Friday, 31 December 2010

Little Gems!

It's that time of year again, when we all say goodbye to another twelve months and start thinking about all the wonderful things we're going to do with the next! Well, here in the Hebrides the extra few minutes of daylight we get in the late afternoons are already a tangeble taste of the Spring and Summer to come, so what better way to celebrate the start of 2011 than with a gorgeous Summer Salad?! Such an intricate piece, each lettuce leave, slice of tomato, onion or carrot has been individually stuck into the glass bowl! Here's a picture of some of the pieces before they went into the bowl so you can see the size and detail, along with a photograph of the finished piece!

We shall be listing the salad and the wonderful, very special, Valentines Day creation below in our etsy store tomorrow, New Years Day, so all that remains is for us to wish everyone a peaceful and very Happy New Year!

Friday, 24 December 2010

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Carrot & Orange Cake - Draw Winner!!!

We've just made the draw for the second of our two giveaways, this one for the scrummy carrot & orange cake! The winner is....



Thank you to everyone who took part!

Monday, 20 December 2010

Draw Winner - 4 Piece Brunch Set!

We've just completed the draw for our first giveaway to win the 4 Piece Brunch Set and the winner is....


Thank you to everyone to entered the draw and don't forget there's another draw tomorrow and more to come in the future! A happy & peaceful holiday to everyone!

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Another Giveaway!

For those with dolls house residents who have more of a sweet tooth we have decided to offer another giveaway for the festive season! This giveaway is for a scrumptuous Carrot & Orange cake covered in Buttercream and decorated with Marzipan Carrots and Orange Pieces.

The winner of the draw will be pulled at random from a hat on the 21st of December and will be contacted on the same day so, as always, don't forget to leave your etsy/facebook/twitter etc name so that we can be certain to be able to get in touch with you!

Monday, 6 December 2010

Our First Giveaway!

To celebrate our new blog we've decided to hold our first giveaway!! Everyone who leaves a comment on this post between now and Monday the 20th of December will be entered into a prize draw, drawn at random from a hat, to win this scrumptuous 4 piece brunch set!

Plate 1:
Baked Beans
Fried Egg
2 Rashers of Back Bacon
Tomato Sauce

Plate 2:
Baked Beans
Fried Egg
2 Rashers of Back Bacon
2 Sausages
Fried Bread
Half a Vine Tomato
Portobello Mushroom

Plate 3:
Gammon Slice
2 Fried Eggs
Baked Beans

Plate 4
Toast with Raspberry Jam

The winner will be contacted on the day of the draw so don't forget to leave your etsy/twitter/facebook name etc so we can be sure to be able to get in touch & we wish you the best of luck!

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Some Of Our New Items!

Perfect for taking the chill off those Winter evenings, Spaghetti and Meatballs with Sun Ripened Vine Tomatoes and Crispy Garlic Bread fresh from the oven!

 Originally designed based on the real thing this gorgeous birthday cake with flowers, ribbon and candles is simply stunning and we're so pleased with it!

This is just a wee taste of the things coming up in our Etsy shop! Tomorrow I'll show you some pictures of the Summer salad board I'm particularly delighted with so please look out for that!


Friday, 3 December 2010


Hi there, We are Val and Sadie and we're so pleased that you're here! My lovely, talented daughter Sadie, 27, sculpts the most amazing doll's house miniatures. She really loves to do food best of all but sometimes she's inspired by something else. When an idea gets hold of her she just won't stop until it's done. She says she at her happiest sculpting and I think that joy shows in all she does! I know that, watching her work, I am in awe of her!

We live together in the Outer Hebrides a necklace of islands set in the mighty Atlantic and on the very edge of Europe. We walk daily on white beaches either, depending on the time of year, serenely lapped by a magical Caribbean turquoise sea or buffeted by the awesome power of a steely grey Atlantic when the waves froth over even the highest cliffs. There are wild moors and mountains where wildlife is a part of our everyday life, a glorious stag by the side of the road, a golden eagle soaring above your head or a salmon leaping.

By their very remoteness these islands seem to have escaped the destruction that mankind has caused in other places and life goes on pretty much as it always has , the peat is cut and brought home each year, the people caring of each other and always ready to help. As my friend Betty once said to me "You are expected to be nice and it's nice to be nice!"

I've heard it said that you come here to listen to the silence but that is not quite true! There's the sound of the sea, the rustling of the machair, the heartstopping songs of the birds and other of natures tiny noises that bring peace to the soul. There is also no sense of time and here there is always another hour or two or three where you can become absorbed in what you are doing, time to take pride. It is in this atmosphere that Sadie thrives. In fact in the summer when the endless satin blue and apricot twilights blend into uplifting dawns so beautiful you don't want breathe in case you spoil it, she is often found to be still working in the wee small hours perfecting her art and it is certain that her workshop is also her laboratory. Here she spends hours, days, even months sometimes, working out how to get the effect she wants, how to make that tiny piece she is working on look, when it is magnified, as if you want to sink your teeth into it!!

To watch Sadie sculpt such tiny things with such concentration and determination to make them perfect leaves me feeling very proud but also brings a feeling of how the world should be! She uses Sculpey and Fimo clay, whichever is the most suitable for what she is doing because clays are different, but almost anything else can be used to create the effect she wants. Her joy is seeing the sparkle in someones eyes when they see her work. We recently sold four items to a lady who was giving them to her aunt for her 92nd birthday. When the niece rang her aunt in the evening, after she got home, it was to find that her aunt still had the items on her knee, still touching them, playing with them, if you like. Now, anyone who knows doll's houses and miniatures understands that's exactly how it should be!!

On a more practical note, these are difficult times for all of us and it's important that we join as a community to help each other. Therefore, for our wee bittie, all our postage is FREE, no matter how large the parcel. Remember, if you want a bargain which was fashioned with love come and see us!

Finally, if you have any ideas about the type of food, from medieval to modern, that you would like to see in our shop we would love to hear from you!

In the meantime to use the Gaelic -

Ceud mile failte to Homewardflight
(A hundred thousand welcomes)