In The Press | Tropical-inspired countryside wedding

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Here they are!! Official photos of the stationery and navigational signage I did for the tropical-inspired wedding that took place back in May at the stunning Narborough Hall Gardens in Norfolk – many thanks to photoagher Matt Parry!

Aaaaaaand, I’m delighted to announce that the stunning wedding got featured on Green Wedding Shoes so if you’d like to check out more photos of the day, pop on over to their blog for a good ol nosey! I for one can’t stop swooning over all the photos. Everything about this wedding is complete and utter perfection. It really goes to show how taking the time to invest in designing your wedding so it’s tailored to reflect your personality makes a huge difference. It’s so worth standing out from the crowd with the right stylist and suppliers…and creatives like Knot & Pop and Jo Flowers have surely done that here. Tropical-order-of-servicetropics-wedding-01tropics-wedding-25

[Image credit: ©Matt Parry]

So if you’re looking to work with creative like-minded people in the wedding industries who think outside the box to bring you a truly bespoke event that reflects every bit of ‘you’ in it, then take the time to find them. It’s YOUR day and investing in that little extra goes a long way!

Enjoy the photos and i’ll be back with more in a few weeks with another summer wedding I’ve been designing the stationery for!! xx

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[Image credit: ©Matt Parry]

photography: Matt Parry // event design + planning: Knot & Pop // florals: Jo Flowers  // bespoke print design: Elena Boils // artwork layout, calligraphy + Signage : Made by Molu //  venue, catering + additional photography: Narborough Hall Gardens Narborough, Norfolk, United Kingdom

70s vibes with William Eggleston Portraits Exhibition

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Early this month, I had the wonderful opportunity to check out the William Eggleston Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery for a special night’s preview hosted by Rumour PR and Pop Boutique (thanks for the kind invitation!). The night included a private guided tour of the exhibit, check out the gallery’s 70s-inspired products as well as rummage through Pop Boutique’s pop-up store of vintage clothes and homeware, while sipping cocktails or fizz.

If like me, you haven’t really heard of William Eggleston, some of you may recognise a few of his iconic images (see below). Eggleston was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1939 to a family who had been cotton farmers. At a time where colour photography was predominantly used in advertising and other commercial uses, Eggleston was known for experimenting with colour as an artistic medium, particularly the complex ‘dye transfer’ techniques. He found a way to inject life, evoke moods, and set an atmosphere by banishing the staleness in the everyday and ordinary. And it’s this viewpoint of his that changed/influenced the art of colour photography.

The exhibition gives you a look into the world he captured back in the 70s, in hometown Memphis, the South, ranging from portraits of his family and friends to celebrities and strangers in dark nightclub settings. What I loved most this exhibition is the lack of description or blurb behind each of his work – there’s no political agenda or story to his subject matter which you typically find behind a lot of photography and art in general. You are simply left to observe, fully immerse and appreciate how wonderfully each of his muse are captured in such simplicity yet so vivid it leaves you wanting to know more about them or what life was like back then….

Anyway, if you guys are in London, I would totally recommend checking the exhibition out, which is on till the 23rd of October and includes a lot of the photographer’s unseen work too. Here’s a little peek of what you’ll expect (photographs, courtesy of Victoria Miller) but it really is NOTHING unless you see it up close and personal! Probably would be worth checking out the book too which you can buy at the gallery bookshop or online.

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‘I want to make a picture that could stand on its own, regardless of what it was a picture of. I’ve never been a bit interested in the fact that this was a picture of a blues musician or a street corner or something.’ – William Eggleston

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[All gallery/exhibit images above: ©Victoria Miller]

Oh and here’s a few pics from later that evening, after our little guided tour, rummaging through all the gorgeous 70s collection of fashion, accessories and homeware, courtesy of Pop Boutique which totally help set the mood for the night. Greet to see some old friends and meet some new ones too.

Thanks again to Rumour PR, Pop Boutique and the National Portrait Museum for a delightful evening!

[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu & Daisy Fay Interiors]

**ANNOUNCEMENT** A3 Print Giveaway winner 

Happy Friday folks!

