Introducing Mr and Mrs EP!

As of next Tuesday, we’ve been married for one month!  Funny how time can go so fast and so slow at the same time.  We’re very much looking forward to our honeymoon in a few weeks, once Mr EP has finished the school year.

Our professional photos are being edited at the moment, but in the meantime I thought I would share with you some of my favourite photos from our special day, taken by some of our wedding guests.

Photo credit to 1928 Hudson (Vintage Car) Hire - http://www.hudsonhire.co.nz/
Getting excited! (Photo credit to 1928 Hudson Hire)

Photo credit to 1928 Hudson (Vintage Car) Hire - http://www.hudsonhire.co.nz/
Quick prayer time before it all begins (Photo credit to 1928 Hudson Hire)

Photo credit to LakeCam
Getting ready to dance down the aisle! (Photo credit to LakeCam)

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Bridal party in the church, clicking away while my father-in-law plays the song he wrote (Photo credit to LakeCam)

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My beautiful maid-of-honour and bridesmaids (Photo credit to LakeCam)

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You may kiss the bride! (Photo credit to LakeCam)

Photo credit to 1928 Hudson (Vintage Car) Hire - http://www.hudsonhire.co.nz/
Favourite pose with our vintage cars! (Photo credit to 1928 Hudson Hire)

Photo credit to Leanne Roughton - leanneroughton.tumblr.com
Our AMAZING peppermint chocolate mudcake from Stiletto Studio – Batman on one side, butterflies on the other, and cupcakes for everyone! (Photo credit to Leanne Roughton – leanneroughton.tumblr.com)

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My dad having fun, taking over the band! (Photo credit to LakeCam)

Photo credit to Rosalie Liddle Crawford
Stealing a quiet moment outside (Photo credit to Rosalie Liddle Crawford)

Photo credit to LakeCam
Showing off our rings as we say goodnight! (Photo credit to LakeCam)

Back soon to show you the DIY details and other personal touches!  In the meantime, these and LOTS of other photos are on my Flickr page HERE – check them out!

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Wedding update–invitations!

23 days to go!  I thought it was about time to post a quick update of what’s been going on.  All the big things have been booked for a while, so now we’re getting into the nitty gritty last minute details!  Still a couple of thank you gifts to buy, programmes to finalise and print, speeches to write, and cake order to finalise (that’s an easy one – being related to the ‘chief cakerator’ at Stiletto Studio and with a fiance who LOVES Batman, here’s a hint of what might be coming, especially now that it’s gone viral!), but lots of things being ticked off my list.

One of the biggest things was the wedding stationery!  Our ‘Save the Dates’ were relatively easy – we had some cool photos taken after my graduation outside a music shop, because their wall out the front was painted to look like sheet music.  All I had to do was add the text on the side, print them, and stick a little magnet on the back!

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As for the invitations, early on I made the decision that I would make them all myself, but I must have been nervous about it because even though I’d finalised the design early this year, it took a long time to get started on them and they ended up going out later than we intended!  I completely love the way they came out in the end though, so it was worth all the stress.

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They are sealed on the front with a custom sticker from Vistaprint, with a little logo I made up that incorporated our colours.  Once you open up the flaps…

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Again, more sheet music! Do you sense the theme yet? Smile The text is printed on a vellum sheet (a few printing issues added to the time delay and stress levels!!), which was attached to the photo and a little flap at the top with silver brads (split pins).  This is an idea that I’ve had for years, and although it took a bit of figuring out, I think it worked well in the end! Wait – there’s more, once you lift up the photo…

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There’s a secret pocket hiding under there! It has little cards with tabs along the top, with details of the reception, our registry, and their response.  I’m really happy with the way that the invitations pull together the colours and themes of our wedding Smile

I think this was the biggest thing I’ve ticked off my list so far -it’s certainly a good feeling to get that out of the way!  If I manage to carve out some time in the next couple of weeks I’ve got another little crafty wedding project to show you – if not, I’ll be a Mrs next time we catch up!

