New Year Resolutions… Posted December 31, 2014
I’ve never been one for making new year resolutions. I’m perhaps a bit too synical, or lack the will power to achieve them. But this year there is so much I want to achieve, I almost feel I need to make a few. Or maybe instead of new year resolutions that only last for January, I should aim more for lifestyle changes that may span this year and the next few.
So here goes, these are the things I hope to find more time to do over the next year.
1. Be healthy and encourage the girls to follow suit. Before I had the girls I was a super healthy Astanga yoga nut, who didn’t eat just 5 a day, but more like 12. Once I had the girls this all seemed to slide. I used to have the willpower of an ox when it came to restricting my intake of the naughtier stuff. But these days, it seems that is all I consume, and after suffering abdominal muscle separation due to being so big carrying the girls, my yoga disappeared too. So in 2015 I hope to get some of my old habits back, eat better and exercise more. I don’t believe in dieting and I don’t want to loose weight. Just become stronger, healthier and leaner again. I’m hoping these two inspirational ladies will help, Joanna Helcke and Kayla Itsines.
2. Ellie and Liv. Due to lots of factors I have had a very limited amount of free time over the last year (also why (1) is never achieved) and Ellie and Liv (this site, not my children) has not had the attention it deserves. I have sketch books full of ideas, and this year I hope to start realising them and really launch my small business. I know I’ve promised this before, but I really, really want it to happen now. I’m beginning to get frustrated.
3. Declutter. Last year we moved house, and moved a mountain of stuff with us. I’m currently reading ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying‘ by Marie Kondo. I hope to start de-cluttering as soon as the girls return to playgroup. Yes with small children it seems impossible to have a tidy house, but if I have less stuff, then there is less to tidy. I mean, seriously, do I need 10 white t-shirts, or 50 mugs! I want to follow Marie Kondo’s idea that you should love everything you own and be surrounded by only things that give you joy. Not a waist high stacks of old newspapers, that need to go in the recycling. Also if I have less to tidy, I should have more time for point (1) and (2)! Everyone is a winner then
4. Take more photos. Every year we make a photo book looking back on Ellie and Liv’s life. But this year we realised we had very little pictures of the family with the girls. You never know when something may happen, so I really want to capture more happy times to treasure forever. This will also mean spending more time with the family and friends, what can never be a bad thing.
5. Be more patient and clear my mind. Mr C and my mother are always complaining I try to do too much at once. I need to learn to be more patient and clear my mind. Concentrate on one thing well and not 10 that I do half hearted. Again this should be helped by point (1) and (3), then point (2) should be easier!
So these are my 5 main ambitions this year. Wish me luck and I really hope I’m not writing the same blog entry next year!
Ellie and Liv wishes everyone a very Happy New Year, let 2015 be a happy and healthy one. xx
In Vogue Posted October 7, 2014
I have some very exciting news to share. Ellie and Liv are featured in British Vogue magazine this month as a hand selected, high end supplier of Wedding Stationery. After years of reading Vogue, it was extremely flattering to get an email pop into my inbox saying they had seen my designs, and thought they were perfect for their “RSVP with Love” advertorial page in the November 2014 issue. I chose to showcase one of my favourite bespoke designs, that I am pleased to announce is now available to order from my shop under the name Whimsical Garden. A perfect wedding invitation for a whimsical, rustic, vintage or counrty chic themed wedding. Over the next few months I plan to add to my wedding collections with some new designs, and I am also available for Bespoke orders.
Vintage Travel Themed Wedding – Perkforton Castle Posted September 30, 2014
What better way to show the personalities of this adventurous and well travelled couple, but with a travel and vintage themed wedding. Using a vintage map and my hand illustrated drawing of their wonderful wedding location Perkforton Castle, I designed their personalised vintage inspired wedding stationery. The invitation and information card were held together by a vintage map belly band all printed on a luxury textured paper stock. The hand illustrations were inspired by some of the colours that can be found in the vintage map, such as soft shades of greens, pinks and corals. The couple also had a selection of vintage travel ‘On the Day’ items including an Order of Service, Menu Cards, Table Plan and Table Names. Each table was lovingly named and illustrated after a place that held a special memory for the couple, with the table plan made up of luggage tags, twine and a vintage map. If you would like vintage travel inspired wedding stationery please contact us.