A quick little post to announce the winner for the #LETSINSTAGRAMTHESHITOUTOFIT print giveaway! Congratulations Hannah – please could you get in touch ASAP so I can get your deets and have this sent over to you right away? Also, could I please ask all entrants to email me too because I have a little something for you too! Thank you all for taking the time out to enter!!

I will be listing the remaining limited edition A3 prints on my Etsy shop tonight so if you’re still keen to get your hands on this print, they will be available as of this weekend. Enjoy the your weekend!!!

NB. If the prize hasn’t been claimed by 10th of August, there will be a redraw.

Real Weddings | ‘Taste of Tropics’ Work in Progress

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Remember the leafy and tropical inspired Save-the-Dates I styled and designed at the end of last year? Well, the lovely couple got hitched early this summer and so I wanted to finally get round to sharing some behind-the-scenes of the main stationery elements that I put together for their big day. Using Elena Boils tropical illustrative motifs, I designed and artworked all the layouts of each piece (from the invitation suite to the on-the-day element) by teaming it up with some modern brush-calligraphy. And yes, I did hand-cut and letter all those leaves out for their alternative seating plan….call me insane but that’s what you do to stand out from the crowd ;)

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I’ve had a ball working on these and I can’t wait to share the official photos once I get a copy! Here’s a teeny glimpse of some of the stationery elements, ranging from Order of Ceremony and schedules of the day to menus to both hand-cut/hand-lettered seating name cards and signage!

I hope you like them and if so, do stay tuned for more!! xMBM_signs 02MBM_signs 01MBM_signs 02Photo 18-05-2016, 10 29 20MBM_signs 02

 

[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

** GIVEAWAY ** ‘Let’s Instagram’ print

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Hey Hey Hey lovely people! It’s Friiiiiiiiiidaaaaaayyyyy (the 1st of July!!) and the weekend is literally around the corner for us here in the western hemisphere. I hope you all have something lovely planned!

So, some of you may already know this from my recent reveal on social media but one of my typographic prints I designed made it into this year’s Blogtacular goody bag, which naturally I was over the moon about! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to share that bit of info until after the event couple of weekends ago so you can only imagine what it was like for me to refrain from having to say ANYTHING for the last month or so!  :PMbM_GIVEAWAY_MOLUPRINTSHOP_05BAnd having seen the contents of this year’s good bags across social media, boy, was I glad (and chuffed!) to be selected along with so many fab indie designer-makers and brands! I just LOVE seeing the print being photographed and shared online – which is exactly what my print is about!! Doesn’t it totally sum us snap-happy, social media, instagramming fiends nicely? :)

So then, what’s the giveaway about? Well, I’m offering my readers the chance to win an A3 sized version of the ‘Lets Instagram‘ print PLUS 15% off your purchase in store! It will be one of 10 limited edition prints, each one signed and printed on 250gsm fine recycled paper stock, so enter now if you’re mad to get your hands on one! I will be listing the remaining copies up in my PrintShop so if for any reason you’re not so lucky, you still have a chance to get one!

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The giveaway is open to entrants around the world so to enter, please follow all THREE of the steps stated below:

  1. Write a comment below this post, telling me what it is you love about this print and why you’d like to win it. And/or if there’s any other print you like from the shop.
  2. If you already haven’t, Follow/Like MadebyMolu on Facebook 
  3. Share the giveaway on any social media platform using the ‘share buttons’ at the bottom of the post or by copying + pasting the weblink. Please remember to include the hashtag #MOLUPRINTSHOPGIVEAWAY, and state in the comments box too if you’ve done all of the above.  :)

Competition ends midnight (GMT) on the 15th of July and a random winner will be picked and announced on the following Monday so you have a good two weeks to enter!

Good luck folks!! x

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[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

Styling the Seasons | June

MBM_STYLING THE SEASON_JUNE16_MAINEhhhh…yes, it’s been a while! A year, to be precise, since my last ‘Styling the Seasons‘ post, which is just insane when I come to think of it but then, I guess it’s just one of those things right? Life and work ends up taking over and suddenly you’re sitting here in 2016….six months in! Is it just me or does time suddenly propel on a lot quicker as you get older? Or is it just London doing that to you?!

