Friday, 11th February 2011

Farrell & Chase Loves BIBA…

As some of you might know my mother was a fashion designer. One of her favourite labels and places to shop when she was in London training was BIBA. She introduced me to the label a number of years ago and I bought her a book about the fashion house for Christmas one year, ever since I have been a huge fan. I love the retro chic style BIBA embodied, and don’t get me started on their logo! I was thrilled when I heard that House of Fraser were relaunching the BIBA brand in store. They have a high street collection and a boutique collection with some really beautiful dresses…

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and now they’re adding a bridal collection. The bridal collection is named after and inspired by some seriously stylish and beautiful ladies. Check out the Alexa and Daisy!

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See Lisa O’ Dwyer’s blog post featuring our Art Nouveau wedding invitations together with the BIBA bridal collection here.

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Friday, 7th January 2011

FARRELL & CHASE LOVES…

Baby’s Breath; delicate, understated and beautiful!

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Friday, 19th November 2010

Farrell & Chase Loves…

Pearl & Godiva. Stunning vintage china, available to purchase or rent for your special occasion.

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Photo by White Tea Photography

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Wednesday, 20th October 2010

I’VE BEEN TAGGED!

I was tagged by Christina from Bella Lunardi on her blog to answer some questions about myself, so here goes…

1. What is your favourite book?

I read “The Lost Painting” last year and just couldn’t put it down. I really didn’t think I would like it when my mother gave it to me insisting I read it but I was sucked in straight away. It a definite must read!

I’m afraid to admit I don’t read books allot, maybe one or two a year but I do really love design books and I’m growing a healthy collection, whether they’re graphic or fashion, I could look through them all day long.

2. What is your most treasured childhood memory?

I have a few, all of which seem to include my granny, just thinking about her makes me smile.

3. Who is your favourite Designer/Artist/Illustrator?

I love Gaudi, his designs mesmerise me. I discovered and fell for his aesthetic when I was on a short break in Barcelona a few years ago, and it still held the same impact when I returned for a friends wedding this summer. What can I say his work speaks for itself.

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I was hugely influenced by fashion growing up, my mother was a fashion designer. I have been inspired by bridal fashion designing my wedding stationery and as I’m sure any of my regular reader will know I adore Jenny Packham. Her designs are so beautiful, I love the vintage glamour feel they have. The soft flowing fabrics and embellishments are just so romantic an whimsical.

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4.Where is your fave holiday destination?

Italy, I love the food, the culture, the art, the people, the sights, did I say I love the food! I visited Italy for the first time with Alan when we were both 23. We took a few weeks out and travelled around Rome, Florence and Venice and really fell in love with Italy. It’s such a feast for the senses. I have returned whenever I’ve had the chance over the last few years, our last trip only a month ago when we went to Rome to celebrate my 30th Birthday.

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5. What is your favourite past time?

Enjoying good food with good friends.

6.What is your favourite colour?

I’m having a love affair with duck egg blues and dusty pistachio greens at the moment.

7. Do you have any pets?

Unfortunately not at the moment but we will be getting a dog or two when we eventually move into our new house, I really miss having a dog around the house. I had a lovely Bichon Frise, Max. I got him for my 10th birthday, he was like a ball of cotton wool when we got him. He was a real character. Sadly he died when I was 23 but he had a good long life.  Alan does have a dog, Millie, a gorgeous golden lab, but his dad just won’t part with her so I don’t think she’ll be moving in with us.

8. What is your favourite song?

I love Frank Sinatra, all of his songs, I grew up listening to him, my dad is a huge fan. One song that always makes me smile is New York New York. We drove over to Sweden one summer and my best friend Miriam was with us.We had a Frank Sinatra tape playing in the car and were constantly forwarding and rewinding it to play New York, New York, singing along at the top of our lungs.

9. What is your favourite food?

It really depends what mood I’m in but one things for sure I do love my food! I could eat Italian food every day, authentic Italian food, ravioli, pizza and bruschetta, anything with tomatoes. I love home made brown bread with real butter and raspberry jam, I love pavlova with strawberries, my favourite desert, I love Halloween barnbrack toasted with real melted butter… I could go on but I’m making myself hungry.

I hope you’ve enjoyed finsing out some more about me, I hope I haven’t boared you too much. Now it my turn to tag…

Aisling Nelson from Rangoli, Christina Brosnan from Brosnan Photographic and Sue & Naoise from One Fab Day you’ve been tagged!

Your questions are:

1. Where did you grow up?

2. What made you choose the career path you have?

3. Who is your favourite bridal designer?

4. What is your favourite colour?

5. Where is your favourite holiday destination?

6. What is your favourite past time?

7. Do you have any pets?

8. What is your favourite song?

9. What is your favourite meal?

10. What items are currently on your work desk?

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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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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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