Summer Project

I’m super pleased with my summer project this year, it’s made a massive impact to the house. For a while I’ve wanted to update and clean up the exterior of our house. As it’s Victorian I’d always planned to remove the exterior tiles and re-instate the trading all tiles. So recently my mum and I went to a reclamation yard to see what they had. There were some gorgeous ones but they were expensive and not it the style I liked. Instead I brought some exterior paint for the door (Dulux, Weather Shield in Gallant Grey) and it made a huge difference and suited the tiles really well. I finally grouted the tiles and freshened up the masonry paint. I’m so pleased with it. 

Keeping The Guests Entertained

The big conundrum of how to make sure your guests have a good time, whilst keeping hold of your budget kept us in discussion up until the day before the wedding!! In an ideal world we’d have: a free bar; photo booth and band. As with anything is wasn’t in our budget, so we went about making sure we did a few things well and came up with cheaper alternatives. 


What we decided to do was buy our own Polaroid camera and my bridesmaid luckily had the props which she brought on the day. These went down so well and we enjoyed looking through the cracking pictures the following day (it was clear to see the deterioration of drunkenness as the evening went on!). The guests had the option to include their photo in our guestbook (which I brought from the lovely Liberty of London shop) or peg them on our notice boards. We were a bit apprehensive about the outcome of this but it worked perfectly. Phewf!

Keeping Busy

The football season has begun. Oh joy! If I was to say my husband is a fan, is an understatement. The one sport I can’t seem to endure/enjoy, he’s obsessed – give me the Olympics any day. So to keep myself entertained, I’ve started colouring. The recent obsession of adult colouring is a perfect activity to do on a Sunday afternoon whilst he watches sport. Here’s my 70s inspired floral piece:

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Wedding Scrapbook

As an engagement present, my lovely sister brought me a wedding scrapbook. It was really cute with different sections linked to areas of the wedding that I needed to plan and pockets and lots of areas for lists!! I love to write lists!

Throughout the wedding process, I was really good at filling it in once I’d booked something. In the past I made a scrapbook for my traveling adventure and never finished it…something that still annoys me to this day.

So luckily, it’s done. It’s now up in the loft in my wedding keepsake box but I know in a year or two I’ll love flicking through it and remembering the planning process.

Here are a couple of pages  I that I’m particularly pleased with…

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Stationary

Our good friend, Ally, who is a designer, did a fantastic job at designing our wedding stationary. I was totally in love with it and think it is definitely is worthy of framing. When we got to discuss the ideas, I really wanted a floral touch with an information card as when I’d attended previous weddings they had used a website which they never updated.

This is what she came up with…

A couple of months later she designed the table plan for us, using some of the floral details from the invites.

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We also got too many invitations printed so using the floral piece at the top, I made the table names. I wanted to use pictures of our family members from their wedding days as a nod to them and make sure they were included. For a DIY element of the wedding, I was really pleased with how they turned out. What do you think?

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Save The Date

Through trying to save money, I came across a great app called Studio Design. I was able to upload a picture and input font onto the picture using modern and popular fonts. Here are a couple of my favourite designs: including blossom from our garden; a picture of a sunset I took in our local area and a view whilst we were traveling in Ireland.


As this was made on an app, I could send it online to friends via Whatsapp and upload it to an online printing site and get some printed to hand to family. All for £13 – bargain!

Getting Older

My mother celebrated her 60th birthday recently, which only means one thing- my birthday is coming up. This year it’s my 30th and I’m definelty beginning to feel a little bit panicked. I’ve enjoyed my 20’s immensely and I’m sure the 30’s will feel no different but unfortunately I’ll have to start ticking that next age bracket. Yikes! I’m looking forward to what the next decade will have to offer. 

Finding the ‘one’

Shortly after asking my bridesmaids, we organised when we could have a girly day, with my mum, to try on dresses!! I set up two appointments at bridal boutiques in our local area that I’d always envisioned going to and we also booked a table at Bills where we could have a gorgeous lunch with prosecco!

The first appointment was a beautiful place, really modern and recommended to me. It was great. I decided to try on everything, from princess to strapless and everything in between. This really helped to establish what kind of dress I wanted; a lace, sweetheart neckline with a tulle skirt.


The second was unfortunately a massive let down, it was a place I’d walked past in town all my life and aspired to go to. It was however, a bit run down with dresses that I thought were a bit dated at a phenomenally high price. Luckily, a new dress shop had opened up around the corner so we went there, only to find out they’d had a cancellation. Perfect. This luckily turned the day around and we had a lovely sales assistant who really tried hard to match my criteria with the dresses she selected. I didn’t find anything but whilst half naked, I managed to find out that she is the step mother of one of my pupils!!! Embarrassing, what a small world!

That day I didn’t find the dress, and I probably didn’t find it at the next three places (maybe more if my sister is counting!) but whilst scrolling through the Lillian West website on my lunch break I found 6375. And that was it. I was in love. I organised for a sample to be sent to a local boutique and the rest is history.


What I didn’t realise at the time was the tulle skirt was detachable. So I became one of those fancy brides who has two looks on their day. I wore the skirt for the majority of the day, taking it off after the first dance. The dress is still in pretty good condition, I still don’t know what to do. I want to wear it again.