Hello lovelies, my little collage of last weeks favourite snaps. We're locking up our little retro caravan today and won't see him again till spring.... I can't wait to make the move to Suffolk one day, we're waiting for the kids to finish high school, although I'm sure the timing will never be right lol....
Happy Halloween. Sharing a few snaps of a Fashion shoot I styled a couple of years back for the fabulous dress designer Charlotte Wilden of Wilden Bride. I had fun making these tables spooky for a Great Expectations theme and thought they would be quite fitting to show off this time of year.
Charlotte will be appearing on the blog soon in creative corner giving an insight into the world of wedding dress designing. I can't wait! For now I hope everyone has a happy Halloween.
Photography by Heline Bekker www.helinebekker.co.uk
Dress by Charlotte Wilden www.wildenbridelondon.com
We're nearly at the end of October, where did that month go? Here are some of my favourite autumnal snaps, and the reasons I love this bewitching month.
I love foraging, collecting chestnuts, picking the last blooms from the garden before putting it to bed and going for beautiful walks to see the colours of this gorgeous month come to life.
There are few things I love more than snuggling down by a lit stove with a pile of beautiful books and a good glass of wine. Well I'll be getting the sweets in soon ready for Halloween. Hope everyone has a lovely time.
If you live near Buckingham and have little girls to treat this half term then may I suggest going to Tea at the Roonys in Winslow. A very cute little vintage tea room indeed! Now my girls and I are big on vintage teas, so it takes a lot to impress! So did this little tea room deliver?....
Oh yes! I always judge a tea room by their cream teas. And my word you do not come accross many good ones... This one however was proper lush! Warm fresh scones served on pretty stands with real clotted cream nom nom. All served on pretty vintage china in a very cute little room.
My girlies loved it, not to mention Mr C who tucked into the biggest doorstep ham and mustard sandwich I'd ever seen whilst us girlies were eating our dainty scones lol, so something for everyone.
I've taken my girlies away to suffolk now to stay in our little vintage van so there will be some beach trips, and hopefully more cream teas
I spent yesterday afternoon with the lovely Lisa from Audrey's Little Cakery. We sat in her lovely vintage kitchen and shared a pot of tea and a slice of lemon cake. This is how Lisa greets all of her brides for their wedding cake consultations. Whilst I happily ate my weight in cake, and snapped away she told me how she set her business up, created her brand and how she juggles family life. Plus she gives advice to others thinking of going into the ever growing business of master baker.
What made you start your business? 'I was on maternity with Ava my daughter and just wanted to stay at home with her. Initially I started making cards not cakes, but then my creativity escalated and my sister suggested I should make a business from selling my cakes. It seemed the perfect solution and I got to stay at home with my daughter'.
What has been the hardest challenge? 'Getting noticed! There are so many people doing this. You need to stand out and stand your ground with costing. It was hard to get my prices right in the beginning as there are a lot of hobby bakers selling cheaply and I thought if I was more expensive then people wouldn't buy my cakes. I soon learnt that propper costing is key when running a business. It takes time to produce fabulous looking cakes and source the best ingredients to make them with. Lots of my customers have said how hard they had found it finding a cake that tastes as good as it looks and vice versa, this has been my USP. I knew I'd reached this moment when at a wedding fair, a little boy sampled one of my cupcakes and then turned to his mother, and rather loudly announced - that this ladies cakes actually taste really nice, and they are pretty mummy! Haha we all know kids don't lie'!
Where do you find inspiration? 'I love vintage designs and take my inspiration from vintage jewellery, romantic blooms and gorgeous lace. I also love pinterest'.
How do you reach out to prospective customers? 'I use facebook and instagram, and I also have a website. Plus I attend lots of wedding fairs'.
Which social media network do you find works best for your business? 'Instagram! its amazing for getting your work out there'.
How do you manage working from home and juggling family life? 'It is hard. The children are still young so I do most of my work in the evenings when they are in bed. I know this will change when they go to school and I wouldn't have it any other way'.
Name one thing you wish you had known when starting up. 'Understanding costing. It took a while to get the time management to costing right, and I realised I had been selling myself short when I worked out the man hours I'd put into making a cake'.
What advice would you give for anyone wanting to start a home baking business? Don't under price! It's easy to think it's just cake. But a lot of time and money has gone into them. It's an art! It's not just cake'.
The legal stuff... What do you need to do? 'Inform the council and have local hygiene (trading standards) round to inspect the kitchen. You also need to do your food hygiene certificate to grade 2. Inform the tax office that you are now trading as a sole trader'.
Start up costs- £300 to £400 I was very lucky as was given a lot of things from my family.
What is the best thing about having your own creative business? 'I love working from home, having my family around me and being my own boss'!