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Treasured Memories of 2014...

Posted: 17th September   Category: DaisyTrail News   By: jess serif

The Johnston Wedding...

This afternoon we’ve been reminiscing on some of the fantastic summer memories we’ve had in the DaisyTrail team, we have to admit – it’s been an eventful year! We’ve had 3 weddings, 2 huge big brand launches and a sprinkling of new designers! So we thought it would only be fair to let you in on some of the fun and celebrations we’ve had  … over the next month each of us will be popping in to share our summer memories with you so I thought I’d start it off…

2014 was a big year for me … I went from being a Miss to a Mrs celebrating my marriage to my (now) husband Rich after getting engaged in the gorgeous Cape Verde almost 3 years ago!

On a typical (rainy) day in April, myself; dressed in a beautiful sparkling ivory dress, and my partner Rich (who was shaking like a leaf!) tied the knot. We married during a private civil ceremony in a gorgeous converted farmhouse surrounded by our close family, friends and lots of twinkling candles – we both wrote our own vows to each other and had a beautiful reading from my now grandfather-in-law on the art of a good marriage. There was lots of laughter, a few tears and plenty of fizz but the best bit had to be that we finally got the chance to say I do after meeting on a not-so-romantic bus seven years earlier!

Now, with my role at DaisyTrail & CraftArtist this would be no wedding without some CraftArtist touches! So the weeks leading up to our wedding we spent every spare moment crafting. Creating everything from place cards, menus and funny signs to dot around the venue and not forgetting tags for a huge vase that we filled with over  100 Crème Eggs! (Being an Easter wedding we thought it rather apt!). I also spent hours creating all our invites by hand (with the help of CraftArtist once again).

 After the ceremony we enjoyed a candle-lit dinner followed by some cheeky speeches and danced late into the night to a fantastic live band – clinking glasses, devouring a fantastic cheese tower and eating our “Bakewell tart” flavoured wedding cake! Yum!

We had the most magical time on our special day and have so many happy memories to treasure. Once the celebrations resided and I’d carried my husband over the theshold (yes- this actually happened!) we then jetted off to Mexico spending the next 2 weeks being waited on hand and foot whilst relaxing in the sun  – if only we could do it all again!

I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek into my special day!





DaisyTrail's interview with Peter Firmin (maker of Bagpuss!)

Posted: 10th September   Category: DaisyTrail News   By: jogaskin

Hi everyone!

We have been working hard this year getting the Bagpuss digikits ready for you, and as part of our preparation, Charlotte and I were lucky enough to interview the co-creator of Bagpuss, Peter Firmin! We travelled down to Kent at the end of June armed with our video camera, and thankfully it was a beautiful day and we were able to do the interviews in Peter's amazing garden.

Amazingly, Peter and his wife Joan live in the house where the original Bagpuss films were made! Peter was kind enough to show us round the barn where he created the puppets and filmed the show with Oliver Postgate, (the other co-creator). If you remember the opening sequence of the shows, they feature a gorgeous shop window - well the window is actually part of Peter's house!

Here we are with Daniel (Oliver Postgate's son) and Peter:

(L-R Daniel Postgate, Charlotte Thomson-Morley, Jo Gaskin, the original Bagpuss puppet(!), Peter Firmin).

Charlotte and I loved our visit and really felt at home with Peter, Joan and Dan. We have created some videos of our interview with Peter so you can get a better idea of the history of Bagpuss and why it is still popular today. We hope you like them!

Link to the videos