Saturday, 28 March 2015

The Happy List

The Happy List is back, and here are my latest additions:

1// This vintage railway poster art by Frank Newbould - I have fond memories of Southend-on-Sea so I would love to have something like this hanging up in our house. 

2// I'm making a quilt for someone at the moment, made up of squares collected from their family and friends, and it has really given me the quilting bug! I love this triangle pattern, think something like this will be my next project.  

3// Look at this little floral crowned kitty... 

4// "If it doesn't matter, get rid of it" - something I am trying to live by at the moment. I used to have the approach of saying yes to everything and then thinking about it later, but this year I have made a big effort to practice saying no. 

5// I love this DIY gem mirror from A Beautiful Mess. So much easier than it first looks!

6// I've recently discovered the textile design work of Rebecca Atwood and I am in love! Her design process is so inspiring... Take a look at this whole collection, just beautiful. 

And there you have it. What's making you happy this week? 

x Rachel 

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 


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