Get to know the SMS team

JULES, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer (left)

Do you sew? If so, what do you sew?
Yes, actually I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know how to sew. Clothes mainly but I’ll give anything a go.

Tea or coffee?
Coffee absolutely! It has to be Monsoon Estates Nicaraguan Elephant (when I can get it) 

Favourite cake?
Rose and Pistachio it’s like the cake version of Turkish Delight!

The last book you read?
After it Happened – I like a bit of Post Apocalyptic Dystopian Future fiction – because you never know!

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A vet after I watched all Creatures Great and Small, but then I realised how long I would have to study for so decide on being a Fashion Designer instead. 

Your favourite cereal?
Skandi Noir

What’s on your Christmas wish list?
More house plants – I want to live in  a jungle!

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RACHEL, Production Assistant  (second from left)

Do you sew? If so, what do you sew?
My degree was in Fashion Design and back then I used to sew, pattern cut etc but as my career progressed I moved into more the digital design side of the industry! I am hoping to get back into sewing when moved into my new home. 

Tea or coffee?
Depends, I’m partial to a coffee in the morning and then tea throughout the day.

Favourite cake?
So hard to decide, I love everything and I LOVE baking. Salted caramel cake is delicious 

The last book you read?
French children don’t throw food by Pamela Druckerman, my friend gifted this to me to read during my pregnancy.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A vet or a wedding dress designer. I did work experience at both and realised that vets didn’t spend much time with the animals so went down the fashion path instead. 

Your favourite cereal?
Porridge or crunchy nut cornflakes

What’s on your Christmas wish list?
National Trust membership, Lucy & Yak Dungarees

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SHARON, Sous Chef and Bottle Dryer (second from right)

Do you sew? If so, what do you sew?
Yes, I sew my own clothes in my Sheshed, I also like to make things for the home.

Tea or coffee?
Tea, I have just discovered Yorkshire Biscuit tea, however I do love a strong coffee in the morning.

Favourite cake?
Has to be Battenburg, I love all things marzipan

The last book you read?
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, which is my 38th book this year, my goal is 40

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a Journalist, as I do like to know everything

Your favourite cereal?
Weetabix with a sliced Banana

What’s on your Christmas wish list?
As it’s also a significant birthday for me, I am keeping everything crossed for a coverstitch machine and Ernest Wright scissors.

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EMMA, Digital Marketing Assistant (right)

Do you sew? If so, what do you sew?
Yes, I like to upcycle clothes so I rarely make anything from scratch. It’s a challenge but I love creating new clothes with as little environmental impact as possible.

Tea or coffee?
Tea, always! Either english breakfast or mint.

Favourite cake?
Anything with chocolate, even better if it’s got some salted caramel.

The last book you read?
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I really wanted to be an archeologist, I’m not sure why as I didn’t really enjoy history, I think I liked the idea of discovering things.

Your favourite cereal?
Curiously Cinnamon, it’s so sweet it’s basically dessert!

What’s on your Christmas wish list?
Some Lucy & Yak dungarees, and a label maker.

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CLAIRE Sample Sewist, Sewing Tutor. At home: Mum, chef, dog walker (centre)

Do you sew? If so, what do you sew?
Yes, I learnt to dress make when I was a teenager, it was cheaper to make clothes than buy them back in the 80’s! I still make clothes but rather like quilting now.

Tea or coffee?
Tea

Favourite cake?
Victoria Sponge

The last book you read?
All The Light We Cannot See. Anthony Doerr

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A fashion designer

Your favourite cereal?
I don’t usually eat cereal, I’m a toast girl

What’s on your Christmas wish list?
Long socks, headphones & champagne truffles!

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CHARLIE, Videographer (we couldn’t pin him down)

Do you sew? If so, what do you sew?
I leave most of the sewing to Jules, but I’ve had a go and made a cushion and a little bag. I’ve cut out a Throw It All In Bag… but not sewn it up yet. Maybe 2021 will be the year to do that. 

Tea or coffee?
First tea, then coffee, then tea, then coffee, then tea, then coffee… preferably with cake. 

Favourite cake?
Quantity. 

The last book you read?
David Attenborough – A Life On Air, as an audiobook. Totally recommended, he’s had an amazing life. 

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I was six foot by the time I was 5, so it’s been a long time since I was little. But as a young child I wanted to be in the army, like my Dad. Then a vet. Then an environmental scientist. Then a photographer… 

Your favourite cereal?
Oats – whether as porridge, or in flapjacks, or crumble…

What’s on your Christmas wish list?
Some time off not shooting videos, photos, or editing them. And a nice walk. 

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