Plans for 2018

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Plans for 2018

Hello, I hope December’s treating you well and you’re enjoying the run-up to Christmas! 

I went for my first evening run in a long time the other night and bah-humbug as I can be about some things, seeing all the houses lit up did give me the starts of the Christmas tingles!

For me is a quieter time of year; peak wedding season is well and truly over and there’s a lull in enquiries until we all get to grips with real life again in the New Year.  But don’t worry, I’ve still got plenty to be getting on with! There’s some exciting plans in the pipeline for next year which I’m already beavering away at behind the scenes, and I’ve been taking some time to think about how I want my 2018 to look.

 

 
 

Chosen Wedding Fair

After a few years of avoiding wedding fairs (let’s be honest, we’ve all come across some dismal ones!), I’m excited to be exhibiting at Chosen's Bristol event in February. It's held in the wonderful Paintworks event space and promises to be full of brilliant and interesting suppliers. More than anything I’m looking forward to meeting lots of lovely couples and having a good chat about wedding plans. If you’d like to buy tickets, you can find them here.

 


New Designs

There’s a couple of new designs I’ve already got lined up for early next year - including the blackthorn blossom I shared last week - and plenty of ideas bouncing around in my head. I was massively inspired by the Welsh coastline over the summer, so designs with a flavour of the sea might feature quite prominently!

 
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Rebrand & Website Update

I’m particularly thrilled to have my rebrand project well under way. My work has changed radically over the past couple of years and the current branding, right down to the name, really doesn’t feel right any more. This time around I’ve felt confident to tackle the project myself and I’m really enjoying the process; I've been chipping away at it over the last couple of months and to be honest, I'm getting impatient to share the new name and finished look with everyone in the New Year.

Alongside the new branding, the website will receive a total overhaul to match. As well as updating the overall look, there’s a few bits I’ve been meaning to tweak for a little while so now’s the time to get it sorted.

 

So that was a peek at what I'm going to be up to come 2018, I'd love to hear about your plans too. Until next time,

Rosie x

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Studio Latest: Blackthorn Blossom Stationery Suite

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Studio Latest: Blackthorn Blossom Stationery Suite

Hello, what a glorious crisp morning! With the shorter days this time of year I always find a good dose of sunlight coming into the studio gives my soul a boost.

Today I want to share a design that started its gestation back in April when the hedgerows were bursting to life with the froth of white blackthorn blossom. At any given time I tend to have a few different designs on the go at various stages. One (or more) will be starting to germinate, part in my head part on paper. Another I’ll be working through on screen, adding typography and turning my initial drawings into something more coherent. Then there’s the test-print stage: pinning down the right colours and really questioning whether the idea that worked in my head and on screen holds up once it has to become ink pushed through a fine mesh. At this stage I have to get really ruthless; there are usually a few revisions and tweaks to be made, this is the point where any designs that just don’t work in the cold light of day will get abandoned or sent to the back of the pile for a total re-think.

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Now it’s the end of November, I’ve just printed up the first proper batch of samples and I’m absolutely thrilled with them! I’m a little bit in love with the paper stock for these; my usual stock is just too bright a white for what I wanted to achieve, I plumped for this particular one as it has a much softer, warmer tone allowing the pearly white of the petals a subtle glow. The paper’s cotton content gives it a beautiful tactile quality, and of course I’ve gone for a substantial 600gsm weight. I know it’s a bit geeky, but these things make me incredibly happy!

There’s still the finishing details of ribbons and the like to sort out (I’m pondering white velvet rather than my usual habotai silk for these…), but all being well they should launch on the website early in the new year. If you simply can’t wait that long - Meghan, I’m looking at you, these would be perfect for May! - then drop me a line via the contact form, I’d be delighted to hear from you.

 

 

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Finding Inspiration: Westonbirt Arboretum

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Finding Inspiration: Westonbirt Arboretum

Hello, I hope November’s been treating you well. I’ve got that sense of the year having run away with itself a little bit: my diary seems far too close to it’s end and I’ve got plans for 2018 that I really need to get cracking with. Recently though, I’ve made some changes to the way I prioritise my work days, so I’m spending more time on the important stuff and less on the tedious admin. So far it seems to be working and it feels like I’m making some headway.

