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New Years

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

If you are looking for some nice prints for you New Years Eve party check Ellinée Design House. I found this amazing Retro New Years Eve Party Printables that I absolutely love!!!

 

Welcome Pack

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

For all the guests coming from Ireland we did a welcome pack.  We gave them a wine bag that had a bottle of Spanish wine, a map of Girona, and Irish tea bags. Each bag had a big raffia golden string that was tight into a big bow. On the string we had a card with our wedding logo and some words written specifically for each guest thanking them for coming to our wedding.

We left the bottles in each hotel and the guests were receiving them when they were checking in. I think this was a nice touch for everybody since none of them were expecting them!

Welcome Pack

Happy Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

For today’s post I would like to show you some of my crafts for this holidays!!!

I bought years ago Christmas stockings that I never liked. I thought of buying new ones but after all we should all try to reuse things instead of throwing them away! So  I decided to do a bit of magic on them. I recovered them with Christmas fabric that I bought in Hickeys and then I added some felt balls that were part of an old necklace that I bought in Rome years ago! then added our faces on them to let know Santi which one is from who and voilà!! new stockings that I love!

I thought this was very original but then I was disappointed to see it in Martha Stewart’s Christmas magazine! It is an advent calendar for the corridor. Since this is a very long stretch I wanted something long and Christmasy to feel in the space so I thought of this. I bought a wide red ribbon in Lidl and then I hanged socks that I got in Penneys, Marks Spencers, and in Michaels (one of my favourite craft shops in States). Every sock has a different treat and there are 25 of them!!!!!!!!! I think is very effective and it looks well in a long space like the corridor!

 

This idea I got it from Martha Stewart’s living magazine. It is perfect for us! we live in a very small apartment so we really do not have space for a tree. However, I still love the idea to have a Christmas tree with the presents at the bottom of it. So I love this idea. It does not take up space it is only on the wall and it looks fabulous!!!

Last week my friend Carlotta and I went a bit crazy. We went out to a mini forest close to work and we got full bags of mini pine cones. So I did a couple of things with pine cones. I placed lost of empty jars with them around the living room but I also did this:

I simply used some ribbon that I had bought in Michaels and then I glued the pine cones along it. Then I hung the ribbon to the chair with golden raffia ribbon that I had left from my wedding and I think the effect is quite nice! I am happy with it!

Since I had so many pine cones around I hung some of them from different places in the living room using festive twine that I bought in Ikea for very good value!

This year in the summer sales I went a bit mad buying a lot of fabric in Hickeys and one of the things that I bought then was a piece of Christmas fabric that cost only 12€!!!! that made this lovely Christmas decoration! The Red behind the Christmas fabric is an old bed sheet and the filling is also the filling from an old coat of mine! Well ladies and gentleman we should always try to reuse and recycle!!

I think it looks quite well on the living room door! happy with the results!

And finally my last Christmas craft for this year:

I had intended to hang this from the ceiling over the coffee table but of course I could not! we have fake ceilings and I was afraid that it would not hold the decorations.

I got the inspiration to do this in ABC in New York. This is such a great shop that I love to visit when I am in New York. Who ever decorates that shop deserves an A+++++++++++++++++++++++ I love the place! a source of inspiration for every body.

 

The twigs and branches are from the park down in my town and then from the branches I have silver strings (bought in Lidl, part of a sawing kit) that have pieces of cotton hanging from them. Before hanging the pieces of cotton I dunked them in glittery make up that I had around the house from an old Halloween party. So like this the cotton is matching the rest of the scheme. Along the cottons I also added pieces of silvery ribbon to make it all even more silvery!

From the branches I also have silver glittery snow flakes that I bought in Tinsel Trading in New York (a most go shop if you visit the big apple!). In Tinsel trading I also bought 6 yards of the silver ribbon that I used to hang some decorations and jingle bells that I bought in Michaels. The three beautiful Christmas ornaments, the whale, the walrus, and the narwhal are from the amazing anthropology shop. I am restricting  myself to this place I always end spending a fortune every time I step on one of their branches!

I hope you enjoy my Christmas crafts! maybe you even got some inspiration!!

 

Wedding Invitation

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

My mum always told me that the wedding invitation is a crucial part of a wedding since this is the first thing that your guests are going to see. The first impression of your big day!

For the invitation I bought a paper that was made with fibres (long white strings) and white paper. I got it in Stein in Girona a couple of years before we decided to get married. As soon as I saw the paper I knew it had potential (even though that at the time I did not know what to do with it). I really liked it because the white paper parts of the paper are like the crests of a wave.

The only problem about doing the invites with this paper was the fibrous. You could see through them, so I needed to put some other paper under this one. So my mum came with the idea to put under a blue sheet so like this was even enhancing more the effect of a crest in the middle of the sea!

I always liked the invites that are coming out of a pocket so we decided eventually to do a  pocket to put the invitation.  I did not want the typical pockets that everybody has. So we decided to cut the pocket following the lines of the crest’s wave. Since the pocket did not seem right only made from paper we glued the blue paper to a thick cardboard and then we put the fibrous paper on top. On the left side of the pocket we made holes and then we put a raffia ribbon through them and finished it with a knot.

We really wanted people to feel that the invitation was coming from the sea so we decided to glue in the pocket little shells. My husband and I wanted everybody to feel involved in our wedding. We decided to use shells that all our friends and family had collected. All the invitations contained shells from Catalonia and from Ireland.

