From Acorn To Oak With Love

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From Acorn To Oak With Love

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This WordPress website design was for a wonderful baby and child massage, yoga, sign and play party business From Acorn To Oak With Love.

Founded by the amazing Lesley, FATOWL is very highly regarded amongst her group of regular and devoted parents. I truly believe the work she does is so amazing and important and it was an absolute pleasure to work with her.
 
Lesley has been running FATOWL for several years and doing so successfully via social media but reached a point in her business where she felt a professional website would help bring her more credibility and authority. She also knew having a great website would make things easier for her current parents, as well as making it easier for new parents to learn more about what she offers.
 
Her site had been live for a while when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the UK and all classes had to be cancelled. I so admired how quickly Lesley pivoted to offer her classes online for parents to be able to continue taking them at such a difficult time for many people. We added password protected pages so that she was able to uploaded recorded Zoom classes for her parents to catch up on! 
 
With more beautiful branding by Julia Bastek, it was an absolute pleasure to work on this for Lesley.
 
 

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Head over to the FATOWL site to see the whole thing.
 
You can book a call with me here to have a chat about your own website.
 

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Morgana McCabe Allan

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Morgana McCabe Allan

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One of my favourite projects to date, WordPress website redesign for master manifestor and business mindset coach, Morgana McCabe Allan.

This has been an incredible ongoing work relationship together. Morgana had a website built on WordPress with Divi theme, which is very popular right now. When we first discussed working together, she said she ‘like her website, but wanted to really LOVE it’. And that’s exactly what we did!
 
Morgana writes amazing copy so we had a lot to go with. She also had the most beautiful branding by Laura of Bea and Elle, and photography by Rachel from ShootSweet.
 
Pulling all of this together and working with these amazing ladies was so much fun, and the end result was exactly what Morgana wanted. She recently had a client who came to her and said she looked through her website for 45 minutes! She has also gone from securing 1/5 to 4/5 enquiries as a result of her website.
 
Morgana has a solid social media presence and strategy, and totally understands how a brilliant website can really uplevel her brand and increase her business even more. In the end, her website has done just that <3 
 

Home Page Sneak Peek

 
Head over to Morgana’s site to see the whole thing.
 
You can book a call with me here to have a chat about your own website.
 

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Mastered By Chris Waite

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Mastered By Chris Waite

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A brand new WordPress website for Scottish mastering engineer, Chris Waite.

Spoiler: Chris is also my wonderful and supportive husband 🙂
 
Chris is a musician but has also been recording, mixing and mastering for over 10 years now. He works primarily at Grans House Studio with Angus Lyon.
 
He loves all aspects of recording music but mastering is what he’s most interested in, so he decided a website would be the perfect place to start focusing on his work there and share more about the ins and outs of mastering. Since setting his site live and optimising for SEO, he has now started receiving more enquiries through his site!
 
 

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Head over to the Mastered by Chris Waite site to see the whole thing.
 
You can book a call with me here to have a chat about your own website.
 

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Merbabies

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Merbabies

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This project was a redesign for an amazing local swim school for babies and children, Merbabies.

Anna Payne is the founder of Merbabies, and also a totally inspiring businesswoman! I was so excited to work on this with her, and had such a great time redesigning her website.
 
Anna started Merbabies about 2 years ago and designed her own website to get going. Now that she’s built up her business and has a larger audience, she felt the time was right to get everything rebranded and her site rebuilt.
 
She had her branding redone by Julia Bastek, as well as lots of beautiful images. It was a brilliant experience to build a site that already had such strong visual assets! 
 
 

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Anna was the perfect client to work with. She really clearly communicated everything about her brand, which in turn made it much easier for me to create a site that was exactly what she wanted.
 
Something else that made a huge difference here was StoryBrand! If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen me talking about this book. Anna read it and worked through the framework while rewriting her copy, and we then used this heavily through the design of her site as well. I can’t recommend this book enough, so definitely check it out whether you’re designing your site or not (it will help with all of your marketing collateral too!).
 
I’m so glad I had the opportunity to work on this site, and as always, having a brilliant client makes all the difference. More like this, please!
 
You can head over to my contact page or email me to discuss your website build.
 
 
 

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BodyWell RMT

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BodyWell RMT

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This was a WordPress redesign for the amazing BodyWell RMT, a registered massage therapy and yoga studio in Comox Valley, BC.

