Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Post holiday blues

I can't believe its already been over a week since I got back from my holiday to Hong Kong and Bali! Im definitely not keen on the cold weather and being back at work! -_- It was amazing to be back in Hong Kong for 3 weeks and just lazing around and munching away every day! Needless to say there was also a bit (just a little I swear :p) of shopping and sight seeing with my boyfriend.

The short trip to Bali was lovely and I really cannot wait to go back there! The weather was amazing, people were really nice and the beach was pure heaven!  I am already thinking about all the places I'd like to go to next time and all the activities I'd like to do! A bit of snorkelling and definitely to swim with the dolphins!!

Since being back I couldn't resist trying out the Mad Hatter's afternoon tea at the Sanderson Hotel link. I've tried to book this previously but was also too late as they get booked up pretty quickly!  The hotel is very modern and the decor is very contemporary and interesting.  The tea was served in the courtyard area which has heaters and side covers etc so it was very warm even though we were kind of sitting outside.

The afternoon tea set includes sandwiches, scones, cakes and a pot of tea to share. Given the name Mad Hatter's tea party, it was Alice in wonderland themed including pretty china and sugar cubes served in a music box.  The menu for the tea set was also listed inside a story book.  I was impressed with the sandwiches that were served but I found some of the cakes a little too sweet even for someone with a sweet tooth! The small bottle of 'Drink Me' potion was especially sweet with some passionfruit puree.  The melting mango cheesecake was nothing exciting and was just a little too sweet again.  My favourite was the 'Tick Tock' victoria sponge cake which was very tasty.  The set was enough for the 2 of us and we enjoyed the experience.  Just one thing though, the 'Jelly Wonderland' on the menu is basically a selection of jellies that is on a trolley near the entrance to the courtyard, no one actually told us it was there so we actually missed out on trying any as we only saw it as we were leaving! I would probably rate this tea set 7/10.

The tea set has given me a little more inspiration for my own cake themed jewellery, just need to find some time now to draw out the new ideas and turn them into real pendants!

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Bridal Fashion Shoot with jewellery from Meow Box!

I've finally managed to upload the photos from the Bridal Fashion Shoot onto my Facebook group! The photos were taken by Alexa Loy Photography http://www.alexa-loy.com/portfolio and the bridal dresses featured in the shoot are the pretty creations by Charlotte Bridal! http://www.charlottebridal.co.uk The fashion shoot took place in a vintage cafe in London and the photos have come out brilliantly!  The amazing combination of colours in the photos complete the bespoke 50's style wedding dresses and the models look like they were having so much fun! I love all the lollipops and cakes that were used in the shots, they go ever so well with the theme of the photo shoot and also my cake jewellery!  Here are a few of the photos from the shoot.  More are listed on my Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/MeowBoxJewellery  :) xx

 Jammie dodger necklace here
Creamy cupcake necklace here and sliced cake earrings here

Jammie dodger necklace here

 Creamy cupcake necklace here, sliced cake earrings here and jammie dodger necklace here
 Creamy cupcake necklace here, sliced cake necklace here and jammie dodger necklace here
 Creamy cupcake necklace here and sliced cake necklace here

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Meow Box Workshop at the V & A!

What an amazing evening at the V&A museum last night! The masses of gorgeous lolita dresses and the lovely people that attended my workshop made the busy evening all worthwhile!  A big thank you to my friends Vasso and Lynn for helping me out! Charlene, the Visual Manager at the V&A for inviting me to this event and lending us the pretty dresses! (I really didn't want to give them back! lol) Thank you to the V&A for organising the evening so well and funded all the workshops! Most of all, a massive thank you to all of you that came to my workshop!  It was my first ever jewellery workshop and although I was shattered by the end of the evening, I had an amazing time and I wish I could do it more often! The ticket only workshop was sold out within minutes according to the organisers, I'm very sorry if you didn't manage to get tickets but hopefully the tutorial would still allow you to try making some cake jewellery at home :)

I've also got a few photos from last night, shame that we forgot to turn the flash on and all the photos are blurry! lol! If any of you have nice photos from the workshop, please be kind enough to email them to me so I can display them here as well! Till next time :) xx
Me and my friends, Lynn and Vasso

Jennifer with her new locks

Ticket to the workshop!

Final product to take home, ready to be baked!

Monday, 13 August 2012

Miniature cake workshop at the V & A

So I've finally designed a cake that I can use for the workshop I'm doing at the V & A later this month! I thought I would go for a design that is similar to something from my current collection and in the end settled for a simpler version of my chocolate cake that's presented on a ceramic plate. Link to Chocolate Cake & Sauce Necklace

The one I'm going to show people how to make at the workshop has the same chocolate cake base but with a slightly smaller blob of cream on the top and it has a strawberry rather than a cherry.  The simpler design doesn't have the chocolate sauce and it's not presented on a plate.  The workshop is suppose to be fun and it should demonstrate some of the basics of miniature cake making! Lot's of people ask me how I make my miniature food jewellery when I sell them at different events so this should be a great opportunity for people to find out for themselves!

The event will take place at the Victoria & Albert Museum on 31st August 2012 from 18.30 to 22.00.  Click here for more details from their website.  As well as making cake jewellery with me, they also have Shu Uemura eyes and lips bar, nail bar, wig bar and Kawaii illustration workshop! All events are free and places designated on a first come, first served basis so make sure you arrive early to avoid disappointment!  See you there! :) x

Monday, 16 July 2012

Loli-POP at the Victoria and Albert Museum!