Inside of the pocket we had the invitation. My husband and I are from different countries and we speak different languages. We did not want to do separate invites for one side and the other. A wedding is to celebrate the union between two people so we wanted to put both languages in!

After a lot of debating we decided to do a three part invite (the sheet was folded into 3 parts). In one side would be the writing in Catalan and the other side in English. In the middle we would write the names of the guests and our families.

In the middle we wrote the families ‘names from both sides and their telephone numbers (something you do in Catalonia, people respond to the invite by phoning the families).  I think the Catalan guest were really impressed that they had their own names on the invites (this is something that you do not do in Catalonia but you do in Ireland!)

Since the middle page looked a bit empty we decided to add a wave of shells and sea stars. These shells and sea stars were representing the tables at our wedding. Each table instead of having numbers had the photo/name of a shell or starfish. Do not think we had so many tables the shells were repeated over and over to give a nicer wave effect!

The printing of the invitation was a completely night mare. My mum insisted that she wanted to print the sides in a matt finish and the centre in shiny finish. No matter what we were doing this was not working out or was looking wrong. Then my mum had the brilliant idea. She decided to print the centre of the invitation in an overhead paper and then glue it to the invite!!!

This looked really well because was bringing up the shells in the invitation making them much shinier than the rest of the text on both sides. We were really pleased with the results!

As a last minute idea we decided to put our initials on the top right of the invitation and I think it looked very pretty on the end. My husband chose the font he said it reminded him of the pirates of the Caribbean!

Wedding Invitation

Inside Invitation

RSVP

In Ireland you normally add to your invitations RSVP cards that the guests fill in and send back to you.

In the pockets of our Irish guest we did RSVP cards. They were made from thick paper in two colours cream and white. They had the logo that we designed for our wedding, 3 little stars.  Each card had boxes to thick saying I am or I am not attending, and a blank line to fill if they had any food requirements. Since we wanted to make it easy for people to send us back the RSVP cards we already put them in an envelope with a stamp (a set of Irish ones that feature photographs of marine animals) and we even wrote our address on it!! So they had literally to thick the box saying (I am attending/no), fill in special requirements and then only send it away!

This was actually tedious to do because we wanted to be able to put the card inside the pocket so we had to do from scratch envelopes to fit to the pouch! We used the same thick paper as the RSVP card

RSVP

RSVP_envelope

ENVELOPES

The envelopes for the invitation were bought in RAIMA in Barcelona  I bought a lot of things for my wedding in this shop. All the paper excluding the fibrous white one that covered the pouch in the invite is coming from this shop.

MAP

The invites had maps for the guests to know how to get to the venue. We made different ones in Catalan and English so everybody could follow easily where to go the day of the wedding.

The maps were printed in overhead paper and then they were glued to the same thick paper used in the RSVP for the Irish.

The map was very much keeping with the theme of the wedding. It had a special type of fish (the species I did research for more than 5 years) swimming around. The guests had to follow the fish to get to wedding venue.

Map

STAMPS

In many countries: USA, UK, Spain you can do your own stamps and use them to send your invitations but unfortunately not in Ireland. So for Ireland we had to use some stamps that they had photographs with marine creatures on them with even the scientific names on them! How appropriate!!!

For the Catalan guest we could create our own stamps. Although we did not use any of the stamps for the invites since I hand delivered every single invite we used them for the thank you cards.  We used the same design that we used for the favours. It was an underwater photograph with a globe pointing out from where we are from and then a big thank you in both languages and our names.

Stamps

Save the Date

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Half of our guests were coming to Catalonia from Ireland.  We wanted to let them know that they were invited a good while in advance so they could organise flights, accommodation and so on. Therefore, we decided to do a save the date for all of them. Our save the date was not a simple card. It was a little booklet with information about our wedding. We had a first page saying that we were getting married and that we would be delighted for people to attend. The other pages contained information about the city, how to get there, which hotels they could book, the nice restaurants, and a full guide of the city, with important things to see, funny places to go and so on….

It was quite small about 20cm and it had 24 pages. The covers were made of blue cardboard and the pages were printed in thick photography paper since we had a lot of photos from the different places. The front cover had a piece of the white paper we used for the invitation and some shells stuck to it.

My Wedding

Monday, December 19th, 2011

I would like to use this blog to post about my own crafts. Since during my wedding preparations myself and my loved ones did so many crafts I am going to post in the coming weeks about all the crafts we made and how they looked on the day!

I always loved the sea.  I worked all my life with sea creatures so doing a Sea theme wedding was the most logical idea!

I guess that if my mum would be writing this she would be saying that it was because she wanted to get rid of all my shell collection!!

In the coming weeks you will have post on the following subjects!!!

 

  • Save the date
  • Wedding invitation
  • Welcome pack
  • Decorating the venue
  • Ceremony script
  • Rose petals bags
  • Flowers
  • Music
  • Flower girls and page boy
  • Welcome
  • Table decoration
  • Favours
  • Photographer
  • Food
  • Corsage
  • Thank you cards

Normann Copenhagen lights

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Normann Copenhagen has a new collection of lamp lights! I love the Bau lamps. They are an explosion of colour! They are sculptural hanging lamps designed by Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt. The design is based on interlocking geometric circles, sticking out in all directions.

I really like them!! So colourful!!!!!!!! They go from 190€ to 230€ and they are going to be on sale soon!

You can buy them in the online shop.

 

Normann-Copenhagen