Whimsical Wedding Invitations Posted September 2, 2014
This year I have been lucky enough to design wedding invitations for a couple of weddings. This is one of my favourite designs with a romantic whimsical feel. My handrawn illustrations were influenced by florals, soft pinks and sage, this design worked perfectly for the bride and groom’s spring country chic wedding. Each wedding invitation included an invitation, menu, information card and RSVP with kraft paper envelopes, all lovingly tied together with natural twine. The couple also chose to tailor their invitations in several ways, sending different versions to the evening guests and children invited.
Along with the initial wedding invitations I helped the couple to design quirky table favours for the table by relabeling the classic Coca Cola glass bottle with the guests names and a tag with their menu choice. This design will soon be available to purchase at my shop and Etsy shop (for internationals orders), if these wedding invitations takes your fancy please contact me.
This is what the lovely couple had to say after they received my designs;
“Working with Simone was effortless. She made what could have been a difficult and stressful task, pleasurable and stress free.
Once we managed to articulate what it was we wanted, Simone really helped bring our vision to life. Her creative/quirky flair really fitted well with what we wanted to achieve – and even though we only plan to get married the once, we would definitely use her again. It just so happens our friends (wedding guests) loved her work so much that they used her also.”
The summer holidays are over and it’s time for a new term Posted September 2, 2014
The last few months have been really busy, settling into our new home, decorating (not happening very fast), summer holidays, working and general life etc, etc, meaning Ellieandliv has had to take a bit of a back burner. Now the winter months are drawing in I’m hoping to kick start everything again as my head is popping with ideas and I need to start realising them. In the next few posts I will be showing you some of the work that I have been doing over the last few months. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some great people on a few very personal projects (beautiful weddings). So I hope you love them too.
So here’s to September and a new school term for mum as well as the kids in regards to getting the work done.
As a designer I use Photoshop and Digital photography daily. But it’s refreshing to see a truly talented photographer continue with the dying artform of film photography and only relying on photoshop for the slightest retouch of a spec of dust or to colour balance the image. Ukrainian photographer Oleg Oprisco’s in a recent Daily mail article said ‘I see film photography as a game in a casino. You can win big or lose it all. I press the shutter release button and then I have to wait to find out the results when the film is processed,’ he said. ‘It’s a very cool feeling, addictive like a drug.’
I just love Oleg Oprisco and his approach to lighting, props and the staging of the model. A truly photographic inspiration and talent in a very digital world. Here are a few of my favourites…
Be pretty organised with Wilko Posted May 1, 2014
As you know I love stationery, and I have drawers full of notepads and writing paper that I have collected. But some are so pretty I do not even want to tarnish them with my nasty handwriting. I often find my treasured pieces at small independent shops, but to my delight today I found some lovely pieces at my local Wilko. When stocking up on sticky tape I never thought I would find stationery as pretty as this. And because it is so reasonably priced I have no fear of using it. I now just need to convince my husband that buying the whole Camper collection is an investment.These lovely little pins were a bargain at £1.50 a tin, not only will these pins look great on my pin board, but the little tin will come in very useful too.I also snapped up this weekly planner from the Wilko Balance collection, £2.75. I now intend to plan all our family meals on this rather than scraps of paper I loose. Certainly should make our grocery shopping much easier, well that is my excuse anyway!
This is not a sponsored story I purchased everything from Wilko myself because I liked it and thought it was great value for money.
Meet Hoppity the wild rabbit! Posted April 30, 2014
After our move to the country one of our greatest delights is having very own pet wild rabbit. All the locals call him Hoppity and everyone loves him. He certainly entertains the girls, as they can watch him from our living room window. He is very tame too, Liv managed to get just a mere metre away from him yesterday. Will post more pictures of Hoppity the wild rabbit soon, hopefully without my embarrassingly filthy car in view!
Happy egg hunting this Easter Posted April 20, 2014
Why thank you… Posted April 6, 2014
I may have been quiet the last few months, but I have been busy squirreling away working on new designs and some bespoke wedding stationery. Now some of the weddings are beginning to happen I hope to showcase them to you very soon and add some new wedding invitation designs to my site. In the mean time I would like to present my new thank you card design.
Influenced by fresh spring colours, turquoise, orange and pink, I used organic, hand-drawn, free flowing shapes along with script typography to create my new thank you card design. It comes in a handy pack of 5 with kraft paper envelopes. The reverse is simply lined for your own personal message.
The thank you card is perfect for thanking people after a birthday, Christmas, Wedding, party or you just want to say to say thanks.