D.I.Y. FEATURE | Laura Ashley Wedding series – part 2

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Hey folks! I hope you’re enjoying the…..ummmm….sunshine? Seriously, where has the sun disappeared off to this week….just when we were getting used to its warm sunny rays. Anyhooo, I hope this fun DIY will still bring a bit of summery cheer to all you folk in the UK

So, my second DIY for Laura Ashley‘s ‘Make & Do’ wedding series is now up on their blog. I’m showing you how to make this fun LOVE sign for your summer wedding; whether you want to jazz up your dessert table or use as a prop for your wedding photography….the choice is really yours. To be honest, you can make this for any occasion really especially if, like me, you have a thang for all things ice creams and popsicles!!

You’ll find the full tutorial here, where I’ve even given you guys templates to work with (so even less work!!). I hope you have fun with this one and I’ll be back for more in the coming summer months so do stay tuned! Oh and if you want to take a look at the last DIY on how to make floral place settings out of wallpaper, you’ll find more meets here. Enjoy lovelies!! xx

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[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

**This post was sponsored by Laura Ashley, however all words and opinions are my own, dictated completely by my love for  DIY and styling**

D.I.Y. FEATURE | Laura Ashley Wedding series – part 1

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I was beyond delighted when Laura Ashley asked if i’d be interested in contributing towards their fabulous ‘Make & Do’ series on their blog by introducing their first ever series of wedding DIY. tutorials…and in good Molu fashion I said “I do!” (sorry, couldn’t resist!)

The first of my wedding tutorials is on how to go about creating these pretty floral place settings out of their wallpaper (uh huh!) which I’m so excited to reveal that it’s now LIVE on their blog. So if you fancy making these, you can find the full tutorial over here. Oh and do stay tuned for more wedding DIY inspiration over the next few months and have a nosey at all the other fabulous crafty creations on there too by some other fab bloggers!

Have a wonderful week guys!!! I’ll be mid-air on my way to Washington DC when this post comes through so I will admit there won’t be a lot of action from me over the next 10days but I’ll def try and keep you posted on all the stateside shenanigans via Facebook, Twitter, etc….so come follow me there ;) xxx
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[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

**This post was sponsored by Laura Ashley, however all words and opinions are my own, dictated completely by my love for  DIY and styling**

[D.I.Y. Tutorial] An oh-so-simple paper flower backdrop

MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_PAPER-FLOWERS_MAIN(web)I’ve got a little DIY crafty inspiration for you today, if you’re looking for more summer floral backdrops ideas… and unlike most handmade paper floral installations that can be intricate or fiddly to handle, this one is incredibly quick and simple to create! It’s perfect for those who haven’t got a lot of time on their hands but want something quick and visually effective or for those who simply feel they lack the creativity or confidence. It really is simple, versatile, mobile and one that’s catered to all age-groups! And what I love most about this, is that you can create these backdrops to your own home – whether you’re decorating a nursery or throwing a party – without having to worry if you have the right tools or break the bank!  All you need are THREE key materials; tissue paper, scissors and sticky tape! And a wall of some kind! ;)

I had in fact used this technique for a backdrop on a styled shoot earlier this year (see the end of this post) after scouring the internet for floral installation inspiration so I’m delighted I’m finally able to share how I achieved the look for the shoot. Besides, with summertime coming to a close and this weekend being our LAST long bank holiday weekend for the year, you might as well go all out and make the most of your summer craftyness while it lasts!! :)

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MATERIALS:

  1. Tissue paper – you can buy these in bulk on Ebay or Amazon.
  2. Adhesive tape – to avoid any damage to the surface of your walls opt for ‘Scotch Magic Tape‘ (which is what I used) The next up from that is an all-purpose roll of ‘Masking Tape‘ if you’re not too worried about the surface of the wall or backing board. Both these tapes, will allow for quick removal and minimal damage. (Note: If you’re looking for a more permanent fixture then, PVA, UHU or hot glue gun works but I would recommend this for more intermediate to advanced crafters)
  3. Scissors

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[1] Cut your sheets of tissue paper lengthways into strips where they are at least 25 cm in width – you don’t want to go any bigger or smaller than that as it does affect the overall shape and size of your bloom. Now fold the paper into pleats (a.k.a. accordion-folding) like you would when you make a fan…….however, with this, you don’t have to be too OCD here but try keep it relatively neat  :)

[2] Once you’ve accordion-folded all your tissue paper, use your scissors to trim the one end into a shallow half-circle shape. This is basically to soften the edges and make them look more like petals.

