Pretty Pastels

Well it’s been a while since I’ve made anything, other than the odd bit of bunting here and there, so it was lovely to get back into things with these pretty bags…

SONY DSCI made this first bag for my friend Rose who was 30 a few weeks ago, but it was a kind of joint birthday/wedding pressy (she is honeymooning it up as I type!)
SONY DSCI used a mint green duchess satin under the ivory lace to coordinate with the colour of her bridesmaid dresses.
The ribbon, sewed to the lining which reads: ‘to have and to hold, from this day forward, is available from the lovely Wedding in a Teacup, who I also make lavender bags for. I thought this added a nice little wedding related touch.
SONY DSCAs an extra, I also added a bronze chain that matched the purse frame, which I think gives it a more vintage look, and allows Rose to use it either as a little bag or clutch.
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The next set of bags I made for Susie, a bride getting wed in Ireland at the end of June, as gifts for her bridesmaids.
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She sent me a photo of her beautiful bridesmaid dresses (and a sneak peek at her wedding dress…eeek!) which were all a different pastel shade: one lilac, one mint green and one nude.
Susie asked if I’d make all the bags the same colour, similar to that of the nude coloured dress, again with the ivory lace.
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I found a gorgeous shade of nude/beige duchess satin to use for the main bag, and lined them all with a super pretty pale pink floral fabric.

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I was so pleases that the bride I made these for like them so much she requested another two; one for herself and one for her mum. I hope her maids like their gifts.

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Tom and Helen’s Wedding

Everyone loves a bit of rustic hessian and lace! Especially Helen and Tom who asked me to make a runner for their top table (19ft no less!) and table mats for their wedding back in August.

Simple but oh so pretty! And WOW, what a wedding…Helen was kind enough to send me some pics of their day including the tables complete with my mats and runners – how lovely is this…

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Emily’s Wedding

Earlier this year I was asked by the lovely Emily to make some items for her wedding due to take place in July after she [quote] ‘was a massive fan of my work! [unquote] <—how lovely!

Having set a sooner date than she anticipated, Emily bombarded me with lots of questions and asked me if I could make for her various items including: the wedding party’s ties, cake bunting, mini cake people, and a table runner all to tie in with the pretty colour scheme of cream, white and dusky pink with hints of fuchia.

Swapping conversations and pictures of colours, dresses, Emily herself and husband-to-be, amongst other things, I set to work sourcing fabric and other materials to be able to get started on making these items with time to spare before their wedding day.

Lovely dusky pink colour ties – total 7 plus an extra little one for Emily’s 12  year old son.

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I used photos Emily emailed me to make sure I had little details such as the dress, hair piece, and eye colour to add to the mini cake people – I actually really enjoyed this as the last time I did some of these cake people was my own wedding (plus it makes a nice break from the sewing!).

SONY DSC SONY DSCA few weeks later and everything was made and ready to post. Emily was really happy, which is always brilliant to hear as weddings as such an important and personal day to someone…

“Just collected the package you sent from the post office! Am totally overwhelmed by how amazing everything is. So proud that you’ve made beautiful bits for my wedding! Thanks so much for your hard work.”

Emily returned from her honeymoon a few week’s ago and was kind enough to send me some snaps of her day.

The lovely bride and groom…

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The handsome men modelling their ties…

IMG_5274I’m so please you had a perfect wedding day Emily and Martin, it was a pleasure being able to make these pieces for such a lovely couple.

Embroidered Wedding Gifts

I attended a friend’s wedding back in June – it was a lovely informal party for both the bride and groom, and their daughter’s first birthday (you may have seen Seren’s doll).

While I was in the making zone, I thought it would be nice to give a unique hand-made gift. A while ago I stumbled across a cute free pattern via Pinterest and, until now, have never had an excuse to try it out.

It’s a simple embroidery pattern with the bride and groom’s initials carved into a tree trunk. However, I decided to add to this a little and sew full names and add the wedding date.

SONY DSCI reckon my hand sewing could do with a bit of neatening up but I still think it’s cute. If you fancy trying the pattern, the site it comes from is: The Modern Lady blog.

