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Rustic wood table numbers

You’re probably sick and tired of hearing me saying how the simplest ideas are often the best, but I really do think it’s true.  So often we can overcomplicate what only needs to be a very simple thing – take table numbers, for instance, they can quickly become complicated and over-elaborate if you spend too much time thinking about them, when actually all they need to do it display a number or a name.

I love these rustic wood table numbers because they are so simple, effective, but also quite beautiful when displayed next to some pretty flowers.  The best kind of wood for these if you want a rustic look is salvaged or reclaimed wood, it’s not only more weathered but also each piece is likely to be different (which I love).

We found a fantastic reclaimed timber yard near us that we visited before our wedding to stock up on off-cuts of wood to make our wedding signs.  Search out somewhere like this near to you, or a timber merchant who might be willing to give you, or sell cheaply off-cuts.  Then with a simple lick of colour, paint on your hand-drawn numbers.  You don’t even need to create a fancy stand for them, simply rest them against you vases or pots of flowers.

Images: Raya Carlisle Photography via Style Me Pretty

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The Little Cornish Design Studio

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!  I hope you had a lovely break over Christmas and have an exciting year ahead to look forward to – I had a somewhat exhausting 2012 so I’m hoping that 2013 is going to involve more quality time and a better life balance.  How about you?

Let’s kick off the New Year here on the blog with a fantastic and exclusive half price discount – yes, half price! – for my readers.  The lovely Natalie from The Little Cornish Design Studio is offering TNWC readers a 50% discount on all printed wedding stationery ordered before 31st January!

Chevron wedding stationery

Chevron design wedding invitation

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Recycled Christmas wrapping paper

Have you wrapped your Christmas gifts yet?  If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you’ll know that I’m way behind this year due to some home renovation, but I’m looking forward to getting festive this coming week when hopefully all will be finished.  Yey!

My wrapping paper of choice is most often a simple brown paper parcel tied up with raffia, but when I saw these from Alice Palace with their beautiful hand-drawn images I was in love.

Quirky illustrated wrapping paper and tape

Decorated with joyous festive images such as robins, mince pies, geese, holly berries, Christmas puddings and even a lovely snow bunny – they are so fun and I’m sure your family and friends would be delighted to received parcels wrapped up in this paper.  What’s even better is that Alice Palace’s wrapping paper is made from 100% recycled paper and printed using vegetable inks.

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Brown card rustic save the dates

Oooh I do love a great but simple idea, and this one is just downright fab.  I know there is a huge following for rustic brown recycled wedding stationery on this blog (there’s lots of you after my own heart and I love it), so I’m pretty sure this design will interest a few of you.

Designed by the very talented Allie Ruth, this is a postcard sized save the date, very simply stamped on one side with the words ‘Save the Date’, and on the back the basic details such as date and place, along with space for your guests address and a stamp.  The white lace motifs were also stamped on.

Rustic brown postcard save the date

What’s brilliant, is that Allie Ruth has a fab Etsy shop where you can buy that lovely ‘Save the Date’ stamp, complete with arrow struck heart, plus she also does custom address stamps should you be looking for a new ‘Mr and Mrs’ style return address stamp.

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Lace and pearl wedding tiara

Pearls and Charm have been one of the lovely businesses on The Natural Wedding Company directory for a while now, and I was delighted when I saw some great new photos of Gail’s designs on Facebook.  Gail of Pearls and Charm designs wedding hair accessories and tiaras from recycled finds and treasures, incorporating lace, ribbons, pearls and buttons into her pieces.

Repurposed trinkets and charm tiara in gold

Repurposed Trinkets and Charm Tiara in Gold

This beautiful tiara is created using repurposed charms, pendants and beads in a gold colour – it is such a gorgeous colour with the amber and golds and delicate wiring.

Grace vintage lace bridal tiara

Grace vintage lace bridal tiara

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Wood table runner for rustic wedding

I think that how you lay out you wedding tables for your meal is so important – it’s possibly one of the longest periods of time that your guests will spend together in one spot during your wedding day, so making them warm and welcoming I think is vital.

I wanted to share this image with you because it’s a lovely alternative to fabric table runners, and especially for everyone out there who wants a rustic feel to their wedding.  And I don’t think that by rustic it means it can’t be elegant and chic, like this image shows – if you pair an old wooden plant with simple white tablecloth and unfussy floral arrangements it can be incredibly sophisticated.

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photobooth and luggage tag wedding invitation

If you don’t want to do anything too complicated for your wedding invitations then this idea might be perfect for you, whilst still being fun and personal to you as a couple.  A photobooth style strip of pictures (with details on the back) and a brown luggage tag fastened together with string.

Making the photobooth style pictures

Both these items could be printed at home – there are lots of photo programmes that allow you to make collages like these (I like Photoscape which is free to download), so you could take some pictures and put them into a collage to create a photobooth style strip without having to leave home.  This would enable you to easily print details onto the back of the photos too.

Creating the luggage tags

Brown luggage tags come in all sizes so you could find the right size for you and simply stamp a message like they have done here onto the front.  If you wanted to include more details printed directly onto the luggage tag, then you can print onto recycled brown card (available from some of these businesses) then cut them out and trim the corners to make them appear like a luggage tag.

You can punch a hole and stick on the hole reinforcers (brown ones are available from Etsy if you search for ‘reinforcements’ under ‘All Items’) and they should look just like a ready bought luggage tag, but with all the details you want printed on – and no nightmare thoughts of how you put a luggage tag through your home printer!!

I love fonts, and am a regular visitor to Dafont in search of fun fonts.  I believe (this shows how much of a font geek I am) that the font used on the brown luggage tag in the pictures, is one called Artistamp Medium.  I love it and use it quite a lot, if you take a look at my Directory Showcase features it is used on my graphics.  You should be able to type the name into the Dafont search engine and download it for home use.

Alternatively, print your details onto paper and glue them onto the back of the luggage tags like they have done here.  You could also jazz up your invitations by using coloured raffia or stripey butcher twine instead of white string.

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