[3] Now, as you unfold the tissue paper crumple up the other end of the tissue paper and then gather in the middle as you start fanning it into the form of a bloom.

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[4] Crumple and fluff up the tissue paper bloom until you’re happy with how it looks.

[5] Double up some magic tape or cellotape and seal the two ends together to complete flower! Repeat these steps with all your tissue paper flowers. A mass ‘production line’ approach makes things a lot quicker! ;)

[6] Once all your tissue flowers are made, simply add a few strips of doubled-up tape to the back of the flower (on the gathered/crumpled centre) and stick to your wall. Place them to however way you wish but keep it looking natural if possible. For a strong visual effect, I would have a concentrated area of flowers and gradually scatter it out. Obviously the more you have the more dramatic your installation looks!

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And that’s how it’s done folks. A fun, simple and pretty task for anyone to try, and a great way of adding pops of colour (or drama) to your homes, party or special occasion.

Below, are a couple of ‘behind the scenes’ photos that I had taken while I was setting up the floral installation for the wedding styled shoot I worked on back in March. You can have a nosey at some of my earlier posts on the shoot here and here if you fancy more DIY inspiration.

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So, if you decide to ‘get the look’ using these paper flowers, please do share it on FB, Twitter or IG and hashtag it with ‘CraftwithMolu‘ so I can check out your creativeness myself! :)

Happy crafting folks! And have a wonderful weekend ahead (long one for those here in the UK!)  xxx

[private commission] A date to remember – 2

 

MbM_wedding-commission_4Another commissioned work for this custom-made wall art that bears the significant date of their Big Day. The template (fonts and layout) was designed and hand cut to create a stencil. The numerals were then hand-stamped using a rich brushed metallic gold pigment ink on heavyweight cotton paper after which the lettering was handwritten in gold ink to finish it all off. I chose to frame the print in a simple white box frame where it was sat proud by 5mm off the backing card to create that lovely depth.

This is one of my favourite pieces I enjoy working on, so if you are looking to get something similar done, then just drop me a line via the Contacts Page. xxx

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[Sneak Peek]: Wedding styled shoot

Late last month, just before I flew off to India for holidays, I got to co-style a wedding styled shoot with wedding planner Elisabetta of Linen & Silk Weddings. The best part about freelancing, is you get to work on all kinds of awesome projects and styled shoots are one of my all time favourites….so you could only imagine how delighted I was when Elisabetta asked me to jump on board to help with styling, décor and stationery! This is the second shoot I’ve helped style and once again, I’m incredibly fortunate to be working with some greats within the wedding industry! There’s a lot of hard graft that goes behind all these pretty shoots you see on blogs and in wedding magazines but boy, its worth every second of it…..especially, if like me you love all the DIY and hand-crafted elements that’s brought to the shoot. So, on that note, I thought I’d share a few teasers of what’s to come….mostly of the DIY stuff I did. I’m afraid I can’t reveal a lot at this stage so you’ll have to wait until the official photos are published. I for one, can’t wait to see all the stunning photos captured on the day by Fiona Kelly.

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The more I get involved in design, styling and art direction, the more I want to get into that line of work. I cannot begin to tell you how much of a high I get out of all that hands-on work that goes behind it. I feel completely and utterly in my element…..and my gawd it feels so good! I’m definitely getting into the spirit of hand-lettering too which I hope to develop further. Anyway, here’s to many MANYmore of these amazing styled shoots and design projects! If you ever need a stylist, stationer, or DIY-er, you know where to find me! ;)

Enjoy lovelies! And I’ll definitely keep you posted when I can reveal more! xxx

[In the Press] Wedding styled shoot: A Touch of the Orient

YYW_mayjune14I’m so terribly sorry it’s been over 10 days since I’ve been active on here but I’m glad to say that I’ve come back refreshed after a much-needed break with my family….especially when we’re a million miles from each other. Saying ‘goodbyes’ gets harder and harder each passing year but I’m sooooo grateful that I’m able to see them once or even twice a year!

