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Customise Christmas Cards For Your Business

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Ever thought of going that extra mile to interact with your customer by sending them a hand written Christmas Card? Show your customer that you do care by sending then Christmas wishes the old fashioned way.

Let Little Works customise a Christmas Greeting card for your business or your personal family Christmas Card. We can add logos, fit inserts, add embossing, laser cut, to name a few to add to your card.

We have many designs that you can choose from, or we can create your own unique Christmas Card.

All come with a matching envelope, these too can be personalised for you.

Drop us an email at marketing@littleworks.co.za

Let’s Get To Know Sindy

Sindy’s hands are made of magic. She can fold up to 1000 cards in one day! Read more to find out what makes her tick 🙂

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1. What do you enjoy most about Little Works / your job?

Packaging – it’s relaxing!

2. What makes a greeting card great?

The detail and decoration.

3. Your favourite part of the day?

Lunch time!

4. Coffee or tea?

Tea (with lots of sugar) 🙂

5. What inspires your creations?

Weddings inspire me.

6. The highest number of invitations/greetings/etc you have folded in a day?

500 easy. Sometimes 1000!

7. Most used app on your mobile?

WhatsApp

8. Favourite song at the moment?

Nomvula

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Let’s get to know Michele

What would be do without Michele? We shudder to think about it! She’s our fearless leader and passionately into all things design and stationery. We asked her a couple of questions.

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1. What do you enjoy most about Little Works / your job?

I love my Team, they are one hell of a wonderful bunch!

2. What makes a greeting card great?

The love that has gone into making it!

3. Your favourite part of the day?

I love coming into the office early when I am on my own to gather my thoughts and then when the Team comes in and there a quick morning update on the happenings of the previous day/night.

4. Coffee or tea?

Ooooh difficult – hot water for me please?

5. What inspires your creations?

I get inspired by the people around me, my surroundings, the world wide web of information, creativity and design.

6. The highest number of invitations/greetings/etc you have folded in a day?

A couple of hundred

7. Most used app on your mobile?

WhatsApp – how vintage I know!

8. Favourite song at the moment?

I have two …
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night
One Direction – Drag me Down
Never thought I would ever have a 1D favourite!

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Creating a Little Works Greeting Card

We decided to document the steps that it takes to create one of our handmade greeting cards to give you an idea of how much goes into making our stationery. In this case, we chose to show you the process of creating one of our most popular cards from the Z range: the Butterfly.

Enjoy!

Step 1: Print

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Step 2: Cut

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Step 3: Cut some more

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Step 4: Punch

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Step 5: Add the sticky bits

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Step 6: Fold

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Step 7: Emboss (yes, it’s all by hand!)

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Step 8: Add the shiny bits

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Step 9: Add the sparkly bits

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Step 10: Get them all in a row

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Step 11: Get out the glue gun

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Step 12: Put it all together

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Step 13: Voila! Nearly there!

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Step 14: Package it

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Step 15: Send it out to the world!

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Little Works is a Small Business Awards Finalist!

We are very excited to announce that Little Works has been nominated and made a finalist for the 2015 Sage One Cape Talk Small Business Awards!

Here’s the little blurb they have about us on their website:

“Little Works is one of South Africa’s premier event and stationery provider and regard customer service as core to their business. We pride ourselves in excellent customer service and make sure that we have happy customers that return for years to come.

Little Works is the specialist stationery supplier within the event and stationery industry in South Africa. Our passion is to create fabulous, bespoke stationery that is an extension of our clients’ personalities and unique individuality. Little Works is streamlined in two elements, event stationery, which covers wedding stationery, this includes items from “Save the Date” to “Thank You” cards with focus on the invitation which sets the tone and mood for the special day and more exquisite stationery to compliment that memorable occasion. Our event stationery also includes specialised business and corporate stationery, birthday invitations, special occasion stationery, celebration of life booklets, christening, birth announcement cards, boxes, gifts, specialized paper décor items and many more. In this area we work with event co-ordinators, confectioners, catering specialists, businesses and corporates.

The second element of Little Works is greeting cards and stationery. We have many ranges to offer within the greeting card portfolio which consists of more than 600 different cards across the ranges. Our stationery element further consists of notelets, disposable placemats, guest books and many more which we wholesale to retail outlets, especially in the tourism industry including guest houses and lodges, boutiques and décor stores. Little Works also offers a graphic design and customisation opportunity for businesses requiring to set themselves apart from their competition by offering unique stationery items to their clients.

