*Please note this post was originally published in March 2008

I’ve done two TV appearances now, well three if you count the one where Martin’s team invited me down for the live filming and I was at the front of the audience grinning like a Cheshire cat… doh!

For anyone who doesn’t know the history, I was invited by Martin Lewis, the money saving expert of it pays to watch to do a few short films on the way I live my life. The first one was on chicken keeping and this most recent one was about the beauty items I make.

Now the first time around I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve never been on TV before and I thought the camera crew would be the ‘luvvies’ we all hear about, but that was not the case, I had a lovely team and the filming turned out to be quite good fun!

For the second filming we concentrated on body butter, skin toners and body scrubs. I had a few jars ready but they wanted something a little more uniform in size so off up to Tesco we went, looking for some cheap jars. We looked everywhere but the cheapest plain containers were well over a pound and weren’t that nice. As we were about to leave we stumbled on some ‘soon to be out of date’ Christmas chutney in sweet little jars for just 10p… sorted!

So back to my house to empty out the contents of the jars. It looked sort of green and slimy. Now I’m all for moneysaving but I have my limits as to what I’ll eat… so I offered it to the dogs who just sniffed it and walked off with their heads in the air as if offended. Now we aren’t talking fussy dogs here, they scoff things out of the bin as if they were attending a banquet and finding chicken poo is a real highlight of the day, but Tesco’s chutney is not for them i’m afraid.

Laura from the camera team starts the unenviable task of peeling off the labels and cleaning the jars whilst Ray (the cameraman) builds up cameras the size of a small space station.

Come on Laura, only seven more jars to scrub!

Come on Laura, only seven more jars to scrub!

So then its down to the serious stuff. I simply have to stand there and describe in detail how I make body butter in my food mixer. Simple, just a two minute job you’d think, but no. We have to do it loads of times so the camera can take different views. We do it close up, far away, wide angle… I don’t actually know what wide angle is but I just nodded in approval when Ray suggested it so I looked like a real TV personality…

I quite enjoyed the practical side of filming but the ‘talkie’ bit was quite boring. I sat in my lounge on a little stool with camera’s and lights pointed directly on me. Its very hot sat there and even with the windows open I was sweating. The plan was that Laura would ask me a question about my beauty products and I would answer, including her question in my answer so people would know what I was talking about. Fine so far, Ray shouts ‘action’ and we are off. Laura asks me what ingredients I use to make my body butters. I reply “The ingredients I use to make my body butters are.. No idea” I’ve completely forgotten for a second….. this filming isn’t as easy as you may think! So we try again and this time its better. Laura and Ray are brilliant at this and they put me at ease. An hour later and this bit is finished… hooray!

Time for more of the fun stuff. Ray wants to get some close ups of the beauty products I make so we start making things look pretty. We add bows and ribbons to make the products look good enough to give as presents. The show is going out just before Mothers day and Martin’s team hope to show how to treat Mums with money saving ideas.

Here we are busily packing up body scrubs and bath bombs.

Here we are busily packing up body scrubs and bath bombs.

We worked hard for about ten hours but there were a lot of fun times. I don’t know what I’ve said wrong here but it obviously tickled Laura and Ray.

Fun behind the camera

Fun behind the camera

The team left in the evening and I was exhausted! I can’t believe how tiring it is doing this kind of thing. I’m so thankful to Martin Lewis for inviting me onto his show. I’ve done something that most people never get the chance to do and it spurred me on to doing the blog. Martin has thanked me personally and that means a lot that a celebrity would take time out to write to me.