You & Your Wedding Magazine

I am soooooo excited to be mentioned in this month’s edition of You & Your Wedding Magazine!

I knew that it MIGHT be happening, but I expected a tiny little name mention at the end of the article. I DID NOT expect to be mentioned as part of ‘The Dream Team’ and to have a photo of my Indian Wedding Programme included. Hazzah!

I bought copies and copies of this magazine when I was getting married, I love just looking at the beautiful pictures. To be mentioned in the magazine is just amazing.

Big thanks goes to Rav and Roz for having such a beautiful wedding and for including letting me be a part of the planning.

The Invisibility of Working from Home

A very Merry New Year to you all. I hope you enjoyed the festivities.

Right, now down to business, be warned, this is going to be a rant! If you don’t enjoy a good rant then read no further!…

I have had a bee in bonnet, a bee that I have tried to ignore but that has been buzzing around for the whole festive period. Here goes…

I own my own business. I spent time setting up my own business and I now make money from my business. Not like millions of monies, but enough to call it viable. Well done me right? My husband goes to work. He worked hard to get his job and he also makes monies. Well done to him right? BUT, and here comes that bee, when my husband finished for work for the Christmas break every single person we spoke to uttered the words “So, have you finished for Christmas now”, followed by “ooo, it must be nice to have a break, when are you off until?”. EVERY SINGLE PERSON.

Ask me how many people asked me the same questions, go on… NONE! Not a single person asked me when I was breaking up for Christmas. Not a single person wished me a lovely break.

Seriously! Do I not work? Do I not get up at the same time as my husband, work all day and then go to bed at the same time? Does working from home not count as work? Because I do the school run twice a day, does that mean the rest of the day I am not working? Do people know how hard I work? Do they know that whilst my husband (and I’m sorry, I have no gripe against him, he’s just the good example), that whilst he was “enjoying his much needed week off”, I was working until 4am trying to get work done during the Christmas holidays.

Just because I work from home, just because I have my own business, this does not mean that I don’t work as hard as you, or as hard as Mr Bloggs down the road!

I work too. I work hard. Give me the respect of acknowledging that and wishing me a nice break over Christmas. That’s all I ask.

And there you have it. Rant over. Phew! It’s not often I have a rant, but this hit hard. Sometimes I feel a little invisible, and this just added to that.

Do you work from home? Has anything like this ever happened to you? Share your story in the comments, I’d love to hear from you xx

Vintage Military Wedding

Back in January of this year I produced some bespoke Vintage Telegram Wedding Invitations for the lovely Jess and Charlie.

They got married recently! Hurrah! And I am so pleased that they asked me to produce their wedding stationery.

It has been so much fun to design, and a lot of research has gone in to the finer details (who knew there were so many military planes out there??). Charlie is in the RAF and the couple wanted their wedding theme to reflect his career and their lifestyle.

This is by far one of my favourite projects ever, and I am so happy with the results.

The couple wanted a menu and a place name for everyone of their guests, so to save on cost, I produced the Menu Ration Book. Each book was personalised with the guests name. And inside – details of the menu, a special RAF Port rules section, and details of the events of the day. I just love it, and they look fantastic.

The table plan includes the recognisable Lord Kitchner and each table is marked with a military plane silhouette.

To purchase the Vintage Wedding Set for yourselves, please visit my website for details on prices x

FREE Letters to and from Santa

It’s time for those free Letters to and from Santa again this year!

They were such a hit last year that I’m doing them again, but with a few little changes.

Add a little bit of magic during the run up to Christmas. The letter to Santa has space for your child(ren) to fill in their details and the return letter from Santa has space for you to write your child’s name.

Available to download now, just click here to take you to my website.

Once you have downloaded you will have a PDF that you can save and print as many times as you need.

Merry Christmas all x

When Business is Quiet (Part 2)

Cast your mind back to August 2018 when I wrote the post ‘When Business is Quiet’.

I wrote about how when business is quiet we go into a crazy panic that business is failing and that the…

“reality is shortly it will be chaos again and I’ll be mega busy and I’ll wonder why I didn’t stop and take a break whilst I had the chance”.

Well, I wish I’d bloomin’ listened to myself. What a few months it’s been! If you have your own business, are trying to juggle kids and fit in an actual social life, you’ll completely understand where I am right now.

I had my quiet period, I did not relax. I had my panic that the business was doomed. I worried. And then boom!! It got crazy again.

It’s nearly Christmas though, so it’s time to relax. But business is getting a little quiet, what if it’s doomed…..

And the cycle carries on, ha ha! x

Indian Wedding Programme and Timeline

I love it when I have to add a bespoke touch to an existing design. This is my classic A5 Indian Wedding Programme but with a beautiful added hand drawn floral border.

The couple held their wedding in Thailand and wanted to incorporate the colours and floral element of their big day.

They also chose to have a timeline to hand out to guests on arrival. With a three day wedding it’s important to make sure everyone knows exactly what is going on.

This looks like such a fantastic wedding… this is definitely one I wish I had received an invite for 🙂

Vintage Telegram Invitations

It has been soooo long since I have posted anything on any social media platform, what with Christmas and being super busy working on new projects.

So let’s rectify this and start off with a recent wedding project.

This lovely couple are in love with the vintage era, the Groom-to-be is in the RAF, and they wanted their invitations to reflect this.

This is the final result. I am absolutely in love with them!

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Juggling Work and School

IMG_20180907_105513So, this happened this week. First week at school (wow!). And whilst I’m over the moon for my little one, and so proud to see her wandering in on her own all confident and excited, my goodness is it a shocker to the system!!

Suddenly my life has been shaken about and everything has changed. I now have to fit my working day into 5 hours, and it’s short, so short! I get back from the school run, kettle on and then sit at my desk. Before I know it, boom, it’s time to head back to school.

I have always been a fan of routine, and now, suddenly, I have it. But after over 4 years of chaos and a (slight) lack of organisation, it’s a real shock to the system. With a five hour work day, I actually have less time to fit everything in than I used to, but now I have 5 days a week. 5 days a week when I know I’ll get to work. No more having to postpone jobs for days (or more often than not working in the evenings to get them done in time).

It’s a lifestyle change, it’s a new chapter and fingers and toes crossed it will mean more stability and less panic (plus the added bonus of topping my 10,000 steps every day with the walk there and back – bonus!).

Change can be tiring, change can be hard work, but we must embrace it and enjoy it. Without change I suppose life would be pretty boring. I need to get ready now for the homework, the school meetings, the endless parties and everything else that comes with this fantastic new adventure. A huge well done to all those working parents out there!!