Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Merry Christmas from Beyond the Fridge

I created this year's Christmas card 'The Green Man at Christmas' (I seem to have a bit of an obsession with the green man, and his dog!) on my iPad using Adobe Ideas, my favourite drawing/painting App and the best £6.99 I've spent this year. I'm looking forward to creating new designs in 2013. In the meantime, Merry Christmas everyone xx

Monday, 17 December 2012

Green Dog finds a home at The Barge Inn, Honeystreet

The famous Barge Inn at Honeystreet, Pewsey, Wiltshire has re-opened having undergone a major make-over. The Barge Inn is nestled in a perfect setting next to the Kennet and Avon Canal with views across to the White Horse on the Marlborough Downs. And what's more, it's right in the heart of crop circle country.

The stylish revamp works really well with the original quirky features that have been retained, most importantly the incredible ceiling mural by artist Vincent Palmer described on the Barge Inn's website as "The Sistine Chapel of Wiltshire"

When you've finished soaking up the atmosphere and sunk a few pints of 'Croppie' you may spot my 'Green Dog' silk screen print (if you can still focus!) on the way out.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Turn your magnetic board into an Advent Calendar

I have always loved Advent Calendars. I would have been very disappointed with the chocolate ones you get today, an Advent Calendar without a little picture wasn't worth having. And it definitely had to have glitter on it too! When my children were small a very kind relation made a beautiful Advent Calendar with pockets. I have been known to write and illustrate a story and put an installment in each pocket. If you do this, for goodness sake do it in advance. I would wake up in a cold sweat at 2am and have to go and write the next part of the story. 

If you're the proud owner of one of our big magnetic notice boards it can really come into its own at Christmas time. Here's just a few suggestions, I would love to hear yours too so please leave a comment.
  1. Use it for all your planning and keep lists and recipes.
  2. Make a mood board of wrapping and decoration ideas, recipes, clippings from magazines etc.
  3. Put all your Christmas cards on it (fix the magnet on the inside so that you can see the whole picture)
  4. Make an Advent Calendar for the children. 
I always see Christmas as a great excuse to clear my magnetic board from all the clutter that builds up over the year. It makes you feel cleansed (but not if you just stuff it into the nearest drawer - sort it out!).

Now that you have a nice blank canvas it's time for the fun bit.

Cones - EasyPeasy just choose some Christmas wrapping paper and draw around a tea plate on the reverse of the paper. Cut out (I used pinking shears to make a zigzag top to the cone). Cut a quarter of the circle out then twist round to form a cone. Secure with a staple.
Wrap a small present in tissue paper and fix with an extra strong or neodym magnet. If the gift is very light it may hold with a normal strength magnet. Number each cone, I printed the number, cut it out with a scalpel then covered in glitter but you could easily use stickers or write the number on the cone.

Treasure Hunt - Use luggage tags to write clues on one side and number the other. I suggest that you plan this carefully and put the presents in place the night before (don't forget, you'll be in trouble!). This idea is a lot of fun and you can use ordinary strength magnets. I have stuck chocolates onto the magnets with double sided tape for an extra treat.

Envelopes - Again, very simple. Write the date on the envelope and maybe draw a picture or cut a picture from an old Christmas card. Put your gift inside and use the flap of the envelope to fix to the board with a magnet. You will have to test the magnet strength again to make sure it holds securely.

You could also use paper or cellophane bags. If you are good at sewing why not make some little drawstring bags, applique the numbers on and bring out each year. Whichever you decide to do the main thing is to have fun. I would love you to post a photo of your Advent Calendar creations on to our Facebook page.

Wrapping paper and chocolate tree decorations - Waitrose
Felted dog brooch - Sew Vintage Haberdashery, Wells, Somerset.
Magnetic Board - 'Utensils Red' Beyond the Fridge

Monday, 30 July 2012

The Green Magazine - Beyond the Fridge Feature

This month Beyond the Fridge was featured in The Green Magazine which I always enjoy reading as it's packed full of interesting local news about the Richmond and Chiswick area. It felt a bit strange when the July issue landed on my doormat with a double page spread about little old me on pages 40-41.

I was interviewed by the lovely Shannon Denny who expertly turned my ramblings into English! You can read the article here

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Mid Century Modern Show

On Sunday we had a lovely day at Mid Century Modern at Dulwich College. We had been to last year's November show and decided we'd like to take part. It was a bit of an early start (I like a bit of a lazy time on Mother's Day!) but it was well worth it. It was very busy and the day just flew by, so I didn't get much time to mooch round. this was probably a good thing as I would have come home with more than I started with!

I did manage to nip round the show and spotted some gorgeous things. Here is just a few of my favourites.


Thursday, 15 March 2012

Exotic Fruit - New Design

I've been sketching weird fruit for ages on and off. These are fruits of my imagination and don't actually exist (not to my knowledge anyway!). I've finally got around to making them into a new design called 'Exotic Fruit' which is now a magnetic notice board available in our usual two sizes (100cm x 750cm and 750cm x 550cm). I know that the final design has a distinct Mid Century flavour but I can't help that, it just happens!

We can also produce this pattern as a glass splash back. If you require any further information about this please email us here.

Here's the final repeat pattern and magnetic notice board. Available here at
 A fruity colour palette.