Saturday, September 1, 2012

Ziggy ♥'s Queenie!

From this post's title, you may be getting a Bowie + Queen vibe and may well have the 'do do do dodo do do' beat of 'Under Pressure' running through your heads.... 

but it's actually another collaboration of epic proportions that I am referencing!

Ziggy Sawdust + pop up tea room, Queen of Tarts!

With beautiful food served in a secret pop-up parlour, Queen of Tarts takes afternoon tea to the next level!  You get to devour up to 10 mini courses and everything is fresh and homemade by Angela (a.k.a Queenie) who is also my lovely cousin!

 I know it might sound biased, but hand on heart, it's the best lunch I have ever had... Stick around for photos later in this post!!

A while back, Angela asked me if I would like to take on a little project of hers. She had a lovely flip-top cabinet which was bought with the intention of becoming Queen of Tarts' cutlery cabinet....

 but the inside was fitted with felt covered compartments which didn't fit any of her cutlery...

so it wasn't very practical!

Angela was also keen to bring out it's quirky character and go bold with colour, which was right up my street!

I started by pulling out all the felt covered wooden sections from inside (which was quite a task!) and then sanded her down and primed her so she was ready for action...

Angela chose her colours based on my previously redesigned nest of tables, 'The Supremes', so we were going for grey, pink, turquoise and yellow.

But when I test ran the three colours together, I felt as though there was something missing and Angela agreed...

So we decided to paint the cabinet's 'curly' legs a lovely navy to match the interior:

excuse the mess!!

So while all this was drying, Angela invited me to Queen of Tarts as a thank-you... and I was quite frankly blown away by the whole experience!!

My friend Karen + I went along last Saturday with empty bellies and elasticated waist bands (true story!) and we were warmly welcomed into Angela's very own tea room...

We sat at a lovely table that was set with beautiful vintage crockery and I met the cutlery that I have been building a new home for!

We were served everything from Rhubarb Fizz and homemade Saffron Biscuits...

to homemade Wild Rice + Onion Rolls filled with Beetroot, Feta, Cucumber and Rocket...

And homemade Tomato and Watercress Pesto Quiche!

But not to forget the cakes! Oh the cakes! Angela made Chocolate Roulade, Chocolate florentines, Gooseberry Buns and even her own Marshmallows!

Needless to say they didn't last long, and all this was just for a table of 4!!

Karen + I had a wonderful afternoon. Thanks so much for having us Angela, you truly are the Queen of Tarts ♥

Wow, the thought of all that food is making me salivate! But back to Queenie's Ziggy-fied table...

So here she is in all her new found glory!

And in true Ziggy Sawdust style, this little wonder has been named after a star... Angela is also a jazz singer and idolises Peggy Lee, so we have named this piece 'Peggy Leggy' after Peggy Lee and to also make reference to the cabinet's curly legs!

Angela is delighted with 'Peggy' and will be sending me some photos of her in situ! I can't wait to see them :)

So after a rather lengthy blog post, I'd like to leave you with a little ditty from Angela's hero, the original Peggy!

P.S If you would like to book yourself onto the next Queen of Tarts, click here for updates and more info or email!

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