Tuesday, 30 April 2013

colour inspiration: pink gold mint and black

i have been asked to create some custom confetti bags for a client who is about to launch her own event coordination company. the confetti bags are going to be handed out at the launch party. i am so exited about the colour combo it sounds like it's going to be a very glamorous event! hopefully more details on this order and my lovely client and her company to come soon.


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Brilliant Imagery

I recently had the pleasure of making some custom confetti bags for a lovely lady photographer called Rachel Garcia of Brilliant Imagery She is an amazing photographer based in Las Vegas, Nevada and has been photographing many happy wedding couples for the past eight years. 
Her photography is so varied and unique and it is clear that she really does get to know her clients very well and ensures their personalities are clearly reflected in the photographs she takes. 
Below are some of my favourites (of the many favourites I have) from her website gallery.
So atmospheric and really captures the theme and styling of the wedding.
I love the fun element in these pictures - and the brides outfit!
Beautiful detail / styling shots
And finally the confetti bags I customized for Rachel. They are such a good idea aren't they? - she will be sending these out to her clients. As I have said before - my customers really do come out with the best ideas - most likely because they are so awesome!

If you are in the Las Vegas, Nevada area please be sure to get in touch with Rachel. Take a look at what her happy customers have to say here. As you can see she has a very varied range of photography styles so she is sure to be able to cater for your every wish!

Thanks Rachel for having me create these confetti bags for you. It's such a thrill to know that your clients will be receiving my little creations - all the way from good old 'Blighty'


Sunday, 21 April 2013

monday musings

hope you all had a lovely weekend?
i made the most of the fantastic weather with a trip to st.neots and some people watching - one of my favourite things to do. and i got to catch up with some friends i haven't seen for a while.
we ended up looking at the moon and the stars - it always makes me feel so small and my worries so insignificant. the more you look at the sky the more you see and the more stars that appear. it makes me think about the limitless possibilities we have and to not be so fed up when things don't turn out how we had planned. there is always something better just around the corner.

where i live it's really good for stargazing as i am so close to the countryside. i didn't know how beautiful the sky could be at night until i moved here, having only lived in large towns and cities before. i have even seen a quite a few shooting stars from my garden and i like to see it as a sign that something really good is going to happen.


images via pinterest

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Etsy UK Wedding Event

I expect by now that most of you are pretty clued up on Etsy and all the lovely handmade/vintage goodness that it has to offer and now that it has a special weddings section it has had even more appeal to couples planning a wedding. 

Well, they are now holding their first ever UK wedding event at Gallery Soho, London on Saturday 11th May 2013. They will be showcasing the best that UK sellers have to offer and there will be lots to look at and be inspired by.

As they will showcasing some of my items I will be running a special discount code in my shop for those who attend the event so be sure to register now to get your tickets. Knowing Etsy it will undoubtedly be a beautiful event and it will make a nice day out. There will be goody bags and wedding cocktails along with diy/tutorials to attend and of course there will lots of lovely Etsy items to peruse such as wedding dresses, stationery, decorations and lots more.

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If you attend the event please use discount ETSYWED 
for 15% off in my shop from 9-31st May only. 
Please enter this code on checkout in my shop.
NB - Etsy will be making this code available ONLY for those attending the Wedding Event
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London Bride is also giving away 2 free tickets to the event over here.

Hope you can make it!


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

/ / shop update / /

more personalized confetti bags are available here.


rustic weddings: dresses

it's all about the dress! well, it's true isn't it?
i am loving 2, 8 and 10.
which are you favorites?

i will be posting another shop update later on today.


images via pinterest

Sunday, 14 April 2013

/ / shop update / /

new personalized confetti bags now available in the shop.
more coming this week.


Friday, 12 April 2013

happy/strange friday!

i am very happy to say that my confetti bags are currently featured on the Etsy blog
Kate Hornby, Art Director from You and Your Wedding Magazine chose it to be included in her guest curated blog post with some other black and white wedding inspired items. 
i am well chuffed :)

on a completely different subject and a rather strange one at that, i saw today that my car has miraculously obtained a new aerial. i have absolutely no idea how it got there or who put it there. i haven't had one for about a year since it was yanked off by some delightful local critters. 
i wish whoever it was would stick some hub caps back on for me too. they keep being nicked and i have given up replacing them now. i wonder if it is my neighbour who keeps bringing me fudge (?)

have a lovely weekend!


P.S hello to my lovely Nan who now reads my blog on her kindle fire ! :) xxx

image from Etsy

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

blog envy

do you ever read other blogs and just think to yourself - this person has - without a shadow of a doubt - an absolute, uninterrupted, never ending, clear as a bell direct line to the source of all creativity!! 

there are four blogs that i absolutely love and that i go to when i am in need of a bit of inspiration or as i am a very visual person - just to look at some nice pictures! 
the thing is sometimes i feel inspired and then other times i just think - how do they do it? how do they always seem to come up with such interesting awe inspiring posts day after day after day? where do they get these never before seen beautiful images and their constant stream of original content. 

to be fair my favorite blogs are some of the most successful design/creative blogs out there and clearly there is a reason why. and they do it full time which does help. but sometimes (only sometimes) i look at their blogs and then look at mine and think - oh dear. love, you really do have a long way to go.

i think that most 'creative types' get these thoughts from time to time. i think it's only natural to compare yourself to others.
i suppose there will always be someone 'bigger and better' than you. i guess the trick is to accept this and try not to let your own sense of style be influenced by other blogs - this is very easily done. it's a part of life that there will always be certain people that you wish you could be 'as good as' and it's healthy to have a bit of competitiveness and dare i say jealousy. oh no! i said the dreaded word. but let's be honest - that is all that it is.

do you ever suffer from any of the above? or is it just me?

now i am no expert on blogging and running a creative business but through my own trial and error i have stumbled along some tips of my own on staying true to your own style/uniqueness

  • read other blogs and admire other peoples handiwork and be inspired but don't copy

i have seen other people do it and have even seen stuff of mine blatantly copied and listed on Etsy.
now i am one of those strange people that was flattered by this. but one thing i will say is that when you copy something it will never do as well as the original - it just won't. it's a universal law of life and you will just waste your precious time and energy doing so.
it's fine to take inspiration here and there and then create your own take on it. but to directly copy is just a little bit lame and you are way better than that!

