Monday, 30 April 2012

To Have and To Hold

I came across this linky party today from Absolute Mommy.

I just had to take part! Any excuse to talk about the happiest day of my life.
My Dress was by English designer Phil Collins £350 (in the sale)
My headdress came from the online site Crystal Bridal Accessories (£80)
My small diamante earrings came from the high street store Oasis £5 (in the sale)
Trying to find wedding shoes in November?? Thankfully Next had them in stock at £35
Flowers: Christmas Bouquet (well it was the first weekend of Advent!)

Car: Rolls Royce - wedding gift from a friend
I designed and made all of my invitations, Order of Ceremony and table stationery. Many a night spent printing, cutting and stapling card (my finger on one occasion!)
My Sister made our cake - her very first attempt at anything like it!
The bridesmaid dresses were another sale item - this time a Last Season sale at Debenhams and a bargain at £19 each!

My Mom knitted their bolero cardigans.
The ceremony was held at a local hotel and witnessed by 40 guests
'You may kiss your Bride'
On the ground were traces of the light snow flurry earlier in the day - a true White Wedding!
During the ceremony, my niece read this poem by Emily Matthews. It pretty much sums up how we felt.

Marriage is...

Someone to believe in
And to put their trust in you
Someone who appreciates
The special things you do,
Someone to be close to,
In your heart and mind,
Someone who’s the love
You thought you’d never find,
Someone who stands by you
And whose faith can make you strong,
Someone you will cherish
Every day, your whole life long.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Tee(light) Total

With the warmer nights (HOPEFULLY!) making an appearance soon, I wanted to create something for the patio area. I have used LED lights around the tree, but I wanted something for the table to house the citronella candle tealights.

Having found a wonderful tutorial for Crochet Votive Covers on Nature Nut Notes,  I went in search for some tealight holders. They're not cheap!!! So, I wandered down the glassware aisle of my local Dunelm Mill and came across these Whisky Tumblers for 58p each!

Now if you're Teetotal or you've drank all the Christmas Whisky, why not use the redundant tumbler for a tealight holder?
I really enjoyed crocheting these as they are so quick and satisfying!
I couldn't wait for the sun to set to see them in action...
Looks like I will have to drink the Whisky from the bottle from now on ;)


Saturday, 7 April 2012

Happy Easter

Well, I've seen so many 'egg warmers' around this Easter, I decided to have a go and busk my own!
More 'Ena Sharples' than egg warmers!
Made me laugh... anyway...
... I'll get my coat.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Baby steps

It's not just the garden that's blooming! Quite a few ladies around me are expecting soon, so a chance to have a go at a crochet must - Baby Booties n Shoes. Have seen loads of free patterns online, but I have been put off by all the stages. I wanted something that just needed some simple stitching together and was pleased to find a cute pattern at Bernat for Crochet Booties.

I used a simple white DK wool and a 4.5mm hook
I'm not quite sure they have turned out how the pattern intended, but as a first attempt I am quite happy with the outcome...
With some odd bits of wool I crocheted the booties without the ankle strap and produced a pump-style shoe...
And a tiny version ...
The original pattern for the booties can be found here

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