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Our UK made, sculptural paper jewellery is the perfect choice for a modern bride wanting to make a statement on her special day. Whether looking for something simple and delicate such as our paper earrings, or a real showpiece like our paper collars, we have something to suit every bride’s unique taste. To make your jewellery even more personal and unique, we can also customise any of our designs through use of colour, and will also design a one-off piece completely to commission for the more avant garde client.

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Saloukee Unity Earrings

Saloukee Obverse Paper Collar

We have complimentary pieces available for the bridesmaids or mother of the bride/groom, and we even make cufflinks for groomsmen!

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Saloukee Disperse Cufflinks

Take a peek at our ‘perfect weddings‘ pinterest board packed full of beautiful ideas for our dream wedding! How about making a lovely garland like this Felt one by Erin Dollar. Simply stitch together circles of paper or felt to create a beautifully simple garland…

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Felt circle garland by Erin Dollar

And how about hanging some beautiful vintage glass bottles with rustic brown string, and filling them with beautiful flowers to create unique floral arrangements like these we found on ‘A Beach Cottage’

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Thrifted bottles from ‘A Beach Cottage’

For the table settings, we just love these letterpress ‘two cents’ coasters by BHLDN, a great way to ask your guests for a little advice and get a lovely keepsake from your special day too!

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‘Two Cents’ coasters from BHLDN

And how about some papercut name cards like these lovely laser cut place cards by Skinny Laminx

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Laser cut place cards from Skinny Laminx

We are loving pastels this spring, so how about some lovely, perfectly on-trend pastel confetti, and so easy to make with coloured paper, a couple of hole punches and some translucent envelopes!

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Pastel confetti by Martha Stewart

When it comes to favours, we just love these little DIY seed pockets by Martha Stewart , such a lovely idea, and so simple to make, fill tiny glassine packets with the seeds of your favorite flower, and stitch them onto simply printed seating cards… beautiful! Or how about filling lovely little paper bags with your favours and simply pegging them with a brown paper heart, like we found on ‘Hello Naomi’

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Seed Favours by Martha Stewart

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Kraft hearts found on ‘Hello Naomi’

You all know how much we at Saloukee love paper, so what better way to top our dream cake than with a paper cake topper? We love this beautiful botanical silhouette papercut by BHLDN… the perfect finishing touch to our cake.

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Papercut cake topper by BHLDN

For all those beautiful weddings you might have this season, have a wonderful time and if it’s your wedding … a huge congratulations to you both! Lets pray for a some more sunshine filled weekends … it’s better for the bespoke hats, fabulous fascinators, to die for dresses and satin stilettos we’ve all purchased for the day … and rain simply does not suit us! ; )

With love and smiles, Saloukee x

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So we are again, where did that week go? Here we are again for our ‘what to wear’ Wednesday blog feature with love from the Polyvore community.

We’re gushing about weddings this week (see our weddings blog post), though the sunny, summer days seem not to have graced us with their presence, these wedding dates that have been in our diary for months will go on regardless, so lets get our vintage victorian brollies at the ready and take on these rainy summer weddings with a smile on our face! We should refuse to downplay the outfit we say, just because a bit of drizzle makes it a little inconvenient!

Polyvore outfit using Saloukee Obverse bracelet in cream

We say go all out, think glitz, glamour and gold, precious luxury, even if the bride and groom can’t afford to ship all their guests to a secluded island somewhere with sunnier climes! Lets treat ourself to something special,  has created this set teaming an Alexander McQueen clutch and shoes, a Cathy Waterman long pearl necklace and a Chloé pleat panelled silk dress … don’t mind if we do! Of course not to forget that extra little something to wow all the other guests, that talking point vintage cream Obverse Bracelet from Saloukee. Beautifully elegant, luxuriously feminine and spectacularly unique. With only 2 in stock, you’d be crazy not to SHOP NOW!

