QUICK OLD CRATES

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So today I wanted to show you my quick fix for crates. I needed to create an old rustic feel for a wedding fair at short notice, so crates were an ideal feature. Only problem?  I didn’t have any crates. The lovely Jane in fallon & Byrnes was kind enough to give me some crates from their veg section but they looked so NEW!
So quick fix needed, I headed to my local euro shop and bought a cheap set of watercolours for €2. When you mix up red, black and blue you get this lovely aged brown, not a rich mahogany but a bleached cedar look. Apply it liberally mixed with a LOT of water and taadaa lovely aged crates! I think it’s one of my better rush jobs! The brides at the fair certainly loved it! Nikki xxx

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BASH IN LYRATH

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I had a busy day on sunday in lyrath estate, kilkenny. I was at the spectacular vintage wedding fair womanning a stall for Bash magazine! What a great day, I loved my set up and I had the luck or being next to the Dionnes!
Their rendition of “happy” had me dancing around like a happy monkey. The best thing was meeting all the lovely brides who read bash and told me they adore it. In fact, one bride had already bought her glasses to do my tutorials from issue one!

Bash Volume 2

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Taa Daa, check out the loveliness which is Bash Volume 2! I got to team up with the DIY dream team again on this one. Nathalie took all these amazing shots and Ciara did the styling, I’m in such awe of the whole process. I mean I look at the menu and think, “oh that looks nice”, then I see it appear on Nathalie’s Laptop and think “Oh my god I want that menu!” Ciara moves a glass 3cm and suddenly it looks like a whole different scene.

That is the style touch I lack. I can create anything. If god comes knocking for another ark, I’m his woman. It’d be the best damn ark ever, waterproof with a fab chevron varnish.  When it comes to styling a shot though, I need an expert to jump in. Can you take classes or is that sense just innate?

Ok I’m going off topic, back to the DIYS. The Ronald in the picture above is a very special man, handsome, intelligent and kind, unfortunately ladies he’s not on the market my Mum married him 32 yrs ago.

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Working with Herbs was a delight, finding them wasn’t. I had a mini panic over how many I’d need so I asked the wonderful Michelle Darmody from the Cake Cafe and she sent me trotting down to Evergreen on Wexford St. Wow I was overwhelmed with all the choice, I bought Thyme and Rosemary to make wreaths, Sage and Bay leafs just coz they looked pretty.

I never had to restrain myself from buying herbs before. and the SMELL, if you recreate any of these DIYS you will be in for a treat, it was probably the best smelling shoot ever. mmmm herby, we had so many herbs left over Nathalie brought some home and made Rosemary salt, you’ll have to head over to her blog and ask her for the recipe!

Wanna see the rest, well pop down to your nearest shop and pick up your copy. or if you ask me nicely I’ll tell you, Nikki xxx

Word & Photography by Nathalie Marques Courtney

Styling by Ciara O’Halloran from Style Serendipity

Crafting and pretty hands by me

The glamour of photo Shoots!

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On the way to a Bash photo shoot today, it’s a miserable wet day in Dublin. I’ve just been to the flower market in smithfield to buy props before heading to the shoot.
I just had to take a minute and think WOW! I’m freezing and wet, been up since 6 but it’s FECKING Brilliant! Bring on the glitter ladies I’m ready and able, these muddy boots are made for  walking!

Nikki xxx

Powerscourt House 12.01.14

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So last weekend I got to go down to Powerscourt House where the lovely team behind feast had organised a wedding showcase. I went for the afternoon to show off my crafty skills and show lovely brides the fabulousness that is BASH. I’m loving BASH, I keep flicking through it again and again and seeing so many details I love, so when Kate and Ciara asked me to pop down and woman their stall I jumped at the chance. Moi? talk to brides and show off pretty things, DREAM JOB!

