbons and boxes and all sorts of frippery and I just hope to God I sell some, otherwise we'll have to eat them all!
If you do manage to come be warned that it costs a fiver to get in but you do get sandwiches and cakes AND you get to rub shoulders with the rich and famous.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

From the sublime to the incredibly frivolous

First the are some incredible images for your perusal photographed by my friend Mardi. She has an exhibition coming up at 69 Smith St gallery in Melbourne Australia 11 - 28 November. Get on down if you can.
These photos were taken at Wilsons Promontory National Park. One of my favourite places in the whole world. They are of Xantheria or grass trees after the recent bushfires there.
It seems grass trees bloom profusely after such a traumatic event. A brilliant metaphor for hope after trauma.
Now for the frivolous. My darling friend Sally WJ went to Paris on a school excursion and despite the fact that she had 20 small girls to look after managed to hotfoot it down to the Laduree pattisserie and buy me a small yet stylish bag of heaven.
In descending order; raspberry, pistachio, orange flower and rose. Now I know the benchmark I need to achieve..... the packaging is sublime as were the biscuits.
(As you can see Sally there are only 4 of the eight left for me to photograph). What a star.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Zeb's sick

Sorry I haven't blogged for a while, I've been busy: our beautiful Boy Zebedee has been in hospital and Mumma has the same dreadful virus, so it's Granny and Joey to the rescue. It's so heartbreaking to see him just lying there in a big bed wimpering. I'm off again to do the day shift and take over from Granny who drove five hours from Devon and then did the night shift with him on Sunday night and again last night.