Enjoy your summer weddings, however sunny they may be! With love from Saloukee x

Strands is our fresh, durable and vibrant diffusion line. The collection is a return to dexterity, with each piece made entirely by hand without the involvement of any machinery. The collection of perfectly on-trend and easy to wear summer statement necklaces is constructed using a twisted paper yarn, which is sourced and made in the UK. Each piece is unique, individually knitted entirely by hand using thread bound paper yarn, and hand coloured using on-trend neon and pastel colour palettes.

Our new ‘Strands’ collection consists of two brand new necklaces, both available to puchase exclusively from our Boticca online shop

The first is ‘Loops’  – designed with an emphasis on simplicity. Each ‘Loops’ necklace is unique, individually constructed entirely by hand using cotton bound paper yarn and coloured by hand, with a hand-bound toggle fastening. It is available in Pastel Blue, Pink and Grey and Neon Yellow and Pink for £45 each, or in a neutral/non colour for £35.

Loops’ hand-bound toggle fastening.

‘Purls’ is a talking point necklace – a chunky statement piece, and like ‘Loops’ no two will be identical as each piece is individually constructed and coloured entirely by hand. ‘Purls’ is available in Pastel Blue, Pink and Grey and Neon Yellow and Pink for £75 each, or in a neutral/non colour for £60.

Head over to our Boticca online shop to check out the full diffusion collection …

Strands Collection // Loops

Strands Collection // Purls

Product Photography: Gemma Dewson

Model Photography: Sam Roberts 

Model: Lizzie Towndrow

Make up: Katy Gill

Hair: Sonya parks

So we’ve been getting all inspired lately in the Saloukee studio, not only has the sun been shining to allow ideas to flow but it’s so refreshing to see Spring here and be in full swing already- we LOVE this time of year!

St. James Park flowers, April

With the recent craze for Pinterest we’ve been finding it super easy to keep all the inspirations and exciting designs currently emerging, catalogued. Our Saloukee virtual pinboard is packed full of a ideas to show a little bit of what we fancy, so for your chance to take a tour inside our heads and follow us, check out our pinboards here. We fully recommend this as a great tool to categorise your interests , evaluate trends and share the things that make you tick. We’re hooked, but be warned … you may become obsessed!

Saloukee's boards of inspiration on Pinterest

One trend we’re currently embracing is the love of all things pastel. A perfect freshness is given to products and fashion with this gorgeous selection of colours and a dreamy combination in time for Spring. So we thought we’d share some of your pretty picks to inspire you in time for Easter.

If you’re planning an Easter paper-themed wedding or wedding anniversary, how about these delicate honeycomb paper decorations, great on mass with a range of colours combinations all together:

Available from Miss Étoile

Or how about getting creative yourself and making yourself a cute Miffy inspired Easter Garland? A lovely decoration, perfect for afternoon tea with the girls, a kids birthday party/picnic or an easter gathering with the family. Download your DIY template here.

Idea courtesy of Mini Eco

For those with a sweet tooth, hows about these handmade beauties. Personalised too and Vegan in nature. Easter just isn’t Easter without a  chocolate Easter egg hunt:

Available from Andie's Speciality Sweets on Etsy

If you do Easter gifts amongst family and friends and the pennies in your piggy bank aren’t stretching far enough, why not make them a gift this year? We found these beautiful miniature egg shell gardens, which could be easily personalised with egg painting or a particular type of plant potting for your loved one:

DIY tutorial available from Roy Joy

Perhaps the most simple thing to do would be to bring in some freshly cut flowers into your home this Easter time. We’d recommend the hustle and bustle of Columbia Road Flower market on a Sunday morning. It’s a must to take your camera and some cash to grab yourself a beautiful bargain.

Pale Pink Roses from Columbia Road Flower Market

… And with all this inspiration fresh in our heads, we’re bursting at the seams to get a new collection ready for our lovely followers to get their mitts on in time for the summer, something fresh, lightweight, pastel in colour and perfectly paper-ee, in keeping with our current collections. We’re excited to reveal it but you’ll have to just sit time for the time being … to be the first to receive news of its launch, sign up to our newsletter here.

