Tuesday, 25 October 2011

New stall treasure

I love finding something new and wonderful to sell on my market stall alongside the handmade cards & stationery, especially when I'm able to support other handmade businesses and encourage people to choose and buy handmade over the high street.

I'm so pleased to now be selling a small selection of vintage domino brooches, keyrings and fridge magnets from Belfast-based design & crafty business 'It's The Little Things'. I first came across It's The Little Things on Twitter and Folksy, and then met the designer Kellie at one of Belfast's Vintage fairs not long after. I'm the proud owner of quite a few of the domino brooches, so just couldn't wait to have them on sale at St. George's Market.

Domino & fridge magnets on display on the stall
Back of the vintage domino brooches & keyrings
I had the dominoes on the stall for the first time at the weekend, and it was no big surprise to see that many people loved them as much as I do! 

All the above designs are available from our stall at St George's Market, Belfast every Saturday & Sunday or click here to shop online at It's The Little Things on Folksy  or check out Kellie's website at www.itsthe-littlethings.co.uk

Rachel @ Arbee Cards x

Friday, 21 October 2011

Those little details...

I always love the small details that make a wedding - or any event. One of my favourite parts of working in wedding stationery is being asked to help out with the pretty little extra things & ideas that make a wedding something special, from the bride & groom to their guests.

Back in Spring this year, I made these lilac-printed damask tags with purple satin ribbon for the bride to tie round glass jars full of bon-bons, macaroons & madeleines - yum! The damask tags matched the invitations and other stationery, in the beautiful purple colours of the wedding. The photographs of their stationery will be in our website gallery very soon. The bride & groom had such good taste, it was a pleasure to work with them.

Pictures used with kind permission by Janine Walker Photography (Copyright all images)

Rachel @ Arbee Cards x

Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Truth About Cats & Dogs

There are so many things to remember for the 'to-do' list when planning a wedding - and today's blog post is about a fantastic Belfast-based biz that may be of interest to engaged couples with pets.
I'm often asked to recommend other wedding businesses from the brides & grooms I work with, and when one couple asked if I knew of anyone who could look after their cats when they were away on honeymoon - Naomi from Dogsbody NI was just the person!

How did you start?
Naomi: I have been running Dogsbody NI for two years. After training & working primarily with horses & dogs over 13 years, I decided to turn my attention to the nutrition side of things which led me to an all-round natural-based service and products for people who love their pets.
The pet sitting service is particularly great for brides/grooms and guests who might be anxious to leave their pets when they go off to enjoy their big day or honeymoon.

Any funny pet stories?
Naomi: One of my 'doggie' clients likes to bring me presents like leaves or stones. I was collecting him as usual, getting his lead, etc. and turned round to his usual little pose when he has a gift for me. So I held out my hand and he lovingly dropped a pair of his owners pants from the laundry basket into my hand.

Another time, I got a text message from the owner of a dog I had just taken out. It read 'oh forgot to mention she loves sticks...be careful'! So out on the walk, the dog takes off and comes back with not quite a stick, but a tree - taking everything/everyone out in sight! It was some job trying to get her mind off the 'tree' and onto a ball.

For further queries or a quote, you can contact Naomi at www.dogsbodyni.co.uk 
Dogsbody NI are at St George's Market every Saturday, with free 'Healthy Paws' samples.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

A little hello...

I can't believe it's almost been a month since my last blog post...so thought it was best to say a little hello & a quick catch up.

The past few weeks have been so busy with lots of lovely new brides & grooms and working on their custom designs - it looks like summer 2012 is going to be a booked-up one in Arbee HQ! Yay ;D

I've been working with a fantastically talented Belfast-based photographer, Brideen from 'Photography By Brideen' on a few projects. One is getting my recent wedding stationery and card designs photographed for the website gallery which is long over-due an update. So excited to see the finished pics!
I've also just finished creating new gift vouchers for Brideen - click here for a sneak peek of them on her blog (if you like photography, it's a brilliant & beautiful blog to follow too)

There's been a wedding fair, lots of markets, ever-expanding stationery & card designs and also a couple of brand new stockists over the past few weeks too. I'll blog about them all soon, but I think my quick hello is getting a little long now...time to hit the hot chocolate before bedtime!


Rachel @ Arbee Cards x

Ps. The little hello cards are available in the Arbee Cards Folksy shop ;)