Little Works has been described as trendsetters that offer impeccably and efficient customer service. Your experience with Little Works will be guaranteed to be stress-free and filled with whatever it is that your heart desires.

The Little Works team will meet with you to discuss your ideas whilst using the company’s vision of being the leader in adding touch of class to your special occasion.

Wish us luck!

Why Winter Weddings Work

Many factors come into play when planning a wedding. One of them is the weather, with most bridal couples preferring to say “I do” during the Summer months, favouring sunshine and outdoor ceremonies to rain and dropping temperatures. It makes sense! We get it. That being said, we still love Winter weddings, and we would like to tell you why:

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1. Venues are cheaper and vendors have more time (generally)

Because it’s off season, you may be able to get married at a venue that would otherwise be totally out of reach (budget-wise). Also, it’s more likely that the venue will actually be available on the date you want (even if you don’t book a year in advance!).

Similarly you’ll be able to pick and choose your vendors and they will have more time of their hands to give your wedding lots of extra attention.

2. It’s romantic

As it’s dark and cold, it’s a perfect excuse to go crazy with candles and fireplaces. Flickering warm light will set the mood perfectly, encouraging hand holding and intimate conversations.

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3. It’s not (that) windy in Cape Town…

The one real downside of having an outside Summer wedding in the Cape Town is risking a visit from the Cape Doctor.

4. … and it doesn’t rain at all in Jozi!

Swop out Summer thunderstorms with the beautiful Winter Highveld.

5. You will have an excuse to wear gloves and boots

And provide your guests with blankets and hot water bottles!

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6. It’s summer on the other side of the world…

… which is perfect for your honeymoon 🙂

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7. It’ll be the event of the Winter

Your wedding will be a much needed break in the monotony of the Winter Season. What’s more – your guests are more likely to be available to attend your wedding as all their other friends will be getting married in the Summer.

– Have we convinced you?!

Photo credits: http://onefabday.com/ and http://damorphotography.co.za/

Little Works featured weddings: Simone & Jens

Meet Simone and Jens, a couple that met in their teens, fell in love, and never looked back.

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How did you and your husband meet?

We met at church camp organised by the German church , back in 1991, when I was 15 and he was 17. I was totally smitten the moment I lay eyes on him.

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How did he propose?

September 2014. We were up in Plett for a few days and went on an early morning hike along the Robberg peninsula walk. We had been walking for about 2 hours when I came across a crisp white table cloth and a silver ice bucket with a bottle of Moet. And a reserved sign. I thought somebody had set up a romantic picnic.. and as I turned around to Jens I saw he was on one knee holding a little black box out to me. And he proposed. He had secretly sent the hotel manager ahead of us to set up the spot for us so I would stumble across it.

How long did it take you to plan your wedding?

We started planning our wedding in October and got married early January..3 months.

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What was your theme and why?

Our wedding was in Jonkershuis in Groot Constantia. The celebration was in the courtyard. My Wedding planner/ florist said it had a French Provence type feeling and that struck a chord. I wanted a European summer feeling. My colours were pink and lilac and peach. I had lavender tied to the back of chairs and little silver teapots as flower pots.

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Your favourite moment of the day?

Walking into the courtyard where all our guests were already seated. ‘Can’t Fight this Feeling’ by Reo Speedwagon was playing. This was the song I fell in love to Jens with when I was 15. Walking into the reception to this song made me realise that I was now married to the man I loved so many years ago.

Any advice for future brides and grooms?

Enjoy yourself. Nobody will know if anything doesn’t go according to plan, so don’t sweat the small stuff. Tell the venue to speak to your bridesmaid/ or wedding planner if something isn’t going according to plan and not to come to you. Bach rescue remedy before walking down the aisle.

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How did you choose your wedding suppliers?

A friend in the beauty industry recommended Susan Lomas as a wedding planner. She also does the flowers. Susan recommended Little Works. I was so impressed by their Can-Do attitude. They had a very quick turn around and even when I kept them waiting (ie having to provide them with info) they still made the deadline. Michelle answered all my questions immediately, even late on a Sunday night. I will no doubt be using Little Works again. We had a second Wedding in London in April and they printed labels for our champagne and wine bottles which was a lovely touch.

