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?

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Farewell 2015, Hello 2016

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So here ends another year. 2015.

And as I sit here on the last day of the year, just a few hours left before I step into 2016, I can’t help but reflect on the last 12 months, which has undeniably flown by way quicker than I had ever imagined! So quick, i’ve honestly not had the chance to stop, reassess or reflect on how things have been.

2015 has been a big year for me – as most of you know, having finally taken the plunge to go solo, starting anew and forging a new creative path as a freelance graphic designer and event stylist has probably been the biggest thing I’ve done (probably since getting married!) While I’ve been incredibly fortunate of the opportunities that have come my way this year and for the new relationships that have blossomed from it….I wont be lying when I say it’s been one helluva rollercoaster of a ride too (physically and mentally!). With the ups come the downs of pursuing a creative venture on your own. Having to put all that faith into one large step in the direction of the unknown is one thing but the act of juggling both work and life (for both yourself and for your spouse) seemed the more herculean task of all…particularly after my husband followed suit later this year, setting up his own architectural office!

So, while it’s been quite the eventful year in good ways, the adjustments we have had to make has, admittedly, been tough too.   Understandably so, when you’re both working hard to find your footing (getting the right amount of work in whilst trying to make ends meet) while also trying to make sure the workload and the pressures didn’t take a massive toll on our personal lives – not easy at all, when you’re living in London! Thankfully, our mere determination to follow our hearts and the inspiration we sought from others (many of them we know) who’ve boldly done the same before us, has gotten us through thus far. I can only show my utmost gratitude to them and of course, to all our families and friends who’ve supported us in many ways than one…..even when we constantly drop off the radar for months! Not to mention you lovely readers – you’re comments and likes, however small, are always uplifting and encouraging. You have kept us going and we’re here still standing, with the new year over the horizon, come what may.

MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_JAN-01What does 2016 bring? Well, it’s no doubt going to be another big one as we enter into our second year being self-employed and continue to build our future from the ground up. It’s scary but exhilarating too just as long as we keep reminding myself of why we started this journey in the first place and of all the good things (and not just the negatives) that come out of the ventures we embarked on. Hopefully, from everything we’ve learnt in the last year, we’ll have a better hold of our reins as we continue forwards into the somewhat less travelled path. What have I learnt, you ask? Well, there’s a million things I’ve learnt from making this bold change in my life….it’s been a steep learning curve in more ways than one and of course, i’m pretty sure i’ll only be repeating what others before me have learnt and have concluded, so I wont go listing them all out (unless you REALLY want me to!). The biggest of them all, I suppose, would be about learning to be true to yourself (to not pretend, to compare or to conform to society’s expectations of what’s right for you) and to seize whatever opportunity you can get your hands on without letting fear, uncertainty or self-doubt come in the way. Fear can be crippling so its key to not let that hinder your dreams. There is also the art of balancing work and life which I despite all my efforts, have somehow managed to let completely out of my control since last summer and something I know I need to work on incredibly hard this year in order to maintain that healthy balance. It’s all well and good chasing dreams and climbing mountains but if it sucks every iota of life out of you, you may just kill everything good that surrounds you, including yourself. And that would be pointless!

With all those in mind, I will be making a few changes on the work front. I will be consciously focusing on growing my graphic design services with more lettering, sign-painting and installation work involved while the blog continues to be my on-the-side personal outlet for my DIY obsessions and antics. I know the latter has been left on the back burner due to the demands our new roles bring (I realised I couldn’t run everything!) but that will change too. I have also decided to not take on any new wedding projects (stationery work per se) with the only exception being the one-off bespoke styling work for editorial work or the creation of bespoke signage installations or backdrops. While I do enjoy working on wedding related projects and continue to embrace my ‘jack of all trades’ trait, I intend to hone it in more so its clear, focused and concise in order for me to grow without getting myself pigeon-holed into a specific industry/category such as weddings. I do have my long-awaited dreams of opening a print shop too which I’m eager to get going in 2016…

So yea, I’m excited to see what the future holds! I truly believe that if you put your heart and soul into what you want to do, you’ll make it happen…however trying the journey may be. As my latest favourite author would say “What’s important is that you make the leap. Jump high and hard with intention and heart. Pay no mind to the vision that the commission made up. It’s up to you to make your life” and that “we are all at risk of something. Of ending up exactly where we began, of failing to imagine and find and know and actualize who we could be. The only difference is the distance of the leap.” With that in mind, lets hope everything pans out well!

Anyway, I wish you all the very best for the new year ahead and I sincerely hope it’s a bright and promising year all round for us!

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! xxx

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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Merry Christmas

Nollaig Shona Dhuit

Joyeux Noël

Feliz Navidad

Glaedelig Jul

Fröhliche Weihnachten….

Wherever you are, and whatever way you chose to celebrate it, I hope you all have a wonderful one!! Sending you all the warmest wishes this yule time!! x x

The countdown to Christmas has begun

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So, am I the only one still left with all the christmas shopping and to-dos? Someone, please reassure me I’m not!

