mini eggs

April 11, 2012  in food styling, vintage finds

quail's egg by Sania Pell

quail's egg by Sania Pell

I wanted to share a little post to celebrate Easter and Spring time. With a few days off from work and the school run I managed to take lots of new photos. I took these pictures on Easter Sunday when the dinner was in the oven and the children were playing quietly in the other room, I hope you like them. As a child I always decorated plain, hard-boiled eggs with my mum and brother at home on the day before Easter and since then have always associated eggs with Easter (and no, not just the chocolate variety!). These patterned eggs reminded me of those times.

quail's egg by Sania Pell

As I prepared dinner I watched two tiny robins in my garden. They were busily flitting back and forth to feed their chicks in a nest in my hedge. This got me thinking in a different way and reminded me I had these beautiful quail eggs in my fridge. I had come across them in my local Waitrose and couldn’t resist buying them with their unique, natural patterns. They were so small I wondered if a thimble could be used as an egg cup. As an avid collector, I have several vintage thimble varieties and one fitted perfectly. And so my little photo story began. I grabbed my camera, a few props and spent half an hour trying different arrangements and taking photos.

quail's egg by Sania Pell

I cooked one as a soft boiled egg, rested it in an up-turned, flat-bottomed thimble and sprinkled some salt on top. It just needs some mini toast soldiers to dunk in and a tiny spoon! The silver spoon in the photos was my British grandmother’s and is a treasured possession and favourite prop. The vintage thimbles I picked up over the years from my Croatian grandmother and flea markets. They almost look like mini salt shakers to go with the mini eggs.

quail's eggs by Sania Pell

quail's eggs by Sania Pell

The white bowl is by Brickett Davda whose gorgeous ceramics I love. Another collection I have slowly been feathering my nest with.

After taking the photos I cleared away and got back to feeding my own two little chicks.

I hope you had a lovely Easter. x


PS A couple of thank yous…

Thank you to Rona Wheeldon who interviewed me recently for Flowerona, a blog for all things floral. Read the interview here.

And thank you also to Ursula of children’s interior design blog Room To Bloom who posted the first review of my new book yesterday. Read the review here.


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  1. allesistgut says:

    Lovely photos. Love alwasy the grey in your pictures!
    Have a nice day. 🙂

  2. Beautiful! Love the little details like the scattering of the salt. xoxo

  3. elisa says:

    i’d never thought of them like salt shakers, they are! lovely interview. armani!! x

  4. What a fabulous concept Sania. The spoon is so reminiscent of childhood memories at my grandparents’, they had so much similar cutlery. At first I wondered if it was a small egg or a really big spoon, haha. I too associate eggs (real eggs) with Easter. We would visit my grandparents each year and decorate eggs with food colouring. Then we would go out on the lawn and smash them into each other like marbles, did you do that? Wow, I haven’t done that for years and had forgotten all about it. I must remember to show my kids next year.

  5. Kelly says:

    Thanks for sharing, lovely photo’s.

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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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