A Christmas Gift -I know its February

 Signs hand crafted by Gary Walker of Flash Signs

Signs hand crafted by Gary Walker of Flash Signs

Ok so I wanted to share something from Christmas 2016 and it has taken me a few days......weeks...

So I struggle with Christmas and gift giving in general. Over the years I enjoy it less and less as the intention seems to be on buying for buying sake and not in giving value or thought. I know that I am not the only one who thinks this, but this is not also meant to offend anyone who really enjoys spoiling their friends or family.

Now, I have a point to this, I found this year TRUE EXCITEMENT in giving my dad and step-mum their gift because I was able to do something that fitted with all of the values I am building around giving:

- is it personal

- can it be sourced through an independent business

- will it bring value to the receiver and value to their lives

FLASHBACK

A little back history then... super quick.

My dad and step-mum are big foodies and over the last few years between them they have baked and barbecued most things (not at the same time of course) My dad has just had his 520th BBQ for his birthday on February 14th 2017 and those have been in the last 3 years, in ALL weather and with all manner of foods. It brings him pure joy to cook on his BBQ.

My step mum bakes the most amazing cakes and treats. She loves being in the kitchen, and she loves sharing them with others. 

This past year they have put their love, money and work into their new kitchen/diner space to create somewhere they can enjoy their foods and socialise around their passion and love.

So when we were chatting about an empty wall and they said 'One day we will get a sign pointing left saying 'Karens Kitchen and one pointing right saying Grahams Grill' it was like a lightbulb dropped on my head.

It was the perfect gift to show I listen and love them for who they are and I was excited.

AND

I knew just the man for the job.

I emailed Gary Walker literally as my step-mum was finishing this sentence about the signs and within minutes I had a school girl grin on my face as he said he could do it. Little did I know just how awesome they would be,

It was the one present I was excited to give out on Boxing Day when we saw them and now each time we visit we always talk about them. They hang with pride in the space and complete the beautiful kitchen and diner they have created.

THE MORAL OF THE STORY

For me it was just an affirmation about how I want gift giving to be now in my life. It has meant I am listening more to the people I love to make sure I am giving with value and love.

It means I am connecting more with my local wedding businesses and creative contacts, because we have such a wealth of quality and beautiful crafts and trades to source our gifts from.

Overall I just wanted to show off the awesome work Gary has done for us!

THANK YOU GARY!

Want to find him?

Facebook - @fl4sh4rt

Instagram - @flashsigns

 

Inspirational People

When you work in an industry like the wedding industry you meet a huge amount of different people. I believe it is so important to have a group of industry professionals who you can bounce ideas off and collaborate with. It is also very important to me to have people around me who want to build and create incredible services for all future brides and grooms.

I am very lucky to have spent an evening working alongside Danielle of The Wedding Hub this evening and talk all things wedding and future plans now that she has relocated and is in the midst of creating a even more beautiful shop.

I am very excited for our shoot soon to photograph the new setting and see the transformation further.

 Wedding Fair Gift Bags

Wedding Fair Gift Bags

 Lotty Lollipop

Lotty Lollipop

 Just beautiful things lying around!

Just beautiful things lying around!

 Trinkets and Treasures 

Trinkets and Treasures 

Come down and see for yourself really soon!

Funky Poppy - a winning name

What an exciting moment for Button-Flies, last week we had the privilege of winning a beautiful necklace from the talented Lizzy at Funky Poppy in Plymouth.

Lizzy names her necklaces after friends and was looking for a name for her newest creation. As I am button obsessed mummy, I submitted my newest edition 'Ophelia Rose' name for the competition and we WON.

 Ophelia Rose with Lizzy @ Funky Poppy

Ophelia Rose with Lizzy @ Funky Poppy

I was so excited!

My grandma even went and bought one knowing it was named after her great-granddaughter.

So that of course meant I needed to take a visit to Funky Poppy (oh no a shop full of buttons....) and say thank you in person with Ophelia, and of course take some pictures of Lizzy's beautiful shop.

Lizzy creates all sorts of wonderful pieces with buttons, including necklaces, earrings and rings.

While I was in the shop she had a regular customer come in with an outfit and asked Lizzy to create a piece to match; this is an amazing personal service and I am looking through my wardrobe now to find an outfit that needs 'buttoning up'.

ATTENTION BRIDES!

Lizzy also creates the most beautiful button bouquets for you and your bridesmaids. These can be built to match and compliment your colour scheme and are an amazing keepsake after your special day.

I could look at the thousands of unique buttons Lizzy stocks to personalise any clothing or to build your personal jewellery collection.


The pictures say it all!

Pretty Little Treats - Review

This week I have the pleasure of reviewing a Cornwall based, mother and daughter team craft business, 'Pretty Little Treats'. Charlotte (daughter) and Denise (mum) create elegant handmade jewellery that even hectic mums like me can wear to enhance our look. The pieces are stylised and continue the handmade look using visible stitching and frayed materials. The pieces are like a little piece of magic on a dull day; I spent time with the pieces, laying them out on the pebbles before committing them to digital memory, enjoying their simplicity, cuteness and vintage aura.

The jewellery arrived in a safely packaged bag, each piece in a cute little draw string bag, branded with the 'Pretty Little Treats' logo (which can be seen in the images above). The packaging made each piece feel individual and special and I felt excited to open each one.

I also received a gift as a thank you, a fabulous personalised scrabble piece which for a book worm like me, it was the perfect choice.

However I did grow attached to a purple heart pendant that I decided to model to show just how lovely the pieces look on.

All of the pieces I had the pleasure to wear and photograph were a wearable weight and comfortable. The pendants can be added to long or short chains for personalisation, each one comes with a chain ready to wear.

Other jewellery items include badges, rings and earrings in the same style. The team also create personalised nappy bags and baby bibs and are moving into baby animal toys as well.

What I love about this fabulous and innovative family business is just those things. The pieces are stylish, simple and elegant. With excellent delivery and a personal touch I would recommend purchasing anything from these lovely ladies for the experience alone. All of the items would make beautiful gifts for anyone who appreciates handmade and unique.

All items can be purchased on 'Pretty Little Treats' Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PrettyLittleTreats?page=1

Check out their website which is showing new items for purchase regularly http://www.prettylittletreats.com/