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What would you do differently, if anything?

I wouldn’t change a thing.

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The Wedding Stationery Timeline

As many of know, planning a wedding is no small feat. It requires time, patience and a clear mind. Things can get overwhelming quickly, and it’s not uncommon for us to come across brides and grooms that have gotten frazzled in the planning process.

One of the tasks that every bridal couple needs to do is get their wedding stationery completed and sent out within a certain time-frame. Here we briefly mention the key stationery items that are involved in a wedding, what they entail, and the timelines associated with them.

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‘Save the Dates’ notify guests of your wedding date well in advance, often because the location of the wedding requires guests to make travel arrangements beforehand. Typically ‘Save the Dates’ should be sent to guests 6 – 12 months before the wedding, and as a result should be one of the first items of stationery that you order from your stationery supplier. You can get super creative with these – think magnets and calendars!

Invitations

Next on the list comes the actual wedding invitation. These should go out at least 3 months before the wedding and should include all the necessary information. Remember that designing a wedding invitation can take some time, especially if you have some intricate designs in mind, so make sure you start speaking to your stationery supplier well in advance of the 3 month mark.

RSVPS

RSVPs should be sent out at the same time as your wedding invitation. You want to make it as easy as possible for the guest to let you know whether or not they are able to attend, and if they are, what their food preferences are. This could be done by simply ticking boxes on a card and popping it in an addressed and stamped envelope – both of which are provided for the guest. Remember to ask for RSVPs as soon as possible, and at least one month before the wedding.

thank-you-cards

Although not a must have, ‘thank you’ cards are a lovely touch and really make an impression on your guests. These should go out approximately 2 weeks after the wedding (but can we be ordered at the same time you arrange your invitations).

We hope this helps! If you are planning a wedding, please get in touch with us, and we will happily take you through the whole process.

Little Works featured weddings: Chantal & Roleen

Meet Chantal and Roleen, a lovely couple that we got to work with on their wedding stationery. We absolutely love their story!

How did you and your wife meet?

Roleen and I met more than eleven years ago when I was a waitress at a coffee shop in century city that she frequented.

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How did you propose?

A few months after we met I knew that she was the one for me and asked her to be my wife. Marriage between same sex couples wasn’t legal yet back then and quite frankly we had no desire to have a piece of paper to tell us what we already knew…that we were committed completely to each other.

The actual proposal wasn’t anything fancy I’m afraid…we sat in her favourite restaurant at the time Diva’s, sharing a pizza and I just came out and asked her…taking a ring off one of my fingers to use as an engagement ring because we couldn’t afford anything fancy back then. Later we asked my Grandfather, who was a diamond setter by trade, to make us two rings which we designed and wore for many years (Roleen still wears hers today). For the wedding though we had a jeweller friend design and make two brand new rings for us to mark the continued bond between us.

How long did it take to plan your wedding?

We chose our wedding date to coincide with our anniversary so we had almost a year to plan which was way too long.

What was your theme and why?

Our theme was a mixture of elegant, vintage, classic and earth. Now while this might sound like a mix match of oddities, it actually worked very well. We had originally wanted an outdoor wedding with more of a rustic vintage feel but when we came across the venue we got married at we immediately fell in love and had to alter our plans slightly. Haute Cabriere hosted our wedding, so from an outdoor afternoon wedding we changed to a cellar ceremony and indoor, underground reception in the evening. There were two details that were non-negotiable though…for Roleen it was Lace and for me it was birds. So we incorporated lace on the tables and flower bottles outside and I had little bird cards placed on certain wine glasses in the reception hall.

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Your favourite moment of the day?

My favourite moment of the day was by far when I saw Roleen in her wedding dress for the first time, walking down the aisle towards me. She looked more beautiful than I had ever seen her and she radiated love. We locked eyes and I didn’t stop smiling till the evening ended and we passed out dead on our feet from sheer enjoyment and relief that the day had passed with little to no major upsets.

Any advice for future brides and grooms?

Every girl dreams of having an amazing wedding but at the end of it all, no matter who you ask, whether it was a R500k wedding or a race to the local home affairs office, what you remember most is holding your significant others’ hand in front of your family and friends and saying I do. Don’t get hung up on the small details because at the end of the day it really doesn’t feature.