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FO: Puppy Jumper

As promised, here are some more photos of our little puppy Eva in her new knitted jumper!  As requested, it was made to match the favourite footy team – although it will really just help us see her when she’s wandering around in the dark!  The pattern I used was BucaLicious Sweater by Machelle Salmeen, and my project page is here.  I ended up making the collar about half as long as the pattern suggested, otherwise she’d just eat it!

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So… taking photos of a fidgety puppy, especially one who isn’t used to wearing anything, proved a challenge, as seen in these blurry attempts!

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Magic mum’s touch was what we needed…

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As soon as we let her go she did in fact start to chew on the collar because she was in a biting phase, so we had to take it off her.  Maybe when she’s out of that phase we’ll try again!

And just because it’s cute… all this modelling and photography proved too much for everyone, so nap time was in order!

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Busy butterfly!

Although things have been a bit quiet on the blog, life has been pretty busy! With so much going on I thought I’d catch you up in one go.  SO – there’s been lots of…

  • Crocheting…

Making a hexagon blanket from this pattern.  No recipient in mind, just a good acrylic stash-busting project!  I plan on adding a border of cream hexagons to match the individual borders.

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  • Knitting…

I made a hat to match this shrug pattern a couple of years ago, but it got snatched away by my sis almost as soon as it came off the needles! I finally got around to making myself another one, with a matching scarf.

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And this – since it’s getting pretty cold here, our new puppy has been feeling it!  More photos to come soon, but project details here.

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  • Reading…

I got this pile of books from my almost-sister-in-law as a late birthday present! I’ve started on “Along Came A Spider” – great so far, as to be expected from one of my favourite authors.

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  • Sewing…

This t-shirt blanket has been on the books for ages! This was supposed to be a Christmas present for sis, then a birthday present, then Christmas present again the following year, and it’s finally been completed – and it was well received!

Pre-sewn: I used a favourite book from childhood as a template for cutting out all her childhood t-shirts…

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After sewing: I used a flannel blanket for extra padding in the middle, with a cute chunky hem, just the right size for a double bed!

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  • Wedding prep…

13 weeks to go, and still SO MUCH to do!  Much of my wedding is DIY, so there’s been lots of cutting…

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… folding…

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… and sheet music cut-outs!

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When things settle down a bit, I’d really like to take on another challenge and get into some style posts, but in the meantime, you can check out these favourites that I read all the time – they are great inspiration!

http://franish.blogspot.co.nz/
http://www.merricksart.com/
http://www.puttingmetogether.com/
http://refashionista.net/
http://www.workclothesisuppose.com/
http://www.ajwearsclothes.com/
http://www.bluepaperlanterns.com/

Or check out my “My Style” Pinterest board to see what I love!

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PS: since it’s the beginning of the month I’ve updated my Popular Posts on the side bar – who knew my “Snapshots of my day” post would be my second most popular post in the last month! Should I do another one?

Snapshots of my day

One of my favourite things about reading other people’s blogs is that I get to see a little into their lives.  In case you’re the same, I thought I would show off moments in my day, by taking a picture occasionally – it started out as every hour, then I had to go to the airport, then I was distracted by puppy madness!

Vegemite toast - breakfast of champions 🙂

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^ 10am: Vegemite toast – breakfast of champions 🙂

What is a cup of tea without a Gingernut to dunk!

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^ 11am: What is a cup of tea without a Gingernut to dunk!

I hate DPNs! But I am braving it because my puppy needs a new winter coat 🙂

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^ 12pm: I hate DPNs! But I am braving it because my puppy needs a new winter coat 🙂

My favourite quick and easy lunch - scrambled eggs on toast with salt, pepper, paprika and a little cheese 🙂

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^ 1pm: My favourite quick and easy lunch – scrambled eggs on toast with salt, pepper, paprika and a little cheese 🙂

Bundled up to brave the storm outside!

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^ 2pm: Bundled up to brave the storm outside!

Yay Andrew is here!

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^ 3pm: Yay Andrew is here!

Making good progress with my puppy sweater!

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^ 5pm: Making good progress with my puppy sweater!

