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Handmade Gifts – cloud decoration

2nd 02 2018. Posted in Family Life, Magical Moments at Home by elliekelly

 

I love crafting. I don’t really have a favourite type of craft, I just love to try new things out. I think my plan to handmake lots of gifts this year is going to really help me get back into crafting and making.

This is decoration I made for my friends little boys 1st birthday.

 

I have made the felt clouds before for Neive’s mobile so I went back to watch my YouTube video to remind myself what to do. The design is a mashup from different pintrest cloud decorations while looking for some inspiraiton. I loved the rainbow ribbon details I saw on some crafts and I really felt like making some pompoms. I also love these hoops and plan on making a few other things with them this year. If you love crafting and haven’t work with felt before it’s a great medium to work with and really versatile.

You can see how I make the clouds on my other post here. And them I simpley glued in some ribbons and sewed along the bottom.

These mini pompom are so cute and easy to make. You just need a fork and some wool. Here is a video I used on YouTube.

 

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What I’v learned – Branding

29th 01 2018. Posted in What I'v Learned by elliekelly

 

The most important step in starting a new business or moving a business forward.

In 2011 I started Buttons. It was not a big grand plan. The aim was to work from home so i could have a dog and be in a the position i wanted to when i had kids. I made some notes in a note book and looked at what other party companies where doing. I planned out what I would offer, how much I would charge and the equipment I needed.  I ran it along side by job for 6 months, then went part time and after two more months I left.

What I did plan out and spend money was the branding and website for Buttons. I went all out. I had heard Fiona, who owned the branding company talk at an event and had done a party for her daughter though a party company I used to work for a few years previously.

My gut was saying, she gets what I’m about, knows what I’m trying to do and will create something I love. And that is just what happened. Some people told me I was mad for spending thousands on a new never tested company when I could get a website and logo for a few hundred pounds.

Part of me was a little freaked out about the costs. I was only 26 at the time, but I knew I would love what I got just as much as I knew I would regret going cheaper, always wondering what if.

It was, to this day, 6 and a half years on, the best investment I have made. I have only ever made tweaks to the Buttons site where as all my competitors are on there second ones.

Buttons brand and website was built around my vison for Buttons, the clients I wanted to work with and used colours psychology, all meaning I have a lovey brand that stands out in the crowd and attracts the clients I want. I LOVE the clients I work with and I really do put that down to the brand attracting like mined people who are looking for the type of service I provide.

I’m not saying to get yourself in financial trouble when having a brand / logo / website created but you need to spend as much as you can to get the best you can. In the long term it will pay off. How many totally rubbish websites have you been on and then off again in the blink of an eye because they just looked half hearted.

I am just working on the final touches for a second website for my Forest School business. Again, I used people I knew and trusted and again it cost me thousands. I don’t spend this type of money without some thought and it’s a lot to spend when you’re not working as much and have a one year old. However, I knew I would totally love what I got with them and never question if the money was worth it.

 

How terrible would it be to spend half what I spend and not like what you got, much worse than investing in doing it right the first time I think.

I used Caz from Making Waves Creative for the branding and design and Don’t Panic Design for my site build.

My tips if your just starting out and looking for a logo, branding and website:

  • If you don’t know anyone in the design/ branding/ web business, then start asking around for recommendations.
  • Do lots of research for both who to hire and what you want
  • Get excited! Make a pintrest board on what you like. Colours, style, feel.
  • Who are your ideal clients, where to they shop, how much will they spend, what’s important to them (read more on client avatars to get really in depth on this)
  • Come up with a company name and as soon as you have one check and buy the domain name! Also get the social media tags.
  • Play on competitions websites to see what you like and what you done. Are they to simple, to complicated. Too much text, to little images.
  • Plan what you want on your site. How many pages do you think you need or will it be a one-page site.
  • I have only ever work with people who really understand colours in branding (colour psychology) and it’s made a diffrence I think.
  • When you have picked the people you are going to work with ask lots of questions, make sure it all makes sense.
  • Ensure they are doing a mobile friendly site and you can update it yourself with ease.
  • Start getting lots of great photos ready as you will need to add these to the site.
  • When writing your web copy make sure it matches the brand you are creating. Be that fun, creative, free spited or educational.

For more great branding advise and insight go take a look at the Brand Stylist site and her book is great.

 

 

 

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Handmade Gifts – Cookie Jar

21st 01 2018. Posted in Family Life, Magical Moments at Home by elliekelly

  A year of handmade gifts   The second gift I made for my friends little boy (see the Story Stick gift in this blog) was two cookie jars. One a choc chip cookie monster jar and one smarties rainbow jar. It took me a while to find a recipe that sounded good and then […]

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Handmade Gifts – Story Stick

21st 01 2018. Posted in Family Life, Magical Moments at Home by elliekelly

  A year of handmade gifts   My first handmade gifts of the year were a joy to come up with and make. And I have to say a kinda perfect one to start with. My friend’s little boy just turned 4 and has a lot of new toys to play with from Christmas and […]

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Intentions for 2018

4th 01 2018. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

  I set Goals for my business, but I don’t make New Year resolutions. I’m not sure why, I guess it’s the setting yourself up to fail part. This year after some inspiration from Dawn French (I have her Me . You dairy) I have made a list of intentions. Maybe they are the the […]

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Toddler stocking gift and box craft

11th 12 2017. Posted in Magical Moments at Home by elliekelly

  This is a super easy toddler stocking filler and also gives your toddler a fun but calm craft to do later in the day or on boxing day. You need: A little box or bag A selection of box decorating crafts such as crayons, stickers and gems. Don’t be tempted to use felt tips […]

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Easy Woodland Wands

23rd 11 2017. Posted in Magical Moments in Nature by elliekelly

  I’m all about making little magical moments every day. My job involves creating big magical moments for children that take weeks, something months of planning but I do believe in filling everyday with little bits of magic as well. I don’t have tons of time, show me a parent who does. So, my daily […]

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Party games for children 7 years +

8th 11 2017. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

  When children turn 7 they tend to move away from the classic party games such as pass the parcel, duck duck goose and musical bumps and at Buttons we have a great collection of games that older children love. Below are a few of the top games     Mummy Wrap  A Halloween classic […]

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Top Party Games for ages 3-6 years

26th 10 2017. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

  At this age the classics are the very best! If you have a theme to the party then you will be sure to find tons of themed party games you could also incude but i say unless you are used to dealing with groups of children then dont add in to many ‘diffrent’ games […]

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Baby play – Egg carton & Nature

7th 08 2017. Posted in Magical Moments at Home by elliekelly

  Neive has LOVED all the time outside over the last few weeks (lets hope for more sun though) and has been very keen to touch all the plants and flowers. I made up a little nature egg box for her to discover the other day and it was a hit, the egg box just […]

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Ellie KellyHello & welcome to my blog

I'm Ellie a lover of celebrations, bunting, balloons and bubbles. This is my party and lifestyle blog. I'm married to Mr Kelly, we have a 4 year old Border Terrier, Milo and a baby on the way. Put on your party hat, grab a bit of cake and take a look around.

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