  • what is your style/brand/etc..
when working this out ask yourself the following -
what are your favourite colours?
whats your favorite era?
what subjects are you most interested in?
what is your passion?
what really inspires you?
what do you love to read about?

  • who are you?
what defines you?
what sort of personality do you have?
how willing are you to share your thoughts with your readers?
do you have anything that people could really benefit from hearing about you and your life? what can they learn from you?
what are you skills/talents? is there any way you can share these with your readers by way of tutorials/articles/guides etc?.
i love reading about peoples day to day lives, their families and even what they wore that day. (i love those what i wore today posts) are you prepared to share a little bit more of yourself with your readers? they will love you more for it. we all like to know the person behind the product / brand. why do you think reality tv is so popular/ because people love people!

  • don't be afraid to speak your mind!
okay, this is some advice that i need to take myself. do you ever write a post and think. no i better not post it. it's a bit controversial  depressing, daring, negative etc. just post it! as long as you are not feeding your readers with negative depressing  stuff all the time i think it's good to show that you are human every now and then. it's interesting to read about other peoples trials and tribulations, problems, gripes and irritations etc.

i read one such post on one of my favourite blogs (which i won't name) i originally thought that her blog was lovely. inspiring, beautiful etc.. but the blogger herself came across (to me anyway) as maybe a little too sickly sweet and almost too inhumanly perfect to be true. then she wrote a post about something that had happened to her about some nasty piece of work who had basically 'poured water' all over her bonfire. and it was one big long negative rant that seemed to go on for eternity. but it made me warm to her and see her as a human being.
she hasn't written any more posts like that since but as far as i know she hasn't removed it either which is brave. i think to share your dark moments every now and then will make your readers feel a connection to you that none of the most amazing pictures. tutorials etc.. ever would.

  • try to stick to one or a couple of subjects
it's best to have a general subject that your blog is based on. mine is clearly weddings. 
it's not that i dream about weddings all day long - far from it. it's purely because it's the industry i am in. 
it's because i love paper goods
i love the aesthetic beauty in all things weddings.
and for me the main reason i went down the wedding stationery route was because of the money. i make more money from making wedding stationery - there is a market for it. it took me a while to work that one out but i am glad i did.

i also love interiors, my family and travelling. not that i do a lot of the latter - that's why i don't mention it a lot but it's something i am interested in. 

try not to veer onto too many different subjects. stick to one main subject and then talk about the other ones every now and then to add a bit of variety. people like cohesive blogs. a 'go to' blog when they need information or inspiration on a certain subject.

  • have a theme/brand
i finally have found a branding style and 'theme' that suits me and my blog. it took me a while and if you look at older posts you will see that i have changed my branding and styling many times over.

this is normal don't worry if you do the same.it takes time to find out what suits you and what will stick. 

even the best bloggers change their branding every now and then. huge corporate's do it - but not all the time! once you have found your branding stick to it and don't be too easily led by other peoples amazing new logos and layouts - it can make you crazy. if you are happy with what you have created keep it for a while and let it grow on you.

if you have no idea how to create your own logo then get a designer to do it for you. you will be surprised at how affordable some of them are and it will free up time for you to do what you do best - writing your blog!


image credits - clockwise left to right
melissa mercia
salon simis - the gorgeous Natalie Portman
robert kaufman
melissa mercia

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

rustic weddings: wood

rustic weddings are a huge deal at the moment and i can see why. any excuse for a good old knees up in an old barn hey? lots of people are choosing to have their nuptials in the woods - i have always loved the woods and when there is added candlelight to add a bit of atmosphere what could be better? 

tips for adding the rustic touch to your wedding
- wooden tea-light holders
- old wooden crates and boxes for props 
- loving the wood block cake stands - makes even the simplest of cakes look amazing
- for outside weddings bring your own wooden furniture (or borrow from friends) and mix and match to your hearts content to create a really eclectic look
- use wild flowers to blend in with a woodsy themed wedding. put them in old mason jars or wooden pots
- add plenty of candles and strung lights for ambiance
- stick to neutral fabrics such as burlap, hemp, cotton, vintage sack material etc to tie in the look
- add colour with flowers - pinks, greens, neutrals and yellows really suit the rustic look
- the good thing about rustic weddings is they needn't cost a fortune. once you have your venue sorted you can get a lot of the styling props, crockery, candle holders from salvage yards, car boots and your own or friends and family's homes. if you have a friend who owns a farm/estate - even better! but if not you could always have the reception in your own home if you have a decent sized garden.
- to add the extra touches to your rustic theme try adding old wooden doors, vintage picture frames, candelabras and chandeliers, old fireplaces, vintage bikes, old jars and bottles, vintage sewing machines, Bakelite telephones, vintage typewriters. your local salvage yard will have lots to choose from and if you buy in bulk you will get a discount.


images via -
1. nina avila
2. courtney rousen
3. jessica spires 
4. madison love
5. ashley clear
6. chad curtis
7. morgan toumbs
8. jennifer johnson
9. angelina moio
10 shardae hadley
11.megan glick
12.morgan toumbs
13.april clark
14.chrissy tenney
15.dana chamness
16.dianne gilbert