The gorgeous part about hurtling headlong to the end of the year is the wonderful explosion of autumn colour. This year my cherry tree was a bit of a damp squibb, the remnants of hurricanes appearing at just the wrong moment. What a treat then to discover Westonbirt Arboretum was showing off more than its fair share of colour a couple of weeks ago. If you’re feeling a bit cold and dull and grey then hopefully these pictures will brighten your day! My absolute favourite part on this visit was the Maple Glade in the Old Arboretum: a magical space filled with intense reds and yellows, all perfectly lit by the low autumnal sunlight.

 

 

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Stationery Guide: Please Take Your Seats

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Stationery Guide: Please Take Your Seats

Picture the scene: your beautifully romantic wedding ceremony has gone off exactly as you'd dreamed, you're now husband and wife and your  photographer has a camera full of pictures to prove it!

There’s a happy hum from assembled guests drinking cocktails on the lawn, and dinner time is fast approaching. The trick now is to get everybody to their seats, Bellini in hand, with a minimum of fuss. Today’s stationery guide aims to help you do just that.

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Seating Plans

The traditional option is to display a large table plan at the entrance to the dining room. Depending on the design and the number of guests, this will need to be somewhere around either A2 or A1 (a medium - large poster) in size, and in a frame or on a solid backing to prevent it flopping around.  You’ll find most venues will have an easel available to display a seating plan, though it’s worth checking the maximum size and making sure you like the look of it too!

Setting out your table plan can be done in a couple of ways:

1. Listing each guest’s name alphabetically alongside their allotted table name or number. This method works well if you have a large wedding as it’s more space efficient as well as quicker for each guest to find their name on the list.

2. Listing guests under table headings. Personally I think this tends to look more polished, but it does require more space.

 

Table Plan Cards

Alternatively you could opt for a set of small (usually around A5) table plans; each one listing guests on an individual table. These cards give you lots of options in terms of styling; you could put each one in a frame and set them out on a table (perhaps the drinks table, where you know everyone will see it?), string them up with fairy lights, or hang them from tree branches.

 

Escort Cards

These are traditional in the USA and they serve the purpose of a table plan rather than a place card. Escort cards are printed with each guest’s name and their table, and displayed at the entrance to dinner. The lovely thing is guests are able to pick their card up and take it with them. It makes a lovely memento of the day, and saves being so deep in conversation you forget which table you were heading for.

 

Place cards

If you’ve spent time meticulously organising your seating plan, then place cards are an absolute must. After all, you don’t want all your match-making work to go to waste with potential soul-mates at opposite ends of the table! It might seem overkill to tell everyone which exact seat is theirs, but in some ways it makes things just that bit simpler on the day.
If yours is a more intimate celebration, a table plan is clearly surplus to requirements, though place cards are worth considering as part of the table styling and as a keepsake for guests.

 

I do hope that's given you some ideas! If you'd like to discuss your requirements, I'd be delighted to hear from you, just drop me a line.

 

 

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The Beginnings of my Rebrand

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The Beginnings of my Rebrand

You know how sometimes you have a carefully worked out plan and then get completely swept up in something else that’s caught your imagination instead? 

Today’s blog post is one of those; my carefully constructed plan tells me this should be the next installment of the stationery guide, but I haven’t written it yet because I got a bit carried away elsewhere. (Normal service will be resumed next week and I promise to tell you all about escort cards and table plans then!) So I’d best tell you what I actually have been doing this week instead.  

For a while now I’ve been wanting to update my brand and rename the business to better reflect the direction my work has taken. I started on the groundwork back in the spring, but found settling on a new name much harder than I had anticipated. After much deliberation I got there, (nope, I’m not telling yet!) but truthfully I think I’d lost energy for the project.  I always find Autumn is a good time to start on things, (I think the whole back-to-school thing is deeply ingrained in my psyche) and for the last month or so I’ve been plugging away, a little bit each day working through the process; reviewing where I’d got to, really delving deep into how I want my business to be, writing myself a brief and doing all the research.  This week I got my reward for doing all the groundwork and began the creative work. This mood board is the starting point for how the new branding will look and feel. Drawing out the essence from masses of ideas and images has been a real labour of love, but I’m excited at the prospect of where it might take me, and raring to get going.

Until next time,

Rosie x

P.s. If you've got any thoughts on this you'd like to share, I'd be delighted to hear them!

 

 

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