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I only ask the most important questions

September 29, 2009

Do I seem a little lazy? I do apologise – I’ve been meaning to put my latest work up for a while now and I’m only just getting round to it. I blame Twitter (see top right).

Give me five minutes and then mosey on over to the portfolio section of my site and you should be able to see my most recent features which includes one on England rugby star, Danny Care for WestSide magazine. You can see him below courtesy of the fantastic photographer, Chris Bissell who shot him for the cover while the interview was taking place.

He's scrumbelievable

He's scrumbelievable

It might seem a bit nosy but I really wanted to know who washes his muddy kit (and I’m sure you do too) so have a look here

Never say never

September 1, 2009

I said I’d never join Facebook, get a Blackberry or sign up to Twitter. So it’s no surprise that I’ve now signed up to Twitter. At the moment, I’m editing veg pics for a feature on Doddington Hall’s kitchen garden. Just so you know.
Stalk me at SoManyNicknames and we can compare pet names.

Just add milk

August 13, 2009
Tip me up and pour me out

Tip me up and pour me out

Local magazine Living South was kind enough to feature a product from Pogostick Pie in its August issue.
Here is our lovely floral jug basking in the limelight. We haven’t finished making the website yet but if you want to see a selection of our vintage china, have a look here.

Snap happy

July 28, 2009

For my birthday, I was given a beautiful new camera which is why I’ve been so distracted of late. If you fancy having a peek at some of my pictures, have a look at the ‘photos’ section of my blog.
But if you can’t be bothered or are on your way somewhere else, here’s a taster:

Sweetpeas, Pattie's Garden – July 2009

Sweetpeas, Pattie's Garden – July 2009

I’ve also been busy working on commissions for Prima, Sew Hip, Kitchen Garden and Knitting magazine – all of which you’ll be able to see in the ‘portfolio’ section shortly. I’m particularly pleased with the Prima piece as it tells the stories of three generations of women who enjoy craft and, as you’ll gather, I’m pretty fond of crafts too. In theory more than practice however. I often don’t have the patience to see fiddly things through which is why photography is so great – instant results and it keeps me out of trouble. And if you believe that, you will believe anything…

Freelancers who work from home – symptom checker

July 10, 2009

Freelancers who work from home may display all, if not, some develop some of the following behaviour:

  • An excessive thirst for knowledge sated only by upgrading from Radio 2 to Radio 4
  • Inappropriate crushes  – checking out the check out girls/boys whilst hunting for lunch is common
  • A distaste of post arriving after lunch time – the wait is too long
  • An uncontrollable urge to tell the builder next door everything about themselves
  • Be able to count on one hand the amount of people spoken to (does not count email)  before 12 noon
  • The need to have ‘watercooler’ moments on email. Every ten minutes.
  • A real desire to do all the washing up, admin and general housework before tackling the ‘real’ work
  • Running to the local shop in their PJs
  • Owning at least one pair of ‘easy’ trousers

Capturing the cake

June 25, 2009

I was lucky enough to meet Shikhita Singh of Fair Cake cupcake company a while back when I was writing a piece on London’s top ten cupcakes. Hers were some of the loveliest I have tasted and so I attended one of her courses to see if I could learn some of her tricks!
If you want to learn to make cupcakes, I’d thoroughly recommend it as Shikhita made it fun and super-easy to follow. Click here to find out more about the course and to see my photographs of the day.

We can't all be perfect but we try

We can't all be perfect but we try

Knitted jumper takes a bow

June 25, 2009

When you spend your life writing about other people – it’s easy to be complacent about seeing yourself in a magazine. However, this week – the shoe is most definitely on the other foot.
A journalist from The Mirror visited my Stitch and Bitch group in Herne Hill and wrote a feature on the knitting group for her blog. If you have a little look here, you will see that my Antoni + Alison knitted jumper – bedecked with oversize bow – has finally found fame! I have to admit that it looks pretty good and detracts from the strange facial expression I am pulling. For which I am thankful.
It’s worth noting that, to date, the jumper is my largest and more-or-less only completed project but I think it was worth the effort. I love knitting but am all talk and no action – I write lots about it for magazines but rarely seem to get round to doing it myself.
Thanks to Erica Crompton at The Mirror for reminding me that I can make things and that I really should do more of it!

Taking a bow

Taking a bow