Saturday, 28th August 2010

TICKET GIVEAWAY WINNER!

We have a winner for our Wedding & Honeymoon Show 2010 ticket giveaway!  We chose the winner at random, and the winner is…

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Sean. Congratulations Sean!

Please email us at hello@farrellandchase with your full name and postal details and we will send the tickets out to you straight away. I hope you enjoy the show!

Thank you all for your lovely comments. I’m sorry I don’t have enough tickets for everyone. I’m looking forward to meeting you all at the weekend, make sure to drop by our stand to say hello.

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    Friday, 27th August 2010

    SUSANNE & JOHN – TESTIMONIAL

    “Farrell and Chase were exactly what we were looking for. Simple, elegant yet understated and the quality is simply second to none. We are thrilled with our invites, they set the tone for our small city wedding perfectly for our guests. Pamela is a real pleasure to deal with and truely professional. We can’t recommend Farrell and Chase highly enough.”

    Susanne & John

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      Wednesday, 25th August 2010

      TWO NEW PRESSES!

      We recently purchased two new, or very old, letterpresses. I have been keeping an eye out for a new letterpress for quite a while now, they are very hard to come by, so when I saw an ad for an Arab hand fed platen press I was very excited, to top it off the photographer selling the press was also including a No.1 Croperette hand fed platen press! We think the Cropper is an 1888 press and the Arab is an 1894 press.

      Deal done next step drive to London to collect the presses, easier said than done. The Arab weighs approx. 1400lbs and the Croperette weighs approx. 400lbs. That’s over a tonne combined! Luckily a friend lent us their van and we got the ferry over to Holyhead where we arrived a 6.00am, we drove through the day to London, six hours later we arrived in London and the fun really began…

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      It took Alan with the help of the seller, and a little help from me, 5 hours to dismantle the two presses and load them into the van, a mammoth task. Unfortunately I wasn’t much help, I literally couldn’t lift most of the parts they were so heavy.

      We then drove back to Holyhead through driving rain, missing our ferry, luckily it was only a matter of paying another £10 to transfer our booking to the next sailing, which we just made. 5.30am and we arrived back in Dublin with an hour and a half drive ahead of us back to Kells. We made it back safe and sound, no major hiccups and went straight to bed, completely exhausted from our 30 hour round trip! We did eventually come out of hibernation on Sunday evening and Alan called in the cavalry to help unload the van.

      Back to work on Monday morning, I was surrounded by parts and couldn’t wait to get the presses up and running.

      On Monday night the studio was a buzz of activity, it took four men as many hours to assemble the two presses and voila they were ready for printing, or so I thought. The presses needed to settle so I spent the next few days oiling them and cleaning them and finally on Monday I began my first print run on our new Cropper press. After a few tweaks and adjustments and one call out from my personal mechanic the press was a go. It runs like a dream and last night I finished the first print run of letterpress wedding stationery on it.

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      So what about the Arab, well it will take a little longer to get up and running but I’ll keep you posted, watch this space.

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      I have to say a huge thank you to Alan for all his help, he was a gem, and of course to Tommy for lending us the van and to Ronan, David and Paul for all their help putting the presses back together.

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        Wednesday, 25th August 2010

        THE WEDDING & HONEYMOON SHOW – TICKET GIVEAWAY!

        brideoftheyear2010We are delighted to be displaying our full range of custom letterpress wedding stationery as well as some exciting new products at The Wedding & Honeymoon Show next weekend and will also be running exclusive offers through the weekend.

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

        The Wedding & Honeymoon Show is a must for all couples planning their wedding, whether newly engaged or finalising details. Along with catwalk shows, there will be over 200 exhibitors, celebrity guests and much, much more. Everything you need to do before you say I do!

        SPECIAL SHOW OFFER
        10% Discount off all wedding stationery orders placed at the show!

        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.

        We will also be giving away a limited number of gift vouchers, make sure to ask us for one!

        Drop by and say hello, we’d love to see you there, we’ll be at stand G8.

