With more and more people getting into making and collecting miniature food over the last couple of years, many of you will have missed out on the humble beginnings of Emmaflam & Miniman on the internet - a time when blogs were unheard of, there was no Facebook-ing, no Flickr-ing and in order to twitter you needed a beak...
So we thought we'd offer you a regular glimpse into our archive of many thousands of photos and share with you some pieces from our past work.
We're calling it the "Friday Flashback"!
Being the first Flashback, we thought we'd start at the very beginning, apparently it's a very good place to start...
2003 - and we've known each other for....oh, about five minutes. We decide to try selling some pieces on eBay - all made by Emmaflam in France and posted over to Miniman who still lives in England and already sells miniatures on eBay.
Below is a selection from that very first series of listings. Apologies for the mediocre quality of the photos, but digital cameras at the time weren't as sophisticated as today's multi-megapixelled models...
Of course there were miniature chocolates, some topped with coffee grains, pistachio, sugared violets and some wrapped in foil.
This tea tray set with teapot, croissants and pain aux raisins was entirely hand made. The trays available commercially at the time were way too "chunky" so it had to be done with squidgy balsa!
The pizza already looked good enough to eat!
A platter of charcuterie...complete with pickles (caraway seeds painted green, no less!)
A pair of burger meals with fries and salad...had to be served on paper plates because that's all we could afford at the time! Still, it did give a "picnic" feel to them...
A strung roast beef joint with baby carrots, peas (hand rolled from Fimo one-by-one) and new potatoes.
Shortly after that, Miniman moved to France and although we did a couple of miniature shows in Paris in between, it wasn't until 2005 that we would offer our next items for sale on the Internet.
One interesting note to finish on...maybe somebody saw some potential in what we were doing because one of the buyers from this series is still a regular customer to this day!