Showing posts with label wedding. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wedding. Show all posts

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

An Amazing Wedding Day!

Well all of you who saw last week's blog will know that my daughter got married last Saturday!

She's the nearest thing to Superwoman I know - in the middle of her finals as a dispensing optician she and her fiance started planning their day.  Hayley then decided she was going to make all the decorations herself and set about making miles and miles of bunting, painting branches cream, making heart shaped decorations for the said table centres, decorating and filling dozens of tiny buckets full of sweets and everything else she could think of to fulfill her sweet-themed dream which was to take place in the Orangery at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. 
There was also a table full of pick'n'mix with bags!

The handmade feel did not end there! Hayley's grandmother made the wedding cake (soaked in grandad's very best brandy!!) and we three decorated it with lovehearts and dolly mixtures and added Hayley's customised bride and groom to the top.

I also made their wedding rings.

The wedding ceremony took place in the main house in the galleried main hall which was a stunning setting.

I have to say that I have never seen such a chilled out couple on their wedding day - absolutely no nerves - just sheer joy at the fact that they were about to be married.  If anyone else is looking for a venue around Devon/Cornwall I would heartily recommend this one.

Hayley's dress was by Benjamin Roberts from and as you can see, she looked so beautiful and so did her bridesmaids.

As I said last week, my dress was provided made to measure by Dig For Victory Clothing from lovely vintage fabrics so here's a pic of my husband and I (I sound like the Queen!!) looking dressed to kill!

It was a wonderful day with my son and daughter-in-law (also one of the bridesmaids) singing and playing the first dance and probably the finest best man's speech I've ever heard.

Thank you for bearing with me during this lovely but crazy time - back to jewellery/collaborative blogs next week!


Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Wedding Fever!

I hope you will all forgive me this week for posting a completely different type of blog!

You see on Saturday 17th I will be the Mum of the Bride!  My only daughter is getting married at Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall, a beautiful country park overlooking Plymouth and the Sound.  I shall blog with pictures next week.

Our bedroom is now full of wedding dress, hooped petticoats and all associated finery! Our house is becoming increasingly mad (we only actually have one usable bedroom as the others are studios for me and hubby) as relatives move in tomorrow from various areas of the country and we yet have a lot of work to do in dressing the Orangery where the reception is to be held.

My dress was a real find from Dig For Victory and was made to measure in my choice of vintage fabrics from Eleanor's cupboard - I'm a real fan of fifties dresses.  I've also made myself a pretty butterfly necklace in matching aluminium.  I haven't made my daughter's wedding jewellery as she wanted something very particular, however, I have made their wedding rings.  My mum has made the wedding cake and my daughter has made most of the decorations herself, from miles of bunting to table centres.  You could say that it is a bit of a handmade wedding!!

Just to let you know that I shall soon be featuring another artist in a collaborative blog - particularly exciting for any brides to be out there!!

I look forward to sharing photos and memories of the day with you all next week - can't let any secrets out yet!!! Here's a quick peek at me with my daughter and soon to be son-in-law!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

The Frustrations Of A Recovering Designer/Maker

Hello world, 

A lot has happened since I last blogged and it is my intention to be a more frequent blogger from now on! The most major change since last time is that I got married and anyone who wants to see a picture, scroll down to the bottom of the page for a sneaky look!  As you can probably tell, it was for the second time but it really was the most fantastic sunny day to get married by the sea to a wonderful man with our families and friends around us.  Following the wedding we had a honeymoon in a former artists' studio in St Ives and spent all of our time wandering around galleries, partly getting inspiration for new work, partly meeting inspiring people and just occasionally thinking that our work was ok after all!! An hour or two peace and quiet in Barbara Hepworth's garden led to some new ideas for jewellery being sketched out for trial at a later date.

The second major thing to happen to me recently, just two weeks ago, was planned surgery on my right shoulder and yes I am right-handed!  I sadly oiled my tools, tidied my bench and shut the door on my studio for a while.  I know that it will be some time yet before I have enough movement and little enough pain to be able to venture in there again.  Because I knew that I would be having surgery I worked hard beforehand to build up a store of new designs.  Part of my plan for my recovery time has been to work on my online presence and to convince myself that marketing is fun.  Like most creative people I would much rather make jewellery than try to sell my work, however, my bank balance does not approve.  As I've now got to the stage where I can move my arm from the elbow down ok, it's time to get on with some laptop based work and to resist the urge to buy things!

At the bottom of my blog you will see where you can buy my work from and whilst I do hope that you will take the time to have a look, it caused me to ponder whether people like buying jewellery online.  I'm always open to ideas about how to best present my work so please let me know if you have any suggestions. 

So, for the rest of this week I shall continue to rest and be waited upon whilst my reluctant mind absorbs computery stuff and I pick the brains of my long-suffering other half and Twitter friends.

See you here next week!