Giftast Loves… Elsie’s Attic

Finally, some wedding stuff, amirite?!

Let’s talk about tulle!

Nottinghamshire-based Elsie’s Attic is a cute vintage-inspired fashion store with an absolute wealth of gorgeous dresses. They’re a wedding-planner’s paradise, with pages and pages of beautiful, flattering and affordable dresses which could look oh-so-lovely on your bridesmaids.

Isn’t this just the most beautiful confection you’ve ever seen? Photo courtesy of Elsie’s Attic – click the picture to view on their site.

But my personal favourite is their collection of tulle tutus.

Available in a rainbow of wedding-friendly colours, these skirts are what my younger, secretly princess-obsessed, and current, openly princess-obsessed self wants to skip around the garden in, talking to the animals, or dancing with the cat.

Photo courtesy of Elsie’s Attic – click the picture to view on their site.

You know what my favourite thing about Elsie’s Attic is? It’s that so many of their product photos are mirror selfies. It makes me so happy. It’s like your friend is WhatsApping you saying “Hey, found this for your wedding, what do you think?” and me replying “YES OMG PERFECT” and adding six to my basket.

Heart eyes <3 Photo courtesy of Elsie’s Attic – click the picture to view on their site.

So I guess what I’m saying here is, check them out? And also keep an eye on their Facebook page, because they occasionally hold photoshoots with followers, and they always look really fun!

Giftast Loves… Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert

This isn’t always going to be books. Just mostly books, because books are literally the best things. I grew up on a steady diet of fiction, discovered Mills and Boon at 18, then diversified into mystery and thriller in my 20s. One genre I’ve never really got into until the past year or 2 is Self Help.

I was always quite dismissive of self help, because sometimes, when we are younger, we’re assholes. But as I got older and realised just how much my Self could do with Help, I decided to go for it. I think it was spurred on by starting my own business – nothing shows you how little you know than starting a business. But we digress.

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I guess most people will know Elizabeth Gilbert from Eat, Pray, Love, but I am not one of those people. Was it a historical romance? No? Then Katherine wasn’t interested. I first heard about Big Magic on the Marie Forleo podcast (see, I am 100% embracing the self help, and I love, love, love Marie). You can see the Marie TV episode below, and I’d highly recommend it.

So, Big Magic.

About 7 years ago I completed an illustration degree, and in the process had completely fallen out of love with drawing. I’d been slowly getting back into creating art over the past couple of years, as you can probably tell by this whole “Giftast” thing, but there was still this cloud of doubt in the back of my mind. I feared that I was wasting my time and wasn’t good enough.

There are lots of things I want to do, to make, to create. Fun things, big paintings, tiny, detailed drawings. I want to make a pack of cards, entirely hand painted. I want to make massive posters and experiment with gold leaf finishing on one-off portraits. But I haven’t. Why?

Fear. If you don’t do it, you don’t fail. This mentality has held me back in a lot of things in my life. But now… Big Magic.

I read chapters of this and was moved to start creating – this has reaffirmed my love and helped me remember why I drew in the first place. It’s all about the joy.

The book is written in easy to digest chunks that you can dip in and out of, and Glibert’s style is like that of an old friend who deeply cares about you. I’d recommend this to anyone considering taking up a creative pursuit, returning to one, or who finds the process of creating difficult. Gilbert’s insights about the trickster/martyr were particularly useful to me, and I’m sure I’ll revisit this book many times in the future.

Fear and doubt don’t go away, just like that, just because you read a book. But what this did for me was to put those fears and doubts into perspective. Creativity is a gift, it’s fun, and when you’re practising drawing and you just can’t get the eyes right because you keep forgetting to check them in a mirror, it can be easy to misplace that feeling of fun.

How does this relate to your wedding, you may be asking? Well, if you’re planning a wedding, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. There may be things you want to do yourself – table centres, the cake, the dress, the invitations – but if you’re out of the creative habit, it’s easy to assume you won’t be able to do what you want, or it won’t look as good as it does on Pinterest… If it is something you’re unsure about, maybe give Big Magic a read, see if it helps?

Check out Big Magic here, and don’t forget to watch Elizabeth Gilbert on Marie TV!

Giftast Loves… Beneath The Dead Oak Tree, by Emily Carroll

I’ve decided to do a series of blog posts called Giftast loves, because there’s loads of cool stuff I get so see in the wedding and art community, and I wanted the opportunity to share that with you guys, in the hope it would be helpful with inspiration for your wedding planning.

With that in mind, this first blog post… does not really fit the brief. Let me introduce you to Beneath the Dead Oak Tree, by Emily Carroll. See, being best friends with one of the best people who writes about comics in the world means that I get to see a lot of cool stuff which would otherwise pass me by.

Be still, my goth heart.

Beneath the Dead Oak Tree is, in short, made especially for me, and containing all of the things I love. Thank you, Emily Carroll, lady I have never met!

Close up of this beauty: Foxes in frockses

You want anthropomorphic foxes in period frocks?

You want gorgeous, rich artwork, filled with detail that you can stare at for hours?

You want intrigue and mystery?

