It’s Wedding Season!

Save The Dates

It might be bucketing it down with rain here in the UK (no change there, then) but it’s officially wedding season! Hurray!

I feel incredibly honoured to be asked to create Save The Date cards and wedding invites for our friends, Mille and Calum, who are tying the knot in just under 12 month’s time. Their Save The Dates have just been sent out to their prospective guests and I’m now in the process of crafting their invites.

The happy couple opted for a clean, white style with oh-so-now fonts and white ribbon embellishments – something a bit different for me as I’m usually a rustic, brown-card-and-garden-twine kinda girl but there’s nothing wrong with diversifying!

If you’re planning a wedding and want to incorporate some handmade touches into your big day, get in touch with me and we can discuss your requirements. I can also create pretty ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid?‘ cards if you’re looking to pop that question to your besties soon.

Or perhaps you’re attending a wedding this summer and simply want a unique, handcrafted card to give to the bride and groom. Have a browse around my Etsy shop and see if anything takes your fancy. I’m also open to commissioned work so if there’s an idea floating around in your mind, tell me about it and I’ll see what I can do!

A customer in the USA recently got in touch with me via my shop to see if I’d be able to hand-punch two small boxes of wedding confetti made from the pages of 2 vintage Jane Austen novels; Northanger Abbey and Persuasion with baby pink and purple accents. I love helping brides-to-be with their with their wedding preparations so I jumped at the opportunity. Susannah was so pleased with the results, she left a lovely review on my Etsy page, which was really heartwarming.

 

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Bump & Beyond

On Saturday 13th May, local events management business, Avocado Events teamed up with York’s plush Hotel du Vin to host the city’s second Bump & Beyond fair. Designed to bring together new and expectant parents, local makers and antenatal/postnatal organisations, the event featured over 18 different stalls, including Nutkin Avenue!

It was the first time I’d done anything like this before so I was a little nervous to begin with (this kind of thing is WAY out of my comfort zone). But once I’d unpacked my new baby cards and set up my stall, I felt much more at ease. I even made myself walk around the room and chat to the other sellers (again, totally out of my comfort zone) before the doors officially opened.

I was relieved to discover I wasn’t the only first-timer. My ‘neighbour’, Belle + Bear who create beautiful wooden baby accessories were making their stall-running debut too. Phew!

Once the guests began to arrive, the mocktails flowed and the Avocado-branded cupcakes circulated, adding to the warm, relaxed vibe. I chatted to some lovely fellow mummies-to-be, new mums and creatives – and even sold a few cards! Hurrah!

So, all in all, it was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who made a purchase, picked up a business card (luggage tag) or simply took the time to browse my card selection. And a very big thank you to Kate at Avocado Events for allowing me this fabulous opportunity. I’m sure everyone who attended will agree it was a wonderful afternoon.

 

 

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The wedding scrapbook: a must for brides on a budget

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It might sound like something you did at nursery but cutting and sticking is a great way of collating ideas for the big day. Of course, apps like Pinterest and Loverly offer fast and handy mood boards but personally, I think all brides-to-be should have something real, something physical, which they can cherish for years to come.

I bought a lovely wedding scrapbook from Paperchase a couple of months ago and it’s kept me busy for hours. Every wedding magazine I buy gets cut to pieces and my scrapbook gets filled with all the dresses, table decoration ideas, colour schemes and favour ideas that catch my eye. And the best part is I really enjoy doing it. Tis a new hobby!

It’s interesting to see how my initial ideas have evolved. At first, I was aiming for a cheesy, rock n roll themed wedding reception, but as you turn the pages of the scrapbook, it has somehow morphed into more of a rustic, vintage theme, which my fiancé and I agree is more suitable for our countryside wedding.

If you haven’t got a scrapbook yet, go get one now – it’s wedding inspiration you can not only hold, touch and smell, there’s no need for a password and you can keep it forever!