Anyhooo….I have some exciting news to share with you, which I hope will make up for my absence!! Well, last September, I had the most awesome experience working alongside some über talented people within the wedding industry on a wedding styled shoot that recently got featured in You & Your Wedding magazine!!!! This is the second styled shoot I got to be a part of last year……however, with this one…..I was involved from a much different perspective! ;)

The first time I heard about this shoot was when Elisabetta of Linen & Silk Weddings reposted an ad that wedding stylists and planners, Pocketful of Dreams had featured on their Instagram. They were looking for a ‘real couple’ to work on a shoot they had in mind…………and what do you think I did? Yep, I applied for it….after an afternoon of intense deliberation, of course! I even asked Elisabetta whether if it was a delusional idea to sign up for it and she encouraged me to do so! I’ve been big fans of Michelle and Vicki of PoD and although this wasn’t quite the conventional way of getting involved on a shoot, I thought it would be fun regardless. Besides, B and I were approaching our 1st wedding anniversary and I felt this would be a rather different yet exciting way to celebrate it! I mean….who wouldn’t jump at an opportunity to wear beautiful dresses, get made up and relive the entire wedding madness, one year on? ;)

So I applied, and I was taken by complete surprise when they got back to me saying they would be interested!! (Never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d be picked!) Anyway, I was so giddy with excitement (and nerves!!) that I TOTALLY forgot…….. I never quite told my hubby about what I had just signed us up for! So, I decided I’d keep it as a little surprise and break the news nearer the time but as I expected he wasn’t all to pleased at first simply because he’s not a huge fan of being in the limelight….or being photographed for that matter! However, when he saw how excited I was about it and the potential it had for me by meeting creative people in the wedding industry (albeit in a much different way) he soon came around to my so-called “crazy adventure”! (And that’s why I married him!)

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The shoot took place at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons (I know!!!) where the Pocketful Of Dreams girls put together a marvellous set up for their East-meets-West inspired shoot (you can see their brainstorming ideas here) with the help of other talented collaborators; Krishanti who provided the staggeringly beautiful cakes and treats, vintage furniture by Kate, hand-written stationery by Gemma Milly, decadent flowers by Euphoric Flowers and finally, hair and make up by Sarah. It was a real honour to be a part of this beautifully executed shoot (everything from start to finish was utter perfection!) and to get to know such an amazingly talented team of creative individuals! For that I’m sooooooo grateful!! :)

Anyway, without further adieu, here are more breathtaking photos from that day and all credit goes to the talented duo, Nicola & Glen for capturing it perfectly….I wish I could put them all up on here but you’ll have to swoon over these for now.

Stunning right? I just love how they’ve combined elements of the two cultures beautifully where luxury can be achieved in an elegant, stylish and tasteful way. Coming from a middle-eastern and Indian background, I’ve seen many occasions where luxury and opulence verges on the lines of garish and OTT, so this shoot shows you exactly how it is done! I’m super chuffed for the team because they worked so hard to bring this shoot to life….as you can in these images.

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As for us….we had a ball of a time…..and you know what still amuses me to this day……how much the hubby enjoyed the shoot in the end, strutting about in his October House suit! He actually envied me for having two outfits….Ah, the irony!! ;) And annoyingly….he looked far better than me!! ;) But hey – I got to meet Mr. Raymond Blanc in person and got a cheeky kiss from him! So it’s all good ;) I guess being ballsy and signing up to something I thought was ludicrous at the time turned out to be one of the most fun things we’ve done! Here’s to many more of my “crazy adventures”! ;)

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Well I hope you guys enjoyed these images. You can get the hard copy of next month’s issue in store now where there are lots of tips and advice by the PoD girls on how to achieve this look. And, if you’d like to look up the fabulous team of collaborators, I’ve listed their links below……I seriously couldn’t recommend them enough!

Design & Stylists – Pocketful of Dreams

Photography – Weddings by Nicola and Glen

Furniture – Vintage Style Hire

Bridal Dress & Accessories – Kate Halfpenny

Grooms suit – October House

Floral design – Euphoric Flowers

Cakes and sweet treats – Cakes by Krishanti 

Stationery – Gemma Milly

Hair & Make up – Sarah Elizabeth for Claire Hanson Make Up

Décor and Props – Amara / Brollies Galore / Farley Prop Hire

 

Enjoy the rest of your day and have a wonderful weekend folks!!! Much love, x x x

 

I may have caught the wedding bug….!