Anyway, while there’s no guarantee that this is the start of a regular thing, I suppose it’s good to partake in these collaborative projects as and when you can, and summer is probably a good enough reason to do so!  Getting any personal time these days is a challenge and if I do, I desperately try to make up for lost times, on things like reading, cooking, socialising, or just hanging out with the hubby which, believe you me, can be rare when you’re both self-employed! Basically, any excuse to get away from computer screen as much as I can. A shame really, because I do enjoy blogging so much and is in fact one of my favourite past times, but the thought of returning back to the screen or sitting at a desk after hours spent working away at one, is annoyingly off-putting and why the blogging days has kind gone off the radar. Go figure eh!

Well, with that in mind, I thought I’d base this month’s styling on my new little reading corner Ive introduced in our bedroom. I’ve been trying to get back into reading this year, in the hope of encouraging a slower pace of life, and simply finding some downtime to unwind. While, I haven’t been doing as well as I hoped, it’s definitely made some difference taking the time to sit back and read (if and when I get those!) and I always end up surprising myself at how much I’ve miss it! Something about summertime too, that makes me want to sit back and enjoy those longer evenings at home, right?

MBM_STYLING THE SEASON_JUNE16_08Usually, most of the ‘unwinding’ takes place in the living room – Wether we’re reading or watching tele, the couch and the dining chairs become our main go-to ‘chill out’ areas, so, I wanted to create an alternative ‘reading’ zone in our bedroom….especially when it gets all the best light in there!

I’m not a huge fan of sitting or lying in bed reading in the day (it’s a night-time thing for me) so knew it needed a chair of some kind to create a little snug. Sadly, the bedroom isn’t that big to accommodate nice comfy armchairs so I decided to bring in our Eames-style chair from the living room and place it in the corner, by the window. It gives me just enough space to manoeuvre between the chair and the bed, and I have to admit, I do love how the bed lends itself as a footstool because of its proximity! ;) To make things more comfortable and calming, I added my favourite Donna Wilson cushion on the chair and some scented Muji candles on the window sill. It’s amazing how much little changes can make. Complete serenity, I tell you! :) so great to have that additional place you can retreat to.

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By the way, if you haven’t already come across this book, I can’t recommend it enough to you!! It’s called the The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo, and if you’re anything like me, constantly seeking for clean and uncluttered spaces (be it at work or at home) then this is a game-changer!

I’ve always considered myself to be super organised and tidy, with a firm belief that an uncluttered space is not only calming but actually inspires and motivates you. I used to find it so baffling seeing people live/work in overly crowded and cluttered spaces…how was it not suffocating and claustrophobic!? But hey, each to their own I guess, and ironically, I still have many days of constant tidying up, decluttering and reorganising! So yea, reading this book has totally helped me reassess things more (even for the likes of neat freaks!); for instance, Marie explains how it isn’t always about finding storage solutions, but getting rid of the crap we tend to hoard so we’re not constantly figuring out/adding storage solutions for it! The art of tidying is in fact all about letting go and knowing how to keep only the things actually important to you. She talks about how your space is a reflection of your inner self or the underlying issues within you, so by transforming it into an uncluttered space can in fact help you unclutter your life, unraveling and identifying issues you probably didn’t even know were there!

So yea, if you like the sound of that….go get yourself a copy! It :)

Well then, there you have it folks…..not the most summery of posts but it’s our most recent new styled area in our flat, created in the hope for a better healthy work-life balance. Hope you like it!

If you’d like to partake on the styling fun (maybe you can be more regular than me!) all you have to do is style a surface area in your home or workplace and post a photo or two on any social media or blogging platform you’re on. Simply add the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons (preferably even tag Katy and Charlotte) with your entries so that it’s easily found. It’s just a great way to get you motivated, inspired and embrace each month!

