I Do DIY… jam jars with bunting and hearts washi tape

10 Oct

Truth be told, I don’t eat a lot of jam.

I do however like putting flowers in jam jars.

So one of the first DIY things we did
for the wedding was collect jam jars.

We sourced them from family, friends, freecycle
and oh yes, even bought some jam ourselves.
Well, marmalade and lemon curd.

Eventually we had lots.
(Lots here means we lost count.)

I wanted to customise them somehow.
But in a way that was easy, quick and cheap.
(You’ll see that theme running through all my DIYs!)

Then I hit upon the idea
of using my Japanese washi tape.

I had quite a few rolls,
picked up from various places
for a future unknown craft project.

So one Sunday afternoon, armed with scissors, jars
and scissors, we started to washi tape the jars…

First came the hearts, then the little sayings,
then table numbers… and finally bunting.

It was honestly one of the most
therapeutic bits of wedding planning.
Even if I did start to doubt my sanity
after looking at too many jam jars!


Here’s how to make them:

1. Washi tape hearts

a. choose your colour of tape and cut two equal strips
b. put them together to make an ‘L’ shape
c. cut a semi-circle at one end, then the other
d. attach to jar. that’s it!

2. Washi tape sayings
You will need a rolling stamp for this
(it’s the same one I used for our invites)

a. pick a colour, cut a section and lay it flat
b. load up your stamp with ink
c. press your stamp on the tape
d. carefully put the tape onto the jar
(don’t touch the ink or it will smudge)

3. Washi tape table numbers

As well as jam jars (and fluff jars)
we had a lot of pasta sauce jars.
We used these for making our table numbers.

Here’s how to make a ‘1’.
The same theory applies for all numbers but
with a whole lot more bits for curvy numbers.

a. cut 3 sections of tape – a small square,
a medium and a long piece.
b. make a cup of tea, you deserve it.
c. place the tape onto the jar as below.

4. Washi tape bunting

I loved doing the bunting jars.
Total switch off mode.

On round jars, I only did the fronts.
On Bonne Maman jars, I did the whole way
round because the bunting fit perfectly so.

Here’s how:

a. choose your bunting colour scheme.
b. cut a piece of each and put them against
the edge of a surface so you can cut them.
c. cut a triangle off your first strip

d. put that first triangle onto the jar
e. cut another triangle, then place it on
f. repeat until you have enough bunting!

And that’s it.

Can’t believe how simple it looks
once put down into a blog post!

{Next I Do DIY… cake bunting and actual bunting}


P.S. The I Do DIY posts will run alongside
the Weddingnesday posts… just in case
you’re all wondering.

Saturday I'm smitten… with my new sideboard

8 Oct

I have a new sideboard.

I didn’t need a new sideboard.

(Actually in truth very few people ‘need’ a sideboard.)

But here’s what happened:

The wonderful little cake shop Auntie M’s
was closing down in Glasgow.

I’d been in quite a few times partly
because of their lovely baked goods,
but also because it looked like
a gorgeous little Mad Men-esque
set of a living room.

I loved the couch, I loved the drink cabinet,
but every time I was there I mentioned
how much I loved that sideboard.


So when Auntie M had posted
that she was closing down,
I felt really rather sad.

And then she mentioned that
she needed to find new homes
for her vintage furniture…

So we adopted that sideboard.
How could we not?

Auntie M, we will look after him well
(I decided he was a boy!)
and I wish you the best of luck
in whatever you do next…
I know it will be amazing.


Happy weekend everyone xx

P.S. Thanks for your lovely comments
on yesterday’s post, I was a bit nervy
about posting it so that’s made me
feel much better. You guys rock :)

Weddingnesday… a year and a half in the making (sort of)

5 Oct

Before the wedding, the idea of blogging
about it seemed very simple.

After the wedding, our wedding,
well it feels quite different.

Where to start? How to start?
Should I even do it?

I know some of our pictures are already ‘out there’
but I guess what’s missing is our take on it.
The things we loved. The things we learned.
The people we’re proud of.

When I was engaged, I loved other people’s wedding
stories… loved reading their how-tos, their recaps
and their insights. So it only seems right
to return the favour.

