Monday, 31 March 2014

March Design Work + Client Feedback!

Hello lovelies, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. :)  In case you missed it, I posted a few photos from my weekend here.  Needless to say it was the busiest non work related weekend that I have had in quite a while! :P

Anyway, moving on.. Please tell me that I am not the only one who finds it kind of scary that it is already the end of March?  I mean, seriously, where did the past three months go?!  As per usual I've decided to round up some of the design work that I have been working on this month (not all of it though as some designs are still a work in progress) and since a few all of my lovely clients had offered to send through some testimonials for me to place on my website, I figured I might as well showcase their testimonials here in my monthly blog post as well. :)

There is honestly nothing more rewarding than hearing wonderful feedback from my clients.  Of course, I totally appreciate their constructive criticism as well, but the fact that my clients care enough to take the time to evaluate my performance in the first place is rewarding enough in its own right.. don't you think?  Plus what better way to get a feel for me as a designer than to hear it straight from my clients mouths. :)

I was actually a little unsure as to what would be the best way to structure this post, so I've decided to strip it back to basics and just have a screenshot of my clients designs with a link to their blog and their testimonials directly underneath.  Make sure to check out each of their blogs to see the designs live as well, because there is always so much detail that can't be captured in a screenshot.  Enjoy! ;)

Custom Blog Design for India from The Jewel Beauty
(The header was an illustration that India had already had made)

"Felicity is one of the nicest people I have ever worked with! This is my second blog design by Felicity, and she has also done some logo work for my business as well. The thing I love about Felicity is that nothing is ever too much! she never pressures you, but instead is always there to give helpful advice. The way she works with her clients is second to none, and I will continue to work alongside Felicity in the future. Even though I'm based in the UK and Felicity is in Australia, due to her high level of commitment, we are able to communicate like there is no time difference at all! - A huge thank you for my latest design :) " - India

Custom Blog Design for Megan from My Pretty Apparel

"I have worked with Felicity on two blog designs now and I know that I most definitely will not be looking to go anywhere else. She really does such a great job at understanding exactly what it is that I want, nothing is ever too much! Felicity has now become more of a friend as she really is such a lovely lady and also extremely talented. I would recommend Felicity's design service to anyone I know as this high quality service is rare to find. Thanks so much for everything you have done Felicity and I look forward to working with you again in the future." - Megan

Custom Blog Design for Rosina from Rosie Pops

"I was very excited to work with Felicity after hearing so many great things from other bloggers. This was my first design by her and I was really impressed with her work and professionalism. As I live in the UK and she lives in Australia I thought communication would take a little longer than normal, but I was completely blown away at how quickly she responded to my emails. She was very thorough on the questions she asked me on how I wanted my design to look, which was great. I am really happy at how my blog design turned out and I would 100% work with Felicity again in the future. She was always happy to help and so friendly that I felt like nothing I asked her was too much. Thank you so much for an amazing blog design Felicity :) " - Rosina


 Custom Blog Design for Nicole from Life of a Trainee Journalist

"Felicity has been an absolute pleasure to work with. Despite the time difference with her being in Australia and me in the UK, she always provides a quick, friendly and efficient service of a very high standard. Felicity will go the extra mile to ensure you are happy with your design and nothing is too much for her. After Felicity completed my original design, I returned to her to work on a second one - that's how impressed I was. Felicity genuinely cares about her customers and gives helpful suggestions and advice to try and aid you with how you want your blog or website to look. I never felt under any pressure to stick to Felicity's suggestions, if I wanted a different colour or different font, Felicity would always happily oblige. Myself and Felicity have an email thread as long as my arm and like I said, nothing is ever too much for her. She's definitely my fairy blog mother in disguise and I'd definitely recommend working with her." - Nicole

Custom Blog Design for Sian from A Plus Size Girl in a Skinny World

"Felicity was fantastic from start to finish. I wanted a fresh and feminine design and it was exactly what I wanted. She patiently listened and made changes until I was 100% happy. She's extremely professional and although she's in Australia and I'm in Ireland, I'd wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a Blog makeover! She's such a lovely girl and was a pleasure to deal with and I will definitely get her help with my Blog again!" - Sian

Custom Blog Design for Charlotte from Beauty Science Magic!

