A Day trip to Bath

I went down to Bath to pick up the paper airplanes from a window display I did at “Meticulous Ink, Fine Stationery” in September.   In return for my window display, the fabulous shop owner, Athena, agreed to make me some business cards. Knowing that she is a talented lady I left it by and large up to her and she has made me the most beautiful, thick, embossed, colourful, covetable business cards in all existenceImage. I am in love. And they’re even better in 3D because you can feel the thickness of the card and the bruising on the back of the card from the embossing.

The shop prints the best stationery in England… so, if you require a decent calibre of  stationery for leisurely correspondance, occasions or business enterprises- then it is imperative that you go there. 

After visiting the shop, I went shopping, naturally… I like Bath for shops, particularly craft and vintage, it has some really nice pedestrianised lanes with little independent shops on them (Try The Makery, for trimmings and Scarlet Vintage for clothes) and there’s covered market bits too.  This being said my money ended up being spent in the charity shops. I like it when you leave London because the charity shops become more genuine as opposed to the price-hiked “vintage” charity shops that you get in London. I bought a red corset top so that I can dress up as a lobster and am pleased.

For repose, Athena recommended that I go to the Bertinet Cafe- for excellent cake and mini bottles of flavoured milk with paper straws. 

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I had to queue but it was charming and the tables had individual toasters for all of their homemade breads. 

Which concludes my day out. (I like my life.)

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Curly Wurly Cake is out of this world…

When I used to live in Southwark, I used to pass this bakery every day. They had a little loyalty card shaped like a monopoly board and I used to take anyone who came to visit my side of London in there. The shop is wonderfully violet- the colour of Willy Wonka but a little more sophisticated and it’s called Konditor and cook. I first became interested in it because of a Saturday job I used to have in a hairdressers when I was a teenager, where the boss insisted every once in ever while that we all have a slice of this divine cake that they used to stock in the posh tea shop down the road- The cake was curly wurly chocolate cake (or is it Curly whirly)

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It is divine- no more to say about it.

The tea shop said that they bought all their cakes from this bespoke bakery near Waterloo… . So when I moved nearby, and had to pass it everyday- I put on a good half a stone.

Yesterday, after going to the Tate we went there- and bought some miniature delectables- chocolate and raspberry mini fudge tarts! Oh my! They are a maximum of 4 mouthfuls but so good- we ate them standing on a purple doorstep with sunglasses- it was a beautiful moment.

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N.B doorstep that i refer to is on the right hand side of the picture. This is just the bakery not the cafe.

Mad Hatter’s Tea party

I think at some point in every designer’s career he or she turns to Alice and Wonderland…

The first window display that I did with a few friends was for Jessie Chorley and Buddug Humphrey’s little jewellery shop in Columbia Road. It’s a beautiful shop… you must go!

However we did a giant tea party themed display and it had giant tea bags and tea cups in it… you can see the whole display on my website http://www.ffionharman.co.uk.

Anyways, I was watching Heston Blumenthal’s “fantastical food” series the other night in which he is making lots of oversized delicacies and he was making a giant tea party (much bigger than mine) but it reminded me of it. It was awesome, he made a gigantic packet of chocolate digestive biscuits (everyone’s favourite!) and I just thought it looked completely decadent !

Here are my giant tea bags-

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My tea bags hanging out on the bannister.

They hang from my bedroom ceiling now. And here is the King-Kong, sumo-sized Heston tea …

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Kudos.