Tag Archives: visit

Cadbury visit

14 Jan

You cant beat a bit(e) of Cadburys chocolate, so I had great fun when I went to Cadbury World recently, in my old haunting ground of Bourville in Birmingham!

Who doesn’t like chocolate?!?

Original Minnie on Facebook!

7 Dec

Breaking newsOriginal Minnie now has an official Facebook page!

So now you can ‘Like’ and follow me on Facebook to find out about new designs, special offers, events, and more…

To be honest, I am new to Facebook, so if there is anything you would like to see more (or less) of on there, just let me know your suggestions!

23 days to Christmas

2 Dec

Just a quick reminder to let you know that I will be at my final Festive event of 2010 this weekend at the Fineshade Wood Festive Fair.

Fineshade Wood Festive Fair 2010 leaflet

Fineshade Wood Festive Fair 2010 leaflet

Located in the beautiful Rockingham Forest, just outside the stunning town of Stamford, it will be a two day event of quality local crafters/makers, local food stalls, Christmas trees for sale, a few festive tipples, and of course the Fineshade Cafe for a warming cuppa.

Come long for some festive spirit and gift hunting – if you have signed up to the handmade pledge for Christmas, this is the perfect opportunity to find some quality handmade gifts, made by local makers/artisans.

Hope to see you there…

For more info, check out my Events page, or email me.

Belton House Christmas Market review

30 Nov

OK, I know it was a couple of weeks ago now, but better late than never!

Even though I was nervous beforehand about it being outside (and cold!), I really enjoyed the weekend, and met some lovely people (public and other sellers), and there was a festive spirit in the air.

What I found Handmade at Belton Xmas Market - cakes by Kate Elizabeth's Cupcakes

YUM! What I found Handmade at Belton Xmas Market - cakes by Kate Elizabeth's Cupcakes

On the stall next to me were the friendly duo of Kate and Kate – one bakes yummy cupcakes using local organic flour, and one is a designer/dressmaker making textile goodies including pretty aprons, belts and corsages.  Take a look at their websites at KateElizabeth’sCupcakes and ThePartyFrock.

The organisers and volunteers did a great job, especially the plentiful cups of tea were very welcome!  With just a bit of rain on the Sunday, I think we were really lucky with the elements too – especially looking out of the window now at the snow!

I also did some shopping myself over the weekend, finding some great handmade gifts for Christmas – more of that to come next month…

Belton House Christmas Market

18 Nov

Find some Festive Spirit and Gifts

Don’t forget you can come and see Original Minnie at the Christmas Food and Craft Market this weekend at the stunning National Trust property “Belton House“, near Grantham in Lincolnshire.

There will be lots going on with many independent craft, artisan, and food stalls, plus festive music and a traditional Mummers’ play.   The Belton House restaurant, gift shop, and attractive grounds will also be open.

Open on Saturday AND Sunday, 11am – 4pm.  Come along!

For more info, get in touch or take a look at my Events page.

Viva Illustration

16 Jul


Continuing with the Spanish theme, I just had to post these pics from the amazing hotel I stayed in Madrid.  This was the cafe/bar where you had breakfast, and I just love the illustrations on the wall, retro themed decor, and cake stands.  I would love to know who the wall drawing is by – do you know …?

Madrid hotel breakfast © Original Minnie

Madrid hotel breakfast – yum © Photo Original Minnie

Madrid hotel cafe © Original Minnie

Madrid hotel cafe © Photo Original Minnie

Madrid hotel cafe wall © Original Minnie

Madrid hotel cafe wall art © Photo Original Minnie

Viva Espana

12 Jul


Well, it seems like its Spain’s time at the moment, what with Rafael Nadal winning Wimbledon last week, and now their footie team becoming World and European champions!

I know I’ve neglected the blog recently as I am busy with a stationery commission, so I thought what better chance to catch up, than to post some of my recent trip photos, and what better place to start than the capital, Madrid?…

Original Minnie Madrid Palacio Real

Madrid Palacio Real © Photo Original Minnie

The Royal Palace in Madrid – what an impressive building.  This was one of my first stops when I arrived in the city, and the heat from the sun, sitting in the massive courtyard area was intense.

Original Minnie Madrid Palacio Real Peacocks

Madrid Palacio Real Peacocks © Photo Original Minnie

These peacocks were relaxing in the shade, keeping guard over the palace.

Original Minnie Madrid Gran Via

Madrid Gran Via © Photo Original Minnie

The Gran Via is one long street of beautiful buildings, highly maintained with ‘posh’ designer shops and hotels.  At one end of the street you are welcomed by this building.

Original Minnie Madrid El Botin

Madrid El Botin © Photo Original Minnie

Depending on which guide book you read, this is the oldest restaurant in Madrid, Spain, Europe, or the World?! Either way it is old, being established 1725!

Original Minnie Madrid Puerta de Alcalá

Madrid Puerta de Alcalá © Photo Original Minnie

Welcoming you into the city centre in the middle of a traffic junction – every capital city has to have one – London has Marble Arch, Paris has the Arc de Triomphe, and Madrid has this one – the Puerta de Alcalá.

Original Minnie Madrid Retiro Park Gardens

Madrid Retiro Park Gardens © Photo Original Minnie

Next to the Puerta de Alcalá, you can enter through the gates of Madrids Retiro Park. I visited on a Sunday, and the main walkway was alive with street performers, musicians, puppet shows, cartoonists, etc. This was another area within the Retiro Park, which was much quieter, and more manicured.

Original Minnie Madrid Retiro Park Lake

Madrid Retiro Park Lake © Photo Original Minnie

It’s obviously a massive park, with its own boating lake and several imposing statues, fountains, and this building which I never found out what it was…?

I still have more pics to post from Madrid and Seville, so until next time … ¡Viva España!