Monday, 14 April 2014

Ribbon bunting

I made some ribbon bunting to see if i like it for the wedding, maybe to hang behind the cake table - marquee walls can be so white! Its just 5(ish)cm strips of coloured jersey lightly knotted onto garden twine. So easy to do and i love the final effect. Its pretty heavy so i'll have to be careful how i hang it. Could make it with satin ribbon instead maybe, then it would be lighter...
Anyway, its a work in progress but loving the progress so far :)

Friday, 11 April 2014

Soft kitty...

Soft kitty, warm kitty, little bar of fur. Happy kitty sleepy kitty, purr, purr, purr
(sheldon cooper and cats - two of my fav things combined!)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Dressing Gown Loop

Who makes a dressing gown without a loop to hang it up with! (well you can see from the picture who, but thats less dramatic!). Lovely BM got a new dressing gown for Christmas and its been driving me mad every since that it doesnt have a loop to hang it up!
So i finally fixed it last week and made my own loop with some cute spotty ribbon. So easy and now im not annoyed - win win!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Another Craft market

I did another craft market the other week, still didnt sell much (i'm thinking craft markets might not be my target audience), but really enjoy doing them :)

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Crochet Lavender Pattern

I was going to have traditional button holes but the cost of them freaked me out a bit so i decided to make my own. After after not really finding anything flower based that i liked and that i could do myself, but loving this knitted lavender buttonhole, i decided that was the way to go. Ive yet to decide on the final look of the buttonholes but i wanted to get started on the lavender flowers asap.

So I found this cute lavender pattern but then managed to lose one of my set of dp needles and was so miffed about that that i refused to buy a new set (childish but true!). So i decided to try my own pattern but crochet them and this is what i ended up with
NB you need to know how to crochet i cord, this video is brilliant

I used Sirdar Sublime wools
Subline Luxury Aran Tweed in 365 Vineyard for the stalk
Subline Luxury Aran Tweed in 269 Indigo Tweed for the more mottled Lavenders
Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK in 160 Rubadub

With lavender head wool and 3mm crochet hook
Chain 2
Rnd 1: 3 dc in 2nd dc in chain (3), join in the round
Rnd 2: 2 dc in each dc (6)
Rnd 3-9: dc in each dc (6)
This is your lavender head, do more or less rounds for a longer or shorter head

Your now going to swap to stalk coloured wool and swap from crocheting in the round to crocheting icord
NB. If you're able to crochet 3 stitches in the round them feel free to continue with that method but that's far too fiddly for me and i have to do icord
For icord you need to have 3 stitches on your hook, rather than the usual 1. So we're going to decrease the round from 6 stitches to 3 but leave all 3 on the hook

Continue in the round but with stalk coloured wool
Rnd 10: 2dctog

(1 dc left on hook)

Rnd 10 cont. 2dctog but only pull through 2 loops

(2 dc now on hook),

Rand 10 cont: 2dctog but only pull through 2 loops

(3 dc now on hook)

Rnd 11-19: work as icord (3)

(pic after 2 rows of icord)
Rnd 20: bind off
Weave in the ends and your finished :)

To make the stalk a bit harder im experimenting with pipe cleaners and lollipop sticks!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Wedding Invitations

The invitations have gone out! I printed them all myself, it was really easy. I used this lovely free font Jenna Sue for all the text and printed it in a lavender colour. To make them I just bought card blanks from hobbycraft and made a template for each page in microsoft word (use the column feature to print on the two halves). The hearts are just standard shapes in word with text added, and the little heart shape at the bottom was a clip art of two kissing snakes i already had - so easy!

I also included an invitation to my hen party, the font is Scriptina Pro, and i printed them onto blank postcards i found on ebay
A stag party save the date was also included, the stag is just clipart i already had, that font on Courier New.

Im so pleased how they turned out :)

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Caramel stuffed choc chip cookies

Nom! I made two types of caramel stuffed chocolate chip cookies this weekend. They were gifts and to be honest they nearly didnt make it to their recipients!

I used my go to two twenty one recipe for the regular choc chip cookies and just stuffed a caramel button in the middle - so good!

The double choc chip ones are a recipe from top with cinnamon. These inspired the whole baking episode and they didnt disappoint!

I popped then in a little tub and tied it all up with ribbon and (reluctantly) gifted them out

Friday, 28 March 2014

Birthday cupcakes

We went to a 1st birthday party recently  and they had the cutest little cupcakes!


The glitter covered raspberries are just genius - im def stealing that idea!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Marquees, Menus and more

This weekend we made a few big decisions about the wedding :) We picked our marquee, decided the menu, finalised the guest list and started printing invitations. I decided what to do for my hen do and lovely BM chose his best man. We figured out the timetable of the day and i found a cute b&b to sleep at the night before the wedding! Its getting very very real!


We decided to not got for a traditional marquee, were having a trapeze marquee, with arched sides. This means the guests can still see the beautiful view of the lavender field. The arches have optional clear plastic covers, in case the weather doesnt cooperate. Its a big marquee 40ft by 60ft with a dancefloor and a bar, along with seating for 120. (Its probably bigger than our actual house!). But, if the weather is bad, i want to make sure its not cramped.

Were having lots of canapes (i love canapes!!) when the guests arrive and then weve gone for a cold buffet for the wedding breakfast. The prep involved in hot food or waiter service is just too much of a complication in a marquee in a field, and i want a nice easy wedding. So were going to have a selection of cold meats and salads with wedding cake and fruit for desert. Then in the evening were going to have cheese, crackers, pate, bread and fruit, just to keep everyone going!

The wedding to do list never seems to end! I really need to stop looking on pinterest and get carried away with all the inspiration i find! Games, decorations, cakes, shoes, favours, cake toppers, it goes on and on!