The Sunday Post

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Good morning,

I Hope you have all had a fab week.

My week has been filled with special commissions, London trips and new books!

I've been working on a new house portrait that is going to be turned into something a bit different, it's not being framed. I can't give away too much now but I'm excited to see the final piece. I will share it when I can!

On Friday the other half and I went to London to see Kevin Bridges in the evening and have a day seeing the sites. (A bit of a bus mans holiday for him as he works in London all week!).

 Anywhoo we visited the Tate Modern which brought back memories of trekking around it at school and then later at University (I studied Fine Art at uni!). But this time I was more excited by what I found in the gift shop...

I found this gorgeous children's book filled with wonderful illustrations of high street buildings. I love it, it's filled with tons of inspiration for me! 

I've also been experimenting with adding an extra personal touch to my house and venue portraits. I've been working on adding the name of the couple getting married and the date or the house name and street. 

I'd love to get some feedback, what do you think?

I hope you have an amazing upcoming week and I'll see you next Sunday 


The Sunday Post

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Good morning,

I don't know about where you are, but the sun is shining in Wiltshire today. Finally, YIPEEE! 

Today's Sunday Post is going to be a little bit different. I'm going to show you the stages of each house portrait.

I first ask for a photograph of the house. As straight on as possible is best, but if it's slightly off I can still work with it. 

If the photograph is straight on I trace it on to a piece of squared paper. As this one is not quite face on I draw it out without tracing. It's at this point that I select which details I'm going to include. You can definitely say what you would like me to include if there are certain details.

 After I have drawn it onto the squared paper I ink it in so the lines are dark enough to see through the fabric. I then use a light box to trace it on to the fabric ready for stitching.

I hoop up my fabric so it's drum tight and start stitching over my pencil lines. This is when the fear sets in, but I love it. As I use freehand machine embroidery the lines just have a lovely wobbly quality - I never know quite how it's going to go. I often hold my breath without realising when I start (which is not ideal!) but I soon get into the flow.

I then choose the fabric for the front door. I try to choose a similar colour, but with a fun pattern on! This then gets stitched on. 

Finally I frame it up, give it a polish and photograph it. Then it's ready to pack up nice and snug in bubble wrap and polka dotty tissue.

And there you have it! So each portrait takes quite a lot of time, but you know what, I love doing them. If you are interested in having one done please contact me here.

See you soon

The Sunday Post (on a Monday)

Monday, 31 August 2015


Happy bank holiday, Yipeee!

This week has been a busy one. I've been getting ready for my first craft fair with my new stitched work. I've been framing pieces and making a gazillion lists so I don't forget anything.

I've also been able to show a house portrait I completed a few weeks a go for a groom to give to his bride. What a lovely idea... 

I've also been stitching more mini pictures (because I think they're dead cute!)

The craft fair was upstairs in Lichfield guildhall, so on Friday I drove back to my parents house and spent the evening setting up how I wanted the stall to look. 

This is how it looked on the day...

I was really chuffed with how my stall looked and got lots of lovely compliments and sold a few things. More excitingly I got enquiries about my house and venue portraits which is just fantastic :) I had these as flyers out on my table...

If you're interested please get in touch you can see more examples of my work over on my facebook page. 

Have a fab bank holiday
see you soon,

The Sunday Post...

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Good morning,

I didn't do my Sunday catch up post last week as I was away for a few days in Northumberland for my birthday. My chap and I traveled up on Saturday via Tynemouth where I used to go on holiday every summer to see my Granny Bannany. It was lovely to go back there and the sun way shining which was even better. I made friends with a seagull, but I think to be fair, he was just after my fish and chips....

We then drove on up the coast to Rothbury where we stayed in a most beautiful B&B with wonderful views to look out on over breakfast.

We ventured into Alnwick where there was the most lovely buildings. 

Not forgetting the wonderful Alnwick castle where I was treated to lunch in the tree house restaurant...

It was a really fab weekend. It's definitely nice to get away and see what the UK has to offer. Northumberland really is a beautiful place.

Now I'm back I have got  a lot to do as it's just one week until my craft fair in Lichfield at the guild hall next Saturday. If you're around please pop in to say hello it's open from 10-4.

See you soon

The Sunday Update...

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Good morning folks,

It's been a little while since I've posted so thought I'd do a little update as a few things have been going on.

Last Sunday I went back to The Makery in Bath and had a little refresher on how to make a cushion cover. I'm so used to using my machine for freehand embroidery I kind of forgot it can make allsorts of other things too.

Excuse the creases! I've super happy with it as the seams are actually quite neat! 

At the end of August I'm doing a craft fair so have been getting stuff ready for that. Firstly I got these beautiful business cards....

I also got this stamp made from The English Stamp Company so I can stamp the back of my handmade cards and paper bags, I love it....

I have also completed a special commission but I can't show that to you yet as it's not been given to the recipient!

So there we are, it's been a lovely week filled with exciting things.

I shall try and post every Sunday with what's been happening! 

Have a great week,
See you soon

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 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!)

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