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Personalised embroidered maps from House of Whatnot

*Please note this competition is now closed 28/03/13*

There are some lovely little businesses out there and when an email drops into my inbox from one who creates a product that I utterly love, it’s a pure pleasure to share details (and a competition!) with you all.  Today I get to introduce you to Sally who runs House of Whatnot creating these beautiful framed maps with embroidered personalised details.

Wedding map keepsake with embroidered intials

If, like me, you fall head-over-heels for Sally’s delightful keepsakes, then you might want to enter the competition at the bottom of the blog post – one lucky couple will win a personalised framed map, featuring a special location to you picked out with an embroidered heart and your initials.  I am just so envious of whoever wins this!

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DIY personalised jam jar lanterns

There are a lot of clever people in the world, they take something makes me think “gosh, how did they do that?!” and shows me that it’s really rather simple.  These DIY personalised jam jar lanterns or vases are one of those things.  I’m sure you must have experienced that moment when you’ve found a great font that you want to use on something, but don’t know how to because you can’t print onto said item, such as a jam jar.

Personalised jam jar lanterns

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Illustrated wedding map

*Please note this competition is now closed 01/08/12*

Today I have a very exciting competition to share with you my lovely readers – one lucky couple will win a handpainted illustrated map of their wedding day.  Alexandra Mannion is an illustrator currently setting up a new business called Pigeon & Quill to document weddings in the form of beautifully illustrated maps, capturing those unique moments that come together to shape your day.

Alexandra got in touch with me to offer one of her personalised handpainted maps to one lucky bride- and groom-to-be (I’m just a little bit jealous!).  As the winning couple, you will work with Alexandra to detail your wedding day plans, which she will then transform into a beautifully illustrated A3 sized map – the one below is the map she created for her own wedding…

Painted wedding map

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Metta Eggs

The Natural Wedding Company directory is full of fantastic businesses offering brides- and grooms-to-be products and services to make their wedding day more unique with an eco-conscious twist.  Today I’m going to share my personal experience of the beautiful gift service of one of the newest businesses to join our handpicked suppliers – there’s also a special offer for TNWC readers so scroll to the bottom for full details.

Metta Eggs offers a very unique and special gift experience that was “born out of the desire to provide loving, individual and positive testimonies to people at every key stage of their lives, and to give those who love them an engaged and participating role.”  These pretty handmade clay eggs have messages from your family and friends hidden inside of them, with each tiny egg rolled in glitter or meadow flowers seeds and then nestled in a fair trade box.

These ones we received are covered with the meadow flower seeds…
Meadow flower seed covered Metta Eggs

Metta Eggs can be used in a variety of ways for weddings – a friend or family member can commission Metta Eggs in the lead up to your wedding day, you can include it on your gift list, it could make a great alternative to a wedding guestbook, or you can even have a Metta Egg stag or hen party where you create the eggs yourself.

The lovely Libby who runs Metta Eggs invited myself and Mr Rigg to receive a box of Metta Eggs to celebrate our first wedding anniversary in May.  As Metta Eggs are usually gifted to someone, we nominated my mother-in-law to help us tell our family and friends so as to keep the messages a surprise for us.

Glittery silver Metta Eggs

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vintage inspired save the date stamp

There has been quite a bit of talk in the wedding blog world about those couples who want a handcrafted feel to their wedding whilst not feeling they are particuarly crafty or creative.  For any brides out there feeling like they’re not creative enough, or don’t have the time to be handcrafting wedding stationery, then this stamp (or one like it) could be your answer.

There are lots of businesses offering custom made or personalised stamps, but I thought this design was particularly nice and it gives you more than just your names or address.  Stamped in black onto my *favourite recycled brown craft card it would still have that handmade feel.  This beautiful stamp (costing under £30) is made by Etsy seller Love To Create Stamps who are based in Florida but ship worldwide.

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wedding cake cupcakes

A fun DIY idea on how to personalise a mountain of wedding cupcakes – print off tiny pictures of you and your husband-to-be, mount them on card and pop each one onto a cocktail stick.  Then place one in each of your cupcakes.  So simple, but really effective, and I love that all the photos are in black and white.

wedding cake cupcake tower

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Aren’t these just adorable!  These cute ‘Mr and Mrs’ aprons with pretty cupcake illustration are printed in the UK and designed by Alice Palace – and what’s more, they can be personalised with any surname.

Alice has thought of everything and can even print ‘Mr and Mr’ and ‘Mrs and Mrs’ aprons.  Perfect for a wedding gift or even a Christmas or anniversary present.

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