Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Do you need a cake fix?

We all need a little cake fix now and again, so it comes as a great relief to myself and fellow residents of Chesterfield that Love Candy Cakes has opened her doors to the sugar starved masses.  Baking everything from crumbly, nutty cookies to exquisitely crafted cupcakes and triple layered red velvet cake. I could go on, but I fear for my safety having had a little drool on my keyboard!

As well as making the most beautiful wedding cakes, you can now visit Candy from Wednesday through to Saturday and pick up a little box of whatever you fancy.  Go on, treat yourself... and remember to drop one off at my studio, banana and toffee cupcakes send me all funny at the knees.

While you're perusing the glorious goodies on offer, you may notice some rather chic little signs!  I took Candy's logo and redesigned the swirl to create for her an eclectic mix of labels, tent cards and tags that she can customise in house. I also created a new opening hours sign for her which, from her squeals of delight, I think she was rather pleased with!

If you are looking to give your candy buffet that special finishing touch, or you would like a large sign printed to send your party guests in the right direction, or perhaps use as a table plan, then you know where to find me... probably with crumbs around my mouth!

If you visit Love Candy Cakes on Facebook, you can print off a voucher for 20% off her delicious treats between 9th and 10th May.  

With love, Hannah 

A3 rigid sign (other sizes available, please contact for details)
printed in full colour and customised with diamantes and glitter :: £28.00

Hand Cut Ornate Tags
printed in full colour and customised with diamantes and glitter :: £2.00

Hand Cut Ornate Tags with looped ribbon
printed in full colour and customised with diamantes and glitter :: £2.80

Rounded Corner single sided tags 
printed in full colour and customised with diamantes and glitter :: £0.75

Thursday, April 26, 2012

In the Press... Voucher Codes Most Wanted

It's always lovely when people appreciate my products, but even better when they shout about them from the roof tops.  If you haven't yet stumbled across Voucher Codes Most Wanted Blog, then I suggest you have a little look see. They have all manor of goodies for your to feast your eyes on from fashion to homes, tech to travel - what's not to love?

Thanks for the coverage guys, I'm glad you liked my little Easter bunnies.

Have a hoppy day, Hannah x 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

party invitations for a...

Just to make a change from weddings, I have happily been designing a Sweet Sixteenth invitation for Casey whose requests were pink, glitter and diamantés to match her marquee celebration.

I started off with 'Stiff Upper Lip' as it has a slight carnival feel, which would work so well with all the fairy lights, candy floss machine and pink chocolate fountain!  From here, I took the ornate shape and played around with double layers, stripes and contrasting fonts for a contemporary feel.  

This really got me in the carnival mood, and gave me the idea of designing an actual old fashioned ticket, with 'admit one' and this glorious carnival font.  I am particularly pleased with the curved corners and the sparkly background card - the glitter adds an elaborate twist too.  I hope these are sparkly enough for her!

As always, if you're interested in any of my designs, please get in touch!

With love, Hannah 
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

yes, I do like to be...

When Emma & Simon contacted me last month regarding their seaside celebration at Scarborough, I was literally bursting with ideas for their wedding invitation design.  After going back and forth with suggestions we settled on the concept of a beach hut and I then incorporated little hearts, bunting,  sand dunes, pebbles and even tiny starfish and a crab with sparkly eyes.

To be honest I can't believe I haven't designed a beach hut invitation before.  They epitomise all the romance of the British seaside along with the quirky details and surroundings that I love to draw!

As with all my designs, the invitation can be printed in any colour you choose, with any of the design features altered to suit your style.  And you needn't go for a traditional folded invitation, why not embrace the theme and send your guests postcard versions?

This design would look great with bright candy stripes, or it could be given a vintage twist with a change of font and muted pastels!

So for all those ladies thinking about popping the question today, I suggest you Kiss Him Quick, treat him to a fish supper and snuggle up on a pair of stripy deckchairs.  Ooh, we do like to be beside the seaside...

With love (and sand between your toes) Hannah 

Clockwise From Top...

