Bits + Bobs + Pearl & Groove

I grew up in Notting Hill, just 5 minutes from Portobello Market.

Portobello is one of London’s (and the world’s) most famous & iconic markets and is buzzing with food stalls, restaurants, vintage stalls, antiques and much more.

When I lived with my parents I popped on my roller blades every Saturday morning & cruised down the (Notting) Hill to the market. I loved the energy & buzz of it.

IMG_0408As well as all the vintage & bric a brac stalls, my favourites have always been:

The sweet stall (perfect for flying saucers, jelly babies, chocolate covered nuts & bags of dried fruit, all at £1)

Temptation Alley (it’s a stall & a shop here) for all the best arts & crafts bits & bobs

The Flowered Corner, a glorious colourful flower stall

All all the fruit and veg!

I was very excited to hear of a new Portobello Road bakery & just had to try it out.

Pearl & Groove Bakery is near Golbourne Rd & Ladbroke Grove Tube: 341 Portobello Road, W10 5SA

Unsurprisingly I was an immediate convert to their delicious array of beautiful little loaf cakes. Plus, they are gluten free & some sugar free AND totally photogenic.

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Within weeks of falling in love with Pearl and Groove we had set up a Bits & Bobs class there, adding to their fun event schedule. The evening is £20 and includes cake, prosecco and drawing. DREAM COMBINATION (in our humble opinion)IMG_1887IMG_2609IMG_4090Two final key points if you’re not already sold:

  1. You will draw under David Bowie.
  2. The bathroom wallpaper is ideal.IMG_4086

IMG_3546Upcoming classes at Pearl & Groove:

Tuesday 26th July

Wednesday 10th August

Wednesday 24th August

Email me or Meg to book:

Bella@bellafranks.com //  Meg@pearlandgroove.co.uk

Bits + Bobs + Brainchild Festival

I am one of those people who just loves a bit of mud.

So yes, I loved Glastonbury, despite getting stuck in the treacle like mud too many times to count. However, sometimes a festival without the likelihood of turning a permanent shade of brown can be very appealing.

And so, when I was asked to run Bella’s Bits & Bobs at Brainchild Festival for the third time running, I was simply delighted.

Brainchild is a glorious three-day intimate festival in East Sussex which was literally the brainchild of some good friends of mine. It brings together young creative minds for a weekend of inspiration and a jolly good boogie. IMG_5060 IMG_5154IMG_2182IMG_5198My class was running on Sunday morning which meant I could enjoy the colours and thrills of the festival on Saturday which was just magic.

My super cool sidekick Mary Martin had travelled over from Brighton to life model for the class & Caitlin was my very glamorous assistant.

I baked tasty oatmeal & raisin cookies to sell during the class – there’s always got to be some bits & bobs to get the creative juices running, right?

We also had Coconut Collaborative chocolate pots. Ideal.

IMG_2135We anticipated 20 festival goers would come, so in a relaxed manner we set up drawing boards with paper and put all the Derwent drawing materials on display..

Then suddenly BOOM people started arriving..one, two, twenty, thirty, forty….sixty…..apparently at one point there were EIGHTY PEOPLE in the tent.

IMG_2111 IMG_2117 IMG_2120 IMG_2139 IMG_5131It was certainly the most busy session I have ever run but it was just BRILLIANT. There was so much talent & everyone was very engaged & focused.

I whacked on my current favourite album: Chaleur Humaine by Christine and the Queens and had a proper life drawing (chilled, seated..) party.

I saw them at Glastonbury – totally mind blowing set. Check them out if you’re not already obsessed!

I raised over £30 from selling biscuits which will go to Contact a Family, for families with disabled children.

ALL IN ALL A PRETTY WONDERFUL MUD FREE WEEKEND.

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