The weekly Made Up

Week commencing: Monday 27th May

Two shoe bags for my DIY tutorial post that I write for my other craft business Love Me Sew.
If you’d like to give this cute bag a go, head on over to the Love Me Sew blog.
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Before I make anything, I always do a test run…this is also going to be for my dad for Father’s Day.
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Two dollies for little two little girls who are coming up one year old soon…
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And, randomly a scroll case! On Thursday 6th June, Gabby Logan will be officially installed as Leeds Trinity University’s first Chancellor in a ceremony held in Leeds Trinity University’s Chapel. Gabby will wear a specially commissioned gown and I have been asked to make a little case for the scroll using the same special fabrics and trim as the gown. Read more about the history behind the gown and the ceremony over on the Leeds Trinity University website.
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Thats it for this week folks. I have other things half finished so hopefully really in time to feature in next weeks Made Up.

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The weekly Made Up

Week commencing: Monday 20th May
A little later than it should have been, here’s last week’s Made Up…

Retro pinny – an example for promo’ing my up and coming Love Me Sew crafty workshops.
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Tote bags – another example for more Love Me Sew workshops.
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Seven baby bibs.
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A doll…the trial run before making [probably many] changes so they’re good enough for pressies!
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The weekly ‘Made’ round-up.

So I decided, as of today, to post a weekly round-up of everything I make; this is to actually see if I ever go through a week of not making things (I wondered if this is even possible!), including snaps (some sneak peak ones to prevent surprises being ruined) from my mobile.
Sometimes there may only be one thing, others many. And, not all sewing…

Week commencing…Monday 13th May

Rose’s cushion – more on this another time.
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Wedding Ring cushion for next DIY post on Boho Wedding Blog.
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A ‘Mr and Mrs’ banner from an order received of the lovely ‘Wedding in a Teacup’.
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A fabric heart as a small wedding gift.
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Baby bib.
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Oh, and some Lemon and Poppyseed cupcakes…Yum!

A Summer of Weddings – Part 1

As summer continues (if you can call it that), in true British spirit we never get disheartened by the dull sky and drizzle, instead we endeavour to make our lives and important events as beautiful as ever – with weddings leading the way!

A year on since the beginning of my little venture of helping to make other weddings as lovely as I thought mine was, I’ve been bombarded with email requests for bunting, table runners, cake bunting, napkins, bridesmaid bags, banners, ties and more – it seems hand-made and personalised weddings are [and rightly so!] as popular as ever.

Whilst I have already posted about some (and have some more on the way), I thought I would include a collection of items that perhaps don’t need their own feature but I feel still deserved some air time.

More meters and meters of bunting….

Why have hessian runners when you can have mats…with lace! I think these turned out really beautiful…amazing what a difference a little bit of lace can add – rustic yet so pretty.

More mini-cake bunting…always cute!

The following runners and napkins I made for the lovely Charlotte of Rock My Wedding fame who used them in her styling of the wedding shoot: ‘The RMW Stepford Wives – Alex, Celine and Some Rough Luxe’.

Wedding season has arrived…

As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been pretty busy with orders for weddings and one of the first was just delivered to the bride…

A whopping 75 meters of bunting and 42 meters of table runners!

Lisa, the lovely bride-to-be, contacted me at the end of last year after visiting my little blog site, to enquire about table runners and bunting for her wedding in April 2012, with which she was planning on aiming to create a similar vibe to our own rustic, marquee-style wedding.

With a colour scheme brief of sage green, pale country rose pink and ivory, I set to work on sourcing some fabrics, making sure Lisa was happy with my choice before cutting into it. With Lisa’s good choice of colours, it wasn’t too difficult to find some florals and spots which looked lovely together.

Once the bunting fabric was decided and the hessian for the runners ordered, the snipping, ironing and sewing got underway.

I worked on this project over a number of weeks (not constantly! Inbetween other, smaller orders, as well as working my normal job) and, while it was a large order and took a lot of time, I did it in small chunks and it was great to see it coming together at the end (even if I did have a slight panic when I ran out of green stripe and couldn’t find anywhere that sold it!).

All boxed and ready to got (hessian runners complete with little ‘Emily Carlill’ lables telling Lisa how long each of the runners were) to say thanks, I added in a couple of little heart decorations with some of the left over bunting fabric and embroidered some words, which I thought Lisa and her h2b might want to use also at their wedding.

I hope they have a great day and look forward to some photos.

More wedding crafts! Featured on Wedding in a Teacup.

So this week, some of my crafty items went on sale on a brand new wedding website!

Wedding in a Teacup is a really beautiful website selling favours, decor and stationery; not even are these items gorgeous, they are either recycled or recyclable, fair trade or hand made in the UK.

A couple of months ago, after blogging about some lavender bags that I made for a wedding event, I was contacted by Hester (off of Wedding in a Teacup), interested in selling them on her soon-to-be-launching new website. Not only did Wedding in a Teacup sound pretty cute as it was, but after finding out a little more about the items that Hester was planning on selling on there, it sounded fab – just bit disappointed it wasn’t around when I was planning our wedding!

The website launched earlier this week and I think it is probably one of the nicest wedding-related (also very good I’m thinking for gifts!) websites I’ve seen. The design is lovely, instantly giving a feel of the style of items featured.  As for the items, Hester clearly has style and taste in those she has chosen. ‘Of course you’re going to say that!‘, I hear you cry…especially as not just my lavender bags, but bunting and banners also make an appearance, well, I urge you to just see for yourself…www.weddinginateacup.co.uk

Even our spare wedding napkins gets a little feature, helping to display some very cool pin badges…

Here goes…

First ever blog post, what to write?

So a little marketing experience tells me (amongst other things) to keep it brief, to the point, clear and use plain English…

This blog is for people who like handmade crafts and wedding, and also for me to record and remember how this all came about.

Did this comply to my marketing guidelines? Probably not. But then I never set out on a marketing career, I just tripped and fell into it!