        The Wedding & Honeymoon Show, The RDS Dublin, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September, 11.30am to 5.30pm.

        www.wed.ie

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          Saturday, 7th August 2010

          IKEA IDEAS

          I’m loving these IKEA images… lots of inspiration for our wedding party and our house!

          I am a big IKEA fan, I will be so dangerous when our house is built and I am let loose in there, so you can imagine my delight when I cam across some of these images on Bride & Joy. The really stunning styling, by Lo Bjurulf of Agent Bauer, shows IKEA in a whole new light…

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          I especially love IKEA decor mixed with vintage or antique pieces for a more personal, eclectic look, swoon!

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            Friday, 6th August 2010

            MAKING WHOOPIE!

            Apparently the best bakes since cupcakes. Whoopie Pies! They look so delicious, like giant cake versions of Oreo Cookies, yummm, I can wait to try one…

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            The traditional whoopie pie consist of delicious white frosting or cream sandwiched between two chocolate cakes, just enough for one person to indulge in. They originate from New England where Amish women would bake them and put them in farmers’ lunchboxes. When farmers would find these yummy treats, they would shout “Whoopie!”

            I think they’d be great for a sweet/cake table at a wedding! Huge in the US it’s only a matter of time before they hit the Irish market.

            As they haven’t hit Irish shores yet and I’m not going to America any time soon I think I’ll have to get baking if I want to try them. If you fancy trying them too here’s a recipe I have found, let me know how you get on…

            TRADITIONAL WHOOPIE PIES

            Recipe makes 12 pies, Cooking time 12 min

            Cookie Dough Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup sugar, 3/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa, 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 large egg

            Marshmallow Creme Filling Ingredients: 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, slightly softened, 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1 jar (7- to 7 1/2-ounce) marshmallow creme, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

            Directions

            Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 large cookie sheets.

            Prepare Cookie Dough: In large bowl, with spoon, mix all dough ingredients until smooth. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons, 2 inches apart, on each prepared cookie sheet. (There will be 12 rounds per sheet.) Bake 12 to 14 minutes, rotating sheets between upper and lower racks halfway through baking, until puffy and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. With wide spatula, transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

            Prepare Marshmallow Creme Filling: In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat butter until smooth. Reduce speed to low; gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar. Beat in marshmallow creme and vanilla until smooth.

            Spread 1 rounded tablespoon filling on flat side of 12 cookies. Top with remaining cookies. And enjoy!

            Recipe from www.delish.com

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              Friday, 6th August 2010

              BARCELONA TILES

              I fell in love with these tiles in Barcelona, the colours and the patterns are so beautiful. I’d love to have them in our kitchen and hall, but which ones, the choice and pattern possibilities are endless?

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              Barcelona tiles also called cement or Mexican tiles have seen an increase in popularity in the US and have never been out of favour in mainland Europe. They are considered “green” as they don’t require firing like ceramic tiles, and are not quarried like natural stones. They are low-maintenance and hard wearing, and can be used indoors and on patios outdoors, but sunlight can fad the colours. You can keep them matt, which I prefer, or you can wax them, if you want a more formal, shiny look.

              I love the geometric patterns, possibly the graphic designer coming out in me. Maybe it’s best to keep to more neutral colours for the kitchen and hall, or a more classic combination like black and white, although I’m really drawn to the greys, taupe’s, pale greens and blues. I love the mixture of the vibrant coloured, pattern tiles randomly laid too, maybe an idea for our balcony.

              Swoon… I’ll have to get my thinking cap on, and cost them, and convince Alan too.

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                Thursday, 5th August 2010

                CUSTOM STATIONERY – LINDA & KENNY

                I recently designed and printed Linda & Kenny’s wedding stationery for their wedding this month in Castle Durrow. They chose our Chantilly wedding suite which we customised by tailor mixing a beautifully vibrant coral pink ink to match a swatch which they supplied. The coral ink was coupled with pewter ink and printed onto our pillowy 100% cotton card, the stationery was complete with matching ivory envelopes.

