Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kirsty and Alec: English Countryside Wedding

Kirsty and Alec were married at the charming and historic Tythe Barn in the Oxfordshire countryside. Built in the 14th century, this estate includes a Manor House and, of course, the authentic thatched-roof barn with its original wood beaming.

For Kirsty and Alec's custom Bleu de Toi guestbook, we drew the Tythe Barn itself! Guests left multi-colored fingerprints on the "lawn" in front of the barn. The result is a whimsical piece of art, with the fingerprints reminiscent of a field of wildflowers, or wedding confetti, or butterflies, or any other colorful, joyful thing. 

We love how this project turned out! Congratulations on your lovely wedding, Kirsty and Alec! We really enjoyed working on this special custom piece.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Help us win Martha's Grand Prize!

Bleu de Toi is a finalist in Martha Stewart's American Made competition! We are super excited, and we need you to VOTE for us so that we have a chance of winning one of the 10 grand-prize spots!

To vote, click on our page, quickly register (all you need is to leave an email address), and Martha will give you up to six votes per day. You're free to use those votes as you'd like, including putting them all towards one finalist. Remember, each day, you get 6 new votes to use again!

Please help us win the grand prize! Each vote counts!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Join us Sept. 13 in Fresno at Moravia Winery Open House

We are excited to participate in a very special vendor's open house reception at Moravia Winery this Saturday, September 13 from 6:00-8:00pm. If you are in the Central Valley, this is a great location to consider for your wedding venue. The setting is picturesque, the wine is superb and the people that run it a great to work with!

View Moravia's beautiful wedding venue all set with a variety of wedding and event vingettes, from rustic to elegant. Sample food and visit with some the the winery's favorite vendors, including Bleu de Toi Handmade! Sample their delicious wines and a few of their famous sangrias.
The event is free for couples who have already booked or previously held an event at Moravia, and otherwise just $3 per person.

Whether you are planning a wedding, birthday party or even a business meeting, come out and see how Moravia and friends can take care of your Central California event.

We will be showcasing our ever popular wine bottle thumbprint guestbook drawings as well as some of our fingerprint guestbook trees. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Martha Stewart "American Made" Nominee!

BDT Handmade supports the idea of "handmade" products so much that we included it in our name. We're proud to have created a family company that provides customers a unique and hand-shaped product, all while using quality materials and employing local artists in our community. Martha Stewart's "American Made" contest celebrates those very values, which is why we're excited and honored to be a 2014 nominee.

The "American Made" contest divides homegrown companies into four categories: Crafts, Design, Food, and Style. Within those four headings, there are several sub-categories as well. We are entered under "Crafts" with a sub-category of "Celebrations." From the nominees, judges will pick 1000 finalists based on creativity, workmanship, appearance, and American-made values. Ten of those finalists will be chosen as award winners. 

Please check out our write-up on the American Made site, and then click on the Facebook or Twitter share buttons that are underneath our product pictures. The more social media shares we get, the higher our chance to become a finalist. Every share helps! Official voting for the contest finalists will begin on September 15th. 

Drawing in our backyard studio with child and dog. :)