Ooh La La!

I just came across an amazing contest at the blog Oh Happy Day.  She is giving away a 7 day trip for two to Paris!  The prize includes a 7 night stay at Mama Shelter, and roundtrip airfare.  She has also graciously offered to show the winner around Paris for two days and point out all of her favorite sites.  How awesome is that?!

Of course I entered this contest right away, because I would absolutely love the chance to go on an amazing trip to Paris.  I was lucky enough to visit Paris once while I was studying abroad in London, but it was only for the weekend.  It would be wonderful to go back now that I am older and wiser, and would be especially nice to take a trip like that with the hubs since he’s never been to Europe, and I don’t think a fabulous trip like that is in the cards for us anytime soon unless we win one!

Check out the Oh Happy Day goes to Paris contest for a chance to win! 

 

A Royal Wedding Party!

Being the huge Anglophile that I am, I was beyond thrilled about the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and couldn’t resist throwing a royal wedding party for my girlfriends and I to watch the whole thing.  Of course I woke up at 4am to watch all the festivities live, but I had a party later that evening full of British food and jolly good fun.

This was a perfect opportunity for me to serve all the yummy British treats I discovered while studying abroad in London, and display some of the dishes, souvenirs, and decorations I have amassed since then.  Aside from planning the English menu, I also worked on a handful of crafts for the event.

Kate’s engagement ring replica napkin rings:

Napkin rolls in a matching basket (with princess wands…why not?)

A perfect excuse to wear tiaras!

(even for cats)

We also wore feathered headpieces I made for the wedding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(You can find them here.)

 

 

 

And of course we all had royal titles for the evening!

London pub coasters for our cider

Inflatable Big Ben to remind us where we are pretending to be celebrating

During the party, we enjoyed the following British goodies: tea sandwiches, chips (fries) and HP sauce, crisps (chips), scones, crumpets, McVitie’s digestives (biscuits), English toffee, chocolate covered strawberries, cupcakes, Yorkie bars, and bread pudding.  And we washed it all down with Strongbow cider (my favorite), Crispin, and wine.

Here are a few pictures of the tablescape…

Complete with pictures of the happy couple

All the food hadn’t been set out yet – I meant to take a few photos with everything set up, but as soon as I got everything out, it started getting eaten 🙂

 

Handmade placecards and holders

Friends also got to take these home

 

The wedding was amazing, Kate was stunning, Wills looked dapper, and we all had a blast.  Congrats to Will & Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

Did you watch the royal wedding?  How did you celebrate?

What’s In A Name?

Once I decided I wanted to start an Etsy shop, I had trouble thinking of a name that felt right.  I wanted it to incorporate something that was meaningful to me.  I toyed around with names relating to my two cats, or my favorite flower (red tulips), but nothing sounded good.  I didn’t want it to be something super corny or too obvious, like “Christina’s Crafts” – bleh.  I finally settled on Earl’s Courts Designs.
   
When I was a junior in college, I studied abroad in London for a semester.  I can say with certainty, that (at least so far), it was the happiest time in my life.  I got to explore beautiful cities and countries with incredible histories, meet amazing people that are still dear friends, learn invaluable lessons about life, and cliché as it sounds, found myself, despite being thousands of miles away from home.  Our flat in London (which I shared with 5 other girls, and 1 bathroom) was in the Earl’s Court neighborhood.  Earl’s Court was the tube station we hopped into whenever we were going out to eat, were all dolled up for a night on the town, going to do some posh shopping, or heading to Heathrow for a quick trip to another part of Europe. 
   
So, while its not related to the things I make or sell, its just a little nod to that faraway place that feels like another home to me.
   
A few pictures from my time across the pond…
   
Our street
   
Big Ben of course
    
Coumeenole Beach in Ireland
   
Tower Bridge
    
Paris
     
Colosseum
    

*sorry they’re blurry – they are from a long time ago before I had a nice camera…