This second gift, although wedding-related was actually a wedding anniversary gift…for my other half. Two years in June (wow how that has flown!) and, even though we don’t really give gifts, I thought it would be nice to make something and, appropriately cotton is what you are supposed to give for your second anniversary.

During our ceremony we had a reading from The Velveteen Rabbit, so I decided to remember this in the form of a embroidered picture with the verse that was read.

(Note to self: more work needed on hand-sewn letters!)

SONY DSC SONY DSCI guess this was more of a pressy for us both as now it will be framed (still yet to do!) and displayed on the walls of our house, amongst other random pictures and artwork meaningful to us.

From one DIY bride to another…

That was me, a DIY bride, almost two years ago now (woweee how time flies!) and that’s how all of this craftiness got started…

As a crafty bride I made lots (!!) of things to decorate our wedding day in all kinds of hand-made loveliness. Since then, I’ve gone on to make lots more wedding crafts for other people, and also lots of non-wedding related crafty items (as shown on this blog!).

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I’ve also reduced my hours as my normal day job to pursue a craft-related business with my friend and business partner, Sam Lowe. Together we make up Love Me Sew, creating Craft Packs to sell as well as fabric and running craft workshops.

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DIY Wedding Workshops!
With our workshop experience as Love Me Sew, and with my experience of making many a wedding crafts, it was only natural that we combine the two to bring you DIY wedding workshops! (Of course, so obvious, I don’t know why we didn’t do it sooner!)

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The first of these I’m pleased to tell you will be at the very lovely ‘Wedding Event with a Difference‘ hosted by Save the Date on Sunday 14th April; a wedding fair I actually exhibited at in 2011 (you can read my little write up here!). This time, however, Sam and I will be running craft workshops for other DIY brides! We will be showing them how to make lovely fabric flowers…which can be used for table decorations, bridal bouquets or button holes.
Even if you are not a crafty bride, I would still really recommend this fair – it’s so different from another other wedding fair that I remember going to as a bride-to-be and features a fashion show as well as some brilliant and unique exhibitors. You can find out more about the fair and buy tickets (including our craft workshop) at the Save the Date website.

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The Flax and Twine, York, May and June.
Throughout May and June, Love Me Sew (aka Sam and Me!) are also running a series of three workshops in the luuuurrvly Flax and Twine in York. The dates and crafts are: ‘Mr and Mrs’ bunting on 18th May, ‘Wedding Decorations – Garlands and Pom Poms’ on 25th May, and , ‘Brides and Bridesmaid purses’ on 1st June.
To book onto these workshops, please visit The Flax and Twine’s website.

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I’m sure these won’t be the last of the wedding workshops this summer so please keep your eyes peeled and check out our Love Me Sew website for a list of events, or follow us on Facebook and keep up to date with everything we are doing.

For me, I’m just happy to show others the little tricks of the crafting trade to make their very own DIY wedding, and love it as much as I loved mine!

A Summer of Weddings – Part 2

As the dark nights loom with the approaching autumn, now is a perfect time to put an end to my summer of weddings (in decoration terms that is!) .

So following a very busy summer for me, here is the sequel to the, obvious-but-appropriately-named, my ‘A Summer of Weddings – Part 1‘…

More pretty bunting (obv!)

Love these prints – it’s so vintage looking and colourful (love a bit o’ colour)

The brief for the next 40m set of bunting was ‘just like your wedding’ – which was a lovely compliment really as I thought ours was a pretty mixed bag of colours and pattern but clearly [in my eyes] the most beautiful…

Here is some personalised ‘Mr and Mrs’ bunting in action at this super gorgeous wedding of the beautiful couple Anne and Andrew (the purple bridesmaid bags below were also for the equally gorgeous bridesmaids).

Cute little hessian and lace cake topper – for the lovely Lisa…of the other half of Matt Brown Photography fame.

And loads of bridesmaid pressies…(including the old favourite lace purse)

Tie-ing the knot.

A good friend of mine, Louise, recently got married to her lovely, now husband, Phil at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire.

