I had hoped my food blog would be up and operational by now, but it’s taking a little longer than I expected. The biggest issue I’ve faced is logo design.
You see, I came up with this killer blog name (to be announced shortly) by cutting up a bunch of words out of Gourmet, Food and Wine and Saveur magazines. I scattered them all out on my living room floor with myself and my laptop in the center.
I then arranged the words in all different combinations to come up with what I hoped would be a kick butt blog name. But each time I came up with something, I had to make sure that someone didn’t already buy the domain name.
And for most of my ideas, they did. Scoundrels.
But then I came up with something lovely. I was so certain it wouldn’t be available, but by some miracle the domain was there for the taking. And take I did.
Now I have a great name, but no logo, which means I have to wait a little while longer to get that kite into the air. Hopefully within the next two weeks, as I have finally found someone to work with me on the logo. Hooray!
Starting a food blog is a tremendous amount of work if you want to do it right. One of the key elements to a successful food blog is good photography. People aren’t going to want to eat something that doesn’t look appetizing. Duh.
But that’s so much harder than it sounds. It’s not quite as simple as making a recipe, picking up a camera and taking a few shots. Nope, it takes good light, an eye for food/prop composition and a considerable amount of photography skill.
I’m fairly proficient with the basics of food photography, but I’m still learning about styling and using props such as dishes, linens, and other items that bring visual interest to a post.
So, I’m voraciously reading every food styling/food photography book available to learn more about styling and how to make my food photography as beautiful as the blog name implies.
One of the things I’ve learned is that I need props. Sure, I have pots and pans, but I don’t have cute little dishes, attractive silverware or many linens to use in my posts.
And in a quest to keep my costs down, I’m hitting the flea markets and yard sales to fill my food prop shelves.
One of the things I miss about living in the Midwest are the yard sales, auctions and flea markets. Sure, we have them here in New England, but not as much as there are in the Midwest.
Back home in Michigan, if there was a garage sale it was usually pretty decent. Tables of good used stuff at decent prices. When I go yard sailing here (they don’t call them garage sales in these parts), often times there’s one lonely table with a handful of items.
I hate spotting a yard sale sign just to drive forever through a neighborhood or dirt road just to find one table of Happy Meal toys. Gah.
So, today I hit a flea market to see if I could do any better there. Mostly I came across antique dealers who specialized in glass. But what I was after was vintage kitchen stuff. Out of about thirty tables, just three or four had what I was looking for and they knew what the stuff was worth. In other words, I wasn’t going to get a crazy steal.
I’ve never been much of an antiques lover, but I was pretty tickled by the vintage kitchen wares. The pops of red and green are so much fun. I’ll be watching for this type of stuff as I hit the church rummage sales this fall.
Linens are also helpful when it comes to food photography. This trunk was full of all kinds of vintage tablecloths and cloth napkins. None of which I purchased because I’m still trying to figure out what my personal style will be. I’m still reflecting on that one…
These planters/boxes caught my eye. I think it’s the handles that made me pause. I’m sort of kicking myself for not buying them, but I was there looking strictly for bargains. And at $10 each, I had to walk away. Sob.
There were other interesting items at the flea market that were fun, but not what I was looking for. I just loved these old Coca-Cola bottles.
If money was no object, this tray would’ve come home with me. Made by an Italian artist named Franco Lapini, this lobster service tray with claw crackers made me wish I could fork over $300 without having a heart attack.
However, if I did that, my husband would most likely use the claw crackers on my skull.
I mean really, how clever and sweet is this? Although I might have a hard time cracking a lobster open while a happy little crab stared back at me.
I did find something that had to come home with me. A Table Talk pie plate. Table Talk Pies originated in Worcester, Massachusetts in the 1920′s.
Back then they were baked in pans such as this that had a deposit on them. After you ate your pie, you could return your pan to the store where you bought your pie and get your deposit back.
Apparently there are many people who collect these types of plates. And now I have one of my own!
Interestingly, I picked this plate up for another purpose other than food blogging. A little more on that story after this upcoming weekend. This pan and I were meant to be friends.
All in all, I didn’t have much success today other than my pie plate. The stuff was priced by people who knew what it was worth. What I need to do is stumble on a sale where no one knows jack about what they have.
So, the hunt continues. Luckily the church rummage sales are pretty big around here in the fall. I’m also heading up to Maine this weekend for something that has to do with that pie plate. A little bit of mystery for you.
The times I’ve visited Maine and Vermont, I’ve noticed that there are lots of yard sales. Maybe this weekend I’ll get lucky. Here’s to hoping anyway.
How about you? Do you collect vintage kitchenware? Do you visit yard sales, rummage sales, or flea markets? Any other places I should be looking?