Monday, 20 June 2011

CHARLOTTE MACEY

CHARLOTTE MACEY TEXTILES 


Mr & Mrs egg cosy by Charlotte Macey

This pair of ivory egg cosies make the perfect wedding gift. Made from beautiful ivory linen and individually handmade. One stitched with 'Mr' and the other 'Mrs', these egg cosies make a quirky and unique wedding gift. Lined with red stripe linen and fully fleece-insulated, each cosy measures 8 x 10cm. These egg cosies can also be customised to feature the happy couple's married name.


Charlotte also has Tea and coffee cosies, amongst many other lovely products. 
To see her website click HERE.

Monday, 13 June 2011

WILL YOU MARRY ME?


How would you / did you propose? 
We would love to hear about your proposal.
If you could do it all again, how would you do it? 
Let us know in the comments below.

2 Green Monkeys

I have just discovered this company, 2 Green Monkies,  who make a unique handmade fabric "Will you Marry Me" fortune cookie. Each cookie comes loosely hand stitched with thread that pulls open to view the fortune inside. The "Marry Me" cookie comes with a fortune message reading "Will you marry me" inserted inside a fabric cookie. You can also choose a ring tie option (the cookie will be loosely open, ready for you to attach the engagement ring and tie the cookie shut) for the ultimate proposal. They offer a selection of fabric colour schemes to choose from. Send them your details and they will stitch your wording to the outside of your fortune cookie. To see the fortune cookies on 2 Green Monkeys' website click HERE.

Will you marry me? fortune cookie
These fortune cookie also make wonderful wedding favours
Beautifully stitched with your personal message

Friday, 10 June 2011

THE BRETON SHIRT

Audrey Hepburn in a Breton tee shirt

Here's a crazy idea that came to me last night. So there I was sipping the wine we brought back from France and looking through my photographs of our Normandy trip. Why did I take so many photos of Breton shirts? I think it is because I have always loved them. Memories of our family holidays as a child in France maybe. Then I got thinking, why don't women wear striped wedding dresses? Why are they mostly solid in colour? Spots and flowers seems to be acceptable, but stripes? I then decided to have a hunt around and see what I could find.


CoCo Chanel in a Breton tee shirt

The Breton shirt was officially created by the 27th March 1858 Act which introduced this blue and white striped knitted shirt in the uniform list of the French seaman. It was said that this stripe allowed to locate more easily a man fallen into the sea. In 1923 Coco Chanel saw the crisp appeal of the Breton shirt and was then later to be an inspiration for her collection, plus she often wore the Breton  shirt herself. Stripes came into her designs over the years that followed as did the simplicity of the black/blue with white as a design.
Coco Chanel in one of her striped design jackets


Over the years many women have been photographed in the breton shirt:  Marilyn Monroe, Bridget Bardot, Jean Seberg and Audrey Hepburn, to name but a few. The love of this simple design is still very much in vogue, after all these years. 

Marilyn Monroe


Bridget Bardot
Jean Seberg

Natalie Wood

For those of you that like the idea of not sticking to the traditional wedding dress style, have you thought about stripes? If you already have, tell me about it. I would love to hear. Below are some dresses on the striped theme. 

Giorgio Amani
Harvey Nichols
Karen MIllen

Phase Eight

Selfridges & Co

Fashion Auctions
Roman Originals

Forever Unique
Ye Old Fashion


Ministry of Fashion




Before you start thinking the Breton shirt is just for the ladies, think again..

Pablo Picasso
James Dean
Cary Grant
It is astonishing that the Breton shirt that originated in 1858, and worn consistently during that time, is still so popular today as a fashion item for both men and women. Do you own a Breton shirt? Or, I should say, "Do you own a Breton shirt that you wear?"

John Paul Gaultier

Thursday, 9 June 2011

KYLEIGH'S PAPERCUTS


The Perfect wedding gift

Kyleigh's Papercuts are all originally designed and hand-cut by Kyleigh herself. Each piece is unique and can be personalised to suit your requirements: a personal song, a lyric or sentiment, a poem, etc. Once finished, they are framed using beautiful glass aperture frames, meaning the papercut itself is sandwiched between two sheets of glass with a frame surrounding the glass. This has the added bonus of going with any decor, and they cast beautiful shadows in the right light. As you can see they would make beautiful & original wedding presents. If you would like to buy a piece of Lyleigh's artwork see her website by clicking HERE. Or you can also visit her shop on Not on The Hight Street by clicking HERE.