>>Triplet Invites :: Great for keeping your invitation, wedding information and RSVP card all wrapped up with a gorgeous Little Fish Events handmade embellishment.  With three cards, twisted string and sparkly crab :: £3.70

>> Single Layer, Double Sided Invites :: with three raised hearts :: £2.35

>> Postcard style RSVPs :: with rounded corner and print to both sides :: £1.20

>> 12cm Square Folded Invite :: With glitter detailing :: £2.40 each

>> Single Layer, Double Sided Invites :: with three raised hearts :: £2.35 (image shows reverse side)

Please visit the main website for more details, or the pick and mix section for further pricing options.  

Monday, February 27, 2012

Ooh, is it time for a few...

Has anyone noticed that every few days the sun keeps popping his head out sporting a big smiley grin and a cheery hat?  Actually, to be fair, as I type this, the drizzle is rattling down, and what was a picture of springtime bliss just 24 short hours ago is now rather unappealing and a little damp around the edges.  

Nevertheless, the nights are pulling out and I will soon be dusting off the Pimms as Easter sneaks up on us.  Hoorah!  This year, you don't have to be tying the knot in order to enjoy some Little Fish goodies as I have just designed a range of rather scrumptious Easter decorations to festoon your home and garden.  So whether you fancy a few cards, some paper chains, Easter Egg Hunt Cones or bunting, look no further than my Not on The High Street store front for ideas and inspiration.

And do I need to tell you it's all personalised?  No, I thought not!

I hope you enjoy some of the snap shots from yesterday's photo shoot.  The plan was to have a fabulous photo of all the children happily munching chocolate from their cones.  However, the boys discovered the hose pipe, the water supply, a large patch of mud and three willing chickens.  Thank goodness for Daisy!

Have a super day.  With love, Hannah 

>>Eight Personalised Easter Note Cards
with a choice of greeting supplied with white envelopes
visit Not on the High Street.com :: From £11.95

>>Four Personalised Easter Egg Hunt Cones
Flat packed for delivery, with grosgrain ribbon handle 
visit Not on the High Street.com :: From £10.95

>>Personalised Easter Bunting
Enough to make around 6 metres
visit Not on the High Street.com :: From £11.95

>>Personalised Easter Paper Chains
Enough to make around 7.5 metres 
visit Not on the High Street.com :: From £11.45

Thursday, January 5, 2012

no time for Christmas cards...

If, like me, you adore Christmas and embrace all that is festive about the season of goodwill, but then find (to your horror) that the last posting date has sidled past and your box of beautifully embellished cards are still cocooned in their shrink wrap, then I have a solution to pop a little January cheer in the post.

I designed these curious little robin cards for my Not on the High Street store front and they have been really well received.  You can choose from several messages in including 'New Year Wishes From...' and 'With Love and Thanks From...' and what's more, they are personalised with a name of your choice. Smashing!

At £11.95 for a box of eight, they won't break the bank and let's face it, Great Aunt Milly who is still eagerly awaiting the postman in the hope for a sign that you survived the office party/nativity/mulled wine and mince pie-fest, will be over the moon with the wintery wonderfulness of it all.

Be good, love, Hannah x

>>Eight Personalised Robin Note Cards
with a choice of greeting supplied with white envelopes and FREE postage and packing
visit Not on the High Street.com :: From £11.95

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

not just for weddings...

Well... to say that the end of last year was hectic would be the understatement of the New Year.  With weddings on either side of the globe, film crews from Four Weddings following me round as I hastily sewed a bridesmaid back into her oversized dress and the launch of my sparkly new store front on Not on the High Street, Christmas was almost put on the back boiler!

Luckily my family stepped in at 8pm, promptly, on the 23rd, took away my phone, notepad and laptop and forced (yes forced) me to eat several tins of Quality street, open the Baileys and excitedly await the arrival of Santa.  

So to all my Little Fish Fans, I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and have skipped happily into 2012 with a smile on your dial and a spring in your step!  My resolution? To get on with my Blog and make sure I update at least once a week - so enough chitter chatter, let's get on with it!

