Watercolour Invitations: The Mother's Day Edit

Watercolour Invitations: The Mother's Day EditWe have once again partnered up with the lovely Jette Virdi to show you how you can make your very own watercolour calligraphy invitations / cards for Mother's Day. This requires a bit of skill but once you've learned the basics the possibilities are endless!

Watercolour Invitations: The Mother's Day EditYou will need a few things from the craft shop for this project: some watercolours (Tiger do some great ones), thick textured paper, a calligraphy pen & ink. All of these things are really inexpensive and once you have them they will last you for ages. Calligraphy is also really therapeutic so definitely worth checking out!

The Watercolour

Mix your watercolour paints with water and start working them into the paper. The paper will want to bend after soaking up the water so make sure you pin it down a bit with your hand to flatten it. I love the ombre effect that watercolours give you - if you want to lighten a spot, simply go over it with a clean brush and some water. When you're happy with the effect just let the paper dry.

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The Calligraphy

This is the slightly more tricky bit. Calligraphy takes a little bit of practice but it's super fun and within an hour you will already see yourself getting better and better. Here is a fabulous series by Julie Blanner on How to Learn Calligraphy in 5 Days where you can learn all the details and tips but there really is only one major rule in calligraphy - on up-strokes you apply as little pressure as possible on down-strokes a bit more pressure to separate the nib of your pen and create a thicker line.

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If you are not the self-teaching type, make sure to check out Jette's Workshops on her website!

 Have you ever tried calligraphy?

A. xx

Mother's Day Edit | Blooms on a Budget

Mother's Day Edit | Blooms on a Budget

Flowers are one of our favourite things and whatever the occasion they're always a great gift. Unfortunately, they can also work out to be very expensive. As Mothers Day is approaching bouquet prices are rising and you are looking at about €40 - €50 even for sad looking supermarket blooms. If you also have an in-law you are buying for the expense can be quite terrifying.

So in true Pink Elephant Blog fashion we are showing you how to do fabulous blooms on a budget! Once again we've partnered up with our favourite stylist Jette Virdi to show you that creating your own beautiful bouquets is easy and your Mum will love the thought and effort you put in!

The most important thing to know is where to shop. Rather than going to a florist or supermarket go to a flower market or wholesaler. Our favourite spot in Dublin is Joseph Duffy & Sons in the Victorian flower and fruit market in Mary's Lane, Smithfield. For our arrangements we bought 3 bunches of blooms: pink ranunculus (the main flowers), white wax flower (filler) and ruscus (foliage) which altogether came to €20 and makes 3 medium sized bunches.

All you will need for the project are your flowers of choice, some twine or gold wire (which is what we used) & a good scissors. There are no rules here, just have fun but if you're unsure here's our Pinterest board full of great inspiration.

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Creative: ranunculus + wax flowers + ruscus

This is a slightly fuller, more boho version of the first bouquet. We used wax flower to make the whole thing more voluptuous and the effect is really beautiful.

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Which bouquet is your favourite? We can't decide....

A & B. x

Mother's Day Gift Guide

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Now I’m generally not an advocate of Hallmark holidays…except Valentine’s Day…and Father’s Day…and of course Mother’s Day (Okay, so maybe I am a fan of Hallmark Holidays). I’m a Mummy’s girl if ever there was one and proud to say I regularly pop over to my Mama with midweek flowers or a selection of Avoca baked goods and the occasional Yankee candle. Being the youngest of six I know she’s done more than her fair share of ‘mammying’ over the years for us all- we all owe our leaving certs, driving tests and first job interviews to her candle-lighting skills at mass! Here’s a few of my picks for something special to treat your own Mama to this Sunday…

1. Molton Brown, Coco & Sandalwood Bodywash , €22 2. Afternoon Tea for Two in the elegant Lord Mayor's Lounge, Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin 2 €65 3. Avoca Lambswool Throw €49.95 4. Avoca Trio Cookbooks, Avoca, €26.95 5. Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Home Candle 200g, €50 Brown Thomas 6. The Blossoming Teacup & Saucer, €55 Joeanna Caffrey www.joeannacaffrey.ie 7. Chanel Crème Blush, €34, Debenhams 8. Fresh Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, getfruity.ie, €25 9. Furniture Painting Class, Moss Cottage Dundrum €75 www.moss.ie 10. Estee Laude Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, Arnotts, €60

Gifts aside, don't forget to tell your Mama you love her this weekend- you only get one!

B.

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