Monday, 26 August 2013

My Handmade Wedding Gift

As promised last time, today's post is going to be about the wedding pressie I made for my friend.   

I’ve mentioned in a few older posts that I’ve tried a bit of papercutting before – and that’s what I decided to do for the wedding gift. 

My previous attempts at papercutting had all been from pre-prepared outlines.  But, for this one, I wanted to design something myself.  What a job that was!!!  I’d seen some pretty things online, and got some ideas from here and there.  But I wanted to add some personal touches.

Drawing is definitely NOT one of my strong points, and I think I must have drawn it out at least 25 times before I was reasonably happy with what I had.  I found a picture of the gatehouse of the venue, and tried to incorporate it into the design.  I’d heard that the gardens were a special feature of the place too, so I put in a tree and some grass and flowers.  I also knew that the mother of the bride had been busy making lots of bunting for the occasion – so I put in some of that too! And, of course, I included a bride and groom.

The cutting out took AGES as well – and was extremely fiddly!  But that was the fun bit!!!  Here it is as a work-in progress.

And here’s the finished thing.

I have to say that I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. And, luckily, the bride loved it.  PHEW!!!

Now I need to get sorting through photos to show you what else we did in the holidays.....  See you soon!



Thursday, 22 August 2013

A Wonderful Wedding

While we were in England, WAY back at the start of the summer holidays, we went to a wedding.  It was a VERY special one, as the bride was a really close family friend (who I’ve known since just a few days after she was born, and who’s my mom’s god-daughter).  And what a WONDERFUL wedding it was!!!  The sun shone all day long, we got to catch up with lots of friends, the venue was spectacular, the bride looked stunning, the food was delicious.....

Unfortunately, my camera ran out of battery about an half an hour after the ceremony.  So I didn’t get to take that many photos.  But here are a few of the ones I managed to get.

Me & Simon

Hodsock Hall

The grounds - with a Monet-style pond (complete with lilies and a bridge)

Us two with my mom and dad

Here comes the beautiful bride.....

..... and such pretty bridesmaids

Gorgeous, vintage-style flowers everywhere

Lovely music to accompany our champers and canapes

And a BRILLIANT magician

Yes, in case you didn't know, Simon's a magician (you can see his website here if you fancy a look) 

Apart from telling you what a wonderful day we had, I also wanted to show you the wedding pressie I made for the happy couple.  But I think I'll save that for my next post.

Until then.....



Sunday, 18 August 2013

Stripy Giveaway Goodies Galore!!!

Well, my dear blogging friends, we're back home after five weeks of fun and sun in England and Italy!  And guess what???  It's raining here in Düsseldorf.  I'd normally be a bit disgruntled about returning to drizzle.  But, after two weeks in Tuscany with temperatures way up in the mid-30°s (and no air conditioning in our room, with windows shut tight to keep the mozzies out), the rain and 20° temperature is very welcome indeed!!!  Now I’m home again, I’m looking forward to visiting you all and seeing what you’ve been up to over the summer.  I hope you’re all having a good one! WAY back at the end of June, just before the school holidays started, I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from the lovely Moo and Mouse blog.  I was VERY excited to receive my prize through the post – stripy goodies galore!!! Would you like a peek???

some colourful, stripy string

some cute, stripy bulldog clips

some pretty, stripy washi tape

and a pincushion (sewn by fairies, I think)

Thank you SO much, Emma!!!  I know I’ll put all of my new stripy bits and bobs to very good (crafty) use!  I’ll be back again soon, to tell you about some of my holiday adventuring..... Carly 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Flowers, Bumblebees and Butterflies

We spent the first three weeks of the summer holidays in England, visiting both sets of parents, day-tripping, and lazing in the sunshine.

I realised when we got home that I'd taken HEAPS of photos of flowers (and bees and butterflies).  Most of them were taken in my parents' garden (my dad's fingers are a lot greener than mine), and a few were taken in the gardens of Hardwick Hall (a National Trust property in Derbyshire that's well worth a visit if you've never been - click here to have a little look). 

Are you ready for a bit of scrolling?  There are a fair few photos coming up.....

Do you think that the flower in the last photo looks like it has a cute little face?  I definitely see a long nose, two beady eyes, and a pair of specs!  

My two favourite snaps from this lot are the top one (although I have no idea what the plant is), and the hairy bumblebee.

I'm sure I'll be photographing LOTS more flowers before the summer holidays are over.....

Hope you're all having a super summer so far!



Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Stylish Dress Book Pattern E

So, I think my new favourite crafting pursuit is making clothes for myself.  Or, to be more specific, making DRESSES for myself.

And, my new favourite book is ‘The Stylish Dress Book’ by Yoshiko Tsukiori.  I LOVE it!!!  Maybe I should do a proper review of it at some point, so I won’t rave on about it too much here – if I can help it. 

It was really challenging to pick a place to start when I got the book, as I pretty-much wanted to make EVERYTHING in it, STRAIGHT AWAY.  In the end, though, I decided to start with ‘Pattern E’ (which I think is my very favourite). 

Apart from positioning the bust darts (which I really don’t get, by the way, and any tips on this would be gratefully received), I LOVED the entire process of making the dress.  And luckily, as it took me some time to complete, I LOVED the finished dress!!!  I think you can see how much I love it, through the uncharacteristic amount of posing I’m doing in these photos (which I’m now a tad embarrassed about, I have to say).....

The style of this dress makes it so versatile!  I wear mine at night – for going out for dinner, or drinkies.  The fabric has a bit of a shine to it, so it might look a bit too ‘dressy’ for daytimes.  But, with different fabrics, it would look great as a cute sundress, or as a heavier winter dress (over a roll-neck and some thick tights).  SO many possibilities – and I’m sure I’ll be exploring them all!  I’ll DEFINITELY be using this pattern again!!!

If you’ve made anything from this book (or any of the others in the series), I’d love to have a look.....  



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