After years pouring over the pages of the delectable on-line shopping site, Not on the High Street, I thought I would ask nicely if I could peddle some of my wares with them.  Luckily they accepted my designs with open arms and at last I have been able to put an end to my nagging friends and colleagues who pester me for personalised stationery.  

So far there are twelve products available, but watch this space for updates as I launch more items over the coming months... I just need to work out how to use my new camera... and flash gun... details, details.

If you're interested in Children's party stationery, there is a great range of fully personalised invites which you literally need to write the name on and pop in the envelope.  Of course, I made co-ordinating items and offer matching thank you cards and 'colour me in' cards for your creative little darlings to doodle on.  Watch this space for the cutest paper party bags with mini swing tags. Lush!

And for ladies, and gents, who appreciate a postman who delivers a little love, as opposed to an ugly bill, there are boxes of personalised note cards.  I had an wonderful email from a customer who described them as 'exquisite'. The come in a box of eight and make perfect gifts or indeed presents for yourself.  Please click this link for more details on how to order.

And while you're having a little nosey, why not pick your favourite design and 'like' or 'tweet' it?  Ooh, you are good to me!

From top to bottom...

>>Bunny Love Note Cards
Available in perfectly pink, outrageously orange, temptingly turquoise and playfully purple
pack of eight with envelopes and FREE postage and packing :: £11.95

>>Sweet Tweet Note Cards
Available in plumb pudding, sweetie shop, ice cream parlour and duck egg
pack of eight with envelopes and FREE postage and packing :: £11.95

>>Dragon Party Invites and Thank You Cards
Fully personalised for you to send, matching thank you cards available 
Packed in eights with white envelopes and FREE postage and packing :: From £10.45

>>Space Rocket Invites and Thank You Cards
Fully personalised for you to send, matching thank you cards available 
Packed in eights with white envelopes and FREE postage and packing :: From £10.45

Most of my orders are in the post the same or the following day, via Royal Mail first class, so don't worry if you've left it until the last minute to send your invites or gifts out.

What are you waiting for?  Go and have a gander!!

With love, Hannah

Thursday, November 10, 2011

do me a favour!

Whatever you decide to give your guests as a little treat, you can ensure it looks super stylic and fabulously co-ordinated by simply popping it in one of my weeny favour boxes. These are by no means all the styles I can create, but I though they may make your Thursday a little more glam!

From top to bottom...

>>All Neat & Tidy
supplied empty for you to fill £1.60

>>Design Diva
supplied empty for you to fill £1.30

>>Tying the Knot
supplied empty for you to fill £1.30

>>Glittery Trail
supplied empty for you to fill £1.75

>>Super simple
supplied empty for you to fill £1.00

If you want to tick two jobs off your wedding list at once, why not let me fill these beauties with a range of goodies for you? Job done!

>>With dried delphinium petals
add £1.30

>>With dried rose petals 
add £1.30

>>With dried Hydrangea petals 
add £1.50

>>With bundle of flower/veggie seeds and mini poem card 
add £1.75

>>With muslin tea bag and mini poem card 
add £1.75

So, when you want to pop a lid on it, don't hesitate to get in touch! More more designs, inspiration and beautiful brides, please visit my main website.

With love, Hannah 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

concrete jungle where dreams are made of!

Although I thoroughly enjoy all the prettiness and delicate floral touches that go hand in hand with many of the weddings I am working on at the moment, as a designer, it makes my design week so much fun when I meet a bride and groom who are looking for something with a little bite!

Cue Kelly and Mark who having met me at the Red Lion's Wedding Fair organised a complimentary consultation to design a bespoke invitation.  Over a coffee at Casa Hotel, Kelly and Mark made it clear that they wanted a sleek, modern invite using a black and grey pallet with hints of purple.  Kelly admitted to soft spot for sparkly things, but they were both clear that they wanted something unusual and edgy... but just didn't know what.