So how to start…
well, how about at the beginning?
(It’s a very good place to start after all.)


We were engaged for over a year and a half.
(Ah the fresh-facedness of people yet
to experience wedding stress!)

For almost a year, we didn’t really plan a wedding
so much as ponder a wedding.

We knew what we didn’t want
and that we wanted to make a lot
of it ourselves but that was it.

Then in November last year,
we started to get organised,
slowly but surely (but stressfully).

And before we really knew it,
it was the week of the wedding.


Monday and Tuesday were a blur
of last days at work and people
asking how nervous we were.


Wednesday we very unfortunately
had a family funeral. Sitting in
that church so much of the wedding
stress seemed a world away.
We still had so much to do but
that day put a lot of it into perspective.

We returned to Edinburgh that night
and found my sister, friend and Dad’s girlfriend
all sitting in our living room
diligently cutting out and crafting.
It was a little overwhelming.


Thursday the flowers arrived.
To make sure they didn’t
die before Saturday, I filled the bath
with them. And any spare vases.
Buckets. Plastic boxes. And even
my vintage water jug.

Then last minute planning.
Last minute shopping.
Last minute baking.

Last minute cake bunting making.
Last minute panicking.
And dress stress.


Friday and 7am the phone calls
from suppliers start.

We start packing up everything
for the wedding. All the china.
The bunting. The bits and bobs.
Oh yes and the flowers.

My not yet husband takes one car load
along the windy roads to the venue.
Me and my sister take the other car.

My Dad and his girlfriend have hung
a little ‘Mr & Mrs’ from my windscreen mirror.

I feel like I’m moving house,
going on holiday and doing
an exam at the same time.

Which might explain why I’m
giggling and scowling
all at once.


{Next Weddingnesday post… the set-up.}

Friday I'm in love… with old suitcases

23 Sep

I love old suitcases.

I love that they’ve possibly had lots of adventures before I ‘met’ them.

We’ve been collecting a few lately for a future little project. And I’m
always taken with how much more attractive the vintage versions are…
even if they’re a little battered, it just adds to the charm.

Through the joys of pinterest, I came across this ace upcycling idea
by the Oh So Lovely Girls (who also have a too cute caravan!)…
little fabric hearts on an old case! I would love
to see that going round on a turnstile!


And talking of suitcases… life has been a little hectic lately
(still wondering what happened to life getting dull when married!)
so I’m taking a little break to give myself a chance to breathe.

Hopefully I’ll get a chance to pack a suitcase myself…
or at least click my heels together and see where they take me!

 See you all in October my dears xx

Pic 1: skunkboy creatures and Oh So Lovely
Pic 2: From our wedding by Lillian and Leonard

My type of thrifty finds… a new typewriter and more china

20 Sep

We’ve not had much time for car booting lately.

All our theories of having a quiet life once married are yet to materialise.

That said, we have picked up a few treasures recently…

My favourite find: our Good Companion typewriter.

In perfect working condition… with its own case

And check out the crest on it!

Somehow it seems more glamorous
because it has a crest on it!

We’ve also been collecting a spot more china.

I actually agreed to lend our china to
a lovely bride for her wedding this week…

Only problem was that some of our china went missing
from our wedding… so we were quite a few sets short.

Thankfully, we managed to source the ones below
(and someone very sweet gave me some too) so we had enough.

I still pretty gutted about some of the things we’re missing though.
Especially my cups with the yellow skirted lady on them.
But maybe I’ll find replacements one day!

Anyway, here’s my favourite of our recent china finds:

Also since I found the Meakin teapot, cups and saucers
the husband has got pretty good at spotting Meakin himself.
So much so that he picked up these coffee pots one day…
at this rate, he’s going to become a better thrifter than me!

Found any good thrifty finds recently?
At car boots or charity shops?

I’m finding it harder and harder to pick things
up at charity shops in Edinburgh.
The other day I saw a tea set in one for £100,
another had one set for £65.

Obviously it’s great for the charity if someone can afford that…
but it’s well out of my budget. Popping into charity shops
used to be one of my favourite spare time activities,
so I feel a little sad that it’s not affordable any more.

