We're moving to London Darling

Today is an important day in James and my calendar as we share some pretty massive news here on our blog with our Elephantshoe community of friends, followers, clients, fans and online shoppers. In this post we hope to share a piece of our hearts and to keep you up to date with what's going on with our big baby Elephantshoe.

Change is tough, change is messy, change is never easy, you fight to hold on to what you know and love and at the same time you fight to let go . . .

We're about to go through a lot of change and never have I felt the above sentence to be more true.

We're moving from our beloved South Africa to the U.K on the 1st of August 2015 and EVERYTHING is about to change. Wowzer, did you read that correctly, we are moving to England. It sounds a little crazy when you think that we have family, our beautiful business and a happy home here in S.A.

I believe in life we go through seasons and chapters, time to learn, time to give, time to work hard, time to rest, time to nurture others and time to heal. When I look back on my life  . . . only 30 years of it so far and I can see a very definite pattern of these seasons. Each one has molded me into the person I am today and although a seasons of sickness when I suffered from Lupus was very tough to handle at the time, I am grateful for the lessons and the faith that it has brought to me.

Moving to London is James and my next chapter, an opportunity to ADVENTURE, to try new things, to live life in a fresh way with totally different surroundings. We are always encouraging our followers to go out and live life to the full, to try new things, to make sure you don't live this year the same as all the years that have passed. We're taking some of our own advice and we're doing it. After all our Elephantshoe motto is . . .

Life is for living, for loving and definitely for fun!

When I shared our news with a fellow creative here in S.A that we admire and love, she wrote to me and said, "Sam once you are married and you truly love your husband - home is where you are together and that might mean another country." I loved this advice so much as I often feel I can take on anything with James by my side. Elephantshoe would not be what it is today without his constant encouragement, love and incredible hard work. We are dreaming of traveling to new places together, hopping on the Eurostar to Paris, taking a quick flight to the Greek islands, skiing in Austria, adventuring through the Cotswolds drinking way too much tea and eating scones with clotted cream, the list goes on and it feels exciting.

With all the excitement comes an even dose of fear. What if we miss our family and friends too much and missing them is unbearable? What if we struggle with the English weather? What if we lose our Elephantshoe clients? What if we sell all of the wrongs things? What if . . .  EVERYTHING changes :-) I've recently come to terms with the fact that some of the things above will happen but through it all we need to constantly be positive, instead of thinking about what can go wrong, we need to focus on what can go right and build on that. We need to make the most of the life that we have been given. In fact the one quote that I LOVE and that has been keeping me extremely positive through this entire process is this one that a new friend recently shared with me,

"When NOTHING is certain, EVERYTHING is possible."

It reminds me that opportunities are inevitable and that everyone is on the verge of something wonderful. The best is yet to come.

I guess one of the hardest parts of making a decision like this are the people that you leave behind. We have been blessed to have known and worked with some pretty amazing people here in S.A who we will always support as we are just so grateful for them, we would have nothing without you! Of course it's not goodbye for good but goodbye for now and we would just like to THANK EVERYONE that has helped us to build our Elephantshoe business.

Thank you to our family and our friends, you've consistently inspired us, some of you have worked for us, from sewing to serving lemonade to folding and creating invitations. Thank you to every single Ellieshoe bride that has trusted us to create their important pieces of stationery detail for their weddings, thank you to every online shopper for spending your hard earned money on Elephantshoe goodness. Thank you to all our "I LOVE YOU" box subscribers, we hope you have felt the love every month, I can't tell you how happy I was to find that most of you consistently renewed your subscription with us. Thank you to all our clients for giving us creative freedom to build your brands and help grow your business babies. Thank you to the two lovely interns we have had in our time here, not only did they help us so much but we have become friends for life. Thank you to every supplier that has been there to help us create our products, for the quick turnaround times and the top notch quality, thank you to all the bloggers and magazines that have encouraged us, written about us, advertised for us and shared our Elephantshoe goodness. Thank you to theprettyblog for getting us started on our DIYs four years ago and for posting our free printables every month since then, you've helped us to grow our business . Thank you to our friends Blackframe photography, what can I say . . . you have been there every step of the way. Since the day James and I said, "I do" to all the beautiful photographs you've taken to showcase our work. Thank you to Isabella, a lady who started out as our domestic helper and has progressed into production fundi, quality control and friend. You have been by our side, been a part of every single Elephantshoe project and you have helped us so so much. There are hundreds of names flashing through my mind right now of people that have been our Elephantshoe community, you know who you are and just know that we are so thankful for you.

