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October Studio News

Friday, 26 October 2012. Tags

Things have been extremely busy in the Kitten Lane studio this month! In between family events and work, my DIY wedding plans are now in full swing. Here’s what’s been happening over the past month…

Website Projects

This month saw the launch of a couple of websites for two wonderful ladies- Nat (Clique Clothes) and Bethan (Blooms by Bethan). These two projects have easily become my portfolio favourites!

Blooms by Bethan wordpress blog design

Blooms by Bethan is the little boutique business of the talented Sydney cake decorator and florist, Bethan.

As a startup business owner, Bethan had a limited budget for this project, but also mentioned that she really loved the design of the Kitten Lane website and wanted something similar. She already had the logo designed, along with the watercoloured peony, so I had lots of inspiration to draw from for this design ready to go.

To keep costs down we decided to design the new website using Kitten Lane’s WordPress template. I was able to recycle most of the code and although the website is similar to KL in terms of layout, the new site has been given its own unique stamp.

To finish off the project, a matching e-newsletter was developed so that Bethan can email out all of the latest news to her customers and followers. I absolutely loved working on this blog/e-news design with all of its gorgeous flourishes!

Clique Clothes woocommerce shop website

Clique Clothes is an Australian online store stocking the latest NZ fashion labels. This was an interesting project as Nat originally had a friend building this site and had contacted me to just add a couple of nifty little jQuery effects for the images and menus.

It wasn’t long before we realised that the shopping cart being used wasn’t going to do the job (the checkout process was completely broken!), so after some thought we ditched the old system and Nat requested my services to rebuild the online shop from the ground up. Still wanting to keep the website on the WordPress platform, we decided to build the new shop using the WooCommerce shopping cart.

The design was kept true to the original PSDs and the old shopping cart template, but also took on some new (and improved) styling from the new WooCommerce template. I also made a few little tweaks to buttons, fonts and padding just to make it a little tidier.

Wedding Plans

My fiancé and I have decided on a country wedding (pretty easy decision really as we both grew up in the country) and have found an old hall for the reception. So now that the  venue is booked, I can start focusing on the fun part – colour schemes and decorations!

COLOURS

A couple of weeks ago some sample colour swatches that I had ordered for the bridesmaid dresses arrived in the mail (yay!). The swatch that I have chosen is ‘Seafoam’, although this is closer to the ‘Cameo Green’ colour below. Together with dusty pink and a little bit of cream I think this will achieve the romantic, “rustic charm” feel that I’m after (looks a lot like the colours on this website, right?).

DECORATIONS

I decided ages ago that I wanted to hand make all of the decorations for the wedding, so a few weeks ago when I was up at the farm I gathered up a whole heap of jars that mum had collected. I’ve posted a few photos below of what I’ve made so far – I’m rather pleased with the results!

wedding color swatches
Handmade wedding tealight lanterns Handmade wedding tealight lantern close up Handmade wedding tealight lanterns

Creative Projects

About a month ago was my sister-in-law’s beautiful wedding. In keeping with the spirit of hand making gifts this year I wanted to give these guys something special in addition to the present I’d bought. I ended up making a silver chalkboard tray with a welcome home message to the new Mr & Mrs K – I’m kicking myself that I forgot to take a photo of the end result!

As I mentioned in my Serendipity post, I’ve started participating in Raining Umbrellas – lessons in creativity, which is a 4 week e-course with loads of creative inspiration, resources and fun exercises. So I’ll be posting more of my course projects over the next few weeks.

Well that’s about it for now. I’d love to hear what you guys think of the new websites and the wedding colours/DIY decorations! Is anyone else planning a wedding or been working on any interesting projects that they’d like to share?

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