Inked brides?

As a fan of tattoos and tattooed bridal parties, I am very excited to be sporting my ink in our wedding photos, but what do you lot think? I had had my latest tatt last Saturday, and am planning at least one more piece before the wedding. I imagine that some of our guest might think that I should cover my tatts with make up, or wear a dress that doesn’t show them off. Have any of you encountered this? Or seen it at weddings with a tattooed bride/groom/bridesmaids? Some guests even have been instructed to hide their ink so as not to “spoil” any pics. I’d love to hear what you think.

Big love,

DIY Bride x

P.s. Here’s some pics of my tatts in case you fancy a nosy!

 

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Crafternoon part two!

Here are the glitter tea lights mentioned in the earlier post!

I bought eight packs of cheap tea light holders from IKEA (where else?!) – one for each table and two spare packs for dotting around the venue. There are four in a pack and a pack is £1 (not the cheapest ones on sale; the next one up).

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Then I squirted PVA glue inside and spread it using a glue spreader. The next step was to pour some glitter in, then roll the glitter around the outside before tapping out any excess…simples!

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I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out; not so pleased with how my newly manicured nails look afterwards haha! Plus I’ve done sixteen, but still have the other half to do tomorrow.

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I hope that you like them – so cheap and so simple to make. It just shows how much money you can save by crafting your own wedding/home decorations!

Big love,

DIY Bride x

Good Crafternoon…

It has been beautifully sunny this afternoon, so I decided to get outside and do a bit of crafting!

It has been miserable, cold and rainy here in England so I felt the need to seize the day and finally get cracking on some more of the DIY projects for our wedding.

On today’s agenda was jazzing up a Mr & Mrs sign, and glamming up some cheap tea light holders to decorate the wedding suite.

Our base colour is white with accents of gold. The room we are getting married in has white walls and oak beams, so it’s pretty much a blank canvas. We are having LOTS of white decorations, and then candles and twinkly lights for atmosphere (we have twinkly lights up in our house and garden all year round, not just at Christmas – I’m obsessed).

The sign is fairly straight forward. I bought a plain white sign online and then got some antique gold spray paint. Once it’s completely dry I’m going to put gold glitter on the ampersand I think. Here is it before and after…

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Big love,

DIY Bride x

 

Less consumerism, more creativity and craftiness?

Over the past year or so I’ve been returning to being in touch with my creative side, and I’ve started hand making presents and gifts for people.

 

For example, at Christmas I made 40 pots of organic coconut and orange lipbalm, which have gone down a storm with male and female friends alike. Let’s be honest, soft lips surely get a thumbs up all round. It can also be used as a balm for cuticles, elbows, knees, feet, and just about anywhere you have got dry skin. Some of my male friends who go running say that it’s great for cold mornings and preventing chapping and chafing…ouch. This, dear readers, is why I’m no runner!

I used the recipe here (http://hiphome.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/all-natural-lip-balm.html); I bought all of the ingredients from Amazon, and bought my tins from Tinware Direct (http://tinwaredirect.com/p/109635/c/8375_8380/Stock-Tins/Mini-Tins/T0003-15ml.html). I had to buy 100 of them at 22p each, but now I have plenty of tins left over for next year’s batch!

I would recommend buying a cheap jug from somewhere like poundland, as the plastic one I used had to be thrown away. I know that the recipe says that you should use a double boiler on the hob, however I used the microwave. I put it on for 30-45 second intervals and stirred it regularly, and it came out fine. My last piece of advice is to pour it quickly but carefully – by the time I got to the last ten or so pots, the mixture was starting to set.

 

Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies…

I also made hundreds of peanut butter cookies. I had made them in the past to take to an engagement party, and also to someone’s leaving party. I bought curling ribbon and small cellophane bags (from where else but good old Amazon!) and stacked the cookies 5 to a bag with a homemade tag attached – I used brown parcel tags and a black Sharpie to make these. For Christmas I made about 15 bags full, and also decorated a couple of large metal biscuit tins for giving more cookies to families, rather than individuals.