A sunny sign off from us here at Saloukee x

This summer has been many amazing things for me…but most notably a summer of weddings …

It was the first time I had the honour of being a chief bridesmaid, this was to my lovely, beautiful best friend Gemma …

It was also the first time to be a bridesmaid at a family wedding … for my baby brothers fiancee (now wife) Jo…

Being involved so closely with these amazing weddings, it was touching to see all the love in the air! Being a bit of a sentimental old goat myself, I thought long and hard about the presents to get these people who meant so much to me.

So me being me, what better thing to do than stick to what I know best…being a little quirky creative…

so for my lovely Gemma … I secretly placed disposable cameras on all of the outside tables at the weddings, allowing guests to snap at their leisure. I also scurried round all evening (with the help of the other lovely bridemaids) chatting to guests and getting them to write a little note to the bride and groom as good wishes for their lives together.

Then when the happy couple were away on her honeymoon I preceded to get all crafty and put together an album full of surprise photos and notes from all her loved ones.

Here are a few snapshots from my creation:

Being the very special girl she is, I also was determined that she should have a piece of Sarah Kelly jewellery on her for her big day. With the traditional wedding choice that she made, I opted for a simple silver chain, with a single Fresh Water Pearl, delicate Aqua Marine and hand carved cast silver heart pendant. Though I gave her this two weeks before (I couldn’t cope with any tears on the day if she hated it!)

I also surprised her on the morning of her wedding with another piece of jewellery. This was a piece I’d made during my second year at university and never had a more perfect time come to give it to someone special.

Now, you’ll have to forgive my somewhat amateur attempt at photography in my second year at University! But I set myself the brief at the time to make a set of commercial silver rings using the lost wax process. At the time I wanted to emphasise how the giving of jewellery was always something of love from the giver and something to cherish from the receiver. (To which I still very much believe and  honour.)

The ring on the right, I wear everyday. Engraved in phonetics on the underside it says ‘Hold tenderly that which you cherish’.

The ring on the left says (still sat in its box, waiting to be claimed by the right person) says ‘Friends are kisses blown to us by angels’.

The middle ring, the ring I gave to Gemma, I set with a Peridot stone on the underside. Perdiot meaning ‘healthiness and happiness in marriage’.

For me, giving gifts of jewellery has so much sentiment and I hope when clients purchase my jewellery, it is because they have very much felt the same way.

Now my brother and his lady needed a greatly different present. I thought long and hard about this. How to get something thoughtful, without interfering on the brides territory on the day/on the honeymoon/in newly married life!

I decided the safest option was not to organise something as a present on the day, nor I thought it would be safe to surprise them with something during their honeymoon (I know their itinerary was fun-packed). Instead I thought that it would be nice for them to have something to come home to. They live in the Outer Hebrides (a far, far off land!) and there’s not a huge amount to do out there, so I put together a hamper of fun things for them to keep them a little busy after the excitement of their wedding on the return home, the start of their new lives together.

Now most of the things in there probably seem really random to anyone else but I hope they’ll be a perfect concoction of things to enjoy and do together as husband and wife. My best finds included:

A personalised address stamp with their new married names on, available from Billet Doux.

A strawberry, stem remover…perfect for picnics ; ) available from Lakeland.

…and my final find, was this beautiful anniversary book which I hope they keep forever, check out Amazon to see the a sneak peek of the inside.

…and then that has me thinking all about anniversaries…it seems more and more folk are celebrating wedding anniversaries in style … and so they should! I have been getting more and more enquiries about special gifts made in paper, especially to signify first year anniversaries.

Therefore I’m making a special effort to let people know that, me being me, (the sentimental old goat that I am) I’d like Saloukee to specialise in exactly that … First year wedding anniversary gifts.

Not only am I happy to make an extra special effort to wrap these gifts beautifully but I now also include a ‘memento slip’ within the jewellery box, with customised date and message to your loved one.

Saloukee welcomes any specific requests or commissions and will do all possible to cater to your needs … so if you have something in mind or want to pick my brain further, just drop me a line here.

Sending love and best wishes x