by Lee Franklin July 03, 2017
Well, hello Summer! ... the sun is shining and love is in the air ...
Many loved-up couples (wisely) choose the summer months to get married. We certainly did and luckily the UK sun shone down on us all day (good job too as we put everyone on a boat, before serving an alfresco barbecue on the riverside!).
Anyway, if, like us, you also prefer things a little alternative ... and a lot retro! ... wedding gifts can leave you somewhat ... ummm ... ewww ... really? Many wedding related gift ideas are pastel, floral, shiny, fluffy, cutesy ...which to some are fine, but for some of us ... well, let's just say we prefer fewer frills ....
When friends of ours got married and announced a Rockabilly themed wedding, we decided (after cheering, whooping and happy dancing) to come up with an alternative wedding gift, which would reflect their retro style while illustrating their love in a 'proper grown-up' way ... you know, without the fluffy teddy bears and confetti coloured hearts.
Inspired by traditional tattoo design, and mid century pop art, we came up with a scared heart design in bold, passionate colours, which we personalised with their names and then printed on a set of coasters for their new home together. A great way to celebrate their union while being practical to boot! hurrah! And you know how, these days, when couples have already been living together for some time .. and they've got 'everything' ... it can be hard to think of something they can actually put to good use ... well a set of gorgeous coasters will never go to waste.
They can be totally personalised ... you can have pretty much whatever you like on the scroll (as long as it fits!) ... the betrothed's names, a special date, or a place that means something special. These don't have to be wedding gifts, they can be great anniversary gifts (add the place you met!), or engagement gifts if the couple are moving in together.... or ... just because you're in love .... ahhhh
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by Lee Franklin June 11, 2020
Gwenn, in her own words, is a “mid-century, retro, colours and eclectic stuff lover!” Her home is full of objects with stories, where broken and unloved things are upcycled into beautiful items full of purpose.
Hi there! We are mad bad fans of eclectic vintage and retro style ...
The Inkabilly blog features fabulous real-life retro homes ... from vintage fanatics to eclectic collectors. We delve into the secret worlds of retro fans and their homes, passions & inspirations ... stories of hard work and happen-chance.
We also love to share cool vintage and retro sellers, DIY restorations, snippets on design history, our favourite vintage eras etc ... Our aim is to be a resource for fabulous retro inspiration!
We also design and make our own vintage-inspired homewares and accessories to help fuel your retro life .... while you're here, why not have a browse ... ?
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Inkabilly is husband-and-wife team Lee and Karl. A mid century obsessed couple who've been designing and creating our vintage-inspired homewares, accessories and gifts in our Bristol studio, UK since 2010. We love to mix up our Retro! So in our emporium you will find a happy, eclectic mix of nostalgic and kitsch designs inspired by the 50's, 60's & 70's.