Cleaning House

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Sometimes to make everything make sense, you have to move it all around.

In the early days of our design studio, Justin came to me and said he wanted to move our bedroom into the other bedroom where our office was because it was quieter. Made sense,  but it didn’t quite address the best use of space in our home. So the next weekend, we moved our bedroom into the old office, the office into the livingroom and the livingroom into our old bedroom…much better.

Our purple sofa (I loved color even back then) didn’t quite fit through the doorway and so became a casualty to the new scheme. Insert a sleeker blue couch, and we were done!

I share this story because we just updated our Imbue You Wedding and Imbue You websites. Things are moved around quite a bit, but the hope is that it will make more sense to you and be a better reflection of what we do.

Imbue You purple red gold indian wedding invitation wrap

The Imbue You Wedding site is now the home of our custom handmade wedding invitations and coordinating stationery. So our handmade invitations, save the dates, ceremony and reception stationery, and thank you cards can be found there.


Imbue You Indian Lotus Invitation Collection Set

Imbue You is now home to our entire Signature Collection of designs, which are printed, shipped and supported by Zazzle. This includes our wedding invitation and save the date collection, and also our party and shower invitations, accessories and gifts, holiday cards and invitations, and stationery and stamps.

It’s still a work in progress. But visit us in our new spaces and let us know what you think!


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Real Palettes: Romantic Pink, Gray and Coral Mexican Folk Wedding Invitation

Posted by in Color Advice, Our Designs, Real Palettes

Imbue You Mexican Folk Invitation set pink

It’s amazing the power that color has to change the mood of a design.

We’d done this folk design in bold fuchsia, teal and gold for a couple getting married in Mexico, which was a lot of fun. But recently a subtler, softer color palette was requested.  This look is more romantic…same design, different colors, different feeling.

Imbue You Mexican Folk Invitation pink

Imbue You Mexican Folk RSVP set pink

I was thinking back on this design and the difference color makes because I received an email from a bride looking to have a traditional formal hacienda Mexican inspired wedding. She needed help choosing a design that would work with her theme and mood.

Thinking over all the weddings we’ve done using our Mexican designs, I realized they ranged from fun and casual to traditional. And the main thing that helped convey the feeling the couple wanted was color, not just in the inks.

But also in the paper. We’ve recently used ivory and a metallic champagne paper to help create the mood the couple wanted for their wedding stationery. So yes, there can be a bold romantic palette, you just may want to soften it with different colored papers.

Imbue You Mexican Folk Invitation with Envelope pink

Imbue You Mexican Folk Envelope set pink

This design is available in any colors you like from our custom handmade wedding stationery shop. If you have a certain mood in mind, but aren’t sure about the colors, I’d love to help you.

Imbue You Mexican Folk envelope back pink

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}


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Ahkriti: Indian Inspired Ethnic Jewelry

Posted by in In the Studio

Ahkriti Peacock earrings enamel cloisonne blue

Today I’d like to introduce you to Reshma Sandell owner of Ahkriti- Indian Inspired Ethnic Jewelry. For the past 3 years Reshma has been handmaking jewelry inspired by her Indian roots.

“My husband would always chide that I spent way too much money on jewelry and that I should learn how to make them myself,” Reshma recalls. “Our move from Vancouver, BC to Mississisauga, ON gave me a lot of time in my hands and one afternoon, my husband packed me off to a beading class. My story to create jewelry began there.”

From her jewelry classes she not only gained a new business, but something personal too. “Designing jewelry is my de-stress mantra. I love to see how each piece unfolds,” she says. “And the best part of designing jewelry is that now I can match any dress in my wardrobe without feeling that huge pinch in my wallet.”

Ahkriti turquoise blue bridal statement necklace

Ahkriti Woodland Brown sugar fossil sponge coral necklace

Ahkriti Earrings ivory gold ethnic cream lucite beads

“I design ethnic jewelry and I love using silver in my creations,” Reshma says. “Silver is such a metal that it makes gemstones look more exotic. My one-of-a-kind pieces are mostly a fusion of ethnic and western wear. They are creations for the modern woman who is confident, bold and expressive. Just like I would like to flaunt my accessories, I envision that the woman who buys my jewelry will want to wear it time and time again.”

Ahkriti black polymer bead pendant necklace India

Ahkriti purple pink paisley necklace bead

For Reshma, what type of jewelry to make came naturally. “I come from an Indo Canadian background and Bollywood is in my blood. I noticed that there was not a big market for affordable ethnic jewelry in Canada. Yes, there are stores here that do sell Indian jewelry and they are undoubtedly beautiful, but they are not handmade but sourced from India. I wanted to make something distinct, unique and a style that would be affordable.”

Ahkriti emerald green Indian bead earring

Ahkriti earring dangles turquoise blue and red jaipur enamel

For brides looking for wedding wear or gifts for bridesmaids, Reshma says she’s ready to create something special. “I do undertake custom orders and I am pretty flexible to whatever budget you have, I can always accommodate accordingly.”

To learn more about Reshma and see more designs visit:
Websites: www.etsy.com/shop/ahkriti and www.icraft.ca/ahkriti
Facebook : www.facebook.com/ahkriti
Twitter: twitter.com/ahkriti
Blogs: masalamangomantra.blogspot.com and colorcanopy.blogspot.com

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}

Ahkriti Teal blue with gold stretch bracelet

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