It's been a while...

It's been almost 3 months since my last blog post and the constant reminders about the importance of consistency with blogging and SEO keep going round my head as yet another notification from Facebook pops up on my phone to kindly tell me that "410 people who follow Elsa Rose Boutique haven't heard from you in a while". Thanks Facebook, with your automatic reminders to remind me how crap I've been. I was doing so well a couple of months ago, publishing a blog post weekly and gathering a little following but things have changed massively in our personal lives and I decided to write this blog post to explain why I seem to have fallen off the face of the Earth.

5 simple ways to wear a hair vine

Hair vines are one of the most versatile hair accessories around at the moment but one question I always get asked at wedding exhibitions is “How do you put them in your hair?” So, lovely bride-to-be, I’ve put together a few ideas to help you make up your mind about whether a hair vine is right for you and rave about all their fabulous qualities!

The inspiration behind the new Inspired Collection - Part two

I've had such a lovely response on social media about the first few pieces in the new collection and if you missed it, you can read all about them in my previous post :) Today's blog features the final pieces in the collection and the inspiration behind them. Don't forget, if you'd like to pre-order your favourite before they go on sale on Thursday 30th March, you can sign up here (and get yourself a little discount in the process!) or just drop me a message!

The inspiration behind the new Inspired collection

In just a couple of short weeks (get it in your diaries - Thursday 30th March!) I'll be launching my new collection (but if you're impatient like me, you can pre-order your favourite here, because I'm nice like that!) so I thought it was about time that I shared the little journey that I've taken to put it together and introduce you not only to the pretty pieces themselves, but the beautiful personalities that inspired each one.

14 things you never knew about an Elsa Rose cake topper

I was over the moon to win an award for my cake toppers last week at the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards as the votes that led me to victory came from the lovely brides and grooms I've had the pleasure of working with over the last year - words can't express just how grateful I am and, if you voted, I'm sending a big virtual hug your way to say thank you! If you're a regular visitor to my site and blog, you'll probably have read the stories behind some of the cake toppers I've made, but I thought it would be nice to share with you a few little secrets about my trademark toppers, which will hopefully give you a bit of insight into the process if you're thinking of ordering a set or at least make you smile :)

For what it's worth...how to prioritise your budget and get what you really want for your big day

Weddings are expensive. No doubt about it! If you're planning a wedding, setting a budget and sticking to it can take some work, especially if, like me, you have no idea how much some things actually cost in the first place. I remember buying wedding magazines and they'd often have information to help give you an idea of cost for the essentials just to feel completely overwhelmed with the costs that were racking up in my head. You too?

So how do you decide where to splurge and where to save? There's no one size fits all answer to that I'm afraid to report but I decided to put this post together to help you think about what matters most for you as a couple and to shed some light on why things cost what they do and again, there's not a one size fits all approach there too but hopefully it gives you an insight into where your money is best spent!

Ideas to add a personal touch to your bridesmaid dresses

Personal touches make a wedding unique! Although this special day in your life should reflect your taste and style, it should also be an exciting experience for the people in your wedding party. And it is the small details and unexpected elements that make such occasions truly unforgettable.

Your bridesmaids have a big role in your wedding. Not only will they be by your side when you say “I do”, they are also an important part of the wedding scenery. So, add your special touches tomake your bridal team look extraordinary, and your bridesmaids will be happy at the attention you shower on them. The fashion team from Best for Bride, Canada's bridal store, suggest the following list of ideas to help you do this right!

Behind the Scenes - The Fisherman and the Mermaid

One of my favourite things about making cake toppers is that no two are ever the same. Each bride and groom has a unique story and I love being able to share some of the journeys their orders take and the thought behind them. Today's feature is all about how I made the little details sparkle for the lovely Rosie and Chris, whose love of the seaside inspired their special day.

Behind the Scenes - An All-American Cake Topper

It's rare that I publish a blog post before someone's wedding but this one is an exception for a special reason and I can't wait to tell you all the story behind these completely original cake toppers!

Today's feature focuses on Chicago based Megan and Jerry. Thanks to Etsy, my little business is gaining recognition far and wide and I couldn't be more pleased that this lovely couple asked me to make their cake toppers for them.

What every bride in Somerset needs to know when planning her wedding

I want to share with you a great resource for brides and grooms in Somerset and the South West, which I believe could really help you with your wedding planning and save you a lot of stress too. Sounds great, right? Read on for more!

Behind the Scenes - Charlotte and Toby

When I started my business two years ago, I didn't think that my cake toppers would be my best sellers. They have evolved so much since I started making them and I love how each one takes on a little personality of its own. I've not shared many details with you about the work that goes into them or the ideas and inspiration behind them so I thought it was about time I did!

Inspired by nature - introducing the new Secret Garden collection

The Secret Garden collection was inspired by both the current soft pastel trends we're seeing in the wedding world at the moment and the fact that we moved to a house with a garden and I have grown to appreciate nature a little more! The collection consists of 5 hair vines, 2 hair combs, 4 sets of hair pins, a tiara and 2 buttonholes. The emphasis is on soft colour and subtle sparkle, incorporating colours and elements from the beautiful flowers that have inspired each piece. The beauty of each piece though is that, as I make each one personally, they can all be adjusted to incorporate extra details, meaning that you have a starting point to help visualise your final piece.

Six things I wish I'd known before starting my creative business

I recently responded to an advert looking for female entrepreneurs to tell their stories about how they started their business and the journey they had taken in the process. I received a reply almost immediately saying that my story could inspire others in a similar situation (I'll let you guys be the judge of that!) and was then asked if I'd shared my story on my website. Well, I hadn't and think maybe now's a good time as I've reached a turning point and made a lot of changes - hopefully this blog sheds a little light behind the scenes and satisfies your curiosity!

Personalised Phone Case Tutorial (+ FREE download!)

I've been having one of those days today. You know the ones I mean, where you know exactly what you need to do but everything seems to take you so much longer and doesn't seem to go the way you want it? Yes? Well today is one of those days for me. Creative block has set in and I desperately need to get back on track.

I read somewhere a while ago (I can't remember what it was or where I found it but if I remember, I'll let you know!) that one of the best things to do when your creativity is feeling a bit, well, blah for want of a better word, is to wake up your brain by using a different set of creative skills to the ones you're stuck in a rut with. As most of my work revolves around sculpting clay and using my hands, I decided to go for a more design-style graphic approach today, and it totally worked! And I even turned it into a tutorial for you, in case you fancied having a go yourself!

A quick and easy tutorial just in time for Valentine's day (in case you've left it a little too last minute!)

With Valentine's Day fast approaching I thought I'd share a little "how to" with you to help you create a personalised gift for your special someone. The best bit? It will take you less than an hour to make and won't cost you any more than paper and ink for your printer - how great is that?!

Hello World!

Thank you for popping by to say hello! What do you think? I hope you like my new look! I wanted to write a quick blog post to tell you a little bit about the changes I've made to Elsa Rose Boutique and what's to come as most of you have been on this journey with me since the very beginning. Sit tight, I'll try not to waffle on!