After going round and round the houses regarding their jobs, interests and hobbies I finally asked the question that lead us to their theme.  Where are  you going on honeymoon?  The pair literally lit up as they reminisced about their time spent in the Big Apple, so I skipped off happy as Larry (as you do) to sharpen my pencil, poise my mouse and get in the patriotic spirit!

Kelly and Mark are still deciding on aspects of the design from all the options I have sent them, but I am sure their guests are going to love the end result and thoroughly enjoy all the quirky little touches we are putting together to make them 'feel a part of it.... in old New York!!!'

If you would like to set me a challenge of designing something new and exciting, please get in touch via email or complete my Bespoke Stationery Questionnaire on the main website.

From Top to Bottom...

>>NY skyline with a Hint of Central Park
Printed as a 12cm square folded invite with three diamantés :: £2.40 each

>>Single Sided Card with Mini Skyline and Ribbon to Corner
Single sided rounded corner invite with glitter & ribbon :: £1.75 each

>>Mini Tags
Double layer with sparkle background :: add 65p per invite

>>Skyline with Base Line Boarder and Statue of Liberty
Printed as a 12cm square folded invite with glitter, a diamanté and double tag :: £3.15 each

>>Mini Tags
Double layer with purple pearlescent background :: add 65p per invite

Enjoy the fireworks this weekend and check back soon.  Love, Hannah x

Thursday, October 20, 2011

so... what is a venue plan?

I don't wish to gloat, but I can't help loving my job!!

Ok, Ok, not all the time... I admit it can get tedious when I have six hours of guillotining and folding ahead of me, but the Sky Plus Box and a cheeky glass of Pinot will usually work wonders and the evening hours pass by quite happily.  (I know lots of working Mums who are not as fortunate as I!)

However; one of my favourite jobs has to be preparing a venue plan.  I have offered this service for several years now, as not only does it give me a platform upon which to set the tone for the wedding, but it gives my clients a box full of inspiration which is really personal to their day, as well as various sketches so they can actually visualise how things are going to work at the venue.

Angie got in touch with me earlier this year to share with me her plans for her Australian Wedding.  Engaged to Jonathon with two beautiful daughters, they are flying out to Perth, Western Australia to tie the knot at the Aravina Estate this Christmas.  What started as a bespoke stationery design soon turned into some help with supplier sourcing and has now evolved into the production of a venue plan.  I keep waiting for the call saying I can fly out to help on the day!! (Still waiting Angie....)

Angie and Jonathon have never met me face to face, but through lots of phone calls, emails, Tweets and goodies in the post, I have been able to help Angie get everything in place so she can land in Oz and relax knowing everything is in hand.  And just as importantly, when she walks down the aisle, everything will look as she imagined.

Here are a few snippets from Angie's venue plan and bespoke stationery to give you a flavour of her upcoming day.

From top to bottom...

>>A sketch of the top table :: Showing a vintage mix of fresh flowers in a jugs and vases, with hessian chair back wraps and luggage label place names attached. Paper flowers will hang from the room beams to soften the large reception room at the estate and help frame the stunning views.
Venue Plan :: From £200 please click here for more details

>>Flight Information holders :: Ideal to keep all your guests tickets together and remind them of any important details and numbers.
bespoke Stationery Item embellished with glitter and all neat and tidy bow :: £2.75

>>Confetti Order of the Day :: If you're going to take it all the way to Oz, then make sure your stationery is multi functional!  These cute confetti boxes double up as an order of the day using an embellished luggage label.
All neat & tidy favour box :: £1.60
Luggage label :: from £1.25

>>Well... the venue is a vineyard! :: Little bundles of tasting notes as the couple are having wine tasting after the ceremony and larger luggage labels to hang from welcome bottles of wine to refresh the weary travellers on arrival in Oz!
Luggage label :: from £1.25 

Well, I had better be off, I have a New York design that needs tinkering with and a pair of fabulous purple shoes to source.

Have a good day wedding peeps.

With love, Hannah

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

frighteningly good ideas...