With most of this year being dominated by baby gifts and goodies (13 little arrivals that I personally know of!) I was rather pleased to be working on some wedding-related projects again. As you know, the first ever wedding project this year was the ‘White on White‘ style shoot I had assisted on back in July with the lovely Louise which got featured on the Love My Dress wedding blog. Then came our 1st Wedding anniversary which we celebrated shortly after where I made the wall art as my ‘paper’ gift for the hubby , followed by a personalised wedding gift project for our friends’ wedding in November. I honestly thought that would be the last wedding-related work for the year but before I knew it, and much to my delight, there were more coming my way! I took on a couple of private commissions to make some bespoke wedding gifts, worked on ANOTHER wedding shoot, attended a big Indian wedding and just recently got to network at B.Loved Wedding’s amazing B.Party! So it seems that I may have caught the wedding fever since August……which I’m delighted about! :) I had forgotten how much I LOVE weddings; the planning, the styling, the mood boards, the details – quite surprising really, for someone who was never too ‘girly’ nor dreamt about weddings as a kid (I was a big tomboy back in the day!) Each event and project I’ve worked on thus far (including our own wedding DIYs!) I’ve got such a kick out of! So yea….bring it on! I think this may be my calling – hah! ;)

Anyway, I’d like to give you all a glimpse into some of the aforementioned events. Unfortunately, I’m unable to reveal much on the style shoot nor the commissioned work as they are yet to be published/presented but here’s a little teaser of whats to come! :)

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[image credit: Made by Molu]

[Sneak Peek]: Wedding Styled Shoot – White on White

Okay, so here they are! Thanks to the talented Craig & Eva Sanders Photography here’s a little glimpse into the ‘White on White‘ Wedding style shoot that took place at The Lighthouse (Glasgow) in July. I’m absolutely excited by the final photos and I can’t thank wedding planner (and friend!) Louise Macpherson enough for the fantastic opportunity to work with her on the decor front for this shoot!! It really was a dream come true and I hope this is the start to many more fabulous opportunities! Well folks, there you have it!! :) xx

Photography by Craig & Eva Sanders Photography | Cakes by Lynsey of Custom Cakes | Truffles by Guppy’s Chocolates | Stationery by E.Y.I. Love

[Wall Art]: True Love Stories Never Have Endings

If you remember me going on about the wedding style shoot that I had worked on back in June/July where I had made two wall arts, some geometric wall hangings and table numbers. Well this post is on one of the main wall art pieces I had done bearing one of my favourite wedding-related quotes.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take photos of all the final pieces before sending them off (as the wall hangings were all made flat-pack to be assembled on site) and if I had I couldn’t have revealed it back then! But if you saw my wee sneak peek at the work I was doing and the behind-the-scenes video from the day of the shoot you probably would have seen glimpses of it? Anyway, I can tell you the official photos from the shoot are out and a  little taster of it will be coming up very shortly after this (!!!!) but in the mean time here’s my ‘True Love Stories Never Have Endings‘ print – where I designed a stencil using Art Deco-inspired fonts, hand cut it all and then used metallic gold pigment ink, which in the right light, gives you this beautiful powdery brushed effect! :)  BLOG_STRIP_wedding-style-shoot-WEB

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Oh I do LOVE this piece….if I may say so myself!! ;) I have it hanging up on our wall along with all our other collection of prints and love how it’s turned out. The other wall art piece I did in the same techniques had the words “You & Me“. So, if you like this or want something similar made for a special occasion let me know!! xx

This time last year…

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Sorry I’ve been rather quiet on here this week but work has been crazy busy – both my day job and freelance work are at their peak not to mention the numerous other things to keep on top of which is definitely keeping me busy and well out of mischief! AND on top of that…we celebrated a significant milestone earlier in the week where we reached our 1st wedding anniversary! I know it’s only our 1st but my goodness has it flown by so quickly! I think we both found it quite surreal to think time last year we were saying our vows and celebrating the occasion the entire day (and weekend mind you!) with our dearest family and friends….and boy, when I think about it, I’d do it all over again! Well – if money wasn’t an issue! :D Anyway, it’s been an incredible adventure and I raise my glass to many more fun and exciting years with the hubby! I know life is never going to be a bed of roses but as long as you have that ‘someone’ by you through thick and thin…..then that’s all that matters! :)

For a little trip down memory lane, you can find more on our wedding here.