Sunday, 7 August 2011

The Circus Is Off Travelling

I'll be away for a little while from today, but I promise to be back in September with heaps more Butterscotch & Beesting goodies.

I imagine if Betty and Bumblewick were going camping, they would stay in this perfectly circusy tent...

Sadly I am not. 

But if someone would like to buy me one, you can get them from here... The Glam Camping Company. Sigh. Have lots of beautiful days in the sunshine until then xxx

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Siplicious Straws

Between the rain showers yesterday I took some photos of the new Betty Butterscotch and Magical Menagerie straws. The paper straws are very strong and totally biodegradable, with die-cut toppers attached. The toppers are scalloped and feature an illustration from the Butterscotch & Beesting Circus clan – I've attached one to both sides of the straw, so it looks nice from every angle. Each pack of Siplicious Straws comes with four straws features four different characters.

I'm a bit of a fan of old-fashioned paper straws and also a big fan of stripes, so I was ever-so excited to find these straws in perfect Betty and Bumblewick colours.

A Rinx straw from the Magical Menagerie pack
(A 'Rinx', of course, is a 'R'abbit muddled with a Flam'in'go and a Fo'x' by a flick of Solomon the Simian's most troublesome stolen wand)

A Fleabit straw ('Fl'amingo, P'ea'cock, Rabb'it')
with a Froocan ('Fr'og, R'oo'ster, Tou'can') 
and Poucan ('P'enguin, T'ou'can, Peli'can') sneaking into the background 

A snail from the highly talented McSwirl troupe of acrobatic brothers, and Cyril the Performing Kangaroo in a sundae glass, with Betty and Froghopper straws below.

I imagine these straws would work quite well as cake toppers, and I'm working on some matching cupcake wrappers too. They'll be available to buy from my Etsy shop shortly.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Red Lips & Victory Rolls

The Vintage Fayre at Kelham Island was really rather fabulous, and I was blown away by the effort everyone made to dress up – including my five-year-old daughter (known as 'Middle') helping me out on the stall in her vintage-style blouse, bright-red YSL lipstick and victory rolls (as good as I could manage in the manic morning rush). Not even sure if she knows what the 1940s are, as when we arrived she saw all World War II uniforms, looked confused and checked with me: "Are soldiers 1940s?"

The stalls were all upstairs, where we were treated to music and (even spoon-playing) by Radiolympia, who were quite brilliant, and Miss Ivy Walters has a truly mesmerising voice.

Have a look at their website at and I'll see if I can upload a video at some point.

Brightening me up in the quiet lulls with his remarkable sales banter and sleeve-full of vintage watches was Joe, who looked mighty dapper on his vintage furniture and bric-a-brac stall opposite. On Saturday afternoon I finally caved in and bought three beautiful china bowls for "the special one-off price of only two quid." Quite a bargain really. I might take try taking some casts from them, and make some more sweetie bowls.

Here are a few shots from the Butterscotch & Beesting stall...

Betty Butterscotch's Twirly Whirly Lollipops

Some Really Rather Marvellous Wands and Bumblewick Beesting's Secret Ingredient

New Magical Menagerie Siplicious Straws...

 ... and Betty Butterscotch Siplicious Straws

Soft, buttery, crumbly Coconut Fudge Ice and super sour Fizzy Wizzibees

Betty's fine porcelain Sweets and Treats Bowls, handmade by me. 

And because I can't resist, another picture of Middle all dressed up in her forties finery stealing some Butterscotch & Beesting stickers packs.