Tuesday, 26th January 2010

TICKET GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

Thank you all for your nice comments for our Bride Of  The Year Show ticket giveaway!  We chose two winners at random and the winners are …

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Dee & Stephanie… I’ll email you both shortly.  Thanks so much and I hope you enjoy the show!

I’m looking forward to meeting you all at the weekend.

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    Friday, 22nd January 2010

    THE BRIDE OF THE YEAR SHOW – TICKET GIVEAWAY!

    We are delighted to be displaying our full range of custom letterpress wedding stationery at The Bride of the Year Show next weekend and will be running exclusive offers at the show.

    We have two sets of tickets to give away for the Saturday. To win simply leave a comment below. The winners will be randomly chosen on Tuesday. Good Luck!

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    The Bride of the Year Show is Irelands largest Wedding Show. In January 2010 it will celebrate its 21st Birthday, making this show Irelands longest established and still the No. 1 wedding show in Ireland. A must for all couples planning their wedding whether newly engaged or finalising details and we will be running a competition on the day as well as a special show offer.

    SPECIAL SHOW OFFER
    Free with all orders placed at the show…
    Matching Place Cards
    or
    RSVP Envelopes Letterpress Printed with Return Address

    You don’t have to choose your suite on the day or confirm numbers if you don’t wish to, all you need to do is place a €50 non-refundable booking deposit, and contact us at your leisure when you are ready to place your order, to avail of the Special Show Offer.

    Drop by and say hello, we’d love to see you there, we’ll be at stand E8.

    The Bride of The Year Show, The RDS Dublin, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st January, 11.30am to 5.30pm.

    www.wed.ie

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      Friday, 15th January 2010

      CUPCAKE ME! PLEASE

      A sweet treat for you. Yummmm!

      I would just love some of these delicious cupcakes now. They are sooo pretty, making me rather peckish just looking at them…

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      Cupcake Me, run by Tara, makes all of her cupcakes with lovely fresh ingredients. Tasting as good as they look they’re sure to kick your sweet tooth into overdrive! All of her beautiful cakes are available to order for delivery to offices, homes, party locations etc.

      MMmmm! I really would love one now, or two or three…

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        Friday, 15th January 2010

        WHAT IS LETTERPRESS?

        I am asked by clients and fellow designers so often to explain the letterpress printing process that I decided why not create a blog post, so here goes…

        Letterpress is a very old printing method which has seen a huge revival in the US and UK in recent years, fine artists and designers like myself  have embraced this old technique to create unique, luxuriously tactile stationery. At Farrell & Chase we are introducing this beautiful printing technique to a new generation in Ireland. When it comes to stationery, there’s simply nothing that compares to the unique, luxurious quality of letterpress.

        Letterpress is a historic printing method dating from the mid 1400’s. Today, after centuries of change and technological advances in printing methods, the processes and craft of letterpress printing have remained virtually unchanged…

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        Each Farrell & Chase letterpress stationery cards begin with a spark of creativity. Once complete the design is then made into printing plates, one for each colour. The printing plate is the essence of the letterpress. A letterpress plate has a raised surface that presses into the paper, leaving behind a slight indentation. The plate is mounted onto the platen of the printing press, next we ink the press with our water-soluble rubber-based inks which come in a rainbow of colours.

        We print all of our designs on 100% cotton paper. Chosen for it’s pillowy texture and thickness, our cotton paper has the added benefit of being eco-friendly. We hand feed the luxurious cotton paper through our vintage Adana press impressing the artwork into the soft cotton paper, one colour at a time. The result, stationery of incredible tactile beauty.

        Finally, we inspect and count each piece before packaging in brown paper tied up with string ready for delivery or collection. Your stationery is a unique work of art, the culmination of hours of craft and creativity.

        Because our printing is done on an antique printing press, each piece that we print will be subtly unique. Small variations in inking, color, impression and position are to be expected. These small variations are part of what makes letterpress beautiful.

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          Wednesday, 13th January 2010

          RANGOLI BRIDAL COMPETITION!

          I am delighted to be launching this very exciting blog competition. One lucky reader will win a set of seven stunning Rangoli beaded hairpins valued at €105.

          I have made some great connections with fellow designers since starting the Farrell & Chase blog and I was delighted to get in contact with Aisling from RANGOLI, designer of bridal jewellery and hair accessories. Rangoli accessories are made to order and can be customised to suit any bridal colours or themes. Aisling will work with you on a one-to-one basis to create the perfect accessories for your wedding.

          Aisling has been extremely generous and is sponsoring this prize. These elegant hairpins are beautiful in hair that’s half or fully up. The pins are available in silver or pale gold with a choice of clear Swarovski crystal, rhinestone or pearl centres. Truly stunning they are the perfect finishing touch for any bride’s hair…

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          Aisling also designs accessories for other members of the bridal party and specialises in Mother of the Bride pieces. See her designs at www.rangoli.ie or follow her blog or Facebook page for inspiration and recent bridal commissions.

          COMPETITION QUESTION
          On the Rangoli website, what are the four types of hair accessories listed under ‘Hair Accessories’?

          To enter the competition simply email me your answer to pamela@farrellandchase.com

          Please include your address and a contact number. The closing date for this competition is Friday 12th February at 2.oopm. A lovely Valentines prize for our lucky winner!

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            Monday, 11th January 2010

            CHARLOTTE MAC DONALD

            There’s a huge community of Irish designers out there with beautiful hand crafted goods and inspirational blogs. I was really excited to discover Charlotte MacDonald’s website and blog. Like me she has a love for everything hand made and as very talented freelance designer and stylist she has previously worked for John Galliano, House and Home magazine and Pia Bang Home. She recently launched her vintage textiles range… beautifully appliquéd vintage table linens and cottons…

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            They are so pretty, so whimsical and fun. Vintage style with a twist. I think I’ll be adding them to my wish list for our house, love them!

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              Friday, 8th January 2010

              RECYCLED HOME

              I wanted to share my discovery of  “recycled home” by Mark & Sally Bailey… a very thoughtful Christmas gift from Alan. I have always loved old and vintage furniture and architectural pieces and really want to introduce these elements into our new build house when we move in. Recycled Home has given me a huge amount of inspiration, so much so, my new years resolution… to visit auctions, salvage yards and flea markets throughout the year. My aim, to discover pieces that I can give some TLC and customise adding character, interest and life to our house!

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              If you fancy a bit of their style yourself, the book explains their “guiding principles” are “rescue, repair, reuse and rethink.” They also point out that these principals can be applied anywhere, even in a modern house! Recycled Home’ by Sally & Mark Bailey

              Their website www.baileyshome.com is chocker block full of beautiful design pieces for home and garden available to purchase by mail order including my dream Belfast sink and my absolute favourite Xavier Pauchard steel chairs and stools. 

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                Wednesday, 6th January 2010

                WEDDING INSPIRATION – PRETTY IN PINK

                With this romantic palette of dusty pinks and soft taupes, use fluttering ribbons, blooming Roses and vintage lace table linens. Serve some pink champagne and place candles around the tables and garden to create a dreamy atmosphere…

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                Let our Chantilly Wedding Suite set the tone.

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                  Wednesday, 6th January 2010

                  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

                  I would like to wish everyone a very Happy and Prosperous New Year for 2010… hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

                  And of course a big congratulation to all the newly engaged couples! Exciting times. Wedding planning season is here and I’m looking forward to meeting lots of newly engaged couples at the wedding fairs we are exhibiting at in the next couple of months. Details coming soon.

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