Archive for February, 2011

Job Vacancies x2

Job 1: Part time Order Prep/Card Finisher to work on our small production line required (Note this is not a design role). You must be able to work to daily targets and get to the studio in Mossley. 15 hours per week flexible hours. Immediate Start.

Send your CV to clare@madewithlovedesigns.co.uk

Job 2: Weekend Order Prep/Office Assistant required. To assist our small design team in weekly design prep, replenishing stock levels of packing materials & basic office duties. You must be able to work to targets and get to the studio in Mossley. 7 hours to be carried out at weekend on Saturday. Immediate Start.

Send your CV to clare@madewithlovedesigns.co.uk

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See Part 1 of our New Studio renovation here.

We had initially planned to quickly tile the office area with hot pink vinyl floor tiles but after lifting the existing carpet tiles, parts of the floor ripped up which had to be filled before any tiling work could start. But…. underneath revealed wood!

Real wood, which cleaned up would look really cool. So, we decided on a whim to rip the whole of the flooring up. A really dirty hard job which Jeff mainly did (with some girl help from me). We owe Jeff a massive thank you for all the work he’s done over the last week but an especially big thank you for revealing the floor and making a massive obstacle a minor detour.

The larger floor surface was filled with holes which needed filling.

The floor isn’t smooth but with a lick of floor paint and lot’s of cow hide rugs will work fine.

Curtains hide our imperfect wall, saved a load of hassle painting and add warmth to our office area.

Things are starting to take shape. New furniture is in place and lot’s of finishing touches still to be done.

Next Post: A girl’s touch, frilly bits & hot pink steel.

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It’s been a few weeks since we got the keys for our new studio at Woodend Mill Artist Studio’s in Mossley. Since then we’ve worked every spare hour cleaning, lifting flooring, working on electrics and getting very messy making this blank mill space ‘our space’. Whilst keeping a fully booked and very busy MWL running.

We had spent a couple of months looking for new space to move into as Made With Love had outgrown our home studio too long ago, and with new staff starting, we had no more space to grow into. So the search had started.

Like house hunting, you know when you’ve found the one. Somewhere that makes you feel right the minute you step into it. The space we’re moving into was actually a large empty shell. Disused for years. A former artists studio with paint drips down a wall, no sockets, no lights, damp floors, and rotting windows. It was freezing. But the space was huge and the potential was massive.  

So after months of looking, the search was over & we had found ‘our space’

And so the dirty work began – cleaning/clearing out….

And after a weekend of cleaning….

Next post: Jeffrey’s week of wonder: A floor gets ripped up | Concrete mixers | Electrics, wires & plugs | Man work grrrr! Click here to see the results

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I’ve been putting together a list of furniture pieces we will need to buy for our new studio. Obviously nearly all from IKEA. I haven’t found a better place for most office equipment/furniture that matches on price and ingenuity.

This is rough floor plan. It’s to scale in my mind (no measurements – c’mon I am a girl) but this is how I want the spaces to pan out. A place for photography (instead of having to get the tripod & camera set up each time we shoot). A gallery for our stationery frames for when clients pop by. A furniture gallery to showcase new styles. A sitting area for chilling out & for when Lilly comes to the office (probably on Fridays which is our quiet day)

The pink space is pink vinyl floor tiles! All other furniture on the plan is coming with us from our current work room (all mainly white).

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We’re spending a little time over the following months to update the wedding website, do a general tidy up, make images larger and add information on the images to answer popular questions you may have.

Opulence luxury sparkly lace wedding invitations is our best selling design and we’ve updated this page first with the new layout. We now do favours of foil wrapped chocolates in sweet little boxes which can now be seen on the Luxury Opulence wedding stationery gallery.

Included in the new page is a Luxury Wedding Invitation Colour Themes section showing recent designs we’ve worked on in different colour schemes to inspire you.

Dusky Pink – Popular for 2010 weddings and the trend is set to continue for 2011. With Vintage styles seeing a revival from 2010 bigger & more beautiful than ever.

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Monochrome – A timeless & classic theme for weddings. Opulence invitations can be designed with black lace, white lace, and monochrome ribbons. Mix and match black & white for a stylish city style.

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Regal Royal Purples. Sumptuous & rich purples have always been a popular choice and looks super in the Opulence Collection. 

Pages are being updated daily so watch this space!

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Oooh er – it’s been a busy week. We will soon be launching ‘Boudoir’ our Fabulous French Furniture boutique. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come…

If you’re into beautiful interiors, fabulous french furniture, rule Britannia & all things lavish, grand, shabby chic & vintage… you might just fall off your seats when you see our gorgeous home wares. For the moment you can buy this bloody gorgeous Union Jack chair online for £250 (normal price £295) with the brand new website launching later this month with lot’s of stunning lines currently being added.

Add your name to our mailing list to be the first to hear when the furniture boutique opens and to receive an exclusive discount code when we open the full website.

We will also have a showroom of the furniture when our new studio opens early March. So do stop by!

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It’s official: we’re moving to lovely new studios in a beautiful 19th century cotton mill which is now home to other artists & designers – Woodend Artist Studio’s. We signed the lease today and expect to be in from 1st March.

There is quite a bit of work to be done before we can make the move and we’re going to be treating the project as a personal one, taking photo’s & blogging on it’s progress. Normal design will resume as normal but we are accepting fewer orders during this time so please bear with us.

The Mill has real character and is home to lot’s of independent artists who we can’t wait to meet. So far we’ve met with the site manager who is fab to deal with and have passed a few of the artists who are all lovely. We are literally bursting at the seams with excitement & can’t wait to start work there.

Stay tuned… Happy Weekend! xoxoxo

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