In the Press | An Elegant City Chic Wedding Shoot

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This isn’t quite Christmassy, I know but I’ve been looking forward to sharing this styled shoot on here – one, we worked on back in April this year which got featured on both Wedding Magazine (October edition) and B.Loved Blog this autumn! I’ve obviously had to wait till after we secured those features to reveal any of it to you ;)

Styled and directed by my dear friend and wedding planner Elisabetta of Linen & Silk Weddings, this shoot encapsulates all the chicness you find in a über glamorous city wedding. It infuses a lot of monochrome vibes, clean lines with bright colours and rich copper hues to bring you a harmonised combination of both masculine and feminine elements…..reflecting both your modern-day bride and groom.

My role in this shoot was to design and create all the stationery elements and key installation pieces that involved a lot of hand-lettering…which y’all know by now, is what I LOOOOOOVE especially when they involve big backdrop pieces.

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So what do you think? Don’t you just fancy a bit of monochrome love and all that copper jazz now!? I love how it oozes luxury but without it being all OTT! I think it would be perfect for New Year coming to think of it! :)

As always, it’s been freaking amazing working alongside some of the most super talented folk in the wedding industry so I do urge you guys to check them out if you’ve got a wedding on the horizon that needs planning. Oh and before I forget, here’s a beautiful little video of us working hard behind the scenes of this shoot, thanks to Edgar of Wedding Films London. Happy Monday!

 

THE TEAM:

Planning and styling: Elisabetta White, Linen and Silk Weddings:  linenandsilk-weddings.com/
Videographer: Edgar Vs, Wedding Films London: weddingfilmslondon.co.uk/
Photography: Nora Photography: nora-photography.com/
Stationery & installation design: Made By Molu: madebymolu.com/
Flowers: Bluesky Flowers: blueskyflowers.co.uk/
Cake designer: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium: elizabethscakeemporium.com/
Makeup: Ana Ospina Makeup: anaospinamakeup.co.uk/
Hair stylist: Natanja Fleckenstein: natanja-fleckenstein.com/
Jewellery: Carrie Elizabeth Jewellery
Venue: Il Bottaccio: bottaccio.co.uk/
Crockery: Amara: amara.com/
Bridal gowns: Vera Wang – Zoro, Switzerland: zoro.ch/
Shoes: Lele Pyp: lelepyp.com/ch/
Furniture: Great Hire: greathire.co.uk/
Model (bride): Rosie Meckiff Mengel
Model (groom): Ryan John Clarke

[D.I.Y. tutorial] Scandi-inspired decorative glass jars

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hey hey hey! How are you all doing? I know it’s so very British of me to do so, but heck…hasn’t the weather been simply divine these last couple of days? Shame it hasn’t lasted very long but its given me so much hope for the summer!

Anyhoo, I’ve been insanely busy plotting and designing for two big styled shoots coming up in a few weeks (and with only week apart from each other!) that I haven’t had much time to work on any of the fab new DIYs I have in store for you guys. So this week’s is a simple one, creating some pretty decorative jars for the home with just spray paint and a permanent marker pen – it’s THAT simple! I’ve been crushing over lots of ceramic and stone hoemware lately especially when you want to go styling your surfaces every now and then, but when you’re having to keep an eye on your purse strings, I opted to create some cheaper alternatives. I’ve been saving a few glass jars, in a few different shapes and sizes, over the past few months with the intention of decorating them so I’d have some cool jars to put flowers in and use as props for my photos. It is spring after all and the flowers need something nice to sit in!! And of course, I went for the minimal Scandi-inspired geometric, monochrome vibe again.

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As I said, all you need for these are glass jarswhite spray paint and a black marker pen.

If you can, find somewhere outdoor to do the spray painting as you don’t want your house/flat to be stinking of the stuff…and it’s not good for you to inhale. If you don’t have any outdoor space then go out into your hallway or use a room that has good ventilation (ie. lots of windows!).

Also, cover your work surface with some plastic sheet or old newspaper because spray paint can get everywhere! Lay your jars out onto the protected area, spacing them out nicely so you are able to get the paint onto them. Hold the can roughly 10cm away and spray across them evenly. The technique being a layering one where you’d apply one even coat and then a second one to get that solid white look.
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So what do you think? Pretty effective right, for a 30-minute DIY project? And you can dot these about the house, adding fresh (or faux) flowers to spruce up your place. I must say, I love them and will apologies in advance if you start seeing these a lot in any of my future styling posts :P

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Well, that’s all from me this week. I hope you’ll give these a go and if you do, please share them with me by uploading it on any social media platform and using the hashtag #craftwithmolu so I can find them easily.

Enjoy the rest of your week and happy crafting! :) xx
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[D.I.Y. Special] Paint-splattered Easter Eggs

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We are officially in the countdown to Easter so I wanted to share with you the Easter eggs I made in the week which you can now try out yourself today!  I’m actually quite excited about these bad boys as they’re made of PLASTER! I believe the last time I made anything out of plaster of paris was back in high school so you can only imagine my delight when I decided to use it for this DIY project.

