Website Conundrums....

Monday, 13 July 2015

Hello there,

Happiest of Mondays to you!

Monday is my day off in the week as I have to work on Saturday's (I swear this should be illegal!). So today I am busy working on behind the scenes stuff for May I Design.

Before I went on holiday I purchased this book and have slowly been working through it.


I'm currently on week 4 and so far it has been very helpful. I thought it would give me a boost to really LAUNCH my little handmade company in a few weeks time.

Today I have been focusing on website design. I have owned www.mayidesign.co.uk for years and the same message has been on my homepage 'under construction visit again soon' well it's been under construction since about 2010 and I'm still no further on with it! I wonder whether just to link my domain name to my blog, or do I need a website as a home for my business?!

Would any other designers and crafters recommend a web developer they have worked with? I think I only need a basic website as I am going to use Etsy as my shop and have outside link to my blog and social media. I just need someone to get my started I think!

So this is what my Monday is consisting of lots of research and trying to get my business a little home!


Hope you're having a good Monday,
See you soon (maybe with a new website!)
x

Woohoo I'm back...

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Well hello there,

How quickly time flies... I'm back from my two weeks away then gave myself one more week to settled back into the day job, but now I'm raring to go.

My fiance and I went off to Tunisia for two weeks and it was great seeing his family, enjoying the sunshine and taking in the wonderful colours, culture and trying (unsucessfully) to learn the language.



Two days after returning from holiday me and 5 friends 'The Granny Bananettes' took part in The Wolf Run to raise money for The Alzheimer's Society you can read more about why here . And good grief it was HARD! It was a 10k obstacle course through lakes, masses and masses of mud, hay bales, tyres, nets, logs and much more mud! It was crazy but my goodness it was worth it the gals and I raised over £1000 for The Alzheimer's Society. This was double what our target was, how amazing is that? Massive thank you to those that sponsored us!




But now I'm back in Swindon and ready for my next challenge to really get May I Design up and running. I have booked in to a craft fair in August as a goal to get lots of lovely stitched goodies made and out there to sell. I would also like to set up a website, an etsy shop and if possible I'd like a few more hours in the day!! 

I'll be posting quite frequently on my facebook page and Instagram so you can head over there and follow May I designs adventures if you like. 

Have a lovely Sunday,
See you soon
xx


The Makery..

Monday, 25 May 2015

Hello,

Hope you're having a lovely bank holiday. I've come home to my parents' house for a couple of days.

I'm super excited as I have signed up to another couple of courses at The Makery in Bath. I went back in February to do a freehand machine embroidery workshop that I really enjoyed. You can read about it here. So I have booked up to go on two more (to be honest I wanted to book more but I as mentioned I'm back home with Mum and she has reined me in!)

Anywho, so the first one I've signed up to, is to learn to make a cushion cover.  Although I've done one like this before, I thought I best do another as a bit of a recap on how to sew with my machine as opposed to just machine embroidery.

Image taken from The Makery website

The second course I have signed up to is how to conquer zips and other scary techniques. I want to do this one so I can learn to make some cute purses and make-up bags with my designs on.

Image taken from The Makery website

If you would like to read more details about the workshops available at both their Bath and London shops you can do here.

Have you done any crafty workshops or courses recently, I'd love to know about them?

 See you soon
xx


My very own house portrait...

Sunday, 17 May 2015

This week I stitched my very own house portrait. I found a very cute frame while out shopping and just knew what I wanted to fill it with.



This house is very special to me, it's mine and the now fiance's first home together. When I looked round it for the very first time I just knew we would be happy living here. I definitely do miss being in Lichfield with my friends and family but I do really love our little home. It would be perfect if I could just move it that little bit closer to Staffordshire! 


If you would like a house or venue portrait please contact me here prices start at £30

See you soon
x

House and venue portraits...

Monday, 11 May 2015

Good morning,

Happy Monday! Monday doesn't half come round quickly. It's usually my day off in the week so I actually quite like them!

While doing my Spring Into Design challenge back in March, I stitched my parents home where I grew up and actually gave it as a gift to my Mum for Mother's day. This hatched a new idea to stitch house and venue portraits and offer this service for customers. So I thought I'd share with you some I have done so far:


This was a commission for a 40th birthday. I really enjoyed doing it and love the colour of the front door!






 I have always wanted to create a Lichfield inspired art work. So my stitched cathedral was perfect for that!




This was a stitched wedding venue I made as a gift for a lovely couple recently.


If you would like a house or venue portrait stitched they make great gifts for new homes, weddings and anniversaries. Prices start at £30 + P&P please do get in touch you can email me here

Have a great day
see you soon
xx




Busy little week...

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Hello there,

I've had a busy week this week it's been filled with friends, weddings and food! It's been wonderful. Although I have really missed being crafty, so I'm straight back to it today. If you follow May I Design on facebook you will see I have been framing up some of my Spring Into Design freehand machine embroidered pictures. It's so nice to see them all framed up; it just finishes them off. 
They're all for sale and range in price from £20-£35:

Lollipop Roses

Lichfield Cathedral

Lighthouse

Polka Dot Bike


Polka Dot Wellies

Tomorrow I hope to spend the day stitching new designs, prepping a screen for printing and planning some new products. 

Hope you're having a lovely weekend
See you soon
xx

Outlaw Artisan Craft Show...

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Hello,

I hope you're having a lovely bank holiday weekend. Today I went to Outlaw Craft Fair in Bristol. I was so excited about visiting to get inspired, see designer/makers that I love and discover new ones.


One designer whose stand I couldn't wait to visit was Charlotte Macey. I have been a fan of her work for years and have treated myself to her goodies in the past. It was lovely to finally see all her wonderful work in one place. It was great to talk to her too, she was as lovely as her products.
Of course I had to treat myself to some more items!

Charlotte Macey Designs

It was also exciting to discover new designer makers too. Anna Wiscombe was a really great find. I love her beautiful wooden creations. I spent ages deciding which meadow flowers to choose as they were all so gorgeous.

Anna Wiscombe

Upscutlery was another fab discovery. Sam Corfield, a wonderfully bearded man, creates brilliantly useful things out of recycled materials. There was bent folk egg cups, bent spoon coat hangers, so original and creative there was nothing else like it there. Just fab!

Upscutlery

Another makers work I loved was Rachael Rowe of Grace & Favour home her work turns everyday things into wonderful items, she takes inspiration from items like postcards, stamps and buttons to create wonderful home wares and stationery.

Grace & favour home

It was a fantastic event with such a lovely variety of stands. I treated myself to some goodies too, I was very aware of Sarah Hamilton's Just a Card campaign, so any stall who's work I loved I tried to buy at least a card from them! 






All in all a fab day,I met some really lovely people and I'm feeling super inspired to get going and hopefully, maybe have a stand there next year!

See you soon
xx