As I sit here, at my kitchen table, listening to Radio 2 (because I’m old) and munching on the last of the mince pies (Lidl ones were far better then the Aldi ones – which is why there are still Aldi ones in my cupboard!) with a mug of tea, I thought it appropriate and extremely clicheed to review the past year for me, my family and Hattie Boo!
It’s been a rollercoaster of a year with family illness, loss and drama but on the whole it’s not been a bad one! I still love my job and have decided to make some changes to improve the Hattie Boo experience! I’d love to work on building a Facebook Group to answer questions and help brides with the highs and lows of planning a wedding and coping with family and friends along the way! And would welcome brides past and present to help me make this really happen!
2017 is officially my tenth year in business and with that comes a huge amount of experience, knowledge and understanding. I would really like to take on the challenge to establish myself as an authority in my wedding stationery niche in an open, giving and helpful way! So if there are any forums looking for an ‘expert’ then please get in touch or if anyone is looking for a guest blogger or would like me to write articles for magazines then my door is always open to you!
I have sketched, etched, drawn, painted, letterpressed and foiled my way through 2016 and am looking forward to doing it all over again
To help my brides I have promised that I will work on streamlining my processes which in turn will allow me to focus on creativity which is my strength and difference. So please bear with me whilst I create clear systems for the business to better optimize and streamline how Hattie Boo functions on a day to day basis! You see – I do listen to all feedback and I am working on better ways for my customers to receive information and step by step instructions.
Anyway enough of my intentions and let’s get back to looking at what I did in 2016!
I now have an amazing printer that prints white digital! It may not sound that exciting but I love it and to partner up with that after trialling a digital foiler I’ve bought that too – currently running rose gold foil, it is a thing of beauty to behold!
Last January I went to Top Drawer London with a friend and colleague where we drank Gin, proscecco and some more gin, and found some new and amazing suppliers, Nkuku has been my favourite find and the christmas stock that left my studio will have made many people very happy on Christmas morning! We are planning to return next month to find some more goodies to share with you!
I exhibited at Wedding Shows across the Northwest at some amazing venues including Peckforton Castle, Nunsmere Hall, Rowton Hall, The Belle Epoque, Arley Hall and Delamere Events to name but a few! I supported my talented friend with the Secret Vintage Wedding Fairs and collaborated with some extemely talented wedding industry experts as we worked on styled photo shoots to showcase our wares and have appeared in some of the very best Wedding Blogs!
I entered the County Brides wedding industry awards but didn’t win! Perhaps next time I will shout out to everyone that knows me to vote for me rather than simply approaching my genuine brides. (Can you sense my disappointment and bitterness?) Only joking – the after party was amazing and I would enter again just to dance and drink like a crazy woman with friends and colleagues.
As I do every year, I have met some amazing couples and heard the most romantic love stories ever! Amazing proposals, incredible venues, breathtaking flowers and delicious cakes! Even nicer are the babies that come along afterwards and the Facebook photos of the happy families that I played a tiny part in creating!
I would like to congratulate one of my brides, the multi talented and highly energetic, Helen Skelton on the announcement of her pregnancy and would equally like to congratulate one of last year’s grooms on winning Strictly! Say hello to Portia please, Ore! Enough showing off and name dropping!
I almost forgot to mention the naked Warrington Wolves Testimonial Calendar that they boys begged me to style for the fourth year running!
Honestly – I didn’t see a thing!
Wishing Ben Harrison an amazing testimonial year and fingers crossed that lots of money will be raised for St. Rocco’s Hospice and The Wolves Foundation too!
I’ve had several ear piercings added to both ears in the quest for relief from migraines and I must say that they appear to be working – and so far so good! To any sufferers out there it’s worth a go and I would recommend an appointment at Manchester’s best piercing studio, Holier Than Thou! However it can be addictive and I’m already contemplating another – What the heck! With my curly hair no one can see them anyway!
Over the next week I’m going to share some of the stationery that left the Hattie Boo studio last year – this will be in no particular order as I really wouldn’t want to forget anyone or cause offence so if any of my brides are reading this then please email me with photos of you on your happy day and any professional photos of my On The Day Stationery and I will happily share them here!
So on this very last day of 2016 I wish you all well and hope that Tweny Seventeen brings you even more wealth, health and happiness!
My final tip is how to make a Cosmopolitan! It’s practically a health drink!
Take a cocktail shaker and add ice
Add a double measure of Vodka
Add a single measure of Grand Marnier
Squeeze the juice of a whole fresh lime in (one of your five a day)
Top up with cranberry juice (the second of your five a day)
Stick the top on and shake your bum!
Pour into a cocktail glass and try not to drink it too quickly!