To be honest, while I was pinning away lots of inspiration for Easter, I was thinking to myself how lousy it is to not be able to always keep your egg creations post Easter because they’re far too delicate to store or you just don’t have the space for it. I remember how torn I was about getting rid of the decoupaged eggs I made last year despite hanging on to it for a few months. I know it defeats the purpose of decorating new eggs every year, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have a set that you could keep year after year? And that’s when I stumbled across Camille Styles’ concrete eggs. I did weirdly think about concrete but wasn’t sure how to go about finding the perfect moulds for it…….so how genius is actually using your blown out eggs as your moulds!?

Well, I obviously jumped at the chance to try it out. I didn’t have cement on me but there was Plaster of Paris kicking about in the studio (I had bought some for another DIY project I have in the pipeline) so off I went. Be warned that this is quite the MESSY project….but if little neat-freak me can cope, you sure can too! :P MbM_DIY-EASTER-EGGS_01

What you’ll need:

  • Eggs (blown out)
  • Plaster of Paris
  • a craft knife
  • wooden skewers or popsicle sticks to stir with
  • plastic or glass container to mix in
  • paint or any decorative material you wish to decorate your eggs with. (I used black acrylic paint, which I forgot to show here)

Start off blowing out all your eggs so you’re left with the shells. Then measure out your Plaster of Paris and water according to the instructions given to you on the tub. Normally, it’s one cup of water to 1.5cups of PoP. When you mix it together the consistency should be very similar to pancake batter.

Before you pour your mix in, just remember to tape up the hole on the top end of the egg to avoid the mix leaking out! The whole on the bottom needs to be at least a centimetre big for you to be able to pour the mix into. The reason for pouring it upside down is so that when the shell comes off you have a slightly flat edge for the egg to sit upright on.

Once all your eggs are taped up, pour in the mix shortly after its been made, filling it right up to the opening. This is your messy bit of the project especially if you don’t have the most steady hands!

MbM_DIY-EASTER-EGGS_10Once all the eggs have been filled with your plaster of Paris mix, set it aside for atlas two hours. So if you have any errands to run or chores to do, now would be the time for that!

When the plaster has dried, take your craft knife and gently scrap/chip away the eggs shell to reveal your beautifully egg-shaped plaster eggs. Since plaster is a lot softer than concrete, you will need to make sure you’re not taking chunks out of the plaster. You’ll probably find a few marks but that’s all part of the handmade look, otherwise you should have some pretty smooth eggs at the end!

This stage can be a bit time-consuming. It took me about 15/20mins to de-shell all six of my eggs. But hey, it really is worthwhile your time because what you get is simply amazing….as you can see below!!

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Now for the fun bit! I’ve used black acrylic paint for this part but you are welcome to do it in whatever colours you fancy. I went for a very Jackson Pollock-esque style by flicking paint haphazardly onto the eggs. As I said before, for a neat-freak, OCD kinda gal….you’d think this was mental but I must admit I found this rather liberating and therapeutic!

Anyway, whatever you chose to do, make sure you lay some paper or plastic sheets down over your work surface so to avoid Jackson Pollock-ing the rest of your house!! :P Place your eggs upright before you splatter the paint on – this way you’ll get a better chance of an all-round coverage. MbM_DIY-EASTER-EGGS_15MbM_DIY-EASTER-EGGS_16

Once you’ve had your art attack moment, leave it aside to dry. Depending on the type of paint you use, this can take from 20 minutes up to a couple of hours! So if you’re the impatient type, definitely opt for a quick drying paint!

And there you have it folks! You’re very own paint-splattered eggs which you can use all year round and year after year! Probably not toddler-friendly especially if you have throwers in your family but I can say that if you mix in a bit of coloured paint into the plaster mix, you can indeed use the eggs as big giant chalk for your kiddies. There are lots of tutorials out there for that if you want to check that out.

In the meantime…..please stop and admire these monochrome BEAUTS! Sorry, I’m just so delighted at how well they’ve turned out and how much of a KID I felt making them! I really REALLY hope you’ll give these a go this weekend if you’re still looking for ideas to decorate your Easter table. And if you do, share them away on Facebook, Twitter or IG and tag #madebymolu and #craftwithmolu so I can have a nosey.

Happy crafting guys and have a wonderfully restful Easter weekend!! xxxx
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[DIY Christmas] Free printable gift tags!

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I had hoped to have most of my Christmas presents sorted over the weekend but instead I got busy making some gift tags….as you do…..the sequence clearly made sense! Well, I was struggling with gift ideas so decided to move on to making Christmas cards….and one thing led to the other, and I found myself churning out a few designs, inspired by Scandinavian minimal motifs and the black-grey-yellow colour palette I’ve been crushing over a lot this year. I’ve also created a rubber stamp effect to add that extra bit of DIY feel.

Anyway, this may not be to everyone’s tastes as it is rather unconventional and modern but if it is, then today is your lucky day because you can get your hands on these by downloading the free printable I’ve added to this post. It works really well with plain coloured wrapping paper such as brown/manilla, white, monochrome, or even with bright colours…as long as it compliments the colour palette.

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So there you have it. You can click HERE, to download the PDF file. It’s already set to A4 size (the crop marks you find on the sheet indicate that) so, all you got to do is ‘save’ it to your computer and print it onto some nice card stock! It can’t get simpler than that! :) Oh and obviously, don’t forget to hole-punch them to string your ribbon, twine, whatever through it! ;)

Let me know, if you do decide to use these at all! I do actually have another design range which will be available real soon – stay tuned!! Happy gift-wrapping! xx

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**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! :)