Sunday, October 31, 2010

Time to celebrate!

I've spent the last week working furiously on a project for Homespun Magazine and I finished it and posted it off today! They asked me to design a doll & pattern for their 'Go Green' issue which will be out next May. I only had a couple of weeks to do it and to be honest I wasn't sure I was going to be able to make it happen with everything else that's going on, but I did it! You can see Charlie sleeping with the prototype doll I made for the project- she's a lucky girl :)

In even happier news, I also finally completed the invites over the weekend. The weather was miserable (again!) so spent my time indoors cutting, gluing and sticking. I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out and I'm amazed how much work was involved!

It was a joyous moment popping them in the post, until I realised that one of them, which was going to New Zealand still needed a stamp! Doh! Luckily the nice lady was working in the post office today, not the scary mean man that I dread getting when I go in there. She found it for me and popped the stamp on- woohoo. Done jobs done!!

Tomorrow I shall have a day off- don my fascinator, sneak a couple of glasses of champagne and channel my inner gambler for the Melbourne Cup! Hope your having a great long weekend (if you are in Melbourne that is, which most of you probably aren't). xx

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Origami Crane Chandelier... finished!

The birdie chandelier is a reality! Thanks to some high school kids, a wonderful teacher, a girlie crafternoon and Tinkerbell (the movie) to babysit Charlie while I put it all together... here it is!
It looks really lovely in real life and it's so good to see an idea actually come to something! Hooray!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Oh my god, how much does knitting rock? I had my first knitting lesson at craft group the other night (thanks Mika!) and man, I am totally hooked! Why is knitting so bloody satisfying? I can't believe it took me so long to give it a go, but say hello to my new hobby!
God I can't wait until I can actually knit properly. I am already drooling over beautiful patterns online and dreaming of how dexterous and speedy my knit purls will be.
So today, when I am utterly zombified by being kept up all night by little miss Charlie's cough, I'm taking time out from the never ending wedding invite saga to practice my casting on and my knit- next week purl. Bring it on baby :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

To Wonderful Friends & Good Fortune :)

Brina's comment about flowers yesterday reminded me to share with you two wonderfully fortunate things that have happened recently. 

I wanted to have just a simple bunch of daisies as my bouquet, but when we changed the date, a wonderful thing happened! A couple of our guests have a peony farm, and the new date falls right peony season! So they very generously offered to give us flowers as a wedding present! How good is that? I feel so so blessed, thank you Nicky & Mac :) 

And if you live around here, and you love peonies, they have an open day coming up. You can go down to the paddock and see them growing, you can even pick your own peonies. All the info is here.

The second wonderful thing is this. A friend and wedding guest of ours, the lovely Lou, is a teacher. When she heard about my paper crane mission, she realised her students had folded over 1000 paper cranes for harmony day. She asked if the school would mind her  having them, to give to me! Can you believe that? Oh how my tired pregnant self breathed a sigh of relief! I won't get the 'wish' granted for personally folding them myself, but I'm pretty sure they are already bringing me good fortune.
Thank you beautiful Lou :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Creative Space...

The good thing about living in a two story house is this. Half of the house can be hideously messy and so long as you don't take people upstairs, they don't see it. Hurrah! So, I've abandoned the chaos in my studio upstairs, taking over this nook under the stairs to get serious about completing our wedding invites. I feel like I've been working on these forever, and I can't wait for the moment when I push them through the postbox slot....

Free stuff...

Whilst searching for ideas for my invite envelopes I came across some great free downloads, I had to share, just in case.

A whole bunch of divine customisable designs over at Wedding Chicks.
Fill in your names and preferred colours and your design is emailed to you to use. And it's all free!
There's invites, monograms, photo booth signs, bridesmaid cards- how good is that? Thank you ladies!

I found some beautiful free envelope wraps too...

And a great to tutorial on how to DIY a photo booth over at Offbeat Bride.
It's so simple and you can by a 6 x 4 printer on Ebay cheap as chips.
Maybe you could use this sign too?
Cute huh?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hello hairdo...

I couldn't resist a pile of these pretty romance novels at the op-shop the other day and they inspired me to start thinking about what to do with my hair for the wedding. Their hair is always so perfect! 

My hair is normally pretty unkempt, and I like to spend as little time as possible doing my hair generally. I always go for simple, easy to look after styles. So for the big day I'd like to go totally the other way and just for one day have perfectly set 1960's housewife hair. Shake off the country mama for a day and be elegant, glamorous and polished!

Betty Draper style?

Image from LoveCharlie on Etsy

Or perhaps more like this, as I have a pretty short fringe.

So I've got myself some rollers and I'm going to start experimenting... get ready for some major hair disasters!

Image from Super Kawaii Mama

There are loads of blogs and tutorials on the net that claim they can help you to create a sweet vintage do, but I'm loving Camilla DeVilles pretty blog, Super Kawaii Mama and am finding lots of tips and tricks contained therein. Isn't she divine?

Image from DIYBride

Then the other question is, should I wear a birdcage veil as I'd originally planned?

I just adore this beautiful wedding. I love everything they did! I love her hair and dress and especially her beautiful birdcage veil. I'm thinking it might be a bit formal for the new and improved low key and intimate event we are now having.

Maybe I need to relegate the veil to the 'in a perfect world this is what I'd do / have for my wedding' box. Like this dress.... the most perfect pretty dress...

Ahhh... swoon **

The dress is by Justin Alexander and if you are allowed to buy new things... you can find it here.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The easy part..

The part of Dottie Angel's fantastic challenge that I've found the easiest is definitely homewares. I look around my house and I see very few 'new' things. Okay, there's a couple of things from Ikea, as there is in almost every home world over, but for the most part the things I love are old, worn and loved- with tales to tell.

Like this roulette board, my latest love and pride and joy- now presiding above my couch.

I'm feeling lucky, are you?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

My 5 minutes!

Yep that's me on the cover of Backyard Farmer Magazine :)
The recipe for my spicy tomato relish is inside, along with lots of other interesting articles. 
I'm in good company with Costa there on the cover too!

Sorry I've not been posting much- I've been hard at work on all the really boring parts of the wedding. Making phone calls, organising, cutting and gluing and trying find my way around Illustrator to do do our invites. They are almost done though- the invites have been the most time consuming thing so far!
Once they are posted and everyone has received them I can let you have a look :)