Happy styling folks  xx

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[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

 

Gathered Cheer Social | An East London escapade

MbM_GATHERED CHEER_E.LONDON_HEADERLast Saturday, Amy (of Daisy Fay Interiors) and I, hosted our very first East London bloggers meet up in conjunction with Ruth’s Gathered Cheer events. Each of these creative/social meet ups, held at least 2 or 3 times a year, take place in various locations and are hosted by local bloggers….so with East London being our turf, we took the lead on this one! If you’ve missed my earlier posts of some of the gathered cheer socials I’ve attended before, they are basically an opportunity for bloggers and creatives to meet, mingle, collaborate, inspire and just have a jolly good day out. The groups are normally 7-10 people which make it more personal and less daunting for those who aren’t normally comfortable with large-scale events. MbM_GATHERED CHEER_E.LONDON_13

[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

So our little escapade began with us meeting at Liverpool Street station and then meandering our way through Shoreditch, checking out all the prominent street art the area is known for, the independent boutiques and vintage stores, along with eateries like the old Beigel Shop which was a much-needed elevenses pit stop for us! We then moved on to Redchurch street to nosey through shops and have a good natter over coffee at Barbour & Parlour. Then onto Columbia Road for more cute independent shops and a lunch break at Jone’s Dairy Cafe. With our bellies full up we moved north through Hackney Road and onto Broadway Market. Well here’s a few photos that summed up our day of gallivanting in around East London. I’ve also mapped out our route on a map I illustrated, which you’ll find at the end of the post.

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[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

I’ve had such a blast hanging out with all the girls who came along; Nancy, Zeena, Katie, Ruth and my partner in crime, Amy! Thanks for a super fun day ladies….here’s to many more bagels, vintage store hopping, snap chat antics, and all round giggles and goofing around!

If you’d like to partake on future Gathered Cheer socials, keep an eye out on the event page of Ruth’s website! xx
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[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

In Pictures | March – June

The weather here in London might not reflect it yet, but we’re getting deeper into our summer months already! Slow down already, 2016! Anyway, here’s a quick little recap of some of the things that have taken place in the last three months; my work and life in square tiles, so to speak! :) I know y’all like photos – who doesn’t, right?

[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

Gifts for Him with Uncommon Goods

Morning! I hope you’re all keeping well and that your week is going oh-so nicely for you. Mine on the other hand, is a tad bit haphazard, mostly playing catch up after being away for a lovely long weekend in the green isle. We were away for a family wedding and to celebrate my Father-in-Law’s 60th birthday, which was all very delightful – pretty chuffed at how much he enjoyed himself.

And speaking of Fathers….we have Father’s Day coming up this weekend! Have y’all thought of anything nice to do or get? Well,  inspired by the occasion, I’ve teamed up Uncommon Goods, to review and feature some of their products that cater to the fellas, especially as I know how hard it can be to buy for men, let alone fathers! Uncommon Goods are an online marketplace who have sourced and curated their collection of handmade, organic products from designers around the globe; be it emerging artists, artisans from low-income countries or the experienced designer-maker…to bring together a community of creatives for you to engage with, each with a story to tell. If you fancy reading up more about the company and their overall ethos, hop on over here.

As for the products – I’ve categorised some of my favourites under the different type of ‘Dads’ in the hope that it will be of some use to you if you’re struggling to find something unique for that special man/men in you life! (or if you just want to treat yourselves, fellas!). Just click on the links at the end of each category to take you to the details of each product. There’s plenty more online so do have a good nosey on there!!

 

FOR THE HIPSTER DAD
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Beard Pack // Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Bow Tie // Coffee Press

 

FOR THE URBAN JUNGLE DAD
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Fire Escape Shelf // Boxcar Planter Set

 

FOR THE CHILD-AT-HEART DAD
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Personalized Mixtape Doormat  // Baseball Game // Beeropoly Wood

 

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Minimalist Teak Wall Shelf // Bedside Essentials Pocket // Wood and Ceramic Tumblers – Set of 2

 

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City Prints // Evolution of Bicycles Pop Chart // Hemingway Literary Poster // “Hi” Five Print 

 

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Succulent Living Wall Planter Kit Square // Home Microbrewing Kit with Rye IPA Recipe Pack

 

So there you have it; ‘Gifts for Him‘ curated by moi that would be perfect for the fellas whatever the occasion. You can check out the full Father’s Day gifts range here, along with other featured collections for groomsmen and baby showers here and here.