In the run up to the wedding, amongst all the other plans and preparations Louise asked if I would make the wedding party men’s ties (including a little one for her 4-year old nephew) and pocket squares, and a little bridesmaid bag for her niece…all in a rich aubergine colour to tie in with her colour scheme.

After sourcing the fabric, doing a tie trial-run (with the craziest floral print 60-style fabric – one for Pete’s birthday!), I got started with the eight men’s ties and pockets squares.

(Above photos by Howard Barnett Photography. Flowers by Horti-Couture.)

With the small bit of fabric I had left over, I made Louise a little clutch bag too.

Oh, and a garter…

(Above photo by Howard Barnett Photography.)

Congratulations Louise and Phil…

(Above photo by Howard Barnett Photography.)

I’ve launched another crafty business…hoorahh!

As if all my crafting is not keeping me busy enough, I’ve only gone and started another craft business…

Myself, and friend (and now business partner) Sam have been in the planning stages for what feels like ages in order to start our business Love Me Sew – which has now officially begun!

Love Me Sew is an online fabric shop selling lots of lovely fabrics chosen by us (they are pretty cute…and it’s taking all my efforts not to create them into something for myself since they are all stored in my sewing room at home!)…please visit our website and have a browse (or, even better, buy!).

It’s been a long time in the making, but we are pretty chuffed with the website. As regular fabric buyers, we know how difficult it is to get that perfect fabric online when you can only see in on-screen instead for real and not having the ability to see the exact colour or feel the quality.


To help make the online shopping experience better for other fellow crafters, like ourselves, we though about what things we could provide to improve this – we came up with the ability to create mood boards – to see what different fabrics would look like together, with the additional advantage of seeing what they make look like as bunting or as a patchwork quilt…

To help people see the exact size of the print and also give others ideas of what to make, we included a ‘Your Creations‘ section – where we are asking people to send us a picture of things they make using our fabric and we will add it to the website, giving a free bundle to the ones we think deserve a ‘star creation’.

 

As well as the fabric, we are also running workshops, or Crafternoons as we like to call them, for hen dos (one for all you lovely brides who like to look at my blog for wedding inspiration!), baby showers, workplace events, or any other social activity for people who like to craft.

Check out the baby showers…these are our favourites!

So this is just the beginning! We have loads of other things we are working on to develop our business (as well as getting lots more lovely fabric for the website) so I guess it’s just a case of please take a look at the website and follow our blog to keep up with all the bits and bobs we’re doing…exciting times!

 

A Summer of Weddings – Part 1

As summer continues (if you can call it that), in true British spirit we never get disheartened by the dull sky and drizzle, instead we endeavour to make our lives and important events as beautiful as ever – with weddings leading the way!

A year on since the beginning of my little venture of helping to make other weddings as lovely as I thought mine was, I’ve been bombarded with email requests for bunting, table runners, cake bunting, napkins, bridesmaid bags, banners, ties and more – it seems hand-made and personalised weddings are [and rightly so!] as popular as ever.

Whilst I have already posted about some (and have some more on the way), I thought I would include a collection of items that perhaps don’t need their own feature but I feel still deserved some air time.

More meters and meters of bunting….

Why have hessian runners when you can have mats…with lace! I think these turned out really beautiful…amazing what a difference a little bit of lace can add – rustic yet so pretty.

More mini-cake bunting…always cute!

The following runners and napkins I made for the lovely Charlotte of Rock My Wedding fame who used them in her styling of the wedding shoot: ‘The RMW Stepford Wives – Alex, Celine and Some Rough Luxe’.

Featured on Rock My Wedding

As one of Rock My Weddings’s featured brides (almost a year ago…wowzers – where does time go!), and deciding to go into making wedding crafts off the back of the great response I received from it, RMW’s Charlotte asked if I would make a hessian runner and some napkins for a photo shoot that was styled as ‘Rough Luxe’.

This super lovely post was published last week complete with my goodies and lots of other loveliness…

View the full post at http://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/the-rmw-stepford-wives-alex-celine-and-some-rough-luxe/.

Thank you again Charlotte for featuring my crafty bits and bobs!