Being a Maker in a Heat Wave

Having had a great year last year at the Christmas Scandi Market in London and selling out on day two I wanted to get ahead of my self for 2018, not only to be able to physically make more stock but I would have another little Baker arriving in late September, so my hands would be fuller >read blog post about my christmas fair . I gained a lot of knowledge and insight into the designing, trial and error, making process and quantities but also of what people liked and what sold out from last year and thus I set about planning in June, yes the start of summer and the hottest weather we’d had in many years.

The whole process of being a maker is like making dinner it can take you hours to cook and then you eat it in an a fraction of the time, making ‘handmade’ items is exactly the same. Often the time you take designing, testing and perfecting your products isn’t truly appreciated or understood and having done a lot of hard work last year to get my designs, packaging and story set, meant this year would be more about the planning, time management and determination.

Those who know me would say I’m a pretty organised person but with the arrival of number two less than two months before the fair, we all know that a newborn and starting anything to do with Christmas would be a struggle for even the best multi-tasked. Starting so early in the year was a little weird and humming Christmas songs as i sewed each night might have made people think I was a little crazy, but most thought I was anyway wanting to tackle such a big fair with a new baby. But I like a challenge and wanted to do another year off the back of last years success.

The whole making process has been much more enjoyable in fact because i’ve planned out making everything in  bulk, unlike last years small batch trial and test approach, it has seemed never ending at times but progress was visible as the studio slowly got taken over!!

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Scandi Twist Baby Shower

In recent years baby showers have become a popular way to celebrate the soon arrival of a little one and a nice way for the mum-to-be to see all her friends an family before her due date. I know that i have had alot over the past few years and often we’ve shared games, gift ideas and present from one shower to the next.

But these types of events can be overwhelming and Im sure im not alone in feeling, that events like this, where you are the centre of attention are not something i particular enjoy, but i do love the gathering and the party type feel of it. With the soon arrival of baby Baker number two, i was faced with wanting to see friends and family but in a more relaxed way. With the gorgeous sunshine we have been having, i crossed my fingers that if i was to have a garden party it wouldn’t rain!! but as always i never make it straight forward, i like things with a taste of Norwegian, so heres how i did a DIY, budget baby shower with a scandi feel.

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Baking with Small Humans

It was always going to happen that any child of mine would inevitably end up in the kitchen a large percentage of the time. Three years down the line this is absolutely true. My daughter, thoroughly enjoys spending any time in the bakery studio as much as I do and having her by my side sharing my love for baking.

Baking and cooking provide several opportunities to develop a child’s skills in a fun and messy way. With the summer holidays fast approaching, this is a perfect opportunity to get in the kitchen!

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DIY Wedding Revisited

This year we celebrate 5 years of marriage but it only seems like yesterday…

I of course remember fondly the day and the special memories created but i also still remember the feeling of being completely out of control of what to tackle first when i started planning. We only had a short engagement of only 6 months and with my Norwegian heritage, we choose to have our big day in Norway with family and friends, which only added to the long list of “to do’s”. Of course I wanted to create all my own stationery and bake my own wedding cake, not only for the cost saving but because its our day and I wanted to.

wedding albums

Today as I look through our wedding album I realise how special it was to us as a couple and how fortunate i was to be able to do so much myself, so in this post I share this experience with all those brides to be as reassurance its possible to have a DIY wedding (even if your not a designer like me) to have all you want and come out of it semi-sane, happy and proud of what you have created…

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My little taste of Norway

The 17th of May, commemorating the signing of the constitution on that date in 1814. In Norway, the Constitution Day is huge. Its a celebration, a party for everyone, and especially the children. Marching bands, traditional costumes, parades, people waving flags and shouting “hurra!” and yummy food. To mark this traditional occasion I wanted to bring a little taste of Norway to Staplehurst, Kent once again and share some makes and bakes from my heritage. I am fortunate to be part of a makers shop in the main high street which has the most wonderful collection of Kent home grown talent “Made by Kent”, I am luckily enough to be able to do a feature week, show casing some Norwegian favourites which I often sell at Christmas but also some new items created especially for this event.

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