Saturday 8 October 2011

Spike update, ribbons and wedding stationery

Firstly, it looks as if Spike the hedgehog might have hibernated. He trotted along several times a night over recent weeks, gorging on his food (topped up with cashew nuts - his food of choice for sure) but for the past few nights not a sign of him! He's a big hedgie so we have to hope he has hibernated (big hedgies will often hibernate as early as September) and that he hasn't been out playing with the traffic :( Fingers crossed here.

Secondly, a big 'Eeek'!! I'm going to be making a load of wedding stationery for my friend's son and his fiancee - so long as they like what I can come up with. I know that Jess peeks at this blog so I hope she won't be put off by me saying it's quite daunting. I can do production lines OK but want Jess and Stuart to have a choice of options so this week coming I'll be putting together some samples, mood boards (get me!!) and so on ready to show them. All I know so far is that 'aubergine' is the main colour so not a lot to go on as yet.

So, for the samples, I've managed to track down aubergine card, mulberry paper and such for layering or whatever but I had the devil's own a bit of a job finding aubergine ribbon. Eventually I stumbled across The Ribbon Shop and the wide range of colours they have included aubergine! They do a good range of ribbons and their double sided satin ribbon comes in umpteen widths. I ordered a few 1 metre lengths of the satin ribbon in different widths plus some aubergine organza too (err, some other ribbons for me also fell into my shopping basket!). But, in the great scheme of things it was a very small order for them.

The order was placed on Wednesday and on Thursday the most scrumptious (today's big word) little parcel arrived, less than 24 hours after I placed the order. In my haste I didn't keep the beautifully striped outer wrapping with a gorgeous oval cream and gold address label on but just look at this:
This is the gold box, carefully lined with tissue paper and a hand written receipt for the order.
And this is what lay inside the tissue paper. Folded, and not squashed, ribbons - each carefully tied with ivory ribbon and a delicious little hand written tag describing the ribbon and the length provided. Oh boy, someone takes real pride in their service and I'm still opening the box now and then to peek at such pretty contents.

As you'll probably know, I adore ribbon and this is such an amazing change from ribbon being tightly folded or even stuffed into little polythene bags when it arrives in the post!

I just thought I'd share this with you - the art of beautiful packaging and presentation lives on in The Ribbon Shop for sure and I for one will be looking there first when I want more ribbons. You can never have too many say I!

Hope your weekend is going well and thank you for calling by!



  1. Those ribbons do look beautiful, and a well packaged parcel does wonders to lift you on a dull day. I hope you can come up with some gorgeous creations for your friends. Kate xx

  2. Oh Di, what lovely ribbons...I will be putting together ideas for wedding stationary for my daughters friend soon....and her colour is the same, so I am watching with much interest.

  3. Hi again. I don't know how I managed to post my last comment twice. I got trigger happy I guess! Anyway I have deleted one of them.
    Re: your comment on my blog about enlarging photos. I now always use Firefox to write my blog because it seems to allow photo enlarging for the reader. When I changed to google Chrome (which I use for everything else) it wouldn't allow me to resize photos, neither within the preview as I wrote it, nor by the reader. I don't know if that is the case for everyone, but it seems to be with my computer. Kate x

  4. Hi Kate! I also use Firefox but I think the Mr Blogger problems were with blogger itself as they changed to a slide show for a while - loads of us were moaning, whilst you were in the UK I think. I do know that some blogs won't ket you enlarge - interesting that it could be Google Chrome. Thanks so much for the heads up about that one - my in-house IT chappie thinks I should switch to Google Chrome as it's apparently much faster. I'll try it out on his PC before letting him anywhere near either of my laptops :)) Thanks again Kate - and have a great weekend! Di xx

  5. Thanks for the heads up on the ribbon company Di. I feel it is really important to tell the world when you find someone like that. I shall be popping over there for sure :-)
    A x

  6. Ooh, if only I'd known you adore ribbon - you could have had one of my envelopes stuffed full of it. Never mind. That looks beautiful and so prettily packaged. Time consuming, though, so they must have loads of time - not always possible in business. You'll be fine with the stationery - just keep it simple. I really enjoyed making my son's wedding stuff, once we'd finalised the design. They were (or he was) VERY particular, though. Good luck!

    We still have a nedgenog coming each night and I'm really enjoying him. He's very friendly and is getting used to us, looking up at us when we go to say hello and even staying while I throw food down for him. Hope yours is safe, they're so precious x

  7. Night Night Spike!

    Lovely box o'ribbons you got there Di.

    Have fun making samples.

    Hugs, Sarn x

  8. Ooh, gorgeous ribbons!! Look forward to seeing your wedding stationery designs with them! Thanks for your comments on my blog! x

  9. Wow what a lovely box of ribbons and such gorgeous colour. I'm addicted to ribbon.You can never have enough.
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Diane xx

  10. Wow what a super store, must use them when I need more ribbon, which I need like a bullet in the head.
    I love great service,it really shows they care about customers and not just profit.

    Kath x

  11. I'd never be able to use them... so beautifully packed.
    I love that colour - one of my favourites, and I'll be painting one of my bedroom walls that colour soon. Oops... did I just say I'd be painting? Not a chance... that's what Hubbys are for *LOL*

  12. Hope Spike is having a lovely sleep.

    Wow handwritten invoice hand tied ribbons, it's like going back in time, no one does that anymore. I checked out their website and love the way they have photographed their ribbons. Fantastic place to shop.

    I am sure what ever you create it’ll be lovely. Take a page from my book, remember 12 layers are about 10 to many. LOL!!! Don’t forget to snoop around Jules site she has some amazing samples.

  13. Oh wow Di .. .. what a fantastic way to receive your goodies. They look too good to undo and use!!!

    Super beautiful and scrummy ribbons that's for sure!!

    Good luck with the stationery .. I am sure you will do them proud.

    Love Jules xx


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