Wednesday, 13 October 2010

We Made It!

We made ourselves comfortable with vintage cloth, piles of books, orchids, fairy lights and the promise of a stiff drink at the end of the day.  We made pear and chocolate cake and endless cups of frothed coffee. We made collars, scarves, cuffs, crocheted flowers, cowls and buttons. We made each other laugh.
We made it happen. All of us.

Thank you all for coming to make believe with us.
Lou x

Friday, 8 October 2010

Small Batch, Great Coffee

This afternoon I sat on a high stool by the window in the Small Batch Coffee Companysavouring a latte, the smell of freshly roasted and ground coffee and the people who flowed in to chat, pick up a bag of beans or reward themselves when they stepped off the train.
They are a boutique coffee roasting company based in Hove, East Sussex committed to roasting coffee in small batches; experts in this part of the long journey a coffee cherry makes from tree to cup.

(These first two photographs are taken from their brochure)
All the green beans that they buy are ethically sourced.

Sat on a pile of full coffee sacs, you can watch the roasting through an open door way.
It's alchemy.

I go back on Friday to pick up the small batch that will be freshly roasted for us.
What a pleasure.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Tea, flowers and raised heads

Emma and I have been talking over our Mother Pukka tea about how good it is to raise your head above the parapet. Since we began Make Believe-ing it is as if people can suddenly see us clearly.  Unlike the Emperor, we are fully clothed - in our pimped wardrobe, enthusiasm and hope.  All three of us have felt our small, sometimes unnerving, step has been worth it and welcomed by our local community and beyond. To community and beyond!
So when I literally bumped into a friend last week and she invited me to see her new shop on Market Street, in Lewes, I was struck by how daring you must be to make a dream a reality.  Nicola has filled her shop, Fleur de The, with strong femininity - armfuls of bold, structural flowers, elegant white washed chairs and vintage tea cups each holding a single bloom in a cradle of foliage.  She has stacked her shelves with Teapigs teas and china cake stands and quietly arranged her trust that people might share her love of fresh flowers and fine tea.

We've invited her to come and share some of her style at Pimp Your Wardrobe on Sunday.


Friday, 1 October 2010

Let Them Eat Cake

I never know what date it is but I do know when it's Friday.  Every week I go to Lewes Farmer's Market to buy bread, apple juice, carrots, falafel, humous and cake from the stall holders.  It is the way to shop.  Today I felt blue and hungry when I arrived.  When I came home to empty my basket and prepare lunch, I felt wealthy and well fed.

Sarah from Pleasant Bakery is going to come on the 10th with cake for us all.