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!
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.
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.
How fantastic to be able to offer you a whopping 15% discount on wedding stationery today – it is so nice to work with such generous businesses who want to offer my readers such great discounts.
The lovely Becky from Rebecca Lancaster Designs wanted to showcase some of her new designs to my readers and is also offering an exclusive 15% discount to TNWC readers on all stationery ordered before 1st February 2013. Becky’s designs are all hand-illustrated and she is committed to running her business in a more eco-friendly way by sourcing recycled envelopes, and her ‘Vintage Type’ design is printed on my favourite recycled brown card.
Perhaps my favourite of all Becky’s designs are her watercolour collection – they have a beautiful dreamy quality to them. Her invitations start at just £1.99 each but a full price list is available on request – Becky can also create bespoke designs just ask.
If someone told me these notebooks were made from a cereal box I don’t think I’d believe them. But it’s true, and they seem pretty easy to make. I am always trying to save ‘scrap’ paper at home, that is, paper that has something on one side but is still blank on the other side. It might sound a bit daft, but when you actually stop just dumping it in the bin you suddnely realise how much you were throwing away.
Usually I just tear an A4 sheet into four and add it to a bulldog clip – this bundle of notepaper is ideal for writing the weekly shopping list and stops us throwing it all away after it’s first use. But I do love a proper notebook, and having one that looks nice enough to use in a cafe to jot down ideas or when meeting someone would be a nice improvement on my current standard issue wirebound one.
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.
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.
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
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
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.