Friday, 24 April 2015

One Sketch a Day

This year I've been practicing my drawing with one of these One Sketch a Day books. "Improve my drawing skills" has been on pretty much on every goals list I've written in the last few years, but I was finding that I was never very inspired to actually practice. This little book has been an amazing motivator! The boxes are quite small, so they don't feel intimidating, it always feels like I have time to squeeze in a little sketch every day. I've attempted a few 365 projects over the last few years - mostly with photos - but this is the longest I've managed to keep one going. Now that there is a good bank of material there, it's more and more satisfying to keep filling up the book one little box at a time. 

Anyone else doing a sketch a day? Or any other 365 projects that are still going strong? I'd love to see! 

x Rachel 

Saturday, 11 April 2015

From Our Wedding Pinboard

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7

I'm starting a new feature today which is a little overdue... Obviously since becoming engaged I have been pinteresting like no tomorrow, collecting inspiration images for our wedding. All of our ideas a very broad at the moment, I'm reluctant to settle on a theme just yet... But I thought I would share a few of my recent favourites from our pinterest board here, so we can all bask in the pretty wedding loveliness. 

These images conveniently happen to be from some of my favourite wedding blogs, which I am now even more obsessed with: 

// Rock n Roll Bride (of course, my absolute fav - has anyone been getting the new magazine? So great!!) 

// Festival Brides - has great advice for outdoor weddings

// Love My Dress - so many beautiful and touching stories, as well as amazing images. 

// Whimsical Wonderland Weddings - I particularly love the village hall wedding linked above! So cute, and along the vibe we will probably be going for...

Do you have any favourite wedding blogs you recommend? 

x Rachel 

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Photo Shoot Preview

On Monday we held a little Easter picnic in our garden, and combined it with a photo shoot for some new Pointless Pretty Things products. It was so fun! I made a ribbon backdrop and set up a lounge area, and we ate lots of food and drank tea from teacups. Thanks to two of my beautiful besties for being wonderful models. 

I've been working on this new range of wedding accessories for a while now, and I am SO excited to finally release them next week. 

Hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine...

x Rachel 

Saturday, 4 April 2015

A little look into my Studio...

When we moved house in September, I finally gained a home studio – and it is the best. Every place I’ve lived previously has been taken over with my designer mess – with all my supplies stacked in boxes in cupboards and work having to take place on the living room floor. As I’m sure anyone who has a combination work/living place will know, it can be a bit chaotic. I was finding it really hard to be productive, and the lines between work time and down time were completely blurred – I often used to just work until it was time to go to bed. I’ve been ready to move into a studio space for what seems like forever, and it feels so great to finally have my own space! So I thought I’d share a little tour with you, to show how I use my studio in a normal working day. Also, you can play spot the cat!

I have two desks – this one by the window is my main desk for both admin and making jobs. It’s from Ikea, and it is height adjustable so I can also use it as a standing desk – which is so handy for things like fabric cutting. The grey worktop is also great for a neutral background for photos – so if you've seen my instagram that explains a lot of my photos. This is also where Ceci the cat likes to hang out all day people watching.

On the opposite side is my sewing table, with my shiny new sewing machine – the Singer One - which I am loving. I use the three clipboards to display my weekly schedule, my goal lists, and also any inspiration images from projects I’m working on. The shelving unit holds all of my non-fiction/craft books, magazines (mostly Mollie Makes) and stacks and stacks of wood slices that I use in my shop. Also a little storage favourite is my cake-stand turned washi tape holder.

The room divider/storage unit is my favourite. All the supplies I need are organised and easy to reach, which cuts down the dead time between tasks where usually I would have had to search around for things all over the house.

Having a studio in my house has completely revolutionised my work life! Even though it is quite small, having a whole room as a separate work place is amazing – both practically and psychologically. Getting ready in the morning, then popping into the studio with a cup of coffee really helps me to focus and get into work-mode. When it’s time to finish for the day, I can leave the craft mess behind me and shut the door. I love it.

So that's it! I hope you've enjoyed this little peek into my studio.

x Rachel 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Fun Save the Date Ideas

Save the Date Photo Ideas (from top left): 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6  // 

DIY Save the Date Ideas (from top left): 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 //

Save the Dates on Etsy (from top left): 1// 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 //

We've just set our wedding date for next year (eee!), so naturally I've been having a look around for inspiration for our Save the Date invitations. There are so many great ideas out there, but I thought I'd put together a bit of a round-up of some of my favourites. How cute are those hand illustrated options from talented Etsy sellers? And my personal comedy favourite is the "SAVE" the date, literally... So silly but so good. 

I think we might end up going with a mix of photo/DIY/collagey sort of vibe - but it is so hard to choose! 

Which is your favourite? 

x Rachel 

Saturday, 28 March 2015

The Happy List

The Happy List is back, and here are my latest additions:

1// This vintage railway poster art by Frank Newbould - I have fond memories of Southend-on-Sea so I would love to have something like this hanging up in our house. 

2// I'm making a quilt for someone at the moment, made up of squares collected from their family and friends, and it has really given me the quilting bug! I love this triangle pattern, think something like this will be my next project.  

3// Look at this little floral crowned kitty... 

4// "If it doesn't matter, get rid of it" - something I am trying to live by at the moment. I used to have the approach of saying yes to everything and then thinking about it later, but this year I have made a big effort to practice saying no. 

5// I love this DIY gem mirror from A Beautiful Mess. So much easier than it first looks!

6// I've recently discovered the textile design work of Rebecca Atwood and I am in love! Her design process is so inspiring... Take a look at this whole collection, just beautiful. 

And there you have it. What's making you happy this week? 

x Rachel 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Wedding Planning - The Big To-Do List

As I mentioned in this post in January - Jake and I got engaged over Christmas! It's been a very exciting time behind the scenes over here, visiting venues, drawing up budgets and pinteresting (obviously)... We're getting excitingly close to booking our venue, so I thought it was high time I wrote the first (of many I'm sure) wedding planning post. 

We're looking at Summer next year, so we have plenty of time - but having designed weddings for other people before and knowing how much work is involved, we knew that we wanted to get organised as soon as possible. To start us off, we made this big planning board to act as our master todo list - it really is the list to end all lists! 

We sat down together and just blurted out every possible thing we thought might come up during the wedding planning, organised them into different categories, and wrote each task on a separate bit of paper (colour coded of course). The board is divided into three sections: the main list, the area of focus, and the "done" area. As you can see, we have barely started! But it's so satisfying to move things over to the completed section. 

What I like best about this method, is that it's a really great way to look at everything all at once in a digestible way. Having each task on a separate bit of paper that you can move around, or take away all together, is so helpful. We can decide what tasks we're focusing on each month, and just concentrate on them rather than being overwhelmed by everything all at once.

Our list is probably a little bit over-kill, and a lot of it will probably be irrelevant as decisions start to be made, but it has been really useful to have everything we're thinking about out in the open and in such a visual way. I'm sure a lot of people think we are total freaks - some of our friends have definitely had a little chuckle/eye roll on seeing this up in our house! But putting on shows/events is what both of us do for a job, so we can't help but geek out a bit... 

Does anyone else plan like this? Any tips from any of you? 

x Rachel 


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