Well, I’ve just about managed to get most of the christmas cards written out last night but haven’t even begun to think about presents until today! And if I’m honest with you, I simply haven’t the foggiest idea of what to get or where to start!

ARGH.

Not great when we’re off later this week to the emerald isle for our Christmas break which also leaves me with no time at all to conjure up any handmade goodies I had initially hoped of.

Oh well, I’m sure it’ll all come together somehow even if it means a last-minute frantic hunt for gifts! Hopefully, you guys aren’t in the same predicament as me and been super organised this year! But hey, if you have any ideas to help this chica out….please let me know! xx

(FYI The christmas cards featured in the image above are by one of my favourite illustrators Paper Moon who do the most amazing scandi-inspired/mid-century style designs!) 

Happy Weekend!

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So, when I said I was looking forward to the “calmer days over the autumn months‘ in my last post….umm, that may have been wishful thinking! ;) I’m not quite sure if there’s such a thing of ‘time standing still’ when you’re self-employed and living in London (especially when there’s two in the same boat!). There’s always something happening or never-ending things to catch up on…..it’s like my once ‘stable’ work-life balance and time-management skills are constantly being tested and scrutinised!

It’s all good though. Part and parcel of the new role and hey, “if it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great!” (Tom Hanks fans will know this one!)

As for calmer days…..well, I guess that’ll be Christmas break! ;)

Happy weekend! x

In Pictures | Summer of 2015

MbM_SUMMER-2015_03Well hello!

Gosh – it’s been a while hasn’t it? I’m not sure how it’s happened but the days, weeks and months of summer have gone and flown by ever so quickly that I’m shocked to see myself in September already! Mind you, a lot of it has been down to the nature of my work since going solo. Trying to juggle the many hats one has to wear being self-employed, managing all the varied project types, and somehow finding a balance between work and life has, admittedly, been a steep learning curve for me. It’s not that I was completely oblivious of what was to come with the new role but boy, I can’t get over how ‘time’ is even more of a luxury these days! ;)

Anyhoo, it’s been a somewhat ‘good’ busy summer regardless which is why I’ve let my blog slide a bit (whoops!). On the work front, it’s predominately been wedding related; for both clients and styled shoots, including some fun DIY collaborations with Laura Ashley (more to come on that!). I’ve also been trying to spend whatever spare time I have improving and exploring hand lettering styles, working on new stuff for my new print shop (slowly getting there!), making new connections for some fun collaborations in the pipeline….and not to mention getting my head around some business know-hows. And of course, we had birthday and anniversary milestones, day trips, BBQs and some much needed family time. Oooh and a kitchen makeover!

So yea – i’m definitely looking forward to some calmer days over the autumn months :) I’ll leave you with a few snapshots from some of the madness that was my summer…I hope you had a brilliant one too?

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Back to the grindstone! 

  

Hellloooo! 

Apologies for the radio silence on here over the last couple of weeks but I’ve been away in DC for a friend’s big fat Indian wedding and still struggling to switch back to normality. Sadly the jet lag isn’t helping matters and God know how im managing to get by with just 4hours of sleep. Happy days! ;)

Anyway, I’ll be back up and running properly real soon once I’ve caught up on work etc. and got myself sorted! I can’t also wait to give you a little glimpse of our trip too….which is probably going to make me want to be back on US soil again. I miss it so much already!!!

Enjoy the rest of your week folks!! Xx

[Molu Mantra] Quote of the Week

MbM_MOLU-MANTRAS-0501 I’m not sure who stated this but it’s a brilliant outlook and I felt the need share it….and of course, it was a perfect excuse to brush up (pun intended) on the brush lettering ;) Don’t you agree though? I know we can’t always control everything that takes place in our life but you got to admit there are days when you think….seriously WTH? So on those crappy days….lets just remember this one eh? :) Enjoy the rest of the week. xx

[My Month in Pictures] April

Ah April, you have been fabulous…bringing lots of sunshine, pretty blossoms, special occasions, fun gatherings, exciting collaborations and projects, and good cheer all round! It really is one of my favourite months as you get to take in and enjoy all the beauty that surrounds you….the little things you can easily take for granted throughout the year and then springtime goes ahead and reminds you of how wonderfully complex and beautiful life is.  I’m so grateful for each and every month that passes by and can only hope for the next month to be just as wonderful. Actually… we do have a trip to Washington DC coming up……and I CANNOT wait!!

Anyway, I hope you’ve all had a great April and that the month of May is a promising one for you too! xx

[My Month in Pictures] March

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It’s been a busy albeit eventful month and I’m so very grateful for such a colourful one. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to April already! It’s going to be another busy one especially with two BIG wedding styled shoots to work on along with other fun private commissions and collaborations! Here’s a little snapshot of my March. Hope you had a good one! xx