Monthly Archives: March 2015

Once upon a time …

there was a sad, old chaise.


His webbing had gone, his legs were wobbly and he’d lost his umph. He would need a lot of love to return him to his glory days. But who would care for him when there were new shiny chaises everywhere … ?

Then one happy day Emily Farncombe laid eyes on him. She had a vision of a beautiful, reupholstered chaise, with new wood and webbing and padding and fabric. He would be very handsome.


[ Quick note … soon after Barney was born, I needed a cushion for our headboard (struggling to feed baby comfortably at 4am sitting against an iron bedstead). I’d heard about Emily through friends and she came round to help out and came up with a design for the perfect padded cushion. Sore back sorted. Phew. We chatted lots and I told her I’d searched for years and years to find a chaise. She remembered and when she came across the old chaise she got in touch. Barney and I went to check him out … ]


Barney sat on him and smiled. I could see Emily’s vision. Yep. I’d finally found The One.

So she started doing her magic.

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And finally he emerged. Handsome, sturdy and very comfy.



And he looks very dapper with some of Emily’s vibrant ‘patchwork’ cushions on top.



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It’s wonderful to finally welcome home something you’ve searched for over years, especially when it’s something old and broken turned into something unique and gorgeous once again.

Thank you to Emily and her amazing creative skills. Time for a lie down …


Posted in Impressive Things

Cakes Glorious Cakes

I love finding out why people do what they do and hearing how they got there. I’m often meeting people, particularly women, who have made a big career change to follow their passion. Not many of us set out at 18 knowing exactly what we wanted to do, or were capable of doing, not that that’s a bad thing. The journey is part of life’s adventure and the ups and downs makes it all the more rewarding when you get there.

Caroline baked cakes with her Gran when she was little and since then baking has always been what she loves to do. So when the time was right she made the leap from a high-flying career at Leeds Uni to set up her own cake-making business, Caroline’s Cakes Chapel Allerton

With Easter around the corner she’s been creating some beautiful cakes that I had the pleasure of photographing. I’m in awe of anyone who has the skill and patience to bake fine-looking and very tasty cakes as I’ve never got close to that level in the kitchen. Seeing her Easter range was a lovely reminder that there are delicious, traditional, homemade alternatives to mass-produced shop-bought Easter eggs.

Tuck in …






Posted in Impressive Things

Smiles All Round

I first photographed Helen and her family a couple of years ago. This time I got to meet beautiful baby Flora, a very happy and smiley little girl. She was a super star during her photo shoot. She posed indoors and outside in the garden, she changed outfits with no complaints and she was generally adorable. It was lovely to see her with her Grandma too.

And a special thank you to Upsy Daisy for her top tune.






Posted in Family Photography

Set Your Photos Free

If you’re like me, you end up with more photos on the laptop/PC than off. I know it’s a sign of the digital age but I still haven’t found a way to enjoy photos digitally as much as I love having framed photos and albums/books in the house. With customers’ photos I am totally in the flow to produce the final product. Yet until now, for my own photos I’ve tended to dilly dally about what to do and have ended up procrastinating.

So January was a time of catching up and one mission was to get more of my photos off my laptop and into view. Since having Barney my levels of efficiency have soared. A lot can be done in short windows of nap time. And I have become much more decisive too – another bonus.

For some very special photographs I’ve used a local framer, Headrow Gallery, on the Harrogate Road, Leeds who does a very professional job. But for many photos I know I’ll want to update them in time so I don’t want them sealed in frames forever. However I struggle to find good quality frames. They often have those horrible little metal foldy ‘fasteners’ that snap off, even some of the pricier frames, or they’re just shoddily made. So after shopping around over a few years, here are a few recommendations.

TK Maxx – you can find some high quality frames at good prices if you have the time to root through. I had a set of Barney photos that suited the frames I found there and mixed these in with some frames from John Lewis. I find that I can usually rely on John Lewis’s simple, timeless black and white ranges. I’m quite obsessed with white at the mo so I’d bought a few of these. Their ‘House’ range has some funky, colourful ones too. And with ‘Click & Collect’ to a local Waitrose it’s free delivery.


 (Some tulips and pussy willow … let’s pretend that Spring is here)

I wanted Barney to have a montage in his bedroom with photos of him and his close family. My sis and M’s brother and their families all live in the USA so it’s important to me that they’re visible in Barney’s life, even though we’re far apart for most of the year. I recently bought this round, contemporary frame from Umbra. Umbra does some very quirky frames and quite a few multi-aperture frames so you can get a nice set of photos in just one frame (which also avoids too many hooks in the wall).


Downstairs I wanted a load of photos of our friends and of our adventures from the last few years and had found the perfect frame quite a while ago. Actually I’ve had it for 3 (?!)  years and it has sat in the house looking sad and empty … but no more!! This one I bought visiting a friend in Oxford but I’ve found their online store, Authentics, which has a small range of well-made multi-aperture frames.


And I came across good ‘ol Habitat when I took photos of a customer’s new baby girl. She has great style and had framed some of my photos in Habitat acrylic frames with a thin layer of colour through the frame and they look brilliant. The range is called ‘Levie’. She also brightened my world with the news that Habitat has a presence in Homebase these days since it left the high street a while ago, so even handier.

And finally books. Barney has been a great reminder of how important it is to have albums/books of photos around. Partly because he LOVES looking at them (and at least three times every day we have to look through the photo calendar, names and all!), but also because I want him to have his adventures (and his parents’ and Grandparents’ adventures) documented so that the stories aren’t forgotten. There are plenty of online places to make books these days and I’ve found that Photobox is very good quality and emails frequent discounts which makes their products quite reasonable. And the website is good once you get the hang of the design process. I absolutely love making books. Oh and their customer service team is great, including live chat, which is probably even more important than the rest of it when it comes to something like this. They’ve helped whenever I’ve got stuck and have let me make last minute changes.

Blog-04So good luck if you’re getting your photos organised and any other ideas/tips do let me know. It’s an ongoing project but it feels good to have made a start.

Posted in Photo Projects