Monthly Recap | March

Erm. Right. So the first QUARTER of this year is now done. How? Is there some kind of time lord shenanigans happening here? Because days, weeks, months, QUARTERS seem to be flying by. 

So moving on swiftly from those scary thoughts - March has been a super fun month - with the main events being that I exhibited at my first two wedding fairs which I really enjoyed! The first Sunday of March was spent at the Chosen Wedding Fair in Islington. It was such a nice day and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting lots of lovely couples and suppliers. As it was my first fair I didn't really know what to expect and it was the first time that we had properly set up my stand background and shelves (lovingly built by my darling baby daddy) so I was a bit nervous but I was really happy with how it turned out. A couple of weeks later I exhibited at Most Curious with all the cool kids and although it was the looooongest weekend - I was totally exhausted by Sunday - it again was so fun, I met loads of lovely lovely people and discussed lots of amazing wedding plans. I had the same stand set up but this time the AMAZING Gee from Bloom and Burn gave it a little spruce up with some florals which were total PERFECTION, I literally sent him one inspiration image and he nailed exactly what I wanted. Total Babe.

During March I also did the March Meet The Maker Instagram challenge which was great - I had been in a little bit of funk with Instagram during Feb so this really picked me up and I really enjoyed all the daily prompts - in total honesty I didn't quite manage to get all the prompts but I actually did more than I thought I would, so well done me :) 

I have had two shoots out in March - Secret Garden Banquet on Rock My Wedding and the Victorian inspired Horniman shoot on Bloved both of which I loved and will be blogging about this month (promise). I also took part in a couple of shoots which I can't wait to share - so watch this space for them too.

Along with generally getting prepped for the fairs March was also full of lots of client work - some for private wedding clients and some corporate work. Both including lots and lots of envelopes which I really enjoy because it's just doing calligraphy for hours no faffing about on the computer, which in a life full of admin, is nice from time to time.

April is yet another busy month but the sun is shining and I feel pretty ready for it (I think....maybe....kind of?) it is also full of lots of fun 'life' stuff as well as work with Oscars second birthday this week, a trip to the New Forest for Easter planned and also a girly weekend to Oxford with my sister at the end of the month - so lots of exciting things to look forward to. Work wise I have quite a few exciting on the day projects to get started on for early summer weddings along with some new collection plans....ooooooo. I feel like I need a lie down just thinking about it....

So here we go....April, Spring, Quarter Two....I am coming for you! 

L x

Monthly Recap | February

Well well March you snuck up on me startling me into totally panic/meltdown mode. Things are not so chill over here at the moment that is for sure. But for now it is time to look back and February, not to sit in the corner rocking to and fro whimpering about the fact that it is March al-bloody-ready.

SO. Feb feels like it was about 3 days long (I have a feeling all these monthly recaps are going to start with mild panic....) and it has been a bit of a funny one. It has been very busy but I have also been in a bit of a rut, mainly with Instagram - which I use as my main platform for saying HEY I'M HERE COME SEE ME - which is also part of the reason that there hasn't been a WIHL post this month because it was meant to be on Instagram. I am not sure what has happened but I haven't felt the urge to post stuff which I normally do, normally I LOVE Instagram (too much some might say). However I am now taking part in Meet The Maker for March so hopefully, that will give me a kick up the bum and get my back into the flow and that WIHL post will be coming soon.  

I taught a few workshops in Feb which were all lovely, I really do enjoy teaching - I get so excited about meeting people and sharing my love for calligraphy and seeing people realise that with the right tools, practise and patience that they can succeed at calligraphy. I also made a load more coloured inks and sold lots of starter kits.

The amazing shoot that I was a part of at the end of last year in Puzzlewood was published which you can see here...I absolutely loved this shoot and that silk background is honestly one of my favourite things ever. Along with that the first ever shoot I worked on, which you can see here, was published in Wedding Ideas magazine! Such a happy shock to have another shoot in print!

I have also been working on some exciting branding projects which I haven't done in a while so it is fun to get my graphic designer hat back on and get into the nitty gritty of logos, fonts and colours especially as now I can add little calligraphy touches into my logo design. 

I spent a day at London Zoo handwriting guest names on their invitations. This was one of my first ever calligraphy jobs last year so it was really fun to go back there and do it again - plus one of my close friends is a designer there so we got to go get boozy after. This month I also turned 29 (I know I look so youthful) and went and celebrated in Edinburgh with my nearest and dearests which was fabulous. I also got four piercings and chopped off the hair that I have been growing for ten years. So wild in my old age.