Where to from here . . .

We believe that this is not the end, that nothing is finished or closed. I guess it may sound a little lame but this is the best way I think I can describe our next steps. Just like a little caterpillar needs to go into a cocoon for a period to turn into a beautiful butterfly so our Elephantshoe needs to take a sabbatical. The Elephant must take a break, lose some weight, see the world with fresh eyes and come back to walk the tight rope. It will be fresher, better and more streamlined and ready to take on the world.

One thing I do know is that our brand will always be centered around "LOVE" - Elephantshoe, whispered "I Love you".

Over the next few months as we make our move, we will be closing our South African online shoppe and our "I Love You" Box subscription products. We will not be taking on any new custom projects as we pack up life here in Jozi and move and settle in England. We will however continue to post to our blog, facebook, twitter and instagram so that you can follow our progress and our adventures.

If perhaps you are reading this post and you are based in the U.K please be in touch, if you hear of any exciting opportunities for James and I, please let's meet for a cup of tea and possibly we could work or create something awesome together. You are welcome to mail me or leave a message via our blog or website. We are actively looking for work in England and would so appreciate your help.

For now, I will leave this post with our Elephantshoe philosophy

"To the simple life. A life of beauty. A life of love. A life made lovely by the things we say and do. The words we whisper, the gifts we give and the celebration of all things good in between. To more Yes, and less No, to squishy mud between the toes, laundry is for later, love is for now. Let’s dream in the sun or sip cocoa through melted marshmallows, because life is for living, for loving and definitely fun." - Elephantshoe

Love Sam & James

P.S for anyone wondering, Mushroom our Mainecoon cat will be joining in on the travel fun.

P.P.S we will be closing the shoppe next week Friday the 3rd of July 2015, up until then the only product now available for purchase is our new THE SERIOUS BOX OF LOVE. Please place your orders now to ensure that you receive a box of love for yourself and for your friends. We have a lot of stock to clear and we have upped the deal. 1 box costs R350 and you will receive over R600 worth of Elephantshoe goodness.

P.P.P.S We are looking for a job for our Isabella, she has been my right hand lady for 4 years and she has an eye for detail. She is excellent at assembly, hand cutting and any task that includes creating products and using fine motor skills. She has helped me to set up events, she is an incredibly hard worker and won't stop until something is absolutely perfect. We will miss her dearly.

Elephantshoe from the heart

June 2015 {Life is for living, for loving & definitely for fun} Love Box

Life is short, it's busy, it's happy, it's sad. We learn new things, we teach others things. There's good news and bad news, there's good times and bad times. Everyday brings about something fresh whether it is positive or negative and what we have realised is that through it all  . . .

Life is for living,

for loving

and definitely for fun.

We never will know what tomorrow will bring but we can love our family, friends and all people fiercely. We can live life to the full, take on new adventures and challenges. We can change things up and just go for it. "When nothing is certain, everything is possible".

Our June, "I Love You" Box is all about this, encouraging our subscribers to choose to have a great day everyday no matter the circumstances, to inspire our followers to turn dreams into actions and at the heart of it all to love with their full heart.

Since the launch of our online shoppe this Elephantshoe quote has been at the core of our business and we have used this to inspire the pieces in our June Box of Love.

"To the simple life. A life of beauty. A life of love. A life made lovely by the things we say and do. The words we whisper, the gifts we give and the celebration of all things good in between. To more Yes, and less No, to squishy mud between the toes, laundry is for later, love is for now. Let’s dream in the sun or sip cocoa through melted marshmallows, because life is for living, for loving and definitely fun." - Elephantshoe

Let's take a little sneak look at all the items that went into our latest "I Love You" Box

  • 1 x Black Wall Vinyl Sticker with the quote "today is a good day to have a great day"
  • 4 x Inspirational A6 Postcards
  • 1 x Box Mounted Wall Art Canvas with custom Elephantshoe design and quote
Elephantshoe I Love You Box
Elephantshoe I Love You Box Wall Vinyl
Elephantshoe I Love You Box Postcards

This is a quote a friend shared with us recently and we feel brings about a lot of hope and encouragement, it excites us and reminds us that absolutely anything is possible. How awesome it that!! When things in your future seem a little uncertain remember this.

