I Do DIY… finding a home in our home for wedding stuff

5 Sep

 I Do DIY... finding a home in our home for wedding stuff“What do you do with wedding stuff after the wedding?”

Of all the wedding related questions I’ve received
recently this (from Lorri) struck me as a striking one…

You spend so much time making things and then what?

For us, there’s a simple answer.

We had a wedding sign – a gorgeous, gorgeous thing
made by my super talented uncle – and there was no way
it wasn’t going to become a feature of our home.

 I Do DIY... finding a home in our home for wedding stuffSo at the weekend, we hung up our sign in our kitchen.
The space totally seems like it was made for the sign.

It made me so happy to see while
eating my cereal this morning!

As for our other bits and bobs…

We also put back up our gin print.
(It was our ‘bar sign’ at our wedding.)

 I Do DIY... finding a home in our home for wedding stuffAnd hung up our new ‘bike’ print… a wedding
present from our best man and best lady.

Happily the two co-ordinate very well!

 I Do DIY... finding a home in our home for wedding stuffThis is where our chalkboard sign currently resides…
I may have to think of a better place for it eventually
but I kind of like it here at the moment.

We also finally found a spot for our Hang It All
(a wedding present from very generous friends).
And somehow one of our stags seems to suit being here…
so he’s found a home too.

 I Do DIY... finding a home in our home for wedding stuffElsewhere in the flat, we have jam jars with candles
and jam jars with leftover pinwheels. It makes
me smile to see them every day and glad
that we don’t have to put them ‘away’ just yet.

Happy Monday everyone xx

P.S. What’s your advice? What did you do
or are planning to do with your wedding diy?

P.P.S. I have no idea quite where to begin with
blogging about our wedding. I have a few DIYs
to share but if there’s anything you want to
know or ask, do let me know!

Friday I'm in love… with caravans

2 Sep

shasta caravan 006 Friday I'm in love... with caravans Since we came back from minimoon,
I’ve developed a bit of a crush on caravans.

Just after we got back, I opened up the Cath Kidston
magazine to discover an article on buying caravans.

It seemed like a sign.

(Despite the fact it was also the same weekend
as some tossbag trashed our car. Ahem.)

 Friday I'm in love... with caravansThe problem is… we live in a flat.

In the middle of Edinburgh.

Not ideal for keeping a caravan I know
but sometimes it’s nice to dream about these
things without worrying about the logistics.

constance caravan 002 Friday I'm in love... with caravans Anyway, I was pondering what
it is I like so much about caravans…

113391459 aebao6og c Friday I'm in love... with caravans And I came up with two reasons. (Well, three really.)

1. Very happy childhood memories of caravaning
with my Nana, my Papa, my cousins, my cat.
Fuzzy felt, listening to the rain on the roof
and drinking sweet tea with nettle stings on my knees.

2. And this one came from the same Cath Kidston mag…
“a caravan is another room to enjoy doing up,
without moving house”. Well, if that doesn’t
just sound like something I would say!

3. As well as my very happy childhood memories,
a caravan is now where I have been
at my happiest as an adult too.

 Friday I'm in love... with caravans

In my Dad’s wedding speech, he wrote a sonnet
(yes he made people cry with his speech!)
that ended with the words
“It sounds like rain on a caravan roof.”

And then he spoke about how my Nana
would have loved that we were starting
our married life in a caravan.

Not only because she loved caravans but
“because it’s also a perfect metaphor for a long successful married life.
She would have agreed it’s about joy and disappointment shared,
up close. That’s a real test of any relationship
but the key thing to remember is, come rain or shine,
all you need is those you love and those who love you back.”

(I said he made people cry.)

 Friday I'm in love... with caravansSo this Friday, I’m truly utterly, smitten
with the idea of us having a little caravan
of our own… and you know one day
we might even make it a reality.

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Happy Friday everyone xx
Hope you all have lovely weekends.

*****

P.S. That little yellow caravan?
It has the most stylish interior
I’ve ever seen for a caravan!

*****

1. and 3. via snailtrail (via guardian)
2, 5 and 6 scanned from cath kidston mag
4. caravanolic (via pinterest)
7. and 8. enjoycupcakes (via urbanfarmgirlandco)

Weddingnesday… our woodland wedding

25 Aug

zoe wedding carriden house 001 2 Weddingnesday... our woodland wedding Some of you may have spotted this…
but pictures of our day are now up
on our lovely photographers’ blog.

Which means I can start talking
about our woodland wedding
in our wonderful tipis.

zoe wedding carriden house 064 1 Weddingnesday... our woodland wedding It’s still a little scary it all being ‘out there’.

But at the same time, I’m stupendously proud
of all the people who helped our day happen.
Ours might have been a DIY wedding
but I certainly didn’t do it all myself…

I had the help of our amazing families,
wonderful friends, brilliant suppliers…
and of course my supremely awesome husband.

zoe neil 067 Weddingnesday... our woodland wedding That sign?
It says ‘Do I love you? Indeed I do’.
(It was my ‘walk-in’ song.)

That slightly serious looking man?
That’s my now husband.
Yes, I love him. Indeed I do.

******

P.S. Apologies for all the weddingy posts
of late… there are probably a lot more
to come. But I will be blogging interiors
and thrifty finds as well soon. Promise.

Weddingnesday… two years ago

24 Aug

 Weddingnesday... two years ago

 Weddingnesday... two years ago

 Weddingnesday... two years ago

 Weddingnesday... two years ago

Two years ago, my now husband asked me to marry him.

One red velvet cupcake. One perspex diamond ring.

One very important question…

That would eventually turn
‘you & me’ into ‘Mr & Mrs’.

