Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Handmade Wedding (part three)

Finally getting round to finishing my blog posts about the handmade elements of my wedding. (Which was nearly two years ago now) So the first post covered the stationary elements and the second post covered the church bits now this post will look at the handmade things for the reception.
Lets start by mentioning again some of the bottles and jars used for the table centers. I have talked about these on my florist shop blog but think they are worth mentioning them again here. To try in with the pew ends in church some of the bottles were decorated with old OS maps and sheet music as well as lace, ribbon and black and white bakers twine.

 Also decorating the tables was some table confetti hearts and stars made out of the mint macaroon card old sheet music and OS maps. I decided on the handmade table confetti partly because it tied in well with the handmade theme of the wedding and the colours etc but also because we had attended a friends wedding with table crystals a couple of years before, and a few  of our less mature friends had taken to using them as missiles at fellow tables, each our and some down the back of my dress, this seemed a safer option particularly with so many small people attending.

Photo of me putting the confetti out. 

A big theme of decoration at the reception was bunting I'm unhealthily obsessed with bunting it's brill. My awesome Mum made tones of it in specially picked fabrics to match with our colours, one of which was a great mint green with bees on it which tied in with the bridesmaids gifts. There was enough to go all the way around the edge of the inside of the marquee about 200 foot of it. 

There was also a mini version made in matching fabrics to adorn some shelves in the entrance hall on which we created a display of black and white wedding photos of of family and friends some of which dated back about 100 years. This string of bunting has now found a home on our favorite bookcase a constant reminder of a wonderful day.  

We also managed to get some of the fabric used inside as matching oil cloth fabric this was cut with pinking shears to make abit of quick and simple bunting to adorn the garden outside and carry on our theme. Our guests spent lots of time in the lovely garden chatting, playing games and enjoying the sunshine. 

I also made a couple of card strings of bunting, its not very clear on this photo but it had the die cut letters MR & MRS RODDIE in the mint green and grey of our colour scheme. This hung across the enormous fireplace in the entrance hall.

The last string of bunting I made also using die cut letters was this saying just married I put it up in our room for when we returned home and then we took it with us on mini-moon to adorn our tent. 


Another use I found for my letter dies was creating the cards sign for the basket thought it looked rather good placed in the entrance hall next to the table plan

Also decorating the marquee was these brill hanging paper decorations, I didn't make them my self but purchased them from a great party decoration company called ginger ray they did all come flat and need assembling which took quite a while but was fun. 

Then my brother in law was in charge of getting them all strung from the ceiling with a little help from my niece.    
The last handmade element was something quite small but played quite a role in the proceedings of the day. I made a dinky throwing bouquet which included crocheted flowers and leaves, wool pompoms buttons and felt hand stitched flowers to cover the underside.  

And here's its big moment. 
So that's our handmade wedding. So much fun to plan, make and celebrate the day with our family and friends. 
I do plan to get back in to blogging more so check back soon to see what over crafty adventures I've been having. 

Monday, 25 February 2019

Handmade Wedding (part 2)

It seems an age since my last blog post about the handmade elements of our wedding. I must get back in to the habit of regularly blogging. So in the last post I talked about all the handmade stationary I did for the wedding in this one I will talk about the various handmade elements for the service which was in my local church.
 The main handmade item in the church was the paper pinwheel pew ends. When I had decorated the church for my sisters wedding she had had full flowers pew ends and while these are stunning they are time consuming to make and I wanted to make things easier on my self and create a very different look. The pinwheels where made out of the mint macaroon card as that was our colour, old os maps for Alex and sheet music for me.  The centers where a mixture of the have and hold stamp and our random greekyness, including minecraft, Harry Potter and Doctor who.

 I was particularly chuffed with the little doctor who reference, having found these one inch circles of each doctors outfit. Its a double nod to my randomness as it reminds me of the wedding in the vicar of dibley when Alice is planing her wedding dress and says about having hearts with a different doctor who in each one, I had a different doctor who in each set of pew ends.
 The iconic fourth doctor, Tom Baker, Scarf.
 The pinwheels were strung on to the pew ends using the black and white bakers twine I'm lucky that the shape of pews we have lend themselves to having things tied to them.
The front two book rests which are narrower just had a large mint green pinwheel on. The pew ends took quite a while to make but it was something I could do well ahead of time and then only had to place them on the day before. I actually got quite alot of work on them done over a couple of snowy days, thanks beast from the east.

The day after our wedding was a church festival so I left my flowers for that and was surprised to find the church wardens also left the pew ends up so the congregation could see the whole effect which i thought was rather fun. I really liked the idea of the mixed centers and it gave people something to look at while they waited for the service to start, many younger guests noticed the geek touches which I was pleased about.

