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A little bit more of what I do…

Posted on: May 2nd, 2016 by Cake Toppers No Comments

I thought I would share a little bit more of what I do.
I make and paint fun pictures and ceramics and I have put them out for the world to see on Etsy!
It did feel like a scary step to start with, but having reached a milestone birthday (eek) I wanted a new challenge.
Toppers are and will always be my number one, but it’s also lovely to get back to painting….penguins!

My shop is byKateElford and here is a link! –

Book penguin Penguin earrings Guinea pig

Nutshell photography

Posted on: February 22nd, 2013 by Cake Toppers No Comments

This is a post about a new photographer I have come across who has lovely work, that I thought was worth sharing

This is a very small selection of what Kate’s work is about and more can be found on her website

her facebook page

and flickr

Here is a bit about Kate so you can find out more about her –

”I am a freelance writer and photographer working in the south west of England. I have been writing and taking photographs since I was a child and now work with my clients to discover the best way to promote products, convey information and captivate audiences – through words and pictures.

I produce copy for press releases, marketing literature, leaflets, websites, blogs and magazines. My photography work can be linked to my writing, so I can offer a full service to cover news stories and produce illustrated publications. I also welcome photographic commissions for weddings and other events, portraits and library images.”

Wedding gifts and decorations

Posted on: February 22nd, 2013 by Cake Toppers No Comments

I took a quick trip to Dunster this week, to visit my favourite shop in the world.
It is full of lovely gift and home ideas and is beautifully presented. This time I noticed a lovely display of wedding things. There is a lovely selection of ideas and helpful advice is there if needed about quantities and colours etc.

If you can’t make it to Dunster they also have a website –

The 5 Quarters is a family run business & shop based in the picturesque village of Dunster in Somerset. We have been welcoming our valued customers to the shop since Dec 2004 when we first opened.

Our aim is to bring magic, joy & love into people’s lives by sourcing beautiful gifts for you, your home or a present for someone special.
Why is the shop called The 5 Quarters?

Our philosophy lies within the beauty & magic found in nature, her elements, seasons & cycles. Based on an ancient system, the Wheel of the Year journeys through Air, Fire, Water, Earth & Spirit, the 5th element. By re-acquainting ourselves with the elements, we begin to become more conscious of the natural world, which can help bring balance & harmony into our busy modern lives.

We have carefully sourced items that represent & reflect the qualities of each element, in particular our range of crystals & fossils, either in their natural form or set in sterling silver jewellery. ”

Dunster as a whole is a wonderful place to visit and is now a place to consider for your wedding, from the planning to the actual day. My photos don’t really do it justice so I would recommend a visit to see for yourself.

Lovely photos by SueJay Photography

Posted on: February 19th, 2013 by Cake Toppers No Comments

This isn’t a wedding related post, unless you want to buy someone a very lovely wedding gift!
Its just to tell you about a photographer I met recently, Sue Gutteridge.
What amazed me the most was her ability to capture animals so well,
especially deer, the shots are so lovely. My personal favourite is the smiling donkeys.
SueJay Photography
Donkey love
There is a selection on the website –,
and if you get a chance its well worth visiting Sue at one of the exhibitions she will be attending.

Will keep you posted with other lovely work I have recently found : )

Christmas is coming!

Posted on: September 27th, 2012 by Cake Toppers No Comments

I know it’s a bit early but things are appearing in the shops and the ‘C’ word is getting mentioned more and more.

Toppers are a great gift idea for someone special, an ornament of the kids, babies first Christmas, a special pet replica.

Why not treat someone you love to an extra special gift this year x

Toppers are online here – and here


Not a topper in sight!

Posted on: August 23rd, 2012 by Cake Toppers No Comments

No relevance to cake toppers in any way but have been playing with instagram again. I love the textures on this old door frame at Dunster Dovecote, such amazing lines, had to share!

Kiln update: toppers are fired!

Posted on: August 23rd, 2012 by Cake Toppers No Comments

Well the new kiln has been fired a few times already and so it’s back to all systems go go go! A small backlog of toppers appeared which I don’t like…stress, lots of very late nights though and all sorted!! A few little mini mes have been fired already from bisque to glaze so I am very happy and very relieved. Just need to sort out the old kiln, going to try and have a go at fixing it myself, but I am pretty sure the outcome will be getting someone else to do it, probably safer. Can’t put any of the fired toppers on here yet, as the weddings and the Christening haven’t happened yet so I don’t want to spoil any surprises!

Here is a previous topper just to make this blog look prettier! ; )


This topper is from Atop of the tier –



Oooo new kiln!

Posted on: August 20th, 2012 by Cake Toppers No Comments

This is the new member of the family! Sounds extreme but I do spend alot of time with my kilns ; )
It was like my main kiln new though as soon as the new one was paid for, the old one went pop so has gone from back up to main before it was even plugged in. First topper is firing now, can’t wait to check it


Up to date!

Posted on: August 8th, 2012 by Cake Toppers No Comments

I’m not the best when it comes to technology, but I do try to keep up. This last few weeks I have added flickr, pinterest and instagram to the collection. There are so many things to be part of online and some of them do feel a bit like a community. It is a great way to share what you do, and also find out what other people are up to. Perfect wedding inspiration.


For anyone wanting to join me or exchange pages etc here is where I am!

Facebook –
I update facebook quite regularly and I am always on the lookout for all things lovely to share!

Twitter –
I am very partial to the odd tweet : )

Flickr –
New to flickr but have added quite alot all ready

Pinterest –
Very new to pinterest, but have already found it a brilliant waste of time, so many amazing things to look at I love it!

Instagram – katetopper
I love the effects you can put on photos, but this is definitely still a learning curve, pretty sure I’ll work it out though, having lots of fun trying!

If I’ve missed anything let me know, always on the look out  for new things to try x x x


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