Dinner time! 🙂

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^ 7pm: Dinner time! 🙂

Dessert and Shortland Street feature episode! Good times 🙂

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^ 8pm: Dessert and Shortland Street feature episode! Good times 🙂

Cuddles with these cuties 🙂

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^ 9pm: Cuddles with these cuties 🙂

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Tea-stained origami flowers

Time for some wedding talk! I mentioned a while ago that I wanted to go down the track of making origami flowers for the big day, rather than real flowers – because tiger lilies aren’t available in November unless you’re willing to pay big bucks for them!  It’s taking WAAAAY longer than I thought, but it will be completely worth it in the end.

The majority of the flowers will be orange, but to break up the bouquet a little I wanted to add in something extra to match the theme.  I still liked the idea of using sheet music, but the white paper seemed too bright against the orange, so I toned it down by dying the paper with tea!

Here’s a little how-to if you want to try it for yourself:

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  • Step 1: I used already-used tea bags – I didn’t want to waste good tea bags in case it didn’t work! I laid them out in a paper-sized baking tray
  • Step 2: Cover with boiling water and leave to stew until you like the colour of it
  • Step 3: To prepare the paper I dabbed one of the tea bags all over the page, which added to the texture too, as some of the tea leaves stuck
  • Step 4: Soak the paper for 15-20 minutes – the longer the better! (You may have to press the paper down until it has soaked through a bit, so it doesn’t keep floating to the top, although make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the tray!)
  • Step 5: Once the desired colour is achieved, lay out to dry on a cooling rack overnight

The last picture shows the difference between the beginning and end result – exactly what I wanted!

They look fantastic all folded up into flowers…

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…ready to add to the bouquet!

Next on my wedding list: now that our ‘Save the Dates’ are out, I have to start thinking about invitations! And buying bridesmaid’s dresses, and booking cars, and sorting out a timeline for the day – the list goes on and on!

(Sweet side note – the sheet music I used is the song that Mr EP and I first played together in our worship band, a few days before he asked me out!)

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DIY: Red shirt refashion

I finished this one a while ago, and it’s slowly become my all-time favourite shirt!

I got this from the Salvation Army store for $5.  It’s a size 16, but the fabric and pattern were so nice that I couldn’t leave it.  I’ve been reading Merrick’s blog and the Refashionista’s adventures (highly recommended!) for a while now, so I felt up to the challenge of resizing it to fit me.

Here’s how we started:

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You can see that it’s just a little too big on me! The top of the shoulders hangs well off my shoulders, the base of the arm hole is nearly at my waist, and you can’t even see my hands because the sleeves are so long! What you can’t see is that there is also lots of extra width.

The first thing I did was cut off the sleeves along the seams.  I then tried it on again inside out and pinned several places down the sides where I wanted to take it in, then stitched down that line and cut off the excess.

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Then came the monster challenge of the sleeves.  I’ve never done ANYTHING like this before, but I’ve read a lot of tutorials over time about how it should be done, so I had a general idea.  Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos of what I did, I think I was concentrating too intensely! First I cut down the armholes so they would fit closer to my armpit than my waist, and at the same time cut the shoulders back to my actual shoulders.  I also knew that I wanted the sleeves to be shorter, rather than full length, so I tried them on my arms, measured about where I wanted them, and cut them down in the same shape to match the armhole.  To sew it to the body I placed the sleeves right-way-in inside the body of the top which was inside out (so the right sides were together), and stitched the seam.  (Full disclosure – I had to unpick the first one and do it again, because I attached the wrong arm to the wrong side!!)  There is a little bit of puckering where I could have sewn it better, but I’m the only one that would ever notice, and its really not that bad for my first go!

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The finished product! I’m super proud of my first attempt at resizing clothing!  It is still a little loose under the arms, and could have cut off a little more width from the body, but I like that its not a snug fit.  As I said, its fast becoming my favourite top – I’ve worn it out for dinner over black leggings with boots, and most recently with the front tucked into my lace top jeans.  Here’s how I wore it when we went to see Disney on Ice – belted over beige skinny jeans with matching red flats (‘scuse the rubbish late-night photo!):

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I think I have the refashion bug now – just waiting for another chance to go to the local op shop again to see what I can find!  Meanwhile, Dad has passed on a couple of old polo shirts, I’m thinking I’ll try out Merrick’s idea next…

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