FF: LilGuy Stationary

Feature Friday is back after a short break with the winter holidays.  Today we’re talking with Kim of LilGuy Stationary!  She creates beautiful stationary and invites for weddings and more.

Why are you passionate about stationary and being creative, and what made you start a business?

My maternal grandfather was a self-taught artist so I guess I take after him on the creativity side, although regrettably I can’t draw! I started my business after making my own wedding invitations in 2008 when people were asking me where I’d got them as they thought they’d been made professionally. I started building up the business whilst I was still working as a credit controller for a holiday company and knew that I preferred the creative work to working with finance. When it became an option to leave the day job in 2010 I jumped at the chance, with encouragement from my husband, so that I could concentrate on my own business full time.

What is some of your inspiration and do you have any favorite stationary you’ve made?

My inspiration comes from a lot of different things, from architecture to mehndi patterns, sometimes I sit with a variety of ribbons, flowers and embellishments in front of me and find a combination that I find works. I’m also inspired by my dogs, you can read the story behind the LilGuy name here, as well as seeing examples of the bespoke stationery.  My current favorite is this Peacock Invitation, made with a 15cm Kings Blue square wallet decorated with a wide ivory ribbon, silver diamante flower embellishment and a real peacock eye feather.  I also love this crystal rose stationary box.

What are some of your future plans and hopes?

In the last year I have consistently had work published in national and regional wedding magazines in the UK, which I still get a thrill from each time I see one of my photos printed! I try to source different embellishments direct from the manufacturers to make my work stand apart from others as I think brides want something to make their wedding unique. We can cater for all budgets, from luxurious silk or velvet covered padded invitation boxes and folios to bespoke stationery to suit your style and theme, as well as having some budget price invitations which still give great quality.

You can connect with Kim and the Lil’ Guys on Facebook, Twitter, the website, and the blog.

Thanks Kim!  I love your work and can’t wait to see what new things you come up with! 

Game Day Celebration

The 2012 Superbowl is just a few days away!  If you’re getting ready for the big game, here are some last minute ideas to add some ‘wow’ to your fun night.

Make an edible bowl to serve chips or snacks in.

Use a football for extra seating.

Use pillow cases to make “jersey” chair covers complete with numbers of your favorite players.

Use printed scrapbook papers for napkin rings, pennants and any other decorations that need a little extra pop.

If you’re looking to dress up your buffet table but don’t want to mess up cherished pictures, lay them out on the table and then put a sheet of clear thick plastic or glass over them.

For some adult fun, try these 3 drinking games.

Tint drinks with food coloring to make them match the team colors.

Plan the cooking ahead of time so that you’ll know when to put things in to optimize your game watching time.

Don’t forget lots of napkins and paper towels for the moments when things get upset over the excitement of the game!

And may the best team win!