Makelight Photography Workshop

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend Emily Quinton’s Makelight Photography Workshop in London. As you might remember from my previous post, I’d been looking forward to it for what seemed ages, and was really hoping it would live up to my expectations…

Armed with a notebook, a fully charged phone/camera and my husbands rather professional DSLR (which has far too many buttons and settings for my liking!), I arrived at the workshop venue… As an experienced blogger I was more interested in the photography aspect of the workshop – especially being able to use my camera(s) to better effect, and setting up and photographing mini styled shoots.

Emily brought along a lovely collection of objects to group/arrange and photograph – all of which reflected her unique and unmistakable style. Throughout the entire day she supported, encouraged and guided us with her natural warmth and humour. It was a privilege to be able to tap into her wealth of knowledge and expertise.

There were plenty of beautiful objects to photograph during the day!

Blogging can be quite a solitary pursuit and it was also lovely to meet and chat with other bloggers in the ‘real world’, sharing tips and learning from each other.

I’ve since been putting lots of Emily’s advice into practise – I’m regularly posting on Instagram, finding inspiration (and sharing it too!) on Pinterest, and experimenting with mini shoots at home! I’ve started using some new APPS recommended by Emily, and have been ‘borrowing’ my husbands DSLR (don’t tell him!)

Thank you Emily for sharing your expertise, for your encouragement and for sharing so much loveliness! To quote a well-known phrase ‘I’ll be back!’

In the meantime, I really do recommend Emily’s Makelight Photography Workshops!

Carol x


The Story Machine

The first time I saw ‘The Story Machine’ by Tom McLaughlin was on a recent family visit to the library, and it quickly joined our pile of books to borrow!

Whether you are an adult or a child a blank piece of paper can seem daunting at the best of times, and many children find it incredibly difficult to write stories when asked to do so at school, especially boys. ‘The Story Machine’ is essentially a book about storytelling and the power of drawing…

The Story Machine
”Then, quite by accident, he made it work.”

The very simple and yet very clever message behind ‘The Story Machine’ is that pictures can make stories, you don’t have to always use words.

The character in the story is a little boy called Elliott who stumbles across a machine and, quite by accident, gets it to work. The machine makes letters but Elliott knows he isn’t very good at letters and words. Elliott soon discovers that some of the letters look like pictures, and the pictures make stories.

”He did his best, but he kept getting them all jumbled up.”

My five year old son loves this book, especially the beautiful drawings of great swathes of paper which seem to fly out of the machine and are covered in pictures. He instinctively examines the pictures in minute detail and starts to join them together in his own mind to make his own story… What a gift to give a child!

Carol x

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (2 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408839334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408839331


Biscuiteers Biscuits

With Mother’s Day and Easter fast approaching, the hunt is on for gorgeous gifts! If you are after something a little different, then how about a beautiful tin of equally beautiful handmade biscuits?

Biscuiteers Biscuits
Tea for Two Biscuits

I have been quite intrigued by Biscuiteers for some time, and was thrilled when an absolutely gorgeous pink and silver ‘Patisserie’ tin arrived from them last week…

It’s wonderfyl to have a collection of biscuits which look as good as they taste (they are made using the very best natural ingredients), and there is something deeply appealing about biscuits (with a gorgeous texture!) which have been lovingly made from start to finish… Each biscuit is handmade, iced expertly and layered beautifully in the tin to keep them in pristine condition.

Patisserie Biscuits

There are lots of ranges to choose from, but if you are thinking about special Mother’s Day gifts then there is something for everyone including our other favourites – Ultimate Shoe Box Biscuit Tin, Personalised Sewing Kit Tin and Tea For Two Biscuit Tin!

Sewing Kit Tin
Sewing Kit Tin

I think it’s very likely that I’ll be ordering a few tins in the coming months! I’m also very tempted to visit their boutique in Notting Hill, maybe for afternoon tea, a quick trip to their icing café or even to test my icing skills with the ultimate Patisserie Icing Class!

In the meantime I’m entering a little project with Biscuiteers which will involve posting pictures of my tin (it’s beautiful and will soon be used for something special…) More about that soon!

Carol x


Tooth Fairy Gift Ideas

It won’t be long before The Tooth Fairy makes her first visit to our house, and I have a feeling it will be a momentous visit! It’s quite a landmark event in a child’s life and thanks to ‘Peppa Pig’ I already have two children who are more than clued up for her visit!

I’ve been sourcing creative ideas for keeping the magic of the occasion alive as we wait for her arrival! All of these items would make great gifts too!

The Tooth Fairy Gift Ideas
Tooth Fairy Door by Hollyanna

Tooth Fairy doors are great displayed in a child’s bedroom, either on a skirting board or propped up on a shelf or cupboard… I love the doors designed by Hollyanna! I like the fact that the door is locked, as only the tooth fairy can open it!

Our door arrived beautifully packaged from Hollyanna, and is now strategically attached to the wall just above a skirting board.

Essential Tooth Fairy Apparatus from Hollyanna!

Tooth Fairy cushions look great hanging on a child’s bedpost. We loved these ones by Anne-Marie at Heavenly Hearts. They are available in pink, blue, red or green gingham fabrics.

Tooth Fairy Cushion from Heavenly Hearts

There is a little card in the pocket which says:

“Dear Tooth Fairy, My tooth came out when I tried to bite. Please little tooth fairy visit tonight! Love from…” (and a space for the child to write their name).

As an alternative, these personalised Tooth Fairy bags are great too! I have just received one from Tillie Mint for my son, and am about to order for my daughter too! The bag is just the right size to keep any little tooth safe but more importantly, big enough for the reward!

Tooth Fairy Bags from Tilly Mint

Everything is ready for the arrival of the tooth fairy (whenever that might be!) and I am hoping these extra touches will lead to a few big (toothless!) smiles…

Carol x

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