A DIY Wedding Gift

In case you’re new to this blog, or just haven’t really been paying attention, my brother (Tim) got married at the start of August. Considering the celebration of my brother convincing a woman (Esther) to marry him, and the gaining of a new sister-in-law, my other brother (Luke) and I decided we should probably get them a wedding/welcome to the family gift (which also turned into a birthday AND housewarming present. We’re not too great with gifts). Being the loving and supporting brother he is, Luke decided to dump the whole thing on me with the words “You’re a girl, you know what you’re doing with gifts and things.’

Here’s what I came up with. I say came up with, I just stole it off Pinterest. But it’s a very good idea, especially if it’s for a couple that don’t particularly like lovey-dovey stuff, but still want to remember their wedding date – even if it is just so they’ll remember their anniversary!

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It’s pretty simple to do. The photo-frame is bought from Ikea, The backing pictures can be pretty much anything that’s not going to be too distracting. I chose textured photographs to give a little interest but not distract from the main subject. The letters are cut from cream card, using a Cricut machine, but can be done just the same by hand.

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In the original post on Pinterest, they’d added the couple’s last name to the top, but I thought that would make it a little too wedding-y for them, but may help it make sense to people not in the know!

Hannah

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The Wedding Photographs

What better way to spend a Friday than look at someone else’s wedding photos? – Me

Here’s the anticipated wedding photos as promised.

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Bridesmaiding duties started early, with an 8am wake-up call to go and fetch the dress. This was quite a feat considering we’d only got to bed at gone 1 the previous night. I also got to have a quick trip to Co-op to get us some breakfast croissants, while feeling very out-of-place having just had my hair done. We then took them home and burnt them. Good start.

026080I’ll be honest, we were pretty unorganised.  The wedding was at 3 and at half 2, the bride was just starting to get dressed and the bridesmaids were printing off a game for after the meal. But we managed it and were only 10 minutes late.
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Here’s us all dressed and pretending like we’ve had a very relaxed and laid-back morning.

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This illusion was quickly shattered as we got outside and realised we’d almost left without her veil.
312Obviously I couldn’t take any pictures during the wedding, so here’s one of them as a brand new Mr and Mrs.
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You have no idea how long it took me to make that bunting. Though probably less time than it took for everyone to make those cakes.

390I also made all of these paper wheels to go behind the cake table. I may be slightly bias but I do think it looks amazing.

445This was what we were printing off in the morning instead of getting ready. Wedding guest bingo was a pretty good game. Everyone supplied an interesting fact before the wedding and then had to work out who’s fact was who’s. And there were some pretty interesting facts. I had a good laugh at the woman who met her husband as she chased a naked patient down a corridor, only to discover that this woman was actually my Grandma. I was horrified.
(If you’re wondering, my fact was that during his teenage years the groom had a picture of me dressed as a nurse in his bedroom. The groom is my brother by the way, and I was about 5 and adorable.)
501Instead of dancing in the evening, there were loads of games. There was some serious Jenga’ing going on.
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Ever seen a wedding where the bride is playing football in her dress? I think she even still in her heels at this point …

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So there’s a small part of the photos from the wedding. It was literally one of the best days I’ve had, and I’m so so happy to finally have a sister! Also, Katie still hasn’t been to a wedding. Sorry if this was hard for you to read 😉

Hannah

My week in photos #9

So the time has come to change around the format of the Sunday week in photos post. The reason being that now I have a proper grown-up job, the majority of my days are spent staring at walls of files and posters that state that “It’s a laugh a minute in Pensions”. I think that’s meant to be humourous in some way but I don’t see it.

Anyway, the new format will basically be photos of anything more exciting and not related to work.

Summer has finally arrived, and personally, I reckon everything looks better in the sun. You notice things that you wouldn’t normally notice.  I took these photos after having my breakfast sat outside, and being attacked by a variety of insects.

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I also managed to collect together enough hairgrips to make this hairstyle secure enough public. It then went on a nice little trip to get some takeaway Nandos and eat it in a dark room with The Wedding Singer. I always forget how much I love that film. Also, that dark room was in a house which wasn’t mine and also didn’t belong to the two other people I was with. It was a little weird.

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We also made wedding decorations at that awkward sleepover at someone else’s house. Here’s the stash so far. There’s about 20 large ones and countless other sizes and I have no idea what we’re going with them after the wedding.

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Except this one. This one. The people who live in the house we were stealing have two cats. When we came down in the morning, the cats had left us a lovely present all over one. Ugh.

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And by this time in two weeks, I’ll have a sister-in-law!

Hannah

A Recipe for Romance

The one thing about summer that I love more than the (occasional) sun is that summer is wedding season. I have been to several weddings in my time, and I love everything about them. Poor Katie, has never been to a wedding in her life, so I do like to bully her about that. I had great fun last year, teasing her that I had three weddings to go to this summer:

1) My brother’s wedding, in which I will finally get the sister I’ve always wanted (and a lovely girl she is too)
2) My cousin’s wedding … which has now been called off *ahem* FAMILY DRAMA!!
3) And thirdly, my good friend Hélène’s wedding to a lovely lad called Dan

And in a couple of week’s time, we’ll be off to celebrate Hélène’s last days as a single lady at a little hen do. Sadly, after she gets married, she’ll be moving up to Scotland, as Dan is in the RAF and is based in some remote Scottish town (it’s probably not that remote, but she does make it sound like she’ll be living in some sort of moor, miles away from civilization!). So as she’ll be having very little help in the first stages of her marriage, some of the other hens (is that what you call the other people at a hen do?) thought of the brilliant idea of putting together a recipe book of all of our favourite foods. Because there’s no better way of making new friends than with food.

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I know it’s probably been done many, many times before, but if you’re looking for a cheap wedding present for somebody, this is the perfect thing, and I really hope that when I get married, someone does it for me!

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Paper Flower Tutorial

I think I’m drowning in wedding planning.

Of my non-working days this week, I’ve spent one making roses out of icing, one making paper flowers for decoration, and one sketching an example wedding cake. This evening, I’m off to a friend’s house to help her organise her seating plan and room layout! I’ve discovered that I wouldn’t be a very good wedding planner. As much as I love them, working with wedding stuff all the time has made me a little hopeful that I become a crazy cat lady.

These are some of my favourite creations, and how to make them:

1) Make two pieces of paper into squares

2) Fold diagonally in half

3) Fold diagonally in half again

4) Draw half a petal shape on two sides of the triangle

5) Cut one out, then you can use the second as a template for perfect matching!

6) Cut out the second triangle

7) Draw two curved lines on one side of the shape

8) Fold in half then cut along the lines

9) Unfold

10) Curve the middle section of the petal into the middle, and once they’re all gathered, staple them down

11) Do the same on the other side

12) Staple both flowers together

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Now go and make hundreds more in various purple shades so I don’t have to do it. Thanks.

(P.S. This is my 69th post … let’s all just snigger silently … )

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