Can you believe it's October?  And not just October, over half way through! Well with pumpkins creeping into shop windows along with ghostly white faces I had a hankering for designing something with a subtle Halloween edge.  And what better place to show it off than the Wedding Fair with a Difference, hosted by the lovely Save the Date team at the Roundhouse in Derby.

Having looked at the exhibitor listing, I knew the day was going to be wall to wall with fabulous quality suppliers, with a heavy emphasis on vintage theaming perfect for a summer garden party.  But what about the brides who have seen one too many Lacy table cloths?  What about those girls who want more pizazz than pastel? My cunning plan was to hook them in with a Little Fish feast of monochrome splendidness, all embellished with a sprinkle of black glitter and a smidging of zesty orange detail.  And do you know what?  I think I may have pulled it off!

Taking inspiration from our seasonal colours and my 'Yes Ma'am' design, I focused on all things British to finish off a tip top wedding with a modern edge.  of course, there was more than a little fun thrown in for good measure!

From top to bottom...

>>Photo Booth :: These moustaches went down so well, nobody could resist having a go!  They make great accessories either on the table or with a photo booth.
Tash on a stick :: £2
Double Layer sign :: From £2.65

>>Ribbon Wrap Invites :: Great for keeping your invitation, wedding information and RSVP card all wrapped up with a gorgeous Little Fish Events handmade embellishment
With three inserts, ribbon and heart :: £4.00

>>Snippet Thank You Cards :: Just send me little snippets of your favourite memories from the wedding day, so I can create these super cute thank you cards. Stylish and so personal!
Add ribbon :: plus 60p

>>Read All About It :: Personalised newspaper, featuring the story of how the bride and groom met and filled with chocolate fish and chips - serve them on the dance floor about 10pm as a scrumptious pick me up.
Newspaper provided as a PDF for you to print and fold :: £35
Printed and rolled ready to place :: £1.00 each.
Please add 25p for guest name personalisation.
Please note :: Prices exclude sweets

>>Tag You're It :: Double layer invitations with mini RSVP tag attached to the front - really unusual and gorgeous with the black sparkly backing card!
Double Layer Invites :: From £2.25

>>Thing-a-mi-bobs :: Without a doubt, every one's favourite item was the... well the... thing-a-mi-bobs.  No I don't know what they are called either, you made them at school when you were bored and used your thumbs and fingers to open and close them as you counted - I recreated them as a bride & groom 'pub quiz' and personalised them so they doubled as a place name. 
thing-a-mi-bobs provided as a PDf for you to print and fold :: £35
Printed and folded ready to place :: £1.50 each. 
Please add 25p for guest name personalisation.

>>Favours :: Ooh, a cup of tea, complete with a mini quotation card and finished in a black favour box with an orange 'all neat and tidy' bow. How very proper!
Favour box with all neat & tidy bow and single diamante :: £1.60
Hand tied tea bag (from a fabulous collection from Northern Tea Merchants) with mini poem card :: £1.60

>>Flying the Flag :: With confetti making some of out venue a little hot around the collar, why not offer your guests these mini flags instead.  All the colour and festivities, less litter!
Flag with embellishment and bead to the top :: £2.35

A big thank you to Black Eyed Susan, of Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield for her gorgeous blooms which were just stunning.  To the lovely Lynsey of Bimbo Design for manning the stand with me and getting up ridiculously early on a Sunday morning, and to Darren Cresswell, Photographer extraordinaire for making us laugh so hard we got cramp in our cheeks!

I hope you all enjoyed the stand on Sunday and today's Blog has given you a little sprinkling of inspiration on this chilly October Wednesday.

With Love, Hannah x

Monday, October 10, 2011

win a pair of tickets to the wedding event with a difference

I can not believe it's only six days until The Wedding Event with a Difference. Where does the time go? Hosted by the lovely Abbi & Lydia at Save The Date Magazine (if by any chance you have been living in Siberia and haven't logged on, then do so... immediately!) this is without a doubt the region's premier show.  If you're looking for unusual ideas, quirky finishing touches and quality at every turn, then head to Pride Park this Sunday with a pair of flat shoes in preparation for being 'wowed'.