BodyWell is founded and run by my best friend of 25 years, Heather Green. Heather has always been such a huge inspiration and influence in my life and it was SO much fun to work together! It’s the most amazing feeling to work with someone you admire so much.
 
Heather built her own website on Weebly and used that for several years. She wanted her website to be more robust, look more modern and professional, and for it to make getting information and booking easier for her clients. With a number of new RMTs popping up in the area, she also knew moving to WordPress and optimising her site for SEO would be a big help and as SEO is a longer term strategy, she wanted to get moving with that too.
 
This was such a fun build for me! Working with someone inspiring on a mission to make the world a better place, with a business that feels really aligned – a dream job through and through 🙂 
 
 

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Head over to the BodyWell site to see the whole thing.
 
You can book a call with me here to have a chat about your own website.
 

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Gnoss

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Gnoss

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I built a new website for dynamic Scottish folk band Gnoss for the launch of their upcoming album.

I was delighted when the guys asked me to build their new site. They’re a really brilliant up and coming folk band who are making some beautiful music!
 
They’re launching their new album, ‘Drawn From Deep Water’ in April and have started taking pre-orders. For the launch of their new album, they wanted to have an awesome new site to help get the word out there about their album and gigs! 
 
 
 
 
Gnoss had some stunning artwork created by Orla Stevens and photography by Martin Venherm for their album. We based their site design on these assets and came out with a lovely teal and grey colour palette, and a darker feel based on their artwork and photography. It was a really fun project to work on!
 
 
Head over to my contact page or email me to discuss your website build.
 
 
 

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Drum Academy Scotland

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Drum Academy Scotland

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Drum Academy Scotland is a website I built for the launch of an exciting new project by Fraser Stone.

 

Fraser is a fantastic drummer and educator who decided to launch a new initiative to teach drumming to a wide range of audiences from primary aged school children to adults in professional environments. Through their work, they aim to bring a wide range of drumming and rhythm based training, services and resources to people across Scotland.
 
 
I was delighted that Fraser asked me to work with him on this project as he got ready to launch. We worked closely on this build to get the right feel that he wanted for the site and to make sure it really showcased everything they’re working on. 
 
Man playing a Gretsch drum kit in a studio with a white backdrop.
 
 
He also had some brilliant photos taken by Paul Jennings to showcase the instruments they’re using that have been provided by their sponsors. Check out Paul’s work too for some awesome photography and videography! 
 
 
Head over to my contact page or email me to discuss your website build.
 
 
Screenshot of the Drum Academy Scotland website home page.
 

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Emilie & Arlan

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Emilie & Arlan

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Em & Ar Get Hitched is a very special wedding website that I built for my sister and her fiance.

 

My sister is getting married in the summer and I am very excited about it! She mentioned that she would love to have a website built for their guests to get all the info about their wedding and RSVP from their site. I was so excited to build this for them! All of my family live in Canada still and it’s hard to be so far away from home when so many exciting things are happening, so it was really fun to be involved in all the preparations like this.

 

We wanted the site to be minimalist and elegant. This doesn’t need lots of functionality but has to look amazing! She had an awesome graphic designer put together their colour palette, fonts, and design for their invites and I had all of that to work with, which gave me a good creative base for the build. 

They also had a stunning engagement photo shoot session with Sarah Thomas Photography last year, whose amazing photos made the website truly beautiful!  High quality photos always make your website stand out.
 
This was such a fun website to build and having stunning photography, a beautiful colour palette, and strong graphic assets to work with made such a difference. I would love to do more like this!
 
Head over to my contact page or email me to discuss your website build.
 
 
 

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Jenna Reid Music

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Jenna Reid Music

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Jenna Reid is an award-winning Shetland fiddler and a wonderful composer.

 

I’ve known Jenna for a long time now and have always admired her music and work ethic. I was so pleased when she asked me to design her new website to coincide with the launch of her fifth solo album, ‘Working Hands’.

 
 

Jenna’s had websites with a number of bands she’s been a part of, but she’d never had her own site. It’s always nice to start from scratch and build something from the ground up. She also wanted a shop to sell her album on her site, so I built that functionality into her site as well.

 

While Jenna was recording her latest solo album, she had some beautiful black and white photos taken of some of the recording sessions. We used these almost exclusively for her site build, and based her design off of her dreamy recording photos and her album cover design.

 
 

 

Drop me a line here if you’d like to chat about a new project with me, or take a look at Jenna’s website here. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!