9 September 2015

One Photo & Twenty Words

We signed paperwork for the wedding this week. Signing my name in the 'bride' box made it very real.

My challenge for you today. Find one photo and choose up to twenty words to tell its story. Jot it down and link back here. The link will stay open for a week so you have plenty of time to join in! 

6 September 2015

Bridesmaid cards

So here is the first of the wedding posts.... I am gearing up to write about how Tim proposed but I want to do it justice and need time to get my thoughts in gear! Watch this space.

Soon after I got engaged I set to thinking about how I would ask the girls to be my bridesmaids.
I knew I wanted something pretty, elegant and not too cheesy. There are hundreds of ideas on pinterest ranging from the beautiful to the absolute insane! I also knew I wanted to do something handmade.

I plumped in the end for a pretty card and some chocolates. Nothing too over the top but a nice little gift none the less.

I love the look of watercolours so spent an afternoon painting some simple leaves and flowers.
I then scanned this file into the computer and using photoshop cleaned it up and extracted each element.

I wanted a wreath type look so repeated and moved my watercolour drawings until I was happy with the shape they formed.

The next job was to put my question in the middle.
I used two fonts, Housegrind, for the script and Geonsans light for the sans serif. I made three versions of the card with each girls name in the centre.

On the back I wanted to give a few more details so typed up a little letter and added in some more watercolour elements to tie in with the front. I also left space to sign their name and mine by hand.
(certain parts are obviously blurred for privacy).

Once the cards were finished I printed them on nice card at 4 x 6.

To make envelopes I chose some pretty 12 x 12 double sided sheets. For each envelope I cut out two pieces at 5 x 7. I sewed up three of the edges in contrasting thread and cut a small semi circle at the top so the card inside could be easily pulled out.

I finished up by adding a small box of chocolates and tying the whole thing up with pretty liberty fabric.

This was a super easy thing to make and small enough to post to two of my bridesmaids. They all loved them and thankfully they all said yes!

2 September 2015

Sandals made for walking

I'm back after a glorious time away and I have lots of stories to tell. 

First up, is the story of a pair of shoes. 
These shoes have been on my feet every day for a month. 

I bought them at the start of the summer, knowing I needed something comfy and practical to walk the streets of Denmark, Sweden and France, and boy did they do the job! 

These sandals have walked the beautiful tree lined streets of Copenhagen. 
They have explored the royal palaces of both Sweden and Denmark and have entered many a bakery to stand on tiptoe staring at the mounds of cinnamon rolls. 

These sandals have taken me to numerous harbour sides. 
They have dangled over the edges of the canal wall as I have licked an ice cream. 
They have walked onboard boats and got wet getting too close to the inviting looking fountains.

These sandals have tackled some heights. 
They got onboard a cable car and took me up into the Pyrenees. 
They have climbed steep hills to get views out over the city of Gothenburg. 
They have even been on a high ropes and rock climbing adventure. 

These sandals have seen pavements and cycle lanes, craggy rocks and green grass. 
They've taken me on planes and cars and trams and boats. 
They've have been stupendously comfy, day in, day out. 

These sandals are now in the cupboard, probably not to return for another year. 
Their next outing will most probably be a rather special holiday with a rather special man. 
For now, the boots are firmly back on and Autumn awaits....

Do you have a special pair of shoes? 

These Sandals are Saltwaters. They are quite pricey but super comfy and made to last. They also come in an array of beautiful colours. I am already eyeing up the red ones!