This, That, and Engagement Photos <3

My dearest, most loyal and lovely blog readers, I am so sorry that I have somewhat abandoned you over the last month. I have had a very full plate – work has been more intense than ever, wedding planning has had top billing, and there have been one or two personal dramas as icing on the cake! But never to fear, we’ve come out the other side now, and I couldn’t be more ready to share all the things I’ve been up to lately! Just a warning, things might be a little wedding-centric around here for the next few months! I hope you don’t mind. :)

As a way of saying thank you for sticking with me even though I’ve been a bit AWOL, I thought I would share some of the engagement photos that we had has taken by the wonderfully talented Alan Moyle almost a year ago now. Alan took the photos at a gorgeous heritage shopping village that is just a few minutes walk from our house, Maling Rd, as well as in the nearby Canterbury Gardens. It was really special because not only do we go there every weekend for breakfast or a coffee, Mario also had my engagement ring made there by Peter at Individual Jewellery, as well as our wedding rings.

You may recognise a couple of the photos as ones that I put in my home-made wooden frames a few months ago, and also from the home tour that I did for Emory of Hello, Scarlet Blog. 

I hope you enjoy them! :)

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Origami Bridal Bouquet

Origami Bridal Bouquet

I’ve posted about these flowers and this beautiful wedding before, BUT…  It’s now less than five months until my wedding, and I have Wedding Fever, so I’m going to tell you all about them again. :)

Plus, the last time I wrote about these flowers was just after the wedding of my dear friends Michael and Jacinta, and they didn’t yet have their professional photographs back. Now I’ve included some for you to admire (thanks Jacinta!).

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Ten Ways to have a Feminist Wedding

With six months to go until my wedding, I have a bit of wedding fever! And I have been giving a lot of thought to something that concerns me – how to evade some of the unsavoury traditions and customs associated with weddings. As I’m sure many people know, weddings historically operated in the context of women being passed – as property – from their fathers to their new husbands, and a lot of weddings customs reflect this – walking down the aisle, promising to obey, etc.

Now, it is often assumed that feminists and weddings don’t really go together. I consider myself a fairly stalwart feminist, but I am also incredibly excited to join together with my fiancé in marriage and share our lives together (as we already do). Nevertheless, the patriarchal traditions and continuing exclusion of the LGBTIQ community from marriage in Australia mean that there are definitely aspects of this institution that are problematic for those who consider themselves feminists and, well, decent people. Continue reading

D.I.Y. Natural Wood Portrait Frames

March always seems to be a month of low blogging motivation for me! Case in point? I finished these frames almost two weeks ago, and even though I’ve been so excited to share them with you, I just keep putting it off. They look so good hanging in the house though, I get a happy feeling every time I see them. :)

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After our engagement in September last year, we got some really beautiful engagement photos, taken by our friend Alan Moyle. However, we haven’t been able to find any frames for the portraits that we (a) love, and (b) can afford.

I was sitting in a cafe about a month ago (having brunch, of course) when I saw a poster framed with reclaimed wood. It looked so simple, yet so good, and my immediate thought was…. I can do that! Continue reading

Totally Trendy Crochet Bunting (Part 2)

Bunting2 frontLast week I showed you the crochet bunting I whipped up for Mario and my engagement party (although I plan to use it for many more things in future!). Today, I wanted to show you how I finished off the bunting with crochet letters!

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I wanted to spell out our names along the bunting, but never having made crochet letters before, I wasn’t sure if it would be beyond my skill level. Luckily, I found an awesome (and free) set of instructions for the whole alphabet over at Moogly. Continue reading

Totally Trendy Crochet Bunting (Part 1)

Bunting FrontThe idea for this project appeared fully formed in my brain, as if by magic. One moment I was thinking ‘Is that salami still good?’*, and the next, ‘Well of course, why wouldn’t I make crochet bunting for my engagement party with only a week and a half to spare?’.

(*This isn’t what I was really thinking, but just FYI, I find that salami is almost always still good…) Continue reading

Painted Jars

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These jars are not waterproof!!!

See that sentence above there? That sentence is important for three reasons. The first is that it shows that I am a hands-on D.I.Y. craft blogger. No aspirational re-blogs and Pinterest compilations for me. If it’s on my blog, I actually made it (or failed to make it!).

The second reason that sentence is important is because unlike some bloggers, who feel the need to present everything as though it is perfect, I am real with you, my lovely readers. I have too much respect for you to lie or photoshop the crap out of my failed projects! We, who spend our lives and our free time on the endless quest to make things, we know what it is to fail. And we are not ashamed. No. We are proud. Continue reading

Monogram Frame

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Sorry I’ve been MIA for the last 10 days, I’ve been super busy! Why, you ask? Well, in fact, we had our engagement party last weekend! So, of course, I had to (yes, had to) do lots of craft projects to prepare!

I’m a bit proud of the project I’m sharing with you today. I came up with it all by myself (i.e., no pinspiration)! I bought the chevron fabric ages and ages ago online, thinking that I might make a cushion out of it. It wasn’t as thick as I had anticipated, however, and it wouldn’t really have worked. I’m pretty excited that I finally got to use it. Continue reading

The time I made wedding flowers

IMG_0150Two of my very good friends got married last October. They put together an absolutely beautiful wedding, and managed to do it very economically! When the time came to decide on flowers, they opted for something a little different – they wanted flowers that they could keep. I’ve always been an origami lover, and when J found this pattern online for origami roses, I couldn’t wait to try it. Continue reading