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Archive for September, 2012

Vintage Delight!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

It isn’t often I get away for the weekend so when Cat, my right hand gal at Cushion & Cake said she’d work Saturday for me, I got to go and stay overnight in the Scottish Borders. Kelso to be exact.

Quite oddly the weather was smashing, bright and sunny. Lovely. On our trip we found ourselves over the border into England after being recommended a vintage tearoom and antique store. It was called the Old Dairy in the estate of Ford.

Wowzers! With Glen Miller on the sound system and lovely vintage decor and furniture I was in heaven!

We had soup including a yummy cheese scone (I’ve never made cheese scones yet but I will do now) and then cakes. Our hosts Lynne and Keith were lovely too and I couldn’t help but talk shop with fellow tearoom owners.

Downstairs in the actual old dairy were individual stores of antiques and vintage items. I have to go back! We only had a little car with us otherwise I would’ve been buying loads of stuff!

You can easily get here on a day trip from Glasgow and Edinburgh and everywhere in between so I highly recommend it.

www.theolddairyinford.co.uk

New Crafts in the Gallery

Thursday, 6 September 2012

It was time to start exploring the wealth of talent out there and start restocking the Gallery for dare I say it… Christmas?

There are so, so many beautiful things from independent designer makers that it is really hard to choose. I decided to go for function and beauty as well as little decorative items that you won’t feel guilty about buying.

The function & beauty items were things like screen printed tea towels, drinks coasters and tote bags.

I love dogs, anything to do with dogs (and animals in general) so it is unsurprising that you’ll find these pastel painted pooches in the tearoom.

These gorgeous screen printed tea towels would be just at home hanging as an artwork as they would being put to use on the dishes.
Jewellery and accessories are always popular. Who doesn’t have a jacket that really could do with a new pin or brooch? 

Or how about some gorgeous big hand painted wooden beads? I particularly love these colours.

I’m still negotiating with some new designers to the tearoom so look out for more goodies soon.

Pam xx

Barcelona Tea & Cake

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Well I’m back from my hols in Barcelona. it was sunny, hot and most relaxing. A few days home now and I’m beginning to get used to NOT having a glass of Cava at lunchtime…

Anyway, back to work and jolly happy I am about it too. I did visit a couple of places in Barcelona for cakes as a bit of research, you know. Of course none were a wonderful as Cushion & Cake but I did love my visits to see how other people do the tearoom thing.

The cakes here at Art i sa near Placa Reial were super. Proper home baking with a great selection of teas too. I had cake for breakfast here one morning. A great way to start the day I say!

Next up was Barcelona’s very on C&C, Cup & Cake.

Two friends separately had recommended I visit this little place. It was small and cute, their specialty was cupcakes so I found myself once again breaking my fast with cakes although this time I stuffed a lovely big croissant into my gob before the yummy red velvet cup cake.

Both places had a really lovely vibe and it was nice to see the tea and cake culture in other countries and be inspired. No worries that I’d relocate to Barcelona though! In 34 degrees heat everyday it would play havoc with my butter cream!