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 

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Coming Soon - New Sparkly Wedding Stuff.....

Lots of exciting things happening in the studio this week! I am in super making mode at the moment, working on lots of new prototypes for the wedding season... I am right in the middle of designing and testing a few new lines for the Pointless Pretty Things shop, which will be released soon, but I just couldn't wait to share some sneaky pictures with you! 

Expect luxe, sparkly copper tones, new breeds of paper flowers, and most excitingly.... a whole range of flower crowns! I just can't wait to reveal them all soon, but for now - back to work...

I'm also now accepting custom requests from brides with a vision they want to accomplish for their wedding - so if that's you, and you have an idea you would like help realising, just drop me a message to say hello at 

x Rachel 

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

A Most Curious Wedding Fair

On Sunday we went to our first wedding fair, and it has certainly set the standard high! A Most Curious Wedding Fair at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, has left me a quivering ball of excitement. We were tempted by AMCWF because we wanted something a bit different from the classic, slightly tacky, chair-cover filled wedding fair... and we were not disappointed! 

See what I mean?! Excited Shivers!! I had too many favourites to list here, but for a full list of the super inspiring vendors go to the Most Curious website.

As a dabbler in the wedding industry myself with Pointless Pretty Things, this experience was doubly amazing - not only did I get loads of inspiration for our own wedding, but it was brilliant to see so many businesses that I look up to all in one place! I only hope to be where they are some day :) 

Did anyone else attend the fair? What were your thoughts? 

x Rachel 

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 


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