The recipe is super easy and the cookies have a gorgeous texture. Give it a try for yourself…

Ingredients:

45 g smooth peanut butter

50g butter, softened

50g caster sugar

45g light brown sugar

1 egg, beaten

100g plain flour

10g baking powder

50g unsalted peanuts, chopped (optional)

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4.

2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the peanut butter, butter, caster sugar and light brown sugar for 4 minutes until well-blended.

3. Add in the beaten egg and mix for a further 2 minutes.

4. Add the flour, orange zest and baking powder, then mix in the peanuts.

5. Divide the mixture into 20 even-sized balls and place them onto a lined baking sheet, spacing them well apart. Press each ball lightly with a fork.

6. Bake for 25 minutes until set. Cool on a wire rack.

TIP: Use greaseproof paper and invest in an extra cooling rack…this will make several batches.

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Homemade cards/framed prints…

I have also started making framed drawings for people – I have made one for a friends’ engagement announcement, one for a 5 year anniversary, and one as a post wedding Christmas gift. All of the people who I have given them to have been really pleased (I think?!) to receive such a personal gift). I bought the frames from IKEA (I think it’s called RIBBA or something like that), and the sketch book and other materials were from my local Hobbycraft. Side note: Hobbycraft is a dangerous place to go to on or around payday…a quick browse all too easily results in a fit-to-burst basket and a spend of upwards of £50.

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Lastly, I have started making greetings cards (mainly engagement and birthday cards). I kind of resent spending money buying shop bought cards, unless I am caught short and haven’t left enough time to make one. They aren’t very personal, and really how can a piece of folded card with a generic picture, photograph or message printed on it cost upwards of £3? Plus, if you make a homemade card it kind of becomes a present in its own right. Here are a few examples:

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That became a bit of an epic post…sorry! Let me know if you make any of the above (if you do, feel free to send me some pictures and I’ll include them in a future blog post).

Big love,

DIY Bride x

A case of style…

…well I think so.

We have been thinking about what sort of thing to have for our guests to put cards into. There are so many creative ideas out there – I’ve seen weddings where there have been American mailboxes, red Royal-Mail-style post boxes, bird cages, and even Tardis-shaped card boxes. I’m sure you have seen a huge variety of ideas at the weddings that you have been to. Some weddings just have a table, which is perfectly suitable obviously, however it seems to have become a trend to make a feature of whatever you choose to have for your guests to deposit cards in.

I liked the idea of making a bit of a feature of our card receptacle, not only because I LOVE sorting out wedding stuff, but also to show our guests that we really appreciate their cards. I am really looking forward to sitting in bed the morning after our wedding, opening cards with my husband (squee!!!) and reading all of the lovely messages from our nearest and dearest.

As always, I have spent a bit (okay, a lot) of time on Pinterest looking at decor ideas, however we stumbled across a solution completely randomly at the weekend. We were out for the day with my in-laws-to-be, and we popped into this massive warehouse near us that sells furniture/garden equipment and supplies/home decorations/everything really! They sell things at discounted prices and have some really nice stuff (and some tat also!).

As we were walking around, B spotted some leather cases. They were super heavy and felt like really good quality suitcases…so we bought one on the spur of the moment. I couldn’t believe how cheap they were either. The plan is to put the bunny bride and groom (mentioned in an earlier post of mine - http://thediybrideblogger.com/2014/02/09/how-darling-is-this/) next to or inside the case, and to hang a homemade banner or string of bunting that reads ‘cards’ or maybe ‘thank you’ across the inside of the lid.

I will post pics of the ‘finished look’ once I have made the bunting (which I plan to do over Easter), but here’s a look at the case for now.

Hope you like it!

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Big love,

DIY Bride x

Jam Jar Lights…

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A couple of weeks ago I went to London with one of my besties to try to find her THE dress for her wedding. We went to the David’s Bridal flagship UK store in Westfield Stratford…but I’ll save a post on David’s Bridal for another day. To cut a long story short we had 5+ hours travelling to try on five or six dresses (which were beautiful but none of them were ‘the perfect dress’). After a busy day, you can guess what we needed…wine!