And just to give your Monday morning a little sparkle, I have in my possession a pair of tickets to give away.  Hooray!  All you have to do is send one teeny tiny email naming three suppliers exhibiting on Sunday.  And to give you a head start (just in case the sight of Gary Barlow in tweed on Saturday night has left your head a little woolly... ooh) Little Fish Events is one of them.

You'll need to be quick off the mark though as I will be drawing one lucky winner from the hat on Thursday at 10am, so make sure you get your entries into hannah@littlefishevents.co.uk in plenty of time.

Just to whet your appetite, here are a few little teasers of what to expect:

:: The chance to have a go at designing your own wedding stationery with me at the Little Fish Event stand - the winning idea will have the design made into fifty invitations by me - for free!

:: Over 60 stands of incredible exhibitors demonstrating what they’re all about.

:: The uber chic Creative Corner where you can meet a range of highly unique and creative companies who are sure to inspire you.

:: Feeling peckish?  Then rest your feet at ‘The Kitchen’ and enjoy delicious food courtesy of the fabulous Fiona Herbert Catering Company.

:: Next stop – The Lyrical Lounge. Within a stylish tipi tent outside, you can enjoy a drink at the Belvoir Fruit Farms stand before taking a seat and listening to some amazing music from a range of very talented musicians.

:: If you're bringing (dragging!?) your man with you then the ‘Blokes Corner’ is a must. Not only are there the necessities for your big day such as suit hire and stag do accessories but you can enjoy a sample of real ale courtesy of Nutbrook Brewery and test out your gambling skills at the casino table.

:: Last but not least, there's three opportunities to enjoy the catwalk show (and rest your feet) with a great range of incredible dresses by talented designers, all showcased from boutiques and shops within the East Midlands.

For more information and to register for tickets, visit http://www.savethedatemagazine.co.uk/ and I very much look forward to seeing you there where I will be showcasing not one but two of my new designs launched last month.

Have a super week.  Love, Hannah 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

stumped by a tree design... again

One of the things I love most about my job is the variety of designs I get to work with.  Yes I have an online brochure of invitation ideas, but very often couples come to me with a medley of ideas in their heads that they want to have specially created.  It's then up to me to rise to the challenge!

I have to admit, I am beginning to get a little fearful of drawing trees.  I am not a traditional artist you see.  In fact my GCSE art teacher told me quite clearly that I 'can not draw at all' and packed me off to the textile studio!  If a client wants a 'cartoon style' tree, then I am all over it, but for anything more realistic, it takes me much longer. I still have nighmares about Hayley & Mark's design, which took hours to get right.  However, after meeting with my new clients I knew that their love of the outdoors needed to be reflected in their wedding stationery.  I was prepared for a few more long nights.

The good news is, Kirsty and Hugh have taken several elements from several cards designed just for them and I can now get to work on their final design by mixing it all together.  I will pop a picture of the final product up soon, but here is an idea of what you receive after completing my bespoke stationery questionnaire.

Enjoy the sunshine, love, Hannah

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

who doesn't like pick n mix?

It was the middle of the week before I stopped buzzing from the weekend's wedding fair at the Red Lion.  There's somethig about meeting couples face to face and getting excited about their wedding day that puts me in a creative mood. 

So, when the sun sported a large smiley hat on Wednesday I decided to grab the stationery I had created based on my Beautiful Bunting design and head outside with my camera.  I have always wanted the website to demonstrate how I can expand a design accross several items and I hope my newly revamped pick n mix page will do just that.

There are some shots on here that I just adore, it reminds me of summer parties, village fetes, the smell of candyfloss and hot dogs at the fair and freshly picked flowers from a rambling cottage garden.  It was a blissful way to spend a Wednesday afternoon in September and I hope you like the results!

Please click here to visit my new website and click here for the pick n mix page.

Love, Hannah

Monday, September 19, 2011

no lion about for hannah this weekend!

It's been an action packed week at Fishy HQ.  Not only did I work my socks off finishing my lovely new website with Lynsey at Bimbo Design, but I was also beaving away in the studio to create a table bursting with gorgeous little treats to tempt couples at the Red Lion's Wedding Fair on Sunday.