Elephantshoe I Love You Box Postcards
Elephantshoe I Love You Box Artwork
Elephantshoe I Love You Box
Elephantshoe I Love You Box

We hope that this has inspired you to think about some of those wonderful goals and ideas that have been sitting on your heart. Just give it a go, you never know what awesome things could come from it. Things that could change your life as well as those around you.

Our "I Love You" Boxes are not available to purchase currently as we make a few changes here at Elephantshoe (all to be revealed soon). We do however have our "The Serious Deal Box of Love" for sale. Visit our online shoppe to find out a little more.

Elephantshoe I Love You Box

May 2015 {Quirky Happy Birthday} "I Love You" Box

On the 30th of April it was our Elephantshoe blogs official 5 year Birthday. Wow, I started writing here on our the Ellieshoe blog all the way back in 2010, it was a leap of faith and a chance for me to do what was in my heart, to put action to my thoughts and dreams. {If you'd like you can read my very first and short post here under LIVE WHAT YOU LOVE .} My my what a wonderful journey it has been, it wouldn't have been as wonderful or possible without all the lovely & amazing people that follow our posts, download our free printables and order our Elephantshoe goods from our online shoppe. THANK YOU so much!!

To celebrate our Birthday we themed our May "I Love You" box as our Quirky Happy Birthday Box. There were some pretty awesome goods inside to help all of our May subscribers make their own cards, tags and paper bags & to encourage them to get creative and wrap up the Birthday gifts they give in lovely Elephantshoe inspired parcels.

Let's see all the Birthday wrapping goodies that went inside each Love Box.

  • 1 x Maple Wooden 'Happy Birthday to You' Stamp in a Kraft Square Box
  • 5 x Variety Large Flag Tags with Bakers Twine
  • 5 x Variety Bakerstwine and Hemp Cord Card Set in Dusty Pink, Purple & Natural Colours
  • 1 x Lavender C6 Envelope with Black Confetti Liner & 'Happy Birthday' Card
  • 1 x "Ice Lolly & Cupcake" printed C6 Envelope with 'Make a Wish' Card
  • 1 x Kraft C6 Spiral Printed Envelope with a 'Lets Party Mkay' Card
  • 1 x Blush Pink C6 Envelope with Spotted Liner with a 'Happy Birthday Balloon' Card
  • 5 x Round Stickers with Cupcake, Ice Lolly & Lets Party Mkay Designs
  • 9 x Paper Bitty Bags (Large Kraft, Small Kraft, White, Purple Chevron, Small Kraft with Stripes)
Elephantshoe I Love You Box

A Birthday Box surprise for a one of our subscribers celebrating her Birthday. We love creating custom tags with special messages from our online shoppers.

Our favourite and most versatile product in this months box was our "Happy Birthday to you" maple wooden stamp. This little winner can be used to stamp tags, cards, envelopes, stickers and wrapping paper to get your HAPPY message across. Presented in a small kraft box that our subscribers could use to package up a small gift for a friend, family member or colleague.

Happy Birthday Stamp Elephantshoe

A handy set of 5 quirky 'ice lolly, cupcake, yay, and make a wish' flag tags were included in each box. These came with twine attached so that they can quickly be attached to a gift be it a wrapped pressie, bottle of wine or bunch of pretty flowers.

Choose a simple wrapping paper (i'm sure you've noticed that we have a love for brown kraft), stamp with your new maple wooden stamp and tie with one of the twine colours included on our Elephantshoe sorbet twine card set. Ta-da and you are sorted with your gift wrapping. A cute solution for presenting your Birthday gifts in a cheerful way.

Elephantshoe tags

What's a Birthday box without a fun selection of Birthday cards and lined envelopes? Mix and match your cards with your envelopes and of course most importantly send a special message with your Birthday pressie.

Elephantshoe Card and Envelope
Elephantshoe Card and envelope
Elephantshoe Card and Envelope

Our Elephantshoe Birthday stickers are perfect to close the back of your envelopes, a bitty bag or to simply place on the top of your gift wrap. Something small that can customise your gifting and add some extra happiness.

Elephantshoe Stickers
Elephantshoe Paper Bags
Elephantshoe I Love You Box

And there it is our May "I Love You" box ready to rumble and spread a little jolly around over special Birthday times.

Our "I Love You" Boxes are not available to purchase currently as we make a few changes here at Elephantshoe (all to be revealed soon). We do however have our "The Serious Deal Box of Love" for sale. Visit our online shoppe to find out a little more.

Elephantshoe I Love you Box