We hauled our butts from Birmingham New Street train station to our usual stomping ground – Moseley Village. Once settled in the Fighting Cocks fairy-light-lit beer garden we started to put the world to rights over a bucket of vino.

While my friend popped to the bar I got chatting to a girl called Sarah who was sitting on the table next to me, who happened to be waiting for her friend (and business partner Katie, who is also lovely) to return also. It turned out that Sarah and Katie run a company that designs and provides bespoke lighting for weddings (amongst other things)…it really is a small world isn’t it?

Cue an hour-long conversation on wedding planning, Birmingham, and life in general. This involved copious amounts of wine and cackling. I got a business card from them and had a nose online – their website is really cute and their lighting would really make an eye-catching design feature on your wedding day.

Here’s the link in case you fancy a peek: http://www.jamjarlights.com.

Big love,

DIY Bride x

Has Spring finally sprung?

I don’t know about the weather where you live, but in Birmingham it has been a b…e…a…utiful day (to coin a phrase from ‘The Truman Show’)! I went out into the garden and did some pruning – I know, get me being all grown up and everything!

We live in a new build, which means that when you move in you’re garden is pretty much a square of patio and a square of grass. Dullsville.

So after over a year living there, me and my very handy brother decided to so the garden last summer. We doubled the size of the patio, put in trellising, hanging brackets, raised beds, a border, plants, big pots, bunting and lanterns. It’s tiring me out just remembering that week of work. It was also insanely warm, so big thanks to my bro were definitely in order!

Anywho, it was so lovely today that the bunnies got to go and play outside for the first time in weeks. It’s just been too wet and windy and downright miserable. I know what some of you are probably thinking: “they’re animals; bunnies are used to living outside!”. Well not ours. They are totally spoiled and spend their evenings either stretched out next to a radiator, eating mammoth-sized salads, or lying on a warm podgy lap watching Grand Designs. 

Here are some piccies of them enjoying the garden today, and I’ve also put a few in from when the garden was first done last summer. Enjoy!

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Big love,

DIY Bride x

A Hoppy Topper…

Forgive the pun please! It’s been a long week, and it’s only Wednesday. At least we are now over the three-day ‘hump’, and it’s downhill to the weekend from here.

I decided to get crafty at the weekend. We are having this beautiful handmade bunting for the top of our cheese tower:

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However, I also wanted to have a nod to traditional weddings by having a bride and groom to sit atop ‘Cheese Mountain’ (as I’ve taken to calling it). As per usual, this triggered an unhealthy amount of time spent perusing Pinterest and generally procrastinating. I found a few examples that I liked, and decided to amalgamate a handful of ideas into my own design for a…bunny cake/cheese topper. I know. How amazing does that sound right?

Anywho, I was thinking about what I could make them out of, and I remembered how much I used to love Fimo as a kid of the early 90s. For those of you who didn’t play with Fimo (seriously, call Childline already), it is basically plasticine that you make models out of, and then bake in the oven so that they become hard. If we went to a toy shop I usually asked for Fimo; apart from during my ‘Sylvanian Families phase’ – man I loved those little critters.

I ordered a multi pack of Fimo from Amazon, as well as ordering an extra block of white Fimo – as the bride bunny would be wearing white, ironically enough.

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I made the groom bunny first, and to be honest I might have a second go at him. My fiancé, B, said he wanted it to be a brown bunny and I’m not sure if I should have given him a lighter outfit. I am quite pleased with bride bunny’s appearance though.

Here is a pic – let me know what you think:

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These might be the first in a series of experiments to craft the *perfect* bunny bride and groom to sit astride Mount Cheese…I’ll keep you posted. Let’s hope that B doesn’t mind having a house full of bunny ornaments?

Happy crafting!

Big love,

DIY Bride x

P.S. In case you were curious, I used these products:

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Tagxedo!

Tagxedo!

How fabulous is this word cloud?

I used to use wordle.net, but I stumbled across this beauty of a site recently. You can post your website URL, twitter feed, news article, or any text in, and then you can manipulate the content into a piece of word art – with a plethora of different colour, shape and layout options. Here is the link if you want to have a go: http://www.tagxedo.com/

Happy procrastinating!

Big love,
DIY Bride x