Happy Browsing folks! I’ll be back with more this week! xx

**This post was sponsored by Uncommon Goods, however all words and opinions are my own, dictated completely by my love for all things handmade**

May Day DIY | Hand-painted Alphabet plaques

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Happy bank holiday Monday to all my UK folks! I hope you’re having a great one whatever you have planned. I really wish 3-day weekends were standard as it never feels long enough to catch up on anything, be it chores or rest! Anyway, I’m savouring it all while it lasts. Isn’t it nuts that we’re in MAY already.?!?!

Anyhoo, after running my first typographic painting workshop a couple of weeks ago for the Fit Brides event, I thought it only seemed fair to share it on here as a DIY tutorial especially if you are big into typography and bold graphics but not quite sure where to start. So here’s how you can create your very own little alphabet plaques….if you fancy doing some art therapy today.MbM_DIY ALPHABETS_01

What you will need:

  1. acrylic paints (or oil if you’re good with it. Just avoid using any thinners or white spirit to avoid any bleeding)
  2. wood off-cuts, preferably MDF or Plywood which you can get from any DIY store
  3. sandpaper
  4. paintbrushes
  5. alphabet stencils (use these templates I’ve created here or go through your font library to see what you can use)
  6. pencils

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[STEP 01] First up, sand down the edges of your wooden off cuts. If you have cut down plywood as I have, then you’ll definitely need to sand down the splintered edges. Cover your work surface and even the floors before you do this to avoid dust getting everywhere. Clean up the dust before you move onto the next stage. When picking out your wooden off-cuts, go for MDF or plywood with smooth grains if possible as it will avoid any bleeding when painted on. If you end up getting pieces of wood with deep/raw grains, try to sand it down and then apply either a coat of wood varnish (or PVA glue!) to seal all the cracks.
MbM_DIY ALPHABETS_04bMbM_DIY ALPHABETS_06[STEP 02] Print or draw out the alphabet template of choice and use the old school ‘transfer’ technique by tracing over the reverse side of the paper with graphite pencil. Then place the correct side up, over the piece of wood and trace over the letter, press hard as you trace so that you’re making sure the graphite transfers onto the wood. If you remember, I’ve used this on earlier tutorials here and here. If you’re selecting your own typeface styles for your letters, try to find ones that are big and bold. You can then add the 45 degree drop shadows and inlines as you please. Most font libraries on your computers have a wide choice of styles…… alternatively, go old school and look for inspiration in magazines or just print stuff online that you can use that to trace around.  
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[STEP 03] Once your letters have been drawn out, pick your paints and carefully fill in all the areas of your letters. The trick is to keep the brush strokes to a minimal in order to give you that smooth, perfected look. I’m aware this may require some bit of patience and a steady hand but don’t get too frustrated if it doesn’t go all too perfectly – just enjoy the process of painting it all in. If you’re unsure what colours to pick for your letters especially if they involve drop shadows, outlines and inlines do a bit of research on Pinterest or Google images for some typographic inspiration. The idea of drop shadows are so that your letters pop and look more 3D so if you use a bright light colour for the main outline, go for something dark for the shadow. Or vice versa. Experiment and have fun!

MbM_DIY ALPHABETS_08MbM_DIY ALPHABETS_09So, there you have it folks! I do hope you enjoy this one – not only is it a fun bit of art therapy but it actually makes for excellent gifts and keepsakes! Let me know how you get on if you give it a go…..and if you decide to share it on any social media platform, please do include the hashtag #craftwithMolu so I can easily find them and have a good nosey at your fab creations! :)

Enjoy! xxMbM_DIY ALPHABETS_10

[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

**The small print** Please note that these free printables are to be used for personal use or for classroom projects. They cannot be altered, edited, or changed in any way nor sold or reproduced on any commercial level. All these designs are by me and I would therefore, be grateful if these T&C’s are complied to. If you’d like to share this blog post, by all means do so but kindly provide full credit link to Made by Molu. Thank you so much! :)