Monday, 1 September 2014

The Little Things

On Saturday, we travelled north to gather as a family and witness a wedding.
A beautiful day.
I love the little moments.
The snippets in between shots.
The look on the groom's face as he first sees his bride.
The moments of affection between the bride and groom.
The flower girl patiently waiting, confetti clutched by tiny fingers, ready to greet the bride and groom.
Grandad enjoying having his grandchildren around.
The hug from daddy because you've had to be in what feels like a thousand photos - being a flower girl is hard work I'll have you know!
The hugs from family members.
The look on the bride's face, the quiet confidence of feeling absolutely beautiful and knowing how loved you are.
It is the little things that I love about weddings.

More photos will follow, this wedding was unique. Not every wedding has exotic animals to entertain the children!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

99 Trees

We are lucky to have the Cotswolds on our doorstep. 

There are so many beautiful villages that are quintessentially English. It's time we started to explore them! On the way to Stroud is the beautiful Painswick. At the centre is St Mary's Church.

Legend has it that there are 99 trees planted in the grounds of St Mary's Church in Painswick, if they try to plant number 100 the devil will come and destroy it.
All the Yew Trees are numbered.

I was disappointed to discover that the legend is just that - a legend. The 100th yew tree was planted in the year 2000. There are now over 100 trees in the grounds.
I'm not sure I believe it. Who wants to help me count them?

We explored the grounds of the church before wandering around the local shops.
I discovered a fabulous fabric store that I need to go back and spend an afternoon in. Maybe next time I'll have time to explore the Rococo Garden.

Monday, 25 August 2014

DIY Personalised Mugs

The cooler evenings are setting in, it feels like autumn is around the corner.
I have already dug out my jumpers and other autumn accessories.
Cooler evenings mean one thing, I can now be found curled up on the sofa, one foot under me, sipping a hot chocolate. My Handsome Man makes the best hot chocolates. I'm not even joking. He's got skills!

Oh and that mug, I MADE IT MYSELF!
Not the actual mug, that would be insane
(We were bought the white mugs as wedding gifts.)

I have been wanting to brighten them for a while. I saw this project on A Beautiful Mess. 
Although I absolutely loved the idea, I am by no means artistic and I hate my handwriting. Free style isn't a good plan for me. This project was so easy and if I can make it, anyone can! 
I have more designs I want to try (can I find my pens since we've moved?!) and more pen colours I want to order.
I did some research and found that the Sharpie doesn't always last (They've added the edit since). Some people found it washed off after one wash. Not good. I found pens for ceramics called 'Pebeo Porcelaine 150'. So far the design hasn't washed off, but we don't have a dishwasher so can't test that.

To make your own personalised mug, you will need:
Porcelaine pens in the colour of your choosing.
A mug, washed and dried.
Letter stickers to spell out your design. (I bought thick velvety ones for super cheap at hobbycraft)
Oven and oven tray.

To make:
Stick design on to mug. Using pen draw round outline of stickers, decorate with dots. Leave to dry. Use tweezers to peel off letters, bake in oven according to instructions.
Leave to cool.

Voila! You have your very own mug for drinking out of!

Oh and I made my Handsome Man one too. How could I not?