You want Gatsby parties meets Marie Antoinette costume?

You want *SPOILER*, *SPOILER* and *SPOILER*??

Well, you got it.

Beneath the… shadow of the tomato plant.

It’s dark, it’s beautiful, it’s chilling. At 28 pages, it’s a short read but the wealth of detail keeps you there and pulls you back for multiple rereads.

It’s just beautiful, and the dresses are *chef’s finger kiss*. You can get it from ShortBox Comics, a steal at £7 for that gorgeous quality printing and incredible artwork.

Free Kids’ Puzzle Printable

Kids at wedding, eh? Those little bundles of joy making your day all the more full of love and happiness. But even the best mini-guest can get a little fractious at the reception – keep them busy with these free printable puzzle sheets, decorated to match your chosen theme. 

Your download will contain two A4 size pdf files – to print and copy and send and share as much as you like.

Check them out here

Julia On-The-Day

“And for the rest of the night, he couldn’t quite forget the smell of her perfume. Or maybe it was the soft sound of her chuckle. Or maybe it was neither of those things. Maybe it was just her.”
― Julia Quinn, It’s in His Kiss

Hey Julia! Look at you, so sophisticated and pretty.

I’ll bet Julia spends her free afternoons strolling in her gardens and clipping blossoms to drape artfully around the house.

Gorgeous, grey-toned, soft colours coupled with a classic oval frame, and complimented by tiny watercolour blossoms. I am so in love with this collection, not least because of their pretty, hidden backs in a ditsy print, which is what I imagine a sprigged muslin looks like, even though I’m pretty sure it’s wrong and should probably google it.

See what you think of the new on-the-day range here.

Jane On-The-Day

“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”

― Jane Austen, Emma

Celebrate in style with our gorgeous range inspired by the queen of romance writing. Our Jane on-the-day range will compliment both Jane and Plain Jane wedding stationery. 

Take yourself and your guests back to the most romantic of times, the Regency period. Sip tea from delicate porcelain cups while you chat about the latest en-dits. Use these to invite Charlotte and (if she must have a plus one) Mr Collins to the joint wedding you’re having with your sister as you each marry one of a pair of best friends. Even Lady Catherine won’t turn her nose up at this gorgeous set, featuring delicate watercolour sprigs printed on thick textured card stock. These invites look hand-painted – Lady Catherine doesn’t need to know you didn’t paint each one yourself!

Please contact us before placing your order if you would like colours to be changed to suit your theme.

You can find the on-the-day range here.

Estella On-The-Day

“I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Bring a bit of Victorian elegance to your reception with the Estella range. Think antimacassars , silver candlesticks and for heaven’s sake, not Miss Havisham. There’s even a hint of early cinema in this grey and cream set, which features a monogrammed back, personalised with the initials of yourself and your beloved.

The doily-style background is a pale, subtle tea-coloured wash with a lovely graduation of dappled colour. Here it’s paired with a rich deep grey with hints of a blue tone, but as always these can be amended to fit your colour scheme.

Includes place cards, order of service, table numbers and seating plan. Check out the new range here!

Eloisa On-The-Day

Hey there, beautiful!

Continuing our spotlight on the new on-the-day stationery sets, please allow me to introduce Eloisa.

“It’s as if someone knew my innermost desires, and shaped you only for me,”

―Eloisa James, A Gentleman Never Tells

If there’s one thing NYT bestselling novelist Eloisa James brings to mind, it’s romance. If there are two, then the second is probably Shakespeare. But the third has to be, for me at least, the deliciously pretty gowns her heroines tend to wear. This prettiness has inspired the “Eloisa” range, a confection of pink roses on a pale blue background, hand-finished with gold metallic detail. 

You can check out our entire range here, and don’t forget – we can change the colours free of charge to fit your theme – just contact us for a chat.

New: On-The-Day Stationery

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at Giftast HQ, as we’ve been preparing for the launch of our matching on-the-day ranges, to compliment our wedding stationery selections. I’m so happy that we can now offer table plans, orders of service, place cards and table numbers to add some paper-based pretty to your wedding reception.

As always, we’ve used high quality paper printed with vegetable inks, and are still 100% committed to recycling all waste paper produced. Our entire range can be changed to colours which perfectly fit your theme for no extra cost – just contact us to find out more.

Featured today is our pretty, hand-finished Gemma range, seen here in grey and pink and complimented with silver detailing. You can check it out in more detail here.

We’ll be featuring a spotlight of all our other new ranges over the next few weeks, but if you just can’t wait, you can find all our new products here.

Wedding Season 2018

It’s wedding season!

On Sunday we had our first ever Wedding Fair at Healey House Hotel, and it was so much fun! It was great to meet the lovely brides-to-be and give out plenty of samples. If you want to order any samples you can check out our range by clicking the picture above or here

Don’t forget that we can alter the colour scheme of any of our designs to fit your theme, and matching on-the-day sets will be coming soon! 

If you like what you see but nothing fits your theme, please do get in touch as designs can be altered free of charge to fit your colour scheme, or new designs can be created especially for you for £200 plus product costs.