The Cushion & Cake tearoom closed in 2015. This is an archive of all the news and events from 2010 to 2015. You can view the old tearoom website by clicking here.

Archive for the ‘inspiration’ Category

menu illustrations in the tearoom

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

We’re settling in nicely to our new home on Hyndland Street. I’m particularly enjoying the hustle and bustle of the area and we’ve already met lots of new customers as well as welcoming our lovely, loyal customers from Old Dumbarton Road.


The change in location allowed us to launch a fresh new look for the tearoom and these included our new menus. We commissioned a fabulous illustrator, Cat Ingall to come up with some exciting designs to depict our food on our new menus.

She came up with such lovely illustrations which were perfectly suited to the tearoom. I’ll tell you a little bit about the process as it was not as straightforward as simple illustration.


Firstly Cat visited the tearoom with her camera and asked me to pick some of my favourite china in the tearoom and other decorative items in the tearoom in addition to food and drinks. Cat photographed these items then took them home to draw them with pen. Then she free sewed the illustrations on her sewing machine before scanning into her computer and adding water colour digitally. The process really adds up to make something special.


A trip through the 20s with The Kelvingrove Bandstand and Ampthitheatre

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

We were delighted when we were approached by the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust to take part in their event on 11th July 2015. The event celebrates the bandstand by looking back at the decade when it was first built, the 1920s.

We will be providing a stall with our homemade lemonade and iced tea. We are also facilitating a craft stall where you can make a 20s style headband or felt moustache.

The event is free to attend so pop along and see us.


rag rug making workshop 7th june 2014

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Do you ever wonder what to do with fabric scraps? I know I never throw mine out so I have bags of little pieces of fabric I don’t quite know what to do with. In this workshop you’ll find the very thing to do with such fabric, making a rag rug of course with Flora McPherson.

This full day workshop includes tools, equipment and refreshments. You should bring fabric scraps and remnants. Classes must be booked in advance and cost £40 per person. Click on the poster for a link to Flora’s website.

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This class will take place in Cushion & Cake too 62 Old Dumbarton Road (across from tearoom) on 7th June 10am-4pm

jewellery making with glasgow bead box

Join Addison from Glasgow Bead Box in Cushion & Cake too on Wednesday 21st & 28th May for beginners jewellery making classes. Addison makes her own jewellery under the name Freak Carousel and really knows her stuff.


Classes are £12 each and include all materials to make something fabulous.

Classes will take place in Cushion & Cake too 62 Old Dumbarton Road (across the road from the tearoom)

You can get in touch and book via her Facebook

going glamping. again!

Friday, 11 April 2014

I can’t believe it is almost Easter. The year has gotten off to a very busy start for Cushion & Cake and I’ve noticed a definite change this year, my third year in business as a tearoom incidentally with lots more customers, getting busier every day. When work just keeps coming its hard to remember to take proper breaks. I thought I was really aware of when I needed to slow down but I’ve recently lost sight of this and have worked long hours and often 6 day weeks… so time for a treat. A bit of R&R and I found a great “glamping” site in Dumfries  Galloway. This is my second “glamping’ trip, the first being a stay in Roulotte Retreat in the Borders in 2012.

I can only manage an overnight at the moment so at the end of April, I’m going to stay in a little “pod” on Gorsebank Farm.

The pod is a simple little structure with beds inside, electricity and a stove. Some of the comforts your often miss with camping. What’s more is these little pods come with a hot tub! I plan to sit in the hot tub allllllllll evening to rest my tired legs after running around the tearoom.

I often look forward to having nothing to do. it is so rare that you can completely switch off from your work, particularly when you are self employed. I’ll gather up my favourite magazines, some music, some tasty treats, a cosy blanket with the fire pit roaring and I’ll be set for a restful night glamping.

lavender’s blue

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

It is lovely to see friends doing well, and particularly so when they work so hard. A week or so ago a friend of mine Allie McCann and her flosristy business Lavender Blue won a lovely award at the Scottish Wedding Awards 2014. Allie and her team Jenna and Rosie took away Florist of the Year 2014. I was delighted for them.


Allie opened her lovely florist shop about 6 months before I opened Cushion & Cake. I was passing her place one day and was drawn in when I saw the large blue painted dresser with colourful knobs and floral displays on. I went in and introduced myself to her. We’ve been friends since then.


