We’re back with another round of our designer travels series. This week Bella Figura calligrapher Sarah Hanna is sharing her photos and stories from a recent, impromptu trip to Marrakech, Morocco. We’ll let Sarah take it from here!
Hand-made lanterns in Morocco One of the great things about Europe is how easy it is to country-hop. In the US, you might treat yourself to a weekend trip to New York, or tailgate two states over. Similarly, if you are in France, you could hop over to Marrakech, Morocco for the weekend. A carry-on and an hour and a half later, you could be strolling through a spice market….
….or watching artisans make leather bags, or carve stone in the traditional way that has been passed down for generations. Patterns abound. And the calligraphic influence in the stonework is something to behold.
Scenes from the streets of Marrakech.
Coffee break at the YSL gardens in Morocco The gardens of Yves Saint Laurent are in Marrakech. A perfect rest from the bustle of the city and place to be inspired by nature and YSL’s own artwork.
The folksy sweetness of our Juniper envelope liner pattern transitions from season to season depending on the (up to) 4 ink colors you chose. Here the summertime inspiration of Garden, Sherbet, Papaya and Cream inks compliment our Handdrawn wedding invitation sent by Aileen and Sam for their summer celebration in Italy.
letterpress inks: pewter + papaya | paper: bella cotton 2-ply white | foil edging: copper shine | envelope: bella cotton white | envelope liner: juniper pattern in garden + sherbet + papaya + cream | customization #17449
For their spring wedding in Colombia, Bridget and Victor chose our papel picado inspired Barcelona design. A romantic script font, pastel pink ink and Rose Gold Shine foil gave this festive design a soft, feminine makeover.
letterpress ink: whisper | foil stamping: rose gold shine | paper: bella cotton 2-ply ivory | envelope: bella cotton ivory | envelope liner: classic color pattern in whisper | customization #21898
We’re back with more of Sarah Hanna’s travel adventures today! Sarah is an incredibly talented calligrapher who is currently splitting her time between California and the beautiful village of Cassis, France. This week we’re taking a look at French cuisine as part of Sarah’s day-to-day in Cassis.
The weekly market Every Wednesday and Friday is a farmer’s market in the center of town. You can buy everything from produce to flowers to bikinis….life’s essentials.
Absinthe Restaurant in Paris There is another form of art in France – food. I was a very happy girl at Absinthe Restaurant in central Paris. Petits raviolis in a langoustine cream sauce? Oui, s’il vous plait!
A message to the chef It was all so delicious, I had to write a message to the chef in what was left of the langoustine sauce!
Eating at home – French style But you don’t have to eat out to dine elegantly. It’s true – the French are worshipful about their plates. Here are two examples of what ‘eating at home’ looks like in France. Food is art in France.
The children’s cooking school at La Tête à Toto boutique The owner Marie said that if I was going to take photos, I had to be a student the class. Twist my arm! We are making potato croquettes and home-made nutella….which was so delicious that I can never buy nutella again.
Many thanks to Sarah for sharing another glimpse of her life in France! Next week we’ll share Sarah’s travels to Morocco!
For a Harvest inspired celebration, Chelsea Petaja envisions glamorous gowns, romantic candlelight and gilded decor – all perfectly fitting for this elegant gold foil stamped wedding invitation. Save on this design and more by Chelsea through the month of July – she’s our July designer of the month!
Our Do Good promotion is back! Enter our contest to win $1500 in stationery from Bella Figura. Everyone who enters will be eligible for 25 free invitation sets with an order of 50 or more. It’s easy to enter! Here’s how it works: we want to see what good means to you — is it volunteering at your local food pantry, or giving blood? Planting trees or spending time with patients at the local children’s hospital? Whatever your good deed is, we want to hear about it! Upload a photo or video on Instagram to share what you’re doing to make a difference, and we’ll give you 25 free additional invitation sets just for your good deed! The grand prize will be awarded to the person with the ultimate good deed. No purchase is necessary to enter, and the contest is open to entrants worldwide! Want to be inspired? Check out last year’s winner, or take a look at the entries we received in last year’s contest!
RULES AND DETAILS:
Entry period: Your good deed must happen between July 2 – July 23, 2014. Submissions must be uploaded to Instagram by midnight onWednesday, July 23, 2014 to be eligible.
Prizes: Everyone who follows the guidelines above and uploads a photo or video of their good deed to Instagram will be eligible for 25 free additional invitation sets with the purchase of 50 or more [you must purchase at least 50 invitation sets]. This promotional offer is valid on orders placed through October 15, 2014. “Invitation sets” include an invitation, reply card + envelope or reply postcard, invitation envelope, and any coordinating embellishments (this includes envelope liners, pocketfolds, edge painting, etc.). One lucky winner will win $1,500 that can be used towards their next order at bellafigura.com. The $1,500 grand prize must be redeemed by December 15, 2014. The grand prize winner will be announced on Monday, July 28, 2014.
Criteria: We’re letting you determine the definition of “good.” For the free 25 invitation sets, anything you consider good will work. For the grand prize, we’re looking for inspiring actions that bring us hope; that demonstrate the power of an individual to do good; and that show us how the world can be a caring and beautiful place. Please be sure to get a photo or video of yourself in action!
Judging: The team at Bella Figura will vote to select one winner for the grand prize based on the criteria listed above. The winner will be announced on Monday, July 28, 2014.
Other details: the Buy 50 Get 25 promotional offer can be combined with our other ongoing discounts – save 10% when you order 6 printed pieces or more, or get free favor cards if you’re donating to charity – but cannot be combined with our Designer of the Month promotion. The grand prize cannot be combined with any of our other ongoing discounts or promotions. Grand prize winner may take advantage of Buy 50 Get 25 free promotional offer in a separate order.
Our Designer of the Month for July is Chelsea Petaja! Chelsea joined the Bella Figura family this year and has 5 new designs for 2014 – and they’re all on sale this month! Chelsea’s style is modern yet sweet and has a hand-crafted look. Several of her new designs are on the rustic side and would be perfect for a fall wedding! Chelsea gave us a little peek into her home – where she lives and works with her husband Tec Petaja.
Living, working, loving and entertaining out of one place ain’t no joke. My husband and I recently moved into the same studio space (a reclaimed garage in our backyard) which makes our living quarters just a little tighter… and a little more revealing about our individual working habits. (Like my humming and Tec’s lack of an internal monologue. Ha!) But when setting up our space, I ran across this quote by William Morris that helps me to be honest in my design aesthetic: “If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” For me, white and bright with pops of color and pattern are beautiful. My computer is useful. My drafting table and desk are both. I’m surrounded by artwork and photographs and sketches that are meaningful, but when they become mundane, I switch them up so that this is a space of creativity and inspiration–a space where imagination can wander and emails can be sent.
Take a look at some of Chelsea’s designs below – her entire collection (including invitations, save the dates, social notes, and more!) is on sale for 10% off during the month of July (and you can save an additional 10% if you order 6 printed pieces or more!). Have questions about this promotion? Please, be in touch!
The fine print: this offer is exclusive to designs by Chelsea Petaja and does not apply towards the purchase of other designs. Orders must be placed by 11:59pm Eastern on July 31, 2014 in order to receive this offer.