Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Births, deaths and marriages

A strange day of mixed emotions! A friend announced the safe arrival of their baby boy and our neighbour died. He was 90, a war hero, still sharp and lovely as ever but 3 operations in as many months was too much and he slipped away. He was wonderfully welcoming when we bought our house here and really helped us settle in: I'm sad and we shall miss him but the birth reminds us life goes on...
The marriage: I do seem to get some strange card requests and I have to explain that, here in France guests do not take cards to a party: They are usually something to post, not to hand over as they are in the UK (which makes me wonder about other countries?). So, mother of the bride had the lovely idea to put a card on each table which the guests can write messages in and she will send one each month after the wedding so the couple will receive the good wishes over the next few months. She asked me if I could make them in the wedding colours of chocolate and cream, each a little different and with the animal each table is themed with: That's the strange part - Rhino, Elephant, Hippo, Tortoise and Giraffe! Never had those in mind for wedding stationery, and trying to colour nicely when 3 of them are just grey! LOL
I did one to get approval of colour, style and my French and she was delighted: Here's how they turned out...

Used Nestabilities Labels 3; Curved Rectangles and Classic circles, Cuttlebug Floral Borders and stamps from Lidl (yes really!) with water-colour pencils and added texture of ColorBox Queue fluid chalk on the tortoise and giraffe. Printed text from the computer.


  1. Glad baby arrived safe and well...but sorry to hear the news of your neighbour x
    Your cards are fab Karen...even if they are a little strange as wedding stationery!!! ;) Each to their own huh?? :)

  2. Definitely very different for a wedding, but 'horses for courses' as they say!

    Sorry to hear of your neighbour's passing. I remember you tellming me about him on more than one occasion.

    And finally congrats on baby's safe arrival!

    Soak up the rays while they last! (I still have three days before my holidays, by which stage the rain will probably be back)