"Felicity was a pleasure to work with, she knew exactly what I wanted and achieved a flawless and original layout with great personal extras such as my test tube rating! She answered any newbie blogger questions I had (I had many!) and really made my blog construction seamless and easy! I couldn't be happier with my blog design, and would recommend Pursuit of Felicity designs to everyone! I look forward to working with Felicity for future projects!" - Charlotte

Custom Blog Design for Kerri-Anne from Notebook of Beauty

"This is the first time I've worked with Felicity and she was an absolute dream to work with. With the time difference between the UK and Australia, I thought the communication process was going to take a while but how wrong was I? Felicity was quick and efficient and she works to a very high standard. Her friendly nature makes her really easy to work with and she really cares about her customers, ensuring that you're happy with every step of your design. Nothing is ever too much and I was amazed that the first draft of my design was more or less perfect and when ever you wanted something changed she'd always ask what you thought. Felicity wanted me to be 100% happy with the overall layout and I'm so happy with it and my friend told me that its me all over once she saw the final design! I cannot fault Felicity at all, she's just amazing. I'm looking forward to working with her again in the future and thank you for doing such an amazing job, I love it!!" - Kerri

Custom Blog Design for Lilian from The Weekend Agenda

"Felicity has good understanding of what her customer really want and needs.  Her work and design are high quality and professional. She has demonstrated her ability to deal with her customer without face to face.  She is very easy to deal with and also very proactive. I am lucky to have her to design my blog page and now it is up on running! Thanks Felicity!!" - Lilian


Aren't my clients just the best?!  I seriously have the best job ever and I am so grateful to all of you guys for continuing to give me these opportunities. :D

I really hope you all enjoyed this post, and if you are interested in working with me in April feel free to check out my website and send me through an email. :)

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Snap Happy Sunday // A jam packed weekend!



Happy Sunday guys!  I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend. :)  This week Ellie turned 13 weeks old and had another puppy play date with her new friends Natalie and Soda. She also attended her third puppy preschool lesson (only one more to go now!) and is currently learning how to lie down using the "drop" command (she's not exactly going so well with that one, ha!).  Then early Saturday morning our other new friends Emily and Texas invited Ellie and I along to visit an awesome place called The Dog Bakery. :D  We had such a lovely time at The Dog Bakery that I forgot to take some photos, but I will definitely be taking some next time I promise. :P





Shortly after getting back from The Dog Bakery my best friend from primary school and her partner came over with their handsome 6 month old boy, Xavier. :)  This was Ellie's first time meeting a little baby (next time she'll be meeting Lucas, eek!) and she was surprisingly well behaved.  She basically just sat there licking his hand, and even when Xavier was patting her on the head and sticking his fingers near her eyes/mouth she didn't try to nip at him.. maybe I should start acting more like a baby. ;)




Later Saturday evening, after my friend had gone home, mine and B's other good friends Adelie and Jim came over to check out our new place and finally meet little Ellie. :)  For Dinner I made everyone butter chicken from scratch, and for dessert Adelie made us all an assortment of different treats including key lime pie, snickers brownies, individual pavlovas topped with fresh fruit, scones with cream and berries, and strawberry/marshmallow skewers dipped in white chocolate and nuts.  It was even more delicious than it sounds, trust me! :P  She even made some teensy winsy banana cupcakes for Ellie made from banana and flour, hehe!  Adelie was also super kind to give us a random surprise housewarming gift of two original mason jar mugs with cute stripey straws!  Words cannot described how excited I got over this, haha!



Sunday was another very busy day for us, as Ellie and I woke up bright and early to head down to Brisbane for a play date with Schnitz and Clover.  This time my Mum joined us as well, along with Phoebe and Joey, and the five of them got on like a house on fire. :)  It's so strange to see how different the dachshund temperaments are according to the length of their hair.  The long haired dachshunds are a lot more relaxed and less attention seeking than the smooth haired dachshunds, which gets me really excited for our next sausage addition as we will 110% definitely be getting a long haired dachshund next time.  I've really got my heart set on an English cream dachshund (as many of you will already know!) but I also love the colour of Schnitz's fur as well, so as long as we can find one with lighter hair I will be more than happy! :P




Sunday afternoon was then spent at my cousins house celebrating my Uncle's birthday.. although admittedly Ellie stole most of the attention with her cute puppy antics.  After many puppy cuddles and Ellie's photoshoot on the foosball table (pictured above), we all sat down to a delicious barbecue lunch followed by fresh apple pie and ice cream.. it was simply amazing!

