I'm married!

Its been months since my last post as I have been swamped with all things wedding - but i've returned a married lady and with plenty of stories of last minute craft projects to share and pictures too.  Don't think you're getting them that easily!! here is a little morsel to tempt you....

I will be back with more so don't go away.. let the recaps commence!!

Momiji Madness

Plu & Pia

Not long now folks... 51 days and counting.. eeek!  As the end of next month draws closer I find myself pulling together all the final bits and bobs that I will need for the big day.  I have been thinking for a while about a present that I can get for AS for our wedding day; I have been looking for something personal and that would mean a lot to him.  Then it struck me - it had to be a Momiji of course.   One of the first ever Christmas presents I gave AS was a Momiji, he gave me one to mark our first year together, and of course the very special one he used to propose.  It would be the perfect present and would allow me to write him a little sentiment that could be stored in the Momiji  for him to read on the day.  With a growing collection of 46 Momijis it was important for me to find the right one.  I received an email today from Momiji and I couldn't believe my luck - a new range of hand numbered Momiji's had been released and there was one which was perfect for the occasion!

Meet Lucky Kitty...

The design based on Maneki Neko, literally translated as 'Beckoning Cat' believed to bring good luck and fortune to the owner.  This seemed particularly appropriate especially considering our love for cats.  We got our first kitties last year Tilly and Tammy :)  

Tilly (as a kitten) and Momiji Kitty

This is another of my favourite Momijis, Princess..

We bought her this year to commemorate the royal wedding and also the year of our wedding.  The first couple of hundred of these were also hand numbered - we were lucky enough to get number 49!

Now with AS's present sorted I can now focus on how we can incorporate other Momijis into the rest of the day.  Plu and Pia will be guarding our wedding cake.  Snuggle will be making an appearance - she definitely represents my love for Toadstools!

Chiyo, Pixie and Sister will also be partying with us too.  Their teapot and cakes will fit nicely into our tea party theme!  I can't wait to see the professional detail shots from the day with these beauties in :D

Ditsy Florals, bunting and padded hearts!

So its been a while since I last posted but now with only 59 days to go until the wedding I am in turbo crafting mode.

So I found this picture and fell in love...

I just love the village fete look and really wanted a mass of bunting; so with my sewing machine plugged in I began.  I found a selection of fabrics and to save time and money I decided to use a simple design.  The flags are single sided, but as you hold them up to the light the pattern shows through which meant more fabric was left over to make even more bunting!!  I used pinking sheers to stop them fraying and also gives it a home made look, and saved time as I didn't have to finish the edges properly.

I particularly liked this fabric as it fitted in with the tea theme perfectly.

The scraps of fabrics were perfect for making these padded hearts which are being added to my table centre decorations.

So with all this floral inspiration I will leave you with a picture of my beautiful wedding band which we recently picked up.  The design is called daisy :)


One of the things you have to consider when you are getting married is your make up.   The thought of the amount of photographs that will be taken on that day is enough to send anyone into a frenzy; you'll definitely want to look your best as these photographs are going to be looked through over and over again not just in your lifetime, but for generations to come.  After some consideration I have decided that I am going to do a Kate Middleton and do my own make up.  The way I see it, nobody knows my face better than I do.  With this in mind I have been trying out different products and looks, to help me choose for the day.  I will probably get round to posting a few options later but this is not the purpose of this post.  Once the products have been found the technique is in the application, and what is application without a fabulous set of make up brushes! After some research and a trip to Boots I came across a brand called Ecotools - and thus started my love affair.  Ecotools are mid-range brushes made of silky soft synthetic hairs and uber cool bamboo handles which are sleek and are made from a sustainable resource. WIN.

My first set of brushed included a lovely soft blush brush, a lash and brow comb, an eye shadow applicator, an angled brush, a concealer brush and a free mirror.  I instantly fell in love with the blush brush, I had always had cheap brushes before that always felt as if they were scratching your face but this one is so soft the blush just glides on.  The concealer brush was a fantastic discovery also - it helps me blend my benefit erase paste on in a nice even way, hiding all those horrible sleepy dark circles.

Next up was my the eye set.  A great selection of different sizes with the job they were designed for written on the side - just in case you forget.  I found the blend brush a bit big, however the highlighter brush is a much better size - just perfect for blending in those lovely eye-shadow shades.  The angled crease brush is also good for adding deep colour into the eye sockets - great for adding depth.