It's quite exciting at the moment as I've been invited to do a workshop at the Loli-POP event which is happening on the 31st August the Victoria and Albert Museum in London!! This is part of their exhibition Kitty and the Bulldog: Lolita fashion and the influence of Britain.  The evening event will showcase Lolita fashion and the unique street style of Japan.  Be prepared for all the pink, lace, frills and the doll-like make up!

I haven't got all the details just yet for my workshop but the plan is for me to host free workshops for people to try and make some miniature food for themselves! All the clays and equipment will be provided by the team at the V&A Museum and i'll be there with some helpers, showing you how to make the tiny cakes!  I think there'll be a booking system of some kind but i'll post more info here again!  For now, check out their article http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/k/kitty-and-the-bulldog/

They also have a Facebook events page, please invite your friends to come along too! :)

                                             Picture courtesy of Loli-POP Event site, V&A Museum

Thursday, 7 June 2012

It's all about macaroons

I really cannot believe its been such a long time since my last post!  Some new items have been listed on my website after my trip to Paris and I haven't even had a chance to write about them yet!  The little cakes and patisseries from my trip were definitely an inspiration for some pastel colours.

I know I have already mentioned how amazing those macaroons from Pierre Herme were but the soft, gooey centres were just heavenly.  I have created some new macaroon necklaces and earrings, these are slightly different to my old designs which were quite heavy and chunky.  The new designs are slightly smaller and have that crisp, delicate look that is similar to the real macaroons! I've decorated each of them with some fake chocolate sprinkles and sandwiched 2 sides with some fake cream.  The earrings are exactly the same as the necklaces but just smaller.

For my birthday this year I got some macaroons from Laduree which were very tasty indeed and absolutely amazing just to look at!  I think my clay macaroons are fairly cute and sweet looking, just like the real ones. what do you think? ;) xx

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

J'adore le Paris~

At the end of January my boyfriend and I had a lovely weekend break in Paris celebrating our anniversary. I last visited Paris back in 2003 but I was unfortunately very ill from food poisoning so ended up not seeing much of Paris at all. For this trip we booked the Monterosa Hotel which we were extremely pleased with, it was modern and clean and the price was very reasonable as well.

The main part of our trip was spent going round the museums in the city centre but the highlight was definitely going to Laduree and Angelina, their cakes and pastries were just too cute and tasty! It was like heaven for me and I loved the rose and raspberry profiterole I had at Laduree. The hot chocolate there was also nicer than the one at Angelina as that was just a little too sweet for me. I would go back to Paris tomorrow just to buy cakes and macaroons if I could!

Another yummy find was at the Pierre Herme near Concorde, I bought a selection of macaroons before I got onto the Eurostar and they were the best macaroons I'd ever had. All the fruity flavours were delicious and they also had creme brûlée!

The trip was lovely and hopefully we'll be going there again soon! I'm sure I'll need to go and visit their bakeries and cake shops to get some inspirations for my jewellery anyway :p x

Thursday, 9 February 2012

One more day to go!

It's as usual that I'm frantically trying to get everything ready for the London Anime Con this Saturday! My plans of making jewellery every week so that I won't have to rush last minute never seems to happen. I guess I still have tonight and tomorrow night to get organised!

In view of the lack of time etc, I'm quite proud of myself that I was able to find time to make a new design ;) Valentine's day is next week so I thought I'll make something with hearts (cheesy i know...) and after some tough decisions I decided some Jammie Dodgers might be quite cute as its not the usual Valentine's gift of bright pink/ huge glittery hearts/ 'I love you' jewellery. I think its more subtle but still keeping with the cute and sweet theme! These biscuits were really fun to made and I've decorated each of them with a clear and a pink diamante (well, I wanted to jazz it up a bit!). I've also made a few rings as well and I think they are just adorable! Well, its hard not to be biased and think most of my handmade jewellery look good enough to eat!

I'll be selling these at the London Anime Con http://www.londonanimecon.com Do pop by and say hi if you are able to come along!

Next week I'm gonna post the highlights of my recent Paris trip, some amazing looking cakes and macaroons there! Real ones and not jewellery, I promise ;)


Monday, 16 January 2012

It's been too long!

Happy new year! Hope you all had a lovely xmas and new year! It's a shame its all over now. This xmas I was lucky enough to go to Finland and Estonia. I absolutely loved Estonia, delicious food and the old town area is so cute. The xmas market there was packed with handmade fur hats and gloves etc. The seafood there was really fresh and not too expensive.

I had a lovely time in Finland, people there are so friendly and I really enjoyed meeting the official Santa in Lapland! He's so tall and his hands are like 3 times of mine! Rovaniemi is a quiet little town and the drive to our little cottage wasn't bad at all since we had our sat-nav. There was a huge amount of snow there and the atmosphere definitely felt a lot more Christmasy than if we had stayed in London! The big Christmas tree, open fire and the family of reindeers that visited our back garden all helped to make our trip that little bit more special!

Coming back to London and being back at work was hard at the beginning but I guess we have now settled back into our usual routine. Really looking forward to my next trip now which has been booked for the end of the month. I've already made plans to visit some of the amazing cake shops in Paris, just need to wait a few more weeks!!

On 11th February I'll be selling my jewellery at the London Anime Con, the home for anime and gaming fans! I will not be at the Expo in May this year so please come and say hello at the London Anime Con instead! Check out the details at http://www.londonanimecon.com/