Month: June 2015

Summer Sipping: The Sunday Evening Earl Grey Martini

earl grey martiniThis is very definitely one to shake and not stir! Spoil yourself with this utterly delicious Summer cocktail. So easy to throw together and its fabulous, refreshing hint-of-herbaceous, zesty flavour is perfect for those lazy Sunday evenings with friends .

You Will Need:

50 ml gin (or vodka)

35ml strong cold Earl Grey tea

20ml lemon juice

12ml simple syrup

Half a free range egg white (optional)

a good twist of lemon peel

The Making:

Place the gin, tea, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white in a cocktail shaker and shake well

Double strain the liquid in to your favourite glasses and finish off with a good twist of lemon peel

Serve with olives. Happy Sunday!

 

 

 

 

 

Happy First Birthday..to ibbi online!

Cupcake decorated with chocolate frosting and a green candle

Happy First Birthday to…ibbi online! Yes, we can’t believe http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk is one year old today and what a year it’s been. We’re now sourcing  collections of home accessories from India, South America and South Africa and it’s been a frantic and fabulous first twelve months! We think there’s only one way to celebrate such an occasion: and that’s with lots of cake, a glass of fizz and a present, from us, to our very first ibbi online customer: Scottish based artist Silvy Weatherall.  (If you’re not familiar with Silvy’s work could we suggest you sneak a peek at http://www.silvart.co.uk to discover more about her breathtaking painting, photography and sculpture. Her decorative feather mandalas have to be seen to be believed). Silvy: a present is on its way to you!

So a huge thank you to all our supporters and customers. It’s been an amazing a year and an amazing journey so far.. and it’s great to have you with us.

Claire, Anna and Eliza

Up, up and away!

Anna's washbag shot CappersIf you’re airport bound you’ll be needing these! Get ready to go with our fabulous Indian cotton bags. Make up and wash bags are perfect for all manner of accessories and beauty essentials (under 100mls of course) and beach totes have oodles of room for all your essential carry on kit. Striking stylish designs and great Summer ready colours too.

From £8.50 at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

Father’s Day: It Doesn’t Have To Be Pants

The ultimate chill out: vintage re strung Rajasthani charpoys

The ultimate chill out: a vintage re strung Rajasthani charpoy

June 21st is Father’s Day and haven’t we all done it. The last minute panic pressie shop: tragic jazzy pants, garish socks or that mug that seemed quite amusing in the shop. It can get worse. On one occasion, I succumbed to the most tragic of all panic buys: a black stretchy lycra all in one exercise suit. ‘Dads love them for weekend cycling’ the teenage sales assistant told me enthusiastically, but let me tell you now, no man will ever thank you for making him look like a vacuum packed sausage.

So to avoid all the traumas, here it is: our top 5 suggestions. We hope they’ll help make this Father’s Day a happy, relaxed and successful day!

Father’s Day: ibbi Recommends:

1. Buy: A charpoy or traditional Indian bed. Rather like a hammock on legs which means it’s beyond comfortable, it doesn’t swing in a high wind and you can’t fall out of it. Perfect for the post lunch snooze. Available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk £275 plus p&p.

2. Make: A delicious pre lunch drink. Try a Soho Sling: 50ml gin, 15ml fresh lime juice, 35ml pressed apple juice and 50ml ginger beer. Put all ingredients in to a tall glass, add lots of ice, stir, avoid sipping on the way to the charpoi and serve to grateful dad.

3. Discover: Our kadais or fire bowls. There’s nothing fathers love more than being in charge of the barbeque (other than being in charge of the bonfire). So this has to be the perfect gift! Our vintage cast iron fire bowls from Rajasthan are a glorious and very beautiful source of warmth in the garden on chilly Summer evenings. Toss wood in to the bowl, light and enjoy. From £120. At http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk.

4. Create: the perfect atmosphere. It’s amazing how a comfortable chair, the morning papers, a great cup of coffee and no list of DIY chores goes down once in a while.

5. Remember: A beautiful photo frame is always great gift. And then put a beautiful picture of you and the family in it..or perhaps one of those pics of dad in the lycra cycling outfit might be fun too. From £24 plus p&p, http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

 

 

Get Inspired.. It’s The First Day of Summer!

11377994_708840109261356_1732882444_nAs it’s the first official day of Summer today we think a spot of garden inspiration is called for!  And if, like us, you’re always looking for ways to transform those dull corners of your patio, deck, garden, balcony or yard then why not try one of these very stylish planters which we discovered recently in Rajasthan. They look gorgeous filled with colourful shrubs and flowering perennials and are available now at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk from £130 plus p&p. Do get in touch if you’d like more details. We always love hearing from you.