Powerscourt-005 And Oh my Lordy did I get to see some pretty things. I am first and foremost a wedding geek. I cry over engagement stories, I gush over lace and BOY, do I adore the dresses!

One of my favourites Bridal designers Anne Gregory was showcasing her magnificent frothy creations. I love them, do yourself  favour and like her on facebook here, everytime a dress pops up in my newsfeed I have a little imaginary wedding moment. Dum dum de dum

I got to see some old friends at the fair Paul from Top Table Designs, Emily from Emilys Pantry and Ivana from Ivana Patarčić Photography. All 3 are rockstars, and I think should be on the top of anyones wedding shopping list.

I got to meet a lot of lovely new people too, In particular Will O’Reilly who took these beautiful shots here and you can see a lot more from the day on his blog. Its worth a look folks, gorgeous shots of all the stalls. I met another lovely gentlemen but I can’t mention his name or company as I’m going to book his service as a surprise for Mic and Mic reads this blog. Just watch this space, one day there will be a gushing blog about the best surprise ever and I’ll reveal all then.


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The day itself was wet, wet, wet but everybody I spoke to was in such good spirits. I showed some brides to be how to make the balloon jars from Bash Vol 1 and using herbs mixed in with their floral arrangements. I said I would help out anyone who got into any craft difficulty and that still stands, just drop me a line! Hopefully this is one of many days like this, so watch this space… Nikki xxx

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Me showing off my mad crafting skills to the ladies!

Spotlight-MarKier Design

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I wanted to use this blog to show a few of the people who I think are doing amazing work at the moment. All of which are on my wish lists for different reasons. The first of which is Amy brannigan from MarKier design. I knew Amy when we were children but recently met her at the Knitting and Stitching show in the RDS where she was exhibiting her textile wonders. Amy is a 3rd yr student in Gmit and recently was the overall winner in the fashion and design competition, ‘Fashion-Able Kenmare’.

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Amys Latest work was inspired by the Irish coastline and the result is fantastic. Soft leathers, intricate beading, gold leaf, soft textures all blend seamlessly into amazing froths of design loveliness. I fell in love with a black piece which in person looked so inviting I had to resist the urge to keep stroking the leather. I wanted to wear it, I wanted to live in it. I WANT IT. My mother was with me and remarked the shaping of the leather and tiny feathered work brought to mind “The Black Swan”, theatrical ballet comparison that works.

After talking to Amy the most impressive thing I found was the lady herself and her conviction to her design path. Her pure design ethos is evident and never waivers. She is in the process of designing a Wedding range and it is refreshing to hear her speak about individualism, vintage, Diy without the tired bunting and mismatched china spiel. She has a clear

design focus and I cannot wait to see what she does next. This lady is going places but doing it in impeccable style.

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First Bash Project

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I was delighted to be asked to do some Diy ideas for the first issue of Bash magazine by Nathalie Marquez Courtney. Bash is the newest magazine added to the Image portfolio of amazing mags. Finally a bridal mag I would actually read, I’m so happy to have been involved in a small part.

Nathalie forwarded me some amazing inspiration shots from Ciara from style serendipity who was to be the stylist on the day. A pretty palette of pastels with a pop of gold was chosen. All I had to do was make the DIY’s, I really wanted to make some painted dipped jars and if you look at the photo above, you’d think I succeeded but no. No, No, No. Dipping jars in paint did not work well for me, tinting jars went wrong as well so with time ticking away I happened upon the great idea of Balloon wrapped jars. Did it work? Hell yeah! its my new favourite trick now…

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Luckily the shot on the day went a lot smoother then my prep and the photo’s speak for themselves! The styling was immaculate, the diys looked great and you can even see an amazing ruffled cake from Emilys Pantry in the shot! I hope issue 2 goes just as well!!!

Photography by Nathalie Marquez Courtney

Styling Ciara from Style Serendipity

Cake from Emily’s Pantry

DIY’s by Me!

You can see the full spread in Bash magazine in shops now