Then along came the Kabuki... which is also a really fun word to say.  I think the day I discovered that was the name of this type of brush, I must have used that word about 50 times just because it was fun to say!!  Anyway moving on... like the blush brush this is beautifully soft and its feathered bristles make it perfect for adding finishing powder on top of your foundation or adding body shimmer.

And finally... the Pièce de résistance! The bronzing brush is by far my favourite brush, highly regarded amongst  the chic-geeks at Make up Alley.  The bristles are so dense that it feels as if you are brushing velvet against your face.  Although it is labelled as a bronzing brush it is brilliant for mineral make up, which is what I use it for.  I'm currently using Lily Lolo mineral foundation and this brush helps me achieve a fantastic even coverage.  Lily Lolo make up is definitely worth a look at if you are looking to move to mineral make up.  Its better for your skin, and is still brilliant when you have dry skin like me.  Their shop allows you to buy sample pots for £1.29 which is great for helping you choose the perfect colour.

 Lily Lolo also have a great retractable lip brush which is worth checking out...

With all these good quality brushes its important to look after them - I use this cosmetic brush cleaner by Strictly Professional that I bought from Amazon.

I highly recommend these Ecotools brushes. If anyone has any other make up tools they cannot live without then please share!

Wedding Fun!

1 year 9 months and 8 days ago I was picnicking in the grounds of Warwick Castle when my boyfriend (AS) as he was at the time popped the question.  For a while we had been collecting Momiji dolls - small Japanese style figurines with a slot in the bottom in which you can put little message.  So as you can imagine I was taken by surprise when he gave me this particular Momiji with a very special question inside.  I was completely elated; my answer was yes of course (spoken in such a high pitch that I believe only dogs and Mariah Carey heard my initial answer). Wedding plans began quickly and we both thought that it would be amazing if we could have Momiji cake toppers made.  We contacted the Momiji Headquarters who said they were unfortunately unable to make us any by the time of our wedding but sent us a lovely pair of limited edition cupids called Plu & Pia.

I was an extremely lucky girl because AS proposed to me with an eternity ring so that I could choose whichever engagement ring I wanted.  I already had the design of the ring in my head so a few weeks later and a some trips to the Jewellery Quarter I returned with my beautiful Celtic engagement ring.  How jammy was I getting two engagement rings?!

Now with only 82 days to go until the wedding I am keeping myself busy with various wedding related craft projects.  Currently covering my living room floor are several wooden hearts.  These are going to be the place settings, which seem to fit our vintage woodland tea party theme quite nicely :) We had decided not to paint them at first because we loved the look of the wood grain, but decided that it looks even lovelier with a white wash letting the wood grain show through.

I will be writing all the names on by hand with my swirly writing and my signature toadstool and other decorative doodles.

We will then stick mini pegs on to the back and have each place tag clipped to every wine glass.  We also have giant hearts for the table names.  The tables are going to be named after different teas to reflect our love for our favourite beverage.

I fell in love with this picture of a table plan today.  I am now determined to find a lovely vintage suitcase.   Is anyone else planning a wedding at the moment? Do you have any DIY projects?

Total Newbie!

Hooray I have arrived! My very first blog post!  So here I am, 25 years old and still trying to decide what to do with my life.  Being a creative person, I always have a several projects on the go and have various ideas and obsessions whizzing round my head.  I love writing poems and stories, crocheting  creatures, drawing magical places,  making fairy wings, designing make up and fashion looks, taking whimsical pictures,  growing beautiful flowers, playing with circus toys and sooooo much more .  But I seem to have my fingers in too many paint pots and have painted a very large unattractive muddy brown picture.   Time is always an issue – how can I focus my creative energies while I am being strangled by my ridiculously stressful and thankless 9-5 job?  I am determined to pursue this journey and conquer the life in which every day is inspiring for me and others.
Today is a day of new beginnings for me; my wonderful fiancé took me on a stroll of our garden this evening and showed me where a single passion flower had opened up on the front of our shed.  I love watching how things develop and grow.  I am always amazed by the beauty and the complexity of nature and it always makes me smile :) Are there any other nature inspired people out there?

Lovely snow on the mountain from our garden <3


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