sugar and spice and all things…

November 25, 2011  in diy craft projects, food styling, homemade


I first worked with Uli Schade on a story for Elle Decoration magazine and we just clicked straight away and went on to shoot some of my favourite photo stories. We got together again recently to shoot this little homemade edible gifts story. Food is a little bit of a departure for me but combining it with decoration as gifts and ideas for your table was fun, especially with Christmas not too far away.

When my graphic designer husband saw the photos he thought it was perfect to try something different to make the most of their high quality. He had been wanting to try out for a while and suggested we try them as a little digital magazine booklet rather than a normal blog post. So we gave it a go, jotted down the recipes and some words and let him design it.

Open publication – Free publishingMore christmas


If you’re on iPhone/iPad and can’t see it click here

It’s a bit of fun but hopefully it will inspire you to try making some edible gifts for your friends and family this Christmas.

Who knows, if you like it we may do it again. What do you think? We would love to hear. And if you like it please share the link!


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  1. Michele S says:

    While I’m not much into cooking, I LOVE seeing your presentation ideas and everything else about the publication. Beautiful photography, very attractive layout. Well done!

  2. Laura says:

    What a great idea from your husband, I love it and those photographs are beautiful. I love making edible gifts, especially at Christmas. You should definitely do more of these magazines.

  3. Jane says:

    Oh Sania! You can created a little treasure here. Thankyou so much for your generosity. And the photos and styling are divine. Yummo! I like using Issu although I wish they had a ‘save’ button so you could download it. But that’s my only quibble – otherwise it is such a clean and user-friendly option. Well done! J x

  4. Heather says:

    Beautiful! Very well done! I love this idea of a mini-mag. I don’t often look at the online magazines as I find the 100+ page issues too much to flip through, so this was the perfect amount for me! I might be in the minority here…but I thought I’d share my thoughts. Very inspiring too!

  5. Wow, that looks yummy and very stylish, as usual! What a great idea! xx

  6. Thisisjoon says:

    Sania! I love this booklet. It’s a fantastic way to share with friends what I was talking about! so they can flick through and see it themselves, and saving paper – eco-friendly way! More please!!

  7. Kate-Louise says:

    Beautiful, looking forward to the next one:) xKx

  8. Juliette says:

    This is great. I love the booklet! Sounds like a real for-fun team effort; I often find those are the most inspiring situations. =)

  9. corinne says:

    as usual… magnifique ! 🙂

  10. Gudy Herder says:

    Dear Sania, I think it is a very good idea as no everyone wants to flip through many pages and concentrate on 1 project is just perfect. You inspire a lot with your work, it is not time consuming and and top looks professional! I use issue for portfolio presentations for my clients and it works perfect.

  11. Lysann says:

    Just love this booklet!
    Even if the recipes are actually simple ones, they result looks just stunning and stylish! The images are beautiful. Really well done!
    Hardly can’t wait for the next booklet!

    Love. Lysann

  12. Hannah says:

    How wonderful is that! Cannot wait to try those delicious looking pears.

  13. Looks great! Beautiful photos and the magazine style was very interesting to read, I didn’t know about issuu. Off to make vanilla sugar now 🙂

  14. Claire says:

    I agree with all the comments above – I enjoyed looking through your booklet and do think you should make more in the future. I often make vanilla sugar for Christmas presents – they are always well received. Spiced salt is also another favourite. I think people appreciate homemade food gifts as it’s lovely to know that someone has thought of you and taken the time to show it.

  15. so lovely.
    the mood of this booklet is a delight.

  16. Sania this is gorgeous! What a fun project. x, Beth

  17. This is just amazing. Such a wonderful idea and incredibly successful – a real visual treat. Going to try those pears too!

  18. elisa says:

    oh, those mulled pears! i’ve got to try them. the little book is just beautiful, so many great ideas. xx

  19. Kate says:

    Love the styling. It feels intimate and on trend, and defiantly makes me want to buy the book.

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, art/creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 20 years, and is well known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for architects and property developers. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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