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                “We just received our wedding stationery from Farrell & Chase. We are delighted with the design and the colour. Pamela was a pleasure to deal with and I would highly recommend Farrell & Chase to anyone.”
                Linda & Kenny

                We can customise any of our wedding stationery designs to compliment your wedding style with a choice of ink colours, envelope colours and personalised wording.

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                  Thursday, 5th August 2010

                  WEDDING STATIONERY TRENDS 2010/2011

                  There is something very special about receiving beautiful stationery in the post, a very rare occurrence in a world of instant communication, the tactile beauty gives instant recognition that this is something you can really enjoy opening.

                  Enhancing your wedding style, your wedding stationery should be an extension of your personality and should set a mood for your wedding day. The design, style and colour selected for your stationery will all contribute significantly to this and should be considered carefully…

                  WEDDING INVITATION BOOKS – Invitation books are a lovely thoughtful way of inviting your guests to your special day. They are like a guidebook, itinerary and invitation all in one. The formal invitation is generally on the front cover or on the first inside page followed by all the information that your guests could possibly need to join you on your wedding day; wedding itinerary, extra celebrations, travel, accommodation, information about the destination, sights, attractions etc. They can be designed to compliment any style. A wonderful invitation solution for any destination wedding!

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                  VINTAGE FLAIR – Antique lace, damask prints, fleur de lis and feminine flowers are increasingly popular and will only become more popular in wedding stationery over the next year. Following fashion trends and interior trends vintage is most definitely in vogue! Choose dusty pinks, sage green, duck egg blue and antique gold to compliment soft white or cream card to truly achieve the vintage look.

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                  LETTERPRESS STATIONERY – Letterpress wedding stationery is hugely popular in the US and is desired by many Irish brides. It ticks all the boxes in wedding stationery trends, printed on a vintage press on 100% cotton paper it follows both the vintage trend and eco trend for the coming years. The cotton paper is handfed through a vintage press impressing the artwork into the soft pillowy paper, one colour at a time resulting in stationery of incredible tactile beauty. Letterpress wedding stationery can be completely customized to compliment your wedding style. Merging old world printing techniques with original creative design the possibilities are endless, and truly beautiful.

                  OUTDOOR CHIC – A big trend this year is nature-inspired, ethereal feel wedding stationery. Garden party and marquee weddings are becoming ever more popular. Reflect the outdoor location in your wedding stationery by personalising the stationery with florals, birds, butterflies or tree motifs. These accents coupled with vibrant colours will create a beautifully whimsical style which can be continued through all aspects of your wedding.

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                  PURPLE – Purple has been popular for many seasons but it has never been as stylish as it is in the coming year. Purple gives a sense of romance and magic, from grape and aubergine to violet and berry, purple will capture the imagination of guests. For spring and summer wedding choose vibrant purples coupled with sage green or dusty pink for a fresh garden feel. For autumn and winter weddings choose deep purple coupled with antique gold for a very luxurious look.

                  SEASONAL STYLE – From Ice flakes and bauble in winter and warm tones and falling leaves in the autumn to vibrant floral’s and butterflies in the spring and summer, seasonal wedding stationery is the perfect starting point to begin using the time of year as a theme to style your wedding.

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                  ART DECO – Art Deco trends are on the verge of exploding in the wedding industry! Taking lead from popular bridal gown styling, inspired by 1920’s and 1930’s Hollywood glamour. Art Deco wedding stationery should feature metallics, black or sapphire blues for real elegance. Designs should be classic and chic, featuring silhouettes or geometric patterns.

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                  The day you drop all those beautiful envelopes into the postbox you will be sending your guests the first impression they will get of you special day. Your wedding stationery should create a real sense of anticipation and excitement for your wedding day!

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                    Wednesday, 4th August 2010

                    EMMA & JONATHAN – TESTIMONIAL

                    “My wedding stationary from Farrell & Chase exceeded all my expectations. The invitations were of the highest quality and the designs were so unique. I have received so many positive comments on my invitations from all my guests. Pamela was an absolute pleasure to work with. She is so professional and helpful and her attention to detail was excellent. I would have no hesitation in recommending Farrell & Chase to anyone.”

                    Emma & Jonathan

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