 Some other little handmade bits in church were some decorated tic tacs theses were placed on the pews for the wedding party and choir. A die cut jar was stamped with the phrase mint to be on it which people found rather cute.
  And some decorated tissues which said for happy tears on them. You always need tissues at a wedding. I was quite lucky in finding some packets which were green and spotty so looked good inside the green sleeves.

Alex was mostly in charge of sorting out the order of service using the same fonts as on other items, but I gave them a little decoration to fit in with the rest of the wedding by adding some mint and grey bunting, a have and hold stamp and punching the corners.

One last thing I made for the church was these super cute little paper pouches, made out of more old os maps and sheet music they contained dried petal confetti for the guests to help themselves to on the way out of church.These went down well and looked really good in a white wooden crate.

And there was plenty of confetti when it came time.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Handmade wedding, part 1

Its been a while since I last bloged, this is because I was super busy organizing my own wedding.
So what happens when a crafter gets married, well they make everything!
 So lets start with stationery. We decided on green as I like green and its goes with everything. The green we chose was Stampin up Mint Macaron, which at the time was a temporary in colour but has now come back in to the core collection of colours. All the printing and font choices I left to my husband to be as its more his field of expertise, we wanted something readable but not too plain and we added the eight bit style font in as a nod to our geekyness. The first bit of stationery we made was save the date cards as we had more than a year between setting a date and the actual wedding.
 I added some stamped bunting in mint and grey to the top of the printed cards as I knew bunting would feature in the wedding, who doesn't love bunting at a wedding. Because of the quantity of things to be made I did them in abit of mass production style doing each stage to all of them rather than finishing one individual one and then making the next. his was after making a couple of prototypes to check we like the overall design.
The printed cards were then attached to a green card which had been punched to give it a tag look, a piece of bakers twine was put on to emphasis the tag look and ment that friends and family had the option of hanging their save the date so they wouldn't forget. the back of the tag had an added stamp which said To Have & To Hold I pick up this stamp a while ago because I thought it would be nice for wedding stuff, it will make several appearances. This was stamped and them heat embossed with white.

 The other piece of stationery made early on was these cute little cards, which I made to give to my bridesmaids to ask them if they would be my bridesmaids.
This is the first look at main stamp set which I chose to use for the wedding stationery. Jar of Love by stampin up. Considering what I was planning with regards table centers (see Snapdragons florist blog for flowers) I thought the jars would fit in well with the over all cottage country look. These are stamped in grey and mint with cute die cut flowers. 

 Moving on the actual invitations. A mint green base card with white stamped panel on the front, this had the corners rounded to give more of a finished look. We see a reappearance of the bunting from the save the dates and the have and hold stamp again heat embossed in white. There's a stamped and die cut jar in the grey which is on foam pads to stop the front being flat. the jar has some stamped foliage in it.  I think it has a relaxed elegant look. Which is what we were aiming for with the entire wedding.
The inside was printed in fonts matching with tehe save the dates to create a coherent theme. The corners of the insert were punched the same as the save the date, I really love this punch it adds and instant extra something to the design. The insert is attached with an touch of double sided tape and then tied in with the  black and white bakers twine.
The back panel is also punched. 
I think hand making wedding invitations is abit of a balancing act between them being fancy enough for what they are but not so intricate that creating alot of them will take for ever or end up with you hating them. Working on them in stages is also a really good way of doing it. like cutting all the card to size then doing all the bunting stamping, making a pile of die cut jars ect. I think to have done each one individually from beginning to end would have taken longer. Also when making invitations don't just think about the time it will take to create the actual cards, factor in time for all the wording and printing and extras like rsvp slips information sheets and writing envelopes.

 Other handmade stationery items include the table plan which used the same fonts as other items and the green backing cards were punched at the top to carry on the theme. The layout for the table plan was done to correspond with the layout of the actual tables in the room to make it as easy as possible for our guests to find their seats.
  I wanted something slightly usual for the place settings and since we weren't having chair covers I utilized the shape of the chairs and made tags with peoples names on, this had the added bonus of taking an item off the tables which I thought already had enough on with the books, bottles of flowers, glasses and afternoon tea. The tags were done in the same style as the original save the date tags. The female ones were stamped with bunting and a grey bee to the left bottom corner, (this tied in with another part of the reception decor.)

And the male ones were stamped with foliage and a grey bee to the right bottom corner.  The back of the tags were stamped with the have and hold stamp just to stop them being plain and the tags were tied on with black and white bakers twine. 