I  take a lot of advice from Allie not mention support. She works so hard and had made so many brides happy on their special day. She does all this in an ethical way. She shops for her flowers sensibly so that she doesn’t have to charge lots and lots of bridal bouquets. I really admire that and obviously her brides did too.


I wish Allie more success this year and hope that Lavender Blue continues to grow and grow. Cheers Allie!

craftivism event

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Have you heard of Craftivism? If you haven’t, its about using craft as to tackle poverty and expose social injustice.  Sarah Corbett and the Craftivism Collective do this by facilitating workshops in embroidery and other crafts to spread the message that we all can make a difference.

Sarah Corbett of Craftivism Collective says:
For us, Craftivism is a form of ‘slow activism’, a reflective action which changes the participant as much as it does the world. It is passionate but polite, provocative but patient, drawing people to engage in discussion and debate rather than forcing it down people’s throat. Unlike some of the more traditional, extrovert forms of activism, craftivism is quietly beautiful, it is individual and it is effective.


 “To expose the scandal of global poverty and human rights injustices through the power of craft and public art.”


Cushion & Cake are hosting their Glasgow Craftivism event on Tuesday 18th March 2014. Read on for Sarah’s description of the workshop.

Craft helps us slow down & reflect. A piece of craft can also be a useful physical symbol to keep yourself motivated to be the change you wish to see in the world.

Ran by Founder of Craftivist Collective Sarah Corbett you will learn the classic skill of embroidery whilst also learning how to be a change-maker & strive to be your best self, using your talents, passions & actions to make the world a better place for people & planet. You will create a fabric footprint for you to keep and you will recieve support on what message to stitch on your footprint & suggestions of where to put it.


Sarah will also tell you more about the benefits of her approach to craftivism and the methods you can use. Based in London as one of the leading spokespeople in the contemporary craftivism movement, this is your chance to ask her lots of questions! Plus it’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and become craftivists together.

All materials are provided including footprint, thread, needles, pens, instructions and a kit to put them in to take home if you don’t finish the project. Plus additional Craftivist Collective products are available for purchase after class (such as Sarah’s Little Book of Craftivism and other craftivism kits).

Level: Beginner
Teacher: Sarah Corbett
Course Length: 2 hours
Fee £15
Availability: 15 spaces in total

Fairtrade tea and biscuits will be provided. Booking can be found here…

new tricks

Monday, 24 February 2014

The tearoom has got off to a great start this year. We have been super busy so that means long hours for me and a 6 day working week. It’s great but I feel like I’m only ever in the tearoom or at home for a little while before I collapse and drag myself of to bed…

I met someone in the tearoom last week who inspired me to try something new. She was a teacher of the hula hoop of all things. I instantly saw myself doing it. A big shiny hoop, dancing around to music. Could there be potential for costumes too? I’m in!

She left me her business card and it turns out she teaches just down the road from my house so there is no excuse for me not to go so this Thursday I’m going to my first hula hoop class at Stakkato Blue. I’ll let you know how I get on.

Gloomy Glasgow = Homemade C&C Lemonade

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

It’s the start of July and the weather doesn’t look promising this week, but its always sunny here in the tearoom. This week you can enjoy our homemade lemonade in this super cute upcycled glass with pink paper straw. Adorable.

homemade lemonade

Give Craft Make

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

This Sunday sees the return of the Glasgow Craft Mafia with a great event quite unlike any other craft fair. This event is exclusively for stocking up on craft supplies with Mafia member allowing you to raid their craft stash!

You can also get making at a number of different craft turorials.

It take place on Sunday 12th August at the Trom Theatre in Glasgow from noon till 5pm.

You can visit their website for more info…

I want my hat back – Jon Klassen

Monday, 18 June 2012

This isn’t at all tearoom related but I felt I wanted to share. That wonderful bookshop I mentioned in my last post, the Main Street Trading Company is where I bought an absolutely lovely book.

Admittedly, it is a children’s book but the illustrations are so beautiful and the story so simple and funny, it easily appeals to adults.

It is written and illustrated by a Canadian artist, Jon Klassen. I just love the main character, a bear who has lost his red hat. The story is his journey to finding who has his hat.

I’m looking forward to the next book to be released December 2012… This is not my hat…