fish markets of venice

Over here at Mengsel, we LOVE a good Fish & Chips. I was in Venice, Italy last week and visited the famous fish markets next to the Rialto Bridge. A seafood lover's paradise. A few of my snaps...

Do you prefer British style Fish & Chips or fresh Italian seafood dishes? Any favourites?












Mengsel's version of "Fish & Chips" - available at the Mengsel Shop

June 12, 2013

fish markets of venice

Over here at Mengsel, we LOVE a good Fish & Chips. I was in Venice, Italy last week and visited the famous fish markets next to the Rialto Bridge. A seafood lover's paradise. A few of my snaps...

Do you prefer British style Fish & Chips or fresh Italian seafood dishes? Any favourites?
June 12, 2013

Happy Birthday to Me!

Just for fun, I've assembled a whole load of "fantasy" birthday cakes for moi for today - it's my birthday! Thanks for following my blog and hope 2013 will be a wonderful year for Mengsel.

I'll just imagine tucking into these beauties. Yum!

Chocolate fudge cake with raspberries and amaretto cream
-receipe from What Katie Ate

Whisky and Dark Chocolate "Beautiful and the Damned" Cake
- recipe from Poires au Chocolat

Mascarpone Meringue Cake
-recipe from Sweetapolita

Darkest Choclate Crepe Cake
- recipe from Martha Stewart

The best cherry & chocolate cheesecake
-recipe from Jamie Oliver


Are you picking up on the chocolate trend? Hehe
February 04, 2013
Tags: yummy food

friday loves

In true rainy weekend style, there's a 15% discount offer in The Mengsel Shop all weekend. I'm sure you'll find something bright and colourful to cheer yourself up, even when it is grey and wet outside. To receive 15% discount, enter the coupon code RAINYWEEKEND at the checkout. Click HERE to go shopping.
Friday loves for a rainy London weekend...


1. Kate Spade Flicker Bon Shopper
2) Thomas Paul reversible aqua banner pillow
3) Hatty 2 Bow Sandles from Topshop
4) Relight Candle Holder Range from Heal's
5) Double breasted raincoat from Zara
6) Modern Vintage Style at Anthropologie
7) Lemon Meringue cupcake - recipe from Martha Stewart

Brand new silkscreen print: "Picnic"

Introducing my newest hand pulled silkscreen print, "Picnic". How ironic that I'm listing this during a raging snow storm outside!

Dining al fresco in the park on a red plaid sheet with a basket full of fresh French bagels, jam, a selection of cheeses and a few glasses of vino: The simple pleasures! "Picnic" is one of my orginal illustrations, drawn by hand and silkscreen printed in my studio in bright red and black on crisp white 220gsm Daler Rowney paper (made in the UK). Available to purchase in my Etsy shop, Folksy shop and The Mengsel shop. Hope you like it?

"Picnic" original silkscreen print
"Picnic" original silkscreen print
"Picnic" original silkscreen print

Snaps from my visit to Drink, Shop & Do

Last week, during London Fashion Week, I paid a little visit to the charming new Drink, Shop and Do. I've blogged about them before, because my prints are stocked there. I had some coffee and smoked salmon sandwiches made from the softest white bread ever. Delicious! Have a look at my visit below. Really think that Mengsel's prints are a good fit for this quirky, retro, vintage space.  See if you can spot them all in the pictures. Charming indeed.

Drink, Shop & Do
OPEN: 12-11.30PM Tuesday-Saturday
No 9 Caledonian Road N1 9DX






Colour of the day: macaroon pink

When Etsy customer Erica asked me to print a custom colour of my Leafy Heart design for her new baby girl's bedroom, I was thrilled. I've been looking at the colours of macaroons recently (yum) and working with the colour swatch that was given to me, knew that this colour could have only one name: Macaroon Pink. Here are some  beautiful images and recipes of pink macaroons plus an introduction to my new Leafy Heart print (signed edition of 30). Learning how to make them is definitely on my to-do-list. Available in the Mengsel Etsy Shop. Happy weekend everybody!

Leafy Heart silkscreen print in Macaroon Pink from Mengsel
Recipe for French Macaroons at this link
Strawberry macaroons with chocolate filling - recipe at The Daily Mail
Rosewater and vanilla macaroon recipe at Wasabimon

Superette, Cape Town

Superette is a neighbourhood café in Woodstock, Cape Town where you can find an assortment of your favourite market produce and specialty foods. Found these beautiful interior shots of the cafe on their website: www.superette.co.za. This makes me REALLY homesick for beautiful Cape Town.