If I can blow my own trumpet for a moment I was really impressed with how I organised the place settings, I'd seen on pintrest the best way to do tables was with post it notes and paper plates, which I did. When the tags were complete using the paper plates I put them in order of how they went round a table and then put them in sets in coin bags, this meant that each table was really easy to tag up using the plate as a guide and just working through the set of tags for each one. I think its little things like that that help setting up run smoothly rather than just having a box full of all the place tags and having to search through for each name and wondering who sits next to whom. 

 The last bit of handmade things I'm going to mention in this blog post is some items I made for the bridesmaid gifts.
Some cute little cards similar to the ones they had asking them to be part of our wedding, this time thanking them.  These cards had the addition of the grey stamped bees.
And little jar tags with names on to put on the gifts. We got them earrings made out of recycled silver and stamped with bees from The Little Red Hen who I found of Folksy. It was nice to support fellow Folksy member and the recycled element and the bees fitted it perfectly with other elements of the wedding. Also meant I could write "Thanks for Beeing our bridesmaid" and I do love a good pun. 
Check back soon for more elements of our handmade wedding, we haven't finished yet. 

Monday, 20 November 2017

Reason for the season

Sorry about the chunk of writing to follow I promise there are some awesome pictures to come below.
I'm an involved member of our local parish church, its been my church all my life and after joining the choir on a regular basis just over three years ago I've been roped in to various other aspects of it as well.
This winter the church is undergoing major roof work and we have had to vacate for several months and hold services at various other locations around the village. During a committee meeting how to handle the Christmas services was discussed including our very popular family Crib service on Christmas Eve afternoon, Where we tell the Christmas story and prepare the crib with our rather old and large traditional figurines. The point came up that moving them from place to place and carrying them about might not be the best idea. Our vicar commented about seeing a nice knitted set at another church and maybe something like could be produced in time for the service. This is where I got looked at as the "crafty one". Now I don't knit but I do crochet so I said I would see what I could do, a quick look on pintrest for some suitable free patterns pulled up these. A blog by a lady called 5 little monsters, I loved the gentle look of them, less cartoony than some of the designs available. I quickly hooked up Mary and Joseph ready for the Sunday service and with the teams approval I set to work on completing the set.  When I had finished the set I was so proud of them I thought they deserved some really good photos so I took the set to another church in the group to create a proper photo shoot with the help of my awesome other half Alex.
This is the full set, there are some alterations and additions to Erica's lovely patterns which I will discuss as we go through the groups. 

First up the main group Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus in his manger and the animals a donkey and ox I call them Daniel and Ollie. The first addition to the set is Ollie the Ox. There wasn't a pattern for him, but I know our traditional set has an Ox and normally him and the donkey are the first characters to be placed in the Crib scene as we remember that it was their home before that special night and they didn't mind sharing. The ox is based on the donkey pattern in a more suitable ox colour with a shorter neck and wider/shorted head. I also added some little cream horns.

Next is the shepherds they consist of a Shepherd, Shepherd boy and three sheep (well lambs maybe they are quite dinky.)  The pattern calls for a wire to be placed inside the crook but I decided to just sew it on to the hand of the Shepherd and at the base of the body as well and I think it works well. I also made his headdress in stripes just to give him abit more difference from Joseph as them as pretty much the same pattern. The sheep are done in three different colour combinations white and brown,  black and white and brown and cream. The pattern calls for chunky wool to give a textured look but I hadn't got any so after stuffing I stitched some loops on to them to make them woollier. Yes of course they have names too, Barry, Larry and George.
Next up are the wise men, Although we don't really know how many there were its traditional to have three each one with a gift. I did these in brighter colours to give them an opulent and distant look. The patterns all for thinner yarn and tiny hook but I just used smoother dc cotton and a slightly smaller hook, this has made them come out bigger than Erica's but I rather like how they look and aren't over large.
The camel isn't part of the 5 little monsters set and we don't have a camel in our traditional set but I like a camel in a nativity scene like the often missed out verse from a favorite carol In the bleak midwinter " The ox and Ass and Camel, which adore. "  The pattern for him came from here  which was in Spanish so needed translating before I could start. I left out some details like the beaded edge to his blanket and safety eyes to make him match in with the set more. He's called Humphrey and is a big hit with the team at church so I'm very glad to have gone the extra mile and make him.
 Another character which isn't present in our traditional set but often features in scenes is the Angel and since there was a pattern for her as part of the set I made one. Shes done in white with white sparkly wool for her wings, which for some reason I found a tricky bit, (there might be a spare set at home which aren't even) Her hair was also I little tricky with the braid around the front. There's also a star which is such a lovely shape I may use the pattern to create some for hanging on my tree.

