Bits & Bobs: April 2015

April has been a jam-packed month – it started out with the Easter holiday, which was just so lovely and relaxing! Since then things have been a bit hectic with my day job, but that hasn’t stopped me trying to fit in as much making as possible. The weather has been a bit unpredictable this month, but with all this lovely sun and rain the garden is flourishing. Lots to be thankful for this month!  Read More

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Tutorial: how to make a floral bouquet
The School of Thrift has had a wedding theme for the last couple of weeks, and it has been really inspiring to see lots of ideas on the Festival of Thrift Google+ page! I’ve already written a tutorial post about how to make some simple thrifty fabric bunting, and I wanted to show you how to make a bouquet too. So here’s my tutorial: how to make a floral bouquet. It’s actually surprisingly easy, and if you’re looking to have a crafty wedding or a wedding on a budget, then it’s one of the ways that you can save money and create something beautiful and unique to you. I made the bouquet in the photo for just £10!

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Our amazing wedding cake

Our gorgeous friend Hannah very kindly made our wedding cake, and it was wonderful! It was actually the first wedding cake that she has ever made – can you believe that?! The detail in the flowers was incredible, and many people thought that lots of the flowers were real! I used our new snazzy camera to take these close-ups of the flowers that we’ve kept, and have put together this little gallery to show off Hannah’s amazing talent. Enjoy!

Grays Court York

We held our wedding reception at the gorgeous Grays Court in York, and we were blessed with lovely weather all day! Part of the house dates back to 1080 and it is possibly the oldest continuously occupied house in the United Kingdom. Grays Court is just behind York Minster, and the walled garden can be accessed from the city walls (find out more about the history here). A huge thank you to Rhiannon and all the staff at Grays Court – we had the most perfect time!

Here are a few photos to give you a taste of Grays Court. Check out their website for more information – the restaurant comes highly recommended and they also do a fantastic afternoon tea!

Making our wedding invitations (part 2)

It has been quite a while since we’ve worked on our wedding invitations. I remember lots of my married friends telling us how fast the time goes once you hit the year of the big day; I knew they were talking sense, but didn’t quite realise just how fast time would fly!

 

We have now completed the ‘outside’ of the invitations – hooray! And we’re so pleased that they look like what we had imagined! In my previous post – Making our wedding invitations (part 1) – we stamped the flower design onto squares of white paper and I finished making the envelopes. Now, we have stamped our names onto smaller pieces of white paper which are then stuck on the front. We stamped a mixture of ‘Clare and Tom’ and ‘Tom and Clare’ so that they’re all a bit different. Read More

Make your own wedding bouquet

We’re trying to keep the cost of our wedding as low as we can without compromising on the things we’d like to have, and one of the ways in which we can do this is to do the flowers ourselves. I started to do a little bit of research into the cost and I just couldn’t believe how expensive it is for a bridal bouquet, never mind any other flowers! So that got me thinking, and I decided to investigate the possibility of arranging them myself. Continue reading…