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.

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

Photo courtesy of Elsie's Attic
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

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?

Quote from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert - "You do not need your fear in the realm of creative expression"

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.

Quote from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert - "You do not need anybody's permission to live a creative life."

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. 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?

Gorgeous, rich artwork, filled with detail that you can stare at for hours?

Intrigue and mystery?

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.

Giftast Valentine’s Edit

Giftast Valentine's Edit

Check out the Giftast Valentine’s Edit, and spread a little happiness.

Perhaps you think Valentine’s is just another capitalist-driven excuse for mass consumerism. Heck yes it is! But you know what else it is? An excuse, if excuse is needed, to share some love. And if you’re not quite so keen on the mass-consumerism angle, maybe shop small instead with a sweet, personalised gift from *cough cough* some sort of small online business such as, oh, I don’t know, Giftast? Nothing says sharing the love like contributing to keeping my cat well fed. 

With that in mind, make a love connection with our love collection of V-Day gifts for your partner, lover, or best friend. Click on the image to visit the link.​ Prices start at £0.99.

 

Share the love with this hand-foiled and customisable postcard pack! Perfect for friends, lovers, or both.
 

Download from our range of printables to create the perfect love-note – also available as cards and notebooks from Thortful.
 

Commemorate a special occasion with a personalised rose print – perfect for remembering anniversaries!
 

All rose prints are hand finished with gold ink and diamante sparkles.
  

For the ultimate gesture, why not commission a portrait of the one (besides you, of course!) who they love most of all. Portraits start at £30.

LLama Llove Printable Pack

Llama llove print

Share the llama llove!

Everyone lloves llamas and, according to Cosmo, they’re this year’s unicorn. Show your love fashionably with this printable pack. The pack contains pdfs of the I Llove You and All My Llove prints.

Print at home or send to your favourite online print shop, such as Snapfish or Photobox. Stick it on your wall as a poster! Fold it into a card! Write a letter to your best friend on the back of it! 

Scalable up to at least A4 size without losing quality, you can download these 2 pdfs immediately after payment and reproduce as many times as you like.

Get your download here.

all my llama llove print

How Ardently I Admire And Print You

How ardently I admire and love you print

Ah, Darcy, how ardently I admire and love YOU. 

Nobody uses the word “ardently” any more, or if they do it is in no other context than this. But “ardently” is one of the great words, and why not share that greatness with this printable?

Print at home or send to your favourite online print shop, such as Snapfish or Photobox.

Scalable up to at least A4 size without losing quality, you can download this pdf immediately after payment and reproduce as many times as you like.

Download your copy here.

I Can Do It! Free Printable

I can do it printable

I can do it!

Or… You can do it? We can do it! 

Here’s a free printable for you to use as a reminder for yourself, that you’ve got this. Just in case you’ve forgotten.

You can use this printable for labels, to stick to, oh, I don’t know, lunch bags, notebooks, phone cases or whatever you like. Print a copy and frame it, remove the watermark if you like, do what you like. Just take my printable! If you do come up with something gorgeous, let me know on Instagram, tag @giftast!

Available to download in three different formats – pdf, tiff and jpeg. Unlimited downloads, just add to basket and checkout. Printable up to at least A4, although I wouldn’t recommend going above that.

Get your free download here.

Pet Portraits – Open For Commissions

Pet portrait commissionsPet Portrait Commissions, now available!

If you fancy something a bit more special than a photo, then a pet portrait might be for you. I work using alcohol markers, coloured pencil and various ink pens to create the perfect likeness of your beloved ball of fluff. Please see the price list below for more details.

If you’d like to commission a portrait, please fill out the form on the Contact page, and include the size of portrait requested. You will be emailed back with a request for a photo. This will need to be a good quality, well lit photograph. 

To find out more, check out the Commissions tab.

It’s Christ-maaaaaaas! Gorgeous Watercolour Christmas Cards

Watercolour christmas cards

Watercolour Christmas Cards now available – In the immortal words of Noddy Holder, “IT’S CHRIST-MAAAAAAAAAAAS!”

Ah, Christmas time. Time for joy, laughter and time with family. Time to eat as much chocolate as humanly possible, all the while promising yourself you’ll change in the New Year.

Here at Giftast, we’ve spent several days painting tiny holly leaves in watercolour, so you don’t have to. Yes, share the joy with this 5 or 10 pack of festive cards, each left blank for your message. Printed to a high quality on silk paper, using 100% vegetable inks.

Cards are 15cm x 15cm when folded, and come with kraft paper envelopes. Pick yours up here.

Kisses for the Mrs A4 Print

Kisses for the Mrs Print

Kisses for the Mrs;)

Once the wedding is over, the confetti has settled, the bride sets to changing her surname on everything. Those heady, pre-wedding days of hen-partying, dress shopping and worrying about seating plans can seem like just a distant memory. Did she really walk around the town centre draped in phalluses? How many shots did she do from that butler-in-the-buff’s chest?

While some things may be best forgotten, the congregation of all her best friends and the most fun part of planning a wedding shouldn’t be! Remind your hen of the good time you all had with this diamante-studded print.

Your a4-sized print will arrive kiss-less for you and the rest of the hens to decorate. A fun keepsake, and one of the few parts of the hen do which can not only go on Facebook, but also on the wall of the newly-weds living room!

Treat your hen here!