Monday, 19 January 2015

A little catch-up...

Well hello strangers, long time no see! It's been such a long blogging break, and I don't really know how it happened. Things got very very busy towards the end of last year, and I started feeling a bit uninspired and just got out of the habit. I have this trouble at the moment where I feel like I am pursuing a lot of different avenues in my career, and each avenue is getting busier and busier. Which is brilliant! However, I'm starting to feel like the time is coming where I will have to choose, or forever be a Jackie of all trades... But I can't decide where my true ambitions lie, so it's really hard to cut down the amount I'm taking on. Is anyone else having similar tricksy issues? 

Anyway, I do know that I have missed this little blog, so I'm working on a complete redesign at the moment, which should be ready soon... But in the mean time I thought I'd just do a little catch up on what's been going on in my internet silence. 

Since my last post many moons ago, I have designed five shows (and worked on many more). It was a crazy crazy few months, a lot of fun, a lot of stress and a lot of learning. 

A few big life events happened too... We moved from our tiny flat in East London, to a lovely little house in Orpington, and we're very much enjoying the slightly quieter suburban life. I even have my own home studio now (I'll do a little tour of that soon)! 

We also adopted a little Cat! She is called Cecilia, but mostly we call her Ceci, and she is a lovely little rascal. We've only had her for a few months, but I can't imagine life without her. 

And last but certainly not least... the final bit of news is: We got engaged!!!! Jake proposed on Christmas Day, which was just the best thing ever (and a massive surprise)! So expect a lot of wedding excitement, mood boards and DIYs on the blog from now on... as I have a wedding to design. EEE!! 

So that's what I've been up to. I'm looking forward to blogging more and also to catching up on all of your blogs too. Happy 2015 everyone! 

x Rachel 

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Homemade Marquee Signs

I mentioned back in May about a Moulin Rouge themed event that I was designing, and that event has come and gone... I thought I'd share my favourite part today, my handmade marquee signs! I've seen these floating around on Pinterest for ages, so it was great to finally have an excuse to make some of my own. 

For the red "Moulin Rouge" sign, I roughly followed this brilliant tutorial from Oh Happy Day. It worked a treat, and although it was super time consuming, I was really happy with the result. It was perfect for setting the scene at the entrance to the event. 

If you are thinking of making some of your own, make sure you use LED fairy lights (which don't get hot) - anything else will be a fire hazard with all that card and spray paint. I bought mine here and they were perfect. 

I also made a slightly different version for the "Cabaret" sign. It's basically the same method, but without the edges on each letter. I was really pleased with this one actually, because it took a fraction of the time to make and still looked really effective. 

If you'd like to see a bit more of the event, there is a short video here. All I will say is that I was not responsible for those chair covers. Or the balloons. Sometimes you just have to let these things go haha... but if there's one thing I've learned, there is nothing a bit of red velvet draping and plenty of fairy lights paint can't solve. 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

The Happy List


Also making me happy this week: 

>>> Deliciously Ella - this food blog is changing my life! So many amazing plant based recipes and healthy alternatives to treats. I'm really noticing a difference in my mood and energy after swapping some of my bad eating habits. 

>>> This TED talk - really worth a watch. 

>>> This chocolate and courgette cake recipe - mine is literally in the oven right now! 

and finally..... 

Happy June everyone :) 

x Rachel 

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

How to Make a Mini Folder out of Duct Tape

Any fellow freelancers out there may have a purse similar to mine; over flowing with receipts! I have a filing system for mine, but I don't get around to actually organising them very often, so I've been looking for a mini organiser that I can take with me on the go to keep things a little neater. I also wanted something with different compartments so that I could keep receipts from different jobs separate, but I found it quite difficult to find something in the size I wanted... So I decided to make one! 

Supplies: Gaffa/Duct Tape in a fun colour, clear parcel tape, cereal box card, plastic wallets, washi tape, scissors. 

1// Cut two rectangles out of thin cardboard in whatever size you would like to make your folder. 

2// Cover each piece in gaffa tape (I got my pink roll from Tiger), and leave an excess at one side of a few centimetres. 

3// Join the two pieces with another piece of tape, wrapping around the front and back and forming the "spine" of your folder. Make sure that the two sides will match up when folding before taping it down. 

4// Cut the plastic wallets down to the right size and reseal the edges with washi tape as necessary. 

5// Use clear parcel tape to fix the wallets inside the folder. 

6// Pop your new organisational friend into your bag and feel smug for being so on top of your finances. 

What do you think? I mostly love how cheap this was to make. You could use the same method to make art journals or book sleeves, or photo albums! Hooray for gaffa tape :)

x Rachel 

Monday, 26 May 2014

Home Trends: Concrete


The industrial trend is not getting old for me. I love concrete mixed with pretty colours and accessories. I love it! I have a steadily growing pile of DIYs on my Pinterest that I can't wait to try, but some may have to wait until we have a house of our own... I've shared some of my favourites below:

>>> DIY Concrete Bracelet

Ahhhhhh concrete!! I could go on forever. But I'll stop now. What do you think of this trend? Getting boring or still a winner? 

x Rachel 

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Recipe Bunting for the Kitchen

I should start this post by saying that I can't take any credit for this idea. This was all Jake. We took our nets down at our kitchen window recently and the room looked really bare, so he came up with the idea of making bunting out of food magazines! It's been on my handmade to-do list ever since. The best thing is that costs next to nothing to make, and really brightens up our colourless rented kitchen. 

Supplies: A food magazine, masking tape, paper, scissors, bakers twine.

1// Make a paper template for the paper flags, folding it in half to make sure it's even. 

2// Fold over a couple of centimetres at the top and snip off the pointy sides (as in the pic above). 

3// Attach the flags to a length of bakers twine with a bit of masking tape. It helps to lay them all out first so you can get the balance of colours right.

4// Fix your new bunting in place with tape - I used pink gaffa tape as it sticks to tile well.  

Excuse our cloudy window, another renting peril. 

I love how colourful food photography is, and I feel like this is a great way to show it off. What do you think? 

x Rachel 

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Feature in Wedding Magazine

Exciting news! My little Wood Slice Place Settings have been featured in this month's issue of Wedding Magazine! Can you spot them? This is the first time I have seen any of my products in print, so I'm pretty excited and proud :)

Hope you have all had a lovely Tuesday, 

x Rachel  


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