Some practical advice…don’t drink too much the night before, visit the ladies room before you put your wedding dress on and always have your bridesmaid hold some tissues for you because you will shed a tear before the night is over. Top tip…take a moment to look around at all the family and friends you have invited and watch them enjoying the moment. After months of planning, it is over so quickly that you must take a moment to enjoy it and watch others enjoying it.

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How did you choose your wedding suppliers?

We went to a few wedding expos and also scoured the internet. I’m sure we boosted CNAs sales by buying every wedding magazine known to man but ended up using little to nothing from them. A very helpful website was the Little Pink Book which is where I found Little Works if I recall, and also just approaching local businesses. Of course we had to lead with “if you have a problem with same sex marriage let us know now” but we only encountered one company who wouldn’t deal with us due to their religious beliefs.

What was it like working with Little Works?

It was an absolute pleasure to work with Little Works. Nothing was impossible for Michelle, even a request for some of the invites to be in a different language was met with no arguments at all! The invites, menus and place names were printed timeously without any errors and within our budget – which is always a good thing! (One small touch that I do recall…when we went to collect the invitations, Michelle gave them to us in a beautiful box covered in angels and music…two items that are very close to my heart).

What would you do differently, if anything?

On the day itself we had a small drama unfold with regards to a couple that had an argument…I would have erased that totally (I can confirm though that they worked out their issues and are now getting married on 4 July).

Thanks so much ladies!

Little Works featured weddings: Paula & Michael

Little Works is fortunate to work with lots of wonderful couples who are planning their wedding. To show our appreciation for them we have started a Little Works ‘featured wedding’ series where we interview couples about their big day.

First up, we chat to Paula about her and Michael’s lovely day. Little Works provided their wedding stationery.

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How did you and your husband meet?

I met him 20 years ago when we were both ambitious 20 somethings looking for our big break in the IT Industry, our lives were on different paths then – we bumped into each other a few years ago and both of our lives had changed direction, we both happened to be following the same path.

How did he propose?

Totally unexpectedly, underneath what must be the world’s most miraculous stairwell, in a charming hotel in Strasbourg, Northern France.

How long did it take you to plan your wedding?

11 Months

What was your theme and why?

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We had all our guests wear shades of Pastel. We were married under an arch on the Boulders at Bakoven Beach in front of our Home, as an artist myself, I just know how beautifully the soft shades of colour all blend together to form a romantic & whimsical setting. My dress was white lace over a soft nude lining which blended into my tan so all that was visible was the intricate lace detail covering my body and trailing down to the floor. My flowergirls and bridesmaid wore layers of soft tule in shades of nude which picked up the nude of my dress and our flowers comprised of Ivory roses, apart from my bouquet which featured a few nude/vintage dusty roses that were also placed in my hair.

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Your favourite moment of the day?

My husbands face when he saw my 12 year old daughter walking before me, singing our wedding song “I’ve loved you for 1000 years” by Christina Perri (People are still talking about that moment … it blew everyone away, nothing prepared any of us for that moment).

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Any advice for future brides and grooms?

Get someone reputable to make your dress. I visited many bridal coutures and none of them seemed like the one… I ended up settling for Thomas Couture (Thomas Henning – went under the name TOMCAT), he took the R6000 deposit and vanished to JHB and left me without a dress 2 months before the wedding. I was lucky enough to be travelling to the USA and managed to get my dress in New York shipped to Texas where I was staying. I brought it home and had Eves Bridal in Cavendish work her magic to get it precisely how I wanted it in 2 weeks. All you will have left is memories.. and photographs.. The photographer is key, get someone who will represent YOUR style. I booked Angie Whittle before I set the wedding date, she just knows how to capture the perfect beach shot and has an incredible understanding of how to work with light.

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How did you choose your wedding suppliers?

I put my mood board together, snapping ideas from Pinterest and the Internet and scanning wedding supplier web site galleries. I knew exactly what I wanted from the food and décor to the Flower arrangements – I left nothing a surprise. I ended up having 6 different suppliers as there simply was not one supplier that catered for everything on my mood board. But each one was very professional and delivered to perfection.

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What would you do differently, if anything?

Get your dress ready 2 months before… just in case. You can always alter it 1 week before to ensure the perfect fit. During the hair trial.. try… and try again until perfect, only then book it.

Check out their wedding video: http://youtu.be/p_O-SYMfQeo

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