On the plus side, I have been out and about discovering
new junk places so there’s hope yet!

(And I’ll just need to donate to charity some other way.)


Friday I'm in love… with Edinburgh

16 Sep

I’m not from Edinburgh.
As a city it wasn’t my first love.
In fact, Glasgow stole my heart first,
then I cheated on it with Copenhagen.

But by god, I have learned to love you Edinburgh,
you crazy cool be-castled city.*

(Spot the deliberate mistake in this pic!)

And every August, I fall a little more in love
as the Festival takes over and forces me**
into the streets to go and explore, laugh,
think, meet, and generally not sit on my sofa.

This year was no different.
Except I went to more shows than ever before.
And also to 3 weddings and a 90th birthday too.

Here’s a few snaps that sort of sum up
a little of my Edinburgh in August…

Hanging out in the Mirazozo Tent…
and playing my new iphone!

The Speigeltent… one of my favourite venues.

Animals took over my local gardens… 

The re-opening of the Museum…

And finishing off the Festival
with a gig at the castle itself…
Oh yeah and some silly snaps from the 3 weddings…

Thank you Edinburgh, it was great.

Now I need a lie-down…
and maybe a cat nap too!

Happy Friday everyone xx


So what about you? Do you love where
you live? Or do you dream of living
somewhere else?


* Yes, be-castled is not a word.
** Forces me without the need
for a cattle-prod or other threat!

The first rule of Blook Club…

12 Sep

Yesterday, I held the first, little trial run of Blook Club.

Some very lovely blogging ladies came along
and it seemed to go pretty well.
We all liked the book for a start.

We’d all cringed, laughed, guffawed
and crossed our legs at the book.

As it was the first Blook Club, and the first time
meeting for some of us, I thought it might be
safer to start talking about the fashion chapter.

But from there (with the help of some booze)
we covered life, housework, vulvas
and everything inbetween.

The word ‘junk’ has also been changed
irrevocably, thanks to Lauren!
Must remember not to tell
Americans how much I love junk!

We laughed. We ranted. We probably
made for entertaining eavesdropping!


If you haven’t read How to be a Woman, do.
Though be warned, it’ll make want to read out loud
all the rude, brilliant, immensely quotable sections
to complete strangers on trains.

My husband was my audience.
He just kept asking, ‘what are you reading?’
followed by ‘who suggested this book?’
Yup, that would be me.

I stopped reading it out loud
when I came to the childbirth chapters.

Instead, I may have had the following
expression on my face…

You have been doubly warned!


So, the next Blook Club…

I wanted to choose something very different
to How To Be A Woman and so I choose something
that I bought as part of my 3 for 2 when I got HTBAW!
(Yup, an intellectual choosing process here!)

To read: When God Was A Rabbit
To read by: 16th October

(UPDATE: I’ve now moved the ‘about’ Blook Club details
to its own page… just click the button at the top right.)


Oh, and the first rule of Blook Club…
to have fun. (And read a book.)
(And maybe eat some cake.)

If you’d like to join, just leave a comment here
or email and I’ll put you on the list.
Already emailed/commented?
Expect to hear from me soon.

There’s also quite a few people asking
about reading along online. If you’re
doing that, you can use #blookclub
on twitter, leave a comment here if you fancy
or write you own post and I’ll link to it here.


Happy Monday everyone xx

Ten years ago…

11 Sep

Ten years ago, I was living in LA.

Ten years, I woke up to the phone ringing…

My Dad saying “Zoë, wake up, America is on fire.”

Ten years ago, I switched on the TV
minutes before the second plane hit.


Hours later, with nowhere to go,
I went out into the empty streets,
where lit candles were now perched everywhere,
and walked to Santa Monica without even thinking.

The beach was the busiest I’d ever seen it.
But also the quietest. Just people sitting on the sand,
some silent, some silently sobbing.

I sat down, and watched the waves roll in and out.
I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t cry, all I could do
was hold my now husband’s hand so tightly and
think of all those people… especially of those
people who held hands at the end.


Image by sixthandmain

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