When I first attempted to start a business back in the summer of 2017, I did it all wrong. I opened up my Etsy shop and just threw stuff up. I wanted to get into the stationery world and design wedding invitations at the time. I designed a couple templates and just listed them on Etsy hoping for a sale. I was too afraid of failing already that I didn’t tell anyone. I didn’t start an instagram, or a separate social media, I didn’t post about it anywhere.
You have been spending several months planning your wedding, doing everything you can to ensure it is the perfect day for you and the love of your life. In the midst of all the organizing, you may have left out some small, yet important details. Here are six of the most commonly forgotten wedding details that shouldn’t be overlooked.
There is so much variety and options out there on the market right now when it comes to lettering. There are also so many mediums, tools and methods that you can take too. From chalkboards, mirrors, pointed pen and brush lettering, the possibilities are endless — and to be honest, can be really intimidating!
February felt like the shortest and longest month. I’m not sure if it was because we’re just been so busy or because there was literally a snow/ice day every week! This winter has been crazy to say the least. I’m so over it! Bring on spring ASAP. Please! This past month was a busy one! With client jobs on the go, the Self Made Life Podcast, shooting some creative flat lays and visual content with Megan Butchard Photography, and exciting new ventures to come (can’t share just yet ;)), here are a couple highlights from February!
Your engaged! Congratulations! Now before you post that gorgeous picturesque shot of the proposal and your new sparkly rock all over the interwebs... take some time for just you and your new fiancé to cherish those first few moments. It’s like your little secret and your floating along in your perfect little love bubble.
There is nothing better then sitting down at a party or event and finding a lovely handcrafted place card with your name on it. As a guest - It’s the little thoughtful details that go along way and have people talking. When we teach ourworkshops , individual unique place cards are one of our favourite personal touches that we provide for our student’s experience. Their reaction is usually “Oh my gosh!! Look how pretty!! I want to frame this”, or they take a picture and post it on their social media to share the experience with friends and family.
We thought that January would be a slow month. A month of learning and setting in new processes like learning how to use HoneyBook. Total disclaimer — this is a referral link that will get you 50% off — that’s $200 in savings! I would not be sharing this if I didn’t like it. Truth is, I absolutely LOVE it. It has been a total game changer in our business. From proposal, to invoice, contract, and right over to payment. It’s a smooth and simply process that let’s your client’s pay you faster and easier.
I remember going to Chapters Indigo and just gushing over their cute planners - Ban.do and Kate Spade have my heart. Unfortunately though - I always found myself getting stuck in that rut of not using them to their full potential. When I was working my 9-5 desk job and balancing that #sidehustlelife, I found that those conventional planners never served me well. I always found it such a challenge to cram in all the details of my own business into those tiny little weekend slots. Or going back to the back in the “notes” section to jot down my production list for the evening. Months would go by and I would have fallen off track long ago. Before I new it the year was half over and I was onto the next pretty planner convinced this one would work for me.
The Self Made Life is a podcast for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs. We’re here to inspire small, local and creative businesses along their journey to success. We’ll give you a behind the scenes look at your favourite local businesses and what it’s life to be Self Made.
As we sat down to reflect on everything that happened in 2018 - we are blown away with how much our lives have changed. A year ago Tayne and I weren’t small business owners. A year ago I wasn’t my own boss. A year ago I was chasing someone else’s dreams. We’re reminded that we have flexibility. We have freedom. We have opportunities. 365 new opportunities just waiting to be uncovered. For now, as we take time to reflect on this past year and plan the adventures of 2019, we are reminded by how much we have grown and accomplished in 2018.
When you take a step back and take a good look at your brand – does it have all the essential pieces to be successful? Does it stand out in the sea of competition? Can it make a solid impact in the marketplace? Having a strong foundational brand platform with a clear message will attract your target audience and grow your business.
The reality is – Christmas is around the corner (like actually – only 8 shopping Saturdays until the holidays!). Why not skip the malls and make your own Christmas gifts for loved ones this year? Not only is it a much more personal option – it’s also a budget friendly one as well!
Your wedding is one of the most important and magical days of your life. When you dreamed about this day, you probably didn’t think (or realize) about the amount of work that goes into pulling off a dream wedding!
On Saturday September 29th, 2018, Tayne and Ashley participated in the Etsy Made in Canada (Etsy MIC) event as a local handmade vendor. Etsy Made in Canada is celebrated nation wide from British Columbia to Prince Edward Island, honouring local handmade artisans, collectors, and vintage one-of-a-kind finds.