*****

Inbetween then and now,
there’s been several other cupcakes,
another ring (my perspex one made in gold),
oh yes, and a bunch of other questions…

Like ‘it costs how much to rent toilets?!’.
Ah, the romance.

 Honestly, I love being married.
And having no wedding planning to do!

(After seeing an ‘after the wedding’ stream
on twitter started by cakes and bunting,
I don’t think I’m the only one.)

*****

P.S. The cupcake pictured got eaten immediately
after taking this picture. A very yummy
engagement anniversary present!

Eek, it's a sneak peek

19 Aug

4902253 rkhygkgq c Eek, it's a sneak peek

There is the teeny tiniest of sneak peeks
up on our photographers’ blog.

A good excuse for some cute pics
of animals peeking I feel.

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Strangely I’m suddenly very nervous
about sharing our day…

Not about the pictures themselves,
but how much the day meant to me…
it’s scary sharing something that important,
even though I can’t imagine anyone will say
anything but nice stuff.

But still… that kitten? That’s me,
hiding round the corner for a bit!

******

Have a lovely weekend everyone.
I’m off to another wedding!

******

1. http://i.imgur.com/yexvD.jpg
2. susansabophotography
(Both via pinterest)

Weddingnesday… our diy wedding invites

18 Aug

 Weddingnesday... our diy wedding invitesTwo months ago, we got married.

Three and a half months ago, we started making our invites.

Having left no budget (whoops!) for invites,
I’d decided we would make them ourselves.

I had a rough idea that I could use
my rolling stamp in some way…

 Weddingnesday... our diy wedding invites(Bought on a total whim, it came in rather handy!)

Then I came across some coloured library cards…

 Weddingnesday... our diy wedding invitesAnd thought they could tell the ‘story’ of our day…

As we’ve been together a rather long time,
I thought it would funny to stamp them ‘overdue’.

 Weddingnesday... our diy wedding invitesOur overdue stamp… found for me by the lovely My Spare Thoughts.

 Weddingnesday... our diy wedding invitesOh yes and the map paper?

Well, we used that to make our envelopes.
(It’s actually just wrapping paper but looks the real deal.)

envelopetemplate convopieces Weddingnesday... our diy wedding invites We made the template first and
then 130 envelopes… phew.

Then we got stamping…

 Weddingnesday... our diy wedding invitesAnd stamping some more…

(I had inky fingers for a whole week!) Weddingnesday... our diy wedding invitesAnd there may have been ‘a bit’
of handwriting too to fill them out.

Then the easy bit… envelope stuffing! Weddingnesday... our diy wedding invites

 Weddingnesday... our diy wedding invites

And hopefully lots of ‘awwws’ when everyone got them.  Weddingnesday... our diy wedding invites

And maybe even a little applause! Weddingnesday... our diy wedding invitesThen all we had to do was wait for the RSVPs…

Oh yes and organise a wedding!
But more of that once I have the pics.

Hope you like them.

******

P.S. To anyone thinking of doing their own diy invites,
make a decent playlist to listen to while crafting…
and always check that you’ve spelt a word right
before stamping it over several invites!

Because it's Monday…

15 Aug

 Because it's Monday...

Some days… well, some days are just a bit Monday-shaped aren’t they?

But these beautiful masks by Keely of (Kiss Me) Go made me smile.

I like the bear one especially with his little rosy cheeks.

“It’s Monday. Bear with me.”

But of course everyone knows I have a soft spot
for foxes… maybe it could be for wearing on Tuesdays?

 Because it's Monday...
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All images via (Kiss Me) Go

 

 

Friday I'm in love… with London

12 Aug

I love London. I really do.
It’s the place I escape to
for a whirlwind weekend.
It’s where I got engaged.
It’s where friends and
my little sis live.

Watching this week unfold has been
so desperately sad. And so sad
that things can get this desperate.

But rather than add to the debate,
(though there is a very good article here),
I thought I’d do a sort of ode to London.

About my two recent London trips.
One pre-wedding. One post-wedding.

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Trip no.1…

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…all the family fun you can have with free signs.

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 You know how I sort of have a thing for foxes?

This is me doing my impersonation of the Southbank fox.

 Friday I'm in love... with London

And yes… being a fox again!

(They have whiskers right?)

 Friday I'm in love... with London

 My super, super gorgeous little sis.

The next day was her graduation
from acting school Italia Conti.

 Friday I'm in love... with London

Me busking… with my harmonica necklace.

 Friday I'm in love... with London

Where I would live in London if I could…

Ok, not really. But I do have my eye on
a ‘if I ever win the lotto’ flat down there!

 Friday I'm in love... with London

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Trip No.2

Yup, he’s still there… had to check!

 Friday I'm in love... with London

Then off to see my little sis’s play…
 Friday I'm in love... with London

Then on to see a friend’s dad’s play…
this is where we got lost.

 Friday I'm in love... with London

Which is fine because getting lost is (eventually) followed by ice-cream…

 Friday I'm in love... with London

Bubblegum ice-cream!
(Tablet ice-cream feels healthy now.)

And after ice-cream, you must sit down…
at a fake beach of course.
 Friday I'm in love... with London

The best of getting lost? Finding old signs…

 Friday I'm in love... with London

Love this tea and coffee sign.

But this one won me over completely…

 Friday I'm in love... with London

I’ve actually started designing a print based on it.
That’s just how much I love it.

Also seems somewhat relevant to right now, doesn’t it?

*****

Hope you all have safe, happy, relaxing weekends.

I’m off to a 90th birthday party.

Yup, 90! How amazing is that?

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