It's been a long time since I stood at a wedding fair, but the beautiful Red Lion which proudly stands at the edge of the Peak District National Park has been beautifully extended and refurbished.  So armed with my portfolio bursting with new designs, I was more than happy for my wedding goodies to have an outing to one of the area's most picturesque hotels.

I took along my beautiful bunting design and went to town making invites, table stationery, an array of favours, table plans, signage and quirky little finishing touches.  I have pictured here just a few items that were well received.  If you would like more detail, or indeed wish to place an order, please contact me.

Happy planning! Love, Hannah

Clockwise from top:

>> All set up rand eady to meet the couples

>> Old fashioned lemonade bottles with personalised single layer tags - simply pop them in alphabetical order and detail the table your guest is to sit at on the tag.  A great idea if you want something a little less traditional than a standing table plan! From £1.25 (excluding lemonade).

>> Bedtime hot chocolate in mini jars with ribbon, marshmallows and matching tag.  From £2.70 each. Why not put them on the pillows in the hotel as a thank you for staying at the venue?

>> Speech lollypops with cellophane, ribbon and tag - serve them with the coffee and stop Great Auntie Marge and Cousin Winnifred from nattering!  From £2.50 each.

>> Love is brewing with these gorgeous little bunting boxes, hand-tied luxuary teabag and mini card. These are incredibly fiddleyto make, so please don't order 100... my fingers may fall off!  From £3.20 as shown, or from £1.50 without the box.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Little Fish Events launches new site

I met with Lynsey just over a year ago and over a coffee and a slab of Victoria sponge, she uttered the words many people in business dread hearing.

‘I think your website needs a little facelift.’

I stared at my half empty mug and wondered if it were deep enough to drown myself in.  The website, or should I say 'THE WEBSITE'.  Over a hundred pages of images that take so many attempts to get right, text that takes hours to compose and links and coding that go on for weeks. Having been running the business while juggling my busy brood of three children, I had neither the energy or the inclination to set off on this monumental task.

Seeing the storm clouds gather, my little marketing Guru from Bimbo Design pushed on.

‘Nothing drastic, just an overhaul of the look, so it’s more three dimensional. And you know the stationery section is looking a little outdated!

I knew there was no stopping her. ‘It’ll take a day, two at the most’ she continued with an encouraging smile.

I had to admit there were some very shaky designs in the old on-line brochure, ‘Sparkly Dragonfly’ in particular was a quite horrific, I think I must have designed it with crayons in the dark. And there were the cards with the wire detailing and beads,which literally made my fingers blister whenever I had to make them. I guess we could give it a go… how much work could it possibly be?

Well, I can’t answer that question and I am sure Bimbo Design would rather forget the long days that turned into late nights and even crept into early mornings getting everything just so. I had a brilliant Facebook message last week that summed up the week for both if us…

‘Leave me alone, I am broken. I am dreaming about diamantes and glitter!’

Well after the countless cups of tea, sheets of card, tubes of glitter, reams of diamantes and pages of text, the new Little Fish Events site is up and running. I am particularly proud of the ‘designs’ section, which has taken me months to get right. There isn’t one card in there that I wouldn’t be very happy to receive through the post – certainly no ‘Spangly Dragonfly’ to haunt me.

I hope that through the new stationery, I can offer my brides and grooms the opportunity to present their guests with something that makes them feel special and spoilt and very privileged to be part of such a special day. I really think my stationery is chic, sophisticated and stylish, but with en edgy sense of fun. I hope this comes across.

As for all the other sections… well I guess you’ll just have to go and have a look for yourselves.

Finally, to Lynsey at Bimbo Design, who started this epic journey off with one innocent comment, thank you for your time, talent and patience. The best thing about this process has been working alongside you again. Now please have a day off and get some very well deserved sleep.

For everyone else… here’s the link. http://www.littlefishevents.co.uk/ enjoy!

Love, Hannah