Monday, 1 September 2014

Take Me To The Sea

We combined our summer holiday with our first wedding anniversary this year and booked a week by the sea in the South of France. It was my first time to the Cote d'Azur and I can't begin to describe how beautiful it is.

Rather than stay in the more touristy St Tropez we opted to stay in Sainte Maxime, a short car ride away. This view was from the beach, 2 minutes from our hotel, looking over to the livelier part of the town.

Our hotel was away from the hustle and bustle, backing on to a stunning botanic garden - you can walk through the gardens to reach the beach. Trop jolie.

Every evening there is a tourist market in the old quarter of the town as well as various fresh produce markets throughout the week. No wonder the French have such a good culinary reputation, look how amazing their market stalls are!

One evening we drove along to St Tropez (take or hire a car if you visit the South of France, it's so handy being able to hop from one town to another). The yachts here are ridiculous, bigger than houses; people crowd round as they dock to see who disembarks.

The whole town is much busier than Ste Maxime but is absolutely beautiful. I managed to lower the tone as always by falling flat on my bum just before this photo was taken. Despite my clumsiness we enjoyed a great meal by the sea and a Malibu or two in the local Irish bar!

The architecture and surroundings are stunning, I love the sun bleached pastel buildings. And who can resist a carousel that pretty?!

As we took our own car to France, Jon decided to make the most of it and found a nearby driving route to visit. The Col de Turini is a mountain pass in the Alps - lots of windy, twisty roads to zoom up (and down). Whilst the hair-raising journey was more Jon's cup of tea than mine, the views were well worth it.

I'm convinced we should move to France and spend our lives with our petit chats eating cheese!

What are your travel recommendations? Any other French towns you love to visit?


Monday, 25 August 2014

STACIE SWIFT Workshop | Make Your Own Stationery Set

I'm running a workshop on Thursday 9th October where you can learn to make your own envelopes and greeting cards using STACIE SWIFT printed papers and illustrated patterns.

All materials will be provided plus there will be lots of tea and cake and a chance for a chat too. The workshop will take place at The Shop At Forty in St Neots - it's a really gorgeous shop, definitely take a look at their website!
You'll never need to buy another boring card and envelope again!

When: Thursday 9th October at 7pm
Details: £12 per person, all materials included

Limited space available, book your place by emailing hope to meet you there!


Saturday, 23 August 2014

First Anniversary Paper Gifts | For My Husband

Today Jon and I have been married a year!
You might have seen my post the other day about first wedding anniversary gifts... I found it tough trying to find the perfect paper presents for him, after much deliberating here's what I came up with!

A Year Of Dates
This idea is all over Pinterest, with tons of variations and date ideas, it's a great one to adapt and personalise to suit your relationship or special occasion.

I decided to hand-make a series of envelopes and label one for every month until our next anniversary. Inside each envelope is a date idea I have planned. I thought this would be a great way to make sure we have a 'date night' each month; some are more expensive than others, some don't involve leaving the house and some are things we have done before, and enjoyed. I will keep you updated on what we get up to!

Photo Frame
I love this mulit-aperture Umbra photo frame, there is room for 16 square photos (great if you print directly from Instagram!). I filled the first square with a photo from our wedding day, the rest with pretty constellation paper. The 15 gaps will get filled in with a photo each year on our anniversary, so the frame won't be full until 2029! It'll be nice to look back and see how we change each year, and to have a ongoing record of our marriage. In the meantime, the pretty paper means it's nice enough to hang up even though the spaces are empty.

What do you think? What did you give (or receive) on your first wedding anniversary?


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Birthday Bake | Lemon Layer Cake

Yesterday was Jon's birthday - and another great excuse for cake! I had a lot of lemons in the fridge so decided a Lemon Layer Cake would be the perfect birthday cake for my favourite person.

I used this recipe from the Cath Kidston blog and adapted it a little bit; some extra lemon rind into the batter made this cake extra lemony, and I left out the yellow food colouring too (because I didn't have any!).
Mine ended up being at two layer cake as I found that there wasn't enough mix to make three layers in my tins, we didn't mind though, it was really tasty and made a nice change from chocolate or banana which are my usual go-to bakes.

I pin lots of baking ideas to my Food board on Pinterest if you fancy some more foodie inspiration. Or feel free to recommend your favourites too, I do love to try new recipes!


Monday, 18 August 2014

Paper Love | First Wedding Anniversary

This coming Saturday is mine and Jon's first wedding anniversary - I can't believe we've been married a year already!

We are celebrating with the traditional gifts and so will be giving each other presents made of paper this year. You'd think this would be easy for someone who sells paper products for a living but I've taken ages deliberating over the perfect gifts - in case you're struggling too I've rounded up some of my favourite ideas.

Personalised Date Print  by Geri Loves Emi

Map Cufflinks by Ellie Ellie    

Mr + Mrs Prints by More Than Words      

And some more ideas if these don't tickle your you have any other ideas?

Write a love letter | Frame your favourite wedding photo | 
Commission or create a print of your favourite hymn or wedding reading|
Buy tickets to a destination or event | Create a memory scrapbook |
A map pinned with the destinations you've travelled together

Friday, 15 August 2014

Friday Feline

CATS / Turquoise Kitty / Cat Cards / Paint / Let's Discover / Cool Cool Cat 

Happy Friday! Here's a selection of brightly coloured cats to start your weekend :)

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Brand New - Cute Critter Cards!

You may have spotted these new cards on Facebook or Instagram this week... but here is a formal introduction to the latest birthday range, Cute Critters.

Featuring some more STACIE SWIFT animals (you can never have too cards illustrated with foxes, fact), these sweet little celebration designs all have a matching fun phrase that makes them perfect for all ages!
It's not just the design that makes these stand out - a slightly different shape to our usual A6 cards, these aren't just cute, but curved too.

Available now in the STACIE SWIFT Etsy shop and also for wholesale - please email for enquiries.

If you pop over to our facebook page before 7pm tonight there is a cheeky offer available on these new designs too :)