After dropping my Nana home, Ellie and I then went over to my other cousins house who was unfortunately under the weather at the time (and now I'm feeling sick, boo!) to get my hair coloured.  By the time she had finished it was already dark so I didn't bother to take any photos, but you will see what it looks like sometime soon I'm sure.  I basically went a dark brown/almost black shade to bring out my green eyes more and it definitely did that.  It also works really well with my yellowy/olive skin tone, so I think I may have found my perfect hair colour. :D

Wow!  That was a long post wasn't it?  If you managed to get through it all let me know in the comments! :P

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Thankful Tuesdays.



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Sunday, 23 March 2014

All About Ellie // 3 months old!


Registered Name: Ellie.

Nick Names: Ellie Belly, Naughty Nora.

Breed: Dachshund.

Variety: Miniature, smooth.

Colour: Black and tan.

DOB: 26th of December, 2013.

Date of Adoption: 16th of February, 2014.
PitaPata Dog tickers

Thursday, 20 March 2014

'Get to know me' Tag.



1. Are you named after anyone?

I wouldn't say I was named after someone exactly, but my name was inspired by a Flora margarine commercial starring an actress named Felicity Kendal that was playing on TV while my Mum was pregnant. You can see the commercial here.

2. When was the last time you cried?

Shortly after bringing Ellie home.  It was almost like I had postpartum depression.  Strange I know.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Thankful Tuesdays.



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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Snap Happy Sunday // Ellie's first beach trip!


Happy Sunday guys!  I hope you all had as wonderful a weekend as we did. :)  Since bringing Ellie home a month ago today, I've quickly rekindled my love for our trusty DSLR and have decided to get back into my Snap Happy Sunday series that I originally started all the way back when I very first created my blog.

For today's post I thought it would be fun to share some of the many photos that B and I took of Ellie's first ever beach trip this morning.  We actually went along with a number of other dachshund owners from the Brisbane Dachshunds group, some of whom had puppies not much older than Ellie that were having their first day at the beach as well.

We had such an amazing time playing with the other doxies, socialising with their hoomans (dog talk for 'humans'), eating greasy food, soaking up the early Autumn sun, taking tonnes of photos, and laughing at the way our furbabies reacted to being in the water. :)

What did you guys get up to this weekend?  Let me know in the comments below. :D

Friday, 7 March 2014

The Pros and Cons of raising a Puppy!



Almost two years ago I wrote a post titled 'The Pros and Cons of dating a Med Student'.  I wrote that post as a bit of fun, but ever since then that post has been my number one most popular post on the blog.. ever!  Crazy right?  I mean, if you need to Google search the pros and cons of dating someone you probably shouldn't be dating them.. am I right?  Either way, that post proved to be very popular, so I figured I would give another Pros vs Cons blog post a try and see how well it goes down. :P

Now, I realise that raising a puppy may seem like a pretty easy task (or that it might not have been much of a challenge from your previous experiences of sharing ownership of a puppy with your families etc.) but trust me when I say that when it comes to raising your very first puppy on your own/as a couple it is a LOT more difficult then you initially anticipate!  For example...

Ellie showing off her registration tag.

Pro: They're expensive - You will be forced to grow up, keep a steady income coming in and learn how to budget so that this totally dependent being can survive in your presence.
Con: They're expensive - In addition to how much your puppy will cost upfront, there are also so many costs that go along with bringing home a new/young puppy.  These costs will include but are not limited to:

  • Your puppies 2nd and 3rd initial vaccinations within their first 3-4 months of life.  Your breeder should take care of the first vaccination (and if you're really lucky, the second vaccination too) but the follow up vaccinations are still crucial to your puppies health and well being.  In my local area in QLD, Australia, the cheapest quote I was given for these initial vaccinations was $82.50 each from the Animal Welfare League.
  • Annual vaccinations.  I believe these are slightly cheaper than the puppy vaccinations, but it is still a cost that needs to be considered.
  • Worming (intestinal and heart).  Intestinal worming needs to be done every 2 weeks until your puppy is 12 weeks old, every month after that until they are 6 months old, then every 3 months thereafter.  Heartworming can either be done annually through an injection or monthly using tablets.  The easiest and most affordable option that I have found so far is to purchase all-in-one worming tablets that are given once a month (and every month) from 12 weeks of age onward.
  • Flea and tick control.  Even if you check your puppy for ticks every day, the effects of a paralysis tick can take effect so quickly that your puppy could be dead before you even notice a tick is on them.  For this reason you should definitely be looking into high quality flea and tick (but most importantly paralysis tick) prevention methods from as early as 12 weeks of age.  This can be quite costly depending on the method that you choose, but an affordable/effective method I have found that I will be using on Ellie for at least the next 6 months is the Preventic Tick Collars.  This collar in particular doesn't repel fleas, so I am still yet to find another method for that.
  • Desexing.  This is best done when your puppy is between the age of 5-6 months and on average can cost upwards of $150 for a male puppy and $300 for a female puppy.  If you live in Australia though, you might be interested to know that July is our National Desexing Month where participating vet clinics offer generous discounts on their desexing services.  Check out this website in June to find out which vets will be participating. :)
  • Registering your puppy with your local council.  Where I live it is illegal, and you can be fined, if your dog isn't registered with the local council by 12 weeks of age.  It cost me $54 to register Ellie just last week.
  • Microchipping.  Most breeders will take care of this before you bring your puppy home, but in the event that they don't (like mine didn't) you will need to pay for microchipping before your puppy is 12 weeks old as well.  On average microchipping usually costs around $50, but I managed to get Ellie done for $37.50 at the Animal Welfare League.
  • Feeding.  With an increased life expectancy of up to 18 years, I believe it is important to give your puppy the best fighting chance from the very beginning.  In my experience, diet is a major contributor to the health of your pet, therefore the type and quality of food you choose to give them should be your most important decision of all.  I personally decided that I was going to invest in a high quality dry dog food for Ellie (Hills Science Diet), as well as allowing her chicken wing tips as a daily treat to assist with her dental health.  As she gets older and eventually grows bored of the same food day in, day out, I will start introducing things like tuna, brown rice and lean mince into her diet to give her a bit more variety.
  • Grooming.  Fortunately Ellie will require very little grooming as she has a short, smooth coat, however I will still need to brush her fur regularly to keep her coat nice and shiny and to avoid skin problems.  When it comes to bathing our vet recommended that we wash Ellie no more than once every two weeks, and that if we feel the need to wash her with a product (he actually advised never using a product on dogs) then we should wash her with baby shampoo.
  • Toilet Training.  Puppy pee mats are expensive, as are indoor toilets.  A 20 pack of puppy pee mats cost me $9 alone.  If you have a yard, and a dog that can pee/poop on demand, you may just be lucky enough to skip these costs.. maybe!
  • Pet Insurance.  The cheapest pet insurance in Australia that covers both accident and illness (but still excludes quite a bit due to the "affordable" cost) is Woolworths pet insurance.  This costs me just over $14 a fortnight.  Next year I am probably going to upgrade to Pet Plan though.

B and Ellie, cuddling on the couch.


Pro: You will get lots of puppy cuddles, kisses etc. and you will always have someone to play with and keep you company.
Con: You will need to train your puppy not to bite.  Even play biting can be really detrimental for dogs in the long term, not to mention extremely painful and dangerous for humans.  Puppies have needle sharp teeth that like to pierce lips, noses, ears and even eyelids.  Trust me, I speak from experience. :(

Ellie, sleeping where she poos/wees.


Pro: You can teach them awesome tricks such as 'sit', 'shake' and 'go get me a beer'.
Con: You will need to toilet train them, which can take many many months depending on the dog/situation.

Ellie, sleeping in our wee stained quilt.


Pro: You will never need to sleep alone at night again. :)
Con: This is directly related to the previously mentioned con, but your puppy may pee or poo (repetitively) on your bed sheets until you give up and decide that your quilt can be his/hers instead.

Ellie, sleeping in B's shorts.


Pro: You don't need to spend much on bedding or toys, as they are happy to sleep anywhere and play with just about anything.  Toilet rolls and empty drink bottles are just two of Ellie's favourite things to play with despite all the awesome toys that she has laying around the house.
Con: They may decide to lay claim to your clothes, rugs, furniture, dinner, body, breathing space etc.

Ellie, terrorising our garden.


Pro: You will feel the need to keep a clean home and an equally clean and tidy yard for the safety of your puppy.  It's almost as effective as having your parents come over for a visit.
Con: Puppy proofing your home will be an ongoing, annoying and often expensive process.  Not only will your puppy tear up your house, but they will tear up your garden as well.

I'm sure there are plenty more pros and cons out there, but I've run out of photos to match each scenario, and I have a 10 week old puppy that I need to go and play with if I want to get some sleep tonight. :P

Please let me know if you enjoyed this post by leaving a comment below!  I'd be very interested to hear of any other pros and cons that you guys can come up with as well. :D