Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Summer sun....?

Happy Summer Solstice everyone!



It's the longest day of the year - the very 'height of summer'! Lovely sunrise over Stonehenge etc....

But it's raining here in Belfast...

Indoor/carpet picnic for us then ;)

Rachel @ arbee cards x

Closing time!

Just a quick blog update on our new opening hours - or closing hours that should be!

From now on, we'll be closed Mondays. The wedding season has been building up for us (yay) and with more and more Vintage events, markets and fairs taking place on Sundays, we need to have Mondays to recharge our creative batteries and put our scissors & glue guns down for the day!

Our Folksy store will, as always, be open 24/7

But for now, it's Tuesday...best get the coffee going & get back to the drawing board... ;)

Rachel @ arbee cards x

Friday, 10 June 2011

Bridal Decadence

It's been a lovely week in 'Arbee Towers' this week with our first birthday celebrations followed by the build up to the Decadence Vintage Bridal Fair this Sunday, in Malone House Belfast.
The Vintage Bridal Fair is one of our favourite events of the year to take part in, especially as it was our official launch of Arbee Cards at last year's fair! Decadence Vintage are also behind the fantastic and hugely popular Frock Around The Clock vintage fairs which have a big following with NI vintage-lovers due to the quality and variety of the genuine vintage & upcycled treasures to found at every event.

The venue, Malone House is an elegant mansion just outside Belfast's city centre surrounded by beautiful gardens. It's always lovely to take part in such a beautiful location - makes a change from the market! 



The focus on the day is on good old-fashioned glamour - never goes out of style! - and all those wonderful little details which make vintage style stand out and bring something really special to the Vintage-styled bride. It was so special to have our invitations used in the fantastic 'Let Them Eat Cake' photoshoot for the event!


This year's fair promises to be even bigger and better and we can't wait to meet & chat to brides, grooms, bridesmaids, mother-of-the-brides and everyone else soaking up the atmosphere and glamour of the day! Photographs of the day will follow soon :)

Rachel @ Arbee Cards

The 2nd Annual Decadence Vintage Bridal Fair
Malone House, 
Barnett Demesne, 
Belfast BT9 5PB

Sunday 12th June 2011, 12-5pm

Please note: Photographs copyright & courtesy of Decadence Vintage Bridal Fairs & Robin Cordiner Photography. More details, please visit website www.decadencevintagebridalfairs.com

For details of the vintage dresses/accessories & suppliers in photographs click here 


Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Arbee Birthday!

Today is a very special day for me and the Arbee Cards elves - it's our first birthday!


It's been such a fantastic, enjoyable, challenging and rewarding year building our little stationery empire, getting our cards out there at markets & fairs, online and ultimately into postboxes everywhere!


We're busy getting ready for Belfast's Vintage Bridal Fair this Sunday (12th June) but we'll be having lots of tea and cake throughout the day (and hopefully a little birthday toast later on!)


I've been making cards & stationery for such a long time, and as the business grows, the one thing that I am constantly surprised & delighted at is how independent crafters and designers are being sought out and supported by our wonderful customers - there is definitely a turn in the tide back to 'Handmade is best!' - something I've always known! So today is not just a celebration of Arbee Cards being one year old with much more to come - it's a celebration of the growth of handmade & craft businesses everywhere! We rock! ;D

And to all our FAB customers - at St George's Market, craft fairs, Vintage fairs, Christmas markets, online and our lovely brides & grooms, we'd like to say a very special..



Rachel & the Arbee Cards' elves x

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Plantable progress

In an earlier blog post 'Sowing the Seeds' I did a little 'show & tell' on how to plant one of our plantable cards, and promised to keep a photo-diary of the windowbox & planted plantable card's progress (try saying that quickly a few times!)

At the start of this week, about 4 weeks after planting the card, I noticed some fab little shoots coming up and quickly grabbed my camera to take some pics. There's about 6 little green shoots have found their way up, and I'm so excited as they seem to be doing really well so far....BUT I've been badly bitten before when I tried before to grow some herbs & flowers (***$!@!!! slugs is all I can say!) so I'm treading cautiously and not letting myself to get too confident yet.

Nevertheless, I am very proud to show the first pics of my first ever seedlings grown from one of our plantable cards.


Most of the seedlings are at the front right of the windowbox


Close-up of five of the seedlings - there's a few different types of leaves /flowers but I'm not sure which is  which from the wildflower seed mix in the paper!

My fingers and toes are crossed for the flowers to follow ;)

Rachel @ Arbee Cards

You can buy our plantable greeting cards from our stall at St George's Market, Belfast or from our online store at www.arbeecards.folksy.com