It's not been a bad month - but it has felt like a stressful month. I feel overwhelmed at the moment and slightly like I am drowning which is not overly pleasant. I feel like my to-do list is never ending and I don't have time to do anything other than work, but then when I am working I don't feel like I am being productive and getting as much as I should be, and need to be, getting done. And then all in all that makes me feel very exhausted. I don't like to complain about having too much to do because I am EXTREMELY grateful for the fact that I have this opportunity and the support to follow my dream. I am just tired and want to just get on top of things ya know? Also the time to relax and read a book would be nice. Real nice.

Anyway enough of that onwards and upwards I say. March how are you doing? This month promises to be very full - my schedule for work is already pretty much jam packed and I also have two wedding fairs, Chosen Wedding Fair this Sunday at Islington Town Hall and then Most Curious on the 18-19th March at Truman Brewery. I am scared but very excited to do them, my first ones! Eek! If you are heading along then please let me know I would love to meet you...and maybe you can bring me snacks? Ta ;) 

Here's to Spring!

L x

MONTHLY RECAP | JANUARY

As we say goodbye to the first month of this glorious year I am looking back at the last month and planning the next month - I say planning - it is more like OMG S**T I HAVEN'T EVEN BEGUN TO GET MOST OF THE STUFF DONE I WAS SUPPOSE TO THIS MONTH and then furiously writing a list and working out how I can exist on 5 hours sleep for the next month (lols that will literally never happen). However, it may have flown by but January has been a bit of a babe.

Firstly the Lake Como shoot got published on my favourite blog Wedding Sparrow and all the pretty was finally out there for everyone to see and for me to shout about. I still can't get over how stunning it is. Then my Mollie Makes feature came out...say whaaaaaat...I am still pinching myself/doing a happy dance. I am such a magazine fanatic that it truly blows my mind that I am in one. Me, my little top knot and inky hands. The fact that people want to actually think what I have to say is worth putting in print makes my heart and head nearly explode with happiness. If you have managed to get a copy of it then let me know what you think (if you can find it anywhere - I think my mum bought all the copies in the New Forest). Talking of magazine features, my work was also featured in Perfect Weddings who shared the stunning Wrest Park shoot that I was a part of last year. 

I also shared my 2017 goals and shared my first WIHL post about my first year in business which people actually found useful which again slightly blows my mind and makes me SO HAPPY. Honestly, it's a wonder that I haven't already reached my goal weight with all the happy dancing that I am doing. 

I completed and delivered two wedding invitation suites and taught two workshops, one with the lovely Kimberley from My Wedding Fair which we have been planning since last summer and the other in Greenwich both of which were sold out!

On a personal note, my little love Oscar can now string words together and says 'Hello Mummy' when he sees me which makes my heart feel like it is going to burst. He also says poopies and weewees which is overly hilarious.  

So February you are coming and I am ready for you! Not only are you birthday month (YAY) but you are also the month that I am going to get all my accounts in order (not so yay) and prep for my wedding fairs in March by creating some AMAZING new collection designs. I also have a pretty stunning shoot that comes out tomorrow...follow me on Instagram to be the first to see that! 

I hope you have all had a fantastic January and here's to a brilliant February!

L x

Note to self....make sure to post a number of posts that is divisible by three in all months after this one..because that grid is SO ANNOYING. 

Monthly Recap | June

We are now almost a week into July (HOW?!) so it is time to look back over the last month and have a look back at June. 

I have been so lucky to have had three shoots out this month! I love the outcome of all of them and they have been featured on some great blogs. I have also got some stunning photos for my website from them and worked with the most talented of suppliers. I am so looking forward to having even more out in the next couple of months to share with you all. I have blogged about each of the shoots which you can read and see here.

June was also the month that I worked on two gorgeous weddings and did wonderful mirrors for them! These were the first mirrors that I have worked on although they took a bit of working out they went really well and I loved the outcome of them. I am still waiting on the professional photos from them but for now here are my snaps (taken in my hallway aka the only place in the house where I didn't get a reflection of baby toys!) For one of these weddings I also got to do the most gorgeous leaf place settings...which I absolutely loved. 

Finally to sum this up I worked on my first PR event this month with the lovely Alice Gabb. We did a launch party for Totem Adornments with Push PR writing little love notes for guests. It was so lovely to hear what wonderful things people had to say about their loved ones and in the gorgeous setting of The Swan Pub at The Globe. 

Such a great month! To see snaps of what I get up to day to day follow me over on my social media channels through the icons below!