Another addition to Erica's stunning pattern I made at the suggestion of another member of the church team. It is a recreation of our Vicar and his faithful beagle dog Archie who attends services. The vicar is based on the standard Joseph pattern with suitable colour changes to make it look like a cassock with surplice over and a couple of stitches of white yarn after stuffing added the dog collar. I them crochet a stole in green making it slightly narrower with Slst in the middle so it would sit around his neck. The dog is a pattern from Teeny Tiny Crochet. Which I did in normal dc but used a much smaller hook than the rest to make him as suitable size as i could, I also added some brown crochet spots on his back for his colouring.
So there you go quite a project but it will be used to tell the wonderful story this year and hopefully will find a use at church for years to come.
Huge thanks to 5 Little Monsters for the pattern and for saying on her blog that I'm allowed to sell items I make using them. I will consider making sets to order for next year (after my wedding) If you are interested please get in touch.
I wish all my readers peace and best wishes for the coming season.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Gunby Apple Day 17

Our last outing for the year to Gunby hall was to take part in their annual apple day. This event has turned in to a very popular seasonal day with many visitors. I tried to lay the stall out abit differently to encourage repeat visitors to have another look incorporating the shelved stand again like at Wragby as it displays the rag wreaths well and I haven't had time yet to make them a dedicated stand, and bringing the the light box although is was such a glorious day the light didn't show up.
I brought along some dried fruit, pine cones and bunches of mixed grasses for a seasonal touch these items are also available now in the shop. I think the mixed grasses are particularly nice in a vase this time of year them give a lovely autumn/ harvest feel.

We also took along a few Christmas items handmade felt decorations and knitted stockings with chocolate in all ready to the tree.

A closer look at the rag wreaths on the stand mum has created a couple of Christmasy ones to go with the general floral ones. These attracted quite alot of attention which was nice.

After a relatively disappointing couple of trips to  Gunby this year due to stall relocation which looked lovely on paper but didn't turn out to work well with visitor flow we tried a new pitch on the front lawn. This turned out to work really well, Visitors could see us as the approached the property and the circular drive was easy to walk round all together it gave a really nice feel and we hope to be able to utilize this space again.

How the stalls looked from the courtyard gate,very inviting.
Overall we had a much better day selling a good range of items including friendship teas, felt sausage dogs and of course our popular lavender bags. It was also lovely to see some returning customers who purchased from us last apple day and were looking out for more bits this year.

Our next stall will be at Lincolnshire food and gift fair on the 2nd and 3rd of December. This is a week later than last year due to a change in the city's outdoor Christmas market to the week after so if your disappointed about the other market moving its date and still wanted something to see the first weekend in December why not come along. There is an entry fee but parking is free and ample, there are two massive indoor halls to peruse and many hot food stalls joining the two buildings to get some lunch so make a day of it. 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Wragby Show 17

In the run up to Wragby show I made a new batch of friendship teas to add to the stock and its just as well I did as these proved really popular. I've also been sewing up a new batch of felt oak leaves ready for autumn.
 Mum also launched her new rag wreaths at this show, aren't they just so pretty. An excellent decoration for all kinds of places around the home. £15 each.
Because I knew the space at Wragby is narrower than alot of the events I attend I decided to have a practice at setting up the stall in a different way at the shop before hand. I was really quite pleased with the layout and the height I created.
I used a different stand in the center of the stall which displayed the wreaths and used both my display trees.  
 And is the stall on the day, complete with illuminated Hannah's Craft Cottage sign which i think is rather quirky. Unfortunately the tent was laid out differently to last year and we didn't have an edge space as we were expecting but we made the best of what we had and worked at the ends of the stall rather than behind.  I put my half apron with pockets to use for this so sales could be made from either end of the stall.
Here's why the second tree has been brought out for the stall a few Christmas bits have snuck out. The mini drying rack was working well again with a mixture of items being displayed on it.
The pocket tissue holders have been changed in to these two oblong baskets with a suitcase creating height and depth. I think this works really well much better than the old giant oval basket, here there is enough choice on display without over phasing the customer.  I have a couple more of this style of basket displaying the fabric hearts and crochet flower brooches and they help give abit of uniformity to the stall and seem to fit in the space better than round ones.
On a quick wander around the show I happened to spot this giant tortoise isn't it awesome, there were several of them wandering about in an enclosure.
We sold a good mix of items at this show and had a couple of repeat customers which was nice. However overall it was not as good as last year. I've sent some feedback points to the organizers about what may have had an influence on sales hopefully next year will be better.
Our next stall (weather permitting) will be Sunday the 8th of October Gunby Hall Apple day.