Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Our Wedding - Things We Made

february winter wedding

february winter wedding

february winter wedding

Time for another installment of our wedding. We didn't have the biggest budget for getting married but both of us are strong believers that you don't need lots of money to make things look good. A lot of people joked and said that they knew our wedding would be cheap but look fantastic and I think, even if I do say so myself, they were right. 

Right from the start it was clear that a lot of craft and DIY skills would be used. You might remember our save the dates and then our invites. That kind of set the mood for what our wedding would be like.

I wanted a lot of signs, weird I know but things I knew would photograph well and point people in the right direction. The first sign "Cath & Dion Tie the Knot" was made from old fence posts. The fence got knocked over in the wind so I decided that they would be perfect for the sign. This was tied to the front gate so people knew they were in the right place.

I wanted to have an order of the day so people knew what was happening and when. Of course we didn't stick to it completely but it gave the day a nice structure. The chalkboard was mine from childhood, I'm so glad my mum keeps old things. I then used a chalk pen purchased from eBay to write on the board.

The confetti sign was an old bit of wood from TV unit. Again recycled into something usable. I then used some leftover wood paint to write on it.

february winter wedding

february winter wedding

february winter wedding

february winter wedding

february winter wedding

The seating sign was made from the insert of a draw. I wrote on the details in chalk and then hairsprayed the writing to keep it in place. 

The table plan took me ages to decide what to do. In the end this giant pin board worked a treat. I bought little labels and pegs. I made the bunting out of old fabric and then used some of the leftover twine. 

Each table was named after a song we both liked. When we sent for our invites some of them came back without the words on them, luckily the lovely people at sorted it out for us but we were left with lots of kraft card with the wreath around it. Instead of waste them we used them for table names. 

And finally another sign. This one for the cards. We used an old picnic hamper for the cards to go in and I used the chalk pen again to write on the loveheart board. The chalkboard came from my Mum as a Christmas present a few years back.

There was a lot of DIY that went in and looking back I did take on a lot especially as I had a newborn baby as well. But we wouldn't change a thing.

Did you do make a lot of things for your wedding?

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Edith's Room Wishlist

As you may have heard we recently moved to a bigger house. We are still renting but we’re going to be saving for our house so in 5/6 years’ time we will have enough to buy somewhere we can truly call home. Getting into a new house makes me want to buy all new homeware and we have got quite a few new things. We’ve got a sofa, a bed and armchair arriving next week. We didn’t really have any new furniture when we moved into our first home together as we couldn’t afford to buy new bits but this time we decided that as we want to make this place our home for a good few years we would invest in some nice pieces. We have painted a few bits of furniture too to give them a spruce up.
Slowly but surely the house is coming together. I think it takes a good month for everything to be in its place which is really hard when you’re a bit of a neat freak and like everything in its place. It’s also hard to get organised with a small baby attached to you for most minutes of the day. But we are getting there. One of the rooms that needs a big overhaul and sort out is Edith’s room. She is in need of a little girl’s room, rather than a baby’s room, sob. I’ve still not really decided on a theme or how I’m going to pull it all together but I thought that I would share a wishlist with you of all the pieces I am really loving at the minute.
There are a few essentials and a few decorative bits. Including one of the things that Father Christmas is going to be bringing Edith, if she’s good of course.
I guess we should start with the essentials. Edith is a bit of an awful sleeper and part of me wonders if this is down to the light getting in. She didn’t use to be as bad as she has been so the lighter mornings may be to blame. VELUX blinds offer a total blackout. We’ve had “blackout” blinds before only to be disappointed with them because they let light in. This might have been down to the blind not being the right size for the window but VELUX blinds specifically tailored to the size and shape of your window. Which is just perfect as there will be no light creeping its way through.
VELUX have a collaboration with Disney at the moment and the blinds are so cute I’m debating whether we need one in our room too! I adore the repeat bambi print one for Edith although the Disney princess one is pretty lovely too.

Edith is going to need new bedding for winter. She will be able to have a proper duvet and pillow this winter which means lots of lovely bed cover designs. If it was up to her she would have the Twirlywoo’s bedcover, although I think her Granny might be getting it for her birthday! I also love this rabbit design from Dunelm. Although I’m pretty sure Twirlywoo’s will win!
Edith is in need of toy storage, it’s amazing how quickly you gather toys. I’m sure we didn’t have this many! I want something wicker and nothing too brightly coloured. These baskets from Barker and Stonehouse would look perfect dotted around her room. It would go nicely with whatever d├ęcor we chose and even if we were to change our minds later down the line they would still work.
We’ve got this dolls house shelf coming in our Ikea order. It’s a Christmas present for Edith and I’m going to collect a few bits to go inside ready for Christmas. We thought it would make a lovely present for her and it’s such a bargain too!
I am in love with this rug from H&M its’s so cute. I can just imagine Edith driving cars and walking little people up and down it. This is one of my *must* buys. It’s such a great price too for a practical piece of homeware.
I could go on forever, does anyone else get carried away when it comes to buying kids things? There are so many nice bits of kid’s homeware someone needs to hide my purse!
This post has been written in collaboration with VELUX.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Weekly Meal Plan #8

I can't believe how quickly these past few weeks have gone. It doesn't seem five minutes since I was writing up last weeks meal plan. This week is a bit of an odd one for us. We've got two BBQ's this week. One we are hosting on Friday and one we're going to today. So I've not included those into our meal plans. We did however have my Mum and Brother over for dinner yesterday, it was great as we could get a few bits in the house done whilst they distracted Edith. We rewarded their efforts with dinner and dessert. It was nice to have people over for dinner in the new house.

I've gone for light meals again this week as the weather is showing no signs of getting any cooler, I mean I wanted nice weather, but this sweaty heat? No thank you. I've gone for meals that you don't have to stand over a hot stove, there is no way I could put up with the extra heat,

I've also got this weeks shopping list ready to go out on the weekly newsletter with a round of posts from the week. I will be getting exclusive recipes out to you soon as well, I promise. If you'd like to sign up to my newsletter you can do that here.

This weeks shop was from ASDA and cost £30.70. How annoying. 70p over. I'm looking at a certain someone who put an energy drink, chocolate for me and bubblemint gum in the basket. Okay I don't mind that much! Haha.

Hawiian chicken skewers, pitta bread, salad & homemade wedges.


Saag Paneer with basmati rice,

Rice crispy chicken nuggets with homemade chips & salad.

Moroccan spiced mince with couscous.


What are you eating this week?

Pink Pear Bear
Petite Pudding
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